Canberra: The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, take game four over the Adelaide Bite by a score of 4-2 and get their first series win of the season taking three of the four games. The win puts the Cavalry in third place in the ABL, brought to you by Be The Influence: Tackle Binge Drinking, firmly in finals contention.
The Cavalry bullpen proved to be the stars holding off the Bite by pitching a nearly perfect four innings walking no batters, and only giving up only one hit.
Cavalry starting pitcher, Chris Motta, had a bit of a rough start hitting two batters, with one of them going on to score the first run in the first inning. He battled on and was able to minimize the damage, pitching out of a few jams, and left the game with the score tied at two.
Eric Massingham came in to relieve in the sixth and had a great outing, earning his first win, going one and two third innings striking out two one. Cavalry head coach, Michael Collins, pulled Massingham in the seventh with two outs and brought left handed pitcher Fujihara Masanori to record the final out against left handed batter for the Bite. Masanori wasted no time recording that out by striking him out. Masanori would go one and third innings striking out two.
It was Toler time in the ninth. Sean Toler entered the game during the ninth inning to come in and close the game earning his fifth save of the season. He currently leads the ABL in saves. The final line for Cavalry starter, Chris Motta, was five innings pitched giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out three.
One seemed be the Cavalry's magic number. They would go on to score one run in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh giving them the lead and the ballgame.
Canberra first got on the board in the bottom of the fourth off a deep double from Jeremy Barnes. The bottom of the fifth got exciting when Adam Buschini hit a ball that most would consider a single. However Buschini took a chance and turned it into a double. The risk paid off because the next batter, Koehi Shibata, would hit a line drive single to score Buschini from second.
The bottom of the sixth started out with back to back singles from Michael Wells and Jack Murphy, then a wild pitch to advance runners. Marcus Knecht came to the plate and connected for a sacrifice fly to drive the go-ahead run home 3-2, giving the Cavalry the lead for the first time in the ballgame.
KC Hobson would add the final run in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double to score Adam Buschini. Over the course of the game the Cavalry stole four bases.
"We've been able to get some great starting pitching and our bullpen has been lights out," Collins said. "Our offense is looking a lot more comfortable and we feel confident that we can keep this up heading on the road."
The pitching staff continued to show dominate control, not walking a batter again today; making that two games in a row.
The Cavalry head on the road next traveling to Sydney for a four game series starting Thursday night at 7pm.