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Mike Hits for Cycle, Perfect 6-for-6, and Carries Loss Mitigation to 8-6 Game 1 Win Over Porkswords

31 Jul

Mike was dominant in game 1, going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle, carrying his team to victory

Playing without their MVP candidate and team captain Bob, Loss Mitigation relied heavily on their other MVP candidate, Mike, who did the heavy lifting in a game 1 win over the Porkswords. Mike went a perfect 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, and two homers, hitting for the cycle and driving in four of the Loss Mitigation runs. His two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave Loss Mitigation a two-run lead, which the Porkswords couldn’t overcome in the top of the sixth. Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, and overcame big games from Adam and Frosty on offense.

Nate of Loss Mitigation delivers a pitch to Adam of the Porkswords as members of the league and some fans look on

Nate started on the mound for Loss Mitigation, and after a strong regular season as a starting pitcher, the Porkswords hit him harder than anticipated in game 1. Adam led off the game with a double, and Josh gave the Porkswords a 1-0 lead with an RBI double before Loss Mitigation had recorded an out. Nate buckled down, retiring the next two batters, Bob and Frosty, to strand Josh at second and end the inning.

Frosty, who hadn’t been seen on the wiffle diamond in years, appeared on the Porkswords playoff roster. Here he is with his new teammate, Bob.

Josh took the mound for the Porkswords, and he escaped the first inning unscathed. Mike led off the game with a double, but Loss Mitigation couldn’t capitalize. Josh retired Nate and Norris to end the inning, and the score was 1-0 through an inning.

Nate rolled through the top of the second, retiring the side in order, and Loss Mitigation would provide him with plenty of run support in the bottom of the second. Reggie led off the inning with a single, and Mike drove him in with an RBI triple that tied the game at 1-1. Nate followed with a two-run blast to left-center, and Loss Mitigation led 3-1. Norris then tripled, and Reggie drove him in with a two-run blast to center, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 5-1. Mike then hit a solo shot to the absolute deepest part of center field, and the score was 6-1. Josh retired the next two batters to end the inning, but Loss Mitigation had posted six runs in the bottom of the second, taking an early five-run lead.

Nate, who earned the win on the mound for Loss Mitigation, connects on a two-run homer in the bottom of the second.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second. Frosty, an EWL playoff legend making his first wiffle appearance in years, doubled with one out, and Adam drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a triple, scoring Adam, and the score was 6-3. Nate struck out Bob to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by three runs.

Reggie and Mike each singled to start the bottom of the third, but Josh escaped the inning, retiring Nate and Norris to strand both runners, and the score remained 6-3.

Adam snags a fly ball for the Porkswords in left field

The Porkswords would continue to chip away at the Loss Mitigation lead in the top of the fourth. Adam hit a solo homer with one out, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Nate retired Josh to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by two runs.

Adam led the Porkswords in the game 1 loss, going 4-for-6 with four extra-base hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Josh struck out Reggie to start the bottom of the fourth, and after Mike doubled, Josh retired Nate to strand him at second, ending the inning.

The Porkswords drew closer yet in the top of the fifth. With one out, Frosty connected on a solo homer to right-center, cutting the score to 6-5. Adam followed with a double, but Josh couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired him to strand the runner, ending the inning with the Porkswords trailing by a run.

Norris connects on one of his two hits for Loss Migitation. He went 2-for-5 with a single and a triple, scoring two runs.

Loss Mitigation hadn’t scored since putting up six runs in the bottom of the second, and their lead had diminished to a run, but Nate would get more run support in the bottom of the fifth. Norris led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Mike hit a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 8-5. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by three runs heading into the sixth.

Mike and Loss Mitigation celebrate at the plate after his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that gave Loss Mitigation an unsurmountable lead in the bottom of the fifth

Nate remained in the game to close things out for Loss Mitigation, and he retired Bob for the first out of the inning. Frosty then hit a one-out solo homer, his second round-tripper of the game, giving the Porkswords life and making the score 8-6. The rally would end there, however, as Nate retired Adam for the second out, ending the inning and the game.

The 8-6 win gave Loss Mitigation a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords.

