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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.

Joey Drives in Eight Runs as Cheap Goats Top Shady Characters 10-7

27 May

Joey went 4-for-6 with two home runs and two doubles and drove in eight of Cheap Goats’ ten runs as the Goats beat Shady Characters 10-7, pulling even with them in the standings a half game behind Loss Mitigation. Jordan and Bob also contributed four hits each, and Christian pitched the complete game win, as Cheap Goats led early and maintained an insurmountable lead throughout the game.

Dylan took the mound for Shady Characters, the Cheap Goats hit him hard early. Jordan led off the game with a double, and Joey immediately put Cheap Goats on the board with a two-run homer that made the score 2-0. Christian followed with a single, and two batters later, he moved from first to third on Jordan’s one out double. Joey followed with his second blast of the inning, this time a three-run shot that extended the Cheap Goats lead to 5-0. Dylan retired Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters were in a big hole after half an inning.

Christian started for Cheap Goats, and he retired Dylan, the first batter he faced, for the first out of the inning. Erich followed with a single, and Shady Characters scored when Tom W followed with an RBI double that cut the deficit to 5-1. Tom K then singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. The Shady Characters rally would end there, however, as Christian got Dylan to groundout to left, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob singled to start the top of the second, and he moved from first to third when Jordan followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Joey flew out to deep left field, but Bob was able to tag and score on the play, and the sacrifice fly made the score 6-1. Dylan retired Christian to strand Jordan at second, ending the inning.

Erich led off the bottom of the second with a single, and two batters later, Tom K hit a chopper for a single, and Erich raced from first to score on the play, making the score 6-2. Christian then retired Dylan to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by four.

Bob started the top of the third with a single, but Cheap Goats wouldn’t add to their lead this inning, as Dylan retired Jordan and Joey to strand the runner, and the score remained 6-2.

Shady Characters would nearly pull even in the bottom of the third. Erich led off the inning with a triple, and when Christian retired Tom W, Erich scored from the third to make the score 6-3. Tom K then hit a one-out triple, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI triple that cut the Cheap Goats lead to 6-4. Erich followed with a double, scoring Dylan from third, and Shady Characters trailed 6-5. Christian finally escaped the inning by retiring Tom W, but the Cheap Goats lead had been cut from four to a single run.

Christian would get some more run support in the top of the fourth. He led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Bob doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Jordan followed with a high fly to left, which Erich caught for the first out of the inning. Christian tagged and attempted to score on the play, and Erich gunned the ball into Dylan. The throw was on time, but Shady Characters couldn’t secure the ball on the mound, and Christian scored, pushing the Cheap Goats lead to 7-5. Joey came to the plate with one out and Bob on second, and he drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 8-5. The unusual play continued with the next at-bat, when Christian singled on a blooper to left. He thought Tom W caught the ball for an out, but he had not, and he was stranded in between first and second when Tom W tagged him out to end the inning.

Shady Characters continued to show resiliency in the bottom of the fourth. Tom K started the inning with a single, his fourth hit of the game. Two batters later, Erich crushed a two-run blast to right, cutting the Shady Characters deficit to 8-7. Christian retired Tom W to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by one.

Cheap Goats responded in the top of the fifth. Bob singled, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out RBI double to left-center, scoring Bob, and the score was 9-7. Dylan retired Christian to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by two.

After reaching base safely on his first four at-bats, Tom K struck out for the first out in the bottom of the fifth. Dylan followed with his second triple of the game, but Christian completed the rare feat of striking out the side, fanning Erich for the second out of the inning to strand the runner at third and maintain the two run lead.

Dylan retired Bob to start the top of the sixth, but Jordan followed with a solo homer to left-center, putting Cheap Goats in front 10-7. Dylan retired Joey to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by three heading into their final at-bat.

Christian remained in the game, and he retired Tom W for the first out in the bottom of the sixth. Tom K followed with a single, giving him a career high five hits in the game. But the Shady Characters couldn’t rally, as Christian got Dylan to fly out to shallow right field for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Cheap Goats the 10-7 win.

Cheap Goats moved to 4-3 on the season with the win, and Shady Characters fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Note: No photos of this game were captured due to wet, rainy conditions.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing seven runs on thirteen hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Christian struck out the side in the fifth, marking only the fifth time in EWL history that a pitcher had accomplished the feat. The others were Guthrie in 2011, Holly in 2012, Dinger in 2015, and Christian had previously struck out the side in 2015, the last pitcher to do so.
– Dylan took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up ten runs on fifteen hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, two home runs, two runs scored, a sacrifice fly, and eight RBI.
– Bob and Jordan each had four hits for Cheap Goats as well. Jordan went 4-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI. Bob went 4-for-6 with three singles, a double, and three runs scored.
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, going 5-for-6 with two singles, a double, a triple, a home run, four runs scored, three RBI, and he became the second player this year to hit for the cycle. It was the fourth time in Erich’s career that he has hit for the cycle, with all three of the other instances occurring during his rookie season in 2016.

