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Chester homer lifts Perth level
Perth set up winner-takes-all game three tomorrow
01/26/2019 6:23 AM ET
Perth starter Conor Lourey worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Perth starter Conor Lourey worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Carl Chester's two-run homer ignited Perth's offence and sent the Heat's ABLSF presented by Boral with Sydney to a deciding third game at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Sunday.

With Perth's scoreless streak in the best-of-three ABLSF at 13 innings and Blue Sox starter Josh Guyer on a no-hitter, Chester delivered in the fifth inning on Saturday night to propel the hosts to a 3-1 win.

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The Tampa Bay Rays prospect went deep for the Heat's first runs of the postseason after Guyer issued a lead-off walk to catcher Alex Hall.

Chester sent an 0-1 pitch deep to left field, marking Perth's first hit of the night off the right-hander.

It proved to be the spark the Heat needed after being shutout 7-0 in game one on Friday night.

Tim Kennelly started the sixth with a single and scored on a Pete Kozma double, chasing Guyer from the game.

The three runs proved to be enough as Perth set up a game three from 3pm (local time) tomorrow.

Brooks Hall worked 4 2/3 innings in relief, giving up one run and striking out six to close the door.

Sydney did threaten in the eighth with Jacob Younis scoring, but Tim Kennelly made a nice diving play and turned it into two outs to deny the Sox further runs.

Both starting pitchers were on top early, despite struggling with command at times.

Perth starter Conor Lourey worked 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and allowing just one hit and four walks.

Guyer worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

The winner of tomorrow's decider will advance to face the winner of game three between Brisbane and Canberra in the ABL Championship Series presented by Boral.

 

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