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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Last Night on the Farm

AAA: Round Rock nipped Oklahoma 2-1 on the road last night on Charlton Jimerson's 9th inning dong. Jared Gothreaux had a nice start for the Express, striking out nine and allowing only one run in seven innings. Gothreaux was a 16th round pick by the Astros in 2002 out of McNeese State University. He has had a very solid run through the minor leagues, including a 3.96 ERA in 27 apperances (24 starts) in AA in 2004 and a 4.29 ERA in 15 starts in AAA last season. Jared's now 3-5 with a 3.93 ERA in 15 starts in AAA so far in 2006.

In transaction news, ex-Oakland and ex-Cincinnati reliever Joe Valentine was released by the Express and Zeke Astacio was placed on the 15-day DL with an ankle injury (so much for Tim's hopes of Zeke being called up to save the bullpen).

AA: The Hooks kept up their winning ways on Tuesday night, defeating Springfield (Cards) 7-3. Some guy named Hunter Pence went 3-3 and hit his 20th home run of the season, and LF Jorge Cortes extended his hitting streak to 23 games. At this rate, T-Poo's dream for Pence of winning the Texas League MVP may really come true! At least it's not at the expense improving the franchise as a whole or developing Pence's career by challenging him at higher levels. Someone pass this quote from Hooks' manager Dave Clark along to T-Poo for us: "I didn't see [Pence] swing at many bad pitches. I think I counted one." Purpura, you're a joke if this guy does not at least see Round Rock in the second half, and if he does not pee his sliding pants against AAA pitching, he deserves a September call-up as well. It is quite clear that he can handle AA pitching, and if he needs work against off-speed pitches, then he needs to move up a level and see some.

Mitch Talbot pitched six good innings for the win. I'm fully convinced that the Hooks would take four out of seven games in a series versus their major-league affiliate.

High-A: Salem's still off.

Low-A: Lexington fell to Greenville 6-5 in twelve innings. Last year's #1 pick Eli Iorg and SS Wladimir Sutil each had three hits for the Legends. German Melendez continued his dominance by striking out five in two innings, and he now has 31 K's and only six walks in 23+ innings for the Legends, not to mention a 1.16 ERA.

Short Season A: Vancouver rallied for four in the ninth to tie Tri-City and won the game with a run in the tenth. SS Daniel Mayora continues to be the most exciting Dust Devil. Daniels got three homers and four errors in nine games, and his error in the ninth opened the door for four unearned runs to score.

Rookie: Greenville fell to Johnson City 4-2 last night. OF Steve Brown had two hits to raise his average to .562 in sixteen at-bats.


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