SYDNEY, 13 November - Sydney Blue Sox veteran pitcher Chris Oxspring was named the Australian Baseball League, brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking,' Pitcher of the Week for Round Two, marking the second straight week he's won the award and third of his career.
In the 35-year-old's second start of the season, he tied an ABL record by striking out 14 Brisbane Bandits in the Blue Sox 8-0 victory on Friday 9 November at Blacktown International Sportspark. The right-hander pitched a complete game shutout, allowed just four hits and did not walk a batter. This start came on the heels of his Round One performance at the Canberra Cavalry, where he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings pitched and struck out seven hitters.
"Winning the award back-to-back weeks is definitely a nice honour," Oxspring said. "I've been fortunate to start the season strong and hopefully I'll be able to continue my form as the season progresses. At the end of the day it's a team game though, and now it's a matter of getting ready for Perth next week."
With his 14 strikeouts, Oxspring tied the league record set in November 2011 by Mike McGuire of the Canberra Cavalry. The complete game shutout was the second the former Major Leaguer has thrown in his ABL career, after doing so in the 2010/2011 season in Round Two. That week marked the first time Oxspring won the Pitcher of the Week award.
This season, the Ipswich, QLD native has struck out 21 batters in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He's allowed just one run and has not walked a batter, while tossing 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Oxspring made his Major League debut in 2005 with the San Diego Padres and appeared in five games that season, striking out 11 batters in 12 innings of work.
The Sydney Blue Sox return to action next Thursday, the 22nd of November for a four-game series against the two-time defending champion Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat.