Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2010

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  29 SEP 2010 - THOMAS, MOYLAN & OELTJEN PLAY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan


Trent Oeltjen

Australian pitcher BRAD THOMAS took his share of the lumps yesterday, pitching 0.2ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k (4.13ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were doubled 3-6 by their struggling division rival Cleveland Indians. Brad took over for the bottom of the seventh with his team already trailing 3-5 and he was immediately under pressure when Luke Carlin reached on a fortunate infield single and he was bunted over to second base on Michael Brantley's sacrifice that Thomas fielded himself. The strategy was successful when Asdrubal Cabrera lashed a RBI double into left field. Thomas next struck out Shin-Soo Choo but when he hurled a wild pitch and then hit Travis Hafner with a pitched ball his manager gave him the hook.

Australia's "everyday man" PETER MOYLAN was once again a key performer for the Atlanta Braves by pitching a vital 1.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k (2.87ERA) in the hot kitchen of their 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins that took eleven innings to decide. With the pressure at its most intense, Pete took over for the top of the tenth inning of a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and he needed to be sharp after striking out Gaby Sanchez then putting a runner in scoring position when Chad Tracy doubled to left field on a liner that just eluded the left fielder. He got the vital second out when Mike Stanton grounded back to the mound, which allowed him to intentionally walk Chris Hatcher to fill the open base at first. It forced the 'Fish' to pinch hit for the pitcher and Moylan did his job by putting away Ozzie Martinez who struck out swinging on four nasty pitches. Our Pete returned to grab another two outs in the top of the eleventh when he got Cameron Maybin to fly out to left field and Emilio Bonifacio to ground out back to himself for the assist. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Peter Moylan was a major factor in this result.

After doing just about everything right in successive games as the starting centre fielder and lead off hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aussie TRENT OELTJEN can be forgiven for wondering why he was then benched again for their next game before finding himself starting at left field and batting in the #7 slot in their 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies yesterday. It probably doesn't explain why he struck out in his first three at bats with 0-3 (278), but it certainly doesn't help! What also doesn't help is when you have to face emerging superstar and Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez who fanned Trent on three pitches to end the top of the first inning. In the top of the fourth he repeated the dose with another three pitch punch out for the second out of the frame. Oeltjen also made the third out in the sixth when Jimenez got him again, struck out swinging on a 2-2 count. Typically, Trent found a way to contribute in the top of the ninth when, following a lead off double, he executed a neat sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third base and this later resulted in an insurance run for his team.

Hard hitting veteran VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) smashed his 31st "big fly" of the year while batting a most productive 3-4 (.273) with three RBIs to help his Toronto Blue Jays to out score the New York Yankees by 7-5.

  26 SEP 2010 - OELTJEN HITS; 5 AUSSIES PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Trent Oeltjen


Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan


Rich Thompson


Ryan R-Smith


Grant Balfour

Australia's TRENT OELTJEN again obviously enjoyed the opportunity to start at centre field and to hit in the leadoff slot when he batted 1-4 (.333) plus he scored one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' two runs in their 2-5 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the first at bat of the game Trent flied out to centre field off Arizona starter Daniel Hudson. Leading off again in the top of the fourth he hit the ball even more solidly off Hudson for an automatic double to deep centre field. He was moved over to third base via a sacrifice bunt, allowing him to score on Andre Ethier's ground out. In the top of the sixth Oeltjen made the third out when he flied out to left field and in the top of the ninth he struck out swinging to make the second out. He faced the 'Snakes' Daniel Hudson for all four plate appearances.
Yesterday Oeltjen did even better with the same opportunity when he batted 2-3 and he drove in a run to help the Dodgers to topple the 'D-Backs' 3-1. Facing starter Barry Enright he flied out to centre field from the second pitch of the game then, in the top of the third, he delivered a two out RBI triple to to deep right field off Enright. Trent led off the top of the sixth with a neat bunt single off Enright for his last at bat before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Australian BRAD THOMAS posted two important scoreless innings with 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.04ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who eventually prevailed 11-10 over the Minnesota Twins after 13 long frames. Brad took over to begin the bottom of the sixth and he started positively by getting Jason Kubel to ground out to the first baseman, then Danny Valencia to ground out to third. J.J Hardy threatened to stretch Minnesota's 10-9 lead at the time with a two out triple to deep right field before Thomas hit back to strike out Ben Revere to end the inning. He returned to hurl a neat 1-2-3 seventh with Drew Butera flying out to centre field, Denard Span grounding out to the short stop and Orlando Hudson grounding out to third all on just seven pitches!

