ABL 2018 - WEEK 7

  7 JAN 2018 - CANBERRA MAULS ACES FOR 3-1 SERIES IN MELBOURNE!

OVERVIEW:   ACES 16R 25H 4E v CAVALRY 30R 40H 2E --  As we alluded during our reports for this series, Melbourne's pitching depth was sorely tested by a tough Canberra offence that features several in-form stars. The Cavalry just about doubled their hosts for both runs and hits in a disappointing outcome for the Aces. It certainly solidifies Canberra's playoff chances while leaving Melbourne still vulnerable.

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 4 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
REPORT:  It comes with the territory for a top of the rotation starting pitcher to compete with opposing aces and it was always going to be very tough on whoever lost this marvellous battle of the titans in Melbourne tonight. That horribly unlucky man was Melbourne's Mark Hamburger who came up on the losing side despite racking up a remarkable SIXTEEN punch outs and allowing only four hits across his complete game effort. Unfortunately for him, he bumped into an equally effective Brian Grening who is into his seventh ABL season as a high quality import. Grening throttled the Aces through a mighty complete game shutout that allowed only three hits to the home team.
While that highly experienced pair of right-handers was dominating proceedings from the mound, only Canberra's national team star David Kandilas could make any impact on the scoreboard with two RBIs delivered in the first and the last inning. It may have looked like the beginning of an offensive game when Buddy Reed led off the game with a double and Kandilas later drove him in on a ground ball out. With nothing but noughts in between, Kandilas stepped up to give Grening an insurance run with his ninth inning homer over right field. It was apparent that Melbourne's coaching staff were less than pleased with the officiating at that time and two of them were ejected to end the game with some nasty tastes in mouths. We can only compliment Grening and Hamburger for a brilliant display of pitching tonight - such was their mastery that disconsolate home fans were trudging home less than two hours after the game started!

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,2-4)  9.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 16k

OFFENCE:

Jared CRUZ 1-3; Delmon YOUNG 1-3; Darryl GEORGE 1-4

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,3-0)  9.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 5k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Buddy REED 1-4 (D);
Robbie PERKINS 1-3 (D); Gabriel ARIAS 1-3

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 5 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 X 7 7 1
REPORT:  After a tough defeat yesterday, the Melbourne Aces hit back for a most important win at Altona tonight. Both teams led off the game with a home run - Canberra's Buddy Reed launching his first of two for the game and Darryl George responding for the Aces.
Former Tampa Bay pro George has been really consistent for the Aces and his three hits tonight took his season average above .300.
Rival starting pitchers Josh Tols, for Melbourne, and Frank Gailey, for Canberra, were both battling hard for their teams while neither was close to dominant. New professional Cameron Warner gave the Cavs a 2-1 lead with his second inning bomb and David Kandilas added another with his sixth long ball in the top of the fourth. The tug-of-war continued when Melbourne pulled one back in the home half of the fourth before the big blow came from former Cavalry import Mike Crouse who came up big with a three-run homer for the hosts in the fifth. The Aces enjoyed their hard-won 5-3 lead for just a couple of frames until Buddy Reed bagged his second homer for two, game tying, runs in the top of the seventh. Home fans shifted nervously in their seats as Sam Street took the ball to nail down a very important and conclusive win for the Aces. That opportunity came when Ryan Dale supplied a clutch RBI double and Darryl George followed with another RBI in the bottom of the eighth. Those runs consigned Tayler Saucedo with the loss as this pivotal series is now level.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS  5.1ip 6h 3r 3er 2bb 5k;
Scott SHUMAN (BS,1)  1.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 3k;
Sam STREET (W,1-0)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 3-5 (D-HR-2RBI); Ryan DALE 2-3 (D-RBI);
Michael CROUSE 1-3 (HR-3RBI); Delmon YOUNG 1-3;
Jarryd DALE 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY  5.0ip 4h 5r 5er 4bb 6k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Tayler SAUCEDO (L,1-2)  2.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 6 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 1 6 0 0 3 2 0 0 12 15 0

