Daily Archives: February 11, 2011
Adelaide Bite 4, Perth Heat 3
The Bite opened the Australian League's championship series with a win over the Perth Heat on Friday. Perth began the scoring with a run in the bottom of the 1st, on a single and an RBI double from the first two batters in their lineup. The Bite tied the score in the top of the 3rd. After a pair of lead-off singles by 1B Ben Wigmore and 2B Josh Cakebread, a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. 3B Stefan Welch drove in the tying run with a ground out to first base. Adelaide took the lead in the top of the 5th, with more firepower from Welch. Wigmore and Cakebread again opened the inning with a pair of singles, and again a sacrifice bunt moved them into scoring position. Welch lined a double in to right field, scoring both Wigmore and Cakebread. Another single drove in Welch, and LF Quincy Latimore also singled, moving another runner into scoring position. A double play ended the rally. The Heat rallied in the bottom of the 6th, with three singles, a walk, and an RBI ground out producing 2 runs, but that still left them one run behind the Bite. The Bite had only one runner reach base over the last three innings of the game, but they held off rallies by the Heat in each of the last two innings. In the 8th, a two-out double and a single had the Perth pinch-runner rounding third and heading for the plate, but a perfect throw from CF James McOwen let C Brandon Bantz tag the runner out at the plate to end the inning. Another two-out double and a hit batter put two runners on base for the Heat in the bottom of the 9th. Adelaide reliever Adrian Burnside came in to make the final out with a grounder to third base, ending the game. Latimore also singled in the 4th inning, but was left on base.
A little bit of news as we wait out the last few days until pitchers and catchers report:
For the past few years, the International League champion and the Pacific Coast League champion have faced off for a one-game showdown in September. The Bricktown Showdown has been played in Oklahoma City up until now. But in 2011, the AAA Championship game will be played at Isotope Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Isotopes (AAA of the Dodgers). The game will be televised on "Versus", on Tuesday September 20, 2011.
Non-roster players who have been invited to the Pirates' big league camp:
Pitchers: Rudy Owens, Justin Thomas, Donnie Veal, Justin Wilson, Tyler Yates, Brian Burres, Sean Gallagher, Fernando Nieve, Cesar Valdez, Jose Veras.
Catchers (always need lots of those): Tony Sanchez, Dusty Brown, Wyatt Toregas
Infielders: Chase D'Arnaud, Brian Friday, Jeff Clement, Garrett Atkins, Josh Fields, Andy Marte, Corey Wimberly
Outfielders: Eric Fryer (he catches too), Andrew Lambo
The Australian League championship series begins early Friday morning, with the Adelaide Bite (and Quincy Latimore) facing off against the Perth Heat.
Eight weeks from today (Thursday) will be Opening Day for the Indianapolis Indians and the rest of the minor league affiliates.