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Extra innings pain for Bite
12/01/2017 7:26 PM ET
Angus Roeger gave the Bite hope with a 10th inning two-run RBI.
Angus Roeger gave the Bite hope with a 10th inning two-run RBI. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

Extra innings brough extra action but it was Canberra who claimed the 7-4 win in 10 as the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, came close to a second win of the season.

Chang Tai-Shan continued to shine while Matt Williams was dominant on the mound but as the clock wore on, the win slipped away.

Tarzan keeps swinging

Another RBI to Chang Tai-Shan brought Adelaide level in the fourth inning as his bat continued to influence the game. He also made his first start in the field, playing first base. Apparently the last time he played first was in 2012 but there was no rust with Tai-Shan bringing safe hands to the position.

He then reached first in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder's choice at second and while he didn't score, his pinch runner in Curtis Mead scored from first on a Bas Nooij RBI double. It put the Bite in front and all thanks to Tai-Shan's bat.

With his confident hitting in the middle of the order it's a pleasing sight for Chris Adamson to have consistent runs brought home and the ability to bring in Tai-Shan to field if needed gives him some flexibility in the line-up.

Williams is in fine form

Some early hits had Matt Williams on the back foot but in his first start for the season he bounced back to keep the Cavalry down. It's been a vast improvement for Williams after a disappointing relief appearance back in the opening round. The Team Australia pitcher came out last week for two scoreless cameos in relief and with more strikeouts he kept the confidence going in his own game.

Pitching six hits, one run and five strikeouts in six innings it was a performance worthy of the win and unfortunately it was another late loss with the bullpen unable to keep Canberra in check. Williams, though, is right where he needs to be and should start next week.

Extras bring the pain

So close. Leading 2-1 late in looked like a win was on the cards but not even Loek van Mil could stop the Cavalry from coming home and beating the bullpen in extras. Jackson Brebner-Russ and Wilson Lee fought hard as the runs piled on and a late knock from Angus Roeger brought potential relief in the bottom of the 10th.

Is it back to the drawing board? Adamson will surely be feeling the pain, and so will the team, who even when playing well just run out of luck. Baseball can be a cruel sport.

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