ABL 2018 - WEEK 1

  18 NOV 2017 - BRISBANE TAKES THREE OF THREE GAMES FROM CAVS!  

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS  18R  26H  4E v BITE  11R  19H  3E --  No great surprise that Brisbane owned a clear advantage for both runs and hits following their reasonably decisive 3-0 series win with one game postponed due to weather. The defending back-to-back Champions are off to another strong start, while Adelaide are already in a bit of a hole... it's early days!

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 16 NOV 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 5 8 1

BRISBANE

1 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 X 8 12 2
REPORT:  At first glance Brisbane's new Independent League import pitcher Ryan Bollinger should be a stumbling block for opponents this season with nine punch outs across just 5.2 innings on opening night in Brisbane. He went head-to-head with Canberra's returning import starter Brian Grening who is back for his sixth tour of ABL duty this season. Grening, as usual, battled manfully to keep his team in the contest after six complete and it was not his fault that things went pear-shaped for the Cavalry after he departed the bump.
A couple of nervous errors in the top of the first allowed Canberra to get one on the board before Brisbane answered when Aaron Whitefield scored after his leadoff double. The teams then traded two runs each in the fourth to keep the game deadlocked. Home grown stars David Kandilas and Logan Wade each delivered two-run homers and a fascinating contest was unfolding on opening night.
Another returning import, T.J Bennett, put the hosts back on top with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth and the book was closed on both starters without either taking the decision. With the game in the hands of the bullpens, Canberra tied it up in the top of the seventh when they rallied against Sam Holland and Casey McElroy came through with a RBI single. The decisive move came from the Bandits in the bottom of the frame when Aaron Whitefield nailed the second of his three hits to get the inning started against reliever Dan Lietz who got two outs before the game unravelled for the travelling Cavs. With the bases juiced, game MVP Logan Wade ripped a two RBI single up the middle off Stephen Janas and import catcher Adam Weisenburger also supplied a two RBI single to centre field. Robbie Perkins jacked a solo long ball over right in the top of the eighth, but it was a consolation shot. Sam Holland took a blown save and then collected the win before Ryan Searle struck out three in the ninth to grab one of what could be another big haul of saves this season.

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER  5.2ip 4h 3r 2er 1bb 9k;
Zac TREECE (H,1)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND (BS,1)(W,1-0)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Pat YOUNG  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Logan WADE 2-4 (HR-4RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 3-5 (D);
Chih-Sheng LIN 2-5 (RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 1-3 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 1-3; Adam WEISENBURGER 1-4 (2RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-4; T.J BENNETT 1-5 (HR-RBI)

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING  6.0ip 8h 4r 4er 0bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ (L,0-1)  0.2ip 1h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Stephen JANAS  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Thomas HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Casey McELROY 2-5 (RBI); Buddy REED 1-3 (D);
David KANDILAS 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Ryan KALISH 1-4; Kyle PERKINS 1-4; Gabriel ARIAS 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 17 NOV 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 2

BRISBANE

0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 X 5 6 1
REPORT:  Teams that win back-to-back Championships don't achieve that without a healthy dose of resilience and the Brisbane Bandits called upon that enviable trait to overrun the Cavalry at Holloway tonight. Former Victorian major leaguer Travis Blackley was rocked early when Connor Panas clocked a three-run bomb in the top of the first and Kyle Perkins delivered another solo long ball in the next for a 4-0 Canberra advantage. However, Blackley wasn't about to wave the white flag and he re-grouped admirably to finally navigate five innings with eight strike outs to his credit. The Bandits clawed one back from Cavalry starter Lake Bachar in the bottom of the second, yet Canberra's healthy 4-1 lead remained intact until the fifth. Critically for the visitors, they were unable to add on any runs to that early barrage and this left them vulnerable to the comeback that eventually arrived. Third season import Sean Guinard had taken over the ball for the Cavs, but it proved to be a rough outing for him when four Brisbane runs consigned him to the loss. T.J Bennett raked a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth and Logan Wade followed with two more RBIs to wrest the lead in the sixth. Those runs handed Rhys Niit the win before Ryan Searle closed out his second save from as many games this season so far. These Brisbane boys are used to winning!

