Australia Baseball League 2016: Melbourne sweeps Sydney to walk away in standings

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In the fifth week of the Australian Baseball League season, the Melbourne Aces swept the Syndey BlueSox and took a four-game lead in the standings. Brisbane and Adelaide split the series and Canberra defeated Perth in three of the four games.

In a very close game in Melbourne, the Aces clinched a walk off win over the Sydney BlueSox . After the Aces took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the BlueSox tied the game in the top of the third. A three-run seventh inning, the BlueSox took comfortable lead that was not comfortable enough. A walk, back-to-back singles and a triple to the center to  center field by Jared Cruz tied the game at four. With Cruz at third, Ryan Dale hit to first baseman Joshua Dean, who fired the ball to catcher Trent D’Antonio who tagged out Cruz at home plate to avoid that Melbourne took a one run lead. Melbourne finally ended as a victor when Sven Schuller allowed a couple of singles and a sac fly that drove in the winning run. Schuller took the loss as Josh Toll took the win after pitching the ninth in which he walked three and struck out three.
In both games of the doubleheader Sydney was no match for Melbourne as they fell 6-2 and 5-0 to the Aces. In a matchup of former Curacao Neptunus pitchers, Dushan Ruzic earned the victory for the Aces after seven innings in which he gave up four hits, walked two and struck out seven. Craig Anderson took the loss after pitching five frames in which he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks. Anderson five.
On Sunday Aces won 5-0 again. John Kennedy pitched five frames for the victory, in which he gave up three hits, walked two and hit six. Chris Oxspring took the loss after 4.2 innings. He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks and hit three.

The Canberra Cavalry began the series vs. Perth on Thursday with a 5-2 victory, the Heat collected more hits than Cavalry. Best hitter of the game was Tim Kennely. Despite the three hits he collected in five at bats, he did not drive in a run. The doubleheader on Saturday was split. Perth lost the seven-inning first game 5-4, but won the second game 6-4 in eleven innings despite collecting fewer hits than Canberra. The best hitter of this game was the Cavalry’s Kyle Perkins, who went 3 for 5 with a solo homerun.
On Sunday, the Heat did not stand a chance vs. Canberra stand as they were outscored (7-2) and outhit (15-9). Sean Guinard earned the victory after seven strong innings in which he gave up five hits, two walks and fanned three.

A decent weekend for the Adelaide Bite, as they split the series with the Brisbane Bandits. Former Dutch big league pitcher and pitcher of Munich – Haar Disciples from Germany,  Justin Erasmus, started the game vs. the Bite. In four innings gave up three runs on five hits (one homerun) and two walks and struck out six.
His successor, Jake Ezell also pitched four frames for the win. Losing pitcher Steven Chambers threw five innings and gave up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out five and gave up a homerun.
The doubleheader on Saturday was split as Adelaide won the seven-inning game 4-3 and Loek van Mil picked up his second save of the season. Brisbane won the second game 3-0.
The Bite walked like as a victor on Sunday as they beat the Bandits 6-4. Loek van Mil his third save. In the ninth inning, he allowed a hit, walked two and fanned two as he lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.82. Bas Nooij went 1 for 2 with a run scored and allowed a stolen base. Donald Lutz went 6 for 12 with five RBI this weekend, raising his batting average to .318.

Afer sweeping the BlueSox, the Melbourne Aces (15-9) now have a four game lead over second place Canberra (11-9). Adelaide is in third place with a 10-10 record, trailing Melbourne by five games. After the sweep, the BlueSox plummeted to fourth place with where they are tied with the Brisbane Bandits (9-11), trailing Melbourne by six. The Perth Heat remains in last place with a 6-14 record.



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