Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2014

It is intended that this page will maintain a historical record of previous news published on this site. From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages. It may interest some people to read the developments in chronological order right here.

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SEPTEMBER 2014

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AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

  29 SEPT 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS CONCLUDES 2014 WITH A BIG K!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Brandon Maurer


Brandon Barnes

On the last day of the major league regular season, young Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS added a neat scoreless inning with 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k (5.23 ERA) to take a hold when his Kansas City Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 6-4. Liam preserved Kansas' narrow 5-4 lead with a slightly nerve-wracking bottom of the seventh inning where he threw 12 of 17 pitches for strikes. He was under pressure immediately when Avisail Garcia poked a leadoff single into left field and Andy Wilkins singled to deep right centre, moving Garcia to third after he had stolen second base earlier in the at bat. With runners perched at the corners and still nobody out, Hendriks dug deep into his resources of determination to induce a HUGE ground ball double play that also erased the lead runner out at home plate. To end on a high note he then struck out Jordan Danks by having him called out on strikes - after working a 2-0 count, Danks looked at three successive strikes to end the threat for his team meekly!

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) ended his season much more quietly than it began with an unproductive 0-3 (.263) for the Seattle Mariners who fell 2-7 to the Cleveland Indians.

Boston Red Sox' platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) may have ended his time with the club by batting 0-2 (.184) in their home 5-9 loss to the New York Yankees in what was Derek Jeter's last ever major league game.

Having his final outing of the season with the eliminated Seattle Mariners, BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a strong 1.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (4.65 ERA) to help them to record a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. His team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) came into the game as a defensive replacement at centre field late in the contest.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.257) and he scored a run for the Colorado Rockies who were doubled by the strong Los Angeles Dodgers 5-10.

In another fruitless end to the season Arizona Diamondbacks short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 0-3 (.226) as his team was shut out 0-1 by the playoff bound St.Louis Cardinals.
  24 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS 11th v TRIBE!
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 notched his eleventh hold of the campaign today with a decisive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.91 ERA) that helped his Tampa Bay Rays to preserve a tight 2-0 win over the plucky Cleveland Indians. 'Balf' threw eight of 12 pitches for strikes in a confident outing at Progressive Field in Cleveland. He shut down the bottom of the eighth inning with Mike Aviles flying out to centre field, Michael Bourn grounding out to the first baseman and, finally, Jose Ramirez battling before striking out swinging on six pitches to end the inning.

The dream scoreless run of lanky ABL import JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) finally came to a sticky end today when he copped a blown save while pitching the seventh inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates who were overrun 6-10 by the Cincinnati Reds. Big John pitched 1.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 2k (2.00 ERA).

John Holdzkom
  24 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS 10th v RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
It was another bright and breezy outing for Aussie relief ace GRANT BALFOUR who collected his tenth hold of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays who romped away from the Boston Red Sox 6-2. Grant threw three of four pitches for strikes to record the line of 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (5.07 ERA). With David Ortiz on first base and with two out in the bottom of the eighth, Balfour was asked to handle Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes who he had called out on strikes to end the inning.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) continues to endear himself to the Arizona Diamondbacks as maybe their short stop of the immediate future with another 1-4 (.220) during their 3-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Helping the Colorado Rockies to edge out the San Diego Padres 3-2 was starting left fielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 2-4 (.261) as a valuable contribution.

Brandon Barnes
  23 SEPT 2014 - GREGORIUS HAMMERS THREE DOUBLES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

John Holdzkom


Brandon Maurer
Big bird JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) continues to amaze us with the pitching effectiveness that he has rarely displayed in our ABL competition. After his eighth relief outing, John is still yet to concede an earned run. His latest 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00 ERA) collected him his fourth hold while throwing ten of eleven pitches for strikes. His efforts contributed to the Pittsburgh Pirates nail-biting 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves as he has become an important bullpen piece down the stretch of Pittsburgh's pennant race.

Starting short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) achieved a rare feat by thumping THREE DOUBLES for the Arizona Diamondbacks to help them to record a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. He batted 3-4 (.220) with a RBI and a run scored.

Another recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) also escaped an earned run while pitching relief during the Seattle Mariners heavy 4-14 defeat by the Toronto Blue Jays, even though he was hardly convincing with 1.1ip 3h 1r 0er 0bb 2k (4.81 ERA). Team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 0-1 (.251) after coming into the game as a defensive replacement at centre field.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) made another apearance as a pinch hitter with 0-1 (.273) for the Detroit Tigers who were defeatd 0-2 by their lowly division rivals Chicago White Sox.


