Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
MAY 201
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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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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.

ARCHIVE
MAY 2015

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.

  27 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS COPS BLOWN SAVE IN BLUE JAYS WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS had a rough day at the baseball office today when he took a blown save with a rare five-hit outing, however, he would have felt much better after his Toronto Blue Jays' team rallied to take him off the hook for the loss with a 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox. Liam carried a 7-6 lead when he commenced the top of the eighth inning with a punch out of Tyler Flowers. His drama began when Carlos Sanchez doubled to left field and Adam Eaton drove him in with a RBI single to right. Melky Cabrera followed with an infield single, but he was erased when Jose Abreu grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out, even though another run scored on the play. Hendriks' day was done when veteran lefty Adam LaRoche singled to right and Alexei Ramirez drove him in with a soft flare into shallow right. He didn't get to finish the inning when he was lifted with two outs in the bank. Not all of the balls were scorched, yet he will have to suffer the unflattering line of 0.2ip 5h 3er 0bb 1k (4.29 ERA). Such is the life of a relief pitcher that these kind of days somehow seem to overshadow a sequence of good outings lately.

After recently returning to the majors, former ABL import outfielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) is seeing some playing time at right field for the Detroit Tigers. In his most recent game he batted 2-4 (.267) in their 0-4 defeat by the Oakland Athletics.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a most efficient 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.05 ERA) as he continued to solidify his position among the San Diego Padres' bullpen in their 3-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.


Tyler Collins


Brandon Maurer

  25 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRIKES OUT ALL THREE MARINERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's own LIAM HENDRIKS fanned all three batters he faced to close out the Toronto Blue Jays comfortable 8-2 domination of the Seattle Mariners. Liam continues to thrive in his adopted role as a versatile relief option with his latest 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k (3.10 ERA) that saw him throw ten of 13 pitches for strikes in a clinical performance. Hendriks fanned Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison, both on four pitches, before having Wellington Castillo called out on strikes to end the game in quick-fire fashion.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.245) for the Tampa Bay Rays who tumbled 2-7 at home to the Oakland Athletics.

Helping the Colorado Rockies to whallop the San Francisco Giants 11-2 was BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who started at right field and contributed offensively with 1-3 (.615), including a couple of runs scored.

Brandon Barnes
  24 MAY 2015 - DID GREGORIUS HOMERS TWICE IN TWO DAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius

Brandon Barnes
Had it not been overshadowed by the heavy defeat, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) might have finally endeared himself to his new fan base after batting 2-4 (.227) including his second home run of the season for the New York Yankees who were crushed 15-4 by the in-form Texas Rangers. This comes just a day after he clocked his first long ball of the season while batting 1-3 with three big RBIs in their 9-10 defeat by the visiting Rangers yesterday. We can hardly blame him for finding it hard to fill the giant-sized cleats of retired Yankee great Derek Jeter this season.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.246) as the leadoff batter for the Tampa Bay Rays who were blanked 0-5 by the travelling Oakland Athletics. Kiermaier batted 1-1 after coming into the game as a defensive replacement in the Rays' 5-2 win over Oakland yesterday.

Back in the big league with the Colorado Rockies is outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 1-1 (.833) with a run batted in yesterday's 8-11 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a clean 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.14 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who lost by the odd run 1-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kevin Kiermaier

Brandon Maurer
  22 MAY 2015 - BALFOUR & BERESFORD IN 'AAA' COMBAT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford
Aussie stars GRANT BALFOUR and JAMES BERESFORD were pitted against each other again in 'AAA' league action. Both made big contributions in a game where Beresford's Rochester Red Wings edged Balfour's Durham Bull 8-7 at Frontier Field. James batted 2-5 (.331) to continue his strong hitting form, while Grant pitched a strong 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.25 ERA). In the bottom of the eighth Balfour had Beresford line out sharply to the left fielder to end the inning.

Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) is obviously keen to make certain that he stays in the big leagues after breaking out with a mighty 4-4 (.800) plus a RBI to help his Colorado Rockies to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 today. Barnes was the starting left fielder an #7 slot hitter.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.240) as the leadoff batter and starting centrefielder for the Tampa Bay Rays who shut out the Oakland Athletics 3-0.

Grant Balfour
  21 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLEAN IN A COUPLE OF TIGHT LOSSES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australian ace LIAM HENDRIKS kept his Toronto Blue Jays within a run of a late rally by pitching a scoreless top of the ninth at the sharp end of their narrow 3-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels this morning. Liam began strongly by striking out Carlos Perez on four pitches, then he had Taylor Featherston ground out to the third baseman. A serious threat followed when Erick Aybar doubled to right centre and then moved to third on an outfield error. There wasn't too much hesitation in issuing an intentional walk to young superstar Mike Trout with open bases on offer. Hendriks held his nerve to strand those runners with Marc Krauss flying out to centre field. His line for the day was 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (3.26 ERA). In yesterday's 2-3 loss to the Angels, Liam was lighting up the radar gun with another effective scoreless inning of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k. His 1-2-3 inning comprised Chris Ianetta flying out to left, Taylor Featherston called out on strikes and Johnny Giavotella grounding out to the second baseman.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) returned from a day off yesterday to bat a solid 2-4 (.214) for the New York Yankees who were toppled 2-3 by the streaking Washington Nationals.

