ABL 2018 - WEEK 4

  10 DEC 2017 - CANBERRA PREVAILS OVER MELBOURNE 3-1!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY 42R 54H 4E v ACES 19R 38H 3E --  Canberra's offensive deluge in the first two games ensured them a very wide margin in the runs and hits columns as a 3-1 result was quite satisfactory for them. Melbourne's pitching has been inconsistent so far this season and will need to hang tough for them to be contenders as this season wears on.

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 7 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

CANBERRA

1 0 0 1 2 6 0 7 X 17 20 0
REPORT:  A week can be a very long time in sport and, quite clearly, this is also so in our game of baseball. Last weekend the Melbourne Aces throttled the mighty offence of the Brisbane Bandits for just three runs over three games and No.1 starter Mark Hamburger pitched a magnificent complete game shutout in Game 1. Six days later the Cavalry have pounded Hamburger and the Aces to the tune of 17 runs from 20 hits at Narrabundah. Like the phantom train coming out of nowhere, the Aces definitely didn't see this coming when they trailed only 1-2 after four completed frames. Both teams had scrambled a run before Jay Baum gave a preview of the fireworks to follow with his solo homer in the bottom of the fourth. The dam walls began to creak for Hamburger when Gabriel Arias launched the first of his two home runs for a two-run shot in the fifth. Darryl George tried to answer with a leadoff bomb for Melbourne in the top of the sixth, but Canberra was just about to blow out a 4-2 lead with 13 more runs over the next three batting innings. Hamburger had two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Canberra decided to withdraw the welcome mat from their unwelcome guests. Robbie Perkins, Kyle Perkins and Gabriel Arias all went deep to chase Hamburger and the flood gates were officially opened. Casey McElroy joined the long ball party during a seven-run eighth as the white towel was thrown into the ring and Canberra batted through their lineup card. In the end, every batter on Canberra's card enjoyed a hit and only David Kandilas had fewer than two - seven different batters drove in runs. It was a great night for the Cavalry offence that somewhat overshadowed another fine start from stalwart import Brian Grening who breezed through eight innings with plenty of run support.
The Melbourne Aces must now hope that they haven't ignited Canberra's offence for the rest of this series.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,1-0)  8.0ip 8h 2r 2er 0bb 5k;
Stephen JANAS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Gabriel ARIAS 3-5 (2HR-3RBI); Jay BAUM 4-5 (2D-HR-RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Kyle PERKINS 2-5 (HR-4RBI);
Buddy REED 2-4 (T); Casey McELROY 2-5 (HR-3RBI);
Cameron WARNER 2-5 (RBI); Connor PANAS 2-5 (D);
David KANDILAS 1-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L1-2)  5.2ip 9h 9r 8er 1bb 3k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  1.1ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 8h 7r 7er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jarryd DALE 3-5; Darryl GEORGE 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Ryan DALE 1-4;
Delmon YOUNG 1-3; Tyler NESLONY 1-4; Liam BEDFORD 1-4;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 8 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

