ABL 2018 - WEEK 9

  21 JAN 2018 - MELBOURNE ENDS BITE FINALS HOPES 3-1!

OVERVIEW:   ACES 22R 39H 3E v BITE  19R 25H 7E --  Adelaide bowed out of the playoff race this weekend, yet they had a large advantage for hits and also edged the runs scored. Seven errors gifted by the Aces definitely helped their cause in what was a tight series that Melbourne would be glad to win 3-1. They are in a strong position to grab that fourth playoff spot now.

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 18 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 11 1

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 0 5 0 1 0 X 7 9 1
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces survived a serious scare before tucking away a most important win over a feisty Adelaide Bite at Melbourne Ballpark tonight. The man who played a MVP role in this one was former Canberra Cavalry import from 2014, Mike Crouse, who only recently arrived to bolster the Melbourne Aces lineup. The Canadian centre fielder singled to lead off the bottom of the second and went on to score the opening run then, after Adelaide had taken a handy 3-1 lead, he delivered a crushing GRAND SLAM homer in the bottom of the fifth to turn the game on its head. The hot, clear Melbourne air allowed the baseballs to sail out of Melbourne Ballpark with some regularity tonight and the visitors enjoyed four of the six long balls to make this one too close for comfort for their hosts. Curtis Mead and Max Brown both went deep in the top of the third and the in-form Stephen Lohn stroked another in the next to overtake the Aces opening run.
Those runs had former Adelaide favourite Josh Tols on the hook for the loss until Crouse thumped his two out bomb. That big 'Salami' imposed a sixth loss on Adelaide's Greg Mosel who has found the going tough this season. Lohr doubled and scored to drag one back for the Bite, but Tyler Neslony led off the seventh with his sixth round-tripper to claim a 7-4 lead for Melbourne. That looked reasonably comfortable until Kuan-Jen Chen launched a two-run homer in the top of the ninth with two out and the tying run came to the plate. Home fans let out a sigh of relief when Sam Street closed out the save that certainly boosted Melbourne's tenuous playoff hopes.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS (W,4-3)  5.1ip 8h 4r 4er 1bb 2k;
Scott SHUMAN (H,1)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Sam STREET (S,1)  2.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Michael CROUSE 2-4 (HR-4RBI); Tyler NESLONY 2-3 (HR-2RBI);
Matthew ZABLAN 2-4 (D); Jarryd DALE 1-4; Craig MADDOX 1-4;
Darryl GEORGE 1-5

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,1-6)  5.0ip 6h 6r 6er 1bb 2k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 3k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 3-5 (D-HR-RBI); Curtis MEAD 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Max BROWN 2-5 (HR-RBI); Kuan-Jen CHEN 1-5 (HR-2RBI);
Angus ROEGER 1-3 (RBI); Tai-Shan CHANG 1-4;
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-5

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 19 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 12 0

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
REPORT:  Japanese import Ryo Koura has ridden the roler-coaster since arriving in our ABL but he was back near the top of the big dipper tonight with another terrific start for Adelaide who limited the home-standing Aces to just one solitary run. Every time the Aces tried to mount some challenge for Koyra he found the big pitches to snuff out the embers. Koura stifled Melbourne through five-plus innings before handing the ball to evergreen Matt Williams who was also near his sharpest with a sterling middle relief hold. Backing that great pitching tonight was three first innings runs, thanks mainly to Stephen Lohr's two RBI single, and those held up until the last inning when the Bite added some padding. To the delight of a bunch of devoted Taiwanese supporters on the third base wing of the grandstand, Kuan-Jen Chen smoked a ninth inning GRAND SLAM to kill off an faint hopes of a last inning comeback by the hosts. Melbourne starter Matt Larkins looked on track to endure another torrid outing since his ABL return with that rocky first stanza, yet he settled very well to remind Melbourne fans what a "bulldog" he was for the Aces during a miserable 2016 season. Unfortunately those early wobbles tagged him with a third loss as Adelaide kept alive their own faint hopes of an unlikely playoff berth. Their pitching was very, very good tonight.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Matt LARKINS (L,0-3)  7.0ip 8h 3r 1er 0bb 7k;
Christian MEISTER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  0.1ip 3h 5r 5er 2bb 1k;
Blake TOWNSEND  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jarryd DALE 2-3 (D); Matthew ZABLAN 1-3 (RBI);
Tyler NESLONY 1-4 (D); Michael CROUSE 1-4 (D);
Craig MADDOX 1-4;

