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Friday, June 30, 2006

Last Night on the Farm

AAA: Brandon Backe was roughed up for five runs in three innings in his first start since going on the DL with a sprained right elbow back in mid-April. Laynce Nix was the thorn in Backe's side, hitting a three-run bomb in the first inning and a two-run double in the second. Jailen Peguero pitched two scoreless innings for the Express. Hopefully he'll keep that up and become an option for Tim Purpura to consider for the big club's bullpen, although that's unlikely because Jailen does not turn thirty-five for another decade or so.

In brighter news, the Express will be represented by starting pitchers Jason Hirsh and Chris Baker and outfielder Luke Scott at the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12 in Toledo.

AA: The Hooks were rained out in Wichita on Thursday night.

High-A: Salem returned to action with a 2-1 loss to Winston-Salem. All-Stars Drew Sutton and Beau Torbert combined for five hits to lead the Avalanche, and IF Neil Sellers had two hits, including his first home run of the season. Ronnie Martinez continued his string of brilliant starts, allowing only two hits in seven innings, which shot his ERA skyward to 1.76. To show how reliable W-L records are when evaulating a pitcher's ability (in case our Wandy Rodriguez exercise did not convince you), Martinez is 2-4 now with the 'Lanche, despite that 1.76 ERA.

Low-A: The Legends were shut out 4-0 by the Greenville Drive, who won the game on a walk-off grand slam in the eleventh inning by 1B Logan Sorensen. RP German Melendez continued to destroy opposing hitters, hurling 2.1 innings of hitless, scoreless relief and striking out three, which lowered his ERA with the Legends this season to 1.05. Legends' manager Jack Lind's decision to walk the bases loaded after the Drive got a runner to third base with one out in the eleventh worked out about as well as the Victor Riley signing by the Texans in 2005.

Short-Season A: The Dust Devils won their second straight game, this time 1-0 over Boise. Another fine start for Shane Lindsay led the Devils.

Rookie: Greenville blasted Johnson City 8-2. The Astros pounded out ten hits, and starter Sergio Severino allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings to earn his first win.


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