Sox drop first, win second in Bandits doubleheader
12/01/2012 12:22 AM ET
Chris Snelling finished with five RBIs in his first season series (SMP Images / Steve Bell)
LISMORE, NSW, 1 December - The Sydney Blue Sox (7-6) and Brisbane Bandits (6-6) split a double-header Saturday at Albert Park, as Brisbane won game one 3-2 before the Blue Sox responded with a game two victory by the same score.
In the bottom of the ninth and the Blue Sox clinging to a one-run lead in game two, the Bandits put runners on second and third with nobody out. Sox closing pitcher Matt Williams turned in a gutsy ninth inning however, as he proceeded to strike out Alan Schoenberger looking, intentionally walk leadoff hitter Hirotoshi Onaka and induce a double play grounder from Brad Dutton to end the game. For Williams, it was his fourth save in as many chances.
Brisbane got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the third inning. However the Blue Sox answered with a run in the top of the fourth when Geoff Klein knocked an RBI-groundout that scored Mitch Dening to tie the game at 1-1.
After Brisbane took a 2-1 lead through five innings of play, Sydney scored two runs in the top of the seventh, when Chris Snelling scored JD Williams on a single before Snelling came around to score on an error to propel the visitors to a 3-2 advantage.
Craig Anderson (1-1) earned his first win of the season, tossing 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned). The combination of Todd Van Steensel, Dae-Sung Koo and Williams was enough to preserve the victory.
After earning the win in game one, Justin Erasmus (2-1) took the loss, allowing one run (none earned) in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
In the seven-inning game one, Brisbane used a pair of runs in the sixth inning before working out of a jam in the seventh to hold on for a 3-2 win.
In a 1-1 ballgame in the sixth frame, reigning Delta Air Lines Player of the Week Cody Clark launched a two-run home run to break the tie and give the home side a 3-1 lead. In the top of the seventh inning, JD Williams scored on a single from Trent D'Antonio and the Blue Sox put runners on first and third with two outs. However, Brisbane reliever Ryan Searle induced a fly out from Mitch Dening to give the Bandits the victory.
The Blue Sox struck first when D'Antonio scored on an RBI-groundout from Snelling. Brisbane proceeded to tie the game in the bottom of the second when Carlos Alonso hit a solo home run.
Erasmus (2-0, at the time) earned the win, throwing a scoreless sixth inning, while Ryan Searle picked up his first save of the campaign, allowing one run in the seventh. Tim Atherton started for Sydney and allowed just one run on three hits in five innings. Wayne Lungren (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up two runs in the sixth.
The Blue Sox and Bandits conclude their four-game series tomorrow when the series shifts to Palm Meadows Baseball Complex on Gold Coast. Lefty Tim Cox (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will start for Sydney while right-hander Justin Staatz (1-2, 7.15 ERA) takes the ball for Brisbane. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.
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