PITCHING:

Ryo KOURA (W,2-2)  5.2ip 6h 1r 1er 1bb 8k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,2)  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Kuan-Jen CHEN 3-5 (HR-4RBI); Stephen LOHR 2-5 (2RBI);
Curtis MEAD 2-4; Tai-Shan CHANG 1-4; Bas NOOIJ 1-4;
Jordan McARDLE 1-4; Max BROWN 1-4 (RBI);
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4; Angus ROEGER 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 20 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

MELBOURNE

1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 4 1
REPORT:  All the scoring happened early in this game at Melbourne Ballpark tonight before a quite tense conclusion was reached with just the solitary run in favour of the hosting Aces. A very up and down season for Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger took an upswing when he was shuffled from the No.1 slot in the starting rotation down to No.3 for this home series. He responded well to capture his third win of the season and a most significant one for his team. Productive import Tyler Neslony put the Aces ahead with his first inning long ball, but back-to-back doubles by Jordan McArdle and Bas Nooij supplied two for the guests in the top of the second. The mood swung again in the bottom of the second when Ryan Dale drilled one over right field for two RBIs that nosed the Aces back in front 3-2. Michael Crouse added Melbourne's third homer in the bottom of the third, but the Bite would not be denied and McArdle's sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth had them just one in arrears. Adelaide starter Chris Powell did a solid job through seven and it was unfortunate for him that his team could not score any more to take him off the hook for a fifth loss. Melbourne's bullpen has not been particularly reliable this season, but they held firm on this occasion and Scott Shuman sealed the deal with three punch outs in the top of the ninth for his first ABL save. The loss ended Adelaide's playoff hopes, while keeping the Aces in fourth place and now really pushing for a big series win tomorrow.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,3-6)  6.0ip 5h 3r 3er 2bb 6k;
Matt MARKSBERRY (H,2)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Daniel McGRATH (H,2)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sam STREET (H,1)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Scott SHUMAN (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Ryan DALE 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Tyler NESLONY 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Michael CROUSE 1-3 (HR-RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-3

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (L,2-5)  7.0ip 4h 4r 4er 2bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Curtis MEAD 2-3; Tai-Shan CHANG 2-4;
Jordan McARDLE 1-2 (D-RBI); Bas NOOIJ 1-4 (D-2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 21 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

MELBOURNE

2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 X 7 6 2
REPORT:  Thanks to two long balls from Allan de San Miguel, a quality start from Jon Kennedy and some clutch hittng from Tyler Neslony, the Melbourne Aces claimed a vital home series win today. Adelaide threatened to spoil the party with two runs in the top of the first after Rodrigo Ayarza led off with the first of his three hits for the day, that was followed by a pair of doubles. However, the Aces were swiftly back to square after Darryl George milked a leadoff walk and stole two bags before scoring on Mike Crouse's RBI double. Enter from stage right the dangerous bat of catcher Allan de San Miguel who led off the bottom of the second with a homer over left, then he repeated the dose with a two-run bomb over a similar part of the fence in the fourth. At that stage the Aces led 5-2, but at the same time their effective starter Jon Kennedy was out of pitch count, having struck out six in an impressive effort. The travelling Bite grasped the opportunity to get back into the contest with a run in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie it up. Home fans at Melbourne Ballpark didn't have long to fear the worst when Matthew Zablan led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and the Aces rallied to load the bags with just one out. Up stepped Atlanta import Tyler Neslony to drill a clutch two RBI single up the middle as what proved to be the game winning runs.
Melbourne's home-grown professionals Daniel McGrath and Sam Street closed out the win and the save respectively.

