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AUSTRALIANS IN THE MAJORS
Week in Review
Here is the latest on the Australians participating in Major League Baseball Spring Training. Players whose names are in bold are still with their Major League teams. Note: hyperlinks in this section lead to MLB.com pages wrapping up these particular games, in-text hyperlinks are to video clips of those plays.
Grant Balfour (Glenwood NSW) pitching for the Oakland Athletics is 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA over 36 appearances. He has earned seven Saves while allowing 11 runs on 23 hits and 15 walks while striking out 30. The Athletics are 36-39 (.421) in 3rd place in the AL West 10 games behind the Texas Rangers.
- 22 June – Grant pitched 1.1 innings striking out one in a 5-4 loss to visiting San Francisco. He came on in the 7th with the score 3-1 Oakland with runners on 1st and 2nd and two outs recorded; he got Joaquin Arias to fly out to right to end the inning. Grant then pitched a perfect 8th: Gregor Blanco was called out on strikes; Ryan Theriot flied out to right; and Melky Cabrera grounded out to short.
- 25 June – Grant pitched one inning striking out one in Oakland’s 1-0 win over visiting Seattle. He came on in the 8th, with the final score in place, and pitched a perfect inning: John Jaso was called out on strikes; Ichiro Suzuki grounded out to short; and Franklin Gutierrez flied out to centre.
Travis Blackley (Cheltenham VIC, Melbourne Aces) (Twitter: @Travis_Blackley) pitching for the Oakland Athletics is 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA over 13 appearances including six starts. He’s pitched 46.1 innings allowing 22 runs, 19 earned, on 40 hits and 11 walks while striking out 28. The Athletics are 36-39 (.421) in 3rd place in the AL West 10 games behind the Texas Rangers.
- 21 June – Travis pitched eight innings, six of them perfectly, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out six and walking none. He got no-decision in the A’s 4-1 win over the visiting Dodgers in his fifth start for Oakland. He was perfect through the first three innings; in the 4th he allowed a double to Elian Herrera who scored two batters later on a Juan Rivera single, he then ended the inning by picking Rivera off first. He was perfect in the 5th and 6th; in the 7th he faced four batters, allowing a double to Juan Rivera. His 8th was his final inning and another perfect one. He left the game with score tied at 1-all and Oakland won on a three-run walk-off Yoenis Cespedes home run.
- 26 June – Travis pitched seven innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in the A’s 3-2 loss at Seattle. He got no decision in his sixth start. He pitched a perfect 1st, allowed a lead-off single in the 2nd; in the 3rd he allowed two runs on three hits and a sacrifice; the 4th was perfect; the 5th he allowed a walk then picked off the runner, then got a ground out and a fly out; the 6th and 7th were perfect. When he was relieved the score was tied at two-all.
Liam Hendriks (Carine WA, Perth Heat) pitching for the Minneapolis Twins is 0-5 with a 6.82 ERA over seven appearances, all starts. He’s pitched 34.1 innings allowing 32 runs on 51 hits and six walks while striking out 22. The Athletics are 30-43 (.411) in 5th, last, place in the AL Central, 8.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox.
- 21 June – Liam copped his 4th loss this season, second since he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester, pitching five innings allowing six runs, though only three earned, on eight hits while striking out three in the Twins 9-1 loss at Pittsburgh. He faced six batters in the 1st, allowing one to score; in the 2nd he faced seven batters with three scoring. The 3rd, 4th and 5th innings were good with no runs scoring and facing only one batter over the minimum. In the 6th he allowed a single and homerun before being relieved.
- 26 June – Liam wore his 5th loss pitching 6.1 innings allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in the Twins 3-2 loss to the visiting White Sox. He faced four batters in the 1st and 2nd; pitched a perfect 3rd; two runs scored in the 4th on a walk and home run; he pitched a perfect 5th and 6th. In the 7th he allowed another run to score on two singles while striking out one before being relieved. When Liam came out the score was 3-0 White Sox. Liam, and manager Ron Gardenhire, discuss this game in video interviews here.