2017/18 ABL R3 – Adelaide v Canberra
02 Dec 2017 12:30 AEDT
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Game 1 – 7:30pm
Game 3 – 12:30pm
Adelaide will hope a blast from the past can help ignite its ailing offence against Canberra in round three.
The Bite, losers in seven of their first eight, have added utilities Jeremy Cresswell and Josh Cakebread to their roster.
Cresswell and Cakebread last played in January 2014 but bring close to 300 games of ABL experience to the side.
Adelaide will hope they can inject some life into a batting lineup that has scored 22 runs in eight games and is hitting .208 on the season.
The bottom of the Bite order has been particularly lifeless, with their six to nine hitters going 7-for-55 against Melbourne last weekend and driving in just two runs for the series.
Adelaide’s offence is not the only part of its roster with a different look.
Matt Williams has been listed to make a game four start and Chris Powell, the only Bite starter to record a win, will be handed the ball for game one.
Jack O’Loughlin and Greg Mosel will make up the rotation, with Max Beatty into the bullpen.
The rotation was a strong point for Canberra in a 3-1 series win over Sydney in round two.
Lake Bachar and Frank Gailey both collected wins after strong starts, while Brian Grening allowed four runs on five hits in six innings during game one.
Bachar tossed six scoreless innings and Gailey allowed one run in seven innings at hitter-friendly Wollongong.
Offensively, David Kandilas (7-for-16), Connor Panas (6-for-13) and Robbie Perkins (5-for-12) had strong series.
Boss Moanaroa hit three homers in two games but will not make the trip to Adelaide.
Left-handed pitcher Taylor Saucedo has been added to the roster and is expected to make his ABL debut.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
CAVALRY – Connor Panas: The Toronto Blue Jays’ prospect went 6-for-13 in the Cavs’ series win over Sydney in round two. The outfielder leads Canberra with five extra-bases hits on the season and is behind only David Kandilas with eight RBI.
BITE – Chris Powell: The right-hander is slated to start game one for Adelaide. Powell holds a 4.91 ERA and gave up just one earned run on six hits in six innings against the Aces. With the Bite desperate to start the series with a win, the 25-year-old will need to fire.
Series split. Put simply, anything less than a split and the Bite are dust. Even a split leaves them in a precarious position in a 40-game season. Adelaide has made some changes to its rotation, giving it a stronger look, and added some bats to its lineup as it chases runs. The Cavs offence got going last weekend and its pitching looked strong but whether it can reproduce on the road against a desperate Bite outfit is another story.