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Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley

Australia's comeback man TRAVIS BLACKLEY, who quite remarkably is classed as a "rookie" because of his absence from the big leagues before this season, did not enjoy his brief starting experienced today when he was rocked early and just couldn't recover. Blackley has enjoyed some great success in 2012 to resurrect his career, but his 1.0ip 5h 5er 0bb 0k (3.91ERA) effort today was a clear lowlight for him as his Oakland Athletics tried valiantly to overcome the horror start in a 7-9 loss to the Texas Rangers.
It very quickly went "pear shaped" for Travis when his second pitch of the game saw Ian Kinsler deposit the ball 400ft over left field for a solo homer. This was not a massive problem in itself, especially when he erased Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton for two outs... unfortunately the Rangers refused to go quietly! Adrian Beltre kept the inning alive with his single up the middle and Nelson Cruz also reached on an infield single to the second baseman. A wild pitch enabled both runners to advance before Michael Young cashed in with his two RBI single to left field. It mattered little that Young also scampered to second base on a throwing error when powerful catcher Mike Napoli snapped out of his slump with a 419ft blast over right centre for another two "ribbies". Blackley finally ended the inning with Geovany Soto popping out to the second baseman, however, the two out damage saw him lifted from the game after enduring a 26 pitch nightmare.

  26 SEPT 2012 - BALFOUR SAVES 21st v RANGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Hard throwing Aussie GRANT BALFOUR continues to pile up the saves in the latter part of the 2012 season with No.21 posted after he pitched a rather typical 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.71ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who held of the Texas Rangers 2-1.
On this occasion Grant was held back until a 1-1 tie was finally snapped by Oakland in the top of the tenth via a solo home run from George Kottras. Obviously, once his team was in the lead it was time for the closer to appear and Balfour was just the man for the job in the bottom of the tenth. Not unusually the patient Rangers' hitters refused to go easily as both Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler worked full counts before Balfour prevailed to have them struck out swinging. Having won those critical battles, he dismissed Elvis Andrus who popped out to the second baseman after seeing only two pitches to end the game.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

Grant Balfour

Australia's newest major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS did well to work into the seventh inning, even though he took another loss pitching against the fabled New York Yankees who doubled his Minnesota Twins 6-3. Liam's record fell to 1-8, 6.09ERA after pitching 6.1ip 8h 6er 1bb 4k at Target Field.
TOP1:  A leadoff walk to Derek Jeter and a double from Ichiro Suzuki spelled immediate problems for Hendriks yet, when he steadied to get a couple of outs with just one run scored on a ground out, he seemed to have done well. However, when Nick Swisher followed with a two run homer with two out, the 0-3 deficit was not good fun!
TOP2:  Singles from veterans Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez were neutralised by a pair of ground balls, including a double play for a scoreless frame.
TOP3:  Liam required just seven pitches to sit down the meat of the 'Bronx Bombers' lineup 1-2-3.
TOP4:  Hendriks struck out Nick Swisher, but Curtis Granderson followed with a solo homer over right field to add a fourth run for the Yanks.
TOP5:  He struck out Chavez and Jeter before posting another tidy scoreless inning.
TOP6:  A leadoff single from Alex Rodriguez was all that New York mustered.
TOP7:  With his pitch count high Hendriks allowed solo home runs to Ibanez and Chavez before being relieved with his team in a 0-6 hole.
The learning curve continues for the talented Aussie youngster.

The previous day Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR notched his 20th save for the season with a strong 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.75ERA) when he preserved a 5-4 win for his Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees. Facing the top of the Yankees lineup in the bottom of the ninth, Grant won a key full count battle with Ichiro Suzuki when he got the leadoff man to fly out to left field. He clinched the deal by getting Alex 'A-ROD' Rodriguez to fly out to right and then had Robinson Cano called out on strikes to end the game.

Productive backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) nailed his eighth home run of the season as his big hit in a 1-4 (.255) effort. More importantly, his solo shot was a pivotal RBI for the Atlanta Braves in their narrow 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley

Grant Balfour

Brandon Barnes

Australia's major league team mates TRAVIS BLACKLEY and GRANT BALFOUR were among the 18 different pitchers to take the hill during the "wild" game at New Yankee Stadium where their Oakland Athletics were nudged out 9-10 by the New York Yankees in the bottom of the 14th.
Blackley, who has been used in a variety of pitching roles, was making his 13th start out of 22 total appearances since joining the A's and, while he has been mostly effective, this start was not among his best. In a game where neither starting pitcher made it beyond the third inning, Travis really struggled with 2.0ip 4h 4r 2er 3bb 1k (3.48ERA), yet it should be noted that two of the four runs were unearned.