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up eight runs on twelve hits and striking out one in five innings pitched.
– Mike led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three runs scored, five RBI, and he hit for the cycle for the second time in his playoff career.
– Adam led the Porkswords at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Joey Leads Cheap Goats to 6-4 Victory in Game 1 of First Round Matchup with Shady Characters

30 Jul

Tom K pitches to Joey, who set the pace for Cheap Goats, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, and a solo homer.

Joey went 5-for-6, with four extra-base hits, and Christian was effective on the mound, as Cheap Goats upset Shady Characters 6-4 in game one of the best-of-five first round series. Christian allowed only four runs on eight hits, and he also homered in the game, as Cheap Goats took an early lead in the series.

Tom K, who had been diagnosed with a torn labrum, started on the mound for Shady Characters. He allowed a double to Joey in the top of the first, but stranded him, retiring Christian to end the inning.

Christian started for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a leadoff double to Dylan to start the bottom of the first, he retired Tom W and Erich to end the inning with the game scoreless.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the top of the second. Jordan doubled with one out, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. The next batter, Christian, hit a two-run blast to right field, and Cheap Goats led 3-0. Dinger followed with a single, but Tom K escaped the inning, retiring Jordan for the second out.

Christian and Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after his two-run homer in the top of the second put his squad ahead 3-0.

Shady Characters bounced right back in the bottom of the second. Jason led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third on Dylan’s second double of the game. Christian fanned Tom W for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Erich, crushed a three-run homer to right field, and the game was tied at 3-3. Christian then retired Jason to end the inning.

Christian delivers a pitch to Erich, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a three-run homer, and an intentional walk for Shady Characters

Cheap Goats pulled back ahead in the top of the third when Joey led off the inning with a solo homer. Tom K retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed 4-3.

Christian retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 4-3. Tom K matched him in the top of the fourth, as he sent Jordan and Joey down in order.

Dinger, who went 3-for-5 with three singles, awaits a pitch from Tom K.

Shady Characters evened the score in the bottom of the fourth. Erich led off with a triple, and he scored from third when Jason grounded out for the first out of the inning. Christian retired Dylan for the second out, and the score was 4-4.

Christian led off the top of the fifth with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dinger followed with a single. Tom K retired Jordan for the first out of the inning, but Joey followed with an RBI single, scoring Christian to make the score 5-4. Tom K then retired Christian to strand Joey and Dinger on base, ending the inning.

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Christian stranded him, retiring Jason to end the inning, maintaining Cheap Goats’ one-run lead.

Cheap Goats added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out double, scoring Dinger to put Cheap Goats ahead 6-4. Tom K retired Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by two runs heading into the final frame.

Christian remained on the mound for Cheap Goats to close out the game. He retired Dylan for the first out of the inning, and Tom W followed with a one-out double, putting the tying runner at the plate. Erich, who had extra-base hits in his previous three at-bats, was intentionally walked, putting the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. Jason came up with runners on first and second and one out, but he couldn’t deliver. Christian got him to ground out to center, stranding both runners, and ending the inning and the game.

Cheap Goats had held on to win 6-4, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with Shady Characters.

W: Christian (1-0)
L: Tom K (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk in six innings.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.
– Erich led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, three RBI, and an intentional walk.

Jordan and Joey Lead Cookies & Cream to 4-0 Win Over Questionable Outfit in Game One of Wiffle Series

21 Aug

Joey and Jordan celebrate at the play after Joey’s third inning homer put Cookies & Cream ahead 3-0. Joey led Cookies & Cream, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

For the fifth consecutive year, Cookies & Cream and Questionable Outfit advanced to the Wiffle Series and will face off for Wiffle glory in the best-of-seven championship series. In 2013, Cookies & Cream swept Questionable Outfit, and Questionable Outfit seem to be paying them back ever since. Questionable Outfit, the three time defending champions, beat Cookies & Cream in the 2014, ’15, and ’16 Wiffle Series, and now will have a chance to win their fourth straight title. Cookies & Cream, coming off a stunning comeback in their first round series with the Ham Slams, got the upper hand in game one of the Wiffle Series. Jordan pitched a complete game shutout, his second in a row, and Joey went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run as Cookies & Cream took an early lead in the series with a 4-0 win.

