With a 3-1 win in and over the Adelaide, the Brisbane Bandits are one win away from the ABL Championship Series. A solid 5.2-inning outing by Justin Erasmus paved the way for the Bandits’ come back from behind victory.
For five innings the game was tied at zero as both pitchers had solid outings. Justin Erasmus went 5.2 innings in which he gave up just one run on one hit. The former Dutch hoofdklasse pitcher was pulled after recording two outs in the sixth inning with a runner on board. This appeared to be an unlucky move as his successor, Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up an RBI triple to Jordan Cowan.
Bite pitcher Max McNabb pitched seven shutout innings in which he gave up five hits and struck out six hitters.
In the eighth inning he was replaced by Matthew Williams. The eighth inning turned out to be disastrous. Williams started it by giving up two singles and then made an off-balanced throw towards first base, after a sac-bunt by Aaron Whitfield, that sailed over first base into foul territory, that allowed David Sutherland to score the game tying run and put the other runners in scoring position. Trent Oeltjen, the most popular player of the 2016 Baseball Week Haarlem, then became the game winner with a double to left field that drove in two, to give the Bandits a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bite had runners on first and second, but reliever Ryan Searle retired Jordan Cowan on a strikeout for the final out of the inning.
Searle would retire the side in the bottom of the ninth for the save.
Despite the good outing, Justin Erasmus did not earn the win. That honour went to Zac Treece, who pitched 0.1 inning in which he struck out one.
Wade Dutton was the best hitter for the Brisbane Bandits. He went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Of course Trent Oeltjen had the most impact with the two runs that he batted in with that double in the top of the eighth inning, as he went 2 for 4.
Tomorrow’s game in Brisbane, will be a must win situation for the Adelaide Bite.