After our disappointing series against Canberra last week, we ventured to the west coast to take on the Perth Heat. We couldn't dwell on the losses to Canberra for too long, so had to put it behind us and put all our focus into taking on the defending ABL champions.
Traveling to Perth is never fun. Its always the longest flight and the time difference there is rough for us. Here on the east coast we are three hours ahead of Perth. So when the game starts at 7:00pm in Perth its 10:00pm back in Sydney. Now I don't go to sleep that early but for a lot of guys on the team 10:00pm would be their bed time.
This weekend Craig Anderson started game one for us. Chris Oxspring would usually start game one but due to work commitments, he was unable to travel with the team on Thursday morning. Anderson won his third start in a row tossing 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs. The bullpen then combined to throw 2 1/3 perfect innings to secure the win, with Matt Williams closing the door on his sixth save of the season. We opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Mitch Dening doubled and then was brought in by a single by David Kandilas. We increased our lead in the sixth inning when James Robbins hit a solo home run, his first of the season. Geoff Klein continued the scoring in the inning with a single to right field that scored Kandilas giving us a 3-0 lead. Trent D'Antonio hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to score Michael Lysaught. Perth scored their only runs in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't amount a comeback as we took out game one of the series 4-2.
After the game most food places are closed, so I bought a footlong sub from Subway when I went out to lunch. That was my big dinner that I enjoyed after the game. It only sat in my room for seven hours. Thats not so bad is it?
This was the first game of the double header and were never really in the game. We were put in an early 4-1 hole and ended up going down 10-2. I came in to pitch 1 2/3 innings, striking out four while giving up one hit and one walk. Even though it was a good day personally for me, its bittersweet as we were unable to come away with a win.
In the nightcap of the double we showed great character to come out on top with a 6-4 win. Chris Oxspring had a rough start to the game allowing four runs in his first two frames. Those were the only runs Oxspring would allow as he battled through seven innings. JD Williams came up big on the night, driving in three runs on two hits. One of those hits being a two run triple to highlight a four run second inning. JD also drove in a run in the fourth with an RBI single, which was followed by Mitch Dening, who hit a solo home run to give us a 6-4 lead which we held onto for the rest of the game.
Before our last game of the series we just got word that our flight home was going to be on Saturday night, and not Sunday morning like we had originally been told. This was a big mess, as we were still booked into the hotel for Saturday night. Not many people on the team were happy about this. Apparently there was a miscommunication between the front office which caused this debacle. You have to deal with a lot of adversity in this league, with a lot of being told what to do and where to be even if it is very inconvenient. Hopefully in the next few years everything will run smoothly.
We jumped out of the blocks early scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, which was then followed by Perth scoring three in the bottom of the frame. Both teams scored runs consistently throughout the game, but a six run inning by the Heat in the seventh inning gave them a lead which they were able to hold onto and snatch a 10-9 win.
We had a pretty good weekend. If we could have avoided those big innings in game two and game four of the series, we could have come back home with four wins, but thats baseball and we just have to prepare for our next series against the Melbourne Aces.