2018/19 ABL R2 – Geelong-Korea v Perth Heat
22 Nov 2018 19:00 AEST
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Geelong-Korea will be hoping its historic first Brut Australian Baseball League home series against Perth will kickstart its season.
GK heads home to face the Heat without a win after being swept by Sydney on Opening Weekend.
Geelong-Korea managed just four runs in its maiden ABL series, going 27-for-126 (.214) as a team to fall to 0-4.
They were struck out a league-high 48 times in week one as their first season got off to a rocky start.
GK’s cause was not helped by the fact it went 2-for-26 with runners in scoring position and grounded into an equal ABL-high five double plays.
Seung-Han Kim and Yong-Wook Lee enjoyed solid ABL debuts, picking up five hits each.
Geelong-Korea’s pitching endured a rough time too.
Na-On Gil’s game three start was an exception.
Despite falling to defeat Gil worked 7 2/3 innings and struck out five hitters while allowing four runs.
GK need to start clicking soon before their season gets away from them.
They risk falling eight games back from top spot against the Heat.
Perth (4-0) arrives in Geelong having punished Auckland, the ABL’s other expansion team, on Opening Weekend.
The Heat did not have it all their own way but found a way to win.
In game two of the series they were no-hit through six before scoring five runs in the seventh to walk off on a Jake Bowey homer.
Catcher Alex Hall (six RBI) had an outstanding series, along with Tampa Bay prospect Tristan Gray (4-for-10 with five RBI), as Perth recorded the most runs (32) and hits (37) for the round.
The Heat also got vital wins from Aussie starters Nick Veale and Conor Lourey to close out the series.