ABL 2018 - WEEK 6

  31 DEC 2017 - SYDNEY HAMMERS ACES IN FINALE FOR 2-2 AT HOME!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX  34R 48H 6E v ACES  31R 54H 9E --  These evenly matched teams had fairly close totals as you might expect from a squared series. The Aces out-hit the Sox 54-48, but the Blue Sox had a 34-31 edge for runs scored after their Game 4 blowout. The shared points from this series did little to help either team as they will continue to battle for playoff rights.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 28 DEC 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 5 9 5

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 6 1 2 X 9 14 1
REPORT:  With veteran former major leaguer Mark Hamburger dominating on the hill and a three-run homer from Tyler Neslony in the top of the sixth, business was very definitely looking up for the travelling Melbourne Aces, yet it all went pear-shaped rather rapidly! The 3-0 lead evaporated faster than an ice cube in a desert when an error to begin the bottom of the sixth helped to mount pressure on Hamburger who was heading toward the 100 pitch count. John Collins doubled in a brace, Jacob Younis singled in another and Taiwanese star Chih-Hsien Chiang clocked his seventh homer of the season for three RBIs to give Sydney a sudden 6-3 advantage. Neslony's homer had knocked out Blue Sox starter Chang-Sung Ko and this brought evergreen lefty Craig Anderson to the mound. He wasn't rock solid on this occasion, but he did enough to secure his first win of the campaign as Sydney surged on for four straight wins against the Aces. Jarryd Dale's RBI triple in the top of the seventh helped Melbourne to pull two back for a glimmer of hope before the Blue Sox added on over the last couple of frames for the reasonably comfortable home victory. Chiang, Fingleson and Brennen all recorded three hits to headline Sydney's offence, while it is hard to make a brief for Melbourne who coughed up five errors to victimise their pitching staff who allowed only two earned runs.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Chang-Sung KO  5.0ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 4k;
Craig ANDERSON (W,1-3)  2.1ip 5h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Calvin DRUMMOND (H,1)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHUELLER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 3-5 (D-HR-3RBI); Gavin FINGLESON 3-5 (D);
Max BRENNEN 3-4 (RBI); Lars ANDERSON 2-5 (D-RBI);
John COLLINS 1-3 (D-2RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-4 (RBI);
Michael SUCHY 1-5

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,2-3)  6.0ip 10h 6r 0er 1bb 5k;
Christian MEISTER  1.0ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 0k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  1.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 29 DEC 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

2 4 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 14 19 1

SYDNEY

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 7 7 1
REPORT:  On a night when Melbourne's former Perth Heat star Allan de San Miguel became the first to play 300 ABL games in the modern competition, the All Star catcher also helped to give himself a night to celebrate at Blacktown. 'de San' was one of three Aces to boast three hits as the visitors poured on 19 hits, eight extra base hits and four home runs to end a losing streak against the Blue Sox. After their disappointment last night, Melbourne flew out of the blocks like Usain Bolt tonight with ten runs from their first four frames while their starting pitcher Josh Tols had Sydney's offence pretty much under control. Tols struck out eight over his six innings of quality and only Connor MacDonald's solo homer in the bottom of the second blemished his record slightly. Meanwhile, the Aces were flying with long balls from Delmon Young, Michael Crouse and Brett Cumberland all contributing to that big 10-1 lead so early in the contest. Allan de San Miguel was the last to leave the yard with his two-run bomb in the top of the ninth as Melbourne had romped away 14-2. Only in the bottom of the ninth did the Aces show some belated generosity to their hosts when a spate of walks saw the 'B-Sox' add five consolation runs. This night belonged to de San Miguel for his landmark game, and to Josh Tols for his terrific start that was somewhat overshadowed.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,2-3)  2.0ip 8h 6r 6er 0bb 0k;
Kyle GLOGOSKI  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Matthew RAE  3.0ip 3h 3r 3er 5bb 5k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Liam HOLM  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Joshua GESSNER  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-3; Jacob YOUNIS 1-3 (D); Michael SUCHY 1-4;
Lars ANDERSON 1-3; Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Joshua STRONG 1-1 (D-2RBI); Nicholas ANDERSON-VINE 1-2 (RBI);
Max BRENNEN 0-2 (RBI); Daniel LEE 0-1 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS (W,3-2)  6.0ip 4h 1r 1er 2bb 8k;
Matt BEATTIE  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 1k;
Blake TOWNSEND  0.2ip 1h 5r 5er 6bb 2k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 3-5 (HR-2RBI); Jarryd DALE 3-5 (D-2RBI);
Michael CROUSE 3-5 (T-HR-2RBI); Delmon YOUNG 2-5 (HR-2RBI);
Darryl GEORGE 2-5 (D-RBI); Brett CUMBERLAND 2-6 (D-HR-RBI);
Jared CRUZ 2-3 (RBI); Tyler NESLONY 1-5 (2RBI);
Matthew ZABLAN 1-2

