Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
JULY 2010

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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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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  31 JUL 2010 - BALFOUR & THOMAS OPPOSED!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

David Ross


Grant Balfour
Brad Thomas

Aussie star PETER MOYLAN was in action for the Atlanta Braves yesterday, but his 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.61ERA) did not enable the Braves to hold off the Washington Nationals who took a 5-3 victory. Pete pitched the bottom of the sixth inning in relief of starter Derek Lowe and he managed to keep his team close by holding the game at 3-4. He got Josh Willingham to ground out to the third baseman ahead of a Michael Morse single single up the middle. Pete then fanned Ian Desmond on four pitches and completed his task by getting Wil Nieves to ground out to the second baseman to end the inning. Moylan's battery mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) celebrated signing a new contract recently by batting 2-3 (.284) as the starting catcher for the day.

and from Thursday:


Two Aussies found themselves in opposing bullpens yesterday and each took the mound during the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. GRANT BALFOUR collected his 13th hold of the season by pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 2bb 2k (2.08ERA) for the Rays, while BRAD THOMAS pitched 2.2ip 4h 0er 1bb 0k (4.20ERA) for the Tigers. Thomas was first to the hill after Detroit starter Eric Bonine lasted just 3.1 innings when he took over with one out and a runner on third and a run already scored in the inning. He saw another run cross the plate when Carl Crawford grounded out to the second baseman for a RBI, then Evan Longoria singled into right field and Carlos Pena was hit by a pitch. He finally escaped that jam when Matt Joyce grounded out to the first baseman. Returning for the fifth he was again walking the tight rope when Willy Aybar singled to left and John Jaso reached on a bunt single to third base. Thomas helped himself by fielding successive bunt attempts by Reid Brignac and Jason Barlett and keeping the scoreboard quiet with fielder's choice outs on each occasion. Following a wild pitch he mopped up the sixth when Sean Rodriguez popped out to the third baseman. In the sixth he got Crawford to ground out to the short stop, but then he walked Longoria who advanced to second when Pena singled up the middle. His day ended on an uplifting note when he induced Matt Joyce to ground into an inning ending double play to the third baseman. The game was within reach at 4-5 when he departed the action.
Grant Balfour took over to pitch the top of the seventh and he quickly struck out Ramon Santiago before Will Rhymes doubled to deep right field and Johnny Damon walked on five pitches. Grant struck out Jeff Larish but he wasn't going to challenge possible triple crown candidate Miguel Cabrera who he intentionally walked to load the bags. It proved the right tactic when he got Brennan Boesch to fly out to left field to end the inning.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.271) for the Toronto Blue Jays to help them to blank the lamentable Baltimore Orioles 5-0.

Another almost forgotten former ABL import reappeared in the major leagues yesterday when MIKE HESSMAN (Melbourne Monarchs 1999) started at first base for the New York Mets and he batted 1-5 (.167) with two RBIs. It was not quite enough for the Mets who rallied late to tie the game before falling 7-8 to the St.Louis Cardinals after 13 long innings.

  29 JUL 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH ROUGHED UP AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Rich Thompson


Grant Balfour


Ryan R-Smith


Ron Mahay

Australia's RICHARD THOMPSON was called upon for some extended middle relief duty today with a pretty solid 3.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 5k (2.45ERA) for the Los Angeles Angels during their 3-7 defeat by the Boston Red Sox. Thompson took the ball to start the top of the fifth in a 2-2 ballgame and he started strong by striking out David Ortiz, getting Victor Martinez to fly out to left field and Adrian Beltre to fly out to centre field. In the sixth he fanned both Jeremy Hermida and Bill Hall but a run threatened when Eric Patterson tripled to deep right field. After issuing a semi-intentional walk to Marco Scutaro the threat was extinguished when Darnell McDonald flied out to centre field. Unfortunately he could not prevent the Red Sox from tying the game at 3-3 in the seventh when Kevin Youkilis took him deep for a lead off home run to left field. However, Rich didn't surrender the lead when he struck out 'Big Papi' Ortiz again, got 'V-Mart' Martinez to fly out to left and then he whiffed Beltre to end the inning. It was a decent day's work.

Aussie fireman GRANT BALFOUR struck out the only batter he needed to face to record his 12th hold of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays who edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 yesterday. Grant was asked to douse the inferno of a bases loaded and two out situation in the top of the seventh inning and he obliged in perfect fashion by striking out an overmatched Brennon Boesch on three pitches. It was a decisive moment that preserved the one run victory for the Rays.

Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was punished again yesterday with an average of more than two hits per inning, pitching 5.0ip 11h 11er 2bb 1k to take another loss as his Seattle Mariners were butchered 0-11 by the Chicago White Sox. He saw a run scored too quickly in the first frame when Juan Pierre singled and stole second base before being driven in by an Alexei Ramirez single with still nobody out. A walk and a wild pitch put two runners into scoring position for A.J Pierzynski to drive in both with two out, then he scored himself when Dayan Viciedo doubled to deep centre field for a four run first inning. The trouble continued in the second when Gordon Beckham doubled and Alexei Ramirez followed with a one out home run over centre field. Paul Konerko added a two out solo home run to post a seventh run before the second inning was over. Ryan enjoyed two quick outs in the third until Andruw Jones walked and Beckham drove him in with his double to left field. An eight pitch 1-2-3 fourth inning was a most welcome tonic for the big Aussie and he had five successive outs until the flood gates opened again with two out in the fifth. Pierzynski singled, Viciedo doubled and Andruw Jones belted a three run "jack" over left field for the eleventh and final run of the game. Rowland-Smith finished the inning but he was relieved before the start of the sixth after seeing his record slump to 1-10, 6.96ERA.

Two of the most recognised former ABL imports were in opposing camps for the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.271) with a walk and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, while starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) endured another tough day at the office for the Orioles. He pitched 5.1ip 10h 5er 4bb 5k to see his record decline further to 2-10, 5.96ERA.

Converted outfielder RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 0.2ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k (3.48ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who thumped the Kansas City Royals 11-2.

  28 JUL 2010 - PLENTY OF AUSSIE RELIEF IN THE MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Rich Thompson


Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

 

In yesterday's "NO HITTER pitched by Tampa Bay's Matt Garza, Aussie BRAD THOMAS was a bit-part of the action, pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.46ERA) as his Detroit Tigers were mowed down in a 0-5 loss to the Rays. With one on and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Thomas could hardly have been more efficient than striking out Reid Brignac who swung through his fourth pitch.

Australian RICHARD THOMPSON was the last pitcher used by the Los Angeles Angels in their 3-6 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. He pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.08ERA) to erase the last two outs in the top of the ninth and he was quite fortunate that it turned out that way. With Boston's J.D Drew on second base and one out in the inning, Thompson allowed Drew to move to third base on a wild pitch then, on another wild pitch that got away from the catcher, Drew was controversially ruled out at home plate when it appeared that he had scored before the tag. Richard emerged unscathed after Kevin Youkilis was struck out looking with a full count to end the inning.


RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a very low pressure 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.26ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who romped 19-1 over the Kansas City Royals.

... and from Mondays MLB games:


Australian power pitcher GRANT BALFOUR had to battle somewhat to take his 11th hold of the season yesterday when he hurled 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (2.14ERA) to help his Tampa Bay Rays to lock down a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Grant was entrusted with the eighth inning where he had Matt LaPorta fly out to right field before Travis Hafner punched a one out single to right centre. Jason Nix was the second out when he flied out to right, but Trevor Crowe then brought the go ahead run to the plate with a single up the middle. There was no advance to the score when Shelley Duncan became the third batter in the inning to fly out to right field.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN could not be blamed for the fact that his Atlanta Braves were edged 4-5 by the Florida Marlins after eleven innings. After talented Gaby Sanchez singled to right centre to lead off the eighth inning 'Big Pete' ensured a scoreless inning by fanning the next three hitters in impressive succession. Out went Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Cody Ross... one - two - three! In all he threw 15 of 19 pitches for strikes to keep the score locked a 4-4 when he departed the game.

Australia's BRAD THOMAS wasn't able to contribute an out for the Detroit Tigers while pitching middle relief during their 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays with 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (4.50ERA). He entered the game in the top of the sixth inning with two on and two out and he battled Dewayne Wise for eight pitches before he reached on a rather fortunate infield single to score a run. That was all for him this time.
In this second game of the double bill VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) pinch hit for 0-1 (.271). In the first game Wells continued his good recent form with 2-4 to help his Blue Jays to top the Tigers 5-3. Yesterday Wells batted 1-4 (.271) to help the Blue Jays to trump the Baltimore Orioles 9-5.

