Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
MAY 2010

It is intended that this page will maintain a historical record of previous news published on this site. From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages. It may interest some people to read the developments in chronological order right here.

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  30 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN HOLDS; THOMAS HURTS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Aussie PETER MOYLAN nailed down his eighth hold of the year today when he threw a commanding 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.01ERA) to help his Atlanta Braves to double the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3. Pete struck out Ronny Cedeno, induced Delwyn Young to ground out to the first baseman and then fanned Andrew McCutcheon to finish his job with a flourish. His 13 pitch outing consisted of eight strikes.

Australia's BRAD THOMAS found the going tough today with a costly 1.0ip 3er 2bb 0k (5.26ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were blanked 0-6 by the surging Oakland Athletics. Thomas took over to start the seventh inning that started strongly with Kurt Suzuki grounding out to the third baseman. The trouble began for him when Jack Cust poked an infield single followed by deadly back-to-back walks issued to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Gabe Gross. Brad was then lifted in favour of Eddie Bonine who banked all three runs for the Aussie when Mark Ellis whacked a three RBI double into left field.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) pillaged his 13th "big fly" of the season today while batting 1-4 (.302) for the Toronto Blue Jays who topped the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.

  29 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN WINS & BALFOUR CLOSES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Firstly, from yesterday, Aussie favourite PETER MOYLAN stepped in to pick up his second win of the season when he pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to help his Atlanta Braves to swamp the Florida Marlins by the score of 8-3. Our Peter relieved struggling starter Tim Hudson to pitch the bottom of the fifth but his third pitch saw star Hanley Ramirez single up the middle. Moylan's throwing error on a pickoff allowed Ramirez to scamper to second but he won a long battle with Jorge Cantu who fouled off five successive pitches before grounding out to the short stop. He struck out dangerous Dan Uggla and then induced Cody Ross to ground out back to the mound where he handled it himself. The win took his impressive season record to 2-0, 2.11ERA.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR assumed the role of closer for the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of their 2-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He pitched 1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 1bb 1k (2.11ERA) and the unearned run posted against him did not factor in the end when the Rays were unable to muster a rally in the home half of the last. It started frustratingly for Balfour today when he struck out Calos Quentin only to see him safe at first on a passed ball as a leadoff base runner. Next he got veteran pinch hitter Omar Vizquel to fly out to right field, but only after another passed ball saw Quentin moved to second base. Quentin advanced to third when Ramon Castro grounded out to short stop and he scored when Grant lost an eight pitch battle with Gordon Beckham who punched a RBI single into left field. 'Balf' walked the speedy Juan Pierre but he finished the job when Alexei Ramirez grounded out to the third baseman.

Two former ABL import stars were at the forefront of the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 shutout win over the Baltimore Orioles today. On the victorious side of the ledger was Blue Jays' evergreen slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who mashed his 12 home run of the season while batting 2-4 (.303). Not so fortunate was 'O-Birds' veteran starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who took another loss with 6.0ip 6h 4er 1bb 2k as his 2010 record slipped further to 0-5, 3.89ERA.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) did his job as a pinch hitter with 0-1 (.266) as he delivered a Rbi on a ground out for the Houston Astros who were still hammered 6-15 by the Cincinnati Reds. Blum batted an even better 1-5 with two RBIs yesterday in Houston's 3-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

  27 MAY 2010 - THREE AUSSIES RELIEVE AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan


Ryan R-Smith
Australia's GRANT BALFOUR could hardly be blamed for the fact that his high rolling Tampa Bay Rays were swept in their current series after their latest 3-11 loss to division rivals Boston Red Sox. The game was already slipping away from the Rays by the time that 'Balf' pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.21ERA) in middle relief today. Pitching to a tough part of the 'Bosox' lineup he got Kevin Youkilis to pop out to the second baseman before the in-form Adrian Beltre reached on an infield single. He killed off the top of the seventh by getting Jeremy Hermida to fly out to left field and Jason Varitek to pop out to the third baseman. It didn't count for a lot but he had done his job in typical professional style.

