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Sutherland HR lifts Bandits into ABLCS
Brisbane wins through to third-straight ABLCS
02/04/2018 4:04 AM ET
David Sutherland hit a walk-off home run to lift Brisbane over Melbourne and into the ABLCS next weekend (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
David Sutherland hit a walk-off home run to lift Brisbane over Melbourne and into the ABLCS next weekend (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

David Sutherland's walk-off home run in the ninth lifted Brisbane past Melbourne and into a third-straight Australian Baseball League Championship Series in a dramatic semi-final clash at Holloway Field on Sunday night.

Sutherland took reliever Jon Kennedy deep to right centre field to lead-off the ninth and lift the Bandits past the Aces 9-8 and into an ABLCS against either Perth or Canberra next weekend.

Brisbane was forced to win it late after Darryl George's two-run homer - his second of the game - drew Melbourne level in the top of the ninth of a winner-takes-all semi-final.

George took Bandits' closer Ryan Searle deep with one out after Jarryd Dale's lead-off double in the ninth.

Brisbane entered the inning with a two-run cushion after Sutherland broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth.

Aces' starter Josh Tols gave up a lead-off single to Lin Chih-sheng in the sixth before hitting T.J. Bennett with a pitch.

Logan Wade made Tols pay, driving in Lin to draw the Bandits level before Sutherland's two-run single with two out gave the hosts a lead.

Sutherland scored on an Adam Weisenburger single to cap off a four-run inning.

Melbourne clawed a run back on Darryl George's solo shot in the seventh before his second homer of the game tied the ballgame in the ninth.

The Aces took a fifth-inning lead after Delmon Young, a veteran of 1118 MLB games, blasted a two-run shot off Brisbane starter Tim Atherton to cap off a three-run frame.

It came after Ryan Dale hit a lead-off homer to pull Melbourne within a run.

The Aces found themselves behind on T.J. Bennett's three-run homer off Tols with two out in the third.

Earlier, Lin and Tyler Neslony traded solo shots.

The Bandits scored seven of their nine runs with two outs.

Atherton allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Bollinger struck out five and gave up a run in 3 1/3 frames.

Tols punched out 10 in 5 1/3 innings for Melbourne, allowing seven runs and seven hits without a walk.

Brisbane will face the winner of tonight's game three between the Heat and Cavs in the ABLCS.

The Bandits will host game two and three (if required) on Saturday and Sunday.

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