Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 201
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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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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.

ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2015

To make things easier for our loyal subscribers we will adopt a new format of
providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

  29 SEP 2015 - TYLER COLLINS CLOCKS HIS 4TH HOMER OF THE SEASON!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Tyler Collins
Recent ABL import TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) clocked his fourth home run of the season to help propel his Detroit Tigers to a "spoiling" 7-4 win over the contending Texas Rangers. Collins batted 1-4 (.260) with the huge three-run homer that broke open the contest in the fifth inning. He was the starting left fielder for the Tigers and he batted in the important #2 slot.

KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) made his fifth appearance as a pinch runner for the Pittsburgh Pirates during their 0-3 shutout defeat by the St.Louis Cardinals. He still has just the one plate appearance at the major league level.

Keon Broxton
  29 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS LOWERS HIS ERA AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks



Tyler Collins

With a post season appearance guaranteed, Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS is one of the Toronto Blue Jays priming themselves for the battles that lie ahead in October. He lowered his personal ERA with a key performance of 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (2.53 ERA) in the heat of an uplifting 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With his team trailing 3-4 coming in to the top of the seventh Liam got Richie Shaffer to pop out on the infield to the short stop before fanning both John Jaso and Brandon Guyer to polish off the inning. Returning for the top of the eighth, he allowed a leadoff infield single to Mikie Mahtook who found his way to third base via a throwing error on the initial play and a sneaky steal of third base. Hendriks got Rays' star Evan Longoria to ground into a fielder's choice to the third baseman to end his efforts for the day. By helping to keep his team in the game when it counted, he played his part in enabling probable American League MVP Josh Donaldson to end the game with a dramatic walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Aussie PETE MOYLAN pitched 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (3.86 ERA) in relief for the Atlanta Braves during their 5-9 loss to the Miami Marlins. With a runner in scoring position perched on second base and one out in the bottom of the sixth, he first saw Miguel Rojas ground into a fielder's choice, but it resulted in a run scoring via an error from the third baseman. He then struck out Tom Koehler for the second out in the inning

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.267) with a walk as part of the New York Yankees' 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

With two doubles included, starting left fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) enjoyed a terrific 3-4 (.260) game for the Detroit Tigers who only managed seven hits in a 1-7 defeat by the Minnesota Twins.

Peter Moylan



Didi Gregorius

  27 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HELPS JAYS TO BEAT RAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

Didi Gregorius
Still Australia's most recent addition to our list of major league players, LIAM HENDRIKS was sharp again today with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.59 ERA) that helped the Toronto Blue Jays to outlast the Tampa Bay Rays 10-8 at the Rogers Centre. With one out and nobody aboard in the top of the seventh inning, Liam got his job done with five of only eight pitches thrown for strikes. He had Rene Rivera ground out to the third baseman and Brandon Guyer to fly out to centre field to end the inning. It was a comfortable day at the baseball "office" for our man in the heat of the pennant race. In the opposing dugout, recent ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a terrific day for the Rays with 2-4 (.264) plus two RBIs and three runs scored in the losing cause.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.267) for the New York Yankees who just pipped the Chicago White Sox 2-1 for an important result in the Bronx. Gregorius also batted 1-3 and drove in both runs for the Yankees during their 2-5 loss to the 'Chisox' yesterday.

Crossing the plate once again as a dangerous pinch runner was KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who scored for the third time since his September call-up for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs yesterday.

Kevin Kiermaier

Keon Broxton
  24 SEP 2015 - KEON BROXTON BECOMES 99th AMLB IMPORT TO REACH MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Keon Broxton
It's always great to announce another former ABL player who has reached baseball's pinnacle - in this case KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on 23 September (US time). The speedy Broxton was initially used as a pinch runner and he did this to good effect. Although he has only been allowed one plate appearance in three games to date, he has crossed the plate for two runs as the Pirates remain well and truly in the pennant race.

By our count he is the 99th AMLB (includes 2001 IBLA) import to reach the US major leagues, to go along with 15 others who played in the majors before coming to our National League - this since the start of the original ABL in 1989/90 and excludes the Claxton Shield hiatus from 2002 to 2010. Somewhat sadly we have not added to our list of 31 Aussies to reach the major leagues since LIAM HENDRIKS became No.31 on 6 September 2011.