CANBERRA

5 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 X 14 15 1
REPORT:  To have a complete lineup contributing to the offence is any baseball manager's dream and that is what Michael Collins has with the Canberra Cavalry team at the moment. For the second straight game every player delivered at least one safe hit as they poured some salt into the gaping wounds of the visiting Melbourne Aces. The Aces would have been tossing and turning in bed overnight with nightmares of Canberra's scoring barrage at the end of Game 1, but when they woke up today they found that the nightmare was still a reality.
When Canberra led 12-0 after three innings tonight, they had scored 25 runs over their last six batting innings against the hapless Aces who rolled into town as equal ladder leaders on the back of a 3-0 sweep of Brisbane. Melbourne again handed the ball to 38yo Korean Hei Chun Lee who made 29 relief appearances for Adelaide before, surprisingly, making his second start for the Aces tonight. To put it bluntly, he was shelled through one painful inning, as was Christian Meister who took over on the bump with Canberra already in full flow. The only semblance of decent news for Melbourne was that the avalanche of runs finally subsided when Jackson Boyd took over to do a very solid relief job. Meanwhile, Cavalry starter Lake Bachar was cruising through six effective innings with the safety net of a huge lead in hand. The only damage inflicted on Bachar was in the top of the fourth when new Aces import Tyler Neslony went deep with a two-run shot, but that was answered by red hot Gabriel Arias who launched his third long ball in two games for a pair in the seventh. Local star Robbie Perkins stood out for Canberra with three hits, yet he was not one of the seven on his team to drive in runs. It's all Canberra so far!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR (W,3-0)  6.0ip 7h 2r 2er 1bb 7k;
Thomas HOLLAND  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 3bb 0k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Robbie PERKINS 3-4; Gabriel ARIAS 2-5 (D-HR-2RBI);
David KANDILAS 2-5 (D-RBI); Buddy REED 2-6;
Casey McELROY 1-1; Kyle PERKINS 1-1 (D-2RBI);
Connor PANAS 1-3 (RBI); Jay BAUM 1-3 (RBI);

Cameron WARNER 1-4 (4RBI)
; Jake AMOS 1-5 (2RBI)

PITCHING:

Hei Chun LEE (L,0-1)  1.0ip 5h 5r 5er 0bb 0k;
Christian MEISTER  1.1ip 7h 7r 4er 3bb 1k;
Jackson BOYD  4.2ip 3h 2r 2er 3bb 7k;
Jack ENCIONDO  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tyler NESLONY 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Delmon YOUNG 2-5;
Liam BEDFORD 1-2 (D); Ryan DALE 1-4; Darryl GEORGE 1-4;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4; Brett CUMBERLAND 1-5

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 9 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 2 10 13 1

CANBERRA

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 2
REPORT:  Canberra has been unhospitable to the travelling Melbourne Aces this weekend with some big "crooked number" innings, yet the Aces returned serve tonight with a seven-run fourth as a dose of their own medicine. Import Tyler Neslony drove in a run in the top of the first before the Cavalry hit back quickly for two in the bottom half. Melbourne's Kona Takahashi settled well after that to navigate six quality innings and he really deserved his first ABL win when the offence clicked into gear. Brett Cumberland led off the inning with a home run to tie it up, ahead of a long an untidy inning that saw Canberra manager Michael Collins and starter Steve Kent both ejected. When the dust had settled, 13 Aces had visited the batter's box and seven huge runs were added to the top of the line score. The game then rolled forward without incident until the teams exchanged two run apiece in the ninth inning. Steve Kent was on the hook for his third loss of the campaign while Melbourne's Takahashi has been a lot better than his 1-2 record might suggest this season. It was a win that the Aces badly needed to halt the massive momentum that the Cavs carried through the first two home games here at Narrabundah.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (L,1-3)  3.1ip 8h 8r 2er 2bb 1k;
Stephen JANAS  2.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 4k;
Sean GUINARD  3.0ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Connor PANAS 3-5 (D); Cameron WARNER 2-3; Kyle PERKINS 1-3;
David KANDILAS 1-4; Robbie PERKINS 1-4; Jay BAUM 1-5 (2RBI);
Buddy REED 1-5; Boss MOANAROA 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Kona TAKAHASHI (W,1-2)  6.0ip 7h 2r 2er 1bb 7k;
Scott SHUMAN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 2-2 (HR-RBI); Delmon YOUNG 2-5 (D-2RBI);
Darryl GEORGE 2-5 (D-RBI); Tyler NESLONY 2-4 (RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 2-2; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3;
Jarryd DALE 1-5 (RBI); Ryan DALE 1-5 (2RBI);
Nicholas ROSSELL 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 9 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 7 0

