Tom Outduels Jordan as Shady Characters Defeat Cheap Goats 2-1

2 Jul

Tom allowed only one run on four hits and struck out one, in addition to going 3-for-4 at the plate, as Shady Characters tightened their grip on first place in the EWL standings with a 2-1 victory over Cheap Goats. Playing without their MVP candidate Mike, Shady Characters tightened up on defense, with Tom narrowly outperforming Jordan’s strong pitching outing for Cheap Goats.

Tom allowed a leadoff single to Brett to start the game, but when Joey followed with a double, Brett was thrown out trying to score on the play, for the first out of the inning. Tom then retired Jordan to strand Joey at second, ending the inning.

Shady Characters took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Dylan led off with a triple, and after Jordan struck out Nate for the first out, Tom hit an RBI double, scoring Dylan to put Shady Characters in front 1-0. Jordan then retired Lucas to end the inning.

Tom rolled through the top of the second, retiring Christian and Brett in order.

Jordan matched him in the bottom of the second, sending Dylan and Nate down consecutively.

Tom once again cruised in the top of the third, retiring Joey and Jordan.

Shady Characters extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Tom led off with a single and moved from first to third when Lucas followed with a double. Jordan got Dylan to ground out to center for the first out of the inning, but Tom scored on the play, making the score 2-0. Jordan then retired Nate to strand Lucas at second, ending the inning.

Tom allowed a one-out single to Brett in the top of the fourth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t advance him. Tom retired Joey to strand Brett at first, ending the inning.

Tom singled to start the bottom of the fourth, and two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out single, putting runners at first and second with one out. But Jordan buckled down, striking out Nate to strand both runners, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats stalled again in the top of the fifth, as Tom retired Jordan and Christian in order.

Jordan once again matched Tom in the bottom of the fifth, sending Tom and Lucas down, and Shady Characters led 2-0 heading into the sixth.

Cheap Goats cut the lead in half and ended Tom’s shutout bid when Brett led off the top of the sixth with a solo shot to right-center, making the score 2-1. The rally would end there, however, as Tom struck out Joey and retired Jordan, ending the inning and the game and giving Shady Characters a 2-1 victory.

The win moved Shady Characters to 9-2 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 6-5.

W: Tom (7-1)
L: Jordan (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom earned the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing only one run on four hits and striking out one.
– Jordan took the loss in a spot start for Cheap Goats, pitching the complete game and giving up two runs on six hits, striking out two.
– Tom led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Dylan also had two hits for Shady Characters, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Brett was the only Cheap Goats player with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

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