AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 9

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  22 JAN 2017 - ADELAIDE SWEEPS ASIDE MELBOURNE 4-0 ON THE ROAD!

OVERVIEW:   ACES - 7R  25H  6E  v  BITE - 19R  33H  0E. The series totals all emphasise Adelaide's overall dominance in this series, even though the opening game was a knife-edge result and the other games were not blowouts. Certainly Melbourne needed to do much better than score seven paltry runs and Adelaide did them no favours with an errorless series to further indicate that they were at the top of their game.

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 19 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 8 0

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
REPORT:  Two of the best starting pitchers in the 2017 ABL competition went toe-to-toe as the No.1 men at the top of their respective rotations in Melbourne tonight. Adelaide import Max MacNabb pitched seven superb innings, blemished only by Brad Harman's solo long ball in the bottom of the second. He allowed only five hits while striking out five and walking none to keep the Aces' offence very, very quiet. Hamburger, who has been a juggernaut for Melbourne this season, carried another brilliant shutout into the top of the ninth with eight punch out victims before a hint of fatigue finally caught up with him as his pitch count rolled into triple digits. Hamburger was just three outs away from making Harman's homer stand up for the victory that would clinch top position for the Aces, however, it was not to be. Leadoff singles from Jordan Cowan and Mitch Dening, who enjoyed a three-hit game, set up Josh Altmann to drive in a tying run via a fielder's choice.
It was a deflating moment for the hosts to have the win snatched from their grasp and their quiet offence fell completely silent as the game stretched into extra innings. The international tie-breaker rules came into play for the eleventh inning and the Bite took full advantage of the runners placed on first and second with Jordan Cowan and Jordan McArdle both lashing doubles to score three huge runs. When it came the Aces turn to respond, an immediate double play pretty much put paid to their chances. Josh Tols was the man saddled with the loss, while his former Adelaide team mate Matt Williams swooped for the win and Loek van Mil pocketed his seventh save. It was an uplifting win for the Adelaide Bite, but spare a thought for Mark Hamburger who was on target to post another terrific win until right at the bitter end.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER  9.0ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 8k;
Peter MOYLAN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (L,3-2)  1.0ip 2h 3r 1er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Brad HARMAN 1-4 (HR-RBI); Roman COLLINS 1-4; Cody JONES 1-4;
Liam BEDFORD 1-4; Mike WALKER 1-4

PITCHING:

Max MacNABB  7.0ip 5h 1r 1er 0bb 5k;
Matt WILLIAMS (W,4-2)  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Loek van MIL (S,7)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 3-4; Jordan COWAN 2-4 (D-RBI); Max BROWN 1-5;
Marcus GREENE JR 1-4; Jordan McARDLE 1-5 (D-2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 20 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 5 1
REPORT:  For the second night running the league leading Melbourne Aces have been ambushed by Adelaide's pitching and the red-hot offence of former NSW pro Mitch Dening who was a difference maker again tonight at Melbourne Ballpark. Experienced starters Virgil Vasquez and Steven Chambers were both strong through the early innings with four zeroes each on the line score. Chambers was the first to blink in the bottom of the fifth when a leadoff walk and a wild pitch led to Bite manager Steve Mintz being ejected for taking objection to the plate umpire. Liam Bedford singled home the opening run and Cody Jones followed with a two out RBI double to put the Aces ahead 2-0.
Unfortunately for them Vasquez was not going to last much longer, even though things might have been worse for Melbourne if not for a double play that erased a leadoff walk in the top of the next. Virgil walked another runner aboard before handing over to Jon Kennedy who was victimised by Dening who doubled in a pair before scoring himself on a RBI single from Marcus Greene Jr.
The Aces were quickly behind 2-3, but they were able to mount a responsive rally in the bottom of the sixth to tie it all up again at 3-3.
Middle reliever Greg Mosel settled in quite superbly for Adelaide after that to pitch three decisive innings that earned him a really meritorious win. That win was supplied to him courtesy of another RBI double from Mitch Dening in the top of the eighth, also allowing Loek van Mil to polish it off in the ninth for his equal league leading eighth save of the season. For all the good things Melbourne has achieved this season, it will not get the better of the Adelaide Bite who need just one more win here to take both series.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Virgil VASQUEZ  5.2ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 2k;
Jon KENNEDY (BS,1)(L,2-3)  2.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Dushan RUZIC  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Yuta WATANABE  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Sam STREET  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 3-4; Cody JONES 1-3 (D-RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 1-4 (RBI); Darryl GEORGE 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  5.0ip 5h 3r 3er 4bb 4k;
Greg MOSEL (BS,1)(W,3-0)  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 4k;
Loek van MIL (S,8)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 2-4 (2D-3RBI); Jordan COWAN 1-2:
Bas NOOJI 1-4; Marcus GREENE JR 1-4 (RBI); Max BROWN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 21 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 12 0

