Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
APRIL 2007

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APRIL 2007

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  30 APR 2007 - MOYLAN TOUGH IN CLUTCH AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 

 

 




Chris Snelling

Australia's versatile PETER MOYLAN continues his stunning resurgence in the American major leagues with another strong, clutch performance for the Atlanta Braves during their tense 7-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Far from being a "one-batter" type reliever, our Pete has shown the Braves that he can handle more than one inning out of the bullpen on a regular basis and he has become a popular setup and middle-relief guy for manager Bobby Cox. Today Pete was summoned after Braves starter Kyle Davies lasted just 4.0 innings and Oscar Villarreal pitched 1.0 inning. In the bottom of the sixth he had Jamie Carroll grounding out to the third baseman on a bunt before allowing a six pitch walk to wily veteran Steve Finley. He then induced Willie Taveras to ground out to the second baseman for an inning ending double-play. Returning for the bottom of the seventh, Moylan immediately hit Troy Tulowitzski with a pitch before Garret Atkins flied out to right field. After a manager's visit to the mound Moylan obviously pitched around the 'Rox' All-star first baseman Todd Helton with a walk before inducing another inning ending double-play when he had Matt Holliday ground out to third baseman Chipper Jones. Once again Moylan made the ground ball his friend and the double-plays were his fitting reward with 2.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (2.89ERA). Pete's bullpen buddy STEVE COLYER (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) was the unfortunate pitcher to take the loss with 0.1ip 1h 2er 1bb 1k for his sliding 0-1, 6.75ERA record.

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING was finally given another opportunity to start at left field today for the Washington Nationals in their tough 0-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Mets. Unfortunately, our Chris struggled to get the better of Mets' starter John Maine in this game while batting at #8 in the lineup. His day started with a useful four pitch walk when leading off in the bottom of the third inning, but Chris was then struck out swinging by Maine in both the fifth and seventh frames. He was finally replaced by ph hitter Josh Wilson in the bottom of the ninth but he fared no better when he also fanned! Snelling would have to settle for 0-2 (.208) with a walk and two left on base for his efforts today. Team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pitched an uneventful 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.00ERA) in relief for Washington.

JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) was a star for the Toronto Blue Jays, batting 3-4 (.312) with a RBI to help them to trump the Texas Rangers 7-3. In the same game VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.298) for Toronto.

Helping the Los Angeles Angels to stay on top of the Chicago White Sox were GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 2-4 (.306) and his fellow ABL import SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) who batted 1-4 (.254).


Steve Colyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Jason Phillips

  29 APR 2007 - SNELLING WALKS, BUT 0-1 TODAY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING was used in his customary manner today when summoned from the bench in the top of the eighth inning as a defensive substitution at left field for the Washington Nationals during their 2-6 loss to the New York Mets in 12 innings. Chris drew a six pitch walk in the bottom of the ninth inning off Pedro Feliciano, then he grounded out to the first baseman of experienced Aaron Sele in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Snelling batted 0-1 (.217) form his two plate appearances today. Team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.27ERA) for the 'Nats', while catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted 0-4 (.255) for the Mets.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) launcehd his second 'jack' of the season today while batting 1-4 (.298) for the Los Angeles Angels in their 3-0 shutout win over the Chicago White Sox. His team mate SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted a barren 0-4 (.258).

In the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 win over the Pittburgh Pirates, catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) contributed a very handy 2-4 (.173).

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) struck out eight Blue Jays today, but he was consigned to a no decision with 5.2ip 8h 5er 2bb 8k (5.88ERA) for the Texas Rangers in their 9-8 "squeaker" over Toronto. Team mates VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.300) and JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) batted 0-1 (.250).


Gary Matthews

 


  28 APR 2007 - MOYLAN SAVES FOR BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

After just missing their active roster for the start of the season Aussie pitcher PETER MOYLAN is clearly earning the confidence of Atlanta Braves venerable manager Bobby Cox as one his more reliable relievers for the pressure situations. The Braves had held a healthy 9-4 lead coming into the ninth inning of today's game against the Colorado Rockies before their bullpen stuttered and almost went into meltdown when the lead shrunk to 9-7 and there was a threat of more runs to come. Moylan was summoned from the bullpen today after former IBLA import Steve Colyer had walked Todd Helton to bring the winning run to the plate with two out. Our Pete required just one calmly located pitch to erase the dangerous Matt Holliday who flied out to right field to end the dramatic game. Moylan added a save to his recent win with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.68ERA). Moylan's team mates STEVE COLYER (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) pitched 0.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k and RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-1 (.053).

While Moylan seems to be securing his place in the Braves' big league bullpen, Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING is getting shuffled further down the bench lately with very little chance to improve his batting numbers. For the fifth successive game Chris was called to action for the Washington Nationals with their 5-4 win over the New York Mets virtually over. He entered the game as a defensive substitution in the top of the eighth inning on this occasion and he did not get to bat. PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted 1-4 (.239) with a RBI for the Mets.


Chris Snelling


  27 APR 2007 - SNELLING OFF THE BENCH AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 

Australian outfielder CHRIS SNELLING could hardly be blamed for his lack of offence lately with so few opportunities. For the fourth successive game our Chris has been consigned to the bench as a late innings defensive replacement, this time coming into the game in the bottom of the sixth. Once again his one offensive opportunity came in the top of the eighth when he was struck out on a foul tip by Phillies reliever Ryan Madson. He batted 0-1 (.222) for the Washington Nationals in their 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) and SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) are trying their best to out-slug each other over the last couple of days with another hot game for the LA Angels in their 11-3 massacre of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This time Shea batted 3-4 (.267) with a RBI, while Gary Junior batted 3-5 (.299) with a RBI of his own. They are a productive duo of former ABL imports with the 'Halos'. 

Cincinnati Reds catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) nailed his first "round tripper" of the season today while batting 1-2 (.146), but his solo homer was not enough to save the Reds from a narrow 5-7 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals. PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) pinch hit for the 'Cards' with 0-1 (.222).

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) had another poor day on the mound for the Texas Rangers, struggling in relief during his Texas Rangers 4-9 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Mahay pitched a modest 1.1ip 1h 1er 2bb 1k (3.24ERA). 

Still doing a lot of damage for the Toronto Blue Jays is All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 3-3 (.317) with a RBI during their 6-0 shutout victory over the New York Yankees. Toronto catcher JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) didn't do quite so well today with 0-4 (.292).


David Ross

 


  26 APR 2007 - SNELLING BACK ON THE BENCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING seems to have lost the full support of Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta lately with another brief appearance as a late-inning defensive substitution at left field during his club's 3-9 hammering by the resurgent Philadelphia Phillies. Chris came into the game defensively to start the bottom of the seventh inning and he had a busy time in the field with two catches in the eighth. His only plate appearance came in the top of the ninth when he struck out swinging at Philly closer Francisco Rosario on five pitches. He batted 0-1 (.227) on this occasion. 
Snelling's team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pitched 0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (3.48ERA) in relief.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) and SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) were big offensive contributors for the Los Angeles Angels today in their 9-1 crushing of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Matthews batted 2-4 (.280) with two RBI's to mirror Hillenbrand who also batted 2-4 (.232) with two RBI's.

