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Bright's gem clinches series win for Melbourne
Aces go for series sweep on Sunday
01/06/2013 5:18 AM ET
Adam Bright flashed classic form to earn a Saturday win.
Adam Bright flashed classic form to earn a Saturday win. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 5 January - Adam Bright was in vintage form as the Melbourne Aces clinched the series against the Brisbane Bandits with a clinical 2-0 victory at Melbourne Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.

The fiery left-hander struck out eight Bandits in seven innings, allowing just four hits on the day, two of which came as the Bandits threatened in the first inning.

From then out it was a comfortable ride for the Aces, who amassed seven runs, with Justin Huber and Darryl George driving in the runs to secure victory.

George, who has at times struggled with the bat this season, showed why he is a face to watch in the future as he went 2-3, including a double which brought home Scott Wearne to give the Aces a 2-0 buffer, which was never threatened.

Speaking after the game, manager Phil Dale, who didn't suit up for the clash, praised George for his efforts against Brisbane starter Ryan Searle.

"He had a battle with Searle up in Brisbane where they went head-to-head and he had a pitch thrown at him, but he came out today and showed him who's boss."

With Bright coming out of the game after seven innings of work, New York Yankees farmhand Zach Arneson pitched the final two frames in devastating fashion as he struck out half of the batters he faced.

The Aces will go for their first sweep of the season at 1.05pm Sunday, with Dale full of confidence the side can complete the job.

"We'll just play it a game at a time but I'm confident we can take the game."

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