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Monday, July 03, 2006

The Weekend on the Farm

AAA: The Express won two out of three against Nashville over the weekend, being shut out Sunday by Ben Hendrickson, which is the second time in ten days that Hendrickson has shut out the Express. Friday night marked the latest in Jason Hirsh's series of spectacular starts; this time six scoreless innings and eight strikeouts, running his record to 9-2. SS Cody Ransom was the hitting star with three hits, including his seventh homer of the season. On Saturday, the Express rallied for three runs in the ninth to knock off the Sounds 3-2. Mark McLemore continued his recovery with three good innings, and Phillip Barzilla pitched four scoreless to earn the win. Luke Scott had a pair of hits, including a run-scoring double.

AA: The Hooks won two of their three matchups in Midland over the weekend, running their second-half record to 8-2. New closer Paul Estrada blew a save on Friday night, but the Hooks won the game 7-6 with a run in the tenth inning. Josh Anderson led the way with four hits, as the Hooks pounded out fourteen hits as a team in the win. Juan Gutierrez was knocked around on Saturday in an ugly 9-2 defeat. Ben Zobrist reached base all four times in the loss, including his fourth triple of the season. Sunday's star was Matt Albers, who earned his tenth win of the season with seven scoreless innings. The offense chipped in as well, as the top four hitters in the Hooks' lineup (Anderson, Zobrist, Pence and House) combined to go 8-18 with a double, triple and home run and a pair of walks.

High A: The Avalanche lost two of three to Winstom-Salem over the weekend. Friday's loss came in spite of a strong start from Chad Reineke. Saturday's loss came in spite of a 4-4 night at the plate for OF Erwin Alcantara, but the 'Lanche rebounded on Sunday behind the left arm of stud prospect Troy Patton, who continued to make his pitch to join the Hooks by pitching six scoreless innings, further lowering his ERA to 3.39.

Low-A: The Legends enter play Monday with a four-game losing streak in tact, as the offense managed to score only three runs in three games over the weekend. Tom Fairchild made yet another stellar start on Friday night, giving up only a single run in seven innings of work, a game in which the Legends lost on a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning by pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez. Saturday's loss was a rout not worthy of comment, and Sunday's was a 1-0 shutout in which the Legends managed only three hits.

Short Season A: The Dust Devils lost two of three games against Boise and Spokane. Red-hot SS Daniel Mayora (.292/.364/.521) had three hits in Friday's loss. Saturday's 4-0 shutout was the hands of some interesting pitchers - Notre Dame WR Jeff Samardzija and Red Sox closer Jon Papelbon's brother, Jeremy, who combined to shut the Dust Devils out on only one hit over seven innings, including ten whiffs for good measure. Tri-City managed a win against Spokane on Sunday, 8-3, on the strength of homers by LF Victor Ferrante and C Michael McKenry.

Rookie: The Astros beat Danville on Friday and Saturday, but lost on Sunday. Polin Trinidad led the way on Friday night with a solid start. Saturday's star was the offense, which pounded out seventeen hits in a 12-5 victory. Sunday was far less memorable, an 8-1 loss in which starting pitcher Thomas Vessella could not get out of the third inning.


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