Rockies' Perkins breaks out power in ABL play

Rockies' Perkins breaks out power in ABL play

The second half of the 2014/2015 Australian Baseball League season saw the first-place Adelaide Bite extend their lead in the standings by sweeping the Sydney Blue Sox. Canberra caught Brisbane in the standings by taking three of four from the Bandits and the Perth Heat finished a busy week in Melbourne by taking three of five from the Aces.

Cavalry offense overpowers Bandits

After producing the game-winning hit in Wednesday's All-Star Game, 20-year-old Rockies prospect Robbie Perkins kept rolling. The Canberra catcher went 6-for-14 over the weekend, belting his first three home runs of the season and tallying six RBIs. Perkins raised his season average to .316, and has now hit safely in 11 straight games.

A trio of Blue Jays prospects continued to produce for Canberra, led by ABL legend Jack Murphy. Murphy collected five hits, a home run and seven RBIs in three games played, and now ranks second in the league with 22 RBIs and third with a .352 batting average. L.B. Dantzler, 23, collected four hits, two homers and four RBIs in three games and outfield prospect Anthony Alford finished the weekend with three hits, three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in three games of his own.

Marcus Lemon continued to rake for the Cavalry, going 5-for-8 in the series to raise his average to .457 over his last 10 games. Originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Lemon has spent nine seasons in the Minors, appearing in 864 games as a member of the Rangers, Braves and Tigers organizations.

A's prospect Tim Atherton continued to dominate on the mound, improving to 5-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.91 with a victory on Saturday.

Rays prospect Maxx Tissenbaum led the Brisbane attack, finishing the series with six hits, two homers and five RBIs. The 23-year-old raised his average to .333, and now ranks third in the league with a .971 OPS. Fellow Rays farmhand Thomas Coyle blasted his fourth home run of the season, and sits just ahead of Tissenbaum with a .997 OPS through 27 games in the ABL.

Australian Logan Wade, who has played shortstop in all 27 Bandits games this year, collected hits in all four games of the series. The 23-year-old Twins prospect has displayed his versatility in the Minors, having played four infield positions, plus left field over the course of three Minor League seasons. He spent the majority of 2014 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Padres prospect Samuel Holland, who earned the save for Team Australia in the All-Star game on Wednesday, tossed two scoreless innings of relief, striking out a pair.

Bite sweep Blue Sox

Adelaide improved to a league best 19-9 with a four game sweep of the Sydney Blue Sox, and was led by Dodgers prospect Aaron Miller. Miller finished the weekend 6-for-15 with two home runs, four RBIs and a stolen base. He hit safely in all four games. Miller currently ranks second in the ABL with a .360 batting average and leads the league with a 1.030 OPS.

South Korean Astros prospect Chan Moon turned in a 4-for-4 performance on Friday night, and finished the series with four RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Tyler Brunnemann, another Astros prospect, made two scoreless relief appearances, earning his league-best fifth save on Saturday.

Adelaide native Josh Tols picked up two wins out of the Bite bullpen, and now boasts a 7-1 record through 15 relief appearances. In addition to leading the league in victories, the 25-year-old left-hander leads the league with a 1.61 ERA.

D-backs prospect Alex Glenn was one of the lone bright spots for Sydney as the 23-year-old outfielder reached base safely in all four games and connected for his third home run of the season on Saturday.

Deglan still smashing for Melbourne

Rangers prospect Kellin Deglan continued to flex his muscles down under, finishing the weekend 7-for-17 with three home runs and five RBIs. Deglan leads the league with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs through his first 28 games with the Aces.

White Sox prospect Adam Engel also continued his recent run of success, finishing the weekend with 10 hits, a home run, three RBIs and his league-leading 12th stolen base. Engel has rallied after a slow start and is hitting .357 in his last 10 games for Melbourne.

Red Sox prospect Jorge Marban fired a scoreless inning out of the Perth bullpen, earning his second save of the season in the process.

The league resumes on Friday night, with the Sydney Blue Sox hosting the Brisbane Bandits in the first of four. The Aces will travel to Perth for a rematch with the Heat beginning on Saturday, and the Bite will look to keep rolling on the road in Canberra.

Craig Durham is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.