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 3
REPORT:  As complex and unpredictable as baseball can appear at times, it has always remained a simple game in terms of the basics that usually bring success. In this series the Adelaide Bite has so far given the league leading Melbourne Aces a clinic of timely hitting, strong pitching and sturdy defence that really came to the fore again in this Game 3 of the series at Melbourne Ballpark. The Aces have managed just six runs from the three games and Bite starter Christopher Horne kept the screws tightened tonight for his first win of the campaign.
Major leaguer James Beresford led off the bottom of the first with one of his two hits and he scored after a hit batter and two walks pushed him across. It was a shaky start for Horne, but Melbourne was unable to make it really count and this no doubt lifted his confidence.
Young Melbourne pro Dan McGrath was also struggling for control and it caught up with him in the top of the third when a couple of singles and a hit batter scored a tying run and Josh Altmann put the dagger in the heart with a two out, three run, homer over right-centre.
In a blink much of the oxygen had been sucked from the home dugout with its own ability to score drying up. The Aces did score one more run in the bottom of the fourth, yet there was no sign of anything approaching a comeback against Adelaide's solid bullpen. Dangerous Bite slugger Angus Roeger put some icing on the cake with his two run "jack' in the top of the ninth as the last hoorah of his big 3-4 game.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Daniel McGRATH (L,0-1)  3.0ip 5h 4r 4er 4bb 3k;
Dushan RUZIC  3.2ip 5h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Yuta WATANABE  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sam STREET  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

James BERESFORD 2-5; Mike WALKER 1-3 (RBI); Jared CRUZ 1-3;
Austin DARBY 1-3; Darryl GEORGE 1-3; Roman COLLINS 1-4;
Matthew ZABLAN 1-4

PITCHING:

Christopher HORNE (W,1-1)  5.0ip 5h 2r 2er 3bb 4k;
James SNELGROVE (H,1)  2.1ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Hei Chun LEE (H,3)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 3-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Josh ALTMANN 2-5 (HR-3RBI);
Connar O'GORMAN 2-4; Marcus GREENE JR 2-5 (RBI);
Mitch DENING 1-3; Jordan COWAN 1-3; LeDarious CLARK 1-4

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 22 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 7 0

