Bob and Mike Each Hit for Cycle as Questionable Outfit take Commanding Series Lead with 13-9 Win in Game 2

28 Jul
Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Questionable Outfit put Eastbound & Dahn on the brink of elimination and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with a 13-9 win in game 2. Bob and Mike each hit for the cycle, becoming the first teammates to hit for the cycle in the same game in EWL playoff history. Bob had six hits and scored five runs, and Mike had five hits, as Questionable held off a late Eastbound & Dahn rally to win and put themselves one win away from a fourth consecutive Wiffle Series berth.

Bob started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he cruised in the top of the first, retiring Nate and Christian in order.

Questionable Outfit would immediately provide Bob with run support, taking a significant lead in the bottom of the first. Bob singled to lead off the inning, and he moved from first to third on a Tom single. Mike then doubled, scoring Bob, and the score was 1-0. Miller came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he cleared the bases with a three-run bomb, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 4-0. Bob followed with a double, and after five consecutive hits to start the game, it looked like Questionable Outfit would have a huge inning. Christian buckled down, however, and avoided further damage, retiring Tom and Mike to strand the runner at second and end the inning.

Eastbound & Dahn showed resolve in the top of the second, bouncing back and cutting into the Questionable Outfit lead. Dustin singled, and he moved to second when BK followed with a single. Two batters later, Christian cleared the bases and rounded them all himself when Questionable Outfit unleashed a series of fielding errors that resulted in a three-run inside-the-park homer. Bob then retired Dustin to end the inning, but Eastbound had cut the lead to 4-3.

Christian's three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian’s three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the second, sending Miller and Bob down in order. Bob matched him in the top of the third, as BK and Nate were retired consecutively.

Questionable would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tom led off the inning with a solo shot, and Mike made it back-to-back homers with a solo homer of his own. Two batters later Bob tripled, and Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 7-3. Mike followed with a single, and Questionable had runners on first and third, but Christian retired Miller to strand both runners and end the inning.

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Eastbound continued to hang in, narrowing the deficit in the top of the fourth. Christian doubled to start the inning, and he scored when Dustin followed with an RBI triple. BK then singled, scoring Dustin, and Eastbound trailed 7-5. Nate followed with a single, but BK was caught in between first and second for the first out of the inning. Bob then retired Christian to end the inning, and Questionable led by two.

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Bob led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, completing the cycle in only five at-bats. Tom followed with a single, but Christian retired Mike and Miller to strand him, and Questionable Outfit led 8-5 after four innings.

Bob retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Questionable would extend their lead by a considerable margin in the bottom of the inning.

Bob tripled for the second time in the game to lead off the inning, and he scored when Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 9-5. Mike then tripled, completing the cycle, and Tom scored on the play to put Questionable ahead 10-5. Two batters later, Bob doubled to score Mike, and the score was 11-5. Tom then doubled to score Bob, and Mike followed with an RBI single to score Tom. Christian finally retired Miller to end the inning, but Questionable had scored five runs to pull ahead 13-5.

Nate's two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Nate’s two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Down eight heading into their final at-bat, Eastbound & Dahn made things interesting in the top of the sixth. Nate led off the inning with a triple, and Christian hit a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nate to make the score 13-6. Dustin then singled, and he scored from first when BK hit an RBI single, and the score was 13-7. Nate then hit a towering two-run homer to left-center, and Eastbound had cut the Questionable lead to 13-9. Questionable Outfit removed Bob from the mound and brought in Tom from the bullpen. He immediately put an end to the Eastbound rally, striking out Christian for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit the 13-9 win.

Questionable Outfit pulled ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. A win in game 3 would put them in the Wiffle Series for the fourth consecutive season. No team has come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a first round series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 5.5 innings pitched.
– Tom pitched 0.5 innings of relief, and struck out the only batter he faced.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound in the complete game effort, giving up 13 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Bob went 6-for-7 and hit for the cycle with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Mike also hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a homer, a sacrifice fly, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– All four Eastbound & Dahn players had at least two hits. They were led by Dustin, who went 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a triple, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

Ham Slams Even Series with Cookies & Cream, Win Game Two 7-5

24 Jul
Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

After dropping game one, the Ham Slams, led by free agent addition Joe, won game two 7-5 and evened the best-of-five first round series with Cookies & Cream at one game apiece. Joe pitched the complete game win and went 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI. Cookies & Cream suffered a blow as Joey left the game early with one of the most significant wiffle injuries in league history, and they may be without him for the rest of the series.

