H-Town Sports

Houston Sports Blog - Real sports cities have TWO Conference USA teams

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Farm Report - Double-Dip

AAA: The Express continued their winning ways, taking a pair of games from the Nashville Sounds on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, the Express jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 3.5 innings and held on for a 6-4 win. Chris Sampson pitched effectively again to run his record to 10-1, and Mike Gallo gave up two hits and a run without retiring a single batter. Mike Rodriguez and Joe McEwing combined for seven hits in ten plate appearances, and Cody Ransom slugged his eighth home run. On Tuesday, in a game delayed thirty minutes by rain, Brandon Backe made his second rehab appearance and gave up four hits and a run over four-plus innings of work. According to the Statesman report, Backe threw 76 pitches (53 strikes) and reported only the normal soreness following the game. Mike Gallo retired one batter without any damage, which surely is worthy of mention, and then Zeke Astacio returned from the DL with three great innings (zero hits, six whiffs).

AA: The Hooks also took a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday, making it four out of five wins in Midland. Monday's win was by the score of 5-4, and Tuesday's was a 2-0 shutout. Mitch Talbot pitched seven good innings on Monday, allowing two runs and striking out eight to win his sixth game of the season (and fifth in a row), and Paul Estrada worked a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save. The offensive star on Monday was DH Josh Bonifay, who is about to turn 28 years old and was a 24th round draft pick by the Pirates in 1999. Bonifay was perfect in four at-bats and drove in three runs. Chance Douglass starred on Tuesday, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out eight to lower his ERA to 3.22 and raise his record to 6-2. Estrada earned another save with another dominant ninth inning. Josh Anderson drove in the Hooks' only two runs with an eighth-inning single, and Hunter Pence had a 2-4 night for the Hooks.

High-A: Salem beat Wilmington 6-5 on Monday and was rained out on Tuesday. Jimmy Barthmaier had a good start for the Avalanche on Monday night, and Rodrigo Escobar slammed the door shut on a desparate rally by Wilmington in the ninth to earn his 17th save of the season. Drew Sutton continued his stellar play with two hits, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the win.

Low-A: The Legends' losing streak extended to six games after back-to-back losses to Augusta and Kannapolis on Monday and Tuesday. Lexington was shut out on Monday 2-0, spoiling another solid start from Raymar Diaz, a 47th round draft pick in 2002. Tuesday's loss was of the extra-inning variety, thanks to a pair of eleventh-inning runs by Kannapolis. Eli Iorg and J.R. Towles each had three hits on Tuesday, and Josh Flores and Koby Clemens added two hits apiece.

Short-Season A: Tri-City lost a pair of games to Spokane, 10-4 on Monday and 8-3 on Tuesday. Monday's lineup for the Dust Devils featured the following batting averages: .217, .163, .184, .278, .269, .196, .240, .111 and .159, and those averages take into account the team's eleve hits in Monday's game.

Rookie: The Astros split a two-game series with Elizabethton, losing Monday 5-4 and winning Tuesday 11-3. SS Ronnie Ramirez continued his torrid hitting (.342/.342/.553) and Tuesday's winning pitcher, Sergio Severino, pitched five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.60 after three starts on the season.


Post a Comment

<< Home