BOT2:  Blackley was staked to a two run advantage before he threw is first pitch in the bottom of the first but, unfortunately, it wasn't to be enjoyed for long. After getting Derek Jeter to fly out to right field with his first pitch of the game, his third was taken deep by Ichiro Suzuki over right field for a solo homer that halved the lead. Next batter Alex Rodriguez was walked on four pitches and then advanced to second base on a baulk. This placed him in scoring position for Robinson Cano who duly delivered a RBI single to tie the game and he advanced to second on the throw. Travis continued to struggle for location with a five pitch walk to Nick Swisher before he finally won an eight pitch full count battle with Casey McGehee who struck out swinging. Blackley was then cruelly denied the end of the inning when Jason Nix reached on an infield error to load the bases. This really did not excuse another four pitch walk to Andruw Jones that pushed the go-ahead run across the plate, albeit unearned. He finally retired Chris Stewart to conclude a draining 40 pitch inning.

BOT 2:  With the Yankees having batted through their lineup in the first inning, leadoff hitter Derek Jeter was up again to lead off the second and he suffered the same fate by flying out to right field, on two pitches this time. Once again Ichiro Suzuki set the ball in motion for the Yanks with a single to right, but he was thrown out at third trying to stretch an extra base when Alex Rodriguez singled up the middle. Another infield error benefitted Robinson Cano and allowed runners on the corners. This was again decisive when Rodriguez was able to score from third via a wild pitch before the inning ended. Blackley was lifted before the bottom of the third after having thrown 59 pitches in a wild start to a wild game.

Grant Balfour was the fifth pitcher called upon by the Athletics after eight completed innings and he was particularly strong with 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (2.79ERA) in the pressure cooker situation of a game that would have been decided by any single run scored by the Yankees from the ninth inning onwards.
BOT 9:  With the score deadlocked at 5-5 Balfour got Robinson Cano to fly out to centre ahead of Nick Swisher's single to left centre. Pinch runner Chris Dickerson stole second just as Raul Ibanez was called out on strikes for the second out. Catcher Russell Martin popped out to second to end the threat.
BOT10:  Grant kept the door shut by getting Curtis Granderson to fly out to centre field, Eric Chavez to ground out to second and he finished with Derek Jeter who struck out swinging.

In an unusual end to an epic game, Oakland broke a sequence of five scoreless innings with four runs in the top of the 13th, only to see New York hit back remarkably with four of their own in the home half of the inning. It kept the Yankees alive to snatch the win in the bottom of the 14th!

... in other weekend action:

Houston Astros' outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2011) batted a handy 1-3 (.224) plus two walks to help his team to crush the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

Peter Moylan

Vernon Wells

Australia's youngest and most recent new major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS has had to wait awhile for his first major league win yet, deservedly, good things do come to those who, not only wait, but those who persist and work hard. After seven losses, a handful of no-decisions, and some very good efforts amongst them, Liam can now celebrate his first big league win knowing that he has really earned it! He pitched a high quality 6.0ip 2h 2er 2bb 2k to anchor the Minnesota Twins 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
BOT1:  Not for the first time Hendriks was quickly on the back foot when All-Star short stop Asdrubal Cabrera latched onto a solo home run with two out to give the 'Tribe' and early advantage.
BOT2:  An otherwise clean inning was interrupted by a one out base runner when Liam hit veteran slugger Travis Hafner with a pitch.
BOT3:  With the Twins now leading 2-1, Hendriks saw his advantage erased when Vinny Rottino milked a nine pitch walk to lead off the inning. Rottino stole second and scored the tying run on a one out RBI single from Jason Kipnis.
BOT4:  Clevealnd threatened to take the lead after Travis Hafner reached on a one out error and then found himself on third base following a wild pitch and a passed ball. In a critical moment of the game Hendriks induced a pair of ground ball outs to keep the game locked at 2-2.
BOT5:  Now pitching with a 5-2 lead, Liam did exactly what was needed via putting up another zero by striking out Rottino and then sitting down the top of the Indians' lineup for a 1-2-3 inning.
BOT6: Hendriks finished off his sterling performance in grand style with an inning ending ground ball double play after Carlos Santana had taken a one out walk.

