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  13 MAY 2017 - ABL IMPORT MICHAEL OHLMAN MAKES ML DEBUT THIS WEEK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Michael Ohlman
As an import player, we were waiting (and hoping) for him to record a positive statistic before mentioning that former ABL star MICHAL OHLMAN (Perth Heat 2013) became the latest AMLB alumni to reach the major leagues. Earlier this week Ohlman made his debut as starting catcher and #9 hole hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 0-6 shutout loss to the travelling Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately he went 0-3 (.000) on debut but, hopefully, he will get another opportunity in "The Show" at some time in the future.

in today's MLB action:

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched another strong inning of relief with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (1.89 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who were narrowly beaten 2-3 by the Kansas City Royals.

Recent Platinum Glove outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.216) as a good contributor to the Tampa Bay Rays who held off the home standing Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park.

San Diego Padres closer BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) recorded his fifth save of the season today by pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.30 ERA) in the ninth inning of their 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Brandon Maurer
  11 MAY 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOLDS; PETER MOYLAN MAULED!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Mychal Givens

Continuing his terrific sequence of strong outings was Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS who recorded his fourth hold of the season today with 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.45 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who rolled over the Los Angeles Angels 3-1. Once again it was rapid-fire work for Liam who likes to pitch with a quick tempo and he didn't muck around with seven of nine pitches thrown for strikes. In short order he got Andrelton Simmons to ground out to short, struck out Danny Espinosa and then got Juan Graterol to line out to the second baseman. His confidence must be soaring at present.

Seasoned Aussie PETER MOYLAN was handed the poisoned chalice this morning when he was asked to pitch at the end of the Kansas City Royals blowout 1-12 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The result was the ugly line of 1.0ip 3h 5r 5er 2bb 1k (7.62 ERA) as he took one for the team in a no-win situation. Taking over for the bottom of the eighth with his team already 1-7 down, it started well for him when he got Derek Norris to ground out to the shortstop. The pressure began to mount when Corey Dickerson and Brad miller both singled, yet Moylan still moved to within one out away from getting out of the inning when he got pinch Daniel Robertson to ground out to the first baseman for a pitcher's cover. With first base open, Pete elected to issue an intentional walk to the dangerous Logan Morrison, but the strategy came undone on this occasion when Rickie Weeks Jr. milked a walk to push across a run. Worse was to follow when Colby Rasmus launched a grand slam home run over left field for four big RBIs. He finally struck out Tim Beckham to end the inning after too much damage had already been done. Star outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.211) for Tampa Bay.

Converted infielder MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) collected his seventh hold of the season with 1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (2.00 ERA) but it eventually came in a losing cause when the Washington Nationals piled on five runs over the last two frames to edge past his Baltimore Orioles 7-6.


Peter Moylan

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  10 MAY 2017 - PETER MOYLAN FINE; KEON BROXTON HOMERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
PETER MOYLAN got the only out asked of him today while pitching 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.50 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 after 12 innings today. Pete came into the game to face the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the seventh and he promptly got Rickie Weeks Jr. to ground out to the second baseman with his second pitch. He was then lifted in favour of lefty Mike Minor.
In the same game KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.209) with a RBI and two walks as the #8 hole hitter for the defeated Rays.

Recent ABL import KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) may have had a slow offensive start to the season, but he has really hit a "purple patch" lately and he was red-hot today for the Milwaukee Brewers with 3-3 (.258) with four RBIs, including his second home run of the season, to really help the 'Brew Crew' to ambush the visiting Boston Red Sox 11-7 at Miller Park today.

Keon Broxton
  9 MAY 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS EARNS BIG EXTRA INNING WIN v ANGELS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 


Didi Gregorius

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS was very much the man for the moment when he played a pivotal role in making sure that his Oakland Athletics were able to outlast the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 at Oakland Coliseum.
Liam really earned his first win of the season in an ultra-high leverage situation when he was asked to pitch into extra innings in a game that was deadlocked 2-2 after nine tense frames. He rolled through the top of the tenth in quick-fire fashion with Yunel Escobar grounding out to short, Kole Calhoun lining out to centre and Albert Pujols lining out to centre al on just ten pitches. After that efficient effort, Hendriks was able to return for the eleventh which started with the leadoff batter aboard when Luis Valbuena singled up the middle to be replaced by a pinch runner. With the running game clearly in mind, the athletic Aussie thwarted Danny Espinosa's attempted sacrifice bunt when he caught the pop up himself. The Angels then caught a break when Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder's choice to the third baseman but the lead runner reached safely on an error. Liam then got Ben Revere to ground into another fielder's choice ahead of Cliff Pennington flying out to left field to end the inning with a runner left on third. The richly deserved win fell into Hendriks' hands when team mate Jed Lowrie smacked a game winning walk off homer in the bottom of the eleventh.
His important line of 2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k improved his season record to 1-0, 3.68 ERA.

Not exactly noted for his long ball power, Baltimore Orioles' outfielder and today's leadoff batter JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) clocked his first home run of the season while batting 1-5 (.275) with two RBIs that helped his team to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4.

Starting short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.273) plus a run batted in for the in-form New York Yankees who rolled over the Cincinnati Reds 10-4 on the road.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.206) with a run scored as centre fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 3-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals.


Joey Rickard

 

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  6 MAY 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS FANS TWO DETROIT TIGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's major league star LIAM HENDRIKS is enjoying a very positive patch of form lately and he continued that today by striking out the only two hitters he was asked to face by the Oakland Athletics who were overrun 2-7 by the visiting Detroit Tigers at Oakland Coliseum. Liam was summoned to the hill in the top of the sixth immediately after the Tigers had delivered a one out, bases clearing, three RBI triple. With the runner still camped on third, Hendriks struck out both James McCann and Jose Iglesias but, unfortunately for him and the A's, much of the damage had already been done.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.321) as a small contribution to the New York Yankees 3-2 win over the World Champion Chicago Cubs at fabled Wrigley Field.

