Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPT-OCT 2006

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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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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SEP-OCT 2006

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  2 OCT 2006 - SNELLING COOLS OFF LATE IN SEASON!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 



Kevin Millwood

 


Geoff Blum

Australian CHRIS SNELLING found it tough to put the finishing touches on his "bounce back season" towards the end of 2006 when his bat finally ran dry after a flood of hits to mark his return to the big leagues. In the last weekend of the season Chris couldn't buy a hit in the Seattle Mariners' series against the Texas Rangers. It ended today with Chris batting 0-1 (.250) with a walk in Seattle's 3-2 win. Facing Robinson Tejada he grounded out to second base in the second inning, then he milked a walk in the fifth before being replaced for the second game running by Willie Bloomquist late in the contest. 
On Sunday Snelling batted 0-2 with two strike outs in the M's 3-1 victory. He struck out swinging in the third dig and on a foul tip in the fifth. In this game he couldn't get the better of former ABL import star
KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who was still saddled with his 12th defeat of the season pitching 6.0ip 6h 3er 0bb 5k for his final season record of 16-12, 4.52ERA. Millwood's bullpen team mate RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) was pretty solid in relief with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.95ERA). 
The previous day he really struggled to master hard-throwing Vince Padilla
when he batted 0-4, struck out twice, and left five team mates stranded on base as Seattle was pipped 5-6 by the Rangers. He started by flying out to centrefield on the first pitch of the second inning, was struck out swinging in the third and called out on strikes in the fifth. It didn't get any batter when he faced the imaginatively named Frank Francisco in the seventh frame when he grounded out to the first baseman. But, if he thought he had a bad day leaving five on base, he wasn't as bad as Texas' 2006 star GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 0-5 (.313) and left EIGHT team mates on base! Our Chris Snelling may not be bragging about the way he ended the season but we reckon he should be pretty proud of his incredible fightback from adversity that has enabled him to climb back to the pinnacle of world baseball. Surely some better luck will see him prosper in the major leagues over the next several seasons. 

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) managed to maintain his excellent consistency throughout the long season in 2006, batting 1-4 (.318) with a RBI to help his New York Mets to beat the Washington Nationals in the last game of the regular season. Comeback kid GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) batted 0-1 (.143) for the 'Nats'. On Saturday LoDuca batted 2-5 with a RBI in the Mets 4-3 win over Washington.

One player to save his best for last was MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) who battled through an up and down season to record his second win on the final day and to help the Florida Marlins to rally 3-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies. Herges closed the game with 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to improve his record to 2-3, 4.31ERA. 

Resilient utility GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) will find himself in the thick of another exciting post season this year after coming off the bench to help the injury depleted San Diego Padres clinch a playoff berth towards the end of the season. In the final game Blum batted 2-4 (.254) to assist the Padres to top the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 today.

... and from other MLB games over this past weekend:

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) maintained his reputation for being "hot and cold" when he emerged from a slump to blast his 17th 'jack' of the season on Saturday. Wilson batted 1-3 with two RBI's to help his St.Louis Cardinals to roll over the feisty Milwaukee Brewers 10-5. He followed this with 2-4 (.264) in yesterday's game which was won 3-2 by the 'Cards' over the 'Brew Crew'.


Preston Wilson

 



Matt Herges

 


Paul LoDuca

  28 SEP 2006 - MOYLAN HELPS MAUL THE METS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 



David Ross

Aussie "sidewinder" PETER MOYLAN continues to press his claims for a return visit to the US pro leagues next season with a solid finish to his 2006 campaign. 'Big Pete' once again did all that was asked of him in efficient style today, putting up a seventh inning zero after Atlanta Braves' starter Tim Hudson had allowed a leadoff walk at Turner Field. Pete made sure that there was no late uprising for the Division Champion New York Mets when he had experienced Jose Valentin pop out to the third baseman, Ramon Castro called out on strikes on a full-count and pinch-hitter Michael Tucker fly out to centrefield. Even though he had a sizeable lead to play with, Moylan threw 12 of 19 pitches for strikes to ensure Atlanta's 13-1 victory with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.15ERA). In this game his Braves' team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 2-2 (.243) with a RBI. In yesterday's game Langerhans batted 1-1 while PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) batted 2-4 (.316) for the Mets who still took a belting 12-0.

