​Norris Tops Christian in Pitcher’s Duel as Loss Mitigation Beats Cheap Goats 3-1

18 Jun

Norris pitched a gem in the complete game win, allowing only one run on four hits, and he also provided his own run support with a solo homer in the third.

In one of the lowest scoring games of the 2018 season thus far, Loss Mitigation edged Cheap Goats 3-1, as Norris allowed only a single run on four hits in a complete game victory. Norris also homered in the game, as Loss Mitigation found a way to win even with their potent offense held in check by Christian and Cheap Goats.

Jordan singled off Norris to start the top of the first, but he was stranded, as Joey and Christian were retired to end the inning. Christian cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Bob and Mike in order.

Dinger singled to lead off the top of the second, but Norris stranded another Cheap Goats runner, retiring the next two batters to end the inning, and the game remained scoreless.

Mike camps under a fly ball. The Loss Mitigation defense was stellar, as always, in the win.

Loss Mitigation would get on the board in the bottom of the second. Nate singled, and two batters later, Bob hit a one-out double, scoring Nate to put Loss Mitigation ahead 1-0. Christian retired Mike to strand Bob, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by a run.

Norris retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the third, and he’d provide his own run support in the bottom of the inning. With one out, he hit a solo homer to left-center, putting Loss Mitigation in front 2-0.

Christian was very effective, limiting Loss Mitigation to only three runs on six hits, despite taking the loss.

Cheap Goats would cut into the Loss Mitigation lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer to left, making the score 1-0. Norris retired the next batter, Christian, to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by a run.

Christian retired Loss Mitigation in order in the bottom of the fourth, sending Mike and Nate down consecutively.

Loss Mitigation celebrates at the plate after Norris’s solo homer.

Jordan doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Norris was able to strand another Cheap Goats runner, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Loss Mitigation would add an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Bob singled with one out, and he moved to second when Mike followed with a single. Nate then singled, scoring Bob, but Nate was tagged out trying to extend the hit into a double, which ended the inning.

Christian delivers a pitch to Nate, who went 2-for-4 with two singles in the Loss Mitigation win.

Down 3-1, Cheap Goats would need a rally that they couldn’t start in the top of the sixth. Norris retired Christian and Dinger in order, ending the inning and giving Loss Mitigation the 3-1 win.

The win moved Loss Mitigation to 7-3 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 4-6.

W: Norris (4-2)
L: Christian (2-5)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Norris pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing one run on four hits in six innings.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings.
– Bob led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer.

Porkswords Pull Away in Extra Innings to Beat Cheap Goats 7-4 in Darkness Delayed Game

17 Jun

In what may be the last game of an illustrious wiffle career, Steve went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a two-run homer to help lead the Porkswords to victory.

The Porkswords and Cheap Goats were tied at 3-3 after seven innings, with both teams going four consecutive innings without scoring, when the matchup was postponed due to darkness. When the game was resumed in the eighth two weeks later (due to a rain delayed week), the Porkswords scored four runs in the top half of the inning, and the Cheap Goats couldn’t match them. Josh led the Porkswords with three hits, and his triple to lead off the top of the eighth sparked the rally that led to the victory.

Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a one-out double to Stove in the top of the first, he retired Savage Love to end the inning.

Cheap Goats would get on the board early in the bottom of the inning. Jordan doubled off the Porkswords starter, Adam, and Joey followed with a two-run shot to left, putting Cheap Goats ahead 2-0. Christian followed with a single, but Adam avoided further damage, retiring Dinger and striking out Bob to strand the runner and end the inning.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second. Adam led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Josh followed with a triple, and Steve drove him in with a two-run blast that gave the Porkswords a 3-2 lead. Christian retired Savage and Adam to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by a run.

Jordan doubled to start the bottom of the second, and Joey followed with a single, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs. It looked as if Cheap Goats would rally to tie or take the lead, but Adam buckled down. He retired Christian and Dinger to strand both runners, ending the inning and preserving the Porkswords one run lead.

Christian had met his innings limit, and Cheap Goats turned to Dinger from the bullpen in the top of the third. He retired the side in order, sending Josh and Steve down consecutively.

Cheap Goats would even things up in the bottom of the third. With one out, Jordan hit a solo homer to left-center, tying the game at 3-3. Adam then retired Joey to end the inning.

