The Australians had New Year's Day games, which of course, were played in the middle of the night for those of us on this side of the globe.

Adelaide Bite  3,  Perth Heat  2

Ryan Beckman earned his 6th Save as the Bite and the Heat struggled to get hits -- they must have used them up in yesterday's second game.  Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning with a double and a home run, then scattered just 4 more hits over the rest of the game.  The Bite were scoreless until the 8th inning.  They had  base runners during the first 7 innings -- 2 singles, 2 walks, and a batter reaching base on an error.  3B Stefan Welch had the walk in the 6th inning.  The bottom of the 8th began with a hit batter, then a single and two outs.  Welch's single drove in the first runner,  and the tying run score...

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