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Aces move two games clear of Bite
Melbourne homer three times, ride strong pitching
01/11/2019 3:35 AM ET
Jake Romanski homered as Melbourne took game one over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Jake Romanski homered as Melbourne took game one over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Melbourne used the long ball and shutout pitching to down Adelaide 4-0 and move two games clear of the Bite in the Brut Australian Baseball League South-West Division on Friday night.

The Aces hit three solo homers and rode six strong innings from starter Scott Shuman to a game one victory in their vital series against Adelaide at Melbourne Ballpark.


Melbourne's D.J. Burt hit a monster home run to left field to open the scoring in the fourth inning, with Jake Romanski's second homer of the season doubling the hosts advantage.

Luke Hughes scored an insurance run in the sixth before Mike Walker added the Aces' third solo homer in the eighth.

It was all the offence Melbourne needed as its pitching staff kept the Bite to just four hits.

Shuman struck out eight in six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks.

Jon Kennedy and Josh Tols - against his former team - then combined out of the bullpen to ensure the Aces tightened their grip on a playoff berth.

Kennedy worked one hitless inning before Tols collected his second save, allowing one hit and striking out four in two innings.

Chen Kuan-Jen had two hits for the Bite, while Adelaide starter Kurt Heyer struck out five and allowed two runs in six innings.

Melbourne can extend its advantage and move closer to a third-straight postseason appearance with a doubleheader tomorrow.

Game one starts at 5pm local time, followed by game two at 7.30pm or 30 minutes after completion of the early game.



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