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY  5.0ip 4h 4r 1er 3bb 8k;
Rhys NIIT (W,1-0)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Chiu PIN-JUI (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,2)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3 (D); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3 (D);
T.J BENNETT 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3;
Logan WADE 1-4 (2RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR  4.0ip 2h 1r 1er 3bb 4k;
Sean GUINARD (L,0-1)  2.0ip 4h 4r 2er 1bb 1k;
Tyler HERR  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Connor PANAS 2-4 (D-HR-3RBI); Buddy REED 2-4;
Kyle PERKINS 1-3 (HR-RBI); Casey McELROY 1-4;
Cameron WARNER 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 18 NOV 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 1 0 0 1 0     2 4 0

BRISBANE

1 0 0 4 0 0 X     5 8 1
REPORT:  A long rain delay before the scheduled start of this game meant that only one game of the double header was possible today.
It proved to be worth the wait for home fans who witnessed a gem from national team star Tim Atherton who punched out TWELVE Canberra hitters while allowing only three hits to his former team from his wonderful six inning start. He ultimately won a tough battle with Aussie team mate Steve Kent who also struck out two per inning over his four frames. The dominance of those two starting pitchers had the game deadlocked 1-1 after three, but the dam wall was just about to burst for Kent. Queensland's former pro Andrew Campbell delivered a killer blow with a GRAND SLAM home run over left field that gave Atherton all the offence he needed to secure the win he deserved. David Kandilas, another national team star, clouted his second home run of the young season toward the end, yet the Bandits had plenty in hand to claim all three games with the scheduled fourth game postponed. Mitch Nilsson continues to be an offensive force for the Bandits with 3-3, while Pat Young collected a save from his first ABL outing. The defending Champions are away to a hot start again this season.

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON (W,1-0)  6.0ip 3h 2r 1er 1bb 12k;
Pat YOUNG (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 3-3 (2D-RBI); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-2;
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-3 (HR-4RBI); T.J BENNETT 1-3;
Chih-Sheng LIN 1-3; Wade DUTTON 1-3

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (L,0-1)  4.0ip 7h 5r 5er 0bb 8k;
Frank GAILEY  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Michael CLICK  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 1-2 (HR-RBI); Kyle PERKINS 1-3 (D);
Gabriel ARIAS 1-3; Cameron WARNER 1-3; Casey McELROY 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 18 NOV 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

                  PPD    

BRISBANE

                  PPD    
REPORT:  Game postponed due to earlier rain.

SERIES STARS:  Mitch Nilsson was a real headache for the visitors this weekend with six hits, including three doubles, but the big run producers for the Bandits were Logan Wade (6RBI) and Andrew Campbell (5). No Canberra player managed more than three hits, while their offensive star was probably David Kandilas who launched two long balls for three RBIs. Brisbane starters Tim Atherton and Ryan Bollinger get my vote for the pitching stars of this opening series.

  19 NOV 2017 - PERTH TOPS MELBOURNE 3-1 ON THE ROAD!

OVERVIEW:   ACES  17R  34H  7E v HEAT  32R 39H  6E --  Somewhat reminiscent of their glory years not so long ago, the Perth Heat did a much better job of capitalising on opportunities with 32 runs from 39 hits, as opposed to Melbourne's 17 runs from 34 hits. No doubt it was decisive for them in a 3-1 away series victory. It may be early to judge, but Melbourne's pitching looked very much second best in this series and this didn't help them to limit Perth's scoring... obviously!!

