ABL 2018 - WEEK 8

  14 JAN 2018 - BRISBANE FLOGS MELBOURNE FOR 5-0 AT HOLLOWAY!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS  67R 72H 4E v ACES  32R 52H 6E --  With a massacre in Game 1 and some other decisive victories from this five-game home sweep, it was always going to be obvious that Brisbane would hold huge advantages for hits and runs scored. Melbourne would have felt very much better about an otherwise horrible flogging had they just preserved that win in Game 3 when Andrew Cambells walkoff homer deprived them of any points from this series. It was great for Brisbane and miserable for Melbourne.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 11 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 10 1

BRISBANE

4 5 1 0 5 0 8 0 X 23 23 0
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces did well enough to score four runs over the first two innings against Brisbane's Ryan Bollinger... the only problem was that they allowed the Bandits to rout 15 runs while Bollinger kept rolling through five innings for his fourth win of the season.
As has been noted, Melbourne's top of the rotation starter Mark Hamburger has not been as consistent this season as he was last and he was really hammered tonight by a rampant Brisbane offence. Including their last series at home against Canberra, the Aces have now called upon 19 pitchers over their last three games to clearly indicate a floundering bullpen. It is understandable here that Aces' manager Jon Deeble would try to preserve some arms for this five game away series, yet it is still disappointing to see the white flag raised by a proud club.
Once again the cosy Holloway Field was very, very friendly to hitters with the wind blowing out on a warm night in Brisbane and the batters were obviously keen not to miss the party. Brisbane stalwart, David Sutherland, who is approaching his 300th ABL game, really got greedy with three long balls and Chih-Sheng Lin clocked two, to be joined by team mates Adam Weisenburger, Jake Turcato and Daniel Nilsson. Melbourne did not entirely miss the party with Darryl George, Tyler Neslony and Craig Maddox making it a total of ELEVEN baseballs flying out of the park on the night. No doubt that the Bandits are a terrific offensive team, but the Aces pitching is a major concern!

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (W,4-1)  5.0ip 7h 4r 4er 2bb 6k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Ryan IHLE (S,1)  3.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 4-6 (3HR-5RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 4-6;
Chih-Sheng LIN 3-4 (2HR-6RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 3-4 (2RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 2-3 (HR-RBI); Jake TURCATO 1-2 (HR-RBI);
Daniel NILSSON 1-4 (HR-RBI); T.J BENNETT 1-4 (D-RBI);
Carter BELL 1-2 (D-RBI); Logan WADE 1-6 (D-3RBI);
Jay MYERS 1-1; Donald LUTZ 1-2

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,2-5)  2.1ip 13h 10r 10er 0bb 1k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  2.0ip 1h 2r 2er 2bb 4k;
Christian MEISTER  1.2ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 3k;
Jamie YOUNG  0.2ip 4h 6r 6er 2bb 0k;
Nicholas ROSSELL  0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 4bb 0k;
Oliver McMAHON  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Craig MADDOX 3-4 (HR-2RBI); Darryl GEORGE 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Tyler NESLONY 2-5 (HR-RBI); Michael CROUSE 1-5 (RBI);
Jarryd DALE 1-2; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-5

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 12 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 13 2

BRISBANE

0 2 2 1 7 0 0 0 X 12 13 0
REPORT:  The good news for Brisbane fans is that their team continues to deliver more of the same, while the bad news for Aces devotees is that they are also seeing more of the same from their team post Christmas. The teams enjoyed identical hits with thirteen each, but Melbourne's pitching couldn't contain the Bandits power bats. Hung-Wen Chen and Rhys Niit were effective enough to limit the damage, while Brisbane steamed away with the extra base hits flowing once they got on top of Aces' starter Josh Tols. You only need to add a letter "i' to Tols to get "toils" and he was certainly made to work tonight before finally breaking in the bottom of the fifth. Former pro Logan Wade began a big night with his leadoff homer that tied it in the bottom of the second before he added a second long ball during the seven-run fifth. There wasn't quite the fireworks witnessed last night, but imports Michael Crouse and Delmon Young produced homers for Melbourne and Chin-Sheng Lin boasted another for the hosts. Only two games into this scheduled five-game weekend, the Aces have already fired some of their best pitching shots and they have come up short against a mighty offence, so the warning signs are blaring for them!