CANBERRA

2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 X 7 9 1
REPORT:  A terrific start from Frank Gailey was almost tossed away by Canberra's bullpen late in this series finale until the Cavalry finally pulled it out of the fire. Gailey hurled six scoreless innings to keep the Aces offence dormant and it really did appear that the hosts were in cruise mode with a 5-0 lead heading into the final two frames. Former pro David Kandilas rocked Melbourne starter Jon Kennedy in the bottom of the first with his two-run "jack" and he was to do further damage when it really counted at the end of the game. That 2-0 lead stayed unchanged until the sixth when Robbie Perkins drove in a third run for the Cavs. An unusually untidy Josh Tols was having trouble calibrating his radar today and he walked across another pair in the seventh to give the hosts a strong 5-0 cushion. However, the worm turned dramatically in the top of the eighth when Tayler Saucedo took the ball for Canberra and a leadoff walk was followed by a defensive error. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Darryl George delivered a RBI single and former major leaguer Delmon Young silenced home fans with a booming GRAND SLAM homer over left that suddenly tied the game. The Aces couldn't get their nose in front when Michael Click took over to claim his third win of the season. This was delivered to him when David Kandilas came through with a clutch, two out, two RBI double in the bottom of the eighth that secured the victory. A one-time No.1 overall US draft selection, Melbourne's Delmon Young seems to be settling into our ABL with his big three-hit game today. Kandilas was the hero at the death, but don't forget Frank Gailey!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY  6.0ip 4h 0r 0er 3bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  0.1ip 3h 5r 4er 1bb 1k;
Michael CLICK (W,3-0)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 2-4 (D-HR-4RBI); Gabriel ARIAS 2-3 (D);
Buddy REED 2-4; Kyle PERKINS 1-3; Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (RBI);
Jay BAUM 1-3; Connor PANAS 0-4 (RBI); Boss MOANAROA 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  3.0ip 3h 2r 2er 3bb 2k;
Daniel McGRATH  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Josh TOLS (L,2-1)  3.0ip 6h 5r 5er 5bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 3-4 (HR-4RBI); Brett CUMBERLAND 1-3;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3; Darryl GEORGE 1-5 (RBI);
Jarryd DALE 1-5

SERIES STARS:  Local star Robbie Perkins matched imports Arias, Baum and Reed with seven hits for Canberra, while brother Kyle Perkins topped their run producers with six RBIs. Gabriel Arias was on fire early in the series with two doubles, three homers and five driven in.
Major league slugger Delmon Young is really coming alive for the Aces with eight hits and six RBIs to headline their offence. All four winning starters were worthy of mention among the pitchers with Grening, Bachar and Gailey anchoring the Cavalry to wins, while Kona Takahashi eared his first win for the Melbourne Aces.

  10 DEC 2017 - BRISBANE STREAKS TO 4-0 SWEEP v SYDNEY AT HOLLOWAY!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS 37R 37H 4E v BLUE SOX 23R 43H 1E --  Brisbane's home run power was never more evident than in this series where they swept the Sydney Blue Sox while trailing the hits count 37-43. In fact, the Bandits had an equal number of runs as hits - they mashed 16 long balls over the four games! At least Sydney did not beat themselves with just one error for the series.

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 8 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