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
REPORT:  The brooms came out of the visiting change rooms at Melbourne Ballpark on warm, sunny afternoon in the southern capital.
Adelaide starting pitcher Zach Cooper produced a high quality start to keep the foot on the throat of an already oxygen-starved Aces offence who have now mustered only seven runs from the four game set. Cooper allowed just a second inning solo home run to the power bat of Mike Walker who joined Mitch Nilsson in the league lead with his seventh long ball. James Beresford again did all he could to energise the Aces by batting 3-4, but there was distinct lack of quality plate appearances for Melbourne whose confidence has suddenly deserted them.
While Cooper was keeping the hosts off balance, the Bite went to work on young pro Sam Gibbons who was making his first start of the season and he may still be somewhat underdone. Mitch Dening led off the top of the fourth with a double, Stefan Welch drove him in with a one out RBI single and Josh Altmann delivered another hammer blow with a two-run bomb. Worse was to follow for Gibbons in the top of the fifth when he hit the leadoff batter with a pitch and LeDarious Clark cashed him in with a two run dinger to right-centre. That was all of the scoring this afternoon as both bullpens breezed through the remaining innings in double-quick time. Former Adelaide pitcher Josh Tols was particularly tough for Melbourne with seven strike outs across his four hitless innings, yet his brilliance came just a tad too late.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Sam GIBBONS (L,0-1)  4.0ip 7h 5r 5er 0bb 0k;
Josh TOLS  4.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 7k;
Peter MOYLAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

James BERESFORD 3-4 (D); Austin DARBY 2-4;
Mike WALKER 1-2 (HR-RBI); Roman COLLINS 1-4

PITCHING:

Zach COOPER (W,2-0)  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 1bb 4k;
Greg MOSEL  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALTMANN 2-4 (HR-2RBI); LeDarious CLARK 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Mitch DENING 2-4 (D); Stefan WELCH 1-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Former NSW star Mitch Dening was a constant thorn for the Aces this weekend with a series high eight hits that included three doubles for Adelaide. For all that, two homers and five RBIs from the last two games by Bite import Josh Altmann was a huge factor for them. Roman Collins led the Aces with six hits, just one more than major leaguer Jimmy Beresford who came on strong with five.
Game 1 starters Max MacNabb and Mark Hamburger were both outstanding, with the latter snake-bitten to miss the win. Each of Adelaide's starting pitchers did their job to ensure a most valuable series sweep in Melbourne and Matt Williams was typically strong in relief.

  22 JAN 2017 - BANDITS SWEEP AWAY PERTH 4-0 AT HOLLOWAY!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS - 28R  37H  4E  v  HEAT - 23R  40H  6E. The unusual thing about the series totals from a home series sweep for Brisbane was the fact that the runs totals were relatively close and that Perth had an edge for total hits. Those facts underline the truth that there was not much difference between the teams and a couple of late comebacks were mightily valuable for the Bandits as their hopes of defending their Championship were given a significant boost this weekend.

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 19 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 1

BRISBANE

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0
REPORT:  Remarkably similar to the corresponding game in Melbourne tonight, this series opener at Holloway saw an early run hold up until the very late innings when the game suddenly tossed and turned. Rival starting pitchers Kramer Champlin and Lex Rutledge were mighty tough on the opposing hitters, especially Champlin who allowed Perth just one hit through six innings with eight strike outs. Brisbane's early run came after Wade Dutton led off the bottom of the third with a double before he scored on a passed ball and throwing error. It looked for a long while that the single run would provide Champlin with the win and consign Rutledge to the loss, but the drama had yet to unfold.
Perth's second hit for the night arrived in the top of the eighth when Derek Peterson tied it up by going deep over left field. If that didn't dampen the home crowd, then Luke Hughes' solo bomb in the ninth definitely did as the Heat had suddenly stolen a 2-1 lead with just three hits to their name. The Bandits faced an uphill battle to turn it around against major league pitcher Warwick Saupold, yet there was a glimmer of hope when he issued a one out walk to David Rodriguez who had batted 2-3. Brisbane fans and players alike erupted with glee when former pro infielder Logan Wade then crushed a line drive over centre field for a wonderful walkoff winner.
Justin Erasmus collected the win after the grandstand finish that certainly twisted the emotions of their fans right at the end.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN  6.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 8k;
Zac TREECE (H,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Justin ERASMUS (BS,1)(W,2-1)  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David RODRIGUEZ 2-3; Kevin PADLO 1-2; Wade DUTTON 1-3 (D);
Logan WADE 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4;
Mitch NILSSON 1-4