Australian righty PETER MOYLAN saw a bit of extended action with a couple of solid innings in relief of Atlanta Braves starter Tommy Hanson when he pitched 2.0ip 4h 1er 0bb 1k (2.21ERA) to help his team to fend off the Florida Marlins 7-3 today. Pete took over for the bottom of the seventh with Brett Carroll grounding out to the short stop, then Chris Coghlan singled through the middle. In characteristic Moylan fashion he hosed that issue by getting Gaby Sanchez to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop. After throwing only five pitches he was ready to return for the eighth inning which started with Hanley Ramirez flying out to left field and Jorge Cantu grounding out back to the mound for Pete's assist. The Marlins' offence found some life when Dan Uggla singled to right field and Cody Ross did likewise. A run scored when Ronny Paulino singled up the middle but there was no more threat when Wes Helms was struck out swinging. Remarkably, Moylan's ERA at the end of the day matched Balfour's 2.21!

Usual starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH made his second relief appearance in a row and he was a tad unlucky with 0.2ip 1h 2r 0er 0bb 1k (7.30ERA) for the Seattle Mariners who still rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 today. Unfortunately Ryan allowed the Tigers to take a 4-1 grip on the game when he relieved starter Jason Vargas to pitch the top of the sixth. He looked to be in control when he struck out Brandon Inge and then had Gerald Laird line out to the second baseman. He was most unfortunate to see Danny Worth reach on an error by the third baseman, only to see Adam Everitt to deliver a RBI double to deep left field. Rowland-Smith was then relieved by Brandon League who next allowed Everitt to score later in the inning. At the end of the day 'RRS' should remind himself that none of those runs were earned and, most importantly, his team took the win from the game with a dramatic four-run eighth inning rally!

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.300) but his Toronto Blue Jays needed much more to get close to the Los Angeles Angels who overpowered them 3-8 yesterday. The previous day he also batted 1-4 but, on that occasion, he also walked and drove in a run to help Toronto to shut out the Angels 6-0.

  25 MAY 2010 - THREE AUSSIES PROVIDE RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Ryan R-Smith
Australia's "Mr. Reliable" PETER MOYLAN continued his streak of scoreless innings yesterday by pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (1.96ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who were edged 2-3 after ten innings by the pesky Pittsburgh Pirates. Pete took good care of the bottom of the eighth by first striking out Lasting Milledge, then getting tenth inning hero Ryan Doumit to ground out to the first baseman. Ronny Cedeno singled up the middle but it had little effect when pinch hitter Ryan Church grounded out to the first baseman. In the same game backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 2-4 (.235) with a valuable RBI.

Compatriot GRANT BALFOUR also pitched a most efficient inning with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.33ERA) to help his Tampa Bay Rays to overrun the Houston Astros 10-6 yesterday. Grant made really short work of the bottom of the eighth by pounding the strike zone with eleven of his 18 pitches thrown for strikes. He began by getting Pedro Feliz to line out back to himself on the mound, before Geoff Blum flied out to right field and Tommy Manzilla struck out swinging at a thunderbolt.
GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-3 (.278) for the 'Stros'.

After struggling as a starter so far this season, Aussie RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH found himself pitching out of the bullpen yesterday, hurling the last inning for the Seattle Mariners in their 1-8 defeat at the hands of the in-form San Diego Padres. Ryan pitched a solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (7.43ERA) to restore some of his flagging confidence. He got star slugger Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to left filed then Chase Headley grounded out to short stop and veteran Matt Stairs grounded out to the second baseman.
  23 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN & BALFOUR BOTH ADD HOLDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Aussie side-arm pitcher PETER MOYLAN collected his seventh hold of the season today with a useful 1.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.08ERA) that helped his Atlanta Braves to subdue the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. 'Big Pete' relieved Derek Lowe to take over the bottom of the sixth and he allowed an immediate base runner when Ronny Cedeno reached on an infield single to the short stop. He regained control when Jason Jaramillo and Jeff Clement both grounded out to the third and second basemen respectively. Akinori Iwamura walked on four pitches and then stole second, but he got no further when Bobby Crosby popped out to the second baseman.

Aussie GRANT BALFOUR also added his fourth hold of the year after pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.45ERA) for the high rolling Tampa Bay Rays who doubled the Houston Astros 4-2 today. Balfour put away the bottom of the eighth inning after speedy Michael Bourn punched a leadoff single into left field. He responded by striking out Jeff Keppinger, getting Lance Berkman to fly out to left field and Carlos Lee to pop out to the second baseman.

