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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lane is Lost

AAA: The Express lost to Fresno 4-2 in twelve innings. Jason Lane was 0-6 with five strikeouts. Seriously. Fernando Nieve worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two. Mike Rodriguez had three hits.

AA: San Antonio jumped two games ahead of the Hooks in the second half race with a 2-1 victory. Travis Chick, a pitching prospect recently acquired by the Mariners organization in the Eddie Guardado trade with the Reds, outdueled Troy Patton, who was making his Hooks' debut. Patton lasted 5-plus innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out six. I guess Patton can apparently relate to another talented pitcher in the Astros' organization who was victimized by a terrible offensive performance last night. Hunter Pence was 1-4 with his 23rd home run while playing again in center field.

High A: Salem and Wilmington were suspended after fifteen innings with the score tied at 3. The Avalanche left twelve runners on base and stole five bases in the loss. Jimmy Barthmaier started and pitched pretty well for six innings.

Low A: Lexington was outlasted by Savannah 7-6 in thirteen innings. Tommy Manzella was 3-5 to raise his average to .271.

Short Season A: The Valley Cats won their seventh straight home game 10-9 over Jamestown. Max Sapp hit a grand slam for his first professional home run and SS Tim Torres was 2-2 with a double and a home run as well as as two walks and scored three runs. 2006 draft pick Casey Hudspeth was roughed up and did not escape the third inning.

Rookie: Greenville was walloped by Princeton 14-5. In a rare feat, P Kevin Fox committed two errors in the eighth inning, which resulted in the nine runs that he allowed in two-thirds of an inning of work being categorized as unearned, despite also allowing five hits and a home run in that span.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Ben Zobrist finally had a mortal night, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Aubrey Huff, meanwhile, had yet another mortal night, going 0-3 with a K in the Astros' most recent loss. His average is at .225 and his OPS at .676 since being acquired from Tampa Bay.


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