ABL 2018 - WEEK 2

  26 NOV 2017 - CANBERRA HANDLES BLUE SOX 3-1 AT HOME!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY 26R 42H 0E v BLUE SOX 19R 36H 4E --  As 3-1 series winners the Cavalry had a margin of runs and hits over Sydney in keeping with what we might expect, even though Sydney's dominant win in Game 3 made it look better. Canberra can be most satisfied that they did not commit a single error over the four game series. It was a series victory they really needed to get back in the mix.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 23 NOV 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 7 0

CANBERRA

0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 5 14 0
REPORT:  Under tie-breaker rules for the tenth inning, Canberra took advantage of Sydney's inability to push across a run in the top half by executing a sacrifice bunt and scoring a walkoff winner courtesy of import debutant Jay Baum's RBI single. Sure, it was a tight finish, but the Blue Sox could hardly complain about losing a game in which they were doubled for hits 7-14 by their hosts. Highly experienced Cavalry starter Brian Grening was more effective than his Sydney counterpart Trevor Foss, yet it was Foss who looked the likely winner when his team led 4-1 after six. Trent D'Antonio lashed a RBI triple in the top of the third and Chih-Hsien Chiang crushed a two run homer to highlight a three-run sixth. Canberra's run had come in the bottom of the fourth when Connor Panas clocked his second long ball of the season so far.
However, Sydney's lead was to be short lived when Kyle Perkins "went yard" with a two-run bomb in the seventh and Jay Baum cashed in a one out triple by Panas with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The extra innings winner handed the win to Cavalry closer Michael Click who pitched two strong frames, while German Sven Schueller was laden with the 'L-Plate'. Panas had three hits for Canberra, while former pro Jacob Younis matched that with three hits for the 'B-Sox'. Canberra gets its first win for this season while Sydney takes its first loss.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING  6.0ip 5h 4er 0bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ  2.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k;
Michael CLICK (W,1-0)  2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  6.0ip 10h 3er 0bb 2k;
Chang-Sung KO (BS,1)  3.0ip 3h 1er 0bb 4k;
Sven SCHUELLER (L,0-1)  0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 3-4 (D); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Jin-De JHANG 1-4; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-5 (T-RBI); Alex HOWE 1-4;
Gavin FINGLESON 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 24 NOV 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X 4 10 0
REPORT:  There are few things in sport that irritate fas more than when a former favourite of your team comes back to haunt you when playing for a rival team... that was the role of national team outfielder David Kandilas tonight. The former Sydney star, who is in his second season with Canberra, played the role of villain as far as Blue Sox supporters are concerned by batting 3-4 and supplying all four Cavalry runs via his fifth inning GRAND SLAM homer! It had been a terrific pitching duel up until then as Sydney evergreen Craig Anderson matched zeroes with Canberra's starter Luke Bachar. Unfortunately for the visitors, it was Anderson who blinked first by allowing three, one out, singles in the bottom of the fifth to set the table for Kandilas to crunch a killer blow over left field. That was all the offence Canberra needed at Narrabundah tonight as Bachar and another former Blue Sox, Tyler Herr, combined for the shutout with nine perfect "goose eggs" on the top line of the scorecard. Their pitching was very good indeed, but this day belonged to David Kandilas!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Luke BACHAR (W,1-0)  6.0ip 7h 0er 0bb 3k;
Tyler HERR (S,1)  3.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-4 (HR-4RBI); Jake AMOS 2-3;
Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (D); Connor PANAS 1-3; Ryan KALISH 1-4;
Buddy REED 1-4

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,0-1)  6.0ip 8h 4er 0bb 5k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 2-3; Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-4;
Gavin FINGLESON 2-4; Jacob YOUNIS 1-3; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4; Michael SUCHY 1-4

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 25 NOV 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 2 8 12 0

