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Lofgren's eight strong lead Bandits to win
Brisbane stay hot on Adelaide's heels
12/28/2012 7:59 AM ET
Chuck Lofgren's Bandits stayed a half-game off playoff pace.
Chuck Lofgren's Bandits stayed a half-game off playoff pace. (Scott Powick / SMP Images)
BRISBANE, 27 December - The Bandits kicked off their holiday homestand by notching another tally in the win column, 5-1 over the Melbourne Aces to end a three-game slide suffered in Canberra.

Chuck Lofgren (3-1, 2.87) threw one-run ball over eight innings, earning his third win for the season. Kevin Jordan was undoubtedly impressed "Lofgren threw the ball well for us with eight solid innings. He gave us a chance to win the ballgame, which is all you can ask from your starting pitcher."

Both Hirotoshi Onaka and Brad Dutton had multi-hit games, with Dutton driving in three. "Offensively Brad Dutton swung the bat well and came up with a big single and two RBI with two out which really helped us", said Jordan who was particularly impressed with team veterans Dutton and Roberts coming up big. "They've got a good track record, it is a full season, not a one week tournament. Even though they didn't start the season in a way I know they are capable of, we have a full season to play and I have full confidence in them."

The Bandits offence however, was kept in check until the 5th inning by Melbourne's John Hussey (1-1, 4.19), before a two strike error saw him hit Battaglia to lead off the inning. Another two strike effort would see Onaka single to get on base before some classic Bandits small ball saw Campbell move the runners over and Dutton drive them both in.

A couple of doubles to the Aces in the top of the seventh would see them get within one run of the Bandits, but another RBI by Dutton followed by a two-run shot by Josh Roberts stretched the Bandits lead to four and they would never look back.

Tomorrow Chris Smith is predicted to face Kevin Reese with first pitch from 7pm.

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