Riding their momentum from the first round, Cookies & Cream jumped ahead early, getting to Questionable Outfit’s starter, Miller. Joey led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out triple, scoring Joey to make the score 1-0. Miller retired Dinger to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by one.

Jordan’s RBI triple in the top of the first put Cookies & Cream ahead early

Jordan allowed a single to Bob to start the bottom of the first, but he stranded him at first, retiring Tom and Mike in order to end the inning with the score 1-0.

For the second consecutive inning, Joey led off with a double in the top of the second. Erich flew out in foul territory, and Joey tagged, advancing to third. Questionable Outfit made a throwing error trying to get the second out, and Joey scored from third, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 2-0. Miller then retired Jordan to end the inning with Cookies ahead by two.

Jordan retired the side in order in the bottom of the second, maintaining Cookies two run lead.

Miller retired Dinger to start the top of the third, but the next batter he faced, Joey, laced a line drive homer to left. The solo shot put Cookies & Cream ahead 3-0. Miller retired Jordan to end the inning, and Questionable trailed by three runs.

Jordan continued to roll in the bottom of the third, retiring Tom and Mike in order.

Miller pitched his first perfect frame in the top of the fourth, sending Jordan and Dinger down consecutively.

Jordan shutout the mighty Questionable Outfit offense in game one, his second consecutive complete game shutout in the 2017 playoffs

Bob singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Questionable couldn’t advance him. Jordan retired Tom to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit hadn’t advanced a runner past first base through four innings.

Miller retired Joey for the first time in the game in the top of the fifth, but Erich followed with a deep solo homer to right-center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-0. Miller retired Jordan to end the inning, and Questionable would need a four run rally.

Mike started the bottom of the fifth with a double, but Jordan clamped down again, retiring Miller and Bob in order to strand the runner, and the score was 4-0 through five innings.

Dinger singled to start the top of the sixth, but when Joey grounded out to the mound, Miller tagged Dinger, caught in between first and second, to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit had rallied to shock Cookies & Cream multiple times in the past, including a dramatic bottom-of-the-seventh inning comeback in game one of the 2015 Wiffle Series. They looked to repeat history, and it appeared as if it may happen. Mike singled with one out, and Miller followed with a double, putting two runners in scoring position. It was the most Questionable Outfit had threatened, but the rally would end there. Jordan got Bob to fly out to right field, stranding both runners, ending the inning and the game.

Dinger camps under a fly ball in right field

Cookies & Cream had won game one of the Wiffle Series 4-0, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series with Questionable Outfit.

W: Jordan (4-1)
L: Miller (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan pitched a complete game shutout for Cookies & Cream, allowing only five hits.
– Miller took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Mike led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Questionable Outfit Offense Too Much for Eastbound & Dahn in 16-2 Game One Rout

6 Aug

Miller, who prepares to catch a fly ball late in the game, earned the win on the mound for Questionable in game one and went 5-for-6 at the plate

Both Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn continued where they left off in the regular season in game one of their best-of-five first round series, as Questionable’s offense was explosive and Eastbound’s defense was porous. Questionable Outfit took advantage of countless fielding errors, jumping out to a large lead in the first inning, and they never looked back, cruising to a 16-2 victory. Bob went 6-for-7, hitting for the cycle, with a single, three doubles, a triple, and a home run, while his teammate, Miller, went 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, a home run, and four RBI.

Miller started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he retired Eastbound in order in the top of the first.

Christian started for Eastbound & Dahn, and his defense failed him immediately and often. After an unthinkable number of fielding errors, which Questionable Outfit took full advantage of, Eastbound & Dahn trailed 9-0. Questionable reached base safely in seven of their first eight at-bats, all eight of which should have been recorded as outs.

Bob led off the game with a single and moved to third when Tom followed with a double. Mike then hit an RBI single, scoring Bob to make the score 1-0. Miller followed with an RBI double to score Tom, and the score was 2-0. Christian retired Bob for the first out of the inning, but Tom followed by clearing the bases with an RBI double, and Questionable led 4-0. Mike doubled to score Tom, pushing the Questionable lead to 5-0, and Miller followed with a two-run blast to left, and Questionable led 7-0. Bob then tripled, and Tom belted a two-run homer to left-center, making the score 9-0. Christian finally retired Mike for the second out of the inning, but the game was all but over after an inning.

