The Melbourne Aces have continued their terrible start to the 2011/12 ABL season, losing to the Perth Heat 4 games to nil over the weekend. This follows their 3-1 series defeat against Sydney last weekend.
In Game 1 of the series, on Friday night, the Aces took an early 3-0 lead however were unable to maintain the pressue and eventually lost 6-3.For the Aces, Brad Harman (3 RBI) had a good night with the bat, going 3-3 including a home run, whilst Dominic Ramos went 3-5. The only other Aces player to achieve multiple hits was Elliot Biddle who went 2-4. On the pitching front, Shane Lindsay threw 5.1 innings and gave up 4 Earned Runs, whilst Fumikazu Kimura, 17-year-old Daniel McGrath and Andrew Mann relieved.
In Game 2 on Saturday night, the Aces again got off to a flyer in the first innings, however like they did in Game 1, couldn't sustain the pressure and lost a nail-biter 9-8. Justin Huber (1 RBI) went 3-3 whilst Paul Weichard (3 RBI) and Josh Hendricks went 2-4 apiece. Yusei Kikuchi started on the mound however gave up 6 Earned Runs in just 3.1 innings and was replaced by Mann. Mann thew 5 innings, giving up 2 Earned Runs before McGrath and Kimura closed the game out.
In Game 3 on Sunday morning, the Heat jumped Melbourne and never looked back, running out 6-1 winners. Scott Wearner 2-3 and Huber 2-4 were the only two players to record multiple hits, whilst Hayden Dingle's solo home run was the only run scored for the Aces. Jason Hirsh pitched 3 innings, giving up 5 Earned Runs whilst Blake Cunningham only allowed the single Earned Run in the 6 innings he pitched.
In the final game of the series, Game 4 on Sunday afternoon, the Aces bats went to sleep until the final innings when they scored 3 runs, however it wasn't enough as they lost 5-3. Nobody had multiple hits for the Game. Nic Ungs pitched 5.0 innings, giving up 2 Earned Runs, whilst Sam Gibbons also gave up 2 in the 3.1 innings he pitched. Biddle closed out the game, getting the final two outs for the Aces.
The Aces, now with a record of 1 & 7 for the season, find themselves in last position on the ABL table and are looking like a broken team. Their next assignment is a 4 Game series against the Brisbane Bandits in Melbourne next weekend in what will be a season-defining series.
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