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Friday, August 18, 2006

Carlos Crushed, Buchholz Better

AAA: Round Rock 6, Iowa 1 - Finally a nice start from Taylor Buchholz (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 6 K). The Express roughed up rehabbing Cubs' starter Sean Marshall, led by JR House (2-3 with a HR) and in spite of Eric Bruntlett, who was responded to his move to the leadoff spot with a tidy 0-4. Mike Gallo fired a scoreless ninth (5.40 ERA).

AA: Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 5 - The Hooks held off the Drillers, thanks in large part to home runs from Hunter Pence (27) and Marc Saccamanno (14). Triumphant return to the mound for Juan Guiterrez (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K), and disturbingly awful night for poor Carlos Hernandez (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 4 BB). We may not be following Carlos' outings much longer. He certainly seems to have hit rock bottom, which really is too bad. He had such promise early in his Astros career.

High A: Salem 4, Kinston 1 - The Avalanche took three of four from Kinston in a key series. Felipe Paulino del Guidice was the hero last night (7 IP, 2 H, 0R, 2 BB, 7 K). Beau Torbert, Ole Sheldon and Erwin Alcantara each had two hits.

Low A: Lexington 8, Greensboro 1 - The suddenly hot Legends won their third straight game. Mitch Einerston hit a grand slam, and Josh Flores added a two-run bomb. Fine start for Sean Walker (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K).

Short Season A: Tri-City 8, Hudson Valley 3 - All-Star 1B Eric Taylor was 3-5 with two doubles and a home run, and All-Star pitcher David Qualben earned his fourth win of the season (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).

Rookie: Greeneville 5, Johnson City 4 - The Astros rallied for four in the ninth to shock the Cardinals. Reinaldo Ramirez was the hero, hitting a bases-loaded triple in the ninth to win it.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Ben Zobrist was slated to get a night off, but when BJ Upton left in the third inning with a shoulder injury, he was plugged into the game and went 0-3. After having his six game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, Ben has been in a 1-14 slide. Aubrey Huff was 1-3 with a two-run homer, his fifth as an Astro. Mitch Talbot pitches next on Saturday against the Chattanooga Lookouts.


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