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HEAT win game one of day/night double header
11/13/2010 8:24 PM ET
 
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat faced off for two games at the RNA Showgrounds (Brisbane) tonight (Saturday). The Heat took game one 4-2 after taking advantage of several bases on balls from the Bandit pitchers.

Lefthander Reo Chikada took the mound for the Bandits in his first Australian start. After an opening single from the Heat's Mitch Graham, Chikada struck out Danger man Robbie Widlansky before picking off Graham. Luke Hughes then reached on a walk followed by a Evan McArthur grounder to short to end the top of the first. Cole McCurry started on the hill for Perth retiring the first two batters before giving up a double to Wade Dutton. Dutton hustled home on a shallow single up the middle by Rory Rhodes giving the home team a 1-0. Akira Nakamura grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning. Score after one inning, Brisbane Bandits lead 1-0.

Brandon Dale singled for Perth to start the second inning a reached second on a stolen base before Heat catcher Alan De San Miguel was walked. Dale moved to third on a double play grounder by Clint Balgera. Designated Hitter Mathew Kennelly walked, and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch followed by another walk to first baseman Darcy Doyle. The threat was quashed by a fielding gem from Bandit left fielder Akira Nakumara who chased down a drive to deep left field for the catch to end the top half of the inning. Mitchell Nilsson doubled with two outs for the Bandits in the bottom of the inning but McCurry coaxed Joshua Roberts into popping out to the shortstop to end the inning. After two innings, Brisbane held on to the 1-0 edge.

In the top of the third, a walk to Hughes who moved to second base on a sacrifice fly by McArthur was followed by an RBI double from Dale to even the score at 1-1. Shuhei Fukuda doubled for the Bandits to start their half of the inning and stole third base on strikeout pitch to Alan Schoenberger. Fukuda was out at the plate trying to score on an infield grounder by Wade Dutton. Dutton motored around the bases and used an evasive slide to score on a triple by Rory Rhodes putting the Bandits back on top 2-1. McCurry struck out Nakumara on a wicked breaking pitch to end the Bandit inning. After three Brisbane stays ahead 2-1.

Chikada continued to have trouble finding the plate in the top of the fourth walking the first two batters before Bandit Manager Dave Nilsson decided to relieve him of his duties for the afternoon. Chris Mowday came on in relief. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Doyle before struck out Graham and got Widlansky on a grounder to second. Cameron Lamb came on in relief of McCurry for the Perth crew and retired the Bandits in order. After four innings the score remained 2-1 Bandits.

Hughes opened the Heat half of the fifth inning with a triple and scored on the throw from centre fielder Wade Dutton levelling the scores again at 2-2. Mowday pitched his way through the rest of the inning without bother. The Bandits went down in order to finish the inning. After five the score was all even at 2-2.

Mowday provided competition for Nakumara with a diving over the shoulder grab of a Kenelly bunt attempt before a double from Doyle and fielding error by shortstop Fukuda on a Mitch Graham grounder put runners on the corners (first and third base). Graham stole second and Doyle scored on a sacrifice fly ball from Widlansky giving the Heat a 3-2 advantage. Mowday got Hughes on a grounder end the top half of the sixth inning. The Bandits went down in order again to finish the sixth trailing the Heat 3-2.

John Veitch took over on the mound for the Bandits in the top of the seventh. McArthur reached on an error by Fukuda to start the seventh, advanced to third on a single by De San Miguel and scored on pinch hitter Aaron Bonomi's single. Veitch hit Kenelly with a pitch but got out of the jam when Doyle grounded into a double play to end the Heat threat. Perth held a 4-2 advantage going into the bottom of the inning. Brett Jacobsen came on in the bottom of the inning and retired the Bandits in order to preserve the win.

Brandon Dale finished the night 3 for 4 at the plate including a double and an RBI to lead the charge for the visitors. Luke Hughes scored twice for the Heat.

Rory Rhodes had two hits for the Bandits and drove in both of the teams runs.

Cameron Lamb pitched three solid innings for the Heat and picked up the win with Brett Jacobsen getting the save.

Chris Mowday took the loss for the Bandits. Chikada pitched three solid innings in his debut but was erratic giving up seven walks in his three innings on the mound.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.