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After sweeping series, Sox win awards
Balog, Quesada sweep weekly Delta honours
11/30/2015 10:08 PM ET
Alex Balog and Michael Quesada are the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 6.
Alex Balog and Michael Quesada are the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 6. (Joe Vella - SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - The Sydney Blue Sox picked up the club's first series win of the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season, sweeping a homestand against the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog. Starting pitcher Alex Balog and catcher Michael Quesada led the way for the Blue Sox during the series, earning their respective first career Delta Air Lines Player of the Week Awards as a result.

Balog (4-0, 0.83) opened the series for the Sox on a strong note with his best outing of the season so far. The 23-year-old Colorado Rockies prospect tossed eight innings of three-hit baseball, allowing one unearned run and facing 29 batters, five above the minimum for eight innings. He also struck out a season-high 10 batters while walking just one for his fourth win of the season.

Boosted by Balog's dominance on the mound, the Blue Sox won the game 5-1, setting the tone for the rest of the series. The start was a mid-season culmination of what has been a dominant season so far. Balog's 0.83 ERA leads the league, and he's also tied for the lead in wins (4) while ranking fourth in strikeouts (33).

After getting off to a slow start at the plate this year, Quesada raised his batting average by 65 points in Round 6, hitting .429 (6-for-14) with six RBIs over the course of the four games. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles in the series opener, supporting Balog's dominant start. The next night, the 25-year-old Minnesota Twins farmhand had a 2-for-4 night at the plate, driving in three runs as the Blue Sox won the second game of the series 8-5. Quesada concluded the series 1-for-4 in game three and 0-for-4 with an RBI in the series finale.

In addition to his strong hitting, Quesada caught all four games of the series, which saw two Blue Sox starting pitchers earn their first wins of the year. He also ranks second among ABL backstops in caught stealing percentage, throwing out five of the 14 batters who've tried to steal bases with him behind the plate.

The Blue Sox hit the road this weekend for five games against the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks. The games include the makeup date of one of the two matches that had to be postponed in Round 4, when the Bite were in Sydney. Tickets are still available for all series in Round 7, and can be purchased online here. Games can also be tracked live on

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