Monday, 10 December 2012

Week 6 vs Canberra Cavalry

This week we took on our closest rivals, the Canberra Cavalry. We have already played the Cavalry this season in week one of the year taking two out of three games against them down in Canberra. The Cavalry are always a tough team to play because they are loaded with imports. Its hard to get familiar with their lineup because it seems like they always have one or two new guys on the roster that we have never played against.

Game 1
This is a long story short. Canberra hit a solo home run, we hit a solo home run and then Canberra took the lead in the top of the 13th inning and eventually won the game 2-1. I was the unfortunate pitcher to take the loss as I gave up the run on a wild pitch with a runner on third. It wasn't my best outing but I did learn a lot from it. Once again Chris Oxspring delivered another outstanding start going eight innings and allowing only one earned run on the solo home run. We also welcomed back David Kandilas to the lineup who started his season off with two hits, including our lone run which was a solo home run.

Game 2
Canberra opened the scoring in the third inning scoring three runs, but we got one run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI single by David Kandilas to drive in Shane Benson from second base. We weren't done there. In the fifth inning we strung together five consecutive hits. Kandilas continued his hot start to his season hitting a single, followed by a double from Zach Penprase. Mitch Dening joined the party with a double of his own which drove in both Kandilas and Penprase. The hot hitting continued as James Robbins punched an RBI-single giving us a 4-3 lead. A lead we didn't surrender. Craig Anderson picked up his second win of the season giving up three runs, all in the third inning. Its always fun to watch Craig pitch because he doesn't have a pitch repertoire that can light up the radar gun. He gets guys out by having good movement, good command and deception. The combination of that makes opposing hitters look silly, which has earned Craig the nickname "The Frustrater" over the years.

Game 3
Canberra pounced on Tim Cox early and drove in four runs in the first inning. In that first inning Tim threw 44 pitches, but managed to get through five innings for us. Canberra were able to hold onto the lead the entire game as they downed us 6-2. Josh Guyer made his second appearance of the season and held the Cavalry bats quiet for three innings. At only 18 years old he's come into the ABL and proven that he can compete with the best in the country.

Before the final game of the series, the team met Kaliova Seleiwau who is the tallest man from Fiji. Standing at a whopping 230cm tall, he is easily the tallest man I have ever met. He even made Wayne Lundgren and Tyler Herr look small, and they are both 200cm tall.
The boys with Kali before the game, he's the tall one in the middle
Game 4
This was a rough game and one of those games that are hard to get over. We lead 6-1 heading into the ninth inning and we sent Matt Williams out to close the game. He's been lights out all year, but baseball can be a cruel game and it wasn't Matt's friend in that ninth inning. In an uncharacteristic outing, Matt allowed five runs to score and Cavalry tied the game. I came out to throw the tenth inning, and it was like deja vu all over again. I wasn't able to keep runs off the board as Canberra scored a run and ended up winning the game 7-6. Safe to say extra inning games haven't been nice to me this year.

Even though it was a tough weekend we have to look forward to the coming week where we head to Perth to take on the Heat. Its going to be a good test for us to see how we recover from these losses against Canberra.

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