A strong outing on the mound from the returning Ryan Rowland-Smith and an incredible day at the plate led the Brisbane Bandits to a dominant 19-4 win over the Jet Courier Melbourne Aces.
For the second time this series, the Brisbane Bandits offense jumped out to an early start, registering two runs in both the second and third inning. With doubles to Thomas Milone and Connor MacDonald scoring two in the second and a two-run home run from Donald Lutz in the third inning.
In his Australian Baseball League return, Ryan Rowland-Smith maintained a no-hitter through three innings before a single from Roman Collins broke it up. Rowland-Smith allowed just the Collins hit while walking three in his four inning outing. Most importantly for the Bandits he managed to shut down the Aces strong cohort of left-handed batters to receive the win.
The Bandits offense outhit the Aces 21 to five, with six of those going the distance including a grand slam from Logan Wade and two home runs each to Trent Oeltjen and David Rodriguez. Even with all the Brisbane long-balls it was young gun Connor MacDonald who was probably the pick of the bunch for the Bandits, finishing his night 5-6 with a pair of RBIs.
Jon Kennedy started on the mound for the Aces, having replaced Dushan Ruzic who was originally scheduled to make his seventh start of the season. Kennedy pitched five innings, during which he allowed six hits, four runs (three were earned runs) while striking out five batters to receive the loss before he handed the ball to the bullpen.
The Aces bullpen has developed into one of the best in the league, though in the sixth inning it wasn't close to the strength that it had been dubbed, as the Bandits offense scored eleven runs in the inning, the most runs scored in an inning by a team this season.
The Bandits offense continued to roll in the seventh adding three more before a single marker in the ninth rounded out the dominant display.
Jared Cruz was the best with the bat for the Aces, finishing his night 3-3 with a walk and a double in an otherwise forgetful night for the Aces offense.
We're back tomorrow from 1PM for the fourth and final game of the series and our annual Bark in the Park which allows fans to bring their four legged friends to the Ballpark, proudly sponsored by the Greyhound Adoption Program.