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HEAT catch fire as De San Miguel lights it up
Allan de San Miguel hit two home runs to lead Heat to victory
01/08/2011 1:14 AM ET
Allan De San Miguel hit two home runs to lead the HEAT to victory.
Allan De San Miguel hit two home runs to lead the HEAT to victory. (TEAM Image)
SYDNEY - In six seasons of North American professional baseball, Allan de San Miguel boasts 14 career home runs, and nearly half of those came in 2010. With his recent power surge continuing in his native country, the Perth Heat can hope to ride their catcher back to the top of the ABL's standings.

De San Miguel homered twice, his fourth and fifth jacks of the ABL season, and drove in four runs as an early seesaw battle turned into a runaway Heat victory in game two of their four-game series with the Sydney Blue Sox by a 11-7 score in front of 1,375 at Blacktown Olympic Park.

In a stark contrast to Thursday's series opener, when runs were at a premium in a 3-1 Perth victory, neither side waited long before getting on the board Friday. Perth kicked things off with runs in each of their first two frames, while the Blue Sox responded with a tally in the second and three more in the third to take their first lead of the series. Mitch Dening's two-run single put Sydney in front 4-2.

With the Sox in command of a 5-3 lead going into the sixth, however, the pendulum swung Perth's way and didn't swing back. The Heat chased Sydney starter David Welch after five-plus innings, and with their two-run, game-tying sixth, started to take the game back against Blue Sox reliever Matt Williams. One inning later, de San Miguel cranked his first home run of the night off Williams (0-2), a two-out solo shot to give his club the lead back.

Perth added two more in the seventh and three more in the eighth, including a two-run shot for de San Miguel's second longball, to put themselves comfortably in front at 11-5. Two ninth-inning Sydney runs provided the final margin. Daniel Schmidt (5-3) earned the win for the Heat, tossing seven and a third innings and allowing five runs-though just two earned-on seven hits.

"We ran into a little bit of trouble there late, Blue Sox manager Glenn Williams said. "[Perth] swung the bats really, really well, and we left some pitches up and probably didn't execute as well as we could have tonight." Sydney's bats did show signs of improvement from Thursday night when they went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, flashing more of the form they showcased last week in a four-game sweep at Perth.

"Last week they came alive and started to swing the bats well and have a little confidence," Williams continued. "Last night, they were a little bit flat coming out, but tonight they started to hit the ball hard and stuck with it. The boys are swinging it good, and we've got to just keep plugging away. It's a short season, but it's a tough season."

This series continues with Saturday night's third game at Blacktown Olympic Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 PM.

SATURDAY PITCHING PROBABLES: LHP Cole McCurry (0-1, 3.86) v RHP Wayne Lundgren (3-3, 6.31)

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