AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 8

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  15 JAN 2017 - MELBOURNE PREVAILS 3-1 IN CANBERRA!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY - 20R  43H  3E  v  ACES - 30R  38H  3E. Obviously the lop-sided hits total in Game 3 gave Canberra and edge in that column, but Melbourne outscored them by ten runs overall. Maybe the most remarkable statistic is the one that highlights the reversal of fortunes for the Aces in 2016/17. In all previous ABL seasons since 2010/11 Melbourne had been unable to win an away series... this year they have already enjoyed three series wins on the road. That is a very big turnaround and a welcome relief for Aces' fans.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 12 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

MELBOURNE

4 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 11 15 0

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 3
REPORT:  Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger pitched a sublime complete game for his fifth win of the season, while his battery mate Allan de San Miguel batted 5-5 with a double, a home run and six huge RBIs - you tell us who was game MVP at 'The Fort' tonight?
Former major leaguer Hamburger struck out another seven in a typically dominant performance that made him the first pitcher in the 2017 ABL to register five wins and he now owns a brilliant 5-0, 2.11 ERA record. Former Perth Championship MVP de San Miguel continues to be a massive bonus for the Aces, not only as the consummate plate minder, but also for his dangerous offence. His first inning two-run "jack" set the tone for the Aces on the road as the major part of a four run opening frame. He then added a RBI double in the third to provide Melbourne with a somewhat comfortable 6-0 lead. Although the Aces made the most of their chances, Cavalry fans will bemoan three nasty errors in those early innings that hurt their own starter Josh DeGraaf who allowed only two earned runs among the six scored while taking his fourth loss of the season. Robbie Perkins gave home fans a moment of joy with his fifth inning solo homer that deprived Hamburger of a shutout, but it was barely a blimp on his confident radar as he motored to the finish. Meanwhile 'de San' simply continued to rack up the hits and to drive in runs to his heart's delight. Hamburger or de San Miguel?... both were outstanding in the capital tonight
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CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF (L,2-4)  4.0ip 8h 6r 2er 1bb 3k;
Brian GRENING  3.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 3k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 2k;
Aaron SLOAN  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 3-4; Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (D); David KANDILAS 2-4;
Robbie PERKINS 1-2 (HR-RBI)

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,5-0)  9.0ip 8h 1r 1er 1bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 5-5 (D-HR-6RBI); Liam BEDFORD 2-5 (2RBI);
Roman COLLINS 2-4 (2D-2RBI); Ryan DALE 2-4; Cody JONES 2-6;
Mike WALKER 1-5 (D); James BERESFORD 1-5

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 13 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

MELBOURNE

1 2 0 3 2 0 0 0 4 12 13 3

CANBERRA

0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 0
REPORT:  Perhaps the most credentialed import ever to grace our ABL, it has taken major leaguer Jeremy Guthrie three starts to finally claim his first win in our national competition. And, if he had failed to do so tonight, he would have nobody else to blame but himself, aside from the fact that he dished up eleven hits to his opponents. Three defensive errors certainly didn't help him as he battled to hold two separate three-run leads for the Aces at Narrabundah tonight but, in this case, all three of those errors belonged to him!
Cody Jones led off the game with a double, James Beresford followed with a single and Roman Collins duly cashed in a sacrifice fly to have the visitors on the board in the first. That early lead grew to 3-0 after Melbourne added two more in the top of the second before the first of Guthrie's errors helped Canberra to level it up in the bottom of the third. Three singles, a hit batter and the error enabled the Cavalry to square it up in the bottom of the third, but there was plenty of action remaining in this one. Former home run king Brad Harman nailed a two-run homer to help Melbourne to go ahead 6-3 in the top of the fourth and they may have expected Guthrie to keep it there.
This was not to be as the Cavs rattled his cage with a leadoff bunt single in the fourth and he may have felt the pressure with a couple more of his own errors helping conspire to square up the ledger again at 6-6 after four. Fortunately for him, this Melbourne team has plenty of resilience and they simply refused to lower their colours to run away with the road win. Four walks in the top of the fifth virtually handed back the lead to the Aces before Mike Walker's sixth home run of the season plated three in a four-run top of the ninth that put this game to bed.
Melbourne's most effective bullpen held firm after Guthrie departed as the Aces moved seven games clear on top of the ABL table.
Former pro catcher Liam Bedford, who played with the Aces in 2012 and 2013, has returned to the ABL a much more mature player and his valuable 3-3 tonight has boosted his batting average to .317 for the season as a much underrated performer.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Louis COHEN  3.0ip 8h 6r 6er 2bb 1k;
Tyler HERR (L,1-1)  2.0ip 0h 2r 2er 4bb 2k;
Tim ATHERTON  3.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Andrew CASE  0.0ip 2h 4r 4er 1bb 0k;
Zech LEMOND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 3-5 (2RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Josh ALMONTE 2-4; Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (RBI); Aaron SLOAN 1-4;
Aaron SAYERS 1-4; River STEVENS 1-4; David KANDILAS 1-5

