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Round 5 honours go to Lin, Murphy
Brisbane starter, Cavalry catcher tabbed Delta award winners
12/01/2014 10:53 PM ET
Chen-Hua Lin (left) and Jack Murphy each earned their first weekly awards of 2014/15 in Round 5.
Chen-Hua Lin (left) and Jack Murphy each earned their first weekly awards of 2014/15 in Round 5. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 2 December - The Australian Baseball League's first month of play has come to an end, and as the calendar turns from November, a seasoned league veteran and an ABL newcomer have been tabbed Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 5. Starting pitcher Chen-Hua Lin of the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, claims his first weekly award from the mound while Canberra Elite Cavalry catcher and fan favourite Jack Murphy does so on the position player side.

Lin posted one of the league's most dominant efforts of the season on Friday night in a complete-game shutout victory over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces. The Taiwanese right-hander allowed just one hit over his nine innings, striking out eight and walking only one in the Bandits' 9-0 triumph.

Lin, an import from the EDA Rhinos of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, lowered his ERA from 6.52 to 4.45 with the win and posted a season high in strikeouts. The 26-year-old is now third in the circuit with 28 total strikeouts and matched Sydney's Craig Anderson as the only pitchers in the league to spin a shutout this season.

Buoyed by Lin's showing on Friday night, the Bandits took three of their four games from Melbourne in Round 5. Brisbane lead the league ladder after five rounds with a 12-8 record, their best 20-game start since the ABL's resurrection in 2010/11.

At the plate, Toronto Blue Jays import Murphy caught fire in a torrid Round 5 showing. Over the course of his three games against the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, the catcher batted .667 (8-from-12) with a double, a home run, and four runs batted in. Since registering just four hits through his first four games, Murphy is now riding a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .650 (13-from-20) in his last five contests, boosting his average to .423, the second-best mark in the ABL.

Behind Murphy's hot bat, the Cavalry have won seven of their last 10 games to vault into fourth place on the league ladder with eight wins and eight losses.

Single-game tickets and season memberships are available for all six ABL clubs. Tickets are also on sale now for the 2014 ABL All-Star Game to be held at Melbourne Ballpark on 17 December. Visit TheABL.com.au/ASG14 for more information.

Tyler Maun is the ABL's staff writer and a contributor to MiLB.com, the Official Site of Minor League Baseball. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.