Dinger continued to roll in the top of the fourth, pitching his second consecutive perfect frame. Adam matched him in the bottom of the fourth, sending Christian and Dinger down in order.

Steve singled with one out in the top of the fifth, but the Porkswords couldn’t advance him, as Dinger retired Savage to strand the runner and end the inning. Adam once again rolled in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Bob and Jordan, and the game was tied at 3-3 heading into the sixth.

Jordan went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a home run for the Cheap Goats in a losing effort.

Adam doubled to lead off the top of the sixth, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position with no outs. But the Porkswords couldn’t capitalize, as Dinger got both Josh and Steve to fly out to Joey in center, stranding the runner and ending the inning.

Cheap Goats needed only a run to win the game, but they didn’t threaten in the bottom of the sixth, as Joey and Christian were both retired by Adam, sending the game to extra innings.

As darkness settled in, the Porkswords went in order in the top of the seventh. Dinger retired Savage and Adam in order, and Cheap Goats had another chance to walk off with a win.

Adam continued to pitch effectively in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Dinger and Bob, and the game remained tied at 3-3 through seven innings.

The game was postponed due to darkness, and was scheduled to be resumed to begin week 6. Week 6 was postponed entirely due to rain, so the game picked up two weeks later in the top of the eighth.

John’s RBI double in the top of the eight plated the first of four runs in the extra frame.

The Porkswords came back from the two week layoff swinging hot bats, and they took advantage of multiple fielding errors on the part of Cheap Goats. Josh led off the resumed game with a triple, and John, who had substituted for Steve, drove him in with an RBI double that put the Porkswords ahead 4-3. Adam then doubled, scoring John to make the score 5-3. Savage followed with another double, scoring Adam, and the Porkswords led 6-3. Josh got his second hit of the inning, an RBI single that scored Savage, and the Porkswords had scored four consecutive runs to take a 7-3 lead. Dinger finally escaped the inning, retiring John and Adam, and Cheap Goats would need four runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend the game.

Jordan doubled for the third time in the game to lead off the bottom of the inning, and two batters later, Christian hit an RBI single to score him, cutting the deficit to 7-4. But the Cheap Goats rally would end there, as Adam retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving the Porkswords the 7-4 extra-innings victory.

The win moved the Porkswords to .500 at 5-5 on the year, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to last place in the EWL standings at 4-6.

W: Adam (1-0)
L: Dinger (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Adam pitched the complete game win for the Porkswords, pitching all eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out one.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats. He pitched six innings of relief, giving up four runs on seven hits.
– Christian earned a no-decision, pitching two innings for Cheap Goats while allowing three runs on four hits.
– Josh led the Porkswords on offense, going 3-for-7 with a single, two triples, and two runs scored.
– Jordan led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Porkswords Hang on to Narrowly Defeat Shady Characters 9-8

5 Jun

The Porkswords celebrate at the plate after Adam’s solo homer in the fifth inning.

After trailing late, the Porkswords pulled ahead in the top of the sixth with a rally led by Josh and Steve, and held on to beat Shady Characters 9-8. Josh, Steve, and Adam homered and contributed three hits each, and Steve’s two-run homer put the Porkswords ahead for good in the sixth inning.

Tom K started for Shady Characters with two innings of eligibility remaining in week 5. He fell behind early, as the Porkswords jumped out to a lead in the top of the first. Josh led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Rair Smokers, making his debut for the Porkswords, drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Adam then tripled, scoring Rair, and the Porkswords led 2-0. Tom K retired Josh to end the inning, and his offense would bounce back in the bottom of the first.

Josh took the mound for the Porkswords, and the first batter he faced, Dylan, hit a solo homer to right-center, cutting the score to 2-1. Erich followed with a double, and he scored when Tom K drove him in with an RBI triple that tied the game at 2-2. Josh got Levi Sanders to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Tom K scored on the play, putting Shady Characters ahead 3-2. Dylan followed with a double, but the Shady Characters inning would end there, as Josh retired Erich to strand the runner at second and end the inning.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second to tie the game when Steve led off the inning with a solo homer. Tom K retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the score was tied at 3-3.