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Hung-Wen CHEN (W,2-1)  6.0ip 6h 2r 2er 3bb 8k;
Rhys NIIT (S,1)  3.0ip 7h 3r 3er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS (L,3-3)  4.2ip 11h 11r 9er 3bb 8k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  2.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Jack ENCIONDO  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Michael CROUSE 3-5 (D-HR-RBI); Jarryd DALE 2-4 (RBI);
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-5 (D-RBI); Craig MADDOX 2-5;
Ryan DALE 1-2 (RBI); Josh FRITSCH 1-3; Darryl GEORGE 1-5;
Delmon YOUNG 1-5 (HR-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 13 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

2 0 1 0 0 0 1     4 5 1

BRISBANE

1 0 1 0 0 1 2     5 7 1
REPORT:  With an 80 minute delay involved, the visiting Melbourne Aces led this game for all but a few of the 140 minute game time until local star Andrew Campbell took it all away with his dramatic two out, two strike, two-run homer in the bottom of the last that gave Brisbane a walkoff win over a devastated Melbourne Aces team. Delmon Young gave the Aces an early 2-0 lead with his seventh homer in the top of the first and they were able to hold off the customary big inning from the Bandits in this seven inning matinee game at Holloway. The Aces  got some badly needed effective pitching from Atlanta pro Jon Kennedy who allowed just the two runs through five via home runs from mighty sluggers Chih-Sheng Lin and Donald Lutz. Ryan Dale replied by going deep for the Aces to keep their noses just in front of Brisbane starter Tim Atherton who was also effective enough. It all got tense at the pointy end when Logan Wade tied the game with his RBI in the bottom of the sixth and Tyler Neslony gave Melbourne the lead back with his RBI in an inning that could have been more productive.
A leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt had the tying run in scoring position as Melbourne turned to former major leaguer Matt Marksberry to close it out. There was spring in the step for the visitors for a much needed win when Marksberry struck out the dangerous pinch hitter David Sutherland, but he could not win the battle with Campbell who delivered the heroics when down to his last strike. Two converging Aces' outfielders looked skyward forlornly as Campbell's home run sailed over the centre field fence to snatch away a heartbreaker for them.

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON  5.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 6k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (W,2-1)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 2-3 (D-HR-RBI); Logan WADE 2-3 (RBI);
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Donald LUTZ 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Carter BELL 1-2

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  5.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 5k;
Daniel McGRATH (H,1)  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Sam STREET (BS,1)  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Matt MARKSBERRY (BS,1)(L,0-1)  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Ryan DALE 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Tyler NESLONY 1-2 (RBI); Darryl GEORGE 1-3; Michael CROUSE 1-3

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 4 - 13 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field - Completed Early

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

4 0 1 1 3 X X     9 9 1

BRISBANE

0 5 1 6 X X X     12 12 0
REPORT:  Following the long rain delay in the early game of this double header day, there was no chance to complete this night game at Holloway, especially after the teams combined for 21 hits over 4.5 batting innings. With their heart-breaking loss in the matinee fresh in their minds, the Aces did their best to make life awkward for their former pitcher Travis Blackley and a 4-0 start was some tonic until the Bandits bats delivered their own form of pain. Former No.1 overall draft pick Delmon Young clocked the first of his two long balls in that four-run first, yet it was to be a false dawn for the visitors. Matt Larkins continues to struggle in his return to ABL action and Brisbane was soon in command from the moment that T.J Bennett homered to lead off a five-run bottom of the second. Aaron Whitefield added a solo homer in the third and Craig Maddox answered for the Aces in the top of the fourth. Local stars Logan Wade and David Sutherland kept the power coming with homers in the sixth as Melbourne's pitching was punished once again. Thankfully the game ended early for the Aces who looked on course to receive more and more pain as the game went on. Not for the first time they scored enough, but it didn't help!

