Australian League Championship Series: Game Two

Melbourne 3, Perth 2 in Perth (13 innings).  Brad Harman singled in Josh Davies in the top of the thirteenth.  Perth put runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the inning, but could not tie the score.  Davies had two hits and scored twice for Melbourne.  Justin Huber drove in two runs.  Three Melbourne relievers combined to pitch 8.1 scoreless innings:  Bubbie Buzachero went 3.1, Andrew Russell pitched two, and Kevin Reese worked the final three to get the win.  Mitchell Graham went 4-for-6 to lead Perth.  Benn Grice took the loss, giving up the winning run in his third inning of work.  Joshua Hendricks was 1-for-4 for Melbourne.  The two teams are tied at one win apiece, with the deciding game of the best-of-three series to be played today.

Happy Birthday–February 12

Chick Fulmer (1851)
Mike McGeary (1851)
Pants Rowland (1879)
Chick Hafey (1903)
Dom DiMaggio (1917)
Joe Garagiola (1926)
Pat Dobson (1942)
Mike Martin (1944)
Ray Corbin (1949)
Lenny Randle (1949)
Don "Full Pack" Stanhouse (1951)
Cam Bonifay (1952)
Chet Lemon (1955)
Greg Johnston (1955)
Joe Bitker (1964)
Ryan Lefebvre (1971)

Ryan Lefebvre appeared in six minor league games for the Watertown Indians in 1993.  He was a Twins broadcaster in the 1997 and 1998 before moving to Kansas City in 1999, where he has been a broadcaster for the Royals ever since.

Joe Bitker was drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round in the 1984 January draft, but he did not sign.

This is a great day for players with colorful nicknames.  In addition to those listed above, we have Sweetbread Bailey (1895), Kiddo Davis (1902), and Monk Dubiel (1918).

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Australian League Championship Series: Game One

Perth 4, Melbourne 1 in Perth.  The Heat scored single runs in the first, fourth, sixth, and seventh.  James McOwen led the way for Perth with three hits, including a fourth-inning home run that gave the Heat a lead they never relinquished.  Tim Kennelly added two hits.  Virgil Vasquez got the complete game victory, striking out eight while giving up five hits and no walks.  For Melbourne, Kevin David singled and homered for the lone Aces run.  Travis Blackley took the loss, allowing all four runs on nine hits in seven innings.  No Twins players appeared in the game.  The win gave Perth a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series.

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