PITCHING:

Lex RUTLEDGE  5.0ip 4h 1r 0er 5k;
Cameron LAMB  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Will DENNIS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (BS,2)(L,0-1)  0.1ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 1-3 (HR-RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Matt KENNELLY 1-3

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 20 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 6 11 2

BRISBANE

1 0 2 3 1 0 0 1 X 8 9 0
REPORT:  On a typically warm, balmy night in Brisbane those cosy confines of Holloway Field were very cosy once again for ABL standard hitters who plundered five home runs on a night that was tough for pitchers. Ten different men took to the bump to try to stem the flow of offence and only a couple of them had reasonable success in doing so. Starters, Rick Teasley and Tom Bailey, were both hit hard and often, even though Teasley balanced eight hits with eight punch outs over his eventful four-plus innings. Mitch Nilsson cranked his fifth homer of the season in the bottom of the first, only to see it nullified by John Riley's RBI single in the top of the next. David Rodriguez followed with a softly hit two RBI single in the bottom of the third, yet Perth was back in business when Riley smacked a three run "jack" in the top of the fourth to take his RBI tally to four. Perth's sudden 4-3 lead again lasted only momentarily when Wade Dutton "went yard" in the home half of the fourth for two runs and Aaron Whitefield doubled before scoring a third run for the inning. Brisbane kept their guests at arms length as the teams traded runs over the closing frames with Tim Kennelly and Joey Wong joining the ranks of the long ball men for the Heat.
Sam Holland was "Johnny on the spot" to snare the win before Ryan Searle equalled the league lead with his eighth save.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY  4.2ip 8h 4r 4er 2bb 8k;
Sam HOLLAND (W,3-2)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (H,6)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Zac TREECE (H,4)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,8)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4 (D);
David SUTHERLAND 1-3 (RBI); Kavin PADLO 1-3;
Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-2RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 1-4;
Trent OELTJEN 1-5 (RBI);

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,1-5)  4.0ip 7h 6r 6er 2bb 5k;
Scott MITCHINSON  2.0ip 1h 1r 0er 2bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

John RILEY 2-4 (HR-4RBI); Derek PETERSON 2-4; Luke HUGHES 2-4;
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Joey WONG 1-4 (HR-RBI); Ryan BOYER 1-4;
Tim KENNELLY 1-5 (HR-RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-5;

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 21 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 11 3

BRISBANE

0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 X 8 11 0
REPORT:  Major league veteran Ryan Rowland-Smith has not been particularly sharp since joining Brisbane for the latter part of this season and he needed a healthy dose of run support to claim his first win at Holloway tonight. Counterpart Michael Lee was also ineffective again to cop his fifth loss of the season, even after he had been slated to a 2-0 lead. Derek Peterson and Ulrich Bojarski had blasted solo homers off Rowland-Smith in the second and third innings respectively, but they were soon to be paled by the explosive bat of former pro Mitch Nilsson. One of the seven members of the famous Nilsson family to have played AMLB, Mitch has really become a major star in our ABL over the last couple of years while also rising to represent our Australian National Team. He clocked two run homers in both the third and fourth innings as the Bandits scored four in each to race away to a 8-2 lead. Perth chipped away without causing home fans any real tension until the top of the ninth when Tim Kennelly launched a three-run shot over centre field to get the Heat within a single run and with nobody out in the inning. They could get no closer as Ryan Searle steadied to record his ABL leading ninth save of the season. Holloway Field "played small" again tonight, but the Perth Heat simply didn't have sufficient base runners to take better advantage of their long balls.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Ryan ROWLAND-SMITH (W,1-0)  5.0ip 7h 3r 3er 3bb 4k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS  2.2ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS (H,7)  0.1ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,9)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-5 (2HR-4RBI); Logan WADE 2-4; Kevin PADLO 2-4;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4; Thomas MILONE 1-3 (RBI);
Trent OELTJEN 1-4 (RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 1-4;

