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Cheap Goats Extend Wiffle Series with 6-4 Win in Game 4

16 Oct

Dinger pitched the complete game win and had two hits as Cheap Goats got their first win of the Wiffle Series, avoiding a Jack Shack sweep and forcing a fifth game

Down 3-0 in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series and facing a sweep by Jack Shack, Cheap Goats rallied, as all four players had multiple hits in a 6-4 win in game four. Dinger pitched the complete game win and had two hits, Christian led the team with three hits, and Joey and Brett each contributed two runs and two extra-base hits as Cheap Goats handed Jack Shack their first playoff loss in franchise history.

Blaine, who had barely pitched all season, started on the mound for Jack Shack, and he was effective. He retired Brett and Joey in order in the top of the first.

Dinger fell behind early in the bottom of the first when Brian led off the game with a solo homer, and the leadoff shot gave Jack Shack a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Turbo singled, but Dinger avoided further damage, retiring Doc to strand the runner at first, ending the inning.

Brett connects on one of his two doubles in game four

Jack Shack removed Blaine from the mound, turning to their workhorse, Brian, and Cheap Goats bounced back in the top of the second. Christian led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Brett hit a one-out double to score him, tying the game at 1-1. Joey followed with an RBI triple, scoring Brett, and Cheap Goats led 2-1. Christian singled for his second hit of the inning, scoring Joey from third, and Cheap Goats were in front 3-1. Brian retired Dinger to end the inning, and Jack Shack trailed by two.

Dinger rolled through the bottom of the second, sending Blaine and Brian down in order.

Cheap Goats added to their lead in the top of the third. Brett led off the inning with a double, and Joey followed with a two-run shot, making the score 5-1. Brian retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after Joey’s two-run homer in the third

Jack Shack narrowed the deficit in the bottom of the third. Turbo hit a one-out triple, and Doc, after fouling off countless pitches, hit a two-run homer to right-center, cutting the score to 5-3. Dinger then retired Blaine to end the inning.

Brian retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the fourth, sending Brett and Joey down consecutively.

Adam, playing in his first full game back from injury, stepped into the Jack Shack lineup for Dustin and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer

Brian singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Jack Shack couldn’t plate him. Dinger retired Adam and Turbo to strand the runner, and the score remained 5-3.

Cheap Goats would add one more in the top of the fifth. Christian doubled to lead off the inning, and Dinger followed with a double, scoring him to make the score 6-3. Brian retired Brett and Joey to strand Dinger at second, ending the inning.

Christian, who led Cheap Goats with three hits, makes a catch for an out in right field

Dinger struck out Doc to start the bottom of the fifth, and after allowing a one-out single to Blaine, he retired Brian to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Dinger doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Cheap Goats lead would remain at three runs, as Brian retired Brett to strand him.

Joey went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI in the Cheap Goats win

Jack Shack were down 6-3 heading into their final at-bat. Adam led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot, cutting the score to 6-4. The rally would end there, however. Dinger retired Turbo and then struck out Doc to end the inning and the game, as Cheap Goats had won game four 6-4.

Jack Shack continued to lead the best-of-seven series, now ahead three games to one.

W: Dinger (3-0)
L: Brian (3-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out two.
– Brian took the loss for Jack Shack, pitching five innings of relief, giving up six runs on nine hits.
– Blaine started for Jack Shack and earned a no-decision, pitching one scoreless inning, the top of the first.
– Christian led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Turbo and Brian each had multiple hits for Jack Shack. Brian went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, a run scored, and an RBI. Turbo went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, and a run scored.
– Brian hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. It was his second leadoff homer of the 2020 postseason and of his postseason career.
– Doc tied the single-game postseason record for strikeouts with two. He ties Charlie, Dinger, and himself (from earlier in the 2020 postseason).
– Dinger tied the single-game postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two. He ties Bob, Guthrie, and Josh K.
– Jack Shack tied the single-game team postseason record for strikeouts, with two, tying Ham Slams (who did it twice), Cookies & Cream, and Jack Shack from earlier this postseason.
– Cheap Goats tied the single-game postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two, tying Questionable Outfit, Cookies & Cream, Eastbound & Dahn, and Guacamol-yay.