Starting centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) continues to attract media attention for his athletic play with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was once again highlighted on ESPN's Baseball Tonight for another great outfield catch and for his daring "leg out" triple recently. He batted 1-5 (.240) in today's 1-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Didi Gregorius


Kevin Kiermaier

  20 MAY 2015 - JAMES BERESFORD ON ANOTHER HOT STREAK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford
A strange thing happened just over a week ago in the US minor leagues when prolific Aussie infielder JAMES BERESFORD had a couple of hitless games! That terrible drought broke up a 13 game hitting streak on 10 May, however, it didn't last for long. James is now embarking on another seven game hitting streak that includes three two-hit games while he boosts his batting average to a mighty .330 with over 100 at bats for the season already posted. Beresford is currently enjoying the arrival of Tampa's Durham Bulls in Rochester with 2-2 plus a walk and a RBI in his latest game. The day prior he was on the opposing team to fellow Aussie GRANT BALFOUR who is hoping to work his way back to the big leagues after recently being designated for assignment. Beresford batted 1-4 with another big RBI double in that game, while Balfour closed the 0-3 shutout loss for Durham with a scoreless 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k. In that ninth inning Grant had James struck out on a third strike foul bunt when he was attempting a sacrifice.
Grant Balfour
  17 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS TOUCHED BY LONG BALLS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
When you throw as many strikes as Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS just about always has, there will always come a time when big league hitters find the fat part of the bat. Unfortunately Liam felt the brunt of a pair of long balls when he took over a tough situation in the bottom of the sixth inning during his Toronto Blue Jays 5-6 defeat by the unpredictable Houston Astros. Liam was asked to take over with runners perched on second and third bases with nobody out and he could not manage to preserve a 3-2 lead when the dangerous Chris Carter took a 1-2 pitch over the fence to right centre field for a go-ahead three run bomb. Then, after Hank Conger flied out to centre field for the first out, Marwin Gonzalez clocked another long ball over right centre with a 3-1 count slanted in his favour. With a bit too much damage done, Hendriks got Jose Altuve to ground out to the third baseman and he fanned Luis Valbuena on three pitches to end the inning.
Undaunted by the rough inning Liam returned to the bump for the bottom of the seventh to put up a valuable zero via three up and three down. He got George Springer to ground out to second before striking out both Evan Gattis and Preston Tucker to finish strongly. It certainly wasn't his most memorable game, yet we should recognise that it was not Hendriks who put the go-ahead runs into scoring position to ramp up the pressure in Minute Maid Park.
Liam copped a blown save with the line of 2.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 3k (3.63 ERA).
  16 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLOSES LOSS TO TWINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS closed out a losing cause for the Toronto Blue Jays with a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.93 ERA) at the end of their 4-8 defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. Liam threw seven of ten pitches for strikes to make sure that he did not prolong the agony for his team. Pitching the bottom of the eighth, Hendriks had Chris Carter line out to centre field from his first pitch before getting Marwin Gonzalez to ground out to third and Jake Marisnick to ground out to short.

Starting centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.234) with a run batted in as the leadoff hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays who were edged 2-3 by the Minnesota Twins.

Kevin Kiermaier
  14 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLEAN AGAIN v BALTIMORE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS pitched a sturdy 1.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.14 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays during their 1-6 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles. Liam was summoned from the bullpen with two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth with his team already trailing 0-5. He promptly made life a fair bit tougher for himself when he hit the dangerous Adam Jones with a pitch to fill the bases, but he held firm to get power hitter Chris Davis to fly out to centre field to end the threat. Hendriks also took good care of the seventh inning with J.J Hardy flying out to left field before David Lough waited out a full count walk. It all fizzled out for the Orioles when Lough was caught stealing and Caleb Joseph grounded out to the short stop for a clean frame.

In the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 win over the New York Yankees, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.212) for the Yanks while KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 0-4 (.240) for the Rays.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a highly efficient 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.70 ERA) to help his San Diego Padres to double the Seattle Mariners 4-2. He threw eight of just eleven pitches for strikes to collect his fourth hold of the season.

