Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2009

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  3 OCT 2009 - RICH THOMPSON TACKLES TEXAS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Richard Thompson


Kevin Millwood


Ron Mahay

Unheralded Aussie reliever RICH THOMPSON was back on a big league mound yesterday, trying to soak a few middle innings for the Los Angeles Angels after starter John Lackey was given the hook after just two innings in what would be a heavy 3-11 defeat by the Texas Rangers. Richard started positively, but it all unraveled for him at the end of his 2.2ip 4h 1er 0bb 3k (5.12ERA) effort. Taking over at the top of the third inning, things wobbled a bit immediately when Elvis Andrus singled into left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, after he struck out David Murphy looking, Andrus stole third before Andruw Jones struck out swinging. There was no addition to the score when Ian Kinsler popped out to the first baseman. Following a host of defensive adjustments before taking the field for the fourth, Thompson allowed a leadoff single into right by Chris Davis, before getting Omar Visquel to fly out to centre field, Taylor Teagarden to pop out to the first baseman and Craig Gentry to line out to right field. Stretching into his third inning of work with a new catcher in the fifth, he saw Julio Bourbon hammer a leadoff double before striking out Elvis Andrus on a foul tip. It all started to go pear shaped when he "plonked" Andruw Jones with a wayward pitch and Ian Kinsler followed with a shattered bat RBI double into left field. That was the end of his reasonable effort on this occasion. It was good to see him back in the majors.
On the winning end of this game was evergreen starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who went the distance for the Rangers with a mighty 9.0ip 7h 2er 1bb 10k to take his season record to a very workmanlike 13-10, 3.67ERA.

... and also from yesterday's MLB games:

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a brief 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.32ERA) for the Minnesota Twins to help them to hold off the Kansas City Royals 10-7 in an important victory for the 'Twinkies'. Yesterday Mahay also got just one out to capture his sixth hold of the season with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.35ERA) for the Twins in their 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.


Doing his job as a pinch hitter today was GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 1-2 (.252) with a RBI for the Los Angeles Angels who topped the Oakland Athletics 5-2.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-3 (.247) but he did deliver a RBI for the Houston Astros in their 1-7 loss to the New York Mets.

  30 SEP 2009 - BALFOUR SAVES No.2 & No.3!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

Hard throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR added a couple more outs for his season today to secure his second save in two games and his third for the season when he locked down the Tampa Bay Rays' 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Grant nailed the final two outs this time with Lou Montanez struck out swinging and Cesar Isturis flying out to centre field to end the game. His pitching line today finished at 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.88ERA).

... and from yesterdays MLB games:

Things don't always go your way in our great game of baseball and sometimes you can be desperately unlucky but, on this occasion, Australia's GRANT BALFOUR would not complain about collecting his second save of the season just by claiming the last out of the game yesterday. Grant pitched a very brief seven pitches for his 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.93ERA) to put a lid on his Tampa Bay Rays comeback 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles. His only action was to get Lou Montanez to line out to left field.

Compatriot PETER MOYLAN also collected his 25th hold for 2009 with a competent 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (2.66ERA) effort as part of a combined shutout for the surging Atlanta Braves who blanked the Florida Marlins 4-0. Pete pitched the top of the eighth inning in relief of ace starter Jair Jurrjens, striking out a flailing Cameron Maybin before walking the dangerous Hanley Ramirez. Any hint of trouble was swiftly overcome when he got Jorge Cantu to ground into a double play to the short stop. It was typical Moylan!

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.262) with a walk and a run scored for the Toronto Blue Jays who preyed upon the wounded Boston Red Sox 11-5.

  28 SEP 2009 - RRS, MOYLAN & BALFOUR PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith

 

 


Peter Moylan

 

 


