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Emoji report card - Round 3
12/03/2018 12:08 AM ET

Ahhhhh, the emoji report card.

Our CEO hates it but you love it, and we're fans first and job security second so here it is.

How do you think we've summed the performance of each using an emoji:

 

Oh hey, that's a nice pen … a nice … bullpen.

The Melbourne bullpen continues to look solid through three rounds of the season.

They allowed eight runs in seven innings during Saturday's wild shootout but did not yield a run in their other 11 2/3 innings of work against Geelong-Korea.

Tyler Fallwell and Hiromasa Saito are now up to 10 innings pitched without giving up a run.

 

The clock is ticking for Auckland on a couple of fronts.

Sadly, they will play their final home series on New Zealand soil against Sydney this weekend.

The Tuatara also are only set to get two more - already abbreviated - starts out of young starter Kyle Glogoski.

In three outings the Phillies prospect has been outstanding, allowing one run in 14 2/3 innings.

 

Is it hot in here or is that just Perth?

The Heat have literally brought the heat to start the season.

Perth's league-leading offence had two quiet games in Adelaide before bouncing back in a big way.

Jake Bowey, Alex Hall and Tristan Gray have all driven in an ABL-high 13 runs in the opening three weeks and Carl Chester (11) rounds out the league top-five.

 

Soupy!

Brisbane needed a hero to complete a series win over fierce rivals Sydney and they got one.

Andrew Campbell again stepped up to the plate and helped the Bandits to a win.

His double secured a walk-off win over the Sox and kept Brisbane top of the North-East Division ahead of an ABLCS rematch against Canberra.

 

The Sox might not have got the gift they wanted - a series win in Brisbane - but the one of the Ngoepe variety sure delivered.

He homered four times against the Bandits and drove in five runs for the series.

Ngoepe is hitting .367 in eight ABL games and looks like providing Sydney with plenty of offence across the season.

 

Geelong-Korea need a quick fix before the season gets away from them.

On Thursday night they again showed they are capable and a night later went toe-to-toe with Melbourne.

But they were battered in game three and four.

GK have a chance to inject life into their season against Adelaide starting Thursday night.

 

The Cavs are coming home, at last.

After playing 12-straight games on the road to start the season, and collecting enough Velocity Points to fly around the world (we can only assume), they get to play in front of their own fans.

Oh, and in a shiny redeveloped stadium nonetheless.

 

On face value a split with high-flying Perth looks like a fantastic result for the worst team in the league last season.

But the Bite were 2-0 up and have to be cursing their inability to pick up a win in one of the final two games.

Even more frustrating is the manner in which they were beaten and the fact they could have been two games back from second spot in the South-West and are instead four games behind.

 



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