Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
MAY 2014

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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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.

ARCHIVED NEWS FROM MAY 2014 BEGINS BELOW:

ARCHIVE
MAY 2014

To make things easier for our loyal subscribers we will adopt a new format of
providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

 

  29 MAY 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRONG AGAIN FOR JAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brandon Barnes

Australia's starting pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS backed-up from his winning start last turn in the rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays with another strong 6.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 5k (2.31 ERA) today. Liam will not figure in the decision with the game still tied 2-2 with the Tampa Bay Rays at the time of writing, but you couldn't ask for much more than the three-hit performance he supplied in a high quality start for his team.
T1: A three up, three down inning where Hendriks fanned Rays' stars Evan Longoria and James Loney after working deep into the count each time.
T2: All of Tampa's runs came when Matt Joyce nailed a one out double and Wil Myers followed with a long ball over left field. He finished the inning with two fly outs.
T3: Began with Sean Rodriguez hit by a pitched ball, but there was no further damage with a couple more fly ball outs and a fielder's choice leaving the runner stranded.
T4: A slice of revenge for Liam when he finished another 1-2-3 inning by whiffing the guys who had hit him previously, Matt Joyce and Wil Myers.
T5: A one out single by Jose Molina didn't amount to much as Liam put up another important zero with Sean Rodriguez becoming his fifth strike out victim.
T6: A couple more fly outs and a ground out brought a clean end to a terrific outing by Hendriks who did himself no harm in trying to cement his place in the Jays rotation.
In all he threw 62 of 95 pitches for strikes in an effort very familiar to Aussie baseball fans who have followed his career and more typical of the way that he has dominated at 'AAA' level. Although he has pitched at the major league level in a couple of other stints with Minnesota, he was always a youngster trying to carry a battling team bereft of run support. Maybe he is now starting to really believe that he belongs at the game's highest level while enjoying the support of a stronger ballclub.

One of the earliest imports of the modern ABL era, DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011), was back as the starting first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds where he batted a useful 2-4 (.500) in their 3-6 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Catching specifically for Boston Red Sox ace starter Jon Lester was DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who also contributed 1-4 (.172) with a RBI in their 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in interleague action.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) did not manage a hit, but he still contributed as a pinch hitter with a RBI on a ground ball out for the Colorado Rockies who trumped the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Donald Lutz


David Ross

  26 MAY 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR SAVES NINTH v BOSTON!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie GRANT BALFOUR required just one out to record his ninth save of the season when the floundering Boston Red Sox rallied to within three runs in what concluded with a 8-5 win for his Tampa Bay Rays - almost embarrassingly it inflicted a tenth straight loss on the reigning World Series Champion Red Sox.

With two out in the top of the ninth, Grant did his job by pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.49 ERA) to polish off the game. With Xander Bogaerts taking second base on defensive indifference, Balfour got Boston star Dustin Pedroia to ground out the the third baseman as the final out.

  25 MAY 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS BACK WITH A BIG WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Grant Balfour

Australia's 31st and still our most recent major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS enjoyed a successful return to the majors with his new club Toronto Blue Jays, collecting a meritorious win with 5.2ip 3h 1er 3bb 3k to anchor their 3-2 victory over the in-form Oakland Athletics.
T1: A one out single by Jed Lowrie was the only threat posed to Hendriks as he neutralised all of that threat by fanning Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss to end the frame.
T2: Only seven pitches needed to shut down the inning with a ground out and two fly ball outs.
T3: A leadoff walk milked by savvy veteran and former Twins team mate, Nick Punto, was nullified when Liam induced a double play, then he got Coco Crisp to fly out for another zero on the board.
T4: A two out home run over right field by Brandon Moss on a full count saw the only run scored against Hendriks who maintained a useful 3-1 lead after four.
T5: Liam had to battle in this one after Josh Reddick led off with a single to right then, after he had registered two outs, he hit Kyle Blanks with a pitch and walked Coco Crisp to load the bases. There was no damage done when Jed Lowrie flied out to centre field to end the inning.
T6: A leadoff walk to Josh Donaldson was followed by a fly out and a fielder's choice ground ball out as Liam's triumphant return came to a close with 79 pitches thrown.
After changing clubs in the off season, Hendriks has done exactly what he needed to do to convince his new coaches and managers by dominating at 'AAA' level and, clearly, nobody could say that he did not deserve another chance. For Australian baseball fans it was just great to see him grasp the opportunity with both hands and we'd love to see him cement his standing as a major league pitcher.

