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Lin, bats fire as Bandits hold off Cavs
Brisbane take three of four in ABLCS rematch
12/08/2018 10:15 PM ET
Lin Ko-Chien struck out seven in his second start for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Lin Ko-Chien struck out seven in his second start for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane have won their Brut Australian Baseball League series against Canberra following a thrilling 9-7 victory at The Fort at MIT Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Bandits took out the series 3-1 and remain on top of the Australian Baseball League North-East division after four rounds.

Brisbane (10-5) starting pitcher Lin Ko-Chien gave the Bandits a solid platform, allowing one earned run on three hits with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

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His Cavalry counterpart, Steven Chambers, did not have such a good time.

Brisbane came out swinging early with T.J. Bennett, Wade Dutton and Donald Lutz all taking Chambers deep.

Bennett blasted a three-run homer in the top of the first with Dutton and Lutz adding solo shots as the Bandits took a 6-0 lead after three.

Game three hero Andrew Campbell added a two-run single at the top of the sixth, scoring Sutherland and Dutton, before Brisbane went 9-0 up on Bennett's fourth RBI of the game.

Canberra (6-10) staged a late comeback in the bottom of the sixth when Craig Massey tripled on a fly ball to centre field, allowing Michael Fransoso and Justin Lopez to score.

Still trailing 9-2, Cavalry infielder Zach Wilson gave the home crowd hope with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Massey's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth set up a dramatic finish, but the Cavalry could not quite pull off a miracle comeback.

Brisbane will head home to face Perth, with game one on Thursday night.

Canberra travel to Adelaide for a four-game series starting at 7.20pm (local time) on Thursday.

 

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