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 30 DEC 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 13 2

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 9 3
REPORT:  A pair of Atlanta Braves minor leaguers came to the fore for the Melbourne Aces to give them a 2-1 series lead at Blacktown tonight. Import catcher Brett Cumberland continued a strong season with 3-4 including a double and a home run for three RBIs. His first inning double drove in a couple in a three-run inning that put Sydney starter Todd Grattan on the back foot. Tall Aussie left-hander Jon Kennedy is also an emerging pro with the Braves and he came through with an impressive start for the Aces while rolling nine ground balls in a mature performance. Kennedy allowed just one first inning run from his five inning effort, followed by reliever Jackson Boyd who was also impressive with two scoreless frames. After Cumberland went deep in the top of the third and Melbourne tacked on again in the fourth and eighth, they led handily 6-1 with just six outs to secure. However, Scott Shuman got the wobbles after getting two swift outs in the bottom of the eighth, followed by a hit batter and a two out walk. The Blue Sox pulled back three in the eighth and one more in the ninth to close within just one and they still had the bases loaded with just the one out. Former major league pitcher Matt Marksberry had replaced Shuman and, after walking the one run across, he sealed the deal for Melbourne with two strike outs to collect a big save.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Todd GRATTAN (L,0-1)  5.0ip 7h 5r 4er 2bb 3k;
Craig ANDERSON  4.0ip 6h 1r 1er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4 (3RBI); Max BRENNEN 2-4;
Jacob YOUNIS 1-2; Gavin FINGLESON 1-1; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3;
Michael CAMPBELL 1-4; Michael SUCHY 1-4; Lars ANDERSON 1-5

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (W,1-0)  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 2k;
Jackson BOYD  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 4k;
Scott SHUMAN  1.1ip 6h 4r 3er 1bb 3k;
Matt MARKSBERRY (S,1)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 3-4 (D-HR-3RBI); Darryl GEORGE 2-4 (RBI);
Delmon YOUNG 2-5 (RBI); Tyler NESLONY 2-5; Jared CRUZ 1-4;
Michael CROUSE 1-4; Ryan DALE 1-5; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-5

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 4 - 31 DEC 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 13 1

SYDNEY

1 1 1 5 4 1 0 0 X 13 18 1
REPORT:  New Years eve celebrations began early in Sydney tonight when the Blue Sox blasted the Melbourne Aces out of the water with runs in each of their first six innings, 18 hits for the night and eleven different players hitting safely. It is not new for the Aces to feel some pain after the departure of their Japanese imports and their pitching depth simply didn't give them a chance to compete in this no-contest.
While Clayton Freimuth was doing a stout job for the hosts with six strong innings for his third win of the season, Melbourne could not a find a plug to stem the flow of runs. Even allowing for the fact that it was his first outing for this ABL season, Melbourne's former major league veteran Virgil Vasquez was not a shadow of the dominant star he was with Perth and Adelaide from 2012 to 2015. It is now eight long years since Virgil pitched in the big leagues and at 35yo it is fair for him to have lost something, even though we would not write him off just yet.
Leading the offensive barrage for Sydney was Pittsburgh Pirates' minor leaguer Michael Suchy who pummelled two doubles and a home run for three RBIs as the 'B-Sox' kept the pedal to the metal until the Aces threw in the towel. Darryl George delivered four hits for the Aces who had 13 hits of their own but, as I said, their pitching did not give them a chance to compete in this series finale.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (W,3-0)  6.0ip 7h 2r 2er 0bb 7k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 3-5 (2D-HR-3RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-5 (D-3RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 2-3 (D-RBI); Connor MacDONALD 2-3 (2D);
Max BRENNEN 2-6 (D-4RBI); Mitchell EDWARDS 2-4;
Joshua STRONG 1-2 (D-RBI); Alex HOWE 1-2; Lars ANDERSON 1-4;
Michael CAMPBELL 1-5; Nicholas ANDERSON-VINE 1-1