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4 0
REPORT:  Sydney starter Clayton Freimuth was a bit untidy tonight in Canberra, yet he still did an important job for his team to claim his second win from his two starts so far this young season. The competitive lefty allowed just one run from his six-plus innings to keep the Blue Sox in with a chance to square this away series. Veteran lefty Steve Kent was also strong for the Cavalry through four scoreless frames until game MVP Trent D'Antonio struck for a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the fifth - it was the third of his four hits for the game. Taiwanese star Chiang followed with a long ball in the top of the next to spark a five-run uprising that gave the Blue Sox a substantial 6-0 advantage. He also homered in the top of the ninth to give him four dingers from seven ABL games as he shapes to be a difference maker. Those runs saw Kent depart with his second loss of the season and there was simply no way back for the hosts at Narrabundah. Boss Moanaroa "went yard" for Canberra to announce his recent return to ABL action this season. It was a strong result for Sydney tonight.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (L,0-2)  5.1ip 7h 3er 1bb 6k;
Stephen JANAS  0.0ip 0h 3er 2bb 0k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.2ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k;
Liam DOOLAN  1.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k;
Thomas HOLLAND  1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 2-2 (HR-RBI); David KANDILAS 1-3 (D);
Jay BAUM 1-2; Connor PANAS 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (W,2-0)  6.2ip 2h 1er 5bb 2k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.1ip 2h 1er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Trent D'ANTONIO 4-5 (HR-RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-5 (2HR-3RBI);
Alex HOWE 2-4 (D-3RBI); Jin-De JHANG 2-4; Michael CAMPBELL 1-2;
Mitchell EDWARDS 1-1; Jacob YOUNIS 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 26 NOV 2017 - Wollongong

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 7 8 3

CANBERRA

0 10 0 0 0 3 2 0 X 15 14 0
REPORT:  No thanks to his own two-out throwing error in the bottom of the second inning, Sydney starter Luke Wilkins endured a nightmare ten run frame with only two of those runs scoring as earned. Buddy Reed and Boss Moanaroa's both delivered GRAND SLAM home runs at Thomas Dalton Park today in the double-digit inning that took most of the sting out of the second 'Wollongong Classic' today.
Blue Sox import Michael Suchy went deep in the top of the fourth but there wasn't much for travelling Sydney fans to get excited about. Moanaroa clocked his second long ball in the bottom of the sixth to go back-to-back with Jay Baum who also homered as Canberra tacked on three in that inning and two more in the next. With the contest long since decided, Sydney plated six over the last couple of innings to give the final score some measure of respectability. The early fireworks from the Cavalry offence somewhat overshadowed a terrific start by experienced 32yo Independent Leaguer Frank Gailey who had reached 'AAA' level with the Philadelphia Phillies after originally signing with Toronto. He fanned nine across seven strong innings and the Blue Sox only really came alive after he was gone. With his two homers and six runs driven in, Boss Moanaroa will have fond memories of his day in Wollongong.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY (W,1-0)  7.0ip 4h 1er 1bb 9k;
Sean GUINARD  1.0ip 2h 3er 3bb 2k;
Dan LIETZ  1.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-4 (2HR-6RBI); Jay BAUM 2-3 (HR-2RBI);
Connor PANAS 2-4 (D-RBI); David KANDILAS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 2-4 (D-RBI); Buddy REED 1-4 (HR-4RBI);
Jake AMOS 1-1; Cameron WARNER 1-5

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,1-1)  2.0ip 8h 2er 1bb 0k;
Kyle GLOGOSKI  3.0ip 1h 0er 3bb 2k;
Matthew RAE  1.0ip 2h 3er 1bb 2k;
Sven SCHUELLER  1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 2k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 3-5 (HR-3RBI); Max BRENNEN 1-2 (T-2RBI);
Mitchell EDWARDS 1-1 (RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-3;
Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4; Michael CAMPBELL 1-4;

SERIES STARS:  Former Sydney star David Kandilas featured in all four games to lead Canberra with seven hits, but it was another Sydney slugger, Boss Moanaroa, who really exploded with five hits, three homers and seven RBIs over the last two games. Sydney got another strong series from Chih-Hsien Chiang and Trent D'Antonio who both delivered six hits, headlined by Chiang who also drove in five. The winning starters produced the best pitching in this series, probably led by Canberra's Game 2 ace Luke Bachar. Sydney's Clayton Freimuth and Canberra's Frank Gailey were also worthy of high praise this weekend.

