The Melbourne Aces have had a poor start to their 2011/12 Australian Baseball League season, winning just 1 game of the 4 game series against the Sydney Blue Sox in Sydney over the weekend.
In Game 1, on Friday night, the Aces managed just 5 hits as they went down in a nail-biter, 2-3. For the Aces, Kevin Reese pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just 2 Earned Runs, whilst reliever Daniel McGrath allowed 1 Earned Run in 1.1 innings, that being the winning run in the ninth innings. Of the hitters, Tom Dicker went 2-3 whilst Scott Wearn and Hayden Dingle (2 RBI) went 1-3 each.
In Game 2, on Saturday afternoon, the Aces offence improved somewhat however conceeded 8 runs and went down 6-8. Andrew Mann started on the mound and allowed 8 Earned Runs in 7.2 innings, whilst reliever Sam Gibbons got the last out of the night for the Aces and allowed just 1 hit in his 0.1 innings pitched. On the hitting front, Dominic Ramos was the best of the Aces hitters and went 2-4, whilst Paul Weichard (2 RBI) and Justin Huber went 2-5 each.
In Game 3, on Saturday night, the Aces finally found some winning form, defeating the Blue Sox 13-9 after recording an impressive 16 hits. The game was tied 6-6 after 7 innings, however the Aces piled on 7 runs in the eighth to break the game open. Justin Huber (3 RBI) was once again one of the stars for the Aces, going 3-5 whilst Darryl George (2 RBI) also went 3-5. Scott Wearne (1 RBI) and Paul Weichard (3 RBI) both went 2-4, whilst Tom Dicker went 2-5. Of the pitchers, Shane Lindsay gave up 1 Earned Run in 4.0 innings, whilst Elliot Biddle also gave up 1 in the 1.0 innings he pitched. Blake Cunningham gave up 3 Earned Runs in 4.0 innings however was credited with the win.
In Game 4, on Sunday afternoon, the Aces went down 0-2 in a game which saw just 5 innings played due to poor weather conditions. During those 5 innings, Dominic Ramos managed the only safe hit for the Aces, going 1-2. Japanese Pitcher Fumikazu Kimura was solid on the mound for the Aces, not conceeding an Earned Run in the 3.0 innings he pitched, however Sam Gibbons gave up 2 runs in the fourth innings which allowed the Blue Sox to take the lead and keep it.
Overall, it was a disappointing road trip for the Aces and they'll be looking to bounce back next weekend against Perth Heat in Melbourne. The two sides face off in another 4 game series, with 1 game being played on each of Friday and Saturday nights, whilst the remaining two are in Sunday's double-header.
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