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Bandits come up short in loss to Canberra
12/07/2018 6:26 AM ET

The Couran Cove Brisbane Bandits fought hard in Canberra Friday night, but saw their winning streak come to a close as they fell 2-1 in walk-off fashion at the hands of the Cavalry. Kevin Melean's infield single in the bottom of the ninth scored Robbie Perkins from third base to end the ballgame in Canberra's favor.

The first-place Bandits had won four consecutive games, including their Round Four opener on Thursday night. But the offense managed only four hits against the Cavalry, who evened the series at one game apiece despite a strong effort from Bandits starter Travis Blackley.

Blackley was sharp as usual, allowing just five hits and an unearned run over 6.0 solid innings. He got some early run support in the third inning as Bandits catcher Danny De La Calle hit his second home run of the year to put Brisbane in front 1-0.

Zach Wilson evened the score in the bottom of the third for the Cavalry, delivering a two-out RBI single after an error had brought Justin Lopez into scoring position.

The pitching took over from that point on, as Blackley was matched inning-for-inning by Canberra starter Frank Gailey. The Cavalry lefty went eight innings, allowing just four total hits and no runs after De La Calle's solo blast.

Ryan Bollinger and Ken Frosch pitched effective relief for the Bandits, but Tomoya Mikami (W, 1-0) was just as good for Canberra in a perfect top of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Matt Timms (L, 0-2) allowed a leadoff single to Perkins and a one-out single to Michael Fransoso to set the stage for Melean. Fransoso took off on the pivotal pitch, preventing a potential inning-ending double play on a chopper up the middle and scoring the winning run.

The Bandits look to get back in the win column on Saturday as Tim Atherton faces off against Shota Imanaga. First pitch from MIT Ballpark in Canberra is at 6:00 AEST. Stay tuned for broadcast details.


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