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 7 2
REPORT:  Whenever you see a team roll out seven pitchers to navigate a standard nine inning game, it is rarely good news for them in terms of the outcome. That was the plight of the Melbourne Aces tonight to the disappointment of home fans who witnessed another game where the Aces pitching simply did not stand up against quality bats. It was an unhappy reunion for Melbourne's most effective 2016 starting pitcher Matt Larkins who didn't find anything like his best after a year away from the ABL. The Indy League journeyman uncharacteristically struggled for control as Canberra took the upper hand early and didn't let go of their vice-like grip. Chief destroyer for the Cavalry was teenage import Gabriel Arias who plundered 4-5 that started with his RBI single in the top of the second. Three successive hits and two bases loaded walks got Larkins into huge trouble in the third and he was unable to get out of what was a six-run stanza.
Meanwhile, Canberra starter Lake Bachar was able to cruise to his fourth win of the season with another very good performance. Imports Tyler Neslony and Brett Cumberland both crunched solo shots to give Melbourne fans some brief moments of joy, but their bullpen was shuffling the deck chairs on the SS Titanic. With double the number of hits for the night Canberra well and truly deserved the spoils here.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Matt LARKINS (L,0-1)  2.1ip 8h 7r 7er 3bb 3k;
Hei Chun LEE  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Christian MEISTER  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Matt BEATTIE  1.0ip 2h 3r 2er 1bb 1k;
Jack ENCIONDO  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Mitchell LEY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jackson BOYD  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 2-4; Oliver McMAHON 1-2 (RBI);
Tyler NESLONY 1-4 (HR-RBI); Brett CUMBERLAND 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Michael CROUSE 1-4 (D); Delmon YOUNG 1-4

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR (W,4-1)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 1bb 6k;
Dan LIETZ  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Sean GUINARD  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 4k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 7 JAN 2018 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0 1 11 13 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 0
REPORT:  After rolling out seven pitchers last night, the Melbourne Aces used another six tonight as they struggled to find a way to slow Canberra's potent offence. Starter Jon Kennedy was a tad unlucky with some soft hits finding the grass and others finding small holes through the infield, but the Cavalry kept the scoreboard moving to expand their lead every other inning. The game gradually faded into the distance for the hosts when Buddy Reed homered in the fifth and Robbie Perkins put it to bed via his GRAND SLAM in a five-run top of the seventh. While most of that was happening on the top line of the scorecard, seasoned Canberra lefty Steve Kent was having little trouble keeping the lethargic Aces anchored on zero while making some big pitches whenever there was a hint of a threat. Kent fanned nine through six-plus innings for his second "W". There was some belated irony for Melbourne supporters that the offence finally found some life when they were already 0-10 in arrears. Darryl George and departing import Brett Cumberland both homered in the bottom of the eighth and Delmon Young finally came through with a GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the last. In between those innings, red-hot Cavalry import Jay Baum capped another mighty four-hit game with his fifth homer of the season to leave the final score still a lop-sided 11-6.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (L,1-1)  3.0ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 4k;
Christian MEISTER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Jackson BOYD  1.0ip 4h 5r 5er 0bb 0k;
Scott SHUMAN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k
Sam STREET  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 2-3 (D-HR-RBI); Jarryd DALE 2-4;
Darryl GEORGE 2-5 (HR-RBI); Delmon YOUNG 1-5 (HR-4RBI);
Ryan DALE 1-4

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (W,2-4)  6.1ip 3h 0r 0er 3bb 9k;
Thomas HOLLAND  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Grant PICCOLI  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Michael CLICK  0.2ip 3h 4r 4er 3bb 2k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

SERIES STARS:  Very productive imports Jay Baum and Gabriel Arias both had seven hits for this series as six Cavalry players boasted at least four hits in Melbourne. David Kandilas led Canberra for runs batted in with five from two home runs, while Buddy Reed clocked three momers for four RBIs. Local Darryl George stood like a beacon for the Aces with eight hits, including two home runs. Look no further than the remarkable pitching in Game 1 for the series stars with the ball. Brian Grening and Mark Hamburger both went the nine innings distance with Grening allowing three hits for the shutout win and Hamburger striking out sixteen victims!

