ABL 2018 - WEEK 3

  2 DEC 2017 - CAVALRY RIDES AWAY TO 3-1 SERIES IN ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   BITE 13R 29H 8E v CAVALRY 32R 42H 7E --  With a torrent of offence after the resumption of the suspended Game 1, the travelling Cavalry owned a wide gap for hits and runs from a series where they just missed a four-game away sweep. You would have to say that Adelaide's pitching looks a bit "off pace" at this stage and successive home series losses can never be a great outcome.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 30 NOV 2017 - Adelaide Shores - Suspended in bottom 4th & Resumed 1 Dec

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 4 0 0 2 3 0 9 0 18 15 2

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 4
REPORT:  This game was delayed before the start as ground crews worked feverishly to get the surface for for play. Even when it did get underway, the weather radar always suggested that further rain was inevitable. Canberra had grasped a big opportunity to gain the high ground when 17yo Venezuelan import Gabriel Arias lashed a three RBI triple as he flew around the bags to score himself on a throwing error. A four run top of the second put the Cavalry ahead after Tai-San Chang provided a RBI single for Adelaide in the bottom of the first. However, Canberra's lead wasn't looking so solid when Chang supplied another RBI in the fourth and the Bite had runners perched on the corners with just one out when play was suspended with the go-ahead run coming to the plate. We'll now await the resumption tomorrow.
So, the Adelaide Bite might have been looking forward optimistically to the resumption of this game, but that optimism was soon to be blasted away by the visiting Cavalry offence. Lake Bachar took the ball from Brian Grening overnight and he quickly shut down the remaining threat in the bottom of the fourth before ultimately claiming his second win of the season. Jack O'Loughlin took over on the bump for Adelaide as things slid rapidly downhill for the Bite and their pitching was generally hit hard. Canberra owned four hits before the resumption before exploding with eleven more hits and 14 more runs over the last five frames, including a devastating nine-run eighth. Imports Buddy Reed and Jay Baum both enjoyed three hit games as shaky pitching and defence consigned Adelaide to a painful home loss in Game 1.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (L,1-2)  4.0ip 4h 4r 4er 2bb 3k;
Jack O'LOUGHLIN  1.0ip 4h 5r 5er 2bb 1k;
Tim DAY  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Ryan DUNCAN  0.0ip 4h 5r 4er 0bb 0k;
Will KORTEKAAS  0.1ip 3h 4r 3er 2bb 0k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tai-San CHANG 2-2 (2RBI); Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5;
Dylan RIDDING 1-2 (RBI); Jeremy CRESSWELL 1-3;
Bas NOOIJ 1-3; Angus ROEGER 1-4;
Stephen LOHR 1-4

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING  3.1ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 3k;
Lake BACHAR (W,2-0)  4.2ip 2h 0r 0er 5bb 3k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Buddy REED 3-4 (2D-RBI); Jay BAUM 3-5 (RBI);
Gabriel ARIAS 2-4 (D-T-5RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-5 (RBI);
Ryan KALISH 2-6 (2RBI); David KANDILAS 2-6 (2RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 1-6; Cameron WARNER 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 1 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 10 3

ADELAIDE

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
REPORT:  Strictly speaking this wasn't a double header day, but you won't hear the Canberra Cavalry complaining about taking two wins from a very profitable Friday at West Beach. Back-to-back doubles from Jay Baum and David Kandilas had Canberra leading 1-0 in the top of the first before Bite import Stephen Lohr doubled that with his two run homer in the home half of the inning to give Adelaide a 2-1 lead. The Texas Rangers minor leaguer went deep as the first of his three hits, yet his effort was a lonely highlight for the Bite who dropped another home game today. Greg Mosel was the pitcher on the receiving end for Adelaide while veteran lefty Steve Kent rolled to his first win of the season with a strong start for the Cavs. Buddy Reed delivered a two RBI triple in the second to give Canberra a lead that they would not relinquish and Connor Panas "went yard" later in the game to add some insurance. With six hits over the first two games of this series, Jay Baum is just about as hot as it gets with the stick. Quality import relievers Dan Lietz and Michael Click slammed the door on their hosts by striking out six batters over the last three innings to collect a hold and a save respectively.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,0-3)  6.2ip 8h 3r 3er 3bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 3-3 (HR-2RBI); Josh CAKEBREAD 2-4;
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-3;  Bas NOOIJ 1-4

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (W,1-2)  6.0ip 5h 2r 2er 3bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ (H,1)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Michael CLICK (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 3-5 (D-RBI); David KANDILAS 2-5 (D-RBI);
Jake AMOS 2-4; Connor PANAS 1-4 (HR-RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-4;
Buddy REED 1-5 (T-2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 2 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 7 12 2

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 2
REPORT:  After versatile evergreen Matt Williams had given Adelaide a mighty start with six strong innings, this was a very hard fought contest at Adelaide Shores today until it fell apart for the hosts under tie-breaker rules in extra innings. This early afternoon game on a double header Saturday was one that Adelaide badly needed to give them a chance to square the series and they definitely played with that type of urgency. Canberra's offensive MVP David Kandilas delivered the second of his four hits for a RBI single in the top of the third before Adelaide took over the lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth. 29yo Independent League journeyman Michael Click had taken the ball from Cavalry starter Frank Gailey after six frames and he richly deserved the win with some sterling middle relief. This was made possible when Canberra levelled the game in the top of the seventh and eventually pushed it into an extra inning. With two runners aboard to start the inning, Canberra cashed in five game-breaking runs as the Bite bullpen blinked when they needed it least. Adelaide managed to claw back two in the home half to fall a few short and to ensure a second successive home series defeat. As we said, David Kandilas starred with four hits and three RBIs to be followed by import Buddy Reed who batted 3-5 with two runs batted in.
As an interesting sidelight to this series, Adelaide welcomed back a couple of "old stagers" who have not been seen in our national league since the 2014 ABL season - 32yo Josh Cakebread and 30yo Jeremy Cresswell who are popular stalwarts of SA baseball.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Matt WILLIAMS  6.0ip 6h 1r 1er 0bb 5k;
Loek Van MIL (BS,1)  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS (L,0-1)  1.0ip 2h 4r 2er 0bb 0k;
Wilson LEE  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Josh CAKEBREAD 2-4; Angus ROEGER 1-3 (2RBI); Bas NOOIJ 1-3;
Stephen LOHR 1-3; Jordan McARDLE 1-2; Jeremy CRESSWELL 1-5;
Tai-San CHANG 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY  6.0ip 4h 2r 1er 4bb 6k;
Michael CLICK (W,2-0)  3.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.0ip 1h 2r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 4-5 (D-3RBI); Buddy REED 3-5 (D-2RBI);
Jake AMOS 2-4 (RBI); Casey McELROY 2-4;
Cameron WARNER 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 4 - 2 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 2 0 0 0 0 0     2 5 0

ADELAIDE

3 0 1 0 0 0 X     4 6 0
REPORT:  Perhaps more so than other sports, fate can be a decisive thing in our game of baseball. By all accounts, Adelaide's import starter Max Beatty was not scheduled to start in this series until the overnight suspension of Game 1 that necessitated two starts. As fate would decree, Beatty produced the outing of his life to pitch a complete seven inning game and to anchor a sweep avoiding victory for the Bite. While Beatty was sailing along with eight big punch outs, his opposing starter Sean Guinard was as wild as the weather that caused postponements to all the other ABL games along the eastern seaboard. Guinard walked five and flung a couple of wild pitches in the opening inning before being lifted after securing just the one out. Debutant import Tyler Saucedo did a great job to strand a bases loaded jam in that inning for Canberra, but the three runs scored by the hosts was a big lead in a shortened game. Hot hitting teenage import Gabriel Arias came through again with a two RBI single for the Cavalry in the top of the next, yet that was all they could muster against Beatty.
Isais Quiroz left the yard to add one more run for the Bite in the bottom of the third as they rode Beatty all the way to a much needed consolation win in the series finale.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Max BEATTY (W,1-1)  7.0ip 5h 2r 2er 0bb 8k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 2-2; Jordan McARDLE 1-2 (RBI); Darius DAY 1-3;
Isaias QUIROZ 1-3 (HR-RBI); Tai-San CHANG 1-3 (RBI);
Angus ROEGER 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (L,0-2)  0.1ip 1h 3r 3er 5bb 0k;
Tyler SAUCEDO  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Thomas HOLLAND  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Tyler HERR  2.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Ryan KALISH 1-3 (D); Gabriel ARIAS 1-2 (2RBI);
Casey McELROY 1-3; David KANDILAS 1-3; Connor PANAS 1-3

SERIES STARS:  Canberra had several players who enjoyed good offensive numbers from this series in Adelaide. David Kandilas was quite outstanding with eight hits and six RBIs, to just edge Buddy Reed who owned seven hits with three doubles a triple and five driven in. Gabriel Arias also drove in five runs for the Cavalry. Adelaide's offence was dominated by import Stephen Lohr who supplied seven hits.
In a losing series, I'd look no further than Adelaide's Game 4 starter Max Beatty as the the pitching MVP for this series.