  26 NOV 2017 - MELBOURNE FINALLY WINS IN ADELAIDE 3-1!

OVERVIEW:   BITE 12R 31H 4E v ACES 17R 32H 3E -- There was just one safe hit separating these teams at West Beach this weekend, but the victorious Melbourne Aces did lead the scoring as we would expect from their three wins. In an overall context there is no reason to assume any long-term advantage from the result of this series, yet the Aces will be delighted to finally prevail in Adelaide.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 23 NOV 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 8 12 1

ADELAIDE

1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 6 14 1
REPORT:  There was no shortage of safe hitting at West Beach in Adelaide tonight with the Bite and the Aces combining for 26 hits and all nine hitters in Melbourne's lineup got on the scorecard with at least one knock. Rival starters Max Beatty and Mark Hamburger were both made to toil hard and Hamburger needed ten punch outs to counteract 13 hits and three walks - Beatty struck out seven over seven.
Neither pitcher recorded the win as the lead see-sawed before the Aces made the big move in the top of the eighth thanks to a three-run jack from Jared Cruz. Darius Day scored after his leadoff double to get the Bite on the board in the bottom of the first before the Aces equalised via Tomoya Mori's leadoff double that was plated by Ryan Dale. The first of the long balls came in the bottom of the second when Darius Day went deep for two, but again Melbourne was quick to respond. They went ahead 4-3 in the top of the third when Allan de San Miguel capped a three-run rally with his two RBI double. Resilient former major leaguer Hamburger steadied after that to take the lead into the bottom of the sixth when the momentum swung again. The power bat of dangerous local Angus Roeger whacked a two-run homer over right to give the hosts a very timely 5-4 advantage. Recent pro Nick Hutchings took the ball from Beatty for the top of the eighth and, sadly for him, Beatty saw his first ABL win vanish over the left-centre fence when Cruz nailed his huge three-run shot. Adelaide scratched one back in their half of the eighth, but Melbourne's big name import Delmon Young provided some insurance for the Aces with his solo shot in the ninth. Former Adelaide favourite Josh Tols did his old team no favours by striking out all three hitters for a brilliant save.
As a former No.1 overall draft pick and with ten major league seasons behind him, Delmon Young is right up there with the biggest names to grace our national league and, if he finds anywhere near his best, he will be a major threat at the plate. The Aces also boasted a third major leaguer tonight when reliever Matt Marksberry made his ABL debut. After five games Adelaide is still looking to break the ice!

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Max BEATTY  7.0ip 9h 4er 1bb 7k;
Nick HUTCHINGS (BS,1)(L,0-1)  1.0ip 2h 3er 1bb 2k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  0.1ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k;
Christopher HORNE  0.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 3-5 (D-RBI); Tai-San CHANG 3-5 (D-RBI);
Angus ROEGER 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5 (D);
Darius DAY 2-6 (D-HR-2RBI); Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-3 (D);
Jordan McARDLE 1-2

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER  6.0ip 13h 5er 3bb 10k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (W,2-0)  1.2ip 1h 1er 1bb 3k;
Matt MARKSBERRY (H,1)  0.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k;
Josh TOLS (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4 (D-2RBI); Delmon YOUNG 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Jarryd DALE 2-5; Brett CUMBERLAND 1-3; Ryan DALE 1-4;
Jared CRUZ 1-4 (HR-3RBI); Liam BEDFORD 1-4;
Darryl GEORGE 1-5 (D-RBI); Tomoya MORI 1-5 (D)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 24 NOV 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
REPORT:  In a similar vein to Canberra's win tonight, the Melbourne Aces pitched a shutout in Adelaide to condemn their hosts to a record low 0-6 start to this ABL season. Although the Aces dominated the regular season last year, they had plenty of trouble with Adelaide but, for two games at least this season, they are enjoying some pay-back time. It would have raised some eyebrows in Adelaide when Melbourne sent out 38yo Korean reliever Hei Chun Lee to start against his former ABL club and he set the tone for the Aces to keep the blanks rolling on the scoreboard while they combined to strike out 14 Adelaide hitters for the game. Most potent of them was Japanese import Shunta Nakatsuka who fanned five across his two innings of middle relief as he seems to be adjusting to our national league. While the Bite were held scoreless, the Aces found more than enough offence after star catcher Allan de San Miguel opened their books with his two-run blast in the top of the second. Recent major leaguer Delmon Young clocked another in the a two-run top of the fifth and the Aces scored another brace in the an untidy top of the sixth. Losing pitcher for the hosts was young gun Jack O'Loughlin who seemed uncomfortable from the beginning tonight, yet we have already seen much better from the signed future pro. Jackson Boyd collected the win for Melbourne.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (L,0-1)  4.1ip 6h 4er 4bb 8k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k;
Wilson LEE  1.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k;
Tyson McKEE  1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k;
Ryan DUNCAN  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 2-4 (D); Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4 (D); Darius DAY 1-2;
Stephen LOHR 1-4

