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Aussies help Bite to 4-3 win over Aces
01/20/2017 4:19 AM ET
Greg Mosel earns his third win of the season with three scoreless relief innings against Melbourne.
Greg Mosel earns his third win of the season with three scoreless relief innings against Melbourne. (Wendy Van Den Akker/SMP Images/ABL Media)

MELBOURNE, JANUARY 20 - The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, stunned the home crowd for the second night in a row with a 4-3 win over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, at Melbourne Ballpark.

The win gives Adelaide a 2-0 series lead against the league-leaders while it means the Bite are the only side to split a series, at least, with the Aces in Melbourne all season.

Greg Mosel (W, 3-0, 2.45) was the pick of the relievers as the local pitcher struck four in three scoreless innings, while Aussie superstar, Mitch Dening, had two hits and three RBIs for Adelaide.

Against starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez, Adelaide struggled to get early hits as a pitcher's duel developed over the opening five innings.

With a hit in the first inning, Jordan Cowan looked to get the party started early, however it was the only hit for the side until the sixth inning, with Melbourne capitalising on early Bite misfortunes.

Ahead of a two-game ban, Bite Manager Steve Mintz was ejected from the game in the fifth inning after arguing a call with an umpire, and the Aces took advantage of the distraction to open the scoring.

Liam Bedford's single saw Darryl George cross the plate and a second run followed when Cody Jones smacked a two-out RBI double.

Down 2-0, Adelaide was not going to give up without a fight, and a pair of walks by Vasquez put Connar O'Gorman and Cowan on base. Attempting to stop any runs, Aces Manager Jon Deeble brought Jon Kennedy (L, 2-3, 4.01) to the mound, however the reliever gave up a two-run double to Dening.

He then scored the go-ahead as Marcus Greene Jr. knocked a RBI single to change the complexion of the game, giving Adelaide a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

Chambers followed Vasquez out of the game after pitching five hits, three runs and four strikeouts in his five innings, and it was Greg Mosel who steadied the ship despite the Aces tying up the game (with the run credited to Chambers).

After going into extra-innings last night the Bite did not want to add in any more work, and Max Brown's single in the eighth inning set them on the path to victory once again.

Doing what he does best, Dening drove in the go-ahead run with a big RBI double, and with victory in sight, Loek van Mil pitched two strikeouts in the ninth inning for his eighth save of the season.

Hunting a second series win over Melbourne (24-10) this season, Adelaide (18-16) will be after a third win at 7PM on Saturday night with the game live on

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