  3 DEC 2017 - MELBOURNE STRANGLES BRISBANE 3-0 AT HOME!

OVERVIEW:   ACES 8R 17H 2E v BANDITS 3R 13H 2E -- It would be hard to imagine a tighter series than this one contested by the 2017 Grand Finalists. Melbourne could not contain Brisbane in that Grand Final, yet their pitching was simply outstanding throughout this three game home series. The potent Bandits' offence had plundered 47 runs from 51 hits in Adelaide last weekend, yet they were stifled for just three runs over the three games here. Melbourne are entitled to be elated by the 3-0 series sweep, yet they will understand that Brisbane won't fade away and further battles will surely lie ahead this season.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 1 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X 3 6 1
REPORT:  It was common place 15 or more years ago, yet very unusual these days that the two starting pitchers in this Championship series "replay" did all of the pitching for their respective teams in Melbourne tonight. Of course there is no way to get any genuine revenge for a Championship loss in a regular season game, but the Aces will feel that they earned a modicum of retribution with their shutout win here.
Brisbane starter Ryan Bollinger had nothing to be ashamed about after hurling eight high quality innings and it took a brilliant shutout to hand him a hard-luck loss. Melbourne's Mark Hamburger had looked a little vulnerable in his first two starts this season after a terrific 2017 ABL season, but he was back to his dominant best at Melbourne Ballpark tonight. It was no coincidence that he had his bullpen mate Allan de San Miguel back behind the dish in this game and 'de San' is certainly a "difference maker" with the catching gloves. Hamburger delivered his second complete game shutout in ABL competition to quell the hottest offence in the country while allowing them just three hits. We couldn't help feeling that de San Miguel's brilliant, inning ending, play on a wild pitch that helped Hamburger to cut down a run at home plate in the top of the first was a decisive moment that ultimately kept the Bandits off the board and didn't allow them any early momentum.
Melbourne's debutant Atlanta Braves import Tyler Neslony whacked a pair of doubles in his first game as the only man to boast plural hits as the Aces manufactured three runs that were enough to claim victory on this occasion. Hats off to Hamburger in this one!

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,1-1)  9.0ip 3h 0r 0er 1bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Tyler NESLONY 2-4 (2D); Ryan DALE 1-2 (RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-4 (D);
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3; Brett CUMBERLAND 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (L,0-1)  8.0ip 6h 3r 2er 3bb 10k

OFFENCE:

Adam WEISENBURGER 1-2; T.J BENNETT 1-4 (D);
Chih-Sheng LIN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 3 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark - Re-Scheduled from Washout on 2 Dec

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 1 0 0     1 5 0

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 1 1 X     2 5 0
REPORT:  Brisbane's recent major league lefty Travis Blackley returned to his home city to wage a tremendous battle with Melbourne's Japanese import starter Kona Takahashi at Altona today. The early make-up game for the washout yesterday saw the teams share five hits apiece against some high quality pitching. Four scoreless innings were finally ended when Bandits' star Mitch Nilsson crushed one over left field in the top of the fifth, before Japanese catcher Tomoya Mori answered with his long ball over a similar location to tie it up again in the bottom of the fifth. Takahashi struck out the first batter in the top of the sixth to put an eleventh K on his personal line score before handing over the win to Daniel McGrath and a save to Shunta Nakatsuka. Blackley had also handed the tied game to second year import Zac Treece who took the loss when Darryl George led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and he ultimately scored the winning run on Tyler Neslony's sacrifice fly. Melbourne's loyalty to Japanese imports has not always been of much benefit to them, but the Japanese players certainly earned their plaudits today... especially starter Kona Takahashi with his eleven punch outs against a tough lineup.

