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Winter League Final Wrap: Perth Repeats In Australia

Winter League Final Wrap: Perth Repeats In Australia

The Perth Heat have won the Australian Baseball League's Claxton Shield for the second time, taking the best-of-three series with the Melbourne Aces.

The Heat beat the Aces in Game 1, by a 4-1 score, and the hero of that game was former Pirate Virgil Vasquez.  Vasquez was a late addition to the Heat, appearing in only two regular-season games for them in January.  He began the championship series by throwing a complete game for the Heat, allowing one run on 5 hits and no walks.  He struck out 8 Melbourne batters along the way.  That lone run came on a solo homer in the top of the 2nd.  The Aces' biggest threat after that was in the 6th inning, when Vasquez gave up two singles, but left both runners on base.  After those singles, Vasquez finished the game by retiring all 11 of the remaining batters in order, including four of his strikeouts.  Meanwhile, the Heat scored a run on three singles and a ground out in the 1st inning, then took the lead with a solo homer in the 4th.  They ad...

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