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING has also been in action regularly for the Seattle Mariners, although he has found it tough to maintain his sizzling return to the big leagues towards the end of the long season. In today's game Chris may not have put up the big numbers, but he was again a good offensive contributor for his team in their 6-7 loss to Oakland. He batted 0-1 (.270) after grounding out to the first baseman in the second inning off little known starter Jason Windsor. In the fourth frame he laid down a successful sac bunt off Windsor before working a full-count walk facing Brad Halsey in the sixth. Yesterday Chris batted 1-2 in Seattle's 3-12 thrashing by the Oakland A's. He hammered a line drive single up the middle in the second inning and then struck out swinging in the fifth, both off Athletics' starter Rich Harden. He was replaced by lefty pinch-hitter Mike Morse in the seventh dig.
On Tuesday, in Seattle's 10-9 win over the Oakland A's in 10-innings, Snelling batted 0-2 before he was again replaced offensively by left-hander Morse in the sixth. Before that he struck out swinging on four pitches in the second inning and grounded out to the first baseman in the fourth, both facing the very experienced Esteban Loaiza.

... and from other MLB games over the last few days:

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) continued his amazing "breakout season" with the Cincinnati Reds, adding home runs numbers 20 and 21 as the star of the Reds 5-3 win over the Florida Marlins. Ross went deep twice off the high-velocity pitching of tough Florida lefty Dontrelle Willis while batting 2-3 (.258) with the two huge RBI's. In this game MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) pitched 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.08ERA) for the 'Fish'. 

Still playing a vital role down the stretch for the contending San Diego Padres is GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who collected a World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox last year. Blum is filling in admirably in the Padres' infield, batting 2-5 (.255) to help them earn a vital 7-5 win over the St.Louis Cardinals. On Tuesday Blum batted 1-4 with a key RBI in another tight 6-5 victory, while PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) batted 1-5 (.259) for the stumbling 'Red Birds'.


Chris Snelling

 



Ryan Langerhans

  25 SEP 2006 - MOYLAN MOWS DOWN ROCKIES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 



Paul LoDuca

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING was in action again over the weekend for the Seattle Mariners. In today's 7-12 loss to the Chicago White Sox, our Chris batted 0-2 (.274) against the tough Chicago starter Freddie Garcia. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning, popped out to short in the fifth and struck out swinging in the seventh. 
In Saturday's game, won 11-6 by the M's, Snelling batted 1-2 after crunching a line drive single up the middle off veteran Cuban starter Jose Contreras in the second frame. He then drew a walk in the third inning before producing a successful sacrifice bunt in the fifth, both off Brandon McCarthy. Chris made his only out of the game when he struck out swinging at Matt Thornton while trying to spark some offence in the seventh.

Also finishing the 2006 season on a positive note is Australia's "surprise packet" pitcher PETER MOYLAN who had another very good outing for the Atlanta Braves in their unfortunate 9-10 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Our Pete kept the Braves in the game after supplying blanks in both the sixth and seventh innings although his offensive team mates were unable to rally for him to collect a win. Pete made short work of the bottom of the 'Rox' lineup in the sixth, having Troy Tulowitzski struck out on a foul tip, Chris Iannetta struck out swinging and pitcher Jose Mesa grounding out to first base. In the seventh he sat down the top of the order with Kazuo Matsui flying out to centrefield, Jeff Salazar grounding a come-backer and Garrett Atkins grounding out to the short stop. Moylan threw 13 of 22 pitches for strikes with 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (4.50ERA) as he was hardly troubled by the high-altitude conditions that haunt pitchers at Coors Field, in Denver!

A trio of former ABL imports were unable to stop the Texas Rangers from tumbling to a 6-11 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians today. Ace starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) took his 11th loss after pitching 4.2ip 7h 6er 5bb 6k for his season record of 16-11, 4.52ERA. His bullpen team mate RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) couldn't contribute much with 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.88ERA), while star hitter GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 2-5 (.318) with a RBI. Mathews also  batted 2-4 to help Texas to thrash 'The Tribe' 12-4 on Saturday.

... and from other MLB games over the weekend:

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) went deep for his fifth 'dinger' of the season, batting 2-5 (.316) to help the New York Mets to double the Washington Nationals 12-6. On the receiving end were pinch-hitter GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) who batted 0-1 (.222) and reliever FELIX RODRIGUEZ (Adelaide Giants 1993) who was knocked around with 1.0ip 3h 3er 2bb 0k (7.16ERA). 

