This weekend in the Australian Baseball League showed some mixed results for the players from Europe.
The Sydney Blue Sox lost the series vs the Brisbane Bandits 3-1. In the game that brought the sole victory for Sydney, Donald Lutz went 1 for 4 for Brisbane. For the first time in a few weeks, Lutz was in the lineup again. The second game of the series, on Friday, was won 13-8 by Brisbane. Donald Lutz left his mark by going 3 for 5 with two doubles and three runs batted in and a run scored. The game on Saturday was a close 8-7 win for Brisbane. Lutz wasn’t in the lineup that game. Today’s game was also won by the Bandits, 10-4. Jan Stöcklin struggled through 5.1 innings in which he surrendered five runs on eight hits. He issued five walks and two homeruns and struck out two. Donald Lutz was hot once again as he went 2 for 3 with a double, a homerun, two walks, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Thanks to this weekend the Blue Sox dove under .500 again. The Bandits on their turn, extended the lead to three games over Canberera.
The Adelaide Bite hosted the Melbourne Aces in the four game series. Game one was won by the Aces 7-3. Friday’s game was won by the Bite with big numbers: 11-2. In game three, Loek van Mil clinched his third save of the season. In 1.2 innings he gave up only one hit, lowering his ERA to 3.97. In today’s game, the Aces stayed at the right side of the score again, splitting the series.
Runner up Canberra went to West Australia to face the Perth heat. In game one the former club of Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius, fell to the Heat 6-5. Game two went to the Cavalry as they beat the Heat 3-2.
The Heat took game three as they beat the Cavalry 7-3. In a must win situation for the Cavalry, they managed to tie the series at two by beating Perth 9-5. Despite this win, they got further behind Brisbane in the standings.