Aussie PETER MOYLAN also pitched a useful inning of 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (2.95ERA) to help his Atlanta Braves to shut out the Washington Nationals 5-0. Pete relived starter Derek Lowe before the top of the sixth and he took a little time to calibrate his radar when he issued a five pitch leadoff walk to Adam Kennedy. In characteristic Moylan style he took care of that issue by inducing Wilson Ramos to ground into a double play to the third baseman. He then battled Alberto Gonzalez with an eight pitch pitch full count before getting him to swing at fresh air. Moylan also got one out for the Braves yesterday with a brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k during their 3-8 defeat by the 'Nats'. With runners on the corners and two out in the bottom of the sixth he got Michael Morse to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop.

To complete the Australian contingent, RICH THOMPSON pitched a very good 2.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (1.53ERA) for the Los Angeles Angels during their 2-6 defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. He took over for the top of the sixth and it went to plan when he had the great Manny Ramirez called out on strikes, Carlos Quentin grounded out to third and Ramon Castro pooped out to second. In the top of the seventh Brent Morel led off with a single into left and then he stole second and advanced to third on Brent Lillibridge's ground out to second. The run scored when the pesky Juan Pierre sacrificed and he also induced a throwing error from Thompson who fielded the ball. Richard finished his stint by getting Alexei Ramirez to pop out to the second baseman and then Alex Rios to fly out to centre field.

Aussie compatriots RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH and GRANT BALFOUR were in opposition yesterday and it was Balfour who prevailed with his 16th hold of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays who topped the Seattle Mariners 5-3. Grant pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.36ERA), while Ryan hurled 1.2ip 2h 0er 1bb 2k (6.90ERA). Rowland-Smith was first to the hill with two on and one out in the bottom of the fifth and he promptly loaded the bags when Kelly Shoppach reached on an infield single, then he pushed a run across the plate with a five pitch walk to Carlos Pena. He was good enough to limit further damage when Sean Rodriguez was called out on strikes and Desmond Jennings lined out to the first baseman. Back for the bottom of the seventh he got B.J Upton to ground out to third before Jason Bartlett doubled to deep left centre. Again he limited the damage by striking out the dangerous Carl Crawford on three pitches and then he got Willy Aybar to ground out to the second baseman. No sooner had Ryan finished his stint when Grant Balfour arrived to pitch the top of the seventh. He got Matt Tuisosopo to pop out to second and Josh Wilson to foul out to the catcher before seeing the prolific Japanese hitter Ichiro Suzuki double to left field. He completed his job by getting Chone Figgins to pop out to the second baseman.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.270) to help the Toronto Blue Jays to get the better of the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 after 11 innings. Yesterday Wells hammered his 30th home run of the season with 1-3 plus the two RBIs to help his Blue Jays to beat the 'O-Birds' 6-4.

and also from yesterday's MLB games:

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) pinch hiot again for the Houston Astros with 1-1 (.264) to help them to overrun the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-7.

  23 SEP 2010 - MOYLAN GETS ONE BIG PHILLY OUT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN was called upon for just the one out yesterday, pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.03ERA) for the Atlanta Braves during their 3-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies who are putting a gap between the teams at the top of the National League East. Pete secured the last out in the bottom of the sixth when he left a runner in scoring position at second base by getting the dangerous Carlos Ruiz to ground out to the second baseman. It was a brief two-pitch outing on this occasion.

Toronto Blue Jays veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) clocked his 28th home run of the season yesterday while batting 1-4 (.270) with the two RBIs that provided the difference in their 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Evergreen starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) unfortunately added to his league high number of losses this season with his 16th coming after his Baltimore Orioles were beaten 1-6 by the hosting Boston Red Sox. 'Big Kev' pitched 5.0ip 7h 6er 1bb 5k as his record fell to 3-16, 5.29ERA.
  22 SEP 2010 - BRAD THOMAS WINS 6TH v KC!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

Quite amazingly, Australia's BRAD THOMAS emerged as the winning pitcher for the Detroit Tigers yesterday even after he took over from starter Rick Porcello who had coughed up 12 hits and five runs from just 5.1 innings. Thomas entered at the right time to grab the win with 1.2ip 2h 0er 0bb 3k (4.16ERA) as his Tigers rallied back to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5. He took over with two on and one out in the top of the sixth and he quickly secured the second out by striking out Mitch Maier. A four pitch walk issued to Gregor Blanco loaded the bags, but he got out of the jam by getting Mike Aviles to foul out to the first baseman. Back for the seventh frame Brad got Billy Butler to line out to centre field before Wilson Betemit laced the first pitch he saw back past the mound into centre field. The second out came thankfully after Kila Ka'aihue singled to deep right but then found himself tagged out at second trying to stretch a double. With the lead runner still camped on third he polished off the inning by getting Brayan Pena to foul out to the catcher. It was enough to enhance his season record to 6-2, 4.16ERA.