PITCHING:

Virgil VASQUEZ (L,0-1)  3.1ip 7h 4r 4er 0bb 2k;
Christian MEISTER  0.1ip 2h 4r 4er 2bb 1k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  1.1ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 2k;
Matt BEATTIE  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 2bb 0k;
Blake TOWNSEND  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 4-5; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Jarryd DALE 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Michael CROUSE 2-4 (D-RBI); 

Brett CUMBERLAND 1-4; Tyler NESLONY 1-4 (RBI);
Matthew ZABLAN 1-2

SERIES STARS:  The Sydney Blue Sox had 15 different safe hitters across this home series, with 11 of those owning at least two. Max Brennen and Chih-Hsien Chiang led the way with seven hits and Chiang led the RBI count with nine. Melbourne stalwart Darryl George boasted ten hits, followed by Allan de San Miguel with seven. Import Tyler Neslony led the Aces with six RBIs, to edge teenager Jarryd Dale who owned two doubles, a triple and a home run for five driven in.
Winning starters Josh Tols and Jon Kennedy were terrific for Melbourne, as was Sydney's Game 4 winner Clayton Freimuth.

  31 DEC 2017 - BRISBANE & ADELAIDE SHARE THE SPOILS AT HOLLOWAY!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS  30R 36H 2E v BITE  16R 33H 3E -- From this shared series it was evident that Brisbane made better use of their opportunities with almost double the number of total runs from virtually the same number of hits - both teams nailed ten home runs.
The tied series didn't really help Adelaide much, but it could have been worse. Brisbane did enough to stay on top of the table.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 29 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 1 2 6 2 0 X 11 14 0
REPORT:  When ballparks are regularly described as "cosy confines", few of them are actually quite as cosy as Brisbane's Holloway Field that surrendered another six long balls tonight. Once again the Adelaide Bite got off to a decent start when Bandits' starter Pat Young struggled for control, but their pitching just doesn't seem to be able to tame Brisbane's offence that finally exploded for 14 runs from eleven hits when they piled on the pain as the game rolled on. The first home run from Angus Roeger had the Bite ahead in the top of the second before Brisbane squared it up in the bottom of the fourth. Rodrigo Ayarza put Adelaide back on top with his home run in the top of the next, but it proved to be a brief moment of comfort when Brisbane hammered home ten runs over their next three innings. T.J Bennett, who dined out with a four-hit game, went deep, along with Adam Weisenburger as part of a six-run sixth to effectively kill off the contest. Andrew Campbell supplied another two-run "jack" as one of his three hits in the seventh as the Bandits feasted on a 14-6 advantage for hits.
Young Adelaide slugger Jordan McArdle was the last to "go yard" with his solo shot in the eighth when the game was already out of reach.
Winning pitcher was Brisbane reliever Zac Treece who struck out five from his two frames for his third "W" of the season.

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Pat YOUNG  4.0ip 1h 1r 1er 5bb 3k;
Zac TREECE (W,3-1)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 5k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Ryan IHLE  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

T.J BENNETT 4-5 (HR-RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 3-5 (D-HR-3RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 2-4 (D-HR-3RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-4 (D);
Donald LUTZ 1-2 (2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-1; Kenshi SUGIYA 1-4;
Wade DUTTON 1-4 (RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 0-1 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,1-5)  5.0ip 4h 3r 3er 3bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  0.1ip 4h 4r 4er 0bb 0k;
Tim DAY  2.2ip 6h 4r 3er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5 (HR-RBI); Curtis MEAD 1-2;
Angus ROEGER 1-3 (HR-RBI); Tai-San CHANG 1-3;
Jordan McARDLE 1-4 (HR-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 30 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