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY  4.0ip 8h 6r 6er 5bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (W,2-0)  1.0ip 1h 3r 3er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Matthew LARKINS (L,0-2)  3.1ip 8h 7r 5er 1bb 2k;
Scott SHUMAN  0.2ip 4h 5r 5er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 2-4 (2HR-5RBI); Ryan DALE 2-2 (RBI);
Craig MADDOX 2-4 (HR-RBI); Jamie YOUNG 1-2;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3 (RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-3;
Darryl GEORGE 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 5 - 14 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field - Make-up for Washout on 2 Dec 2017

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

2 0 5 3 1 3 0 0 1 15 17 3

MELBOURNE

0 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 8 15 1
REPORT:  Melbourne's top of the rotation starter Mark Hamburger will not look back fondly on this punishing series in Brisbane. The five-game weekend saw him make two starts for the combined totals of 4.2 innings for 21 hits with 17 earned runs... suffice to say that these games will not feature on the former major leaguer's highlight reel. Once again Brisbane's high powered offence feasted greedily on mediocre Aces' pitching for their fourth double-digit score from the five games. Chief destroyer was another former major leaguer, Donald Lutz, who pounded three home runs on a day when all three games remarkably featured a player who clocked three "jacks". Lin, Bennett and Wade also went deep for the Bandits, while Delmon Young kept the major league theme going with another home run for the Aces. With the runs piling up for the Bandits, who played as the away team in this make-up game, seasoned stalwart Justin Erasmus kept his former team quiet enough to claim a creditable win in the context of a high-scoring affair. Melbourne's teenage future pro Jarryd Dale held his head high with 4-4 that included two doubles as he reminded everyone of his terrific potential.

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,2-6)  2.1ip 8h 7r 7er 1bb 1k;
Jackson BOYD  2.2ip 5h 4r 4er 2bb 3k;
Jack ENCIONDO  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Christian MEISTER  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jarryd DALE 4-4 (2D); Delmon YOUNG 3-5 (HR-RBI);
Darryl GEORGE 2-4 (2RBI); Tyler NESLONY 2-5 (RBI);
Jamie YOUNG 1-1 (T-RBI); Oliver McMAHON 1-2;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4; Craig MADDOX 1-5 (RBI);
Ryan DALE 0-3 (2RBI)

PITCHING:

Pat YOUNG  1.0ip 4h 4r 4er 4bb 0k;
Justin ERASMUS (W,2-2)  4.0ip 6h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Ryan IHLE  1.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 3-5 (3HR-4RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 3-6 (D-HR-3RBI);
David SUTHERLAND 3-5 (D); T.J BENNETT 2-5 (HR-2RBI);
Logan WADE 2-6 (HR-RBI); Dermot FRITSCH 1-2;
Daniel NILSSON 1-1; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-5;
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-5 (3RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 0-5 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  After a free scoring weekend that comprised five games at friendly Holloway Field, it is hardly surprising that the dominant Bandits put up some gaudy offensive numbers. Leading the pack was Chih-Sheng Lin who had two doubles and five homers among his ten hits for 12 big RBIs. Logan Wade doubled and homered four times to drive in nine - David Sutherland doubled and homered four times among his ten hits for seven batted in. Donald Lutz also homered four times as the laser show hardly abated for the hosts. Melbourne's big name former major leaguer Delmon Young really came alive with five home runs and nine RBIs, but youngster Jarryd Dale led the team with eight hits after nailing four in Game 5. Brisbane's Game 2 starter Hung-Wen Chen gets my vote for best pitcher during this series.

  14 JAN 2018 - CANBERRA DOMINATES ADELAIDE FOR 4-0!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY  53R 60H 2E v BITE 25R 39H 4E --  Quite clearly Canberra dominated this four-game sweep and they virtually doubled the visitors for runs and hits, even though they won a high scoring Game 3 by the single run. The decisive series victory helped Canberra to clear out in third place and has pretty much locked in their playoff berth. Adelaide remain rooted in the basement.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 11 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