PITCHING:

Jeremy GUTHRIE (W,1-1)  6.0ip 11h 6r 4er 0bb 2k;
Jon KENNEDY (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Peter MOYLAN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 3-3; Brad HARMAN 3-4 (D-HR-3RBI);
Ryan DALE 2-4 (RBI); Matthew ZABLAN 1-2 (RBI);
Roman COLLINS 1-3 (RBI); Cody JONES 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Mike WALKER 1-5 (HR-3RBI); James BERESFORD 1-5

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 14 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0

CANBERRA

1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 X 8 14 0
REPORT:  Most often this season the Melbourne Aces have enjoyed a pretty good time of it, but a brief glance at their offensive action below this report will give you an immediate idea of why they copped a hiding at Narrabundah tonight. US Independent League pitcher Sean Guinard  owned a bloated 15.57 ERA from his two outings in our 2013 ABL, yet he is enjoying a real purple patch right now with his fourth straight win as a Cavalry starter. It is fair to say that Guinard seemed to get a bit more "lateral leniency" from the adjudicator of balls and strikes than his counterpart Dushan Ruzic early in this game and his confidence seemed to grow. For all that he still issued seven free passes to the Aces who were lamentably unable to make much use of them. While Melbourne had only two safe hits from nine innings, Canberra did far better with 14 from eight batting innings. Three successive singles in the bottom of the first had Ruzic on the rack from the outset and a sacrifice fly quickly had a run on the board. Josh Almonte capped a three-run third with his two out, two-run homer and the Cavalry were riding away with this one. Canberra sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh to score four more against Melbourne's bullpen that failed to keep the game within range on this occasion. David Kandilas and River Stevens both peeled off three hits for the hosts, but they were pipped for the offensive MVP award by Josh Almonte who doubled and homered for five huge RBIs.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (W,4-1)  7.1ip 2h 1r 1er 7bb 6k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-4; River STEVENS 3-5 (D); Aaron SLOAN 1-4;
Josh ALMONTE 2-3 (D-HR-5RBI); Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (RBI);
Mike REEVES 2-4 (RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC (L,3-2)  4.0ip 7h 4r 4er 2bb 2k;
Virgil VASQUEZ  2.0ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 0k;
Sam STREET  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Cody JONES 1-3 (D); Liam BEDFORD 1-4; Mike WALKER 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 4 - 15 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 6 8 0

