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Koishi, Aces silence Blue Sox to even series
Sydney pitchers K 18, still take loss
12/22/2012 8:27 AM ET
Josh Davies drove home the lone run in Friday's Aces victory.
Josh Davies drove home the lone run in Friday's Aces victory. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 21 December - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces shutout the Sydney Blue Sox on Friday night to record a 1-0 victory in one of the tightest games of the season.

For the second night running the lone run of the Aces came in the top of the first, with Josh Davies driving in lead off Carlo Testa.

Despite singling in his first plate appearance, Scott Wearne was taken from the game with hamstring tightness, but is expected to make a quick recovery.

After coming on late in the series opener, Ben Leslie made his full debut tonight and was stoked with his performance.

"I'm feeling pretty good, very happy with how I went.

"It was crucial to shut down that offence, their bats are usually hot and they have a great pitching staff who are working really well at the moment."

The Sydney Blue Sox produced one of their strongest performances of the year, with starter Chris Oxspring striking out 12 men in five innings of work, while reliever Brad Thomas added three more to the tally.

It was the bats that let the offence down for the visitors, as they often left runners on base in crucial situations.

With the Aces winning for the second time in ten games, Phil Dale, showed relief after the game.

"Two great pitchers out there [for the Blue Sox], so it's a great win for us.

"We're not looking anything besides day-to-day, we're just hoping that one day we're going to look up and be right there."

Dale added that the release of the mental pressure as a result of the victory is something the side will look to build on, with the younger players looking to the older players for the best way to keep their calm in crucial situations.

The sides resume their rivalry at 5.05 on Saturday afternoon.

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