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Sox top Bandits to claim thrilling series
Sydney starter Josh Guyer records fifth win of the season
12/29/2018 11:36 PM ET
Sydney starter Josh Guyer improved to 5-0 on the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney starter Josh Guyer improved to 5-0 on the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

A strong performance from Sydney starter Josh Guyer in sweltering conditions has seen the Blue Sox overcome Brisbane 4-3 to win their Brut Australian Baseball League series at Blacktown International Sportspark.

In 40-degree heat Guyer showed great endurance to last six innings, allowing just one run and punching out five to improve to 5-0 on the season.

He took the pressure off Sydney's hitters, who featured early on as the Blue Sox took a 4-1 lead.

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Sydney loaded the bases early in the first and quickly took a one-run lead when Trent D'Antonio scored off a Jack Murphy groundout.

They extended their lead in the second when a hit-by-pitch saw Alex Howe score off a bases-loaded walk.

With the bases still full after Trent D'Antonio walked to first base off the HBP, Sydney had a perfect chance to push further ahead. But Jacob Younis was punched out before a double play brought a close to the innings.

And it proved an important play as the Bandits went on to reduce the deficit in the third. Riley Unroe was given free passage to first base after an HBP before stealing third off an Andrew Campbell single.

The 23-year old then went on to plate Brisbane's first of the afternoon off a T.J. Bennett sacrifice fly.

But the Blue Sox quickly regained momentum, plating another two runs in the third and fourth innings.

The first run came after Gift Ngoepe, who had stolen second base, scored off a Howe single. Soon after in the fourth D'Antonio hit a double before stealing third after a wild pitch from Ken Frosch. And soon after a throwing error from Frosch gifted the 33-year old his second run of the afternoon.

Ryan Simpler had a solid afternoon on the mound, striking out three while giving up a pair of runs from two innings.

Sydney looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory until a two-run inning in the top of the eighth set up another thrilling finish.

The first run came when Andrew Campbell, having stolen second base, scored off a David Sutherland single.

The hit also saw Wade Dutton progress to third, before eventually reaching home plate courtesy of a Logan Wade groundout.

Despite a late comeback, Brisbane failed to strike in the final inning, with the Blue Sox sealing the series win.

Sydney travels to Canberra in round eight with the Bandits headed home to face Auckland.

 

 

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