Jack Shack Move to Brink of Title with 6-1 Win in Game 3

12 Oct

Dustin continued his hot hand on the mound, allowing only one hit before handing the ball to Brian. They combined for a three-hitter in Jack Shack’s game 3 victory.

Dustin and Brian combined to allow only one run on three hits as Jack Shack took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series against Cheap Goats, moving them one win away from securing back-to-back titles. Dustin also homered, Turbo scored two run, and Doc drove in four of the Jack Shack runs, as Cheap Goats fell into a nearly insurmountable hole.

Dustin started on the mound, and he fell behind early. With one out in the top of the first, Joey hit a solo homer, putting Cheap Goats ahead 1-0. It would be the only run Cheap Goats scored in game three. Dustin then retired Christian to end the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after Joey’s solo homer in the top of the first

Jack Shack bounced back in the bottom of the first, and Dustin provided his own run support. With one out, he hit a solo homer off Cheap Goat’s starter, Christian, tying the game at 1-1. Christian then retired Turbo to end the inning.

Dustin rolled through the top of the second, retiring Dinger and Brett in order.

Doc is congratulated by teammates after his solo homer in the second inning

Jack Shack pulled ahead in the bottom of the second when Doc led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Christian retired Blaine and Brian to limit the damage, ending the inning.

Dustin continued to cruise in the top of the third, sending Joey and Christian down consecutively.

Christian delivers a pitch to Dustin, who went 2-for-3 with a single and a solo homer in what would be his last game of the Wiffle Series

Jack Shack extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Dustin led off with a single and moved from first to third when Turbo followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Doc hit a double off the right-center field wall, clearing the bases and putting Jack Shack in front 4-1. Christian retired Blaine and Brian to strand Doc at second, ending the inning.

Dustin retired Dinger to start the top of the fourth. Despite being in control, Jack Shack turned to the bullpen, bringing Brian to the mound. He retired Brett to end the inning.

Dustin snags a fly ball on the mound as darkness settles into the Wiffle Diamond

Turbo tripled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and Doc drove him in with an RBI double, pushing the score to 5-1. Christian retired Blaine to end the inning, stranding Doc at second.

Joey doubled to lead off the top of the fifth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t rally. Brian retired Christian and Dinger to strand Joey at second, and the score remained 5-1.

Jack Shack added a final insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Brian led off the inning with a triple, and the game was suspended due to darkness.

Doc, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and four RBI, awaits a pitch from Christian

A week later, the teams reconvened on the Wiffle Diamond and resumed action. Dustin, Jack Shack’s 2020 captain, was injured off the diamond between games, ruling him out for the season. Adam, co-MVP of the 2019 Wiffle Series, had been out nearly all of 2020 with an injury sustained early in the season. Having healed for months, he was available to return to the Jack Shack roster, and he was inserted into Dustin’s spot in the lineup. He was the first batter when play resumed, and he hit a double, scoring Brian to make the score 6-1. Christian retired Turbo for the first out of the inning before striking out Doc to strand Adam at second, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats trailed by five runs heading into the top of the sixth. Brian remained on the mound to close things out. He retired Brett, the first batter he faced, before allowing a one-out double to Joey. Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, however, as Brian retired Christian to strand the runner at second, ending the inning and the game, as Jack Shack won 6-1.

The win gave Jack Shack a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

W: Dustin (3-0)
L: Christian (1-4)
S: Brian (3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin earned the win for Jack Shack, allowing one run on one hit in 3.5 innings pitched.
– Brian picked up the save for Jack Shack, pitching 2.5 innings of relief, allowing no runs n two hits.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on nine hits and striking out one in five innings.
– Doc led Jack Shack on offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and four RBI.
– Dustin and Turbo also had two hits each for Jack Shack. Dustin went 2-for-3 with a single, a homer, two runs scored, and an RBI. Turbo went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, and two runs scored.
– Joey had the only hits for Cheap Goats, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Dustin Pitches Gem as Jack Shack Take Commanding Series Lead with 4-2 Win in Game Two

11 Oct

Dustin was in control on the mound, stifling the powerful Cheap Goats lineup, as Jack Shack won game two 4-2

Dustin allowed only two runs on six hits in five innings, silencing the Cheap Goats lineup that tore through the EWL in the second half of the regular season, as Jack Shack won game two 4-2 and took a two-games-to-zero lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series championship. Brian had three extra base hits, scored two runs, and earned the save on the mound, putting Cheap Goats in a hole and moving Jack Shack two wins away from a second title.

