Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
APRIL 2010

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  29 APRIL 2010 - LUKE HUGHES AUSTRALIA'S 28TH IN MLB!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Luke Hughes


Brad Thomas

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.28 player to reach the US major leagues on 29 April 2010 (AUS time), 25yo West Australian infielder LUKE HUGHES. 25yo WA infielder LUKE HUGHES today (29 April 2010 AUS time) became the 28th Australian to reach the US major league. Hughes made his debut starting at third base for the Minnesota Twins against the Detroit Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, in front of just under 20,000 fans. Batting in the #9 hole, Luke had an unusual first plate appearance with one on and two out in the top of the second inning when, after working a 3-1 count while facing starter Matt Scherzer, he saw team mate Delmon Young out caught stealing third base to end the inning. Still at bat to start the top of the third Luke slammed a 2-2 fastball from Scherzer over the right field fence for a leadoff home run... from his very first major league at bat! In the top of the fourth he flied out to the catcher in foul territory off Scherzer’s second pitch fastball. Then, in the sixth, he grounded out to the third baseman from the first pitch he saw from Aussie compatriot Brad Thomas. Hughes then made the third out in the top of the eighth when he was struck out swinging on a nasty third pitch curveball from Phil Coke. It ended Luke’s debut with the bat at 1-4 (.250) with the RBI coming from the home run that he won’t ever forget. It hardly mattered that his Twins were beaten 6-11 by the hosting Tigers. Welcome to a select and very elite club LUKE HUGHES.

Strangely enough it was fellow Aussie BRAD THOMAS who collected the win after hurling 2.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k to take his season record to 1-0, 6.92ERA. He started by getting Twins’ Batting Champion Joe Maurer to fly out to left field to end the fourth inning. Back for the top of the fifth he was greeted by a leadoff single from veteran Jim Thome before getting Michael Cuddyer to fly out to centre field. Jason Kubel grounded into a force out to the second baseman for the second out then he had Delmon Young called out on strikes to end the inning. Again in the seventh he was greeted by a leadoff double into centre field from J.J Hardy before Aussie debutant Luke Hughes grounded out to the third baseman. He finished his job for the day with Denard Span grounding out to the short stop and Orlando Hudson striking out on a foul tip.

  29 APRIL 2010 - BALFOUR HOLDS & MOYLAN DOESN'T!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

Aussie reliever GRANT BALFOUR collected his first hold of the season after pitching a mediocre 1.0ip 3h 1er 0bb 2k (2.61ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6. Grant pitched the eighth inning and he looked to be sailing with two outs after Jake Fox grounded out to the short stop and Landon Powell struck out swinging on four pitches. Eric Patterson next doubled to left field and he was driven in by Adam Rosales who singled into left field. Balfour saw a third straight hit when Cliff Pennington doubled to deep right field but he left two on base when he had Daric Barton struck out looking.

Australia's PETER MOYLAN was requested to get just one out yesterday for the Atlanta Braves who lost a tight game 4-5 to the St.Louis Cardinals. Pete pitched in relief of starter Derek Lowe who got into trouble in the sixth inning and he inherited a two on and two out situation. Moylan couldn't avoid cashing in one of Lowe's runners when David Freese singled back through the middle but at least he limited the damage when Jon Jay next grounded out to the third baseman. His line finished at 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.00ERA).

Veteran starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was again deprived of a win after pitching a solid 5.1ip 5h 2er 3bb 4k (3.37ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who prevailed 4-3 over the New York Yankees.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 2-4 (.316) for the Houston Astros in their 2-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

  28 APRIL 2010 - MOYLAN COPS A RARE BLOWN SAVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

Australia's PETER MOYLAN did not allow an earned run yesterday but he was still saddled with a rare blown save when he saw the Atlanta Braves narrow lead in the game disappear during the seventh inning of a 3-4 defeat by the St.Louis Cardinals. Pete pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (2.08ERA) in relief of starter Tim Hudson. Hudson started the seventh with a two run lead but this was immediately in jeopardy when Colby Rasmus led off the inning with a homer and then he walked Yadier Molina before handing the ball to Moylan with the inherited runner and none out. Pete looked capable of getting out of the inning with the lead intact after David Freese flied out to right and Brendan Ryan was struck out swinging.
Unfortunately for him, pinch hitter Bryan Anderson doubled into left field to score the tying run. He next intentionally walked Skip Schumaker which proved a sound decision when Ryan Ludwick grounded into a force out to the short stop.