Having a rough day on the mound for the Texas Rangers during their tight 7-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians was reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) who couldn't find the strike zone with 0.0ip 0h 1er 2bb 0k (2.57ERA). 


Shea Hillenbrand

 


  25 APR 2007 - MOYLAN WINS OVER MARLINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 


Vernon Wells

PETER MOYLAN became the first Australian pitcher to earn a major league win for a very long time (since Travis Blackley or Grant Balfour in 2004?) when he pitched three sterling innings for the Atlanta Braves to anchor their 11-6 victory over the Florida Marlins. Pete entered the game to pitch the bottom of the fourth after Braves' starter Mark Redman had been rocked for six runs over three innings and he faced just two hitters more than the minimum in another mighty, almost dominant, performance. In the bottom of the fourth Moylan had Hanley Ramirez struck out swinging and Dan Uggla ground out to short stop before sensation Miguel Cabrera singled to right field. He snuffed out the fourth when Josh Willingham grounded out to the second baseman. 
In the bottom of the fifth Aaron Boone struck out swinging, Cody Ross grounded out to the third baseman and Miguel Olivo did likewise, grounding to the third baseman. 
Pete started the fifth with an uncharacteristic four pitch walk to Joe Borchard, who stole second base before he had pinch hitter Eric Reed struck out swinging. He erased Borchard and ended the inning when he had Hanley Ramirez line into a double-play.
In all Pete pitched 3.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 3k for his steadily improving 1-0, 3.86ERA record.
Team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-4 (.056).

Australian outfielder CHRIS SNELLING was back on the pine today, coming off the bench as a defensive substitution at left field in the bottom of the seventh inning during his Washington Nationals 3-6 defeat by the Philadelphia Phillies. Chris had one plate appearance in the top of the eighth when he grounded out to the second baseman off hard-throwing reliever Antonio Alfonseca. Team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) was saddled with his first loss of the year pitching 1.0ip 0h 1er 0bb 2k to take his record to 0-1, 3.60ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was like a one man wrecking crew when he took full advantage of the Boston Red Sox fifth starter in the Jays' 10-3 flogging of the 'Bosox' today. Wells batted a gaudy 4-5 (.291) with three RBI's, four runs scored and his fourth home run of the season. Also damaging was catcher JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) who batted 2-4 (.350) for Toronto.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) was back swinging a good stick today with 2-4 (.269) for the Los Angeles Angels in their 9-8 win over the Detroit Tigers. 

Helping the Cincinnati Reds to thump the St.Louis Cardinals 10-3 was catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 2-5 (.140) with a RBI. PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) pinch hit for the 'Red Birds' with 0-1 (.245).


Chris Snelling

 


David Ross


  24 APR 2007 - PETER MOYLAN FOILS THE FISH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 


Gary Glover

Aussie star PETER MOYLAN continues to pitch superbly since his damaging first game in the major leagues this year with another terrific effort for the Atlanta Braves during their nerve wracking 7-8 loss to the Florida Marlins today. With his Braves mounting a spirited comeback late in the game, 'Big Pete' was asked to keep a lid on the seventh inning against the toughest part of the Marlins lineup. Pete was not to be daunted by the challenge when he was the epitome of economy having Hanley Ramirez ground out to the short stop on two pitches, Dan Uggla ground out to the second baseman on four pitches and superstar Miguel Cabrera pop out to the second baseman on three pitches. In all Moylan threw six of only nine pitches for strikes with his 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (6.75ERA).

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was typically tough on the Boston Red Sox today with 2-4 (.257) and three runs scored during his team's 7-3 win over the 'Bosox'. Wells' team mate JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) batted 1-3 (.312) with a RBI as another handy contribution.

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted 1-5 (.241) to help the New York Mets to roll over the Colorado Rockies 6-1.

In the Texas Rangers fluctuating 4-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was a bit of a mixture with a no-decision today after pitching 6.0ip 10h 5er 2bb 5k (5.46ERA). He was replaced on the mound by RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) who made a brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.29ERA) contribution.

GARY GLOVER (Sydney Storm 1999) didn't need to do much to earn his first hold of the season when he pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (4.82ERA) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their 10-8 victory over the New York Yankees.


Vernon Wells

 


Kevin Millwood


  23 APR 2007 - SNELLING DELIVERS ANOTHER HIT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 


Gary Matthews

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING would be entitled to wonder why he was not starting again today, especially when he was called into action as a defensive replacement for fellow outfielder Ryan Church in the bottom of the second inning for the Washington Nationals during their 6-12 hammering by the Florida Marlins. Chris didn't let his team down with another safe hit today in a 1-3 (.238) performance. Snelling led off the fourth inning and he was struck out swinging on five pitches by Florida starter Wes Obermueller. He then led off the seventh inning against the same pitcher, but this time he produced a single on a pop up that eluded the short stop. In the top of the eighth Snelling flied out to right field with two out off reliever Kevin Gregg.

Once again contributing to the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 defeat of the Seattle Mariners were GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) with 2-5 (.246) with two doubles and SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) who batted 1-3 (.191). 

Also doing his job for the St.Louis Cardinals was PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) who batted 2-2 (.250) as a pinch hitter in their 12-9 win over the Chicago Cubs. 

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) continues to lead from the front for the New York Mets, but even his 2-5 (.370) with a RBI could not prevent his team going down 6-9 to their Division rival Atlanta Braves. RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-1 (.062) while STEVE COLYER (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) for the Braves. It was a game that pitted former long-time Atlanta team mates and all-time pitching greats John Smoltz and Tommy Glavine against each other as starting pitchers. Smoltz continues to star for the Braves, while ageless lefty Glavine has added another chapter to his career with the Mets.


Paul LoDuca

 


Preston Wilson


  22 APR 2007 - MOYLAN MANAGES TO QUELL METS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 


Gary Matthews

Australia's pitching star PETER MOYLAN made a pretty good claim to holding his place on the active roster for the Atlanta Braves when he again did everything asked of him at the end of the 'Bravos' 2-7 loss to the New York Mets. Once again our Pete had more to lose than to gain when he entered the losing cause to replace Tyler Yates for the bottom of the seventh. However, on this occasion, Moylan could hardly have been more impressive when he got the better of some of the toughest hitters in the major leagues. In the seventh he had Shawn Green struck out swinging on a 3-2 count and Damion Easley fly out to centrefield, before walking pinch hitter David Newhan on six pitches. He put the lid on his zero for the frame when he had Jose Reyes fly out to left field. Moylan was impressive enough to stay on the mound or the eighth when he pitched an inning that he will be able to tell his Grandchildren about! Facing three of baseball's biggest stars in the heart of the Mets batting lineup in the bottom of the eighth, Pete had David Wright ground out to short stop, Carlos Beltran ground out to the first baseman and Carlos Delgado also ground out to the first sacker. Pete lived by the edict that you give yourself the best chance if you keep the ball on the ground... way to go "Big Guy"! Moylan pitched a very good 2.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (9.00ERA).   

