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Saturday, July 08, 2006

One Hitter in Lexington

Still think Wandy's currently one of the five best starters in the Astros' organization right now? His ERA is over five, his WHIP's at 1.55, he's got only 68 K's as compared to 50 BBs and opponents are now hitting .284 against him on the season. The Astros are making a slight dent in their postseason chances every time they send this slop-tosser out to the mound to start a game.

AAA: The Express finally conquered Ben Hendrickson 2-1 on Friday night. 1B Royce Huffman's solo HR in the 7th proved to be the game-winner. Jared Gothreaux had a nice start for Round Rock, and Jailen Peguero pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first AAA win. In four outings at AAA, Peguero's got a 2.84 ERA. If he pitches well for the next several weeks, he's got to be considered as a September callup to the big club.

AA: The Hooks blew a three-run lead in the eighth against Frisco Friday night, but rallied with a run in the tenth to push their second-half record to 12-3. Walter Young and Josh Anderson homered for the Hooks, and the Hooks' 6-7-8 hitters, Bonifay, Ash and Saccamanno, combined for seven hits in twelve ABs. Saccamanno's single drove in the winning run in the tenth. The Roughriders tied the game in the eighth courtesy of three walks, two singles, a balk and a wild pitch. The game also featured an epic meltdown by pitching coach Joe Slusarski, who was ejected in the ninth after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire David Rackley.
High-A: Salem held off Lynchburg for a 6-5 victory Friday night. C Lou Santangelo had another good night at the plate, going 3-4 and scoring twice, and Troy Patton earned the win with seven innings, allowing only two unearned runs.
Low A: Legends' starter Brad James took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but lost it on a one out home run by Kannapolis LF Aaron Cunningham. The Legends did get the win, though, 4-1. James, a 29th round pick by the Astros in 2004, takes the place as "ace" of the Legends' rotation from Thomas "Tip" Fairchild, who was promoted to Salem after the game. The Lexington paper reports that James' fastball fluctuated between 94 and 97 mph last night, and, interestingly, that James' college catcher at North Central Texas was his catcher last night, J.R. Towles.
Short Season A: Oneonta outlasted Tri City 2-1 in an 18-inning marathon. The hero for the Valley Cats in the loss was Cory Lapinski, who pitched seven innings of scoreless relief.
Rookie: Greenville lost 5-2 to Princeton.


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