Grant Balfour

Australia's "hyphen" RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was consigned to his fourth loss of the season today when his Seattle Mariners were unable to hold out the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-5 defeat, with all of the Blue Jays runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings. Unfortunately Ryan was responsible for all the Toronto runs when he was nearing the end of his 114 pitch effort and his 7.0ip 7h 5er 1bb 3k has left him owning a 4-4, 3.91ERA record. Things started most impressively for 'RRS' when he faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings, only to see his perfect game broken up by Jose Bautista's leadoff single in the fourth. His shutout remained intact through six frames with only one more hit coming via Travis Snider's leadoff single in the sixth. But, the steady wheels began wobbling in the seventh when Vernon Wells smoked a one out single up the middle and Randy Ruiz followed with a double. Both of these runners were plated when Rod Barajas produced a RBI with a sacrifice fly and Kevin Millar singled in a second run. Still leading 4-2 coming into the bottom of the eighth, Rowland-Smith was immediately in more trouble when John McDonald roped a leadoff double to left field and promptly scored on a Jose Bautista single. When Aaron Hill milked a none out walk, Ryan was lifted, perhaps belatedly, in favour of reliever Miguel Batista. Even though Batista struck out the next two hitters, a couple more hits in the inning made sure that the Aussie was saddled with all five earned runs. While he would not be seeking excuses, there is a genuine suggestion that Rowland-Smith may have been stretched out too far in this game and it may have ended much better for him on another occasion. Slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.262) and scored a run for the Blue Jays.

Australian star PETER MOYLAN was used in a longer than usual setup role today, pitching a most valuable 2.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 4k (2.70ERA) to help the Atlanta Braves to polish off a 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Pete took the ball from Braves' starter Derek Lowe to commence the bottom of the seventh in a deadlocked 3-3 game and he looked likely to surrender the lead when Willie Harris hammered a leadoff triple to deep right-centre field. But, one again, Pete called upon his customary poise to get Ian Desmond to ground out to the first baseman before issuing an intentional walk to Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman. He was able to leave Harris camped on third when he had both Josh Willingham and Elijah Dukes called out on strikes. Moylan then sailed through the eighth with Mike Morse grounding out back to the mound, followed by Jamie Burke and Alberto Gonzalez who both struck out swinging. It was another mighty effort from Moylan with the game hanging in the balance.

Aussie flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR earned his 18th hold for 2009 with a no-fuss 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.96ERA) performance for the Tampa Bay Rays, helping them to see off the Texas Rangers with an amazing 7-6 comeback win today. Grant was asked to take the ball in the bottom of the ninth, just after the Rays had rallied from a 0-6 deficit with three runs in the top of the eighth and four more in the top of the ninth to snatch an unlikely lead! Grant did his job in solid fashion by getting veteran Andruw Jones to fly out to left field and then Nelson Cruz grounding out to the second baseman. He handed the final out to Lance Cormier who pocketed the save.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-2 (.249) for the Houston Astros, but he did walk twice as a contribution to their 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

  27 SEP 2009 - BALFOUR ROCKED BY RANGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Kevin Millwood

Live arm Australian reliever GRANT BALFOUR had a tough time of it yesterday while attempting to close out a 3-8 defeat for his Tampa Bay Rays against the Texas Rangers. Grant saw his ERA climb just above five with his 1.0ip 1h 3er 2bb 2k (5.01ERA) in relief of Rays' starter James Shields. Balfour looked to be in cruise control when he got Elvis Andrus to ground out to the short stop and then had Josh Hamilton struck out swinging at a 93mph fastball. But, as often, disaster loomed when he issued back-to-back two out walks to Marlon Byrd and Hank Blalock. The baseball gods were true to their tradition when Ian Kinsler made him pay the ultimate price with a three run jack over left field… OUCH! There was little consolation for our guy when he fanned David Murphy to end the three run inning.

Evergreen starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was assisted by a huge 11-run fifth inning while collecting his 12th win of the season with a sturdy 7.0ip 7h 2er 2bb 2k today. His record improved to 12-10, 3.75ERA when his Texas Rangers smacked the Tampa Bay Rays 15-3.

Lefty reliever RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched a reasonable 1.2ip 1h 1er 1bb 0k (4.47ERA) for the Minnesota Twins to help them to swamp the Kansas City Royals 11-6 today. Yesterday MAHAY pitched a more impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k to help the Twins to roll the Royals 9-4.

... and from other recent games:

Relief stalwart CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998)  pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (15.19ERA) to polish off the ninth inning of his Houston Astros 4-10 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) left the yard with his 15th home run of the season, spicing his 2-4 (.264) game with four RBIs that provided all the scoring for the Blue Jays who fell short 4-5 to the Seattle Mariners.

  25 SEP 2009 - MOYLAN HOLDS FOR 24TH TIME!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Gary Matthews

Everyday Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN added hold No.24 for season 2009 with 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.78ERA) to help the Atlanta Braves to secure an important 5-2 win over the declining New York Mets. Pete took over from starter Tim Hudson to start the seventh inning and he was immediately faced with a runner in scoring position when Angel Pagan lashed a leadoff double into centre field. He nailed the first out when Luis Castillo flied out to the centre fielder, then the second when star David Wright grounded out to the first baseman. When Moylan walked slugger Carlos Beltran, he was lifted in favour of left Eric O'Flaherty who shut down the inning. It may not have been his sharpest performance, but you can't always dictate terms in our great game of baseball, all you can do is compete and persist!