Australian outfielder CHRIS SNELLING couldn't repeat his heroics today when he batted 0-3 for the Washington Nationals who were swamped 3-9 by the Florida Marlins. Chris started at left field today but he couldn't get the bat working on this occasion. He was called out on strikes in the second inning facing Anibal Sanchez, who also issued him a seven pitch walk in the fourth. Snelling led off the sixth with a pop out to the third baseman in foul territory off Matt Lindstrom before lining out to left field while facing Randy Messenger in the eighth frame. 

Both contributing to the Los Angeles Angels nerve wracking 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners 8-4 were GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) with 2-4 (.234) and SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) who batted 1-5 (.182). 

After his long ball yesterday, PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) was one of the few contributors for the St.Louis Cardinals on their 0-6 shutout loss to the Chicago Cubs when he batted 1-3 (.217).


Chris Snelling

 


Shea Hillenbrand


  21 APR 2007 - SNELLING SUPPLIES GWRBI FOR NATIONALS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING was again the hero today for the Washington Nationals with his HUGE game winning RBI in the 14th inning helping the 'Nats' to finally overcome the Florida Marlins in a 6-5 epic. Chris didn't look like he would be having a great day for a while after he entered the game as an eighth inning replacement for pitcher Ryan Wagner. His first at bat brought a disappointing result when he hit into an unassisted double-play with one on and none out facing Randy Messenger. In the tenth inning he flied out to right field off Henry Owens. In the twelfth frame the drew a four pitch walk from Reynel Pinto, but he was just as quickly erased from the bases when caught stealing. 
His day improved BIG TIME in the 14th inning when he punched the game winning RBI single through the right side off Lee Gardner. Snelling has done plenty for his team lately with 1-3 (.250) again today. Baseball, as we all know, can be a great leveller!

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) whacked his first home run of the season with 1-3 (.209) and the two big RBI's for the St.Louis Cardinals to produce all of the World Champions' scoring in their 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

One guy who was not to blame for the Texas Rangers' 4-16 blowout loss to the Oakland Athletics was reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) who did his job with a respectable 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.35ERA). 

MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) didn't have it all his own way again today with a variable 2.0ip 2h 0er 1bb 2k (9.00ERA) for the Colorado Rockies in their 1-11 thumping by the San Diego Padres. GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-2 (.100) for 'SDP'. 

Helping the Los Angeles Angels to double the Seattle Mariners 8-4 were SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) who batted 2-4 (.179) and, to a lesser extent, GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 0-4 (.217) with a walk. 


Preston Wilson

  20 APR 2007 - SNELLING 0-2 v PHILLIES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING found it tough going against two of the Philadelphia Phillies most experienced pitchers today after entering the game late during his Washington Nationals 2-4 loss to the Phils. Chris was called in to replace pitcher Levale Speigner before the start of the eighth inning. Batting in the bottom of the eighth Snelling grounded out to the first baseman after crafty starter Jamie Moyer had worked him into a 0-2 count. He then made the last out of the game in the bottom of the ninth when he was called out on strikes on four pitches facing wily veteran reliever Tom Gordon. Chris would have to settle for 0-2 (.242) today.  

MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) made his return to the big leagues for a ninth season with yet another new club when he finished a losing cause pitching in relief at the end of his Colorado Rockies 1-8 defeat by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matt may not have enjoyed pitching in the rarefied high-altitude air at Coors Field in Colorado when he was roughed up pitching 1.0ip 3h 3er 2bb 2k (27.00ERA).

It was not VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) fault that his Toronto Blue Jays fell 3-5 to the visiting Boston Red Sox when he contributed 2-4 (.246) with a RBI. 

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 1-4 (.200) for the St.Louis Cardinals in their 2-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Not able to do enough to save his Cincinnati Reds fro falling 6-8 to the Houston Astros was catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 1-2 (.121).


Matt Herges

  19 APR 2007 - MOYLAN & SNELLING BOTH HEROES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 


Kevin Millwood

We were thrilled to see popular Aussie hurler PETER MOYLAN bounce back strongly today after his rugged 2007 big league opener when he was a genuine hero today for the Atlanta Braves in their tight 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. 'Big Pete' excelled in the pressure cooker of the eighth inning when he inherited runners at second and third with one out from former AMLB pitcher Steve Colyer. Moylan was immediately asked to issue an intentional walk to Daryle Ward to load the bases and put the potential winning run on board. However, after a visit to the mound from manager Bobby Cox, Pete delivered the best possible result from his first legitimate pitch when he induced Ryan Theriot to ground into a double play initiated by short stop Edgar Renteria. Aside from the intentional walk, Pete threw just one pitch for two scalps to preserve the lead for his team. He would be quite thrilled after his first hold of the season with 0.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (27.00ERA). Team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-2 (.074), while bullpen partner STEVE COLYER (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) pitched immediately before Moylan with 0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00ERA) for his first hold.

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING was also a late game hero for his Washington Nationals who snatched a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th inning. Up until that point Chris had batted 0-4, but he led off the 13th with a pop-up single to short stop off reliever Francisco Rosario and he eventually scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Felipe Lopez. In his other plate appearances Snelling had grounded out to the second baseman in the second inning and popped out to the third baseman in foul territory in the fourth both off Philly starter Adam Eaton. In the seventh Snelling was the first to face reliever Matt Smith who threw a wild pickoff attempt and a wild pitch before issuing him a four pitch walk. In the ninth Chris grounded out to the second baseman off Antonio Alfonseca, then in the 11th he grounded out to the first baseman off Ryan Madson. His day finished with an exciting 1-5 (.258) return for his efforts. His team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) was also solid today, pitching 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.38ERA) for his first hold of the 2007 season.

In the game where Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle threw a NO HITTER, on the losing end of the equation was KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who took his second loss with 5.0ip 5h 5er 4bb 3k to even his record at 2-2, 4.91ERA. Kevin's Texas Rangers were blanked 6-0 by Buehrle and the White Sox.

GARY GLOVER (Sydney Storm 1999) also felt the sting of defeat today, pitching 2.2ip 4h 3er 0bb 1k for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their 4-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Glover's record slipped to  0-1, 5.00ERA.


Chris Snelling

 


Gary Glover


  18 APR 2007 - SNELLING TAKES 2-3 REVENGE ON SMOLTZ!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 


Micah Bowie

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING is paying dividends back to the Washington Nationals following his regular start for the team lately at left field, batting 2-3 (.269) from the #8 slot with a RBI and two runs scored in the 'Nats' 4-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Snelling earned a measure of revenge over Atlanta's future Hall Of Fame pitching ace John Smoltz who hit him with a pitched ball TWICE last time the teams met. This time our Chris used his bat and his good eye to enjoy some "pay back time". He began with a seven-pitch walk in the third inning, then he floated a soft fly ball for a single to centrefield in the 5th. In the seventh he hammered a RBI triple to right field before closer Bob Wickman finally got him out in the ninth with a fly out to centrefield.  His team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) was also solid today, pitching 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (3.68ERA). RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-4 (.080) for the Braves. 

