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Game Recap Round 9 Games 3 and 4
Bandits Sweep double header
01/12/2019 5:24 AM ET
 

After dropping the first two games of the series against Canberra, the Couran Cove Brisbane Bandits needed to bounce back during the double header at OneHub Stadium to realistically keep their hopes of winning the division alive. They were able to claim game one, winning 10-2, and then they kept rolling into game two, winning that one by a score of 8-0.

Game 1:

The Cavalry jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to a home run by Michael Fransoso (it also extended his hit streak to 17 games).

Brisbane didn't wait long to respond, as in their half of the inning Andrew Campbell launched a three-run home run to put the Bandits in front, and they didn't look back.

The Bandits added four more runs in the fifth, with Riley Unroe continuing his recent hot streak, hitting his fifth home run of the season. Mitch Nilsson joined in on the fun, cashing his first two RBI's on the season after missing most of the season with an injury. Wynton Bernard also added on an RBI single.

TJ Bennett continued his fine season, cranking his 11th homer of the season in the 6th inning

On the mound, lefty Frank Gaily started for Canberra and was tagged for seven eared runs, tying his season high. He picked up four strikeouts along the way.

For Brisbane, the Tim Atherton had his good stuff working, pitching a complete game (seven innings) while punching out a career high 13 Cavalry batters. In giving up only three runs, his ERA for the season now stands at a solid 2.85.

Game 2:

It was more of the same for the Bandits in game two, as they kept the bats rolling. After scoring one from a sac fly off the bat of Logan Wade in the first, their bats exploded for six runs in the second, highlighted by a three run homer from Riley Unroe, and a two run shot by Andrew Campbell (the second homer of the day for both players).

David Sutherland had a good game as well, knocking in a run on an RBI double, and launching a solo to right in the third.

Koko Lin was fantastic on the bump for Brisbane in game two, tossing seven shutout innings, picking up six strikeouts and only allowing three hits. One of the best efforts he put forth this season.

For Canberra, starter Steven Chambers only lasted 1.2 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned). Reliever JR Bunda pitched three excellent innings and struck out six Bandits batters.

It was a well needed couple of wins for the Bandits, to sweep the double header and end up with the series spilt, tying them with Canberra and giving them a shot to finish first with a solid showing next weekend in Geelong.

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