MELBOURNE starter Mark Hamburger pitched a complete game shutout and the Aces’ offence returned to form in a series-opening victory over Brisbane.
Hamburger struck out 12 hitters and allowed two hits without a walk in nine innings of dominance as Melbourne took a 1-0 series lead on the road for just the 13th time in 40 attempts.
A couple of home runs helped the Aces to an 8-0 win, a weekend after managing just seven runs in a series loss to Adelaide.
Ronald Acuna – 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs – drove in two with a long ball to centre field in the fifth to put Melbourne ahead 5-0.
Ryan Dale crushed his first homer in the seventh.
But Hamburger was the star, throwing 115 pitches to improve to 2-0.
Mitch Nilsson was the only Brisbane player not troubled by the right-handed starter, going 2-for-3.
Bandits’ starter Rick Teasley suffered his first loss at Holloway Field.
Teasley allowed five runs on six hits while striking out eight batters and walking one.
The Aces can complete their first away series win with a double-header sweep tomorrow.