Perth Heat win 10-inning homerfest to force decisive Game 3 in ABL Championship
Perth Heat win homerfest to force Game 3 in ABLCS
The Perth Heat have dominated the Australian Baseball League since it began in the winter of 2010-11. The Heat have played in all five championships (including this year's), winning three titles and losing only once. That's 1950s-level Yankees good.
But after losing to the Adelaide Bite in Game 1 of the best-of-three series, the Saturday-evening-in-Australia/early-early-morning-game-in-America was a must win if they wanted to keep their dynasty alive.
Turned out, power ruled the day.
The Bite went up early thanks to Stefan Welch's second home run of the series in the first inning:
But Perth would take the lead thanks to back-to-back homers from Matt Kennelly and Brian Pointer in the top of the third.
After tacking on another run in the top of the seventh, things were looking bleak for the Bite. Fortunately, the great batting-glove-free, mustached power of Chris Adamson answered the call:
And with a Chan Moon double later in the inning, this thing was knotted up.
The game would remain tied at three into the 10th inning, thanks largely to this bobbling gem of a catch by Jorge Morban. Needless to say, he was pretty happy about it.
Unfortunately for the Bite, they were unable to put the Heat away and claim their first ABL Championship. With two on and two out in the top of the 10th, Perth's Allan de San Miguel drove a double to the gap, ensuring that there would be no leaping catch from the long-haired Ben Lodge to protect the lead.
The hit drove in two runs, giving Perth a 5-3 victory and a chance to claim their fourth title on Sunday.
Tune in to MLB Network for the third and decisive game of the ABL Championship between the Perth Heat and the Adelaide Bite on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET, simulcast live on MLB.com. And if you want to hear Chris Coleman's calls, check out the audio-only broadcast starting at 3:00 a.m. ET here.