  24 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS & PETE MOYLAN PROVIDE RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks




Didi Gregorius
Even allowing for the fact that he is a bona fide major league pitcher these days, it still felt a bit like a fabled "David v Goliath" scenario for young Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS when he had to stare down renowned major league slugger Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez. The man with nearly 700 career home runs and a major league record 25 Grand Slam homers was in the batter's box with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the seventh when Liam was asked to keep the game locked at 2-2. With three crisp pitches Hendriks had the great man heading back to the dugout after being struck out with a wicked 96mph two-seamer that dived away from his flailing bat. Yes, our man had loaded the pebble in his sling-shot and felled the feared giant! However, just when Aussie fans were pumping their chests out with pride, the game of baseball once again proved to be a great leveller when Liam returned to pitch the top of the eighth with the game still tied at 2-2. He got Brian McCann to pop out to the third baseman but a mislocated pitch to another veteran slugger, Carlos Beltran, ended up in his wheelhouse and allowed him to launch a go-ahead homer over right field. Hendriks maintained his composure to strike out both Greg Bird and Chase Headley to end the inning, albeit that he was on the hook for the loss. He was thankfully taken off the hook later in the game when his Toronto Blue Jays re-tied the contest, only to eventually lose 4-6 to the New York Yankees in the tenth inning. Hendriks' line for the game was 1.1ip 1h 1er 0bb 3k (2.61 ERA). In the same game Yankee short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 3-5 (.266) as a valuable contributor to the winning cause.

Aussie compatriot PETER MOYLAN threw just two pitches with 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (4.00 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves during their 6-2 win over the New York Mets. With the leadoff runner aboard and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth, Pete was summoned to face long-serving Mets' favourite David Wright who drove his second pitch back up the middle for a single. That was it for him with the only good news being that Wright did not score in the inning.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.254) and he scored a run for the Colorado Rockies who were doubled 3-6 by the contending Pittsburgh Pirates.

Peter Moylan




Brandon Barnes
  21 SEP 2015 - PETE MOYLAN WINS - LIAM HENDRIKS SHARP!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 


 


Kevin Kiermaier


 

Australia's seasoned setup reliever PETER MOYLAN probably enjoyed the somewhat unfamiliar role of closer for the Atlanta Braves who ultimately prevailed 2-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies. Pete ended up with the not-so extraordinary double-sided coin of a blown save and a win when he allowed the tying run to score in the top of the ninth, before he then collected the victory when his team rallied back in the bottom of the ninth. Moylan came into the game with the Braves still 1-0 ahead in the top of the ninth, just after the go-ahead run was put aboard via back-to-back singles and with only one out in the inning. His first pitch claimed former team mate Jeff Francouer who flied out to right field, but he couldn't manage to preserve the lead when Andres Blanco poked a RBI single into right field. He didn't allow any further damage when Darin Ruf flied out to centre field to end the inning. Under the circumstances Pete had done a key job to limit the potential damage and he really earned his first win of the season with 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k for his season record of 1-0, 4.00 ERA.

Fellow Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS also saw a brief time on the mound when he pitched 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.52 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays who were overrun 3-4 by the hosting Boston Red Sox at fabled Fenway Park. Taking over for the top of the seventh in a tied 3-3 game, he was greeted by Boston star Dustin Pedroia who legged out an infield single to the third baseman. He then faced the Red Sox hottest hitter, Xander Bogaerts, who he fanned on four pitches. Hendriks was then lifted in favour of a lefty-lefty match-up when revered slugger David 'Big Papi' Ortiz came to the plate. Liam threw all six pitches for strikes to remain unscathed when Pedroia did not score in the inning.

While still filling up the highlight reels with his stunning play in the outfield, recent ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) is also a more than handy offensive contributor with 2-5 (.259) plus a RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays who edged the Baltimore Orioles 7-6.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.264) for the New York Yankees who overran their inter-city rivals New York Mets 11-2.

