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Blue Sox snap losing streak
Shepherd's two-run single proves vital for Sydney
01/12/2019 1:46 AM ET
Craig Anderson recorded a win in his final home regular-season start for Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Craig Anderson recorded a win in his final home regular-season start for Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney have snapped a five-game losing streak, overcoming Auckland 4-2 in the second game of their Brut Australian Baseball League series at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.

After his appreciation night was washed out on Friday, the Blue Sox rallied together to close out what could be veteran pitcher Craig Anderson's final home game on the mound.

The veteran was in strong form, punching out five while giving up two runs from 5 1/3 innings.

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After a disappointing 6-0 last-start defeat, Sydney restored its confidence early when Zac Shepherd scored in the bottom of the second.

Shepherd stole second base after Guiyuan Xu fumbled his pop fly.

The 23-year old scored moments later when Alex Howe hit a double, breaking his bat in the process.

Auckland hit the lead in the third when Max Brown hit a two-run shot, taking Nick Tanielu home with him.

Josh Collmenter had a solid outing on the mound for the Tuatara, striking out four while conceding three runs and four walks from five innings.

But the Blue Sox were quick to respond with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third.

With the bases loaded, a single from Shepherd saw Dwayne Kemp and Jason Rogers reach home plate as Sydney reclaimed the lead.

Tony Harris' men pushed further ahead in the bottom of the sixth after Trent D'Antonio reached third base before scoring off a Kemp sacrifice fly.

Ty'Relle Harris closed out the game nicely for the home side, punching out two from 1.2 scoreless innings before Todd Van Steensel sealed the victory in the seventh.

The Blue Sox will look to build on this afternoon's breakthrough win when they battle the Tuatara in the second instalment of the double header at 7.30pm local time.

 

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