Aussie closer GRANT BALFOUR pitched a rapid fire top of the tenth inning with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.59 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who squeezed out the slumping Boston Red Sox 6-5 after 15 long innings today. 'Balf' got David Ross to pop out to the second baseman, pinch hitter David Ortiz to ground out to the third baseman and Brock Holt to fly out to centre field. His decisive contribution saw him throw five of only eight pitches for strikes.

Seattle Mariners' starting pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) continues to find it tough to shackle major league batters with his latest 4.1ip 6h 6er 1bb 2k and he appearaed likely to yake his third loss of the season with his team trailing badly 2-9 in the bottom of the sixth inning at the time of writing. The defeat would see his season record slump to 1-3, 6.99 ERA. His team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) was also batting 1-3 (.317) at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brandon Maurer


James Jones

  23 MAY 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR COPS RARE BLOWN SAVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
On this rare occasion Australia's highly effective closer GRANT BALFOUR spurned a save opportunity when he suffered a blown save after allowing the Oakland Athletics to score the tying run in the top of the ninth, even though his Tampa Bay Rays rallied to win the game 5-2 in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Grant wasn't his usual effective self when he pitched 1.0ip 2h 1er 2bb 1k (5.89 ERA) while throwing 15 of 27 pitches for strikes. His very first pitch saw John Jaso single into right field, then he moved into scoring position with a stolen base before Josh Donaldosn walked to fill the empty first bag. He secured one out by having Brandon Moss called out on strikes from just three pitches, but the damage was done when powerful Yeonis Cespedes doubled to deep left to tie the game. Under instruction he then issued an intentional walk to Jed Lowrie to load the bases ahead of getting Josh Reddick to fly out to left field. 'Balf' then left those three runners on base when he got Alberto Callaspo to fly out to left. Those two big fly ball outs denied the Athletics from taking a lead in the game and, quite possibly, winning the game.

Balfour may have struggled after throwing 24 pitches the previous day when he pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 2k at the end of Tampa's 2-3 loss to the As. On that occasion he started shakily by walking Derek Norris and Brandon Moss to lead off the inning with only two strikes thrown among the eight balls. Grant fought back to strike out Eric Sogard and then he got Josh Reddick to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop. Reddick took second base on fielder's indifference, but he moved no further when Grant struck out veteran journeyman Nick Punto to end the inning,

Our most recent new ABL import to reach the majors, JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012), continues to get on base as the regular leadoff batter for the Seattle Mariners. He batted 1-3 (.314) plus a walk in their narrow 3-4 defeat by the Texas Rangers.

Colorado Rockies' outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) is also making the most of his opportunities by batting 1-1 (,326) after taking over at left field late in their 1-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
 

 

 

 


James Jones


Brandon Barnes
  18 MAY 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR NOTCHES 8TH SAVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie ace GRANT BALFOUR notched his eighth save of the season by pitching another most efficient 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (6.06 ERA) that locked down the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. With an economy of effort 'Balf' got Colin Cowgill to pop out to the first baseman and he kept the same fielder busy when pinch hitter Grant Green also fouled out to first. He completed the deal by having Erick Aybar called out on strikes - his tenth strike among just 14 pitches.

JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) continues to cement his position as regular starting centre fielder and leadoff batter for the Seattle Mariners with some great defence and a lofty batting average in the early stages of his big league career. Today he batted 1-4 (.333) with a RBI in their 3-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins and he previously batted 1-5 in their 4-5 defeat by the Twins yesterday.

James Jones

 

  16 MAY 2014 - BALFOUR SAVES 7TH v SEATTLE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour



 

Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR earned his seventh save of the season with a most efficient 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.70 ERA) that preserved a 2-0 win for his Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners. Grant threw seven of only twelve pitches for strikes while locking down the bottom of the ninth inning in rapid style. His first victim was recent ABL import James Jones who grounded out to the first baseman, then he fanned Stefen Romero and had Robinson Cano line out to the left fielder. JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) was the starting centre fielder for the M's and he batted 1-3 (.367) from the leadoff slot. Starting pitcher for Seattle was another recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who took the loss with a laborious 3.2ip 2h 2er 4bb 3k as his record slid to 1-2, 6.00 ERA.