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 



Didi Gregorius

  20 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS & PETE MOYLAN BOTH EFFECTIVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Tyler Collins


Didi Gregorius
We agree that there is a hint of "broken record" about the fact that Australia's renowned strike thrower LIAM HENDRIKS once again pounded the zone to the tune of 13 strikes among just 17 pitches to help his Toronto Blue Jays cruise to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. Handling the top of the eighth with only a minor hitch, he began strongly by striking out Josh Rutledge and getting Jackie Bradley Jnr. to fly out to centre field. Mookie Betts laced a two out double to left field, but it had little effect when Liam struck out All-Star Brock Holt on three pitches to end the scoreless frame. His pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k lowered his ERA to 2.54 ERA.

Aussie right hander PETER MOYLAN pocketed his second hold of the season after pitching 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.32 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who sneaked past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. With runners on the corners and two out in the top of the seventh, Moylan required only two pitches to get Darin Ruf to ground the ball back to the mound for his own, inning ending, assist.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) played his part in the Detroit Tigers elongated 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals that took twelve innings to decide. Collins failed to register a safe hit, but he did walk twice and thereby pushed across a vital run in the twelfth inning. Collins batted 1-3 (.267) today to help the Tigers to edge the Royals 6-5.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.267) for the New York Yankees who were upended by the local rival New York Mets 5-1.

Continuing to build upon a fine debut season is converted infielder MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) who pitched a strong 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k (1.90 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who still fell 6-8 to the battling Tampa Bay Rays.

In today's action BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-1 (.254) after taking over at right field for the Colorado Rockies during decisive 10-2 triumph over the San Diego Padres.

Peter Moylan


Mychal Givens
 


Brandon Barnes
  18 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLINICAL v ATLANTA BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS was at his efficient best with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.58 ERA) that helped his Toronto Blue Jays to roll over the Atlanta Braves 9-1. After his bullpen partner Aaron Loup had walked the leadoff batter in the top of the eighth at Turner Field in Atlanta, Hendriks was asked to take over on the bump. He promptly fanned both Adonis Garcia and veteran Nick Swisher ahead of Cameron Maybin grounding out to the catcher on the infield. In all he threw nine of twelve pitches for strikes in a typically incisive display.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.260) with a run batted in for the Tampa Bay Rays who were edged 3-4 by the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

Short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.267) plus a walk for the New York Yankees who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in yesterday's action.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 2-5 (.273) with two RBIs that contributed to the Detroit Tigers 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in twelve long innings.

Tyler Collins
  16 SEPT 2015 - PETE MOYLAN GETS JUST ONE OUT FOR THE BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


David Ross

As has been his lot recently, Australia's PETER MOYLAN was called upon to get just the one out with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.50 ERA) during his Atlanta Braves 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. With one on and two out in the top of the eighth, Pete did his job by hammering the strike zone to get Kevin Pillar to ground out to the short stop. He threw four of five pitches for strikes.

Pitching relief for the Baltimore Orioles during their protracted 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in thirteen innings was MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) who took his second hold of the season with an impressive 1.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k.(2.08 ERA).

Greybeard catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) was again behind the dish to receive pitching ace Jon Lester in the second game of a double header, helping the Chicago Cubs to earn a split on the day with a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Far from just helping defensively, Ross also delivered 2-4 (.193).

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) did not record a hit, but he did walk twice and scored a run while batting 0-2 (.268) for the Detroit Tigers who were edged 4-5 by the Minnesota Twins.

Our most recent ABL import to reach the major leagues, ROCKY GALE (Adelaide Bite 2-15), continues to earn sparing playing time as a late inning defensive replacement behind the dish for the San Diego Padres. Once again he did not get a plate appearance in the Padres 4-6 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In a similar vein, JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) has also been cast in a pine riding role for the Seattle Mariners since being recalled to the big leagues. He was used as a pinch runner during their 3-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Mychal Givens
 


Rocky Gale

  14 SEPT 2015 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS IN BRAVES' LOSS TO METS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Didi Gregorius