2 1 0 0 3 0 0     6 10 0

BRISBANE

0 0 4 0 1 0 0     5 9 1
REPORT:  The Adelaide Bite have found it difficult to hold leads against the defending Champion Bandits in recent times, yet they found a way to hang on for a tight victory, thanks to some fine pitching by Jack O'Loughlin and Loek van Mil. On a warm afternoon at Holloway, the Bite were again first on the board when they cashed in a couple against Brisbane starter Tim Atherton, then they added another when catcher Isiais Quiroz led off the top of the second with a homer. Unfortunately, that old "war horse" Matt Williams, with the beard to be feared, could not preserve the advantage that vanished quickly in the bottom of the third when Chih-Sheng Lin rifled a three-run blast over right centre to tie it all up. By the time the third inning concluded Brisbane had wrested the lead 4-3. However, instead of Brisbane running away with another victory, it was Adelaide who jumped back ahead with a three-run shot from Tai-San Chang in the top of the fifth. Brisbane fired one last shot across Adelaide's bows when T.J Bennett went deep for the seventh time this season in the bottom of the fifth, but Adelaide was able to cling on by the odd run in a seven inning matinee today. Giant reliever Loek van Mil was absolutely dominant at the pointy end with six strike outs from his 2.1 innings to take the game MVP, while Curtis Mead and Stephen Lohr both owned three hits.

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON  2.0ip 4h 3r 2er 0bb 2k;
Justin ERASMUS (L,0-2)  3.0ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 1-4 (HR-3RBI); T.J BENNETT 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Wade DUTTON 2-3 (RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-2;

Logan WADE 1-2 (T); Andrew CAMPBELL 1-4; Kenshi SUGIYA 1-4

PITCHING:

Matt WILLIAMS  2.2ip 7h 4r 4er 2bb 5k;
Jack O'LOUGHLIN (W,1-1)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 3k;
Loek Van MIL (S,2)  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 6k

OFFENCE:

Tai-San CHANG 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Curtis MEAD 3-4;
Stephen LOHR 3-4; Isaias QUIROZ 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4; Angur ROEGER 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 30 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7 2

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 2 4 4 1 X 11 9 1
REPORT:  After dropping the early game of this double header, the Brisbane Bandits hit back hard to brush aside the visiting Bite at home tonight. Former major league lefty Travis Blackley was in cruise control through five shutout innings before new Adelaide import Kuan-Jen Chen knocked him for a solo homer in his sixth and final inning. Blackley struck out seven to lead his bullpen team mates into a combined effort of 14 punch outs for the night. It also took the Bandits a while to solve Bite starter Chris Powell who kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when he unravelled to allow two runs from an untidy frame. Rodrigo Ayarza "went yard" to score Adelaide's other run while Brisbane bolted off into the distance with a double-digit score in the end. Kenshi Sugiya, Wade Dutton and Adam Weisenburger all left the paddock as Adelaide's pitching simply couldn't contain the relentless offence. To put an exclamation mark on the game for home fans, star closer Ryan Searle fanned all three Bite hitters in the top of the ninth to cap a comprehensive win and a 2-1 series lead.

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,3-1)  6.0ip 6h 1r 1er 3bb 7k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Adam WEISENBURGER 2-2 (HR-2RBI); Kenshi SUGIYA 2-5 (HR-3RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
T.J BENNETT 2-4 (RBI);
Jay MYERS 1-1; Andrew CAMPBELL 1-5; Logan WADE 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (L,1-4)  4.2ip 4h 2r 2er 3bb 6k;
Steven CHAMBERS  0.2ip 0h 2r 0er 2bb 0k;
Wilson LEE  1.0ip 3h 6r 5er 2bb 0k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darius DAY 2-3; Bas NOOIJ 1-2; Rodrigo AYARZA 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Kuan-Jen CHEN 1-4 (HR-RBI); Tai-San CHANG 1-4;
Jordan McARDLE 1-4