Aussie ace PETER MOYLAN did all that he could to keep the Atlanta Braves in the contest that they eventually lost 1-3 to the home standing Philadelphia Phillies. Game commentators seemed convinced that Pete had slightly altered his delivery with a quicker and shorter leg lift that results in the ball getting to the plate much quicker. What ever the case, Pete did his job with an effective 1.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (3.05ERA) after taking over a sticky two out situation with runners perched on second and third bases. He kept the game within reach by getting dangerous hitting catcher Carlos Ruiz struck out swinging. He then needed only seven more pitches in the bottom of the sixth when Wilson Valdez flied out to right field, pitcher Cole Hamels grounded back to the mound and Shane Victorino grounded out to the first baseman.

Australian reliever GRANT BALFOUR was also in action yesterday, pitching 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (2.45ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who went down 6-8 to the New York Yankees in the Bronx. 'Balf' was also the first reliever used by the Rays, replacing starter Matt Garza in the bottom of the sixth with runners at second and third and nobody out. Four pitches later the bases were cleared when Curtis Granderson plonked a three run "jack" over right field. He then re-grouped to roll out the heart of the Yankees lineup with Mark Teixeira flying out to centre field, Alex Rodriguez called out on strikes and Robinson Cano struck out swinging. Unfortunately the major damage had been done by Granderson's long ball.


Journeyman utility GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) was a large contributor to the Houston Astros 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals with 1-4 (.259) that was highlighted by his three run homer... only his second bomb of the 2010 season.
  20 SEP 2010 - OELTJEN HITS & BALFOUR SHARP!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Trent Oeltjen


Grant Balfour

We're not too sure what Aussie star TRENT OELTJEN has to do to get more playing time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he did his cause no harm yesterday by pinch hitting successfully with 1-1 (.286) during their miserable 2-12 shellacking at the hands of the red-hot Colorado Rockies. Trent grasped his opportunity with one on and one out in the bottom of the fifth inning when he was asked to pinch hit for Dodgers' pitcher Ramon Troncosco. He squared up the second pitch he saw from Jhoulys Chacin with a rifled single into left field and he soon found himself on second base with the bases loaded before an inning ending double play killed the rally. It was to be his only action in the game when he was then replaced by the new pitcher entering the game for the top of the sixth.

Australian right hander GRANT BALFOUR was sharp again yesterday with an important relief outing of 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.32ERA) at the pointy end of the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels after ten innings. Balfour came on in the top of the ninth inning with two runners aboard and one out with his Rays trailing 3-2 at the time. Most importantly, he made sure that game didn't get away by having Brandon Wood called out on strikes and then getting Jeff Mathis to pop out to the third baseman.


... and from other MLB games played yesterday:

Journeyman outfielder RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) had one of his btter days with the bat, hitting 2-3 (.188) plus a walk while making a spot start at left field for the Seattle Mariners who edged past the Texas Rangers 2-1.

Slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.270) for the Toronto Blue Jays with one of only five safe hits in their 0-6 shutout loss to the Boston Red Sox.

GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) once again came through as a pinch hitter with 1-1 (.259) for the Houston Astros who topped the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.
  19 SEP 2010 - MOYLAN HOLDS 19th & BALFOUR GOOD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

Australian ace PETER MOYLAN got one very big out for the Atlanta Braves yesterday to earn his 19th hold of the season with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.12ERA) at the sharp end of their 6-4 win over the New York Mets. Pete was summoned from the bullpen specifically to get the Mets' toughest hitter David Wright for the final out in the bottom of the eighth. He did exactly that by getting Wright to ground out to the third baseman on three pitches. MIKE HESSMAN (Melbourne Monarchs 1999) pinch hit for the Mets with 0-1 (.149).