Doing all that he could for the Los Angeles Angels during their narrow 2-3 defeat by the burgeoning New York Yankees was right fielder GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 1-2 (.247) with a RBI and two walks.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) could only manage one walk, while batting 0-3 (.262) for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Evergreen right hander MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) walked one and struck out one while pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (3.44ERA) for the Colorado Rockies who went down 3-6 to the San Diego Padres.

  23 SEP 2009 - MOYLAN HOLDS & R-SMITH STARTS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Ryan R-Smith

 

 

 


Kevin Millwood

After a slow start to his 2009 season following elbow surgery in 2008, Aussie PETER MOYLAN has gradually lowered his ERA throughout the year and now has it well below 3.00 as the season nears its end. In today's 3-1 win over the New York Mets, Pete earned his 23rd hold for the Atlanta Braves with another tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (2.81ERA) in relief of starter Jair Jurrjens. Moylan took good care of the eighth inning which started with Angel Pagan flying out to centre field before the cagey Louis Castillo worked a one out walk. Castillo moved over to second when David Wright grounded out to the third baseman, but he got no further when Carlos Beltran flied out to right field. As often, our man was chosen to pitch to the toughest part of the opposition lineup. Team mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-1 (.264) with a walk for the Braves.

Fellow Australian pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was not nearly as sharp as he was in his previous outing today, but he still did a solid job starting for the Seattle Mariners and he set them up for a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. His 113 pitch effort could only take him to five completed innings with a battling 5.0ip 6h 3er 4bb 1k (3.70ERA) and he had to settle for a no decision. An Evan Longoria single and a walk to Ben Zobrist came with two out in the first and did not result in any damage, but his trouble started early with a leadoff double by Willy Aybar to open the second. Dionner Navarro moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt and the first run was posted when B.J Upton singled through the left side. Ryan then escaped a bases loaded jam in the same inning when Fernando Perez and Jason Bartlett singled, but he was able to re-group and leave them on base. He walked Zobrist again to lead off the third as the only on base action in the frame, which he followed with a neat 1-2-3 fourth and fifth innings. Once again nearing the end of his endurance in the sixth, Rowland-Smith loaded the bags before securing an out and was lifted after Pat Burrell walked, Aybar doubled and Navarro walked. It was an unfortunate end to what could have been a better day when two more of his earned runs were cashed in for the inning.

... And from yesterday's MLB games:

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 2-5 (.264) and he scored a run for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 9-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Showing the benefit of missing one scheduled start was veteran KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) who was back near his best again, pitching his Texas Rangers to a 10-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. 'Big Kev' hurled a terrific 7.0ip 3h 0er 1bb 2k to improve his season record to a typically solid 11-10, 3.79ERA.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-4 (.254) and he scored a run for the Houston Astros who were topped 3-7 by the St.Louis Cardinals. In this game, inconsistent relief pitcher CHAD PARONTO (Perth Heat 1998)  returned to big league action with 1.0ip 3h 1er 0bb 1k (18.90ERA) for Houston.
  21 SEP 2009 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS 17TH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie ace GRANT BALFOUR earned his 17th hold of the 2009 campaign with 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (4.66ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 today. Grant was rudely greeted when he came into the game with two out in the top of the seventh by Randy Ruiz who hammered a ground rule double that hopped over the right field fence. The runner in scoring position wasn't allowed to compound when Grant had Jose Bautista struck out looking at a third strike to end the inning. He then secured the first out in the eighth when John McDonald lined out to left field but, when Aaron Hill walked, our man was lifted in favour of left-hander Brian Shouse.

Journeyman backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted a useful 2-3 (.268) for the Atlanta Braves who still couldn't overcome the Philadelphia Phillies in a 2-4 loss today.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) enjoyed his start at right field today for the Los Angeles Angels when he "went yard" for the fourth time this season, while batting a vital 2-3 (.242) with three RBIs in their 10-5 defeat of the fading Texas Rangers.
  20 SEP 2009 - MOYLAN & BALFOUR BOTH STRONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

Australia's "Mr. Dependable" PETER MOYLAN added yet another scoreless inning of relief for the Atlanta Braves to help cement their solid 6-4 victory over the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies today. 'Big Pete' hurled a tidy zero in the top of the eighth, in support of starter Javier Vasquez with his 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.85ERA) effort at Turner Field. He began well by striking out John Mayberry swinging on five pitches, before getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to left field and Ben Francisco to roll out softly to the second baseman. It was another most efficient outing for the Aussie in his terrific comeback season.