PITCHING:

Hei Chun LEE  3.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k;
Jackson BOYD (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA  2.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 5k;
Jack ENCIONDO  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k;
Mitchell LEY  1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-5 (HR-2RBI); Brett CUMBERLAND 2-5 (D);
Jarryd DALE 2-5; Delmon YOUNG 1-5 (HR-RBI); Jared CRUZ 1-4;
Darryl GEORGE 1-4; Jordan BARNETT 1-1 (D);
Liam BEDFORD 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 25 NOV 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 X 6 7 1
REPORT:  Former LA Dodgers 'AA' level pitcher Chris Powell gave the Adelaide Bite just what they needed tonight as they broke through for their first win of the new season. The Indy Leaguer had his nose in front 3-2 when he left with the win after six, having kept the Aces pretty quiet at West Beach tonight. Not so fortunate was Melbourne's Japanese starter Kona Takahashi who was badly let down by his defence while striking out nine batters from his meritorious seven inning effort. He is entitled to bemoan the fact that only one of the five runs he allowed was earned and it could have been so much better for him. Star import Rodrigo Ayarza was big for the Bite again tonight with a first inning double that eventually opened their scoring and a seventh inning two-run homer that effectively clinched the result. Even though they levelled the hit count with seven each, the Melbourne Aces simply couldn't string together enough offence against some sturdy Adelaide pitching on this occasion. It was a good result for Powell and real poor fortune for Takahashi.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (W,1-1)  6.0ip 6h 1er 2bb 4k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,1)  2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Bas NOOIJ 1-4 (D-RBI);
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS 1-1 (D-RBI); Stephen LOHR 1-1 (RBI);
Tai-San CHANG 1-3; Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Kona TAKAHASHI (L,0-2)  7.0ip 6h 1er 2bb 9k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4; Tomoya MORI 1-3 (RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 1-3 (RBI); Brett CUMBERLAND 1-3; Ryan DALE 1-3;
Jarryd DALE 1-4

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 26 NOV 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces finally won their first series in Adelaide in this modern ABL competition. A leadoff single from Jarryd Dale and a one out RBI double from major leaguer Delmon Young was all it took to back up a brilliant shutout served up by the Aces pitchers. In fact, it was a day for pitching domination at West Beach with both bullpens claiming double-digit strike outs and only eight total hits came from the bats. Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Christian Meister started the game for Melbourne before handing over to former Adelaide star Josh Tols who took the win by striking out six over four strong innings of middle relief. Shunta Nakatsuka and Mark Hamburger sealed the deal with a hold and a save respectively as all four combined for a convincing shutout. Greg Mosel was the man saddled with the loss based on that one lonely first inning run, while he also struck out more than one per inning over five. It hardly mattered that Adelaide led the paltry hits count 5-3 because it was the Aces that grasped a rare opportunity to score the only run they needed to clinch this away series.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,0-2)  5.0ip 3h 1er 3bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  2.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k;
Matt WILLIAMS  2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Isaias QUIROZ 2-4; Darius DAY 1-2; Tai-San CHANG 1-4;
Jordan McARDLE 1-4

PITCHING:

Christian MEISTER  3.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 4k;
Josh TOLS (W,1-0)  4.0ip 3h 0er 2bb 6k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k;
Mark HAMBURGER (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 1-4 (D-RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-3; Liam BEDFORD 1-3

SERIES STARS:  For Melbourne, Allan de San Miguel and youngster Jarryd Dale led the way with six hits each with 'de San' also leading the run producers with four. Former major leaguer Delmon Young is starting to find his stroke with two home runs and three important RBIs. Star imports Stephen Lohr, Tai-San Chang and Rodrigo Ayarza each supplied five hits, while no Adelaide player nailed more than two RBIs. Rival Game 3 starters, Chris Powell (Bite) and Kona Takahashi (Aces) were my choices for joint pitchers of the series.