Levi singled with one out in the bottom of the second, but Shady Characters couldn’t regain the lead, as Josh retired Dylan to strand the runner, ending the inning with the game tied.

Josh of the Porkswords delivers a pitch to Dylan, who went 4-for-6 with a double and three homers to lead Shady Characters on offense

The Porkswords pulled back ahead in the top of the third. With Tom K at his innings limit for the week, Dylan entered the game, and the first batter he faced, Josh, hit a solo homer to right. Steve followed with a triple, and two batters later, Adam hit an RBI double to drive him in, putting the Porkswords ahead 5-3.

Tom K singled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Josh stranded a Shady Characters runner for the second consecutive inning, retiring Levi to end the inning and the Porkswords maintained a two run lead.

Erich of Shady Characters makes a play in the field.

Dylan retired the Porkswords in order in the top of the fourth, and Shady Characters would take the lead with a big inning in the bottom of the fourth.

Dylan started the inning by providing his own run support, hitting a solo homer to right, which cut the score to 5-4. Erich followed with a solo shot, and Tom K also followed with a homer, his first career round-tripper. Shady Characters had hit three consecutive home runs, and Levi completed the rare feat of a team going 1-through-4 in the lineup with four consecutive homers when he crushed a solo shot to right. Shady Characters had hit four consecutive solo homers to start the inning, and had taken a 7-5 lead without recording an out. Dylan had a chance to tie the EWL record of five consecutive homers, but Josh got him to fly out to right-center for the first out of the inning. Josh then retired Erich for the second out to end the inning, but Shady Characters had gone from trailing by two runs to taking a two-run lead heading into the fifth.

The Porkswords cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth when Adam led off the inning with a solo homer. Dylan retired Josh and Steve to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 7-6.

Josh retired Shady Characters in order in the bottom of the fifth, and the Porkswords trailed by a run heading into their final at-bat.

Rair doubled to start the top of the sixth, and he moved from second to third on Adam’s sacrifice fly. The Porkswords were down to their last out with the tying run on third, when Josh hit a single, scoring Rair to tie the game at 7-7. Steve came to the plate with Josh on first and crushed a solo bomb to right-center, and the Porkswords now led 9-7. Dylan retired Rair to end the inning, but Shady Characters one-run lead had turned into a two-run deficit in the sixth.

Steve’s two run homer in the top of the sixth put the Porkswords ahead 9-7.

Down two, Dylan helped himself out in the bottom of the sixth, leading off the inning with his third homer of the game. The solo shot cut the Porkswords lead to one, and the score was 9-8. The next batter, Erich, went down on strikes, and Shady Characters were down to their final out. Tom K singled, putting the tying run on base, but Josh buckled down and retired Levi for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving the Porkswords a dramatic 9-8 win.

The win, the Porkswords’ third straight, moved their record to 4-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 4-5.

W: Josh (2-1)
L: Dylan (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh pitched the complete game win for the Porkswords, allowing eight runs on twelve hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Dylan took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on seven hits in four innings of relief.
– Tom K started the game for Shady Characters, and earned a no decision. He allowed three runs on four hits in two innings.
– Steve and Josh each went 3-for-6 for the Porkswords. Josh had a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Steve had a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Adam also went 3-for-4 for the Porkswords with a sacrifice fly, a double, a triple, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.

Norris Pitches Gem as Loss Mitigation Storms Past Cheap Goats 9-2

4 Jun

Norris pitched the complete game win, and also went 3-for-5 at the plate with three doubles.

Norris allowed only two runs and scattered seven hits and had three extra-base hits at the plate, as Loss Mitigation rolled past Cheap Goats 9-2. Bob and Mike helped put Loss Mitigation ahead early, and Norris secured the victory late, as Cheap Goats couldn’t get their offense rolling as they were soundly defeated.

Loss Mitigation celebrates at the plate after Mike’s two-run homer in the first inning

With two innings of eligibility left in week 5, Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he was hit hard. Bob led off the game with a solo homer, and Loss Mitigation was ahead 1-0 immediately. Mike followed with a single, and after striking out Nate for the first out of the inning, Christian allowed a one-out double to Norris. Mike scored from first, and Loss Mitigation led 2-0. Bob followed with an RBI single, scoring Norris to put Loss Mitigation ahead 3-0, and Mike followed with a two-run blast, clearing the bases. Christian struck out Nate for the second time in the inning, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 5-0.