MATT WATSON (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-2 (.167) for the Oakland Athletics in their 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
  25 JUL 2010 - THOMAS, MOYLAN & ROWLAND-SMITH PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Ryan R-Smith

 

 

Aussie "comeback kid" BRAD THOMAS provided a scoreless eighth inning for the Detroit Tigers during their tight 2-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays today. Thomas took over after an error had allowed a lead off runner on first and he grabbed the first out when Adam Lind lined out to right field. Next he saw the inherited runner erased when he was in between being picked off and caught stealing, this before Adam Hill flied out to centre field to end the inning. In the same game VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-3 (.269) with a walk and a valuable RBI for the only remaining Canadian team.

In yesterday's 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins, Aussie PETER MOYLAN wasn't his usual rock-solid self for the Atlanta Braves. Pete pitched 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (2.75ERA) while giving up a very rare home run for him to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Underrated Gaby Sanchez was the man to take Pete deep when he smacked a 0-2 pitch over left field. He then struck out All-Star Hanley Ramirez, had Dan Uggla called out on strikes and Jorge Cantu grounded out to the short stop.

Back on Friday, Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH did it fairly tough again with his 6.0ip 8h 5er 1bb 4k (6.27ERA) start for the Seattle Mariners in what turned out to be a 6-8 defeat byu the visiting Boston Red Sox. Thankfully for him he was spared the loss when his team produced a stunning five run rally in the bottom of the ninth to take the game into extra innings before losing in the 13th. Ryan started strongly with very tidy 1-2-3 frames in the first and second and he took a 1-0 lead into the third. A lead off double by Mike Cameron and a home run from Bill Hall saw the Red Sox take over the lead. A one out single to Marco Scutaro followed by a wild pitch later saw another run cross the plate on a David Ortiz single. Another three up and three down in the fourth was a prelude to a scoreless fifth when he stranded two Boston base runners. The game slipped further away when Kevin Youkilis opened the sixth with a single up the middle and, one out later, J.D Drew lashed a two run homer over right field. Rowland-Smith was relieved after finishing the sixth with his team in a 1-5 hole.
In this game RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-2 (.208) after being used as a a pinch runner by the Mariners.
  24 JUL 2010 - PETE MOYLAN CLOSES BRAVES WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 

Australia's tough right hander PETER MOYLAN screwed a nice tight lid on a comfortable 8-0 win for his Atlanta Braves over the San Diego Padres yesterday. Pete secured the last five outs with 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.58ERA) after taking over with the bases loaded one out in the eighth inning. As often he called upon his "equaliser" by getting Nick Hundley to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop. He then locked down the ninth in fine style by getting Will Venable to fly out to right field, Scott Hairston to ground out to the short stop and Everth Cabrera to fly out to left. It was another very nice outing.

Toronto Blue Jays veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.217) plus a walk in their 2-5 defeat by the Detroit Tigers.

Evergreen starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) suffered his ninth loss of the year after pitching a moderate 6.1ip 7h 5er 3bb 2k for the Baltimore Orioles who were blanked 0-5 by the Minnesota Twins. It further lowered his season record to 2-9, 5.84ERA.

  23 JUL 2010 - THOMPSON & MOYLAN ON THE HILL!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Rich Thompson


Peter Moylan

 

 

Australia's seasoned reliever RICHARD THOMPSON pitched the last inning for the Los Angeles Angels in their 6-10 loss to the New York Yankees yesterday. While it had little influence on a losing cause, Thompson pitched a very tidy bottom of the eighth while sitting down the heart of the famed Yankee lineup. He got Mark Teixeira to line out to right field, Alex 'A-ROD' Rodriguez to fly out to right and Robinson Cano to fly out to centre field. He threw six of just nine pitches for strikes in a most competent display.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN was one of seven pitchers used by the Atlanta Braves during their painful 4-6 loss to the San Diego Padres who rallied late to take the victory in 12 innings. Pete pitched 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.70ERA) after taking over to start the tenth inning, just after the Padres had dramatically tied the game with two runs in the ninth. He allowed a dangerous lead off single to Chris Denorfia who was quickly advanced to second base via a sacrifice bunt. Pete then filled the empty base at first by intentionally walking the son of a baseball great Tony Gwynn Junior. Oscar Salizar battled a full count by he eventually flied out to centre field to advance the lead runner to third. With runners on the corners Moylan got power hitting veteran and pinch hitter Matt Stairs to ground out from a ball fielded by the catcher.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted a potent 3-4 (.271) for the Toronto Blue Jays, but it didn't save them from a 2-5 defeat by the Kansas City Royals.