  26 NOV 2017 - BRISBANE DOMINATES 3-1 IN PERTH!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT 28R 41H 4E v BANDITS 47R 51H 7E -- Even though they regained some of the lost ground with their big consolation win in Game 4, Perth copped a fearful hammering from the Champs in the opening three games where Brisbane totalled 41 runs. It is already clear that the Bandits are the team to beat this season and the pathway to the title will most likely go though them.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 24 NOV 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 1 4 0 0 1 7 1 1 16 12 3

PERTH

0 0 3 0 2 0 0 3 1 9 12 2
REPORT:  The defending back-to-back Champion Brisbane Bandits rolled into Perth like a gunslinger tonight and flexed their muscles against a shell-shocked hosts to spoil an opening night party at Thornlie. Perth starter Alex Boshers was most impressive on opening night in Melbourne last weekend, but he was dealt a rude awakening by the Bandits who struck early and often to send him to an early shower after three. With a run in the first, another in the second and a homer from T.J Bennett that started a four-run third, Brisbane had Perth right under the cosh, yet the Heat struck back with three in the bottom of the third and two more in the sixth to trail just 5-6 in what was already an entertaining game. The poor old scorers must have been running out of pencils as the hits and runs kept flowing. Any hopes of a home town victory went right out the window when Brisbane piled on another ten runs over the last four frames, including seven in the top of the seventh when former major leaguer Donald Lutz capped it off with a three-run long ball. For what it's worth, Brisbane reliever Zac Treece recorded the win as probably the most effective man on the hill tonight. Every Bandits' batter in the starting lineup enjoyed a hit, aside from Chih-Sheng Lin who still contributed with a sacrifice fly RBI. The Brisbane Bandits continue to provide headaches for opponents.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS (L,1-1)  3.0ip 7h 5er 2bb 4k;
Jake BOWEY  2.2ip 0h 1er3bb 3k;
Travis McDONALD  0.1ip 1h 1er 2bb 1k;
Adam MILLSON  1.0ip 2h 0er2bb 0k;
David JOHN  1.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k;
Lachlan SOUTHEE  1.0ip 1h 1er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 3-5 (2D); Jesse WILLIAMS 2-5; Ryan KIFT 1-3;
Alex HALL 2-2 (2RBI); Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (2RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-3 (D-2RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 1-3 (2RBI);
Zacrey LAW 1-5 (D)

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER  4.0ip 6h 2er 3bb 5k;
Zac TREECE (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 4k;
Rhys NIIT  1.2ip 3h 2er 1bb 1k;
Ryan IHLE  1.2ip 2h 1er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 25 NOV 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 7 0 0 4 0 0     12 16 1

PERTH

0 0 1 1 0 0 3     5 6 2
REPORT:  Nightmares from yesterday's seven-run eighth inning came flooding back for Heat fans at Thornlie today when the travelling Brisbane Bandits rattled off a seven-run second to kill off this no-contest very early. It would be bad enough to allow twelve runs from 16 hits in any baseball game, but even worse in a seven inning game as the matinee of a double header Saturday in Perth. To put it bluntly, Perth's import starter Kyle Simon was torched for his second loss today and he didn't survive the second inning with a horrible ERA of 20.77 from his two outings to date. Brisbane's offence is also firing on all cylinders, led by national team star Aaron Whitefield in this one with his 4-5 that included a double and a homer. Mitch Nilsson and Donald Lutz joined him with long balls as the glut of run support gave Tim Atherton a low-pressure start, even though he walked one per inning over his five frames. Michael Brosseau and Ryan Kift went deep for the Heat, but that was just about the only fleeting joy for parochial home fans on a sunny day in the western capital.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (L,0-2)  1.2ip 10h 8er 0bb 0k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  4.1ip 6h 1er 2bb 3k;
Matt DIXON  1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Michael BROSSEAU 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Ryan KIFT 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-3; Zacrey LAW 1-3; Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (RBI);
Jesse WILLIAMS 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON (W,2-0)  5.0ip 3h 2er 5bb 7k;
Rhys NIIT  2.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 4-5 (D-HR-RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 2-3 (RBI);
Mitch NILSSON 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 2-4 (2RBI);
Wade DUTTON 2-4; Donald LUTZ 2-5 (HR-3RBI);
Logan WADE 1-3 (D-RBI); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 25 NOV 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 1 1 1 0 0 7 3 13 14 1