The remarkable comeback of veteran Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN continues into September when he collected his first hold of the season for the Atlanta Braves who still lost a heartbreaker 7-10 to the New York Mets who scored three runs in both the ninth and tenth inning to snatch the spoils. Pete threw 12 of 15 pitches for strikes during his 0.2ip 1h 1er 0bb 2k (4.70 ERA) stint on the hill. Moylan looked on course to preserve Atlanta's 7-4 lead in the top of the ninth when he began strongly with Ruben Tejada called out on strikes and Kevin Plewecki struck out swinging. However, the inning turned nasty when Juan Ligares doubled to deep right field and our man was lifted from the game. A subsequent walk to Curtis Granderson and a Daniel Murphy home run saw Pete saddled with the earned run and the Braves lead had evaporated in a blink.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-2 (.270) with a run batted in for the New York Yankees who finally got the better of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 5-0.

Gold glove contending outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) achieved a rare feat without recording a hit for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 0-2 defeat by the Boston Red Sox in a 13 inning epic. With 14 of his team mates and 19 of the Red Sox struck out in a pitching dominated game, Kiermaier was the only starter in the game not to be struck out!

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.272) and he walked twice for the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a double header to help his team to square the day 9-2 over the Cleveland Indians.

Kevin Kiermaier


Tyler Collins

  13 SEP 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS WINS HIS 5th v YANKEES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Didi Gregorius


Kevin Kiermaier

 

Although it was not his most clinical performance, Aussie star LIAM HENDRIKS found himself on the mound at just the right time to claim his fifth win of the season when his Toronto Blue Jays outlasted the division rival New York Yankees 9-5. Liam was called to duty in the bottom of the tenth at New Yankee Stadium with a runner on first and two out. He worked a full count on pinch hitter Dustin Ackley when the Yankees' pinch runner stole second to move into scoring position as the potential walk-off winning run. After four successive fouls Hendriks finally won the battle when Ackley grounded out to short to end the inning. The Blue Jays then mounted a furious rally in the top of the next to give Hendriks the win with a decisive 9-5 lead. However, the Yankees rarely go quietly, especially at home, and they threatened in the bottom of the eleventh when Chase Headley led off the inning with a single to left field and Greg Bird followed with a double to deep centre field. Neither runner scored after Liam was lifted, giving him the line of 0.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k that further improved his record to 5-0, 2.62 ERA. That was in the first game of a double header… in the second game DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 2-4 (.269) with a RBI double and a run scored in another 7-10 defeat of the Yanks by Toronto who are now running away with the American League East division title. The previous day Gregorius batted 2-4 with four RBIs, including his ninth home run of the season, in the Yankees 5-11 loss to the Jays.

Aussie PETER MOYLAN was also summoned in a tough situation when he faced just one batter in the top of the ninth, just as the New York Mets were breaking open what had been a 4-4 tie at the start of the inning. With the bases loaded and only one out, Pete got the ultra-dangerous Cuban Yoenis Cespedes to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop on a run scoring play. That left him with the pitching line of 0.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.86 ERA) as his Atlanta Braves slumped to a 4-6 loss. The previous day Pete pitched another brief 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k during the Braves' 1-5 loss to the Mets. With one runner on and two out in the top of the seventh, Moylan induced David Wright to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop to end the frame.

Starting centre fielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) walked and scored a run while batting 0-2 (.257) for the Colorado Rockies who went down 2-7 to the Seattle Mariners.

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) collected a somewhat fortunate win after pitching a modest 1.0ip 4h 2er 1bb 0k for the Baltimore Orioles who rolled the visiting Kansas City Royals 14-8 in a high scoring game. It took his record to 2-0, 2.25 ERA.

Earlier on the weekend KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.265) to help the Tampa Bay Rays to overrun the travelling Boston Red Sox 8-4.

Peter Moylan

 

 


Mychal Givens
 


Brandon Barnes

  11 SEP 2015 - HENDRIKS RELIEVES ; ROCKY GALE DEBUTS IN MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


David Ross

Aussie reliever LIAM HENDRIKS secured the only out required of him with 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (2.64 ERA), but it wasn't exactly plain sailing for the Toronto Blue Jays who were knocked around 4-10 by the belatedly dangerous Boston Red Sox offence. With a runner on second base and two out in the bottom of the fourth, Liam was called into premature action and he wasn't able to strand the runner when Mookie Betts rifled a RBI double to left field. Hendriks then polished off the inning with Red Sox leader Dustin Peroia lining out to right field on a full count.

