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Anderson ties wins lead, Williams sets saves mark
Sydney within 2.5 games of first after Friday
01/12/2013 2:43 AM ET
 
SYDNEY, January 11 - Craig Anderson tossed eight shutout innings and Matt Williams set the league saves record starred as the Sydney Blue Sox (20-16) shut out the Melbourne Aces (13-23) on Friday night at Blacktown International Sportspark, 2-0.

Anderson (6-2) threw eight scoreless innings, scattering nine hits. The lefty struck out seven Aces, allowing the Blue Sox bats to hold a modest two-run lead.

Matt Williams created history, breaking the record for saves in a season, earning his 13th save in as many chances. Williams took the record from teammate Dae-Sung Koo who notched 12 saves in the inaugural 2010-11 season.

"I thought Ando was fantastic, throwing eight shutout innings and getting himself out of a few jams," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "I'm really pleased for Matty, he's been fantastic all year and the results are coming."

Sydney opened the scoring in the fourth inning, as Mitch Dening registered his 99th hit for the Blue Sox with a single. After a wild pitch and two walks, Melbourne's John Hussey loaded the bases. Boss Moanaroa unleashed a rocket to centerfield, scoring Dening and Geoff Klein for a 2-0 lead. Moanaroa's two RBIs mark a turn to good form for the New Zealand representative, who has delivered five runs in his previous five games.

There would be no scoring for the remainder of the game, as pitchers from both sides dominated from the mound. Current Major Leaguer with the Oakland Athletics, lefty Travis Blackley, threw 1 1/3 innings in relief for the Aces. Starting pitcher Hussey (2-2) collected the loss for Melbourne, hurling 5 2/3 innings, giving up six walks and two earned runs.

The Blue Sox and the Aces will do battle again Saturday, in game three at Blacktown International Sportspark at 7:30pm. Former Major Leaguer Brad Thomas (0-2, 2.45 ERA) will start for the Sox against reigning league Pitcher of the Week Adam Bright (1-0, 2.96 ERA).

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