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Geelong-Korea @ Adelaide preview
Bite chase vital wins at home to Geelong-Korea
01/01/2019 11:51 PM ET
 

Geelong-Korea will be after its first Australian Baseball League win over Adelaide when the South-West Division rivals start their four-game series in Adelaide tomorrow night.

GK dropped all four games when the teams met in Geelong in early December but can make the Bite's path to the playoffs tougher this weekend.

Geelong-Korea was outscored 35-9 across the series as it struggled to shut down Adelaide's offence.

Right-hand pitcher Sang-Hak Lee returns for GK this weekend and is slated to start game three against the Bite.

Geelong-Korea manager Dae-Sung Koo has named Ki-Hoon Ryu to make his first ABL start on Friday night.

Pitching has been the biggest issue for GK as it has limped through the season with five wins in 28 outings.

GK's 7.68 ERA is ranked last in the league.

The expansion team's offence has also cooled off as the season has progressed, while the road has been another obstacle with Geelong-Korea's sole away win coming just up the highway in Melbourne.

Adelaide will be returning home after spending a fortnight on the road.

The Bite took three of four against Auckland in Mount Gambier before missing a chance to go top of the South-West Division in Perth.

Adelaide avoided a sweep with a 4-2 win on New Year's Eve but struggled to outpunch the Heat's offence.

The Bite (14-14) sit two games back from second-ranked Melbourne - and a guaranteed playoff berth - in the South-West heading into round eight.

Adelaide could roll with a new-look rotation for the first time this season with its game four starter not yet announced.

Matt Williams has been added to the Bite's roster and could be a chance to add to his 136 career ABL games in the rotation.

 

Ones to watch

Byeong-Geun Kim has impressed in three ABL starts and is set to go head-to-head with Adelaide aces Markus Solbach in Thursday night's opener.

Kim has recorded an equal team-high two wins with a 2.31 ERA in three appearances as a starter.

The right-hander allowed one run in six innings against Melbourne as GK prevailed in last Thursday's series opener.

Solbach has given up just three earned runs in seven outings.

He holds a 4-2 record and leads the league with 63 strikeouts.

 

DYK?

There have been seven grand slams in the ABL this season.

Geelong-Korea relief pitcher Hwi Kwon, who is off the roster this weekend, has allowed three of them.

The 18-year-old gave up two last weekend against Melbourne, with Luke Hughes and Ryan Dale both taking Kwon deep with loaded bases.

 

Probable starters

G1: Byeong-Geun Kim (2-0, 4.88 ERA) at Markus Solbach (4-2, 0.56 ERA)

G2: Ki-Hoon Ryu (0-1, 7.41) at Kurt Heyer (4-3, 2.70)

G3: Sang-Hak Lee (0-2, 7.23) at Michael Gahan (1-3, 5.27)

G4: Jae-Gon Lee (0-4, 10.87) at TBA

 

Series schedule

G1: Thursday, 6.00pm ACDT at Bennett Field, West Beach, SA

G2: Friday, 6.30pm ACDT at Bennett Field, West Beach, SA

G3: Saturday, 7.20pm ACDT at Bennett Field, West Beach, SA

G4: Sunday, 12.30pm ACDT at Bennett Field, West Beach, SA

 

Broadcast guide

Check out the full round eight broadcast guide here!

 

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