For the first time in the history of the Australian Baseball League, the Melbourne Aces will be hosting the Championship Series (February 8-12). Adelaide and Brisbane will play this weekend in the Preliminary Finals.
Despite not playing on Thursday, the Aces clinched the spot in the championship series. They had also lost five in a row before winning Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Aces played their final regular season series at Perth this past weekend. They lost the first game, 2-1 and collected just two hits.
Roman Collins moved to the cleanup spot, but went 0-for-4. Allan de San Miguel dropped to sixth, but went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Ryan Dale was back at third base (batting ninth). He went 0-for-3.
Free agent Peter Moylan allowed a hit and struck out two in one inning of work (11 pitches, eight strikes).
The Aces won their doubleheader on Saturday, winning the first game by a 7-1 score.
Collins went 2-for-3 with a sac fly. Moving up to the fifth spot in the order, de San Miguel went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He was caught stealing.
Melbourne won the second game, 2-1, scoring two runs in the 8th inning.
Collins moved to the third spot, but went 0-for-2. He did walk twice and score a run. Dale was back in the lineup and moved up to seventh in the order. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Perth won the series finale on Sunday, 8-2.
In the loss, Collins went 2-for-4 with his 11th double. He also drove in his 22nd run. Dale dropped back down to ninth in the order and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He also committed his fourth error.
*Unless Cody Jones is injured or sick, I suspect he is no longer in Australia. He has not played since January 20th.