Aussie rocket launcher GRANT BALFOUR was the first reliever used by the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday when he pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.36ERA) in their narrow 3-4 defeat by the Los Angeles Angels. Grant did his job most competently by holding the fort in a 3-3 game at the time by posting a scoreless top of the seventh inning. He got Peter Bourjos to fly out to centre field and Alberto Callaspo to foul out to the first baseman, but then he was threatened when evergreen Bobby Abreu doubled to deep right field. He averted the threat when he got the talented Torii Hunter to strike out swinging.

Australia's TRENT OELTJEN hasn't been given much opportunity to show his wares to veteran Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre since his call up to the expanded September roster. He appeared as a pinch runner yesterday in the Dodgers' 5-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Oeltjen pinch ran for veteran Casey Blake with two out in the bottom of the ninth and he remained on first base when the final out was made to end the game.

Veteran starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) had one of his best outings in a tough season yesterday pitching a solid 7.0ip 5h 1er 4bb 6k (5.14ERA) in a no decision for the Baltimore Orioles who lost a tight one 3-4 to the New York Yankees.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.271) for the Toronto Blue Jays during their 11-9 win over the spiralling Boston Red Sox.

  16 SEP 2010 - RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH ROUGHED UP!
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

Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH didn't have a lot of fun pitching in relief for the Seattle Mariners just as the game was slipping out of control in their 1-5 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. Taking over to hurl the top of the seventh inning, Ryan immediately saw Marco Scutaro on board with a leadoff single up the middle, followed by Ryan Kalish who hammered the first pitch he saw for an automatic double that bounced over the fence at deep right field. Both runs were posted when Victor Martinez struck for a two RBI double to right field. He finally secured his first out when he fanned David 'Big Papi' Ortiz then he intentionally walked Adrian Beltre with the open first base bag. He tidied up the inning by getting Darnell McDonald to pop out to the second baseman and Josh Reddick called out on strikes. Back for the eighth inning he started strongly by striking out both Lars Anderson and Yamaico Navarro for three straight punch outs before he walked Marco Scutaro on a full count. Scutaro was then chased home by Ryan Kalish who thrashed a RBI triple to right field. He concluded his day by getting Victor Martinez to ground out to the short stop. Rowland-Smith's rather unflattering line was 2.0ip 4h 3er 2bb 4k (7.01ERA).

Reliable Aussie PETER MOYLAN pitched another effective 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (3.14ERA) but his efforts couldn't save the Atlanta Braves from falling 2-4 to the Washington Nationals today. In decisive 1-2-3 fashion he got Nyjer Morgan to ground back to the mound, he struck out Ian Desmond looking and then he struck out Ryan Zimmerman swinging. Pete retired the top part if the 'Nats' lineup in the sixth inning.


In the Toronto Blue Jays 3-11 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) had a relatively quiet day with 1-4 (.270).
  15 SEP 2010 - BALFOUR EARNS WIN v YANKEES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's GRANT BALFOUR was the last man on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday and it was just the right moment for him to be the winning pitcher when team mate Reid Brignac smacked a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the New York Yankees 1-0. Grant pitched the top of the 11th with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k to take his season record to 2-1, 2.45ERA. After a leadoff single by Austin Kearns, Curtis Granderson made the first out of the inning when he dropped a sacrifice bunt down to the first baseman to advance the runner. It didn't amount to a run when Colin Curtis flied out to centre field from his first pitch faced and Yankee captain Derek Jeter flied out to right field from his third pitch to end the inning.

Toronto Blue Jays slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-5 (.270) and he saw his team fall short 3-4 against the much improved Baltimore Orioles.

As often GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) did his job as a pinch hitter with 1-1 (.255) to help the Houston Astros to double the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 yesterday.

  13 SEP 2010 - FOUR MORE AUSSIES IN MLB ACTION!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour


Trent Oeltjen


Ryan R-Smith

GRANT BALFOUR did all you could ask of him today with a polished 1.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.51ERA) and it was surely not his fault that his Tampa Bay Rays were edged 4-5 by the Toronto Blue Jays thanks to a two run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. Grant was the third of five Rays pitchers used in this game when he took over with one on and two out in the bottom of the sixth. He sealed that inning by winning a six pitch battle with John Buck to have him struck out swinging. Back for the seventh he had Travis Snyder pop out to the short stop, Dewayne Wise called out on strikes and Yunel Escobar fly out to centre field.

