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Bob Leads Questionable Outfit to 6-2 Game Two Win Over Cookies & Cream, Evens Wiffle Series at 1-1

22 Aug

Bob, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two homers, squares up on a pitch

After being shutout for the first time in 129 games (and only the second time in franchise history), Questionable Outfit bounced back in game two of the Wiffle Series, taking an early lead and riding Bob’s arm and bat to victory, evening the series at one game each. Questionable Outfit had not been shutout since game three of the 2013 Wiffle Series before being blanked in game one, but got their bats out in game two, as Bob homered twice, and Tom and Miller each added homers. Bob was in control on the mound, allowing only two runs on five hits, both solo homers to Erich.

Bob took the mound for Questionable Outfit, and using a somewhat new delivery, he was in command early. He retired Joey and Erich in order in the top of the first, and he provided his own run support in the bottom half of the inning.

After struggling to plate runs in game one, Bob set the tone early for Questionable Outfit in game two. He led off the game with a solo homer to deep right-center, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. Later in the inning, Mike would double with one out, but Dinger limited the damage to a run, retiring Miller to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dinger singled with one out in the top of the second, but Bob stranded him, retiring Joey to end the inning with the score 1-0.

Questionable added to their lead in the bottom of the second. Bob led off the inning with a double, and Tom followed with a two-run homer to left, putting Questionable ahead 3-0. Mike followed with a single, but when Miller flew out to right, Mike was caught in between first and second, and the double play ended the inning with Questionable Outfit up three.

Tom’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second put Questionable Outfit ahead 3-0

Cookies & Cream got on the board in the top of the third when Erich led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 3-1. Bob retired Jordan and Dinger to end the inning, and Cookies had cut the deficit to two runs.

Questionable Outfit immediately made up the run in the bottom of the third. Bob started the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, and Questionable led 4-1. Two batters later, Mike singled with one out. Miller followed with a hit off the fence, scoring Mike from first to make the score 5-1. Miller attempted to make an inside-the-park home run out of the hit, but was caught between third and home, ending the inning with Questionable Outfit leading by four runs.

Mike went 3-for-4 for Questionable Outfit with two singles, a double, and a run scored

With one out in the top of the fourth, Erich hit a solo homer for the second consecutive inning, cutting the score to 5-2. Jordan followed with a single, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t rally, as Bob retired Dinger to strand the runner and end the inning.

Tom singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Dinger stranded him, retiring Mike, and the score remained 5-2.

Bob cruised through the top of the fifth, sending Joey and Erich down consecutively.

Miller’s solo homer in the bottom of the fifth put Questionable Outfit ahead 6-2

Questionable Outfit added one more insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Miller led off the inning with a solo homer to left. Dinger retired Bob and Tom to end the inning, and the score was 6-2 heading into the sixth inning.

Dinger doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Cookies & Cream, and especially Joey, couldn’t crack Bob. He retired Joey for the fifth consecutive time, stranding Dinger at second and ending the inning and the game.

The 6-2 Questionable win in game two evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Cookies & Cream will serve as the home team for games 3 and 4.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored and two RBI.
– Erich led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Dominant Performance by Bob Fuels 7-3 Win, Questionable Outfit Sweep Eastbound & Dahn

31 Jul
Bob turned in another legendary playoff performance, going 6-for-7 at the plate and pitching the complete game win to carry Questionable Outfit back to the Wiffle Series

Bob turned in another legendary playoff performance, going 6-for-7 at the plate and pitching the complete game win to carry Questionable Outfit back to the Wiffle Series

Bob went 6-for-7 at the plate and pitched a complete game win as Questionable Outfit finished a sweep in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. The two-time defending champions Questionable Outfit will advance to the Wiffle Series for the fourth consecutive year, and they will await the conclusion of the Ham Slams vs. Cookies & Cream series which will determine their opponent.

BK took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn to start game 3, as Eastbound looked to extend the series and their 2016 season. He allowed a single to the leadoff hitter, Bob, and two batters later, Mike hit an RBI single that scored Bob from first, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. BK then retired Miller to end the inning.