ROCKY GALE (Adelaide Bite 2015) added his name to the ever growing list of AMLB alumni who have reached the US major leagues with his recent debut for the San Diego Padres. Gale was called up to fill the expanded September roster, as was JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) who returned to the bigs with the Seattle Mariners.

Veteran catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 (.189) for the Chicago Cubs who fell just short in a 3-4 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.271) for the Detroit Tigers who were blanked 0-8 by the Tampa Bay Rays.

After taking over as a defensive replacement at right field for the Colorado Rockies, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-1 (.262) in their 4-11 loss to the San Diego Padres.


Rocky Gale


Brandon Barnes

 

  8 SEP 2015 - HENDRIKS & MOYLAN IN ACTION AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Kevin Kiermaier


Didi Gregorius

Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS has had mixed success over the past couple of days. In yesterday's 10-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles, Liam pitched a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k for the high-rolling Toronto Blue Jays. In short order he got Ryan Flaherty to fly out to centre field, Manny Machado to line out to right and Gerardo Parra to fly out to centre field to bank the top of the seventh inning. All in the life of a middle reliever, Hendriks was asked to do a bit of extended work today, pitching 1.2ip 3h 1er 0bb 2k (2.65 ERA) with his team already destined for a heavy 4-11 defeat by the suddenly in-form Boston Red Sox. In this game Liam entered with a runner on base and one out in the bottom of the sixth. He was rudely greeted by a RBI double from hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts who drilled a 0-2 pitch into a centre field gap. There was no further damage in the inning when he struck out 'Big Papi' David Ortiz with a nasty curveball, followed by Travis Shaw who flied out to centre field. Back for the bottom of the seventh, Liam saw Cuban Rusney Castillo slap a leadoff single to the third baseman ahead of two outs when Brock Holt lined out to centre field and Blake Swihart was struck out looking at a 97mph heater. Jackie Bradley Jr. lashed a ground rule double to right field to drive in Castillo before Hendriks got Mookie Betts to fly out to centre. No doubt he was unfortunate to run into Jackie Bradley in his current red-hot form - until recently he was swinging a match stick but, at the moment, he looks like he's swinging a redwood tree!!

Australia's PETER MOYLAN also pitched a neat inning of work for the Atlanta Braves with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.05 ERA) during their 4-8 loss to the Washington Nationals. Pete got Wilson Ramos to ground out to the short stop before Michael Taylor reached on a one out infield single to the third baseman. He concluded the inning with Tyler Moore grounding back to the mound and former team mate Dan Uggla struck out swinging as a pinch hitter.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) clocked his eighth home run of the season while batting 1-4 (.263) with two RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays who fell short in a 4-6 loss to the New York Yankees. In the opposing lineup DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 2-4 (.272) with a RBI and a run scored for the 'Bronx Bombers'.

Starting at left field for the Detroit Tigers was TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 1-3 (.273) in their 0-4 shutout loss to the division rival Cleveland Indians.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) also enjoyed his opportunity to start at centre field for the Colorado Rockies when he batted 2-3 (.263) in their 4-7 defeat by the San Francisco Giants.


Peter Moylan

 


Tyler Collins


Brandon Barnes

  6 SEP 2015 - HENDRIKS & MOYLAN GET THE JOB DONE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Kevin Kiermaier

In his trademark manner, Australian right hander LIAM HENDRIKS was pounding the strike zone with 12 of 17 pitches thrown for strikes during his scoreless inning for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 2-10 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. After a couple of home runs had extended the O's lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Liam was summoned from the bullpen to with runners on the corners and nobody out. An infield single by Steve Pearce loaded the bases before Liam was able to bear down and put the inning back on the rails for his team. He responded by getting Ryan Flaherty called out on strikes, then he kept the dangerous Manny Machado inside the ballpark with a sacrifice fly to left field. He finally limited the damage with Gerardo Parra popping out to the catcher to end the inning. Under the circumstances his line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.62 ERA) was even better than it looked.