Former No.1 overall draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) has often been a "Boston Killer" in the past and he remained a thorn in their side yesterday with 3-5 even though his Toronto Blue Jays fell 12-13 in a wild home game against the Boston Red Sox. In today's game Wells batted 2-4 (.333) including a RBI double as the BJs only score of the game in a 1-2 loss to the 'Bosox'.

  26 APRIL 2010 - BRAD THOMAS SHAKY IN RARE START!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas
Australia's seasoned reliever BRAD THOMAS made a rare start yesterday and it proved to be a shaky one for the Detroit Tigers who rallied to double the Texas Rangers 8-4. Thomas pitched a curtailed 3.0ip 8h 4er 2bb 1k (8.44ERA) for a somewhat fortunate no decision at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, Texas.
It didn't take long for Brad to find some trouble when successive one out singles by Michael Young and Josh Hamilton were cashed in by veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero who crunched a two RBI double to deep centre field, even though he was out trying to stretch a triple. Things hardly improved in the second inning when Joaquin Arias singled up the middle and Taylor Teagarden walked on five pitches. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners, allowing Elvis Andrus to slap a RBI single into left field. Another four pitch walk in the inning to Michael Young later enabled Guerrero to accrue another RBI via a two out infield single. His day concluded with a much quieter third inning in which only Teagarden reached base on a two out floater into shallow centre field. A rather premature shower followed for Thomas this time!

Unable to do enough to prevent his Minnesota Twins from losing 3-4 to the Kansas City Royals was RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) who pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA). The previous day Mahay pitched 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k in the Twins 9-7 win over KC.

Journeyman backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-3 (.273) with a RBI and a walk as the only run producer for the Atlanta Braves in their 1-3 defeat by the New York Mets.

  23 APRIL 2010 - MOYLAN FINALLY TAGGED FOR A PAIR!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Geoff Blum

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN saw his clean sheet for this season finally stained when he was tagged for 1.0ip 3h 2er 1bb 2k (2.35ERA) while pitching in relief for the Atlanta Braves during their 3-8 loss to the dangerous Philadelphia Phillies. Pete took over for the top of the seventh and he quickly claimed the vital first out when he fanned Jason Werth. His trouble was started by a one out walk issued to Raul Ibanez which was followed by a Juan Castro single up the middle. He induced Carlos Ruiz to fly out to deep right field but this allowed the runner to advance from second to third base. Ross Gload next delivered a RBI single into centre field before Shane Victorino punched another RBI single into right field. Moylan finished the inning by striking out Wilson Valdez who swung through a nasty pitch.

Lefty reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) was one of the few Minnesota Twins pitchers to escape the carnage when he pitched a solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00ERA) in their 1-8 thrashing at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.294) after starting at third base for the Houston Astros in their 1-5 defeat by the Florida Marlins. In yesterday's 5-4 win over 'The Fish' Blum was a major factor with his pinch-hit two RBI triple while batting 1-1.

... and also from yesterday:

Evergreen starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) did all of the pitching for the Baltimore Orioles but he ended up with his third loss for the season after pitching 8.0ip 6h 4er 3bb 4k in a 1-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. 'Big Kev' saw his record slide to 0-3, 3.37ERA.

