Melbourne Aces closer Cody Mincey hits Adelaide Giants batter Mikey Reynolds.
Melbourne Aces closer Cody Mincey hits Adelaide Giants batter Mikey Reynolds.

Basebrawl: benches clear in ABL championship game

A BENCH-clearing brawl poured fire on a tense opening game of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series.

With bases loaded and Adelaide up 2-1, top of the ninth, against the Melbourne Aces, Aces closer Cody Mincey hit Mikey Reynolds, leaving the Adelaide batter fuming.

Reynolds turfed his bat in disgust and jogged to first, but the fireworks began as the Giants cleared the bench, both teams clashing in the middle of the field.

 

 

Former Atlanta Braves MLB veteran Peter Moylan was at the centre of the kerfuffle for the Aces, the run Mincey gave up tying the scores at 2-2.

Once the dust settled, the Aces were able to recover, scoring twice at the bottom of the ninth to register a walk off 4-3 win in the first game of the best-of-three series.

Retiring Allan de San Miguel and former big leaguer Shane Robinson drove in the ninth-inning runs, while Melbourne starting pitcher Darin Downs struck out seven and only conceded one run in a dominant performance.

The series shifts to Adelaide for game two on Saturday night. First pitch is 7.30pm AEDT.

Game three, if required, will be in Adelaide on Sunday from 6.30pm.

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