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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of Saturday

AAA: Round Rock 8, Oklahoma 6
- The Express jumped out to an 8-2 lead and held on to beat Oklahoma and take sole possession of first place. While that's exciting for Express fans, the guys who are winning these games, for the most part, are not likely to help the big-league club win many games in the future. 33 year-old Mike Coolbaugh hit a three-run shot, his 25th, and Royce Huffman and Brooks Conrad each provided three hits to lead the offensive attack. Carlos Hernandez gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out two. Veteran Aaron Sele was roughed up by the Round Rock offense.

AA: Corpus Christi 6, Wichita 4
- Similarly, the Hooks held on to defeat their opponent Saturday night and moved into sole possession first place. But contrary to the Express' roster, the Hooks' roster appears loaded with potential big-league contributors. Charlton Jimerson went 2-4 with 0 K's and his 14th home run. Josh Anderson and Mike Rodriguez also provided two hits apiece. Chris Sampson held on to earn his third save. The Hooks are off Monday before departing for a season-long 11 game roadie.

High A: Salem 9, Myrtle Beach 2
- Matt Albers continued his late-season surge with seven sparkling innings, and Ben Zobrist continued his great hitting with two hits and two RBI.

Low A: Lexington 7, West Virginia 3
- Ole Sheldon hit his fifth home run to lead the Legends.

Short Season A: Tri-City 4, Vermont 3
- Tri-City got three in the bottom of the ninth to beat Vermont, lead by a home run by Michael Thompson.

Rookie: Bristol 7, Greenville 1
- The Rookie Astros spoiled what was otherwise an undefeated night for Houston affiliates by getting routed by the Sox.


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