We sense that Australia's TRENT OELTJEN must have enjoyed the responsibility of batting in the leadoff slot and starting at centre field for the Los Angeles Dodgers who were trumped 4-7 by the Houston Astros today. Trent batted 1-2 (.167) and he scored a run in the game as a useful contribution before he was replaced by pinch hitter Matt Kemp in the top of the seventh. As the first batter of the game he grounded out to the first baseman off pitcher Nelson Figueroa, then leading off again in the fourth he punched a full count pitch from Figueroa into right field. He later scored on Jay Gibbons three run bomb. Up again in the top of the fifth Oeltjen executed a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position while making the second out of the frame.

Australia's RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH has returned to the Seattle Mariners bullpen after losing his job as a starter during the season, pitching 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (6.88ERA). Ryan was asked to hurl what was to be the last inning for the Ms, hoping to ensure that a 0-2 deficit in the game didn't become any larger. His first pitch claimed Torii Hunter who grounded out to the short stop, but his second offering vanished over the left centre field fence from the bat of powerful catcher Mike Napoli. It proved to be the last score of the game when Rowland-Smith got Juan Rivera to fly out to right field and he struck out veteran Hideki Matsui swinging at a full count pitch.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN would not have enjoyed his brief but frustrating 0.1ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k (3.20ERA) effort for the Atlanta Braves who fell 3-7 to the visiting St.Louis Cardinals. It was a mixed bag for Pete today after taking over to commence the top of the sixth when he saw Jon Jay reach on a rather fortunate infield single to lead off the inning. Next he claimed the biggest of scalps when he achieved the rare feat of having superstar Albert Pujols called out on strikes, especially in a game where he had already launched two home runs from ace starter Tim Hudson. Moylan then issued a full count walk to dangerous Matt Holliday before he was given the hook from the game. One of Pete's runners later scored on a ground rule double to saddle him with the earned run.
  12 SEP 2010 - FIVE AUSSIES FEATURE IN MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Brad Thomas


Trent Oeltjen


Rich Thompson
Ryan R-Smith

In the wash-up I don't suppose that Aussie PETER MOYLAN would be too bothered by the fact that he wore his third blown save of the season considering the fact that his Atlanta Braves rallied to topple the St.Louis Cardinals 6-3 after 12 innings. Pete was the third of seven Atlanta pitchers to take the hill today with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.05ERA) to finish off the top of the eighth, but he faced a daunting bases loaded and one out predicament. We could not be critical of Moylan who took on the beef of the Red Birds' lineup, starting with superstar Albert Pujols who tied the game with his fielder's choice ground out to the short stop. He then got powerful Matt Holliday to ground into a fielder's choice to the second baseman.

Aussie BRAD THOMAS did some extended middle relief duty with 2.2ip 4h 1er 1bb 0k (4.30ERA) for the Detroit Tigers during their 3-5 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles. Thomas took over with his team already trailing 0-4 to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and he quickly got Matt Weiters to line out to the right fielder before Adam Jones singled up the middle. He was erased when Felix Pie grounded into a double play to the short stop. In the eighth he got Josh Bell to ground out to the short stop and Cesar Izturis to fly out to right field until Brian Roberts spoiled his quick inning with a single to right field. He moved no further when Ty Wiggington lined out to the second baseman. Back for the top of the ninth he again got two quick outs with Nick Markakis grounding out to the first baseman and Luke Scott flying out to left field. Matt Weiters followed with a double to deep right field that caused an intentional walk to be issued to Adam Jones to fill the empty first base bag. Brad was then relieved after Felix Pie drove in a run with his RBI single to left field.

Australia's 27th major leaguer TRENT OELTJEN made another appearance as a pinch hitter today for the Los Angeles Dodgers during their 6-3 win over the Houston Astros. Trent was asked to lead off the top of the ninth inning facing reliever Brandon Lyon and he did his job by milking a full count walk to become a vital base runner. He was quickly advanced to second when Reed Johnson reached on a bunt single and then on to third base when A.J Ellis sacrificed to the third baseman. He then scored the go ahead run for the Dodgers when a throwing error on the play plated both he and Johnson.
GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) batted 0-3 (.247) but he also walked for the 'Stros.

Two Aussies were in opposing bullpens yesterday when both RICH THOMPSON and RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH took the same mound during the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners after 14 innings. Thompson pitched a very neat 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k to earn his first win of the season for the Angels, while Rowland-Smith pitched 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (6.86ERA) for the Mariners. Ryan was the first to appear with a runner on third base and two out in the bottom of the seventh and he did his job by getting veteran Hideki Matsui to ground out to the second baseman. Back for the eighth, he got Mike Napoli to ground out to the short stop, followed by Erick Aybar's single up the middle. Ryan finished off neatly by getting Howie Kendrick to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop. Rich Thompson was the become a hero for the Halos when he put a solid lid on the 13th and 14th innings. In the 13th he got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to left field, Chone Figgins to ground out to first base and Russell Branyon flied out to centre field. He need only six pitches to can the 14th with Franklin Gutierrez flying out to centre field, Jose Lopez doing the same and Matt Tuiasosopo flying out to right.

Veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.270) for the Toronto Blue Jays who were massacred 1-13 by the Tampa Bay Rays. Yesterday Wells batted 1-4 with a RBI in Toronto's 8-9 loss to the Rays.

and from yesterday's other MLB games:

KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) took a no decision after pitching 6.0ip 8h 2er 1bb 3k (5.30ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles in their 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

  11 SEP 2010 - MOYLAN WINS 6TH & OELTJEN STARTS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Trent Oeltjen
Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN hasn't always enjoyed a lot of luck this season but he did enjoy some today when his Atlanta Braves rallied at just the right time to provide him with his sixth win of the season after a see-saw 8-6 win over the visiting St.Louis Cardinals. Pete earned the 'W' after pitching a pretty tidy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k when he took over from starter Mike Minor during the top of the sixth inning after Minor had allowed a leadoff walk. First he saw runner Colby Rasmus out caught stealing before, yes of course, Yadier Molina followed with a single into right field. Moylan ensured that the Cards 2-4 lead was not extended when he fanned Pedro Feliz on three pitches and pitcher Chris Carpenter, who had two hits including a home run in the game, was also struck out swinging on three pitches. Pete's conclusive effort may have gone some way to setting up a huge six run bottom of the sixth for the Braves who grabbed control of the game. It improved his season record to a very good 6-2, 3.09ERA.

Australian outfield star TRENT OELTJEN is still acclimatising to life back in the US major leagues with 0-3 (.000) after starting at centre field for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 2-3 loss to the Houston Astros yesterday. Batting in the #7 hole, Trent had his first plate appearance in the second inning when he flied out to centre field while facing Bud Norris for the second out of the frame. Facing Norris again with one out in the fourth, he battled mightily to face nine pitches before he was ultimately struck out swinging. It was a similar story in the top of the sixth when Oeltjen faced the same pitcher with the same one out situation and he again struck out swinging, this time on four pitches. Our man would have been the second batted to the plate again in the eighth if he had not been replaced by pinch hitter Matt Kemp.
  10 SEP 2010 - TRENT OELTJEN BACK IN THE BIGS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Trent Oeltjen
Few players have done more to deserve a recall to the major leagues than Australia's TRENT OELTJEN who was finally given an opportunity to join the LA Dodgers big league team with the extended September rosters. He played a minor role as a pinch hitter yesterday in the Dodgers 0-4 shutout loss to the San Diego Padres. Trent entered the game to face Ernesto Frieri with a runner on first via a leadoff walk and none out in the top of the eighth inning. In somewhat typical style Trent battled for six pitches before flying out to left field. His 0-1 was not as important as his richly deserved promotion.

In the Toronto Blue Jays 1-8 loss to the Texas Rangers, Blue Jays' slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) saw his recent impact minimised by walking twice while batting 0-2 (.271).
  9 SEP 2010 - BALFOUR STRUGGLES; MOYLAN & THOMPSON GOOD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Peter Moylan
Rich Thompson
Hard throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR was one of the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers who were put to the sword by the Boston Red Sox offence in their 5-11 loss at Fenway Park today. Grant saw his statistics take a hit with 0.1ip 3h 2er 1bb 0k (2.58ERA) when he took over in the bottom of the seventh after Josh Reddick had doubled to lead off the inning for the 'Bosox'. He secured the first out of the inning when Bill Hall grounded out to the second baseman but it was hard work after that when Lars Anderson stroked a RBI single into right field and Marco Scutaro followed with a two-run 'jack' over the "Green Monster" at left field. Eric Patterson reached on an infield single and Victor Martinez walked on four pitches to cause Balfour to be given the hook from a fairly fruitless outing for him.

PETER MOYLAN struck out the only batter he faced yesterday, yet he was unable to prevent his Atlanta Braves from falling out of first place in the National League East for the first time since the early stages of this season. Pete pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.15ERA) in the Braves 0-5 shutout defeat by the plucky Pittsburgh Pirates. He came on in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third base just after Ronny Cedeno had crushed a bases clearing two RBI triple to stake the 'Buccos' to a 3-0 lead. Moylan did his job by striking out Chris Snyder who looked at his fourth pitch to be called out on strikes. He was relieved by lefty Eric O'Flaherty who gave up a two-run home run to next batter Delwyn Young!