Helping the Toronto Blue Jays to get on top of the scuttling Boston Red Sox 5-3 was All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 2-4 with a RBI on Sunday. He followed this today with another 2-4 (.307) and three RBI's to help Toronto to smash the 'Bosox' 13-4. Team mate JOHN HATTIG (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-2 (.375) in this game.


Chris Snelling

 



Gary Matthews

  22 SEP 2006 - CHRIS SNELLING 0-3 IN M's WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 



Chad Paronto

After another day off duty yesterday, Aussie CHRIS SNELLING might be excused his 0-3 (.275) game as he is not getting the opportunity to play every day! Chris struck out twice in his latest game today for the Seattle Mariners who blanked the Chicago White Sox 9-0. Facing White Sox starter Javier Vasquez, Snelling may have profited from his customary hustle when he reached on an error by the short stop in the second innings, while also causing a run to score. He was then called out on strikes in the fifth inning and he struck out swinging in the eighth. 

SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) "went yard" for the 21st time this season, batting 1-4 (.281) for the San Francisco Giants in their 4-9 loss to Milwaukee.

... and from other MLB games yesteday:

In a game where Florida's dynamic pitcher Dontrelle Willis demonstrated his hitting prowess with TWO long balls, catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) did his bit for the New York Mets, batting 3-4 (.316) with a RBI. It was not enough to beat the Marlins who topped the Mets on this occasion 6-3.

CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) collected his eighth hold of the year after pitching a tidy 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.25ERA) to help the Atlanta Braves to trump the Washington Nationals 7-3. RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 0-1 (.234) for Atlanta, while GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pinch-hit for Washington with a useful 1-1 (.250) 


S. Hillenbrand

 



Paul LoDuca

  20 SEP 2006 - MOYLAN & SNELLING IN MLB ACTION!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 



Gary Matthews

 


Kevin Millwood

Aussie "chucker" PETER MOYLAN was back on a big league mound today at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, pitching the eighth inning of a losing cause for the Atlanta Braves who were beaten 2-9 by the home standing Washington Nationals. Our Pete did all you could ask under the circumstances, putting up a "goose egg" for his team while throwing 15 economical pitches with ten of those for strikes. Moylan did not allow a ball out of the infield, with Nick Johnson grounding out to first, Austin Kearns popping up to second and Jose Vidro grounding out to short stop. He pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k to slightly improve his ERA to 5.40. In this game his team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-3 (.235), while GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) made the most of a pinch-hit walk by stealing two bases and scoring a run for Washington. In yesterday's game Langerhans batted 1-2, while CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) pitched a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.29ERA) to help the Braves prevail 6-1.

CHRIS SNELLING could only contribute a walk today for the Seattle Mariners in their dramatic 10-innings 9-7 victory over the Texas Rangers. Chris earned a full count walk in the second inning but struck out swinging in the fourth, both facing little known Texas starter Edison Volquez. In the fifth frame he grounded into a fielder's choice to the second baseman off John Rheinecker, then he grounded out to first off Frank Francisco in the seventh to end his day with the lumber. Having a bigger influence on this game was former ABL import GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who slugged his 19th 'big fly' of the season while batting a gaudy 3-5 (.317) with two runs scored.
In yesterday's game Snelling batted 1-3 (.301) as one of the few hitters to get a knock against Texas Rangers former ABL ace
KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who was terrific again in earning his 16th win of the season. Our Chris was called out on strikes in the second inning, then he grounded out to first base in the fifth. He joined a skinny hitter's list in the seventh with a stinging line drive single to right field but it was not enough to save his Seattle Mariners from a heavy 1-8 defeat by the Texans. Millwood pitched a brilliant 7.0ip 4h 1er 2bb 4k to take his positive record to 16-10, 4.36ERA, while Gary Matthews batted 3-5 and he also scored twice.

... and from other MLB games yesterday:

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) figured to be one of the heroes for the San Diego Padres had they won one of the "wildest" games of major league baseball for many a year. The Padres led by four runs going into the bottom of the ninth inning only to see the rival Los Angeles Dodgers deliver FOUR solo home runs to square the game then, after San Diego scored again in the tenth, another two-run jack pinched the game 10-9 for the Dodgers. Blum could not be blamed for the loss after batting 2-4 (.260) with two RBI's. 

Not able to mount quite enough offence for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 6-7 defeat by the New York Yankees were VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted 1-4 (.307) or pinch-hitters JOHN HATTIG (MLB All-Stars 2001) 0-1 (.429) and JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) with 1-1 (.273).

SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted 2-4 (.260) as one bright light for the San Francisco Giants who were embarrassed 8-20 by the Colorado Rockies.


Chris Snelling

 



Geoff Blum

  18 SEP 2006 - CHRIS SNELLING JACKS NO.3!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 



Gary Matthews

CHRIS SNELLING once again has the Aussie flag flying proudly in the US big leagues after slugging his third home run of the season for the Seattle Mariners in today's 10-5 win over the Kansas City Royals. Our Chris finished a most productive game batting 2-4 (.300) with two RBI's and two runs scored after grounding out to first in the third inning off Kansas starter Runelvys Hernandez. Next time up he lashed a line drive single up the middle off Hernandez in the fifth, before flying out to right field off Todd Wellemeyer in the sixth dig. His moment of glory came in the eighth inning when he smacked a pitch from Joel Peralta over the centrefield fence to see him circle the bases.
Snelling was also in action for Seattle on Saturday when the M's beat the Royals 11-8, before sitting out yesterday's game. On Saturday Chris went 0-2 with two walks after drawing the free-passes off starter Luke Hudson in both the third and fifth frames. He then struck out swinging on a full-count facing Andrew Sisco in the sixth before grounding out to relief pitcher Ambiorix Burgos in the eighth.

Also leaving the yard for the 18th time this year today was GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 2-4 (.314) with two RBI's as a strong contribution to the Texas Rangers 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. With some room to breathe late in the blowout game, Texas reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 1.1ip 2h 1er 1bb 0k (3.95ERA). Matthews also batted a healthy 2-3 with a RBI and two runs scored in the Rangers' 12-6 win over the Angels yesterday.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) is enjoying a solid patch of consistent playing time with the San Diego Padres, batting 2-3 (.255) with a walk to help them to sneak past the rival Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 today. On Saturday Blum also had one of the Padres' two hits for the game when he batted 1-3 in the 1-3 defeat by the Dodgers.

... and from other MLB action over the weekend:

Catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) starred again with 2-5 (.313) for the New York Mets in their 2-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Lesser known catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) continued his amazing "power surge" for the Cincinnati Reds with his 19th home run of the year while batting 2-4 (.267) with three RBI's as the main man in the Reds' 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.309) with two RBI's to really help his Toronto Blue Jays to get the better of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday.


David Ross

 



Geoff Blum

  15 SEP 2006 - GARY MATTHEWS HIT FOR THE CYCLE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Gary Matthews

 



John Hattig

 


Kevin Millwood

It is not often that we would give a former AMLB import "top billing" over news about an Australian player, but in this case we must salute the performance of GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who continues to have a tremendous season with the Texas Rangers and he punctuated his 2006 form by HITTING FOR THE CYCLE in yesterday's 11-3 win by Texas over the Detroit Tigers. For the uninitiated, hitting for the cycle simply means that he hit safely for a single, double, triple and a home run in the same game. Gary launched his 17th home run of the year while batting 4-4 (.312) with three RBI's. Matthews also helped another former ABL star KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) to collect his 15th win of the year with his 7.0ip 7h 3er 2bb 6k start that takes his record to a very solid 15-10, 4.47ERA.

In today's game Aussie CHRIS SNELLING didn't get much opportunity to display his talents when he was only asked to pinch-hit in the eighth inning for the Seattle Mariners who were already trailing 6-10 on their way to a 8-10 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Chris struck out swinging facing Royals hard-throwing reliever Joel Peralta. SNELLING had a much more productive day yesterday, batting 2-3 (.302) with a walk as one of the best efforts for the Seattle Mariners who were blanked 0-10 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris enjoyed the pitching a Toronto's high-priced signing A.J Burnett when he drew a four pitch walk in the second inning and then he added safe hits in the fifth and seventh frames. Chris hammered a line drive single to left field in the fifth and followed with a stinging double to right field in the seventh. He hade his only out of the day when closer Justin Spier induced him to fly out to right field in the ninth dig. In this game JOHN HATTIG (MLB All-Stars 2001) enjoyed a 2-3 (.426) performance with three RBI's and two walks, VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-4 (.309) and JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) pinch hit with 0-1 (.200), all for the Blue Jays.

