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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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

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JUNE 2013

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news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

 

  30 JUNE 2013 -  TRAVIS BLACKLEY TAKEN DEEP BY 'HALOS'!
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Travis Blackley
For the third successive outing Australia's TRAVIS BLACKLEY was victimised by the long ball while pitching 1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 1k (5.54ERA) for the Houston Astros during their 2-7 defeat by the improving Los Angeles Angels. It all started well enough for Blackley when he took over to pitch the top of the eighth when he had Howie Kendrick ground out to short and Josh Hamilton struck out swinging. However, he was a tad stiff when Alberto Callaspo reached on a rather lucky infield single and Chris Ianetta followed with a two run homer over left field to expand the 'Halos' lead. J.B Shuck singled to left, but Travis finished the inning by having Erick Aybar called out on strikes from just three pitches.

'Trav' is enjoying a solid season with a bttling team, yet it is not all rolling his way just for the moment.

  29 JUNE 2013 -  MOYLAN & BLACKLEY TAKE SOME STICK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan




Travis Blackley
Veteran Aussie PETER MOYLAN took some rare stick while pitching 2.0ip 5h 5er 1bb 0k (6.35ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers who were smashed 16-1 by a rampant Philadelphia Phillies who rattled off 21 hits. Pete came into this no-contest with one on and two out in the top of the fourth and he completed that part of his task by getting Delmon Young to fly out to centre field to end the inning. Back for the top of the fifth, Pete quickly got two outs with John Mayberry Junior grounding out to the second baseman and Ben Revere flying out to centre field. After Carlos Ruiz doubled to deep right, John Lannon stroked a RBI single, but he was thrown out trying to stretch into second base to end the inning. Working probably longer than he has been accustomed, things turned a bit ugly in the top of the sixth when Michael Young singled up the middle and Chase Utley walked. He got a brief respite by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right field, but that proved to be his last moment of joy on this occasion. Domonic Brown poked a RBI single into right, Delmon Young drove in another via a fielder's choice and John Mayberry Junior plonked a two run homer over left to end his day on a sour note. In fairness, Pete was probably sacrificed to take some extra "lumps" for his team in what was already a blowout defeat.

Australian southpaw TRAVIS BLACKLEY claimed one out at the expense of one run when he pitched 01.ip 0h 1er 0bb 0k (5.04ERA) for the Houston Astros who were doubled 2-4 by the surging Los Angeles Angels. Travis came into the game in the top of the ninth with one on and one out, with his team trailing 1-2 at the time. After working a 2-2 count on the highly dangerous Josh Hamilton he hit him with a pitch to put a second runner aboard. Blackley then got Alberto Callaspo to pop out to the second baseman before he was relieved. Later in the inning Hamilton scored to saddle him with the unwanted earned run.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.224) for the New York Yankees during their 3-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

  26 JUNE 2013 -  TRAVIS BLACKLEY BATTLES WITH CARDINALS!
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Travis Blackley
Aussie reliever TRAVIS BLACKLEY was just one of the Houston Astros' pitchers who took some lumps from a rampant offence during their heavy 5-13 defeat at the hands of the in-form St. Louis Cardinals.

In fairness the 'Red Birds' were already running away with the game when 'Trav' took the ball to pitch 1.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 1k (4.74ERA) in a twenty pitch frame. It didn't take long for the 'Cards' to apply some pain after Blackley took over to pitch the top of the seventh with his team trailing 4-9. Leadoff batter Matt Adams punched a single into right and David Freese took the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a two run jack. Following those first three pitches he re-grouped to get Jon Jay grounding out to first, Pete Kozma struck out swinging and Matt Carpenter to fly out to left field.
  24 JUNE 2013 -  BALFOUR & MOYLAN BOTH TAKEN DEEP!
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Grant Balfour



