SAUPOLD was again cast in the role of the "long man" today
when Detroit Tigers starter Jordan Zimmerman was sent for an
early shower in the fourth inning after being shelled by the
Minnesota Twins hitters. Saupold came to the hill with two on
and two out, but he was quickly faced with loaded bags after
Eddie Rosario singled into right, however, he put out that
spot-fire by getting Eduardo Escobar to fly out to left. In the
bottom of the fifth he stranded a leadoff single from Zach
Granite by getting fly ball outs from Jason Castro, Brian Dozier
and Max Kepler. He then supplied a clean sixth with Miguel Sano
struck out swinging, Joe Maurer grounding out to second and
Robbie Grossman lining out to right. Things got much tougher in
the bottom of the seventh after he got leadoff hitter Eddie
Rosario to fly out to left when he allowed three successive
singles to Eduardo Escobar, Zack Granite and Jason Castro, who
drove in a run.
He got the dangerous Brian Dozier to line out to centre for the
second out of the inning to conclude a pretty decent effort and
a valuable one for his team. His line for the day was 3.0ip 5h
1r 1er 0bb 1k (2.43 ERA) as the Tigers eventually fell narrowly
5-6 to the Twins.
was by no means his finest outing this morning, yet Australia's
LIAM HENDRIKS emerged with his ninth hold of the season
via 0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k (5.13 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics
who were overrun 5-6 by the home standing New York Mets.
Beginning the bottom of the eighth, Liam allowed T.J Rivera a
leadoff single before he quickly erased that by way of a ground
ball double play induced from veteran Jose Reyes. Just when he
may have felt a degree of relief, Travis d'Arnaud doubled into
centre field from his very next pitch to bring out the hook.
Unfortunately for Hendriks, d'Arnaud scored later in the inning
to saddle him with the earned run.
In yesterday's 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox, Aussie
evergreen PETER MOYLAN provided some brief specialist
relief with 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.86 ERA) for his Kansas
City Royals. In the top of the seventh, big Pete was asked to
strand a runner on second with two out and he did so by getting
the dangerous Jose Abreu to ground out to the third baseman from
his second pitch. That was his job done for another day!
key offensive role for the New York Yankees in yesterday's 5-1
win over the Seattle Mariners, short stop DIDI GREGORIUS
(Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 3-4 (.302).