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 17 NOV 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 2 0 4 1 2 0 9 13 2

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
REPORT:  This game featured the hosts who dominated the ABL competition in 2017 against the visitors who finished tailed off last yet, tonight at least, you would be entitled to believe that the we have that the wrong way around! The travelling Perth Heat with a new contingent of import players pretty much embarrassed the Melbourne Aces who could muster only five hits and one run for their home fans at Altona on opening night. Perth's pitchers punched out no fewer than 17 hapless Aces hitters, led by import starter Alex Boshers who set the tone with six terrific innings to grab the win from his ABL debut with nine Ks. With some solid run support, he had the better of former major leaguer Mark Hamburger who carried the Aces so brilliantly last season, but he was one the hook for the loss tonight. Hamburger also struck out nine, but he could not stem the flow of ten hits against his record. A 0-0 game broke open in the top of the fourth when Zacrey Law led off the inning with a homer and Jake Fraley drove in a second for the inning. A couple of walks really hurt Hamburger in the sixth when former major league Aussie Luke Hughes cracked a two out GRAND SLAM homer to crush any lingering hopes of home fans.
New Melbourne import Brett Cumberland gave the Aces a modicum of consolation with his solo homer in the bottom of the sixth before Perth romped home with add-on runs that padded their margin of victory. Zacrey Law and Luke Hughes both took the opportunity to leave the yard again and Jake Fraley joined the big bash league as the Heat hammered five balls over the fence. Perth certainly started their season in optimistic fashion, while the Melbourne Aces looked like a second rate outfit in this opening game.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,0-1)  6.0ip 10h 6r 6er 4bb 9k;
Jeremy YOUNG  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Mitchell LEY  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt BEATTIE  0.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Jackson BOYD  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Ryan PHILLIPS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 2-4 (HR-RBI); Darryl GEORGE 2-4;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS (W,1-0)  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 1bb 9k;
Scott MITCHINSON  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 5k;
Jett WRIGHT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 3-4 (2HR-5RBI); Jake FRALEY 3-4 (HR-2RBI);
Zacrey LAW 2-4 (2HR-2RBI); Michael BROUSSEAU 2-4;
Garrett WHITLEY 1-4; Jake TURNBULL 1-4; Jesse WILLIAMS 1-5

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 18 NOV 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0   5 6 1

MELBOURNE

0 2 0 0 0 1 2 1   6 7 0
REPORT:  There was a bit of rain about in both Melbourne and Brisbane this afternoon causing some delays to the early games of a double header Saturday. Just a month past his 17th birthday, Melbourne tyro Jarryd Dale staked the Aces to an early 2-0 lead with his two run bomb in the bottom of the second and this looked like providing starter Josh Tols with a win until the game took some twists toward the end. Dale's two run homer was matched by Perth's 19yo Ryan Kift with his two out "jack" in the fifth that jolted home fans. Worse was to follow for the hosts in the top of the next when Tols was knocked out of the game and Perth rallied for three runs, capped by Zacrey Law's third homer in two ABL games so far. It somewhat overshadowed the ten strike outs delivered by Tols and it looked a very decisive advantage in a seven inning game. However, it also signalled the end of Perth starter Dylan Thompson who fanned eight across his five innings.
Melbourne stalwart Darryl George went deep in the bottom of the sixth to claw one back, then Jared Cruz hammered a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to level the scores and send the matinee into extras. Aces' Japanese reliever Shunta Nakatsuka was handed the win when Liam Bedford came up big with a dramatic two out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth for a walk off winner.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS  5.1ip 3h 4r 4er 4bb 10k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (W,1-0)  2.2ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 2-4 (D); Jarryd DALE 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Jared CRUZ 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Daryl GEORGE 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 1-4 (D-RBI); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3

PITCHING:

Dylan THOMPSON  5.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 8k;
Kyle SIMON (BS,1)(L,0-1)  2.2ip 5h 4r 2er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Zacrey LAW 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Ryan KIFT 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Michael BROSSEAU 1-4 (D-RBI); Jake FRALEY 1-3 (D);
Jake TURNBULL 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 18 NOV 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