PERTH

0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0
REPORT:  You don't often see seven-run innings in baseball, but the red-hot Brisbane Bandits have delivered a "seven spot" in each of the three games in Perth so far this weekend to deflate home fans. Former major league lefty Travis Blackley was terrific for Brisbane in the nightcap of the double header day with seven strike out victims from his five inning start that earned him the win. However, this was no runaway result as the Heat trailed just 2-3 after scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Tim Kennelly supplied his third hit for the game. Unfortunately the Bandits were just tuning up their bats and they batted around in the top of the eighth for seven big runs, capped by a GRAND SALAMI from national team star Mitch Nilsson who had another massive game offensively. He contributed the small matter of 4-5 with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs as Brisbane racked up another 14 hits to give them 30 hits for the day. Perth starter Nick Veale was saddled with the loss, yet he wasn't responsible for the mayhem that saw Brisbane pile on ten runs over the last two innings. It was a tad strange that Pat Young was in position to record a save by virtue of the fact that he was pitching just before the deluge arrived.
There can be little doubt that the defending champs are absolutely brimming with confidence at the moment.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (L,0-1)  4.2ip 5h 3er 4bb 4k;
Bo HELLQUIST  2.1ip 4h 2er 1bb 0k;
Jett WRIGHT  2.0ip 5h 8er 4bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 3-5 (D); Michael BROSSEAU 2-4;
Zacrey LAW 1-3 (D-RBI); Garrett WHITELY 1-4 (RBI);
Ryan KIFT 1-4; Jake FRALEY 1-5

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,1-0)  5.0ip 4h 1er 0bb 7k;
Sam HOLLAND (H,1)  0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k;
Chiu PIN-JUI (H,2)  1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k;
Pat YOUNG (S,2)  2.1ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 26 NOV 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 9 2

PERTH

6 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 X 11 14 0
REPORT:  Having witnessed the Brisbane Bandits piling up seven run innings in each of the first three games of this series, the Perth Heat would feel some measure of retribution this afternoon with a six-run first inning of their own. Home fans might have been fearing another avalanche of Brisbane runs when the red hot bat of Mitch Nilsson stroked a two-run homer in the top of the first, but they were soon to rally back hard against Bandits' veteran starter Justin Erasmus. A leadoff walk in the home half of the first was to ignite the "six spot" that was capped by Alex Hall's two-run homer. Brisbane scored two more in the top of the second to cut the deficit to 4-6, yet Perth were not about to endure a sweep on home soil today. Evergreen Tim Kennelly responded with a two-run bomb of his own as the Heat held Brisbane at arm's length in the series finale. Tom Bailey was solid enough to claim the win with eight punch outs over six quality innings. He would probably battle for the MVP honours with Tim Kennelly and Jake Fraley who both batted 3-4 for the hosts who finally had something to smile about after ending Brisbane's undefeated start to this 2018 ABL season.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (W,1-0)  6.0ip 7h 5er 1bb 8k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB  2.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 3-4 (RBI); Tim KENNELLY 3-4 (HR-4RBI);
Jake TURNBULL 1-2 (RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-2 (D-RBI);
Alex HALL 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Zacrey LAW 1-3 (D-RBI);
Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4; Garrett WHITELY 1-5 (RBI);
Michael BROSSEAU 1-5 (D); Luke HUGHES 1-5

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS (L,0-1)  2.0ip 8h 8er 1bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 1k;
Chiu PIN-JUI  2.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 2-3 (2D); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Chih-Sheng LIN 2-4 (D); Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-4 (RBI); Logan WADE 1-4; T.J BENNETT 0-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Brisbane's high powered offence was in overdrive for the first three games of this series, led by red hot Mitch Nilsson who boasted nine hits, two doubles, three home runs and 12 huge RBIs. Ultra consistent Aaron Whitefield had eight hits with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs, while former major leaguer Donald Lutz went deep twice for seven batted in. Perth was best served by Tim Kennelly who supplied seven RBIs from eight hits, followed by Jake Fraley with seven safe hits.
The major league class of former Victorian Travis Blackley came to the fore as the most impressive pitcher in this series.