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Heat edge Aces in nail-biter
Pitching reigns supreme as Perth goes top
12/07/2018 6:25 AM ET
Tim Kennelly (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Tim Kennelly (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

The two best teams in the Brut Australian Baseball League put on a show in game one of their series, as the Heat snuck home 2-1 against the Aces at Perth-Harley Davidson Ballpark.

Two early runs for the Heat (10-3) was enough of a cushion for a red-hot pitching staff lead by Conor Lourey.

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The U23 silver medallist proved why he's one of the hottest young pitching prospects in the country, fanning eight and only allowing two hits in six sizzling innings. 

Lourey was followed up by the flame-throwing Joe Peguero, who regularly touched 100mph on the radar gun.

The Tampa Bay Rays prospect surrendered three hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Team Australia star Darryl George was the lone bright spot for the Aces (9-4) offence, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. 

George was one of only two Melbourne hitters to advance past first base, as Perth's pitching and defence - lead by Lourey and Peguero - reigned supreme.

After giving up two early runs, Aces starter Luke Westphal found his rhythm, as the lefty mixed his speeds well to finish with 10 strikeouts through five solid frames.

Tim Kennelly and Pete Kozma finished with two hits apiece for the Heat, while Melbourne's bullpen continued to shine as Tyler Fallwell, Hiromasa Saito and Scott Kuzminsky all logged scoreless frames.

The Aces and Heat do battle in a double-header from Perth-Harley Davidson Ballpark tomorrow, with first pitch of game one taking place at 4.05pm AWST. 

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