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Bandits blitz Bite late in game three
Blackley strikes out seven in strong start
12/30/2017 6:25 AM ET
Brisbane starter Travis Blackley struck out seven in the Bandits' win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Brisbane starter Travis Blackley struck out seven in the Bandits' win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SCOTT DAVIS)

Travis Blackley struck out seven and Brisbane's offence fired late once again in an 11-2 win over Adelaide at Holloway Field on Saturday night.

Blackley and Bite counterpart Chris Powell went toe-to-toe in a pitchers' duel before the Bandits finally solved the Adelaide import in the fifth before going on a scoring frenzy.

Back-to-back singles by Adam Weisenburger and Andrew Campbell with one out paved the way for Kenshi Sugiya to drive in the first run of the ballgame.

Powell left the bases loaded for reliever Steven Chambers, who then walked T.J. Bennett to double Brisbane's lead.

Right-hander Powell allowed two runs on fours hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out six.

Blackley lasted a little longer for the home side, striking out seven in six innings while giving up one run on six hits.

The Bandits blew the game wide open with a four-run sixth as they improved their record to 9-1 at Holloway Field this season.

Errors proved costly for the Bite as David Sutherland and Campbell reached on mistakes.

The second error of the inning, by relief pitcher Wilson Lee, scored two runs before Sugiya went deep for his first ABL home run to make it 6-1.

Wade Dutton and Weisenburger also homered for Brisbane.

Adelaide did all of its scoreboard damage on the long ball at hitter-friendly Holloway Field.

Rodrigo Ayarza cleared the fence for the fifth time on the season in the seventh after Chen Kuan-jen earlier homered in his first ABL game.

Chen was robbed of a base hit on an outstanding outfield play by Bennett in his first at bat of the game.

The series concludes on Sunday with the ABL leading Bandits chasing a series victory over the last-ranked Bite.

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