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Sixth Inning Drains Aces in Loss to Brisbane
Bandits plate seven runs in sixth, Melbourne's losing streak increases to four
01/01/2016 6:14 AM ET
Aces guest coach George Brett from the Kansas City Royals waves to fans prior to Friday's game
Aces guest coach George Brett from the Kansas City Royals waves to fans prior to Friday's game (Ian Knight - SMP Images / ABL Media)

MELBOURNE -- The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces were unable to come back after giving up seven runs in the sixth inning, as they fell to the Brisbane Bandits, Proudly Presented by WellDog 7-4 Friday night at Melbourne Ballpark.

Following five scoreless innings, the Bandits (26-16) sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run sixth inning. After loading the bases with one out, three straight RBI singles by Maxx Tissenbaum, David Sutherland, and T.J. Bennett chased Matt Larkins (5-4) from the game.

Riley Unroe and Bralin Jackson increased Brisbane's lead to 7-0 with two-run singles against relief pitcher Sam Street. Bandits starting pitcher Rhys Niit (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings and exited with the lead to earn his first win of the season.

Melbourne (15-27) answered back with two two-out runs in each of the next two innings. Brad Harman hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in the sixth to plate Logan Moon and Tanner Vavra. Vavra hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, bringing home Liam Bedford and Keith Curcio.

The Aces sent the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh and eighth, but they could not overcome the deficit. Ryan Searle worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to pitch a scoreless inning and earn his league-high 12th save.


COMING UP: The Aces continue their four-game home series Saturday at 6:05 p.m. against Brisbane. Melbourne will send LHP Jon Kennedy (0-4, 4.67 ERA) to the mound against LHP Rick Teasley (5-3, 3.02 ERA) for the Bandits. For ticket information, visit You can also watch the action on

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