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#ABLabroad: Duo deal for Lookouts
Aussie pitching duo book-end Chattanooga victory
04/26/2018 2:30 PM ET

Every Thursday during the offseason we will wrap up some of the best performing Aussies and ABL alumni from the previous week of action. See who has been starring of late below!


A pair of Aussie pitchers combined to help Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts to an extra-innings win over Mobile BayBears on Thursday morning (Australian time).

Starter Lewis Thorpe (Melbourne) struck out six in four scoreless innings before Sydney's Todd Van Steensel collected his second-straight win for the Lookouts.

Thorpe gave up just two hits in four frames, keeping the BayBears off the scoreboard despite allowing five walks.

The Minnesota prospect's six strikeouts came on the back of seven punchouts in his previous start.

Lefty Thorpe sits fifth in the Southern League with 30 strikeouts in five appearances.

Van Steensel gave up the tying run before Chattanooga regained the lead in the top of the 10th.

The Blue Sox reliever struck out a hitter and induced a double play to lift the Lookouts to their 14th win.

Van Steensel holds a 4-1 record with an ERA of 2.87 this season.

In this morning's MLB action, Perth right-hander Warwick Saupold collected his first win of the season for Detroit.

Saupold tossed a scoreless top of the 12th, striking out two hitters, ahead of the Tigers walking off on a squeeze bunt against Tampa Bay.

The Heat veteran's ERA dropped to 3.12 in the majors this season following the performance.

Meanwhile, two former ABLers were selected in the MLB team of the month for April.

Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins (Sydney) and New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius both featured in the lineup.

Hoskins hit .278 with three homers and 16 RBIs for the Phillies during April, while Gregorius went deep 10 times and drove in 30 runs while finishing with a .330 average.

Gregorius was also named American League player of the month for April.


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

+ Jon Kennedy (Melbourne) finally gave up his first run of the season as his Class A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs lost to Palm Beach on Thursday morning. Kennedy had worked 17 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run prior to his latest outing. His ERA now sits at 0.47, with the left-hander compiling a 2-1 record.

+ Peter Moylan (Melbourne) worked a scoreless ninth as Atlanta completed a comfortable win over New York Mets this morning. He punched out one hitter and across the season holds an ERA of 2.61.

Daniel McGrath (Melbourne) picked up his first win of the season for Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in his most recent appearance. McGrath allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in three relief innings. The right-hander struck out one.

+ Dylan Cozens (Melbourne) became the first player in Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs history to homer three times in a game on Thursday morning (Australian time). Philadelphia's No. 17 prospect helped the IronPigs recover from a 5-0 deficit, driving in four runs on three deep balls. Cozens' six home runs on the season lead the International League.

+ Buddy Reed (Canberra) continues to star for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm. Reed boasts the second-best batting average (.343) in the California League, is tied for third with five home runs and tops the charts with 14 stolen bases.

+ Former Melbourne import Ronald Acuna Jr made a bright start to his big league career. Acuna Jr is hitting .345 with a home run and four RBIs during seven games with the Atlanta Braves.

+ Joey Rickard (Brisbane) sits fifth in the International League for batting average (.339) as he remains in the mix for a Baltimore call-up. Rickard made two appearances for the Orioles during the past week before being optioned back to the Norfolk Tides.

+ Quincy Latimore (Adelaide) is hitting .381 for Bravos de Leon in the Mexican League, ranking him in the top-10 for batting average. The former Bite outfielder has five home runs and 32 RBIs in 35 games.

+ Rocky Gale (Adelaide) went 7-for-16 with a home run and four RBIs in four games for Triple A Oklahoma City Dodgers in the past week.


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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.