… and from yesterday:

Power armed Aussie GRANT BALFOUR was elected to close the ninth inning of a lop-sided 11-4 win for his Tampa Bay Rays over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Clearly enjoying the low pressure opportunity, Grant pounded the strike zone with 14 of his 15 total pitches thrown for strikes in a 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.71ERA) performance. Like his countryman Moylan, his first victim was a swinging strike out of John McDonald, before Jose Bautista grounded out to the second baseman and Aaron Hill flied out to right field to end the game.
Seasoned outfielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 2-4 (.265) with a RBI and a run scored for Canada's team.

Australia's newest big leaguer TRENT OELTJEN made another appearance off the bench for the Arizona Diamondbacks when he was used as a pinch hitter during their 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies yesterday. This time Trent was summoned to pinch hit for the 'Snakes' starting pitcher with two out in the bottom of the fourth. Unfortunately, Oeltjen found the task of trying to hit off the bench as difficult as most do when he was struck out swinging at a Jason Marquis changeup.
  18 SEP 2009 - ROWLAND-SMITH MIGHTY IN 4TH WIN!
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


 

 

Australian starting pitcher RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH continues to cement his future with the Seattle Mariners with a sequence of fine performances toward the end of the 2009 season. On this occasion he scooped his fourth win of the year with a polished 8.0ip 9h 1er 1bb 2k to anchor the M's 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox and improving his record to 4-3, 3.59ERA. After starting with a three up - three down first, he quelled a pair of singles in the second with an inning ending double play. Ryan faced the minimum again in the third when Alex Rios was caught stealing after hitting a leadoff single, then only an A.J Pierzynski single blemished his fourth. He may have allowed a run on three hits in the fifth if not for Carlos Quentin running himself out while trying to stretch a one out single into an ill-advised double. After posting a 1-2-3 sixth, Rowland-Smith was again tough enough to pitch around a leadoff walk and a none out single to preserve his shutout. Once again he was around the 100 pitch mark when Gordon Beckham finally ruined his shutout with a one out solo home run in the eighth frame. He was relieved after finishing the eighth… it was a mighty effort! Ryan's Seattle team mate RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted a useful 1-2 (.212) with a RBI, while also making a fine running catch in left field.

Aussie live arm GRANT BALFOUR set aside some recent struggles to pitch impressively for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 2-4 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles. Grant pitched a most effective 1.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (4.79ERA) after relieving Rays' starter Andy Sonnanstine with two out in the sixth inning and runners perched on first and second bases. It took 'Balf' just one pitch to end the threat with Luke Scott popping out to the third baseman in foul territory. Back for the bottom of the seventh, Balfour fanned Matt Weiters and Jeff Fiorentino either side of getting Ty Wiggington to ground out to the second baseman for the second out of the frame. He threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes in a precision performance.

Overworked Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN was the fourth of seven Atlanta Braves pitchers to take the hill during their dramatic 6-5 win over the New York Mets, via two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Our Pete pitched an important scoreless seventh inning with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.89ERA). He started by striking out former team mate Jeff Francouer before getting Jeremy Reed to ground out to the second baseman. Speedy pinch hitter Angel Pagan got aboard with an infield single to the first baseman but their next pinch hitter, Fernando Tatis, was not so successful when he flied out to left field to end the inning.

Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted a solid 2-4 (.264) for the Toronto Blue Jays, but again it was not enough to prevent the New York Yankees from rallying late for a 5-4 win.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) clocked his tenth home run of the season yesterday while batting 1-4 (.258) for the Houston Astros who still wound up on the skinny end of a 5-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

In the drama of the Boston Red Sox snatching a "wild 9-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the ninth inning, pinch hitter NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) drew a controversial two out, full count walk with the bases juiced to tie the game. It was a critical moment when Green had the nerve to take a low pitch that the Angels thought was a strike, setting up team mate Alex Gonzalez to poke the game winning flare into left field.