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) was the hero for the San Diego Padres today when his 14th inning double finally secured them a marathon 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. Geoff pinch hit with 1-2 (.125) and he delivered the big RBI of the epic game.

Helping the Toronto Blue Jays to edge the Boston Red Sox today was VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 1-4 (.245) even though his bat has cooled off lately. 

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) made short work of his single relief inning today, pitching 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (1.69ERA) to ensure that there were no comebacks for the Chicago White Sox who were roughed up by Mahay's Texas Rangers.

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) slapped his third double while batting 1-4 (.200) for the St.Louis Cardinals who were beaten 1-6 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Geoff Blum

 


Ron Mahay


  17 APR 2007 - SNELLING GOES 0-4 v BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling


Pete LaForest

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING was back in action today doing his little bit to help the Washington Nationals to overrun the Atlanta Braves 5-1 today. Chris again got the start at left field and he batted in his customary #8 slot. Snelling batted like a man in a hurry  leading off the third inning against Atlanta starter Chuck James and grounding the first pitch he faced to the second baseman. Then, in the fourth, he grounded out to the third baseman on a 0-2 count. Snelling once again led off the seventh inning by popping up the second pitch he faced from former AMLB reliever Steve Colyer to short stop. He faced a few more pitches from reliever Mike Gonzalez in the eighth before earning a RBI with a hard-hit grounder to the second baseman. His return today was 0-4 (.217) with a RBI. As mentioned, former AMLB pitcher STEVE COLYER (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) made his first big league appearance since 2004 for the Braves in this game with 1.2ip 2h 0er 0bb 3k (0.00ERA). RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) also pinch hit for Atlanta with 0-1 (.095).  

Colyer's former AMLB team mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 (.107) for the Cincinnati Reds in their 6-10 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Not able to do enough to help the San Diego Padres in their heavy 4-12 defeat by the Chicago Cubs were PETE LaFOREST (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 2-3 (.500) or team mate GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 0-5 (.071) after getting a rare start at short stop today.


Steve Colyer


  16 APR 2007 - MOYLAN MAULED BY MARLINS!
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Peter Moylan

Great to see Aussie pitcher PETER MOYLAN earning another opportunity in the big leagues after his fine form at 'AAA' to start the 2007 season. However, Pete may have picked a better time to resume his major league career after taking some stick from the Florida Marlins, even though his Atlanta Braves still triumphed 8-4. We know that Moylan would not want us to be making excuses for him after a shaky outing, but he was given one of those tough assignments of trying to pitch the final inning of a blowout win where there is more to lose that there is to gain for the pitcher. He was called in to relieve Atlanta starter Tim Hudson who supplied seven strong innings, and Tyler Yates who pitched the eighth, with his team leading 8-1. Pete was immediately greeted by Miguel Olivio who slapped a tough grounder to third base for a single on an outside pitch. This was followed by Joe Borchard's line drive up the middle for another single on a pitch that caught the bottom outside corner of the zone... he had done little wrong to this point but he had two hits and two base runners to deal with. He made this situation worse by advancing the runners with a wild pitch before Alfredo Amezaga hammered a fly ball triple to right field to score both runners. Moylan finally got an out when Jason Wood grounded out to third, but it cost him another earned run on the play. His day came to an end when he threw a four-pitch walk to Cody Ross on low pitches, causing Bobby Cox to stride to the mound and replace him with veteran closer Bob Wickman. In all Pete would not be too happy with his 0.1ip 3h 3er 1bb 0k (81.00ERA) on a day when he didn't pitch nearly as badly as the story might appear... that's life in baseball's bullpen! Moylan's team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-1 (.100) in the game.

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 1-3 (.200) with a walk and he scored three times to help his St.Louis Cardinals to swamp the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2.


Preston Wilson

  15 APR 2007 - SNELLING HOMERS OFF HERNANDEZ!
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Chris Snelling

 


Pete La Forest

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING "went yard" for the first time this season, taking New York Mets veteran great 'El Duque" Orlando Hernandez deep to help his Washington Nationals to a 6-2 victory today. Once again Chris got the start at left field and he batted in the #8 slot for a 1-3 (.263) return with a game breaking three RBI's. He started his day with a hard hit ground out to the second baseman for a RBI off Hernandez in the second inning, then he induced a seven pitch walk in the fourth. Snelling's long ball came on a 2-1 count in the sixth with a runner on board for two more RBI's. His final at bat drew a ground out to the first baseman off reliever Scott Schoeneweis. Team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) had another rough outing with 0.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (2.84ERA). 

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.297) crunched his third 'dinger' of the season while batting 1-4 (.267) with three RBI's for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 7-10 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Making his first appearance for 2007 was PETE LaFOREST (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 1-3 (.333) with a RBI as today's starting catcher for the San Diego Padres in their 7-2 demolition of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His team mate GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-1 (.111) as a pinch hitter.

GARY GLOVER (Sydney Storm 1999) didn't have it all his own way today pitching 2.2ip 4h 2er 0bb 2k (2.84ERA) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their 5-12 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Unable to do enough to help the Cincinnati Reds in their 0-7 shutout loss to the Chicago Cubs was catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 1-3 (.095).

One of the few players to lay any solid wood on Boston Red Sox future Hall Of Fame pitching great Curt Schilling was SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) who batted 1-4 (.160) for the Los Angeles Angels who were shut out 0-8 by the Bosox. Team mate GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) could manage only 0-4 (.227).


Vernon Wells

 


Shea Hillenbrand

  14 APR 2007 - CHRIS SNELLING BATS 2-3!
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Chris Snelling

Aussie flagbearer CHRIS SNELLING had his first multi-hit game for 2007 when he batted 2-3 (.250) for the Washington Nationals in their 2-3 defeat by the New York Mets. Chris started the game at left field and he batted in the #8 slot today. He took a liking to the pitching of Mets' little known starter Mike Pelfrey with a two-out line drive RBI single to right field in the second inning and another similar line drive to right in the fifth inning. Snelling then grounded out to the pitcher, reliever Pedro Feliciano, in the sixth before being replaced by pinch hitter Josh Wilson in the ninth. Snelling's team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) suffered his first blown save of the season in this game after pitching 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.84ERA). Mets' pitcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted 0-4 (.289) in a rare quiet night for him with the bat. 

Texas ace KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) helped the Rangers to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 today. 'Big Kev' pitched 6.0ip 7h 1er 2bb 2k to improve his season record to a very solid 2-1, 3.71ERA.

Unable to save the Atlanta Braves from a 4-11 thrashing at the hands of the Florida Marlins were RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 0-1 (.105) or reliever CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) who pitched 1.2ip 3h 2er 1bb 1k (3.60ERA).  