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idi Gregorius


Tyler Collins
  22 SEPT 2014 - DAVID ROSS HITS HOMER #7 FOR RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

David Ross


Brandon Barnes
Veteran catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) has always swung an unpredictable bat and this was in evidence again when he clocked his seventh home run for the season to help the Boston Red Sox to just outlast the Baltimore Orioles 3-2. Ross batted 1-4 (.187) with the invaluable run batted in.

Impressive outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was thrust into the action early as a pinch hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 5-10 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He batted 1-3 (.262) with a RBI after taking over at centre field.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) was also called upon to pinch hit for the Detroit Tigers in their 2-5 defeat by the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately his only plate appearance resulted in a strike out.

Recent ABL imports were in opposition again when the Colorado Rockies romped 8-3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted a very productive 2-4 (.258) with a double and two RBIs for the 'Rox', while DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.211) for the 'Snakes'.

Kevin Kiermaier


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idi Gregorius
  21 SEPT 2014 - BALFOUR & HENDRIKS BOTH VERY GOOD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
 


Liam Hendriks

 

 

 


John Holdzkom

Seasoned Aussie GRANT BALFOUR needed to throw just two pitches, both strikes, to record his ninth hold of the season today. He pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.10 ERA) to play his small part in the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Grant induced Alexei Ramirez to ground out to the third baseman from the second pitch he faced to end the inning. Balfour also pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k yesterday at the end of their 3-4 loss to the White Sox. Hurling the top of the ninth, Balfour got the same Alexei Ramirez to fly out to right, just before he issued a full count walk to power gut Jose Abreu. Conor Gillaspie flied out to centre field on one pitch, then Grant killed off the frame by having Avisail Garcia called out on strikes. In this game KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.263) for the Rays.

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS may have had a couple of rocky starts recently, but he came through strongly yesterday in a middle relief role for the Kansas City Royals when he stopped the bleeding in what was already destined to be a 1-10 hammering by the strong hitting Detroit Tigers. Hendriks pitched a solid 2.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k (5.40 ERA) to put a halt to the Tigers' runaway train of offence. Liam joined the fray to start the top of the sixth with his Royals already trailing 0-10 and, for a moment, it looked like the mayhem might continue when J.D Martinez greeted him with a leadoff single into left field. However, a ground ball double play and a strike out of Eugenio Suarez gave his team a welcome scoreless inning. Back for the top of the seventh, another leadoff single by James McCann was thwarted when Rajai Davis flied out to right, Ian Kinsler struck out swinging and Torii Hunter grounded out to the second baseman. Our American friends may have called this a "low leverage situatuion", but it may prove to be important for Hendriks if Kansas City makes it to the post season and roster spots are up for grabs. Even if there is no room available in the starting rotation, middle inning relievers, or "long men", are still a most valuable commodity for any team.

The remarkable start of his major league career continues for big JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) who is still yet to incur an earned run to his name while he picked up the first win of his big league career. Holdzkom pitched another solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k for the Pittsburgh Pirates during their 4-2 win over the scuffling Milwaukee Brewers. It took his season record to an unblemished 1-0, 0.00 ERA.

In opposing camps today were recent ABL import players DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) and BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012). Gregorius batted 1-4 (.210) as the starting short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Barnes batted 1-2 (.255) as a pinch hitter for the Colorado Rockies who prevailed in the contest 5-1.

  17 SEPT 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRUGGLES v CHISOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


