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Bite's offence comes alive in rout of Melbourne
Welch, Lodge homer to lead Adelaide victory
12/08/2012 5:10 AM ET
Stefan Welch homered to spark the Bite's Friday night rally.
Stefan Welch homered to spark the Bite's Friday night rally. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 7 December - Stefan Welch and Ben Lodge each hit late-inning home runs, and the Adelaide Bite rolled by the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in an offensive showdown, 10-4 Friday night at Norwood Oval to begin their Round Six series.

In a game that saw these two sides combine for 14 runs on 23 hits, including four home runs, Adelaide trailed 4-3 with just three possible chances left at the plate. In the seventh, they turned their night around. Welch connected with a one-out offering from reliever Yuta Nakazaki and sent it over the right field wall to level the score at 4-4, and his teammates weren't done. Five batters later, with two outs, Jeremy Cresswell singled to bring in two runs and give the Bite the lead at 6-4. Mathew Smith later brought home another when he reached on a two-out error charged to Melbourne shortstop Aaron Sayers to score Justin Howard and make it a 7-4 game.

Welch, the Adelaide resident and Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand, tallied three hits and three runs scored, while Cresswell recorded three runs batted in.

Nakazaki (0-1) bore the brunt of Adelaide's late onslaught, taking his first defeat while being charged with three runs on two hits and not recording an out.

The Bite didn't stop there. In the eighth, three more runs came home versus Melbourne's Andrew Mann, the first on a leadoff homer by Lodge, the left fielder's first of the season. Overall, Adelaide pounded out 16 hits and scored a season-high in runs, going 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position and seeing eight of their nine starters record at least one hit.

Things looked promising early for Melbourne who got a one-out home run in the first inning from Round Three Delta Air Lines Player of the Week Carlo Testa to take a 1-0 lead. After the Bite tied the score in the second, and took a brief lead in the fifth, the Aces put up a three-spot in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run Brad Harman home run. The advantage wouldn't hold.

Richard Olson (2-2) notched the win in relief for Adelaide after starter Zac Fuesser exited following five innings. Rinku Singh (H, 2) tossed a perfect eighth. The win marked just the second for the Bite in seven tries at home this season.

Saturday, these two teams clash in a doubleheader from 4pm CT at Norwood Oval. Melbourne send Hirotaka Koishi (1-3, 3.57) against the Bite's Seon Gi Kim (0-0, 7.36) in the opener.

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