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O'Loughlin pitches a gem in shutout win
Adelaide knocks off Sydney 3-0 in seven innings
01/27/2018 12:56 AM ET
Jack O'Loughlin pitched a gem against the Blue Sox with six shutout innings.
Jack O'Loughlin pitched a gem against the Blue Sox with six shutout innings. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

It's the breakthrough the Bite have needed all season - two wins in a row! Now the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, are chasing for a series victory to end the season on a high.

Here's three takeaways ahead of the final game of the season - live on!

Capitalising on chances

Throughout the season Adelaide has struggled to make the most of its chances but in the sixth they pounced, all from Nathan van der Linden reaching on a throwing error. Chen Kuan-Jen then singled to put runners on the corners with van der Linden showing off his pace. It only got better as a passed ball brought home the first run and Chen sped his way to third.

Unfortunately Chen was injured on his dive, and left the field quickly with a hand injury, but Karl Hoschke made the most of his pinch-running to score and when Curtis Mead combined with another U18 gun, Brodie Arriola scored pinch-running for Chang Tai-Shan.

There was hustle, and quality base running which put the Bite well ahead of a lacklustre Sydney - with thanks to Jack O'Loughlin pitching a gem.

O'Loughlin heading to Detroit with good form

He'll leave for Minor League action in March and Jack O'Loughlin has made a great start in his final start of the season. The 17-year-old picked up six strikeouts and three hits in six shutout innings, going for his first scoreless outing of 2018. Against Clayton Freimuth, who essentially finished with identical stats, the battle of the starters was one of the best we've seen all season.

It was always going to be a challenge backing up a terrific rookie season and while he only hit five innings once this campaign, the signs are looking as good as ever for the Detriot Tigers rookie. His strikeout count is on the rise and so is his confidence. Keep an eye on his first rookie ball season for the Tigers, cause this 196cm prospect can go far.

Defence stands up

A key part of any close game is defence and today the Bite were in good form. Rodrigo Ayarza and Curtis Mead showed off their accuracy with hot throwing in the sixth, and those outs proved crucial. In the bottom of the inning Adelaide put two runs on the board as Sydney made a couple of poor throwing and fielding errors.

With Mason Clavell also putting in a strong game behind the plate, there was cohesion in the field and confidence with silky smooth plays.

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