Our man handed the game over to his bullpen who preserved the win. Liam had thrown 59 of 97 pitches for strikes to take his record to 1-7, 5.88ERA. What a difference that ONE makes!

The previous day, Aussie PETER MOYLAN didn't particularly enjoy his brief outing of 0.1ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (2.25ERA) when his Atlanta Braves were edged 3-4 by the Miami Marlins. It all hinged on one pitch really when Austin Kearns had just laced a two out double off Atlanta starter Paul Maholm in the bottom of the seventh and Pete was called from the bullpen to get the final out of the inning. It didn't work out as planned when dangerous veteran John Buck launched Pete's second pitch 358ft over right field for a two run blast. He represented Moylan's first earned run allowed in the "bigs" this season while the other run belonged to Maholm.

A veteran import from the original ABL, VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to resurrect a career that seemed to be fading with another productive 2-4 (.235) as part of his Los Angeles Angels' big 11-3 thumping of the playoff rival Texas Rangers.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley

Didi Gregorius

Australia's "all purpose lefty" TRAVIS BLACKLEY made another relief appearance for the Oakland Athletics with a brief 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (3.36ERA) during their 5-9 defeat by the contending Baltimore Orioles. Travis was summoned from the bullpen to face a high-pressure situation with the bases loaded and two out, just after Oakland starter Dan Straily had walked across a run for his team to trail 2-4 in the top of the fifth. Blackley held his nerve to finally win an eight pitch battle with emerging star Manny Machado who grounded out to short to end the inning. Having done that most important job he was back for the top of the sixth as the Orioles threatened to rally again. It started when Endy Chavez reached on a fortunate infield single, before 'Trav' got Robert Andino to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop for the first out. A full count walk to Nate McClouth saw our Aussie replaced on the mound. No doubt the game could have really got out of hand for the A's if Blackley had not done the business in the fifth.

The second coming of our revived Australian Baseball League can now boast its second "old boy" to reach the US major leagues with DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) making his debut with the Cincinnati Reds since the rosters expanded for September. Gregorius really made his presence felt as the starting short stop for the Reds with 3-5 (.333) plus a RBI in their 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins after eleven innings.

An import star from the original ABL, VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999), continues to bounce back from a tough start to 2012 with his latest 2-4 (.230) contribution for the Los Angeles Angels who edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3.

  16 SEPT 2012 - BALFOUR SAVES 18 & 19 v O's!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Peter Moylan

Liam Hendriks

Australia's reinstated closer GRANT BALFOUR took his tally of saves to 19 with a competent 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.88ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who topped the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. Pitching the top of the ninth, Grant began by getting the dangerous Adam Jones to fly out to right but Chris Davis ripped the first pitch he saw back up the middle for a one out single. There was a hint of a threat when free swinger Mark Reynolds took a four pitch walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Davis advanced to third for runners on the corners as Manny Machado flied out to right and Reynolds then sole second on defensive indifference. It all came to nothing when Balfour got Endy Chavez to ground out to third to end the inning on the next pitch.

The previous day BALFOUR came through in a tighter situation for his 18th save with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to close out Oakland's 3-2 win over the 'O-Birds'. Taking the ball for the top of the ninth he was quickly under some pressure when Matt Wieters lead off the inning by reaching safely on an infield single. Baltimore attempted to turn the screws with a pinch runner and a pinch hitter which Grant neutralised by striking out Endy Chavez for an unproductive out. Mark Reynolds lasted just one pitch with his fly out to right field and the pinch runner, Xavier Avery was caught stealing while Chris Davis was at bat in a 2-2 count. Once again the aggressive Aussie had completed his part of the deal.

Seasoned Aussie PETER MOYLAN didn't have much impact with 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who clawed back for an important 5-4 win over the division leading Washington Nationals. Pete was called in from the bullpen with one on and two out in the top of the seventh, specifically to pitch to former Phillies' star right handed hitter Jayson Werth. Things didn't go quite to plan when Werth slapped a 1-1 pitch into left field as the only batter he faced. Thankfully it made little difference in a scoreless inning as his team went on to post the victory. In this game replacement catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-3 (.262) for the Braves.

