Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
JUNE 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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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 JUNE 2014 BEGINS BELOW:

ARCHIVE
JUNE 2014

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providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

  29 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR BATTLES BUT HOLDS 4TH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

 


David Ross

Aussie GRANT BALFOUR didn't find a lot of love in his setup role today with 0.2ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k (5.25 ERA) but, thankfully for him, he didn't quite break as his Tampa Bay Rays hung on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in a tense affair. Baltimore's J.J Hardy led off the bottom of the eighth with a single into right field with Tampa leading somewhat comfortably 5-1, however, two pitches later the controversial Manny Machado plonked a long ball beyond the left field fence for a two run bomb that took much of the breathing space out of their lead. Balfour was then summoned to replace tiring starter Eric Bedard and he immediately got Jonathan Schoop to fly out to centre field for the first out before Delmon Young and Nick Markakis followed with back-to-back singles to make the situation even more precarious for the Rays. 'Balf' secured his second out when Steve Pearce popped out to the second baseman and he seemed none too pleased when manager Joe Madden did not allow him to finish off the inning. He was even more frustrated when new closer Jake McGee cashed in an earned run on his account. One of the most irrelevant of baseball statistics (on some occasions) is the "hold" and this was emphasised again when Grant collected his fourth hold after what was not really an effective performance. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was an offensive star for the Rays with 2-4 (.301) with two vital RBIs coming from his fifth home run of the season.

The oldest of former AMLB imports, DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001), was in the limelight again today when his fourth inning home run opened the scoring for the Boston Red Sox in their latest epic battle with the "evil empire" New York Yankees in the Bronx. Ross batted 1-3 (.180) with one of the two crucial RBIs in the Red Sox dramatic 2-1 victory.

Kevin Kiermaier
  28 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR CLEAN FOR 3RD HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

Australia's established major leaguer GRANT BALFOUR seems to have lost his role as designated closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, at least temporarily. In today's game he was once again cast as the the eighth inning setup guy, pitching a very tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.34 ERA) to collect his third hold of the season when the Rays topped the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. With three successive ground ball outs, Grant got Nick Marakakis grounding to the second baseman, Steve Pearce to third and Adam Jones to first. Quite typically he pounded the strike zone with predominately fast balls, throwing eight of 12 pitches for strikes. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.295) as the #2 hole hitter and starting right fielder. Kiermaier also batted 1-4 (.293) in the second game of a double header where the Orioles reversed the fortunes with a 4-1 win over Tampa.
Kevin Kiermaier
  27 JUN 2014 - BRANDON MAURER STRONG IN CLOSER ROLE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon
Maurer
Recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) was back in big league action, but this time as a closer for the Seattle Mariners who were outlasted 4-5 by the visiting Boston Red Sox. Whereas he had struggled as a starter for Seattle earlier this season, he pitched well in relief for a most effective 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 4k (7.08 ERA) - he threw 19 of 24 pitches for strikes in a most convincing effort. Team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-3 (.280) as the starting centre fielder in the same game.

Starting right fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted a very useful 1-3 (.300) with two big RBIs to help the Tampa Bay Rays to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.

Kevin Kiermaier
  23 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR COLLECTS HIS 2ND HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

To be honest (what else?) we're not sure what to make of the role for Australia's established major league closer GRANT BALFOUR since his return from a short rehabilitation period recently. He was used as the seventh inning "setup man" in the Tampa Bay Rays most recent 5-2 win over the Houston Astros and he collected a hold after pitching 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (5..52 ERA). Grant did his job quite efficiently by having Jonathan Villar called out on strikes and Dexter Fowler struck out swinging to begin the top of the seventh in positive style. A full count walk to Jose Altuve with two out wasn't of much consequence when he ended the inning with George Springer flying out to centre field. In the same game his team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was inserted in late innings as a pinch hitter and he executed a neat sacrifice bunt exactly as he was asked to do - of course he did not register a hit or an at bat from that one plate appearance.

Veteran platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) clocked his third home run of the season while batting 2-4 (.174) with the important RBI for the Boston Red Sox who avoided a sweep in Oakland with a dramatic 7-6 win over the Athletics after 10 innings.