CANBERRA

2 0 0 0 2 1 5 3 X 13 15 1
REPORT:  In a similar vein to the game in Brisbane tonight, there was plenty of offence on display at 'The Fort' tonight as these teams slugged it out over the latter rounds of a bruising heavyweight bout. In the context of such a high scoring affair, the MVP of the game was surely Cavalry starter Brian Grening who collected his fourth win of the campaign with seven prudent innings of typical damage control.
After a relatively sedate start tonight, Canberra led 2-0 after one inning, Adelaide took the lead briefly and it was all square 5-5 after six.
The decisive move came in the bottom of the seventh when Canberra batted around against some untidy Bite pitching to go ahead 10-5.
As mentioned, the teams kept slugging it out back and forth until the final bell sounded with the Cavalry 13-9 ahead on the scorecard.
They couldn't match the eleven bombs that exploded out of the park at Holloway tonight, but these teams still combined for six dingers. Imports Baum, McElroy and Reed all went deep for the hosts, while powerful Angus Roeger bagged two for Adelaide and Bas Nooij added one. The only man to miss the RBI list for the Cavs was David Kandilas who topped his team with three hits. Star import Rodrigo Ayarza boasted another four hits for the Bite to take his season average back above the .300 plateau as he continues an impressive season.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,4-0)  7.0ip 8h 5r 5er 2bb 5k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  2.0ip 5h 4r 4er 0bb 5k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-5 (D); Travis WITHERSPOON 2-5 (2RBI);
Jay BAUM 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Casey McELROY 2-5 (D-HR-RBI);
Buddy REED 2-5 (HR-2RBI); Cameron WARNER 2-4 (RBI);
Gabriel ARIAS 1-4 (2RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D-RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL  5.1ip 9h 5r 3er 0bb 4k;
Matt WILLIAMS (L,0-4)  1.1ip 2h 3r 3er 1bb 2k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Tim DAY  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 12 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

CANBERRA

1 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 X 6 11 0
REPORT:  Frank Gailey has been a little hot and cold this season, but he produced another gem at Narrabundah tonight to befuddle the travelling Adelaide Bite. Gailey fanned eleven through seven sublime innings to combine with Tyler Herr and Michael Click for a terrific three-hit shutout. While those three American arms were strangling their opponents with the ball, the Cavalry did enough with the bats to post a decisive victory tonight. National team star David Kandilas would have beaten the Bite by himself with 3-4 that comprised two home runs and three RBIs, while marvellous import Jay Baum racked up another three hits as he continues to lead the league for batting average. As good as Kandilas was offensively, were going to rob him of the MVP that goes to Frank Gailey tonight... simply brilliant!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY (W,2-0)  7.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 11k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Michael CLICK  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-4 (2HR-3RBI)); Jay BAUM 3-4 (D);
Casey McELROY 1-4 (D-RBI); Cameron WARNER 1-3 (D-2RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D); Travis WITHERSPOON 1-4;
Buddy REED 1-4 (T)

PITCHING:

Ryo KOURA (L,1-2)  5.0ip 6h 4r 4er 0bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 2k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 2-4 (D); Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 13 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

2 1 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 14 16 3

CANBERRA

1 3 2 6 0 1 0 2 X 15 12 1
REPORT:  A wild and furious battle at Narrabundah had a brief "cease fire" in the middle with a scoreless fifth inning for both teams but, otherwise, the shots were fired back and forth with great frequency. After Adelaide scored two in the top of the first, the hosting Cavalry jumped on Adelaide's early pitching with twelve runs over the first four innings and it looked like a romp was in store. However, the fifth inning hiatus brought some new life to the Bite offence as they applied some pressure to Canberra's bullpen. As Adelaide roared home to score eleven over their last four innings, the Cavalry replied with just enough to hang on by the single run in a 15-14 slugfest. Kandilas, Witherspoon, Reed and Warner all left the yard for Canberra, while Angus Roeger homered twice for the Bite to be joined by Lohr and Hoschke who also went deep for them. Eight different batters both hit and drove in runs for Canberra while nine players hit for Adelaide and six drove in runs. Obviously, it wasn't a great game for pitching highlights, yet Lake Bachar was pretty good in context, while Dan Lietz took the win and Michael Click recorded his third save of the season. Canberra won, but credit to the Bite for fighting on to the end.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR  5.0ip 6h 3r 3er 3bb 4k;
Grant PICCOLI  0.1ip 3h 4r 4er 2bb 0k;
Thomas HOLLAND  0.2ip 3h 4r 3er 0bb 1k;
Dan LIETZ (BS,1)(W,1-1)  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Michael CLICK (S,3)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 2-4 (D-HR-4RBI)); Jay BAUM 2-4 (RBI);
Travis WITHERSPOON 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Buddy REED 2-6 (HR-RBI);
Cameron WARNER 1-2 (HR-2RBI); Gabriel ARIAS 1-2 (D-2RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-2 (RBI); Boss MOANAROA 1-5;
Kyle PERKINS 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  2.2ip 5h 6r 5er 2bb 3k;
Wilson LEE  1.0ip 4h 6r 3er 2bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.1ip 0h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Tim DAY  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Loek Van MIL (L,0-1)  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 3-4 (HR-RBI); Tom McGARRY 3-5;
Angus ROEGER 2-4 (2HR-3RBI); Kuan-Jen CHEN 2-5 (2D-2RBI);
Rodrigo AYARZA
2-6 (RBI); Karl HOSCHKE 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-5; Isaias QUIROZ 1-5;
Tai-Shan CHANG 1-6 (4RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 13 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

