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Erasmus Retires Nine in Bandits Win
Bandits pitching blanks Sox in Game 1 win, 2-0
12/09/2016 6:42 AM ET

A starting pitcher's dual in Sydney left little room for early offensive production at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Kevin Padlo broke the scoreless streak in the top-of-the-sixth with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Brisbane Bandits (6-7), proudly presented by Welldog, a 1-0 lead over the Sydney Blue Sox (7-6).

T.J. Bennett added to the lead in top-of-the-seventh with an RBI single to center field, finalizing the Bandits win over the Blue Sox, 2-0.

Bennett was one of four Brisbane players that contributed to eight total hits in Game 1. Logan Wade, Mitch Nilsson and Tommy Milone added two hits a piece leading to a dangerous part of the Bandits' order.

Justin Erasmus had a spectacular night on the bump for the Bandits. The right-hander dealt a scoreless six innings, recording nine strikeouts with just three hits to grab his first win of the season.

Ryan Searle relieved Matt Timms' duties in the bottom-of-the-eighth retiring five Blue Sox batters to secure his fourth save of the season.

Brisbane's Friday night win breaks seven straight losses in Sydney.

The Bandits and Blue Sox are back in action Saturday, the 10th of December for a double dose of baseball in Sydney. Rick Teasley has the start for the first game of the doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. AEST. Dan Nilsson follows with the start in the second game of the doubleheader at 6:00 p.m. AEST.

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