Journeyman lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) was bailed out by his Minnesota Twins offence after pitching a miserable 0.0ip 2h 3er1bb 0k (5.40ERA) in their 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-2 (.302) for the Toronto Blue Jays who fell 5-8 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wells batted 1-4 in yesterday's 6-6 loss to the 'D-Backs'.

Utility infielder NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) got a start at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he batted 1-3 (.125) plus a RBI to help them to toss the Detroit Tigers 4-1.

  21 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN STRONG IN BRAVES WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australian righty reliever PETER MOYLAN pitched a most impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.25ERA) for the Atlanta Braves to help them to squeeze past the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 yesterday.

Pete took over from starter Kenshin Kawakami to pitch the top of the seventh inning and he made short work of task. He began by striking out Drew Stubbs, then he got Ramon Hernandez to ground out to the short stop before striking out pinch hitter Micah Owings to finish his job for the day.

  27 MAY 2010 - THREE AUSSIES RELIEVE AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan


Ryan R-Smith
Australia's GRANT BALFOUR could hardly be blamed for the fact that his high rolling Tampa Bay Rays were swept in their current series after their latest 3-11 loss to division rivals Boston Red Sox. The game was already slipping away from the Rays by the time that 'Balf' pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.21ERA) in middle relief today. Pitching to a tough part of the 'Bosox' lineup he got Kevin Youkilis to pop out to the second baseman before the in-form Adrian Beltre reached on an infield single. He killed off the top of the seventh by getting Jeremy Hermida to fly out to left field and Jason Varitek to pop out to the third baseman. It didn't count for a lot but he had done his job in typical professional style.

Australian righty PETER MOYLAN saw a bit of extended action with a couple of solid innings in relief of Atlanta Braves starter Tommy Hanson when he pitched 2.0ip 4h 1er 0bb 1k (2.21ERA) to help his team to fend off the Florida Marlins 7-3 today. Pete took over for the bottom of the seventh with Brett Carroll grounding out to the short stop, then Chris Coghlan singled through the middle. In characteristic Moylan fashion he hosed that issue by getting Gaby Sanchez to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop. After throwing only five pitches he was ready to return for the eighth inning which started with Hanley Ramirez flying out to left field and Jorge Cantu grounding out back to the mound for Pete's assist. The Marlins' offence found some life when Dan Uggla singled to right field and Cody Ross did likewise. A run scored when Ronny Paulino singled up the middle but there was no more threat when Wes Helms was struck out swinging. Remarkably, Moylan's ERA at the end of the day matched Balfour's 2.21!

Usual starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH made his second relief appearance in a row and he was a tad unlucky with 0.2ip 1h 2r 0er 0bb 1k (7.30ERA) for the Seattle Mariners who still rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 today. Unfortunately Ryan allowed the Tigers to take a 4-1 grip on the game when he relieved starter Jason Vargas to pitch the top of the sixth. He looked to be in control when he struck out Brandon Inge and then had Gerald Laird line out to the second baseman. He was most unfortunate to see Danny Worth reach on an error by the third baseman, only to see Adam Everitt to deliver a RBI double to deep left field. Rowland-Smith was then relieved by Brandon League who next allowed Everitt to score later in the inning. At the end of the day 'RRS' should remind himself that none of those runs were earned and, most importantly, his team took the win from the game with a dramatic four-run eighth inning rally!

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.300) but his Toronto Blue Jays needed much more to get close to the Los Angeles Angels who overpowered them 3-8 yesterday. The previous day he also batted 1-4 but, on that occasion, he also walked and drove in a run to help Toronto to shut out the Angels 6-0.

  25 MAY 2010 - THREE AUSSIES PROVIDE RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Ryan R-Smith
Australia's "Mr. Reliable" PETER MOYLAN continued his streak of scoreless innings yesterday by pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (1.96ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who were edged 2-3 after ten innings by the pesky Pittsburgh Pirates. Pete took good care of the bottom of the eighth by first striking out Lasting Milledge, then getting tenth inning hero Ryan Doumit to ground out to the first baseman. Ronny Cedeno singled up the middle but it had little effect when pinch hitter Ryan Church grounded out to the first baseman. In the same game backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 2-4 (.235) with a valuable RBI.

Compatriot GRANT BALFOUR also pitched a most efficient inning with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.33ERA) to help his Tampa Bay Rays to overrun the Houston Astros 10-6 yesterday. Grant made really short work of the bottom of the eighth by pounding the strike zone with eleven of his 18 pitches thrown for strikes. He began by getting Pedro Feliz to line out back to himself on the mound, before Geoff Blum flied out to right field and Tommy Manzilla struck out swinging at a thunderbolt.
GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-3 (.278) for the 'Stros'.