CANBERRA

0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
REPORT:  Battling for a direct path into the Championship series, these two leading teams on the ABL table were very obviously playing for keeps and neither was prepared to bow down meekly. Scott Cone had first use of the ball for Canberra while Melbourne turned to rising young professionals Dan McGrath and Sam Gibbons to share the starting duties as they ease back into action. As the lead see-sawed back and forth none of those guys were able to claim the win as it became a battle of the bullpens late in the contest. A leadoff walk gifted to Cody Jones enabled him to score the opening run in the top of the first when he scampered home on a ground out. Canberra was able to do even better in the bottom of the third when Kyle Perkins milked a leadoff walk and D.J Davis obliged with a deep fly ball over right to snare the lead.
The fifth inning brought plenty of scoreboard action as the teams mirrored each other with three-run frames that left Canberra leading 5-4. James Beresford doubled in a pair for the Aces and Roman Collins doubled him in to put Melbourne on top briefly. Sam Gibbons struck a speed hump in the home half of the inning with a leadoff walk and three successive singles as the Cavalry plated three to put their noses back in front. Former Adelaide pitcher Josh Tols did another important job for Melbourne to claim his third win of the season as he, Jon Kennedy and Pete Moylan combined to keep the Cavalry quiet after that. Major leaguer Jimmy Beresford greeted Canberra's new reliever Zech Lemond with a single to lead off the top of the seventh, then he scored again on Roman Collins' RBI double. Collins also found his way home after advancing to third and he scored what proved to be the winning run on an unusual strikeout play. The Aces toughed out another win!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Scott CONE  4.1ip 4h 4r 4er 3bb 0k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Zech LEMOND (BS,1)(L,1-1)  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Steve KENT  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

D.J DAVIS 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Scott KELLY 2-5 (D); Josh ALMONTE 1-3;
Kyle PERKINS 1-1 (T); David KANDILAS 1-3 (RBI);
River STEVENS 1-4 (2RBI); Boss MOANAROA 1-4

PITCHING:

Daniel McGRATH  3.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 2k;
Sam GIBBONS  1.1ip 3h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Josh TOLS (W,3-1)  2.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Jon KENNEDY (H,2)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Peter MOYLAN (S,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:
James BERESFORD 2-5 (D-2RBI; Roman COLLINS 2-5 (2D-3RBI);
Ryan DALE 2-3; Liam BEDFORD 1-4; Jared CRUZ 1-4
 

SERIES STARS:  Canberra's Scott Kelly led all hitters in this series with eight, to edge team mate David Kandilas with seven. With all five of his runs driven in coming during their sole Game 3 victory, Josh Almonte was the best run producer for the Cavs. Unsung Liam Bedford led the way for Melbourne with seven safe hits, just the one more than young pro Ryan Dale with six. No player in this series could surpass the six driven in by Allan de San Miguel in that remarkable Game 1 performance. Melbourne's Game 1 starter Mark Hamburger was once again the standout pitcher in this series, while Sean Guinard was also terrific for Canberra as their only winner in Game 3.

  15 JAN 2017 - ADELAIDE TAKES BIG HOME SERIES SPOILS 3-1 v HEAT!

OVERVIEW:   BITE - 14R  26H  3E  v  HEAT - 10R  29H  1E. It will be cold comfort for Perth that they topped the total for safe hits across this losing series, while Adelaide will be well satisfied with their 3-1 home series triumph. It is just what they needed to stay on the heels of Canberra for second billing as the playoff battle heats up. Perth now has a very steep uphill battle ahead of them.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 12 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 X 5 8 1
REPORT:  Adelaide starter Zach Cooper, who reached 'AA' level with the Tampa Bay Rays, was on song tonight at West Beach to earn his first ABL win with seven punch outs highlighting his neat six inning quality start. Ever dangerous Perth slugger Tim Kennelly clocked one over left to lead off the top of the second to give the Heat a lead that remained intact through five innings. However, Cooper simply tightened the screws until his offence arrived just in time to secure him the "W" in the bottom of the sixth. The Bite bit down hard on Perth's former catching prospect Jake Bowey with three long balls heading toward the water at Adelaide Shores. Stefan Welch was first to go deep with a one out blast over right field, followed by Karl Hoschke and Connar O'Gorman who clouted back-to-back two out dingers. Hoschke launched a two run shot over right centre before O'Gorman whacked a solo shot over left. Adelaide added another run in the bottom of the seventh and that was all the hosts needed with their pitching keeping a muzzle on Perth's dormant offence. Greg Mosel pocketed a hold and former saves record holder Matt Williams took home his first save of this season. On a warm night in Adelaide and with the wind blowing out to right their new venue at West Beach was playing a bit smaller on this occasion, but we don't expect to see four homers here too often.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Zach COOPER (W,1-0)  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 7k;
Greg MOSEL (H,1)  1.1ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS (S,1)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Karl HOSCHKE 2-2 (D-HR-2RBI); Jordan McARDLE 2-2;
Connar O'GORMAN 1-3 (HR-RBI); Stefan WELCH 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Jordan COWAN 1-3; Marcus GREENE JR 1-4