BRISBANE

1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 X 6 9 2
REPORT:  The defending Champion Brisbane Bandits could claim to have the best home-grown talent in the ABL, yet they turned to their import players to supply most of the offence in  6-2 home victory over Sydney at Holloway tonight. Recent major leaguer Donald Lutz was first to leave the yard with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, followed by Chih-Sheng Lin and T.J Bennett who both homered in a five-run third. Those runs consigned Blue Sox starter Trevor Foss to his second loss while Ryan Bollinger earned the win for the Bandits. Bollinger struck out ten over his six frames as Brisbane's pitching punched out 15 Sydney batters for the night. The Blue Sox managed to score a couple thanks to the consistent bat of Chih-Hsien Chiang who now has 13 RBIs for the season as a terrific acquisition for them.
No doubt the Bandits enjoyed being home in the "cosy confines" of Holloway Field where the long ball served them well tonight.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (W,1-1)  6.0ip 8h 2r 2er 0bb 10k;
Hung-Wen CHEN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Chiu PIN-JUI  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 1-3 (HR-3RBI);
T.J BENNETT 2-3 (D-HR-RBI); Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3;
Logan WADE 1-3; David SUTHERLAND 1-3; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (L,1-2)  5.0ip 8h 6r 6er 3bb 4k;
Matthew RAE  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-3 (D-2RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 2-4 (D);
Max BRENNEN 1-3; Lars ANDERSON 1-4 (D); Jin-De JHANG 1-4;
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-5

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 9 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 4 0 0     4  10 0

BRISBANE

2 3 0 0 0 0 X     5 7 1
REPORT:  After Brisbane sprinted out to a 5-0 lead, the afternoon game became very tight toward the end of the seven scheduled innings as dark rain clouds threatened and the rain eventually arrived. Into his 19th AMLB season, Sydney's Craig Anderson had an unusually rocky start to this one but, as ever, he found a way to ride through to give his team a chance to rally. He is not often the most demonstrative pitcher, yet it was evident that he was less pleased with the adjudication of the strike zone, especially the outside edges of the zone where he loves to live. Home runs from Chih-Sheng Lin and Wade Dutton helped get the Bandits off to a flier with the wind blowing out at Holloway and five runs from the first two frames looked ominous for the visitors. Brisbane starter Pat Young had put up four zeroes before the tone of the game changed when he departed for the top of the fifth. When new Blue Sox import Lars Anderson "went yard" with his two-run shot, the lead had dwindled to just one run and the Bandits needed Matt Timms to get Chiu Pin-Jui out of the jam. While Craig Anderson went the distance, Sydney couldn't quite muster another run as Hung-Wen Chen and Ryan Searle locked away the matinee victory.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Pat YOUNG  4.0ip 3h 0r 0er 1bb 5k;
Chiu PIN-JUI  0.2ip 5h 4r 4er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS (W,1-0)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Hung-Wen CHEN (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,3)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 3-3 (2HR-3RBI); Wade DUTTON 1-2 (HR-2RBI);
Mitch NILSSON 1-3; Donald LUTZ 1-3; T.J BENNETT 1-3;

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,0-3)  6.0ip 7h 5r 5er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Lars ANDERSON 3-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-4 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 2-3 (RBI); Jin-De JHANG 1-3; Alex HOWE 1-3;
Max BRENNEN 1-3

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 9 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

1 2 2 0 0 0 X     5 9 0

BRISBANE

1 0 1 4 2 3 X     11 11 0
REPORT:  Former major league lefty Travis Blackley hardly needs much help to win baseball games, yet he had to call upon a late offensive power surge to record his second "W' tonight. With rain intervening between the games on this double header Saturday, the start to this one was delayed and only six innings could be played. In that context, Sydney's early 5-1 lead looked hard to overturn until Blue Sox starter Clayton Freimuth started to wobble while Blackley ploughed on to complete the six inning task with nine punch outs. Sydney's Trent D'Antonio led off the game with a home run to give the 'B-Sox' the early momentum, but it was former major leaguer Donald Lutz who put all other hitters in the shade tonight with his 3-3 game that ended early, leaving him just a single shy of "hitting for the cycle". He doubled, tripled and homered for four RBIs as a one man wrecking crew. After Sydney had enjoyed that 5-1 lead in the top of the third, Brisbane rallied to plate ten runs over the next four innings, failing to score in only the second stanza. Logan Wade, David Sutherland and Ryan Battaglia joined Lutz on the long ball honour roll as the Bandits plundered the Blue Sox pitchers tonight. The Bandits romp to 3-0!

