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Adamson's Bite up for the fight
11/23/2017 8:35 PM ET

Adelaide Bite manager Chris Adamson is confident his team can overcome its 0-5 start to the season to reach the Australian Baseball League playoffs.

The Bite have lost five-straight to start the season following an 8-6 loss to Melbourne last night and will break the league record for the worst losing run to open a campaign with another defeat tonight.

Rookie manager Adamson remains upbeat and says Adelaide could have been sitting pretty with a 4-1 record if it had done better in the clutch moments.

"We're absoutely confident we can work our way out of it," Adamson said.

"There's a little bit of frustration creeping in given the way we've lost some of these games.

"If we take a step back I think we could actually be four (wins) and one (loss) but we haven't been able to execute a crucial pitch or play defensively or execute offensively one or two times a game and that's cost us.

"We understand we're right around the mark it's just a matter of making those plays when we have the opportunity."

The Bite's loss to the Aces on Thursday night matched Melbourne's ABL worst five-game losing streak to start a season.

Adelaide showed positives in the 8-6 loss, recording 14 hits for the night after managing just 22 in a series-sweep at the hands of Sydney in round one.

The top of the order was particularly impressive for the Bite.

Adelaide's one through five hitters racked up 12 of the 14 hits, with Chang Tai-shan and Stephen Lohr collecting three each.

Adamson said the offence was starting to click but needed to take its chances after leaving 13 runners on base.

"We're try trying to be as positive as we can and outline the positive things in the games, which there are so many of," he said.

"We need to make the most of the opportunities when they present themselves because they don't come around a whole lot."

Starter Max Beatty battled hard for the Bite, minimising the damage in a few tough situations as he allowed four runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.

But reliever Nick Hutchings gave up a lead-off walk to Allan de San Miguel in the eighth and was punished as Jared Cruz hit a three-run shot with two out to give the Aces the lead.

"Lead-off walks never really end well but he's taken some strides forward in terms of the physical things and his confidence," Adamson said.

"He worked his butt off to get two outs and then made one mistake to Cruz and he didn't miss it.

"It's tough for Nick but he will be valuable for us the rest of the way."

Jack O'Loughlin, 17, will start for Adelaide in game two tonight.

First pitch is at 7pm ACDT. Get your tickets here!



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