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Lee's homer lifts GK in extra innings
GK pick up second road win, first outside of Victoria
01/04/2019 3:45 AM ET
Joo-Ho Lee's first ABL homer put Geelong-Korea ahead in the 10th (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Joo-Ho Lee's first ABL homer put Geelong-Korea ahead in the 10th (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

A three-run homer from Joo-Ho Lee in the 10th inning has helped Geelong Korea edge Adelaide 4-3 in their Brut Australian Baseball League series at West Beach on Friday night.

Lee hit his first ABL home run to left field off Adelaide closer Ryan Chaffee to give GK (6-24) just its second away win for the season and put a serious dent in the Bite's (15-15) playoff hopes.

Adelaide threatened in the bottom half of the inning after Michael Gettys hit a two run double to close the gap to one but were unable to complete the comeback.

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But Geon-Yep Heo closed the door with three strikeouts.

Geelong-Korea reliever Jin-Yoo Jang put in superb performance after entering in the third inning with the bases loaded.

He restricted Adelaide's offence, which scored 13 runs on Thursday, with 6 1/3 shutout innings on just two hits with five punchouts.

GK capitalised on a pair of Bite mistakes to open the scoring when a rundown led to game's opening run in the third inning.

Adelaide answered immediately when Stefan Welch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning but the game was a defensive tussle from there.

Both teams struggled at the plate but made stellar defensive plays to keep the game tied.

Bite centre fielder Aaron Whitefield threw out Joon-Ho Lee at the plate in the fifth inning while GK turned a slick double play to prevent the Bite scoring in the sixth inning.

The Bite couldn't provide any run support for starter Kurt Heyer who earned a no-decision for seven innings of work.

The American continued his impressive form holding Geelong Korea to just one unearned run giving up just six hits whilst struck out five.

Adelaide was its own worst enemy leaving thirteen men on base and committing three errors.

The Bite will look to respond when the series continues on Saturday with both teams looking to take a series lead when first pitch is thrown at 7:20pm local time.

 

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