Doing all he could after being inserted as a defensive replacement at left field for the Baltimore Orioles was JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) who batted 1-1 (.241) with a RBI to help them to get past the Chicago White Sox 4-2.

Centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-4 (.235) for the Milwaukee Brewers who were blanked 0-4 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Joey Rickard
  5 MAY 2017 - KEON BROXTON HOMERS WHILE BATTING 4-5 FOR BREWERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Keon Broxton
Joey Rickard
Former ABL import KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) had a breakout day after a sluggish start to the 2017 season by batting a mammoth 4-5 (.234) with two RBIs that included his second home run of the current season. No doubt he provided a major contribution to the Milwaukee Brewers narrow 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium today.

Converted ABL short stop MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched a brief 0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (1.23 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who squared their away series with the Boston Red Sox with a 8-3 victory at Fenway today. His team mate JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) batted 0-1, but he did may a key contribution after entering the game as a defensive replacement at left field with a tough outfield catch that thwarted a bases loaded rally for the Sox.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a tidy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.19 ERA) while throwing eight of nine pitches for strikes in the ninth inning for the San Diego Padres who eventually fell 2-3 to the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Star outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.212) with a walk and a RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays who beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 in interleague play.

Mychal Givens
Brandon Maurer
  4 MAY 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS & PETER MOYLAN BOTH EFFECTIVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Joey Rickard

Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS had another very positive outing today for the Oakland Athletics, even though his team were rolled 4-7 by the home standing Minnesota Twins. Pitching against his original team in his former home ballpark, Liam would have enjoyed a most effective 1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (5.06 ERA) effort after being called to action earlier than he might have expected. When starter Kevin Graveman was chased from the hill during the fourth inning, Hendriks inherited a runner on third and one out but, although the runner scored on the play, he responded to the pressure by getting Max Kepler to ground out to short before he struck out Miguel Sano. He then produced a clinical 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth with Joe Maurer grounding out to short, Kennys Vargas lining out to right and Jason Castro struck out looking on a full count.

Fellow Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN also pitched a crystal clear inning with 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.63 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals to help them to top the Chicago White Sox 6-1 today. Taking the mound for the top of the seventh, big Pete got Todd Frazier to ground out to short, Avisail Garcia to ground out to third and Leury Garcia to ground out to the first baseman. As often the side-winder made a great friend of the ground ball while throwing nine of twelve pitches for strikes.

Leadoff batter and starting right fielder JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) did pretty much all he could for the Baltimore Orioles today with 2-5 (.222) but it was not enough for them to avoid a 2-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.200) with two RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays who fell to their in-state rival Miami Marlins 6-10.

Peter Moylan

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  2 MAY 2017 - PETER MOYLAN EFFICIENT; TYLER COLLINS HOMERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Experienced Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN was back to his efficient best today with a very impressive inning of work as a setup guy for the Kansas City Royals who rolled the Chicago White Sox 6-1 at Kauffman Stadium. Entrusted with the seventh inning, Pete struck out recent ABL import JACOB MAY (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) for his first victim before getting Tyler Saladino to ground out to second and then fanning Tim Anderson to end the inning. His 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (5.06 ERA) performance was an emphatic one with seven of eleven pitches thrown for strikes as he pocketed his third hold of the season. Jacob May batted 1-4 (.056) with a RBI as the starting right fielder and #9 hole hitter for the White Sox.

Detroit Tigers centre fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) launched his second long ball of the 2017 season while batting a most productive 2-4 (.304) with three RBIs and two runs scored during their 7-1 victory over their division rival Cleveland Indians.

Tyler Collins
  1 MAY 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS EFFICIENT; PETE MOYLAN HIT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Didi Gregorius
Joey Rickard

Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS was pitching like a man in a hurry today when he needed only nine pitches and five strikes to put away his tidy inning of work for the Oakland Athletics who fell 2-7 to the Houston Astros this morning. Hendriks took the ball for the bottom of the seventh and he made short work of George Springer who grounded his first pitch to the second baseman before Josh Reddick lined out to right and Jose Altuve struck out swinging. It was a breezy 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (6.00 ERA) for the 'Wanneroo Wrecker' today.

Australia's elder statesman PETER MOYLAN did not record an out today when he pitched 0.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (5.59 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were edged 5-7 by the Minnesota Twins. With a runner on second and two out in the top of the sixth, Pete threw two balls to Miguel Sano who poked a RBI single to right from his third pitch. That was all for Moylan on this occasion.

Converted infielder MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) was strong again to claim his fifth hold of the season with 2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (1.29 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who toppled the New York Yankees 7-4 today. His team mate JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) batted a valuable 2-6 (.222) and he scored a run for the O's. On the losing end was DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who is on fire offensively for the 'Bronx Bombers' with another 3-6 (.467) plus two RBIs in the losing cause.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.292) for the Detroit Tigers who rolled over the Chicago White Sox 7-3 today. JACOB MAY (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) continues to struggle offensively for the 'Chisox' with 0-2 (.031) while striking out twice after taking over as a defensive replacement at right field.

Centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-3 (.191) while also striking out twice for the Milwaukee Brewers who squeaked past the Atlanta Braves 4-3.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) did his job today with a solid relief effort of 1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (2.61 ERA) for the San Diego Padres to help them to fend of the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on the road.


Peter Moylan


Mychal Givens
Brandon Maurer

 


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