Kevin Millwood

  13 APR 2007 - SNELLING STUNG BY SMOLTZ!
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Chris Snelling

Australian outfielder CHRIS SNELLING seems to have incurred the wrath of Atlanta's future Hall-Of-Fame pitching great John Smoltz. Chris started at left field for his Washington Nationals in their 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves today but he was given a torrid time by Smoltz while batting 0-1 (.154) from four plate appearances. Snelling faced Smoltz three times for a hit by pitch in the third inning, an intentional walk in the fifth and another hit by pitch in the eighth. On the latter occasion our Chris had the last laugh when he eventually scored one of the only two runs for the game. He faced reliever Macay McBride to lead off the ninth, striking out swinging on just four pitches. RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-3 (.111) for Atlanta. 

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.297) and JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) batted 1-3 (.500) as contributors for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 4-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Once again helping the New York Mets to handle the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 today was PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) who batted 1-4 (.324)


Jason Phillips

  12 APR 2007 - MATTHEWS HOT FOR HALOS!
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Gary Matthews

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) continues to enjoy his leadoff role with the Los Angeles Angels with another strong hitting performance today helping the 'Halos' to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1. Gary Junior batted 2-5 (.312) while team mate SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted 0-4 (.176).

Helping the Atlanta Braves to top the Washington Nationals 8-3 was outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 1-4 (.133). Washington reliever MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.18ERA). 

Once again helping the Toronto Blue Jays to topple the Kansas City Royals 7-4 was superstar VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 1-4 (.312)


Ryan Langerhans

  11 APR 2007 - SNELLING DOUBLES OFF HUDSON!
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Chris Snelling

Australia's only current major leaguer CHRIS SNELLING made another start for the Washington Nationals today playing at left field and batting in the #2 hole in his team's 0-8 shutout loss to the Atlanta Braves. Facing Atlanta's ace starter Tim Hudson, Chris flied out to centrefield in the first inning, grounded out to the short stop while leading off the fourth then laced a two-out double on a line drive to right field in the sixth. He then lead off again in the ninth dig with a fly out to right field off former ABL import Chad Paronto. Snelling batted 1-4 (.167). CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) for the Braves today. Meanwhile RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) pinch hit with 0-1 (.091) for Atlanta and MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pitched a brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.86ERA) for Washington. 

Unable to do enough for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 3-6 defeat by the Kansas City Royals were VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 1-4 (.321) or JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) who contributed 1-2 (.600).

In a similar vein, neither GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) with 1-4 (.296) or SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) with 1-5 (.231) were able to prevent the Cleveland Indians from shading their Los Angeles Angels 7-6 today.

Reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a handy 2.0ip 2h 1er 2bb 3k (2.08ERA) to help the Texas Rangers to out-slug the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-9.


Ron Mahay

  10 APR 2007 - VERNON WELLS GOES DEEP AGAIN!
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Vernon Wells

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) didn't take long to double his home run tally with his second long ball of the season helping his Toronto Blue Jays to smash the Kansas City Royals 9-1 today. Vernon batted 2-4 (.333) to continue his strong start to season 2007.

Not to be blamed for The Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-8 loss to the Texas Rangers was veteran relief pitcher GARY GLOVER (Sydney Storm 1999) with 1.1ip 2h 0er 1bb 0k.

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 1-1 (.235) with 2RBI's in a perfect pinch hit performance for the St.Louis Cardinals in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Still doing a sterling job for the New York Mets is catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) who batted 1-4 (.385) with a walk and two runs scored in today's 11-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) made another appearance off the bench today for the San Diego Padres in their 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. Blum may not have recorded his first hit of the season but he did deliver the only RBI of the game.


Gary Glover


Geoff Blum

  9 APR 2007 - VERNON WELLS LEAVES THE YARD!
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Vernon Wells

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) got his home run tally moving today with his first long ball of the season coming during Toronto's 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Wells batted 2-4 (.300) with the one big RBI.

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) also batted 2-4 (.188) to play his part in ending the World Champion St.Louis Cardinals' slump with a dam breaking 10-1 flogging of the Houston Astros today.

Once again playing small parts for the Atlanta Braves in their 3-2 win over the New York Mets were RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 0-1 (.100) with a walk and spot reliever CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) with his still unblemished 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA).


Preston Wilson

  8 APR 2007 - LoDUCA HOMERS, SNELLING PINCH HITS!
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Chris Snelling



Paul LoDuca

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING was back on the pine today with only one opportunity to pinch hit for the pitcher in the fifth inning of the Washington Nationals 1-7 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chris was not mucking around today when he struck out swinging on only three pitches with one out, either impatient or unable to handle the offerings of seasoned pitcher Brandon Webb. 

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) continued to run hot for the New York Mets today when he added his first home run of the season to his impressive numbers while batting 1-4 (.409) in the Mets 3-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) pinch hit with 0-1 (.111) for 'Hot Lanta'.

Pitching star KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) notched a win from his second start in 2007 when he shackled the power laden Boston Red Sox offence in an 8-4 win for his Texas Rangers in Arlington today. 'Big Kev' pitched a quality 6.0ip 8h 3er 3bb 3k to start his season with a 1-0, 4.91ERA record. His bullpen team mate RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) also collected a hold in his first outing of the season when he pitched 1.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA) in relief for the Texans. 

To continue a good day for former AMLB players JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) was back in his former catching role for the Toronto Blue Jays, batting 2-3 (.667) in their 8-5 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His more illustrious team mate VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-3 (.250) with a RBI.


Kevin Millwood


Jason Phillips

  7 APR 2007 - CHRIS SNELLING ON BASE TWICE!
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Chris Snelling



David Ross

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING got another start today at left field for the Washington Nationals in their 7-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. While he didn't manage a hit, our Chris found himself on base twice while batting an adventurous 0-2 (.143) today. Batting in the two slot, Snelling was hit by a pitch from 'Snakes' starter Micah Owings in the opening frame. In his second plate appearance he flied out to right field in the third inning after working a full count. Then in the fifth inning he drew a two out walk to load the bases. His last opportunity came when he led off the eighth but on this occasion he struck out swinging against reliever Juan Cruz. 

Still firing in the early days of the new season is catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) who batted another super 3-5 (.444) with a RBI to pace the New York Mets big 11-1 slaughter of the previously undefeated Atlanta Braves. 

Also enjoying the new season is "Son of Sarge' GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 2-3 (.438) to stamp his claims as a permanent leadoff man for the Los Angeles Angels. Matthews helped the Angels to beat the Oakland A's 5-2 today.

Catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-3 (.100) to help the Cincinnati Reds to overpower the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to earn his fat new contract with another 1-4 (.308) contribution for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 5-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


Paul LoDuca

  6 APR 2007 - SNELLING PINCH HITS 0-1 TODAY!
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Chris Snelling



Chad Paronto

Australia's CHRIS SNELLING was summoned from the bench again today to pinch hit for former ABL import pitcher MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) in the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals 3-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortunately Chris was a little impatient when he lined a 2-0 pitch from Brandon Medders to centrefield in his one and only plate appearance for 0-1 (.200). Reliever Michah Bowie did pretty well again today with his 2.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (4.50ERA) in relief for the Nationals. 