Dinger took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he fell behind early when Josh led off the game with a solo homer to right-center, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0. Dinger then got Dan and Joe to fly out to center to end the inning.

Cookies & Cream evened the score immediately when Guthrie led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, making the score 1-1. Blose followed with a triple, and Cookies were in position to pull ahead, but Joe got Joey to fly out in foul territory and got Dinger to fly out to center, ending the inning and stranding the runner.

The Slams took another lead in the top of the second. Kessler doubled to start the inning, and two batters later Dan hit a two-run blast to center, and the Slams led 3-1. Joe followed with a triple, and he scored when Kessler hit an RBI double. Dinger retired Josh to strand Kessler at second and end the inning, but the Slams had pulled ahead 4-1.

Dan's two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Dan’s two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Guthrie doubled with one out in the bottom of the second, and he scored when Blose hit an RBI single. Joe then retired Joey to end the inning, and Cookies had cut the deficit to 4-2.

Dan led off the top of the third with a towering fly ball to center. Joey backed up against the fence and jumped to catch the ball and record the out. He came down awkwardly, however, twisting his ankle severely. He was carried off the field by his teammates and went to the hospital to seek medical attention. When play resumed, Joe provided his own run support with a solo homer, putting the Ham Slams ahead 5-2. Kessler followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a double, and Cookies & Cream made a pitching change, bringing Guthrie into the game. He retired the first batter he faced, Dan, for the second out, ending the inning and stranding the runner at second.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Joe rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Jordan in order, and the score remained 6-2.

Joe continued to help himself at the plate, leading off the top of the fourth with a solo homer. Guthrie retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led 7-2.

Cookies would narrow the margin in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie led off with a double, and Blose followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 7-4. Dinger followed with a double, and just when it looked like Cookies would rally, Joe retired Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and he had met his innings limit for the week.

Blose tripled to start the bottom of the fifth, and he scored on a Dinger groundout to cut the deficit to 7-5. Joe then retired Jordan to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs.

Dinger returned to the mound in the top of the sixth, and he had more success than earlier in the game, retiring Kessler and Josh consecutively.

Down two runs in the bottom of the sixth with their two best hitters due up, Cookies couldn’t string together a rally to extend the game. Joe retired Guthrie and Blose, ending the inning and giving the Ham Slams a 7-5 win.

With the win, the Ham Slams evened the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream at 1-1.

W:Joe (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings.
– Guthrie pitched two innings of relief for Cookies, and gave up one run on one hit.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Kessler also went 3-for-5 for the Slams with 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Guthrie also went 3-for-5 for Cookies with 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

Miller Homers Twice, Throws Shutout as Questionable Outfit Take Game 1 From Eastbound & Dahn 9-0

24 Jul
Miller was in command on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout in game one. He also had four hits, including two home runs.

Miller was in command on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout in game one. He also had four hits, including two home runs.

Miller allowed only five hits and provided his own run support, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI as Questionable Outfit took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn, winning 9-0 in game one.

Nate led off the game with a double, but Eastbound couldn’t get on the board early, as Miller retired Christian and Dustin to end the inning and strand the runner.

Nate sets to gun a ball into the pitcher's mound from left field.

Nate sets to gun a ball into the pitcher’s mound from left field.

Bob doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, and he managed to score from second on a deep groundout to left by Tom. BK, the Eastbound starter, retired Mike, and Questionable led 1-0 after an inning.

BK singled to start the top of the second, but he didn’t make it past first, as Nate flew out to shallow left, and Christian grounded out to right to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit would open up a substantial lead in the bottom of the second. Miller singled to start the inning, and he moved to second when Bob followed with a single. Tom doubled, scoring Miller, and Questionable led 2-0. Mike came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he cleared the bases with a three-run blast to left. BK retired Miller and Bob to end the inning, but Questionable had pulled ahead 5-0.

Dustin started the top of the third with a single, but Miller continued to strand Eastbound runners. He retired BK and Nate to end the inning, and the score remained 5-0.

Mike barely hangs on to a fly ball in left field.

Mike barely hangs on to a fly ball in left field.

Tom doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Eastbound would escape the inning without giving up additional runs. The next batter, Mike, attempted to bunt, but BK scooped up the ball for the first out and doubled up Tom in between second and third, ending the inning.

