The Adelaide Giants’ first ABL home game of the 2022/23 season.
Thursday night saw the Giants score early scoring six runs and holding off a late Melbourne Aces comeback to score the first game of the series in the win column. The Giants scored eight runs off the longtime MLB pitcher and reigning ABL pitcher of the year Brian Flynn. That included homers from Nick Ward and Rixon Wingrove.
It was never going to be an easy task, going up against six-year MLB veteran Brian Flynn.
The Giants relieved all of that pressure almost instantly. In the Giants’ first at-bat of the game, Nick Ward launched a ball over the right field wall to the Giants up 1-0.
Two batters later, Rixon Wingrove did the same thing with a solo shot of his own to put the Giants up 2-0.
The big inning, however, came in the second. The Giants used the long ball in the first innings and the small ball in the second. No ball left the infield but three walks and an error benefited the Giants in four-run digs.
6-0 nothing Giants.
Miguel Cienfuegos was effective in his four innings of work. The Canadian starter allowed just one run – a runner batter in (RBI) to Chris Burke – in the third inning and left with a 6-1 lead.
George Calil hit a solo shot for the Aces off Mitch Neunborn to start the fifth inning to bring the Aces within four. Neunborn rebounded nicely, striking out five of his next nine batters.
Liam Spence and Arturo De Freitas had big games in the 8 and 9 positions in the line-up. Spence, in his ABL debut, went 2-for-3 with a walk and a great defensive effort. De Freitas went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored twice.
Aviles and Latimore knocked in the two aforementioned Giants in the seventh to add insurance runs. 8-2.
A Matt O’Neil three-run homer made things interesting for the Aces in the 8th. The shot made it 8-5.
Tension was quickly relieved as Liam Spence made another nice play in the field.
Adam McKillican struck out the Aces in order to record his first ABL save.
The Giants’ pitching staff struck out 14 batters in the win.
The Giants improve to 4-5 while the Aces drop to 5-3.
The Giants and Aces clash again tomorrow night at 7:00 PM in an 80s theme night.