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,2-0)  6.0ip 9h 5r 4er 1bb 9k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 3-3 (D-T-HR-4RBI); Logan WADE 2-4 (HR-3RBI);
David SUTHERLAND 2-3 (D-HR-2RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 1-3 (RBI); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-3

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH  3.1ip 6h 5r 5er 3bb 8k;
Chang-Sung KO (L,0-1)  1.2ip 4h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 1h 3r 3er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Trent D'ANTONIO 2-3 (HR-RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 2-2 (D); Alex HOWE 2-3 (D-RBI);
Michael SUCHY 1-3 (D); Max BRENNEN 1-3

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 4 - 10 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 2 0 0 3 0 5 1 0 1 12 16 0

BRISBANE

0 0 1 3 0 3 2 0 2 4 15 10 1
REPORT:  You might say it was somewhat fitting that such a "wild" baseball game should end in wild fashion with a walkoff Grand Slam homer under tie-breaker rules in the tenth inning. Not for the first time, Brisbane's Holloway Field was "playing small" on a balmy day in the northern capital as the teams combined for eight home runs. The power laden Bandits used six dingers to counteract Sydney's handy advantage of 16-10 for hits. Veteran utility Wade Dutton was the man with the big bat at the end with the second of his long balls producing the winner and four of his six runs batted in. Another Brisbane baseball stalwart, David Sutherland, also went deep twice for four RBIs while the other two Bandits' homers came from Mitch Nilsson and T.J Bennett. Connor MacDonald and Michael Suchy were the home run men for the Blue Sox, with MacDonald batting 3-4 and prolific import Chih-Hsien Chiang batting a mighty 4-5. Suffice to say that it wasn't a great day to be pitching the ball until Ryan Searle put on a clinic of closing to record the win. The brooms were coming out of the closets as Wade Dutton's "Salami" sailed over the right field fence in the bottom of the tenth, 200 minutes after this game started.

BRISBANE BANDITS

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.0ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 3h 3r 1er 1bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Hung-Wen CHEN (BS,1)  0.1ip 6h 5r 5er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (W,1-1)  2.0ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 2-5 (2HR-6RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4;
David SUTHERLAND 2-4 (2HR-4RBI); T.J BENNETT 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 1-4 (RBI);
Logan WADE 1-4

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS  5.1ip 5h 6r 6er 4bb 4k;
Todd GRATTAN (BS,1)  1.2ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHUELLER (BS,1)(L,0-2)  1.1ip 2h 6r 4er 3bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 4-5; Connor MacDONALD 3-4 (HR-4RBI);
Jin-De JHANG 3-5 (D-RBI); Max BRENNEN 3-5 (2D-2RBI);
Michael SUCHY 2-3 (D-HR-3RBI); Alex HOWE 1-5 (D-RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 0-5 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  With balls flying out of Holloway this weekend, three Bandits feasted on three homers each - Wade Dutton (8RBIs), Chih-Sheng Lin (7RBIs) and David Sutherland (6RBIs) - However, maybe all of them were overshadowed by former major league slugger Donald Lutz who boasted a team high six hits with two doubles, a triple and two homers for six RBIs. Outstanding import Chih-Hsien Chiang dominated for the Blue Sox again with nine hits and five RBIs. Brisbane's Game 1 starter Ryan Bollinger was my pick as pitching MVP with ten strike outs.

  10 DEC 2017 - PERTH STILL ON A ROLL 3-1 OVER ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT 33R 42H 4E v BITE 22R 30H 4E --  Perth's two decisive wins on the double header Saturday put a fair gap in the stats for hits and runs over this series that finished with the Heat just half a game out of first place on the table after a miserable 2017 season. Adelaide is now anchored at the foot of the table with a fair bit of work to do to get back into contention.

