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Heat stunned in walk-off loss to Cavalry
The Perth Heat suffered a walk-off loss to the Canberra Cavalry despite five RBIs from Mike Brosseau
12/16/2017 6:29 AM ET
Michael Brosseau - Photo: Ben Southall | SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL Media - Round 5
Michael Brosseau - Photo: Ben Southall | SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL Media - Round 5 (Ben Southall)

Five RBIs from Mike Brosseau wasn't enough as the Perth Heat fell to an 11-10 walk-off loss against the Canberra Cavalry at the MIT Narranbundah Ballpark on Saturday.

The loss keeps the series alive heading into Sunday's Game Four with the Heat leading 2-1.

Perth got out of the blocks early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning behind Brosseau's two-RBI double - the start of a special night for the Tampa Bay prospect.

Brosseau went 4-5 and now has 29 RBIs to lead the league.

Canberra, staring down the barrel of their first series loss since Round 1 hit back straight away - scoring two runs of their own in the first inning.

The Cavalry soon found themselves in front. Some timely hitting and two long balls chasing Heat starter Nick Veale from the game.

Veale, coming off a no-decision against Adelaide last week struggled - charged with six earned runs in 2.2 innings.

It is the second time in three weeks Veale has failed to make it out of the third inning.

Jess Williams' 10th RBI of the season pulled a run back for the Heat before Brosseau launched a two-run blast to tie the game at 6-6.

Just as Perth looked to be gathering some momentum, Canberra regained the lead with two home runs off Heat reliever Scott Mitchinson.

Having started the year with seven scoreless innings, veteran Mitchinson has now conceded eight runs in his last four innings.

Heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Heat showed character. Jake Fraley's sixth home run of the season tied the game at 8-8 before Luke Hughes powered a go-ahead two-run home run to silence the home faithful.

In the bottom of the ninth Canberra flexed their offensive muscles, however. 

With a runner on second, a fielding error from Perth shortstop Williams set up Canberra's Boss Moanaroa's three-run walk-off home run.

Despite committing five errors, Canberra recorded their 10th win of the season.

The series resumes Sunday from 9 am WST where the Heat has the chance to record their third series win in a row.

 

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