CANBERRA

4 2 0 6 4 3 0 0 X 19 22 0
REPORT:  Canberra was not in a charitable mood on this "get away day" Sunday at Narrabundah when they simply crushed the visiting Adelaide Bite for a 4-0 home series sweep. Home grown lefty Steve Kent was much better than he needed to be with seven quality innings for his fourth "W" of the season as a backdrop to a ruthless offensive barrage. On an afternoon when all three ABL games featured a three home run performance it was departing Cavalry import Buddy Reed who ran rampant in this game with 5-6, three bombs and four RBIs. Fellow imports Jay Baum and Casey McElroy each supplied four hits as that trio had 13 knocks between them. Baum, Witherspoon, Kandilas and Robbie Perkins all joined the home run party for the hosts who pretty much muscled the Bite out of contention early today. The one shining light for Adelaide was import Stephen Lohr who blasted two bombs of his own for a team that owned only seven hits. The Bite got close yesterday, but they were never within sight of this one as the Canberra brooms came out sweeping lustily!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (W,3-4)  7.0ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 9k;
Sean GUINARD  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Buddy REED 5-6 (3HR-4RBI); Casey McELROY 4-6 (3D);
Jay BAUM 4-6 (D-HR-4RBI); Robbie PERKINS 3-5 (HR-3RBI);
Travis WITHERSPOON 2-4 (HR-RBI); David KANDILAS 2-4 (HR-3RBI);
Cameron WARNER 1-5 (D-2RBI); Boss MOANAROA 1-4 (RBI);
Jake AMOS 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Nick HUTCHINGS (L,1-2)  1.0ip 6h 6r 6er 1bb 1k;
Chris POWELL  3.0ip 11h 9r 9er 1bb 3k;
Wilson LEE  2.0ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 0k;
Tim DAY  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 2-4 (2HR-2RBI); Kuan-Jen CHEN 2-4 (D);
Tai-Shan CHANG 2-3; Karl HOSCHKE 1-3

SERIES STARS:  Not unlike Brisbane's domination of Melbourne this weekend, the Canberra Cavalry really enjoyed the home cooking at Narrabundah. Departing Buddy Reed finished with a mighty farewell flourish to end up with ten hits, a triple, five homers and seven RBIs. He was probably topped overall by David Kandilas who also had ten hits for two doubles, four homers and ten RBIs. Leading them all for hits was the relentless Jay Baum who hit safely eleven times for two doubles and two home runs and seven driven in. Powerful Angus Roeger had a pair of two-homer games to drive in seven, while imports Ayarza and Lohr each had seven hits - Lohr homered three times.
Cavalry starters Frank Gailey and Steve Kent were the standout pitchers this series.

  14 JAN 2018 - PERTH STAYS ON TOP OF BLUE SOX 4-1 AT THORNLIE!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT  58R 69H 16E v BLUE SOX  48R 70H 5E --  The Sydney Blue Sox owned one more hit than their opponents, yet they still could not take advantage of 16 errors by their rivals over this five-game set. Obviously, three of Perth's four wins were narrow ones and Sydney may have hoped for slightly better. However, their last gasp win on Sunday could prove to be very pivotal as they made up one game on Melbourne who were swept in Brisbane - their playoff hopes remain very much alive.

