Brisbane, QLD - The Alcohal. Think Again Perth Heat were two outs away from stealing game one of the four game series and perhaps getting some much needed momentum to close out the year and chase down a playoff spot. That story line came crashing down when the Brisbane Bandits Logan Wade took Warwick Saupold deep with one out for a two run game winning shot to right center to win it 3-2 and push the Heat to uncharted territory on the brink of missing the post season for the second straight year of the ABL.
For the Heat it was the story of the 16-17 campaign in a nutshell, so close and yet so far away. The Heat trailed until the 8th when Derik Peterson took Justin Erasmus deep for a solo home run to left to tie the game at one. It was the second hit of the night for Perth at the time as they had little answer for Bandits starter Kramer Champlin who tossed his second quality start against the Heat this season . Luke Hughes then took Erasmus deep in the top of the ninth to make it 2-1.
Warwick Saupold got the first batter of the home half of the ninth with a great diving play by Luke Hughes to retire Mitch Nilsson but a one out walk to David Rodriguez set up Wade for the heroics,
The Heat fell five games out of the last playoff spot with seven games to play with the loss.
Here is your Fielders Choice Post Game Report
-The Heat fell to 4-8 in one run games.
-The Heat were two outs away from their second opening game of a series win.
-Lex Rutledge was charged with an unearned run and has worked his last 9.2 with no earned runs.
-Perth helped give Brisbane a run in the third inning on an error on a wild pitch and a throw to third.
-The 2:10 minute game was the shortest nine inning game on the clock this year.
-Derek Peterson extended hit hitting streak 19 games.