Miller struck out Kyle to start the top of the second, and then retired BK to end the inning.

The two Nates of Eastbound & Dahn settle under a fly ball to retire Bob, who went 6-for-7 in the Questionable Outfit win

Miller doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, and Bob drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 10-0. Mike then hit out of turn in the lineup, recording the first out of the inning, and Tom grounded out to left, ending the inning with Questionable ahead by ten.

Miller continued to roll on the mound, retiring Eastbound in order in the top of the third, and he had retired Eastbound’s first six batters without allowing a base runner.

Mike started the bottom of the third with a double, and Miller drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 11-0. Bob doubled to put runners on second and third, and Tom cleared the bases with an RBI double, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 13-0. Mike followed with a single, but he was doubled off when Miller flew out to center and Mike did not tag up, ending the inning.

Eastbound & Dahn would get on the board in the top of the fourth when Nate O led off the inning with a solo shot to left-center, and the score was 13-1. Christian followed with a double, and he moved to third when Kyle singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Miller got BK to ground out to center for the first out of the inning, but Christian scored on the play, cutting the Questionable lead to 13-2. Miller then retired Adam to end the inning, stranding Kyle at second.

Bob scoots into second base safely for a double as Nate C tries unsuccessfully to peg him with the ball for an out

Bob doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and he scored from second when Tom grounded out to center for the first out of the inning. Christian then retired Mike for a relatively quick inning, and Questionable Outfit led 14-2.

Tom entered the game in relief of Miller in the top of the fifth. The first batter he faced, Nate C, singled, and he moved from first to third when Nate O followed with a double. Eastbound was threatening, but Tom cracked down, retiring Christian and Kyle to strand both runners without allowing a run, and the score remained 14-2.

Miller started the bottom of the fifth with a double, and Bob drove him in with a two-run homer to right-center, giving him the cycle for the game and putting Questionable Outfit ahead 16-2. Christian retired Tom and Mike to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by fourteen runs heading into their final at-bat.

Tom ended the game quickly in the top of the sixth, retiring BK and Adam in order, giving Questionable Outfit a 16-2 victory in game one of the first round series.

Questionable Outfit would now be two wins away from advancing the Wiffle Series for the fifth consecutive season.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one in four innings.
– Tom pitched two innings of relief for Questionable, giving up two hits and no runs.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, surrendering sixteen runs on nineteen hits in five innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 6-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and three RBI. He also hit for the cycle.
– Miller also went 5-for-6 for Questionable Outfit, with a single, three doubles, a home run, five runs scored, and four RBI.
– Tom and Mike each had four hits for Questionable Outfit in the victory.
– Nate O led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Dustin Outduels Jordan on Mound in Ham Slams 2-1 Game One Victory over Cookies & Cream

6 Aug

Dustin scored the game’s first round and was in prime form on the mound, allowing only one run on three hits to the streaking Cookies & Cream offense, and earned the victory in game 1 of the first round series

The Cookies & Cream offense came into the 2017 EWL playoffs surging, but Dustin cut their legs out from under them, allowing only one run on three hits as the Ham Slams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with a 2-1 victory. Jordan had a strong performance on the mound, giving up only two runs to the Ham Slams, but they were enough for the Slams to hold on to steal game one. Josh’s timely double in the top of the sixth was the difference, as he later scored on a strange single from Steve off the centerfield wall, giving Dustin all of the run support that he would need.

Steve singled off Jordan to start the game in the top of the first, but the Slams wouldn’t move him from first. Jordan got Dan to fly out to shallow left, and then fanned Josh to end the inning.

Dustin got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order.

The Slams would get on the board in the top of the second, taking an early lead. Dustin singled to lead off, and two batters later, Dan hit an RBI double to left-center, scoring Dustin from first to put the Slams ahead 1-0. Jordan then retired Josh to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led by one.

Dustin moves into scoring position in the top of the second, and would later score the first run of the game on Dan’s RBI double

Joey tripled to start the bottom of the second, and the tying run was in scoring position, but Dustin buckled down and Cookies couldn’t capitalize. He retired Jordan and Dinger to strand the runner, and the score remained 1-0.