Peter Moylan
Every so often it is bound to happen, but Australia's highly effective closer GRANT BALFOUR would still be feeling a tad upset about taking a loss when he gave up a walkoff three run homer to consign his Oakland Athletics to a 3-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners. As usual Grant was peppering the strike zone with his "heaters", throwing eight of 13 pitches for strikes to find himself with the line of 0.1ip 2h 3er 0bb 1k . Things could have been a lot different for Balfour after he got leadoff batter Justin Smoak to ground out to the short stop for the first out in the bottom of the tenth inning in a deadlocked 3-3 game. A critical moment came when he then struck out Mike Zunino swinging on three straight pitches, however, the strike out pitch eluded the catcher for a wild pitch while Zunino reached base safely. After Michael Saunders rode a full count pitch for a single into right field the experienced Kendrys Morales was inserted to pinch hit. The first pitch he faced was clocked for a line drive home run over right field to end the extra inning game. It left him with the season record of 0-1, 2.03ERA.

On the same day his Aussie compatriot PETER MOYLAN was also touched by the long ball while pitching 2.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k (2.89ERA) as his Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed 3-1 over the San Diego Padres. Pete took over on the hill for the bottom of the sixth and he kept a clean sheet in that frame even after Logan Forsythe led off the inning by reaching first on an infield single. Forsythe was caught stealing for the first out, just before Chris Deorfia popped out to second and Chase Headley flied out to left to end the inning. His team had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't to last long when Pete returned to hurl the bottom of the inning and he saw his third pitch to the dangerous Carlos Quentin vanish over left field to tie the game. Moylan then made short work of the remainder of the inning with Kyle Blanks called out on strikes, Jesus Guzman lining out to left field and Nick Hundley flying out to centre field.
  23 JUNE 2013 -  GRANT BALFOUR SAVES 18TH v MARINERS!
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Grant Balfour



Travis Blackley
Aussie ace GRANT BALFOUR notched his 18th save of the year with a strong 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (1.17ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who doubled the Seattle Mariners 6-3. Pitching the bottom of the ninth, 'Balf' got veteran Raul Ibanez to fly out to left before Justin Smoak got aboard with his single into shallow left. Any hint of a late comeback was snuffed when Grant Blew away Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders who both struck out swinging to end the game with a flourish!

Australian lefty TRAVIS BLACKLEY recorded the final out for the Houston Astros in their 1-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.18ERA). A renowned "pickoff king", Blackley brought out that rare skill to nail a runner attempting to steal home when he picked off to the short stop who threw to the catcher when he had a 2-2 count on Ryan Sweeney. The unusual play ended the bottom of the eighth inning for the 'Cubbies' who didn't need to bat again in the game.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) joined the "hit parade" for the Arizona Diamondbacks with 3-4 (.299) and a run batted in as part of their 15-hit outbreak in their 11-5 flogging of the Cincinnati Reds.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) drove in three of the runs for the New York Yankees with 1-1 (.224) during their 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Didi Gregorius



Vernon Wells
  21 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN ROUGHED BY PADRES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 
Although he did not figure in the result, Australia's competitive reliever PETER MOYLAN would not have taken too kindly to a bit of rough treatment at the end of his Los Angeles Dodgers 3-6 defeat at the hands of local rivals the San Diego Padres. Pete allowed his first earned runs of the season when he closed the losing cause with 1.1ip 2h 2er 2bb 0k (2.45ERA) for a prolonged 31 pitch effort that included only 14 strikes - while noting that most of the balls were at least semi-intentional. It all started positively enough for Moylan when he took the ball in a precarious position with runners on second and third and two out in the bottom of the seventh. With first base open he chose to "pitch around" Kyle Blanks to load the bags before ending the inning with Chris Denorfia flying out to right field. He returned to polish off the bottom of the eighth, but he was unable to keep the game close on this occasion. He got leadoff man Alexi Amarista to line out to the short stop, but Yasmani Grandal got aboard with a single into right field. He was promptly cashed in when Pedro Ciriaco, recently acquired from the Red Sox, cranked his first pitch over left field for a two run homer. There was no further damage when pinch hitter Jeff Decker walked on four pitches, but he was left there after Logan Forsythe flied out to right and he was then caught stealing to end the frame. Unfortunately the damage had been done by the unlikely long ball from Ciriaco!
  19 JUNE 2013 -  GRANT BALFOUR CRUISES v RANGERS!
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Grant Balfour
I'll make an informed guess here that Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR was simply in need of some work when he was used in a non-save situation. It proved to be a nice "breezy" 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.21ERA) outing when he threw eight of ten pitches for strikes as his Oakland Athletics rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

