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Monday, June 26, 2006

The Weekend in the Minors


On Friday night, Chris Sampson marked his return to Round Rock with a decent outing, as the Express won 4-3 over Nashville. Mike Rodriguez homered for Round Rock, and Brandon Puffer, Steve Kent and Travis Driskill combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief to secure the win.

On Saturday night, the Express eked out an 11-inning victory 3-2, with H-Town Sports favorite Michael Dwain Gallo running his record to 1-0 with a scoreless frame. Jason "What the Hell do I have to do to get a Promotion" Hirsh pitched eight innings, allowing only three hits and an unearned run and striking out twelve, and he threw an astounding 131 pitches in the no-decision. Mike Rodriguez and Luke Scott had two hits apiece.

Ex-Astro Jared Fernandez took the Express on a trip through the No Spin Zone on Sunday, 'hurling' a three-hit shutout and striking out seven. Chris Baker was the hard luck loser, despite allowing only one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.21.

As for the potential call-ups (other than Hirsh, who fits perfectly into the Chris Burke/Jason Lane/Luke Scott mold of guys too talented to call up), I'm sure you remember Brandon Puffer getting shellacked for Houston in years past, Chris Baker is a 29 year-old journeyman with a grand total of 5.1 major league innings who cannot strike minor league hitters out, Travis Driskill is a 34 year-old journeyman with a 5.26 career major-league ERA in 190 innings pitched for Houston, Colorado and Baltimore and Steve Kent is a 27 year-old journeyman with a nearly 1:1 walk:K ratio in the minor leagues and a 5.65 ERA in 57 major league innings (2002 Tampa Bay). Your best hope, aside from Hirsh, of course, is Mike Gallo. Enjoy that with your wings and beer tonight during the game.


The Hooks won 7-5 on Friday night, courtesy of a 12th-inning walk-off HR from some guy named Hunter Pence. Ben Zobrist piled up three more hits to run his average to .332 and sensational closer Jailen Peguero struck out five in three scoreless innings to earn the win and drop his ERA to 0.70 on the season. T-Poo, are you reading this?

Arkansas' Jesse Smith shut the Hooks down 7-0 on Saturday night. Hooks' CF Josh Anderson did pick up two hits in the loss.

On Sunday, the Hooks held off a late Arkansas rally to pick up a 5-4 win. Juan Guiterrez continued his push for a promotion with seven good innings. Hunter Pence homered (#19), scored three runs and drove in a pair.

High A:

Salem gave up six runs in the eighth inning on Friday night to lose at Kinston 11-7. Rodrigo Escobar had a rare bad outing to take the loss. 1B Neil Sellers had three hits for the 'Lanche.

The Avalanche bounced back Saturday for a 4-1 victory behind a four-man pitching team that scattered nine hits over nine innings. 2B Drew Sutton had two hits and SS Edwin Maysonet had two hits, including his 5th HR.

Salem took the rubber match on Sunday by a score of 4-2 in a rain-shortened affair. Troy Patton picked up his third win and lowered his ERA to 3.66.

Low A:

The Legends lost 4-2 on Friday night in a rain-shortened game against Asheville. Mark Ori continued his hot hitting with a pair of knocks. Lexington then rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday to knock off the Tourists 4-3. Mitch Einertson had three hits, and Josh Flores, Jose Lopez and Koby Clemens had two hits apiece. Sunday saw the Legends emerge victorious 5-2 (highlighted by a spectacular managerial tirade from the Tourists' skipper, available here). Thomas Fairchild had another great pitching performance and Mark Ori again led the offense with two hits.

Short Season A: Dust Devil SP Shane Lindsay, a 21 year-old Aussie, who pitched well for the Dust Devils in 2005, struck out twelve hitters in five one-hit innings on Saturday.

Rookie: SP Ryan Mitchell had a great pro debut on Friday night, allowing only one hit over five shutout innings. CF Orlando Rosales had a 4-4 day on Sunday, and SS Ronald Ramirez continued his torrid hitting with a 3-4 and 3 RBI.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dallas Buck really lead nothing. and to say that Jonah may never bowl again is complete tripe. He is doing better than any of those pitchers are now. Watch him as he emerges from the Tiger's Farm Team. He will spell more words in history books than you can read. He gets better every season. that guy is absolutely amazing.

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