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No.34 - ML Aust

We reserve this space to pay tribute to the next Australian(s) who will earn their way to
baseball's pinnacle... 'The Show'... 'The Big League'... 

The obvious possibilities are well, you tell us?

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No.35 - ML Aust

 

 

20 AUG 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD VERY TIDY v LA DODGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
Australian right hander WARWICK SAUPOLD pitched a very tidy and efficient inning of 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.47 ERA) as a middle reliever for the Detroit Tigers during their 5-8 loss to the high rolling Los Angeles Dodgers at Comerica Park. Taking good care of the top of the seventh, Warwick got Yasiel Puig to fly out to right, Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to second and Logan Forstythe to line out to centre field. He threw five of only nine pitches for strikes to breeze through the clean inning of work.

Recently traded reliever BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) had a mixed outing with 1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k (8.38 ERA) in the eighth inning of the Kansas City Royals' 0-5 shutout loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Converted former ABL short stop MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched a strong 1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 4k (2.21 ERA) at the end of the Baltimore Orioles 1-5 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

Mychal Givens

17 AUG 2017 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS 15th FOR KANSAS CITY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Experienced Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN was on hand to earn his 15th hold of the season with a really vital 1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (4.53 ERA) that helped the Kansas City Royals to sneak past the Oakland Athletics 7-6 in Oakland today. Pete was called to arms with two aboard and one out in the bottom of the sixth and he played the role of the fireman brilliantly by getting pinch hitter Matt Olson to ground softly back to the mound before punching out Rajai Davis with just four pitches. Moylan then made very short work of the bottom of the seventh with Marcus Simien and Jed Lowrie both grounding out to the second baseman, then Khris Davis struck out swinging on a full count pitch. His new bullpen mate BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) copped a blown save and then the win after pitching a shaky 1.0ip 4h 2er 0bb 2k (6.19 ERA) for KC when he relieved Moylan for the eighth inning.

Streaky hitting centrefielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) was at his explosive best this morning with home runs numbers 18 and 19 while batting 2-4 (.226) with the two RBIs that were decisive in helping the Milwaukee Brewers to scrape past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6.

Outfielder JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) batted 1-4 (.254) and he scored a run for the Baltimore Orioles who were edged 6-7 by the Seattle Mariners.

Brandon Maurer
Keon Broxton

16 AUG 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD TORMENTED BY TEXAS RANGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
West Aussie WARWICK SAUPOLD ran into the teeth of a firestorm today while pitching the eighth inning for the Detroit Tigers who were overrun 4-10 by the Texas Rangers in Arlington. It all began in the most ominous fashion with a leadoff walk issued to Elvis Andrus followed by a RBI double from likely future Hall Of Famer Adrian Beltre. Warwick struck out Nomar Mazzara looking and then issued an intentional walk to power hitter Joey Gatto to set up a potential inning ending double play. The ploy came unstuck when a wild pitch advanced the runners and Mike Napoli drove both of them in with with a RBI single into left field. After Napoli made it to second on the throw, Warwick was called upon to fill the empty base at first with another intentional walk to Rougned Odor. A full count walk to Robinson Chrinos loaded the bases before the second out was secured when Delino DeShields struck out swinging on three pitches. The fourth run of the inning crossed the plate when Shin-Soo Choo grounded out to short to score Napoli, but the inning mercifully concluded when Odor was tagged out at home trying to score another run on the play. Saupold's line of 1.0ip 3h 4r 4er 4bb 2k (3.54 ERA) represented a tough day in a losing cause.

Aussie righty LIAM HENDRIKS did his job with aplomb to record a scoreless eighth inning of 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (5.29 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who were denied 2-6 by the visiting Kansas City Royals.
Liam got Jorge Bonifacio to ground out to short, Alcides Escobar to ground out to third and Alex Gordon to pop out to the third baseman in foul territory.
Kansas reliever BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) was also solid enough with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (5.94 ERA) when he pitched the eighth inning for the Royals.


Liam Hendriks


Brandon Maurer

14 AUG 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD & LIAM HENDRIKS BOTH EFECTIVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
Aussie reliever WARWICK SAUPOLD continues to be a regular performer for the Detroit Tigers this season with a solid, but ultimately unsuccessful, 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (2.85 ERA) during today's 4-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Saupold came into a tied 4-4 game in the midst of an eighth inning rally with two runners aboard courtesy of back-to-back leadoff walks and still nobody out. In predictable fashion the Twins chose to advance both runners with a sacrifice bunt that Saupold fielded himself for the assist. The ploy had immediate results when Byron Buxton cashed in a RBI single up the middle and Ehire Adrianza added a sacrifice fly RBI. Warwick avoided further damage when he got Brian Dozier grounded out to third to end the frame. It won't bring a lot of comfort to the competitive Aussie that both runs were scored by inherited runners and his personal ERA was intact.