An almost forgotten import player from Australia's brief IBLA era is MATT WATSON (IBLA MLB All-Stars 2001). Yesterday he batted 1-3 (.143) with a really valuable RBI for the Oakland Athletics who prevailed 6-4 over an ailing Boston Red Sox.

Versatile RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) played both left field and first base for the Seattle Mariners yesterday and he also contributed 2-4 (.216) with the bat in their 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

  22 JUL 2010 - BALFOUR & THOMAS PITCH IN RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Brad Thomas
Australian reliever GRANT BALFOUR was called upon for some extended duty when his Tampa Bay Rays were taken into extra innings in what resulted in a 10-11 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles after 13 long frames. Grant pitched 2.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (2.20ERA) after producing scoreless 10th and 11th innings, but then he put the tying run aboard to lead off the 12th before he was lifted. In the bottom of the tenth he fanned both Scott Moore and Craig Tatum, then he got Cesar Izturis to ground out to the second baseman. He notched another 1-2-3 inning in the eleventh when Felix Pie popped out to the third baseman, Julio Lugo flied out to right and Nick Markakis popped out to the second baseman. His dominant performance ended when Corey Patterson led off the 12th with a double to right field and he later became the tying run ahead of the Orioles finally clinching the game in the 13th.

Aussie BRAD THOMAS pitched 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (4.61ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were shut out 0-8 by the in form Texas Rangers. With one on and one out in the eighth, Thomas did his job by striking out David Murphy and then getting Bengie Molina to ground out to third. He created some pressure in the top of the ninth when Chris Davis ripped a lead off double to deep centre field and he was moved to third on Julio Borbon's sacrifice bunt. He was later cashed in against Brad's ERA account.


VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.266) as a small contribution to the Toronto Blue Jays' 13-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
  21 JUL 2010 - PETER MOYLAN SOLID AGAINST BREWERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 

Aussie PETER MOYLAN hurled another solid inning for the Atlanta Braves yesterday with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (2.75ERA) during their big 11-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Pete took over in the top of the seventh inning with two inherited base runners at first and second bags with nobody out. Importantly he didn't allow the 'Brew Crew' to reduce their deficit with the meat of their batting lineup coming to the plate. Even after walking Rickie Weeks to load the bases, he was able to strand the runners with Corey Hart struck out swinging and Ryan Braun grounding into an inning ending double play to the short stop.

Toronto Blue Jays' veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.267) but it was not enough as his team fell 4-5 to the Kansas City Royals. The previous day he batted 2-5 (.268) with a RBI to help them to crush the Baltimore Orioles 10-1.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a very brief 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.49ERA) for the Minnesota Twins during their heavy 4-10 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

  18 JUL 2010 - GRANT BALFOUR & PETE MOYLAN BOTH HOLD!
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


Brad Thomas

 

Sorry Subscribers, there is no pleasant way to report that Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was rocked to the tune of almost three hits per inning during his abbreviated start for the Seattle Mariners in their 6-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. It started quite well for Ryan today when only an error allowed Bobby Abreu to reach base in a scoreless first inning. The procession started immediately in the second when back-to-back-to-back singles by Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera and Kevin Frandsen plated a run and this was compounded by an error on a sacrifice bunt play that loaded the bases with still nobody out. Reggie Willits followed with a two RBI single up the middle. A fourth run scored on a fielder's choice error before he finally saw the back of that inning. In the bottom of the third Napoli pounded a home run over centre field, Rivera doubled and Frandsen doubled for a RBI, making it three successive hits for the second time in the game. A one out walk to Howie Kendrick and and Abreu single brought an end to another disappointing outing for the big Aussie who finished with an ugly 3.1ip 8h 6r 4er 1bb 2k (6.08ERA). His team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-3 (.205) for the M's.

Aussie GRANT BALFOUR contributed the one out required of him with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.08ERA) as a minor factor for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 10-5 hammering of the New York Yankees today. With runners on the corners and two out in the bottom of the eighth he got superstar Yankee captain Derek Jeter to ground out to second base on a full count to end the inning. It was a big out in the contest.
Yesterday Balfour posted his tenth hold of the season with a polished 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k, yet his Rays were overrun 4-5 by the Yankees. He started by striking out Juan Miranda, then he got Brett Gardner to fly out to left field and Derek Jeter to fly out to centre field.


