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Bandits turn to take hot seat, sweep Cavalry
Brisbane push Canberra into first-place tie
01/14/2013 2:08 AM ET
C.J. Beatty blasted another homer for Brisbane on Sunday.
C.J. Beatty blasted another homer for Brisbane on Sunday. (Scott Powick / SMP Images)
BRISBANE, 13 January - The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, dropped the final game of the long five game series to the Brisbane Bandits by a score of 9-5 on Sunday. The loss gave the Cavalry their first series sweep of the year and marks the worst losing streak since 2011.

The Cavalry took the lead first for the first time this series in the top of the fourth. With two outs, three singles in a row off the bats of Jeremy Barnes, Jack Murphy and Marcus Knecht gave the Cavalry a 1-0 lead.

However, the Bandits answered back in the bottom of the inning by destroying the Cavalry adding seven runs. The inning included five hits, two walks, a throwing error and a wild pitch to drive home all seven runs.

The Cavalry inched back into the game in the sixth inning. After a single from Adam Buschini, Barnes hit a long ball over the center field fence to drive home two runs, making the score 7-3. Barnes' homerun was his second in two days, and his fourth of the year.

Canberra closed the gap even further in the seventh adding two more runs to come within striking distance of the Bandits. After back to back walks put runners on base for the Cavalry, Buschini would come to the plate with two outs and hit a stand up double to drive in two runs making he score 7-5. Those two runs driven in add to Buschini's league leading RBI total, giving him 35 on the year.

The Bandits widened the gap back open in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two run bomb from CJ Beatty to make the score 9-5, the final score.

Starting pitcher, John Holdzkom was given his third loss of the year going only three and a third innings giving up seven runs on six hits while striking out two.

With the sweep Canberra now shares the top spot with the Sydney Blue Sox with the Perth Heat knocking on their door only two games behind. Canberra returns home for a four game series against rival Sydney Blue Sox for another top of the ladder clash. The weekend will kick off on Thursday night with game one scheduled to start at 7pm.

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