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Rain-shortened finale goes to Sydney
Harris blanks Brisbane for five, earns win
11/28/2010 4:22 PM ET
Alex Johnson scored Sydney's only run on a rainy Sunday at Blacktown Olympic Park.
Alex Johnson scored Sydney's only run on a rainy Sunday at Blacktown Olympic Park. 
SYDNEY - In a steady Sunday rain at Blacktown Olympic Park, the Brisbane Bandits and Sydney Blue Sox slogged through a back-and-forth affair fitting of the day's elements. By the time the rain turned into a deluge, the home team was on top at the right time.

Sunday pitcher Vaughan Harris notched his first win of the campaign with five innings of two-hit, shutout ball, and Alex Johnson's lone second inning run scored was enough for a rain-abbreviated, five-inning 1-0 Blue Sox victory to achieve a series split with the Bandits in front of 1,105 supporters at BOP.

Harris (1-0) stole the show one day after the Sox staff labored in a doubleheader split. The 29-year-old Sydney native turned in a strong performance in his first start of 2010/11, striking out three while not walking a man through his five digs. The right-hander retired the side in order in three of his five innings and did not allow a baserunner past second base.

Sydney only needed one offensive chance in the shortened affair. In the bottom of the third inning, reigning ABL Fielders Choice Player of the Week Alex Johnson doubled to left-center and scored one batter later when Michael Lysaught's hot shot grounder ate up Brisbane shortstop Shuhei Fukuda and allowed Johnson to motor home from second base.

Bandits starter Justin Erasmus (0-2) took the loss, giving way to his bullpen after just two innings of work. Erasmus allowed Sydney's run on three total hits, striking out two and not walking a man.

The Blue Sox remain at home for another four contests at Blacktown Olympic Park next weekend when they host the Melbourne Aces. The first game of that four-game set is schedule for Friday evening at 7.30 PM. Tickets are available for the Sydney-Melbourne set by clicking here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.