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Bandits Drop Three of Four in Melbourne01/08/2017 12:24 AM ET
By Kelsi Steele / Brisbane Bandits
The Bandits were unable to get the bats going with runners in scoring position Sunday afternoon, and in return, the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, dropped Game 4 to the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, 5-1.
The pitching on both sides dominated the first half of the game, as each team was scoreless going into the fifth inning.
Melbourne found life in the bottom-of-the-fifth, as Jared Cruz got things going for the Aces with a leadoff single to left field. Wigberto Nevarez followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Cruz and put the Aces on board first.
Cruz's run was the first and only earned run Justin Erasmus allowed Sunday afternoon, as the right-hander's outing was called after four batters in the bottom-of-the-fifth. Zac Treece entered the game to replace Erasmus.
Erasmus logged two strikeouts and allowed just five hits and one earned run in Game 4.
James Beresford followed suit in the bottom-of-the-fifth with an RBI single to center field off Treece to add another Aces' run on the board.
Jared Cruz struck yet again in the bottom-of-the-seventh, driving an RBI single to Logan Wade to extend the lead, 3-0.
Cruz and the Aces seemed to perfectly place the ball in Game 4, just slightly hitting the gaps out of Brisbane's reach.
Cruz was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run Sunday afternoon.
The Bandits called for Ryan Searle to replace Sam Holland in the bottom-of-the-seventh. The Aces saw no trouble with the veteran closer, tallying two more runs and four hits off the right-hander, making it a 5-0 game in Melbourne.
Brisbane had their chances Sunday afternoon, stranding six runners and going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
That being said, Aaron Whitefield continues to put on a clinic in the ABL this season. Whitefield was 2-for-4 in Game 4, stretching his overall production at the plate to 8-for-20 in Melbourne.
The Bandits logged their sole RBI of the afternoon in the top-of-the-ninth with a Logan Wade groundout to score David Sutherland.
Wade was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in Game 4.
The Bandits drop Game 4, 5-1, and lose three of four this weekend against the top ranked Melbourne Aces.
The Bandits head back to Brisbane to open a four game homestand against the Sydney Blue Sox on Thursday, the 12th of January. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. AEST.