Tom Pitches Gem and Goes Deep Against Cheap Goats in 4-1 Shady Characters Win

1 Aug

Tom allowed only one run on eight hits in a complete game win and hit a two-run homer as Shady Characters quieted the Cheap Goats offense in a 4-1 win

Tom pitched the complete game win, allowing only one run on eight hits, and he hit a two-run homer as Shady Characters beat Cheap Goats 4-1. Mike was the only Shady Characters player with multiple hits, going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a homer, but it was enough run support for Tom. Miller, Joey, and Christian each had two hits, but despite being outhit as a team, Shady Characters stranded runners throughout the game and allowed only a single run in the win.

Dinger started for Cheap Goats, and after retiring the first batter he faced, Dylan, he allowed a one-out solo homer to Mike. Dinger retired Tom for the second, out, and Shady Characters led 1-0.

Tom rolled through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Dinger retired Jason and Lucas in order in the top of the second, and the score remained 1-0.

Dinger was effective on the mound, allowing only four runs on seven hits, but got little run support from his offense

Tom allowed a leadoff single to Joey in the bottom of the second, but when Christian flew out to right, Joey was doubled up on the play, ending the inning.

Dinger once again retired Shady Characters in order in the top of the third, sending Nate and Dylan down consecutively.

Dinger led off the bottom of the third with a single. Miller singled, and Joe also followed with a single, loading the bases for Joey. Joey ripped a line drive to left, which was caught by Mike. Mike then gunned the ball into the mound, catching Joe off of first base for a double play. Cheap Goats had the bases loaded with no outs, but Tom escaped the jam unscathed, and Shady Characters continued to lead 1-0.

Tom delivers a pitch to Joey with the bases loaded, and got him to fly out to left initiating a double play that ended the inning

Mike started the top of the fourth with a double, and Tom followed with a two-run bomb to right-center. Dinger retired the next two batters, Jason and Lucas, and Shady Characters had pulled ahead 3-0.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Tom’s two-run homer in the fourth extended their lead to 3-0

Christian led off the bottom of the fourth with a double. Tom stranded another Cheap Goats runner, however, getting Dinger and Miller to each fly out, maintaining the three-run lead.

Nate led off the top of the fifth with a single, and he moved to third when Dylan followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Mike singled, scoring Nate to put Shady Characters in front 4-0. Dinger avoided further damage, retiring Tom and Jason to strand two runners on base.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Joey doubled, and Christian followed with his second double of the game, scoring Joey. The rally would end there, however, as Tom struck out Dinger to strand Christian, ending the inning with the score 4-1.

Lucas led off the top of the sixth with a double, but Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run. Dinger retired Nate and Dylan, stranding Lucas at second and ending the inning.

Down three in the bottom of the sixth, Cheap Goats continued to strand runners. Miller led off the inning with a double, but Tom buckled down, retiring Joe and Joey to strand Miller at second, ending the game and giving Shady Characters the 4-1 win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 15-2 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 6-11.

W: Tom (14-1)
L: Dinger (3-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, giving up only one run on eight hits and striking out one.
– Dinger took the loss in a complete game effort for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Mike led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Christian led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.

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