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Maurer, Bite force decisive third game
Adelaide cranks out 13 knocks one night after being no-hit
02/05/2011 11:58 PM ET
Brandon Maurer stifled Sydney's bats for seven innings Saturday.
Brandon Maurer stifled Sydney's bats for seven innings Saturday. (SMP Images/ABL)
SYDNEY - It's safe to say that the Adelaide "ETSA" Bite didn't want to do that again.

Fresh off being the victims of the first no-hitter in the Australian Baseball League, the Bite turned the tables on the Sydney Blue Sox in Game 2 of their Round 2 Delta Air Lines ABL Postseason matchup, churning out 13 hits and getting seven solid innings from starting pitcher Brandon Maurer in a 4-0 Saturday victory at Blacktown Olympic Park. With the win, Adelaide knotted the series at a game apiece and set up a decisive third game Sunday afternoon.

"Our guys went up there, and they had a gameplan," said Blue Sox manager Glenn Williams. "We were battling through at-bats, but when a guy [like Brandon Maurer] has got that kind of stuff, and he's commanding two or three pitches, pretty good breaking ball, real good slider, fastball with some movement, and he's effectively wild, it makes it really, really tough. He was tough on us tonight. The guys are disappointed. We didn't get too many hits. That's the big difference between tonight and last night, but the good thing is we've got a game tomorrow and the guys are disappointed but excited that they've got a chance to play for a championship berth."

Sydney's much-maligned offence responded to a week of questioning with a seven-run outburst between the first and third innings last night. On Friday, Maurer was Adelaide's key to avoiding a series sweep. The tall right-hander mowed through the Blue Sox lineup inning after inning, allowing multiple baserunners aboard simultaneously in just one dig. Maurer (1-0) countered four walks with five strikeouts while scattering four hits.

"He's one of those guys who can be effectively wild at times," said Blue Sox leadoff man Trent D'Antonio who went 3-for-5 with a home run one night prior but was one of six hitless Sydney starters Saturday. "He threw a few walks, and every now and then, it's tough when a guy's a little bit wild, you try to key in, and you relax because he's spraying it a bit. Then all of a sudden, he comes out and paints with three. He gets nasty in situations. He didn't throw me a strike in my first two at-bats, and then the third at-bat when he needed to, I couldn't have hit it if he told me it was coming, really."

Adelaide got onto the scoreboard with a run on an RBI single by Brandon Bantz in the fourth. In the fifth, with two men in scoring position, Quincy Latimore drove home a pair with a single of his own to make the bite lead 3-0. Latimore added another RBI base hit in the seventh for the final margin.

Sydney starter Wayne Lundgren (0-2) went five and one-third innings and allowed three runs, all earned, on eight hits in the loss.

After 44 games, Sydney's and Adelaide's seasons now come down to one game. Sunday afternoon's Game 3 will decide which club will head to Perth to square off with the Heat in the Delta Air Lines ABL Championship Series. One moves on. One goes home.

"It's nothing you really can tell them," said Williams. "It's like we've been telling them all year, it's not about us as a coaching staff, it's about them. They were good enough to be right in it in the mix at the end of it. They've got a chance tomorrow. If they win tomorrow, then we can go over there and try to win a championship. You don't have to take too much to them. A lot of the veteran guys are there, and it's not the first game we've lost all year. It's not the end of the world. Those guys were obviously disappointed, but you can see the determination in their eyes. They're going to be out there tomorrow, and they're going to want to win it. Same as those guys over there, so it should be a really good battle."

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