MELBOURNE ACES

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  4.0ip 3h 2r 1er 0bb 6k;
Christian MEISTER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jackson BOYD (H,1)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Matt MARKSBERRY (H,3)  0.2ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Daniel McGRATH (BS,1)(W,2-0)  2.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Sam STREET (S,2)  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4 (2HR-3RBI); Michael CROUSE 1-4 (D-RBI);
Tyler NESLONY 1-3 (2RBI); Craig MADDOX 1-3 (RBI);
Matthew ZABLAN 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Ky HAMPTON  2.0ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Steven CHAMBERS  3.0ip 1h 2r 1er 1bb 4k;
Matt WILLIAMS (L,0-5)  1.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Loek Van MIL  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 3-5 (2D); Stephen LOHR 2-4 (D);
Curtis MEAD 2-4 (RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-4 (RBI);
Mason CLAVELL 1-3; Bas NOOIJ 0-1 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  It's a little surprising that the Bite had more of the offence from a losing away series with Curtis Mead owning eight hits and Stephen Lohr nailing seven - Kuan-Jen Chen was their top run producer with six, including two long balls. Imports Mike Crouse and Tyler Neslony led the Aces with five hits - both hit two jacks - Crouse delivered six RBIs and Neslony had five. Allan de San Miguel came through with two homers in Game 4. Adelaide's Game 2 starter Ryo Koura was the pick of the pitchers with honourable mentions for Melbourne starters Mark Hamburger and Jon Kennedy.

  20 JAN 2018 - BRISBANE & PERTH SPLIT THIER HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT 2-2!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS 21R 33H 5E v HEAT  28R 42H 1E --  In a split 2-2 series, the visiting Perth Heat had the more decisive victories to easily explain their overall scoring ascendency. The balance of the result did nothing to provide any significant edge for either team, but I guess it gives Perth some degree of confidence if they need to face Brisbane at Holloway again in the post season.
 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 18 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

BRISBANE

2 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 7 14 0
REPORT:  Brisbane's No.1 starter Ryan Bollinger improved his record to 5-1, 3.10 ERA with some customary assistance from the Bandits' high powered offence that continues to punish rival ABL teams, especially at Holloway. It didn't take long for "Bully Boys" Donald Lutz and Chih-Shen Lin to smash first inning home runs - a league leading 14th for Lutz and an eleventh for Lin! Another three runs in the bottom of the second had Brisbane 5-0 ahead and Perth starter Alex Boshers was being hit hard en-route to his fifth loss of the season. In-form catcher Alex Hall hammered a two-run bomb in the third to give the Heat a sniff, but Brisbane's tough bullpen wasn't going to let their visitors get any closer. T.J Bennett added another homer for Brisbane on a three-hit night that he shared with Andrew Campbell and David Sutherland. Alex Hall and Jake Fraley also contributed three hits for the Heat as there was no shortage of offensive action. Zac Treece and Matt Timms supplied holds before handing the ball to Ryan Searle who closed out his fourth save to equal the ABL all-time record.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (W,5-1)  5.2ip 9h 3r 3er 0bb 9k;
Zac TREECE (H,3)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (H,2)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,4)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS (L,1-5)  5.1ip 12h 6r 6er 0bb 7k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Nick KENNEDY  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

OVERVIEW:   Coming later...
 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 19 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

1 0 0 7 0 0 1 2 4 15 14 1

BRISBANE

0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 3
REPORT:  On his way to a four-hit game, young gun Robbie Glendinning drove in a first inning run that didn't rattle Brisbane's major league starter Travis Blackley, but seven runs in the top of the fourth certainly did! Going head-to-head with tough Perth import Kyle Simon, Blackley uncharacteristically unravelled after Glendinning singled to lead off the fourth. Three hit batters and a pair of two out homers sent him off to the showers with his second loss of the season. Tim Kennelly bashed a GRAND SLAM and Garrett Whitley followed with a two-run blast as the visiting Heat led 8-0 and it looked like a runaway train. However, it would not be wise to discount this Brisbane offence and they struck back with three in the bottom of the fourth when Mitch Nilsson spanked his seventh of the season for all three RBIs. It got even tighter after the bottom of the sixth when T.J Bennett led off with his 13th long ball and two more runs had trimmed the advantage to 8-5.
On this occasion the dynamic offence shifted back to Perth who ramped up the pressure on the back end of the Bandits' bullpen with seven more runs over the last three frames for a comfortable victory. Amid that flurry of action Luke Hughes and Jake Fraley both delivered two-run homers as the Heat bullpen solidified the increasing lead. Aside from his 11th home run and .354 batting average, Perth import Jake Fraley took his stolen base tally to an ABL record 33 and there is time for him to add a few more onto that. These league heavyweights will continue to battle for the balance of power this weekend with future playoff battles also on the horizon.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (L,4-2)  3.2ip 6h 8r 8er 2bb 2k;
Rhys NIIT  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Duane JOHANNSEN  0.1ip 0h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Ryan IHLE  1.2ip 6h 5r 4er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

