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Bite turn tables on Sox, use homers to cruise
Latimore blasts first longball in return to ABL
01/06/2013 5:18 AM ET
Paul Mildren beat former big leaguer Brad Thomas on Saturday.
Paul Mildren beat former big leaguer Brad Thomas on Saturday. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 5 January - Paul Mildren outduelled former major leaguer Brad Thomas, and in an inverse of Friday night, it was Adelaide's bats going yard on Saturday as the Bite downe the Sydney Blue Sox 9-4 at Norwood Oval.

Sydney utilised three dingers to roll to a Friday night win, but on Saturday, the Bite were the ones driving the ball with authority to support their veteran starter. Adelaide had to do so from behind, though, trailing 4-1 after a four-run Sydney third that featured a two-run homer from James Robbins.

In the bottom of the fourth, it was the new old Bite face that got Adelaide starter. Quincy Latimore, a member of the 2010/11 ABL runners-up Bite squad who returned to Adelaide this round, blasted the first home run of his return to centre, a solo homer that cut his side's deficit to 4-2.

One inning later, the Bite took the game back into their command. Angus Roeger homered to lead off, moving back into a tie atop the circuit in with his eighth home run of the year.

Blue Sox starter Brad Thomas was his own worst enemy in the rest of the fifth. Thomas issued a bases-loaded walk to Ji-Man Choi to tie the game at 4-4 and then uncorked a wild pitch to plate Nathan Melendres with the eventual game-winning run.

The Bite's fifth-inning rally made a winner out of Mildren (2-5) who pitched an out into the sixth before exiting in favour of his bullpen.

Adelaide put the game away with a pair of two-run digs in the seventh and eighth. Stefan Welch, Latimore's teammate at Double-A Altoona in the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation in 2012 in the States, lifted his fifth home run of the season out to right to extend the advantage to 7-4. In the eighth, Adelaide utilised more Sydney miscues for two additional tallies. Ben Lodge took a hit by pitch with the bases loaded to force in Adam Kam with the Bite's eighth run, and Welch walked to follow, forcing in Roeger for the game's final margin.

Thomas (0-2) was only charged with three earned runs of the five total he allowed. The former Detroit Tiger lasted five innings, striking out six and walking just one.

Sunday, the Bite will get a shot at a split in this four-game series after dropping the first two games of this set. First pitch for the afternoon series finale is set for 1pm CT.

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