Injuries are the undoing of many a ball player and Hayden Beard has had his fair share of injury setbacks. He has not taken the field this season due to a continuing injury to his arm and today the inevitable happened when he was released by the San Diego Padres.
Originally signed by the Mets in July 2005 whilst at the MLBAAP on the Gold Coast he missed the 2007 season following right elbow surgery and then missed much of the 2008/2009 seasons due to further injury.
He was then selected by the Padres in the Minor League phase of the 2009 Rule V draft following good performances with the Canberra Cavalry. However, he never really achieved pitching success in the US with his best year being in 2010 with a 5.30ERA.
Are we beginning to see a pattern here? Houston were in trouble so they handed the ball to Travis Blackley. Detroit had just tied the game 5 all in the 6th with a 2 out RBI when they brought Travis on with runners on 1st and 2nd. It took him just 2 pitches to get the huge third out.
He then came on in the 7th and threw 1 pitch for an out and his day was done. His ERA is down to 3.77.
Houston came up with 2 runs in the 9th to beat the Tigers 7-5 helped by a bases loaded game saving catch by ex Sydney Blue Sox Brandon Barnes. It was Houston’s first win in Detroit since 2000.
Las Vegas is causing Peter Moylan some heartache it would seem. Hard on the heels of suffering his first Loss against them on Saturday he was again on the receiving end giving up a season high 2 runs on 4 hits in the 9th today. Fortunately it didn’t affect the end result with Albuquerque winning 8-5. Still it didn’t do Peter’s ERA a lot of good.
His line was 1IP, 4H, 2R, 1K. His ERA for his last 10 games is 3.65.
Trent Oeltjen went 2-4, including a double, in Salt Lake’s 3-2 loss to Oklahoma. He is hitting .257 in his last 10 games.
Grant Balfour faced a total of 5 hitters in the 9th with the score tied at 4 all. He gave up a single and an infield error allowed another on base so Grant “upped the anti” as they say and struck out 3 Texans.
The game went to the 10th where 2 home runs off reliever Chris Resop gave Texas the lead and despite an effort by the Athletics in bottom 10 scoring 1 and having bases loaded the Rangers hung on to win 6-5. So no Save, no Win for Grant but a pretty powerful performance from the flame thrower none the less.
His performance today against Detroit was a bit of a mixed bag and probably won’t be one of those outings Travis Blackley will want to show his grandkids. But he came through relatively unscathed and lowered his ERA.
Brought on in the 6th with Detroit leading 4-2 and 1st and 3rd occupied with no outs he started well with a strikeout but then allowed Prince Fielder to score on a wild pitch before retiring the side with no further damage in an inning where he appeared to struggle with control. He then got the 1st out in the 7th before being relieved by a rightie. Fielder’s run of course was not charged against him and he finished with 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 2K, 3.95ERA
WATERLOO – The NIACC Trojans are regional champions.
And when it comes to the game of baseball, that’s a first.
NIACC topped Iowa Central 8-6 in dramatic come-from-behind fashion to claim the Region XI title Tuesday afternoon at a steamy Riverfront Stadium.
“We have great kids,” NIACC coach Travis Hergert said. “They were phenomenal – absolutely phenomenal from day one.
“I am so happy for them. Winning people – we have great people at NIACC.”
NIACC (26-16) advances to the North Plains district championship Saturday and Sunday in Miles City, Montana. Miles City Community College and Dakota County Technical and Community College are the other two teams in the North Plains district.
Lucas has had a great year in 63 innings pitched as a Freshman he has 8 wins and 1 loss recording an ERA of 2.97, striking out 57 and conceeding 26 runs in total. Now on to the next challenge the North Plains district championship.
Whilst taking the loss in his last game (against Tim Atherton’s win as we reported) it’s been a disappointing time for Cameron with a couple of complete blow outs and his ERA ballooning to 6.94 and his record dropping to 1-2.
In an obvious effort to sort out what has gone wrong the Astros have sent Cameron back to Extended Spring. Let’s hope he is soon back on track.
LITTLE ROCK – Junior Travis McDonald helped UALR win a pitchers’ duel on Saturday, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout baseball as UALR took game two from FIU by a 1-0 final on senior day at Gary Hogan Field. Senior Tyler Buckley came on in the ninth and recorded the final two outs to pick up his third save of the season.
Just a day after FIU scored 12 runs on 16 hits in a game one victory, McDonald and Buckley limited the Panthers to no runs on just four hits to help the Trojans even the series. McDonald struck out a career-best eight batters and walked just one to improve to 2-2 on the season. The Sydney, Australia-native retired nine-straight at one point, then retired ten-straight over a span that lasted from the final out of the fifth inning through the final out of the eighth.
With the score 6-1 to Charlotte Ryan Rowland-Smith was brought on to steady the Pawsox after their starter had given up 5 in the 4th inning. And steady it he did with 3 scoreless innings in which he allowed only 1 hitter to reach 1st by way of a 2 out walk in the 6th.
Ryan has pitched in 11 games and allowed 1ER in the 1st and none in the following 10 games. That’s a total of 20.2 scoreless innings. He has a BB/K ratio of 7/17 and a 0.40ERA. Pretty good numbers really.