Australian relief ace PETER MOYLAN traded a very damaging hit for the one out while pitching 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.83ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who were doubled 3-6 by the Milwaukee Brewers. On this occasion 'Big Pete' couldn't manage to defuse a bases loaded and two out situation in the top of the seventh when All-Star slugger Corey Hart nailed his third pitch for a bases clearing double to deep right field to effectively seal the game for the 'Brew Crew'. It was a little too late when he ended the inning by getting Ryan Braun to ground out back to the mound for his own assist. On Friday Moylan collected his 15th hold of the year with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k to help the Braves to pip the Brewers 2-1. In this game he did the job with two on and two out in the top of the seventh when he got Rickie Weeks to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop. Back for the top of the eighth, he saw Corey Hart reach on an infield single before getting Ryan Braun to ground to the third baseman for another fielder's choice out.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.266) but he also struck out twice for the Toronto Blue Jays who edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2. Wells also batted 1-3 with a RBI in the previous game also won 4-2 by the Blue Jays over the Orioles.

Aussie lefty BRAD THOMAS also found it hard going yesterday with 0.2ip 2h 2er 0bb 0k (4.50ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in their 2-8 defeat by their division rival Cleveland Indians. Thomas took the hill with runners camped on the corners and only one out in the bottom of the sixth and his very first pitch saw Carlos Santana lift a sacrifice fly to right field for a RBI. His second pitch provided another run when Travis Hafner punched a RBI single into left field. After inducing a strike from Austin Kearns, his fourth pitch vanished over right field when Kearns smacked a two run homer. He concluded the inning when Matt LaPorta grounded out to the third baseman.

On Friday RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (3.54ERA) but his solid effort was not enough to revent his Minnesota Twins falling 7-8 to the in form Chicago White Sox.

  13 JUL 2010 - R-SMITH LOSES & 3 OTHERS PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith


Brad Thomas


Grant Balfour

A relatively unattractive 2010 season didn't get much prettier for big Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH who ran into the daunting offence of the New York Yankees yesterday when his Seattle Mariners were drubbed 2-8 by the 'Bronx Bombers'. Ryan pitched a tough 4.0ip 6h 4er 1bb 1k which ended with his record falling to 1-9, 5.89ERA. His problems began in the first inning when Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back one out singles then, after an error, Robinson Cano produced a sacrifice fly and Jorge Posada followed with a RBI single. He bounced back with only a hit batter putting a runner on base in the second. In the top of the third Teixeira punched a leadoff double and he later scored on a wild pitch for New York's third run. The fourth inning was another struggle after Marcus Thames led off with a single, Brett Gardner milked a one out walk, then both scored after a passed ball and a Derek Jeter double to deep right field. Another wild pitch and a RBI double from Teixeira caused the end of Rowland-Smith's start before the top of the fifth.

Fellow New South Welshman BRAD THOMAS also struggled somewhat with 2.0ip 3h 1er 1bb 0k (4.12ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were doubled 3-6 by the Minnesota Twins. Brad took the hill with one on and none out in the top of the eighth and he quickly added another base runner when Jason Kubel singled up the middle, followed immediately by a Danny Valencia RBI double to deep right field. He then erased Nick Punto who flied out to centre field but Drew Butera plated another run with his full count sacrifice fly before the inning ended with Denard Span's ground ball out. Thomas also mopped up the ninth with a pair of base runners stranded after Orlando Hudson lined out to first and Delmon Young singled into centre field. He induced veteran Jim Thome to foul out to third before walking Michael Cuddyer on four pitches. Thankfully for our man they got no further when Kubel flied out to left field.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN was also asked to pitch yesterday with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.91ERA) for the Atlanta Braves during their 0-3 shutout defeat by the New York Mets. Moylan replaced starter Derek Lowe with one on and one out in the bottom of the sixth just after the Mets had increased their lead to 2-0. He got Rod Barajas to fly out to centre field from his first pitch but his third pitch saw Ruben Tejada single into right field for runners at the corners. Any possible damage was averted when Pete got New Yorks' ace pitcheR Johan Santana to ground out to first base.

