Skip to main content
  • Adelaide Bite
  • Brisbane Bandits
  • Canberra Cavalry
  • Melbourne Aces
  • Perth Heat
  • Sydney Blue Sox
Below is an advertisement.
Aces bats unable to fire
11/10/2012 7:55 PM ET
The Adelaide Bite were able to outpace the Melbourne Aces on Saturday night
The Adelaide Bite were able to outpace the Melbourne Aces on Saturday night (SMP Images / Brett Crockford)
The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces fought hard but were unable to overcome a spirited Adelaide Bite outfit, falling 4-0 on Saturday night.

The Aces started strongly with starting pitcher and Seibu Lion Hirotaka Koishi flying through the first two innings without allowing a hit.

The Aces carried over their offence from Friday night early in the game and had chances to string together back-to-back hits throughout the game, without success.

A disastrous third inning, highlighted by a throwing error from Darryl George and consecutive Adelaide hits, saw the Aces fall into a 3-0 hole.

While George committed a second error later in the game, manager Phil Dale said he had no doubt the Tampa Bay prospect would bounce back.

"He [Darryl] is a professional player and he knows what he has to do and the work he is going to have to put in to ensure those errors don't continue to happen."

While the first game of the series was won in part thanks to the ability to put men on base, the Aces cruelled themselves several times in the second game of the three-game set.

In the fourth inning, with the Aces searching for a quick reply, Carlo Testa and Elliot Biddle were both picked off, swiftly ending any hope of an immediate comeback.

When he spoke after the game Testa was frank when assessing his base running.

"It shouldn't be happening, for a guy of my age, physical mistakes are acceptable but the mental mistakes I've made aren't. I wasn't trying to steal, I was running base to base and I made a bad mistake."

With Brad Harman expected to return to the line-up on Sunday, Testa was under no illusions of the power that the Aces need to find success.

"No disrespect to any of our guys out there, but we have only scored one run in eighteen innings, yes we got a grand slam, but outside of that, we just haven't been doing enough and that won't win you games."

The Aces head into the Series finale at Melbourne Ballpark, on Sunday at 1.05 PM looking to take the series victory over the Bite.

The Aces are also proud to announce that the Melbourne Ballpark will host the ABL All-Star game on December 16th.

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