  16 SEP 2009 - OELTJEN PINCH RUNS AND SCORES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Trent Oeltjen

Australia's 27th major league player TRENT OELTJEN made another big league appearance yesterday as a pinch runner for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Trent was asked to pinch run for Gerardo Parra with one out in the top of the tenth inning in a tied 2-2 game. He was just in time to enjoy the extra innings action when successive singles enabled him to cross the plate for the go-ahead run.

Not even the solid contribution of 2-3 (.261) from VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) could save his Toronto Blue Jays from falling 5-6 to the Detroit Tigers yesterday.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) did a reasonable job as a pinch hitter for the Los Angeles Angels with a walk from his two plate appearances in their 3-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Emerging from a rough patch to collect his second win of the season was journeyman lefty RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) who hurled 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k for the Minnesota Twins during their 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. It improved his season record to 2-1, 4.57ERA.

  14 SEP 2009 - HUBER BACK IN BIGS WITH TWINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Justin Huber

Firstly, our apologies for overlooking the long-awaited return of Aussie slugger JUSTIN HUBER to the US big leagues with his latest club the Minnesota Twins yesterday. His return was not without effect when he batted 1-2 (.500) after taking over from Justin Morneau at first base during their heavy 5-12 defeat by the Oakland Athletics. Huber took over defensively to start the top of the seventh inning and his first at bat yielded a two out single to left field off Dana Eveland. He then had the dubious privilege of making the last two outs of the game when he grounded into a double-play to the third baseman to end the ninth inning while facing righty Jeff Gray.

Backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 (.364) with a RBI to help the Atlanta Braves to sweep past the St.Louis Cardinals 9-2 today.

  13 SEP 2009 - MOYLAN HOLDS 22nd v CARDINALS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:


Peter Moylan


Trent Oeltjen


Vernon Wells

Australia's own PETER MOYLAN was required to work pretty hard for his 22nd hold of the season, but he responded superbly with two important scoreless innings for the Atlanta Braves in a 7-6 win over the St.Louis Cardinals. Inheriting a two on and none out situation from Atlanta starter Tim Hudson in the sixth inning, Pete first had to deal with a sneaky double-steal. But he responded strongly by striking out Yadier Molina swinging and then pinch hitter Troy Glaus looking at strike three. Then, after being told to intentionally walk Skip Schumacher to fill the empty first base, he stomped on the fire by getting Brendan Ryan to ground out to the second baseman. Back to face the meat of the 'Cards' lineup in the seventh inning, Moylan got superstar Albert Pujols to line out to the short stop before he fanned both Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus with a peppering of sliders and sinkers. It was a most impressive and important 2.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 4k (2.94ERA) for the Aussie ace today.

Our newest big league Aussie TRENT OELTJEN was given a pinch hit opportunity for the Arizona Diamondbacks in yesterday's 3-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Trent was called upon to pinch hit for the pitcher to lead off the bottom of the ninth when he flied out to left field facing all time saves leader and future Hall-of-Fame legend Trevor Hoffman.

Going deep for the 14th time in 2009 was VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) who batted a mighty 3-4 with the RBI and two runs scored for the Toronto Blue Jays who topped the Detroit Tigers 8-6. This followed a very useful 2-3 effort from Wells yesterday with two RBIs in their 6-4 win over the Tigers.

After a pretty good season for the Texas Rangers so far, veteran starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) has picked a bad time for a poor outing with an uncharacteristically brief 3.2ip 8h 5er 2bb 4k to take the loss in their 8-3 defeat by the Seattle Mariners. 'Big Kev' finds his season record slide to 10-10, 3.94ERA.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) walked and scored a run to do his job as a pinch hitter for the Los Angeles Angels in their 3-4 defeat by the Chicago White Sox.

RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) struggled again yesterday with 0.2ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k (4.67ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who were thumped 5-12 by the Oakland Athletics.

  11 SEP 2009 - ROWLAND-SMITH GOOD IN 3RD LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Ryan R-Smith

 


 


Peter Moylan


 


Trent Oeltjen

Australia's lefty starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was consigned to his third big league defeat today after allowing just a few too many hits and running into an opposition shutout hurled by the Los Angeles Angels' John Lackey. Ryan pitched 7.0ip 10h 3er 1bb 5k while his Seattle Mariners were blanked 0-3 by the Angels at the "Big A" in Anaheim. In the first inning he used a double play to erase a one out bunt single by Eric Aybar, which he followed with an impressive 1-2-3 second. Another infield single by Howie Kendrick was his only base runner allowed in the third, before his first sign of trouble struck in the fourth. After conceding a leadoff walk to Aybar, Rowland-Smith again summoned a big double play, but he did not escape when Vladimir Guerrero singled and Torii Hunter clocked a two run homer over left centre. In the fifth inning he worked around hit to Kendrick and another infield single to speedy Chone Figgins. Pitching to the meat of the Halo's lineup again in the sixth the only runner he allowed came via a Torii Hunter single. Ryan was nudging the 100 pitch mark to start the seventh when he allowed a one out double to Kendrick, followed by a Jeff Mathis single up the middle. After securing the second out, an Eric Aybar double scored the third and final run for the Angels before he closed the inning to conclude his day. It was another solid performance and a quality start from Rowland-Smith whose record in 3-3, 3.88ERA.