Dustin doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, but for the fourth consecutive inning, Eastbound was unable to drive in a base runner. Miller retired BK for the second out, stranding Dustin at second.

Miller extended the Questionable lead with a solo homer to start the bottom of the fourth, making the score 6-0. Two batters later, Tom singled with one out, and he moved from first to third when Mike followed with a double. Miller had one out and two runners in scoring position, and he hit the second three-run homer of the night for Questionable, as his second homer of the game made the score 9-0. Bob followed with a single, but when Tom followed with a single, Bob was caught in between first and second for the second out of the inning.

Miller delivers a pitch to Nate

Miller delivers a pitch to Nate

Miller pitched his first perfect frame in the top of the fifth, retiring Nate and striking out Christian. Miller then doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t extend their lead to double digits, as BK retired Bob strand the runner and end the inning.

Down 9-0, Eastbound stranded one last runner in the top of the sixth. Dustin doubled to start the inning, but Miller got BK and Nate to groundout to left, ending the inning and the game.

Questionable Outfit had won 9-0 and taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series.

W: Miller (1-0)
L: BK (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller pitched the complete game shutout for Questionable Outfit, allowing only five hits and striking out one in six innings.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 9 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings.
– Miller led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, a double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom also went 4-for-5 for Questionable with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Dustin was the only Eastbound player to collect multiple hits. He went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a triple.

Guthrie Hits Grand Slam, Blose Hits Cycle, Cookies & Cream Take Series Opener 14-2

23 Jul
Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Cookies & Cream unloaded on the Ham Slams in the first game of the 2016 EWL playoffs, winning the opening game of their first round series 14-2 behind a grand slam and six RBI from Guthrie, five hits and the cycle from Blose, and four hits each from Joey and Dinger. Guthrie pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs while scattering six hits, and Cookies & Cream took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Slams.

Guthrie, a playoff veteran and two-time Wiffle Series MVP, took the mound for Cookies & Cream and cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

In a surprise move, the Ham Slams did not start their ace, Josh, and put Kessler on the mound. He retired Guthrie for the first out in the bottom of the first, but Blose followed with a massive solo homer to left-center, and Cookies & Cream had an early 1-0 lead. Kessler then retired Joey to end the inning, and the Slams trailed by one.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the second, retiring Joe, making his EWL debut, and Kessler.

Dinger led off the bottom of the second with a single, but Kessler avoided trouble, retiring Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

In the top of the third, Guthrie retired Josh and Dan. Guthrie was perfect through three and had retired the first six batters of the game.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream opened up a big lead in the bottom of the third, providing Guthrie with all of the run support that he would need. Blose led off with a double, and he scored when Joey followed with an RBI single to make the score 2-0. Dinger and Jordan both singled, and Cookies & Cream had the bases loaded with no outs. Guthrie came to the plate, and he launched a high fly ball to left. It cleared the fence, and Guthrie had hit the third grand slam in postseason history and the first since 2013. Blose and Joey each followed with singles, and the first seven Cookies & Cream hitters had reached base safely in the bottom of the third. It looked as if they would blow the game open, but Kessler regrouped and retired Dinger and Jordan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams trailed 6-0, but would get on the board in the top of the fourth. Joe tripled to right field to start the inning, and Kessler provided his own run support, hitting an RBI double that cut the score to 6-1. Two batters later, Dan hit an RBI single that scored Kessler, and the score was 6-2. Joe followed with a double, and Kessler came to the plate with runners on second and third and a chance to put a big dent in the Cookies lead. Guthrie buckled down, however, and got Kessler to ground out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Up four, Cookies & Cream had a monster inning in the bottom of the fourth, fueled by a host of fielding errors by the Ham Slams. Guthrie singled to start the inning, and he moved to second when Blose followed with a single. Joey hit an RBI double, scoring both runners, and Cookies led 8-2. Dinger then singled, scoring Joey from second, and the score was 9-2. Two batters later, Guthrie hit an RBI single to score Dinger, pushing the score to 10-2. Blose followed with a triple, completing the cycle and scoring Guthrie to make the score 11-2. Blose became only the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012. The onslaught continued as Joey followed with a double, scoring Blose, and the score was 12-2. Dinger then hit his second RBI single of the inning, scoring Joey, and Cookies & Cream led 13-2. Kessler finally retired Jordan to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream had taken an eleven run lead.

