Baseball: Auckland Tuatara beaten by Brisbane Bandits in doubleheader

Taylor Snyder.
Auckland Tuatara's Taylor Snyder. Photo credit: Photosport

The Auckland Tuatara suffered back-to-back defeats to the Brisbane Bandits in their doubleheader at OneHub Stadium in Queensland on Saturday night.

The three-time reigning Australian Baseball League champions flexed their muscles after falling to the Tuatara in extra innings on Friday.

They were beaten 8-7 in a tight first game before being completely outplayed 12-4 in the second match of their doubleheader.

In the first match, right-hander Jimmy Boyce gave up three runs through three innings before reliever Yuki Harada coughed up four earned runs to see the Bandits take an 8-4 lead into the top of the seventh innings.

The Tuatara came roaring back to score three in the seventh and had a runner on third when pinch hitter Taylor Snyder was called out on strikes to end the game.

In the second match, former big league pitcher Scott Richmond conceded seven earned runs through four and a third innings.

Zach Clark and Snyder knocked in their fourth home runs of the season to give the Tuatara a narrow lead midway through the game, but two runs in the fifth and four in the seventh saw the Bandits cruise to victory.

The Tuatara continue their Australian road trip with the season’s penultimate series against the Sydney Blue Sox in Sydney on Thursday night.

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