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Anderson, Sox send Vasquez to second loss
Sydney open Round Seven with road win at Perth
12/14/2012 7:07 AM ET
Craig Anderson pitched into the seventh to earn the Thursday win.
Craig Anderson pitched into the seventh to earn the Thursday win. (Theron Kirkman / SMP Images)
PERTH, 13 December - A depleted Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat offence were no match for a Sydney Blue Sox side that played to their strengths and cruised to an easy 5-2 win to open Round Seven of the Australian Baseball League, brought to you by 'Be the Influence, Tackling Binge Drinking'.

Craig Anderson (3-1, 2.11) stifled the Perth offense, throwing a two hitter through six innings before the Heat were able to rally for two runs with Carter Bell and Allan de San Miguel picking up RBIs to remove the Sydney starter in the seventh. The Sydney offense had already done enough damage to stay on top of the Heat, giving Virgil Vasquez (3-2, 1.70) his worst career ABL start allowing three runs through six innings.

With two outs in the sixth, James Robbins ripped a drive over the right field wall to start a Blue Sox rally that included four straight hits off the Heat ace. Geoffrey Klein, Trent d'Antonio, David Kandilas and Shane Benson also picked up RBIs as the Blue Sox put runners on base and scored regularly throughout the game.

Craig Anderson continued his great season getting ahead of the Heat hitters who never really accustomed to the lefty all night. "The plan was to come out against a pretty aggressive team and to throw strikes. The Heat kind of set the tone as far as their aggressiveness so we kind of went with that."

"I planned to mix up speeds and locations" continued Anderson. "See what their game plan was, what pitches they'll chase and it worked well tonight."

Through six innings, the only Heat player to get on base against Anderson was Corey Adamson who went two for four on the night and scored one run.

"They had good pitching going against us. We really needed to jump out early and get their pitch count up which we failed to do tonight, but I felt pretty good in the box and hopefully we can get better tomorrow and win those ballgames." said Adamson.

With concerns that the "dog days" are hitting the Heat, Adamson said that there's no reason why the Heat's successful season can't continue. "We trust the talent of our hitters and pitchers. There's a lot of injuries and guys coming off full seasons in the States and getting a little warn out, but that'll all pass and the guys that are stepping up right now are doing a great job for us and that'll continue on."

While the Heat are looking forward to end of their injury woes, there's still plenty of baseball to be played and Steve Fish is focusing on keeping first place with their current roster.

"Our pitching staff continues to do well but at the end of the day we need to make sure we score runs and take every opportunity that we have." "We've got some winners in the clubhouse and we have some guys that have been around for a while. I think everyone is looking forward to getting everyone back and we have another import coming in after Christmas. But for the course of the next two series' we have a lot of other guys that understand they have a job to do and they're going out and doing their best."

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