T.J BENNETT 2-3 (HR-RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-1; Dermot FRITSCH 1-1; Logan WADE 1-3;
David SUTHERLAND 1-3 (RBI); Kenshi SUGIYA 1-3;
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-5

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (W,5-2)  6.0ip 7h 5r 4er 1bb 4k;
Joe Van METER 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Robbie GLENDINNING 4-6 (RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (D-HR-3RBI);
Jake FRALEY 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Tim KENNELLY 2-6 (HR-4RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-6 (D); Adam COURCHA 1-4 (D);
Luke HUGHES 1-5 (HR-2RBI); Alex HALL 0-4 (2RBI)

OVERVIEW:   Coming later...
 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 20 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 1 0 1 1 1 1     5 10 0

BRISBANE

3 1 1 2 0 2 X     9 9 2
REPORT:  Good old Holloway Field was "playing small" again this afternoon to surrender home runs at the rate of one per inning during this early game of the Saturday double header in Brisbane. As they often do, the Bandits simply out-slugged their opponents who scored enough runs to be competitive against most other teams. Logan Wade's two-run homer in the bottom of a three-run first provided some early backing for Tim Atherton who produced a strong start, even though he was far from unhittable today. As the game wore on Wade Dutton, T.J Bennett and Adam Weisenburger joined the Bandits' bomb squad to hand Perth's Daniel Schmidt his second loss of the campaign.
Not to be completely outdone, Luke Hughes, Jake Fraley and Robbie Glendinning each plonked one over the outfield fence for the Heat who couldn't quite match the offensive potency of their hosts in the seven inning matinee today.

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON (W,3-0)  5.0ip 8h 3r 3er 1bb 6k;
Zac TREECE  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 2-3 (D-HR-RBI); Logan WADE 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-2 (HR-3RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3 (D); T.J BENNETT 1-3 (HR-RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 1-2 (RBI);
Kenshi SUGIYA 1-2 (RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-3

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (L,2-2)  4.1ip 7h 7r 7er 1bb 2k;
Jake BOWEY  1.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

OVERVIEW:   Coming later...
 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 20 JAN 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 7 0

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
REPORT:  Former Victorian Nick Veale has enjoyed some quality outings since joining the Perth Heat in our national competition, but few have been nearly as impressive as his brilliant start against the power-laden Brisbane offence at Holloway tonight. Veale was approaching 100 pitches when he took a "no hitter" into the bottom of the seventh after subduing the Bandits with his crafty variation and he was picking his spots around the edges of the plate. He was lifted after Chih-Shend Lin broke through with the Bandits' only hit of the game and nobody would deny him the win he so richly deserved. Perth made their decisive move with the stick in the top of the third when Luke Hughes and Garrett Whitley both went deep in a four-run inning to deal Pat Young the loss. There wasn't much offence for either team after that as Perth pressed home the shutout win to level a big away series against the defending Champions. They may well meet again!

BRISBANE BANDITS

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Pat YOUNG (L,0-1)  2.1ip 3h 4r 4er 5bb 3k;
Justin ERASMUS  4.0ip 4h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Matt TIMMS  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Sheng LIN 1-3

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (W,2-1)  6.1ip 1h 0r 0er 3bb 7k;
Joe Van METER  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Brad WILLIAMS  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-5 (HR-3RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Jake FRALEY 1-3; Tim KENNELLY 1-3; Robbie GLENDINNING 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Perth boasted the offensive stars of this series with emerging pro star Robbie Glendinning leading all comers with eight hits, just one more than star import Jake Fraley who was one of three Heat players with two home runs - Garrett Whitley and Luke Hughes were the others. Whitley was the top run producer with six. Consistent threat T.J Bennett was Brisbane's offensive star with six hits, three bombs and three RBIs - Chih-Sheng Lin drove in four RBIs. Perth's Nick Veale supplied the pitching highlight as Game 4 starter in a one-hit shutout.

  21 JAN 2018 - CANBERRA HOLDS SWAY 3-1 IN SYDNEY!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX  21R 32H 6E v CAVALRY  34R 47H 2E --  Canberra really out-pitched and out-hit the Blue Sox across this series and maybe Sydney should be thankful that they hung in for a consolation win in Game 4 that could prove vitally important to them. The Cavs still have a shot at climbing into second place, while the Sox cling to hopes of jumping into the playoff picture with no wriggle room.