Norris started for Loss Migitation, and he was effective throughout the contest. Joey doubled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, as Norris retired Christian to strand the runner and end the inning with the score 5-0.

Joey catches a fly ball in center for Cheap Goats, as Jordan watches

Christian regained command in the top of the second, retiring Norris and Bob in order, and he had reached his eight innings of eligibility for the week. Norris cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Cheap Goats in order, and the score remained 5-0.

Christian delivers a pitch to Mike, who went 3-for-6 with a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Cheap Goats inserted Dinger to relieve Christian, and Loss Mitigation would get to him as well. The first batter he faced, Mike, doubled, and Nate drove him in with an RBI double that extended the Cheap Goats deficit to 6-0. Norris then doubled, scoring Nate, and Loss Mitigation led 7-0. The next batter, Bob, also doubled, making four consecutive doubles for Loss Mitigation. However, Bob was caught out in between second and third on the play, and Norris was also caught trying to score. The double play ended the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by seven runs.

Jordan singled to start the bottom of the third, but once again, Cheap Goats couldn’t get their offense going. Norris retired Joey and Christian to strand the runner, and the score was 7-0 through three innings.

Bob and Nate converge on a fly ball in center field

Dinger struck out Mike to start the top of the fourth, and after allowing a triple to Nate, he retired Norris to strand the runner, ending the inning. Norris matched him in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Dinger of Cheap Goats reaches out for a fly ball as Norris of Loss Mitigation heads into first base

Loss Mitigation would add another insurance run in the top of the fifth when Bob led off the inning with his second homer of the game. Dinger retired Mike and Nate to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation was ahead 8-0.

Cheap Goats finally got on the board in the fifth inning. Jordan doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Christian drove him in with an RBI single that cut the score to 8-1.

Jordan went 3-for-4 to lead Cheap Goats, with a single, a double, a triple, and two runs scored

Loss Mitigation made up for the run in the top of the sixth, when Norris led off the inning with a solo homer. Dinger retired Bob and Mike to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 9-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Dinzger delivers a pitcher to Bob, who went 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI, leading Loss Mitigation

Jordan tripled with one out in the bottom of the sixth, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that cut the score to 9-2. The rally would end there, however, as Norris retired Christian for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Loss Mitigation the 9-2 win.

The win moved Loss Mitigation to 6-3 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats under .500 to 4-5 for the year.

W: Norris (3-2)
L: Christian (2-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Norris pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap goats, giving up five runs on five hits and striking out two in two innings pitched.
– Dinger pitched four innings of relief for Cheap Goats, giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out one.
– Christian struck out the side in the first inning, only the sixth time in EWL history that a pitcher had accomplished the feat. It was Christian’s second time striking out the side this season, and of the six instances in league history, he is responsible for three of them.
– Bob led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Norris went 3-for-5 at the plate, with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Jordan led Cheap Goats, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple, and two runs scored.

Nate Keeps Shady Characters Quiet, Bob Homers Twice in 5-3 Loss Mitigation Victory

4 Jun

Bob went 3-for-5 to lead Loss Mitigation, with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.

Bob went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI and also earned a save, and Nate also homered and allowed only three runs in five innings, as Loss Mitigation topped Shady Characters 5-3. Shady Characters couldn’t figure out Loss Mitigation’s pitching, and Bob and Nate provided just enough offense to secure the victory, maintaining Loss Mitigation’s spot atop the EWL standings.

Tom K took the mound for Shady Characters, and he looked good early, retiring the league’s two most potent hitters, Bob and Mike, in order in the top of the first. Dylan doubled off Nate to start the bottom of the first, but he was stranded, as Erich and Tom K were retired to end the first with the game scoreless.

Loss Mitigation got on the board in the top of the second when Nate led off the inning with a solo homer. Two batters later, Bob homered, and his solo shot put Loss Mitigation ahead 2-0.

Nate connects on one of his two extra-bast hits. He went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer, and an RBI.

Shady Characters would cut into the lead in the bottom of the second. With one out, Dylan hit a towering solo homer to right-center, and the score was 2-1. Erich followed with a triple, but Shady Characters couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired Tom K to strand the runner and end the inning.