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,2-5)  4.0ip 9h 8r 5er 3bb 3k;
Benn GRICE  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Matt KENNELLY 3-4 (RBI); John RILEY 3-5;
Tim KENNELLY 2-5 (HR-3RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Derek PETERSON 1-3 (HR-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 22 JAN 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 8 15 0

BRISBANE

0 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 1 9 10 4
REPORT:  When Kevin Padlo launched his third hit of the afternoon over the centre field fence for a resounding walkoff homer, it completed another remarkable comeback for Brisbane in just less than three and a half hours. The visiting Perth Heat must be left wondering what they needed to do to get a result in this series after enjoying fifteen hits for the game today and also benefitting from four Bandits' errors.
After six completed innings the Heat led somewhat comfortably 7-2 after Josh Kennelly had supplied a three-run "jack" in the top of the second and they kept adding on through the middle innings. Once again Holloway Field wasn't kind on the pitchers with eleven different arms visiting the mound during the non-stop activity. Former Perth catcher Jake Bowey took the ball for the bottom of the seventh and things rapidly went "pear shaped" for the Heat when Brisbane rallied to score four runs, all with two out. Major leaguer Luke Hughes crunched his sixth homer of the season in the top of the eighth to provide a little more padding for Perth with an 8-6 advantage, yet it was still not enough. The productive David Rodriguez came through for Brisbane with a two out, two-run blast to tie it up in the bottom of the eighth and the game was placed in the hands of a couple of elite relievers. ABL saves record holder Ryan Searle kept Perth off the board in the top of the ninth and Warwick Saupold had the ball for Perth in the home half. Enter today's 3-5 hero Kevin Padlo who served a second walkoff homer against major leaguer Saupold in this series. Brisbane fans rejoiced again while the Perth camp had heads shaking in disbelief.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  3.0ip 5h 5r 5er 1bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Simon MORRISS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE (W,2-2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Kevin PADLO 3-5 (HR-2RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
David SUTHERLAND 2-4 (4RBI); Thomas MILONE 1-3 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 1-3; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-5; Logan WADE 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  4.1ip 4h 2r 2er 6bb 5k;
Will DENNIS  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Jake BOWEY  0.2ip 2h 4r 4er 2bb 1k;
Benn GRICE (BS,1)  1.1ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (L,0-2)  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 3-4 (RBI); John RILEY 3-4 (D); Matt DIXON 1-5;
Tim KENNELLY 2-3; Luke HUGHES 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Josh KENNELLY 1-5 (HR-4RBI); Jesse BARRON 1-5;
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-5; Joey WONG 1-6

SERIES STARS:  Kevin Padlo capped a team high seven hit series with his walkoff homer in Game 4 and David Rodriguez also starred with six hits, yet 'Mighty Mitch' Nilsson may have been Brisbane's series MVP. His five hits included three homers and six RBIs. John Riley enjoyed eight hits for Perth to just better Derek Peterson's seven. Peterson joined Perth stalwarts Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes with a pair of homers each. Bandits' Game 1 starter Kramer Champlin got our nod as pitcher of the series, while his opponent Lex Rutledge was also effective.

  22 JAN 2017 - SYDNEY SNATCHES A 2-2 SPLIT v CANBERRA IN GAME 4!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX - 16R  24H  3E  v  CAVALRY - 14R  28H  9E. A skin tight series saw Sydney edge Canberra for runs scored, while the Cavalry owned a small advantage for total hits. Although the Blue Sox often seem to let themselves down defensively, they had much the better defensive record from this series with three errors versus nine by the Cavs. The 2-2 series split was probably just good enough for Canberra from this road series as their playoff fate remains in their own hands next weekend.

