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Monday, July 24, 2006

Lane Drives Express to Victory

AAA: Jason Lane hit one of four Express home runs in a 14-2 rout of Omaha. Jason was 2-5 with six RBI on the game, and since his demotion to AAA, he has a .300 avg, .367 OBP and .425 SLG with two doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, five walks and 11 K's. DH Mike Rodriguez went 4-5 with a home run, and Cody Ransom was 3-5. Mark McLemore and Phillip Barzilla pitched pretty well in tandem, though walking a combined eight Royals.

AA: The Hooks scored two runs to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth and held on for a 6-5 win at San Antonio, moving them into a tie atop the Texas League South with the Missions. Josh Anderson, back in CF, had three hits and scored a pair, and Jorge Cortes, Walter Young and Josh Bonifay had two hits apiece. Josh Muecke pitched six innings and allowed three runs, and Paul Estrada got himself in and out of trouble to earn his ninth save of the season.

High A: Salem defeated Frederick 4-2 behind the stellar pitching of Tip Fairchild. Since earning a promotion from Lexington, Fairchild is 2-1 in three starts with a 3.32 ERA. Mario Garza homered for the Avalanche.

Low A: The Legends were off Sunday. C Lou Santangelo earned a mention in John Manuel's Weekend Dish at Baseball America. Santangelo is now tied for the Carolina League lead in HR (15) and first among regular catchers in the Carolina League in throwing out opposing baserunners (45%).

Short Season A: Tri-City beat Aberdeen 6-2 thanks to five shutout innings from starting pitcher Chris Salamida. The lefty Salamida, a 13th round pick by the Astros in 2006 out of baseball factory Onenota State University, is 3-1 in six starts for the Valley Cats with a 0.66 ERA and has allowed only 14 hits and two earned runs in 27.1 innings.

Rookie: Bluefield shut down Greenville 3-0, allowing the Astros only two hits.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: SS Ben Zobrist was 2-4 with a walk for the Durham Bulls on Sunday, pushing his average since the trade from Corpus Christi to .359, his OBP to .468 and his OPS to .853. Aubrey Huff was 2-5 with a run scored in the Astros' 8-4 win at New York.


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