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Heat's Boshers needs run production
Perth starter chasing first win since Opening Day
02/02/2018 12:20 AM ET
 

Perth starter Alex Boshers will hope for a change of luck as the Heat chase a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three semi-final series against Canberra tonight.

The right-hander is without a win since Opening Day, despite holding down the top spot in Perth's rotation with an ERA of 3.97.

Boshers will go head-to-head with Cavalry ace Brian Grening at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark in game one of their series tonight hoping for more run support from the league's highest-scoring offence.

The Heat average 5.5 runs per game when the 26-year-old is on the bump, down from 9.3 per game when he does not start.

Perth's offence will need to work out a way to crack an opposition game one starter against Canberra.

Grening has been in fine form for the Cavs as their rotation went through January with the best ERA in the ABL.

The veteran is 3-1 with a 3.30 ERA in his past four starts, striking out 22 and tossing a league-high 30 innings.

Before last weekend's loss to Brisbane, Grening had won four-straight games.

Across the season the 32-year-old has compiled a 3.53 ERA with five wins and a single loss.

In two starts against the Heat he gave up just three runs in 13 innings, striking out 13.

Perth will need its offence to fire with a new look.

The Heat have lost Tampa Bay prospect Jake Fraley, who scored 50 runs and stole a league-record 39 bases.

Perth will need veterans Luke Hughes and Tim Kennelly to step up.

Kennelly went 18-for-38 against Canberra during the regular season and Hughes was 11-for-34.

The Heat will also need youngsters Robbie Glendinning, Ulrich Bojarski, Jesse Williams and Alex Hall to continue their strong form.

The Cavs have plenty of their own weapons with Jay Baum and David Kandilas leading the ABL with 28 hits each since January 1.

Game one starts at 7pm local time.

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