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

Dustin delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 1-for-3 with a triple in the Cookies & Cream loss

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Dustin stranded another runner in scoring position, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Dan doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, but the Slams couldn’t extend their lead. Jordan sent down Josh and Dustin, stranding the runner, and Cookies continued to trail by a run.

Dustin retired Jordan and Dinger in order in the bottom of the fourth, and Jordan matched him in the top of the fifth, sending Steve and Dan down consecutively.

Jordan snatches a fly ball in foul territory for an out

Dustin continued to dominate on the mound in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order, and the Ham Slams would head into the final inning up 1-0.

Josh led off the top of the sixth with a double, and two batters later, Steve hit a line drive to right-center. The ball hit the bottom of the fence, and Josh raced around to score on the play. After some debate as to whether Steve had reached first safely and whether the run would score, Steve was ruled safe at first but out trying to extend the hit into a double. The inning was over, but the run counted, and the Ham Slams had a two run advantage entering the bottom of the sixth.

Down to their last at-bat, Cookies & Cream showed some life in the bottom of the sixth, but not enough. With one out, Jordan roped a solo homer to deep left-center, breaking up the shutout and putting Cookies & Cream on the board at 2-1. Dinger then came to the plate, and Dustin got him to fly out, ending the inning and the game, as the Ham Slams won game one 2-1.

The Ham Slams would now need two more wins in the series to advance beyond the first round and into the Wiffle Series for the first time in franchise history.

W: Dustin (1-0)
L: Jordan (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing only one run on three hits in six innings.
– Jordan took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
– Jordan provided the only offense for Cookies & Cream, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run.

Miller Homers Twice, Throws Shutout as Questionable Outfit Take Game 1 From Eastbound & Dahn 9-0

24 Jul
Miller was in command on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout in game one. He also had four hits, including two home runs.

Miller was in command on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout in game one. He also had four hits, including two home runs.

Miller allowed only five hits and provided his own run support, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI as Questionable Outfit took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn, winning 9-0 in game one.

Nate led off the game with a double, but Eastbound couldn’t get on the board early, as Miller retired Christian and Dustin to end the inning and strand the runner.

Nate sets to gun a ball into the pitcher's mound from left field.

Nate sets to gun a ball into the pitcher’s mound from left field.

Bob doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, and he managed to score from second on a deep groundout to left by Tom. BK, the Eastbound starter, retired Mike, and Questionable led 1-0 after an inning.

BK singled to start the top of the second, but he didn’t make it past first, as Nate flew out to shallow left, and Christian grounded out to right to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit would open up a substantial lead in the bottom of the second. Miller singled to start the inning, and he moved to second when Bob followed with a single. Tom doubled, scoring Miller, and Questionable led 2-0. Mike came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he cleared the bases with a three-run blast to left. BK retired Miller and Bob to end the inning, but Questionable had pulled ahead 5-0.

Dustin started the top of the third with a single, but Miller continued to strand Eastbound runners. He retired BK and Nate to end the inning, and the score remained 5-0.

Mike barely hangs on to a fly ball in left field.

Mike barely hangs on to a fly ball in left field.

Tom doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Eastbound would escape the inning without giving up additional runs. The next batter, Mike, attempted to bunt, but BK scooped up the ball for the first out and doubled up Tom in between second and third, ending the inning.

Dustin doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, but for the fourth consecutive inning, Eastbound was unable to drive in a base runner. Miller retired BK for the second out, stranding Dustin at second.

Miller extended the Questionable lead with a solo homer to start the bottom of the fourth, making the score 6-0. Two batters later, Tom singled with one out, and he moved from first to third when Mike followed with a double. Miller had one out and two runners in scoring position, and he hit the second three-run homer of the night for Questionable, as his second homer of the game made the score 9-0. Bob followed with a single, but when Tom followed with a single, Bob was caught in between first and second for the second out of the inning.

Miller delivers a pitch to Nate

Miller delivers a pitch to Nate

Miller pitched his first perfect frame in the top of the fifth, retiring Nate and striking out Christian. Miller then doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t extend their lead to double digits, as BK retired Bob strand the runner and end the inning.

Down 9-0, Eastbound stranded one last runner in the top of the sixth. Dustin doubled to start the inning, but Miller got BK and Nate to groundout to left, ending the inning and the game.

