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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 9

AAA: Sacramento 4, Round Rock 2
- Luke Scott's continued hot hitting was the only bright spot for the Express' offense, with the LF notching another two-hit night. Brandon Duckworth took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) in six innings. Ryan Glynn shut down the Express for 7 2/3 innings, allowing only the two runs to lower his ERA to 2.76.

AA: Corpus Christi 3, Tulsa 1
- Phillip Barzilla pitched brilliantly again to lead the Hooks past the Drillers at Whataburger Field. The lefty did not give up a hit until two outs into the fifth inning. 1B J.R. Phillips put the Hooks in the lead for good with a home run in the second inning off of Tulsa SP Jonathan Asahina. In a further positive development, recovering RHP Chris Sampson earned his second save by pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the win. Charlton Jimerson did not strike out (most likely because he did not make a plate appearance, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning).

High A: Lynchburg 8, Salem 5
- Troy Patton was (somewhat) roughed up in a loss to the Hillcats, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings while striking out five batters. According to the Roanoke Times, Patton is on a strict pitch count due to a sore pitching shoulder. The Avalanche rallied in the eighth, picking up four runs, but they were in too deep of a hole to fully recover. LF Mike Floyd powered the rally with a three-run home run. Jonny Ash and Erwin Alcantara also added two hits apiece.

Low A: Lexington 5, Hagerstown 4
- Lexington jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning and held on to beat the Suns at Applebee's Field. SP Chad Reineke, the Astros' 13th round draft pick in 2004 out of Miami (OH), allowed only two runs in six innings of work to earn the win. RF Ryan Reed, the Astros' 21st round selection in 2004 out of LSU-Eunice, had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-3 and driving in two runs. Mitch Einertson drove in two runs as well.

Short Season A: Staten Island 10, Tri-City 2
- SP Anthony Pluta, the Astros' 3rd round pick in 2000, had a nightmare evening for the Valley Cats. Pluta lasted four innings, allowing only two runs on two hits, but walking six and committing two errors in the process. On the season, Pluta has 43 walks and 26 strikeouts.

Rookie: Greenville 8, Burlington 7
- Greenville held off a furious ninth inning rally by the Indians to hold on to the win. SP Sergio Severino had another solid start to lower his season ERA to 3.74. IF Jhon (not a typo) Florentino provided the offense with a double, home run and four RBI.


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