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Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Answer to the Astros' Offensive Woes: Super Joe McEwing

AAA: Round Rock 6, Iowa 3 - Matt Albers had another nice start (7 IP 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), and Chris Sampson continues to throw well out of the pen (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K). Joe McEwing carried the offensive load, going 3-4 with a pair of home runs.

AA: Corpus Christi 7, Tulsa 6 (10) - The Hooks won a wild one at Whataburger Field (a/k/a Paradise). They scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings, only to allow two runs in the tenth inning to fall back behind. Then with two outs in the ninth, Josh Bonifay launched a walkoff three-run bomb, his 17th of the season. Marc Saccamanno had a great night at the plate, going 3-5 with a home run and four RBI. Hunter Pence got a rest but did come off the bench to go 1-1 with a walk. Interesting occurence in this one: Jonny Ash was pulled from the game for "violating organizational policy". The violation? Sliding head-first into first base. Maybe Purpura could make "popping up with runners in scoring position" or "allowing game-tying home runs" such violations of organizational policy. Of course, the trouble would come in finding 25 suitable players to wear the jersey...

High A: Salem 9, Kinston 4 - Salem went ahead two games to one in this crucial four game set at Kinston thanks to a strong pitching performance by Rory Shortell (6 IP, 5 H , 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) and an 8-12 performance from the top three hitters in its lineup: Drew Sutton, Nathan Sellers and Beau Torbert. Drew Sutton led the way, going 2-3 with two walks and two home runs, giving him fourteen on the season.AL takes NY-Penn All-Star Game

Low A: Lexington 4, Greensboro 3 - The Legends scratched across a run in the ninth to shock the Grasshoppers. Brian Bogusevic had his best start as a pro (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).

Short Season A: The Valley Cats return from the All-Star Break tonight. The Valley Cats had seven representatives at the NYPL All-Star Game: Pitchers Chris Salamida, David Qualben, Victor Garate, RF Jordan Parraz, C Max Sapp, 1B Eric Taylor and 2B Greg Buchanan. Parraz scored the NL's only run of the game last night after a walk.

Rookie: Greenville 9, Bristol 2 - Another fantastic start from Sergio Severino (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K). In eleven starts, Severino has pitched 56.1 innings, allowed only 46 hits and struck out 76 batters while posting a 3.20 ERA.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Great piece by Greg Rajan with the Zobrists, discussing his meteoric rise to the major leagues after being emancipated from the Astros organization. Zobrist went 1-4 last night and scored a run in the Rays 8-3 win versus Toronto. Aubrey Huff is probably thrilled with his new platoon role, especially fresh off a three-hit night on Tuesday. Huff struck out in a pinch-hit appearance against Bobby Howry in the 9th inning.

2 Comments:

Blogger Laurence said...

Wasn't Joe 0 for 6 when he came up last time?

Thu Aug 17, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Yes he was, but if John P Lopez can make his #1 priority re-calling Eric Bruntlett, then I'm making mine calling up Super Joe!

Thu Aug 17, 11:21:00 AM  

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