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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 22

AAA: Albuquerque 5, Round Rock 2 - Express 1.5 GB of 1st place
PCL Player of the Week Luke Scott's 29th HR was not enough to contain the Isotopes. If I had not dropped out of Organic Chemistry my sophomore year, I would make a snazzy chem-joke. Drew Niles won it with a three-run double in the eighth inning, making a loser out of Brian Tollberg. John & Lance said this morning (courtesy of Brian McTaggart's Minor League Notebook) that 3B Mike Coolbaugh broke his left wrist and was lost for the remainder of the AAA season, which would be a big blow to the Express' pennant hopes and potentially to the Astros' September bench. The Express wraps up its regular season on Labor Day, so manager Jackie Moore is likely correct in characterizing a Coolbaugh return to Round Rock this season as "miraculous".

AA: Corpus Christi was idle Monday and remains 2 GB of first-place Midland.

High A: Salem was also idle Monday and maintains a slim 1 game lead over Winston-Salem.

Low A: Lexington and Hickory were rained out on Monday night and the game will not be made up.

Short Season A: Tri-City was idle Monday and will be Tuesday as well.

Rookie: Greenville 5, Bluefield 0 (1st game), 9-1 (2nd game)
Greenville swept a doubleheader from Bluefield. SP Brad James starred in the first game, allowing only three hits and striking out seven over six shutout innings. Koby Clemens made his seventh error in the afternoon game. The nightcap was a rout, starring Eli Iorg, who had a perfect night with two hits, two walks, a three-run HR and scored twice. Four other Astros had two hits apiece, including Josh Flores and Koby Clemens, who also added his eighth error in the nightcap. But the Stone Hands award clearly belongs to SS Tim Johnson, who committed his 21st error in the second game, his 40th of the season. Greenville's trio of Josh Flores (.328/.371/.485 with 11 2b, 5 3b, 5 HR and 17 SB), Eli Iorg (.311/.377/.505) and Koby Clemens (.341/.418/.529) has been spectacular this summer.


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