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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Farm Report

AAA: Round Rock lost Friday night to the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-1. Brandon Backe made his final rehab start, walking six and allowing seven hits and four runs in seven innings. He apparently feels good, but Garner expressed concerns about his control, as he should. With Fernando Nieve collecting dust in the bullpen, the leash on Backe should be a short one. Jason Lane was 1-4, replacing Luke Scott in the Express OF. Charlton Jimerson has moved from CF to RF.

The Express rebounded to rout the Zephyrs 12-4 on Saturday. Jason Lane was 4-5 and reserve OF Brian Gordon had three hits. Cody Ransom homered again, and 2B Brooks Conrad drove in four runs. Jared Gothreaux started and earned his fourth win of the season.

AA: The Hooks lost two of three game to Arkansas. Friday night was a 6-5 loss blown by the bullpen, specifically David Rollandini, who allowed four hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jonny Ash and Marc Saccamanno homered for the Hooks, who hammered out 12 hits but committed three errors, including a pair by Saccamanno at third base. Ronnie Martinez was on track to earn the win in his Corpus debut.

Saturday's double-header resulted in a split. The Hooks lost the first game 6-4. Hunter Pence had a pair of hits, including his 21st home run. Josh Miller did not fare well in five innings of work. Corpus avoided the sweep by winning the nightcap 4-3. Pence was the hero of the nightcap as well, going 2-3 with his 22nd home run. Paul Estrada pitched the last two innings to earn his seventh save, allowing only one hit and striking out three.

High-A: Salem won the final two games of their series against Kinston to earn a split. Friday's win was by the score of 5-3. Frankie Caraballo and Lou Santangelo continued to carry the offense with a combined four hits. Troy Patton allowed only two runs in six innings to push his record to 6-7. Salem won 7-4 on Saturday. Big production from the 1B combo of Nathan Sellers and Ole Sheldon, who combined to go 5-6 with two walks and five RBI, and Jimmy Barthmeier pitched si good innings.

Low A: Lexington lost 5-4 to Delmarva on Friday and rebounded to beat West Virginia by the same score on Saturday. The Legends mustered only three hits on Friday night, one of which was a solo HR by Koby Clemens, his third HR of the season. On Saturday, Mitch Einertson had the big blow on Saturday, a first inning three-run HR, his ninth of the season.


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