David Ross
  22 JUN 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS HIT HARD BY HOT REDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


James Jones

It was not a tremendously happy return to the big leagues for Aussie starting pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS yesterday when he was knocked out early by the blazing bats of the Cincinnati Reds, even though his Toronto Blue Jays rallied to win a high-scoring game 14-9. After his amazing domination at 'AAA' level this season and in others, Liam also enjoyed two terrific starts for the Blue Jays recently, but this was not to be his day as he ran into a proverbial buzz-saw. He threw 30 of 47 pitches for strikes to leave with the unflattering line of 1.2ip 6h 6er 1bb 0k (6.08 ERA) and, on this rare occasion, the healthy run support took him off the hook for what looked likely to be a loss in the early going. It all started well enough in the bottom of the first when a one out single from Todd Frazier was neutralised by an inning ending ground ball double play. The flood gates opened early against our young strike thrower when his first pitch in the second inning saw Jay Bruce single up the middle, followed by Devin Mesoraco's two run homer over left field from his second pitch. Skip Schumacher and Zach Cozart each then singled into right field from two strike counts, enabling another run to score on Mat Latos' ground out. After a passed ball, Hendriks ran into some tough luck when light-hitting speedster Billy Hamilton poked a "Texas Leaguer" for a double into shallow right-centre to drive in another run. Hamilton stole third as Todd Frazier lined to the right fielder for the second out of the inning then, when Liam walked Joey Votto for his only walk of the game, he was given the hook. His replacement Todd Redmond then banked the last two of Hendriks' base runners to pile on the pain. As I heard a former major league pitcher say on ESPN recently "it can be mighty tough out there when you are trying to pitch to guys who are paid a lot of money to square-up baseballs" - I suspect Liam Hendriks might be agreeing with him for the moment at least.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) crushed his third home run of the season while batting 1-5 (.284) with the two big RBIs for the Colorado Rockies who went down 10-13 to the Milwaukee Brewers in a barn-burner.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.301) with a double, a run scored and a RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays who pounded the Houston Astros 8-0.

Helping the Seattle Mariners to sneak past the Kansas City Royals 2-1 today was centre fielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) who batted 1-4 (.293). Jones did even better yesterday with 3-4 in Seattle's 7-5 win over KC.


Brandon Barnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  20 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR Ks ALL THREE ASTROS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

Back in his familiar closers' role today, Aussie GRANT BALFOUR was at his penetrating best, striking out all three batters he faced to conclude the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 shutout win over the Houston Astros. In commanding fashion 'Balf' threw nine of 13 pitches for strikes to own the impressive line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k (5.72 ERA). He fanned Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez before having Jason Castro struck out looking on three pitches. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) got the scoring started for the Rays with his two run jack in the bottom of the fourth, his fourth homer of the season. He batted 1-4 (.316) with the two big runs batted in.

JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-4 (.283) for the Seattle Mariners in their 1-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Kevin Kiermaier
  18 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR THROWS A CLEAN 8TH FOR RAYS!
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 was again used in a setup eighth inning role by the Tampa Bay Rays in their 5-7 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles. He threw twelve of 17 pitches for strikes for a pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (5.93 ERA). Grant got Nelson Cruz to pop out to the first baseman, then he had J.J Hardy line out to centre field. Manny Machado singled back through the middle but it amounted to nothing when he ended the inning with a full count strike out of Jonathan Schoop who went down swinging at fresh air. KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-1 (.324) as a pinch hitter for the Rays.

Once again proving his worth as a highly promising rookie for the Seattle Mariners was JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) who batted 3-5 (.291) as the leadoff batter and starting centre fielder in their 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) also batted 1-1 after taking over at left field for the Colorado Rockies late in their 2-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

James Jones
  17 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR BACK WITH HIS FIRST HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


James Jones

After a brief stint on rehabilitation Australia's GRANT BALFOUR made a somewhat shaky return to big league action with 0.1ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k (6.15ERA) during the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Balfour came into the game to begin the top of the eighth, but it didn't start well for him when Nick Markakis led off the inning with a first pitch single into right centre and Manny Machado followed with a single up the middle. "Balf' got the dangerous Adam Jones to fly out to right field before he was lifted after throwing 7 of 11 pitches for strikes. He was saddled with the earned run when Markakis scored later in the frame, yet he still picked up his first hold of the season. We will have to wait to find out if or when he will be reinstated as the Rays' closer. Team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 0-4 (.313) as the starting right fielder and #9 slot hitter for Tampa.

JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-5 (.281) as the starting centre fielder while batting in the No.2 slot for the Seattle Mariners in their 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) earned another start at right field for the Colorado Rockies while batting at No.2 in the lineup throughout their 1-6 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brandon did not manage a hit with 0-3 (.288) but he did take a walk for once on base.

Kevin Kiermaier


Brandon Barnes

  15 JUN 2014 - BRANDON BARNES HOMERS FOR COLORADO!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon Barnes
The first import from the new ABL era to reach the major leagues, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012), homered today for the Colorado Rockies as the decisive blow in their exciting 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. Barnes' ninth inning long ball plated the two runs that the 'Rox' needed to snatch the lead from the Giants right at the death. He batted 1-4 (.306) with the two huge RBIs plus a walk.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) is making a strong push for a permanent spot in the Tampa Bay Rays lineup because he is maintaining a terrific .362 average at present. In his latest outing as starting right fielder and #2 slot hitter, he batted 2-4 in the Rays' 3-7 loss to the Houston Astros. Yesterday Kiermaier batted 2-5, including a triple, to help Tampa take a 6-1 win over Houston.

