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Friday, August 12, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 11

AAA: Round Rock 6, Sacramento 3
- The Express rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to win at Sacramento. Todd Self had the big blow, a bases loaded triple, and the Express' MVP was actually Sacramento 2B Andrew Beattie, who contributed three errors in the eighth. Fernando Nieve continued his trend of positive starts with six solid innings and eight strikeouts.

AA: Corpus Christi 3, Wichita 2
- Jailen Pegeuro snuffed out a ninth inning rally by Wichita to make a well-deserved winner out of (Astros' #1 pitching prospect?) Jason Hirsh. Hirsh (pictured) took a shutout into the ninth inning but could not close it out. Regardless, the 8 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks and 9 K's constituted the latest of Hirsh's great performances for the Hooks. Marc Saccomanno and J.R. Phillips homered for the Hooks, and Charlton Jimerson was 0-4 with 3 K's.

High A: Salem 6, Lynchburg 5
- Mitch Talbott pitched seven strong innings to continue his string of good starts. The offense was well-balanced again for the Avalanche, with Hunter Pence providing three hits and four Salem hitters providing two hits apiece, including Erwin Alcantara and Ben Zobrist.

Low A: Lexington 12, West Virginia 1
- The Legends blasted five home runs and three pitchers combined to scatter eight hits in a romp over the Power. Drew Sutton hit two homers (#12 and #13 on the season), Frankie Caraballo hit his 22nd, Louis Santangelo hit his 10th and Ryan Reed hit his second. Lexington pounded out 18 hits, including three each from Santangelo, Caraballo, Reed, Mitch Einertson and Beau Torbert.

Short Season A: Tri-City 5, Brooklyn 1
- Clifford Davis and Brandon Stricklen combined on a sparkling pitching performance, and Wladimir Sutil and Tommy Manzella had two hits apiece to lead the Valley Cats over the Cyclones.

Rookie: Burlington 15, Greenville 8
- In a typical Greenville game, there were 23 hits, 5 errors and the Astros lost. Josh Flores had three hits, a HR and four RBI. Koby Clemens did not play for the second consecutive night for Greenville after coming up lame running out a grounder in the 1st inning in front of his parents on Wednesday night.


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