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Whitefield homers as Bite down GK
Adelaide keep pressure on Melbourne and Perth
01/05/2019 6:27 AM ET
Aaron Whitefield hit his first homer at West Beach for Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Aaron Whitefield hit his first homer at West Beach for Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Adelaide bounced back from Friday night's shock Brut Australian Baseball League loss to Geelong-Korea, prevailing 4-1 on Saturday night to take a series lead.

Aaron Whitefield homered at West Beach for the first time as the Bite (16-15) wore GK (6-25) down after falling behind early.

Whitefield's lead-off shot - Adelaide's first hit of the night - sparked a two-run fourth.

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Curtis Mead drove in Chen Kuan-Jen (walk) to put the Bite up 2-1.

Adelaide added two runs in the fifth to extend its lead and keep pressure on South-West Division leaders Melbourne and Perth.

Bruce Wang and Nicholas Shumpert started the fifth with back-to-back singles and Whitefield was walked by Geelong-Korea reliever Ji-Woong Park to load the bases.

Michael Gettys just missed a grand slam, with Wang scoring on an eventual sacrifice.

A wild pitch by Park put the Bite up by three.

GK finished with 10 hits to six but left 12 runners on base.

Adelaide starter Michael Gahan worked 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.

The Bite bullpen did not allow a run, with Yoshihiro Tamura striking out two and Ryan Chaffee three in the top of the ninth.

Mead finished with two hits in his 50th ABL appearance.

Jong-Hyuk Lim drove in Geelong-Korea's sole run.

The series concludes from 12.30pm local time tomorrow.

 

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