'Balf' made swift work of the most dangerous part of the Rangers lineup with Adrian Beltre flying out to right field, Lance Berkman grounding out to shortstop and Nelson Cruz grounding out to the second baseman. It was a swift kill for Grant as he kept his live arm loose and ready for more serious action.

  18 JUNE 2013 -  THREE ABL IMPORTS HIT IN THE BIGS!
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Brandon Barnes

 

 
The first import player to reach the major leagues from the modern ABL era, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012), continues to consolidate his presence in the Houston Astros' big league lineup. In his latest game Barnes batted a strong 3-5 (.284) as the starting centre fielder and leadoff hitter in their 2-4 defeat by the Chicago White Sox. To add to his credentials as a valuable leadoff guy Brandon also stole two bases. You can't ask for much more than that, even though his team ended up on the losing side of the ledger!

Another import player from the new ABL, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.297) for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their narrow 2-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

To complete the trio of recent ABL imports in the major leagues, DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-1 (.259) as a pinch hitter for the Cincinnati Reds in their 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Didi Gregorius
  17 JUNE 2013 -  TRAVIS BLACKLEY HOLDS 11th v WHITE SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley

 

 
Australia's TRAVIS BLACKLEY is not shy about throwing as many pitches as his team needs from him, but they didn't need many from him when he pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.24ERA) to help his Houston Astros to shade the Chicago White Sox 5-4. 'Trav' took his 11th hold of the season with just four pitches that included three sharp strikes. With a runner perched on second base and man mountain Adam Dunn coming to the plate with two out in the top of the eighth, the Astros called upon Blackley once again to take on the massive left hander. Once again the "lefty v lefty" matchup worked when Dunn fanned on just four pitches. His recent ABL import team mate BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.272) plus a walk, while also providing me with a chance to get on one of my least favourite hobby horses. For those of you who haven't seen it, it is hard to describe the unbelievable stupidity of the unique centre field "upslope" that was added to Houston's relatively new Minute Maid Park. Barnes made a great running / diving / tripping catch on this "upslope" to earn an ESPN "Web Gem" from this game. It is fair enough that all ended well, but I dread to think of the reaction if and when someone gets hurt because of this needless oddity!

Our most recent ABL import to reach the US major leagues, DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011), did exactly what you would wish from a pinch hitter when he drove in two runs from his one plate appearance. Lutz, regarded as the first German national to play in the US big leagues, batted 1-1 (.245) with the two big RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds to add some comfort to their 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.230) with a run batted in to help the New York Yankees to avoid a series sweep with their thrilling 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.


Brandon Barnes

 

 


Donald Lutz
  16 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN EARNS HIS FIRST WIN FOR 2013!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 
It may not have been his most pristine outing, yet Australia's PETER MOYLAN was in the right place at the right time to take his first win of the season. He pitched an important scoreless 1.0ip 1h 0er 2bb 1k (0.00ERA) to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to edge past the feisty Pittsburgh Pirates after 11 innings. Moylan took over to pitch the bottom of the tenth inning and he kept the game deadlocked at 3-3. Pitching to the heart of the 'Buccos' lineup, he started strongly with Andrew McCutchen struck out swinging on just three pitches and Gaby Sanchez grounding out to the third baseman. The pressure was exerted when Russell Martin walked and Neil Walker doubled to deep right. In a reasonable strategy Pete then issued an intentional walk to Pedro Alvarez to fill the empty base at first and to create a force at every base. It then took him just one more pitch to get Michael McKenry to fly out to right to end the inning. The win landed in his lap when the Dodgers struck for two game winning runs in the3 top of the eleventh.

Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) drove in an important run while batting 1-4 (.271) to help the Houston Astros to defeat the visiting Chicago White Sox 4-3 by the odd run.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-5 (.298) for the Arizona Diamondbacks during their 4-6 loss to the in-form San Diego Padres.

Brandon Barnes
  15 JUNE 2013 -  BLACKLEY HOLDS 10TH v WHITE SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley
Popular Aussie reliever TRAVIS BLACKLEY took his tally of holds into double digits with his tenth coming after pitching 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.30ERA) during the Houston Astros narrow 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. 'Trav' needed only three pitches, including two strikes, to put an end to the the top of the eighth when he arrived with one on and one out. He was asked to pitch to maybe the most powerful man in the major leagues, the monster frame of Adam Dunn, but Blackley kept his team in front by getting Dunn to ground into an inning ending double play to the first baseman. His team mate BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) is going through a cold patch lately offensively as the leadoff hitter and starting centre fielder for Houston. Barnes batted 0-4 (.271) in this game while striking out three times.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) delivered one of the six hits for the New York Yankees with 1-4 (.229) during their 2-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Brandon Barnes
  14 JUNE 2013 -  BALFOUR PITCHES 9TH IN 18 INNING EPIC!
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Grant Balfour
Australia's "save machine" GRANT BALFOUR quite incredibly pitched a clean ninth inning in his most recent outing, yet he was nine more innings away from being involved in the decision on this occasion! In a marathon affair Grant pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (1.26ERA) to help his Oakland Athletics to finally outlast the visiting New York Yankees 3-2. He kept the top on the ninth tied at 2-2 with the fifth of what was to be 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Taking on the meat of the Yankees' lineup he got Robinson Cano to fly out to left field, Mark Teixeira struck out swinging on a full count and Travis Hafner to ground out to the second baseman. There was no save opportunity for him, but he played his part in an epic encounter! In this game slumping New York veteran VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) saw his average tumble even further with a barren 0-8 (.229) game that included three punch outs.
Vernon Wells
  13 JUNE 2013 -  BALFOUR SAVES 17TH ; BLACKLEY OK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 



Travis Blackley

Aussie finisher GRANT BALFOUR swooped for save No.17 with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (1.30ERA) when he polished off the Oakland Athletics 5-2 win over the visiting New York Yankees. He certainly would not bemoan the fact that the game was within three runs to offer him the save opportunity by locking down the top of the ninth inning. Grant secured two quick outs with Travis Hafner struck out swinging and Vernon Wells popping out on the infield to the second baseman. There was then a hint of an uprising when veteran Kevin Youkilis rather typically milked a full count walk after facing a 0-2 count, followed by a slapped single into left by Japanese great Ichiro Suzuki. The game was over three pitches later when Balfour got Jayson Nix to ground back to the mound, enabling him to make his own assist. One of Grant's veteran victims in the ninth was former ABL import VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 0-4 (.237) as his hot early season form seems to be fading fast.

Fellow Australian reliever TRAVIS BLACKLEY also did a reasonable job with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.43ERA) to assist his Houston Astros in their big 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. 'Trav' pitched eight of twelve pitches for strikes, but it was not all plain sailing. Blackley allowed the M's to score the go-ahead run in a 0-0 game, but then he did inherit two base runners with nobody out when he was called from the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. His first pitch had Kyle Seager foul out to the second baseman before he struck out dangerous veteran Raul Ibanez on an eight pitch full count. Nick Franklin plated the opening run of the game with his RBI single into right field to see Travis relieved. Thankfully the Astros piled on six runs in the top of the ninth to race away with the victory.