Questionable Outfit had won 9-0 and taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series.

W: Miller (1-0)
L: BK (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller pitched the complete game shutout for Questionable Outfit, allowing only five hits and striking out one in six innings.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 9 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings.
– Miller led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, a double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom also went 4-for-5 for Questionable with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Dustin was the only Eastbound player to collect multiple hits. He went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a triple.

Guthrie Hits Grand Slam, Blose Hits Cycle, Cookies & Cream Take Series Opener 14-2

23 Jul
Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Cookies & Cream unloaded on the Ham Slams in the first game of the 2016 EWL playoffs, winning the opening game of their first round series 14-2 behind a grand slam and six RBI from Guthrie, five hits and the cycle from Blose, and four hits each from Joey and Dinger. Guthrie pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs while scattering six hits, and Cookies & Cream took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Slams.

Guthrie, a playoff veteran and two-time Wiffle Series MVP, took the mound for Cookies & Cream and cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

In a surprise move, the Ham Slams did not start their ace, Josh, and put Kessler on the mound. He retired Guthrie for the first out in the bottom of the first, but Blose followed with a massive solo homer to left-center, and Cookies & Cream had an early 1-0 lead. Kessler then retired Joey to end the inning, and the Slams trailed by one.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the second, retiring Joe, making his EWL debut, and Kessler.

Dinger led off the bottom of the second with a single, but Kessler avoided trouble, retiring Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

In the top of the third, Guthrie retired Josh and Dan. Guthrie was perfect through three and had retired the first six batters of the game.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream opened up a big lead in the bottom of the third, providing Guthrie with all of the run support that he would need. Blose led off with a double, and he scored when Joey followed with an RBI single to make the score 2-0. Dinger and Jordan both singled, and Cookies & Cream had the bases loaded with no outs. Guthrie came to the plate, and he launched a high fly ball to left. It cleared the fence, and Guthrie had hit the third grand slam in postseason history and the first since 2013. Blose and Joey each followed with singles, and the first seven Cookies & Cream hitters had reached base safely in the bottom of the third. It looked as if they would blow the game open, but Kessler regrouped and retired Dinger and Jordan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams trailed 6-0, but would get on the board in the top of the fourth. Joe tripled to right field to start the inning, and Kessler provided his own run support, hitting an RBI double that cut the score to 6-1. Two batters later, Dan hit an RBI single that scored Kessler, and the score was 6-2. Joe followed with a double, and Kessler came to the plate with runners on second and third and a chance to put a big dent in the Cookies lead. Guthrie buckled down, however, and got Kessler to ground out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Up four, Cookies & Cream had a monster inning in the bottom of the fourth, fueled by a host of fielding errors by the Ham Slams. Guthrie singled to start the inning, and he moved to second when Blose followed with a single. Joey hit an RBI double, scoring both runners, and Cookies led 8-2. Dinger then singled, scoring Joey from second, and the score was 9-2. Two batters later, Guthrie hit an RBI single to score Dinger, pushing the score to 10-2. Blose followed with a triple, completing the cycle and scoring Guthrie to make the score 11-2. Blose became only the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012. The onslaught continued as Joey followed with a double, scoring Blose, and the score was 12-2. Dinger then hit his second RBI single of the inning, scoring Joey, and Cookies & Cream led 13-2. Kessler finally retired Jordan to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream had taken an eleven run lead.

Josh singled to start the top of the fifth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t rally, as Guthrie retired Dan and Joe to end the inning.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Guthrie would provide one additional run to support himself in the bottom of the fifth when he led off the inning with a solo homer, his second blast of the game. Kessler would retire Blose and Joey to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led 14-2 heading into the final frame.

Josh would single with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t string together hits, as Guthrie retired Dan to end the inning and the game.

Cookies & Cream had taken game one of the series 14-2 and led the best-of-five first round series 1-0.

W: Guthrie (1-0)
L: Kessler (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Slams, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Guthrie went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI. His grand slam was the third in EWL playoff history and the first since 2013.
– Blose hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI. He became the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012.
– Joey and Dinger also each went 4-for-6 for Cookies & Cream. Joey had 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Dinger had 4 singles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense in his EWL debut. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.