Veteran outfielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) contributed a solid 2-4 (.225) for the Los Angeles Angels in their 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Royals.

... and in other weekend action:

Young Aussie starter LIAM HENDRIKS was again denied his first big league win when he had to settle for another no-decision after pitching a pretty decent 5.0ip 7h 3er 2bb 3k (6.14ERA) for the Minnesota Twins who went on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Hendriks pitched 64 of 98 pitches for strikes, but he was tagged early as the Royals plated two in the top of the first to do most of the damage.
TOP1:  Alcides Escobar poked a one out single into left field and advanced to second when Alex Gordon milked a four pitch walk. The runners moved up one more base on Billy Butler's ground out to third, setting the table for Salvador Perez to shoot a two RBI single up the middle with two out in the inning. Another single to Mike Moustakas caused a renewed threat but Liam held firm to get Lorenzo Cain to ground out following a ten pitch battle.
TOP2:  Liam saw his pitch count rising again in the second when Eric Hosmer saw nine pitches as the leadoff hitter before he struck out to open a 1-2-3 frame.
TOP3:  Hendriks was settling in nicely as he often can after a rough start and only a two out single from dangerous Billy Butler provided any base activity in a scoreless inning.
TOP4:  Lorenzo Cain hammered a one out double to deep right centre which left an open base for Liam to place Eric Hosmer who he basically "pitched around". It proved to be a sound strategy when he induced an inning ending double play to keep the game tight at 1-2.
TOP5:  A lead off triple from David Lough was an immediate headache, but again Hendriks showed his poise by getting Alcides Escobar to ground out and Alex Gordon to strike out as he gave himself a chance to get out of the inning. It didn't quite happen when Billy Butler delivered a RBI double to tack on a third run before Hendriks finished his final inning of the contest.
In context, Australia's Liam Hendriks had played a pivotal role in keeping his team in a game that they rallied to win 4-3 in the tenth inning. Let's all hope that he doesn't have to wait for 2013 to post that elusive maiden major league win!

  11 SEPT 2012 - BALFOUR 17 SAVES - MOYLAN 1!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Peter Moylan

As we have said often recently, Australia's GRANT BALFOUR has really thrived since being reinstated as the closer for the Oakland Athletics who have enjoyed an amazing run of success since the All-Star break. Grant needed just 14 pitches and ten strikes to register his 17th save of the season as he locked down their latest 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.69ERA). Taking control of the bottom of the ninth, he started in typical fashion with three strikes to Kendrys Morales who grounded out to the third baseman to lead off the inning. Balfour then won a full count battle with Howie Kendrick before he was called out on strikes and he followed with a five pitch swinging strike out of Erick Aybar. At this rate our man could be a vital performer in the post season and he could help determine how far the A's can go in 2012?

... and the previous day:

GRANT BALFOUR nailed save No.16 when he closed Oakland's 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k. Once again entrusted with the bottom of the ninth, Balfour courted danger when John Jaso led off the inning with a double to left field, however; he steadied to strike out Mike Carp before he disposed of a pair of pinch hitters to preserve the win. Eric Thames flied out to right field and Luis Jiminez lined out to left.

Compatriot PETER MOYLAN earned his first save of 2012 with a strong willed effort for the Atlanta Braves who edged the New York Mets 3-2. On this occasion Pete threw more balls than strikes, yet he held tough to post a vital scoreless tenth inning with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA). His battle started immediately in the bottom of the tenth when his first pitch saw Jordany Valdespin reach on an infield single. This allowed Ruben Tejada to drop down a sacrifice bunt in order to move the tying run into scoring position. Pete secured the second out by striking out Scott Hairston, just as Valdespin stole third base. A five pitch walk to Daniel Murphy placed runners at the corners before Moylan dodged the bullet when Mets' superstar David Wright flied out to right to end the game.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

