ABL: Series Review – Adelaide Bite V Perth Heat

Fiasco Sports gives you a review of the series.                                            

Image: Daniel Wilkins (PerthNow)

Image: Daniel Wilkins (PerthNow)

 

The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (21-25) were unable to secure a playoff spot

against the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (32-14), being swept 4-0 at Barbagallo

Ballpark this past weekend.

 

Game 1 : ADL 3 – PER 4

 

The Perth Heat were able to continue their strong form at home, halting a near comeback

by the Bite and taking Game 1, 4-3.

 

Perth were able to score in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Luke Hughes to right

field. The Heat managed to add another two runs in the fifth inning due to a two-run RBI

single by Brandon Tripp to make the score 3-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning.

 

Adelaide were able to put something on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Stefan

Welch hitting an RBI single to right field, making the score 3-1 The Bite were unable to

capitalise further, with men on first and third with one out, Ben Lodge grounded into a

double play, ending the inning.

 

Perth added another run in the seventh inning with Tim Kennelly hitting an RBI single to

centre field. Adelaide were able to tag Perth reliever Warwick Saupold for two runs in the

top of the ninth inning but it was not enough as Saupold was able to strikeout Byron Wiley

with a man on second base to end the game.

 

For Adelaide, starter Kyle Brueggemann was given his fifth loss of the season, lasting 6.2

innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Josh

Cakebread was the highlight on offence for the Bite. The second baseman went 3-for-3

with a leadoff walk in. Stefan Welch also contributed with an RBI single on the night.

 

For Perth, Jack Frawley pitched six strong innings, conceding one earned run on six hits,

zero walks and five strikeouts. Despite giving up two earned runs, Saupold earnt his third

save of the year.

 

W: Frawley (7-2, 2.07) L: Brueggemann (4-5, 3.95) SV: Saupold (3) HR: None

 

Game 2 : ADL 4 – PER 5

 

Despite a strong pitching performance by James Campbell, the Bite were unable to take

Game 2, falling to the Heat, 5-4.

 

The Bite got off to a strong start in Game 2, scoring two runs in the second inning. Singles

by Ben Lodge and Chris Jacobs had the Bite set early and a walk by Angus Roeger loaded

the bases. Chris Adamson was able to capitalise on the opportunity, hitting a two-RBI

single to left field to give the Bite a 2-0 lead.

 

Adelaide were able to make it a 4-0 deficit with another two-run inning in the fifth. Joe

Sclafani walked with one out with a fielding error by Luke Hughes providing Brock Hebert

with a reprieve to put runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Welch hit his

seventh double of the year to drive in both Sclafani and Hebert and give the Bite a cushion

that proved that proved to be too small.

 

Perth were able to respond with runs in the six and seventh inning to cut the lead to 4-2.

Unfortunately for the Bite, they were unable to stop the Perth offence with the Heat scoring

three in the bottom of the eighth inning to give them a 5-4 lead. Perth’s Corey Adamson

providing the killing blow with a two-RBI triple to centre field, his third triple of the season.

The Bite had the opportunity to tie the game in the top of the ninth with a runner on third

base with one out, but they could not capitalise.

 

Bite starter James Campbell pitched five innings, conceding one earned run on two hits

with four walks and two strikeouts. Despite the strong performance, Campbell was

credited with a no-decision. Matthew Williams was saddled with the loss and his second

blown save of the season.

 

The Heat’s Brian Baker lasted five innings in his no-decision outing, surrendering four

runs, three earned on seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Reliever Brendan Wise

was credited with the win after three shutout innings of solid relief, Cameron Lamb earnt

his third save of the season in the win.

 

W: Wise (2-2, 4.03) L: Williams, Ma (3-4, 2.83) SV: Lamb (3) HR: None

 

Game 3 : ADL 3 – PER 4

 

Perth were able to take the series in Game 3 with a 4-3 win in a 10-inning affair following

an RBI single by Corey Adamson to take the victory.

 

Heat starter Anthony Claggett pitched six shutout innings in the victory, conceding four

hits, five walks and striking out seven. Claggett would have received the win but Warwick

Saupold earnt his second blown save of the season and left Claggett with a no decision.

Instead, Daniel Schmidt improved his record to 6-2 with one shutout inning following

Saupold’s departure.

 

For Adelaide, Darren Fidge was given the start and pitched well over 5.1 innings,

surrendering three runs, one earned on five hits, four walks and four strikeouts. Wilson

Lee relieved Fidge and pitched two shutout innings, Matthew Williams was credited with

the loss after giving up the winning run in 2.1 innings of relief.

 

Perth’s offence started with a three-run third inning, a bases loaded single by Brandon

Tripp followed by a hit-by-pitch by Luke Hughes and a sacrifice-fly to centre field by Matt

Kennelly providing the early lead. The score remained unchanged until Adelaide were able

to put runs on the board in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 3-3 thanks to

Chris Jacobs, Chris Adamson and Joe Sclafani.

 

The game stayed tied into extra innings until an RBI single by Perth’s Corey Adamson in

the bottom of the 10th inning provided Perth with the series win and a chance at a possible

sweep.

 

W: Schmidt (6-2, 3.22) L: Williams, Ma (3-5, 2.89) SV: None HR: None

 

Game 4 : ADL 5 – PER 7

 

Trying to avoid a series sweep, the Bite were unable a Game 4 loss, falling 7-5 after a

grand slam put the game and the avoidance of a sweep out of reach.

 

Perth were able to score runs in the first and third innings, securing a 3-0 lead after Tim

Kennelly hit a home run to left field, scoring George Barber and hitting his fourth home run

of the year.

 

Adelaide was able to cut the deficit to 3-1 after a sacrifice fly by Stefan Welch and

managed to put up four runs in the following inning, taking a 5-3 lead heading into the

bottom of seventh.

 

Perth’s Brandon Tripp hit a grand slam, scoring four runs and giving Perth an

insurmountable 7-5 lead.

 

For the Heat, Zach Staniewicz pitched six innings, surrendering one run on two hits, five

walks on two strikeouts. Brendan Wise received his second blown save of the season but

did also get his third win after one shutout inning of relief.

 

Bite pitcher Nick Valenza earnt his first loss of the season, conceding three earned runs in

0.1 of an inning of relief. Starter Blake Holovach received a no-decision after his three

inning outing, giving up three runs, two earned on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

 

W: Wise (3-2, 3.86) L: Valenza (0-1, 19.64) SV: Lamb (4) HR: PER: Kennelly (4), Tripp

(10)

 

The Adelaide Bite finished the season at 21-15 (.457), 11 games back from first place and

good enough for fifth place for the 2013/14 season. The  2013/14 ABL playoffs will begin

with the Sydney Blue Sox taking on the Canberra Cavalry in a best-of-three series, winner

of that series will take on the Perth Heat to get a chance to capture the Claxton Shield.

 

Written by Fraser Fyfe

 

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