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Aces Drop Second Straight Against Bite
01/16/2015 6:51 AM ET
Josh Davies scored a solo home run in the sixth innings
Josh Davies scored a solo home run in the sixth innings (SMP Images/Ryan Schembri)

Coming off another tough one-run loss in the first game of the season between the two teams, the Melbourne Aces (13-27) dropped their second straight against the Adelaide Bite (28-14) by a score of 8-2 at Norwood-Oval Ballpark.

Following a contest where they scored just one run in the series opener, the Aces were able to strike first offensively on Friday night. Starting in the third inning, the bottom third of the lineup for Melbourne was able to draw first blood against Adelaide starter Wilson Lee.

After shortstop Jared Cruz led off the inning with a single and third baseman Ryan Dale reaching on an error by Bite first baseman Craig Maddox, outfielder Adam Engel dropped down a perfect base-hit bunt to load the bases with nobody out. One batter later, catcher Chace Numata came through with a RBI single to put the Aces up 1-0. For Numata, the single gave him 20 runs batted in on the season, a total good for second on the team behind Kellin Deglan.

Unfortunately for the Aces, that would be the only lead they'd have during the course of the night.

Starting in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Adelaide lineup was able to avenge three previous scoreless innings from Aces starter Tim Brown (L, 1-6). Building off of a leadoff single by shortstop Chan Moon, designated hitter Tom Brice launched a two-run homer to put the Bite up 2-1. The homer was the second of the year for the Adelaide slugger.

One inning later, the Bite offensive attack continued their surge and put away the game in the process. In sending eight batters to the plate, Adelaide scored four runs in the fifth inning. Highlighting the frame was a two-run single from third baseman Stefan Welch and a two-run double by outfielder Mitch Dening. Welch also accounted for the final two runs of the game for the Bite with another two-run single in the ninth inning.

On the offensive side, the Aces only other run of the game came in the sixth inning on a solo homer by third baseman Josh Davies. The two runs for the Aces on the night give them just three total over the first 18 innings of the series.

En route to their second straight victory to begin the series, the Bite moved within one game of clinching an Australian Baseball League playoff spot. With the victory, Lee improved to 2-3 on the year after giving up those two runs in six innings while striking out seven batters in the process. Adelaide also got two innings of scoreless baseball from Tony Vocca and a hitless ninth inning from righty Kyle Hooper to finish off the game.

On the pitching side, the Aces got two scoreless innings from southpaw Matt Wilson and a combined scoreless inning from lefty Al Yevoli and righty James Darcy.

The two teams meet for the third game of a four-game set on Saturday night, first pitch set for 7:35 PM local time.

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