... and from other MLB action yesterday:

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) connected for his fourth 'big fly' of the season when he batted 3-5 (.252) with two RBI's for the San Diego Padres in their 10-0 shutout win over the Cincinnati Reds.

New York Mets is catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) was in the thick of it again, batting 2-6 (.312) with three RBI's as a major contributor to the Mets 7-4 win over the Florida Marlins. Taking another loss for the 'Fish' was MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) who pitched a shaky 1.2ip 4h 1er 1bb 1k to see his season record slump to a moderate 1-3, 3.92ERA.

CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) had a mixed day pitching in both of the Atlanta Braves' double-header losses to the Philadelphia Phillies. He took his second blown save and the loss in the opening game, won 6-5 by the 'Phils', pitching 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k. In the nightcap he did little wrong in middle relief pitching 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k but the Braves still went down 2-7. His season record stands at 2-3, 2.82ERA.


Chris Snelling

 



Geoff Blum

 


Paul LoDuca

  13 SEP 2006 - SNELLING HITS, MOYLAN MOWS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan

 



Vernon Wells

 


Paul LoDuca

Australian CHRIS SNELLING returned to the "hitter's list" today with another productive game helping his Seattle Mariners to topple the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2. Chris batted 1-3 (.283) with a hit-by-pitch and a RBI, even though he also left four team mates on base. He also had the unusual experience of facing a different pitcher for each at bat, beginning with a RBI single to centrefield off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum in the second inning. He then grounded out to first in the third inning off Davis Romero before being struck out swinging by Jason Frasor in fifth. In his final plate appearance he was hit by a pitch from Scott Downs in the seventh frame. In this game VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) mashed his 32nd home run of the season while batting 2-5 (.312) for the BJ's. Snelling sat out yesterday's 2-6 loss to Toronto, but Wells was in the thick of the action yet again, batting 2-4 with two valuable "rib-eye steaks".

Aussie "sidewinder" PETER MOYLAN was also back on the mound for the Atlanta Braves big league team when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Atlanta's home loss 2-8 at the hands of the unpredictable Chicago Cubs yesterday. 'Big Pete' was the epitome of efficiency with only seven pitches and five strikes required to deliver the three big outs when he erased the top of the 'Cubbies' batting order. His first victim was speedy leadoff man Juan Pierre who flied out to right field, followed by Freddie Bynum who struck out swinging and then heavy hitter Aramus Ramirez who grounded out to third base. Pete's line today was 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (6.00ERA). In this game team mates RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) pinch-hit 1-1 (.240) and reliever CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.90ERA). 

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) "went yard" for the 15th time this year while batting 1-5 (.262) to help the St.Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros. 

Still strong for the New York Mets is catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) who batted another terrific 3-5 (.312) and scoring twice to help his team to outlast the Florida Marlins 6-4. On the losing team, MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) pitched to one hitter with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.88ERA).

FELIX RODRIGUEZ (Adelaide Giants 1993) enjoyed his first win of the year coming after his long injury layoff when he pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k in the Washington Nationals' 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His record improves to 1-1, 6.23ERA. 

It was hardly the fault of GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) that his Texas Rangers were defeated 2-3 in the final inning by the Detroit Tigers. Gary batted 2-4 (.307) with a RBI while his bullpen team mate RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) took the tough loss when Carlos Guillen slugged him for a walkoff homer. The converted former ABL outfielder pitched 0.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k for his 1-3, 4.03ERA record. 


Chris Snelling

 



Preston Wilson

 


Felix Rodriguez



  11 SEP 2006 - JOHN HATTIG OUR 105th IMPORT MAJOR!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


John Hattig

 



Nick Green

 


George Lombard

It has taken us a few games to realise that Australia can now boast, by our count, the quite INCREDIBLE number 105th player to play in the US major leagues while also having appeared as an import player in our ABL / IBLA competitions... of course this does not include the 23 Australians to have reached the US big league. The latest name added to the list is JOHN HATTIG (MLB All-Stars 2001) from Guam who has now played a handful of games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006. Hattig pinch-hit today with 1-1 (.400) for the Blue Jays in their tight 3-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Hattig fared better than his illustrious All-Star team mate VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted a miserable 0-5 (.309) while striking out three times and leaving five team mates on base! 
In yesterday's game, won 2-1 by Toronto, Hattig batted 2-3 and Wells 1-4.