His West Aussie compatriot LIAM HENDRIKS was also effective yesterday with an impressive 1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 3k (5.40 ERA) as one of the few positive outings for the Oakland Athletics who were trounced 5-12 by the in-form Baltimore Orioles. Liam was summoned from the bullpen with runners on the corners and two out in the top of the sixth and he did the job by having star outfielder Adam Jones struck out swinging.
Returning to handle the top of the seventh, he allowed a leadoff single to Trey Mancini ahead of an important strike out of slugger Mark Trumbo. Hendriks then pitched carefully to powerhouse Chris Davis who eventually milked a full count walk. Under a hint of pressure, Liam was able to bear down to have Wellington Castillo called out on three consecutive strikes and then he got Joey Rickard to foul out to first to end the inning. It was good incisive stuff for Hendriks on a tough day for his team.
In this game JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) played both corner outfield positions while batting a most productive 3-4 (.258) with three runs scored.

Liam Hendriks

 


Joey Rickard

12 AUG 2017 - PETE MOYLAN TAKEN DEEP AGAIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australian veteran PETER MOYLAN was haunted by the long ball again today while pitching 0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k (4.71 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals during their 3-6 defeat by the Chicago White Sox. With a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Moylan saw a 2-2 pitch to Tim Anderson disappear over the centrefield fence for a two-run homer that padded the 'Chisox' lead. He then rolled a couple of groundballs from the bats of Tyler Saladino to third and Jose Abreu to second to finish the inning, albeit a tad too late on this occasion. Outfielder ADAM ENGEL (Melbourne Aces 2015) batted 2-4 (.209) with a triple and two runs scored for the White Sox.

Shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.310) with a RBI and a run scored to help them to controversially overrun the rival Boston Red Sox 5-4 at New Yankee Stadium today.

Adam Engel

11 AUG 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD TOILS MANFULLY FOR TIGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
Aussie right hander WARWICK SAUPOLD was again pressed into extended middle relief work today after their starter was lifted early in the fourth inning of the Detroit Tigers 5-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
There was a runner in scoring position at second base and two out in the bottom of the fourth and Pittsburgh led 6-3 when Warwick was summoned from the bullpen to strike out Andrew McCutchen on four pitches to end the frame. In the top of the fifth he got Josh Bell to pop out to the shortstop ahead of David Freese milking a five pitch walk. Gregory Polanco reached on an infield single, but he escaped that inning by having Sean Rodriguez fly out to right and Jordy Mercer ground out to shortstop. In the top of the sixth the 'Bucos' came out looking to bunt with the first two hitters, yet it was a 1-2-3 inning for Saupold with Chris Stewart lining out to left, Starling Marte flying out to centre and Adam Frazier lining out to centre.
He also took care of the top of the seventh when Andrew McCutchen lined out to short before Josh Bell dumped a single into shallow centre. There was no further base action when David Freese struck out swinging and Gregory Polanco flied out to left field. His valuable line for the day was 3.1ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 2k (2.91 ERA) as he ate some vital innings for the Tigers to protect their bullpen.

Australian side-armer PETER MOYLAN threw all six pitches for strikes this morning, yet it didn't end successfully for him with 0.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 0k (4.57 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were topped 6-8 by the St.Louis Cardinals. With none out and a runner perched on second base in the bottom of the sixth, big Pete faced yesterday's grand slam man Yadier Molina who singled to left to place runners on the corners. He then had a 0-2 count on Jose Martinez but Moylan threw wildly on an infield hit that he fielded himself and the runner scored from third. It was another forgettable outing for our Aussie stalwart.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) doubled again today with 1-4 (.311) for the New York Yankees who were shut out 0-4 by the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto today. Gregorius clocked his 18th long ball yesterday while batting 3-5 with the RBI and three runs scored that certainly helped the Yanks to roll the Jays 11-5.


Peter Moylan

 

 

 


Didi Gregorius

10 AUG 2017 - PETE MOYLAN STRUCK FOR GRAND SLAM!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Aussie veteran PETER MOYLAN was a victim of the long ball today when he pitched 1.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 2k (4.57 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were on the losing side of a 5-8 defeat by the streaking St.Louis Cardinals. Pete was asked to do the "dirty work" in the bottom of the sixth with two aboard and nobody out. He quickly got Jose Martinez to line out to right and then had Paul DeJong struck out swinging on three pitches, yet he was not quite out of the woods. With an open base at first, the Royals chose to issue an intentional walk to Dexter Fowler, but it all came unstuck when superstar catcher Yadier Molina launched a grand slam homer over left field to cash in four runs. Two of those runs belonged to his new bullpen mate BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who was also on the receiving end of the Cards bats with 0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 0k (8.10 ERA) in the same game before Pete relieved him.

