Dinger’s Walk-Off RBI Single Gives Cheap Goats 3-2 Extra-Innings Game 2 Victory

21 Sep

Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, and his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run, as Cheap Goats took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series

After a hard fought game 1, Cheap Goats and Shady Characters battled even more in game 2, going to extra innings before Cheap Goats walked off with a 3-2 win in the bottom of the seventh. Dinger and Sam were both effective on the mound, both defenses rose to the occasion, and after Shady Characters even things up in the sixth, Cheap Goats rallied in the seventh to win the game and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Brett and Dinger were the only Cheap Goats with multiple hits, as Brett went 2-for-4 with two triples, and Dinger went 2-for-4 with two singles, also pitching the complete game win.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats in game 2, and after allowing a one-out single to Mike in the top of the first, he retired Sam to strand him, ending the inning.

Sam started for Shady Characters, and after Joey doubled with one out in the bottom of the first, Jordan was retired to strand the runner, and the game was scoreless through an inning.

For the second consecutive game, Shady Characters took an early lead. Tom K led off the top of the second with a solo homer, putting Shady Characters in front 1-0. Two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out double, but Shady Characters couldn’t extend the lead. Dinger retired Mike to strand Dylan at second, ending the inning.

Tom K’s solo homer in the top of the second put Shady Characters ahead 1-0

Sam rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Christian and Dinger in order.

Tom K doubled with one out in the top of the third, but Dinger stranded another Shady Characters runner, as Lucas was retired to end the inning.

Sam continued to pitch well in the bottom of the third, sending Brett and Joey down consecutively, and Shady Characters led 1-0 halfway through game 2.

Dylan lands at second after a double. He went 3-for-5 for Shady Characters.

Dylan singled to start the top of the fourth, but Dinger escaped without damage, retiring Mike and Sam to end the inning.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, pulling ahead. Jordan doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Dinger hit an RBI single, scoring Jordan to tie the game at 1-1. Brett followed with an RBI triple, scoring Dinger, and Cheap Goats led 2-1. Sam then retired Joey to strand Brett at third, ending the inning.

Tom K pleased with his double in the third inning.

Dinger rolled through the top of the fifth, sending Tom K and Lucas down in order.

Sam got back on track in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Jordan and Christian, and the score remained 2-1 with Cheap Goats in front.

Joey lowers to scoop a ground ball in center field.

Shady Characters trailed by a run heading into the sixth inning. Dylan led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Mike followed with a single. Shady Characters had the tying runner in scoring position and the go-ahead run on first. The next batter, Sam, flew out to right. Dylan tagged and scored on the play, tying the game at 2-2. Mike also advanced to third on the play, and Tom K came to the plate with the go-ahead run in scoring position. However, Dinger cracked down, retiring Tom K, stranding the runner at third, and the game was tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Sam retired the first batter he faced, Dinger, and he was an out away from sending the game to extra innings. The next batter, Brett, tripled, and Cheap Goats had the winning run on third with Joey coming to the plate. Shady Characters intentionally walked Joey, putting runners on first and second with one out. Sam would have to retire Jordan to extend the game, and he did, getting him to fly out to deep left, stranding both runners and forcing extra innings.

Dinger was strong on the mound, pitching all seven innings for Cheap Goats, stranding six Shady Characters base runners

Dinger remained on the mound for Cheap Goats in the seventh. The first batter he faced, Lucas, tripled off the fence, and Shady Characters had the go-ahead run on third with no outs. Shady Characters would essentially only have to put the ball in play to take a 3-2 lead, but Dinger worked some magic. He struck out Dylan, who had attempted to bunt to squeeze in the run from third, for the first out of the inning. Shady Characters most dangerous hitter, Mike, came to the plate, but Dinger once again got out of trouble. He got Mike to ground out to center, stranding the runner at third, and the game remained tied at 2-2.

Christian, who was hitless in the game, led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, putting the winning run in scoring position with no outs. The next batter, Dinger, hit a high fly ball into the tree in left. Christian ran through the stop sign at third and to the plate. The throw from the outfield sailed, and Christian crossed the plate for the winning run, giving Cheap Goats the 3-2 victory in game 2.

Brett went 2-for-4 with two triples and registered five putouts in right field

The win gave Cheap Goats a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series, a win away from advancing to the Wiffle Series for the first time in franchise history.

W: Dinger (1-0)
L: Sam (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out one in seven innings.
– Sam took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up three runs on seven hits and walking one in six innings.
– Brett and Dinger were the only Cheap Goats players with multiple hits. Brett went 2-for-4 with two triples and an RBI. Dinger went 2-for-4 with two singles, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a run scored.
– Tom K also went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run.

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