ABL: Stöcklin struggles in Blue Sox loss


In a high scoring game,the Sydney Blue Sox ended at the wrong side of the score. The Blue Sox had a great start as they scored five runs in the second inning, but Jan Stöcklin could not cling on to the lead as he allowed the Bandits to score five runs in 3.1 innings. Stöcklin issued four walks and gave up only two hits. He was pulled after he recorded one out in the fourth inning. His successor, Aaron Sookee didn’t fare much better as he gave up four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Todd van Steensel also gave up two runs in just one inning which resulted in the eleven runs that the Bandits scored.
At the time Stöcklin left the game, the Bandits had tied the game at six, so he got the no-decision. Eventually the Bandits won 11-9. Taylor Stanton pitched three innings for the win. He allowed one run on five hits, walked one and fanned two. Ryan Searle earned his eleventh save after a perfect ninth.

Without Loek van Mil taking the mound, the Adelaide Bite beat the Canberra Cavalry 5-3. Despite having a career day, Kyle Petty only drove in one run. He went 3 for 4 with a solo homerun and two doubles.
Matthew Williams went six innings for the win. He gave up two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five. Kodi Kerski clinched his ninth save after a one hit inning.

The Melbourne Aces must be looking forward to the two games that George Brett will coach them. Today they fell to the Perth Heat again. Michael Benjamin went 2 for 4 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored, for the Heat.
Tom Bailey earned the win for the Heat, his second of the season (2-1) as he lasted five full innings in which he allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out two. Warwick Saupold pitched two perfect innings for his first save of the season.



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