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
'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"!
In the same game
MATT HERGES (Adelaide Giants 1999) collected his seventh hold for the
'Fish' pitching 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (5.00ERA). In yesterday's game, won 6-5 by
Atlanta, Herges pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k while
CHAD PARONTO (Perth
Heat 1998) recorded his first hold for the Braves with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb
WILSON (Hunter Eagles 1997) is enjoying decent success with the
Houston Astros lately, batting 2-4 (.279) today in their 3-2 win over the
Chicago Cubs. This follows his 1-4 effort with two RBI's in Houston's 5-4 win
over the 'Cubbies' yesterday and his 3-5 with three RBI's in their 9-2 win in
the series opener.
Making a rare start at short
stop today was journeyman utility
BLUM (Hunter Eagles 1995) who batted 1-4 (.278) for the Sand Diego
Padres in their 3-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
... and from other MLB games
over the past few days:
WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) may be on one of his customary hot-streaks
again after nailing his 16th and 17th home runs over the past two days. Wells
hit No.16 yesterday while batting 1-3 with three RBI's for the Toronto Blue
Jays in their 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, then he added No.17 today in
a 2-3 (.328) performance with two RBI's contributing to Toronto's 6-3 win over
the O's. Still pacing his average is team mate SHEA HILLENBRAND (Gold Coast Cougars
1998) who was much quieter batting 1-3 and 0-3 (.329) in the same fixtures.
Also connecting for his 6th
'jack' of the year was the productive
GARY MATTHEWS JNR. (Brisbane Bandits 1997) who batted 3-5 (.341)
with the RBI to help the Texas Rangers to blank the World Champion Chicago
White Sox 8-0
DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001)
went yard for the fourth time in three games while batting 1-4 (.342) with a
RBI coming via his 10th homer of the year for the Cincinnati Reds who were
still short in a 4-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
PAUL LoDUCA (Adelaide Giants 1995) did his bit for the New York Mets batting
2-5 (.290) with two RBI's in their 9-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.