Fresh off taking one of the outfield catches of the season yesterday while leaping high above the right-centre fence at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Chicago White Sox centrefielder ADAM ENGEL (Melbourne Aces 2015) batted 1-3 (.204) plus a walk to help them to beat the visiting Houston Astros 7-1 again today.

Adam Engel

9 AUG 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOLDS 12th & WARWICK SAUPOLD IS VERY STRONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold


Joey Rickard

 
Although his Detroit Tigers were soundly beaten 3-6 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague play today, Australia's WARWICK SAUPOLD was very positive with 2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k (3.14 ERA) in middle relief.
In the bottom of the sixth he struck out Gregory Polanco, had Starling Marte line out to second and Josh Harrison line out to the centre fielder. Returning for the seventh inning, he struck out both Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell, either side of getting David Freese to ground out back to himself on the hill. He definitely did all that he could to give his team a chance to rally.

Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS wasn't particularly sharp today, yet he still recorded his 12th hold after pitching 0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k (5.67 ERA) during the Oakland Athletics narrow 6-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners after ten innings. His A's were still leading 6-4 when Liam was entrusted with the top of the seventh and he secured the leadoff out when Leonys Martin lined out to right. However, he was given the hook after Jean Segura singled into right and Yonder Alonso slapped a soft infield single to short. Hendriks was saddled with the one earned run when Segura scored later in the inning. It wasn't his fault that the M's rallied ahead in extra innings long after he had departed the game.

Starting right fielder and #9 slot hitter JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) contributed 1-4 (.256) for the Baltimore Orioles who were just outlasted 2-3 by the Los Angeles Angels on the road today.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a nervous 1.0ip 1h 0er 2bb 1k (5.67 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals on their way to a 3-10 home defeat at the hands of the St.Louis Cardinals.


Liam Hendriks


Brandon Maurer

8 AUG 2017 - PETE MOYLAN SLICK DURING LOSS TO CARDS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Seasoned Aussie PETER MOYLAN pitched a clean inning of middle relief for the Kansas City Royals today with a no-fuss 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.02 ERA) during their 3-11 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium. With just five pitches Pete got Tommy Pham to ground out to the second baseman, Paul DeJong to fly out to centre field and Jose Martinez to fly out to right. It just doesn't get more clinical than that!

Hot and cold outfielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) clocked his 15th home run of the season today while batting 2-4 (.222) with two RBIs and the run scored for the Milwaukee Brewers who were eventually beaten narrowly 4-5 by the Minnesota Twins on the road.

Keon Broxton

7 AUG 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS & WARWICK SAUPOLD PITCH RELIEF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 
Australian right hander LIAM HENDRIKS was again handed a "poisoned chalice" as one of few pitchers to suffer against a torrent of offence for the Oakland Athletics who eventually prevailed in a "wild" high-scoring game 11-10 over the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium, in Anaheim. With his team trailing 5-6 coming into the bottom of the sixth, Liam was immediately on the back foot when a tight strike zone saw him issue back-to-back full count walks to Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to lead off the inning. Hendriks got legend Albert Pujols to fly out to right, but C.J Cron singled through the middle to drive in a run. Our man was given the hook after securing the second out with Andrelton Simmons flying out to right. Unfortunately the other base runner also scored later in the inning to leave Hendriks with the pair of runs, one earned, in his line of 0.2ip 1h 2r 1er 2bb 0k (5.52 ERA).

Fellow West Australian WARWICK SAUPOLD fared a little better personally, with 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k (3.29ERA) but his Detroit Tigers came up on the short end of a heavy 3-12 hammering by the home standing Baltimore Orioles. Warwick was called to arms in the bottom of the eighth just after the Orioles had peeled off four successive hits to start the inning with two aboard and still nobody out. He got Jonathan Schoop to ground into a force out by the short stop, but he couldn't stop another run scoring when Chris Davis grounded out to the first baseman. Following a wild pitch and a full count walk to Trey Mancini, Tim Beckham came through with another RBI single into right field. Saupold mercifully ended Baltimore's batting for the day as far as Detroit was concerned by getting Craig Gentry to ground out back to the mound for his own assist.

