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Early runs all Aces need to down Sox
Melbourne score three early runs off Glogoski
12/15/2017 5:24 AM ET
Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger allowed one run in eight innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger allowed one run in eight innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Melbourne took advantage of a nervous start by Sydney starter Kyle Glogoski to secure a 4-1 series-opening win over the Blue Sox on Friday night.

The Aces scored three first-inning runs as 18-year-old Glogoski took 37 pitches to get through the opening frame at Melbourne Ballpark in his first ABL start.

Allan de San Miguel drove in two runs on a double to left field to put Melbourne ahead 3-0 after Brett Cumberland opened the scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Glogoski steadied but with Mark Hamburger tossing eight solid innings the Aces were never threatened as Sydney slumped to an equal team-record ninth-straight loss.

Hamburger allowed one run on seven hits and punched out five, before Shunta Nakatsuka threw a scoreless ninth to close the door.

Glogoski ended up working four innings for the Blue Sox, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out three.

His replacement, Craig Anderson, allowed one unearned run on two hits in three innings out of the bullpen.

Ryan Dale drove in the run off Anderson with two out in the sixth.

Jacob Younis' RBI-single in the top of the eighth ended Hamburger's chances of a second complete game shutout for the season.

Younis was a rare shining light for Sydney, going 4-for-4.

Tyler Neslony went 2-for-3 as Melbourne shared nine hits around.

The series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday.

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