Cookies & Cream pulled back into a tie for second place in the season standings by defeating Eastbound & Dahn 10-7, thanks in large part to a nine-run bottom of the third on 8 consecutive hits that created an insurmountable deficit for Eastbound.
With Guthrie remaining out of the lineup, Joey started for Cookies & Cream, and he gave up an early lead to Eastbound. After retiring Christian to start the game, he gave up an inside-the-park homer to Nate, as Eastbound jumped ahead 1-0. Joey then retired Morrison to end the inning.
Cookies would even things up in the bottom of the first. Joey led off the game with a triple off Eastbound’s starter, Helal, and scored on a Blose ground-out to tie the game at 1-1. Helal then retired Dinger to avoid further damage, and the game was tied through the first inning.
Tim led off the top of the second with a double, but Joey was able to strand him, retiring the next two batters to end the inning. Helal retired Cookies in order in the bottom of the second, and the score remained 1-1.
Eastbound pulled ahead in the top of the third with the help of some Cookies & Cream fielding errors. Joey retired Nate to start the inning, but the next two batters, Morrison and Tim, each singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Helal came to the plate and launched a three-run blast to right field, and Eastbound led 4-1.
Ahead by three runs, Helal and Eastbound were looking good until Cookies unleashed a nine-run onslaught in the bottom of the third. Blose led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 4-2. Dinger singled, and Helal retired the next batter, Dustin, for the first out of the inning. Cookies would then string together eight consecutive hits before Helal retired his next batter. Joey singled to put runners on first and third, and BLose hit a bases-clearing triple to tie the game at 4-4. Dinger followed with a single, and Dustin got his first career EWL hit and homer, a three-run bomb that put Cookies & Cream ahead 7-4. Joey followed with a homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 8-4. Blose doubled for the second time in the inning, and Dinger followed with an RBI double, extending the Cookies lead to 9-4. Dustin then tripled, scoring Blose to make the score 10-4. Helal finally retired Joey to end the inning, but Cookies went from trailing by three runs to leading by six through three innings.
Eastbound made up some ground in the top of the fourth, starting when Nate led off the inning with a solo shot to cut the score to 10-5. Two batters later, Tim launched a homer to right-center, and the score was 10-6. Helal followed with a single, but Joey stranded him to end the inning.
An inning after getting pummeled, Helal returned to form, pitching a scoreless bottom of the fourth.
Morrison hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth, but Eastbound couldn’t cut into the four-run deficit, as Joey stranded the runner to end the inning. Blose hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but Helal matched Joey, stranding the runner.
Down 10-6, Helal provided his own run support in the top of the sixth. He led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, which cut the score to 10-7. Cookies removed Joey from the mound and turned to their closer, Blose, to collect the final two outs. He struck out the first batter he faced, Christian, and followed by getting Nate to hit a lazy fly ball to the mound for the second out of the inning. Cookies & Cream held on to win 10-7, drawing them even with Eastbound at 7-5 in second place in the standings.
W: Joey (4-1)
L: Helal (4-2)
S: Blose (3)
– Joey earned the win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Blose pitched one inning of scoreless and hitless relief, striking out one and collecting his third save of the season.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 10 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Blose led Cookies at the plate, going 4-for-6 with 3 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Helal led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.