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Sox overcome Aces in close battle
Ty'Relle Harris strikes out seven in relief for Sydney
12/15/2018 6:51 AM ET
Sydney infielder Dwayne Kemp drove in two runs (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney infielder Dwayne Kemp drove in two runs (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney has outlasted Melbourne 5-4 in a tense Brut Australian Baseball League showdown at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday night.

Blue Sox starting pitcher Nick Fanti opened the game in style, punching out four in just two innings.

But by the middle third the Aces had taken an early lead.

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Melbourne's first run came after D.J. Burt scored on a Darryl George double, with George later scoring to extend Melbourne's lead to two.

Sydney were quick to respond though, plating three runs in the bottom of the third.

A double from Michael Campbell allowed Shen Hao-Wei (hit by pitch) reach third.

Dwayne Kemp doubled to score both Campbell and Shen.

Gift Ngoepe ground out, allowing Jacob Younis (walk) to score the Sox third run.

Sydney was riding a wave of momentum, and look destined to push further ahead when they had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth.

But Aces' starting pitcher Dushan Ruzic struck Younis out.

Aside from striking out three Ruzic had a mixed evening, allowing three runs and five walks.

Melbourne regained the lead in the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded early after Dean Aldridge allowed three to walk.

On third base, Luke Hughes went on to score off a Rudy Martin sacrifice fly before Mike Walker took advantage of a Jarryd Dale single.

Sydney manager Tony Harris quickly replaced Aldridge with Ty'Relle Harris, who closed out the game brilliantly, striking out seven across three scoreless innings.

In a seesawing affair, the Blue Sox took the lead heading into the final inning.

Shen hit a single to progress to first base before reaching third off a Campbell sacrifice bunt and Trent D'Antonio ground out.

A long driving shot from Younis saw Shen grab his second run of the night.

Sydney can seal a series win tomorrow with game four starting at 1pm local time.

 

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