Friday's Game 2 matchup was none other than an old fashioned pitching dual between the Bandits' Rick Teasley and the Aces' Jeremy Guthrie. The game was left in the bullpen's hands after the sixth inning, as the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces capitalized on their opportunities for the Game 2 win, 5-3, over the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by Welldog.
Teasley was rolling on the bump early, sending the Aces down in order in the first two innings.
The left-hander threw six complete innings, allowing his sole run to be credited to a groundout RBI at the hands of Mike Walker in the bottom-of-the-fourth. Teasley recorded five strikeouts and allowed just four hits in his dominant Game 2 performance.
Jeremy Guthrie threw a gem of his own Friday night. The big leaguer recorded six strikeouts and allowed four hits, a run and a walk over six complete innings.
After capitalizing on two crucial Melbourne errors in the top-of-the-sixth and the top-of-the-seventh, the Bandits held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom-of-the-seventh.
With the bases loaded in the bottom-of-the-seventh, Jared Cruz singled to center field to score Allan de San Miguel. In Cody Jones' ensuing at-bat, a wild pitch by Sam Holland left the scoring opportunity open for the Aces. Brad Harman scored to give the Aces a 3-2 lead over the Bandits.
Brisbane failed to capitalize on their opportunity in the top-of-the-eighth, stranding runners on first and second, a habit they've grown all too accustomed to this season. The Bandits left nine runners on base in Friday's outing.
On the other side, the Aces had no problem capitalizing on their chances. After allowing a leadoff walk, Matt Timms allowed a two-run home run at the hands of Mike Walker.
Walker continues to stir up trouble late in the series. The left fielder was 1-for-4 with a run and three RBI's.
Brisbane rallied in the top-of-the-ninth as Andrew Campbell delivered a one-out RBI double to keep the game alive. Right on cue, Aaron Whitefield drove Campbell home, edging the gap, 5-3.
Whitefield boasted another impressive night on the diamond. The 20-year old was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI Friday night.
Melbourne's Virgil Vasquez then silenced all hope of a bottom-of-the-ninth rally as the right-hander retired Logan Wade and Donald Lutz to secure his second save of the season. Josh Tols claims his second win of the season.
The Bandits and Aces are back in action Saturday, the 6th of January. Ryan Rowland-Smith makes his Brisbane Bandits debut in the 6:30 p.m. AEST matchup.