The new round of the ABL started yesterday.
In the series between the Brisbane Bandits and the Melbourne Aces, the Bandits brought back their magic number to five. Donald Lutz, who signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds the other day, singled in his first at bat in the first inning but that would be his only hit in five at bats. Nevertheless the Bandits would beat the Aces 4-1. Rick Teasly earned his sixth win for the Bandits as he pitched six innings in which he gave up three hits and two walks and fanned two.
In today’s game the Bandits scored a run in each of the second, fourth and sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead. But the Aces would come back with two runs in the eighth to make it a close game again. Eventually the Bandits stayed on the right side of the score. Donald Lutz drew a walk, but did not get a hit in three at bats.
Thursday’s game between the Sydney Blue Sox and the Canberra Cavalry was postponed due to severe rainfall. The game will be made up on Saturday as part of a double header.
In today’s game, the Blue Sox lost their fourth game in a row. They are still in fourth place but that spot doesn’t give access to the play offs as the winner of the regular season will head to the championship series in which it will face the winner of a best of three series.
Today’s game was tied for a long time as the Blue Sox took a one run lead in the top of the sixth. But Brandon Zywicki couldn’t hold the lead in the bottom of the sixth and allowed two earned runs on a walk, a triple and a ground out.
The Adelaide Bite are still in the midst of a play off race. Yesterday and today they helped their own cause by beating the Perth Heat. On Thursday, the Bite won 5-3. Loek van Mil didn’t see any action in that game. But today the Dutch Giant helped his team by earning his fourth save of the season. Entering the top of the eighth inning, the game was tied at two, but reliever Jay Johnson recorded one out and gave up three runs as he took the loss.
Loek van Mil entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and gave up a walk, a hit and fanned three. Thanks to this performance, he lowered his ERA to 3.38.