After struggling as a starter so far this season, Aussie RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH found himself pitching out of the bullpen yesterday, hurling the last inning for the Seattle Mariners in their 1-8 defeat at the hands of the in-form San Diego Padres. Ryan pitched a solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (7.43ERA) to restore some of his flagging confidence. He got star slugger Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to left filed then Chase Headley grounded out to short stop and veteran Matt Stairs grounded out to the second baseman.
  23 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN & BALFOUR BOTH ADD HOLDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Aussie side-arm pitcher PETER MOYLAN collected his seventh hold of the season today with a useful 1.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.08ERA) that helped his Atlanta Braves to subdue the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. 'Big Pete' relieved Derek Lowe to take over the bottom of the sixth and he allowed an immediate base runner when Ronny Cedeno reached on an infield single to the short stop. He regained control when Jason Jaramillo and Jeff Clement both grounded out to the third and second basemen respectively. Akinori Iwamura walked on four pitches and then stole second, but he got no further when Bobby Crosby popped out to the second baseman.

Aussie GRANT BALFOUR also added his fourth hold of the year after pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.45ERA) for the high rolling Tampa Bay Rays who doubled the Houston Astros 4-2 today. Balfour put away the bottom of the eighth inning after speedy Michael Bourn punched a leadoff single into left field. He responded by striking out Jeff Keppinger, getting Lance Berkman to fly out to left field and Carlos Lee to pop out to the second baseman.

Journeyman lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) was bailed out by his Minnesota Twins offence after pitching a miserable 0.0ip 2h 3er1bb 0k (5.40ERA) in their 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-2 (.302) for the Toronto Blue Jays who fell 5-8 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wells batted 1-4 in yesterday's 6-6 loss to the 'D-Backs'.

Utility infielder NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) got a start at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he batted 1-3 (.125) plus a RBI to help them to toss the Detroit Tigers 4-1.

  21 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN STRONG IN BRAVES WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australian righty reliever PETER MOYLAN pitched a most impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.25ERA) for the Atlanta Braves to help them to squeeze past the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 yesterday.

Pete took over from starter Kenshin Kawakami to pitch the top of the seventh inning and he made short work of task. He began by striking out Drew Stubbs, then he got Ramon Hernandez to ground out to the short stop before striking out pinch hitter Micah Owings to finish his job for the day.

  19 MAY 2010 - AUSSIE TRIO PITCH AGAIN IM MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith


Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour


Vernon Wells

Aussie starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH is finding the going tough so far this season with four losses. He was hit hard and far too often in his latest start with a painful line of 2.2ip 10h 7er 0bb 3k for the Seattle Mariners in their 4-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Ryan started well by striking out Cliff Pennington but then Daric Barton doubled to deep right. He secured the second out with Kurt Suzuki flying out to left field before Kevin Kouzmanoff teed off with a two run blast to right field. Ryan Sweeney also doubled for the A's but he was left on second bag when Jake Fox struck out swinging. He was in further trouble in the second frame with four successive none out hits comprising a Jack Cust single, an Adam Rosales single, a two RBI double by Rajai David and a bunt single by Pennington. Daric Barton plated another run with a sacrifice fly before the inning was ended with Suzuki flying out and Kouzmanoff fanned on a full count. Sweeney led off the third with with another hit but Rowland-Smith responded with a double play ground ball from Jake Fox. His mild relief was short lived when Jack Cust singled and Adam Rosales followed with a two run last to left field that saw the end of the outing for our man. It was hard work as his record plunged to 0-4, 7.62ERA.

Australian relief ace PETER MOYLAN contributed just one out for the Atlanta Braves near the end of their narrow 2-3 defeat by their division rival New York Mets yesterday. Pete pitched 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.51ERA) to close out the top of the eighth. He allowed a single up the middle to Mets' big off-season acquisition Jason Bay but he completed the job by getting recent Braves' team mate Jeff Francouer to fly out to left field after Bay had stolen second base. It was a five pitch outing for Moylan on this occasion. GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 0-3 (.173) for the Mets.
Pete added another two outs today with the efficient line of 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.40ERA) to help the Braves to reverse the decision with a 3-2 win over the Mets. With two on and one out in the top of the seventh Moylan required just one pitch to induce his trademark ground ball double play to end the inning when Francouer grounded to the third baseman. It may have been a decisive moment in the game.

