Despite being swept for the first time this season, the Melbourne Aces have clinched a playoff spot in the Australian Baseball League. They still lead the ABL by four games over Adelaide (who just swept them).
It wasn’t exactly how the Aces wanted to end their final series at home.
In Thursday’s opener, Adelaide won 4-1 in 13 innings. They scored a run in the ninth to tie the game against Aces’ starter Mark Hamburger and three more runs in the 13th inning.
Cody Jones once again led off and played center field. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. He was picked off. Roman Collins once again batted third and played right field. He went 1-for-4. Allan de San Miguel has moved to the cleanup spot. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He did allow a stolen base in the 10th inning.
Free agent Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless tenth, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Adelaide took Game 2, 4-3.
Jones went 1-for-3 with his 12th double, an RBI, and a walk. He did strike out once and was caught stealing. Collins went 3-for-4 with a run scored. He also struck out once and was caught stealing. Ryan Dale was back in the lineup at third base, but he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
In third game, the Aces lost 6-2.
Collins went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
In the finale, Adelaide won 5-1.
Collins went 1-for-4, while de San Miguel went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Dale was the DH and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Moylan struck out two in his perfect inning of work.
Jones did not play the final two games of the series (his first two off days of the ABL season). Not sure if he got hurt or if his time in the ABL is over. Or if they were just days off.
The Aces finish the regular season this weekend at Perth, who is 12 games out and has been eliminated from postseason competition.