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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Astros Minor League Report -- Games of August 6, 2005

AAA: Round Rock 4, Fresno 0
- The biggest prospect on the Express' roster had his biggest night yet in AAA, as Fernando Nieve went the distance against the Rough Riders, allowing only 5 hits and striking out eight. Nieve's ascent will be a nice insurance policy come spring 2006 if Brandon Backe continues to struggle. Todd Self and Brooks Conrad each provided home runs to spark the offense in support of Nieve.

AA: Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 5
- Hector Gimenez hit a clutch three-run homer in the eighth to lead the Hooks over the Missions. Speedy leadoff hitter Josh Anderson had three hits, stole his 39th base and scored three times. Jason Hirsh did not have his best night, but picked up the win, and returning from injury, Chris Sampson shut down the Missions for the final three-plus innings to earn a save. Charlton Jimerson went 0-5 with three strikeouts.

High A: Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 1
- The Avs' starting pitching continued its impressive shine, with Chance Douglass allowing only one run and pitching into the eighth inning to lead Salem to a win over the Pelicans. Douglass lowered his season ERA to 3.20, edging him back in front of teammate Josh Muecke for the league lead, and allowed only three hits. 2B Jonny Ash drove in two in support of CD.

- Frankie Caraballo hit his twentieth HR for the Legends in a home loss. Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that SS Edwin Maysonet stole the show with his glovework, which manager Tim Bogar called "some of the best shortstop play I've seen in a long time at any level."
- Tri-City rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth but lost it in the tenth. 3B Patrick Sellers continued his assault with three hits, including his eighth HR. 1B Mark Ori also went deep and drove in three.
- Greenville finally broke its losing streak by rallying for three runs in the eighth inning. 3B Koby Clemens went 3- 4 with a pair of doubles, and Eli Iorg had a double and scored twice.


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