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McArdle and Mosel impress in defeat
Perth holds out against Adelaide in opener
01/04/2018 6:14 AM ET
Jordan McArdle impressed with a timely two-run single in the eighth inning.
Jordan McArdle impressed with a timely two-run single in the eighth inning. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

The Perth Heat brought an incredible challenge and while the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, threatened early on a win was just out of reach in a 5-3 defeat.

Greg Mosel again impressed with six strikeouts but some timely home runs for Perth turned the tide and when the Heat led late on, not even some hot hitting could secure a late comeback.

McArdle makes an impact

Backing up a strong rookie season, 19-year-old Jordan McArdle has fought for form with a larger role in the team but tonight he impressed, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs at a timely time in the game - when the Bite were trailing 5-1 in the eighth.

"I've been working hard to find something to get myself back in form," McArdle said.

"I was happy to hit the ball hard even if the end result wasn't there, but there was a couple of runs and we were unlucky not to get the win.

"We were in there for a lot of the game and will have lots of confidence coming back tomorrow."

As DH, McArdle was able to focus more on his hitting and the game was just the second time he has collected two hits this season. Following last week's split there is more confidence in the side and McArdle, despite tonight's defeat.

"The last few series we've been remaining upbeat and staying together and have played a lot better," he said.

"There's a few things I'm trying to change up and work out. Tonight was a good step and I'll keep looking at videos and hopefully get a few more hits tomorrow."

Home runs hurt

Greg Mosel and Matt Williams gave up solo home runs today in tight ballgame and while you cannot necessarily fault them, those home runs hurt. Throughout the game Adelaide had its chances with loaded bases and runners at the corners but both times they could not get the final hit, or two, needed to bring runs home.

With wasted opportunities like that it is going to be a painful experience, made even worse by the home runs. Twice they stole the momentum on one swing and made light work of the situation. After last season, Active Displays Stadium has turned into a far more hitter friendly park and that is a worry when the home side is not the better hitting side.

Day on the rise

Darius Day had struggled during his start to life with the Bite, but since the start of December has been toiling away with a more steady return of hits. He now has four in his last three games and has brought his average back above .200 for the first time since November 26.

While it is a small victory, to see a change in form like this has been just what the Bite needed with depth dropping off considerably from the top few players. A strong finish to his season will not only help the team in its hunt for playoffs, but also his chances for baseball heading back to Spring Training.

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