Sydney scored double-digits for the fifth time this season as they posted three innings of three runs or more. Four Blue Sox players notched multi-hit games with second baseman Zach Penprase reaching base four times while breaking the single season record for stolen bases with his 15th and 16th thefts.
"The most pleasing things on the field tonight was that our pitchers tossed a shutout and we played an errorless game," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "We did a good job of taking what was given to us by their pitchers, especially drawing walks."
Sydney opened the scoring in the third inning when a sacrifice fly from Mitch Dening scored Trent D'Antonio, who walked to lead-off the inning and advanced to third on a Penprase double.
Bandits start Ryan Searle (3-2) lost his command in the fourth, walking the first three batters and hitting right fielder David Kandilas to score the first run of the five-run frame. RBI-singles from Michael Lysaught, Penprase and James Robbins added another four runs in the frame, giving the Sox a 5-0 advantage.
Sydney didn't stop there, scoring another seven runs across the next four innings on a combined 10 hits, capped off by a three run home run from defensive replacement J.D. Williams, closing the scoring at 13-0.
"The most pleasing thing overall tonight though is that our fans are going to get to watch playoff baseball; it's something they deserve."
Brad Thomas (3-2) earned the win pitching six scoreless innings while striking out eight. Relievers Caleb Cuevas, Todd Van Steensel and Josh Guyer each pitched scoreless innings to maintain the shutout. Penprase and Snelling each collected three hits, while Zac Shepherd entered the seventh inning and went 2-for-2.
Searle was the losing pitcher with relievers Josh Warner, Nathan Crawford and Robert Boothe seeing the mound.
The Blue Sox and Bandits are back in action at Blacktown International Sportspark Saturday afternoon at adjusted time of 12:30pm, celebrating Australia Day at Blue Sox Stadium. Righty Chris Oxspring (4-1, 2.85 ERA) gets the ball for Sydney while right-hander Jim Schult (3-2, 2.95 ERA) starts for Brisbane.