Australia's side-winding righty PETER MOYLAN was back on the hill today, pitching a not-so tidy 1.1ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k for the Atlanta Braves who outlasted the home standing Houston Astros 9-7 at Minute Maid Park. Coming in to the game with two out and a runner on third in the seventh inning, Pete took good care of his immediate job when he induced the dangerous Carlos Lee to ground out to the second baseman. Back to pitch the bottom of the eighth, Moylan got veteran slugger Miguel Tejada to ground out to third before Hunter Pence reached on an infield single to to the second baseman and Chris Johnson followed with a single into right field. Chris Coste advanced the runners to second and third when he grounded out to the third baseman. Pinch hitter Jason Michaels did the damage to our Pete when his infield single to third scored one run and the subsequent throwing error by the third baseman scored another, this one unearned. Moylan ended the inning with Michael Bourn grounding out to the first baseman and, in fairness, his ability to induce ground balls worked against him this time with a couple of unfortunate infield singles really hurting his cause.

Aussie speedster TRENT OELTJEN was again called upon to run the bases as a pinch runner for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Trent was asked to run for pinch hitter Gerardo Parra who reached second base when Dodgers' pitcher Troncosco commited a throwing error with none out. A sacrifice bunt moved Oeltjen to third base which caused the Dodgers to roll the dice with a pair of intentional walks to load the bases. The strategy backfired when Troncosco couldn't find the strike zone again and Trent was able to stroll home for the winning run via a bases loaded walk to Mark Reynolds. No doubt he would have enjoyed the team success, but I bet he is itching for more game time both offensively and defensively toward the end of this major league season.

... and also from yesterday:

Converted former ABL outfielder RON MAHAY (Gold Coast Cougars 1996) pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.53ERA) for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-1 (.261) to help the Houston Astros to snatch a superbly pitched game 2-1 from the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the ninth inning.

  10 SEP 2009 - BALFOUR BLOWS No.5 v YANKEES!
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Grant Balfour

 

 


Trent Oeltjen

Things have continued to go pear-shaped for both Aussie reliever GRANT BALFOUR and his Tampa Bay Rays nearing the end of this season. Grant was saddled with his fifth blown save of the year when the "blessed" New York Yankees won yet another comeback game 4-2 over the Rays today. In fairness to our Aussie compatriot, he was inserted into the cauldron of a game that was already in melt-down for the Rays with runners at the corners, one out and the Bronx crowd in a frenzy after a run had scored on a disastrous error. Balfour was called from the bullpen to "turn around" dangerous slugging catcher Jorge Posado and, for a moment, it seemed the ploy might pay dividends when he raced ahead in the count 1-2 but, after allowing the count to run full, he saw his 94mph four-seamer disappear for a three run jack over their short right field. Next he got Melky Cabrera to fly out to left field but, when Derek Jeter walked on on a full count after seven pitches, he was lifted from the game. The soul-destroying go ahead runs left Grant with the line of 0.1ip 1h 1er 1bb 0k (4.90ERA).

... and from yesterday:

Aussie outfielder TRENT OELTJEN was back in the big leagues yesterday, used as a pinch runner by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 4-5 defeat by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Trent entered the game in the bottom of the eighth when Miguel Montero nailed a leadoff single and our man was inserted to replace the slow moving catcher on the bases. He was ultimately left stranded on third base when the inning ended. Unfortunately, he had to be taken out of the game in the top of the ninth when the defensive reshuffle required him to be replaced by the backup catcher.

Toronto Blue Jays' former overall No.1 draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.250) plus a walk and a run scored to help his team to double the Minnesota Twins 6-3.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) may not have managed a hit after starting at left field for the Los Angeles Angels in their 3-2 home win over the Seattle Mariners, but he did walk twice.

