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Big bats lead Bite to 10-3 victory, 2-0 series lead
12/07/2018 5:01 AM ET
 

Adelaide exposed the shallow Korean pitching stocks with big hits in Geelong, recording a 10-3 win on Friday night.

Padres prospect Michael Gettys continued his stellar season with his league-leading fifth ABL home run, a three-run bomb to left field in the third inning that helped build a 6-1 lead.

He was backed up by Austin Gallagher's booming three-run blast in the fourth inning, with the homer his second in just as many games.

Gettys, a nimble 6'1" outfielder, and Gallagher, a solid 6'5" slugger, are contrasting players yet the final result was the same from the powerful pair as the Bite turned a 1-0 deficit into a 9-1 lead inside two innings.

The Geelong series is Gallagher's first ABL away trip and he praised his teammates following the win.

"It's a little bit easier to hit here than back home where the wind's blowing in but collectively if you look at our pitching staff they keep us in games," Gallagher said.

"Throughout the line-up you feel like everybody has power and speed, it's just exciting all-round to be a part of that.

"We have a lot of confidence in the ways we can keep the momentum going as a team."

A late withdrawal on Thursday, Atlanta Braves prospect Nick Shumpert was in fine form with a game-high three hits and two RBI.

Shumpert's RBI double in the seventh inning pushed Adelaide's score into double digits for the first time this season.

Behind the offence was another controlled start from Kurt Heyer, the American had five strikeouts in six innings of one-run baseball.

More of a contact pitcher, Heyer allowed five hits but held firm without a walk on the night.

His win-loss record improved to 3-1 and his ERA dropped to 2.95, a season low.

Manager Chris Adamson dipped into the bullpen for the final three innings, local arms Jackson Brebner-Russ and Tom Fitzgerald combined for six strikeouts.

After Adelaide fought back early on, Adamson said it is important his side remains focused in tough situations.

"It was a pretty solid win," Adamson said.

"There's always things we can do a little bit better but it was good to see some guys who haven't had a whole lot of mound time get out there and find their feet more.

"Each game I tell the guys to continue to dominate the things we can control.

"Being a young group we need to focus on what we can control, including our emotions."

The Bite manager has also been conservative with his pitchers in an attempt to maintain an advantage over Geelong-Korea's shallow pitching stocks.

"It's a matter of being efficient where we need to," Adamson said.

"If we can get deep into their bullpen early in the series, it helps us from an offensive standpoint over the weekend.

"From the defensive side if we're efficient with our pitches we don't have to burn too many guys too early either."

Adelaide (7-7) leads Geelong-Korea (2-12) 2-0 in the four-game series with the third game Saturday at 7pm AEST.

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