Young Australian starter LIAM HENDRIKS once again gave himself a chance of a maiden major league win but it again eluded him after one fateful inning as his Minnesota Twins were overtaken 6-7 by the Cleveland Indians. On this occasion he would be only moderately pleased with his pitching line of 5.0ip 8h 4er 3bb 2k (6.20ERA), even though he again demonstrated his ability to keep competing when under pressure.
TOP1: He had to battle right from the outset in this game when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a single then, after he had struck out Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera worked a full count walk. Liam re-grouped nicely to bank a scoreless inning with a line out and a fly ball out.
TOP2: A leadoff walk was erased via a ground ball double play as he faced the minimum in the second, finishing with Vinny Rottino who struck out swinging.
TOP3: With a one run lead after the bottom of the second, Hendriks once again saw the lead runner aboard when Jack Hannahan singled up the middle, but a couple of ground balls and a fly ball ensured that the 1-0 lead was preserved.
TOP4: The Twins expanded their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third and Liam tempted fate with a one out single to Michael Brantley that was quickly converted into two runs when Russ Canzler launched the first pitch he faced over left centre to halve the lead. A couple more ground balls ended the inning without further damage.
TOP5: Unfortunately the opportunity for his first big league win slipped from his grasp when Jack Hannahan won a nine pitch full count battle with a leadoff double to deep right. He was cashed in by the following batter Shin-Soo Choo who poked a RBI single into centre field, followed by a double from Jason Kipnis that moved Choo to third base. With one out, Liam had a chance to get out of danger when Choo made the second out at home plate on a fielder's choice and he was told to load the bases with an intentional walk to Michael Brantley. His misfortune at in the majors continued when Canzler reached on an infield single which allowed the tying run to score before Hendriks put the fifth in the book with the score knotted at 4-4.
With 108 pitches thrown there was no chance for Liam to continue in the hope of a win and he was left consigned to another no-decision.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley

Grant Balfour

Peter Moylan

Australia's pitching team mates TRAVIS BLACKLEY and GRANT BALFOUR were both in action for the Oakland Athletics during their somewhat futile 1-7 loss to the surging Los Angeles Angels.
Blackley was first to enter the fray early in the top of the fourth when he replaced A's starter Brandon McCarthy with two out and his team already trailing 1-3. He polished off that inning with two pitches when he had Alberto Callaspo fly out to centre field. Travis needed just ten pitches to pilot a scoreless top of the fifth when he had Bobby Wilson ground out to third, Mike Trout fly out to right and Torii Hunter struck out swinging. Pitching to the meat of the 'Halos' lineup in the top of the sixth, Blackley got the great Albert Pujols to line out before losing a ten pitch battle with Kendrys Morales who milked a full count walk. He narrowly avoided allowing a run when Morales stopped at third on Howie Kendrick's double to deep right. Blackley left those runners in place by striking out Mark Trumbo and getting Erick Aybar to fly out to right. Back for the seventh Travis had Alberto Callaspo fly out to centre and Bobby Wilson ground out to third before he was lifted after issuing a five pitch walk to rookie sensation Mike Trout. Blackley could be well satisfied with another positive outing of 3.0ip 1h 0er 2bb 2k (3.39ERA).
Grant Balfour was handed a poisoned chalice when he was summoned from the bullpen in the top of the ninth just after the Angels had loaded the bases on an error with nobody out. It proved not to be a triumphant entrance for Grant when his five pitch walk to Maicer Izturis pushed their fourth run across home plate. It looked a bit more promising when Balfour next struck out Mike Trout on three pitches but the game was put out of reach when Torii Hunter delivered a two RBI single up the middle to see the ball taken from our man. To add insult to his day, Balfour then watched from the dugout as his base runner, Izturis, stole home with two out for the final run of the contest! It left him with the pitching line of 0.1ip 1h 1er 1bb 1k (2.77ERA).

As some American journalists noted, the dismantled Boston Red Sox made Seattle Mariners' journeyman starter KEVIN MILLWOOD (Melbourne Monarchs 1997) look like Cy Young himself when he anchored the M's to a 2-1 win. Millwood pitched a strong 6.0ip 4h 1er 3bb 3k to take his season record to 5-12, 4.27ERA.

