For the first time in franchise history, Eastbound & Dahn has claimed sole possession of first place in the EWL standings. At 5-1 after three weeks, Eastbound is the EWL’s biggest surprise in 2015. Led by offseason free agent acquisition Morrison, who is having yet another great season on the wiffle diamond, Eastbound has won three straight and has been able to win low and high scoring games. Helal is off to one of the greatest starts on the mound in EWL history, and every member of Eastbound has contributed.
Nate hit for the cycle, Morrison continued to swing a hot bat, and Christian did enough on the mound, as Eastbound pulled away from the Ham Slams in a 14-7 win.
Tim led off the game for the Ham Slams, and in a rare lefty-lefty matchup, Christian fanned him for the game’s first out. The Slams would get on the board, however, when Steve followed with a solo homer, making the score 1-0. Josh followed with a one-out double, but Christian stranded him to minimize the damage.
Tim also made his first career start on the mound for the Ham Slams. The game’s first batter, Nate, hit a single off the wall, but was caught out trying to extend the hit into a double. Morrison followed with a double, but Tim retired Helal to end the inning, and the Slams remained ahead 1-0.
Dan led off the top of the second with a double, but Christian stranded him at second for a scoreless inning.
Eastbound would pull ahead in the bottom of the second. Christian led off the inning with a triple, and Nate followed with an RBI triple, tying the game at 1-1. Morrison followed with a deep fly ball out to left, but Nate tagged and scored on the play, and the sacrifice fly made the score 2-1. Helal followed with a double, but Tim stranded him to end the inning.
The Ham Slams bounced back in the top of the third to regain the lead. Steve hit a double to lead off the inning, but was caught in between second and third trying to extend the hit into a triple for the first out of the inning. Josh followed with a one-out solo bomb, tying the game at 2-2. After Adam hit a one-out double, Dan drove him in with his second double of the game, and the Slams were ahead 3-2. Alan got the first hit of his young EWL career, an RBI single which scored Dan, putting the Slams in front 4-2.
The back-and-forth battle continued int he bottom of the second when Eastbound would even things up. Nate led off the inning with a double, and Morrison followed with a two-run bomb, tying the game at 4-4. Helal would then double, but Tim stranded him to maintain the tie, striking out Christian and retiring Nate for the first time in the game.
Christian got back on track in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order. With the game tied at 4-4, Eastbound would pull away in the bottom of the fourth with a historic inning.
In one of the most unusual sequences in EWL history, Eastbound started the bottom of the fourth inning with 7 consecutive singles, which were followed by 2 consecutive homers. The 9 straight hits accounted for 9 runs, and the big inning essentially put the game away. For the second consecutive week, Eastbound had scored 8 or more runs in a single inning late in the game to pull away.
Morrison led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Helal single. Christian loaded the bases with a single, and Nate drove in two runners with an RBI single to make the score 6-4. Morrison then singled to load the bases, and Helal’s single scored two runs to put Eastbound ahead 8-4. Christian followed with yet another RBI single, the seventh consecutive single, and Eastbound led 9-4. Nate then came to the plate and capped his cycle with a three-run bomb to left-center, clearing the bases and giving Eastbound a 12-4 lead. Morrison put the icing on the cake with a solo homer, and the score was 13-4. Tim would retired Helal and strikeout Christian for the second time in the game to end the inning, but Eastbound’s offense explosion gave them a 9 run lead through four innings.
The Ham Slams chipped away at the lead in the top of the fifth with some singles of their own. Adam led off with a single and moved to second on a Dan single. Alan then singled, scoring Adam to cut the score to 13-5. Tim grounded out to deep center for the first out of the inning. Dan scored on the play, but after the run scored, Alan was caught in between bases for the second out of the inning, and the score was 13-6.
Eastbound would add one more in the bottom of the fifth, when Nate capped his already stellar game with a solo homer, his second bomb of the game, to make the score 14-6.
Christian remained on the mound to close out the game in the top of the sixth. Josh hit a one-out homer to cut the score to 14-7, but the rally ended there, as Christian retired Adam to end the game.
The win moved Eastbound to 5-1 on the year and into sole possession of first place for the first time in franchise history. The loss dropped the Ham Slams to 0-6.
W: Christian (1-1)
L: Tim (0-1)
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Eastbound, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and striking out one in 6 innings.
– Tim took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits and fanning 2 in 5 innings pitched.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate in the best game of his career, going 6-for-7 and hitting for the cycle. He had 2 singles, a double, a triple, 2 homers, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
– Morrison also had a big game on offense, going 5-for-7 with 2 singles, a double, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Dan also went 3-for-3 for the Slams with a single, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.
Morrison’s two solo homers were the only offense Helal needed, as he stymied the red hot Questionable Outfit bats in a 2-1 win, giving Questionable their first loss of the season.