Australia's "comeback kid" CHRIS SNELLING continues to prove that you can contribute offensively in baseball without producing a safe hit. In today's game he batted 0-2 (.281) but he did contribute for the Seattle Mariners in their 2-4 defeat by the Texas Rangers. Facing the Rangers' 6'10" giant Adam Eaton, our Chris struck out swinging in the first inning, "took" a hit by pitch in the third inning, then he laid down a neat sacrifice bunt in the sixth. This effort moved his Japanese superstar team mate Ichiro Suzuki to third base from where he was to score during the inning. In the eighth frame he bunted again off Angels' reliever C.J Wilson, but this time Ichiro was forced out at second while Snelling reached first on a fielder's choice. In this game GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 2-4 (.305) for the Texans.
In yesterday's epic 3-2 win over the Rangers in 13-innings, Snelling batted 0-2 against the nasty pitching of Anaheim ace Jarrod Washburn. He struck out in the first inning then flied out to centrefield in the fourth. Chris then applied the pressure to reliever Robinson Tejada when he dropped down a bunt in the sixth and this induced a throwing error that saw the runner advanced and himself safe at first. He didn't get to see out the drama when he was replaced defensively by T.J Bohn in the eighth inning. In this game GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) went deep for the 16th time this year while batting 2-5 and his team mate RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a tidy 1.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (3.86ERA) in late relief.
On Saturday Snelling faced ABL star
KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who was nailed for his tenth loss of the season although he provided another quality start for the Rangers before they were overrun by Seattle 7-2. Millwood proved a difficult customer for Chris when he struck him out three times. Snelling was over-matched by the crafty Millwood on this occasion, whiffing in the first and fourth innings before being called out on strikes in the fifth. He was again substituted with T.J Bohn in the eighth. Millwood pitched a very creditable 6.0ip 4h 3er 1bb 7k but he still saw his record slide to 14-10, 4.49ERA. 

NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) "went yard" for the second time this season while batting 1-4 (.202) to help the New York Yankees to crush the Baltimore Orioles 9-4.

Back from a long injury absence today was veteran reliever FELIX RODRIGUEZ (Adelaide Giants 1993) who pitched a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (6.48ERA) for the Washington Nationals in their "wild" 9-13 loss to the Colorado Rockies. In this game GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) batted 0-1 (.200) as a pinch-hitter, this coming a after he had nailed his first home run of the year while batting 1-1 for Washington in their equally frustrating 8-11 loss to the 'Rox' on Saturday.

... and from other weekend games in the US majors:

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 2-5 (.248) for the San Diego Padres who were topped 4-5 by the San Francisco Giants who had plenty of help from recent signing SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batting 3-5 (.282).


Chris Snelling

 



Gary Matthews



  8 SEP 2006 - SNELLING WHIFFED BY ZUMAYA!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling

 



Preston Wilson

 

No significant action from today's MLB games, but from yesterday's games: 

Regardless of his good form to date, Aussie CHRIS SNELLING still hasn't managed to lock down a permanent position in the Seattle Mariners' outfield. Not for the first time lately, our Chris was asked to pinch hit for the Mariners late in their 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. He faced the near impossible task of trying to scrap an insurance run for the M's in the ninth inning against the intimidating 100mph Detroit flame-thrower Joel Zumaya. Zamaya can be hard enough to hit after five at bats, let alone coming in cold from the dugout... and so it proved with Snelling struck out swinging on three pitches. In the same game backup catcher VANCE WILSON (Melbourne Monarchs 1996) whacked his fifth home run for the Tigers while batting 1-3 (.284).

PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) also left the yard for the 15th time this season to maintain his recent hot streak with his new club the St.Louis Cardinals. Batting in the leadoff slot yesterday, Preston batted 2-5 (.265) and he scored twice in the 'Red Birds' 6-7 loss to the Washington Nationals. Returning big leaguer GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) pinch-hit with 0-1 (.000) for the 'Nats'.

Not managing a hit yesterday but having entirely different impacts for their teams were  SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) and DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) in the San Francisco Giants 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Shea batted 0-3 (.281) but he supplied a vital RBI for the Giants, while Ross found out again what a great "leveller" baseball is when he became a villain in this game after what has been a most productive season. He batted 0-4 (.269) on this occasion while striking out twice and leaving SIX team mates stranded on base!

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 3-5 (.303) and scored twice to do his best for the Texas Rangers in their 6-9 defeat by the Oakland Athletics. 


