In a solid outing for the Brisbane Bandits, Justin Erasmus got his first win of the season. For the Sydney BlueSox Erasmus was practically unhittable as the South African Australian allowed only three hits and struck out nine in six innings.
This game was a pure pitching duel, but the Bandits were just a tad better at bat than the BlueSox. Brisbane collected eight hits compared to the six of Sydney.
The BlueSox had some serious problems with the breaking balls of the Bandits’ pitching and swung on impossible pitches, often resulting in pop ups.
For five innings both teams were each other’s match but in the sixth, Brisbane rallied for a run. Back-to-back singles put runners on the corners before Kevin Prado hit a sac fly to right field to drive in Logan Wade.
In the bottom of the seventh, relief pitcher Vaugh Harris recorded two quick outs but then could not get out of the inning before allowing Aaron Whitefield to score the second run for Brisbane.
The BlueSox on their turn had several opportunities to get on the board but failed in all of the occasions. In the seventh, they had a runner in scoring position but thanks to a pop out to first base, they could not cash in. In the bottom of the eighth, the BlueSox had runners on first and second with no outs but Malik Collymore struck out on a passed ball on which the runners could advance a base. But Ryan Searle managed to strike out the remaining two batters and thus denied Sydney two runs.
Despite pitching 5.1 solid inings, Trevor Foss took the loss as he gave up one run on five hits, walked three and struck out six.
German Donald Lutz was back with the Bandits but could not impress yet as he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Best hitter for Brisbane was Thomas Milone, who went 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk.
In the game between the Canberra Cavalry and the Melbourne Aces, that was delayed by a power outage, Mark Hamburger had a superb outing in eight innings. He gave up one run on four hits, walked two but struck out twelve (!). Understandably, the Cavalry lost 5-1 as Josh Tols retired the side in the ninth inning as he struck out two.
A four run second inning was the foundation for today’s win. Jarryd Dale doubled to right field with runners on first and second and drove both in as he moved to third on the throw towards home plate. Dale scored himself on a wild pitch by Lee Sosa. Cody Jones scored from third after drawing a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. A single by Ronald Acuna eventually drove in Jones for the fourth run of the inning.
A six run fifth inning secured the win for the Adelaide Bite in their road vs the Perth Heat.
The Heat took an early two run lead in the first inning on a single by Nick Ruppert.
But the Bite rallied in the aforementioned fifth to take a 6-2 lead, followed by a two run sixth inning.
Both Loek van Mil and Bas Nooij did not see action today.