Tim Kennelly with Four Dinger Day Down Aussie Way

It is not every day that a player slugs four homeruns in one day.  The fact that it occurred in a double header should not discount the accomplishment.  It’s difficult enough hitting two homeruns in one game, but to do it in back to back games is certainly rare.  Especially when one of the games was only a seven inning affair.

Tim Kennelly hit two solo shots in the first game that the Perth Heat defeated the Adelaide Bite 5-4.  The second homerun turned into a walkoff with one out off of Derek Miramontes.  The second game had a gluttony of homeruns making me wonder if they switched to a little leage park or the wind was blowing out.  Perth had seven homeruns including two each by Tim Kennelly and Luke HughesMatt Kennelly, Tim’s brother also joined in the fun with a homerun.  The Bite could only lift three out of the park.  The Heat won the game 10-9 by scoring three in the ninth, none with the benefit of a homerun.  Tim Kennelly rapped a 2-run single after the Bite pitchers loaded the bases on walks and a hit batsman.  Luke Hughes drove in the game winning run with a single.

The first seven runs scored by the Heat were on solo shots.  In fact, James McOwen started the game off with a homerun and Tim Kennelly followed him off in the order with a homerun to make it back to back to start the game.  In the second inning they repeated the back to back with Kennelly and Hughes doing the honors.  Mychal Givens added a third solo shot later on in the inning.  Paul Mildren would end up delivering six of the 7 Heat homeruns.  Luke Hughes hit the final blast off Mildren in the fourth.  Matt Kennelly joined his brother in the homer barrage with a solo shot off Indian pitcher Rinku Singh.

The Bite had a grand slam homerun from Chin-Ling Hu and a 3-run homerun from Stefan Welch, equaling the number of runs driven in with the seven homeruns by the Heat.  Denny Almonte whacked a solo shot, his tenth homerun in just 27 games in the fourth to give them eight runs driven in with their three homeruns.

With the sweep the Bite dropped down to third place.  Syndey surpassed them with a 15-5 pasting of Melbourne.  In a follow-up that can be titled “back to the drawing board” in my Australian update myworld talked about a pitcher Takayuki Nakano that was discovered in a local Australian league, asked to try out and made the team.  He got to pitch yesterday and could only retire two of the seven hitters he faced to find himself with a 54.00 ERA after his first appearance had ended.  On the bright side he was the only pitcher of five that did not give up a homerun.  The Blue Sox bashed five homeruns to make this a laugher.  Brad Thomas also got the start for the Blue Sox, so cancel that comment where myworld said they would move him into the closer role.  He only pitched four innings so he was denied of the win that was instead give to Todd Grattan, who also went four innings.

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