In an odd managerial decision, Bob started for Questionable Outfit in place of their ace, Miller. After retiring the first batter he faced, Tim, Nate hit a double. Helal followed with an RBI single, scoring Nate to tie the game at 1-1. Helal was caught in between first and second on the play for the second out, ending the inning.

BK allowed a one-out single to Tom in the top of the second, but Questionable couldn’t take another lead, as Mike was retired to end the inning. Bob retired Eastbound in order in the bottom of the second, and the game remained tied.

Miller singled to start the top of the third, but he was caught trying to extend the hit to a double, and BK had the first out of the inning. Bob followed with a solo homer, putting Questionable ahead 2-1. BK then retired Tom to end the inning.

Eastbound bounced back in the bottom of the third, taking the lead. Tim doubled with one out, and Nate followed with an RBI triple that tied the game at 2-2. Helal then hit a triple, scoring Nate, and Eastbound led 3-2. Bob struck out Christian for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at third.

Nate was solid in the field, recording 9 putouts, and led Eastbound at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple

Nate was solid in the field, recording 9 putouts, and led Eastbound at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple

Eastbound was halfway to forcing a game 4 when Questionable had a big offensive inning, which has become their trademark. Mike led off the top of the fourth with a homer, and Miller followed with a titanic blast. The back-to-back jacks put Questionable Outfit back in front 4-3. Bob then hit a line drive off the fence, and a series of fielding errors led to an inside-the-park homer, and Questionable led 5-3. Tom hit a deep blast to left, and Questionable Outfit had homered in four consecutive at-bats to take a 6-3 lead. BK finally retired Mike for the first out of the inning, but Miller followed with a triple. Bob singled on an error, and although Miller couldn’t score, Questionable had runners on first and third. BK escaped further damage, however, getting Tom to ground out to left to end the inning, stranding both runners.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Tom scoops up a ball in center field with Mike looking on

Tom scoops up a ball in center field with Mike looking on

Eastbound removed BK from the mound and turned to the bullpen, inserting Christian into the game in the top of the fifth. After retiring Mike, he gave up a single to Miller and a double to Bob, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Questionable couldn’t add to their lead though, as Tom grounded out to Tim in center, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob continued to roll in the bottom of the fifth, sending Tim and Nate down consecutively.

Questionable would add one more run of support in the top of the sixth. Mike doubled to start the inning, and two batters later Bob hit an RBI single to make the score 7-3. Christian then retired Tom to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

With their season on the line, Eastbound couldn’t string together enough hits, or any hits, as Bob retired Helal and Christian in order to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn exchange handshakes after Questionable completed a three game sweep in the best-of-five first round series

Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn exchange handshakes after Questionable completed a three game sweep in the best-of-five first round series

The 7-3 victory put Questionable Outfit back into the Wiffle Series where they will attempt to defend their title and three-peat. Eastbound & Dahn finished a difficult season and will look to return to their 2015 form in 2017.

W: Bob (2-0)
L: BK (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out one in 6 innings.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits in 4 innings.
– Christian pitched two innings of relief for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 1 run on 4 hits.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 6-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.

Joe Pitches Gem and Hits Three-Run Homer to Put Ham Slams on Brink of Wiffle Series with 6-2 Game 3 Win

30 Jul
Joe scattered only four hits in a complete game win for the Ham Slams, and he provided three runs of run support for himself, going 4-for-5 at the plate

Joe scattered only four hits in a complete game win for the Ham Slams, and he provided three runs of run support for himself, going 4-for-5 at the plate

Joe is only three games into his EWL career, but he has already made his presence felt in a big way. After leading his team to a game 2 victory last week, he picked up where he left off, pitching another complete game win in game 3 and putting the Ham Slams ahead for good with a three-run blast in the bottom of the third. The win put the Slams ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream and one win away from the franchise’s first Wiffle Series berth.

Although Joe kept Cookies & Cream in check throughout the game, he got behind early. After retiring Guthrie to start the game, Blose launched a solo homer to center, and Cookies & Cream led 1-0 quickly. Joe then retired Joey, playing somewhat hobbled one week after sustaining an ankle injury in game 2 against the Slams.

Guthrie took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he avoided trouble in the bottom of the first. Josh led off with a double and moved to third on a Dan groundout. Joe then singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Guthrie maintained the one-run lead, however, getting Kessler to fly out to the mound for the second out, stranding both runners.