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Kona TAKAHASHI  5.1ip 5h 1r 1er 4bb 11k;
Daniel McGRATH (W,1-0)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tomoya MORI 2-2 (HR-RBI); Delmon YOUNG 1-2;
Darryl GEORGE 1-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3 (D);
Tyler NESLONY 0-1 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 5k;
Zac TREECE (L,1-1)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Chiu PIN-JUI  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 2-4; Mitch NILSSON 1-2 (HR-RBI);
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-2; David SUTHERLAND 1-3

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 3 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 5 1

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1   3 6 1
REPORT:  This late afternoon game in Melbourne was scheduled for seven innings on a double header Sunday, but eventually eight were required to separate two tough and determined adversaries. Two low scoring games in a "Grand Final replay" were followed by a third as, once again, the pitching made life tough for the hitters. The Aces started with young professional reliever Jon Kennedy for his first outing this season, while Brisbane's Tim Atherton was replaced during the first inning, presumably injured. Liam Bedford doubled in Tomoya Mori to open the scoring for the hosts in the bottom of the second before Kennedy put a couple of Bandits aboard to find himself lifted in the top of the third. Former major leaguer Mark Marksberry did his best to limit the damage, yet he couldn't prevent Brisbane from taking the lead with a couple of sacrifice flies, separated by a defensive error. Aces' import Brett Cumberland led off the bottom of the fourth with a ringing double to later put himself in position to score the tying run. By that stage the ball was in the hands of Josh Tols who was to be Melbourne's MVP with five polished innings that earned him a brilliant win. He allowed Brisbane just one hit as he struck out nine to keep them off the board in sterling fashion. The tie-breaker rules came into effect for the eighth and the Aces took advantage to score the walkoff winner in the bottom of the last. Delmon Young singled to load the bags, only to see star closer Ryan Searle strike out a pair with no wriggle room. In a typically patient plate appearance Allan de San Miguel recorded his ninth RBI of the season after being plunked by a pitch to finish it.
It wasn't exactly a glorious ending, but that won't bother the Aces who swept away the defending Champions in this tight series.

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  2.0ip 4h 2r 1er 1bb 2k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Josh TOLS (W,2-0)  5.0ip 1h 0r 0er 3bb 9k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 2-3 (D-2RBI); Tomoya MORI 1-2 (D);
Brett CUMBERLAND 1-4 (D); Delmon YOUNG 1-3;
Darryl GEORGE 1-4; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 4k;
Sam HOLLAND  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 1k;
Pat YOUNG  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (L,0-1)  1.2ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

T.J BENNETT 2-4; Mitch NILSSON 1-3 (RBI); Logan WADE 1-4;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3; Chih-Sheng LIN 0-3 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  A pitching dominated three game series at Melbourne Ballpark didn't allow for much offensive activity. Japanese catcher Tomoya Mori finally produced what he had promised with three hits including a double and a homer for the Aces. Mitch Nilsson and T.J Bennett both supplied three hits for the Bandits as no player from either team drove in more than two runs.
Hard to go past Mark Hamburger's complete nine inning game shutout in Game 1 as the pitching star, but Melbourne also boasted superb outings from brilliant Game 2 starter Kona Takahashi and Game 3 MVP reliever Josh Tols.

  3 DEC 2017 - PERTH TAKE ALL THREE FROM SOX AT BLACKTOWN!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX 12R 22H 3E v HEAT 20R 31H 3E --  Although there were no real blowouts, the visiting Perth Heat took away all the spoils from this rain-affected three game series. It's certainly early to make bold predictions, yet it is already fair to say that Perth look like challenging strongly for the playoffs after finishing in the cellar last season. Sydney has found themselves some work to do.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 1 DEC 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 6 0
REPORT:  For most of this balmy night at Blacktown it looked likely that the travelling Perth Heat were coasting to a routine victory... that was until the home standing Blue Sox made it very, very tight right at the death. The Heat got ahead of Sydney starter Trevor Foss with two runs in the top of the first, but he steadied to pitch effectively despite copping his first loss of the new season. His opposition starter, Alex Boshers, walked the tight-rope of issuing six walks before he was tugged in the fifth with just the one run against his name.
Former pro Scott Mitchinson took over to pinch his second win of the season. Productive Perth veterans Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes provided sufficient run support with home run balls - Kennelly with a solo shot in the fifth and Hughes with a two-run bomb in the eighth. Sydney rallied for one in the bottom of the fifth, yet it looked a forlorn hope when they trailed 1-5 coming into their last batting inning. Baseball devotees often remind themselves that you need 27 outs to win a baseball game and Sydney did their level best to remind us again tonight. A leadoff double, three successive singles and a hit batter, all with none out, sent a shudder down the spine of Perth fans. In the end it required a force out at home plate for the Heat to keep their nervous noses in front by the single run with a massive sigh of relief. Experienced former pro Cameron Lamb had to really hold his nerve to record a hard-earned save.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (L,1-1)  6.0ip 9h 3r 3er 0bb 4k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Joshua GESSNER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Michael CAMPBELL 2-3; Rixon WINGROVE 2-4 (D-RBI);
Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (D); Alex HOWE 1-4 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 0-2 (RBI); Michael SUCHY 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS  4.2ip 2h 1r 1er 6bb 4k;
Scott MITCHINSON (W,2-0)  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 4k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Michael BROSSEAU 2-4 (2D-RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (D);
Tim KENNELLY 2-5 (HR-RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Zacrey LAW 1-4 (RBI); Jake FRALEY 1-4; Jake TURNBULL 1-4;
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 3 DEC 2017 - Blacktown  - Re-scheduled from washout on 2 Dec

