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Round 7 Roundup
A quick recap of what happened around the league
01/08/2018 12:53 AM ET

Round 7 Roundup


Canberra wins series 3-1 over Melbourne


The Cavalry put together all-around performances in Round 7 and could argue that they were unlucky not to fly out of Melbourne with a sweep in their back pockets. Thursday's opener was an instant classic that featured complete games from both starting pitchers. Mark Hamburger took the loss, allowing both earned runs in the 2-0 loss despite setting a franchise record with 16 strikeouts. His opponent that night-Brian Grening-was efficient and elusive against Melbourne's offense, holding the home side to a grand total of three hits. The difference between these two sides was starting pitching. In the remaining games of the series, Canberra's starters allowed seven runs over 17.1 innings, compared to Melbourne's 14 over just 10.2 innings pitched. Buddy Reed, David Kandilas, and Jay Baum were all excellent once again, and each homered more than once in Round 7.


Brisbane wins series 4-0 over Sydney


In a weekend that featured record-breaking temperatures in Sydney, it was the red-hot Bandits that set the pace throughout the series. They outslugged the Blue Sox, outscoring the hosts 42-13 en route to an eight-game sweep over Sydney during the regular season. This was a perfect opportunity for the Blue Sox to make up ground over the struggling Aces, and yet the fell a further game out of the playoffs. T.J. Bennett had a huge series going 7-for-16 with two homers and 7 RBIs while leading the entire league with nine round-trippers. Donald Lutz also went 7-for-16 and joined Bennett with nine homeruns this season.



Perth wins series 3-1 over Adelaide


The Heat picked up another series win with Sunday's 5-3 clincher as they remain neck-in-neck with Brisbane for the ABL's top spot. Michael Brousseau and Tim Kennelly remained in-form while Alex Boshers continues to climb up the league's ERA leaderboard. Despite having only won seven of their first of their first 28 games, the Bite are still in shouting distance of the postseason. A huge road test awaits them in Round 8 with four games against Canberra before finishing the season at Melbourne and at home against Sydney.


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