Cheap Goats’ Offense Unloads to Pick Up First Win of 2023 Season with 14-9 Victory Over Jack Shack

4 Jul

Cheap Goats celebrate as Joey crosses the plate one of five times he scored in a 14-9 win over Jack Shack

After sputtering on offense in week 1, Cheap Goats exploded to start week 2 as all four players went deep and Christian kept Jack Shack in check on the mound in a 14-9 victory, their first of the 2023 season. Christian continued his hot start to the 2023 season by logging five hits, Joey had six extra-base hits, and Miller hit for the cycle in a win that eased the sting of Cheap Goats’ heartbreaking week 1 loss to Jack Shack.

Christian started for Cheap Goats and avoided trouble early in the top of the first. After retiring Josh to start the game, he allowed one-out singles to Ryan and Brian, putting runners on the corners. However, he got the next batter, Harry Chiti, to ground out to right, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Cheap Goats took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Brian, Jack Shack’s starter, allowed a leadoff double to Joey. Brian struck out Miller for the first out of the inning, but Christian followed with an RBI single to score Joey and put Cheap Goats ahead 1-0. Brian then retired Dinger to strand Christian at first, ending the inning.

Jack Shack bounced back and took the lead in the top of the second. Christian retired Josh for the first out before allowing a one-out double to Ryan. Brian followed with a two-run bomb to left-center, and Jack Shack led 2-1. Christian then retired Harry for the second out of the inning, and Jack Shack led by a run.

Brian went 5-for-6 in his 2023 debut, including two doubles, two homers, and five RBI

Cheap Goats stormed back in the bottom of the second with a big inning, opening up a large early lead. Joey led off the inning with a double, and Miller drove him in with a two-run bomb, putting Cheap Goats back in front 3-2. Christian singled, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out two-run homer to left, extending the lead to 5-2. Miller then doubled, and Christian drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 6-2. Dinger then singled, scoring Christian from second, and the lead was 7-2. Brian finally retired Joey for the second out of the inning, but Cheap Goats had scored six runs in the bottom of the second, taking a five-run lead.

Jack Shack once again responded in the top of the third. Josh led off the inning with a solo homer, cutting the score to 7-3. Ryan followed with a single, and he scored from first when Brian hit an RBI double, making the score 7-4. Two batters later, Josh hit his second homer of the inning, a two-run shot that narrowed the deficit to 7-6. Christian then retired Ryan to end the inning, and the Cheap Goats lead was down to a run.

Christian delivers a pitch to Josh, who went deep three times in the Jack Shack loss

Brian pitched his best frame of the game in the bottom of the third, retiring Miller and Christian in order, and the score remained 7-6.

Christian matched him in the top of the fourth, sending Brian and Harry down consecutively.

With the score 7-6, Cheap Goats had another huge inning in the bottom of the fourth, taking an even bigger lead. Dinger led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 8-6. Joey doubled, and he scored from first on Miller’s RBI single, pushing the lead to 9-6. Christian then singled, and Miller raced from first to score, putting CHeap Goats ahead 10-6. Dinger singled, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Joey hit an RBI triple to score Christian, extending the Cheap Goats lead to 11-6, and on the play, Dinger was caught between third and home for the first out of the inning. Miller then tripled, driving in Joey, and Cheap Goats led 12-6. Christian followed with a deep two-run blast to right, and Cheap Goats had taken a 14-6 lead. Brian finally got out of the inning, retiring Dinger for the second out, and Cheap Goats had scored seven runs to take an eight-run lead.

Miller hit for the cycle for the second time in his career as part of a Cheap Goats offensive explosion in their first win of the 2023 season

Jack Shack chipped away at the deficit in the top of the fifth. Josh led off with a solo homer, his third blast of the game, and the score was 14-7. Ryan then tripled, and Brian drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the score to 14-8. Christian avoided another Jack Shack rally, retiring Harry and Josh in order to strand Brian at second, ending the inning.

Joey led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, but Brian stranded him, retiring Miller and Christian, and Jack Shack trailed by six heading into the final frame.

Christian remained on the mound to close things out, and after retiring Ryan for the first out of the inning, he allowed a solo shot to Brian, his second homer of the game. The lead had been cut to 14-9, but the rally would end there. Christian retired Harry to end the inning and the game, giving Cheap Goats a 14-9 win.

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

W: Christian (1-0)
L: Brian (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian earned the win for Cheap Goats, allowing nine runs on twelve hits in six innings.
– Brian took the loss for Jack Shack in his first appearance of the 2023 season. He gave up fourteen runs on eighteen hits and struck out one in five innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 6-for-7 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and three RBI.
– Miller hit for the cycle for the second time in his EWL career, going 4-for-7 with a single, double, triple, homer, four runs scored, and four RBI.
– Christian also went 5-for-7 for Cheap Goats with three singles, a double, four runs scored, and five RBI.
– Brian led Jack Shack in the loss, going 5-for-6 with a single, two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Ryan also went 4-for-6 for Jack Shack with two singles, a double, a triple, and three runs scored.
– Josh had three homers in the loss, going 3-for-6 with four RBI.

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