PITCHING:

Lex RUTLEDGE  3.1ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY (L,1-1)  2.2ip 6h 4r 4er 0bb 4k;
Will DENNIS  1.0ip 0h 1r 0er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 2-4 (HR-RBI); John RILEY 2-4; Luke HUGHES 1-3;
Derek PETERSON 1-4; Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (D); Matt KENNELLY 1-4

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 14 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach - Makeup for Washout on 13 Jan 2016

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 2 0     3 6 0

ADELAIDE

2 2 0 0 0 0 X     4 4 0
REPORT:  Well, if you are going to boast only four hits for a game, it is much more useful if three of those are home runs!
That is what the Adelaide Bite enjoyed in the afternoon game at West Beach that was played as a makeup for the game postponed due to wet grounds last night. The seven inning game was all done and dusted in less than two hours and Perth's losing pitcher Tom Bailey might well be shaking his head after striking out seven over five innings only to see a fourth loss on his ledger. Derek Peterson and Tim Kennelly both doubled to plate a run in the top of the first but their lead was very short lived. A leadoff walk and Jordan Cowan's two-run dinger promptly wrested the lead for the hosts in the home half of the first and there was more to follow. Angues Roeger and Jordan McArdle launched back-to-back one out long balls in the bottom of the second to put the Bite ahead 4-1 and that proved to be enough. Adelaide starter Max MacNabb was strong today for his third win of the campaign before starting to flag in the top of the sixth. Luke Hughes knocked him out of the game with his two RBI double that caused some late tension for home fans. The Heat was able to get no closer when Loek van Mil closed out the contest neatly with his fifth save of the season. The early bombing blitz delivered another valuable win for the Bite in the matinee today.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Max MacNABB (W,3-0)  5.1ip 5h 3r 3er 1bb 5k;
Loek van MIL (S,5)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 1-2 (HR-RBI); Jordan COWAN 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (HR-RBI); Marcus GREENE JR 1-3

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,1-4)  5.0ip 3h 4r 4er 3bb 7k;
Benn GRICE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-3; Derek PETERSON 1-2 (D); Joey WONG 1-3;
Luke HUGHES 1-3 (D-2RBI); Tim KENNELLY 1-3 (D-RBI);

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 14 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 5 8 0