PERTH

2 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 10 11 3

MELBOURNE

0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 5 10 4
REPORT:  For those who like plenty of scoring innings, you would be happy enough to see runs scored in eleven of the frames here in Melbourne tonight. Unfortunately, much of this was due to some ineffective and untidy pitching, beginning with Melbourne's Japanese starter Takahashi who couldn't find his radar during a rough ABL debut. He walked seven across just four innings to take the loss, while former Victorian Nick Veale fared just a bit better for the Heat. While the pitchers generally found it hard work tonight, there was little to choose in terms of hits with Perth taking a narrow 11-10 edge, yet they did a much better job of turning those hits (and walks) into runs. 18yo Perth shortstop Jesse Williams is already attracting attention with 3-4 plus two runs batted in tonight to headline the Heat offence. Former professional Darryl George stood like a beacon for the Aces with 3-6 that included a double, a home run and two RBIs. Another former pro, Cameron Lamb, was on hand to take the win that gives Perth the 2-1 advantage in this away series for them.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Kona TAKAHASHI (L,0-1)  4.0ip 3h 5r 3er 7bb 4k;
Christian DeLEON  2.2ip 4h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Mitchell LEY  0.1ip 1h 2r 2er 2bb 0k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Matt WILSON  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 3-6 (D-HR-2RBI); Jarryd DALE 2-3;
Ryan DALE 1-3 (D); Tomoya MORI 1-2; Jarer CRUZ 1-4;
Nicholas ROSSELL 1-4 (RBI); Jordan BARNETT 1-1;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  4.1ip 7h 3r 2er 4bb 2k;
Cameron LAMB (W,1-0)  2.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Travis McDONALD  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 3bb 0k;
Benn GRICE (S,1)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jesse WILLIAMS 3-4 (2RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 2-3 (2RBI);
Garrett WHITLEY 2-3 (D-RBI); Zacrey LAW 2-5 (D-2RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-4 (RBI); Ryan KIFT 1-4; Jake TURNBULL 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 19 NOV 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

PERTH

2 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 8 9 0

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 5 12 2
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces had an opportunity to square this opening home series and they out-hit the visiting Perth club 12-9 in this Game 4, but their pitching simply didn't cut the mustard at this level. It started poorly for the Aces when Garret Whitley clobbered a two-run homer before Melbourne had secured an out in the top of the first and the long balls kept coming. In the top of the third Michael Brosseau added another two-run "Johnson" and Jake Fraley followed with a solo blast in a three-run top of the fourth. The 7-0 lead looked like a mountain for the Aces with Heat starter Tom Bailey putting up blanks, yet the mood changed quickly after he issued a deadly leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth. Former star Perth catcher Allan de San Miguel haunted his old team with a two run double to left field as Melbourne rallied for a "four spot" to give home fans a brief glimmer of hope. 'de San' came through again with a solo long ball in the seventh to draw the Aces within two but it was Perth who pulled clear with another run in the eighth. Scott Mitchinson was the winning pitcher for the Heat ahead of Benn Grice's second save of the new season. Aside from the obvious contribution of de San Miguel, Japanese catcher Tomoya Mori found a spark in his bat today with 3-5 that featured two doubles. Tampa Bay Rays import Mike Brosseau had a big day for Perth with three hits, a double, a homer and four driven in, while he currently boasts a gaudy .533 batting average after the first series.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Christian MEISTER (L,0-1)  3.0ip 5h 4r 4er 2bb 6k;
Jeremy YOUNG  0.1ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Jack ENCIONDO  3.2ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 4k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 3bb 1k;
Ryan PHILLIPS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tomoya MORI 3-5 (2D-RBI), Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-5 (D-HR-3RBI);
Ryan DALE 2-4; Delmon YOUNG 2-5; Brett CUMBERLAND 1-2 (D);
Jared CRUZ 1-4 (D); Liam BEDFORD 1-5 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  4.0ip 7h 4r 4er 3bb 7k;
Scott MITCHINSON (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Jake BOWEY (H,1)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb k;
Benn GRICE (S,2)  2.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Michael Brosseau 3-4 (D-HR-4RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Jake FRALEY 2-5 (HR-RBI); Matt DIXON 1-3; Zacrey LAW 1-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  New import Zacrey Law had a big opening series for Perth with six hits, three homers and four RBIs, but former major leaguer Luke Hughes supplied six RBIs from his two huge long balls. Aces' stalwart Darryl George led his team with six hits, just ahead of import Brett Cumberland with five. Allan de San Miguel was Melbourne's leading run producer with four. Look no further than Perth's Game 1 starter Alex Boshers for the top pitching performance for this opening series.

