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Liam Hendriks faced the Kansas City Royals today. He was shaky in his first appearance against the Orioles, giving up 4 runs over 4.2 innings of work. He will be looking to establish himself in the rotation this year, with Scott Richmond being activated from the DL soon the pressure will be on. A weak performance could mean losing his spot.

Hendriks gave up a homerun in the first to Billy Butler on a fastball right down the middle. In the second he loaded the bases but managed to escape, getting Gordon to pop out to Willingham, also striking out Francouer.

In the third Hendriks induced Escobar to groundout to SS, before plonking Butler on the elbow. Moustakas grounded out to 2b in a inning ending double play.

In the forth he gave up a lead off double to Perez, then struck out Hosmer and Francouer, before getting Cain to groundout to SS.

In the fifth he got Getz to ground out to 2b. Then Gordon grounded out to Hendriks before Escobar grounded out to ss.

Overall this was a much better performance from Hendriks compared to his opening start. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. In five innings of work he gave up 4 hits, got 4 strikeouts and gave up a homerun.

Game Recap

First Inning 10 Pitches

Gordon – Fly out to deep cf.

Esobar – Bunt to 3b, thrown out at first.

Butler – HR to cf

Moustakas – Fly out to cf

Second Inning 31 Pitches

Perez – Groundball hit to lf

Hosmer – Groundball to 2b, error, runner advances.

Francoeur – Strikeout

Cain – Groundball hit to lf

Getz – Strikeout

Gordon – Pop out to lf

Third Inning 22 Pitches

Escobar – Groundout to ss

Butler – HBP

Moustakas – Ground into double play 2b

Forth Inning 21 Pitches

Perez – 0 – 2 double to lf

Hosmer – Strikeout

Francouer – Strikeout

Cain – Groundout to SS

Fifth Inning 10 Pitches

Getz – Groundout to 2b

Gordon – Grounded out to Hendriks

Escobar – Grounded out to ss

 

Pitches- Strikes W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
 94-65  0-0  4.66 5 4  1-1 0 4 1  20
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As of now there are three Australian’s in the majors. This is how they are going so far:

Liam Hendriks (Minnesota Twins)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
1-1 0-0 7.20 4.2 8 4-4 1 1 0 24

Grant Balfour (Oakland Athletics)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
2-0 0-0 4.50 2.0 2 1-1 0 1 0 8

Travis Blackley (Houston Astros) – Yet to appear

Here is a round up of how the Aussies are going in MLB spring training so far:

Liam Hendriks (Minnesota Twins)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
2-2 1-0 1.80 5.0 6 1-1 1 2 0 21

Peter Moylan (LA Dodgers)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
3-0 0-0 6.75 2.2 4 2-2 3 6 0 15

Josh Spence (New York Yankees)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
3-0 0-0 0.0 2.2 2 3-0 1 1 0 12

Richard Thompson (Toronto Blue Jays)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
2-0 0-0 0.00 2.0 2 0-0 2 1 0 10

Travis Blackley (Oakland Athletics)

G-GS W-L ERA IP H R-ER BB SO HBP BF
1-1 0-1 47.25 1.1 8 7-7 2 1 0 13

Trent Oeltjen (LA Angels)

G-GS AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI AVG OBP
4-0 8 3 0 0 0 1 5 0 .375 .444

James Beresford (Minnesota Twins)

G-GS AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI AVG OBP
2-0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .200