Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
JUNE 2010

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  30 JUN 2010 -  BRAD THOMAS HOLDS DOWN TWINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Vernon Wells
Australian BRAD THOMAS earned his second hold of the season yesterday when he pitched a "no fuss" 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.46ERA) for the Detroit Tigers during their 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins at the Twins' new Target Field stadium. Brad took over from Tigers' starter Jeremy Bonderman with one on and two out in the bottom of the sixth in a 5-4 ballgame. He first got Nick Punto to ground into a fielder's choice then he got Denard Span to fly out to centre field from the second pitch he faced. That was his contribution for the day.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 2-4 (.288) for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 1-2 defeat by the Cleveland Indians yesterday. The previous day Wells went deep for his 19th home run of the season as the highlight of his 2-3 (.285) with two RBIs that produced all of the scoring for Toronto Blue who were man-handled 2-11 by the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

... and also from the previous day:

Left-handed journeyman RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a steady 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (4.09ERA) but the damage had already been done for his Minnesota Twins who were shut out 0-6 by the New York Mets.

Backup outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) pinch hit with 0-1 (.176) and a walk for the Seattle Mariners who were blanked 0-3 by the Milwaukee Brewers.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-3 (.242) and walked as the starting second baseman for the Houston Astros but it had little effect as they were thumped 1-10 by their "Lone Star State" rivals the Texas Rangers.
  27 JUN 2010 -  MOYLAN SAVES BIG WIN FOR BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australia's own PETE MOYLAN was the man on the spot today at the pointy end of the Atlanta Braves' tight 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Moylan needed just one important strike out to record his first save of the season today with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.03ERA). The Braves had seen a 4-1 lead almost evaporate after a home run and four successive two out walks had narrowed the gap to the final score of 4-3 in the top of the ninth. Pete had the nerve-jangling task of facing wily veteran Johnny Damon with the bases loaded and two out and with the game, very obviously, on the line. In typical fashion Damon battled seven pitches for a full count before our man finally got the better of him when he was struck out looking at a courageous 93mph sinker that was just off the bottom outside corner of the zone. One thing Moylan certainly doesn't lack is the nerve to pitch in the tough situations.

Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.281) as a minor contribution to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
  26 JUN 2010 -  FOUR AUSSIES PITH IN BIG LEAGUES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Brad Thomas
Grant Balfour
Ryan R-Smith
Vernon Wells
Aussie PETER MOYLAN collected his 12th hold of the year today by pitching a neat 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.07ERA) for the Atlanta Braves in their 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Pete took over to commence the top of the eighth and he promptly induced big bats Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera to ground out to the second and third basemen respectively. That was enough for him on this occasion.
In the same game fellow Aussie BRAD THOMAS nailed down the last two Atlanta outs with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (4.54ERA). He started by getting young gun Jason Heyward popped out to the third baseman before veteran superstar Chipper Jones reached on an infield single. Thomas then got another dangerous veteran, Troy Glaus, to ground out to the short stop on the first pitch he saw.

Australian fireman GRANT BALFOUR was on the wrong side of a "no hitter" today when his Tampa Bay Rays were mowed down 0-1 by Edwin Jackson and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grant closed the last inning with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (1.69ERA) to keep his team within the single run of a comeback victory. He allowed the lead runner aboard when Justin Upton singled to left field, but he then fanned Miguel Montero. Grant faced the minimum three batters when Upton was caught stealing on a pitch out and Chris Young was struck out swinging.

Australia's only regular starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH made another start today for the Seattle Mariners in another struggle that saw his team overrun 3-8 by the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitching in an ugly "retro" uniform from an era lacking sporting fashion sense, Rowland-Smith threw 5.1ip 5h 5er 2bb 4k to see his record slide to 1-7, 6.18ERA). He hit lead off batter Ricky Weeks with a pitch to start the game but still managed to blank the first inning before posting a rapid-fire 1-2-3 second and third inning. Singles to Cory Hart and Ryan Braun in the fourth set the table for rookie Jonathan Lucroy to crunch a three run "jack" over centre left. Ryan may have still been contemplating that homer when his second pitch to Carlos Gomez also vanished over left field for a fourth earned run. Back for the fifth he managed to work around a lead off double by Dave Bush. A leadoff walk to Braun and a one out walk to Lucroy saw him given the hook, but he was saddled by another earned run in the inning when the leadoff walk scored… don't they always?

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) launched his 17th and 18th "big flies" of the season today as part of his powerhouse 2-4 (.285) with three RBIs to ensure that his Toronto Blue Jays shut out the St.Louis Cardinals 5-0. Yesterday Wells batted 2-4 (.281) but it was not enough to get the Jays on the scoreboard as they were shut out 0-1 by the Cards.

... and also from recent MLB games:

Backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-3 (.359) and he drove in half of the Atlanta Braves' runs during their 2-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a very brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.84ERA) for the Minnesota Twins in their 3-5 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Helping his Houston Astros to get the better of the San Francisco Giants was handy utility player GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 1-3 (.221) plus a walk.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) is riding a current two game winning streak with his most recent start of 5.0ip 8h 4er 2bb 3k as his record improved to 2-8, 5.22ERA. He enjoyed some welcome run support when his Baltimore Orioles romped 11-5 over the visiting Florida Marlins.

  24 JUN 2010 -  BRAD THOMAS TOILS FOR TIGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas

 
Aussie pitcher BRAD THOMAS endured a tough outing yesterday with an untidy 1.1ip 3h 1er 4bb 1k (4.64ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were punished 6-14 by the New York Mets. Brad took over during an ugly third inning in which the Mets had added six runs by the time he arrived with two on and two out. He was unable to halt the runaway train when Ike Davis struck immediately for a two RBI double. He then walked Jason Bay and Rod Barajas before Jeff Francouer flied out to left field to end the inning with the bases loaded. Brad next walked Ruben Tejada to start the bottom of the fourth which was followed by a sacrifice bunt from opposing pitcher Jonathon Niese. Jose Reyes singled singled up the middle and a run scored on Angel Pagan's RBI double to deep centre field. After intentionally walking David Wright, he steadied to strike out Ike Davis and then he got Jason Bay to ground out to the short stop. It was hard work for the Australian on this occasion.

Veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) has been cooling off lately after a raging start to the season offensively, but he was back hitting yesterday with 2-3 (.278) plus a walk for the Toronto Blue Jays who still lost 4-9 to the St.Louis Cardinals.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a very brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.58ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who were beaten 5-7 by the Milwaukee Brewers.
  22 JUN 2010 -  RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH TAKES A WIN!
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
Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH, apparently the one and only "hyphen" to play in the US major leagues, has endured some tough times this season but his star shone brightly for the Seattle Mariners yesterday when he anchored their 1-0 shut out win over the well performed Cincinnati Reds. In one of his best ever performances at the major league level, Rowland-Smith pitched a strong 6.0ip 3h 0er 5bb 2k with his first win of the season improving his record to 1-6, 5.98ERA. It started in the best possible fashion for him when he scooted through a 1-2-3 first inning with an economy of pitches, before working a round a pair of singles in the second. A two out walk to Brandon Phillips in the third was expunged when he was caught stealing, while a one out hit by pitch to Scott Rolen was the only on base activity in the fourth. Another two out walk to Corky Miller did no damage in the fifth but he was threatened in the sixth when Joey Votto worked a one out walk and moved to second on Rolen's bloop single into left field. He managed to battle his way out of that situation but lead off walks to Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey in the top of the seventh signalled the end of his outing. He may have been tiring as he went beyond 100 pitches but, thankfully, his bullpen held strong to complete the meritorious shutout win.

Australian late inning relief star GRANT BALFOUR supplied another very useful scoreless inning for the Tampa Bay Rays even though they fell 1-4 to their local interleague rival Florida Marlins.
Grant pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k after taking over from starter David Price to hurl the seventh inning. He induced Chris Coghlan to fly out to left field, Gaby Sanchez to fly out to centre field and Dan Uggla to ground out back to the mound for his own assist. It was a neat 17 pitch inning that comprised ten strikes.

Fellow Aussie PETER MOYLAN also produced a vital scoreless inning to assist his Atlanta Braves in their 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Taking over to pitch the top of the seventh in a 5-5 deadlock, Pete got Billy Butler to ground out to second base before Jose Guillen singled into left field. There was not significant threat after Alberto Collaspo grounded into a fielder's choice to the third baseman and Mitch Maier grounded out to first base.
Moylan's battery mate in this game was journeyman catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 0-3 (.279).

  20 JUN 2010 -  BALFOUR HOLDS; MOYLAN GETS ONE OUT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Peter Moylan
The radar of Aussie flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR was unusually askew today when he pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 3bb 0k (1.80ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays during their ever so tight 9-8 win over the Florida Marlins after 11 innings. Balfour took over at the start of the seventh inning and he caught a break following a full count walk to Dan Uggla when Cody Ross lined into a double play. Then, successive walks to Mike Stanton and Ronny Paulino saw him given the hook earlier than he would have liked. Even so he still collected his seventh hold for 2010.

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN required just four pitches to get the one out he was asked to record during the Atlanta Braves thrilling walk-off 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Pete pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.25ERA) while getting the vital third out in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second and two out, he induced Billy Butler to ground into a fielder's choice to the third baseman.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was pretty good for the Baltimore Orioles today, pitching a strong 6.0ip 7h 3er 2bb 5k to help them to over come the San Diego Padres 5-4. It helped him to finally register his first win of the season as his record improved to 1-8, 5.12ERA.

Evergreen outfielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.278) to help the Toronto Blue Jays to blank the San Francisco Giants 3-0.

  19 JUN 2010 -  MOYLAN HOLDS; THOMAS & BALFOUR RELIEVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Brad Thomas

 

Aussie right hander PETER MOYLAN notched his 11th hold of the season this morning by pitching a tidy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.29ERA) to help his Atlanta Braves to top the Kansas City Royals 6-4. Pete took over with none out in the top of the eighth just after David DeJesus had doubled to lead off the inning. He battled to get Billy Butler to ground out to the second baseman but the inherited runner scored when Jose Guillen singled through the middle. In rather typical Moylan style he ended the inning by inducing Alberto Collaspo to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop.

Australia's BRAD THOMAS was also in action today with 1.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 2k (4.55ERA) to help the Detroit Tigers to overcome the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. Brad took over during a very threatening fifth inning after three runs had scored, taking over with two on and one out. He did his job by striking out Adam LaRoche and then getting Tony Abreu to ground into a fielder's choice to the third baseman. Things did not go quite so smoothly after he returned for the top of the sixth when Gerardo Parra led of with a single up the middle before issuing a full count walk to Augie Ojeda. After striking out Kelly Johnson for the first out he couldn't prevent Stephen Drew from slapping a RBI single into right field. He was then lifted.


Another Aussie, GRANT BALFOUR, hurled 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (1.84ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays in what proved to be a tight 1-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves yesterday. After walking Yunel Escobar to lead off the bottom of the seventh, he bounced back to get Melky Cabrera to line into a double play to the third baseman. He polished off the inning by getting Brandon Hicks to fly out to right field.

Veteran lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) battled a bit with 1.0ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k (4.66ERA) for the Minnesota Twins during their 5-9 defeat by the Philadelphia Phillies. Yesterday Mahay pitched a much steadier 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k in the Twins 1-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

  17 JUN 2010 -  ROWLAND-SMITH LOSES SIXTH!
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
I actually got to watch a recording of Aussie RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH making his latest start for the Seattle Mariners yesterday in their 2-4 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He wasn't too bad early to escape possible disaster but his outing ended on an all too familiar down side this season with his sixth straight loss after pitching 4.0ip 7h 3er 1bb 1k. After a leadoff single by Skip Schumaker and a full count walk to Matt Holliday, he recovered to get superstar Albert Pujols to ground into a double play to the third baseman before ending the inning unblemished. The second inning was also scoreless with only a Colby Rasmus single producing a base runner. Brendan Ryan singled to lead off the third, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt but again Ryan was able to avert any scoring by getting Pujols to ground out again to end the inning. If he'd had any luck to that stage it ran out in the fourth when David Freese whacked a one out ground rule double and Colby Rasmus followed with a long ball over the right field fence. Then, with two out, opposing pitcher Jeff Suppan doubled and was driven in by Brandon Ryan's single. He was relieved before the start of the fifth inning with his record standing at 0-6, 6.63ERA.

Fellow Sydney-sider GRANT BALFOUR bent a little but he refused to break while pitching in relief for the Tampa Bay Rays who belted the Atlanta Braves 10-4 yesterday. 'Balf' pitched 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k (1.91ERA) in relief of starter David Price. Taking over for the bottom of the sixth he was greeted by a single from Martin Prado and another from emerging star Jason Heyward. He left them aboard by getting Chipper Jones to fly out to left, then striking out powerful Troy Glaus and Brian McCann.
  15 JUN 2010 -  BRAD THOMAS WINS FOURTH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Kevin Millwood
Seasoned Aussie BRAD THOMAS may not be the most overpowering pitcher in the US major leagues, but he seems to have found the "Midas touch" when it comes to collecting wins this season. He grasped his fourth of the year yesterday from just three pitches and only one strike with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k as a middle reliever for the Detroit Tigers who just beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. Thomas relieved starter Armando Galarraga to get the final out of the eighth inning with one on and two out. He obliged to get Garret Jones to ground out to the second baseman to take his record to 4-0, 4.40ERA.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.236) as the starting first baseman for the Houston Astros who fell 5-9 to the New York Yankees in interleague play.

Despite a fine career to date, veteran starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) has not enjoyed much success since joining the lowly Baltimore Orioles this season. His record fell further to a disturbing 0-8, 5.16ERA after pitching 5.1ip 11h 8er 1bb 4k in their latest 4-11 defeat by the New York Mets.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996)  somehow avoided damage to his ERA while pitching a modest 1.1ip 3h 0er 0bb 1k (2.77ERA) for the Minnesota Twins in their 3-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) wasn't able to do enough damage with 0-2 (.292) plus a walk and a RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays who were thumped 3-10 by the Colorado Rockies.
  13 JUN 2010 -  BALFOUR HOLDS & MOYLAN WALKS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

 

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR nailed down his sixth hold of the year today with a handy 2.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (1.98ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who prevailed 6-5 over their home state rival Florida Marlins.
His first action was to strike out to Wes Helms to end the sixth inning. He then used an economy of pitches to wipe of the seventh innings with Ronny Paulino grounding out to first base, Chris Coghlan lining out to third base and Gaby Sanchez striking out swinging. Stretched into the bottom of the eighth, 'Balf' allowed a leadoff double to Hanley Ramirez before getting Jorge Cantu to ground out to the short stop while advancing Ramirez to third. This became significant when a baulk enabled him to score. He regrouped to get the powerful Dan Uggla to ground out to the third baseman, then handed the ball to Joaquin Benoit who finished the inning.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN walked the only batter he faced today, but his 0.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.51ERA) did not prevent the Atlanta Braves from edging past the Minnesota Twins 3-2. With runners at the corners and two out in the bottom of the eighth, our Pete was asked to get out dangerous right hander Michael Cuddyer but he ended up loading the bases with a seven pitch, full count walk. It did not prove costly when he was lifted in favour of Eric O'Flaherty who ended the inning with the bases still loaded.

  12 JUN 2010 -  MOYLAN WINS & ROWLAND-SMITH LOSES!
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

 

You can be lucky or unlucky in terms of wins and losses in baseball, especially when you are a relief pitcher. Yesterday, Australian PETER MOYLAN was on the fortunate side to record a win via just one solitary out. 'Big Pete' pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k in the Atlanta Braves 11-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks to further improve his season record to 3-1, 3.51ERA. Moylan secured the last out in the bottom of the eighth with just three pitches when he had Conor Jackson fly out to centre field.

Australia's lefty starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was hammered yesterday with eleven hits from his 5.2 inning start, but he was also dealt harshly with four unearned runs when his Seattle Mariners were pumped 3-12 by the dangerous Texas Rangers. Ryan took his fifth loss of the campaign with an ugly looking 5.2ip 11h 8r 4er 2bb 2k as his record fell to 0-5, 6.62ERA. It all started shakily with successive singles by Elvis Andrus and Michael Young in the first inning. Even after he caught a break when Ian Kinsler bunted into a double play, he was stung by a RBI single to Vladimir Guerrero followed by a two run homer by Josh Hamilton. Only a Julio Borbon single prevented a clean second inning before he was quickly in strife again in the third. Michael Young led off with a home run, Kinsler singled and Guerrero walked. After securing his first out an error saw another run scored, then another on David Murphy's ground out, then another on Matt Treanor's RBI single. He managed to avoid further damage in that frame even after a wild pitch and a walk to Borbon. Two ground outs and a fly ball out gave him a 1-2-3 fourth inning and only a two-out David Murphy single spoiled another in the fifth. Singles to Borbon and Young in the sixth brought an end to his day with two out but the two base runners cost him two more runs when reliever Brandon League continued to struggle.
In this game Rowland-Smith's team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-2 (.179) but he did walk twice to balance his two strike outs.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.297) with a double to help his Toronto Blue Jays to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the home standing Tampa Bay Rays.

Journeyman reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 1.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (5.06ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who were squeaked 8-9 by the unpredictable Kansas City Royals.

  10 JUN 2010 -  THOMAS WINS & PETE MOYLAN HOLDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan


Geoff Blum

Australian righty BRAD THOMAS was very strong again to earn his third win of the season pitching middle relief for the Detroit Tigers in their 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Brad put up a couple of tidy scoreless innings in relief of starter Armando Galarraga with 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k to improve his record to 3-0, 4.45ERA. Taking over for the bottom of the sixth he worked quickly to get Carlos Quentin to foul out to the third baseman, A.J Pierzynski to ground out to second and Alexei Ramirez to fly out to right field. After just ten pitches in the sixth he returned for the seventh to get Gordon Beckham to fly out to centre field before the hustling Juan Pierre reached first on an error by the third baseman. He faced the minimum after veteran great Omar Vizquel grounded into an inning ending double play to the second baseman.

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN collected his tenth hold of the season yesterday with a not particularly tidy 0.2ip 0h 1er 2bb 2k (2.92ERA) that helped his Atlanta Braves to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. Pete took over to commence the bottom of the seventh inning and he took rapid care of Mark Reynolds who struck out swinging at his first three pitches. He lost his range to Chris Young who walked on five pitches before finding it again to strike out John Hester on four pitches. To maintain his up and down outing he next walked Gerardo Parra on five pitches while Young stole second base. Moylan was relieved by Jonny Venters who cashed in the earned run for our man when former Atlanta team mate Kelly Johnson raked a RBI single to score Young from second.

... and from the previous day:

Former ABL import GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) continues to prove himself one of the most valuable utility and backup players in major league baseball. These days a veteran, Blum's latest contribution was to supply the only run of the game for the Houston Astros in their 1-5 defeat by the Colorado Rockies. He pinch hit in the ninth inning of the game and delivered a two out RBI with 1-1 (.245).

Another journeyman to revel as a pinch hitter yesterday was DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who took over as catcher for the Atlanta Braves during their 4-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ross drove in two of the Braves' runs with his two out RBI single for 1-1 (.300).

Baltimore Orioles' veteran starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) continues to find the going very tough in 2010 when he was punished in a 7-12 loss to the New York Yankees for his seventh straight loss without recording a win. 'Big Kev' pitched 5.2ip 10h 6er 5bb 6k as his record slumped further to 0-7, 4.64ERA.

  8 JUN 2010 -  BALFOUR HOLDS & TWO OTHERS PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan

 

 

Bullet throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR claimed his fifth hold of the season yesterday with a most convincing 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 4k (1.78ERA) relief effort for the Tampa Bay Rays who outgunned the Texas Rangers 9-5. Grant took over to commence the bottom of the seventh with Elvis Andrus lining out to right and Michael Young punching a single into left field. The inning ended with Ian Kinsler struck out swinging at a 92mph fastball while Michael Young was gunned down trying to steal second base. Balfour literally mowed down the Rangers in the eighth with Vladimir Guerrero struck out on a foul tip, David Murphy struck out looking and Justin Smoak also called out on strikes. In all he threw 20 of 32 pitches for strikes in a most effective display.

Australian BRAD THOMAS managed to work around four hits to put up two scoreless innings of pitching at the end of his Detroit Tigers 2-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Brad pitched a reasonably steady 2.0ip 4h 0er 0bb 0k (4.76ERA) as he continues to earn playing time as a spot starter and reliever for the Tigers this year. Taking over the pitch the bottom of the seventh, he first saw David DeJesus single into left field before Billy Butler grounded into a double play to the third baseman. This prevented a probable run when Wilson Betemit next lashed a double to deep right centre field. He was left aboard when Alberto Collaspo flied out to centre field. Thomas also took care of the bottom of the eighth which started with a Mike Aviles single to right. Mitch Maier followed with a fielder's choice ground out to third before Yuniesky Betancourt threatened with a double to deep right field. He avoided scoreboard damage when Willie Bloomquist grounded out to first and veteran Jason Kendall grounded out to the short stop.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN contributed just one out for the Atlanta Braves when he pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.63ERA) during their narrow 4-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pete needed only two pitches to tidy up a two out situation with a runner on third when he ended the bottom of the eighth with A.J Ellis flying out to centre field.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) went yard for the 15th time this season yesterday, but his 1-4 (.306) with two RBIs was not quite enough for the Toronto Blue Jays who were edged 3-4 by the New York Yankees.

Journeyman utility GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-2 (.237) after making a rare start at short stop, yet he still contributed offensively with two walks for the Houston Astros who doubled the Chicago Cubs 6-3.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a solid 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (5.25ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who couldn't quite get over the Oakland Athletics in what was a 4-5 defeat.

  6 JUNE 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH STARTS AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith
Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH returned to the starting rotation for the Seattle Mariners today but even his solid performance was to no avail when things later fell apart in their 2-11 shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Ryan pitched a good 5.0ip 4h 1er 3bb 3k to give the M's every chance as a respite from some painful outings lately. He started by working around a two out walk to Bobby Abreu, followed by a Torii Hunter single for a scoreless first inning. A one out walk to Juan Rivera in the top of the second was neutralised with a strike out - throw 'em out double play. In the third Maicer Izturis nailed a one out double, advanced to third on Howie Kendrick's "Texas League" single and then he scored on on Abreu's sacrifice fly to left field. Rowland-Smith stranded a one out double by Mike Napoli in the fourth and then a one out walk to Izturis in the fifth. He was relieved by Garrett Olson after five frames.

Former #1 overall draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to pile up the power numbers with his 14th home run of the season helping his Toronto Blue Jays to get the better of the New York Yankees 3-2 after 14 long innings today. He batted 2-5 (.307) plus a walk and the run batted in.

  5 JUN 2010 -  THOMAS WINS & MOYLAN HOLDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan
Australia's almost "forgotten man" BRAD THOMAS continues his successful return to the US major leagues with his second win of the season coming yesterday when he pitched in relief for the Detroit Tigers during their big 12-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Brad took over from starter Rick Porcello with one on and one out in the top of the sixth to face the heavy bats in the Indians' lineup. After beginning with three successive balls to Shin-Soo Choo, Thomas steadied to have him fly out to left field, then he got Travis Hafner to ground out to second base. He pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k as his 2010 season record improved to 2-0, 5.13ERA.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN didn't enjoy his most brilliant outing yesterday, yet the vagaries of baseball scoring saw him still amass his ninth hold of the season with 0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k for the Atlanta Braves who hung on to beat the strong finishing Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3. Braves' sterling starter Kris Medlen had looked capable of going the distance until he ran into some tough luck in the bottom of the eighth and he handed over a bases loaded situation to Pete with just one out and with his shutout suddenly in jeopardy. Moylan didn't enjoy the best of calls from the plate umpire while facing pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard who squirted a two RBI single into right field to halve the deficit. He got Rafael Furcal to ground out to second base but the Dodgers edged within a run when their third run scored on the play. After walking Matt Kemp on five pitched Pete was lifted in favour of lefty Eric O'Flaherty who preserved the lead.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) has pitched better games this season but the result has, unfortunately, been consistent as he was saddled with his sixth loss of the season while he is yet to register a win for the Baltimore Orioles this season. In his latest outing yesterday he pitched a hard hit 5.2ip 10h 6er 4bb 5k as his record slumped to 0-6, 4.29ERA.