Aussie fireman GRANT BALFOUR wasn't perfect today, but his 1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 3k (2.60ERA) was a decent contribution for his Tampa Bay Rays who rolled over the Cleveland Indians 6-2. Grant was entrusted with the eighth inning which started with a three pitch strike out of Austin Kearnes before Jhonny Peralta doubled to left field. Hard hitting Travis Hafner drove in the run with another double to deep centre field. There was to be no further damage when Balfour struck out both Matt LaPorta and pinch hitter Russell Branyan to end the inning.

Former overall #1 draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) hammered his his 11th home run of the year today with 2-3 (.316) plus two RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays, helping them to thrash the Minnesota twins 11-2. In this game RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) took some stick with 1.2ip 3h 3er 0bb 2k while pitching middle relief for the Minnesota. Yesterday he did all he could with 3-4 (.310) plus an RBI for the Blue Jays who were still well beaten 3-8 by the Twins.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was again denied a win, even though he pitched a mighty 8.0ip 10h 3er 0bb 7k today. He was left with a no-decision when his Baltimore Orioles rallied late to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in the tenth inning.

  17 MAY 2010 - DAVIS ROSS WALKS 3 TIMES FOR BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

David Ross
Journeyman reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 0.2ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (0.90ERA) yesterday for the Minnesota Twins as he allowed his first earned run of the season in their 1-7 loss to the New York Yankees.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.304) for the Toronto Blue Jays who yesterday blanked the Texas Rangers 6-0.

In today's 13-1 win for the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Braves' catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-2 (.207) but he walked three times, collected a RBI and he scored a run.
  15 MAY 2010 - THOMAS & BALFOUR BOTH RELIEVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Grant Balfour

Australia's BRAD THOMAS was back in the bullpen today, pitching long middle relief for the Detroit Tigers in their 2-6 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. Brad pitched a tidy 3.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 3k (4.76ERA) after starter Matt Scherzer had been shelled by the 'Bosox'. He started well after taking over the top of the sixth with J.D Drew and David Ortiz both striking out before Adrian Beltre singled and Jeremy Hermida flied out to left field to end the inning. Darnell McDonald led off the seventh with a single but Marco Scutaro flied out to right and Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play to the second baseman. In the eighth Victor Martinez grounded out to third and Kevin Youkilis applied some pressure with a double to deep left field. Thomas kept his own score blank for the day by getting Drew to fly out to left and then striking out 'Big Papi' Ortiz for the second time.

GRANT BALFOUR recorded the last out for the Tampa Bay Rays today but his team was unable to overcome a one run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to lose 3-4 to the Seattle Mariners. He took care of Franklin Gutierrez with six pitches before he struck out looking. His line was 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.20ERA).

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) thumped his tenth home run of the season today while batting 1-5 (.306) with five huge RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 16-10 slugfest win over the Texas Rangers.

and in yesterdays other MLB games:

Veteran starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) again missed out on the win after pitching a decent 6.2ip 7h 5er 1bb 5k (3.69ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who eventually prevailed 6-5 over the Seattle Mariners.

  13 MAY 2010 - THREE 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:

Ryan R-Smith


Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

 

 

Australian starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was hit hard today to take his third loss of the season as his Seattle Mariners fell 2-5 to the lowly Baltimore Orioles. His record fell to 0-3, 6.44ERA after he laboured through just three innings for an early shower. Ryan allowed only a Nick Markakis single in the first inning. In the second he saw a leadoff single by Ty Wiggington and a two out walk to Garret Atkins before keeping the scoreboard blank. It all came unstuck in the third when Corey Patterson and Adam Jones began with none out singles and they were both driven in by a Miguel Tejada double to deep right centre.
He was lifted with the line of 3.0ip 7h 3er 1bb 2k (6.44ERA). He was lifted after Luke Scott homered to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
His team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 2-3 (.235). Yesterday LANGERHANS helped the Seattle Mariners to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 yesterday by batting 1-4 (.143) with a RBI while patrolling first base.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR earned his second hold of the season with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. With two on and one out in the bottom of the eighth, Grant snuffed the threat by striking out Howie Kendrick before getting Michael Ryan to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop.
GRANT BALFOUR added his third hold today with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.25ERA) as the Rays topped the Angels again 4-3. With one aboard he polished off the seventh inning with Torii Hunter popping out to the first baseman. He then snared the first out in the eighth when Kendry Morales flied out to left field.

