Despite trailing for most of the game and struggling to plate runs, Eastbound & Dahn strung together a 3-run bottom of the fifth to pull ahead late and top the Ham Slams 3-1.
Down to only three players, Eastbound & Dahn sent Trevar to the mound. Thing started well, as he retired Anthony and Steve in order in the top of the first.
Charlie had 3 innings of eligibility left for week 5, so the Ham Slams started him for the second consecutive game. Mark led off the game with a triple, and it looked like Eastbound would take an early lead. But Charlie fanned the next batter, Hartley, for the first out of the inning, and got Trevar to fly out to left for the second out, stranding the runner at third to maintain the scoreless tie.
Trevar breezed through the top of the second for a scoreless inning. After Mark flew out for the first out in the bottom of the second, Hartley hit a one-out triple. But for the second consecutive inning, Charlie was able to strand a runner at third, retiring Trevar for the second out.
With the game scoreless, the Ham Slams took the lead in the top of the third when Steve led off the inning with a solo home run. Trevar retired the next two batters, and the score was 1-0 through two and a half innings. Charlie retired Eastbound & Dahn in order in the bottom of the third, reaching his innings limit for the week.
Trevar retired the side in the top of the fourth, and the Ham Slams new pitcher, Steve, matched him in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Eastbound & Dahn in order.
Anthony led off the top of the fifth with a double, but was caught in between bases trying to extend the hit into a triple. Trevar retired the next batter, Steve, to end the inning.
Down 1-0 with only 2 hits through 4 innings, Eastbound & Dahn rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Hartley led off the inning with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. Steve retired Trevar for the first out of the inning, but the rally would continue. Mark doubled with one out, and scored when the next batter, Hartley roped a double off the fence. Trevar then singled, scoring Hartley from second and pushing the score to 3-1. Steve retired Mark for the second out of the inning, but the Ham Slams had surrendered their lead and now trailed by two runs.
Charlie led off the top of the sixth with a single, and the next batter, Anthony, ripped a double to deep left-center. But as Charlie went from first to third, he briefly stepped off third base and was tagged by Mark. In a close call, Charlie was called out for the first out of the inning. With one-out, and a runner on second, Steve represented the tying run at the plate. But Trevar buckled down and got him to groundout to left, stranding the runner and ending the game for a 3-1 Eastbound & Dahn win.
The victory moved Eastbound & Dahn to 4-6 on the year. The Ham Slams suffered their fourth consecutive loss, dropping to 3-7 for the season.
W: Trevar (1-1)
L: Steve (0-2)
- Trevar pitched the complete game win, giving up a single earned run while scattering 4 hits.
- Steve took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits in 2 innings pitched. Charlie also pitched for the Slams, giving up 2 hits and no earned runs while striking out 1 in 3 innings.
- Hartley led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Mark also had a double and a triple for Eastbound.
- Steve’s solo homer represented the Ham Slams only run in the game. Anthony also went 2-for-5 with 2 doubles.