Cheap Goats Extend Wiffle Series with 6-4 Win in Game 4

16 Oct

Dinger pitched the complete game win and had two hits as Cheap Goats got their first win of the Wiffle Series, avoiding a Jack Shack sweep and forcing a fifth game

Down 3-0 in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series and facing a sweep by Jack Shack, Cheap Goats rallied, as all four players had multiple hits in a 6-4 win in game four. Dinger pitched the complete game win and had two hits, Christian led the team with three hits, and Joey and Brett each contributed two runs and two extra-base hits as Cheap Goats handed Jack Shack their first playoff loss in franchise history.

Blaine, who had barely pitched all season, started on the mound for Jack Shack, and he was effective. He retired Brett and Joey in order in the top of the first.

Dinger fell behind early in the bottom of the first when Brian led off the game with a solo homer, and the leadoff shot gave Jack Shack a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Turbo singled, but Dinger avoided further damage, retiring Doc to strand the runner at first, ending the inning.

Brett connects on one of his two doubles in game four

Jack Shack removed Blaine from the mound, turning to their workhorse, Brian, and Cheap Goats bounced back in the top of the second. Christian led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Brett hit a one-out double to score him, tying the game at 1-1. Joey followed with an RBI triple, scoring Brett, and Cheap Goats led 2-1. Christian singled for his second hit of the inning, scoring Joey from third, and Cheap Goats were in front 3-1. Brian retired Dinger to end the inning, and Jack Shack trailed by two.

Dinger rolled through the bottom of the second, sending Blaine and Brian down in order.

Cheap Goats added to their lead in the top of the third. Brett led off the inning with a double, and Joey followed with a two-run shot, making the score 5-1. Brian retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after Joey’s two-run homer in the third

Jack Shack narrowed the deficit in the bottom of the third. Turbo hit a one-out triple, and Doc, after fouling off countless pitches, hit a two-run homer to right-center, cutting the score to 5-3. Dinger then retired Blaine to end the inning.

Brian retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the fourth, sending Brett and Joey down consecutively.

Adam, playing in his first full game back from injury, stepped into the Jack Shack lineup for Dustin and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer

Brian singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Jack Shack couldn’t plate him. Dinger retired Adam and Turbo to strand the runner, and the score remained 5-3.

Cheap Goats would add one more in the top of the fifth. Christian doubled to lead off the inning, and Dinger followed with a double, scoring him to make the score 6-3. Brian retired Brett and Joey to strand Dinger at second, ending the inning.

Christian, who led Cheap Goats with three hits, makes a catch for an out in right field

Dinger struck out Doc to start the bottom of the fifth, and after allowing a one-out single to Blaine, he retired Brian to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Dinger doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Cheap Goats lead would remain at three runs, as Brian retired Brett to strand him.

Joey went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI in the Cheap Goats win

Jack Shack were down 6-3 heading into their final at-bat. Adam led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot, cutting the score to 6-4. The rally would end there, however. Dinger retired Turbo and then struck out Doc to end the inning and the game, as Cheap Goats had won game four 6-4.

Jack Shack continued to lead the best-of-seven series, now ahead three games to one.

W: Dinger (3-0)
L: Brian (3-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out two.
– Brian took the loss for Jack Shack, pitching five innings of relief, giving up six runs on nine hits.
– Blaine started for Jack Shack and earned a no-decision, pitching one scoreless inning, the top of the first.
– Christian led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Turbo and Brian each had multiple hits for Jack Shack. Brian went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, a run scored, and an RBI. Turbo went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, and a run scored.
– Brian hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. It was his second leadoff homer of the 2020 postseason and of his postseason career.
– Doc tied the single-game postseason record for strikeouts with two. He ties Charlie, Dinger, and himself (from earlier in the 2020 postseason).
– Dinger tied the single-game postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two. He ties Bob, Guthrie, and Josh K.
– Jack Shack tied the single-game team postseason record for strikeouts, with two, tying Ham Slams (who did it twice), Cookies & Cream, and Jack Shack from earlier this postseason.
– Cheap Goats tied the single-game postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two, tying Questionable Outfit, Cookies & Cream, Eastbound & Dahn, and Guacamol-yay.

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