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Brisbane stays perfect to start season
T.J. Bennett bomb sparks Bandits' comeback
11/17/2017 5:45 AM ET
Travis Blackley allowed one earned run in five innings for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Travis Blackley allowed one earned run in five innings for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SMP IMages / ABL Media)

Brisbane has maintained its perfect start to the season with another come-from-behind win over Canberra at Holloway Field.

The Bandits fell in a 4-0 hole early as the Cavs took starter Travis Blackley deep twice in the opening two innings on Friday night.

But they again showed their backs against the wall character to score five unanswered runs and record a 5-4 victory.

Mitch Nilsson scored a run in the second as Brisbane started its fightback after giving up four runs - three unearned - on two long balls.

T.J. Bennett's second home run in as many nights cut the lead to one in the fifth before Logan Wade produced another go-ahead shot in the sixth.

A night after sparking a match-winning four-run burst, Wade scored Nilsson and Donald Lutz on a sixth-inning single to put the Bandits ahead 5-4.

Canberra threatened in the ninth as Ryan Searle entered with a one-run advantage.

Buddy Reed's single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with two outs.

Searle stayed cool in a pressure cooker situation, striking out Robbie Perkins to earn his second consecutive save.

Earlier, the Cavs raced to a 4-0 advantage on the back of two home runs off Blackley.

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Connor Panas hit a three-run homer with two outs in the first as Canberra took advantage of Robbie Perkins reaching on an error by catcher Adam Weisenburger.

Kyle Perkins then extended the visitors lead in the second with a home run to centre field.

Blackley ended up working five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out eight.

Cavs' starter Lake Bachar struck out four and gave up one run on two hits before turning the ball over to Sean Guinard.

Guinard picked up the loss, giving up four runs (two unearned) on four hits.

Brisbane reliever Rhys Niit recorded the win after pitching a scoreless sixth.

The series concludes with a double-header from 3.30pm AEST on Saturday. Get your tickets here!

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