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Bite power past GK with late burst
Adelaide score eight in the eighth to claim game one
01/03/2019 3:17 AM ET
Adelaide scored eight in the eighth to pick up a game one win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Adelaide scored eight in the eighth to pick up a game one win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

A late onslaught has powered Adelaide to a 13-7 victory over Geelong-Korea in the opening game up of their Brut Australian Baseball League series at West Beach on Thursday night.

The Bite (15-14) rallied in support of another stellar outing from starter Markus Solbach who held off GK (5-24) in sweltering conditions nearing 40 degrees at first pitch.

The right-hander continued his strong form with eight innings of one-run ball on just four hits while punching out five en route to picking up his fifth win of the season.

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The win capped off a big week for the German who signed a contract with the LA Dodgers before taking the mound on Thursday night.

Despite Solbach's stellar performance, it was GK who struck first on Seung-Hun Kim's RBI-single in the second inning. 

Geelong-Korea had four hits in the second as the visitors threatened to add to the lead before the Bite got out of trouble.

Adelaide struggled offensively against Geelong Korea starter Byeong-Geun Kimm who allowed just one run on five hits in six innings of work, but capitalised against a shaky GK bullpen in the late innings.

The home side took the lead when Mitch Edwards drew a bases loaded walk against Jin-Woo Kim and added two more runs on a single by returning Taiwanese import Chen Kuan-Jen in the seventh.

Phillies prospects Curtis Mead and Mitchell Edwards then drove in runs in the eighth as Adelaide put the game beyond reach with an eight run inning.

Mead finished with three hits and was one of seven Bite players to have multiple hits on the night whilst Chen and outfielder Michael Gettys each finished with three RBIs.

GK restored some pride by adding six runs in the ninth including a bases clearing double by Joon-Suk Choi.

The win keeps Adelaide firmly in the playoff hunt and they will look to build on its momentum when the series continues on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30pm local time at West Beach.

 

 

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