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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Astros Minor League Report - Games of August 8

AAA: Round Rock 10, Frisco 9 (12)
- After blowing a two-run lead in the eighth, the Express won it in extras to pull even with Albuquerque for the division lead. TJ Matthews gave up the third of Frisco RF Doug DeVore's three homers in the eighth to tie the game. Travis Driskill pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win. Veteran non-prospect Mike Coolbaugh hit a three-run homer, Luke Scott had two hits and two RBIs and SS Tommy Whiteman finally showed signs of life with four hits, including the game-winning homer in the 12th inning. Even Cha-Cha get into the act with two hits.

AA: Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 3 (12)
- To continue a theme, Corpus Christi edged Tulsa in 12 innings at home. Charlton Jimerson was the hero, hitting his 13th HR to lead the Hooks to a walkoff win (CJ did whiff three times earlier in the game). Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller quotes Hooks' manager Dave Clark as saying about Jimerson, "I was telling Dave (Gottfried, the Astros' senior director of baseball operations), 'Yeah, this kid's struck out like five or six times in the last two nights. Maybe he needs a day off,'" Clark said. "But after that stuff, hell no - we're going to run his butt out there again (today). Man, he came up real big for us." The win went to Monte Mansfield, who struck out four in two scoreless innings in relief. Mansfield was drafted by Houston in the 16th round of the 2000 amateur draft and has put up pretty impressive K numbers in his pro career but has had consistent control issues.

High A: Salem was off Sunday night.

Low A: Lexington 5, Hagerstown 2
- Jimmy Barthmeier had another outstanding start, allowing only four hits and a run over five innings and striking out eight, to lead the Legends to a win. Mitch Einertson marked his return to the lineup with his seventh home run, and C Louis Santangelo was (as Clark Kellogg would say) a stat-sheet stuffer supreme, with two hits, including a double, a run scored, two errors and a passed ball.

Short Season A: Staten Island 8, Tri-City 7
- The Valley Cats blew a 7-0 lead against first-place Staten Island. Patrick Sellers continues to mash the ball - Sunday he went 2-5 with his ninth HR and two RBI. His average is now .385, and you have to wonder if the Astros will be pressured to move Sellers up to Lexington or Salem prior to the end of the summer.

Rookie: Greenville 9, Princeton 4
- Greenville made it two wins in a row over Princeton. Polin Trinidad picked up the win with five great innings of relief work. Koby Clemens raised his average to .359 with two hits, but also committed two errors (he already has seven errors since joining Greenville). 1B Antonio Garcia hit his third home run and drove in three runs.


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