  7 JAN 2018 - BRISBANE TOPS SOX WITH 4-0 SWEEP AT BLACKTOWN!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX  13R 44H 8E v BB  42R 54H 3E --  The Brisbane Bandits were merciless while wrapping up a four game sweep of the home standing Blue Sox this weekend at Blacktown. The advantage in the hits column was ten, yet the gap in runs was a huge 29!
Suffice to say that it was an agonising series result for Sydney who are still scrambling for a playoff berth this season.

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 4 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 7 12 2

SYDNEY

0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
REPORT:  As they have done fairly often during their current reign of Championship success, the Brisbane Bandits have once again waited patiently to unleash their offence on opposing relief staff. On this occasion they were very well served by recent major league slugger Donald Lutz who is a "beast" in this league. Lutz put the Bandits ahead with his RBI single in the first before following-up with a double and a home run later in the game for a three RBI night. Sydney starter Chang-Sung Ko took a 2-1 lead into the top of the sixth after Chih-Hsien Chiang knocked one in in the bottom of the fourth and Connor MacDonald smacked a solo homer in the next. However, Ko was unable to hold back the tide and the Bandits plundered the next six runs over the latter innings for a runaway win. Aside from the big bat of Lutz, Andrew Campbell kept the line moving with three hits and Logan Wade laced a two RBI triple in the top of the sixth. The beneficiary of the late offensive surge was Brisbane starter Ryan Bollinger who claimed his third win of the season with six quality innings of control pitching. The recent Independent League journeyman left-hander has already proven to be a nice acquisition for the defending Champs!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Chang-Sung KO (L,1-2)  5.0ip 6h 3r 3er 2bb 3k;
Todd GRATTAN (BS,2)  2.1ip 6h 4r 3er 1bb 2k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 2-4 (D); Michael CAMPBELL 1-3; Max BRENNEN 1-3;
Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4 (RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (W,3-1)  6.0ip 7h 2r 2er 1bb 6k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 3-5 (D-HR-3RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 3-5;
David SUTHERLAND 2-3 (RBI); Kenshi SUGIYA 1-4;
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-4; Logan WADE 1-5 (T-2RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-4

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 5 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 8 11 1

SYDNEY

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 14 1
REPORT:  Former major leaguer Travis Blackley earned his fourth win of the season with a typically workmanlike performance where he picked his spots to rack up eight strike outs over seven strong innings. Even though the ball was in safe keeping for the Bandits in his left hand, the Blue Sox still managed to battle away with 14 safe hits in a losing cause. Connor MacDonald and Jacob Younis both owned three hits yet, not for the first time, Brisbane's offence was ruthlessly efficient once again. Chih-Sheng Lin clocked his fifth home run of the season in the opening frame and David Sutherland supplied a RBI double in the top of the second to get their score moving. Michael Suchy led off the bottom of the second with a triple to score one before a pickoff and a double play got Blackley out of a minor jam.
The hot bat of T.J Bennett smashed a two-run homer for Brisbane in the fourth as the Bandits piled on six runs through the middle innings to take control. Following a host of defensive changes by the Bandits, Sydney rallied for four runs in a futile finish that made the scoreboard look much more respectable in the end. However, the Blue Sox are well aware that they badly need wins at this stage.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Matthew RAE (L,0-1)  4.1ip 6h 6r 6er 0bb 3k;
Luke WILKINS  3.2ip 5h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 3-5 (2D-RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 3-5 (D);
Max BRENNEN 2-4 (2RBI); Lars ANDERSON 2-4 (RBI);
Michael SUCHY 2-5 (T-RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-5 (D);
Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-5

