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Hussey drops Bite out of playoff spot
01/10/2014 6:35 AM ET
Bite starter James Campbell kept Adelaide in the game for a strong 7.1 innings, but it was ultimately not enough as the Bite dropped game two.
Bite starter James Campbell kept Adelaide in the game for a strong 7.1 innings, but it was ultimately not enough as the Bite dropped game two. (Ryan Schembri - SMP Images / ABL Media)

NORWOOD - A 2000 strong crowd saw the SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite fall to the JetCouriers Melbourne Aces 7-3 off the back of a stellar pitching performance from the Aces starter John Hussey.

Hussey threw 7.1 innings for four hits, conceding one earned run while managing to strike out 9 Bite batters in the process. The Mornington native failed to concede a walk in a quality pitching performance. James Campbell started on the mound for the Bite and pitched a solid 7.1 innings. The LA Dodgers prospect conceded three earned runs and struck out four Aces batters. Campbell also failed to concede a walk in his outing on the mound.

It took until the fifth inning for the scoreless deadlock to be broken, with Darryl George grounding out into a double play with none out, which gave Ryan Casteel the chance to cross home plate to give the Aces a 1-0 lead.

 Unfortunately the Bite's bullpen couldn't replicate Campbell's good starting performance. Nick Valenza and Matt Wickswat both conceded earned runs from 0.1 and 0.2 innings respectively.

In the top of the eighth, Aces right fielder Tyler Massey went large, batting in a three run homer to extend the Aces' lead to 4-0 before the inform catcher Ryan Casteel stepped up with an RBI triple batting in Jared Schlehuber to make the score 5-0.

A Stef Welch homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Bite some hope, and after Josh Cakebread batted in Ben Lodge, the game seemed almost salvageable, but ultimately it was a bridge too far as Melbourne's Brett Zawacki finished off the ball game to end it 7-3.

The Aces' record now sits at 18-18 on the season after their first win of the series against the Bite, whose record slips to 17-19 and one game further back from a playoff spot.

John Hussey improved his record to 4-5 after a strong outing on the mound for the Aces. The Bite's starting pitcher James Campbell's record slips to 1-2 after being credited with the loss.

Darren Fidge (0-0, 3.63) starts on the mound in the next game for the Bite, while the Aces send out Justin Erasmus (3-2, 2.96) to the hill for game three.

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