With seven innings and only one earned run, Anthony Claggett (3-5, 3.28) came out of the game with a four run deficit, thanks to two straight errors in the second and another in the seventh that hurt the Heat's chances. Zach Fuesser (4-3, 3.51) overcame some hand injury problems to put in five scoreless innings with an impressive eight strikeouts.
The Heat left 11 runners on base and were only 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position as the Bite's pitching staff handled the pressure easily with their early lead. It wasn't until the 9th inning that the Heat were able to make a dent to the Bite, scoring two runs with the bases loaded in Andrew Kitteredge's 3rd inning of relief. Kitteredge held on for the save on a night where the Bite failed to make much noise with their offence, going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and failing to notch up a sinlge RBI in their five runs scored.
For the Bite it was all about Fuesser's oppressive outing which stifled the Heat of any momentum. Manager Tony Adams was happy to get his side within one win of the top half with three games still to play against the Heat this weekend.
"We came out and played good baseball, we pitched well, Fuesser did a nice job and we executed well offensively and had errorless baseball defensively. The whole game came together for us but it didn't for the Heat. That's the game and tomorrow's a new day.
"We won last week at home and ended up 4-4 in two tough series with Sydney. We've been playing well, I just think we're playing good baseball at the moment and I hope we continue it."
Steve Fish was pleased with Claggett's performances but is looking for the heat's defence to get through this difficult slump without conceding too many more runs.
"Claggett threw very well. He did everythinhg we asked him to do, he just got in a jam in the second but he made some good pitches. We had a few opportunities to take advantage but we didn't.
Anytime you're on a skid a lot of guys are tentative in some certain situations and some are a little more over-aggressive and today was one of the games when we needed to let the game come to us, especially when we're down we have to be a little more patient in certain situations."
The series continues tomorrow night as Daniel Schmidt (5-2, 3.80) takes to the mound against Seon Gi Kim (1-0, 3.89) for the Bite. First pitch is at 7:20.