Kevin Kiermaier
  10 JUN 2014 - ABL IMPORTS A HIT IN US MAJOR LEAGUES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Jones


Brandon Barnes

Not to intimate that we get everything right by any means, but in our published player profiles after the 2012 season we did comment that "it would be no surprise for us if this fellow went on to make the major leagues". The somewhat underrated player we were referring to was JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) who is now making a name for himself with a brilliant debut season for the Seattle Mariners. In his latest game Jones batted 3-4 (.291) with a run scored as the starting centre fielder for the M's in their 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. In this game KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.357) for the struggling Rays.

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) was back behind the dish for the Boston Red Sox, batting 1-3 (.176) in the No.9 slot for the Sox in their 0-4 loss away to the Baltimore Orioles.

When he is not starting, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) has been a solid pinch hitter for the Colorado Rockies and he did his job well again with 1-1 (.313) when coming off the bench for the 'Rox' in their 1-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) was back in the starting lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks, batting 1-4 (.300) and scoring a run as the leadoff batter in their 3-4 defeat by the Houston Astros.

Kevin Kiermaier


Didi Gregorius

  8 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HELPS SHUTOUT SEATTLE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's only current major league flag bearer GRANT BALFOUR did his job efficiently once again today in a "low leverage situation" with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (4.76 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 4-0 shutout victory over the Seattle Mariners. Grant closed off the top of the ninth in a non-save situation with a scoreless frame after Seattle's big off-season free agent signing Robinson Cano led off the inning with a single up the middle. He followed by fanning veteran John Buck, getting Kyle Seager to ground out to second and then having Justin Smoak struck out swinging to end the inning. It mattered little that Cano had advanced to third during the inning on the ground out and a passed ball. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) enjoyed another productive game as starting right fielder with 2-3 plus a walk. In the opposing camp JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 0-4 as the starting centre fielder and leadoff batter for the M's.

In today's 7-4 win by the Mariners over the Rays JONES batted 1-5 (.269) for Seattle, while KIERMAIER batted 0-3 (.371) for Tampa.

Kevin Kiermaier
  6 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR CLEAN IN BLOWOUT LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Established Aussie relief ace GRANT BALFOUR threw eight of 13 pitches for strikes today for a clean inning of work in the latter stages of his Tampa Bay Rays' 6-11 blowout loss to their Florida state National League rival Miami Marlins. He pitched a line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.98ERA) to provide some respite for a hard-hit bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. His first pitch had Christian Yelich fly out to left, followed by a pair of ground balls when Donovan Solano grounded to short and Giancarlo Stanton grounded to the second baseman. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a great day in the losing cause for Tampa when he batted 3-3 with a walk and a RBI as the starting right fielder.
Kevin Kiermaier
  2 JUN 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR BRIEF IN BOSTON LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's All-Star closer GRANT BALFOUR has been starved of action lately with a lack of save opportunities, so he was given an inning of work by the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of their 0-4 shutout loss to the World Champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Grant wasn't mucking about when he threw 12 of 14 pitches for strikes while recording the pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (5.23ERA). In the bottom of the eighth he began by getting Jackie Bradley Jnr. to ground out to the second baseman with one pitch ahead of striking out Jonathan Herrera who was caught looking on the minimum three pitches. Red-hot rookie Brock Holt ripped a two out double into left field and scampered to third on a passed ball, but he wasn't able to add to Boston's lead when Xander Bogaerts was fanned after working a full count. KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 0-3 (.278) in the same game as the starting right fielder for the Rays, while DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-4 (.167) as the starting catcher for the 'Bosox'.

Seattle Mariners' centre fielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) continues to build upon a solid debut major league campaign by batting 2-4 (.293) plus a RBI in their 4-0 shutout win over the Detroit Tigers.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) was back as the starting right fielder for the Colorado Rockies, batting 1-4 (.301) in their 4-6 loss to the plucky Cleveland Indians.


James Jones


Brandon Barnes

  1 JUN 2014 - KEVIN KIERMAIER INSIDE THE PARK HOMER!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Kevin Kiermaier
Former ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was at the centre of a most unusual play in the US major leagues today as the starting right fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 1-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. While batting in the top of the eighth inning Kiermaier hammered a line drive toward the scoreboard area wall known as Fenway's famous "Green Monster". Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jnr. made a leaping attempt to make the catch against the wall, but it ended in grief for him when the ball struck him on the nose and put him briefly out of action. Meanwhile Kiermaier took advantage by rounding the bases for a rare "inside the park home run" - Tampa's only score in the game. In fact, he had a very productive day batting 2-3 (.333) with the only RBI and run scored.
Baseball is a funny old game…

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