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ABL: Battle for first place still not over

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In the ABL the final games of the last round but one were played today. Some results were rather surprising.

Brisbane Bandits  3  –  11  Melbourne Aces

The Brisbane Bandits were no match for the Melbourne Aces today. Melbourne’ Jon Kennedy lasted only four innings despite allowing just one run on a solo homerun. He struck out three and walked three as he threw 74 pitches.
Shane Lindsay gave up two more runs to the Bandits in the ninth. But that did not endanger the lead that the Aces had.
The Bandits were outhit and outscored. Best hitter for the Aces was Josh Davies, who went 3 for 5 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored. Winning pitcher for Melbourne was Kosuke Tomita, who pitched two innings in which he gave up a hit, walked two and struck out two. Unfortunately, Donald Lutz did not get a hit in two at bats but he drew two walks and drove in a run on a 4-3 ground out.
Apparently because of the big lead, Aces manager Joe Vavra, juggled with the lineup during the game.
Aces lineup

Thanks to this loss, the Brisbane Bandits allowed the Canberra Cavalry to inch closer to first place.

Sydney Blue Sox  0  –  5  Canberra Cavalry

Jan Stöcklin took his fourth loss of the season and is now 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA. Stöcklin lasted five innings in which he gave up three runs on eight hits, walked three and fanned two. Aaron Sookee recorded two outs but then could not get out of the seventh inning as he gave up two more runs to the Cavalry.
Scott Cone pitched a complete game of one-hit ball in which he walked three and struck out one. Best hitter for the Cavalry was Jack Murphy, who went 2 for 4 with a run batted in and two runs scored.
Thanks to this win, the Cavalry are now trailing the Bandits by three games, with four games to go.

Adelaide Bite  2  –  4  Perth Heat

The Adelaide Bite suffered a surprising loss vs the Perth Heat. In the bottom of the third inning the Heat scored four runs on a couple of singles, a double and a homerun, that appeared to be enough for the win. The Bite did something back by scoring a run in the sixth and a run in the eighth inning, but that was all they could do.
Tom Bailey earned the win for the Heat. In five innings he gave up one hit and four walks and he struck out six. Best hitter for the Heat was Sam Kennelly, who went 2 for 2 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Most impact had Joseph Dunigan, who hit a two run shot in the bottom of the fourth that drove in the third and fourth run.
Dutchie Loek van Mil did not see any action in this game.

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