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 1 - 19 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 1 7 10 1

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 3
REPORT:  On the back of another superb start from Brian Grening, the Canberra Cavalry maintained its franchise record seven game winning streak when they dominated the Blue Sox at Blacktown tonight. On his seventh tour of duty in our ABL, 32yo Grening is enjoying as good a season as we have seen from him as he seems to roll on like a well oiled machine. Such was his dominance that Sydney's only run came via Michael Suchy's solo shot in the bottom of the sixth as the Blue Sox managed to cobble together just seven hits and one walk. Sydney starter Clayton Freimuth also looked strong in a scoreless game until the top of the fourth when Jay Baum's lead off triple set a three-run inning in motion. There wasn't much explosive offence on display, but the Cavalry gave a clinic of good fundamental baseball by cashing sacrifice flies and advancing runners when the opportunities presented. Kyle Perkins led the way for them with three hits offensively, but the undoubted MVP was Brian Grening who gave the hosts very little chance of getting a positive result in this one.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (L,3-2)  4.0ip 4h 3r 2er 4bb 4k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.1ip 4hj 3r 2er 2bb 1k;
Calvin DRUMMOND  2.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 2-2; Lars ANDERSON 2-4; Max BRENNEN 2-4;
Michael SUCHY 1-4 (HR-RBI)

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,5-0)  8.0ip 7h 1r 1er 1bb 7k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Kyle PERKINS 3-4 (D-RBI); Cameron WARNER 2-3 (D-RBI);
Lee MILLS 2-5 (2RBI); Nick HOSIE 1-4 (RBI); Jay BAUM 1-5 (T);
Travis WITHERSPOON 1-4; Casey McELROY 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 2 - 20 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 1 0     2 6 0

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 1 0
REPORT:  Under most circumstances you would expect a good result when you hold an opponent to just two runs on home soil yet, in this case, the Sydney Blue Sox were pretty much paralysed by Cavalry pitching when Frank Gailey anchored a one hit shutout over seven innings. The Independent League veteran who reached 'AAA' with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 was at his dominant best this afternoon in the matinee of a double header Saturday. Combining with Michael Click, who closed his fourth save, Gailey allowed only a first inning double to Michael Suchy while striking out seven over six innings. Meanwhile, Canberra nailed six doubles for the afternoon to saddle Matthew Rae with a third loss after he walked more than one per inning. Cameron Warner delivered a RBI double in the top of the second and Travis Witherspoon did likewise in the top of the sixth to supply all of the scoring the visitors needed. Unfortunately for home fans at Blacktown, their team had no answers to Frank Gailey's examination today.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Matthew RAE (L,0-3)  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 6bb 5k;
Trevor FOSS  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 1-2 (D)

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY (W,3-0)  6.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 7k;
Michael CLICK (S,4)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Travis WITHERSPOON 2-4 (2D-RBI); Boss MOANAROA 1-2 (D);
Moko MOANAROA 1-1 (D); Cameron WARNER 1-4 (D-RBI);
Jay BAUM 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 3 - 20 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 0 2 4 3 0 4 0 13 17 0

SYDNEY

0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 5 9 2
REPORT:  In contrast to the paucity of offence in the early game today, there was plenty of hitting in the nightcap. Unfortunately for home fans most of that offence sprung from the bats of the visiting Canberra Cavalry team who pretty much wore out the Blue Sox pitching tonight. After three scoreless innings, the Cavalry clicked into gear to support starter Lake Bachar who cruised to his fifth win of the campaign. After six doubles in the matinee, Canberra lashed another eleven doubles tonight in a remarkable display of line drive hitting that put Sydney on the rack. Sydney evergreen Craig Anderson started to crack in the fourth before three successive doubles with none out in the top of the fifth knocked him out of the contest. Cameron Warner, Jay Baum and David Kandilas each boasted three hits for the Cavalry who owned 17 hits for the game. In-form Michael Suchy produced two doubles and a triple as a shining light for the Blue Sox who were well beaten in this one to see an important home series slip right away from them. Canberra keeps their streak rolling!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,1-5)  4.0ip 7h 5r 5er 1bb 2k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Tom Roberts 1.0ip 3h 3r 1er 0bb 0k;
James BOEREE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Mitchell SKINNER  0.0ip 4h 4r 4er 1bb 0k;
Connor MacDONALD  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Brendan KINGMAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 3-3 (2D-HR-2RBI); Zac SHEPHERD 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI);
Lars ANDERSON 2-4 (D); Mitchell EDWARDS 1-3; Alex HOWE 1-4

