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#ABLabroad: Saupold saves Tigers
Perth Heat reliever picks up first MLB save
04/26/2018 2:30 PM ET
 

Perth's Warwick Saupold has made a successful return to Detroit, recording his maiden MLB save in his first outing since rejoining the Tigers after a stint with Triple-A Toledo.

Saupold tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out one, as Detroit downed Kansas City 12-4 on April 21.

The right-hander recorded another first on Thursday morning, featuring in his first MLB at-bat in the Tigers' interleague win over Pittsburgh.

He worked 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while issuing a walk and striking out Starling Marte.

Saupold's ERA for Detroit this season sits at 1.23 after six appearances.

Meanwhile, Melbourne left-hander Jon Kennedy made his debut for Atlanta Triple-A affiliate Gwinnett Stripers.

Kennedy worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The lefty was promoted to Triple-A after not giving up an earned run in 12 2/3 innings to start the season with Class-A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs.

Kennedy held a 2-1 record with 14 strikeouts before being sent up.

The Team Australia representative would have linked up with former Aces teammate Ronald Acuna Jr at Gwinnett if not for a big league call up for the No. 2 prospect.

Acuna Jr made his MLB debut this morning for the Braves, collecting his first hit and finishing 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

The former Melbourne import earned a big-league promotion after hitting .232 with a home run in 17 games for the Stripers.

Another former ABL teenager, 2010/2011 Canberra shortstop Didi Gregorius, has also been in fine form across the past week.

Gregorius has homered in his past four games for the New York Yankees - becoming the first shortstop in franchise history to do so - and is hitting .347 on the season with eight long balls.

Here are some of the other notable performers from the past week of action abroad:

+ Peter Moylan (Melbourne) worked a scoreless inning for Atlanta against Cincinnati to bring his season ERA down to 2.57. Moylan had not given up an earned run until his previous appearance for the Braves against the Reds.

+ Joey Rickard (Brisbane) boasts the fifth-best batting average (.353) in the International League following a hot start for Triple-A Norfolk Tides. The Orioles prospect went 11-for-23 with five RBIs during the past week.

+ Christian Lopes (Canberra) went 10-for-19 for Triple-A Round Rock Express in the past week, lifting his season average by 122 points after a slow start.

+ Ryan Bollinger (Brisbane) made his debut for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Raiders, striking out five and giving up one run - a solo homer for former Sydney outfielder Brandon Barnes - in five innings.

+ River Stevens (Canberra) lifted his average from .071 to .242 after going 7-for-19 with six RBIs during the past week for Double-A San Antonio Missions.

+ D.J. Davis (Canberra) continued his strong start to the season with Class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays, going 7-for-17 to lift his average to .412 for the season.

+ Buddy Reed (Canberra) picked up California League Offensive Player of the Week honours for April 16-22. Reed went 15-for-24 with four homers, five doubles and nine RBIs in five games for Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

 

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