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Hamburger Deals Nine Straight for Aces Win
Mark Hamburger goes the distance for Aces in 8-0 win.
12/02/2016 6:13 AM ET
 

A complete game by Mark Hamburger closed the deal for the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces Game 1 win, 8-0, over the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog.

Hamburger was nearly perfect Friday night. The right-hander dealt 12 strikeouts and allowed just two hits and no walks in a packed AFA Stadium at Holloway Field. Hamburger threw 114 pitches over the course of the night, 77 of them were strikes.

Head Coach David Nilsson commended Hamburger's stellar outing.

"Hamburger was pretty incredible. He's pitched in the big leagues before and tonight he showed why. We really didn't have any chance against him, at all," Nilsson said.

It was all Melbourne early. On a sacrifice fly and RBI single to right field in the top-of-the-second, the Aces took a quick 2-0 lead.

After adding another run in the top-of-the-third, the Aces broke open in the top-of-the-fifth with a Ronald Acuna two-run home run.

Acuna was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run.

"For them to get those early runs and give him [Hamburger] a bit of a cushion, it just defected the whole pitching," Nilsson said.

Rick Teasley's night was through after six complete innings. The left-hander allowed five earned runs and six hits, but managed to dice out eight strikeouts in his first loss of the season.

A quiet night at the plate lent the Bandits' pitching staff little support.

Mitch Nilsson claims the two lone Bandits' hits of the night. The second baseman was 2-for-3 and continues his consistent season at the plate.

"He swung the bat well again. Glad he got two because that's all we got really. He'll be pleased about that, but as a whole, just a tough night at the office," Nilsson said.

Three more runs in the top-of-the-seventh provided little room for a comeback at AFA Stadium at Holloway Field.

The Bandits and Aces are back in action with a doubleheader Saturday, the 3rd of December, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kramer Champlin has the afternoon start and Justin Erasmus follows order with the 6:30 p.m. start.

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