The Sydney Blue Sox hosted the Canberra Cavalry on Monday, which is rather unusual for the Australian Baseball League, since most games are played from Thursday through Sunday.
The Cavalry, still on top of the standings, was the surprising winner of the Asia Cup in 2013. But in this series the team didn’t show anything of the glory of the past.
After losing the first three games vs Sydney they faced Jan Stöcklin on the mound for the Blue Sox.
With some timely hitting in the fourth inning, Sydney took a 2-0 lead. a lead off double by Joshua Strong and a walk drawn by Rhys Hoskins, followed by a sac bunt by Michael Quesada, put runners in scoring position. After Mathew Smith singled and Alex Howe hit a sacrifice fly, the Blue Sox got on the board twice.
After the Blue Sox scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth, they had a commanding 8-0 lead.
In the meantime Jan Stöcklin from Germany cruised through the first six innings. Only in the seventh with two outs, the Cavalry started to see his pitches, resulting in back-to-back triples that lead to the first run for Canberra. That was the moment that Jan was pulled.
Jan Stoecklin: nine srike outs in 6.2 innings
In 6.2 innings Stöcklin gave up on run on six hits, walked three and fanned nine. Jan lowered his ERA to 2.88 and now has a 3-1 record. His performance so far resulted in a spot on the world team roster in the upcoming ABL All Star Game, that will be played coming Wednesday.
Thanks to this sweep, the Blue Sox jumped into third place, trailing Canberra by only 2.5 games.