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Eighth inning rally sends Bandits to fourth straight win
12/06/2018 7:11 AM ET

The Couran Cove Brisbane Bandits began Round 4 in Canberra on Thursday night with their fourth consecutive win, plating two runs in the eighth inning to topple the Cavalry 6-4.

The Bandits opened the scoring in the third inning, bringing home three runs off Canberra starter Steven Kent to take an early lead. Danny De La Calle hit the first of three Brisbane triples on the evening to bring home the first run before Andrew Campbell laced an RBI single. Later in the inning, Wade Dutton lofted a sacrifice fly to extend the Bandits lead to 3-0.

Brisbane starter Sam Holland put up zeroes in the first two innings, but surrendered an RBI single to Justin Lopez in the third and a three-run home run to Kyle Perkins in the fourth as Canberra took a 4-3 lead. The righty allowed four runs, three earned, in 3.2 innings to receive a no-decision.

Justin Erasmus struck out five batters over 2.1 innings of spotless relief to keep the deficit at one until the sixth inning, when Hsu Chi-Hung roped an RBI triple into the right field corner to tie the game 4-4.

Yuni Kuniyoshi (L, 0-2) ran into trouble for the Cavalry in the eighth, allowing a leadoff single to Donald Lutz and a sacrifice bunt to move the go-ahead run into scoring position. Hsu followed with a base hit that gave the Bandits a 5-4 lead when it was misplayed by Perkins in left field. Ryan Battaglia added a two-out RBI single to extend the lead to 6-4.

Matt Timms (H, 5) and Loek Van Mil (S, 3) combined to get the final six outs for Brisbane, making a winner of Cameron McVey (W, 1-0) for his scoreless seventh inning of work. Canberra got the tying run into scoring position in the ninth, but Van Mil retired David Kandilas with a pop-up to second base to end the ballgame.

The first-place Bandits look for their fifth straight victory on Friday as they continue their series in Canberra. Travis Blackley gets the ball for Brisbane against Cavalry starter Frank Gailey beginning at 6:00 AEST. The game will be streamed live on, and The Sporting Globe will host the official Bandits Watch Party beginning at 5:30.


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