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A Giant return headlined hot series
Reviewing the highlights of Round 7
01/08/2018 8:34 PM ET
Angus Roeger, Bas Nooij and Chang Tai-Shan celebrate a win in Giants heritage jerseys on Saturday night.
Angus Roeger, Bas Nooij and Chang Tai-Shan celebrate a win in Giants heritage jerseys on Saturday night. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

The Adelaide Giants returned for a win while the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, fought hard against the Perth Heat in a series defeat.

It leaves the Bite at 7-21 and with a two-week roadtrip against Canberra and Melbourne this is definitely a season-defining period and it is all on the line.

Here's three highlights from the weekend.

Chen, the superstar

Kuan-Jen Chen is 35, but the Taiwanese slugger already has 10 hits and three home runs in six games. From those 10 hits (and two walks) he has also scored eight times. Deservedly he was named as Player of the Round for the Bite.

It's been a fantastic start to his career in the ABL and with absolutely no time wasted he has set the tone for mid-season arrivals. When combined with Chang Tai-Shan there's also two stellar imports. Chang is hitting .425 over his past 10 games with 17 hits, three home runs, seven RBIs and six runs. Not that teams such as Brisbane or Sydney need to be told, but Taiwanese imports have brought a whole new level of talent.

WATCH: Chen takes spectacular catch

McArdle crushes Perth

Against Perth this season, Jordan McArdle went 10-for-27 with 15 RBIs and four home runs. Against all other teams this season, he has seven hits, one run and two RBIs. That domination shows he can crush the bat and clear the fence on a regular basis - especially against a talented team such as Perth.

The next step is keeping that form flowing and over the next three weeks he will have a chance to do just that ahead of Spring Training with the Arizona Diamondbacks. If 2017 was a big year for McArdle, 2018 could be even bigger with a strong finish to the ABL.

WATCH: McArdle two-run single

The Giants make their mark

Saturday night saw the Adelaide Giants return and a pumped up crowd saw them go undefeated in the modern ABL. Fans saw Isaias Quiroz deny an early steal attempt, before Chang Tai-Shan mashed a game tying RBI double in the third. Nathan van der Linden then built a buffer with two-run double and Angus Roeger matched him with an RBI single to the same spot in left field.

The highlights are so good and the excitement was non-stop for fans who also had a nervous finish with Perth creeping back into the game late on. Thanks to Stephen Lohr's big RBI, an 8-1 lead was always going to be too much for the Heat, though. 

Now the question is, will the Giants return?

What's next?

Canberra claimed a 3-1 series win in Adelaide earlier this season with an 18-3 defeat setting the tone for the Bite. From a 1-10 start, there has been improvement and with five wins separating the club from fourth there is still a mathematical chance to make finals. A series win in Canberra would be a massive boost and it all starts on Thursday night.

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