Still batting above the .300 avergae plateau is New York Yankees' short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who nailed another 3-5 (.308) with a run scored to help the 'Bronx Bombers' to roll over the Cleveland Indians 8-1 today.

Warwick Saupold

 


Didi Gregorius

6 AUG 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOLDS 11th v ANGELS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Joey Rickard

I doubt that Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS would be entirely impressed with his 0.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (5.40 ERA) relief outing, despite collecting his eleventh hold of the season for the Oakland Athletics who were ultimately overrun 6-8 by the Los Angeles Angels. Liam entered the game with two on and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth and things went well initially when C.J Cron grounded into a force out fielded by the second baseman and Martin Maldonado popped out to the short stop. Within an out of escaping of the jam, Hendriks then allowed a RBI single to Cliff Pennington and a two out single to Yunel Escobar before he was lifted. Nonetheless, the A's still led 6-4 at the time of his departure and he was asked to put out a smouldering fire which is never a walk in the park.

In yesterday's 2-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers, normally reliable Baltimore Orioles' reliever MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) was dealt harshly with his fourth blown save of the season and his first loss. His uncharacteristically ugly line for the day was 1.0ip 3h 4er 1bb 1k as his very good record slipped slightly to
7-1, 2.48 ERA. His team mate JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) batted 0-4, although he did better today with 1-4 (.241) plus a RBI in the Orioles reversed 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) was a key contributor for the New York Yankees this morning when he helped them to break out of a slump with 2-4 (.304) and a run batted in during their narrow 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Centrefielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-3 (.221) plus a walk and a run scored as a strong performer for the Milwaukee Brewers who shut out the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on the road today.

Didi Gregorius

 


Keon Broxton

 

  
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Luke Hughes
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Josh Spence
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No.31 - ML Aust
Liam Hendriks
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Warwick Saupold
No.33 - ML Aust
James Beresford
     

 


James Beresford

No.33

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.33 player to reach the US Major Leagues.
As Australian baseball devotees we are entitled to suggest that it is LONG overdue, however, today we will put that aside to simply delight in the fact that Australia's 27yo star
JAMES BERESFORD has finally been rewarded with a richly deserved major league debut this morning 11 Sept 2016 (AUS time).
It has taken ten long years, or to be a tad dramatic nearly 3,500 calendar days, of toil in the minor leagues for Beresford to be given an opportunity that his consistent brilliance has very often deserved before now. To put this in greater perspective, James has played 1,070 minor league games since his debut in 2007 and the last 440 of those at 'AAA' level where he has consistently excelled both offensively and defensively. The career shortstop and junior starting pitcher has built his recent reputation as an elite middle infielder and high-average hitter, but this season he has been asked to become more of a utility infielder by adding the corner infield positions to his repertoire. This may be significant insofar as his major league debut comes as the starting third baseman and #8 slot hitter for the Minnesota Twins who faced the contending Cleveland Indians in front of 23,584 home fans at Target Field today.
His first action came when he initiated a very neat double play in the top of the second inning before getting his first plate appearance in the home half of the same frame. With one on and one out, he didn't fail to pull the trigger by slapping the first major league pitch he faced from Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger to the first baseman who forced out the runner at second base for a fielder's choice. Beresford then led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield grounder that was snagged by relief pitcher Perci Garner for the force out at first.
A magic moment arrived for Beresford in the bottom of the seventh when he hit safely in his debut game by rifling a pitch from Shawn Armstrong back up the middle for a leadoff single that clearly energised the home fans. James was left stranded on second base as the game remained deadlocked at 1-1. Up again in the bottom of the ninth Beresford, quite typically, did his job by professionally executing a sacrifice bunt off Bryan Shaw after team mate Kurt Suzuki had walked to lead off the inning. Unfortunately it did not result in the winning run as the game ventured into extra innings.
After making another neat defensive play in the top of the twelfth, James led off the bottom of the same inning with a sharp line out to left field off Joe Colon.
Memorably for James Beresford, who is the ultimate competitor, the Twins did the right thing by celebrating a terrific debut game via winning in dramatic fashion with a tense walkoff 2-1 victory in the bottom of the twelfth!!!
For an Australian National team fixture and former junior prodigy, his destiny has now been achieved!!