Vance Wilson

 



Gary Matthews



  
  7 SEP 2006 - SMIT & LENNOX NEW SIGNINGS!
'Flintoff & Dunn' congratulate a couple more of Australia's recent professional baseball signings: 
16yo West Australian infielder JASON SMIT who has signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians and 
17yo NSW infielder / RH Pitcher MICHAEL LENNOX who recently signed with the Boston Red Sox. 

Obviously we wish them every success in their professional journeys.

We may not have been made aware of these signings but for the vigilance of Stuart Hanrahan, the GM of RISING STARS SPORTS MANAGEMENT. Here is some text transposed incomplete from their web site.


Jason Smit

Not many 16 year olds can boast that they have a six figure bank balance, but for West Australian baseball prodigy Jason Smit it is now a reality after he signed a US$350,000 contract to join the Cleveland Indians organization yesterday.

With as many as 10 Major League Baseball clubs chasing his signature it was the Indians who landed Smit, a precocious young talent who was rated in the top 10 international prospects to become available on July 1 for professional organizations to sign.

This rich deal was brokered by the Rising Stars sports management agency that represent Smit and with their help the young West Australianís hopes of getting to the Major Leagues is one step closer now that he has put pen to paper with Cleveland.

Even though he is still only 16 years old Smit's career is already littered with many accolades and achievements. He has represented both his state and country in recent years and is now currently at the MLB funded baseball academy on the Gold Coast where he is receiving expert tutelage under some of the greats of Australian baseball, something the young West Australian credits for his rise to prominence. 


Michael Lennox

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) baseballer Michael Lennox recently celebrated his 17th birthday by signing with 2004 World Champions, the Boston Red Sox.

Lennoxís strong work ethic earned him a place at the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program on the Gold Coast where he was named the Most Improved Player.

His efforts caught the eye of Australian coach and Red Sox scout Jon Deeble who recommended him for a rookie contract.

NSWIS Baseball Head Coach Andre Desjardins said that Lennox was a hard worker who had improved his running and throwing over the last two years, while he also believed that Lennoxís power was a significant factor in him gaining a contract.

  
  6 SEP 2006 - SNELLING FINALLY COOLS OFF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling



Matt Herges

 

Aussie outfielder CHRIS SNELLING has finally hit a barren offensive patch after hitting nearly everything is sight since his return to the big leagues. Chris batted 0-5 (.327) and struck out three times today for the Seattle Mariners in their 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Two of his K's were against crafty Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman when he was called out on strikes in the first inning and swinging at a full-count pitch in the third. Snelling then grounded out to first base off Andrew Miller in the fifth and popped up to the short stop off Jamie Walker in the seventh. His day concluded much as it started when Zach Miner had him struck out swinging in the ninth. 
In yesterday's 2-6 loss to the Tigers Chris was called upon to pinch hit in the ninth inning and he befell the same fate as many of his Aussie compatriots at the 2006 World Baseball Classic when he popped up to short off Jason Grilli... remember that name? Well folks, Jason Grilli is the big pitching ace from Royal Oak, Michigan via Seton Hall College who somehow "qualified" to play for ITALY at the WBC... enough said about that disgrace!!!

MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) wasn't the worst of the Florida Marlins pitchers today when he threw 2.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 1k (3.92ERA) in their 0-4 shutout loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

... and from other major league games yesterday:

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) launched his 31st 'jack' of the season while batting 2-4 (.316) with two RBI's. Team mate JASON PHILLIPS (Hunter Eagles 1998) batted 0-3 (.217) with a RBI as the duo supplied three of the four runs scored by the Blue Jays in their 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. 

Wells' former Toronto "bash brother" SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted 2-5 (.285) with a RBI and two runs scored for the San Francisco Giants in their 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Usual catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) pinch-hit with 0-1 (.272) for 'Cincy'.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-3 (.253) for the San Diego Padres in their 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies.