Fellow Aussie reliever PETE MOYLAN got the only out asked of him with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.76 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves who fell 2-5 to the Washington Nationals. Pete was able to end the bottom of the ninth when he got Anthony Rendon to ground into a fielder's choice to the short stop with two runners aboard. In doing so he kept the score tied at 2-2 and sent the game into extra innings where it eventually ended in the tenth.

Evergreen catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-4 with a RBI and a run scored for the Chicago Cubs who trounced the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-5 yesterday. Today Ross batted 0-2 (.189) but he did walk to push across a run batted in for the Cubs who blanked the 'Snakes' 2-0.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.263) to help the Tampa Bay Rays to get the better of the New York Yankees 3-2 today. Yesterday he batted 1-3 and he scored run for the Rays during their 2-5 defeat by the Yanks. In today's game DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) supplied half of the Yankees score when he batted 1-4 (.270) with a RBI and a run scored.

Peter Moylan

 


David Ross

  4 SEPT 2015 - PETE MOYLAN AVOIDS NATIONALS' BARRAGE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Didi Gregorius

Under the circumstances of a blowout loss, Australia's PETER MOYLAN did a nice job to avoid the carnage when he pitched a scoreless 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (5.06 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves during their rather painful 1-15 defeat at the hands of the Washington Nationals. Despite allowing one hit, Pete required only nine pitches, including six strikes, to tuck away a late frame for the vanquished Braves. Moylan took over for the bottom of the seventh and he started strongly with three consecutive strikes that fanned Wilson Ramos. Trea Turner next reached on an infield single, but he was erased when Tyler Moore was induced to ground into an inning ending double play to the short stop.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) continues to prosper from batting amid the high-powered offence of the New York Yankees who have enjoyed a scoring explosion lately. He batted 2-4 (.272) with a walk, a run batted in and three runs scored for the Yanks during their high-scoring 13-8 win over their traditional rival Boston Red Sox.

A couple of former ABL imports were in opposition when the Baltimore Orioles prevailed 7-6 in a tight victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.260) for the Rays, while MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched 1.1ip 3h 1er 0bb 2k (1.53 ERA) in relief for the O's.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) cashed in with 3-5 (.271) plus a RBI for the Detroit Tigers who were mauled 7-15 by the home standing Kansas City Royals. Yesterday Collins batted 1-3 during the Tigers 1-12 thrashing by the Royals.

Mychal Givens
 


Tyler Collins

  1 SEPT 2015 - PETE MOYLAN BATTLES IN RELIEF FOR BRAVES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 

Experienced Aussie PETER MOYLAN was made to battle again today when he pitched 0.2ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k (6.23 ERA) in relief for the Atlanta Braves during their 0-4 defeat by the Miami Marlins. Moylan took over to begin the top of the ninth that started well with Cole Gillespie struck out swinging on three pitches and J.T Realmuto grounding out to the short stop on just two pitches. Things became messy for him when Adeiny Hechavarria reached on an infield single to the short stop and moved into scoring position on a balk. Christian Yelich then drove him in with a single up the middle to end Moylan's day with another earned run tagged to his account.

Yesterday, Pete was just one of six Atlanta Braves' pitchers who couldn't escape the barrage of batting fury from the potent New York Yankees yesterday when they vanquished the Braves to the tune of 20-6 at Turner Field. Pete entered the cauldron in the top of the seventh amid another Yankees rally with the bases loaded and just one out. His one and only pitch for the game saw fellow veteran Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez lash a RBI single back through the mound. That was all she wrote for Pete who was relieved of the ball after pitching 0.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k. On the other side of the ledger, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) joined the Yanks' feeding frenzy with 2-3 (.263) plus two walks, two runs scored and a run driven in.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) kept his recent power surge rolling with his seventh home run of the season headlining his 1-3 (.261) effort that helped the Tampa Bay Rays to squeak past the Kansas City Royals 3-2. His sixth inning bomb over right field proved to be the winning run scored.

Kevin Kiermaier


Didi Gregorius

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