Brandon Maurer
  10 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HANDLES BATTLING BOSTON RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS wasn't about the let the anaemic Boston Red Sox find any momentum today with a terrific display of control pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays who rolled to a 7-1 victory at the Rogers Centre. Liam threw 25 of 34 pitches for strikes to post three blank innings with 3.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k (3.45 ERA). Taking over the hill for the top of the sixth, Hendriks had Allen Craig called out on strikes, Xander Bogaerts ground out to short and Blake Swihart fly out to centre for a swift kill. He was just as efficient in the top of the seventh against the top of the 'Bosox' lineup card when he didn't allow the ball to leave the infield. He got Mookie Betts to ground out to the first baseman, Dustin Pedroia to ground out to the short stop and David Ortiz to pop out to the third baseman. In the top of the eighth he got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to second before 'Kung Fu Panda' Pablo Sandoval singled into shallow left with one out. Hendriks then won a full count battle with the slumping Mike Napoli who finally struck out swinging on eight pitches and he finished his work with a second punch out of Allen Craig. It was another strong effort for the young Aussie flag bearer.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a useful 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.21 ERA) for the San Diego Padres during their narrow 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.

Brandon Maurer
  7 MAY 2015 - JAMES BERESFORD BURNING FOR RED WINGS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford
If Melbourne's JAMES BERESFORD was any hotter he'd surely catch fire! The classy 26yo middle infielder has racked up no fewer than 18 hits over his last ten games, including seven multi-hit games and he has driven in eight RBIs. The Australian national team fixture is representing Minnesota's 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings with distinction while beating up on the Syracuse Chiefs, Columbus Clippers, Norfolk Tides and Indianapolis Indians over that ten game span. Beresford has been on the cusp of cracking a major league debut for a few years now and, surely, he only needs a decent break for that to happen this year?

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.275) for the Tampa Bay Rays who were shut out 0-2 by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. More notably. The former ABL outfielder took one of the spectacular outfield catches of the season while running into the quirky "cut out" corner abutting the bullpen in right centre field. He is building a reputation as a human highlight reel.

Kevin Kiermaier
  3 MAY 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES ON THE TRIBE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Brandon Maurer

Australia's lone current major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS was pretty good today despite allowing one earned run while pitching in middle relief for the Toronto Blue Jays who vanquished the Cleveland Indians 11-4. First Liam had to deal with a bases loaded and two out predicament when he took over in the bottom of the sixth inning with his team leading 10-2. Typically, he came out pounding the strike zone with four successive strikes, including a foul, before having the dangerous Jason Kipnis called out on strikes to end the big threat. Back for the bottom of the seventh, Hendriks was again throwing not much else but strikes with three successive ground ball outs from Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana who each found the first baseman. With the Blue Jays ringing the defensive changes for the bottom of the eighth, Liam saw his first pitch hit hard by Brandon Moss who led off the inning with a double to deep centre field, ahead of a ground out by David Murphy who advanced Moss to third. Lonnie Chisenhall reached on an error by the second baseman, allowing Moss to score, unearned. A wild pitch then allowed Chisenhall to scamper to third, which enabled Roberto Perez to deliver a sacrifice fly on a full count. Liam finished his job by getting Tyler Holt to fly out to centre field. He was left with today's line of 2.1ip 2r 1h 1er 0bb 1k (4.50 ERA).

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.294) as the starting centre fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays who were shut out 0-4 by the Baltimore Orioles. It was one of only four hits managed by his team today.

Reliever BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) was very effective today to collect his second hold of the season with 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.75 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who doubled the Colorado Rockies 4-2.

New short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) made a solid offensive contribution with 1-3 (.212) plus a walk as he helped the New York Yankees to edge the Boston Red Sox 3-2 yesterday.
 

 


Kevin Kiermaier


Didi Gregorius

  1 MAY 2015 - JAMES BERESFORD HOT AT 'AAA' ROCHESTER!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford


Brandon Maurer

Given the unfortunate fact that we have so few Aussies to report on from the US major leagues at present, we will occasionally highlight good performances from Australian players at the higher levels of the US minor leagues... and this is a good time to start.

At 'AAA' level, Victorian infielder JAMES BERESFORD has gone on an amazing tear lately with two hits in each of his last four games and eleven hits from his last six games with Minnesota's Rochester Red Wings. James has enjoyed facing the tough pitching of Cleveland's Columbus Clippers and the Washington Nationals' Syracuse Chiefs. His sustained run of hitting has boosted his batting average to a very strong .340.

In his past ten games Atlanta's MATT KENNELLY has collected seven hits and driven in five runs while playing for their 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves as a platoon catcher.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.306) with a triple and two RBIs as a key contributor for the Tampa Bay Rays who outlasted the New York Yankees 3-2 over 13 innings yesterday. In the same game new Yankee DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) went empty with 0-5 (.206).

Relief pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) closed out the San Diego Padres 2-7 loss to the Houston Astros with a modest 0.2ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (4.50 ERA).


Matt Kennelly


Kevin Kiermaier

 

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