  2 JUNE 2010 - BALFOUR WINS & 'RRS' STRUGGLES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Ryan R-Smith



Gary Matthews
Australian fireman GRANT BALFOUR was pitching at just the right time to collect his first win of the year today when he pitched 1.1ip 2h 0er 1bb 0k for the Tampa Bay Rays who rallied very late to overrun the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6. He might have been slightly lucky after taking over with one on and two out in the bottom of the seventh when Vernon Wells doubled but an inherited runner, Aaron Hill, was thrown out at home plate to minimise the damage. Back for the bottom of the eighth, 'Balf' allowed a full count walk to Jose Bautista before Alex Gonzalez flied out to centre field. Lyle Overbay next singled to right centre to advance Bautista into scoring position. He escaped any damage by getting John Buck to ground out to third and Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to centre field. His record improved to 1-1, 1.93ERA. In the same game VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 2-5 (.307) with a RBI for the Canadians.

... and from yesterday's MLB action:

I deliberately left out a report on Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH yesterday because I wanted to watch my recording of the game last night without following the result during the day. Unfortunately it proved to be another frustrating day for the big lefty who, I must say, is looking bigger and stronger than ever, unless my eyes are deceived by the dark blue uniform being worn by the Mariners in this game? What ever the case it doesn't seem to be helping Ryan so far in 2010 as he appears to have lost his starting role and he doesn't seem to be enjoying life as a setup reliever in the major leagues either. In Seattle's 4-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Ryan wasn't particularly effective with 0.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (7.24ERA). It started quite well for him when he relieved starter Doug Fister to get the final out in the top of the eighth and he got superstar catcher Joe Mauer to fly out to left field on three pitches. He returned to start the top of the ninth but his first pitch was greeted by Justin Morneau's double into right field. His day was done after the next batter, veteran slugger Jim Thome, rifled a single to right centre. In fact, our man may have been a tad fortunate to escape an earned run when Morneau was tagged out at home plate later in the inning.


Veteran All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was again an important offensive factor for the Toronto Blue Jays with his 2-4 that helped them to top the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) appeared as a pinch hitter for the New York Mets yesterday and he certainly could not be blamed for his team enduring an awful 6-18 massacre at the hands of the normally low scoring San Diego Padres. Gary batted 1-1 (.193) from his only opportunity.
  1 JUN 2010 -  BALFOUR & MOYLAN TAKE THE HILL!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

 

Reliable Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN was, unusually, one of the few Atlanta Braves pitchers to struggle during their 9-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies today. 'Big Pete' simply couldn't buy an out on this day with 0.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 0k (2.82ERA). Moylan came on in relief of starter Tommy Hanson who was running out of gas in the top of the seventh and he inherited a two out situation with a runner on second. He immediately cashed in that run when Carlos Ruiz doubled to deep right field, then he saw Ruiz cross the plate when Wilson Valdez smacked another double to left field. A third successive double by Ben Francisco hopped over the fence in deep left centre field saw the end of the day for our man who would have been pleased to see his team win regardless of his rare off game.

... and from yesterday's MLB games:

Aussie missile thrower GRANT BALFOUR was again the last man pitching for his Tampa Bay Rays who fell 5-8 to the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Grant secured the last couple of outs with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.05ERA) long after the game had already tilted towards their visitors. Alex Rios flied out to centre field for his first victim but veteran Paul Konerko slapped a single back up the middle to reach base. He made no advance when Mark Kotsay flied out to left field.


VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.301) with his 36th RBI for the 2010 season to help his Toronto Blue Jays to quash the Baltimore Orioles 6-1.

Making another start at third base for the Houston Astros was GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who contributed 1-3 (.256) with a walk in their 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) didn't manage a hit, but he did walk twice to help set the table for his Atlanta Braves to get the better of the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 5-2.

Journeyman outfielder GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) walked when asked to pinch hit for the New York Mets during their 10-4 assault on the Milwaukee Brewers.

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