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Anderson shuts out Adelaide to secure split
Sydney starter allows just two hits over eight innings, Ks eight
12/19/2010 10:34 PM ET
Mitch Dening had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored Sunday at Adelaide.
Mitch Dening had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored Sunday at Adelaide. (Nathan Atkins/ABL)
ADELAIDE - Needing a series split with the Adelaide Bite to retake second place in the Australian Baseball League standings, the Sydney Blue Sox got another stellar starting pitching performance and hit enough for another road win.

Lefty Craig Anderson blanked the Bite for eight innings of two-hit ball, mirroring the dominant Friday night performance of fellow southpaw David Welch, and six different Sox players recorded hits as Sydney cruised to a 4-0 win in the series finale of four at Norwood Oval.

As became a common theme in the series for both teams, the Blue Sox took Sunday's early lead with a pair of runs. On the final night of the set, that offensive production came in the second inning when a wild pitch by Bite starter Dushan Ruzic brought Boss Moanaroa home from third base and Josh Dean's RBI groundout made it 2-0.

The bats of the Adelaide side were powerless against Anderson for much of Sunday night like they were against Welch two nights before. Anderson carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before it was broken up by Tom Brice's one-out double. Following a Scott Gladstone walk one batter later, however, Anderson buckled down again, retiring 11 of the last 12 men he faced and not allowing a Bite player to touch home plate.

Sydney got to Ruzic (3-1) again in the sixth when Mark Holland and Mitch Dening cracked back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame and extend the lead by a run. Moanaroa, who went 5-for-13 in the series to lift his average from .255 to .283, then singled Dening home later in the frame to make it a 4-0 advantage.

Anderson (2-1) dropped his ERA under one to 0.93 with eight sparkling innings. The lefty from Gosford struck out eight and issued just one walk in the win.

Though not a save situation, Blue Sox manager Glenn Williams went to closer Dae-Sung Koo to make sure his club exited Adelaide with an evened series. Koo pitched around a leadoff Jeremy Cresswell single and a two-out Quincy Latimore double to nail down the shutout win.

The victory marked Sydney's fifth in 12 road games, a number that ranks second among ABL teams behind Perth's six.

The ABL goes on a weeklong hiatus for the Christmas holiday, but the Blue Sox return to action on New Year's weekend when they visit Perth for the first in a pair of crucial home-and-home four-game series against the first place Heat. Sydney and Perth will hook up from 30 December through 2 January at Barbagallo Ballpark before the Sox return home for their second consecutive series against the Heat from 6-9 January at Blacktown Olympic Park.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.