The Jet Courier Melbourne Aces' championship campaign has been forced to take a backwards step, with Brisbane taking a 6-2 game one victory. The game lived up to its lofty expectations early, as the bats fired for both sides with each team recording five hits in the opening two innings.
Trent Oeljten got the game off to a fast start for Brisbane with a two-run home run before the Aces could record an out. David Sutherland continued the Bandit's hot start at the top of the second by driving in Kevin Padlo to put Brisbane up 3-0.
Mark Hamburger would steady after a shakey start, the big American finishing with eight innings witched for 10 strikeouts while also conceding 10 hits and six earned runs.
Melbourne got one back at the bottom of the second after a Jared Cruz single saw Mike Walker beat the ball to the plate for the Aces first run of the ballgame. Cody Jones then brought the game back to 3-2 by driving in Cruz to get the Aces within striking distance.
David Rodriguez steadied the Brisbane ship at the top of the third with a timely home-run. The fly ball barely stayed in play, with the Melbourne Ballpark crowd in shock as the ball was ruled just fairnext to the right field foul pole, putting the Bandits up 4-2.
After Brisbane's starting pitcher Justin Erasmus recorded 54 pitches in just over two innings, the Bandit's pitching staff began to come and go rapidly. In fact, two Bandit's pitchers were replaced in just seven pitches during the bottom of the third.
From the third innings onwards the runs dried up until Logan Wade and Kevin Padlo hit back to back home-runs off consecutive pitches to see the Bandits extend their lead to 6-2 after 8.0.
The Aces failed to get anything going in their final six outs, Ryan Searle shutting the door and securing the game one victory for the travelling Bandits.
In an otherwise bleak night for Melbourne, Cody Jones put together one of his best games of the season going 3-4 and recording one RBI.
The best of three playoff continues tomorrow for the Aces, who will look to level the series with Josh Tols scheduled for the start.