It seems that the crowds came out in fair numbers like the did for the Sydney opener last week. There were more than 1500 at both games. It seems there was a fair bit of feedback given from those in attendance at Brisbane, with the temporary benches and the PA system drawing some criticism.
Like the Blue Sox/Cavalry game last week, strong pitching was a key element of last nights games, with the exception of Melbourne. Paul Mildren dominated for the Bite, holding the Aces scoreless for seven innings while striking out five. For the Bandits, James Albury went 5 innings, allowing 4 walks but only 4 hits and 2 unearned runs.
Bite beat disappointing Melbourne, strong performance from brisbane.
crowd sizes - feedback re brisbane game
who was good
more than 1500 in brisbane
The Bandits christened their campaign with Lloyd, a relief pitcher with the New York Yankees in their 1996 and 1998 World Series wins, throwing the first ceremonial pitch to Bandits manager and Australian great Dave Nilsson.
brisbane management happy:
Bandits’ general manager Paul Gonzalez said he was nervous before the start of the game, but happy with the result.
“The energy in the RNA and the ballpark was fantastic,” he said. “We sell good baseball…and Australia has been starving for good baseball.”
ABL Chief Executive Officer Paul Wermuth was pleased with the size of the opening night crowd.
“Given the game was on a Thursday night, and that we announced the venue a very short time ago, we’re very pleased with the crowd,” he said.
“It’s only going to build from here and it was a great night, and RNA is such a great place…and it was a great level of baseball.”