The Melbourne Aces continue to lead the Australian Baseball League standings after Week 7 with a 21-7 record (five games up). The Aces went 3-1 this past weekend at home against Brisbane.
The Aces walked off on Thursday, winning 4-3. Free agent reliever Peter Moylan got the win (his second in the ABL) by pitching a scoreless ninth. He did allow back-to-back hits to start the inning, but escaped.
Cody Jones continues to leadoff and he went 1-for-5 with his eighth double. He scored a run, but also struck out twice. Roman Collins is now playing right field, but still batting third. He went 2-for-4 with a walk. He also stole his fifth base. Allan de San Miguel went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout. Ryan Dale played third base and batted ninth, going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice.
Melbourne won on Friday, 5-3. Free agent Jeremy Guthrie got the start and allowed an unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six, throwing 51 of his 78 pitches for strikes.
Jones went 1-for-3 with his tenth walk. He also struck out. Collins went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He also struck out. de San Miguel went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. He allowed a stolen base, but also threw out a base runner.
Game 3 went to Brisbane, as they won 19-4. The Bandits scored 11 runs in the 6th inning.
Jones went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Collins went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. de San Miguel went 0-for-2 and grounded into a double play. Dale went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while also grounding into a double play.
The Aces won Sunday’s finale, 5-1.
Jones went 1-for-4 with a double (his ninth), a run scored, and an RBI. Collins went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He also threw a runner out at the plate. de San Miguel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Moylan pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. He threw just nine pitches.
de San Miguel caught all four games, batting fifth in each. Jones is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak. He actually has a hit in all but six games (out of 28 played). Collins saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday. He also has a hit in every game but six.
Next weekend, the Aces travel to second place Canberra.