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 1 - 11 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 7 15 2

PERTH

3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 8 10 2
REPORT:  Emerging professional star Robbie Glendinning "went yard" for two of Perth's three runs in the bottom of the first, yet the Heat were made to pull another game out of the bag in the end as the visiting Blue Sox found plenty of hits. Sydney had only managed to pull two of those runs back from Perth starter Alex Boshers who was effective once again and probably deserving of the win. As soon as Boshers departed, the Sox were ready to take advantage and a four-run top of the seventh was sparked by Alex Howe's leadoff homer. Suddenly the guests were ahead 6-4 and, for a while, it looked like holding up. Todd Van Steensel took the ball for Sydney in the bottom of the ninth, but it ended in tears for him  when he was saddled with a blown save and the loss. Unfortunately he walked three and hit three batters over the last two frames to virtually hand the comeback win to the Heat. Perth cashed in two in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up, then walked it off under tie-breaker rules in the bottom of the tenth. The 'B-Sox' scrambled one in the top of the tenth then, with the bases juiced, Van Steensel hit Perth veterans Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes consecutively to gift them the tying and winning runs. It was a sorry end for Sydney who out-hit the Heat 15-10 but just couldn't hold a late advantage in another tight one at Thornlie. Glendinning ended the game with three knocks for Perth, while Max Brennen went one better with four for Sydney and Chih-Hsien Chiang owned three.

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS  6.0ip 8h 2r 2er 0bb 3k;
Dylan THOMPSON (BS,1)  1.0ip 5h 4r 1er 0bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Nick KENNEDY (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Robbie GLENDINNING 3-4 (HR-3RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-5 (RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (D-RBI); Jake FRALEY 1-4 (D); Alex HALL 1-3;
Jake BOWEY 1-4; Garrett WHITLEY 1-5 (D-RBI);
Luke HUGHES 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS  4.2ip 7h 4r 4er 3bb 3k;
Vaughan HARRIS  3.1ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Todd Van STEENSEL (BS,1)(L,0-1)  1.0ip 1h 4r 1er 3bb 1k;

OFFENCE:

Max BRENNEN 4-5 (2RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 3-5;
Alex HOWE 2-4 (HR-RBI); Michael SUCHY 2-5 (D-RBI);
Mitchell EDWARDS 1-5 (RBI); Lars ANDERSON 1-5 (RBI);
Connor MacDONALD 1-5 (RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-5

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 2 - 12 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 11 0

PERTH

0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 X 6 7 5
REPORT:  Opposing starters Kyle Simon and Craig Anderson waged a quite outstanding pitching duel at Thornlie tonight, but neither was to feature in the result when Perth, once again, pulled a victory out of the fire late in the game. Alex Hall put Perth ahead in the bottom of the second when he supplied a big RBI double and then scored himself on Matt Dixon's RBI single. However, that lead didn't survive for long when Lars Anderson drove in a pair for the Sox in the top of the next. The 2-2 deadlock remained until the eighth when both starters were out of ammo and the bullpens were called to arms. Sydney thought that they had made a march to the winning line when they plated two in the top of the eighth against Perth's Jake Van Meter, but the Heat had other ideas. The hosts took full advantage of a shaky debut from Sydney's new import reliever Jeremy Gendlek when they posted four game-winning runs. Former manager Matt Kennelly lashed a huge three RBI double to virtually snatch the game from under the Blue Sox noses. They wrested a rather fortunate win for Van Meter and allowed major leaguer Warwick Saupold to notch his first save for the 2018 season. Home fans went home smiling again in Perth!

