With Scott Mitchinson (2-2, 3.86) and Chris Smith (2-2, 3.38) on the mound, game one started with Brisbane on top early with two runs in the top of the second. The Heat bounced back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning that included an Allan de San Miguel homerun, the home side grinded out a win in very heated circumstance.
Clinging to a narrow 3-2 lead in final inning, Cameron Lamb allowed a leadoff walk to Andrew Campbell which gave the Bandits a last minute chance. Logan Wade laid down a bunt which turned into an acrimonious double play. Wade was deemed to slide in too hard and late on Heat shortstop Carter Bell and both runners were declared out by the umpires. As Campbell, Bell and the Umpires exchanged words near second base, the benches cleared with the game put into a delay as the fracas was cleared as Bandits Manager Kevin Jordan argued the Bandits' case with the umpires.
Ejections to Luke Hughes and Brad Dutton would matter little late in the game, as Adam Gordon struck out swinging to give the Heat a 3-2 win to tie the series.
James Albury (0-1, 4.08) and Anthony Claggett (3-1, 1.76) both started and each picked up a no-decision the game was decided in an error filled inning for both sides in the bottom of the 8th.
As was the case in game one, the Bandits picked up a two run lead and immediately gave it up in the bottom of the 5th inning. With two outs, the Bandits rallied with a walk to Brad Dutton and a single to Josh Roberts. Cody Clark continued to punish the Heat with runners on base, hitting a single to centre that Graeme Scorer ran over allowing both runners to score. The Heat fought back behind an Allan de San Miguel bases loaded single and an Michael Ohlman sacrifice fly to square the ledger.
The game winning run came after the Heat threw away a crucial opportunity with Michael Ohlman on 3rd with no out in the 8th. Bell would strikeout and a missed suicide squeeze play would leave Ohlamn stranded between 3rd and home for the second out. Graeme Scorer missed his opportunity to drive in McGee but would reach first on a drop third strike that would have ended the inning. McGee would then score the winning run on a fielding error from Brad Dutton. Warwick Saupold came in to close out the game win his first appearance of the season in the Heat's 4-3 win.
Coming out of the bullpen for three vital scoreless innings, Matt Zachary was pleased to help the team to their game two win. "Yeah it was a tight three innings. It's good to come out there and pump strikes, you know after the first game got a little bit of a tussle, so there was a little bit more on the line than just a win. It was good to go in there and the boys with a little bit of luck pulled it off."
Warwick Saupold backed up Zachary with the save in game two. The 2011 ABL Pitcher of the Year adds a significant amount of pedigree to a strong bullpen. "It takes a little bit of pressure of one when everyone having each other's back." said Zachary. "Having Waz come in for the save was amazing, and with Wisey and Lamb in there with his new pickup, it's a deep bullpen and a good thing to have."
With three RBIs and manufacturing two crucial double plays, Allan de San Miguel played a vital role in both of the Heat's wins. de San Miguel was candid about his first double play where he used some trickery to nab Hirotoshi Onaka at second base.
"I just kept my eyes on him the whole time and watched him creep off the bag and keep going back. I held on to the ball and didn't give to Scotty [Mitchinson]. I held it and held it and as soon as he took that extra step where he was just far enough away from the bag I fired it down there."
Manager Steve Fish credited de San Miguel's abilities for the Heat's win in game one. "It was awesome; those are two liitle things that our defense did that kept us in the ballgames. We don't execute those plays and don't do the little things it's a totally different story."
With a mistake filled end to game two, Bandits Manager Kevin Jordan was disappointed but looking to Sunday's game aiming for the split. "It's a lesson we have to learn from. If we want to be successful as a team we just have to learn from the mistakes we made and just hit better."
"For us it's just trying to get a break to go our way, and unfortunately we haven't had one go our way but at the same time too you have to make your own breaks, and you know we haven't done that so far in this series. Just hoping we can split tomorrow, its all we can ask for just some out tomorrow and see what happens"
The final game starts at 4:05pm as Daniel Schmidt (3-0) takes on Bandits James Schult who is making his ABL debut for the Bandits. A Bandits win will secure a split and prevent a second straight series win for the Heat.