Josh Hits Grand Slam in 12-11 Extra-Inning Suspended Game Win for Guacamol-yay

30 Jun

Despite losing their first eight games of the 2021 season, Guacamol-yay are now on a winning streak after winning both of their week 5 games. After getting their first win of the season, they went to extra-innings with Cheap Goats, tied at 11-11, before the game was suspended due to darkness. A week later, Guacamol-yay took a lead in the top of the seventh and held on to win 12-11, picking up their second straight victory. Jan pitched the complete game win, Jude contributed five hits, and Josh K became only the fourth player in EWL history to hit a regular season grand slam.

Brett made his first appearance on the mound in 2021, starting the game for Cheap Goats. He retired the first two batters he faced, Jan and Josh K, in the top of the first.

Jan took the mound for Guacamol-yay. He retired Brett and stuck out Joey in the bottom of the first.

Brett rolled through the top of the second, sending Ryan and Jude down in order.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the bottom of the second. Dinger doubled with one out, and Brett drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 1-0. Joey followed with a double, moving Brett to third, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Jordan then doubled, scoring Brett, and Cheap Goats led 2-0. Cheap Goats once again had two runners in scoring position, but Jan avoided further damage, retiring Dinger to strand both runners, ending the inning.

Kyle led off the top of the third with a double, and Jan drove him in with an RBI triple, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Guacamol-yay had the tying run on third, but Brett escaped, retiring Josh K and Ryan to strand Jan at third.

Brett doubled to start the bottom of the third, and Joey drove him in with an RBI single, extending the Cheap Goats lead to 3-1. Jan then retired Jordan and Dinger to strand Joey at first, ending the inning.

Down two runs, Guacamol-yay stormed back to take a lead in the top of the fourth. Jude singled, and Kyle drove him in with an RBI triple, making the score 3-2. Jan then doubled, scoring Kyle, and the game was tied at 3-3. Two batters later, Ryan hit a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Jude cleared the bases with an RBI triple, putting Guacamol-yay in front 5-3. Brett then retired Kyle to strand Jude at third and end the inning.

Brett got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when he led off the inning with a solo homer. Joey then doubled, but Cheap Goats couldn’t tie the game up. Jan retired Jordan and Christian to strand Joey at second, and the score was 5-4.

Brett retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, sending Jan and Josh K down consecutively.

Down a run, Cheap Goats reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth. For the second consecutive inning, Brett led off with a solo shot, tying the game at 5-5. Joey then doubled and scored from second when Jordan grounded out to center for the first out of the inning. Dinger singled, and Brett hit his second blast of the inning, a two-run shot that put Cheap Goats ahead 8-5. The next batter, Joey, singled, but was caught out trying to extend the hit into a double, ending the inning.

Down three in the top of the sixth, Guacamol-yay once again reloaded and had a huge inning, taking the lead back. Ryan singled to lead off the inning, and Jude followed with a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Kyle then singled, scoring Ryan from third, cutting the Cheap Goats lead to 8-6. Jan then singled, loading the bases for Josh K. Cheap Goats made a call to the bullpen, bringing Dinger to the mound. The first batter he faced, Josh K, hit a towering bomb to left field, emptying the bases for a grand slam, becoming only the fourth player in the eleven year history of the league to hit a grand slam, only the second grand slam of the past five seasons. After retiring Ryan, Dinger allowed a triple to Jude, and Kyle followed with an RBI double to score him, making the score 11-8. Dinger finally escaped the inning by retiring Jan, stranding Kyle at second.

After allowing six runs to fall behind by three runs, Cheap Goats continued the back-and-forth action with a rally in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan led off the inning with a single, and Dinger followed with a single, putting two on with no outs and the tying run at the plate. Brett came to the plate having hit a home run in his past three at-bats, but Jan got him to fly out to the mound for the first out of the inning. Joey came to the plate and hit a three-run homer to left-center, tying the game at 11-11. Jan retired the next batter, Jordan, ending the inning, sending the game to extra innings.

Tied at 11-11 through six, sun had set on the Wiffle Diamond, and the game was postponed until the following week.

A week later, both teams had some lineup changes. Alec was subbed in for Ryan in Guacamol-yay’s lineup, and Christian was substituted for Dinger in Cheap Goats lineup, and he also took the mound.

The first batter Christian faced in the top of the seventh, Josh K, tripled, putting the go-ahead run on third with no outs. Christian got Alec to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Josh K scored on the play, putting Guacamol-yay in front 12-11. Christian allowed a one-out single to Jude, but stranded him, retiring Kyle to end the inning.

Jan remained on the mound to close things out for Guacamol-yay. He retired Christian for the first out of the inning before allowing a double to Brett. Cheap Goats had the tying run in scoring position, but they couldn’t capitalize. Jan retired Joey to strand Brett, ending the inning and the game, giving Guacamol-yay a 12-11 victory.

The win moved Guacamol-yay to 2-8 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 6-4.

W: Jan (1-2)
L: Christian (3-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jan pitched the complete game win for Guacamol-yay, allowing eleven runs on seventeen hits and striking out one over seven innings.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, pitching one inning of relief, allowing one run on two hits.
– Brett started the game and got a no-decision for Cheap Goats, giving up nine runs on eleven hits in five innings.
– Dinger also pitched one inning of relief for Cheap Goats, giving up two runs on three hits.
– Jude led Guacamol-yay on offense, going 5-for-6 with three singles, two triples, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Kyle also went 4-for-6 for Guacamol-yay with a single, two doubles, a triple, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Josh hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth, only the sixth regular season grand slam in EWL history. He joined Brad and Mike, who each have hit one grand slam, and Joey, who has hit three.
– Brett led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 6-for-8 with a single, two doubles, three home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI.
– Joey also went 6-for-8 in the loss, with two singles, three doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.

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