Warwick Saupold

No.32

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.32 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 May 2016 (AUS time), 26yo West Australian right hand Pitcher
WARWICK SAUPOLD.
Well subscribers, it has been a very long time coming - over four and a half years - 1,712 days in fact, since his former West Australian team mate LIAM HENDRIKS became the 31st Aussie to ascend to the US major leagues with the Minnesota Twins.
Warwick virtually knocked the door down for a big league call-up by owning a 3-1, 2.37 ERA record from eight outings at 'AAA" Toledo this season that has included four starts. He made his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers on the road in Baltimore at Oriole Park, Camden Yards at the end of his team's 3-9 loss to the O's. 32,174 fans saw our latest Aussie big leaguer take the ball for the last couple of outs just after Jonathan Schoop had clocked a grand slam home run to pad the Orioles' lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With just two pitches he had Hyun Soo Kim ground out to the second baseman before recent ABL import JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) singled into left field. He was stranded on base when Saupold had young star Manny Machado ground back to the mound for his own assist.
His debut pitching line was 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA). Once again our hearty congratulations to you Warwick!


Liam Hendriks

No.31

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.31 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 September 2011 (AUS time), 22yo West Australian Right Hand Pitcher
LIAM HENDRIKS.
22yo Perth pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS today became the 31st Australian to play at the major league level when he made his debut as the starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins in their spanking new Target Field Stadium, Minneapolis. The young tyro that ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ nicknamed the “Wanneroo Wrecker” because of his amazing exploits as a teenager for WA in the Claxton Shield has had a dizzy climb in professional baseball this season. This time last season Liam was pitching at ‘Advanced A’ level for in the Twins organisation, but this year has seen him really take off. After starting the 2011 season in dominant fashion at ‘AA’ New Britain, Hendriks earned a promotion to ‘AAA’ Rochester where he pitched well enough to be selected for the World Team to contest the prestigious All-Star weekend Futures Game. Not long after he now finds himself achieving the dream of all aspiring baseballers by reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

Liam’s debut started in ideal fashion in front of 36,959 home fans versus the visiting Chicago White Sox with a neat, nine pitch, 1-2-3 first inning where he had Juan Pierre line out to left, Alexei Ramirez fly out to left and A.J Pierzynski struck out swinging. Due to the length of his start the rest of the inning-by-inning detail will remain on the individual report for 7 September 2011.

After throwing 99 pitches (65 for strikes) Hendriks was relieved before the beginning of the eighth inning with a quality start of 7.0ip 4h 3er 3bb 4k for his initial big league record of 0-1, 3.86ERA. Even though he was saddled with the loss because of his team mates being shut out in a 0-3 defeat by the ‘Chisox’ it was a most outstanding debut effort.

Welcome to the most exclusive Australian baseball fraternity LIAM HENDRIKS.


Shane Lindsay

No.30

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.30 player to reach the US major leagues on
3 September 2011 (AUS time), 26yo Victorian Right Hand Pitcher
SHANE LINDSAY.
26yo Victorian right hand pitcher SHANE LINDSAY today (3 September 2011 AUS time) became the 30th Australian to reach the US major league. Hard-throwing Lindsay may be an enigma in Australian baseball where he has rarely flourished, yet he has been an asset as a relief pitcher in the US professional scene. After having one of his best seasons with the Chicago White Sox this season, mainly in 'AAA', he certainly earned his call up to the extended September roster of the big league 'Chisox'.
Lindsay enjoyed a positive debut when he closed a wide 1-8 defeat by his former Detroit Tigers club in front of just over 42,000 away fans at Detroit's relatively new Comerica Park stadium with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA). As he often does in Australia, Shane struggled for control with only seven of 17 pitches thrown for strikes, yet 'Flintoff & Dunn' will not use this to sour a memorable major league debut.
Pitching the bottom of the eighth, Lindsay got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to the third baseman before issuing a four pitch walk to pinch hitter Brent Lillibridge. His next pitch saw Tyler Flowers foul out to right field and he finished his job by getting Brent Morel to ground out within range of the catcher.

Welcome to the very exclusive club SHANE LINDSAY... it is something that can never be taken away!


Josh Spence

No.29

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.29 player to reach the US major leagues on
25 June 2011 (AUS time), 23yo Victorian Left Hand Pitcher
JOSH SPENCE.
23yo Victorian lefty pitcher JOSH SPENCE today (25 June 2011 AUS time) became the 29th Australian to reach the US major league. After being called up to the San Diego Padres big league team last week, Josh did not get to make his major league debut in Boston's fabled Fenway Park, but it may have been even better for him to debut at the Padres home Petco Park in front of just over 27,000 Californian fans. He would have also enjoyed a relatively "stress free" outing by closing out San Diego's runaway 11-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves. In fact Josh was most efficient in his debut with a dominant 1-2-3 inning against the meat of the Atlanta Braves lineup. He started by striking out young star Jason Heyward on five pitches before getting future first ballot Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones to pop out to the second baseman. He then secured the last out of the game with All-Star MVP catcher Brian McCann grounding out to the second baseman. Like all major league debuts, this will be a moment in his life that he will never forget!
His pitching line after his first appearance is an impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA).