To complete the quartet of Aussies pitching in the majors yesterday, GRANT BALFOUR had the most convincing performance among our men with a breezy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.15ERA) for his Tampa Bay Rays to help them to hold off a determined Cleveland Indians 6-5. Grant slammed the lid on the seventh inning to keep the score tied at 5-5 with Jayson Nix struck out swinging, Carlos Santana flying out to centre field and Austin Kearns struck out swinging. It was an incisive 13 pitch outing!
  11 JUL 2010 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS FOR No.9!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Ron Mahay
Australia's GRANT BALFOUR notched his ninth save of the 2010 season with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (2.21ERA) to help his Tampa Bay Rays to shut out the scuffling Cleveland Indians 4-0 today. Grant took over from starter Matt Garza to begin the top of the seventh inning and he quickly secured two outs with Andy Marte lining out to the short stop and Austin Kearns grounding out to the third baseman. After issuing a full count walk to Jhonny Peralta, a Matt LaPorta single up the middle made life a little uncomfortable and this was magnified when a wild pitch pushed the runners to second and third. The scare was short lived when Shelley Duncan struck out swinging to end the inning.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) absorbed the last inning of the Minnesota Twins 4-7 defeat by the Detroit Tigers with a competent 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (3.81ERA).

... and from recent MLB games:

Former top draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.272) but it made little difference for his Toronto Blue Jays who were pummelled 3-14 by the Boston Red Sox.
Wells also batted 1-4 the previous day in the Blue Jays 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. In that game RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) batted 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (3.96ERA) for the 'Twinkies'.

  8 JUL 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH UNLUCKY LOSER AGAIN!
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

 

Hard throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR was on the hill again today pitching 0.2ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (2.27ERA) during the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox. His first task was to polish off the final out in the eighth inning by striking out new Red Sox utility Eric Patterson with a runner in scoring position and two out. He was then greeted by a leadoff triple from Daniel Nava in the top of the ninth and it cost him a run on Mike Cameron's sacrifice fly before he was relieved by Randy Choate.

Yesterday, Australia's PETER MOYLAN did his job perfectly by striking out the only batter he was asked to face with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.97ERA) while helping his Atlanta Braves to roll over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3. Pete took the mound in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third representing the go ahead run with just one out in the inning. He played his vital part in keeping that run from scoring by striking out the dangerous Jason Werth looking at his fifth pitch slider.

Doing much more work yesterday was Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH who produced the quality start of 7.0ip 7h 3er 2bb 0k but it was not enough to prevent him from being saddled with another loss when his Seattle Mariners were edged 2-3 by the Kansas City Royals. A double play in the first inning enabled him to work around a leadoff single which he followed with successive 1-2-3 innings in the second and third. A Billy Butler single spoiled another clean fourth inning then a leadoff home run by Wilson Betemit in the fifth opened the scoring for the Royals. In the sixth a one out double by Jason Kendall led to a bases loaded jam which saw him cross the plate for a second run on Betemit's infield single. He again worked around a one out double by Yunieski Betancourt in the top of the seventh before ending his day when David DeJesus singled up the middle to lead off the eighth. DeJesus was later cashed in by the Mariners' bullpen for Ryan's third earned run. He was unlucky to see his record further damaged as it now stands at an unflattering and somewhat undeserved 1-8, 5.74ERA.
  7 JUL 2010 - RICH THOMPSON BACK IN THE BIGS!
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Brad Thomas


Rich Thompson


Grant Balfour

Aussie big leaguer BRAD THOMAS was very solid again yesterday when he escaped punishment in a slugfest by pitching a very good 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.10ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who prevailed 12-9 over the Baltimore Orioles. In a game where both starting pitchers were lifted early, the performance of the middle relievers was particularly important. Brad came into the game with one out and runners at the corners in the top of the fifth inning and he quelled that problem by getting Cesar Izturis to foul out to the first baseman then Corey Patterson to line out to right field. Back for the sixth, he needed an economy of pitches to get Miguel Tejada to ground out to second, Nick Markakis to ground out to short stop and Ty Wiggington to ground out to the third baseman. Veteran KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was the Baltimore starter to depart early in this game after being shell-shocked with 1.0ip 4h 5er 2bb 1k (5.77ERA).