Christian started on the mound in game two, and after getting shelled in game one, he returned to form early. He retired Brian and Dustin in order in the top of the first.

Jack Shack’s starting pitcher, Dustin, matched him in the bottom of the first, sending Brett and Joey down consecutively, and the game was scoreless through one.

Christian continued to pitch effectively in the top of the second, retiring Turbo and Doc in order.

Dustin once again kept the pace in the bottom of the second, as Christian and Dinger were retired consecutively.

Jack Shack broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third. Blaine led off with a single, and he moved from first to third when Brian followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Dustin grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Blaine scored on the play, and Jack Shack led 1-0. Brian moved to third on the play, but Christian avoided further damage, retiring the next batter, Turbo, to strand the runner and end the inning.

Brett lands at second after one of his three doubles in the game

Cheap Goats pulled even in the bottom of the third. Brett started the inning with a double, and two batters later, Christian hit a one-out RBI double to score him, tying the game at 1-1. Dustin retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, stranding Christian at second.

Christian got back on track in the top of the fourth, sending Doc and Blaine down in order.

Joey snags a ball in centerfield for an out

Brett led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, and Joey followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Cheap Goats were threatening, but Dustin buckled down. He retired Christian and Dinger, who each flew out to center, stranding two runners and ending the inning with the score tied at 1-1.

Jack Shack would pull ahead in the top of the fifth. Brian started the inning with a triple, and the next batter, Dustin, hit an RBI single to score him, putting Jack Shack ahead 2-1. Two batters later, Doc hit a one-out RBI single, and Dustin scored from first on the play, extending the Jack Shack lead to 3-1. Christian then retired Blaine, stranding Doc at first, and ending the inning.

Brian went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits, and he earned the save on the mound, closing out game two for Jack Shack

Brett doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and two batters later, Christian hit an RBI double to score him, narrowing the score to 3-2. Dustin then retired Dinger to strand Christian at second, ending the inning.

Brian led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer, putting Jack Shack back in front by two runs, 4-2. Two batters later, Turbo hit a one-out triple, but Christian stranded him at third, retiring Doc to end the inning.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Christian, who he outdueled on the mound in Jack Shack’s game two victory

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Cheap Goats trailed 4-2. Jack Shack turned to their bullpen, bringing Brian to the mound to close things out. He retired the first batter he faced, Brett, before allowing a one-out double to Joey. Cheap Goats had the tying run at the plate, but they couldn’t rally. Brian retired Christian to strand Joey at second, ending the inning, and giving Jack Shack a 4-2 victory in game two.

The win gave Jack Shack a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

W: Dustin (2-0)
L: Christian (1-3)
S: Brian (2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin earned the win for Jack Shack, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings.
– Brian pitched one inning of relief for Jack Shack, allowing one hit, no runs, and picking up the save.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, and was the only Jack Shack player with multiple hits. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Brett, Joey, and Christian each had multiple hits for Cheap Goats. Brett went 3-for-5 with three triples and two runs scored. Joey went 2-for-5 with a single and a double. Christian went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

All Five Jack Shack Players Homer in 10-6 Game One Win Over Cheap Goats

10 Oct

Brian had two hits, including a leadoff homer in the first at-bat of the Wiffle Series, and pitched the complete game win, as Jack Shack remained undefeated as a franchise in their playoff history

The defending EWL champions picked up where they left off in both the first round of the 2020 playoffs and in the 2019 Wiffle Series, as they all homered at least once, combining for seven home runs in a 10-6 game one win over Cheap Goats. Dustin and Turbo each had two homers, Brian homered and picked up the complete game win on the mound, and Doc and Blaine also hit home runs as Jack Shack cruised to an early lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series.

Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he fell behind early. Brian led off the game and the Wiffle Series with a solo shot to left-center, putting Jack Shack ahead immediately 1-0. Two batters later, Turbo hit a solo homer to right-center, and Jack Shack led 2-0. Christian then retired Doc to end the inning.

