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Aces rally to hurt Bite's hopes
Melbourne can clinch playoff spot with win on Sunday
01/12/2019 5:59 AM ET
Melbourne reliever Christian Meister picked up the win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne reliever Christian Meister picked up the win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Luke Hughes drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth as Melbourne overturned a 4-1 deficit to down Adelaide and move closer to a playoff spot in their Brut Australian Baseball League clash on Saturday night.

The Aces prevailed 6-5, led by Hughes, Rudy Martin and D.J. Burt as they set up a shot to clinch their third-straight playoff appearance at Melbourne Ballpark on Sunday.

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The Bite started well with Nicholas Shumpert (single) scoring in the first inning for Adelaide, due to a Kuan-Jen Chen single to shortstop/

Melbourne drew level later in the first inning through Rudy Martin (walk) courtesy of a D.J. Burt single to second base.

Adelaide regained the lead at the top of the third inning thanks to Kuan-Jen Chen hitting a ground ball to centre field allowing Nicholas Shrumpet to advance to home plate.

The Bite extended their lead to three in the fourth inning, when Mikey Reynolds singled a ground ball to Darryl George at shortstop thus prompting Stefan Welch to score.

At the top of the sixth inning Adelaide scored once again due to the newly substituted Aces pitcher Harrison Cooney walking Aaron Whitefield allowing Landon Hernandez (walk) to score the fourth Bite run of the game.

The Aces mounted a comeback to level the scores at the bottom of the sixth inning.

Rudy Martin (walk) was the first Melbourne player to touch home plate thanks to a D.J. Burt ground ball.

Moments later Darryl George (double) scored another Melbourne run at the hands of Luke Hughes hitting a sacrifice fly ball to centre field.

Mike Walker then allowed D.J. Burt to score due to a fielder's choice.

Adelaide regained the lead once again in the seventh inning amid controversy.

Hernandez popped a fly ball to right field allowing Chris Mead to score the Bite's fifth run.

The contest took another turn when Darryl George's line drive to right field pulled Melbourne level again.

The Aces completed a phenomenal comeback to jump ahead 6-5 the bottom of the eighth on Luke Hughes' RBI-double.

Christian Meister closed the door despite Adelaide getting two runners on.

Melbourne will be striving for a clean sweep of the series against the Bite tomorrow.

Game four will take place tomorrow 2pm at Melbourne Ballpark.

 

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