Melbourne left fielder Don Ritchie reportedly suffered a setback this week while rehabilitating a sore wrist. Preliminary tests showed the injury has gotten worse and would need more time to be completely healed. An unidentified team official said it looked like it would be at least 1-2 weeks before Ritchie would be able to return to the active roster. Ritchie will see a specialist tomorrow.
Tony Maldonado turned in a sparkling effort during the BOL League Championships, but it wasn’t enough.
The Newcastle Nuclears defeated Maldonado’s Melbourne Dockers 4-3 to clinch a 3-1 series win tonight at Ballpark of Chula Vista.
“It’s a pretty empty feeling to lose a playoff series and the MVP award really doesn’t help much,” said the Dockers left-hander.
On the other side of the stadium, the Newcastle clubhouse was lively as the team celebrated its berth in the Oceanic Cup. For the series, Maldonado had a 0.00 ERA over 9 innings pitched. He added 8 strikeouts with a 1-0 record.
The Newcastle Nuclears don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Christchurch Christians – Hamilton Hammers series. That series is tied at 2 games apiece. The Oceanic Cup schedule will be announced after the BOL League Championships finishes.
The Newcastle Nuclears moved to within one game of the Oceanic Cup today, downing the Melbourne Dockers on the road at Ballpark of Chula Vista by a score of 3-1. Nuclears right-hander Edwin Teller was named player of the game after a strong outing in which he threw 8 innings of 5-hit ball. The win gives the Nuclears a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-5 BOL League Championships.
The Nuclears beat the Dockers in part due to timely hitting. Case in point: the two-out home run Thomas Ebeling produced in the top of the fourth. Batting against Melbourne pitcher Oscar Cruz, Ebeling gave his team a 2-0 lead when he hit a 2-run home run. Regular season batting title winner Les ‘The General’ Groves also homered for Newcastle.
Teller called the win the result of “everyone being in sync.”
The next game is set to be played on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 at Ballpark of Chula Vista. Slated to start are Rico Fermi for Newcastle and Miguel Melendez for Melbourne.
The Newcastle Nuclears defeated the Melbourne Dockers, 3-1 in Game 2 of the BOL League Championships today. Earning player of the game honors was starter Sal Arango, who threw 8 innings of 2-hit ball. The win moves Newcastle into a 1-1 tie with Melbourne in the series.
Arango, a native of Pimentel, Dominican Republic, was dealing all game. He kept Melbourne hitters off-balance, while giving the Nuclears 8 quality innings. Arango threw 101 pitches, allowing 2 hits and striking out 10.
“It was a tough night at the plate,” said Melbourne manager Jack Perkins.
The next game is set to be played on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Ballpark of Chula Vista. Slated to start are Edwin Teller for Newcastle and Miguel Melendez for Melbourne.
Today was Tony Maldonado‘s turn in the rotation for the Melbourne Dockers and he made the most of it, shutting out the Newcastle Nuclears on 3 hits.
The 29-year-old left-hander led the Dockers to an easy 7-0 victory, allowing 2 walks and tallying 8 strikeouts.
“I hope we miss him next time,” Newcastle manager Dylan Maccarone said. “Maldonado certainly pitched a strong game against us today. He was in a groove, throwing everything for strikes. Throwing hard. Changing speeds.”
One thing is certain — the Melbourne Dockers and Sydney Sailors left it all on the field.
In a back-and-forth BOL Wildcard Series that went to the final game, the Dockers prevailed at Ballpark of Lake City today to advance to the BOL League Championships. Melbourne won the deciding game 5-1 to capture the series 3-2.
“In a series that close, you feel fortunate to come out on top of it,” said Oscar Cruz, who was named series MVP.
Cruz put up a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 innings pitched, with a 2-0 record.
The Melbourne Dockers will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle had a bye in the BOL Wildcard Series. The BOL League Championships schedule will be announced after the BOL Wildcard Series finishes. Cruz put up a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 innings pitched, with a 2-0 record.
The Melbourne Dockers will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle had a bye in the BOL Wildcard Series. The BOL League Championships schedule will be announced after the BOL Wildcard Series finishes.