The Melbourne Aces (18-6) now have a five game lead in the Australian Baseball League as Week 6 came to a close. While the team did lose some players following the All-Star Game, the Aces also gained two veteran Major League pitchers in former KC Royals Jeremy Guthrie and Peter Moylan in their weekend series at Sydney.
Moylan made his ABL debut in the first game of the series, earning his first save. Though he did not allow a run in the ninth, he did load the bases before striking out the final two batters of the game.
The Aces took Game 1 by scoring a run in the top of the ninth on Cody Jones‘ two out, RBI single (1-for-5). Fellow outfielder Roman Collins (who is now playing right field) went 1-for-4 with a two out RBI. He also stole his fourth base. Third baseman Ryan Dale went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk, and a two out RBI. Catcher Allan de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but struck out twice.
The following day, Guthrie made his first start and took the loss, as the Aces lost to Sydney, 9-2. Guthrie allowed six runs (two earned) on six hits, a walk, and two hit batters over four innings. He struck out one.
Jones went 0-for-4 with a walk. Collins went 1-for-5 with a strikeout. de San Miguel went 0-for-1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. He was taken out in the sixth. Dale went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and stole his third base.
In Game 3, the Aces won 6-4. They scored three runs in the top of the ninth after allowing two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Moylan allowed both inherited runs to score in the 8th inning (taking the blown save), but was credited with the victory (1.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Jones once again led off and went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Collins went 2-for-5 with an RBI. de San Miguel was back in the lineup and went 1-for-5 with a two out RBI double. He also picked a runner off first base. Dale played second base and went 0-for-4.
The Aces won the finale, 4-1. Jones went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Collins went 1-for-4. de San Miguel went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. He now has 19 RBIs in the ABL, third in the league.
The Aces return home to play Brisbane this weekend. The Bandits are 11-13, seven games back and in fourth place.