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 31 DEC 2017 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 0
REPORT:  What a New Year's gift the Adelaide Bite received when Japanese pitcher Ryo Koura arrived to replace Max Beatty for this post-Christmas series. Few players, if any, have enjoyed such a stunning ABL debut as Koura who mesmerised the mighty Bandits' lineup with twelve big punch outs to highlight his seven brilliant innings. Yet, for all his dominance, Adelaide led narrowly 3-2 when he left the bump and ten of their own batters were struck out by Brisbane's pitching that was also quite solid. To temporarily halt the momentum of Koura, former major league slugger Donald Lutz took him deep as Brisbane went ahead 2-0 after four innings. Bandits' starter Hung-Wen Chen had also looked in control until Darius Day and Rodrigo Ayarza crunched back-to-back homers to tie it up in the top of the fifth. Angus Roeger drove in a go-ahead run in the sixth to give the Bite a lead it did not surrender. Tai-Shan Chang and Adam Weisenburger exchanged long balls in the eighth inning, but Loek Van Mil locked down the save to secure a series split. We have noted over these successive series that the Adelaide Bite had not been able to quell Brisbane's offence, but they found the answer tonight with Ryo Koura who helped to limit their hosts to just four hits for the night... what a debut!

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Hung-Wen CHEN (L,1-1)  5.2ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 6k;
Zac TREECE  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE  3.0ip 5h 2r 2er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 2-4; Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-4 (HR-2RBI);

PITCHING:

Ryo KOURA (W,1-0)  7.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 12k;
Loek Van MIL (S,3)  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 3-5 (D-HR-RBI); Kuan-Jen CHEN 2-4;
Tai-San CHANG 1-3 (HR-RBI); Darius DAY 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Angus ROEGER 1-4 (RBI); Bas NOOIJ 1-4; Stephen LOHR 1-4;
Curtis MEAD 0-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  One player from each team nailed three home runs in this series - Brisbane's Adam Weisenburger and Adelaide's Rodrigo Ayarza. Productive import T.J Bennett led the Bandits with eight hits (two home runs) while Weisenburger was their top run producer with six. Ayarza led the Bite with seven safe hits while Tai-San Chang had most RBIs with four from five hits and two long balls.
The best pitching in this series came at the end with Travis Blackley starring for Brisbane in Game 3 and debutant Ryo Koura pitching a stunning start for Adelaide in Game 4.

  31 DEC 2017 - PERTH POUNDS CAVS IN FINALE FOR 3-1 SERIES WIN!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT  50R 49H 2E v CAVALRY  25R 43H 8E --  Obviously the number totals for this series will be distorted by Perth's record breaking blowout in Game 4, yet it is still worth noting that the gap in hits was not really significant. What had been a hard fought series descended into quite a farce in Game 4 and this cannot be really good for the ABL in general.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 29 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 11 0

PERTH

0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 1
REPORT:  Baseball addicts on the east coast had to wait up late to follow by far the most compelling ABL contest of the night as the travelling Cavalry just outlasted their hosts in Perth after a mighty arm wrestle. A tough pitching duel saw Canberra veteran Brian Grening just shade Perth's Alex Boshers for his second win of the campaign. Grening struck out six across his six innings, while the Heat fanned twelve Cavalry hitters in a strong combined effort that fell just short. Among them was long-serving catcher / uility hitter and 2017 manager Matt Kennelly who is making a good fist of pitching with six strike outs featuring from his three relief innings. Quality import Jay Baum got Canberra moving with the first of his three hits being a RBI double in the top of the first. Perth responded in the bottom of the second when Garrett Whitley led off the inning with a solo laser shot over left. The teams then traded runs in the third inning to have the game deadlocked at 2-2 and the battle lines had been drawn for a real tug-of-war. Canberra scampered a go-ahead run from a wild pitch in the top of the sixth while the pitching was making life difficult for hitters on both teams. The Cavalry scored a decisive run in the top of the ninth when Jay Baum drove in his third and they needed the insurance when Perth rallied to fall just one short in the bottom of the ninth.
Canberra closer Michael Click struck out the last two Heat batters to earn his second save of the season. While the Cavalry celebrated an exciting win, we spare a thought for Perth stalwart Tim Kennelly who could do little more than deliver four hits in the losing cause.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS (L,1-3)  5.0ip 8h 3r 3er 1bb 5k;
Matt KENNELLY  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 6k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 4-5 (D); Garrett WHITLEY 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3; Michael BROSSEAU 1-4 (D); Alex HALL 1-4;
Jesse WILLIAMS 1-3 (RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,2-0)  6.0ip 5h 2r 2er 1bb 6k;
Dan LIETZ (H,4)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Tayler SAUCEDO (H,1)  1.0ip 2h 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Michael CLICK (S,2)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 3-5 (D-3RBI); David KANDILAS 3-4 (D); Buddy REED 2-5;
Kyle PERKINS 1-3; Cameron WARNER 1-4; Casey McELROY 1-5