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 8 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 8 0

PERTH

1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 6 11 1
REPORT:  For those of us on the east coast who followed this game through, it was getting very late but well worth it as a tantalising contest unfolded with a dramatic conclusion. Although Perth celebrated a walk-off winner in the bottom of the ninth, we still had to feel some sympathy for Heat starter Alex Boshers who richly deserved the win after pitching seven superb innings and the only runs against his name were unearned. That win finally fell to former pro Scott Mitchinson who grabbed his third win to go along with a blown save. The offensive star of the game was Perth's leadoff batter Jake Fraley who launched a solo shot in the bottom of the first on a three-hit night for him.
The Bite went ahead with two runs that scored on a throwing error in the top of the fourth before Perth squared it up again with one in the home half of the same inning. Perth made a decisive move in the bottom of the seventh when a long inning reaped three big runs against Adelaide's bullpen and it felt like they could ride home on that. However, the visitors had one last bite of the cherry in the top of the ninth when young slugger Jordan McArdle clocked a huge, two out, three-run "jack" over right centre to tie it all up. Recent Milwaukee Brewers' signing, Jesse Williams, came to the fore in the bottom of the ninth with a clutch leadoff double and he went on to score the winning run on Michael Brosseau's RBI single. As we said at the outset, the dramatic conclusion was well worth the wait after an exciting game.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS  7.0ip 5h 2r 0er 0bb 8k;
Scott MITCHINSON (BS,1)(W,3-0)  2.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 3-5 (HR-2RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Michael BROSSEAU 2-5 (RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 1-2 (RBI);
Zacrey LAW 1-3 (D); Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (RBI);
Jake TURNBULL 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL  6.0ip 6h 4r 4er 1bb 3k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  0.1ip 0h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  0.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL (L,0-1)  1.2ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jordan McARDLE 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Rodrigo AYARZA 2-4;
Stephen LOHR 2-4; Tai-San CHANG 1-4 (D); Darius DAY 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 9 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

5 0 0 0 0 0 0     5 8 1

PERTH

7 0 3 0 1 0 X     11 10 0
REPORT:  There have been some big innings and flying starts in ABL games recently, but few could match the see-saw start to this one at Thornlie where Adelaide opened with a "five spot", only to see Perth trump them with seven in the very first inning!
The Saturday matinee game was torrid for rival starting pitchers Max Beatty and Kyle Simon before Perth's offence secured a second win for Simon and a second loss for Beatty. The Bite batted around in the top of the first for five runs as they kept the wheel turning, whereas the Heat turned on the power in the home half of the frame. Luke Hughes and Garrett Whitley both went deep with two-run shots to quickly erase any joy for Adelaide fans who found no more scoring action in this game. The Heat took complete control with three more runs in the bottom of the third and then plated one more in the fifth to put a wide gap on the scoreboard. Perth continues to roll this season.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (W,1-2)  6.0ip 8h 5r 5er 3bb 3k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-2 (HR-2RBI); Tim KENNELLY 2-3 (RBI);
Jake FRALEY 2-4 (D); Garrett WHITLEY 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3 (D); Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4 (RBI);
Alex HALL 1-2 (RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 0-1 (2RBI)

PITCHING:

Max BEATTY (L,1-2)  0.2ip 6h 7r 4er 0bb 0k;
Jack O'LOUGHLIN  2.1ip 4h 3r 3er 4bb 5k;
Tim DAY  3.0ip 0h 1r 1er 3bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tai-San CHANG 2-3 (RBI); Jackson BREBNER-RUSS 1-1 (D-RBI);
Isaias QUIROZ 1-2 (RBI); Jorday McARDLE 1-3; Darius DAY 1-3;
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4 (D-RBI); Stephen LOHR 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 9 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