  21 APRIL 2010 - MOYLAN & BALFOUR STRONG AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour


Ron Mahay

Aussie side-arm reliever PETER MOYLAN continues to maintain his brilliant 0.00ERA start to the 2010 season with another scoreless outing for the Atlanta Braves to help them to prevail 4-3 over the tough Philadelphia Phillies. 'Big Pete' pitched a strong 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k after taking over to pitch the sixth inning. It started shakily for Pete on this occasion when he struck out Jason Werth only to see him safe at first on a wild pitch. Werth was next erased when caught stealing but he was replaced on first base by Raul Ibanez who walked. Moylan finished the job with Juan Castro flying out to centre field before Carlos Ruiz was struck out swinging.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR was also in action yesterday, pitching a very good 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k (1.08ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays to keep them alive in what was a 1-4 defeat by the Chicago White Sox. He took over with one on and none out in the sixth inning to relieve starter David Price and he quickly secured the first out with dangerous Alex Rios struck out looking. Grant then had Mark Teahen ground into a force out to the short stop and Alexei Ramirez lined out to right field. Back for the bottom of the seventh he sat down the side 1-2-3 with Juan Pierre grounding out to second base before he powered-up to fan both Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) belted his seventh home run of the season yesterday while batting a monster 3-4 (.364) to help drive the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Also doing his bit to help the Houston Astros to top the Florida Marlins 7-5 was GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who pinch hit successfully for 1-1 (.276). Previously Blum batted 2-4 (.250) with a RBI as a good contribution for the Houston Astros in their 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

... and from the past few days:

Journeyman, and former outfielder, RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a solid 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k (0.00ERA) in relief for the Minnesota Twins who were doubled 5-10 by his former team Kansas City Royals.

Another MLB journeyman GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 1-3 (.200) for the New York Mets during their 3-5 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals.

  18 APRIL 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH ANCHORS WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith
Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was unlucky not to collect the win today after pitching a strong 6.0ip 4h 2er 3bb 3k (4.50ERA) to anchor the Seattle Mariners 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Only a two out walk to Magglio Ordonez interrupted a 1-2-3 first inning which he achieved with only ten pitches in the top of the second. Ryan then worked around a leadoff walk in the third, but he couldn't escape from a leadoff home run by Ordonez to open the fourth. In the fifth he was able to neutralise a pair of singles for another scoreless frame before he put up another zero in the sixth while allowing just a walk to veteran Carlos Guillen. Rowland-Smith was lifted after Scott Sizemore lashed a leadoff double to deep right field in the seventh and he was saddled with the run when Johnny Damon singled in the run later in the inning.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.372) for the Toronto Blue Jays but again they came up short in a 3-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
  17 APRIL 2010 - BALFOUR & THOMAS RELIVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Brad Thomas


Kevin Millwood

Australian fireman GRANT BALFOUR helped to keep his Tampa Bay Rays alive in a suspended 1-1 game against the Boston Red Sox today. Grant pitched a strong 2.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k (1.42ERA) in middle relief before the game was suspended due to rain in the middle of the ninth inning. In fact his night might not have been so good after he began by walking leadoff batter Kevin Youkilis but, when David Ortiz followed with a double to right field, Youkilis was thrown out at home plate attempting to score the go-ahead run. That was to be his only danger when he got Adrian Beltre to ground out to the second baseman and he struck out Jeremy Hermida. In an uneventful seventh Balfour had Jason Varitek fly out to centre field, Bill Hall lined out to left field and Marco Scutaro was struck out looking.

Aussie "comeback kid" BRAD THOMAS saw further action with 3.0ip 3h 1er 2bb 0k (7.04ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in their 3-11 thumping at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Thomas was thrown to the wolves somewhat, replacing starter Jeremy Bonderman after he had allowed two runs to score in the fifth inning and the bases were still loaded with nobody out. He quickly got Jack Wilson out on a sacrifice fly to right field before Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki tagged him for a RBI single up the middle. Brad then walked Chone Figgins tore-load the bases before he cased in the last of Bonderman's runs when Franklin Gutierrez singled into left field. His second out was secured on another sacrifice fly by Magglio Ordonez and he ended the inning with legend Ken Griffey Junior grounding into a force out to the third baseman. The sixth inning wasn't all plain sailing either after Milton Bradley grounded out to first, Casey Kotchman reached on an error and Rob Johnson walked on five pitches. He averted the threat when Jack Wilson popped up to the second baseman and Ichiro flied out to left field. Asked to soak up the seventh, Brad had Figgins fly out to left then Gutierrez singled into left. He was left aboard when both Austin Jackson and Mike Sweeney flied out to centre field. Brad Thomas already knew that it is tough to pitch in the big leagues!

