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Aces bounce back in game two
Hayato Takagi tosses six scoreless for Melbourne
12/15/2018 1:02 AM ET
Hayato Takagi tossed six scoreless innings for Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Hayato Takagi tossed six scoreless innings for Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Melbourne have bounced back to take down Sydney in the second game of their Brut Australian Baseball Series at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday afternoon.

After a disappointing 9-0 loss on Friday night, in which starting pitcher Luke Westphal gave up six walks and four earned runs, the Aces were far better on defence as they squared the series.

Jacob Younis was the Blue Sox greatest threat in game one, finishing with two runs and four RBIs.

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Yet even the 25-year old could not break the game open, with Melbourne starting pitcher Hayato Takagi striking out three and allowing just two hits in six scoreless innings.

The Aces broke the deadlock in the top of the sixth when Jarryd Dale doubled before scoring off a Darryl George triple.

Soon after George had a run of his own when he capitalised on a D.J. Burt single.

Sydney's Luke Wilkins was solid on the mound, striking out four and not allowing any walks.

But in a closely-fought game, the seven hits given up by the 28-year old proved the difference.

The two runs were enough as Melbourne held on for an important win.

The Sox will be desperate to regain momentum when they battle the Aces in the second instalment of Saturday's double header from 7.35pm local time.

 

 

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