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Bite dismantle Geelong-Korea
Hutchings falls a homer short of the cycle in series win
01/06/2019 12:13 AM ET
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(C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Adelaide has hammered Geelong Korea 21-1 on its way to a series victory in its Brut Australian Baseball League matchup at West Beach on Sunday.

The Bite (17-15) used a seven run second inning as the catalyst to defeat GK (6-26) and pull itself within one game of a playoff spot in the tight South-West division.

The big inning was capped by Bite designated hitter Kuan-Jen Chen's bases clearing double after GK starter Jae-Gon Lee walked the bases loaded.

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Chen was one of five Adelaide batters with multiple RBIs whilst catcher Mitch Edwards returned from a two game absence and recorded his seventh straight multi-hit game.

Nick Shumpert hit two home runs including a grand slam in the eighth inning to cap a big day for the Bite offence.

Michael Gettys and Jordan McArdle also homered for the Bite as 11 Adelaide hitters had hits in a complete team performance.

It was plenty of run support for Adelaide starter Greg Mosel who pitched five scoreless innings and recorded his first victory of the season in his eighth start.

Mosel allowed four hits and walked three but pitched effectively with five strikeouts including one to leave the bases loaded for GK in the fourth inning.

Despite the score line, tensions were high between the two teams after a pair of second inning incidents saw the benches clear.

A hard slide by Bite shortstop Shumpert led to GK shortstop Hwi-Yeon Park leaving the game with an injury before Adelaide centre fielder Aaron Whitefield was hit by a pitch.

Whitefield had to be restrained by home plate umpire Blake Halligan as members of both teams spilled onto the field.

Geelong-Korea starter Jae-Gon Lee struggled immensely as the KBO veteran walked eight and hit two batters, giving up eight earned runs in just two innings of work.

Next weekend, Adelaide will head to Melbourne for a crucial series with playoff implications against the Aces while GK face a daunting task heading to Perth to take on the Heat.

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