In the second week of the Australian Baseball League, the following series were played:
Canberra Cavalry vs Sydney BlueSox, Perth Heat vs Brisbane Bandits and Adelaide Bite vs Melbourne Aces. The Canberra Cavalry rebounded from a lost series last week, while the Sydney BlueSox cooled off after a hot start. The Adelaide Bite bounced back as well after last week’s series loss. The Brisbane Bandits split the series vs the Perth Heat after their series win last week.
Sydney BlueSox @ Canberra Cavalry
After winning their series vs the Adelaide Bite last week, the BlueSox bit the dust vs the Cavalry. On Thursday, the foundation for the win of the Cavalry was laid in the sixth inning when BlueSox’ starting pitcher Trevor Foss gave up five runs. Foss kept the Cavalry in check for five innings rather well as he allowed only two runs. But in the sixth the Cavalry jumped on him, took a six run lead and never looked back. The Blue Sox rallied in the eighth inning for three runs but that was all they could. Eventually the Cavalry won 8-4.
On Friday, the BlueSox bounced back in style as they beat Canberra 10-0. It was a steady victory in which the BlueSox scored one run in the first, two in the second, three in the fourth and the fifth and one run in the sixth. The Cavalry was limited to four hits by a trio of BlueSox pitchers.
On Saturday, it was a much closer game as Brisbane won 4-1. For five innings the BlueSox kept pace with the Cavalry as the score was tied as one, but a three run sixth inning heralded the end for the BlueSox. Two of the runs that Canbera scored were unearned.
The Sunday game was a wild one as both teams set an ABL record for most runs scored in a game: 32. The Cavalry won this wild one with a handball score of 21-11. And while only one error was made by the Cavalry, it says a lot about the quality of the pitching.
Brisbane Bandits @ Perth Heat
On Friday he foundation for the Bandits’ victory was laid in the first three innings.
Brisbane scored two runs in the first and four in the third. That was enough for the victory as Perth only scored two in the fifth inning.
On Friday, the Heat bounced back and clinched a close 9-8 victory. Brisbane’s Justin Erasmus pitched four innings in which he gave up three runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out six. The relievers blew a four run lead in the bottom of the sixth as they allowed Perth to score six runs, which was enough for the victory.
The first game of a Saturday double header was another close one. But this time it was a low scoring game as the Perth Heat beat the Brisbane Bandits 2-1. Perth took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo shot by Tim Kennelly. Brisbane tied the game when Mitch Nilsson grounded out 4-3 and Thomas Milone scored. Eventually Perth walked off with the win as reliever Ryan Searle had some control issues. A walk, a wild pitch, a hit by pitch and a sac bunt that allowed Joey Wong to reach first safely, loaded the bases before Tim Kennelly singled to center field to drive in the walk off run.
The second game of the double header was a clear 11-7 victory for Brisbane. Two big innings, a five run third and a four run eighth were enough for the Bandits to clinch the victory.
Melbourne Aces @ Adelaide Bite
The Melbourne Aces clinched the victory in the first game of this series on Friday. In a close game the Bite took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. But Melbourne tied the game one inning later when Ronald Acuna tripled to center field and stole home. Dutch righty Loek van Mil entered the game for Adelaide in the eighth and gave up one hit in that inning.
But in the ninth Van Mil gave up the winning run to Melbourne as Allan de San Miguel grounded into a 1-6 force out that allowed Ronald Acuna to score from second base.
So Van Mil took his first loss of the season even though he did pitch a decent two innings.
In Saturday’s game, the Aces added another Dutchie to their roster. Catcher Bas Nooij who has played many years in the Dutch hoofdklasse, decided to move to Australia and he played his first game for the Bite on Saturday. After the Bite won the first game of a double header 2-0, the second game was a close one as well. It was even this close that eleven innings were needed to decide the game. In that eleventh inning, Nooij, who had entered the game as a pinch hitter and DH, drove in the winning run on a fly ball to left field that drove in Josh Altman for the walk off win. Nooij went 2 for 3 with one RBI.
The Sunday game between the two teams was a no doubt victory for Adelaide: 10-3. Except for the sole at bat of Bas Nooij in which he grounded out 6-3 and his time behind the plate in the final three innings there wasn’t any Dutch input in this game.