Josh singled to start the top of the fifth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t rally, as Guthrie retired Dan and Joe to end the inning.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Guthrie would provide one additional run to support himself in the bottom of the fifth when he led off the inning with a solo homer, his second blast of the game. Kessler would retire Blose and Joey to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led 14-2 heading into the final frame.

Josh would single with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t string together hits, as Guthrie retired Dan to end the inning and the game.

Cookies & Cream had taken game one of the series 14-2 and led the best-of-five first round series 1-0.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Slams, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Guthrie went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI. His grand slam was the third in EWL playoff history and the first since 2013.
– Blose hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI. He became the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012.
– Joey and Dinger also each went 4-for-6 for Cookies & Cream. Joey had 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Dinger had 4 singles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense in his EWL debut. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.

Cookies & Cream Collapse in Epic Meltdown, Questionable Outfit Win Pennant 7-6 in Last At-Bat

15 Jul
Bob hit for the cycle and went 5-for-7 with a single, a 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. He scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Questionable Outfit stole the pennant from Cookies & Cream.

Bob hit for the cycle and went 5-for-7 with a single, a 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. He scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Questionable Outfit stole the pennant from Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream had dominated Questionable Outfit, led 6-1, and were two outs away from clinching the 2016 EWL regular season pennant when they began to choke in historic fashion. Questionable Outfit put together six consecutive hits, largely fueled by Cookies & Cream fielding errors, and scored six consecutive runs to walk-off with a 7-6 victory, the pennant, and the #1 overall seed for the fourth consecutive season.

Coming into the game, Cookies & Cream had been chasing Questionable Outfit the entire second half of the season. Cookies had won seven consecutive games, including two straight against Questionable that had evened the season series at 3-3 heading into their final showdown. After finishing the first half 6-4, Cookies were 8-1 in the second half. Questionable Outfit had gone 8-2 in the first half of the season and 7-2 in the second half, but had struggled against Cookies & Cream, and the seventh matchup between the two teams would break the tie for their season series, their place in the standings, and would decide the pennant.

Questionable Outfit would employ a unique strategy against Cookies, rotating pitchers depending on who was at-bat. Miller got the start for Questionable, but Bob would rotate in to face certain batters throughout the game. Miller retired the first batter he faced, Guthrie, and after Blose followed with a double, he was caught in between second and third for an out, ending the inning.

Joey, who had recent success against Questionable Outfit on the mound, was named the starter for Cookies & Cream. He retired Bob and Tom in order in the bottom of the first, and the game was scoreless through an inning.

Cookies would get on the board in the top of the second. Joey led off with a double, and he scored when Dinger followed with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Jordan then singled, scoring Dinger from second to put Cookies ahead 2-0. Miller then struck out Guthrie and retired Blose to strand Dinger and end the inning.

Joey went 3-for-4 with 3 doubles to lead Cookies & Cream, and was in control on the mound until the sixth inning

Joey went 3-for-4 with 3 doubles to lead Cookies & Cream, and was in control on the mound until the sixth inning

Questionable cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second when Bob hit a one-out solo homer off Joey, making the score 2-1. Joey then retired Tom to end the inning.

Bob retired the side in order in top of the third, getting Joey and Dinger to each fly out. Bob tripled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Questionable couldn’t tie the game, as Tom was retired to strand the runner and end the inning.

Bob approaches a ground ball in left field.

Bob approaches a ground ball in left field.

Cookies extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Guthrie singled with one out and moved from first to third when Blose followed with a single. Joey then hit an RBI double, scoring Guthrie to make the score 3-1. Cookies had two runners on scoring position and had an opportunity to take a big lead, but Bob got Dinger to fly out to right, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but once again Cookies stranded the runner, retiring Tom to end the inning with the score 3-1.

Cookies provided Joey with a few more insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Guthrie singled with one out, and Blose followed with a two-run bomb to left-center, putting Cookies ahead 5-1. Joey followed with a double, but Bob avoided further damage, getting Dinger to fly out to the mound to end the inning.

Blose connects on a two-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 5-1 in the fifth inning

Blose connects on a two-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 5-1 in the fifth inning

Miller singled to start the bottom of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t plate the run, as Joey retired Bob and Tom to end the inning, and Cookies had a four run lead.

Jordan provided Joey with the final run of support in the top of the sixth, leading off the inning with a solo blast to left off Miller. Miller then retired Guthrie and Blose to end the inning, and Cookies and Cream led by five runs and were two outs away from securing the 2016 pennant with their eighth straight win.