ADELAIDE

0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 0
REPORT:  It was only after Adelaide's teenage tyro Jack O'Loughlin came out of this game that Perth was able to snatch this one away from the Bite in the nightcap at Adelaide Shores. 16yo O'Loughlin continues to capture the imagination of ABL observers with six strike outs across his 5.2 innings effort and he could hold his head high here once again. Perth starter Michael Lee was behind early and he gave up plenty of hits, yet he "hung tough" to finally emerge with his second win after navigating through seven innings. Perth scored first tonight via Sam Kennelly's RBI double in the top of the third but, for the second time today, Adelaide bit back immediately to take the high ground.
A leadoff double by Jordan McArdle and a hit batter led to Mitch Dening's two RBI double in the bottom of the third. McArdle then doubled again for another run in the bottom of the fourth to give the home team a 3-1 advantage. That lead held up until the late innings when Perth found some traction against Adelaide's bullpen. Tim Kennelly doubled to lead off the top of the seventh and brother Matt drove him in with a sacrifice fly to narrow the gap. A decisive moment arrived in the top of the eighth when Adelaide reliever Nathan VanDerLinden got two outs to begin the frame, but Bite manager Steve Mintz elected to replace him with evergreen Matt Williams. Joey Wong sparked a Perth rally with his two out double and by the time the inning was finally ended the Heat had plated three for a 5-3 lead.
That lead was tidily preserved by Scott Mitchinson, who posted a hold, and Warwick Saupold who closed out his third save of the season.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN  5.2ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 6k;
Nathan Van DerLINDEN (H,1)  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Matt WILLIAMS (BS,1)(L,3-2)  1.1ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jordan McARDLE 3-4 (2D-RBI); Angus ROEGER 2-3;
Mitch DENING 2-4 (D-2RBI); LeDarious CLARK 1-3;
Stefan WELCH 1-4

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (W,2-4)  7.0ip 9h 3r 3er 1bb 2k;
Scott MITCHINSON (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 2-4 (D-RBI); Joey WONG 2-4 (2D);
Josh DIGGINS 1-3 (RBI); Sam KENNELLY 1-4 (D-RBI);
Derek PETERSON 1-4 (RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 4 - 15 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0

ADELAIDE

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 2
REPORT:  The hitters have enjoyed some power hitting in the warm conditions at Adelaide Shores this weekend but, on a cooler Sunday afternoon, the finale saw some pretty tough pitching mainly in control. LeDarious Clark and Stefan Welch both doubled for the Bite in the bottom of the first and Welch's big hit drove in two as the only runs that the home team needed in the end. It was also the only scoring against the ledger of Perth starter Nick Veale who was otherwise effective in taking a tough loss. Adelaide starter Steve Chambers allowed a few base runners, yet he also struck out more than one per inning to work into the fifth inning with a shutout still intact. Perth finally found a hint of a spark against Bite reliever Hei Chun Lee when Tim Kennelly led off the top of the sixth with a single and Derek Peterson drove him in with one of his two doubles for the day. Unfortunately for the visitors, that was all they could muster and Adelaide's two early runs stood up for a most important 2-1 win and a positive 3-1 series result. Greg Mosel was the pitcher who registered the win, while Loek van Mil closed out his sixth save of the season, just one shy of Ryan Searle's league leading seven. This was a game for the baseball purist.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  4.1ip 3h 0r 0er 4bb 6k;
Hei Chun LEE (H,2)  1.1ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL (H,1)  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Greg MOSEL (W,2-0)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Loek van MIL (S,6)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stefan WELCH 1-3 (D-2RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-2; Bas NOOJI 1-3; Jordan COWAN 1-3; LeDarious CLARK 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (L,1-4)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 6k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 2-3 (2D-RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-3;
Josh DIGGINS 1-4; Joey WONG 1-4; Tim KENNELLY 1-4

SERIES STARS:  18yo rookie Jordan McArdle stood out like a beacon for Adelaide this weekend with seven hits, two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. Perth was best served offensively by Tim Kennelly and Ulrich Bojarski who nailed six hits each, while Derek Peterson ripped three doubles among his five hits for the series. Interestingly, the Bite had six different players boasting one home run each during this series at West Beach. Adelaide's Game 1 winning starter Zach Cooper gets our nod for best pitcher in this series.