Another "almost forgotten" Aussie RICHARD THOMPSON returned to the major leagues yesterday with a tough assignment when he was asked to soak up the last five outs for the Los Angeles Angels who were smacked 3-9 by the in-form Chicago White Sox. Thompson pitched a moderate 1.2ip 3h 1er 0bb 2k (5.40ERA) but he would have been pleased enough to be back in 'The Show'. Rich took over from starter Scott Kazmir with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh and he was quickly battling when Alexei Ramirez punched a RBI single to right field from a full count. He escaped further damage in the inning when Alex Rios struck out swinging and Paul Konerko grounded out to the second baseman. Back for the eighth inning, his third pitch to dangerous Carlos Quentin sailed over left centre field for a home run, then Andruw Jones reached on an error to add to his frustration. After A.J Pierzynski popped out to third, a wild pitch saw Jones advance and he scored on Dayan Viciedo's RBI single to right field. He finished his job with Brad Lillibridge called out on strikes and Juan Pierre lining out to centre field.

Australian ace GRANT BALFOUR wasn't at his sharpest yesterday with 0.2ip 1h 0er 2bb 1k (2.06ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5. Grant was the fourth Rays pitcher used when he came on to pitch the seventh inning of a deadlocked 5-5 game and he got Marco Scutaro to line out to the second baseman before new Red Sox Eric Patterson doubled to deep right field. He next intentionally walked 'Big Papi' David Ortiz to fill the empty first base but it didn't quite go to plan when a patient Kevin Youkilis then milked a walk to load the bases. Grant did the important job of striking out the hot hitting Adrian Beltre for the second out before handing over the Randy Choate who ended the inning with the bags still juiced and, importantly, no further addition to the score.
  6 JUL 2010 - THREE AUSTRALIAN RIGHTIES RELIEVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Grant Balfour
Australian right hander BRAD THOMAS did what was asked of him as a middle reliever with 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.29ERA) for the Detroit Tigers during their 1-8 defeat by the Seattle Mariners. Thomas took over the begin the top of the sixth in relief of Jeremy Bonderman and he quickly secured two outs when Rob Johnson grounded out to third and Michael Saunders struck out swinging. The prolific Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single, as he so often does, but there was no advance when Chone Figgins grounded back to the mound for Brad to initiate a fielder's choice out at second base. He then added the first out in the seventh with Russell Branyon flying out to right field before he was relieved himself. In this game RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) was a defensive replacement in the outfield for the Mariners and he did not get a time at bat.

Fellow Aussie righty GRANT BALFOUR earned his eighth hold of the campaign yesterday after pitching a solid 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.10ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays to help them to tame the Minnesota Twins 7-4. 'Balf' inherited a nasty none out threat with runners at the corners and two runs already scored in the inning, but he made sure that the damage was minimised, even after Delmon Young greeted him with a RBI single into left field. Grant got J.J Hardy to fly out to centre field, Denard Span to ground out to first and Orlando Hudson to ground out to third. It was another important rally-killing job for our man.

Another Aussie ace, PETER MOYLAN closed the last inning of a losing cause with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (3.00ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who were edged 2-3 by the Florida Marlins. Pete kept his team in with a good chance of a ninth inning rally when he blanked the away half of the last. He got Dan Uggla to strike out swinging and Cody Ross to ground out to the third baseman before Emilio Bonifacio singled into left field. Moylan ended the inning bay battling Brett Hayes to a full count before he flied out to centre field.
  4 JUL 2010 - MOYLAN HOT & BALFOUR HURT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Grant Balfour
Helping the Atlanta Braves to a narrow 4-3 victory over the Florida Marlins yesterday was Australia's PETER MOYLAN who pitched a very efficient 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.13ERA) comprising just four pitches. As we have said so often, our Pete is a master of the ground ball and he struck yet again with a decisive inning ending double play in this game when he replaced starter Kris Medlen with two on and one out in the top of the seventh inning. His fourth pitch saw Cody Ross ground out to the short stop for the big twin killing.

Aussie ace GRANT BALFOUR was one of seven pitchers used by the Tampa Bay Rays in their tough 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins today and he may have wished he hadn't after his fruitless 0.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 0k (2.16ERA). Balfour took over to commence the bottom of the ninth with a handsome 8-4 lead but he didn't make his manager Joe Maddon ant more relaxed when Michael Cuddyer led off with a double to deep right and veteran Jim Thome followed with another RBI double to the same area. Grant was relieved without securing an out and his second earned run scored later in the inning. It wasn't his day today.

In the Toronto Blue Jays 3-11 defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-4 (.200) as the leadoff hitter for the Jays, while VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-2 (.274) with a walk. Yesterday Wells batted 0-5, but he also walked and produced a RBI to help Toronto beat the Yankees 6-1.
 

