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Lopes Injury Sours Cavalry Win
Canberra Take 2-0 Series Lead with Game 2 Win
01/09/2015 9:39 AM ET
CHRISTIAN LOPES and DAVID SUTHERLAND - PHOTO: Ben Southall | SMP IMAGES.COM / ABL. Action from the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 11, Game 2 clash between the Canberra Cavalry and Brisbane Bandits. The match was played on Friday, 9 January 2015 at Narrabundah 'The Fort' Ballpark in Canberra, ACT, Australia. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Any further use or individual sale of the image must be cleared by application to the Manager Sports Media Publishing (SMP Images).
CHRISTIAN LOPES and DAVID SUTHERLAND - PHOTO: Ben Southall | SMP IMAGES.COM / ABL. Action from the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 11, Game 2 clash between the Canberra Cavalry and Brisbane Bandits. The match was played on Friday, 9 January 2015 at Narrabundah 'The Fort' Ballpark in Canberra, ACT, Australia. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Any further use or individual sale of the image must be cleared by application to the Manager Sports Media Publishing (SMP Images). (Ben Southall)

Canberra, 9 January - A potentially season-ending hamstring injury to the Canberra Elite Cavalry's in-form second baseman Christian Lopes has somewhat spoiled what should have been a jubilant Friday night at the Narrabundah Ballpark. In a heavily rain-affected Game 2, the Cavalry defence shone, conceding only four hits to set up a 2-0 win over the Brisbane Bandits (19-19), proudly sponsored by WellDog.

The 22-year-old Lopes has been brilliant for the Cavs (19-19) this season with 24 runs, 24 RBIs and six home runs already to his name. His current batting average of .371 is the second-highest in the league, and he entered this series on the back of a mammoth effort against Melbourne last week. Over the four-game series he went 8-for-16 with eight RBIs and four homers.

The injury came in the bottom of the sixth inning as Lopes attempted to round third base on a Jack Murphy fly ball. As he momentarily lost his footing on the damp surface, he attempted to regain his balance and in doing so heard a 'pop' in his left hamstring. While he was unsure of the extent of the damage, he was not confident of a return this season.

"I am 100% ruled out for this weekend and we will have to wait and see for after that… It does not feel good," Lopes said.

Due to rain, the game started roughly an hour and a half later than scheduled and was interrupted a number of times by scattered showers. The first five innings saw Tim Atherton (6-0, 2.21) and Chen-Hua Lin (2-4, 4.14) engage in a high quality pitching dual with no runs being scored. It was not until the bottom of the sixth - after Atherton had been taken out - that Lin gave up his first of two runs for the night.

Coming off his best game of the season last night, it was Anthony Alford that scored the go-ahead run for the Cavs in the sixth. He singled on a ground ball to left before being advanced by Lopes and driven in by man-of-the-match Jack Murphy.

The Cavalry doubled their lead in the following inning with Robbie Perkins scoring on a Marcus Lemon single to left.

Reliever Jake Brown took over from Atherton midway through the sixth inning and picked up where his starter had left off, throwing a further 2 2/3 innings without conceding a run. Dustin Crenshaw entered the game for the final inning and closed out the victory for the Cavalry.

With the Cavalry now leading the series 2-0, they will look to close out a series victory when they meet the Bandits for Game three tomorrow afternoon. First pitch has is at 7PM with gates opening at 6PM. Tickets are available at www.canberracavalry.com.au or by calling the office on 6295-8379.