I wonder if there were any other old "ABL dinosaurs" out there who recognised the name DINO EBEL during today's FOXTEL broadcast of the Los Angeles Angels 3-4 defeat by the Oakland Athletics? A slightly more "mature" looking Ebel was the third base coach for the 'Halos' today, but those aforementioned old-timers may also remember him as an import catcher with the Adelaide Giants way back in the second year of our league in 1991. In those days Dino was a Los Angeles Dodgers' minor leaguer who started his coaching career with the "Dodger Blue' after being released in 1992. The Angels suffered their first defeat for 2007 today. New signing GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) was unable to hit safely with his 0-3 (.385), although he did deliver a most important RBI. 

The Atlanta Braves continued to man-handle the Philadelphia Phillies today with their 8-4 victory. Each doing their own little bit to help the Braves' cause were CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) who has been used a lot in relief already this season with another brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 2bb 1k, along with outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001 who batted 0-2 (.125) , but he did induce two walks.


Micah Bowie

  5 APR 2007 - SNELLING DOESN'T GET TO PINCH HIT!
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Chris Snelling

 



Paul LoDuca

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING seems to have slipped into a pinch-hitting role for the Washington Nationals during the first week of the new MLB season. Our Chris was the victim of what amounts to a regular part of major league management when the "wheels are spinning" during games these days. Snelling was announced as a pinch-hitter for the Nationals during the seventh inning of their eventual 7-6 win over the Florida Marlins. But, when the 'Fish' responded by substituting for their left-handed pitcher Renyel Pinto, Snelling was lifted for another pinch-hitter without getting out of the on deck circle! That's all part of life in the 'bigs' but we are hoping that he can cement a starting role this year. 
Snelling's team mate MICAH BOWIE (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) contributed a little more to Washington's first 2007 victory by pitching 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (10.80ERA).

As he usually does, productive Mets catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) continues to start the new season strongly with another terrific 3-4 (.385) offensive effort for the New Yorkers in their 10-0 wipeout of the World Champion St.Louis Cardinals. In the same game PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 0-3 for the 'Red Birds'. 

In the Toronto Blue Jays' tight 9-10 loss to the Detroit Tigers VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was again at the forefront for the BJ's, batting 2-5 (.333) with 2 RBI's. 

Another former ABL import from yester-year who was rewarded with a big new contract for 2007 is GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997). Gary batted 2-4 (.500) for his new team the LA Angels to help them to top the Texas Rangers 5-3 today.

Helping the Atlanta Braves to sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 were relief pitcher CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00ERA) and, to a lesser extent today, RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 0-2 (.167).


Micah Bowie

 



Vernon Wells


  4 APR 2007 - SNELLING PINCH HITS WITH SINGLE!
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Chris Snelling

 

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING banged his first hit for the new 2007 season when he did just what was required from a pinch hitter in his Washington Nationals' 3-9 defeat at the hands of the Florida Marlins. Chris was asked to pinch hit for the pitcher with one on and none out in the seventh inning and he immediately delivered a line drive to right field off reliever Kevin Gregg. Snelling advanced the runner from first and he later scored in the inning while Chris was eventually stranded on third base. He batted 1-1 (.250).

Two former ABL imports made their presences felt for their new club the Los Angeles Angels when they each supplied offence, helping the Halos to thrash the Texas Rangers 8-3 today. Big off-season signing GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) hurt his previous club when he batted 2-3 (.667) with a RBI while journeyman SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted 1-4 (.250) for his latest MLB team. 


Gary Matthews

  3 APR 2007 - SNELLING 0-3 ON DAY TWO!
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Chris Snelling

 


CHRIS SNELLING was Australia's flagship player in the major leagues on the day after opening day with his not too impressive 0-3 (.000) performance for the Washington Nationals in their 2-9 loss to the Florida Marlins with, unfortunately, four left on base. It was not Chris' day today when he replaced former Detroit outfielder Nook Logan in the Nat's outfield in the top of the fourth. Snelling grounded out to the first baseman in the fourth and he then lined out the same pitcher Dontrelle Willis to end the sixth inning, leaving two left on base. To complete a disappointing day for Snelling, he then hit into another innings ending double-play to end the game in the 9th frame when he grounded out to the second baseman from the pitching of Jorge Julio.

In the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, BJ's mega-money star VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.250) for the winners, while team mate JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) batted 0-0 (.000) while playing at 1B for the Canadians. 

In the Atlanta Braves 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies a former AMLB pitcher picked up the save when reliever CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) pitched 1.0ip 0h 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) for the Southerners, while outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-4 (.250). 


Chad Paronto

 



  2 APRIL 2007 - LO DUCA STARS IN OPENER FOR METS!
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Paul LoDuca

The sounds of summer are returning to the big league baseball diamonds in the USA and so it is also time for 'Flintoff & Dunn' to get back into the heavy duty action of updating this web site more regularly. Just for the record we are both selecting our own favourite MLB teams to win the World Series this season. Peter Flintoff is confident about his re-tooled Boston Red Sox chances to finally overcome our division dominating New York Yankees, while Adrian Dunn likes his own New York Mets to emerge from the National League. 

Obviously, we are both even more interested and hopeful of reporting on some new and old Australian players playing in the big leagues, or at least making significant professional progress this season. Our very best wishes to ALL of our Aussie boys for a great 2007 season of baseball.

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) started the new major league season in much the same way as he had played in the past with a feisty performance both offensively and defensively. Not only did Lo Duca handle the Mets' masterly lefty Tommy Glavine from behind the dish, but he also batted a mighty 2-5 (.400) with three huge RBI's to headline the New York Mets opening day 6-1 win over the World Champion St.Louis Cardinals. Outfielder PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 1-4 (.250) for the Cards.


Preston Wilson


  
  20 MAR 2007 - ERASMUS JOINS RED SOX


Justin Erasmus

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 17yo Queensland RH pitcher and utility player JUSTIN ERASMUS who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox organisation.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the BJS web site:

It is often said that life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.   For 17yr old Justin Erasmus it has been a world encompassing journey as well as an adventure. 

He was born in Johannesburg where he was introduced to the game by his baseball fanatic Grandfather and Father; traveled to Melbourne where baseball became even more ingrained at the Cheltenham Club, home of the Blackley brothers, and then on to Brisbane where, despite being overlooked for the Queensland Academy of Sport, he was able to attract the attention at least of the state selectors and now, more importantly, the Boston Red Sox.

Jon Deeble, the Red Sox scout who covers the whole pacific rim for the Red Sox, had seen Justin at the U18 National Championships and liked his attitude and silky smooth delivery.  "Despite his lack of size his arm worked well and he had that competitive nature that augurs well for the future", said the veteran scout and National Team Head Coach.

Justin has always been the small one of the team - he's just heading to 6' now and is still described as slight but athletic.  "Being the smallest all the time just meant that I had to work harder than everyone else," said the Yr 11 student from his home on the Gold Coast.  His first brush with fame was when he hit a home run as a 6yr old in an U8 game.  Not long after he made his first regional team for the U10's.

