The Melbourne Aces won yet another series in the Australian Baseball League, expanding their lead in the standings to seven games over second place Canberra (who they beat three games to one this weekend). The Aces have a 24-8 record.
In the first game of the series, the Aces won 11-1. Catcher Allan de San Miguel moved up to the cleanup spot and went a perfect 5-for-5 with a two-run home run (his sixth) and a double. He scored a run and drove in six to give him 25 RBIs on the ABL season.
Cody Jones once again led off and played center field. He went 2-for-6 with two runs scored. He was caught stealing. Roman Collins once again batted third and played right field. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, four runs scored, and two RBIs. Ryan Dale, who has moved to second base, went 2-for-4 with a walk from the ninth spot in the order.
The Aces won the second game by a 12-6 score. Free agent Jeremy Guthrie earned his first ABL win in his final start. However, he allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits over six innings. He hit a batter and struck out two. Guthrie committed three errors. He threw 60 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
Fellow free agent Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless ninth, as he allowed a hit and threw ten of his 16 pitches for strikes.
Jones went 1-for-4 with his tenth double. He scored a run and drove in two (including one on a sac fly). Collins went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a sac fly. de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Dale went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He struck out twice.
Canberra won the third game, 8-1. The Aces collected just two hits.
One of those hits was Jones’ 11th double. He also walked twice and scored their lone run. Collins went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout, while de San Miguel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
The Aces won the finale, 6-5. They scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead. One scored on a Collins double and the other scored on a de San Miguel strikeout.
Collins went 2-for-5 with two doubles (he now has ten), a run scored, and three RBIs (he now has 20). de San Miguel went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He also stole his second base in the ABL. Jones went 0-for-1 with two walks (he now has walked 14 times), a hit batter, a sacrifice, and a run scored. Dale went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout. He also stole his fourth base.
Moylan earned his second save, pitching a perfect ninth. He threw just eight pitches (five strikes).
The Aces play their final home series this weekend against Adelaide.