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Recap: Fighting Bite fall to charging Cavs
12/04/2017 6:10 PM ET
Veteran Bite favourite, Jeremy Cresswell, impressed in his first ABL game since 2014.
Veteran Bite favourite, Jeremy Cresswell, impressed in his first ABL game since 2014. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

A 4-2 win over Canberra brought a positive finish to a tough series which saw the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, lose 3-1. Despite the 2-10 record it is not all doom and gloom, although Manager Chris Adamson is still searching for a breakthrough that will lead to consistent baseball.

GAME 1

Weather wreaked havoc for most of the series as Thursday's opener was delayed and then suspended with Canberra up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, at a time when Adelaide had one out and runners on the corners. When play resumed the next day it was Lake Bachar who dominated for the Cavalry to take two quick outs, and a nine-run inning saw them surge to an 18-3 win.

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GAME 2

Stephen Lohr's two-run homer in the first inning had Adelaide up 2-1 before Canberra took a 3-2 lead in the second. Greg Mosel pitched through to the seventh with no change in the score, before two late runs saw the Cavalry run out 5-2 winners against the Bite bullpen.

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GAME 3

Chang Tai-Shan played a part in both of Adelaide's early runs and in the expected seven inning game, the Bite led 2-1 entering the seventh. Unfortunately Canberra tied it up and once tiebreaker rules came into play in the 10th they punished the bullpen and scored five runs. Angus Roeger closed the gap but it was a bitter 7-4 loss.

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GAME 4

Over the first two innings Canberra gave up six walks and Adelaide capitalised with a 3-0 lead in the first. There was a fightback but Max Beatty dominated with eight strikeouts to guide the Bite to a 4-2 win in seven innings - a welcome relief.

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THE GOOD - The cream rises to the top

Stephen Lohr was only drafted last year but the Texas Rangers prospect currently has the fourth best average in the competition - .410. Entering the Canberra series it was .333 but thanks to his first home run he went on a hitting spree.

Seven hits, four walks and two RBIs at the top of the order has put him amongst the best players in the competition and from 12 games he has only gone hitless twice. Equally as impressive is hit .521 on-base-percentage, which is second in the league.

On the pitching side of things, Adelaide has come out of the weekend with a lot of starting rotation positivity. Matt Williams has the league best WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched) at 0.88, while Max Beatty has the fifth most strikeouts at 20 (equal with Travis Blackley), while in terms of ERA, Williams is sixth at 2.38 and Greg Mosel 10th at 3.18.

Beatty's win against Canberra has put his season right on track while Williams has only allowed one run in his past 10 innings.

THE BAD - Losing concentration

It's hard to pinpoint one thing that has gone wrong, but one of the biggest issues has been giving up a handful of runs at a time and also not being able to recover. The five-run 10th inning by Canberra is a prime example as they capitalised on tiebreaker rules with runners at first and second. In response the Bite did plate two, but by then they had two outs and it was an uphill battle.

Some simple errors also hurt, whether it was not tracking the ball properly, mis-timing a stop or not executing a throw. Those things will all happen in baseball and will happen to the best players as well, but when confidence is down it seems to happen all at once. When hits are hard to come by it also ends up being far more crucial that fielding is at the highest standard it can be.

WHAT'S NEXT?

A trip to Perth brings all the challenges but after the Bite won their first away series against the Heat last year there definitely is positivity in the group. With a series finale win there is also some momentum which will be crucial against a team that has won four in a row and pulled off a three-game sweep of Sydney.

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