Adelaide has split its doubleheader after the Perth Heat capitalised on a big sixth inning to record a 5-0 in their Australian Baseball League clash at Dicolor Australia Stadium on Thursday night.
All of the Heat’s five runs came in the sixth as they blew open a scoreless game against the Giants bullpen.
Perth had just five hits on the night but made the most of eight walks from a wild Adelaide team who could only muster two hits of their own at the plate.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Giants with a couple of standout performances putting a positive note on a disappointing night.
Making his second start, lefty Taylor Lehman turned in an impressive outing for the Giants striking out four while allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings.
Lehman impressed with his high velocity fastball as he continues to up his pitching workloads as the season progresses.
“I felt pretty good out there tonight,” said Lehman.
“I had pretty good command of my pitches and was able to execute when I need to, which was nice.”
The big left-hander showed great improvement from his first start in Brisbane, and credited it to improved execution on the mound.
“I think main thing was pitch execution and getting ahead in the counts,” said Lehman.
“It made a big difference to me out there on the mound and it helped me to have success.”
Fellow Phillies affiliated left hander Jon Hennigan also made his Giants debut and worked around a pair of walks to record a scoreless fourth inning.
Giants manager Chris Adamson said that the Philadelphia duo impressed in a difficult situation,
“They were amazing, with Hennigan it was his first outing so it was good to see him get his feet wet and to see what he had to offer,” said Adamson.
“Lehman set the tone for us, he was restricted in his pitch count but he started well and gave us a chance to win.”
Adamson was upbeat despite the defeat saying the hub provided an immediate opportunity to bounce back.
“We played some pretty good baseball today and the best thing about the hub is you don’t get too much time to dwell on a result, be it good or bad,” said Adamson.
“We get a chance to come back tomorrow night and get back on the winners list against Brisbane.”
Adelaide will take on the Brisbane Bandits tomorrow night at Dicolor Australia Stadium at West Beach from 7:20pm tomorrow night.
Limited tickets are still available but get in quick by buying online at adelaidegiants.com.au/tickets.