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Bandits rally late to end Sox streak
Brisbane scores three in the eighth to square series
12/28/2018 5:19 AM ET
Brisbane's Logan Wade collected three hits in his second game of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Brisbane's Logan Wade collected three hits in his second game of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

A three-run eighth inning helped Brisbane bounce back to level its four-game Brut Australian Baseball League series against Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark on Friday night

After a disappointing 11-2 loss in game one, The Bandits were required to overcome an early 3-0 deficit in a 5-4 win over their North-East Division rivals.

Brisbane cut the Sox lead in the fifth and sixth before htting the lead in the eighth.

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The first run saw Logan Wade, who had stolen second, score off a Daniel Nillson single.

The next two came off a Donald Lutz double, which allowed both Danny De La Calle and Riley Unroe to reach home plate, giving Brisbane a two-run lead.

Sydney set up a grandstand finish with Gift Ngoepe stealing third before scoring off an Alex Howe groundout in the bottom of the inning.

The Sox had two runners in the bottom of the ninth after Michael Campbell walked and Jacob Younis was hit by a pitch, but a double play from Wade and Unroe allowed Brisbane seal a tense win.

Younis continued his strong form with a two-bagger in the bottom of the first, before Sydney took a lead on a Dwayne Kemp double.

After a couple of scoreless frames, Tony Harris' men pulled away in the fourth to extend their lead to three.

The first run of the inning came when Ngoepe scored off a Zac Shepherd ground-rule double.

Having stolen third base, Jack Murphy later plated his second run of the weekend, capitalising on a Max Brennen groundout.

Bandits starting pitcher Travis Blackley had a mixed night, striking out three while giving up three runs and making just as many errors from 5 1/3 innings.

Brisbane eventually plated their first run of the night in the top of the fifth.

Wade Dutton doubled in the sixth before stealing third off a David Sutherland groundout. And the 32-year old went on to score off a Logan Wade single, reducing Sydney's lead to just one run.

It prompted Harris to replace Wilkins with Taiwanese product Chia-Jen Lo.

Lo immediately made his presence felt, striking out Lutz with the bases loaded.

He went on to punch out three from 1 2/3 scoreless innings before being replaced by Garrett Granitz, who gave up the three runs that saw Brisbane sneak home.

The Bandits will be looking to build on the victory when they battle the Blue Sox tomorrow night at 6.30pm local time.

 

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