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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 24

AAA: Round Rock 7, Nashville 1 - Express remains 2.0 GB of 1st place Oklahoma
Round Rock took advantage of three Sounds' errors in a win at Dell Diamond. Brandon Duckworth threw 6 2/3 strong innings, striking out seven. Also of note was the scoreless inning thrown by RHP Taylor Buchholz, who is returning from his latest bout with shoulder trouble. Carlos Rivera had four hits, and Royce Huffmand had three hits to lead the offensive attack. Brooks Conrad hit a two-run HR, his 19th HR of the season, off of Wes Obermueller.

AA: Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 4 (1st game); Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2 (2nd game)
The Hooks remain 3 games back of 1st place Midland after splitting a double header against the Rough Riders. The first game was lost in the eleventh inning thanks to a walk and an error. After yet another shaky start from Tim McClaskey, the Hooks' bullpen threw six scoreless innings to keep the game close. Charlton Jimerson was 1-4 with a K, and J.R. Phillips and Eric Riggs each had two hits. The second game was shortened due to the length of the first, and DH Carlos Rodriguez had the big hit with a two-run single in the second inning.

High A: Salem 7, Potomac 5
The Avalanche maintained its one-game lead over Winston-Salem. Matt Albers had a so-so start, and Frankie Caraballo homered in his debut following a well-deserved promotion from Lexington.

Low A: Lexington 3, Hagerstown 1
SP Ronnie Martinez ran his record to 11-3 with seven solid innings of work. Beau Torbert continued his string of great play with a one-man show: three hits, including his fifth HR of the season, two stolen bases and an outfield assist. Following the game, he reportedly cleaned up the sunflower seeds out of the dugout and went to the World Famous Two Keys Tavern, where he set a record at pinball and then took home the two hottest girls in the bar.

Short Season A: Oneonta 4, Tri-City 0
Fresh off the first-ever NY-Penn League All-Star game, in which Valley Cats Wladimir Sutil, Patrick Sellers and Mark Ori were honored, Tri-City was shut out by Oneonta's Burke Badenhop.

Rookie: Greenville 11, Bluefield 9
Josh Flores continues to cause fans to ponder his mortality, bashing two more homers in an Astro win. In just another night at the ballpark, the two teams combined for 20 runs, 26 hits and 6 errors. SS Jhon Florentino had four hits and a stolen base, and Koby Clemens continues his debauchery in the field, running his error streak two five games, tacking on an extra one just for kicks, giving him 11 on the season.


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