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,4-1)  7.0ip 8h 1r 1er 0bb 8k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.2ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Zac TREECE (H,2)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 6 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 3
REPORT:  We've mentioned it often enough in these reports, yet it remains impressive how often these Brisbane Bandits simply run away with games with their relentless offence  battering opponents over the latter innings. After a rather even start to this game the Bandits sprung to life with twelve runs from the fifth inning to the eighth as the Blue Sox could muster little resistance at Blacktown tonight.
For all that, Brisbane led only narrowly 2-1 until the big bat of Donald Lutz finally cracked wily Sydney starter Craig Anderson with his three-run bomb in the top of the fifth. Reliever Sven Schueller was "all over the shop" in the sixth as Brisbane heaped on another four and the floodgates were officially open. Tim Atherton produced a solid start for the Bandits before handing a 13th ABL win to Justin Erasmus as Brisbane's pitching allowed the 'B-Sox' just the single run in the first inning. Stalwart Wade Dutton had another strong game offensively with 3-6 that included a double and long ball, his sixth dinger for this season. This one was all Brisbane tonight as the Champs keep rolling!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,1-4)  5.0ip 4h 5r 2er 1bb 4k;
Sven SCHUELLER  1.0ip 5h 6r 6er 4bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Mitchell SKINNER 1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 2k;
Connor MacDONALD  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 2-3 (D-RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 2-3 (D);
Alex HOWE 2-3; Connor MacDONALD 1-2; Michael SUCHY 1-4;
Lars ANDERSON 1-4

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON  4.0ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Justin ERASMUS (W,1-2)  3.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 7 JAN 2018 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 1 5 0 4 1 1 1 13 17 0

SYDNEY

4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 14 2
REPORT:  Not even four first inning runs and 14 safe hits from their Sydney opponents could faze the offensive juggernaut that is the current Brisbane Bandits ballclub. Sydney's Taiwanese star Chih-Hsien Chiang had delivered a three-run "jack" in the bottom of the first as the major slice of a four-run frame, yet the Bandits made it look like child's play to overrun that significant advantage. Brisbane simply went to work on Blue Sox starter Clayton Freimuth to hand him his first ABL loss. On the flip side of the coin, Brisbane starter Hung-Wen Chen steadied well after the rocky start before handing a fourth win to reliever Zac Treece. Dangerous import T.J Bennett crushed a two-run shot and Andrew Campbell hit the first of his two long balls in a five-run fourth that grabbed the lead for the Bandits and there was no looking back for them. Former Brisbane pro Connor MacDonald banged his fifth homer for the Blue Sox to make it close in the bottom of the fifth, but that was all they could produce while the Bandits tacked on seven more runs down the stretch. During that time import catcher Adam Weisenburger plonked another home run as Brisbane rattled up another 17 hits in this series finale. Sydney fans were hoping to hide the brooms at Blacktown today, but those brutal Bandits were in the mood for sweeping!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (L,3-1)  4.0ip 8h 6r 6er 2bb 1k;
Calvin DRUMMOND  1.1ip 2h 4r 4er 4bb 0k;
Todd Van STEENSEL  1.2ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Luke WILKINS  1.0ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 1k;
Todd GRATTAN  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 4-5 (HR-3RBI); Garrett HUGHES 2-4;
Max BRENNEN 2-4; Connor MacDONALD 2-5 (D-HR-2RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 2-5; Michael SUCHY 1-2 (D);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-5 (D)

PITCHING:

Hung-Wen CHEN  4.0ip 10h 4r 4er 0bb 3k;
Zac TREECE (W,4-1)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 4-6 (2HR-2RBI); T.J BENNETT 3-3 (HR-3RBI);
Logan WADE 3-4 (RBI); Kenshi SUGIYA 3-6 (D-RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 2-3 (D-HR-2RBI); Wade DUTTON 1-3 (D-RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 1-5 (RBI); David SUTHERLAND 0-5 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Brisbane's high-powered offence was on show at Blacktown this weekend, even without players like Aaron Whitefield and Mitch Nilson. No fewer than seven Bandits had at least five hits for the series, while eight players drove in multiple runs. Andrew Campbell led the club with ten hits and Donald Lutz led the RBI count with eight. Brisbane also nailed nine home runs for the series. Mighty consistent import Chih-Hsien Chiang was the offensive star for the 'B-Sox' with eight hits and five RBIs.
Brisbane starters Ryan Bollinger and Travis Blackley can share the pitching award in my opinion.