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN was one of the few Atlanta Braves' players to struggle yesterday while pitching relief during their big 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. 'Big Pete' battled to get one out with 0.1ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k (2.77ERA). With a runner on third and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Moylan was greeted with a run when Casey McGehee singled through the middle. Next veteran catcher Greg Zaun added a single, followed by Corey Hart who also singled to right for an earned run against our man. He finally ended the inning with Alcides Escobar lining out to second base.
Our own PETER MOYLAN was back on the hill today in much better form to collect his sixth hold of the year with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.57ERA) while helping the Atlanta Braves to maul the Milwaukee Brewers again 9-2. Pete rolled out a quick 1-2-3 in the seventh with Corey Hart called out on strikes, Alcides Escobar grounding out to the short stop and pinch hitter Joe Inglett grounding out to second base.

... and from other action yesterday:

In the New York Mets 8-6 win over the Washington Nationals, former ABL import star GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) pinch hit with 1-1 (.156).

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) struck out the only batter he faced with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-5 defeat by the Chicago White Sox.

Helping the Houston Astros to double the St.Louis Cardinals 6-3 was third baseman GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 1-3 (.328).

  11 MAY 2010 - BRAD THOMAS STARTS v YANKEES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas

 

Aussie BRAD THOMAS wasn't dominant today, but his start of 3.0ip 3h 2er 3bb 0k (5.49ERA) set his Detroit Tigers on the path to an uplifting 5-4 home win over the New York Yankees. Thomas started well with only a walk to Nick Swisher providing a base runner in the first inning. He then managed to work around a two on and none out predicament in the second after allowing a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano, followed by a single to Jorge Posada when he sat down the next three Yanks. Another one out walk to Nick Swisher in the third proved costly when the next hitter, Mark Teixeira, clocked a big fly to left field for two runs. He finished the third inning and his outing for the day by picking off Alex 'A-ROD' Rodriguez who has singled and then getting Cano to ground out to the second baseman.

Still running ultra-hot this season is veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who crushed his ninth home run of the season among his 3-5 (.339) with two RBIs yesterday for the Toronto Blue Jays who topped the home standing Chicago White Sox 9-7.

Career outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) made a rare start at first base for the Seattle Mariners yesterday, batting 0-2 (.100) but walking twice to help his team to rout the Los Angeles Angels 8-1.

  9 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN HOLDS 5th & BALFOUR GETS ONE OUT!
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Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Helping the struggling Atlanta Braves to record a solid 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies was Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN who earned his fifth hold of the season with 1.1ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (2.13ERA). As he has done so regularly over the past few years, our Pete summoned a canny double play ground ball to defuse a threatening two on and none out situation that he inherited in the bottom of the sixth inning. In this case his second pitch saw Wilson Valdez ground into the inning ending twin killing to the short stop. Returning for the bottom of the seventh Moylan got Ross Gload to ground out to the second baseman but successive four pitch walks to Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs saw him lifted. It didn't end brilliantly for him today, but he had done his job to shut down the previous inning.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR was called upon to put away just one out today for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 2-4 defeat by the Oakland Athletics. Grant came into the game with one on and two out in the bottom of the seventh and he won an eight pitch battle with Kevin Kouzmanoff who flied out to right field on a full count. His brief line today was 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.98ERA).


Hard hitting centre fielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.328) with one of the few RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays who fell 3-7 to the Chicago White Sox. Yesterday Wells batted 2-4 with a RBI and two walks in Toronto's 7-4 win over the 'Chisox'.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) delivered a pinch hit RBI as the only run scored for the Houston Astros in their 1-2 defeat by the San Diego Padres. He batted 1-1 (.333) with the run batted in.

