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Still fighting, Aces take opener from Adelaide
Homers lead Hussey, Melbourne to victory
01/18/2013 12:28 AM ET
Justin Huber (right) after his dinger Thursday in Melbourne.
Justin Huber (right) after his dinger Thursday in Melbourne. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 17 January -The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces started their final homestand of the season on a high, taking the series opener from the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks 3-2 on Thursday night at Melbourne Ballpark.

John Hussey was the star of the night for the Aces, throwing seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out five men in the process, including all three Adelaide batters in the top of the first.

Speaking after the game, Carlo Testa, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, stressed the importance of the dominant showing by Hussey.

"We felt like we were in the dugout for most of the night. He came in and threw strikes and followed that up with quick outs, it's great for the team."

Justin Huber got the Aces off to an ideal start in the bottom of the first when he took Bite starter Zac Fuesser deep to centre field to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.

The Aces offence wasn't done though, as they piled eight hits on Adelaide, with their ability to hit in the clutch proving to be the difference.

With the Bite plating their lone run in the fifth, Phil Dale was quick to acknowledge the role that the bullpen played in the victory.

"Having quality out of the bullpen is an advantage, and it shows because we are in games right until the end."

All eyes were on Travis Blackley as he came in to close the game in the ninth, where he struck out two men as well as giving up a home run to Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Quincy Latimore.

While impressed with the efforts of Blackley, Dale stressed he wasn't concerned with the home run as it was only his second appearance of the year and there are still kinks to be worked out.

The Aces will return to action at 7.35pm on Friday night with Kevin Reese taking to the mound as the Aces search for their second straight victory.

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