Before he was replaced by a pinch hitter, Houston Astros' starting third baseman GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) could not have done much more than bat 1-1 (.261) in their 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

  8 SEP 2009 - PETE MOYLAN RESTRICTS REDS!
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Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

Not even a solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.95ERA) from Australia's reliable PETER MOYLAN could prevent his Atlanta Braves from falling to a disappointing 2-4 home defeat by the Cincinnati Reds after 12 long innings. Pete tucked away the top of the tenth frame with Jonny Gomes struck out swinging before pinch hitter Kevin Barker grounded out to second and Corky Miller grounded out to the first baseman. It was certainly not his fault that the Braves' unreliable offence couldn't do the job for the team in extras.

Aussie fireman GRANT BALFOUR finds himself part of a Tampa Bay Rays' bullpen that is scuffling at the moment and, unfortunately, he was unable to secure an out during a ninth inning rally that saw his team overrun in agonising circumstances 3-5 by the Detroit Tigers. With one on and one out in the ninth and the Rays leading 3-1, Grant was entrusted with the major task of getting out the dangerous Miguel Cabrera but the at bat ended with a nibbling walk that sparked the Tigers' rally. Cabrera was later to become one of the four runs driven in by a Brandon Inge grand slam home run that snatched control of the game. Balfour was left to bemoan his pitching line of 0.0ip 0h 1er 1bb 0k (4.77ERA).

Former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) joined the party during the Toronto Blue Jays blowout 14-8 victory over the New York Yankees with a gaudy 3-5 with a walk and two runs scored.

GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) batted 1-2 (.245) plus two walks and a run scored for the Los Angeles Angels who swamped the Kansas City Royals 7-2 yesterday.

Journeyman righty reliever MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) put the finishing touches on a runaway 13-5 win for his Colorado Rockies over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Herges pitched a hardly overpowering 1.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k (4.26ERA) ninth inning under no scoreboard pressure.

  6 SEP 2009 - RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH WINS THIRD!
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Ryan R-Smith


Peter Moylan

 


Grant Balfour

 

 

 

 

 


Geoff Blum

Firstly from yesterday:

Aussie starter RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH was terrific again yesterday with a composed 8.0ip 4h 3er 1bb 4k for the Seattle Mariners, anchoring them to a big 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Ryan worked around a leadoff walk in the first inning to put away the next three batters in order before posting a tidy 1-2-3 second frame. Doubles to Adam Kennedy and Mike Sweeney cost him an earned run in the third, followed by another three up - three down in the fourth; and again in the fifth and sixth. A single to Scott Hairston and a home run to veteran star Nomar Garciaparra posted Oakland's second and third runs in the seventh. Rowland-Smith ended his day with another efficient 1-2-3 eighth which saw his record further improve to 3-2, 3.88ERA.

Not to be blamed for the Atlanta Braves disappointing 1-3 home defeat by the battling Cincinnati Reds was Australia's ever reliable reliever PETER MOYLAN who pitched a workmanlike 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (3.00ERA). Pitching to the meat of the Reds' lineup, he got Paul Janish to fly out to centre field before "pitching around" the dangerous Joey Votto who walked. Brandon Phillips singled into centre field to move arunner into scoring position and worse followed when veteran Scott Rolen reached base on a fielding error to juice the bags with just one out. As often, our Pete summoned his best under pressure to strike out Jonny Gomes, then he ended the inning with Wladimir Balentin popping out to the second baseman. He had kept his team in the game once again.

... and from today's games:

Aussie ace GRANT BALFOUR is doing it a bit tough lately with his fourth blown save and his fourth loss coming in his Tampa Bay Rays 6-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Grant inherited a two on and one out situation in the bottom of the seventh inning and his second four-seamer saw veteran Placido Polanco punch a RBI single up the middle to take the lead in the contest. Even though he re-grouped to induce an inning ending double play from Carlos Guillen, he would appreciate that his primary objective had not been achieved… it happens! He returned for the eighth inning but saw leadoff batter Miguel Cabrera walked on six pitches, before Aubrey Huff grounded into a force out to the third baseman. Unfortunately his earned run was cashed in later in the inning after he was relieved. Balfour's line was 1.0ip 1h 1er 1bb 0k, taking his season record to 5-4, 4.62ERA.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was saddled with his ninth loss of the season today after pitching a none too convincing 5.0ip 7h 5er 4bb 4k for the Texas Rangers in their tough 4-5 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles. His record slipped to 10-9, 3.77ERA which probably doesn't quite do sufficient credit to his man-sized job this year.