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 30 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 1 0 0 0 0     2 5 0

PERTH

0 1 0 0 3 1 X     5 4 0
REPORT:  On a hot afternoon in Perth, the Heat levelled this home series on the back of a "wildly effective" start from Kyle Simon who claimed his third win of the season. Simon mixed five walks with six punch outs to keep Canberra's offence off balance through six innings before handing over the save to Dylan Thompson. In the seven inning matinee game of a double header Saturday, the amazingly consistent Jay Baum drove in a run for the Cavalry in the top of the first before Perth answered with Alex Hall's long ball in the bottom of the second. Canberra was back on top after scoring one more in the top of the third, but we had to wait until the bottom of the fifth for the decisive move. Jake Turnbull had come into the game for Perth in the bottom of the third when import Jake Fraley was ejected and, perhaps ironically, it was he who delivered the crushing blow with his three-run "jack" that pretty much won the game in the fifth.
No doubt the long balls hurt Canberra starter Lake Bachar who went the six inning distance for a tough loss that yielded just four hits.
It was your day today Jake Turnbull, with some mighty good help from pitchers Simon and Thompson.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (W,3-2)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 5bb 6k;
Dylan THOMPSON (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jake TUNRBULL 1-1 (HR-3RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-2 (RBI);
Alex HALL 1-2 (HR-RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-3

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR (L,3-1)  6.0ip 4h 5r 5er 4bb 8k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 1-3 (D-RBI); Gabriel ARIAS 1-3; David KANDILAS 1-2 (D); Buddy REED 1-4; Casey McELROY 1-4; Robbie PERKINS 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 30 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

4 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 9 12 2

PERTH

0 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 3 10 11 1
REPORT:  Local clocks in Perth had just ticked past 11:00pm when star Heat import Michael Brosseau scampered home on his own RBI single to score a walk-off unearned run via an outfield error. That was the dramatic end of a high scoring game that was nearing four hours long on a very warm night at Thornlie. It was looking very promising for the guests early in this one when two-run homers from Casey McElroy and Boss Moanaroa gave them a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Jake Fraley drove in two in the bottom of the second to post the only runs against seasoned Cav's lefty Steve Kent who struck out ten over just four innings. The Cavs added one more in the third and two more in the fifth when Kyle Perkins clouted his fifth long ball of the season. The Cavalry led 7-2 coming into the bottom of the fifth but, after Kent passed the ball to his bullpen, things changed in a hurry for the home team. Walks and hit batters enabled Perth to score three in the home half of the fifth and young Pittsburgh pro Robbie Glendinning blasted a two-run shot to tie it in the bottom of the seventh.
Cameron Warner gave Canberra a two run lead with his clutch two out single in the top of the eighth and time was running out for the Heat. Canberra's Tyler Herr had two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth before Perth started to rally and he had to leave the game with apparent arm soreness. Who knows how decisive this was when Michael Click could not prevent the walkoff heroics of Brosseau? Cameron Lamb claimed the win, while Click was left to bemoan the circumstances of his first loss and a blown save. It would not be a lot of comfort for Canberra import Jay Baum to take his season average to .470 after supplying another four hits - stalwart Tim Kennelly had three for Perth.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  2.1ip 5h 5r 5er 4bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  2.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Jake BOWEY  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Joe Van METER  2.1ip 3h 2r 1er 2bb 2k;
Cameron LAMB (W,2-1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 3-6 (D-RBI); Matt KENNELLY 2-3 (RBI);
Michael BROSSEAU 2-5 (RBI); Robbie GLENDINNING 1-3 (HR-3RBI);
Jake FRALEY 2-6 (2RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-3; Alex HALL 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Steve KENT  4.0ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 10k;
Sean GUINARD  0.1ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Grant PICCOLI  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Tyler HERR  2.1ip 3h 2r 2er 3bb 3k;
Michael CLICK (BS,3)(L,4-1)  0.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 4-5 (D-HR-RBI); Casey McELROY 2-2 (D-HR-2RBI);
Gabriel ARIAS 2-5; Boss MOANAROA 1-2 (HR-2RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Cameron WARNER 1-5 (RBI);
Buddy REED 1-6

