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Ronald Acuna steals one for the Aces
11/25/2016 6:34 AM ET
 

Ronald Acuna has carried the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces to come from behind a 2-1 win with his Game One heroics.

The Adelaide Bite swung the bats well early and threatened in the home half of the first five. They'd go on to strand 18 base runners for the night and be left wondering what could have been.

Down 1-0 after five innings, the Aces had only managed four hits off a dominant Steven Chambers. Enter Ronald Acuna.

After a striking out and then grounding into a double play, Acuna's four-game hit streak looked to be in danger as he stepped into the box for the third time. There was already one man away when Acuna hit what looked like a regulation double to right-centre and stretched it into a triple. Not bad right? Well just you wait…

We've said all off-season that Acuna can seriously run, but no one could have possibly foreseen what was about to happen. With two-out, Acuna would attempt the impossible when he broke for home plate and go on to be called… SAFE! 

A heads up straight steal of home from Ronald Acuna would tie the game 1-1 after six and despite the Bite outhitting the Aces to that point, we had a ballgame.

Josh Tols would then enter the game and get his first opportunity against his old team. Tols was brilliant, striking out four in his 2.2 innings of work. A two-out walk and HBP forced Tols out of the game with Virgil Vasquez thrown the ball and charged with getting Aces out of another jam.

He would and the score would remain locked at 1-1 until the ninth. 

Acuna lead off the final frame with his second hit of the game, a single up the middle which was quickly followed by Roman Collins single (his second also). Mike Walker struck out to make it one away and bring the dangerous Allan de San Miguel to the plate.

De San would ground a ball to first base with the Bite firing to second to get Collins. As the play unfolded, an aggressive Ronald Acuna rounded third and headed home, beating the throw from the Adelaide infielder to score and give the Aces an unlikely lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Vasquez wold close it out to end the ball game and record the win. He'd finish with two strikeouts, no hits and one walk in a near flawless relief performance.

Mark Hamburger would make his second start for the Aces for no result. The easy going right-hander would give up six hits and strikeout four but not before conceding the Bite's sole run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. 

With the bats it was Acuna (1B, 3B) and Roman Collins (two singles) who recorded the only multi-hit games for the travelling Aces.

The win moves the Aces moving one step closer to their first ever road series win.

We're back in action tomorrow with Keisuke Honda getting the Game Two start, before Dushan Ruzic will start tomorrow night, a game that will be streamed via ABLTV.com from 7.00PM local time.

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