Joe cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order, and his team would pull ahead in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh led off with a solo homer to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Joe doubled, and Kessler followed with an RBI single that gave the Ham Slams a 2-1 lead. Josh then doubled, and the Ham Slams had two runners in scoring position. Guthrie once again escaped a jam, getting Dan go fly out to right, stranding two more runners and ending the inning.

Joe continued to roll in the top of the third, sending Guthrie and Blose down consecutively.

Dan fires a ball into the pitcher after securing an out in left field

Dan fires a ball into the pitcher after securing an out in left field

The Slams would open up a big lead in the bottom of the third. Joe led off with a double, and he scored when Kessler followed with his second RBI single of the game. Kessler was caught trying to extend the single into a double, and Guthrie had the first out of the inning. Josh and Dan then each hit singles, and the Slams had runners on the corners with one out. Joe came to the plate and crushed a three-run homer to deep left field, putting the Ham Slams ahead 6-1. Guthrie retired Kessler to end the inning, and the Ham Slams had pulled ahead by five runs.

Dinger would double with one out in the top of the fourth, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, as Jordan was retired for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and Cookies would cut into the Ham Slams lead in the top of the fifth.

Guthrie tripled to start the inning, and he scored when Blose grounded out for the first out of the inning. Joe then retired Joey to end the inning with the score 6-2.

The Slams couldn’t add any insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, and they would head into the final frame with a four run lead.

Jordan tripled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Cookies couldn’t put together a rally. Joe retired Guthrie to strand the runner, ending the inning and the game.

The 6-2 game 3 win put the Hams Slams ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream. A win in game 4 would earn a berth in the 2016 EWL Wiffle Series.

W: Joe (2-0)
L: Guthrie (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, giving up 2 runs on only 4 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Guthrie earned the loss in the complete game effort for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Josh also went 4-for-5 with the Ham Slams with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Guthrie, Blose, Dinger, and Jordan each had one hit for Cookies & Cream in the loss.

Cookies & Cream Rally Late to Take Game 3 and Extend Series with Eastbound & Dahn

9 Aug
Guthrie had a solo homer and a 2-RBI triple in bottom of the fourth, leading Cookies & Cream's rally

Guthrie had a solo homer and a 2-RBI triple in bottom of the fourth, leading Cookies & Cream’s rally

Cookies & Cream trailed 5-0 and were only six outs away from being swept by Eastbound & Dahn, but they rallied with 7 runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead and hold on to win game 3 and keep their season alive, forcing a game 4.

Eastbound & Dahn’s roster was depleted heading into game 3, as they were missing their MVP candidate Morrison, who had moved to DC, their best fielder and leadoff hitter Hartley, who was out of town, and their staff ace Helal, who was out for the week. They would head into game 3 with roster regulars Christian and Nate, recent free agent acquisition Dustin, and Ryan, who would be making his EWL debut as Eastbound tried to clinch their first playoff series win and advance to the Wiffle Series.

Cookies & Cream would have their full roster for the first time in weeks, playing with their 2014 playoff roster of Joey, Blose, Guthrie, Dinger, and Vassallo. With their season on the line, Cookies started their ace Guthrie on the mound.

Nate, the hero of game’s 1 and 2, led off game 3 with a double. The next batter, Dustin, singled, moving Nate to third, but Dustin was caught trying to advance the hit into a double for the first out of the inning. Guthrie then retired Christian, stranding Nate at third and ending the inning.

Eastbound turned to Christian as their starting pitcher, hoping to close out the series with a win. He retired the first two batters he faced, Joey and Blose, and the game was scoreless through the first inning.

Eastbound got on the board in the top of the second, taking an early lead. Ryan singled in his first career EWL at-bat, and he moved to second when Nate grounded out for the first out of the inning. Dustin then doubled, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Christian followed with a line drive off Guthrie’s legs, and as the ball ricocheted into foul territory both runners came around to score. Christian’s RBI single put Eastbound ahead 2-0.

Christian continued to roll in the bottom of the second. Dinger hit a one-out single, but Christian stranded him, retiring Vassallo to end the inning.