  15 JAN 2017 - GAME 4 WASHOUT LEAVES BRISBANE TAKING A 2-1 SERIES WIN!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS - 25R  37H  1E  v  BLUE SOX - 20R  31H  7E. With Game 4 washed out and postponed, the three game series saw the hosting Brisbane Bandits lead the totals for both hits and runs to frank their 2-1 series win. We have pointed it out too many times, but seven errors from the first two games continues to haunt the Blue Sox who don't make life easy for themselves defensively.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 12 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 6 5

BRISBANE

0 0 1 0 0 5 3 0 X 9 12 0
REPORT:  Lanky former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer and recent Indy League pitcher Kramer Champlin produced easily his most impressive ABL start tonight at Holloway to pilot the Bandits to an important home victory. Champlin allowed just one run on three hits through seven innings, while striking out six Blue Sox victims. Meanwhile, Sydney starter Trevor Foss was also looking strong aside from an uprising in the bottom of the third that brought Brisbane a scrambled opening run. Very similar to the game in Adelaide tonight, the tenuous lead was the only scoring until the bottom of the sixth when the hosts broke it open against a tiring Foss who was peppered by five singles in the inning. The Bandits sprung to life with five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to put the game out of sight for the 'B-Sox'. Stone Garrett led off the top of the seventh with a solo homer, his sixth of the campaign, but Sydney's scoring came too little and too late. Alex Howe cleared the loaded bags with a three RBI double in the top of the eighth for some belated consolation before Matt Timms slammed the door in the top of the ninth. He recovered from a leadoff walk to punch out the next three hitters and to send local fans home happy.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (W,2-3)  7.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 6k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 3-4 (2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5; Trent OELTJEN 1-3 (RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-4 (RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 1-4 (RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-5 (T-RBI); Logan WADE 1-5

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (L,2-3)  5.1ip 9h 6r 4er 0bb 6k;
Sven SCHULLER  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Yuki KATAYAMA  1.0ip 2h 3r 1er 1bb 2k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Michael CAMPBELL 2-4; Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3; Malik COLLYMORE 1-4;
Alex HOWE 1-4 (D-3RBI); Stone GARRETT 1-4 (HR-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 13 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

SYDNEY

3 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 0 10 14 2

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 9 11 0
REPORT:  Our beloved game of baseball has always been prone to fluctuating fortunes, yet this battle at Holloway tonight had more twists that an old piece of rope... in baseball parlance it was a "wild one"! A second round draft selection by the Milwaukee Brewers, Sydney import Tucker Neuhaus hasn't yet progressed beyond 'A' ball, however, he showcased his potential with seven massive runs batted in that proved to be the difference maker. Aside from Blue Sox veteran Craig Anderson, who was strong early, this was a tough night for pitchers with a gusty wind blowing strongly out to right field. Anderson took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, just in time to find the Bandits' offence awaking from its slumber. Neuhaus doubled in the top of the first as the big blow in a three-run stanza, then he led off the third with a single to eventually result in another run. David Rodriguez led off the bottom of the fifth with one of his three hits for the night, Wade Dutton doubled and Donald Lutz hit a laser shot over centre field to close the gap to 3-5. Ty'Relle Harris replaced starter Rick Teasley on the bump for Brisbane and it didn't go well for him when a trio of walks set the table for Neuhaus to clear the bags with a big three RBI double that restored Sydney's lead to 8-3. It looked enough at the time, but not for long when Blue Sox stalwart Vaughan Harris was as shaky as an earthquake on this occasion. An untidy beginning to the bottom of the sixth got right out of hand when David Rodriguez clocked a three-run homer and Wade Dutton later followed with a two run bomb in a seismic six-run inning that swung the lead back to the Bandits 9-8.
Many baseball devotees might have felt that the momentum had also swung too far in favour of the hosts and Sydney's hopes for this season were heading right out the window. Josh Guyer restored some sanity for the 'B-Sox' in relief and he was ultimately rewarded with an unlikely win when "that man" Tucker Neuhaus emerged again with two, game winning, RBIs in the top of the eighth. Gyoung-Wan Lim earned a hold and Todd Van Steensel collected his second save of the season. All's well that ends well for the travelling Blue Sox I suppose!