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR (W,5-1)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 7k;
Thomas HOLLAND  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Cameron WARNER 3-5 (D-RBI); Jay BAUM 3-6 (2D-T-3RBI);
David KANDILAS 3-5 (2D-3RBI); Casey McELROY 2-6 (2D-RBI);
Travis WITHERSPOON 2-5 (2D); Boss MOANAROA 2-3 (D-4RBI);
Moko MOANAROA 1-4 (D); Kyle PERKINS 1-3

 
 

WEEK 9 - Game 4 - 21 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

4 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 12 14 1

SYDNEY

2 2 2 2 3 0 0 4 X 15 15 1
REPORT:  The hitters performing at Blacktown today must have skipped breakfast, because they were certainly hungry by the time that they arrived on a hot and sunny day in Sydney. The visiting Cavalry were quickly out of the blocks with a "four spot" in the top of the first in search of a series sweep, but the Blue Sox responded to post "crooked numbers" in each of their first five innings. Pitchers on both teams were put to the sword as Sydney overturned Canberra's early onslaught to lead 11-5 after five. Just as the brooms were being flung back into the storeroom, Canberra made another push and when former Sox slugger Boss Moanaroa launched a three-run shot in the top of the eighth, the lead had been shaved down to 11-10 in another "wild one". Any rising tension among home fans was soon allayed when four Sydney doubles in the bottom of the eighth resulted in another four runs to make it feel comfortable again. David Kandilas drove in a pair against his former team in the top of the ninth to leave the Cavs three runs short in the end as he delivered a fine three-hit game. Young tyro Mitch Edwards also had a big three-hit game for the 'B-Sox' who were led by former major leaguer Lars Anderson who came through with a double and a homer for five runs batted in. 29 hits and 27 runs supplied plenty of action for fans of offence and Sydney pitching stalwart Luke Wilkins would be grateful for the "W" after a tough start to this one. Keep those brooms out of sight!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,4-3)  5.0ip 7h 5r 4er 2bb 0k;
Calvin DRUMMOND  1.2ip 2h 2r 2er 3bb 1k;
Todd Van STEENSEL (H,1)  1.1ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 3k;
Sven SCHUELLER  1.0ip 1h 2r 2er 3bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Mitchell EDWARDS 3-4 (2D-3RBI); Lars ANDERSON 2-4 (D-HR-5RBI);
Alex HOWE 2-3 (D-2RBI); Michael SUCHY 2-5 (D-2RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4 (D-2RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-3 (D);
Max BRENNEN 1-4 (RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (D);
Zac SHEPHERD 1-5 (D); Joshua STRONG 1-1

PITCHING:

Steve KENT  2.0ip 4h 4r 4er 1bb 2k;
Sean GUINARD (L,0-3)  1.2ip 3h 4r 4er 2bb 0k;
Dan LIETZ  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 1bb 0k;
Tyler HERR  3.0ip 5h 4r 4er 3bb 4k;
Michael CLICK  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-6 (D-3RBI); Boss MOANAROA 2-5 (HR-3RBI);
Jay BAUM 2-4 (D-2RBI); Moko MOANAROA 2-5 (RBI);
Lee MILLS 2-4 (RBI); Casey McELROY 2-6 (D);
Travis WITHERSPOON 1-4; Cameron WARNER 0-6 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Hardly for the first time this year, prolific import Jay Baum was the pacesetter for the Cavs in this series with seven hits, including four doubles and two triples for five batted in. Warner, Kandilas an Witherspoon each contributed six hits, while Boss Moanaroa owned a team best seven RBIs with, strangely, Canbarra's only homer for the series. Michael Suchy was the standout for Sydney with seven hits that comprised four doubles and two homers for five RBIs. Lars Anderson finished strong in Game 4 to boast six hits and five RBIs. Starters Frank Gailey, Brian Grening and Lake Bachar were all terrific performers for the Cavalry with Gailey just getting my nod.