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Glendinning stars as bats struggle
The Heat shortstop went 3-6 in an impressive debut international series
03/06/2018 2:54 AM ET
Robbie Glendinning impressed during his debut international series against Japan
Robbie Glendinning impressed during his debut international series against Japan (Wendy van den Akker SMP Images/BA Media)

In a series dominated by Japanese pitchers, debutant Robbie Glendinning stood tall to finish as Team Australia's best hitter.

The Heat infielder went 3-6 at the plate and was the only Australian to record multiple hits as Japan secured a comfortable 2-0 series win.

"I feel as though I played like I belonged and showed that I can compete at that high of a level," Glendinning said.

After joining the Heat after the All-Star Break, Glendinning took the ABL by storm, hitting .333 with three home runs, 17 RBIs and 10 walks in 21 games to earn his first Australian call-up.

The 22-year-old carried that momentum into Game One in Nagoya, going 2-3 on his international debut in front of 33,000 fans.

"We got exposed to a hostile environment which will only help us as a team moving forward," he said.

The Pittsburgh Pirates prospect was one of four Perth batters involved in the series, with Tim Kennelly (0-7), Luke Hughes (0-6) and Alex Hall (0-1) struggling against a quality Japanese pitching staff.

Over the two games, Australia failed to trouble the scorers - recording a .113 batting average.

"As a team we have quite a way to go to be able to compete against teams like Japan and the USA but I felt as if this trip was a step in the right direction," the Wanneroo Giant said.

On the pitching front, debutant Cameron Lamb was the Heat's sole representative as he walked two batters on nine pitches in Game Two.

Congratulations to Robbie and all of our Heaters who represented Team Australia in Japan, and we can't wait to have them back for the 2018-19 ABL Season.

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