Vernon Wells



Shea Hillenbrand



  4 SEP 2006 - SNELLING & MOYLAN PLAY IN BIGS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling



Kevin Millwood


Shea Hillenbrand

Australia's major league "juggernaut" CHRIS SNELLING is certainly making up for lost time with yet more offensive consistency for the Seattle Mariners. Chris starred again today, batting 2-4 (.372) with a RBI, a run scored and two walks in the Mariners 6-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He started by earning walks in both the first and second innings off Tampa Bay's right-handed starter Brian Stokes. He then lashed a fourth inning double to right field before "dumping" a RBI single in front of the centrefielder off reliever Ruddy Lugo in the fifth frame. His day ended without further contribution when he flied out to centrefield off Brian Meadows in the seventh and then struck out swinging for the final out of the game off Seth McClung in the top of the ninth.
Snelling was given a break from the action yesterday, but he also delivered a hit during Seattle's 1-2 loss to the 'D-Rays' on Saturday. In that game he singled to right-field in the first inning off starter James Shields. He then popped out to the short stop in the third and grounded out to second base in the fifth. Reliever Dan Micelli then induced Chris to fly out to centrefield in his last plate appearance. Overall, a pretty decent weekend!

Also good to see another Aussie PETER MOYLAN back in the majors as a specialist side-arm reliever for the Atlanta Braves and it was not his fault that the Braves were "squeaked" 7-8 in a wild finish by the Philadelphia Phillies. 'Big Pete' struck out switch hitter Chris Roberson on five pitches to do the job that was asked of him. His pitching line for the day was 0-1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (6.75ERA). In the second game of the double-header CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) recorded his second win of the season, pitching 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k to take his record to 2-2, 3.02ERA after helping the Braves to beat the Phillies 3-1.

Also collecting another win with his second straight BRILLIANT start for the Texas Rangers was KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who pitched 8.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 10k to anchor Texas to a 5-2 win over one of his former clubs the Cleveland Indians. Millwood's record improved again to 14-9, 4.49ERA.

SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) maintained his current power surge with his 19th home run of the year coming while batting 1-5 (.284) for the San Francisco Giants in their 7-4 win over the hapless Chicago Cubs. 

... and from other major league games this past weekend:

In a "blast from the past", long-forgotten former ABL import GEORGE LOMBARD (Melbourne Monarchs 1998) made his first appearance in the majors for three years when he pinch-hit for the Washington Nationals in their 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. George batted 0-1 in his only plate appearance for the game.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 2-4 (.306) with two RBI's but it was not enough to help his Texas Rangers who were beaten 5-6 by Cleveland.

On Saturday PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) nailed his 13th 'bomb' of the year while batting 1-3 (.268) for the St.Louis Cardinals in their 3-1 win over Pittsburgh. 


Peter Moylan



Chad Paronto



George Lombard


Preston Wilson

  1 SEP 2006 - CHRIS SNELLING CONTRIBUTES AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Chris Snelling



Vernon Wells

Aussie CHRIS SNELLING enjoyed Seattle's day off today after he maintained his hot streak with another terrific performance yesterday in the Mariners' 3-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Snelling batted 1-2 (.371) with a RBI after being hit by a pitch in the first inning by Angles consistent starter John Lackey and then laying down a neat run-scoring sacrifice bunt in the third. Chris then lashed a single up the middle in the fifth inning before making his only out for the game in the seventh when he grounded out with an unlucky "tapper" at the plate that was fielded by the catcher... this time off the pitching of LA's ultra-tough reliever Scott Shields.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) crunched his 15th home run of the year today while batting 1-5 (.306) for the Texas Rangers in their 7-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. This followed his 3-4 performance the previous day in Texas' 4-7 loss to the O's. In this game Rangers' reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) copped his second loss of the season in a horror outing consisting of 0.1ip 4h 3er 1bb 0k and taking his record to 1-2, 4.04ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to build upon his great season with another 2-4 (.321) game with a RBI, although it was not quite enough to save the 'Jays from a 4-6 loss to the depleted Boston Red Sox. Wells also batted 3-5 in Toronto's 3-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday.

PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) seems to be benefiting from getting some rest behind the plate this season as he continues his late season sequence of multi-hit games for the New York Mets. 'Paulie' batted 2-3 (.319) today in the Mets 4-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies and 2-4 yesterday in the Mets 11-3 win over the 'Rox'.

Also finding some rare consistency for his new club the St.Louis Cardinals is PRESTON WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) who batted 2-5 (.268) in today's 5-2 win over the Florida Marlins and 2-5 with three RBI's in yesterday's 13-6 win over the 'Fish'.

... and from yesterday's other major league games:

Helping the Atlanta Braves to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 were RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 1-2 (.242) with a RBI and reliever CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998) recorded his seventh hold of the year with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.15ERA). SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars 1998) batted 0-3 (.290) for the Giants but he did produce two of their three runs with RBI's. 


Gary Matthews



Chad Paronto

 

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