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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Patton's Marching

AAA: Brandon Puffer sidewinded his way to a loss for the Express last night, allowing five runs in the eighth inning to blow a 6-5 lead in a game the Express eventually lost 10-7. Alan Zinter and Cody Ransom homered for the Express, and Jason Lane was 1-2 with a walk and a sac fly. Mike Gallo, apparently being stretched out so that he can be an option as a starter if Andy Pettitte does not re-sign, allowed one run in three innings of relief.

AA: The Hooks' slide continued, losing 5-1 to Midland. Chance Douglass was roughed up, leaving after only three innings. Lefty Josh Muecke did pitch four hitless innings of relief, in a bright spot. Hunter Pence did go 2-4 with a pair of doubles. The Hooks are 2-6 since the big trade last week. Greg Rajan did a nice feature piece on Chance Douglass in today's Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

High A: Troy Patton may not finish the season in Salem. Oh wait, he's an Astro. He certainly won't be promoted, but it is not his fault. His string of incredible starts was extended last night, as he allowed only one hit and one unearned run while striking out eight over six innings in an 8-1 Salem win. Matt Cunningham hit his second home run of the season, and the Avalanche converted 12 hits and four walks into eight runs in posting their tenth consecutive road win.

Low A: Lexington was burned by Hagerstown 9-0, mustering only three hits.

Short Season A: The Valley Cats won their seventh game in a row, shutting out Auburn 5-0. The 6-8 hitters (1B James Van Ostrand, LF Andrew Holder and 2B Greg Buchanan) went a combined 7-13 at the plate, and Casey Hudspeth (2006 #5 draft pick) and Cory Lapinksi combined on a three-hit shutout, striking out eleven.

Rookie: Greenville lost 3-1 to Elizabethton, despite a nice start from Ryan Mitchell.

Zobrist/Talbot update: Zobrist was 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored for Triple-A Durham yesterday. He is now 10-24 with five runs scored and a .417 avg and .500 OBP.


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