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Blue Sox split home series
Sydney drop matinee game 5-1
12/11/2016 4:47 AM ET
 (Joe Vella/SMP Images)

The Sydney Blue Sox (9-7) dropped Game 4 of the series, going down 5-1 to the Brisbane Bandits (7-9), presented by WellDog, ending the weekend series split at 2-2.

Sydney legend, Chris Oxspring (L, 0-1) returned to Blue Sox Stadium today, going 4.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits, whilst striking out four. He showed his strength in the second inning with getting three out in just eight pitches.

The starting pitcher was excited about being back in the blue again, when reflecting on his first game back.

"It's nice to pitch back at home and be out there on the mound, it's always fun," stated Oxspring.

A three-run first kick-started the Bandits offense, as they jumped on Oxspring with four hits. The visitors would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game.

The Blue Sox battled with the Bandits, before Sydney's sole run was scored in the bottom of the fifth. With two out Malik Collymore stepped up to the plate with a line drive single to centre field, bringing home Guy Edmonds, his league-leading 15th RBI.

A double play in the top of the seventh saw second baseman Tucker Neuhaus take the ground ball and throw to short stop Jacob Younis to get the first out at second, followed by a throw from Younis to first baseman Josh Dean to get the second out at one. Bandits Manager Dave Nilsson was ejected from the game after questioning the third base umpire over the call.

Starter Kramer Champlin (W, 1-1) earned the win for the Bandits, his first of the season, as he struck out five over 6.2 innings of one-run ball. Closer Ryan Searle earned his second save of the series, taking his season tally to five (ABL leader).

Despite Sunday's loss, Sydney continue to compile their strong home record, moving to 8-4 at Blue Sox Stadium.

Whilst the Sox look to build a fortress at home, they will look to find form on the road next weekend as they go up against the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces (11-5), in Melbourne, for the four-game series.

The first-placed Aces are coming off a 3-1 series win over Canberra (8-8) and will look to consolidate their lead atop the table as they welcome the Blue Sox to town.

Sydney returns to Blue Sox Stadium for their next home stand on December 29th, in the return series against the Aces.

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Sydney Blue Sox - next home series vs. Melbourne Aces

Game 1 - Thursday December 29th 2016 - 7:30pm

Game 2 - Friday December 30th 2016 - 7:30pm

Game 3 - Saturday December 31st 2016 - 6:30pm

Game 4 - Sunday January 1st 2017 - 1:00pm

All times shown are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

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