Evergreen starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) can't take a trick this season as he was saddled with his fourth loss of the campaign while pitching a steady 7.0ip 7h 3er 3bb 4k for the Baltimore Orioles in their 1-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins. His record stands at an unworthy 0-4, 3.26ERA. In the earlier game of the double bill RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a tidy 1.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who were beaten 3-7 by the Baltimore Orioles.
  7 MAY 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH & MOYLAN STRUGGLE!
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Ryan R-Smith


Peter Moylan

 

Australia's only regular big league starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was back in harness today taking the mound first for the Seattle Mariners in their 0-8 defeat by the streaking Tampa Bay Rays. His first inning was fairly uneventful with only Ben Zobrist milking a two out walk but he was quickly in trouble in the second when Carlos Pena worked a leadoff full count walk and he was driven in by a B.J Upton double. After securing a couple of outs in the frame another run scored when veteran Gabe Kapler stroked a RBI single into centre field. Ryan hurled a 1-2-3 third inning with only eleven innings but then allowed another leadoff walk in the fourth that was cashed in on a Willy Aybar double to left field. Back to start the top of the fifth he Rowland-Smith was put under pressure by a leadoff double to Jason Bartlett before Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Ben Zobrist earned an RBI on a bunt single then another run scored an Evan Longoria's double to left field. He secured one out in the fifth when Carlos Pena struck out swinging then he was lifted in favour of Ian Snell who allowed another of his runners to score. It left him taking the loss with 4.1ip 7h 6er 3bb 2k to take his season record to 0-2, 6.21ERA. His Mariners team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-2 (.167) with a walk.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN did not suffer any ERA damage today, but he would have been disappointed to allow the winning run to score when his Atlanta Braves were beaten 2-3 by the Washington Nationals. Pete relieved Eric O'Flaherty with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth after O'Flaherty had walked Adam Kennedy. Ryan Zimmerman advanced the runner to third with hsi double to deep right field before he intentionally walked Cristian Guzman to load the bases. The strategy didn't work when pinch hitter Willie Harris punched the game winning RBI into right centre field. It left Moylan with a rather unpleasant 0.0ip 2h 0er 1bb 0k (2.38ERA) after the game.
His team mate catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 (.261) for the Braves.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 2-4 (.325) to continue his strong start to the season and to help his Toronto Blue Jays to top the Chicago White Sox 2-0.
  6 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN HOLDS & BALFOUR RELIEVES!
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Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Australia's PETER MOYLAN earned his fourth hold of the season today while helping his Atlanta Braves to nudge the Washington Nationals 7-6 in ten innings. Pete threw 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (2.38ERA) after taking over from starter Tommy Hansen to start the seventh inning. In short order Moylan had both Adam Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman ground out to the short stop before he walked man mountain Adam Dunn on five pitches. He finished the inning with future Hall-Of-Fame catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez struck out swinging at his fourth pitch slider.

And today I was able to watch Aussie GRANT BALFOUR pitch in a non save situation for the Tampa Bay Rays, hurling the last inning of their big 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Grant certainly didn't have it all his own way with 1.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k (2.02ERA) even after being staked to a six run lead. It all started with a broken bat single up the middle by Franklin Gutierrez, followed by an error on a fielder's choice grounder by Ken Griffey Junior. He got Jose Lopez to fly out to centre field but he then loaded the bags with a five pitch walk to former IBLA player Ryan Langerhans. His defence helped on the next play when Josh Wilson hit into a difficult fielder's choice play made by the short stop as one run scored. Mike Sweeney threatened with a loud foul but Balfour struck him out with a nasty slider to end the inning.

RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-2 (.250) for the M's but he walked twice.

... and from yesterday's MLB action:

Toronto Blue Jays' evergreen slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) didn't manage a hit during their 8-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians but in a busy afternoon he walked three times and recorded two RBIs to benefit his team.

RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-1 (.500) as a pinch hitter for the Seattle Mariners and he took over at left field in their 2-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

  5 MAY 2010 - BRAD THOMAS SOAKS SOME INNINGS!
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Brad Thomas

 

Australia's BRAD THOMAS took the opportunity to throw some quality innings for the Detroit Tigers at the end of their 10-4 drubbing by the Minnesota Twins. Thomas was a pretty effective "inning eater" on this occasion with 3.2ip 4h 0er 0bb 1k to lower his ERA to 5.40. Taking over with one out in the fifth inning Brad immediately saw Nick Punto score the Twins last run via a sacrifice fly before he ended the inning with Denard Span grounding out to the second baseman. In the bottom of the sixth he got Orlando Hudson to pop out to the short stop on his first pitch then Justin Morneau singled into right field. There was no further concern in that inning when Jim Thome grounded into a fielder's choice to the second baseman and Michael Cuddyer knocked one back to the mound for Thomas to make the assist. In the seventh he got Jason Kubel to ground out back to the mound with his first pitch and J.J Hardy grounded out to third. Wilson Ramos smacked a two out double to deep left but he got no further when Nick Punto grounded out to the second baseman. Thomas finished off the bottom of the eighth after Denard Span singled up the middle by getting Alexi Casilla to ground into a double play to the second baseman and then he had Justin Morneau struck out looking.

Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.327) with a RBI to help the Toronto Blue Jays to smack the Cleveland Indians 5-1.

  3 MAY 2010 - MOYLAN AND BALFOUR PITCH IN RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Australian star PETER MOYLAN struck out the only batter he was asked to face yesterday while pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.61ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who hammered the Houston Astros 10-1. Pete did what he was asked to do in just about the most impressive way possible by striking out Humberto Quintero on three pitches when he fanned on a 81mph slide piece. In the same game DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) was the starting catcher for the Braves and he chimed in with 2-4 (.263) plus a RBI.

Fellow Aussie GRANT BALFOUR also produced an extra strong scoreless inning for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 2-4 extra inning loss to the Kansas City Royals. Grant pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.19ERA) in relief of starter David Price and it was not his fault that the Rays were eventually on the losing end. Taking over to hurl the top of the seventh inning, 'Balf' got Jason Kendall to fly out to centre field, then he had Willie Bloomquist struck out swinging on a full count. He finished the deal by inducing Yuniesky Betancourt to foul out to the first baseman.


Veteran lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k for the Minnesota Twins during their 4-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians after eleven innings. Mahay collected his first hold of the season today with a brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) as the Twins beat the Tribe 8-3.

... in today's other MLB games:

Journeyman starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) pitched a sturdy 8.0ip 5h 2er 4bb 4k (3.15ERA) but he was consigned to a no decision when his Baltimore Orioles rallied late to beat the visiting Boston Red Sox 3-2 in ten innings.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-2 (.326) after taking over at short stop during his Houston Astros 1-7 defeat by the Atlanta Braves.
  1 MAY 2010 - LUKE HUGHES HITS AGAIN FOR TWINS!
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Luke Hughes


Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

 

 

Australia's latest major league player LUKE HUGHES recorded another hit in his second big league game after starting at third base again for the Minnesota Twins in their 0-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers yesterday. This time Hughes batted in the #8 slot and he finished the game with 1-3 (.286) after supplying one of only four hits for his team. In fact Luke nailed the first hit of the game for the 'Twinkies' when he singled with a line drive into left field to lead off the top of the third on a third pitch changeup from Dontrelle Willis. Unfortunately he was to be the third out in the inning when he was caught stealing. He next made the third out in the top of the fifth inning when Willis struck him out swinging at a 91mph fastball. Hughes then lead off the eighth where he was blasted with fastballs from Joel Zumaya before swinging through a 100mph heater on the sixth pitch.

Australian ace GRANT BALFOUR put the lid on an easy 11-1 win for his Tampa Bay Rays over the Kansas City Royals with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.38ERA). Grant got Brayan Pena to fly out to right field, Alex Gordon to pop out to the third baseman and Yuniesky Betancourt to pop out to the first baseman. Balfour threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes while regularly hitting 93mph in a blazing performance of power pitching.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN was tagged for another run while pitching 1.0ip 1h 1er 2bb 1k (2.70ERA) in an uncharacteristically shaky relief effort for the Atlanta Braves during their heavy 2-10 defeat by the St.Louis Cardinals. He started by getting Matt Holliday to ground out to the first baseman on a pitcher's cover but then Colby Rasmus singled back through the middle. Pete soon found the bags loaded after walking David Freese and Yadier Molina in succession. The run was scored somewhat fortunately on a soft ground ball out to the short stop. There was to be no further damage after he struck out Blake Hawksworth looking at a fourth pitch sinker.

and in today's MLB games:

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) closed out a comfortable 9-3 win for the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA).

Hot hitting veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was on fire again today with 3-4 (.337) plus two RBIs, including his eighth home run of the season, that helped his Toronto Blue Jays to overrun the Oakland Athletics 10-2.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-3 (.326) as the starting first baseman for the Houston Astros in their 2-4 defeat by the Atlanta Braves.

 

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