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 20 JAN 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 11 1

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
REPORT:  Something just didn't look right about the Canberra Cavalry so far this season when we didn't see Brian Grening pitching at the top of their starting rotation. The 31yo Independent League right-hander had been a fixture for Canberra for five ABL seasons and it was like pulling on an old overcoat for them when he returned to action last weekend. He tuned up with a relief outing before taking the ball first  for the Cavalry tonight and supplying them with a typically competitive start. When River Stevens went deep for two runs in the top of the third, Grening was in line for his 21st ABL career win until things came unravelled for him in the bottom of the fifth. With some softly hit balls included, the Blue Sox gnawed at him with six knocks for the inning and three runs suddenly had them ahead 3-2 after five complete.
Sydney starter Trevor Foss had also been impressive, aside from Stevens' long ball, but he just couldn't hold out for the win when the Cavalry tied it up in the top of the seventh. Scott Kelly delivered a timely two out RBI while pro pitcher Tim Atherton took over to completely stifle Sydney's offence over the last three innings. The same could not be said for experienced 'B-Sox' reliever Gyoung-Wan Lim who wobbled in the top of the eighth after Boss Moanaroa whacked his second double for the game and a couple of wild pitches assisted Canberra to take the game away with two runs late in the game. That was more than enough for Atherton to run out his third win for the season while facing the minimum nine batters in a most dominant display. The loss just about kills off Sydney's slim playoff hopes.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  7.0ip 7h 3r 3er 1bb 4k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM (L,2-1)  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 2-4 (RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 2-4; Joshua DEAN 1-4;
Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3 (RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING  6.0ip 7h 3r 3er 0bb 5k;
Tim ATHERTON (W,3-0)  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 4k

OFFENCE:

Robbie PERKINS 3-4 (RBI); Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (2D);
River STEVENS 2-5 (D-HR-2RBI); KYLE PERKINS 1-3 (RBI);
Mike REEVES 1-3; Scott KELLY 1-4 (RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 21 JAN 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 1 0 0 0 0     1 3 3

SYDNEY

0 0 2 0 0 3 X     5 5 1
REPORT:  Sydney's Luke Wilkins has not always, or even often, basked in the ABL spotlight over his six years pitching in the current league, but he could certainly raise his arms in triumph at Blacktown this afternoon. He required only 86 pitches and under two hours to run through the Canberra lineup over seven innings for his third win of this season. Luke struck out five, allowed only three hits and only an unearned run in the top of the third deprived him of a shutout victory. However, that run to Cavalry had them in front and, with starter Sean Guinard in rare form lately, it could have been a decisive lead on another day... not today. A leadoff walk, a single and a fielding error all led to two runs for the Blue Sox in the bottom of the frame and Wilkins had all the runs he needed to capture the "W". As it turned out Sydney had three more runs in their tank in the bottom of the sixth when a one out walk and a couple more fielding errors paved the way for Shane Kelleher to come through with a two RBI single as the big hit in the inning. Hats off to Luke Wilkins after this home win for the Blue Sox.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,3-3)  7.0ip 3h 1r 0er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Shane KELLEHER 1-2 (D-2RBI); Stone GARRETT 1-2 (D);
Jake WEBSTER 1-2; Michael CAMPBELL 1-3 (D);
Malik COLLYMORE 1-4 (2RBI)

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (L,4-2)  4.2ip 3h 2r 2er 3bb 4k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.1ip 2h 3r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Aaron SLOAN 1-1; Robbie PERKINS 1-3; Josh ALMONTE 1-3;
Scott KELLY 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 21 JAN 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 1