Nate singled to start the top of the third, but when the next batter, Dustin, grounded out to the mound, Guthrie stepped on the mound to double off Nate, ending the inning.

Cookies continued to struggle at the plate in the bottom of the third, as Joey and Blose were retired, and Christian had retired 6 of the first 7 batters that he faced.

Eastbound would add to their lead in the top of the fourth. Ryan singled with one out, and he moved from first to third when Nate followed with a double. Dustin then hit a three-run bomb to center, and Eastbound & Dahn had pulled ahead 5-0. Guthrie retired Christian to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by five runs.

Dustin's three-run blast in the top of the fourth put Eastbound ahead 5-0

Dustin’s three-run blast in the top of the fourth put Eastbound ahead 5-0

Trailing by five and with only one hit, a single, through three innings, it looked as if Cookies & Cream’s season would end quietly. However, they responded in a big way in the bottom of the fourth, rallying with seven runs to take the lead in game 3. Guthrie started the inning with a solo homer to left, putting Cookies & Cream on the board. Two batters later, Vassallo hit a one-out double, and he scored on a Joey RBI single, making the score 5-2. Blose then singled to put runners on first and second with one out, and Guthrie delivered an RBI triple, clearing the bases and pulling Cookies & Cream closer at 5-4. Dinger then hit an RBI single to score Guthrie, tying the game at 5-5. Vassallo, who had missed the past several weeks, followed with a two-run blast, and Cookies & Cream had come from behind to take the lead at 7-5. Christian then retired Joey to end the inning, but Eastbound had surrendered their big lead and trailed by two heading into the fifth.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Guthrie's lead off homer, which started the seven-run rally that kept their season alive

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Guthrie’s lead off homer, which started the seven-run rally that kept their season alive

Ryan led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer, the first of his career, making the score 7-6. Two batters later, Dustin doubled with one out, and the tying run was in scoring position. But Guthrie cracked down and retired Christian to strand the runner, end the inning, and preserve a one-run lead for Cookies.

Ryan's solo homer in the bottom of the fifth pulled Eastbound within a run

Ryan’s solo homer in the bottom of the fifth pulled Eastbound within a run

Blose led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, putting Cookies & Cream back ahead by two runs 8-6. Christian retired the next two batters to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by two heading into the top of the sixth.

Eastbound was used to trailing heading into their final at-bat. They were down by 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of game 1 before scoring 7 runs to win, and they were down a single run in the bottom of the sixth of game 2 before scoring 2 runs to win. This time, in game 3, they would need 2 runs to extend the game and 3 runs to win. Guthrie remained on the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he retired the first batter he faced, Ryan, for the first out of the inning. The next batter was Nate, who had won games 1 and 2 with walk-off homers. Incredibly, he hit a towering solo-homer to left, pulling Eastbound within a run at 8-7. Nate was now 4-for-4 in the sixth inning in the series, with a double, 3 home runs, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored. It looked as if Cookies & Cream was about to blow their third straight lead in the final inning, but Eastbound couldn’t keep the magic alive. Guthrie got Dustin to fly out to right for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Cookies & Cream an 8-7 game 3 win.

Cookies & Cream now trailed Eastbound & Dahn 2-1 in the best-of-five first round series heading into game 4.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits in 6 innings.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 8 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie and Vassallo led Cookies at the plate. Guthrie went 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Vassallo went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate and Dustin led Eastbound & Dahn on offense. Nate went 4-for-6 with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Dustin also went 4-for-6 with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Ryan went 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI in his wiffle debut.

Reilly Blanks Ham Slams to Complete Sweep, Questionable Outfit Advance to Wiffle Series

9 Aug
Reilly allowed only 3 singles over 6 innings pitched, shutting out the Ham Slams to complete the sweep in their best-of-five first round series

Reilly allowed only 3 singles over 6 innings pitched, shutting out the Ham Slams to complete the sweep in their best-of-five first round series

Reilly was in complete command against the Ham Slams in game 3, scattering only three hits as Questionable Outfit completed a three-game sweep of the Slams and advanced to the Wiffle Series for the third consecutive season. Tim kept the Questionable Outfit offense reasonably quiet, holding them to only 6 runs on 6 hits, but after letting game 2 slip away, the Ham Slams couldn’t extend the series with a win in game 3. Their season comes to an end after a strong finish to the regular season, and they will look to come back strong in 2016. Questionable Outfit continued their journey as they strive to become the first team in EWL history to repeat as champions.