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY  5.0ip 9h 5r 5er 2bb 6k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 3r 3er 3bb 3k;
Zac TREECE (H,1)(L,1-2)  1.1ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (BS,2)  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 3-4 (D-HR-3RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 3-4 (HR-3RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Connor Mac DONALD 1-2;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-2; Andrew CAMPBELL 1-5 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 1-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON  5.0ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 3k;
Vaughan HARRIS  0.1ip 4h 6r 4er 0bb 0k;
Josh GUYER (W,2-1)  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL (S,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tucket NEUHAUS 4-5 (2D-7RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 2-4 (RBI);
Michael CAMPBELL 2-5 (D-RBI); Malik COLLYMORE 2-5;
Harry FULLERTON 1-3; Guy EDMONDS 1-4 (D); Alex HOWE 1-4 (D);
Joshua DEAN 1-5

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 14 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

SYDNEY

0 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 11 0

BRISBANE

1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 X 7 14 1
REPORT:  Brisbane manager Dave Nilsson owns a deep and experienced bullpen and he went there often today to win another game of fluctuating fortunes at Holloway tonight. Former major leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith is yet to find his sharpest form for Brisbane, while Blue Sox starter Luke Wilkins was also hit hard by the Bandits on a warm clear night at Holloway Field. Aaron Whitefield laced a leadoff double and scored to give Brisbane a 1-0 lead after one before Sydney strode ahead. Three successive singles to begin the top of the second saw Guy Edmonds cap a three-run frame with a two RBI double. A leadoff walk to Alex Howe cost another run when Jacob Younis, who enjoyed four hits for the night, supplied a RBI single. Sydney lead 4-1 after the top if the third, however, the ascendency was about to be flipped in the home half of the same inning. Wilkins was shelled by the Bandits' offence when Whitefield singled to lead it off and the heavy artillery followed soon after. Trent Oeltjen went deep, Mitch Nilsson went back-to-back over right and Logan Wade doubled. The final RBI in a five-run onslaught was delivered by Brisbane stalwart David Sutherland who went 4-4 tonight. The teams went back and fourth after that with Sydney adding two more and Brisbane one, so that the Bandits led to the line narrowly 7-6 in a tight one. Professional Sam Holland collected the win, ahead of Timms, Treece and Erasmus who each grabbed holds, then Ryan Searle closed his seventh save of the season.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Ryan ROWLAND-SMITH  4.0ip 7h 5r 5er 3bb 4k;
Sam HOLLAND (W,2-2)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS (H,5)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Zac TREECE (H,2)  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Justin ERASMUS (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,7)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 4-4 (2RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 2-3 (D);
Donald LUTZ 2-4 (D-RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5 (D);
Trent OELTJEN 1-2 (HR-2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Thomas MILONE 1-4 (RBI); Logan WADE 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,2-3)  3.1ip 11h 6r 6er 2bb 3k;
Aaron SOOKEE  3.2ip 2h 1r 1er 2bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 4-5 (RBI); Joshua DEAN 2-4 (2RBI);
Tucker NEUHAUS 2-5; Guy EDMONDS 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-4; Stone GARRETT 1-4

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 4 - 15 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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SYDNEY

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BRISBANE

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REPORT:  The Sunday afternoon series finale was unfortunately washed out by persistent Brisbane rain. We will have to see whether there is any reason to re-schedule the fixture, or whether it will have no affect on finishing playoff positions.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

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SERIES STARS:  David Sutherland topped the hit parade for the Bandits with seven, ahead of David Rodriguez with six. That pair were also two of the four players to rack up a team high four RBIs for the hosts. Tucker Neuhaus and Jacob Younis were best for the 'B-Sox' with six hits apiece, while Neuhaus drove in all seven of his team high seven RBIs in that amazing Game 2 individual performance. Brisbane's Game 1 winning starter Kramer Champlin was easily the the most impressive man with the ball this weekend at Holloway Field.