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Round 2 Review
Here's a Quick Recap of Round 2 in the ABL
11/26/2017 8:15 PM ET
With Round 2 coming to a close, let's examine what happened around the ABL
Melbourne wins series 3-1 over Adelaide
Aces: Delmon Young finally got his offense going by slugging a homerun in the first two games of the series while 17-year old phenom Jarryd Dale hit .353 (6-for-17) and extended his hitting streak to four games. Allan de San Miguel also had a standout series hitting .375 while Braves prospect Brett Cumberland tallied up four more hits to bump his season average up to .360. The pitching also bounced back after a troubling series against the Heat as they shutout Adelaide on Friday and Sunday. Kona Takahashi looked much better in his start despite taking the loss (7IP, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 9Ks) while his compatriot Shunta Nakatsuka picked up his second win and helped close out the Aces 1-0 win on Sunday. This was Melbourne's first ever series win in Adelaide.
Bite: Despite strong showings from Stephen Lohr (.385) Rodrigo Ayarza (.294) and Tai-San Chang (.313), Adelaide's bats were quiet for their second consecutive series. They were shutout twice and as a team they are hitting only .229 while having only scored a total of 22 runs through their first eight games (2.75 rpg). Max Beatty had a nice outing in the opener allowing four runs over seven innings, while Chris Powell scattered two runs over six in Saturday's win. What is worrisome is that no Adelaide pitcher that has appeared in more than one game has an ERA under 4.50.
Canberra wins series 3-1 over Sydney
Calvary: Even though he only played in the last two games of the series, Boss Moanaroa had a monster showing going 5-for-6 with 3 HRs and a six-RBI game in Sunday's finale. Conor Panas (.615) and David Kandilas (.438) were just a few standout performers that ran rampant over Sydney's pitching staff. Lake Bachar pitched six shutout innings in Friday's 4-0 win while Dan Lietz and Michael Click each tossed a pair of scoreless frames in Thursday's extra-inning victory for the Cavalry.
Sydney: Excluding Clayton Freimuth's stellar outing on Saturday (6.2 IP, 2H, 1ER), Sydney's starting pitching was abysmal. The other three starters were responsible for a combined 17 earned runs and 26 hits over 14 innings (10.93 ERA). Offensively, Chih-Hsien Chiang hit .353 in the series and Jacob Younis did an exemplary job batting in the bottom end of the lineup going 5-for-12 (.417). What's frustrating for the Blue Sox is that they averaged nearly five runs per contest despite being shutout on Friday and still only had one win to show for it.
Brisbane wins series 3-1 over Perth
Bandits: The totals from the Bandits offense during the series are borderline silly. In the four games, Brisbane racked up 47 runs, 51 hits, and still managed to leave 31 runners on base. While the entire team deserves to recognition, a few standout performers include Mitch Nilsson (.529; 9-for-17 with 12 RBI), Andrew Campbell (.462; 6-for-13 with 5 RBI), Aaron Whitefield (.421; 8-for-19 with 6 RBI) and Chih-Sheng Lin (.400; 6-for-15 with 5 RBI). What is equally stunning is that that despite averaging just under 12 runs per game, they couldn't pull off the sweep.
Heat: Despite being run over by the Brisbane offense, there were bright spots in Perth's lineup. American Jake Fraley continues to shine as he hit .412 during the series (7-for-17) while Tim Kennelly posted a .421 clip against Brisbane pitching (8-for-19). It was a tough weekend for Perth pitchers with Alex Boshers allowing six runs (5 ER) in just three innings while Kyle Simon surrendered eight runs in just 1.2 IP. By that point, a depleted bullpen did the best they could and even helped salvage a win on Sunday.

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