  3 JUL 2010 - ROWLAND-SMITH STARTS; BALFOUR RELIEVES!
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

Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH produced a pretty decent 109 pitch outing with 6.0ip 5h 2er 3bb 2k (5.92ERA) but it resulted in a no-decision when his Seattle Mariners were trumped 2-4 by the New York Yankees at the end of the game. Ryan went head-to-head with Yankee ace C.C Sabathia and it started shakily for him when a Derek Jeter infield single was followed by a Nick Swisher double and a Mark Teixeira ground out RBI for a quick run in the first inning. A 1-2-3 second inning was followed by another in the third as he held the fort in convincing style. In the bottom of the fourth Teixeira singled to lead off the frame but a double play cleared the bases, thankfully, ahead of Robinson Cano's home run over right field that was reduced to a solo shot. He pitched another three up and three down in the fifth and he had two quick outs in the sixth before Alex 'A-ROD' Rodriguez doubled to deep centre field. It caused an intentional walk to Cano which was followed by an unintentional full count walk to Jorge Posada that loaded the bases. He got Curtis Granderson to ground out to end the inning as a positive note to end his stint for the day as he was relieved before the start of the seventh inning. Seattle team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-2 (.200) in the same game.

Aussie compatriot GRANT BALFOUR struck out the only batter he faced to help his Tampa Bay Rays to rally past the Minnesota Twins 5-4 yesterday. Grant took over from starter Jeff Niemann with one on and two out in the bottom of the seventh just after the Twins had tied the game at 3-3 on Delmon Young's home run ball. Balfour ignored a stolen base when he focussed to strike out Orlando Hudson to end the threat. He pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (1.62ERA) to do his job once again. Veteran lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (4.09ERA) for Minnesota.

Backup utility infielder GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) is doing the tough job of the starting short stop for the Houston Astros lately. He batted 0-3 (.241) but he drew a walk in their 6-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants after ten innings yesterday.
  2 JUL 2010 -  MOYLAN HOLDS 13th; BALFOUR SOLID!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Grant Balfour


Nick Green

Australia's PETER MOYLAN earned his 13th hold of the season with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (3.19ERA) to help preserve the Atlanta Braves 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Our Pete was the first to relieve Braves' starter Jair Jurrjens, inheriting a none out predicament with runners on the corners. But, as he so often does, Moylan did exactly what manager Bobby Cox would have desired by inducing veteran catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez to ground into a double play to the short stop, even though a run scored on the play. He next walked Christian Guzman before ending the inning by striking out Alberto Gonzalez.

Aussie star GRANT BALFOUR didn't face a lot of stress yesterday while pitching 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k near the end of his Tampa Bay Rays comfortable 9-4 win over a depleted Boston Red Sox. Even so it wasn't as easy as it may have looked after the Rays had galloped away 9-1 in the top of the eighth when the 'Bosox' scored a pair with none out in the bottom of the eighth. Grant took over to face a tough part of the Boston lineup and he got Kevin Youkilis to fly out to right field before Adrian Beltre added another run with a sacrifice fly to centre field. He closed down any further threat by striking out Bill Hall.

Houston Astros utility player GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) had a solid offensive game as the starting short stop with 2-2 (.246) plus two walks and he scored three times to help his team to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) probably didn't deserve much better than his no-decision yesterday after his start of 5.0ip 8h 5er 2bb 2k (5.40ERA). Thankfully for him, his Baltimore Orioles rallied to overcome the Oakland Athletics 9-6.

Two former Australian imports were in action again for the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday in their 1-3 defeat by the Cleveland Indians. Backup infielder NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-2 (.333) with a walk and a RBI to outstrip his more illustrious new team mate VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 0-4 (.284).

RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) appeared as a pinch hitter yesterday and he contributed 1-4 (.184) to help the Seattle Mariners to stun the New York Yankees 7-0.

  1 JUL 2010 -  MOYLAN TAKEN DEEP BY NATS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australia's PETER MOYLAN wasn't at his sharpest yesterday, pitching 0.1ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (3.30ERA) while allowing a home run that contributed to his Atlanta Braves' 2-7 loss to the Washington Nationals. Pete joined the fray with two out and a runner in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning but he saw a long ball disappear over centre field after working a full count to Josh Willingham. He completed the inning when future Hall-of-Fame catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez grounded out to third.

Veteran centrefielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.288) for the Toronto Blue Jays who were edged 4-5 by the Cleveland Indians. Former IBLA import NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) also appeared as a pinch runner for the Blue Jays during this game.

 

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