was another busy weekend for Australia’s pitching gun GRANT BALFOUR who earned his 10th hold of the season,
even though his Tampa Bay Rays fell to a rare defeat 5-6 at the Chicago White
Sox after 10-innings. ‘Balf’ shut down the eighth inning for his team to
maintain a slender lead in the game using only 13 higH velocity pitches to get
the job done via 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.47ERA). Once again our man was required
to handle the most dangerous section of the Chicago lineup when he had home run leader Carlos Quentin fly out to left field,
hot-hitter Jermaine Dye fly out to right field and 500 home run man Jim Thome
fly out to centre field, just to compete the set!
Grant may have been unlucky to take a loss in his previous game, he was
certainly in the right place at the right time to collect the win yesterday
when the Rays rallied late to beat the crestfallen White Sox 5-3. Balfour did
his job by pitching a neat scoreless seventh inning, but he could hardly have
expected his team to break a “no hitter” with a four-run top of the eighth!
After allowing a full-count leadoff walk to Paul Konerko, he had Alexei Ramirez
fly out to centre field, Juan Uribe pop out to the first baseman and Toby Hall
fly out to right field. The win improved Balfour’s marvellous record to 4-2,
1.50ERA at the time.
No.1 overall draft selection
WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) has
once again dined out on some of his favourite pitching this weekend while
boosting his home run tally to 13 after his Toronto Blue Jays home series
against the World Champion Boston Red Sox. In today’s game Wells batted 2-3
(.292) with three RBI’s in a 5-6 loss to the Bosox in 11-innings. If that
sounds pretty good, it paled against Wells’ gaudy 4-5 with two home runs,
three RBIs and four runs scored in
’s big 11-0 thumping of
GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted
2-4 (.225) with a RBI after coming in off the bench to help his Los Angeles
Angels sneak a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.
his Houston Astros to overcome the New York Mets 5-4 today was
BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) ,
who batted 1-2 (.237). Yesterday Blum batted 1-4 with a walk and a RBI in
another 8-3 victory over the Mets.
PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted
1-1 (.248) with a RBI to help the Florida Marlins to topple the Arizona
and from other games yesterday:
LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) came
off the bench to bat 1-1 (.250) for the floundering Washington Nationals in
their latest 2-9 loss to the Chicago Cubs.