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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 30

AAA: Albuquerque 6, Round Rock 4
Round Rock's postseason dreams are slipping away after another close loss to the Isotopes. Jimmy Anderson's attempt to pitch the Express into the postseason surprisingly failed, as he allowed 11 hits and five runs in five innings on Tuesday night. Brooks Conrad and Mike Rivera each provided two hits, and newly promoted Charlton Jimerson got a hit in his first AAA apperance after being promoted from Corpus Christi to replace Luke Scott. I think that promoting Jimerson's a decent move. The guy is still a strikeout machine, but he's obviously got talent, and he's likely always going to have trouble making contact, so there's no reason to keep waiting for him to turn into Sean Casey or Juan Pierre. Jimerson was hitting only .259 on the season, but he was hitting a much better .283 with 13 HR in the second half in AA.

AA: Corpus Christi 4, Midland 0
The Hooks climbed back into a three-way tie for first place behind the awesome arm of Jason Hirsh. Hirsh allowed only two hits over six scoreless innings to drop his ERA under 3.00 for the season. DH Hector Gimenez provided the big blow on offense with three hits, including a three-run HR in the fourth inning. The Hooks other catcher, Dax Norris, also had three hits last night. Jeff Bagwell is expected to start his rehab stint in Corpus on Wednesday night.

High A: Salem's game was suspended after two innings on Tuesday night. Salem and Wilmington play doubleheader tonight and will resume the suspended game Thursday night before playing the scheduled game.

Low A: The Legends were rained out Tuesday night and will make the game up in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Beau Torbert was deservedly named the South Atlantic League's Batter of the Week.

Short Season A: Oneonta 20, Tri-City 4
Clearly, little positive can be said about this game. As fellow Pirate and friend of H-Town Sports Jason Koy tipped to me this morning, Koby Clemens was promoted from Rookie ball to Tri-City. Several roster spots were opened up for the Valley Cats when Wladimir Sutil, German Melendez and Luke Barganier were promoted to Lexington. Sutil was an All-Star in the NY-Penn League, mostly known for his defense at shortstop, and Melendez is a pitcher (converted from catcher) who went 7-0 in relief with a 2.86 ERA.

Rookie: Greenville 6, Pulaski 5
Eli Iorg continued his stellar hitting with a 2-4 night. Koby Clemens' last game in Greenville was marked by an 0-3 night at the plate and his 12th error of the season. His final numbers were .297/.398/.477 with 4 HR and 17 RBI.


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