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON  6.0ip 6h 2r 0er 1bb 9k;
Jake Van METER (W,2-0)  2.0ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Matt KENNELLY 2-3 (D-3RBI); Alex HALL 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-3; Matt DIXON 1-2 (RBI); Michael HART 1-1;
Tim KENNELLY 1-4

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON  7.0ip 4h 2r 2er 3bb 5k;
Jeremy GENDLEK (BS,1)(L,0-1)  1.0ip 3h 4r 4er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Lars ANDERSON 3-5 (RBI); Mitchell EDWARDS 2-3 (RBI);
Max BRENNEN 2-4 (RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4 (RBI);
Michael SUCHY 1-3; Zac SHEPHERD 1-3; Jacob YOUNIS 1-4

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 3 - 13 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie - Make-up of Washout 2 Dec 2017

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 1 2 1 1 7 3     15 17 2

SYDNEY

0 0 1 2 0 3 0     6 6 1
REPORT:  The Sydney Blue Sox would be dearly wishing that this game had been played back on 2 December 2017 when it was washed out at Blacktown, because this make-up game played in Perth was a real "fizzer" for them! It mattered little that the 'B-Sox' played as the home team in this seven inning matinee because they were a very distant second best this afternoon. While only two of Sydney's six runs were scored as earned against the Heat pitching, Perth's offence hammered away for 15 runs from 17 hits over just the seven innings. Nick Veale was solid as starter for the Heat, yet his team led just 5-3 after his five innings were in the can. Young gun Ulrich Bojarski doubled and homered as part of his mighty 4-5 game that supplied three RBIs, while veteran Luke Hughes also homered among his 3-4 game. The spark plug once again for Perth was Tampa Bay second round draft selection Jake Fraley who crunched his eleventh double and then went deep for the tenth time, to go a long with three more stolen bags that took his season tally to 28 steals. Connor MacDonald and Zac Shepherd both homered as some small consolation for the Blue Sox, but they had very little to brag about today.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Matthw RAE (L,0-2)  4.2ip 8h 5r 5er 4bb 6k;
Josj GUYER  0.2ip 2h 4r 4er 2bb 2k;
Todd GRATTAN  1.2ip 7h 6r 5er 1bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Zac SHEPHERD 1-3 (HR-3RBI);
Max BRENNEN 1-2; Lars ANDERSON 1-3; Joshua STRONG 1-4;
Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (W,1-1)  5.0ip 4h 3r 2er 1bb 3k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  1.0ip 2h 3r 0er 0bb 1k;
Brad WILLIAMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Ulrich BOJARSKI 4-5 (D-HR-3RBI); Luke HUGHES 3-4 (HR-RBI);
Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (3RBI); Jake FRALEY 2-3 (D-HR-RBI);
Robbie GLENDINNING 2-5 (RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 1-3 (2RBI);
Ryan KIFT 1-1 (D-2RBI); Michael HART 1-4;
Adam COURCHA 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 4 - 13 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 9 13 2

PERTH

2 1 0 3 1 0 2 1 X 10 14 5
REPORT:  We have long known what a versatile player Perth's 2017 ABL manager Matt Kennelly has been as a former professional catcher, but few of us realised what he was capable of pitching the baseball. Tonight he produced a stunning display of control pitching to shackle the travelling Blue Sox through seven quality innings to the delight of home fans at Thornlie. While he was putting up the "goose eggs" on the top line of the scoreboard, the Heat were coasting along without a hint of pressure. Garrett Whitley clocked a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and Perth were off and running. Ulrich Bojarski, who owned four hits earlier today, had another three tonight, including another long ball in the fifth, while Luke Hughes bagged another three hits to make his total for the day six. After Matt Kennelly had taken the applause of his fans after seven scoreless, Perth added another two runs to lead 9-0 after seven complete and there was not a hint of the drama that was awaiting them. Who could have guessed that the 'B-Sox' would send 14 batters to the plate in the top of the eighth as the Heat bullpen imploded under the unexpected pressure. At the end of the long, long inning Sydney had amazingly tied it 9-9 yet, frustratingly for them, a couple of errors allowed Perth to take the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth. Frmer pro Cameron Lamb served it out to win and Sydney came up empty again. They had very nearly pulled off the comeback of the year, but it was like nearly winning Tattslotto... there was no cigar waiting! Perth simply continues to register the wins in the positive column.