  7 JAN 2018 - PERTH TAKES THREE WINS AWAY FROM ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   BITE  24R 46H 7E v HEAT  33R 52H 6E --  Given that Perth took three from four in this away series, it is fair to say that Adelaide was competitive and the differential for runs and hits wasn't too great. Unfortunately for them, another home series defeat is not what the doctor ordered for the Bite, while Perth looks secure as a near certain playoff contender.

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 4 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 5 10 2

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 12 2
REPORT:  Much like Sydney starter Ko at Blacktown tonight, Adelaide's Greg Mosel also had a possible win slide from his grasp after taking a one run lead into the top of the sixth. He had waged a terrific battle with Perth starter Alex Boshers who had allowed just the one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Heat import Michael Brosseau clocked his seventh home run of the season to tie it up and to take the "W" away from Mosel in a blink. Young gun Jesse Williams then went deep in the next to assume the lead for Perth and former major leaguer Luke Hughes launched another in the eighth to ignite a three-run frame for the guests who were suddenly on top 5-1. The Bite did manage to rally in the home half of the eighth with four successive singles off Perth reliever Dylan Thompson, capped by Jordan McArdle's two RBI single up the middle. This is when Perth unleashed major leaguer Warwick Saupold for his first outing this season and he promptly put out the fire. All that was left was for Cameron Lamb to close out his fourth save of the campaign to polish off a night when all three visiting teams prevailed over their hosts. For the record new Heat import Joe Van Meter pitched strongly in relief to snare his first ABL win.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 0bb 6k;
Matt WILLIAMS (L,0-3)  1.1ip 3h 4r 3er 1bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  0.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jordan McARDLE 2-4 (2RBI); Tai-Shang CHANG 2-4;
Stephen LOHR 2-4; Kuan-Jen CHEN 2-5; Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5;
Darius DAY 1-4 (D); Bas NOOIJ 1-4 (D); Angus ROEGER 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS  5.0ip 6h 1r 0er 0bb 3k;
Joe Van METER (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Dylan THOMPSON  0.1ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (H,1)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB (S,4)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Jesse WILLIAMS 2-4 (D-HR-RBI); Jake BOWEY 1-4 (D-RBI);
Robbie GLENDINNING 2-5; Garrett WHITLEY 1-5 (D)

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 5 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 2 1 3 0 1 7 3 17 19 2

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 2 10 12 2
REPORT:  When Adelaide built this new baseball complex at West Beach, we were advised that it would be a graveyard for sluggers and pitchers would love it. Well, a very hot and clear day in Adelaide made the venue play like a "band box" as nine home runs soared over the outfield fence and the teams combined for 27 runs from 31 hits as the pitchers really toiled. Perth starter Kyle Simon was most effective in the context of this "wild one", while Bite starter Ryo Koura found his ABL honeymoon to be very short lived. After his superb debut start last week, Koura ran into some hot bats today, even though he struck out more than one per inning. Perth kept Adelaide off the board through five innings while they built a 6-0 lead, including a long ball from Jake Fraley. At that stage there was no sign of the missile show that would arrive later.  Kuan-Jen Chen smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to halve the deficit for Adelaide and it seemed to spark an onslaught of stunning proportions. The Perth Heat had scored a new league record 32 runs in a game last weekend and they clearly enjoyed the taste of the feast. They added ELEVEN runs over the last three innings when Alex Hall homered twice to be joined by team mates Matt Dixon and Jesse Williams who also "went yard". Not to be completely denied the Bite also rattled on seven runs as the teams shared 17 runs over the last two innings. Home fans had something to smile about when Chen went deep again to be matched by Jordan McArdle and Bas Nooij. With so many hits flowing it was no surprise that 19 different players took part in the hit parade.
Perth continues to roll in 2018 while Adelaide just can't seem to find a winning formula!

