Jack Shack Stuns Cheap Goats 5-4 in Extra Innings

6 Aug

Ryan led off the game with a home run, tripled, and scored two runs, in addition to pitching the complete game win for Jack Shack, as they topped Cheap Goats 5-4 in extra innings

A short-handed Jack Shack squad that was missing both co-captains and featured a free-agent acquisition and an emergency substitute player rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Cheap Goats 5-4 in seven innings. Despite their core players only combining for six hits in seven innings, Jack Shack kept the game close with good pitching and sound defense, eventually outlasting Cheap Goats for the victory.

Christian started on the mound for Cheap Goats, and the first batter he faced, Ryan, hit a leadoff homer to put Jack Shack in front 1-0. Christian retired the next two batters, Jon and Chris, to end the inning.

Ryan took the mound for Jack Shack, and he also got into trouble early. After retiring Joey for the first out, he allowed a one-out double to Miller. Christian followed with a two-run shot to right-center, and Cheap Goats took a 2-1 lead. Dinger singled, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, making the score 4-1. Ryan then retired Miller to end the inning, and Jack Shack trailed by three runs.

George Phillips, Jack Shack’s emergency sub, tripled to lead off the top of the second. Christian got Ryan to ground out to left for the first out of the inning, but George scored on the play, cutting the deficit to 4-2. Christian then retired Jon to end the inning, and he had reached his innings limit for week 5.

Ryan rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Christian and striking out Dinger.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats in the top of the third, and after allowing a one-out single to George, he retired Ryan for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at first.

Ryan once again cruised in the bottom of the third, retiring Joey and Miller in order.

Chris hit a one-out single in the top of the fourth, but Dinger stranded another runner, retiring George for the second out of the inning.

Dinger hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fourth, but Ryan fanned Joey to strand the runner, ending the inning, and the score remained 4-2.

Ryan stranded four Cheap Goats baserunners, including Dinger when he struck out Joey in this at-bat

Ryan started the top of the fifth with a triple, and Jon drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the Cheap Goats lead to 4-3. Chris then singled, scoring Jon, and the game was tied at 4-4. Dinger retired George and Ryan to strand Chris at first, ending the inning, but Jack Shack had come back to tie the game.

Miller doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and he moved to third when Christian followed with a single. Cheap Goats had runners on the corners with no outs, but Ryan found a way to escape the inning unscathed. He retired Dinger and Joey, stranding two runners, and the score remained tied heading into the sixth inning.

Dinger retired Jon and Chris in order in the top of the sixth, and Cheap Goats would need a single run to win the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Miller once again led off an inning with a double, putting the winning run in scoring position with no outs. But Ryan once again stranded a Cheap Goats runner. He got retired Christian and Dinger to strand Miller at second, ending the inning and sending the game to extras.

Chris, making a leaping catch in right field, helped Jack Shack’s defense limit Cheap Goats to only four runs in seven innings

Jack Shack didn’t wait long to take command of the game in extra innings. George led off the top of the seventh with a solo homer, putting Jack Shack ahead 5-4. Two batters later, Jon hit a one-out double, giving Jack Shack an opportunity to take a two-run lead. Dinger buckled down, however retiring Chris to strand the runner at second, and Cheap Goats would trail by a run heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Ryan remained on the mound to close things out, and he was efficient. He retired Joey and Miller in order in the bottom of the seventh, ending the game and giving Jack Shack a surprising 5-4 win.

The win moved Jack Shack to 4-6 at the midway point in the 2023 season. The loss dropped Cheap Goats to 4-6 and into a tie with Jack Shack in the season standings at the halfway mark.

W: Ryan (1-0)
L: Dinger (2-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Ryan pitched all seven innings to get the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out two.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats in relief, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings.
– Christian started for Cheap Goats and got a no-decision, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings.
– George Phillips, Jack Shack’s emergency roster replacement, led them on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Miller led Cheap Goats in the loss, going 3-for-6 with three doubles and a run scored.

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