 

Team

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

PERTH

4 0 0 1 0 2 1     8 11 2

SYDNEY

1 0 0 3 0 0 0     4 7 2
REPORT:  Following the postponement of both games at Blacktown yesterday, this make-up game was played as a seven inning matinee of a Sunday double header. It didn't prove to be a red-letter day for Sydney veteran Craig Anderson who gave up four big runs in the opening inning as Perth claimed a decisive advantage right from the outset as they batted through the lineup. However, when Jacob Younis lashed his second double of the game for two RBIs in a three-run bottom of the fourth the 'B-Sox' had narrowed the gap to just 4-5.
As it panned out, they were to get no closer as the Heat bullpen stood tall and they added three more runs themselves to make the scoreboard slightly flattering. 18yo shortstop Jesse Williams continues to impress in his rookie season with another 3-4 while Tom Bailey had the ball at the end to record his second win of the young season. Perth cannot lose this away series now!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,0-2)  3.2ip 9h 5r 4er 0bb 3k;
Kyle GLOGOSKI  3.1ip 2h 3r 2er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 2-3 (2D-2RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 2-4;
Daniel LEE 1-1 (D); Connor MacDONALD 1-2; Michael SUCHY 1-4;
Mitchell EDWARDS 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON  4.0ip 5h 4r 4er 2bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT 0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tom BAILEY (W,2-0)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jesse WILLIAMS 3-4 (RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 2-4 (RBI);
Zacrey LAW 2-4 (D-RBI); Jake TURNBULL 1-1 (RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-3 (D-RBI); Ryan KIFT 1-3; Tim KENNELLY 1-4;

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 3 DEC 2017 - Blacktown 

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 1 0 1 3 0 2 0 X 7 9 1

SYDNEY

3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 4 9 1
REPORT:  The Sydney Blue Sox would have thought that they were off to a game winning start in this game when Perth starter Nick Veale endured a very untidy opening frame that included three walks and a wild pitch. The Sox pounced for three big runs, headlined by a two run double from star import Chih-Hsien Chiang, but there was not much more to come from their offence as the Heat bullpen re-grouped well.
Alex Hall doubled in a run for Perth in the top of the second and Luke Hughes went deep for another in the fourth to prune the lead to one.
The game turned on its head in the top of the next when Luke Wilkins replaced a tiring Clayton Freimuth on the mound and Tim Kennelly greeted him with a three-run blast over right centre. Perth added another two runs in the seventh to make the win a tad more comfortable at the end as the game was called after eight innings. The man to slam the door shut on the hosts at the end was seasoned former pro Cameron Lamb who pitched two-plus quality innings for a conclusive save. It gave Perth all three wins from this road series.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH  4.2ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 3k;
Luke WILKINS (L,1-2)  1.2ip 4h 3r 2er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHUELLER  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsein CHIANG 2-4 (D-2RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 2-3;
Alex HOWE 2-4; Rixon WINGROVE 1-2; Jin-De JHANG 1-3;
Gavin FINGLESON 1-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  2.1ip 4h 3r 3er 5bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT (W,1-0)  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Travis McDONALD (H,1)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jeff WRIGHT (H,1)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Cameron LAMB (S,2)  2.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Alex HALL 2-3 (D-RBI); Jake FRALEY 2-4 (D-RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (HR-3RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4 (D); Michael BROSSEAU 1-4; Ryan KIFT 1-3

SERIES STARS:  With a team high five hits this weekend, Perth import Michael Brosseau pushed his gaudy season average to .442. He is their headline act so far, but veteran sluggers Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes were huge contributors this weekend with two home runs and four RBIs each as keys to their success. Jacob Younis had four hits and three driven in to lead the Blue Sox offence, while Michael Campbell also had four hits for them. I'm going to steer away from the starting pitchers on this occasion by nominating Perth closer Cameron Lamb as the pitching MVP of this series with two important saves from the three games.