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Soggy Series Sweep
The Brisbane Bandits dropped three games to the Melbourne Aces in a soggy series championship rematch at Melbourne Ballpark.
12/04/2017 9:07 PM ET
 

The Brisbane Bandits dropped three games to the Melbourne Aces in a soggy series championship rematch at Melbourne Ballpark.
 
This weekend was set to be a pitcher's duel, and it was. The Bandits' pitching staff is first in the ABL with a combined 3.73 ERA, and the Aces follow closely behind with a 3.83 ERA.
 
The Bandits lost the series opener 0-3 on Friday night in a pitching showdown. Aces' starter Mark Hamburger threw a complete game shutout allowing only three hits while striking out seven. Ryan Bollinger struck out 10, giving up two earned runs and six hits over eight innings. The Aces picked up two runs in the fourth inning due to defensive miscues and added another run in the eighth. Bennett, Ake, and Weisenburger combined for three hits for the Bandits, but it wasn't enough to beat the Aces.
 
The rainout on Saturday moved the double header to a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon. The Bandits fought hard but came up short on Sunday, losing the first game 1-2. Blackley was solid for the Bandits striking out five, with one earned run, and giving up three hits in five innings. The Bandits threatened in the third and fourth with bases loaded, but couldn't push a run across. Nilsson gave the Bandits hope with a solo blast in the fifth, but the Aces answered quickly with a solo shot in the fifth and one more run in the sixth. The limited seven inning game did not allow the Bandits enough time to catch up.
 
The final game of the series was a tough 2-3 loss for the Bandits after a close extra inning match. The Bandits scored both of their runs from sacrifice flies in the third from Ake and Nilsson. The bullpen was ready early for the Bandits when starter Tim Atherton left the game after facing only three batters. Matt Timms stepped up in the first and struck out four in 1 ⅓ innings. Sam Holland pitched two great innings of relief work giving up one run in the fourth. Pat Young entered the game in the fifth for two scoreless innings and two strikeouts. The score was tied 2-2 after the seventh inning, sending the game into extras with runners starting on first and second under tie-break rules. The Bandits were unable to score in three outs, but the Aces loaded the bases and scored the winning run on a hit by pitch.
 
Brisbane heads back home to take on Sydney this Friday at Holloway field.

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