Brian started for Jack Shack, and he faced a similar fate to Christian, as Brett led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Joey followed with a single, but Cheap Goats couldn’t tie the game. Brian retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Jack Shack led by a run.

Jack Shack continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the second. Blaine led off the inning with a solo homer, pushing the score to 3-1. Two batters later, Dustin homered, putting Jack Shack ahead 4-1. Turbo followed with his second consecutive homer, and the back-to-back jacks gave Jack Shack a 5-1 lead. Cheap Goats removed Christian from the mound and brought Dinger in from the bullpen. He retired the first batter he faced, Doc, ending the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Joey hit a solo homer to left, cutting the deficit to 5-2. Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, however, as Brian retired Christian to end the inning.

Joey drove in five of the six Cheap Goats runs

Dinger rolled through the top of the third, retiring the side in order.

Dinger led off the bottom of the third with a double, but Brian stranded the runner, retiring Brett and Joey, and the score remained 5-2.

Dustin hauls in a high fly for an out in center field

Jack Shack extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Turbo singled with one out, and Doc drove him in with a two-run homer to right, putting Jack Shack in front 7-2. Dinger retired Blaine to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by five.

Doc’s two-run homer in the fourth put Jack Shack ahead 7-2.

Dinger singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and he moved from first to third when Brett followed with a double. Joey cleared the bases with an RBI double, scoring both runners to narrow the Jack Shack lead to 7-4. Brian then retired Christian to strand Joey at second, ending the inning.

Jack Shack immediately made up the difference in the top of the fifth. Brian started the inning with a double, and Dustin drove him in with his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that made the score 9-4. Dinger retired the next two batters to end the inning, and Cheap Goats once again were behind by five runs.

Christian snags a fly ball for an out in right field

Brett doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Brian stranded yet another Cheap Goats base runner, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Jack Shack added one insurance run in the top of the sixth. Blaine led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Dustin hit a one-out triple to drive him in, making the score 10-4. Dinger then retired Turbo to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by six heading into their final at-bat.

Dustin went 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, and four RBI to help lead Jack Shack to victory in game one.

Christian started the bottom of the sixth with a single, and two batters later, Brett doubled to move Christian to third. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Joey doubled, driving in both runners to cut the score to 10-6. Brian would end the rally there, however, as he retired Christian for the second out of the inning, giving Jack Shack a 10-6 victory in game one.

Jack Shack took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

W: Brian (3-0)
L: Christian (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing six runs on eleven hits.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up five runs on five hits in 1.5 innings.
– Dinger pitched 4.5 innings of relief for Cheap Goats, allowing five runs on seven hits.
– Dustin and Turbo each had three hits to lead Jack Shack on offense. Dustin went 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs, two runs scored, and four RBI. Turbo went 3-for-5 with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Brett and Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, both going 4-for-6. Brett had three doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI. Joey had a single, two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and five RBI.

Christian of Cheap Goats Voted Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for Week 2 of the 2020 Playoffs

9 Oct

With one of Cheap Goats’ stars out due to injury, Christian stepped up and delivered one of the best weeks of his career, leading Cheap Goats to the 2020 Wiffle Series and earning Wiffler of the Week honors.

After steadily improving throughout the season, Christian’s 2020 Wiffle campaign peaked during week 2 of the EWL playoffs, when he had six extra-base hits, leading Cheap Goats to a first round win in their series against Shady Characters and the franchise’s first berth in the Wiffle Series.

Christian turned in career numbers during the 2020 regular season and consistently delivered timely hits during Cheap Goat’s second half surge to the regular season pennant. Without veteran Jordan in the lineup, Christian stepped up, making key plays in the field and propelling the Cheap Goats offense to a series-clinching win over Shady Characters.

In a 6-2 loss in game three of the series, Christian went 2-for-3 with two doubles. He was the only Cheap Goats player with multiple hits in the game, and had two of the team’s four hits.

In a 13-6 win in game four of the series, Christian went 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, and four runs scored. He also pitched one inning of scoreless relief, closing out the final inning that sent Cheap Goats to the Wiffle Series.

In total, Christian went 7-for-10 with a single, five doubles, a triple, and four runs scored.

This is the first time Christian has been voted PBR Wiffler of the Week in his wiffle career.