Brett Finds Swing as Cheap Goats Beat Shady Characters 4-3

27 May

The 2020 Rookie of the Year, All-EWL team member, and co-Wiffler of the Year went hitless in both of Cheap Goats’ week 1 games, but Brett figured things out in week 2, going 4-for-4, leading his squad to a 4-3 win over Shady Characters.

Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a leadoff double to Dylan, he stranded the runner, retiring Mike and Tom to end the inning.

Cheap Goats would get Christian some run support in the bottom of the first. Brett led off with a single, and two batters later, Miller hit a two-run homer, giving Cheap Goats a 2-0 lead. Christian followed with a single, but Shady Characters’ starter, Tom, retired Dinger to end the inning.

Shady Characters evened things up in the top of the second. Nate, veteran of Eastbound & Dahn and Loss Mitigation, signed with Shady Characters as a free agent for week 2, and he led off the inning with a tripl. The next batter, Dylan, grounded out to center on the play, but Nate scored, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Mike followed with a solo homer, tying the game at 2-2. Tom then tripled, but Christian avoided further damage, retiring Nate to strand the runner at third, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats got the lead back right away in the bottom of the second. Brett tripled, and Joey drove him in with an RBI triple, putting Cheap Goats in front 3-2. Tom got the next batter, Miller, to ground out to left, but Joey scored on the play, and the score was 4-2. Tom then retired Christian to end the inning.

Christian rolled through the top of the third, sending Dylan and Mike down in order.

Brett singled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Tom retired Joey to strand Brett, and the score remained 4-2.

Nate doubled with one-out in the top of the fourth, but Shady Characters couldn’t cut into the Cheap Goats lead. Christian retired Dylan to strand Nate at second, ending the inning.

Tom cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring Miller and Christian in order.

Mike led off the top of the fifth with a triple, and he scored from third when Tom followed with a sacrifice fly to right, making the score 4-3. Nate followed with a double, and he moved to third when Dylan singled. With one out and runners on the corners, Cheap Goats intentionally walked Mike to load the bases, bringing Tom to the plate. The maneuver worked, as Tom flew out to Brett in right field, stranding three runners and ending the inning.

Brett singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t plate an insurance run. Tom retired Joey to strand the runner, and Shady Characters trailed by a run heading into the final inning.

Christian remained on the mound to close things out, and he was quick with it. He retired Nate and Dylan in order, ending the inning and the game, as Cheap Goats held on to win 4-3.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 3-0 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 2-1.

W: Christian (2-0)
L: Tom (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing three runs on eight hits.
– Tom took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up four runs on seven hits in the complete game effort.
– Brett led Cheap Goats on offense, going 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, and two runs scored.
– Mike led Shady Characters at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored, an RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Nate, making his first appearance of 2021, also went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and a run scored.

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