Tom K Wins Pitcher’s Duel to Break Single-Season Record for Wins in 2-1 Shady Characters Victory over Guacamol-yay

29 Jul

Tom K came out victorious in a week 10 pitcher’s duel against Josh K and Guacamol-yay, delivering a 2-1 win for Shady Characters and breaking Josh K (and Reilly’s) single-season record for wins. Josh K won ten games in 2020, but a year later, Tom K broke the record, notching his eleventh win of the season after allowing only a single run on four hits against Guacamol-yay. Dylan was the only Shady Characters player with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI in the win.

Josh K started for Guacamol-yay, and he fell behind early. After allowing a leadoff double to Dylan, two batters later, Tom K hit a one-out double, scoring Dylan to give Shady Characters a 1-0 lead. Josh K then retired Lucas to end the inning.

Tom K rolled in the top of the first, retiring Ryan and Kyle in order.

Josh K retired Dylan to start the top of the second, before striking out Mike to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay evened things up in the bottom of the second. With one out, Jude launched a solo homer to right-center, trying the score at 1-1. Jan followed with a double, but Tom K stranded him, retiring Ryan to end the inning.

Shady Characters bounced back in the top of the third. Lucas doubled with one out, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI double, putting Shady Characters ahead 2-1. Josh K then retired Mike to end the inning.

Tom K cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring Kyle and Josh K consecutively.

Josh K matched him in the top of the fourth, retiring Tom K and Lucas in order.

Jude led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, but rounded first base and was caught off the base for the first out of the inning. Tom K then struck out Jan to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay turned to the bullpen in the top of the fifth, bringing Jude to the mound. He allowed a one-out single to Mike, but then struck out Tom K to strand the runner at first, ending the inning.

Guacamol-yay went down in order in the bottom of the fifth, as Ryan and Kyle were retired consecutively.

Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run in the top of the sixth, and Jude retired Lucas and Dylan in order.

Down 2-1, Guacamol-yay couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Tom K stayed on the mound to close things out, and after allowing a one-out single to Jude, he retired Jan to strand the tying run, ending the game and giving Shady Characters a 2-1 win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 13-6 on the season, and the loss dropped Guacamol-yay to 7-12.

W: Tom K (11-3)
L: Josh K (3-5)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K earned his record-breaking eleventh win of the season, allowing one run on four hits and striking out one in a complete game win for Shady Characters.
– Josh K took the loss for Guacamol-yay, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out one in four innings.
– Jude pitched two innings of relief for Guacamol-yay, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out one.
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Jude led Guacamol-yay in the loss, going 3-for-3 with two singles, a solo homer, a run scored, and an RBI.

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