SYDNEY, 6 November - Sydney Blue Sox starting pitcher Chris Oxspring was named the ABL, brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking' Round One Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault.
In the Blue Sox season-opener last Friday against the Cavalry, the third-year Blue Sox right-hander went 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out seven. The Ipswich, QLD native did not walk a batter as his squad went on to win the game 3-2 in 10 innings.
"It's certainly not an award you necessarily strive for, but it's always a nice surprise when you win," Oxspring said. "The most important thing is that we won the game and won the series."
The former major-leaguer, who played with the San Diego Padres in 2005, won the award for the second time in his ABL career after winning it in Round Two of the 2010-2011 season. Oxspring, who is also the Blue Sox pitching coach, is the winningest pitcher in Sydney history with eight, and was a silver medallist at the 2004 Olympic games with Team Australia. In those games, Oxspring was the winning pitcher against international powerhouse Team Japan in the semi-finals, leading the Green and Gold to a 1-0 victory.
The Blue Sox are back in action this Friday for their ABL, brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking,' home-opening weekend as they face the Brisbane Bandits in a three-game series at Blacktown International Sportspark.