Australia's RICH THOMPSON did a solid job of "soaking up" the final two innings of yesterday's game for the Los Angeles Angels who were already destined for a 2-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Thompson took over from the top of the eighth inning to hurl a solid 2.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (1.32ERA). In the eighth he quickly disposed of Lou Marson who grounded out to third, Michael Brantley who grounded back to the mound and Jayson Nix who fouled out to the third baseman. He allowed a leadoff single to Shin-Soo Choo to open the ninth before he struck out Andy Marte on four pitches. After issuing a four pitch walk to Matt LaPorte he re-grouped in the best way possible by inducing Trevor Crowe to ground into an inning ending double play that was handled first by the short stop.


We mentioned the trademark hot streak of VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) recently, well, it continued to roll yesterday with him batting 3-3 (.272) plus two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored for the Toronto Blue Jays who topped the Texas Rangers 8-5.
  8 SEP 2010 - MOYLAN SHARP; BALFOUR NOT SO!
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Peter Moylan


Grant Balfour

Aussie PETER MOYLAN was again asked to close the final inning for the Atlanta Braves in their 1-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday. He pitched an uneventful eighth inning with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.17ERA) to keep his team within striking distance of a late rally. With an economy of fuss Pete got Andrew McCutchen to ground out to the short stop, Jose Tabata to ground back to the mound and Neil Walker to do the same for two assists. In all he used just seven pitches, including six strikes! His catcher for the game DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-2 (.281) but he did deliver the only run of the game for Atlanta via a sacrifice fly.

Australian flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR was just one of the Tampa Bay Rays' pitchers to feel the brunt of the Boston Red Sox offensive uprising yesterday when he entered a blowout game that finished in a 12-5 win for the 'Bosox'. Grant pitched 0.2ip 0h 1er 2bb 0k (2.20ERA) after taking over for the bottom of the seventh with the game already lop sided at 5-11 for his team. He started by "losing" grand slam hitter Ryan Kalish with a full count walk, then Kalish promptly stole second base. He advanced to third when Balfour had Lars Anderson ground out to the second baseman. He couldn't prevent Yamaico Navarro from pounding a deep sacrifice fly to centre field for an earned run and he was then lifted after issuing a four pitch walk to Daniel Nava. It wasn't a career highlight for Grant on this occasion.

Recent All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) seems to be embarking on one of his trademark power hitting streaks with his 25th home run of the season coming while batting 2-4 (.268) for the Toronto Blue Jays during their 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. His three run blast was a significant contribution to their win in this game.
  7 SEP 2010 - THOMAS TAKES 2nd LOSS; MOYLAN OK!
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Brad Thomas


Peter Moylan


Vernon Wells

Aussie BRAD THOMAS was nailed for his second loss of the season yesterday after pitching 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k for the Detroit Tigers who were edged 1-2 by the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately it only took one pitch for Thomas to surrender the lead after taking over from starter Armando Galarraga for the bottom of the sixth inning in a 1-1 ballgame. His very first pitch left the yard for the go ahead run when Alex Gordon connected for a homer over right field. After that Brad had Brayan Pena ground out to the short stop before he "plonked" Jai Miller with a hit by pitch. He then got Yuniesky Betancourt to ground into a fielder's choice to the second baseman and Mitch Maier to ground out to second base to end the inning. The damage had already been done with no further scoring in the game while his season record now stands at 5-2, 4.34ERA.

Australia's experienced late inning reliever PETER MOYLAN was called to action earlier than usual yesterday during the Atlanta Braves' painful 6-7 loss to the Florida Marlins after ten innings. Pete pitched a somewhat shaky 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (3.23ERA) after taking over from newcomer Mike Minor for the bottom of the fifth after Minor had already allowed the 'Fish' to grab a decisive 6-1 advantage in the contest. Moylan had to battle hard himself to keep the ship afloat after allowing a leadoff double to deep centre field by Logan Morrison, followed by a full count walk issued to superstar Hanley Ramirez. He then saw Dan Uggla dropped on pop up before he got Uggla to ground into an important double play initiated by the third baseman. The importance of the double play was magnified when the runner advanced to third base on a wild pitch, before he ended the inning with another ground ball out to the short stop from the bat of Gaby Sanchez.

