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Cavalry top Tuatara in shortened affair
Imanaga stars as Canberra picks up narrow win
11/30/2018 11:47 PM ET
Shota Imanaga had 10 strikeouts in his second ABL start (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Shota Imanaga had 10 strikeouts in his second ABL start (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra takes a series lead into tomorrow's Brut Australian Baseball League series finale with Auckland following a 2-1 win in a rain-shortened affair at McLeod Park on Saturday afternoon.

The trying conditions of game two carried over into the second half of the double-header at McLeod Park, with blustering wind providing another challenge on top of the already close matchup.

Cavs' starter Shota Imanaga struck out the side in the bottom of the first, sending Eric Jenkins, Max Brown and Kris Richards back to the dugout.

Imanaga put together his second outstanding start in as many weeks, striking out an even 10 through five outstanding innings. 

Canberra opened the scoring with the wind again a contributing factor, blowing a Kyle Perkins fly ball over the right field fence for a 1-0 lead at the top of the third.

Auckland converting a double play opportunity to close out the inning with Cavs' outfielder David Kandilas grounding the ball to Luke Hansen, who fired it to Richards on second base, then onto Andrew Marck at first. 

Zach Wilson extended Canberra's lead to 2-0 with another home run - his second of the day - to right field in the fourth.

Scott Cone replaced Tuatara starter Atsuki Taneichi in the sixth.

Taneichi finished his day with five strikeouts, giving up two runs off three hits.

The Cavalry followed suit, bringing Yuki Kuniyoshi into the game.

Jenkins opened the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off double to left field before reaching third on a wild pitch.

Richards would bring him home with a ground ball slicing into the outfield between first and second base as the Tuatara cut Canberra's lead to in half.

That would prove to be the final scoring play in the rain-affected contest.

Umpires called it after seven complete innings with heavy rain and wind battering the ballpark.

The final game of the series takes place at McLeod Park tomorrow, starting at 3pm (local time). 

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