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Sox inflict historic series loss on Perth
Ngoepe's late heroics lift Blue Sox over Heat
12/23/2018 2:24 AM ET
(C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
(C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney handed Perth a 6-4 loss in game four of their Brut Australian Baseball League series, as they became the second only team in the modern-day ABL to take all four games off the Heat in Perth.

The 2010/11 Sydney side was the only other team to accomplish that feat.

One of the major factors in Sydney's rise this season has been starting pitcher Josh Guyer. Guyer's 2017/18 was cut down by injury, but he has been a revelation this campaign.

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Today was no execption, as he lowered his season ERA to 2.10 after striking out seven and only allowing one earned run in seven innings of work.

In his first ABL start, Perth's Josh Rawlinson had some strong moments, but was pulled after two innings. Rawlinson - who mixes his arm angles well - only gave up one earned run, a home run to Tigers prospect Zac Shepherd. 

Perth managed to pull a pair of runs back in the bottom of the seventh care of a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly, but the Blue Sox replied almost instantly through former MLBer Gift Ngoepe.

Ngoepe nailed a clutch two-run triple in the top of the eighth, which gave the Blue Sox a late three-run lead.

Trent D'Antonio became the first Sydney player in the modern-day ABL to record 300 regular-season games, and the veteran was as cagey as ever - drawing four walks in the leadoff spot.

Sydney hosts the defending champion Bandits in round seven, while the Perth host Adelaide in what shapes as a hotly contested New Years seires.

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