Vernon Wells
  12 JUNE 2013 -  BALFOUR SAVES 16TH v YANKEES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's in-form closer GRANT BALFOUR needed only to get the final out to pocket his 16th save of the year by holding down the Oakland Athletics 6-4 home victory over the New York Yankees. It didn't come without some activity when the 'Bronx Bombers' added two inherited runs during his tenure to still finish short. Grant threw six of eight pitches for strikes to leave with the pitching line of 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (1.35ERA). With Yankee runners perched on second and third with two out in the top of the ninth Balfour could not prevent Mark Teixeira from plating both with his two RBI single into right field. Thankfully he didn't allow the pressure to build any further when he got Travis Hafner to fly out to left field on a 0-2 count. In the same game New York veteran VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-1 (.241) with a run driven in as a pinch hitter.
Vernon Wells
  11 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN PITCHES IN DODGERS' LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

Australia's "comeback man" PETER MOYLAN is certainly making up for lost time recently with a string of appearances since his return to the majors. His latest outing saw him record the last out for the Los Angeles Dodgers with 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) at the end of their 4-5 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortunately Pete was at the coal face when the 'Snakes' grabbed the ascendency in the top of the ninth after they posted four runs to disappoint the home crowd at Dodger Stadium. With runners aboard at first and second bases and two out Pete was asked to take over immediately after his team had seen their lead in the game overtaken. He could not prevent another insurance run tacking on when in-form Paul Goldschmidt poked a RBI single into left field. Moylan did manage to end the inning with no further damage when he got the dangerous Cody Ross to pop out to the second baseman from the first pitch he faced. The player who scored from Goldschmidt's single was recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who had walked after coming into the game as a pinch hitter.
Didi Gregorius
  10 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN MAINTAINS 0.00ERA!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

Veteran Aussie PETER MOYLAN may not have enjoyed his team being on the losing end against his former team, even though he did his job well enough. Pete pitched the last inning with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers who were already consigned to losing 1-8 to the Atlanta Braves. After leadoff batter Jason Heyward singled into left from his second pitch, Pete made sure that he never reached scoring position. Pitching to the power in the Braves' lineup, he got Justin Upton to struck out swinging, Freddie Freeman to fly out to left and pinch hitter Reed Johnson to also fly out to left.
Moylan had pitched a good inning the day before with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k, but his Dodgers also lost 1-2 to the Braves at Dodger Stadium. Once again he was asked to pitch the ninth inning however, this time it was a pressure situation in a one-run contest. Pete got Dan Uggla to ground out to third before losing a full count battle with B.J Upton who walked. He maintained the narrow gap in the score with Jordan Schafer struck out swinging and Andrelton Simmons flying out to left field.

Australia's TRAVIS BLACKLEY had the "honour" of getting the final out for the Houston Astros in their 0-2 shutout defeat by the Kansas City Royals. In the bottom of the eighth on the road at Kauffman Stadium 'Trav' got Mike Moustakas to ground out to the short stop on a 2-2 count. It left him with the brief line of 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.57ERA).


Travis Blackley
  6 JUNE 2013 - TRAVIS BLACKLEY HIT HARD, BUT HOUSTON WINS!
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Travis Blackley
'Flintoff & Dunn' hardly need to be apologists for established Australian lefty TRAVIS BLACKLEY but, not to make excuses, if he was going to have a tough outing it might as well happen during a game that his team still wins. 'Trav', who has been very consistent and very good in middle relief this season, took some lumps with 0.1ip 3h 3er 2bb 1k (4.64ERA), yet his Houston Astros still cruised to a 11-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Blackley came into the game for the top of the eighth with his Houston team enjoying an 11-4 lead and maybe this situation did not help inspire his renowned competitive juices? It went downhill quickly for him when Chris Davis doubled to deep right and powerful catcher Matt Weiters followed with a two run bomb over centre left field. Next came a four pitch walk to Danny Valencia before he finally recorded an out with Steve Pearce struck out swinging. A full count walk to Alexi Casilla and a single from Nate McLouth brought the end to Blackley's tough day at the office. Valencia scored in the same inning to cash in the third earned run against his ERA account.
  5 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN COLLECTS HIS FIRST HOLD FOR 2013!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Brandon Barnes

Seasoned Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN collected his first hold of the season with 0.2ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers who squeezed past their in-State rival San Diego Padres 2-1.
Pete came into the fray with one on and one out in the top of the sixth and with his team clinging to the 2-1 lead he felt some pressure when the first batter he faced, Jedd Gorko, singled into left-centre to put the winning run aboard. However, Moylan reminded us of his career forte when he next induced Chris Denorfia to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop. He returned for the top of the seventh, but he faced only one more batter when Kyle Blanks reached on a rather fortunate infield single to lead off the inning. It's just great to see him healthy and back in the big league.

