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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Heat win Gm. 3 thriller, repeat as ABL champions

The ‘Alcohol Think Again’ Perth Heat pulled out the Game Three victory over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, repeating as Claxton Shield champions in the 2012 ConocoPhillips ABL Championship Series. For the second straight night, this tightly-contested game went on for 13 pressure-packed innings, with James McOwen racing home on a wild pitch to score the winning run. Reliever Jack Frawley threw four scoreless innings to finish off the game and earn the win. Virgil Vasquez, who pitched his team to a complete game victory in Game One, was named series MVP.

Can you imagine if a World Series Game 7 ended in the 13th inning on a wild pitch? Because that’s what happened down under.

Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: February 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM (#4059405)
‘Alcohol Think Again’ Perth Heat


Normally I'd say that such an attempt to influence kids is often counterproductive, but in this case the name is so snappy and rolls off the tongue so inconspicuously, that I think it just might work.
   2. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4059419)
I am now incredibly sorry I didn't watch this series.
   3. Guapo Posted: February 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4059422)
John Miljus can imagine it.
   4. JoeC Posted: February 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4059426)
Interesting that the story never actually gives the final score! You can infer it, but you have to check the box score to be sure.

Also: Attendance 2,354.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: February 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM (#4059442)
Jack Chesboro can rest a trifle more easy.
   6. TerpNats Posted: February 12, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4059445)
I saw the final few innings on the MLB network. Fun to watch, although the announcer sounded like Thom Brenneman with an Australian accent (then again, it was Fox Sports Australia that carried the game).
   7. AROM Posted: February 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4059449)
What do know. Lebron didn't choke this time.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4059452)
Attendance 2,354.

Hey, it was only 103 years ago that we had a World Series game draw less than seven thousand fans.

BTW, while researching this I saw that for both the 1931 and 1940 World Seris, Game 7 had much lower attendance than any other game. (in St. Louis in 1931, in Cincinnati in 1940)

The 1931 one was on a Saturday, so Cardinals fans truly had no excuse for not showing up. And the Cardinals won! (Burleigh Grimes beat George Earnshaw)
   9. TerpNats Posted: February 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM (#4059494)
Perhaps in a few years, MLB will decide to play some season-opening games in Australia, but is there a venue big enough, both in terms of seating capacity and (in the case of Melbourne) field dimensions? Melbourne Showgrounds has dimensions of 285 feet to left, 327 to left-center, 348 to center, 305 to right-center and 266 to right; nearly half of all the homers hit in the ABL's 2010-11 season came in that park.
   10. Dale Sams Posted: February 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4059508)
I just happened to turn it on when theat Frawley guy was throwing. Looked like he had quality off-speed stuff to me.
   11. Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4059510)
Perhaps in a few years, MLB will decide to play some season-opening games in Australia, but is there a venue big enough, both in terms of seating capacity and (in the case of Melbourne) field dimensions? Melbourne Showgrounds has dimensions of 285 feet to left, 327 to left-center, 348 to center, 305 to right-center and 266 to right; nearly half of all the homers hit in the ABL's 2010-11 season came in that park.


Got to be a Cricket ground or something out there. I think that the primary baseball stadium for the 2000 Olympics was converted into a Aussie Rules Football stadium now... maybe they could somehow reconvert it for a short series?
   12. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: February 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM (#4059539)
I watched the second game in my hotel. I was amused to hear the PA announcer say, "Fans, there are extra toilets down the right field line. Please make use of them. Now Batting..."
   13. zack Posted: February 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4059709)
Perhaps in a few years, MLB will decide to play some season-opening games in Australia, but is there a venue big enough, both in terms of seating capacity and (in the case of Melbourne) field dimensions? Melbourne Showgrounds has dimensions of 285 feet to left, 327 to left-center, 348 to center, 305 to right-center and 266 to right; nearly half of all the homers hit in the ABL's 2010-11 season came in that park.


I think you could fit a baseball game into any of the big cricket/AFL ovals in a NHL Winter Classic kind of arrangement. There might be a lot of dead field space, but it would be possible. The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is probably TOO big (sits 100k). Docklands stadium is ~55k, the seating for a baseball game would probably be a lot less than that. There is an actual baseball field out in the suburbs that seats 3,000.

There are a lot of cricket/AFL ovals especially, but sports parks in general, in Melbourne. They hosted the '56 Olympics, they have the Open, and there are 9 AFL teams in the area. I'm sure something could be worked out.
   14. winnipegwhip Posted: February 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4059717)
Did the wild pitch spin the wrong way for the catcher to block?

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