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) took his second loss of the young season today after pitching a decent 6.0ip 9h 3er 0bb 9k for the Baltimore Orioles who were doubled 2-4 by the Oakland Athletics. His record fell to 0-2, 2.89ERA).

Toronto Blue Jays former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues his hot start to the season with another 3-4 (.385) that included his sixth long ball but even his heroics were not enough to stop the jays going down 5-7 to the Los Angeles Angels.

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 (.250) with a run batted in as his contribution to the Atlanta Braves 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Not able to do enough to help the New York Mets in their 3-4 defeat by the St.Louis Cardinals was GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 1-4 (.190).

  16 APRIL 2010 - MOYLAN & BALFOUR BOTH CLEAN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

In today's game PETER MOYLAN did his bit to help the Atlanta Braves to dominate the San Diego Padres again 6-2. He polished off the last two outs of the seventh inning to finish with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA). Pete struck out the massive frame of Kyle Blanks on three pitches and then he got Chase Headley to fly out to left field for a breezy four pitch outing.

... and yesterday:

Aussie relief ace PETER MOYLAN maintained his unblemished ERA yesterday with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) to help the Atlanta Braves to topple the San Diego Padres 6-1. Pete took good care of the important seventh inning. A leadoff infield single by Jerry Hairston Jnr. was quickly neutralised when he got Everth Cabrera to ground to the short stop for a double play. He then got the pesky David Eckstein to ground out to the first baseman to finish his work for the day.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR worked through another scoreless inning to help his Tampa Bay Rays to trounce the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 yesterday. He pitched the eighth inning for 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (2.08ERA). 'Balf' quickly snared the first two outs with Cesar Izturis grounding out to the second baseman and Adam Jones flying out to right field. He then ran into a potential threat when Ty Wiggington singled into right field and Feliz Pie doubled into deep right field to have runners camped on second and third. Grant extinguished the inning by inducing Justin Turner to ground out to the short stop.


Another journeyman, GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997), came off the bench to bat 1-2 (.176) for his latest club New York Mets who were edged 5-6 by the Colorado Rockies.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-3 (.208) for the Houston Astros but it was not enough to save them from a narrow 1-2 defeat by the St.Louis Cardinals.

  14 APRIL 2010 - R-SMITH & THOMAS PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith


Brad Thomas


Geoff Blum

 

Aussie lefty RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was hurt by walks after making his second start of the season for the Seattle Mariners in their 0-4 defeat by the Oakland Athletics. Ryan took his first loss with 7.0ip 3h 4er 5bb 1k to take his early season record to 0-1, 5.25ERA. Rowland-Smith needed only nine pitches to sit down the A's three up and three down in the first, then only nine more to do the same in the second and twelve to do likewise in the third. After such an efficient start, it was a surprise to see him begin the fourth with a four pitch walk to Rajai Davis, followed by a five pitch walk to Daric Barton and another four pitch walk to Ryan Sweeney. He may have been fortunate to avoid more damage when Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered a sacrifice fly and then Kurt Suzuki grounded into an inning ending double play. Another leadoff walk in the fifth was minimised by a double play and a line out. Cliff Pennington nailed Rowland-Smith for a second run with his leadoff homer to left field in the top of the sixth before he retired the next three in order. The seventh started shakily with a leadoff double by Kouzmanoff before Kurt Suzuki walked. After a sacrifice bunt and an infield pop out Gabe Gross cashed in two more with his RBI single to left field. Ryan closed out the seventh to end his outing on this occasion.

