Austin’s Walk-Off Two-Run Homer Sinks Cheap Goats in Dramatic 8-7 Jack Shack Win

9 Jul

Austin’s two-run walk-off homer capped a dramatic 8-7 win for Jack Shack

In one of the best games of the 2022 season, Jack Shack and Cheap Goats went blow for blow until Austin sealed a Jack Shack win with a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. After pulling ahead 7-5 in the top of the sixth, Cheap Goats allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth, squandering their lead and dropped into sole possession of last place in the 2022 standings. Rob and Josh each had three hits and Austin went deep twice, as Jack Shack were the last squad standing in a game with stranded runners, controversial calls, intentional walks, and a lot of action.

Brian took the mound for Jack Shack, and he allowed a leadoff triple to Miller. Joe followed with an RBI single, making the score 1-0. Brian retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Jack Shack evened things up in the bottom of the first. Dinger, Cheap Goats’ starter, retired Adam to start the game, but Rob followed with a solo homer, tying the score at 1-1. Brian hit a one-out double, but Dinger stranded him, retiring Austin to end the inning.

Cheap Goats pulled back ahead in the top of the second. After retiring Dinger to start the inning, Brian allowed a solo homer to Miller, making the score 2-1. Joe followed with a triple, but Brian retired Joey to strand him at third, ending the inning.

Brian led off the bottom of the second with a double. When Jared followed with a single, Brian was caught out trying to score from second for the first out of the inning. Dinger then got Sean to fly out to center, stranding Jared at first and ending the inning.

Brian went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in the Jack Shack victory

Jack Shack turned to Josh from the bullpen, and he rolled through the top of the third, retiring Christian and striking out Dinger.

Jack Shack once again evened things up in the bottom of the third. Rob doubled with one out, and Josh followed with an RBI double, tying the game at 2-2. Dinger then retired Austin to strand Josh at second, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats pulled ahead once more in the top of the fourth. Joe doubled with one out, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, putting Cheap Goats ahead 4-2. Christian followed with a double, but Josh got Dinger to ground out to center, stranding Christian and ending the inning.

Yet again, Jack Shack counterpunched to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Jared singled with one out, and Sean followed with an RBI single, scoring Jared from first to cut the score to 4-3. Adam then doubled, scoring Sean, and the game was tied at 4-4. Rob followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with one out. But Dinger buckled down, retiring Josh to strand both runners, ending the inning with the game tied.

Josh retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the fifth, sending Miller and Joe down consecutively.

Jack Shack pulled ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fifth when Austin led off the inning with a solo homer. Brian followed with a triple, but Dinger deftly retired Jared and Sean to strand him at third, and Jack Shack led 5-4 heading into the top of the sixth.

Down one, Cheap Goats rallied in the top of the sixth. Christian singled with one out, and he moved to second when Dinger followed with a single. Miller cleared the bases with a two-RBI triple, giving Cheap Goats a 6-5 lead. Joe followed with a double, scoring Miller, and Cheap Goats led 7-5. Jack Shack intentionally walked Joey, the first free pass of 2022, putting runners on first and second. Jack Shack wanted to face Christian, and it paid off. Josh struck him out to strand both runners, and Jack Shack would head into the bottom of the sixth trailing by two.

Miller rounds second for one of his two triples in the Cheap Goats loss to Jack Shack

Dinger remained on the mound to close things out for Cheap Goats, and he got into trouble. The first batter he faced, Adam, hit a double. Two batters later, Josh hit an RBI double, cutting the Cheap Goats lead to 7-6. Cheap Goats needed one out to get the W, but it wasn’t meant to be. The next batter, Austin, crushed a towering two-run blast to right, a walk-off homer that capped an entertaining 8-7 win for Jack Shack.

The win moved Jack Shack to 2-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 1-5.

W: Josh (1-0)
L: Dinger (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh earned the win for Jack Shack in relief, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out two in four innings.
– Brian started the game for Jack Shack and got a no-decision, giving up two runs on four hits in two innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, allowing eight runs on fifteen hits in 5.5 innings.
– Austin’s walk-off homer won the game for Jack Shack, and he went 2-for-4 with two homers, two runs scored, and three RBI in the win.
– Rob and Josh each had three hits for Jack Shack. Rob went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. Josh went 3-for-4 with three doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Miller and Joe led Cheap Goats in the loss. Miller went 3-for-5 with two triples, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Joe went 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a triple, a run scored, and two RBI.

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