On migrating to Melbourne he widened his sporting interests and was soon having success in cross country running, as well as dabbling with Basketball, Soccer and Cricket.   But it was inevitable that baseball would claim his main interest. 

On moving to Brisbane, or the Gold Coast to be more precise, Justin soon gained state recognition with his selection in 2006 in the U16 Rams team that played in Mt Gambier and also the Open Age Schoolboys team that competed in Adelaide the following May. He was again to be disappointed in not receiving a scholarship to the QAS but that setback just made him work even harder and he made good use of every opportunity, pitching some innings at the MLB Academy when arms were getting tired and the coaches were looking for fresh pitchers.    His selection in the 2007 U18 team as a bottom age player was just recognition of the advances that he had made as a result of his hard work and dedication.   "I was absolutely over the moon when I got the chance to be the starting pitcher in the semi final against NSW who were always going to be a tough team to beat."   Obviously the QLD coaching staff were delighted with his performance, spearheading their win over NSW, but so too was Red Sox scout Jon Deeble.   Jon took a video of that performance and after receiving the go ahead from Boston approached Justin's agent to discuss an offer.

  

  
  
  10 MAR 2007 - ELLIOT BIDDLE TO PITCH FOR TWINS


Elliot Biddle

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 18yo Victorian LH pitcher and utility player ELLIOT BIDDLE who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins organisation. We have been waiting for this young fellow to get some due recognition as a consistent hitting outfielder but he had to revert to pitching to attract this belated interest.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the Baseball Victoria web site:

He has hardly thrown a pitch since he was fifteen years old but the Minnesota Twins saw enough out of Geelong Giants youngster Elliot Biddle last Thursday night to offer him a professional baseball contract.

“I was interested in him as a pitcher back when he was in under 16’s, then I saw him on the mound last week and decided that he has a real future as a pitcher with us.”  Twins scout Howie Norsetter said 

The 18 year old lefty wasn’t expecting to play professional baseball this year, in fact already had his year planned out. He’d agreed to go away with Victoria’s under 23 side over Easter and was preparing to play centerfield for his hometown Geelong Giants in Baseball Victoria’s Summit Holden State League finals in March so when he got the call from the Twins it was unexpected.

“Howie called me after I pitched in a VIS (Victorian Institute of Sport) game on Thursday night and told me they wanted to make me an offer.”

“It was very unexpected, I’ve only started pitching again in the past few months.”  The clearly chuffed Biddle said.

  

  
  
  22 FEB 2007 - TIM ATHERTON ANOTHER TWIN!


Tim Atherton

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 17yo NSW Country RH pitcher and utility player TIM ATHERTON who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins organisation. Much like another 'Aussie Twin' James Beresford, Atherton may have been better known as a junior pitching star, but the Twins want to develop him as a hitter first. Obviously we wish him every success in his professional journey.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the BJS web site:

Dreams and destiny have long been a part of his sporting career. Whilst he started as a T Baller he was also very much involved in soccer and cycling [his father had been a champion cyclist].  

Soccer hurt his knees so he decided to give that a miss but in baseball he had instant success and an indication of what the future held for him.  " I really enjoyed it, I remember my first game at Wauhope - I hit two home runs and I pitched as well."   He was also having considerable success with cycling, becoming the State Champion for his age, but baseball offered more in the way of a career and travel.   It wasn't long before he began  to experience the travel benefits of baseball - being selected in the Country NSW U14 team and from there gaining selection in the Cal Ripken team which finished 3rd at the Annual tournament in the US.   He was selected in the World All Stars team and the World All Star Defensive team, the first player to make both all star teams.   He began to dream.

Tim continued to pitch and hit his way into every Country NSW team possible making selection in all six teams from U14 through to U18.   During that time he gained selection into the NSWIS, where he worked with Head Coach Andre Desjardin on his hitting and Barry Holland with his pitching.   After his 2nd year in U16's he was sent to the MLB Academy on the Gold Coast and from there the AA Australian team which went to Mexico for the World Championships, winning bronze.  His earlier decision to concentrate on baseball had proved to be wise indeed.  By the time he had turned 17 he had played in every state except SA and traveled to 3 countries to play. 

The Twins weren't the only team interested in signing Tim of course.   Some wanted to sign him as a pitcher others as a hitter and by the end of the U18's a number of offers were on the table.   However, it was decided to hold off making any decisions when he was selected to play for the Provincial team in the Claxton Shield in Perth immediately following the U18's.   It was felt that he could only improve his bargaining position by playing in the Claxton Shield - any success he might have there would increase his value and that certainly proved to be correct, with increased offers from both the Twins and the Phillies, eventually agreeing to terms with the Twins on the final day of the Claxton Shield. 

  
  
  17 FEB 2007 - JACOB REUST INKS WITH INDIANS!


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'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's most recent professional baseball signing, 17yo Queensland RHP prospect JACOB REUST who is the latest to sign with the Cleveland Indians organisation. 

Obviously we wish him every success in his professional journey.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the REDCLIFFE PADRES web site:

It has just been announced that 17 year old Redcliffe Leagues Padres Baseball club’s Jacob Reust has signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians. With a fastball currently touching 90 miles per hour, Reust weighed up a number of offers from clubs including the San Diego Padres but chose to sign with the Indians. 

He joins current A Graders Jay Nilsson (Indians) and Alan Schoenberger (Phillies) who have previously signed professionally and are playing for the club. The contract not only covers baseball but his education in either the US or Australia as well. Reust, who attends Southern Cross Catholic College, is a member of the leadership team and academically talented as well, something he is keen to maintain whilst pursuing his dream of playing baseball in the States.

 

Reust becomes the first born and bred local player to sign this type of contract. Jacob, a pitcher by trade, has played his entire career with the club, beginning as a 5 year old playing tee ball and progressing to the club’s senior A Grade team. Along the way he has played for Queensland junior Age teams, Regional teams, Queensland Schoolboys teams, represented Australia at the age of Under 13 in the Cal Ripken World Series, been a member of the QAS and last year attended the MLBAAP held on the Gold Coast.

  
  
  15 FEB 2007 - BJS PASSES 50 AUST SIGNINGS!
'Flintoff & Dunn' are getting back into the swing a regular updates to this web site following our coverage of the fabulous 2007 Claxton Shield in Perth and, with Spring Training just under way in the USA, this is a good time to bring you up to date with some recent Aussie signings.

We will start by offering our congratulation to our friends at BJS Player Agents on the event of their 50th Aussie signing not too long ago... and they have since taken this total further! It is just another sign of what a productive baseball nursery Australia has become. 

Some other recent signings have included:

RIKI RHODES - RH Pitcher from Queensland who signed with the Cincinnati Reds
RYAN SEARLE - RH Pitcher from Queensland who signed with the Chicago Cubs
ANGUS ROEGER - Outfielder from South Australia who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies
CAMERON LAMB - RH Pitcher from Western Australia who signed with the San Francisco Giants.

We congratulate all of these boys and wish them every success.

