The Brisbane Bandits broke the rubber game wide open in the seventh inning as they scored six runs. This was the decisive blow for the Adelaide Bite that did not overcome the Bandits big lead, as they fell to the Bandits 18-2
In the first five innings, the game was close. The Bandits took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Trent Oeltjen hit a solo blast, one of the seven dingers that the Bandits would hit today.
The Adelaide Bite tied the game in the top of the fifth on Stefan Welch’ solo homerun. But the Bandits would take the lead again in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun by Ryan Bataglia, the first of two that he would hit today.
After the Bandits scored two more in the sixth, they broke the game wide open in the seventh inning and batted around. A two run shot and a grand slam put six more runs on the board for the Bandits.
The Adelaide Bite clearly had a lack of pitching depth as they allowed eight more runs in the eighth inning on solo homeruns by Mitch Nilsson, David Rodriguez (who extended his hitting streak to 22 games) and a three run blast by Mitch Nilsson.
In the top of the eighth, Jordan McArdle showed why he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as he hit a solo homerun. A ridiculous number of nine homeruns were hit in this game.
Bite manager Steve Mintz had to use his best pitchers yesterday, something that cost him today’s match. Mintz had used Loek van Mil for four innings in yesterday’s win so he could not be used anymore today.
With 23 hits and eighteen runs, the three errors that were committed by the Bandits, did not hurt them. The Bandits outhit the Bite 23-6 and it won’t come as a surprise that all Bandits had at least two hits today. Best hitter for Brisbane was Mitch Nilsson, who went 4 for 6 with two homeruns, four RBI and three runs scored. With this performance, he raised his batting average to a whopping .429 in this series.
With this rout, the Bandits advance to the ABLCS where they will face the Melbourne Aces next weekend. You’ll never know how an extra week of rest will work out for the Aces, but since they haven’t been playing all that well in their last ten games, everything is possible, especially now the Brisbane Bandits seem to be on a roll.