Dylan Homers Three Times and Pitches Shady Characters to 7-2 Win over Porkswords

25 May

Dylan had a career day at the plate for Shady Characters, registering five hits, including three home runs and five RBI, leading his team to a 7-2 victory

Dylan had the best game of his young EWL career, going 5-for-6 with a single, a double, three homers, three runs scored, and five RBI, in addition to pitching four solid innings, as Shady Characters topped the Porkswords 7-2. Shady Characters pulled ahead early and kept the Porkswords’ bats in check, snapping a two game losing streak and moving to 4-2 on the season, tied with Loss Mitigation for first place in the EWL standings.

Tom K took the mound for Shady Characters with two innings of eligibility left in week 3. Josh and John each singled to start the game for the Porkswords, and it looked as if they’d get on the board early. Tom K cracked down though, retiring Adam and Miller, stranding both runners to end the inning.

Shady Characters got on the board in the bottom of the first, quickly getting to the Porkswords’ starter, Miller. Dylan began the game with his first career lead-off homer, and the solo shot made the score 1-0. Erich followed with a single, and he scored from first on Tom W’s RBI double, putting Shady Characters ahead 2-0. Tom K grounded out to deep left on the next play, but Tom W was able to score from second on the play, and the score was 3-0. Dylan came to the plate and crushed his second bomb of the inning, and Shady Characters led 4-0. Erich hit his second single of the inning, and just when it looked like the Porkswords would be in a big hole, Miller retired Tom W, ending the inning having allowed four runs.

John singled with one out in the top of the second, and Adam followed with a single, giving the Porkswords two base runners for the second consecutive inning. But for the second straight inning, Tom K clamped down, retiring Miller to strand two more runners, maintaining the Shady Characters’ four run lead.

Tom K pitched two innings of scoreless ball before reaching his innings limit, and went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and a single.

Tom K doubled to start the bottom of the second, but Miller escaped the inning without damage, retiring Dylan and Erich, and the score remained 4-0.

With Tom K at his innings limit for the week, Shady Characters turned to Dylan from the bullpen. Josh led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, he moved from first to third on Adam’s second single of the game. For the the third consecutive inning, the Porkswords had two runners on base, but this time they would capitalize. Miller hit a one-out single, scoring Josh from third, and the score was 4-1. However, for the third straight inning, the Porkswords would leave two runners on base. Dylan got Josh to fly out to center, stranding two runners, and ending the inning with the score 4-1.

Tom W went 3-for-5 with a single and two doubles, and he scored three of Shady Characters runs in the win.

Shady Characters would strand some runners of their own in the bottom of the third. Tom K singled with out out, and he moved to second when Dylan singled, putting runners on first and second. Miller got out of the inning unscathed. retiring Erich to strand two Shady Characters’ runners, ending the inning.

Dylan retired the Porkswords in order in the top of the fourth, and he’d provide himself an additional run of support in the bottom half of the inning. Tom W started the inning with a single, and two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out RBI double to score Tom W, making the score 5-1.

Erich and Tom W of Shady Characters converge on a ball in center field

The Porkswords would cut into the Shady Characters lead in the top of the fifth. Josh led off with a triple, and John drove him in with an RBI single that cut the deficit to 5-2. Dylan retired Adam to end the inning, and Shady Characters led by three.

Dylan would once again provide his own run support in the top of the sixth. Tom W doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Dylan hit a two-run homer, his third of the game, putting Shady Characters ahead 7-2. Miller retired Erich to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by five runs heading into the sixth.

Dylan connects on one of his five hits in the Shady Characters win over the Porkswords

Down to their final at-bat, the Porkswords went quietly in the sixth. Dylan retired Miller and Josh in order, ending the game and giving Shady Characters a 7-2 victory.

The win moved Shady Characters to 4-2 on the season, and the loss dropped the Porkswords to 1-5.

W: Tom K (3-1)
L: Miller (0-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K earned the win for Shady Characters, allowing no runs on four hits in two innings pitched.
– Dylan pitched four innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up two runs on five hits.
– Miller took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up seven runs on twelve hits in five innings.
– Dylan led Shady Characters at the plate, going 5-for-6 with a single, a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Josh was the only Porksword with an extra-base hit, going 3-for-5 with two singles, a triple, and two runs scored.