An AMLB import from another era is DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who was the starting catcher today for the Boston Red Sox who lost 3-4 in extra innings to the Minnesota Twins. Ross batted 1-4 (.171).

Brandon Maurer

 

  10 MAY 2014 - MARINERS' JONES HOT -  MAURER NOT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon Maurer
ABL import pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) is finding it tough to put away big league hitters and he struggled again yesterday with a hard-hit start that saw him allow almost two hits per inning. He threw 7.1ip 14h 6r 4er 0bb 0k in the Seattle Mariners  1-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. His record fell to 1-1, 6.20 ERA.

Meanwhile his Seattle team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) has been performing well lately with some brilliant defensive action at centre field and strong offence as well.  Jones batted 1-1 (.455) as a pinch hitter in this game to back up some recent strong games as a starter for the Mariners.


James Jones
  8 MAY 2014 - RINKU SINGH THE MILLION DOLLAR ARM!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Rinku Singh
Yesterday BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) had a most productive day as the starting right fielder and leadoff batter for the Colorado Rockies in their convincing 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Barnes lashed two doubles while batting 2-5 plus a run scored. He followed that up today by pinch hitting for 2-2 (.357) today to help the 'Rox' to trounce the Rangers again 12-1.

Seeing some brief action as a pinch hitter for the Seattle Mariners was JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) who came into the game for one plate appearance before taking over defensively at centre field. He batted 0-1 (.500) in the M's 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

And, just briefly, anyone who watched ESPN's signature program Baseball Tonight yesterday would have seen their outside broadcast featuring the opening of the new baseball movie named "Million Dollar Arm". For those unaware, this film revolves around a contest conducted in India some years ago of the same name, where local athletes were challenged to win $1,000,000 for throwing a baseball with the most velocity. The winner of this contest was a javelin thrower named RINKU SINGH who was subsequently signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he has now spent four years in their minor league system. This name should also be familiar to Australian baseball fans because Singh has played three seasons in our current Australian Baseball League - with Canberra Cavalry in 2011, then with Adelaide Bite in 2012 and 2013. He is presently recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Brandon Barnes


James Jones

  5 MAY 2014 - BALFOUR CLEAN & IMPORTS STAR!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour




Brandon Barnes

Hard throwing Aussie closer GRANT BALFOUR got some work in a non-save situation when he pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (4.73 ERA) at the end of the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. Balfour took what proved to be the final score into the bottom of the ninth and he kept it that way while hurling nine of 18 total pitches for strikes. Leadoff batter Kelly Johnson worked a full count before lining out to the first baseman, then he issued an untidy five pitch walk to Yangervis Solarte. Brett Gardner grounded out to the third baseman ahead of pinch hitter Brian McCann who lined his second pitch on a rope to the centre fielder. It was another blank inning in a "low leverage" situation.

Recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) earned his first major league win today when he started for the Seattle Mariners in their tight 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros. Maurer wasn't exactly "lights out" with 5.0ip 6h 4er 2bb 3k (6.92 ERA) but he got the job done with enough run support from his team mates.

Another recent ABL import, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012), has done little wrong this season, even though he is not getting a regular start for the Colorado Rockies. He batted 1-1 (.333) as a pinch hitter in their 1-5 loss to the New York Mets.

... and as one from the much more distant AMLB past:

Boston Red Sox platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) clocked his second home run of the young season while batting 1-3 (.182) with the RBI that helped the 'Bosox' to double the visiting Oakland Athletics 6-3.


Brandon Maurer

 

 



David Ross

  2 MAY 2014 - BALFOUR SAVES SIXTH FOR RAYS v RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR just managed to survive the pressure cooker of Boston's Fenway Park to record his sixth save of the season as his Tampa Bay Rays hung on for a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in a topsy-turvy game. 'Balf' threw 12 of 24 pitches for strikes for the pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k (5.11 ERA). Balfour came into the game in the bottom of the ninth after Boston's 'Flyin' Hawaiian' Shane Victorino had led off the inning with a cracking double to put the tying run in scoring position.
Victorino advanced to third on David Ortiz' ground out to the first baseman, then he got the second out with the dangerous Mike Napoli called out on strikes. Grady Sizemore walked to help build the tension, but Balfour stepped up to strike out youngster Xander Bogaerts to end the game with his team in front.

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