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Matt KENNELLY  7.0ip 5h 0r 0er 1bb 5k;
Jake BOWEY  0.1ip 4h 8r 2er 1bb 0k;
Nick KENNEDY (BS,1)  0.1ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB (W,3-1)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Ulrich BOJARSKI 3-4 (HR-2RBI); Luke HUGHES 3-5 (2D-3RBI);
Alex HALL 2-4; Michael HART 2-5 (2RBI); Tim KENNELLY 1-4;
Jake FRALEY 1-3 (RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Robbie GLENDINNING 1-5

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH  3.2ip 9h 6r 6er 2bb 3k;
Calvin DRUMMOND  2.2ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Joshua STRONG  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Sven SCHUELLER (L,1-3)  1.0ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 3-5 (3RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 3-5;
Trent D'ANTONIO 2-5 (D); Connor MacDONALD 2-5 (RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-4 (RBI); Max BRENNEN 1-4; Zac SHEPHERD 1-5;
Mitchell EDWARDS 0-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 8 - Game 5 - 14 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

2 1 8 7 0 0 1 0 3 22 25 0

PERTH

1 1 6 0 5 0 5 1 0 19 21 2
REPORT:  We have reported a number of "wild" old games in the modern ABL era, yet few could have been as "wild" and unpredictable as this one at Thornlie today. With the pitching of both teams obviously stretched by the five-game series in warm conditions, it was a glorious feast for hitters against pitching that seemed to lack much intensity. The Blue Sox had 18 runs on the board over the first four innings and you would have thought that the result was well and truly in the books but, when the Heat responded with 18 runs after seven the score was an amazing 19-18 in favour of Sydney. The glut of scoring slowed somewhat as the result hung in the balance and Perth remarkably knotted it up when Jake Bowey homered in the bottom of the eighth. Just when an amazing comeback loomed, it was the Blue Sox who pulled out the big stick again when Mitch Edwards and Chih-Hsien Chiang went deep for three game winning runs in the top of the ninth. All that was left was for Luke Wilkins to serve out his third win of the season. As mentioned in the other reports, this day featured three ABL games with a player nailing three home runs - in this case Sydney's Connor MacDonald who was fighting for the game MVP with Chiang who homered twice for seven huge RBIs. Aside from those mentioned, Zac Shepherd also homered for Sydney, while Williams, Hall, Hart and Tim Kennelly joined the long ball brigade for Perth on a day when Baseball Park played small. You can digest the myriad of offensive stats below, but we can summarise that all nine Sydney players hit safely and six of those had at least three in an amazing display. Perth boasted nine players with at least two hits as the pitchers simply couldn't wait for this series to end mercifully. It was a big win for the visiting Blue Sox!

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Adam MILLSON  2.1ip 9h 8r 8er 2bb 2k;
Dylan THOMPSON  1.0ip 7h 9r 8er 3bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  3.0ip 5h 2r 1er 0bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Alex BOSHERS (L,1-4)  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Vaughan HARRIS  2.1ip 6h 6r 6er 4bb 2k;
Jeremy GENDLEK  0.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Chang-Sung KO  2.0ip 5h 5r 5er 1bb 2k;
Todd Van STEENSEL  1.2ip 5h 5r 5er 2bb 2k;
Luke WILKINS (BS,1)(W,3-3)  2.1ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 3-7 (2HR-7RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 5-6 (D-RBI);
Connor MacDONALD 4-6 (3HR-5RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 4-6 (D-RBI);
Zac SHEPHERD 3-5 (HR-4RBI); Mitchell EDWARDS 3-6 (HR-RBI);
Lars ANDERSON 1-4 (RBI); Alex HOWE 1-5; Max BRENNEN 1-6

SERIES STARS:  Rising star Ulrich Bojarski hardly missed a beat over this five-game series with eleven hits, a double, a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs. He led all Perth batters, but he was joined by Jesse Williams with seven RBIs and next for hits was Luke Hughes with nine. Prolific Blue Sox import Chih-Hsien Chiang had the round numbers of ten hits and ten runs batted in with two long balls. Connor MacDonald homered four times for nine RBIs, while Max Brennen and Jacob Younis each boasted nine hits.
I'm not going to look any further than Matt Kennelly's seven shutout innings as the outstanding pitching performance from this series.