After a strong performance on the mound in game 2, the Ham Slams returned to Tim on the mound for game 3. He got into trouble early, as Questionable Outfit pulled ahead in the top of the first. Bob led off the game with a double, and Tom followed with a double, scoring Bob to make the score 1-0. Two batters later, Mike hit a one-out two-run bomb to left-center, and Questionable led 3-0. Tim then retired Bob to end the inning, but the Slams were in a hole early.

It would be a rematch of game 2 among the team’s starting pitchers, as Questionable elected to start their ace Reilly on the mound. He struck out the first batter he faced, Tim, who tried unsuccessfully to bunt with two strikes. He then retired Steve to end the inning.

Questionable extended their lead in the top of the second when Tom led off the inning with a solo shot. Tim retired the next two batters, but Questionable had pulled ahead 4-0.

Reilly cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order.

Reilly makes a catch as Steve from the Ham Slams looks on

Reilly makes a catch as Steve from the Ham Slams looks on

Bob started the top of the third with a double, and two batters later, Reilly provided his own run support with a two-run blast to left. Tim retired Mike to end the inning, and Questionable led 6-0 through three innings.

Tim led off the bottom of the third with a single and moved to second on a Steve groundout, but Reilly retired Alan for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Bob had 2 doubles and 2 runs scored for Questionable in game 3

Bob had 2 doubles and 2 runs scored for Questionable in game 3

Using a sinking pitch with spin, Tim got into a groove starting in the top of the fourth, and he retired the side in order. He wouldn’t allow another baserunner in the game.

Adam started the top of the fifth with a single and moved to second when Tim grounded out for the first out of the inning. Steve then singled to put runners on the corners with one out, but Reilly buckled down and retired Alan to strand both runners and end the inning.

Tim cruised through the top of the fifth, retiring Reilly and Mike in order. Reilly matched him in the bottom of the fifth, sending Adam and Tim down consecutively.

Tim retired Bob and Tom in order in the top of the sixth, and he had retired the last seven Questionable Outfit batters that he faced. The Slams would head into the bottom of the sixth down six runs with the season on the line.

Reilly continued to mow through the Ham Slams in the bottom of the sixth, retiring Steve and Alan in order, both flying out to Mike. Reilly had completed the 3-hit shutout of the Slams, clinching the first round series and sending Questionable Outfit to their third straight Wiffle Series appearance. They will await the conclusion of the Eastbound & Dahn and Cookies & Cream first round series.

After finishing the regular season with the league’s best record, Questionable Outfit will have home field advantage in the Wiffle Series.

W: Reilly (2-0)
L: Tim (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game shutout and earned the win for Questionable Outfit. He allowed 0 runs and 3 hits while striking out one in 6 innings.
– Tim took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 6 hits on 6 runs in 6 innings.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Mike recorded 7 putouts in the game including multiple spectacular catches in right field.
– Tim, Steve, and Adam each singled for the Slams.

Questionable Outfit Narrowly Escape with 11-10 Win in Epic Game 3

10 Aug
Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Morrison's home run in the top of the second inning

Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Morrison’s home run in the top of the second inning

In one of the best games in the history of the EWL playoffs, Cookies & Cream made a remarkable comeback only to fall short as Questionable Outfit held on to take a 2-1 series lead with a dramatic 11-10 victory.

With the series tied at 1-1, Cookies & Cream were the home team and they send Dinger to the mound. After losing in game 1, he was hoping for a better performance in game 3, but he got into trouble early. The game’s first batter, Tom, went deep to left-center, and the solo homer put Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. Dinger was able to rebound and retire the next two batters to end the inning and avoid a big early deficit.

Game 1 winner, Reilly, was Questionable Outfit’s starting pitcher for game 3. He cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Things got worse for Dinger and Cookies & Cream in the top of the second, as Questionable opened up a sizable lead. Reilly was retired for the first out of the inning, but Questionable rallied with one out. Tom singled, and the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run bomb to right, making the score 3-0. Morrison followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back homers extended the lead to 4-0. Reilly was retired for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream found themselves in a hole.