I'm not sure if this qualifies under the definition of "six degrees of separation" but your writer has followed Josh Spence's career since his early days when his Geelong team were great rivals of my son's Waverley teams in the Victorian State League Junior competition. In fact, I was line umpiring in an U14 game at Geelong when big Josh, who was already a young star, drilled my diminutive (at the time) son in the middle of the back with an accidental pitch! I thought that my little lefty batter may have been dead at the time and I think that young Josh Spence was a bit concerned too? We're just really delighted that he made it from those memorable early days all the way to the pinnacle of world baseball!


Luke Hughes

No.28

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.28 player to reach the US major leagues on
29 April 2010 (AUS time), 25yo West Australian infielder
LUKE HUGHES.
25yo WA infielder
LUKE HUGHES today (29 April 2010 AUS time) became the 28th Australian to reach the US major league. Hughes made his debut starting at third base for the Minnesota Twins against the Detroit Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, in front of just under 20,000 fans. Batting in the #9 hole, Luke had an unusual first plate appearance with one on and two out in the top of the second inning when, after working a 3-1 count while facing starter Matt Scherzer, he saw team mate Delmon Young out caught stealing third base to end the inning. Still at bat to start the top of the third Luke slammed a 2-2 fastball from Scherzer over the right field fence for a leadoff home run... from his very first major league at bat! In the top of the fourth he flied out to the catcher in foul territory off Scherzer’s second pitch fastball. Then, in the sixth, he grounded out to the third baseman from the first pitch he saw from Aussie compatriot Brad Thomas. Hughes then made the third out in the top of the eighth when he was struck out swinging on a nasty third pitch curveball from Phil Coke. It ended Luke’s debut with the bat at 1-4 (.250) with the RBI coming from the home run that he won’t ever forget. It hardly mattered that his Twins were beaten 6-11 by the hosting Tigers. Welcome to a select and very elite club LUKE HUGHES.


Trent Oeltjen

No.27

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.27 player to reach the US major leagues on 7 August 2009 (AUS time), 26yo New South Wales outfielder TRENT OELTJEN. 26yo NSW outfielder TRENT OELTJEN today (7 August 2009 AUS time) became the 27th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Oeltjen made his big league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he was a major part of the 'D-Backs' comeback victory 11-6 over the Pittsburgh Pirates after 12 innings. In fact Trent could hardly have imagined a more exciting big league debut than he experienced in front of 17,311 fans at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Batting in the seven hole and starting at left field, he had a dream beginning when he reached on an infield single in the second inning, then promptly stole second base. In the fourth inning he flied out to right field, followed by a pop out to the second baseman in the sixth. All of those at bats were facing Pirates' starter Kevin Hart. Oeltjen's magic moment arrived when he led off the eighth inning facing Jesse Chavez and he made himself an immediate hero for the 'Snakes' with a towering home run to right field that tied the game and gave his team the opportunity to win in extra innings. Facing Matt Capps in the top of the tenth he bunted into a fielder's choice force out and, although he failed to advance the runner, he made up for this by stealing second base himself for his second theft of the game. Trent was asked to leadoff the 12th with another bunt but it was unsuccessful when he popped up to the catcher. It didn't stop him enjoying Arizona's dramatic win, or from enjoying a wonderful debut in the major leagues. You've made it Trent!


Brad Harman

No.26

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.26 player to reach the US major leagues on
23 April 2008 (AUS time), 22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN
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22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN today (23 April 2008 AUS time) became the 26th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Harman made his big league debut as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies during their 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in front of a 26,665 crowd at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado. In fact our Brad was to make the last out of the game for the Phillies when he replaced Ryan Madson as a pinch hitter with two out in the top of the ninth. Brad battled Rockies closer Manny Corpas until he popped out to short stop on his fifth pitch fastball. He was then lifted before the bottom of the ninth in a defensive adjustment when he was replaced by closing pitcher Brad Lidge. ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ CONGRATULATES Brad on making it all the way to the top and we hope that he gets plenty more opportunities to become a regular big league player.


Richard Thompson
No.25

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.25 player to reach the US major leagues on
1 September 2007 (US time), 23yo NSW RH pitcher RICHARD THOMPSON.
 
