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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 17

AAA: Round Rock 9, Nashville 4 - 1.5 out of 1st place
The Express and the Sounds put on a home run derby Wednesday, with the Express blowing the game open with a four-run ninth inning. For the Express, Luke Scott had three hits including two home runs and five RBI, and Mike Coolbaugh hit his 27th home run, leaving him only 6 shy of his age. Tommy Whiteman also went yard for Round Rock. Brooks Conrad had another good game with two hits, and Raul Chavez and Carlos Rivera had two hits apiece as well. Brian Tollberg was the winning pitcher for the Express. The Sounds' Prince Fielder hit his 28th home run in a losing effort. There's no way that the Brewers can keep Fielder out of the starting lineup in 2006 (.291/.388/.569) with 28 HR and 86 RBI. They should be able to fetch a nice return for current 1B Lyle Overbay if they do not create some way to get both guys in the lineup on a regular basis. EDIT: Clearly I'm cut out to be a big-league GM. According to Fanball, the Brewers called Prince up to their big-league roster in time for the four-game set in Houston. I guess they just plan on having him serve as a big bat off of the bench since Overbay is healthy and hitting well.

AA: Corpus Christi 8, Tulsa 0 - 1 game out of 1st place
Jason Hirsh continues to make easy work of AA hitters, cruising through six shutout innings Wednesday night to win his 12th game of the year. Hirsh allowed five hits and struck out eight with nary a walk. The offensive attack was balanced for the Hooks: Josh Anderson had three hits and his 42nd stolen base (he has been caught 16 times, which is an awful lot); Dax Norris, Marc Saccomanno , Mike Rodriguez and Eric Riggs had two hits apiece. Charlton Jimersron was 1-4 with 2 K's, running his total to 24 BB and 130!!! K's in 2005.

High A: Kinston 4, Salem 2 - 0.5 game lead
Chance Douglass had a subpar night (for him) allowing four runs in six innings in taking the loss. There was little to be excited about offensively, as the Indians' pitchers piled up a dozen strikeouts.

Low A: Greensboro 3, Lexington 1 (12) - 5.0 games out of 1st place
Legends' pitchers allowed only six hits in 12 innings, but the bats could not follow suit, and the result was a Legends' loss. Paulino del Guidice continued his stellar pitching with four scoreless innings and five strikeouts. Grasshopper 1B and Marlins' superprospect Brad McCann hit his 24th home run in the 12th, which proved to be the difference.

Short Season A: Vermont 8, Tri-City 5 - 4.5 games out of 1st place
Vermont put a touchdown and a PAT on the board in the 1st inning and never looked back. Patrick Sellers had another two-hit game for the Valley Cats. Douglas Arguello failed to exit the first inning on his own terms, retiring only one batter before allowing three hits, five walks and seven earned runs.

Rookie: Greenville 11, Pulaski 9 - 19.5 games out of 1st place
Greenville overcame five errors by pounding out fifteen hits to defeat the Blue Jays. Josh Flores was the star again, ripping five hits in five tries, including a two-run HR. In just over 200 ABs, Flores has posted .332/.371/.500 as well as 15 SBs. Koby Clemens marked his return to the lineup with a two-run homer, his third of the season.


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