Heat can't quite back up hitting outburst
The Perth Heat couldn’t quite back up their 26-run heroics from the previous night with the Adelaide Giants finishing this four-game series at Empire Ballpark with a 4-0 victory.
The Heat had waited almost a full year to get to play a home game in the Australian Baseball League again, and they made up for lost time against the Giants winning 4-2 on Saturday night thanks to a walk off Shane Sasaki home run.
The Heat then really gave their patient home fans plenty to cheer about on Sunday in a double-header beginning with an 11-6 victory in the first game. They backed it up with 11 runs in the first inning of the second game on the way to notching the 15-6 victory.
That wrapped up the series for the Heat having won the opening three games ahead of the fourth and final match of this string of games between the teams concluded on Monday evening back at Empire Ballpark.
The Heat wore specially designed green and gold uniforms to celebrate the public holiday on Tuesday, but it didn’t prove to bring luck and it was the Giants who ended up earning a measure of revenge after conceding the 26 runs to the Heat the night before.
The Giants made the perfect start with their second batter up for the game, Grant Little, hitting a home run over the left field fence, but after that Tampa Bay Rays prospects Nathan Wiles settled into a nice groove.
Over the just over four innings that he pitched, he threw eight strikeouts but came out of the game when the Giants scored again in the top of the fifth. Adelaide then went up 3-0 in the sixth and the Heat just couldn’t find a way to get bat on ball against Giants starter Mitch Neunborn.
Even against the relievers, the Heat managed just the three hits for the ball game while striking out 17 times to go scoreless over the nine innings. Quite the contrast to the 26 runs from 27 hits in the 14 innings played the previous evening.
The Heat will now for the first time in 2021 get to enjoy some time back at home and will then start up another series at Empire Ballpark against the Giants starting on Thursday.
There's a game each on Thursday and Friday night before the series wraps up with a double-header on Saturday.
By Chris Pike
ABL REGULAR SEASON, HOME GAME 4
PERTH HEAT 0
ADELAIDE GIANTS 4 (Little 2, Moore, Fitch)
W – Mitch Neunborn; L – Nathan Wiles
Monday January 25, Empire Ballpark
IMAGE: SMP Images.