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Simple equation for Heat: win, and you're in
Reigning champs take first series win since November
01/26/2013 11:56 PM ET
Allan de San Miguel (r) greets Luke Hughes after Hughes's HR.
Allan de San Miguel (r) greets Luke Hughes after Hughes's HR. (Theron Kirkman / SMP Images)
PERTH, 26 January - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat celebrated Australia Day and Team Spencer Day in style with a 6-2 victory over the Melbourne Aces at Barbagallo Ballpark.

The Heat controlled the game from the onset with Aces pitcher Jon Kennedy (0-2, 8.68) having control issues walking seven batters through his 4.1 innings. The Heat were aggressive on the bases stealing four bags off Kennedy throughout his start. A Luke Hughes home run in the first got the Heat on the board and the home side added another run in the second and the third to take a 4-1 lead through four innings.

Daniel Schmidt (7-3, 3.72) set a Heat record with his seventh win of the season, giving up two earned runs through his 5.2 innings of work. Liam Baron came in for the hold and Scott Mitchinson looked very strong through his 2.2 innings, allowing only one baserunner and striking out two.

David Amberson was the offensive highlight for the Heat with three hits, three stolen bases and two RBI, while Allan de San Miguel and Luke Hughes scored two runs each. Tampa Bay prospect Daryl George scored both of the Aces runs and picked up two hits in the process.

With the win, the Heat secured their first series win since November, which was also against the Aces. Despite taking the first three games, the Heat may have it all to play for in the finale if the Bandits can win against Sydney tomorrow, however a Bandits loss will secure a third straight postseason for the Heat.

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