After climbing to ‘AAA’ level and performing extremely well towards the end of the 2007 season, Australian RICHARD (the Americans like to call him RICH) THOMPSON took advantage of the expanded September rosters to become our 25th major league player. Thompson was immediately thrust into action to pitch the top of the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels during their 6-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, witnessed by 38,342 home fans at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim. He started superbly by having Jason Botts struck out swinging on his fourth pitch which was a canny off speed offering. He followed by having young star Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging on six pitches, whiffing at the last two 94mph heaters. He was then a touch unfortunate when Ian Kinsler sliced a tidy "low and away" full-count pitch for a soft floater to right field. Richard concluded his scoreless inning of work today by having Ramon Vasquez ground out to the second baseman. His debut day was done with a most satisfying and memorable
1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA), with 12 of his 19 pitches thrown for strikes… way to go RICH!


Ryan
Rowland-Smith

No.24

24yo NSW right-hander RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH became Australia's 24th player to reach baseball's pinnacle of the US major leagues when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners against the Cincinnati Reds on 23 June 2007 (AUS date) at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. A crowd of 46,340 were on hand to witness the latest Aussie big leaguer make his first out, and one that will be written into folklore, when he had future Hall-Of-Fame great Ken Griffey Junior struck out swinging to end the 6th inning. It could not take the gloss from Ryan's impressive big league debut that his team was already trailing by the ugly final score of 1-16 when he returned to polish off the top of the seventh inning. He had Jeff Conine ground out to the third baseman, before finding himself under a little pressure when Adam Dunn singled to left field and Edwin Encarnacion reached by the unusual route of catcher's interference. He escaped the jam by having Alex Gonzalez fly out to left field and then Josh Hamilton struck out swinging. In all Rowland-Smith threw a high-quality 15 of 20 pitches for strikes for a memorable debut of 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA).


Phil Stockman

Australia's
No.2
3

 

 

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.23 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 June 2006 (US time), 6'8", 26yo Queensland RH pitcher PHIL STOCKMAN 

Australia salutes its 23rd player to reach the pinnacle of world baseball in the US major leagues with the debut of Queensland's 6'8" pitching giant PHIL STOCKMAN for the famous Atlanta Braves. Stockman, who arrived at Atlanta from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, has earned his call-up to the struggling Braves' big league roster after his outstanding form at 'AAA' Richmond and 'AA' Mississippi this season. Stockman made his debut pitching the bottom of the eighth inning for the Braves in their 2-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in front of a paltry 7,162 hard-core fans at Miami's Dolphins Stadium. 
'Big Phil' did not allow any further damage to the scoreboard, even after the first batter he faced, Jeremy Hermida slapped a double to right field on a full count. He then got an assist for fielding a sacrifice bunt from Alfredo Amezaga for his first major league out. Stockman tidied up the inning by leaving Hermida stranded on third when he induced Miguel Olivio to fly out on a 3-1 pitch and then pinch-hitter Joe Borchard lined out sharply to centrefield. In all Stockman threw 9 of his 17 pitches for strikes in a quite impressive debut performance of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA). Nice job "big fella"!


Peter Moylan

Australia's
No.2
2

 

 

 

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.22 player to reach the US major leagues on
13 April 2006 (US time), 27yo Victorian utility / RH pitcher PETER MOYLAN.
 
So, here's one for "Ripleys Believe it or Not?" Peter Moylan, as the commentators at the recent World Baseball Classic would constantly remind us, is the previously unknown pharmaceuticals salesman from Melbourne, Australia who somehow rose from obscurity to find a three-quarter arm fastball in the 95mph range that dazzled some of the major leagues best hitters. 'Big Pete' Moylan is not such a surprise to Australian baseball fans as a guy who has been at the forefront of Aussie baseball for some time. In fact, to explain his versatility, Peter Flintoff recently witnessed him playing at third base and smashing two monster home runs for his Victorian club team Blackburn against the powerhouse club Waverley... he also recently played at first base and pitched in relief for Victoria at the Claxton Shield... that is the type of player that Moylan is! In fact, it was the somewhat eye-catching and remarkable side-arm velocity of Moylan at Blacktown in 2006 that led legendary Australian scout and pitching great Phil Dale to sign Moylan on a minor league contract to join the famous Atlanta Braves. Fast forward to 13 April 2006 and there we find Peter Moylan summoned from the Braves bullpen at Turner Field, in front of 37,107 fans to pitch late relief against the Philadelphia Phillies who were already on their way to a 7-5 victory. Moylan pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to become the 22nd Australian player to reach the US major leagues. Pete entered the game in the eighth inning to induce a fly out from Ryan Howard before David Bell drove a two-base hit. He then had catcher Mike Leiberthal pop out to first before halting the inning with David Delluci called out on strikes. In all he threw 16 pitches on debut and nine of them were for strikes. Way to go PETE!


