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Bandits ride homers to series split
Campbell, Unroe and Sutherland all go yard for Brisbane
01/12/2019 4:32 AM ET
TJ Bennett had two hits for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
TJ Bennett had two hits for Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane rode early runs and seven stellar innings from Lin Ko-Chien to an 8-0 win over Canberra in their series finale at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus on Saturday night.

The Bandits scored six runs in the second inning as they chase Cavalry starter Steven Chambers from the game before pulling level with Canberra and Sydney on 21 wins.


Brisbane's win completed a victory in its eight-game regular-season series with the Cavs and set the stage for a home semi-final series with Geelong-Korea on the road in round 10.

The home side showed what they were made of early in the game, as Riley Unroe kicked off the scoring courtesy of Logan Wade's sacrifice fly at the bottom of the first inning.

But it was the second inning that made the magic for the Bandits, starting with David Sutherland's double on a line drive, giving Donald Lutz the perfect chance to score, while Danny De La Calle moved to third.

Unroe, no stranger to the home plate this weekend, scored the first homer of the night shortly afterwards, with a fly ball to right center field. David Sutherland and Danny De La Calle also scored from Unroe's RBI, as Brisbane continued their domination.

A second homer was not far away, as Andrew Campbell homered on a fly to right field, while TJ Bennett also bagged the sixth and seventh points of the night. Sutherland bagged the final homer of the night, with a fly ball to right center field, and cementing Brisbane's 8-0 win.

Canberra put on a strong defence on field, as the dynamic duo of first baseman Zach Wilson and second baseman Craig Massey caught out key Brisbane batters TJ Bennett and Logan Wade in the fourth inning. Massey and Wilson also bagged the most hits for the Cavalry tonight, and were strong players over the course of the weekend.

Lin struck out six in seven outstanding innings on the mound.

Next week will see Brisbane face off against Geelong-Korea, while Canberra will host Perth in the final round of the regular season.



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