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Hot Chen start guides Bandits to win
Late Bite rally prevents second-straight shutout
12/16/2017 2:02 AM ET
Chen Hung-wen tossed five scoreless innings for Brisbane in his first ABL start (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Chen Hung-wen tossed five scoreless innings for Brisbane in his first ABL start (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane's starting pitching continued its dominance of Adelaide hitters to propel the Bandits to a 7-3 win at Adelaide Shores on Saturday afternoon.

Starter Chen Hung-wen worked five scoreless innings, a night after Ryan Bollinger threw a complete game shutout, as Brisbane improved its record to 12-4 on the season.

Chen struck out seven and allowed just three hits without issuing a walk as the visitors took a 2-0 series lead.

It came despite a late scare as the Bite put up three runs in the sixth off Bandits' reliever Zac Treece.

Earlier, Mitch Nilsson broke a scoreless deadlock with his sixth home run of the season in the fourth.

The left fielder took the third pitch of the inning, a fastball by Adelaide starter Matt Williams, deep to put Brisbane ahead 1-0.

An inning later the Bandits tacked on more runs.

Aaron Whitefield's RBI-double made it 2-0 ahead of Williams walking Donald Lutz to load the bases.

The right-hander was replaced by former Brisbane pitcher Steven Chambers.

Adam Weisenburger scored on a groundball by Nilsson before Wade Dutton made it a 5-0 Bandits' lead with a two-run double.

David Sutherland scored on an error to push the margin out to six runs in the sixth.

Catcher Bas Nooij put Adelaide on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the sixth after Mason Clavell lead off with a single.

Rodrigo Ayarza made it 6-3, scoring as Chang Tai-shan reached on a fielding error by Brisbane shortstop Logan Wade.

A sacrifice fly by Wade restored a four-run buffer.

Game two of the doubleheader starts at 7pm local time with the Bandits chasing a series win.

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