Reilly started for Questionable, and came into the game 2-0 in 2015, continuing where he left off in 2014. He retired the side in order in the top of the first.
Helal, who pitched two 3-hitters against Cookies & Cream in the first two weeks of the season, also came into the game 2-0. He matched Reilly in the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order and striking out Bob.
Reilly continued to roll in the top of the second, and Helal maintained the scoreless tie with a perfect bottom half of the inning.
Nate led off the top of the third with a single, but was caught out in between bases trying to extend the hit into a double. The next batter, Morrison, crushed a solo shot to deep left-center, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. Helal followed with a single, but Reilly retired Christian to strand the runner and end the inning.
Questionable bounced right back in the bottom of the third. Tom hit a one-out solo shot to left, tying the game at 1-1. Mike followed with a double, but Helal fanned Reilly for his second strikeout of the game, and the score remained tied.
For the second time in as many innings, Morrison hit a one-out solo homer off Reilly, putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Eastbound couldn’t muster any more runs off Reilly, but they wouldn’t need any, as Helal continued to dominate.
Bob led off the bottom of the fourth with double, but Helal stranded him at second, and Eastbound led 2-1 through four.
Reilly cruised through the top of the fifth, but Helal did the same in the bottom half of the inning.
Helal singled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Reilly stranded him, and Questionable would head into the bottom of the sixth trailing 2-1.
Down to their final two outs, Questionable continued to struggle against Helal, as he retired Tom and Mike in order, giving Eastbound & Dahn a 2-1 win.
The win moved Eastbound to 4-1 and into a tie for first int he standings. The loss, Questionable’s first of the year and their first since game 2 of the 2014 Wiffle Series, dropped them to 4-1.
W: Helal (3-0)
L: Reilly (2-1)
– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing only a single run on 4 hits while striking out 2.
– Reilly took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Morrison led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Tom provided the only offensive production for Questionable in the loss, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a run scored, and an RBI.
Questionable Outfit continued to dominate their opponents, hitting a combined 10 homers as Bob hit for the cycle in his second consecutive game, as they moved to 4-0 with a 17-6 victory over the Ham Slams.
Mike started for Questionable, and he pitched a perfect frame in the top of the first.
The Ham Slams started Charlie on the mound, and he got into trouble immediately in the bottom of the first. Reilly homered to start the game, putting Questionable ahead 1-0. Bob tripled and scored on a Tom double, making the score 2-0. Mike provided his own run support with a two-run bomb, and Questionable was ahead 4-0 through one.
The Slams got on the board in the top of the second when Adam led off the inning with a solo homer. Reilly stopped the damage there, and Questionable led 4-1.
Charlie got the axe after only one inning, as the Slams turned to their bullpen and brought Josh to the mound. He was crushed immediately, putting the Slams in a hole they couldn’t recover from.
Tom led off the bottom of the second with a triple, and he scored when Mike followed with a double, making the score 5-1. Reilly hit an RBI single to score Tom, pushing the score to 6-1, and after Bob doubled, Tom hit a three-run bomb to clear the bases, making the score 9-1. Josh retired Mike, but Reilly followed with a solo-shot to extend the lead to 10-1. Bob singled, and Tom hit his second homer of the inning to make the score 12-1. Tom’s homer was the first of five consecutive homers for Questionable Outfit, a new EWL record. After Tom’s two-run blast, Mike, Reilly, Bob, and Tom, again, hit homers to make the score 16-1. Tom had hit an EWL record three homers in one inning, Questionable had hit 8 homers in the inning, and they had scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The Slams intentionally walked Mike to disrupt the home run streak, and Josh retired Reilly to end the historic inning.
The Slams tried to make the game respectable in the top of the third, putting a few runs on the board. Tim doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an Adam single. Dan followed with a single, driving in both runners to make the score 16-3, but the rally ended there.
Josh was removed from the mound after the disastrous second inning, and Tim made his first career pitching appears, retiring the side without allowing a run in the bottom of the third.
Both pitchers were perfect in the fourth, and the score remained 16-3.
The Slams would add a few more int he top of the fifth. Josh hit a one-out double, and Tim followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 16-5.
Questionable extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Reilly hit a one-out solo homer, his fourth blast of the game, to make the score 17-5.
Dan led off the inning with a single in the top of the sixth, and moved from first-to-third on a Steve double. Josh grounded out for the first out of the inning, and Dan scored on the play to make the score 17-6. Mike then fanned Tim for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit win.
Questionable Outfit moved to 4-0 on the year, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-4.
W: Mike (2-0)
L: Charlie (0-4)
– Mike pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams in only one inning, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Josh pitched one inning of relief, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits with a walk. Tim also pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits.
– Bob hit for the cycle for the second consecutive game, going 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Reilly led Questionable, going 6-for-8 with a single, a double, 4 homers, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Tom also had a big game at the plate, going 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, 3 homers, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
Tim led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a strikeout.