Brain Grening turned in a dominant display for Canberra, as the Cavalry inflicted another one-run defeat on Adelaide with a 3-2 win in the series opener on Friday night. David Penrose with more.
Grening tossed seven innings for the visitors, allowing only one earned run while striking out nine Adelaide hitters to collect the win as Canberra stretched its own winning streak to four-games.
The Bite struggled all night against the right-hand import, and found themselves trailing before conjuring their first hit of the night. Jeremy Barnes gave Canberra the upper-hand in the top of the third, as his RBI built a 1-0 lead.
Brock Hebert’s RBI-double scored Dylan Child to cancel out that run in the bottom of the third, before starting pitcher Matthew Williams left the contest after four innings after allowing five hits.
Reliever Richard Olson had his roughest outing of the campaign, as Canberra loaded the bases on a single to Barnes and two walks. Blake Smith inherited the jam, and was unable to work his way out as the Cavalry added a run.
It was only the second run allowed by Olson this campaign, and his first in a relief appearance.
A throwing error by James Baldwin allowed Canberra to buffer its lead, before Adelaide hit back with Hebert scoring on a sacrifice fly from Stefan Welch.
The Bite had the tying run on third with one out in the ninth, but John Cannon and Jeremy Cresswell both struck out to strand Ben Lodge to end the game.
It was Adelaide’s sixth one-run defeat of the season, as the Bite slumped to 11-16.