Miller started the bottom of the sixth with a single, and he moved to third when Bob followed with a double. Tom then singled, but no runs scored, and the bases were loaded with no outs. Miller singled on a fielding error, scoring one run, and Questionable trailed 6-2. Bob then followed with a single, completing the cycle. Two runs scored on the plat, and Questionable had cut the score to 6-4 and had two runners on with no outs. Tom followed with a double, scoring one, and the first six Questionable Outfit hitters had reached base safely in the bottom of the sixth. The score was 6-5, Questionable had the tying and go-ahead run on base, both in scoring position, and Miller was at the plate. Miller hit a ground ball to deep left, which Blose fielded for the first out. Bob easily scored from third on the play to tie the game at 6-6. Blose gunned the ball into the mound to try to get Tom out, but the throw was errant, and Tom raced around third to score the game-winning run. Questionable Outfit had completed an improbable comeback, Cookies & Cream had collapsed unlike any team had in EWL history, and Questionable Outfit had won the game 7-6.

Questionable Outfit moved to 16-4 on the year, and claimed the 2016 EWL regular season pennant. They will host the #4 seed Eastbound & Dahn in the first round of the EWL playoffs.

Cookies & Cream finished the regular season 15-5, earned the #2 seed, and will host the #3 seed Ham Slams in the first round of the playoffs.

W: Miller (7-2)
L: Joey (4-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller earned the win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and striking out one in 3.5 innings.
– Bob pitched 2.5 innings of relief, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.
– Joey pitched the complete game loss for Cookies & Cream, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, hitting for the cycle while going 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 3 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

Questionable Outfit Rally in Fifth Inning to Squeeze Past Eastbound & Dahn 5-3

8 Jul
Miller earned his first career save, closing out the win for Questionable Outfit. He also went 4-for-6 at the plate with a single, a double, and two triples.

Miller earned his first career save, closing out the win for Questionable Outfit. He also went 4-for-6 at the plate with a single, a double, and two triples.

BK and Helal kept the Questionable Outfit offense in check for four innings, but as they typically do, Questionable busted out for a rally, this time in the top of the fifth. They scored four runs on four extra-base hits to take a lead, which turned out to be insurmountable, and held on to win 5-3. As a result, Questionable Outfit and Cookies & Cream would face off in the final game of the 2016 regular season to determine who would win the pennant and capture the #1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Eastbound sent BK to the mound as their starter, and he was effective from the get go. He retired Bob for the first out of the inning, and after Tom singled, he was caught in between first and second by Dustin, and BK had pitched a scoreless inning.

Bob took the mound for Questionable Outfit, and after giving up a leadoff single to Tim, he retired Nate and Dustin to strand the runner, and the game was scoreless after an inning.

BK gave up a one-out single to Bob in the top of the second, but Questionable couldn’t drive him in, as Tom was retired to end the inning.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order, and the score remained 0-0.

Bob pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit.

Bob pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit.

BK pitched a perfect frame in the top of the third, sending Miller and Bob down consecutively. Bob matched him in the bottom half of the inning, and neither team had scored through three innings.

Questionable would break the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth after Eastbound removed BK from the mound and brought in Helal from the bullpen. Tom singled to lead off, and Miller drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 1-0. Questionable had a runner on third with no outs, but Helal avoided further damage, retiring the next two batters to strand the runner and end the inning.

Eastbound bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Helal singled with one out, and BK drove him in with an RBI double off the fence, tying the game at 1-1. Tom, who had come in to pitch in at the beginning of the inning, retired Tim to end the inning with the game tied.

Questionable had been quiet at the plate to this point in the game, but they busted out in the top of the fifth. Miller led off with a triple and scored when Bob followed with an RBI triple. Tom then doubled, scoring Bob, and Questionable led 3-1. Miller followed with an RBI double, scoring Tom, and the score was 4-1. Bob hit a sacrifice fly to move Miller from second to third, and Tom hit an RBI double to make the score 5-1. Tom was caught in between second and third on the play for the second out of the inning, but Questionable had taken a four run lead.

Eastbound cut into the deficit immediately in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin singled with one out, and Helal followed with a two-run homer to right-center. Tom then retired BK for the second out, and the score was 5-3 heading into the sixth.