The previous day PETER MOYLAN made another appearance out of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves with a couple of unearned runs contributing to their 0-6 shutout defeat by the Colorado Rockies. Moylan completed the first part of his assignment after relieving starter Tommy Hanson with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the sixth when his first pitch had Jordan Pacheco pop out to the catcher to end the inning. However, after getting Chris Nelson to fly out to right as the leadoff hitter in the seventh, things unravelled when DJ LeMahieu reached on an error, followed by a wild pitch and a walk issued to Carlos Torres. That was enough to have Pete lifted and those two runners scored later in the frame unearned.
His major league ERA remained intact with 0.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00ERA).

In this game his battery mate DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 2-3 (.271) plus a walk as a good contribution to a barren offensive cause.

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 "comeback story" PETER MOYLAN was asked to get just one out for the Atlanta Braves, yet it was enough for him to swoop for the win when they rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to sneak past the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7. Pete needed just four pitches to take his major league record to 1-0, 0.00ERA with his line of 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k.
With two out in the top of the ninth Moylan was summoned from the bullpen to replace lefty Luis Avilan with powerful right hander John Mayberry Junior coming to the plate. As he so often has Pete induced a ground ball to third base to end the inning. However, it would have been a stretch to think that his team could overcome a 3-7 deficit, but that is exactly what they did. It all came down to a dramatic game winning walk-off three run homer delivered by retiring Atlanta icon Chipper Jones who took Jonathan Papelbon deep over right centre field.

Australian relief ace GRANT BALFOUR hasn't given up many runs lately and he picked a good time to be tagged for one while pitching the final inning of his Oakland Athletics' comfortable 6-2 win over the scuffling Boston Red Sox. Facing the only consistent performer left in a dismantled 'Bosox' lineup Grant lost a full count battle with Dustin Pedroia who doubled to deep right centre to lead off the top of the ninth.
Pedroia advanced to third on a Cody Ross ground out to the second baseman and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Mauro Gomez. Balfour ensured that the contest got no closer than its end result by striking out Ryan Lavarnway swinging on a full count to end the game. Balfour's line from the game was 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (2.64ERA).

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

Liam Hendriks

Australia's "almost forgotten man" and established big league star PETER MOYLAN has made the long haul all the way back from injury to post a neat scoreless inning for the Atlanta Braves during their 1-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Moylan, who has pitched at just about every level during his rehabilitation in the latter half of this season, made a positive return to the big time with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA).
Pete tucked away the top of the eighth with Kevin Frandsen grounding out to second, Erik Kratz grounding out to short and pinch hitter Domonic Brown grounding out to first. With three rather familiar ground ball outs Moylan certainly looked like he was back!

We have long understood what a great "leveller" our game of baseball can be and those unpredictable baseball gods can often be cruel. Last time out young Minnesota Twins' starter LIAM HENDRIKS twirled a masterly nine innings complete game only to lose 0-1 to Seattle's 'King Felix' Hernandez. This time he didn't fare nearly so well in an abbreviated start, yet his team rallies with plenty of runs to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 in a tight one. Hendriks wasn't as sharp around the edges of the zone this time and he left a few too many pitches over the plate to depart with 3.2ip 10h 5r 3er 0bb 5k (6.11ERA).
BOT1: After David Lough poked a leadoff single to right Liam nailed the next two outs before Billy Butler's single up the middle placed runners at the corners. Another two out single to right by Salvidor Perez drove in a run and Mike Moustakas followed with a second RBI single to right before the inning concluded. The Royals had halved the Twins' 4-0 lead to 4-2 in the home half of the first.
BOT2: By now staked to a decisive 8-2 advantage Hendriks must have started to believe that his first major league win was in sight, especially after a clean 1-2-3 bottom of the second.
BOT3: Still leading 8-2 in the contest Liam secured two outs without incident after he fanned Alex Gordon, but trouble arrived with Billy Butler's double to deep right centre, followed by Salvador Perez who knocked another single into centre field. Mike Moustakas delivered a two out RBI double just before he struck out Lorenzo Cain on a full count to end the inning.
BOT4: Once again Hendriks had two outs in the bank, including the big strike out of Eric Hosmer on three pitches to lead off the frame. However, hard luck intervened when David Lough singled and then the inning was extended when an error failed to get the third out on a fielder's choice play. Typically, Alex Gordon took advantage with an RBI single, as did Billy Butler to see Liam lifted from the game with the lead shrinking to 8-5.
One can only wonder what might have been if not for the untimely error... certainly the young Aussie was still very much in line for the 'W'... That's baseball!

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