The Perth Heat will be looking to find some form before heading home after losing two key games today in Adelaide.
It started with a tough 4-3 loss to the Brisbane Bandits, before the home team, the Adelaide Giants defeated Perth 4-2 as they near the end of their stint in the South Australian hub.
The Heat were on a high after an 11-0 win over the Giants on Saturday and they started well in the opening game at Dicolor Australia Stadium with an inning run against the Bandits after a single to Tampa Bay Rays prospect Grant Witherspoon.
Despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Heat scored twice in the fifth thanks to a double from Jess Williams and triple by Ford Proctor.
This gave them a 3-2 lead. but again they couldn’t quite close the deal and in the bottom of the sixth inning the Bandits managed to score twice take the lead and eventually the victory.
The Heat then turned things up a notch and gave Warwick Saupold his first start of the season up against the Giants in the second half of the double-header.
Saupold is one of West Australian baseball’s great success stories as a regular big league player most recently at the Detroit Tigers.
Despite throwing well in his first start, the Giants still found a way to take three runs off him in his four innings to assume a 3-0 lead.
The Heat did rally at the top of the sixth with a home run to Proctor and then with Shane Sasaki’s brilliant base running again allowing him to score.
But the Heat couldn’t fully close the gap and the Giants were able to go on to secure the 4-2 victory.
Despite having played some solid baseball throughout the disjointed ABL season to date, the Heat now sit on a 5-6 record ahead of finishing their time in Adelaide against the Bandits tomorrow and the Giants on Wednesday.
The Heat will then get to play at home for the first time in almost a full 12 months with a four-game in three-day series against the Giants starting on Saturday at Empire Ballpark.