Almost forgotten Australian pitcher BRAD THOMAS is seeing plenty of action since his return to the US pro leagues this year. In his latest outing yesterday he pitched 2.1ip 3h 4er 3bb 0k (9.64ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in their 5-10 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Things started positively for Brad when he had Jose Guillen ground out to the third baseman and Jason Kendall lined out to the first baseman. However, he bought trouble for himself when Yunieski Betancourt walked on five pitches, then Chris Getz walked on four pitches. David DeJesus followed with a RBI single, then Scott Podsednik drove in two more runs with his RBI single into shallow centre field. He ended the sixth when Alberto Callaspo grounded into a fielder's choice to the third baseman. Returning for the top of the seventh, Thomas had Billy Butler ground out to the short stop and Rick Ankiel ground out to the first baseman before Jose Guillen singled up the middle. He closed that frame by getting veteran catcher Jason Kendall to fly out to centre field. Thomas then started the eighth with Betancourt grounding out to the short stop, but he was lifted when he walked Getz for the second time.


Journeyman GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.190) for the Houston Astros who were blanked 5-0 by the St.Louis Cardinals.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) launched his fifth home run of the new season yesterday while batting 1-5 (.320) with the two RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 7-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
  12 APRIL 2010 - THOMAS, BALFOUR & MOYLAN PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

Australian BRAD THOMAS earned his first hold of the season after pitching a solid 2.0ip 2h 1er 2bb 5k (1.80ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in their 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Brad took over from Tigers' starter Jeremy Bonderman to start the sixth inning and he allowed an immediate base runner when Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single. He bounced back to strike out Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo, but he then put Cabrera into scoring position with a wild pitch. It proved to be costly when Travis Hafner punched a RBI single into left field. He ended the sixth with Jhonny Peralta grounding into a fielder's choice to the second baseman. Thomas then pitched a scoreless seventh when both Matt LaPorta and Mark Grudzielanek grounded out to the third baseman for two outs. He issued a walk to Lou Marson but then erased him on a fielder's choice when Michael Brantley grounded out to second.

Hard throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR pitched a scoreless inning of work for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 0-10 shutout defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees. Grant pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.00ERA) in relief of Rays' starter Wade Davis. 'Balf' took good care of the top of the seventh with Francisco Cervelli flying out to left field and Derek Jeter flying out to right, before Nick Johnson popped out to the second baseman. It was all done 1-2-3!

The ever active Aussie PETER MOYLAN was back on the bump for his second hold of the season yesterday when he helped his Atlanta Braves to pound the San Francisco Giants 7-2 with a competent 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA). His first victim was Nate Schierholtz who grounded out to the second baseman, followed by Aaron Rowand who grounded out to the short stop and Edgar Renteria who grounded back to Pete on the mound. When he has those ground balls rolling he is always very tough.


... and today:

Veteran righty KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) made his second start of the season with 7.2ip 5h 1er 0bb 6k and he was most unfortunate to be on the losing end for the Baltimore Orioles in the 2-5 defeat by the Toronto Blue Jays. His record slipped to 0-1, 2.13ERA. VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-3 (.350) but he did milk a walk for the Canadians.

Playing at first base today GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.176) for the Houston Astros who were narrowly doubled 1-2 by the powerful Philadelphia Phillies.
  10 APRIL 2010 - PETER MOYLAN EFFECTIVE AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN made another early season appearance with a strong 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA) for the Atlanta Braves near the end of their narrow 4-5 defeat by the San Francisco Giants. Pete was pressed into action as the game headed deep into extra innings when he doused the bottom of the 11th in effective fashion. He had to work around a lead off single by Juan Uribe, but he claimed a quick out when Eugenio Velez poked a sacrifice bunt for Moylan to make his own assist. With Uribe in scoring position Moylan squashed the threat by striking out veterans Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria.

Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) finally saw his early season home run streak come to an end but he still batted 1-4 (.500) to help them to edge the Baltimore Orioles 6-7.

