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Heat Fight to The Finish But Fall Short
Three Deep Balls Not Enough
01/21/2017 9:25 AM ET
 

Brisbane, QLD - You got to give the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat credit they don't go down without a fight. For the 9th time in 10 losses the Heat had the tying or winning run on base to only falls short 8-7 against the red hot Brisbane Bandits.

The Heat again had long balls from Derek Peterson and Ulrich Bojarski and had an early lead 2-0. For Peterson it is an reborn ABL All-Time high 21 game hitting streak with his launch and "Bojo" hit one of his soon to famous batting practice blast that cleared the wall in center.

But it was a fourth inning that turned on a dime for the Heat. Mitch Nilsson hit his first of two long balls to tie the game off of Mike Lee. With two outs and two aboard one of the bright Heat future stars Ryan Boyer booted a ball at second allowing two unearned runs to score and in the end when the Heat score three runs late in the ninth it was huge in the difference in the ball game.

For the Bandits they won despite not gaining ground on even hotter Adelaide and will have to go for the sweep Sunday to have any chance of gaining ground while they play their final game at Holloway Field for the season. The Heat will try to avoid the broom for the first time this season and after dropping to a season low 11 games below .500 will try to turn around the late season tail spin.

The game will air on MixLR with Nick Veale who has pitched solid for the Heat to face veteran Justin Erasmus with the first pitch scheduled for noon in the west.

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Game notes:

-The Heat fell to 4-9 in one run games this season.

-The Heat had a three home run game for the second straight night and have had a season high three multi homer games this series a season first.

-After further research Derek Peterson and his 21 game hitting streak is a modern day ABL high.

-The game was delayed by 22 minutes due to rain in the area earlier in the day.

-Mitch Nilsson became the first opponent this season to have two home runs in a game against Perth.

-Wade Dutton had a broken bat ground out in the second where the bat barrel got lodged into the net above the Heat third base dugout. Somehow Matt Dixon made the crazy play dodging the barrel at third and the bat stayed in the net the rest of the game. See the photos at Talking Baseball Australia. 

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