The latest trio signed by BJS are featured below:  


Tayler Rowe

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 17yo Victorian RH pitcher TAYLER ROWE who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins organisation. Obviously we wish him every success in his professional journey.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the BJS web site:

From the traditional "4 seasons in a day" climate of Melbourne to the constant heat and humidity of Florida . That's the journey that 17yr old Tayler Rowe will be making this year as he sets off on his dream of making it all the way to the Major Leagues. First stop - Ft Myers, Florida spring training home of the famous Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.  

The Twins are  the club that gave Aussies Grant Balfour, Brad Thomas and fellow Melbournian Michael Nakamura their Major League starts.   The other connection is that all of these players were signed by the Twins experienced scout Howie Norsetter who also calls Melbourne home after moving here from the US a number of years ago.

Howie has been scouting Tayler for a couple of years now.   That's not surprising considering that Tayler has a long history of State representation starting with the Victorian U14 team in 2003 in Alice Springs then stints with both the Victorian Provincials and Victoria in the U16's in 2004 & 2005 following which he was sent to the MLB funded Academy on the Gold Coast.   He pitched well enough at the Academy to gain a coveted place in the Australian AA [U17] team that competed in the World Championships coming home from Mexico with the Bronze medal.

"That World Championship was a fantastic experience and made me realise that I would love to play baseball for a living so I really started working hard on my pitching and my fitness with Matt Sheldon-Collins at the VIS" - the kindergarten for so many young professionals.   His hard work began paying off and he was selected as a bottom age player in the Victorian U18 team in 2006, sent for a further session at last years MLB Academy and then again was given pitching duties for Victoria in this years National AAA Championship in Geelong.

Norsetter soon saw what he was seeking.   A strong pitcher who owned a fast ball in the high 80's - occasionally getting as high as the 90's - with command of his pitchers and a dogged determination to win.   There is a ruggedness about Tayler that inspires confidence that when the chips are down he will increase his workload to get the job done.   His smiling demeanor off the field is replaced with a furrowed brow of determination on the mound.   "Naturally I liked his velocity but control of his pitches is more important and I liked his desire to beat every hitter he faces", said Norsetter at Tayler's contract signing in Melton not long after the AAA tournament.


Lachlan Hodge

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 18yo New South Wales LH pitcher LACHLAN HODGE who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the New York Mets organisation. Obviously we wish him every success in his professional journey.

The following story was transposed incomplete from the BJS web site:

18yr old Lachlan from Gymea in the southern suburb of Sydney known as "The Shire" has been in the sights of the baseball scouts for some time. "I was sent to the MLB Academy last year and whilst I was there scouts began talking to me about signing," 

 He was approached by a number of clubs interested in his services during the prestigious academy on the Gold Coast but circumstances encouraged Lachlan to wait until he had competed in the U18 National Championships in Geelong in January before seriously considering his options.   This proved to be a good move as his value increased as a result of his performances for NSW and a number of teams came with offers.   It certainly makes an agent's job easier when more than one team is offering a contract and Lachlan finally signed with the Mets for a higher bonus than had been offered at the Academy.

"I I started playing baseball when I was very young because of my brothers and when I was in the Cronulla Team in U14's I was introduced to pitching coach Rob Maclean who tutored me about the game."   His hard work with Rob began paying off and he was selected as a player in the NSW U14 team in 2003, again with the U16's in 2005 and then missed out on the NSW team in 2006 but was picked up as a "loan" player for the Territories team [see pic on left].   In one of those ironies of life it turned out he performed so well with the Territories team that he gained selection in the MLB Academy on the Gold Coast which set the whole bidding process into action and further selection in the NSW U18 team this year.

Following his early times with pitching coach Rob MacLean, the St Patrick's College schoolboy graduated in 2006 to the NSW Institute of Sport and gained the benefit then of working with pitching guru Barry Holland who looks after the pitchers for the NSWIS.   Barry worked on Lachlan 's control and smoothed out his action.  Despite having played Basketball, Rugby League and AFL he began to realise through encouragement from MacLean and Holland that his professional future was on the pitcher's mound as a "lefty"   "The Mets are such a famous team that its sure a great honour to now be one of them.  He wont be alone there - fellow Sydneysiders Gavin Dlouhy and Shaun Tabrett are also with the Mets as is Pat Maat from the Central Coast .  "I know those guys well so it will make it easier for me to settle in when I get over there. 


David Harriott

'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate Australia's recent professional baseball signing, 17yo New South Wales pitcher DAVID HARRIOTT who is the latest to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox organisation. Obviously we wish him every success in his professional journey.
The following story was transposed incomplete from the BJS web site:

Jon Deeble the Red Sox scout who covers the whole pacific rim for the recent World Champions had seen David at the MLB Academy on the Gold Coast and liked his attitude and quick strong arm.  "When I saw him on the mound with his strong arm and long legs I was immediately interested", said the veteran scout who is building up the Red Sox involvement with Australians.   Having that former Aussie Major League pioneer Craig Shipley as his boss certainly helps.

Like most Australians, David started at the T Ball level having been taken down to the tryouts by a friend up the road.  I started in the Bankstown U6's and played with them all the way up to the U16's."he said from his Yagoona West home following his signing.  "I played in every single Bankstown Rep team at the U12; U14 and U16 level."   He now plays for the Canterbury/Bankstown Major League club under veteran coach Barry Holland.  His weekend performances on the mound for the U18's are intermingled with time in 1st grade mid week - the nursery for so many recently signed players such as Shaun Tabrett; Josh Wells and Gavin Dlouhy.

His first experience of the life of the traveling baseballer occurred in 2002 when he went on trips to Osaka with the NSW U12 juniors and also to Melbourne to participate in an U12 rubber ball tournament.  His next overseas trip will be next month to Ft Myers.  He traveled regularly after that with the Winter Development Squad that is one of the innovative programs in NSW for elite players.  One of the highlights of the Winter Development visits to QLD was a visit to the MLB Academy and David was inspired to work hard towards getting a scholarship.

His State representative career began as it so often does for the elite athlete with the NSW U14's in 2004, then two years with the NSW U16's and finally this year as a bottom age U18 in Geelong where Jon Deeble noted his pitching potential.   It was when he was in the U16 NSW team that he came into contact with pitching coach Rob McLean who has been responsible for developing so many young NSW pitchers.  Rob spent many hours working on David's action and this signing is a result of Rob's patience and David's determination to perfect his action.

Last year, following his success with the NSW U16's in Mt Gambier he gained scholarships to both the NSW Institute of Sport under Andre Desjardin who proved a hard task master and emphasised the need for regular gym work and increased fitness and also the prestigious MLB Academy .

He has dreamed of baseball as a career for as long as he could remember.  Being with Boston of all clubs is the most amazing thing that could have happened.  I watch them on TV and now to be part of them is fantastic".

  

If anyone takes the trouble to contact us with any reasonably substantiated news of interest to AMLB supporters, we will publish this news on this site! Click these to contact Adrian Dunn or Peter Flintoff.