John Holdzkom


Brandon Maurer

Given his proven track record and his renowned "starter's mentality" it would not be pleasing young Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS that he hasn't been able to produce a quality start for the contending Kansas City Royals over his past two outings. It is rare, if ever, that Liam doesn't manage to take the ball to the seventh inning or beyond and, much more often than not, he has given his team every chance to claim the win. However, his last two starts have seen a "speed hump" with two quite different performances against unpredictable opposition. His previous start against Boston included some uncharacteristic command issues, albeit with a tight strike zone, while this time he pounded the strike zone, only to find the White Sox swinging the lumber and not always hitting him hard. In any case he won't be satisfied with the outcome that concluded with his Royals going down 5-7 to the 'Chisox' in a fluctuating game at Kauffman Stadium in Missouri.
T1: This one started shakily for Hendriks when three successive strikes to leadoff batter Adam Eaton ended with a double to left centre; quickly advancing to third when the light hitting Alexei Ramirez poked a single into into left field. An early run was on the board via a fielder's choice ground ball out for a RBI to Jose Abreu. Thankfully an inning ending double play prevented any further heartache.
T2: A solid inning for Liam who continued to throw strikes, getting Avisail Garcia to ground out and then having Andy Wilkins struck out on three pitches. Dayan Viciedo singled, but he was tagged out at second on the next play to end a scoreless frame.
T3: Hendriks fanned Josh Phlegley on a full count before nemesis Adam Eaton worked a full count for a triple to deep right that just eluded the outfielder who appeared to be shading toward centre field. This allowed Chicago to re-claim the lead via Alexei Ramirez' sacrifice fly RBI. After a fielding error caused him to waste a few more pitches, Liam didn't falter by having Conor Gillaspie struck out swinging to end the inning.
T4: Once again the Royals rallied back to take a 3-2 lead but, rather sadly, a much needed "holding inning" wasn't to be when Liam loaded the bases with a pair of "seeing eye singles" either side of a walk to Andy Wilkins that loaded the bases with White Sox runners. At that point Hendriks made way for Jason Frasor who banked two more earned runs into our man's account with successive sacrifice flies.
The US major leagues provide an unforgiving challenge every day and you simply can't afford to have the little things go against you. We know that Liam Hendriks will not be seeking excuses as he adds to his learning experience at baseball's highest level. You can bet that he won't be satisfied with this 3.0ip 7h 4er 1bb 3k (5.76 ERA) or, more importantly, the fact that his team did not win the game. He will take no solace from the fact that he did not incur the loss as the first of NINE pitchers that Kansas City sent to the mound in the losing cause.

Lanky reliever JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) recorded his third hold of the season with yet another clean 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00 ERA) as part of a combined shutout for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 4-0 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Another recent ABL import pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) also hurled a clean inning with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.87 ERA) with not much pressure upon him as his Seattle Mariners romped to a 13-2 smashing of the league leading Los Angeles Angels. Seattle team mate JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) came into the game as a late inning defensive replacement at centre field, batting 0-1 (.252).

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) didn't manage a hit with 0-3 (.262) but he did walk and score a run for the Tampa Bay Rays who stuck a knife in the New York Yankees with a 6-1 win.
  15 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR TAKEN DEEP BY BLUE JAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brandon Maurer

Having what is probably the most inconsistent season of his major league career is seasoned Aussie relief ace GRANT BALFOUR who may be feeling the pinch toward the end of another long campaign. He endured another rough outing with 0.2ip 3h 3er 0bb 0k (5.34 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who still managed to outlast the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 in a game of fluctuating fortunes. However, Balfour could also claim to have fallen foul of an age-old baseball adage that "it only takes a couple of bloops and a blast" when he almost coughed up a 5-1 lead when he replaced the Rays' starter for the bottom of the eighth. Grant got leadoff man Anthony Gose to ground out to the second baseman, but a full count infield single legged-out by Jose Reyes and a bloop single into shallow left by power man Jose Bautista set the scene for the long ball. The dangerous Adam Lind took a 2-1 pitch 368ft over left field for the three-run jack that narrowed the lead to 5-4 in one swing of the bat. He got the equally dangerous Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to centre field before handing the ball over with two outs in the frame. Team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted a barren 0-5 (.265), yet he did drive in the opening run of the game for Tampa with his third inning ground out.

Veteran platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-2 (.185) while contributing with two walks for the Boston Red Sox who doubled the Kansas City Royals 8-4 in what was another deflating loss for KC.

Colorado Rockies outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) made another start at left field with a productive 2-4 (.251) with a double and the only RBI in their 1-4 defeat at the hands of the St.Louis Cardinals.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) tacked on another two painless outs at the major league level when he pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.95 ERA) during his Seattle Mariners 0-4 shutout loss to the Oakland Athletics. He threw three of only four pitches for strikes in a most efficient effort.

Apparently settling in as the regular starting short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks toward the end of this major league season is DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who batted a handy 2-4 (.211) with a run batted in helping them to prevail 8-6 over the San Diego Padres.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


David Ross


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idi Gregorius

  13 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR GRABS HIS SAVE No.12!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
For a guy who piled up 38 saves in 2013, Australia's GRANT BALFOUR won't get close to half that number this season after falling from favour as the preferred closer for the Tampa Bay Rays early in this 2014 season. However, our man was back in his more customary role to grasp his 12th save of the season when he locked down the Rays' 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the tightest of circumstances. Grant threw ten of 17 pitches for strikes to post 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (4.92 ERA). Balfour powered through the bottom of the ninth in conclusive fashion with Edwin Encarnacion popping out to the first baseman in foul territory before he fanned both Adam Lind and Dioner Navarro to seal the deal.

Lanky ABL import JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) continues to sail through the early stages of his big league career unscathed with another clean 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00 ERA) for his second hold that helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to roll the Chicago Cubs 7-3.

John Holdzkom
  12 SEPT 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS RATTLED BY RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


 

 


John Holdzkom

It's fair to say that things didn't go according to play for young Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS today when he started for the Kansas City Royals with the weight of responsibility of pitching in the heat of a tight pennant race. Pitching to an ultra-tight strike zone, Hendriks quite unusually struggled for location and he was forced to pitch too "fat" to the Boston Red Sox batters who didn't miss while handing him the loss in a damaging 3-6 result for the Royals.
T1: No damage in the top of the first when only a two-out single from 'Big Papi' David Ortiz interrupted a neat 1-2-3 inning.
T2: Wil Middlebrooks applied the pressure with a one-out double then, after Liam struck out Jackie Bradley Junior for the second out, an error by the first baseman allowed an unearned run to score. Hendriks could hardly be blamed for this opening run of the game.
T3: After Kansas City had hit back for a 2-1 lead, Liam was unable to hold the fort in the top of the third when young stud Mookie Betts led off with a single into left field and Xander Bogaerts walked on five pitches. David Ortiz flied out to left for the first out, but the bases were soon loaded when Liam hit Yoenis Cespedes with a wayward pitch. As the zone squeezed on him, Hendriks then walked Mike Napoli to push across the tying run and Wil Middlebrooks singled for the go-ahead RBI. That brought out the early hook for our lad, mainly because there is precious little "wriggle room" for the Royals at this time of the year.
His line of 2.1ip 4h 3r 2er 2bb 1k left him with a 1-2, 5.06 ERA record at present.

Recent ABL import JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) is still yet to concede an earned run at the major league level after hurling another scoreless inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates who doubled the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3. He also recorded his first hold with the pitching line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k to maintain his 0.00 ERA.

  10 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR GRABS HIS EIGHTH HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 


James Jones

Australian relief ace GRANT BALFOUR hasn't had a lot of work lately, but he chimed in for his eighth hold of the season by pitching 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.01 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who hung on for a tense 4-3 win over the New York Yankees. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Grant was called from the bullpen to face the light-hitting journeyman Stephen Drew with veteran Japanese great Ichiro Suzuki perched on first. After hurling two balls to Drew, Ichiro stole second base to put himself into scoring position, but Drew lined out sharply to the right fielder and, running too far on contact, Suzuki was doubled off at second for an inning ending double play. It was a key three-pitch cameo! Rays' team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) played his part with 2-4 (.272) and a run scored, plus a brilliant diving catch running forward from centre field that earned him an ESPN "Web Gem".

The previous day a couple of former Adelaide imports were in the thick of the action for the Seattle Mariners who defeated the plucky Houston Astros 4-1. BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) copped a blown save when he spoiled a possible shutout initiated by superstar 'King Felix' Hernandez with 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (5.00 ERA) that enabled the 'Stros to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh. Speedy outfielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) came into the game as a pinch runner and he did his job superbly by stealing two bases and scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

Kevin Kiermaier

 


Brandon Maurer

  8 SEPT 2014 - KEVIN KIERMAIER HITS 10TH HOMER FOR RAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Kevin Kiermaier


 

After a red-hot start to his major league campaign this season, recent ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had been cooling off lately until he broke out with a big game for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 5-7 loss to the front running Baltimore Orioles.  Kiermaier cranked his tenth home run of the season while batting a productive 3-4 (.269) with the RBI in the eleven innings contest.