The first import player from the new ABL era to reach the majors, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012), was a star of the show for the Houston Astros, even though they lost 1-4 to the Baltimore Orioles. Not only did Barnes bat a team best 2-4 (.286) with an RBI, but he also earned an ESPN "Web Gem" nomination for his running, diving and sliding catch inches from the turf in right centre field.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 2-6 (.341) to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to finally outlast the St.Louis Cardinals 7-6 in 14 long innings. The previous day Didi batted 1-4 for the 'Snakes' during their 1-7 defeat at the hands of the 'Red Birds'.

Our most recent ABL import to reach the majors, DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011), batted 1-4 (.261) after starting at left field for the Cincinnati Reds who fell 4-5 to the Colorado Rockies.

  3 JUNE 2013 -  PETE MOYLAN BACK WITH LA DODGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 


 


Travis Blackley

Firstly, it was just great to see experienced Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN battle all the way back to the big leagues again with his new team the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pete marked his return with a low-key inning of work by hurling 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) while his team lowered its colours 2-7 to the Colorado Rockies. Moylan took over for the bottom of the eighth which started with Jonathan Herrera flying out to right before Eric Young Junior poked a single up the middle. There was no further action on the bases as Dexter Fowler fouled out to the third baseman and D.J LeMahieu grounded out to the second baseman.

The beat continues for Australia's ace closer GRANT BALFOUR who racked up his 13th save of the 2013 season with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (1.48ERA) to secure the Oakland Athletics' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. To maintain a recent trend Grant created some intensity for himself via a threatening leadoff base runner when Alejandro De Aza reached on an infield single. Typically he simply re-set his focus to get Alexei Ramirez to line out to right field, Conor Gillaspie called out on strikes and Dayan Viciedo to ground out to the short stop. It mattered not that De Aza took second base on fielder's indifference after the second out. Our man is on a big roll this season!

Aussie left-hander TRAVIS BLACKLEY also earned his ninth hold of the season today when his 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.43ERA) contributed to the Houston Astros' thrilling 5-4 win over the highly rated Los Angeles Angels. 'Trav' entered the game in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on first and two out, entrusting him to polish off the inning which he did by getting Hank Conger to fly out to left field. He was asked to get a couple more outs in the bottom of the seventh with J.B Shuck lining out to right field and Erick Aybar lining out to left field. That was his job done for the day.

 

 

 


 


Grant Balfour

  2 JUNE 2013 -  BALFOUR BLANK AS A's BEAT THE CHISOX IN TEN!
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Grant Balfour
Live arm Aussie closer GRANT BALFOUR did not have the opportunity to add to his terrific sequence of saves today, yet his scoreless ninth inning effort was just as vital for the Oakland Athletics who outlasted the Chicago White Sox 4-3 after ten innings. Grant threw seven of twelve pitches for strikes to own the pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (1.54ERA). With the scores deadlocked at 3-3 in the top of the ninth there was a hint of immediate pressure for our man when Jeff Keppinger singled up the middle for a leadoff base runner. However, there was no panic from Balfour who got Hector Giminez to fly out to centre field on one pitch, then he got Alejandro De Aza to line into an inning ending double play to the short stop. If the A's had scored in the bottom of the ninth, instead of the tenth, he would have picked up the win.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) once again made a big contribution as the starting short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks with 2-5 (.323) with a double plus a walk helping them to massacre the Chicago Cubs 12-4. Remarkably the 'Snakes' swamped the 'Cubbies' with 17 hits versus just three!


Didi Gregorius

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