The Jet Courier Melbourne Aces claimed a 5-0 victory to close out their home series and complete a series sweep against the Sydney Blue Sox on Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Aces' 11th win over the last 12 games, the best three week stretch in club history.
At the bottom of the first, Roman Collins was sitting on a full count with two outs before a broken bat triple kick started a two-out rally. Mike Walker took first on a base on balls, before Allan de San Miguel stepped to the plate and continued his hot start to the season, wth a huge three-run home run to left field.
De San Miguel has enjoyed a red hot start to the season, currently equal second in the Australian Baseball League (ABL) with 16 RBIs on the season.
Melbourne outhit the Blue Sox 9-6 on the day, however it was Sydney who were left to rue missed opportunities as they stranded 11 baserunners.
The scoring continued for the Aces in the fifth innings. Birthday boy Ronald Acuna walked to start the inning, Roman Collins followed with a single before Mike Walker them both in on his second double of the afternoon.
The Blue Sox again failed to convert at the top of the 7th after Sydney were faced with a loaded bases situation with no outs yet on the board. Aces relief pitcher Jeremy Young held his nerve striking out the next three Blue Sox hitters and end the Sydney innings and help Melbourne out of a serious jam.
Jon Kennedy started the game for the Aces, pitching five innings for six strikeouts and three hits while also being credited with the win. Jon Deeble then emptied the bullpen with Shogo Noda, Jeremy Young, Virgil Vasquez and Josh Tols each throwing a scoreless innings each
Roman Collins went 3/4 on the day, capping an outstanding series where he finished 8-14 with 3 RBIs, taking his batting average to .338 on the season. Collins put the Blue Sox under pressure all series with his two walks leaving his on base numbers at a remarkable 10-16.
The win takes the Aces' record to 15-5 and a four game buffer on the ABL ladder heading into the half-way point and this Thursday night's ASG All-Star Game.