  19 NOV 2017 - SYDNEY CLINCHES HOME SERIES SWEEP 4-0 v ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX  23R  34H  4E v BITE  10R  22H  5E --  There is no argument to the fact that the hosting Blue Sox romped to a 4-0 series sweep with a wide margin for both hits and runs scored. This was mainly because of the blowout in Game 1, while the other three games were very competitive. The result of the series couldn't have been any better for Sydney, or worse for Adelaide!

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 17 NOV 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

SYDNEY

1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 X 10 12 2
REPORT:  The Sydney Blue Sox achieved the somewhat rare baseball feat of scoring in each of their eight batting innings tonight as home fans rejoiced a lop-sided victory on opening night at Blacktown. Returning import Trevor Foss cruised to an opening night win for Sydney as the Blue Sox pitchers combined to allow Adelaide just three hits for the game. Meanwhile the hosts feasted on a steady diet of twelve hits to hand new Adelaide import starter Max Beatty a debut loss. 29yo Taiwanese import Chih-Hsien Chiang clearly enjoyed his first ABL game with a triple and homer among his three hits, while Sydney stalwart Trent D'Antonio also had three hits that included a double and a triple. Seven different Blue Sox hit safely tonight, including a debut homer from US import Michael Suchy, yet the name that jumped out at us was that of Gavin Fingleson. Yes folks, the 41yo former Aussie Olympian returned to national league baseball for the first time since the 2008 Claxton Shield competition and he quite typically delivered three runs batted in to mark his return. Adelaide's Panamanian leadoff batter Rodrigo Ayarza gave the Bite a small moment of joy with his sixth inning homer that broke up the shutout. It was all Sydney here tonight!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (W,1-0)  6.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 7k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Kyle GLOGOSKI  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 3-4 (T-HR-2RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 3-4 (D-T);
Michael CAMPBELL 2-4; Connor MacDONALD 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Michael SUCHY 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Gavin FINGLESON 1-4 (3RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-4; Jin-De JHANG 0-4 (RBI);
Nicholas ANDERSON-VINE 0-1 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Max BEATTY (L,0-1)  4.2ip 6h 5r 5er 0bb 5k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  1.1ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Christopher HORNE  2.0ip 3h 3r 1er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4 (HR-RBI); Isaias QUIROZ 1-3;
Stephen LOHR 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 18 NOV 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

2 0 0 1 0 0 0     3 7 1

SYDNEY

2 0 0 0 0 1 1     4 7 0
REPORT:  We don't suppose that we expected anything other than a reappearance of 37yo New South Wales lefty Craig Anderson to start the short game of a double header Saturday at Blacktown. Anderson had a twenty year experience advantage over his rival starter Jack O'Loughlin as both were effective enough without taking the decision. Adelaide got off to a flyer with extra base hits from Rodrigo Ayarza and Darius Day to begin the game, enabling them to score two in the top of the first. Sydney matched that effort with back-to-back doubles from Fingleson and Chiang in the home half restoring parity. Karl Hoschke doubled and scored to put Adelaide in front after four, but they could not seal the deal. Evergreen former Sydney reliever Matt Williams was saddled with the loss when the 'B-Sox' scored twice in the last two frames to take the bacon. In something of an anticlimax, the walkoff winner came via a wild pitch on a strike out, putting the win into the experienced hands of Vaughan Harris. This was a tight one with seven hits apiece, but no joy for the Bite.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON  6.0ip 6h 3r 3er 0bb 8k;
Vaughan HARRIS (W,1-0)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-3 (D-RBI); Michael SUCHY 1-3 (D-RBI);
Gavin FINGLESON 1-3 (D); Connor MacDONALD 1-3 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-3; Michael CAMPBELL 1-3; Mitchell EDWARDS 1-2