Loss Mitigation added to their lead in the top of the third. Tom K struck out Nate for the first out of the inning, but after allowing a one-out single to Norris, Bob crushed a monster two-run blast to right, putting Loss Mitigation in front 4-1. Mike followed with a triple, but Tom K avoided further damage, retiring Nate to strand the runner and end the inning with Shady Characters down by three runs.

Nate cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.

Mike makes yet another spectacular catch in the field for Loss Mitigation

Norris led off the top of the fourth with a double, but Loss Mitigation couldn’t extend the lead, as Tom K retired Bob and Mike to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Erich led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, cutting the deficit to 4-2. Tom K followed with a single, but Shady Characters couldn’t rally, as Nate retired the next two batters to end the inning with Loss Mitigation ahead by two runs.

Erich homered twice in the middle innings to help draw Shady Characters closer to Loss Mitigation and went 3-for-5 in the game

Tom K retired Loss Mitigation in order in the top of the fifth, and Shady Characters would draw a bit closer in the bottom of the inning. For the second consecutive inning, Erich led off with a solo homer, and the score was 4-3. Tom K followed with a double, but when Stove, the next batter, singled, Tom K was not only caught in between second and third, but Stove was caught in between first and second. The double play ended the inning, stranding two runners, and Loss Mitigation led by a run heading into the sixth.

Nate was strong on the mound and kept the Shady Characters bats in check, allowing only three runs in five innings.

Loss Mitigation would get one additional insurance run in the top of the sixth. Bob singled, and two batters later, Nate drove him in with an RBI triple that extended the Loss Mitigation lead to 5-3. Tom K retired Norris to end the inning, and Shady Characters were behind by two runs.

Loss Mitigation celebrates with Bob at the plate after one of his two homers

Presented with a rare save opportunity, Loss Mitigation brought Bob from the bullpen to relieve Nate in the bottom of the sixth. He was effective, retiring Dylan and Nate in order to end the game, giving Loss Mitigation the 5-3 victory.

The win moved Loss Mitigation to 5-3 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 4-4.

W: Nate (3-1)
L: Tom K (3-2)
S: Bob (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate earned the win for Loss Mitigation, giving up three runs on eight hits in five innings.
– Bob pitched a perfect frame in the sixth inning to pick up the save, Loss Mitigation’s first of 2018 and the second overall save in the EWL this season.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Bob led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Josh Leads Porkswords to 8-7 Win Over Cheap Goats, Miller Falls to Injury

3 Jun

Miller, the 2017 EWL Pitch King with Questionable Outfit, went 2-for-4 with an RBI sac fly, double, homer, and three RBI before leaving the game with a season-ending injury.

Despite losing their team captain, Miller, to what later was diagnosed as the worst injury in the history of the EWL, the Porkswords beat Cheap Goats 8-7 led by Josh, who went 6-for-6 with two home runs. Miller came up lame after making an approach toward a fly ball in foul territory and immediately left the game. He was later diagnosed with a ruptured achilles tendon, the a season-ending injury that became the most severe wiffle injury the league has seen. Josh’s six hits and Steve’s three extra-base hits helped the Porkswords pick up a narrow victory, moving them closer to the rest of the league in the EWL standings.

Miller started on the mound for the Porkswords, and the first batter he faced, Jordan, hit a towering solo homer to left-center, putting Cheap Goats ahead 1-0. Miller retired the next two batters, Joey and Christian, to end the inning.

Cheap Goats sent Christian to the mound, and he was effective in the first inning. Josh started the inning with a single, but Christian stranded him, retiring Steve and Miller as the score remained 1-0.

Miller would fall further behind in the top of the second. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third on a Bob double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Jordan homered for the second time in as many at-bats, and his three-run shot put Cheap Goats ahead 4-0. Miller retired Joey and Christian to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by four.

Jordan homered in the first and second inning, and finished 5-for-5 with a single, two doubles, three runs scored, and he drove in six of Cheap Goats seven runs

Miller would get run support from his offense in the bottom of the second, as the Porkswords would draw even. Adam led off the inning with a solo homer, putting the Porkswords on the board 4-1. Josh followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers had cut the score to 4-2. Steve then tripled, and he scored on Miller’s sac fly, and the score was 4-3. Adam tripled, and Josh drove him in with an RBI single that tied the game at 4-4. Christian finally escaped the inning by retiring Steve for the second out, and the Porkswords had scored four runs to even the game at 4-4.

