It looked like it was going to be a similar story to the start of the 2013-14 season. The Perth Heat rebounded late to make sure they ended the weekend in typical Perth Heat style. Here’s a few things that went down.
- The Perth Heat pitching rotation isn’t going to be as formidable as it has been in the last two season.
- Offensive bursts are back. Fifteen runs across the last four innings of the Sunday finale to cruise to a 20-9 victory should show the rest of the league that there are no easy outs in Perth.
- If Trent Oeltjen is on town for the whole season the Blue Sox become more of a contender. Two stolen bases, three RBIs and a .438 average across the series shows the strength he possesses.
- Dae-Sung Koo may well be ageless. Two outings, three hits, three strikeouts and no walks. They aren’t his best stats but they are reliable.
- Brian Baker is going to need to throw more strikes. One strikeout in three innings of two hit ball isn’t going to cement his spot as the front-line man the Perth Heat are hoping he is going to be.
- The atmosphere at Barbagallo Ballpark was subdued than previous seasons. Be it early season cobwebs or fans who naturally expect to win, the crowd must lift.
Conservative baserunning was the order of the weekend with the two sides stealing four bases between them, all of which came from the visitors.