Cookies would put a small dent in the Questionable lead in the bottom of the second. Joey was retired for the first out of the inning, but Vassallo followed with a solo homer, cutting the score to 4-1. Reilly then retired Dinger to end the inning.

Vassallo homered twice in game 3

Vassallo homered twice in game 3

Questionable would blow the game open in the top of the third. Tom led off with a single, and for the second consecutive inning, Bob launched a two-run homer into deep right-center, extending the lead to 6-1. Morrison followed with a double off the fence, forcing Cookies to turn to the bullpen. They brought in Blose for a rare pitching appearance, and the first batter he faced, Reilly hit an RBI single that scored Morrison, making the score 7-1. Blose would retire the next two batters to end the inning, but Questionable had taken a six-run lead.

Morrison was a single short of hitting for the cycle, with a double, triple, home run, and 3 runs scored

Morrison was a single short of hitting for the cycle, with a double, triple, home run, and 3 runs scored

Reilly retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and Questionable Outfit were in command of game 3.

After retiring Morrison to start the top of the fourth, Blose allowed a single to Reilly, followed by a double to Tom. Questionable had runners on second and third with one out, and it looked as if the game would get out of hand with Bob coming to the plate. But Blose was able to retire Bob, stranding both runners and escaping the inning without damage.

Down 7-1, Cookies & Cream showed signs of life in the bottom of the fourth. Vassallo led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 7-2. Dinger followed with a single and moved to second when Blose grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Joey, crushed a two-run homer to left, and Cookies & Cream had narrowed the deficit to 7-4. Reilly ended the rally there, retiring Vassallo to end the inning.

Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored

Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored

After pulling within three runs, Cookies couldn’t hold Questionable Outfit in check, as they pulled back ahead in the top of the fifth. Morrison led off the inning with a triple and scored on a Reilly single to make the score 8-4. Two batters later, Bob crushed his third homer of the game, another two-run shot, making the score 10-4. Blose retired Morrison for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream would once again trail by six runs.

Down 10-4, Cookies & Cream made things very interesting in the bottom of the fifth. Dinger led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 10-5. Blose followed with a single, and the next batter, Joey, crushed his second homer of the game, and the two-run bomb cut the deficit to 10-7. After Reilly retired Vassallo, Dinger came to the plate and blasted his second homer of the inning, and the score was 10-8. Blose followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back jacks pulled Cookies & Cream within a run. For the first time in the 2014 season, Questionable Outfit was forced to make a call to the bullpen with Reilly on the mound. Morrison was called in for relief, and the first batter he faced, Joey, hit yet another solo homer to deep left field, and Cookies & Cream had miraculously tied the game at 10-10. Morrison then retired Vassallo for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream had scored six runs and homered five times in the inning to pull from six runs behind and tie the game heading into the final frame.

Joey went 3-for-5 in game 3 with 5 RBI, and he hit 3 home runs for the second consecutive game in the Wiffle Series

Joey went 3-for-5 in game 3 with 5 RBI, and he hit 3 home runs for the second consecutive game in the Wiffle Series

Blose remained on the mound for Cookies & Cream in the top of the sixth, and he retired the first batter of the inning, Reilly. The next batter, Tom, fouled off multiple pitches and looked frustrated at the plate. But like they have all year, Questionable Outfit got offense when they needed it, and Tom blasted a solo homer to deep center field, putting Questionable Outfit back on top 11-10. Bob followed with a single, but Blose retired Morrison to end the inning.

After coming back from a huge deficit to tie the game, Cookies once again found themselves trailing heading into their last at-bat. They started at the top of the order, and Morrison retired Dinger for the first out of the inning. Down to one out, one of the game’s most feared hitters, Blose, faced off against one of the game’s other most feared hitters, Morrison, who was pitching. Morrison won this battle getting Blose to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, ending the game, and giving Questionable Outfit the win.

Despite nearly blowing a massive lead, Questionable Outfit held on to win game 3, giving them a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series.