Chris Oxspring
Australia's
No.2
1

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.21 player to reach the US major leagues on
2 September 2005 (US time), 28yo Queensland born RH pitcher CHRIS OXSPRING.
 
Australia's 2004 Olympic silver medal star CHRIS OXSPRING has had to be patient before becoming the 21st Aussie to reach the US major leagues. In his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organisation, Chris has steadily worked his way through the minor leagues and has been a steady performer at 'AAA' level for the past two seasons. He finally received the ultimate reward with his call-up to the Padres big league roster this week and with his major league debut today.
Chris was immediately handed a daunting task, coming in after just 1.2 innings to relieve the Padres ailing starter Brian Lawrence who had already allowed five runs. However, while he was touched for a couple of home runs, he also struck out seven in what was a promising debut in the context of a game that was already out of hand for his team. Whatever, he will never forget his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 18,000 fans at Miller Park. Well done Chris, you have deserved it!
He pitched 5.1ip 6h 5er 3bb 7k (8.44ERA) in the Padres 12-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Justin Huber
Australia's
No.20

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.20 player to reach the US major leagues on
21 June 2005 (US time), 23yo VICT infielder JUSTIN HUBER.
 
Originally a highly regarded prospect as a catcher in the New York Mets organisation, the strapping Melbourne raised Huber has also had to endure an injury hindered apprenticeship as a baseball professional. But, having been traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2004, the opportunity to make a rapid rise to the big leagues opened up for Justin after the Royals converted him to a first baseman.
Finally, in front of 28,206 opposition fans at the Chicago White Sox home park US Cellular Field, Huber was summoned from the bench in the 9th inning of a 5-1 loss to pinch hit in place of regular first baseman Matt Stairs. He was caught on a solidly hit fly ball to centre field off Sox reliever Damasco Marte to start his career with 0-1, but simply making his debut will be more than enough excitement for Justin Huber on this day! We hope he has many, many more big days in the US major leagues! Good Luck Justin!


Glenn Williams
Australia's
No.19

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.19 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 June 2005 (US time), 27yo NSW infielder GLENN WILLIAMS.
 
Having been signed as a "golden boy" of Australian baseball, Sydney's Glenn Williams has been made to endure a tough apprenticeship, working his way up through the ranks with the Toronto Blue Jays and having established himself as a quality performer at 'AAA' level over the past few years. Maybe his career break arrived when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for season 2005, culminating in his major league debut.
Williams made a dream start to his 'big league' career for the Minnesota Twins in their away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Glenn delivered a two-out, pinch hit single to second base off the experienced Shawn Estes in the sixth inning to advance a couple of team mates on the bases. He can always say that he made his major league debut with a hit in his first at bat... Way to go Glenn!


Travis Blackley
Australia's
No.18

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.18 player to reach the US major leagues on 1 July 2004 (US time), 21yo Victorian left-hand pitching star TRAVIS BLACKLEY. 
After earning his promotion via outstanding performances in the minor leagues over the past couple of years, Blackley took the mound for the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut in front of 35,966 fans at SAFECO Field. Not only did young Travis make his 'big league' debut, but he also performed superbly to pick up the WIN as the Mariners topped the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4. Blackley, signed as a free agent in 2000, worked the first 5.2 innings, departing to a standing ovation after surrendering a three-run home run to Kevin Mench that chopped a six-run Seattle lead in half. This aside, he shackled the very dangerous Rangers lineup with a magnificent start of 5.2ip 6h 4er 3bb 4k.


Travis Blackley


No.17 - ML Aust
Micheal Nakamura

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2003.
On Saturday, 7th June 2003 (US time) Melbourne pitcher MICHEAL NAKAMURA  became the 17th Australian player to play in the US major leagues. Nakamura made his stunning debut in front of nearly 32,000 fans at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Nakamura could hardly have been more impressive coming in with two runners on board in the top of the 8th innings, getting a HUGE strikeout to end the innings, then completing the save with a blank in the ninth innings... he pitched 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k... WAY TO GO!!

 


Chris Snelling
Australia's
No.15 in MLB

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2002 CHRIS SNELLING who made his big league debut with.the  Seattle Mariners on 26 May 2002 against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. Snelling became our 15th Australian major leaguer!

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's latest major league baseball "ambassador" JOHN STEPHENS who made his big league debut with the  Baltimore Orioles on 30 July 2002 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, in Tampa. Stephens becomes our 16th Australian major leaguer!


John Stephens
Australia's
No.16 in MLB