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 4 - 31 DEC 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 1 5 1 0 1 2 0 10 15 6

PERTH

6 11 1 0 1 9 0 4 X 32 24 0
REPORT:  Under normal circumstances, you would expect to win with ten runs from 15 hits and four home runs, yet these were far from normal circumstances at Thornlie tonight. The pages of the record books were flicking early tonight when the hosting Perth Heat simply slaughtered some modest Cavalry pitching with 17, YES 17, runs from just the first two innings!! As our American friends might say, this game had become "a laugher" very early and, although Canberra did some scoring themselves, the Heat just kept pouring it on and the visitor's defence also fell apart in an embarrassingly non-competitive effort. Ten different Heat hitters continued to feast with safe hits and the same ten also drove in runs, most of them multiple runs! In the end, Canberra was playing "pass the parcel" while trying to find anyone willing to pitch the baseball in a rather humiliating situation for a proud ballclub. We won't bother trying to list the offensive highlights or the tribulations of the pitchers from a game where Perth's 32 runs from 24 hits shattered all ABL records. The 32 runs eclipsed Adelaide's 23 runs scored in 2014 as a record for this league and it also topped the 26 runs scored by the 1995 Gold Coast Cougars in the original ABL.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (W,2-0)  5.0ip 9h 7r 7er 1bb 5k;
Nick VEALE (H,1)  3.0ip 5h 3r 3er 2bb 4k;
Jeff WRIGHT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jesse WILLIAMS 4-5 (2D-6RBI); Luke HUGHES 3-6 (D-2RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 3-6 (D-2RBI); Jake FRALEY 3-7 (D-HR-5RBI);
Alex HALL 2-3 (D-3RBI); Matt DIXON 2-3 (2RBI);
Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 2-5 (D-RBI);
Robbie GLENDINNING 2-5 (3RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-5 (D-2RBI)

PITCHING:

Jonathan MOTTAY (L,0-1)  1.0ip 8h 11r 6er 3bb 0k;
Thomas HOLLAND  1.0ip 5h 6r 6er 1bb 1k;
Sean GUINARD  3.0ip 2h 2r 0er 2bb 1k;
Dan LIETZ  0.1ip 4h 8r 6er 2bb 1k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  0.2ip 2h 1r 0er 1bb 1k;
Michael CLICK  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
David KANDILAS  0.1ip 3h 4r 4er 2bb 0k;
Kyle PERKINS  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 2-5 (HR-RBI); Buddy REED 2-5 (D-HR-RBI);
David KANDILAS 2-5 (D); Robbie PERKINS 2-2 (D-3RBI);
Cameron WARNER 2-5 (D-RBI); Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Gabriel ARIAS 1-5 (HR-2RBI); Casey McELROY 1-5;
Boss MOANAROA 1-4 (D); Nick HOSIE 1-1

SERIES STARS:  I cannot remember reporting a four-game series where a batter from each team recorded ten hits. In a losing series, Canberra import Jay Baum was quite outstanding with ten hits, including three doubles and two homers for a team high six RBIs. Stalwart Tim Kennelly was the man with ten hits for the Heat, including three doubles. His long-time team mate Luke Hughes was next for Perth with six hits, while Jake Fraley and Jesse Williams each drove in seven.
I'll share the pitching honours between Perth's Game 2 starter Kyle Simon and Canberra's Game 1 winner Brian Grening.