... and from other games over the past few days:

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.249) for the Toronto Blue Jays in their rare 6-0 shutout win over the consistent New York Yankees.

Chiming in for the Boston Red Sox once again after taking over at third base was NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) who batted 1-2 (.235) in their horrorible 2-12 massacre by the Chicago White Sox.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 1-3 (.261) plus a walk for the Houston Astros to help them to fashion a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Journeyman reliever MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999)  was just one of seven Colorado Rockies' pitchers to feel the heat during their 3-8 loss to the New York Mets. The veteran righty pitched 1.0ip 3h 1er 0bb 0k (3.52ERA).

  3 SEP 2009 - MOYLAN HOLDS 21; BALFOUR WALKS TWO!
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Peter Moylan

 


Grant Balfour

 

 

In yesterday's 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins, reliable Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN earned his 21st hold of the season for the Atlanta Braves with a no-fuss 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.10ERA). On this occasion Pete really earned his plaudits after ensuring that the Braves were able to pitch out of a bases loaded and one out jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the best possible fashion, Moylan summoned one of his trademark ground balls when Cody Ross rolled over one to the second baseman for the huge inning ending double play. That was the sum of his contribution, but it was a very useful one indeed!

Australia's "everyday man" PETER MOYLAN was back on the bump again today, pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (3.05ERA) for the Atlanta Braves during their nip and tuck 7-8 loss to the Florida Marlins. This time Pete was handed a clean slate to pitch the bottom of the seventh and, although he issued a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin and a subsequent single to Ronny Paulino, he was able to, once again, work his way out of the mire. His first positive act was to call upon his best friend the ground ball double play for the second successive game. In this case he got Emilio Bonifacio to ground the DP to to the third baseman before ending the inning with Brett Carroll grounding back to the mound for his own assist.

Aussie rocket launcher GRANT BALFOUR battled for location today, but it didn't matter too much in the end when his Tampa Bay Rays finished strongly for a 12-9 win over the Boston Red Sox. Grant's pitching line of 0.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (4.55ERA) would not be bringing him as much joy as the result. Balfour was the third pitcher to take the mound for the Rays in the decisive top of the eighth inning, inheriting a one on and one out situation. Unfortunately our man would soon load the bases when the patient J.D Drew walked, followed by pinch hitter Casey Kotchman who also took a free pass. On the plus side, neither of his earned runs came to fruition for the Bosox when J.P Howell struck out the last two hitters to end the inning.


... also from yesterday:

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 0-4 (.305) but he did deliver a RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays during their 2-5 defeat by the Texas Rangers.

Once again doing a solid job for the Houston Astros was journeyman utility infielder GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 2-4 (.262) in their 1-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
  2 SEP 2009 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS 20TH!
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Grant Balfour


Peter Moylan

 

Tampa Bay Rays Aussie bullpen star GRANT BALFOUR was one of eight Tampa pitchers called up for duty today during their 4-8 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. On this occasion he was unable to avoid personal damage with 0.2ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (4.55ERA) after taking over to start the top of the ninth inning. Balfour secured the first two outs with Mike Lowell struck out swinging and J.D Drew flying out to left field, but he didn't expect the pesky Alex Gonzalez to single into right field. Grant didn't get to finish his own job and, as often happens, he was relieved by J.P Howell who cashed in the earned run on Jacoby Ellsbury's triple.

... and from yesterday's MLB games:

Aussie relief ace
PETER MOYLAN notched hold No.20 for the 2009 season when he helped his Atlanta Braves to rally late for a 5-2 victory over the Florida Marlins. 'Big Pete' came on in relief of Japanese starter Kenshin Kawakami to pitch the bottom of the seventh and he quickly erased John Baker who lined out to left field. Pete then pitched carefully to the powerful Dan Uggla who eventually walked before securing the second out when he got Cody Ross to line out to centre field. Moylan was then lifted in favour of lefty Eric O'Flaherty when Wes Helms was called to pinch hit for the 'Fish'. It finalised Pete's pitching line for the day at 0.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.14ERA) after throwing just eight pitches.
His battery mate for this game was backup catcher
DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) who batted 1-3 (.259) with a walk and a RBI.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted
2-5 (.254) with two RBIs and two runs scored as he joined in the offensive spree during his Toronto Blue Jays "wild" 18-10 win over the Texas Rangers.

Helping the Houston Astros to top the Chicago Cubs 5-3 yesterday was third baseman GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 1-4 (.259).

 

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