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Blue Sox get first win, Aces grab finale
Melbourne starter Sano strikes out 10 in first ABL victory
10/24/2015 6:38 PM ET
 (Tania Chalmers )

MELBOURNE -- Having failed to cross home plate once in their Friday opener, the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox made amends by erupting with seven runs in a victory over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces to kick off a Saturday doubleheader, 7-4. Melbourne bounced back behind a 10-strikeout performance from starting pitcher Yasuo Sano to win the finale, 4-2.

Sano was the storyline on the mound Saturday in the ABL. The Nippon Professional Baseball import from the Seibu Lions was tough to handle for Sox hitters. Sano struck out at least one batter in all six of the innings he finished to wrap up with the first double-digit K effort of the ABL season. In total, Sano (W, 1-0) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits while fanning 10 and walking two.

The Aces did enough work at the plate behind two veterans to get Sano his first ABL win. Former big leaguer Brad Harman and Melbourne mainstay Josh Davies each blasted home runs to account for all four Aces runs. Harman is batting .500 through his first three games of the season.

Sydney's offensive output in Saturday's opener came from production throughout the order. The Sox racked up eight hits and plated seven runs thanks to four knocks with runners in scoring position and earning five walks as a team. After Colorado Rockies import Alex Balog and Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Aaron Sookee allowed three runs over the game's first four innings, relievers Brandon Zywicki (W, 1-0) and Calvin Drummond blanked the Aces the rest of the way.

The Sox hope to earn a series split on Sunday during their finale with the Aces set from 1:05 p.m. AET.

Tyler Maun is an ABL staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.