Former No.1 overall draft selection VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) blasted his 24th home run of the season yesterday for two of his three RBIs that helped his Toronto Blue Jays to roll the New York Yankees 7-3. Vernon batted 1-4 (.266) plus a walk.

One former ABL import player to join in the offensive feast for the New York Mets in their 18-5 drubbing of the lamentable Chicago Cubs was MIKE HESSMAN (Melbourne Monarchs 1999). Hessman was by no means the greediest of the Mets on this day with 1-4 (.146) plus two walks and two runs scored.

Apologies to RYAN LANGERHANS (IBLA Internationals 2001) for mentioning that he struck out three time while batting 0-4 (.182) for the Seattle Mariners in their 3-0 win over the struggling Cleveland Indians.

Likewise to GEOFF BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) struck out twice while batting 0-4 (.253) for the Houston Astros who also won 3-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  5 SEP 2010 - BALFOUR AND THOMPSON CLOSE OUT!
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Grant Balfour


Rich Thompson

 

Back from a long stint on the disabled list and following a recent rehab start was Aussie relief ace GRANT BALFOUR who threw 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (2.03ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who were doubled 4-8 by the improved Baltimore Orioles. Grant took very good care of the bottom of the seventh inning by fanning both Corey Patterson and Cesar Izturis before Brian Roberts stroked a single into right field. There was no further offence in the inning when Nick Markakis fouled out to left field.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-4 (.266) for the Toronto Blue Jays who were defeated 5-7 by the streaking New York Yankees. Yesterday Wells batted 0-2 while walking twice in Toronto's 3-7 loss to the Yanks.

Yesterday RICH THOMPSON polished off the final inning of the game for the Los Angeles Angels with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (1.54ERA) in their 0-8 shutout loss to the Oakland Athletics. Thompson pitched the bottom of the eighth which started badly when he issued a four pitch leadoff walk to Kurt Suzuki. He re-grouped well to have Kevin Kouzmanoff ground into a double play to the short stop before he struck out Mark Ellis swinging to end the inning in style.

and from yesterday's other MLB games:

Baltimore Orioles veteran "horse" starting pitcher KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) was saddled with his 15th loss of the season with a struggling 5.2ip 7h 4er 5bb 3k while his record fell further to an ugly looking 3-15, 5.38ERA.

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-2 (.286) plus he walked twice for the Atlanta Braves who took a 1-6 loss to the Florida Marlins.

  4 SEP 2010 - THOMAS STRIKES OUT THOME!
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Brad Thomas

 

Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN was unusually wayward yesterday before settling pretty well to pitch 0.2ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (3.29ERA) for the Atlanta Braves in their 2-4 defeat by the New York Mets yesterday. Taking over from starter Tim Hudson to begin the top of the eighth, our Pete simply couldn't find his range with a five pitch walk to David Wright, followed by a four pitch walk to Ike Davis. He then saw both runners advanced on Joaquin Arias' sacrifice bunt. He then got the important second out to hold the runners when Henry Blanco grounded out to the third baseman. He was relieved by Eric O'Flaherty who struck out former ABL player MIKE HESSMAN (Melbourne Monarchs 1999) to end the inning without damage. It was Hessman's only at bat as a pinch hitter.

Another Aussie right-hander, BRAD THOMAS, also pitched a brief but effective 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.26ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in a 10-9 slugfest win over the Minnesota Twins after 13 innings. Thomas struck out powerful veteran slugger Jim Thome to end the bottom of the tenth inning with three punch outs for the frame. It gave the Tigers the chance to grab the extra innings win.
  2 SEP 2010 - MOYLAN CLOSES WIN OVER METS!
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Peter Moylan
After a quiet workload lately, Australia's PETER MOYLAN was back in action yesterday, putting the lid on the Atlanta Braves' big 9-2 victory over the New York Mets. Pete hurled the ninth inning for the Braves in conclusive style with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.33ERA) to maintain the blowout. He started by fanning Ruben Tejada on four pitches before getting Luis Hernandez to ground out to the second baseman and veteran Luis Castillo to line out to the same second baseman. In all he threw eight of his ten pitches for strikes. In the same game his battery mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) had a big game offensively with 2-4 (.282) including a GRAND SLAM home run for four RBIs. It was his second long ball of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays evergreen slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was at it again batting 2-5 (.267) and driving in a pair to help his team to hammer the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5 yesterday.

 

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