  9 APRIL 2010 - FOUR AUSSIES PITCH IN THE BIGS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan


Brad Thomas


Ryan R-Smith

Australian flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR suffered a rare blown save today when he gave up what was to be the winning run to the Baltimore Orioles in a 4-3 victory over his Tampa Bay Rays. Grant pitched an extended 2.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 2k after three Tampa pitchers had already been knocked out of the game. After bullpen partner Mike Ekstrom had loaded the bases with none out in the top of the sixth inning Balfour was immediately greeted by a Matt Weiters RBI single before he allowed another run to score on a wild pitch. He re-grouped to strike out Nolan Reimond but Garrett Atkins tagged him again with a RBI single into right field. Grant finally concluded the sixth by fanning Julio Lugo and then getting Brian Roberts to ground out to the second baseman. With vacant bases to start the seventh, Balfour got Adam Jones to fly out to centre field before getting both Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada to ground out to the second baseman. He finished strong but much of the damage had already been done in the previous frame.

Yesterday Aussie PETER MOYLAN added his first win to his opening day hold when he pitched at just the right time to see his Atlanta Braves cruise past the Chicago Cubs 3-2. Pete pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k to bounce out for the blocks in 2010 with a 1-0, 0.00ERA record so far. Taking over for the top of the eighth, Moylan got Ryan Theriot to ground out to the short stop before Kosuke Fukudome singled up the middle and then stole second base. With first base open Pete may have "pitched around" dangerous Derrek Lee who walked but then he called upon a pitcher's best friend by inducing Aramis Ramirez to ground into a double play initiated by the short stop.

Also yesterday forgotten Aussie BRAD THOMAS returned to the US big leagues after a spell in Asia to pitch for his new club the Detroit Tigers. Thomas pitched a brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00ERA) as a minor contributor in the Tigers 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. Brad took over in the bottom of the eighth inning and he started well by getting David DeJesus to ground out to the short stop. He was quickly lifted after issuing a walk to the speedy Scott Podsednik who promptly stole second base.

Aussie RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH assumed the role of No.2 starter for the Seattle Mariners yesterday but he ended up with a no-decision in a 5-6 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Ryan found himself needing to battle hard with 5.0ip 8h 3er 1bb 1k (5.40ERA) while throwing 64 of 96 pitches for strikes. The first inning saw him immediately in trouble after Rajai Davis punched a leadoff single, stole second and advanced to third on an error. He was driven in by a Ryan Sweeney sacrifice fly. He continued to wobble when Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled and he hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch before escaping further damage. The second inning was more comfortable with three up and three down, before Rajai Davis led off the third with a big fly over left field. A Sweeney single in the inning was ultimately left on base. The fourth inning saw another leadoff single to Daric Barton who eventually scored on an error following a Travis Buck double. Another lead off single in the fifth compounded into a bases loaded and one out situation which allowed Daric Barton to deliver another run via a sacrifice fly.


Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) launched his fourth home run of the new season today while batting 1-3 (.600) for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. In yesterday's 7-4 win over Texas the red hot Wells blasted two long balls to make it three from two games while batting 2-3 plus three RBIs and a walk.

... and from yesterday's other MLB games:

Journeyman utility GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.222) but his Houston Astros were still defeated 4-10 by the San Francisco Giants.
  7 APRIL 2010 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS FIRST UP!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Vernon Wells

It didn't take long for Australian star PETER MOYLAN to register his first hold of the new season when he pitched a strong 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) to help his Atlanta Braves to massacre the Chicago Cubs 16-5 on opening day. Pete took over to pitch the top of the seventh inning and he did the job in impressive style with a tidy 1-2-3 inning. He got Mike Fontenot to ground back to the mound before he had Giovanni Soto struck out swinging and then pinch hitter Tyler Colvin flied out to right field. In the same game his team mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) pinch hit with 0-0 (.000).

Veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 3-4 (.750) including his first home run of the season on opening day but his Toronto Blue Jays fell 4-5 to the Texas Rangers.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.250) but it was not enough for his Houston Astros who were beaten 2-5 by the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Veteran outfielder GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) had a good start with his new team when he batted 2-3 (.667) plus a walk for the New York Mets who beat the Florida Marlins 7-1.

... And from today's MLB action:

Evergreen starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) took a no-decision for his latest club the Baltimore Orioles when he pitched 5.0ip 9h 2er 1bb 5k to start their 3-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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