2018/19 ABL R5 – Geelong v Auckland
14 Dec 2018 20:00 AEST
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Geelong-Korea and Auckland will be hoping their first-ever Brut Australian Baseball League meeting can ignite a playoff charge.
The ABL expansion outfits go head-to-head at Geelong Baseball Centre in an historic four-game series with plenty of work to do as the season heads towards the midway point.
GK sits last in the South-West Division with just two wins from 16 outings while the Tuatara are at the foot of the North-East Division with a 4-11 record.
Both teams suffered series sweeps last weekend.
Geelong-Korea dropped all four games at home to Adelaide and Auckland was taken down by Sydney in its last series on New Zealand soil this season.
A series against each other provides the chance for at least one losing streak to come to an end, and possibly a platform to surge in the second half of the season.
GK has made four changes as it looks to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Manager Dae-Sung Koo has added right-hander pitcher Jae-Gon Lee, infielder Dae-Gun Kook, catcher Sung-Gu Han and outfielder Hak-Jun Noh to his 22-man roster.
Koo will roll with the same starting rotation, led by Jin-Yong Jang, which was unable to quell the Bite in round four.
The Tuatara have one forced change to their rotation with 19-year-old Kyle Glogoski’s season coming to an end one week earlier than planned.
Glogoski will be replaced in the starting rotation by 20-year-old Elliot Johnstone.
Reliever Chen Yu-Hsuan and infielder Tsai Yi-Hsuan return for Auckland along with catcher Taka Kaneko.
GK and the Tuatara enter the round as the lowest scoring teams in the ABL and top the league in strikeouts.