to bore you folks, but it is becoming almost redundant to mention once
again how efficient Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN has been,
and continues to be, this season… he supplied another eleven pitch,
eight strike clinic today for the Atlanta Braves to help preserve a 5-1
win over the Florida Marlins. Pete started by getting Cody Ross to
ground out to the short stop, then he had both Matt Treanor and
pinch-hitter Todd Linden called out on strikes. Treanor required only
four pitches, while Linden was vanquished after three for his pitching
line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (1.77ERA). Well, it’s certainly not boring
us at ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ big fella… keep it rolling!!
Australia’s newest major league pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH
certainly helped his Seattle Mariners to lock down a 9-5 win over the
Oakland Athletics today when he earned his second hold of the season
with an effective 2.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k (3.65ERA). Ryan took over for the
bottom of the sixth inning with Rob Bowen struck out swinging, before
Jeff DaVannon singled back up the middle. He finished that frame with
Shannon Stewart popping out to the second baseman and Daric Barton
called out on strikes. Back for the bottom of the seventh he started by
issuing a walk to Jack Cust. There was no damage done when Dan Johnson
popped out to the third baseman in foul territory, Mark Ellis popped out
to the short stop and Jack Hannahan grounded out to the second baseman.
and from yesterday:
Ace PETER MOYLAN collected his seventh hold of the year when he
pitched another valuable 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (1.79ERA) for the Atlanta
Braves, helping them to a tight 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins. Pete
replaced the starting pitcher for the top of the sixth inning and, as
often, he made life more interesting for himself by allowing a leadoff
single to right field from the talented bat of Miguel Cabrera. Then
after getting Josh Willingham to ground out to the second baseman, he
found himself faced with runners at the corners after Mike Jacobs
singled to centre field. Obviously, our Pete was only in a “teasing
mood” when he snuffed the threat with a very familiar ground ball double
play induced from Cody Ross to the short stop. Moylan was again
consistently in the 93-94mph range while throwing five of only nine
pitches for strikes.
In the same game his
bullpen brother RON
MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) earned his fifth hold of the season
with 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.70ERA).
GARY GLOVER (Sydney Storm 1999) also had a solid relief outing for the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays with a handy 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (5.13ERA), even
though they came up short in a 1-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
hot was veteran starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997)
who was consigned to his 13th defeat of the season with a battling 6.2ip
10h 2er 2bb 0k for the Texas Rangers in their 2-4 loss to the Minnesota
Twins. ‘Big Kev’s’ record slumped to 9-13, 5.39ERA.
MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999)
fared even worse with his second blown save of the year not preventing
his Colorado Rockies from toppling the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8 in a
“squeaker”. Herges pitched a disappointing 0.0ip 2h 3er 1bb 0k
be blamed for the New York Mets tough 8-9 loss to the Washington
Nationals was catcher PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) who
contributed a valuable 2-4 (.272) with two RBI’s.
... then from Tuesday's major league action:
Sometimes you can pitch very well in a baseball game but some misfortune
will cause damage to your statistics, whereas on other occasions you can
be a bit fortunate to escape with your own numbers untarnished when you
have not pitched your best. Australian ace PETER MOYLAN has
suffered a few of the former scenarios this season and it was his turn
to enjoy the latter one today. With his Atlanta Braves firmly on course
for an 11-6 win over the Florida Marlins, Pete entered the game in the
top of the eighth inning with runners at the corners and only one out.
The first batter he faced, Cody Ross, immediately sent the runners
scampering with a deep line drive double to centre field for a RBI. Next
batter, Miguel Olivo, grounded out to the short stop for another RBI. He
put the inning away by having Alfredo Almezaga ground out to the second
baseman. Moylan was not responsible for either of the runs that scored
today, so he lowered his ERA again with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (1.81ERA).
So, he may have been a little fortunate on this occasion, but in the end
he only gave up one hit and he didn’t allow the game to implode for the
Braves… you usually make your own luck and ‘Pete’ has certainly earned
any that he might he get along the way!