2017/18 ABL R2 – Canberra v Sydney
26 Nov 2017 14:00 AEST
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GAME 4: Sunday, 2.00pm AEDT
Sydney will look to continue its strong Opening Weekend form when it gets on the road to face Canberra.
The Blue Sox are 4-0 for the first time since 2010 after sweeping Adelaide but travel to Canberra and then Wollongong for the series finale with a poor road record to reverse.
Sydney finished 4-15 away from Blacktown last season and are 12-35 on the road across the past two seasons.
The Blue Sox produced an eye-catching performance against the Bite in round one, winning a blow-out game one before grinding out a pair of one-run wins on Saturday.
Luke Wilkins then produced another strong performance by a Sydney starter to ensure a first sweep since December 2015.
The Blue Sox can make their best start to an ABL season with a win in game one.
They will aim to do it against a Cavalry outfit that is winless but looked better than its record suggests on Opening Weekend against Brisbane.
Canberra match the Bandits for large periods of the rain-shortened series but failed to deliver in the clutch moments.
Brian Grening and Lake Bachar had solid starts but the Cavalry bullpen struggled.
Canberra’s offence also looked a little rusty but did manage to connect for five home runs.
David Kandilias hit two of them, import Connor Panas gave a glimpse of his power, while Robbie Perkins again led the offence by going 3-for-10.
The Cavs will hope to avoid the concentration lapses that proved costly against the Bandits.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
BLUE SOX – Trevor Foss: The right-hander gets the start in game one after a strong performance in round one. Foss picked up the win against Adelaide, striking out seven in six innings.
CAVALRY – Buddy Reed: The San Diego Padres’ prospect scored the opening run of the ABL season after showing off his pace. He finished 3-for-11 (.273) at the top of Canberra’s order.
Series split. The Blue Sox poor road record is too hard to overlook. And even though it is only a few hours down the highway, we think the fact it is a road trip makes it hard to give Sydney a series win. The Cavs were not as bad as their 0-3 record suggests. Canberra’s starters looked good, despite going unrewarded, while its offence showed some power. Putting together nine full innings is the aim now.