2018/19 ABL R5 – Brisbane v Perth
15 Dec 2018 19:00 AEST
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North-East Division leaders Brisbane return home for a blockbuster series against high-flying Perth in round five Brut Australian Baseball League action.
The Bandits will be chasing a fourth series win in five rounds and look to build on a 6-2 record at home when the series gets underway on Thursday night.
The Heat will provide another stern test for the three-time defending champions, who overcame Canberra 3-1 last weekend.
Perth leads the league with 126 runs (54 more than Brisbane) and a .299 batting average.
The Heat also have a league-high 23 homers.
And while Perth’s offence has slowed a little in the past fortnight, after a red-hot start, the Heat’s pitching staff have been miserly.
Perth holds a league-best 2.25 to start December.
Starter Conor Lourey has been extremely effective, putting together a 3-1 record and 2.18 ERA.
The 25-year-old is again slated to start game one for the Heat.
Brisbane’s pitching has been almost equally stingy.
The Bandits’ 3.10 ERA – across the season so far – ranks third in the league behind Sydney and Melbourne.
Starters Tim Atherton and Travis Blackley have provided a solid foundation for Brisbane, while Ken Frosch, Matt Timms and Ryan Bollinger have been effective out of the bullpen.