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
REPORT:  Sydney's Luke Wilkins pitched a gem in the matinee game today, yet he was more than matched by Canberra's Louis Cohen who was quite brilliant as the winning starter in the nightcap at Blacktown tonight. Much like Wilkins, Cohen allowed just the one unearned run over his seven inning start, while he sent ten Blue Sox victims back to the dugout via the punch out route. For all of his dominance, he had to be that good to secure the result because Sydney was not too generous either. Evergreen 36yo Craig Anderson rarely makes it easy and the Cavalry had to scratch out a couple of runs against him to keep their noses in front. Jason Sloan doubled to lead off the top of the second and brother Aaron drove him in for the opening run. Anderson left the game with runners on the corners and one out in the top of the sixth before the second run scored on a wild pitch by Sven Schuller. The Cavalry handed back half of their advantage in the bottom of the sixth when an error and a wild pitch preceded Alex Howe's RBI double as he had three of Sydney's five hits for the night. Zech Lemond, with a hold, and Steve Kent, with his seventh save, did not allow the Blue Sox to get any closer as Canberra went ahead 2-1 in the road series.
Those fans who watched both games of the double header definitely got their money's worth with the pitching of Wilkins and Cohen.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,4-2)  5.1ip 7h 2r 2er 3bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Alex HOWE 3-4 (D-RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 1-3; Jacob YOUNIS 1-4

PITCHING:

Louis COHEN (W,3-0)  7.0ip 4h 1r 0er 0bb 10k;
Zech LEMOND (H,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Steve KENT (S,7)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jason SLOAN 3-4 (D); Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (D); D.J DAVIS 1-4;
Aaron SLOAN 1-3 (RBI); Robbie PERRKINS 1-4; River STEVENS 1-4

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 22 JAN 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 7 7 1
REPORT:  A strange, topsy-turvy, game at Blacktown this afternoon ended with the final unexpected twist in the bottom of the ninth.
Canberra starter Scott Cone went head-to-head with former major leaguer Chris Oxspring and, after three clean frames, Cone was the first to crack in the bottom of the fourth. Two singles, an error and a wild pitch to begin the inning led to a "four spot" posted by the Blue Sox and Oxspring was looking good enough to claim a win. He wasn't really rattled when Aaron Sayers led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer, but the nearly 40yo veteran wobbled badly in the top of the sixth. A leadoff single, two hit batters and a walk brought out the hook and Aaron Sookee was unable to stop the bleeding as the Cavalry scored five to assume a 6-4 lead. That decent advantage held up until the bottom of the last as Sydney import Yuki Katayama was very effective over the last two frames to earn his first ABL win. Canberra stalwart Steve Kent was entrusted with the save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, yet it was not his day today. An untidy inning allowed Sydney to tie it up before they clinched the win in most untidy fashion. The walkoff winner scored on a sacrifice fly that was made certain due to a missed catch error by the centre fielder, even though the catch was completed by left fielder Kyle Perkins who was backing up to good effect.
No doubt the Cavalry will bemoan those four defensive errors that could have a serious affect on their playoff position... time will tell.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Chris OXSPRING  5.0ip 4h 5r 5er 2bb 6k;
Aaron SOOKEE (BS,1)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Yuki KATAYAMA (W,1-1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Joshua STRONG 2-4 (2RBI); Joshua DEAN 1-3 (RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-3 (RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-4; Stone GARRETT 1-4;
Ryo NISHIMURA 1-4

PITCHING:

Scott CONE  3.1ip 3h 3r 2er 1bb 3k;
Josh DeGRAAF  3.2ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 3k;
Zach LEMOND (H,4)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Steve KENT (BS,2)(L,0-1)  0.2ip 2h 3r 2er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Aaron SAYERS 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-3; Kyle PERKINS 1-4;
Scott KELLY 1-4 (2RBI); David KANDILAS 1-5;
Mike REEVES 0-2 (RBI); D.J DAVIS 0-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Both teams enjoyed balanced offensive efforts in this series with no real standouts offensively. Locals Robbie Perkins and Jason Sloan had most hits for Canberra with five, while Scott Kelly was their top run producer with four. Alex Howe and Jacob Younis led the Blue Sox with just four hits apiece. Game 2 winner Luke Wilkins was superb for Sydney with a complete seven inning effort, just about matched by Canberra's Game 3 starter Louis Cohen who also pitched seven innings for his win.