MELBOURNE - It was a good night to be a Kennelly boy in Melbourne on Saturday.
Tim and Matt, two of four Perth brothers signed to MLB teams, combined to register six hits and eight runs batted in as the Heat crushed Melbourne 15-0 in the third game of their four-game Round 10 series.
When the Heat are at their best, runs come in bunches, and nowhere was that more evident than Saturday night at Melbourne Ballpark. A scoreless game into the top of the third turned there when Perth brought in six runs, highlighted by a two-run Tucker Nathans home run and RBI doubles from Luke Hughes and Matt Kennelly to cap the scoring and lead at 6-0.
The Heat never looked back from there, continuing to shred Melbourne pitching through the night. Aces starter John Hussey (L, 3-5) struggled through his 4 1/3 innings. Perth tacked on two more runs in the fifth, Hussey's final dig, with one coming home on a Tim Kennelly solo blast.
Already up 8-0 entering the sixth, the barrage continued. Tim Kennelly doubled in two runs and was followed by three more run-scoring hits, one of them an RBI single by brother Matt, to add up to a 13-0 advantage.
Already battered, the Aces surrendered one more dagger. The elder Kennelly belted his second blast of the game, a two-run dinger to left field to extend the margin to its final distance at 15-0.
On the mound, Dan Schmidt was the beneficiary of Perth's offensive onslaught. Schmidt (W, 3-2) breezed through six innings, needing just 63 pitches to allow only three hits and no runs. Two relievers followed to complete the shutout.
The Heat, frustrated at the plate in this series's first two nights, went 9-from-14 with runners in scoring position and recorded eight extra-base hits. Melbourne had just two knocks of the extra-base variety and didn't have a single multi-hit performer.
Sunday afternoon, the Aces turn to lefty Adam Bright (0-0, 16.20) with a series win still at stake. The Heat will go behind Baltimore Orioles import Kevin Grendell (0-1, 3.24) with first pitch set from 2:05 PM AEDT.