It seemed all hope was gone for the Perth Heat after seven perfect innings by Chen-Hua Lin and the Brisbane Bandits. However, it was a four run eighth inning and quality pitching that lead Perth to the win.
Daniel Schmidt threw an amazing game, and was everything you would expect out of a starting pitcher and arguably the teams ace.
Schmidt was shaken up by a bad umpiring decision which allowed a foul ball to be turned into a triple, and allowing Granden Goetzman to go the yard straight after for a two-run homer.
“There was that iffy call down the line, that got under my skin a little bit and unfortunately I made a mistake to the next guy [Goetzman],” he said.
“I let the batter before bother me which then cost me, so I need to be a little bit better with that, but after that I was able to settle down and get into a bit of a groove and try and use the wind blowing in to my advantage.”
Commenting on Chen-Hua Lin’s perfect seven innings, Schmidt said it’s hard to wait for your opportunity to break through.
“You’re wondering when your breaks going to come, you just got to keep grinding,” Schmidt said.
“Hopefully, well as we found out, all it takes is a sac bunt, or just something to get you going, so I was hoping something like that would happen for us and luckily enough we broke him in the eighth.
“It will go down as a no decision, but that’s the way it goes, as a starter you want to give your team the best chance to win.”
Perth Heat shortstop and lead-off hitter Joey Wong also spoke to Hewitt Sports, saying it’s frustrating when a pitcher throws an almost perfect game.
“It’s frustrating more than anything, we felt like we were having good at bats, and having some good swings but he did a good job and was getting ahead in the count,” he said.
“We got the bases loaded there and executed, Matty [Matt Kennelly] with first and second no outs put down a good bunt and they mis-communicated so we took advantage of a couple of their mistakes and then we swung the bats there at the end.”