W: Morrison (1-0)
L: Blose (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Blose took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing 5 earned runs on 9 hits in 4 innings of relief. Dinger also pitched 2 innings for Cookies, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings.
– Morrison got the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing one earned run on one hit in 1.5 innings of relief. Reilly allowed 9 earned runs on 9 hits in 4.5 innings before giving way to Morrison.
– Bob went 4-for-7 to lead the way for Questionable Outfit, hitting a single, 3 homers, scoring 3 runs, and driving in 6 runs.
– Morrison was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-7 with a double, triple, home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Tom went 5-for-7 for Questionable Outfit, with 2 singles, a double, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Reilly also contributed 3 hits for Questionable, all singles.
– Joey set the pace for Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 3 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Vassallo also went 2-for-5 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Reilly Pitches Gem, Questionable Outfit on Brink of Wiffle Series Berth with 8-2 Win

21 Jul
Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit in a strong bounce-back effort after struggling in game 1

Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit in a strong bounce-back effort after struggling in game 1

Reilly bounced back from his game 1 struggles and followed Bob’s game 2 perfect game with a strong performance on the mound, holding Eastbound & Dahn in check as Questionable Outfit took a 2-1 series lead after an 8-2 game 3 victory.

Nate, who was utterly dominant in game 1 of the series, returned to the mound as the game 3 starter for Eastbound & Dahn. Things didn’t fare so well this time around, as Questionable Outfit appeared to have figured out his breaking ball. Tom led off the game with a solo homer, and Questionable was ahead 1-0 early. Morrison would then double, and he scored when Bob followed with a double, making the score 2-0. Reilly grounded out to left-center for the first out of the inning, and Bob moved to third on the play. Tom followed with a one-out single, scoring Bob and putting Questionable ahead 3-0. Morrison followed with a single, and just when it looked like Questionable Outfit would blow the game open, Nate got Bob to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, stranding two runners.

Down three runs, Eastbound would respond in the bottom of the first. Ivan led off the a single, and Hartley followed with a two-run shot to left-center, making the score 3-2. It looked as if Reilly’s struggles would continue, but he retired the next two batters, ending the inning and maintaining a one run lead.

Hartley's two-run homer in the bottom of the second pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run

Hartley’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run

The struggles continued for Nate and Eastbound in the top of the second inning. Reilly led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Kimble grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Morrison, crushed a two-run homer, and the score was 5-2. Bob followed with a single, and Reilly collected his second hit of the inning with a two-run home run, extending the Questionable Outfit lead to 7-2. Eastbound had seen enough from Nate, and after only 1.5 innings he was replaced by Helal on the mound. Helal retired Tom for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound would trail by 5 runs early.

Morrison went 4-for-6 with 3 extra-base hits to lead Questionable Outfit on offense

Morrison went 4-for-6 with 3 extra-base hits to lead Questionable Outfit on offense

Ivan would single with one out in the bottom of the second, but Eastbound couldn’t cut the deficit, as Reilly retired Hartley to strand the runner.

Morrison doubled to start the top of the third, and he moved to second when Bob grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Reilly followed with a one-out double, scoring Morrison to extend the lead to 8-2. Helal retired Kimble to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit had a commanding six run lead.

Reilly rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.

Helal pitched his first scoreless frame in the top of the fourth, sending Morrison and Bob down consecutively.

Reilly maintained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. After retiring Helal, Ivan hit a one-out triple, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Hartley was retired for the second out of the inning.

Morrison makes a running catch in the outfield

Morrison makes a running catch in the outfield

Helal held the lead in the top of the fifth, pitching another scoreless frame. Reilly matched him in the bottom of the fifth, getting Christian to fly out to the mound before striking out Nate to retire the side.

Questionable couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Helal retired Morrison and Bob. Helal had sent down 7 of the last 8 batters he faced, but got no run support to spark a comeback.

Down to their final at-bat, Eastbound went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, as Reilly got both Helal and Ivan to fly out, ending the inning and the game.

The 8-2 win put Questionable Outfit ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and one win away from clinching their second consecutive berth in the Wiffle Series.

W: Reilly (1-1)
L: Nate (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 1 in 6 innings.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits in 1.5 innings. Helal pitched 4.5 innings of relief, allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits.
– Morrison led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, 2 doubles, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Reilly also had 3 hits on the day, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Ivan led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a triple, and a run scored.