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Grening, Cavs blank Aces in opener
Brian Grening tosses complete game shutout
01/04/2018 4:37 AM ET
Canberra starter Brian Grening tossed a complete game shutout as the Cavs blanked Melbourne on Thursday night (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra starter Brian Grening tossed a complete game shutout as the Cavs blanked Melbourne on Thursday night (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Baseball, right?

A game after allowing a league-record 32 runs against Perth, Canberra shut Melbourne out to record a series-opening victory over the Aces on Thursday night.

Cavs' starter Brian Grening tossed a complete game shutout and David Kandilas provided the required offence as Canberra recorded a 2-0 victory at Melbourne Ballpark.

The right-hander gave up three hits and punched out five hitters to record his third win of the season.

It was the fourth complete game shutout of Grening's ABL career.

Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger was equally dominant, just lacked run support.

The former big leaguer tossed a complete game, striking out an ABL record 16 batters.

He did however make a sluggish start and the Cavs took advantage to score first.

Buddy Reed hit a lead-off double and advanced on a wild pitch with none out.

Reed then scored on a groundball by Kandilas to give Canberra a 1-0 lead.

Kandilas' fifth home run of the season then doubled the Cavs' advantage in the top of the ninth.

The game lasted one hour and 51 minutes, making it the shortest nine-inning fixture in the league's history.

The series continues at 7pm local time on Friday.

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