Our latest ABL player to reach the US majors, JOHN HOLDZKOM (Canberra Cavalry 2013; Adelaide Bite 2014) was on the hill again with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00 ERA) for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of their comfortable 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.207) with a run batted in as the starting short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks who went down 2-7 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

John Holdzkom

 

  7 SEPT 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES TOUGH LOSS v YANKEES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


 

 

 

 


John Holdzkom

 

Aussie starter LIAM HENDRIKS was handed the "poisoned chalice" today when he was called unexpectedly into action at the most difficult time when Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy left the game after just one pitch with a left shoulder injury. In this context it would be grossly unfair to criticise Hendriks who battled somewhat with 4.0ip 7h 3er 0bb 3k while taking the loss when the Royals fell 2-6 to the experienced New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium.
B1: Hendriks claimed two quick outs following the departure of Duffy, but the Yanks opened the scoring with a Martin Prado double to deep centre and a RBI single form Mark Teixeira.
B2: A tidy 1-2-3 inning begins with a strike out of Chase Headley, then a fly out and a ground out.
B3: The top of the Yankees lineup breaks open a 1-1 ballgame after John Murphy takes the first pitch of the inning for a double to deep left centre. Jacoby Ellsbury lashed a RBI triple to deep centre and retiring legend Derek Jeter drove him in via a sacrifice fly RBI.
B4: A leadoff single from Chase Headley was followed by two outs, including the strike out of Zelous Wheeler, before John Murphy reached on a rather fortunate infield single that pushed Headley to third. Headley then scored an unearned run on a throwing error by the catcher on a stolen base attempt.
Hendriks was lifted after the fourth inning with the loss taking his major league record to 1-1, 4.81 ERA.

The modern Australian Baseball League celebrated another of its alumni making a major league debut in the shape of recent Canberra (2013) and Adelaide (2014) import pitcher JOHN HOLDZKOM. To be fair, the 201cm tall right hander has been more often wayward than effective in ABL competition, so it might surprise some that he pitched well enough in the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation to receive a September call-up to the big league club - this after starting the 2014 season in Independent League baseball. As a sidelight, Holdzkom was born and raised in California and he was first drafted by the Seattle Mariners before eventually being drafted by the New York Mets where he signed. He and his brother represent New Zealand in international competition because their father is from Auckland.
In this second major league outing, big John collected his first save with a most competent 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k, while he still owns a clean 0.00 ERA at the highest level. The save helped to nail down a 5-3 win for the 'Buccos' in the 11th inning of a game that had to be completed after it was deferred the previous day.

Also pitching briefly in relief was BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who had an "interesting" outing of 0.1ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k (4.94 ERA) for the Seattle Mariners in their 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

Arizona Diamondbacks' short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) again featured among ESPN's "Web Gems" for a terrific defensive play, while he also batted 0-2 (.206) with a sacrifice fly RBI during the 'Snakes' 1-2 defeat by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


 

  4 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR EFFICIENT v TORONTO!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie GRANT BALFOUR was his usual efficient self with a tidy inning of work at the end of his Tampa Bay Rays' 4-7 defeat at the hands of the inconsistent Toronto Blue Jays. Grant threw eleven of 16 pitches for strikes to produce the pitching line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (5.07 ERA). With not much more to achieve than putting up another zero in the top of the ninth, Balfour sat down the meat of the Blue Jays' lineup with power hitters Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both struck out after battling deep counts, then Adam Lind lined out to left from the first pitch he faced. Team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) has found his bat cooling down as the long season draws near an end. He batted 0-2 (.265) as the starting centre fielder before making way for a pinch hitter during the game.

Arizona Diamondbacks' starting short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) had a fine day both offensively and defensively for the 'Snakes' as a key factor in their 6-1 win over the home-standing San Diego Padres. He batted 1-4 (.207) with a double and two runs scored, along with some stunning defensive plays as the captain of the infield.

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idi Gregorius
  2 SEPT 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR RECORDS HIS SECOND WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australian reliever GRANT BALFOUR improved his win/loss record with his second win of the season recorded via his latest 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k at the decisive end of his Tampa Bay Rays' extra innings 4-3 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox. Pitching the top of the tenth, his first pitch claimed Xander Bogaerts, who flied out to right field, ahead of young Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez who singled into right field. Vasquez was replaced by pinch runner Jemile Weeks, however, that move misfired when the over-eager Weeks was picked off at first base, just before Mookie Betts flied out to centre field to end the inning. Grant took the win when his team scored the walkoff winner in the bottom of the same inning to take his season record to 2-6, 5.17 ERA. In this game Tampa's KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) contributed 1-3 (.269) plus a walk.

In opposing dugouts yesterday were former ABL imports BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) and DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who much preferred his Arizona Diamondbacks getting the better of Barnes' Colorado Rockies 6-2. Gregorius batted 1-3 (.213) with a double, a walk and a run scored for the 'Snakes' while Barnes batted 1-4 (.247) with a double for the 'Rox'.

D
idi Gregorius

 

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