Cheap Goats pulled ahead again in the top of the third. Dinger doubled, and two batters later, Jordan drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 5-4. Joey then singled, putting runner on first and second with one out. Christian singled to right, scoring Dinger, and Cheap Goats led 6-4. Miller retired Dinger to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by two runs.

Once again, the Porkswords would fight back in the bottom of the third. Miller provided his own run support, leading off the inning with a solo homer to right-center which made the score 6-5. Two batters later, with one out, Josh homered for the second time in the game, and his solo shot tied the game at 6-6. Steve followed with a double, but Christian escaped further damage, retiring Miller to end the inning with the game tied at 6-6.

Jordan doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t regain the lead, as Miller retired Joey to strand the runner and end the inning.

The Porkswords would pull ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fourth. Josh singled with one out, and Steve drove him in with an RBI triple, putting the Porkswords in front 7-6. Miller then doubled, scoring Steve, and the score was 8-6. Christian retired Adam to end the inning, and Cheap Goats had fallen behind by two runs.

Josh was a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate, with four singles, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI

Christian led off the top of the fifth with a single, and Miller’s season would end on the next at-bat. Dinger came to the plate and hit a seemingly meaningless fly ball in foul territory along the third base line. As Miller came off the mound to approach the ball, he felt a snap, and immediately left the game. After visiting Shadyside hospital, he was later diagnosed with a ruptured achilles tendon, ending his season.

After Miller’s injury, the Porkswords rallied, picking up Red Dick, who had played with them earlier in the season. Adam took the mound, and he retired Dinger for the first out of the inning. Bob followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with one out. Jordan doubled, scoring Christian to make the score 8-7. Bob attempted to score on the play, but was caught out in between third and home, ending the inning, and the Porkswords maintained a one-run lead.

Christian of Cheap Coats delivers a pitch to Josh of the Porkswords as the rest of the league looks on

Josh singled to start the bottom of the fifth, his sixth consecutive hit. But the Porkswords couldn’t add any insurance runs, as Christian retired the next two batters to strand the runner, and Cheap Goats trailed by a run heading into the sixth.

Adam remained in the game to close things out, and he made quick work of Cheap Goats in the top of the sixth. Joey grounded out to the mound, and Christian flew out to right-center, ending the game and giving the Porkswords an 8-7 victory.

The win moved the Porkswords to 3-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 4-4.

W: Miller (1-3)
L: Christian (2-4)
S: Adam (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller earned the win for the Porkswords, allowing seven runs on ten hits in four innings.
– Adam earned the first save of the 2018 season, and did not give up a run on two hits in two innings of relief.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, allowing eight runs on thirteen hits in five innings.
– Josh led the Porkswords at the plate, going a perfect 6-for-6 with four singles, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Jordan also was perfect for Cheap Goats, leading them on offense by going 5-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI.

Miller Hits Walk-Off in Bottom of Sixth in Porkswords Stunning 13-12 Comeback Win Over Loss Mitigation

28 May

In a wet and soggy game, the Porkswords squandered an early lead against Loss Mitigation before mounting a dramatic comeback, punctuated by Miller’s two-run walk-off homer to left-center that ended one of the best games of the young 2018 season. Down 12-9 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Adam hit a two-run homer to draw the Porkswords closer before Miller capitalized on a Loss Mitigation fielding error with his walk off homer that completed a four-run comeback in the last game of week 4 before rain forced the remaining games to be postponed.

Josh started for the Porkswords, and Loss Mitigation would take an early lead against him in the top of the first. Bob led off the game with a double, and he moved scored from second when Mike followed with an RBI single that made the score 1-0. Nate then doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs, and Norris drove in one of the runners when he grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Josh then retired Bob to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation led 2-0.

The Porkswords bounced right back in the bottom of the first. Josh led off with a double, and Adam followed with a two-run homer that tied the game at 2-2. Steve then tripled, and he scored when John grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Loss Mitigation’s starter, Norris, retired Miller to end the inning, and the Porkswords had pulled ahead 3-2.