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN  5.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 4k;
Matt WILLIAMS (BS,1)(L,0-1)  1.1ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Bas NOOIJ 2-3 (D-RBI); Darius DAY 1-3 (T-RBI);
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4 (D); Stephen LOHR 1-3 (RBI);
Karl HOSCHKE 1-3 (D); Angus ROEGER 1-3

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 18 NOV 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 8 0

SYDNEY

2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 5 9 1
REPORT:  In a remarkable coincidence, these team both scored two runs in the first inning for the second game today and, sadly for the Bite, their hosts took another one run win. Sydney's well travelled American Clayton Freimuth mixed seven hits with seven Ks to snatch a debut win while dealing a loss to Adelaide import Chris Powell. Taiwanese catcher Jin-De Jhang clocked a two-run homer for the Blue Sox to erase Adelaide's two runs in the opening inning, but it was Sydney's Korean reliever Chang-Sung Ko who probably took the spotlight in this game with three innings of one hit pitching. He recorded a most meritorious hold before handing over to German Sven Schueller who completed a save for the "league of nations". Among seven different hitters, we must again highlight the performance of 41yo stud Gavin Fingleson who ripped a huge two RBI double in the bottom of the fourth as the key hit of the game. As we started this report, Sydney scratched out two one-run results today and they are slightly flattered by a 3-0 lead in this home series.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (W,1-0)  5.0ip 7h 4r 4er 2bb 7k;
Chang-Sung KO (H,1)  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Sven SCHUELLER (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Trent D'ANTONIO 2-4; Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-4; Michael SUCHY 1-3;
Jin-De JHANG 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Gavin FINGLESON 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Connor Mac DONALD 1-4 (D); Jacob YOUNIS 1-4 (D);
Michael CAMPBELL 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (L,0-1)  5.0ip 8h 5r 5er 3bb 4k;
Chris BURKHOLDER  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 2-4 (RBI); Angus ROEGER 2-4 (RBI);
Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5; Isaias QUIROZ 1-4 (D-RBI);
Tai-San CHANG 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 19 NOV 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 2

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 4 6 1
REPORT:  The brooms were out of the closets at Blacktown today as the hosting Sydney Blue Sox completed four straight wins over the visiting Adelaide Bite. Sydney starter Luke Wilkins was close to his very best in this game with seven strike outs and no walks, yet he was on the hook for a hard-luck loss until the sixth inning. Leadoff batter Rodrigo Ayarza produced a RBI double in the top of the third to give the Bite a lead that held up until the bottom of the sixth. As very often, the frame started with a leadoff walk to the disciplined Trent D'Antonio as Adelaide's second season local Greg Mosel began to tire. The Blue Sox "batted around" for a long inning that had them leading 4-1 by the time it finally concluded. That was enough for experienced local lads Wilkins and reliever Matthew Rae to close out the result, even though Adelaide scrambled one more run in the eighth. Wilkins and Rae recorded a win and a save respectively on a day when the ball was generally making it tough for the bat. That one big inning was enough to start the sweeping!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,1-0)  7.0ip 4h 1r 1er 0bb 7k;
Matthew RAE (S,1)  2.0ip 0h 1r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Michael CAMPBELL 2-4 (D-RBI); Jin-De JHANG 2-4 (RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-2; Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,0-1)  5.1ip 4h 3r 2er 2bb 5k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.2ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Tyler CHAPPELL 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Rodgrigo AYARZA 1-4 (D-RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-4 (D);
Tai-San CHANG 1-4; Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-2

SERIES STARS:  Boom Taiwanese import Chih-Hsien Chiang led the hits for Sydney with seven, plus four RBIs to lead the way from D'Antonio and Campbell with five. 41yo "comeback kid" Gavin Fingleson turned back the clock with a team high five runs batted in. Adelaide seem to have found themselves a quality leadoff hitter from Panama, Rodrigo Ayarza, with five hits, two doubles and a home run, while Stephen Lohr had four hits. No Adelaide player supplied more than two RBIs in a tough scoring series for them. Blues Sox starters Trevor Foss and Luke Wilkins take the pitching honours in my opinion, while the ageless Craig Anderson was also good.