Ryan’s Late Home Run Lifts Guacamol-yay to 4-2 Win Over Jack Shack

13 Sep

After Sean was intentionally walked to get to Ryan, he made Jack Shack pay, launching a three-run homer that was the deciding factor in the 4-2 Guacamol-yay win

With Guacamol-yay up 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Sean became the second player intentionally walked during the 2020 season. This put two runners on and the next batter, Ryan, made Jack Shack pay, hitting a three-run homer to empty the bases, giving Guacamol-yay a 4-0 lead. The home run was the difference, as Guacamol-yay held off Jack Shack in the bottom of the sixth, winning 4-2.

Brian started on the mound for Jack Shack, and he retired Guacamol-yay in order in the top of the first.

Josh K, Guacamol-yay’s starter, matched him in the bottom of the first, and the game was scoreless after an inning.

Guacamol-yay got on the board in the top of the second when Sean led off the inning with a solo homer. Brian retired the next two Guacamol-yay batters, and the score was 1-0.

Turbo singled to start the bottom of the second, but Jack Shack couldn’t advance him. Josh K retired Doc and Blaine to strand him at first, ending the inning.

Brian, pitching under the glowing Wiffle Sun, was effective on the mound but was ultimately outdueled by Josh K

Brian got back on track in the top of the third, retiring Josh K and Sean in order.

Brian doubled to start the bottom of the third, but when Dustin grounded out to the mound, Brian was tagged out in between second and third, ending the inning.

Guacamol-yay went down in order in the top of the fourth.

Josh K cruised through the bottom of the fourth, sending Turbo and Doc down in order.

Sean singled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Brian avoided further damage, retiring Ryan to strand Sean at first, ending the inning.

Blaine and Brian were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth, and Guacamol-yay continued to lead 1-0.

It had been a pitcher’s duel through five innings, but both teams started to hit in the sixth. Josh K doubled with one out, and Jack Shack decided to intentionally walk Sean to get to Ryan. Ryan came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second. He crushed a high fly ball to deep right-center, and the ball cleared the fence for a three-run homer, extending Guacamol-yay’s lead to 4-0. Brian retired the next batter, Jan, to end the inning, but Guacamol-yay had pulled out to a commanding lead with one swing of the bat.

Turbo rips a triple to right-center, scoring Dustin to put Jack Shack on the board

Josh K remained on the mound to close things out in the bottom of the sixth. The first batter he faced, Dustin, doubled. Turbo followed with an RBI triple, putting Jack Shack on the board. Josh K got the next batter, Doc, to ground out to center, and Turbo scored on the play, cutting the Guacamol-yay lead to 4-2. Down to their final out, Jack Shack couldn’t rally, as Josh K retired Blaine to end the inning and the game, giving Guacamol-yay a 4-2 win.

The win moved Guacamol-yay to 10-9 on the season, and the loss dropped Jack Shack to 9-10.

Josh K was in prime form on the mound, allowing only two runs on four hits, and tying the single-season EWL record for pitching wins with his 10th victory of the season

After Cheap Goats defeated Shady Characters to clinch the #1 seed in the first game of week 10, Jack Shack and Guacamol-yay became the #s 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, and will face each other in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

W: Josh K (10-6)
L: Brian (6-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh K pitched the complete game win for Guacamol-yay, allowing two runs on two hits. With ten wins on the 2020 season, he tied Reilly of Questionable Outfit for the single-season record for pitching wins.
– Brian took the loss for Jack Shack, giving up four runs on four hits in six innings.
– Sean led Guacamol-yay on offense and was their only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a single, a solo homer, two runs scored, and an intentional walk.
– Turbo was the only Jack Shack player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a single, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.

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