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Heat trumped by Aces
Josh Tols took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to starve the Heat
01/25/2018 8:25 AM ET
 (James Worsfold)

Seven scoreless innings from Josh Tols has guided the Melbourne Aces to a 9-2 win over the Perth Heat at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Thursday.

It is the fewest runs the Heat have scored in a game all season.

The Aces, needing to win two games this series to clinch a playoff spot raced out of the gates early, scoring two runs in the first inning.

Delmon Young, the #1 overall pick from the 2003 MLB Draft pick then launched a solo home run over the 450-foot fence in center field. 

After a slow start to the season, Young now has 11 long balls to his name.

On the mound Heat starter, Alex Boshers was solid but was let down by his defence who committed five errors on the night.

The 26-year-old was charged with two earned runs in 5.1 innings to be tagged with his sixth loss of the season.

On the offensive end, Perth took until the 7th inning to register their first hit - a Jake Fraley infield single, as Melbourne starter Josh Tols dominated.

Tols tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out 11 batters on his way to his fifth win of the season.

An inside-the-park home run and two-run triple blew the game out to give the Aces a 7-0 lead as the Heat looked to their bullpen, using five pitchers on the night.

The Heat finally got on the board in the eighth inning after Fraley's bases-loaded single plated two runners to avoid the shutout.

The joy was short-lived, however. Former Heat catcher Allan de San Miguel's two-run home run restored the Aces' seven-run cushion and condemned the home team to their 13th loss of the season.

The home run was de San Miguel's second of the season against the Heat and fourth overall since making the switch East.

With the result, the Heat remains second on the ladder with three games left to secure a home semi-final.

"You're not going to win with five errors and only four hits. Give credit to Tols, he pitched a great game," Fraley said.

The series resumes Friday from 1 pm where the Heat will host an Australia Day themed event.

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You can follow the broadcast with the boys at Talking Baseball Australia too!

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