Helal made quick work of Questionable in the top of the sixth, retiring Bob and Tom, and Eastbound would trail by two in the bottom of the sixth.

Helal keeps his toe on the mound while receiving a throw from one of his fielders. He was hit hard on the mound, but had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run homer.

Helal keeps his toe on the mound while receiving a throw from one of his fielders. He was hit hard on the mound, but had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run homer.

Miller came in to close things out, and he made it interesting. Nate tripled with one out, putting a runner in scoring position and the tying run at the plate. But Miller buckled down, and he retired Dustin for the second out of the inning. Miller had earned his first career save, and Questionable held on to win 5-3.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 15-4 on the season, and Eastbound would finish the regular season with a 2-18 record, the worst regular season record in the history of the EWL.

W: Tom (5-0)
L: Helal (0-2)
S: Miller (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom earned the win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.
– Bob started the game and got the no decision, pitching 3 shutout innings while only allowing a single hit.
– Miller got the save in one inning of relief, giving up 1 hit and no runs.
– BK started the game for Eastbound & Dahn and got a no decision, giving up no runs and 2 hits in 3 innings.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 3 innings.
– Tom and Miller each had four hits for Questionable Outfit. Tom went 4-for-7 with a single, 3 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Miller was 4-for-6 with a single, a double, 2 triples, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Helal led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Tim and Helal Return, Eastbound & Dahn Beat Ham Slams 6-4 for Second Win of Season

7 Jul
Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

One of Eastbound & Dahn’s all-time greatest players, Tim, made his first appearance of the 2016 season after recovering from multiple injuries, and their former team captain, Helal, also made a return to the diamond, playing in his first game since week four. The result; Eastbound picked up their second win of the year, beating the Ham Slams 6-4 as all five Eastbound players had at least one hit.

Kessler made his first appearance on the mound this season and was penciled in as the starting pitcher for the Ham Slams. He retired the side in order in the top of the first, sending Tim and Nate down consecutively.

Helal took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and he fell behind early. Dave led off the game with a double, and he scored when Dan hit an RBI triple that put the Slams ahead 1-0. Josh then singled, but Dan didn’t score on the play, putting runners on the corners. The Ham Slams were threatening, but Helal escaped the jam, retiring Kessler and Dave to strand both runners and minimize the damage to a single run.

Kessler continued to roll in the top of the second, sending Dustin and Kyle down, and the score remained 1-0.

Dan tripled for the second consecutive at-bat to lead off the bottom of the second, but once again he was stranded at third, as Helal retired Josh and Kessler to end the inning.

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Eastbound would get on the board in the top of the third. BK singled to lead off, and two batters later, Nate crushed a two-run homer to left, putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Dustin followed with a single, but Kessler avoided further trouble, retiring Helal to end the inning.

The Slams bounced right back in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead. Dave tripled to get things started, and Dan followed with a two-run shot, giving the Ham Slams a 3-2 lead. Two batters later Kessler doubled with one out, but the Slams couldn’t add more runs, as Helal retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the top of the fourth, when Eastbound & Dahn bounced back to take the lead. BK singled to start the inning, and Tim followed with his first hit of the 2016 season, a two-run homer that put Eastbound ahead 4-3. Kessler struck out Nate and retired Dustin to end the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed by one.

Josh singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and he scored from first when Kessler hit an RBI double that tied the game at 4-4. BK, who had come into the game in relief for Helal, retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Helal started the top of the fifth with a single, and two batters later, Tim hit an RBI double, scoring Helal to put Eastbound back on top 5-4. Kessler retired Nate for the second out of the inning, and the Slams had fallen behind once again.

Josh hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but BK maintained the lead, retiring Kessler for the second out of the inning and stranding the tying run at second.

Eastbound would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Helal hit a one-out solo homer, putting his squad up 6-4. The Ham Slams would be down by two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Dave led off the final frame with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dan grounded out for the first out of the inning. The tying run was at the plate, but BK shut the door, retiring Josh to end the game and give Eastbound & Dahn a 6-4 win.

The win moved Eastbound to 2-17 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 8-12.

W: BK (2-4)
L: Kessler (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK earned the win for Eastbound & Dahn, and allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings pitched.
– Helal started for Eastbound and took a no decision, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings with one strikeout.
– Tim led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and 3 RBI.
– Helal also went 2-for-4 for Eastbound with a single, a home run, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Dan led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-6 with 2 triples, a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI.

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