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Ryo KOURA (L,1-1)  4.0ip 8h 3r 3er 0bb 6k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  0.2ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 2k;
Steven CHAMBERS  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.2ip 5h 5r 5er 2bb 0k;
Christopher HORNE  0.0ip 2h 3r 2er 1bb 0k;
Ryan DUNCAN  1.1ip 2h 3r 3er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (W,4-2)  6.0ip 4h 3r 3er 3bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  1.2ip 6h 5r 4er 1bb 3k;
Adam MILLSON  1.1ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 6 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 6 15 1

ADELAIDE

0 0 5 2 1 0 0 0 X 8 15 3
REPORT:  The 2018 Bite did justice to Adelaide's baseball history by winning while wearing the heritage uniform worn by the Adelaide Giants in the original Australian Baseball League. After allowing a first inning run to the Heat, Adelaide's bats performed like giants with eight runs during the middle of the game to give their starter Chris Powell plenty of support for his second win of the season. Three doubles in the bottom of the third produced a "five spot", capped by a two-run double from Nathan VanDerLinden. The doubles kept coming for the Bite who boasted six two-baggers for the night as Perth starter Daniel Schmidt was being knocked around to take the loss. Powell started to falter in the top of the sixth as Perth tried valiantly to rally back into the contest with five runs that left them just two short. Leadoff man Jake Fraley smacked his ninth round-tripper of the season, but it just wasn't enough on this occasion as the Bite finally gave their hardy home fans something to celebrate during a tough season for them.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (W,2-4)  5.1ip 8h 3r 3er 1bb 5k;
Matt WILLIAMS  1.1ip 4h 3r 2er 1bb 5k;
Loek Van MIL (S,4)  2.1ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Kuan-Jen CHEN 3-5; Stephen LOHR 2-3 (2D-RBI);
Angus ROEGER 2-4 (D-RBI); Karl HOSCHKE 2-4 (D);
Nathan VanDerLINDEN 2-4 (D-2RBI); Tai-Shan CHANG 2-5 (D-RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (2RBI); Isaias QUIROZ 1-4

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (L,2-1)  5.0ip 15h 8r 8er 1bb 4k;
Jake BOWEY  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 4k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 7 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

ADELAIDE

0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
REPORT:  Although Jordan McArdle's two-run homer in the bottom of the second gave Adelaide an early lead in the series finale, it was the high rolling Perth Heat that left with a 3-1 series triumph. Their starting pitcher Steven Chambers couldn't preserve the lead in his first start for this season as Perth grabbed the ascendency through the middle innings. Doubles from Jake Bowey, Luke Hughes (2), Alex Hall, Matt Dixon and Garrett Whitley helped the Heat to score two runs in each of the third and fourth innings, plus one in the fifth. Those five runs were enough for Perth's sturdy pitching to roll on for another series win. Nick Veale was okay as the starter, But Dylan Thompson was more impressive with three scoreless innings of middle relief to claim his second win of the campaign. Adelaide's Taiwanese star Tai-Shan Chang hammered his third hit of the game over the left field fence to pull one run back in the eighth, but former pro Cameron Lamb was able to close out the save despite leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. It was another rather unhappy home stand for the Bite.

ADELAIDE BITE

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS (L,0-1)  3.2ip 6h 4r 4er 1bb 1k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  2.1ip 2h 1r 1er 3bb 2k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tim DAY  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tai-Shan CHANG 3-4 (HR-RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Stephen LOHR 1-3; Tom McGARRY 1-4; Karl HOSCHKE 1-4

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  4.0ip 2h 2r 2er 3bb 1k;
Dylan THOMPSON (W,2-0)  3.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Joe Van METER (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB (S,5)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-3 (2D-RBI); Jake BOWEY 1-3 (D-RBI);
Alex HALL 1-3 (D); Garrett WHITLEY 1-4 (D-RBI);
Matt DIXON 1-4 (D-RBI); Robbie GLENDINNING 1-4;
Jake FRALEY 1-5 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Former major leaguer Luke Hughes and emerging professional Robbie Glendinning each enjoyed eight hits for the Heat, with Hughes nailing five doubles and four RBIs for a fine series. Young signed pro Jesse Williams led the RBI count with six, helped by two doubles and two dingers. Adelaide's "Asian Assassins" Chang (8) and Chen (7) were their hits leaders, but young slugger Jordan McArdle topped the club for run production with seven, including two home runs.
I'll go back to Game 1 for the star pitchers of this series in rival starters Alex Boshers (Heat) and Greg Mosel (Bite).