Canberra: Canberra Cavalry pitcher Sean Toler was named the round six Delta Airlines Pitcher of the Week after making three appearances and earning two saves in the big series win over the Sydney Blue Sox 3-1.
Game one on Thursday, 6 December, saw the Cavalry win 2-1 in thirteen innings. Sean Toler entered the game in the thirteenth and struck out all three Sydney batters he faced to end the game and earn his sixth save of the season. The save gave Toler sole possession of first place in the league, over Sydney closer Matt Williams (5).
After a tough loss in game two, the Cavalry bounced back for a 6-2 win thanks to their dominant pitching once again. In game three on Saturday, 8 December, the Cavalry were up by four runs when it came time for the ninth inning. Even though it would not be a save opportunity head coach Michael Collins turned to his go to pitcher to end the game. Toler closed out the game giving up only one hit while striking out two.
The final game of the series would prove to be the most exciting. After a huge five run rally in the top of the ninth by the Cavalry bats the score was tied 6-6, and was headed once again for extra innings. Canberra managed to get a run in the top of the tenth, so the bottom of the tenth would be crucial for Cavalry pitching. Without question Toler was the man for the job. Toler would give up a leadoff single that would be sacrificed to second base, leaving a man in scoring position with no outs. However Toler was able to pitch out of the inning by striking out the next batter, then a ground out would end the inning and the game, giving Toler his seventh save of the season.
Sean Toler has appeared in nine games, and has earned a save in seven of those nine games. The ninth inning has become Toler Time; he is the reliable last man in a very strong Cavalry bullpen. Currently Toler has a 0.87 ERA with fifteen strikeouts, a league leading seven saves, and has not allowed a run in his last five appearances.
"Sean was a key component in all three of our victories this past weekend," said Collins. "He has become a huge part of our bullpen and deserves these honours."
This is the first time that a relief pitcher has been named pitcher of the week in the 2012-13 season.
The Cavalry return to action in Melbourne this weekend for a four game series concluding on Sunday with the 2012 ConocoPhillips ABL All-Star Game presented by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking, featuring seven Cavalry All-Stars.