Daniel Schmidt (3-0, 3.50) is now tied with Virgil Vasquez and Anthony Claggett to lead to the league with three wins after allowing only two earned runs through seven innings. The Aces' Adam Bright (0-0, 3.24 ERA) looked strong early, but walks and a high pitch count would be his demise, leaving the game after five innings with the scores tied at three.
The Aces would score first for the only time in the series, picking up three runs in the second after a shaky Schmidt gave up three straight hits to lead off the inning. A Jarryd Rogers double would score Justin Huber and Josh Davies, and a fielding error would allow Rogers to score for a 3-0 lead as the Aces looked primed to square the series with the early momentum.
Schmidt would bounce back and throw five scoreless frames and allow only two more hits to the Aces, as the Heat offence got behind their starter with some run support of their own. Singles from Adamson and de San Miguel and a walk from Hughes would load the bases, and an under pressure Bright would walk Ohlman to bring in a run. McGee would get his first RBI of the day scoring Hughes on a fielder's choice, leaving the Heat to trail by only one into the fourth inning.
McGee would pick up two hits in another impressive performance that included his RBI single in the 5th that scored Hughes to tie the game. On a seven game hitting streak, McGee continued his outstanding start to the season, hitting .400 for the series as a standout for the Heat offence.
Melbourne's bullpen would fire late in the game, as Adam Blackley and Andrew Mann would combine for four innings and allow only one hit, however a tight strikezone allowed the Heat to work four walks, the most crucial coming in the 8th as Adam Melker worked four straight balls from Blackley to score Adamson and give the Heat the lead. Matt Zachary and Cameron Lamb would come out of the bullpen for the Heat and each throw a scoreless frame, with Lamb's second save of the season coming in an easy 1-2-3 fashion.
In another characteristic performance, Allan de San Miguel reached base three times with two singles and a walk. With the scores tied in the 8th inning, de San Miguel spoke of the Heat squad firing themselves up to get behind their starter for another win. "The guys were taking a lot of pitches today. We really needed a run to get Schmitty the win and we were trying to get the boys fired up for him. Getting that walk was a big momentum change in the game, to get that extra run and little bit of a cushion."
"We're really happy to come away with the win in the series." Continued de San Miguel. "It what we plan to do, win every series. It's a big ask coming on the road the boys are really happy with this result". With the win, the Heat move to a 10-4 record with a commanding 2.5 game lead over Canberra and Sydney with other results yet to play out this afternoon. Their rival Melbourne Aces fall below .500 to 6-8 after losing three of four to the Heat. After going 5-3 on their roadtrip, the Heat return to Perth and await the Brisbane Bandits for a four game series starting December 7th.