PERTH

0 0 6 0 0 4 0 1 X 11 14 0
REPORT:  The spate of big innings in ABL games recently continued at Thornlie tonight when the Perth Heat put up six in the bottom of the third to build a mountain for Adelaide to climb. Those runs pretty much secured a 3-0 season record for Perth starter Tom Bailey, while Adelaide's Greg Mosel slumped to 0-4 with an early shower. Brosseau, Whitley and Williams each delivered three knocks for the Heat who batted around in the third and ultimately out-hit their guests by the wide margin of 14-6. For all that, four walks and a one out single in the top of the sixth threatened Perth's advantage as the Bite narrowed it to 4-6. However, that brief optimism soon faded away when Bojarski and Whitely both tripled and Brosseau doubled in a four-run response to reclaim the original lead in the home half of the sixth. That was enough for Perth's bullpen to close out the victory with the unusual name of former pro catcher and 2017 Perth manager Matt Kennelly recording the save from his first ABL outing. The win maintains a seven game win streak for the Heat who are rolling!

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (W,3-0)  5.1ip 3h 4r 4er 5bb 5k;
Jake BOWEY (H,2)  0.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Matt KENNELLY (S,1)  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Garrett WHITLEY 3-4 (D-T-3RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 3-5 (D-2RBI);
Jesse WILLIAMS 3-4 (RBI); Jake TURNBULL 2-3;
Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-4 (T); Jake FRALEY 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Alex HALL 0-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,0-4)  2.2ip 5h 6r 6er 3bb 1k;
Steven CHAMBERS  2.1ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  2.0ip 5h 4r 2er 1bb 0k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darius DAY 2-4; Stephen LOHR 1-3 (D); Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (RBI);
Connar O'GORMAN 1-4 (RBI); Bas NOOIJ 1-4;
Tai-San CHANG 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 4 - 10 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 0 8 8 2

PERTH

1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 5 7 3
REPORT:  The travelling Adelaide Bite took a much needed consolation win in Perth today on the back of some sturdy pitching from Matt Williams, Nick Hutchings and Loek Van Mil who didn't allow Perth to continue their momentum. Jake Fraley homered for Perth in the bottom of the first, but that was to be the only time that the hosts were in front after Jordan McArdle nailed a two-run bomb over left to cap a four-run top of the fourth. There was hope for a local sweep when Michael Brosseau's two-run homer helped the Heat to tie it up 5-5 after six innings, yet it proved to be Adelaide that had the final say. Connor O'Gorman hammered the fourth home run of the day to lead off the top of the seventh as the Bite took three big runs off losing pitcher Scott Mitchinson and provided a first win for Nick Hutchings. The way the game unfolded, it was a tough break for Heat starter Nick Veale whose five inning start saw him strike out eight and three of the four runs he allowed scored unearned... he was to be a forgotten man in the end. As we said, it was one that Adelaide badly needed.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  5.0ip 3h 4r 1er 1bb 8k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  0.2ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 0k;
Scott MITCHINSON (L,3-1)  1.0ip 4h 3r 3er 0bb 2k;
Cameron LAMB  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Garrett WHITLEY 2-3 (T); Jake FRALEY 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Michael BROSSEAU 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Matt KENNELLY 1-4;
Luke HUGHES 1-4

PITCHING:

Matt WILLIAMS  5.0ip 7h 5r 4er 2bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS (BS,2)(W,1-1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Loek Van MIL (S,1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Connar O'GORMAN 2-4 (HR-RBI); Stephen LOHR 2-4 (2RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (HR-3RBI); Tai-San CHANG 1-5 (2RBI);
Darius DAY 1-5 (D); Rodrigo AYARZA 1-5

SERIES STARS:  Star import Jake Fraley was huge for Perth in this series with eight hits, including two doubles, two homers and five RBIs. He just shaded fellow import Garrett Whitley who owned seven hits with a double, two triples, a homer and six driven in. To complete the input of imports for the Heat Michael Brosseau led them all with seven runs driven in. Stephen Lohn led the Bite for hits with six, but Jordan McArdle was their offensive star with five hits, two homers and seven RBIs. Perth's Game 1 starter Alex Boshers was my pick of the pitchers although, as I noted, Nick Veale was quite unfortunate in Game 4.