Loss Mitigation evened things up in the top of the second. Nate doubled with one out, and Norris tied the game with an RBI single to score Nate, making the score 3-3. Bob followed with a double, but Josh retired Mike to strand him, ending the inning with the game tied. Norris cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order, and the score was 3-3 through two innings.

Josh sent Nate and Norris down consecutively in the top of the third, and the Porkswords would take a big lead in the bottom of the third.

Steve led off the inning with his second triple of the game, and he scored on John’s RBI single, giving the Porkswords a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, with one out, Josh hit a two-run homer, scoring John, and the score was 6-3. Adam followed with a single, and Steve hit a towering two-run home run to right-center, putting the Porkswords ahead 8-3. John followed with his second single of the inning, but when Miller also singled, John was caught in between first and second for the second out, ending the inning.

Down five runs, Loss Mitigation cut into the deficit in the top of the fourth. Bob led off with a single, and Mike drove him in with a two-run homer to left, cutting the score to 8-5. Josh retired the next two batters, Nate and Norris, to end the inning.

Josh started the bottom of the fourth with his second homer of the game, a solo shot that made the score 9-5. Norris retired Adam and Steve to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation trailed by four runs through four innings.

Loss Mitigation got to work in the top of the fifth, erasing the Porkswords lead. Bob singled, and for the second consecutive inning, Mike drove him in with a two-run homer, cutting the Porkswords lead to 9-7. Nate doubled, and two batters later, Bob hit an RBI double to score him, and Loss Mitigation trailed 9-8. Mike then doubled, scoring Bob from second, and Loss Mitigation had tied the game at 9-9. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, but the Porkswords has relinquished a four run lead, as the game was tied.

Norris retired John and Miller in order in the bottom of the fifth, and as the rain continued to fall, the score was 9-9 heading into the final frame.

After coming back to tie the game in the fifth, Loss Mitigation would pull ahead in the sixth. Norris led off the inning with a single, and Bob put Loss Mitigation ahead for the first time in the game with a two-run homer, which made the score 11-9. Mike followed with a single, and Nate drove him in with an RBI double that put Loss Mitigation ahead 12-9. Two batters later, Bob singled, putting runners on the corners with one out, and it looked as if Loss Mitigation would blow the game open. However, Josh got Mike to fly out to left-center, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

The Porkswords had led the game throughout the first four innings before allowing Loss Mitigation to score seven unanswered runs, first tying the game and then taking a three run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. It looked as if the Porkswords struggles would continue with another loss, but instead, they rallied with a series of hits that would provide a dramatic finish. Josh started the bottom of the sixth with a double, his fourth extra-base hit of the game. Adam followed with a two-run blast, his second two-run homer of the game, and after two batters, the Porkswords had narrowed the score to 12-11. Norris retired Steve for the first out of the inning, and the Porkswords were down to their final out. John hit a fly ball to shallow right, which Bob has been known to catch routinely. As the rain fell, he struggled to track it, and the ball fell off his hands and in for a single, giving the Porkswords hope. With the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate, Miller came up to bat, having been in a slump for most of the 2018 season. He may have found the turning point in his season, as he took full advantage of the fielding error. He crushed the ball to deep left-center, and Loss Mitigation immediately knew that they had blown the lead and game, as Miller trotted around the bases in the rain for a walk-off two-run homer that gave the Porkswords a stunning 13-12 win.

The win moved the Porkswords to 2-5 on the season, and with the loss, Loss Mitigation fell to 4-3, in a three way tie for first with Cheap Goats and Shady Characters.

Note: There were no photos taken during the game due to consistent rain and winds.

W: Josh (1-1)
L: Norris (2-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh pitched the complete game win for the Porkswords, giving up twelve runs on eighteen hits in six innings.
– Norris took the loss for Loss Mitigation, allowing thirteen runs on fifteen hits in 5.5 innings.
– Josh led the Porkswords on offense, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Adam had two home runs for the Porkswords, going 3-for-5 also with a single and four RBI.
– Bob led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 7-for-8 with three singles, three doubles, a home run, five runs scored, and four RBI.
– Miller became the third player in 2018 to hit a walk-off homer, and it was the first of his career.