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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hirsh, Albers Receive Pitcher of the Year Awards

AAA: Memphis 10, Round Rock 6 - So much for the return of Zeke Astacio (5 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). This overshadowed two homers for Brooks Conrad (23 on season) and two hitless innings for Michael Dwain Gallo, who appears poised to emerge as a stopper out of the pen for the Astros' September stretch run. Our favorite lefty specialist continues to thrive in his role, as lefties in AAA are hitting .389 against him on the season.

In other news, Jason Hirsh was named PCL Pitcher of the Year, in a sense repeating, as he was Texas League Pitcher of the Year while with the Hooks in 2005.

AA: San Antonio 5, Corpus Christi 3 - The Hooks' losing streak stretched to five games. Chance Douglass had a rare bad outing, failing to make it beyond the fourth inning.

The postseason accolades continued to roll in for Astros' farmhands, as Hooks' manager Jackie Moore was named Manager of the Year in the Texas League, and Matt Albers was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year. In addition to Albers, Ben Zobrist, Josh Anderson, Hunter Pence and Jonny Ash were named Texas League Postseason All-Stars.

High A: Salem 5, Wilmington 3 (completion of suspended game); Wilmington 4, Salem 1
Salem's winning streak was snapped at fourteen games after winning the completion of Tuesday's suspended game.

Low A: Lexington 7, Hickory 2 - JR Towles continued his resurgence with a home run and four RBI. Koby Clemens was 0-4 with 2 K's and his 22nd error of the season. Tommy Manzella was the only Legend named to the SAL postseason All-Star team. I am no Jim Callis, but how is Brad James not at least an All-Star, if not Pitcher of the Year in the SAL?

Short Season A: Tri-City 5, Brooklyn 3 - Jordan Parraz cranked a three-run walkoff home run for the Valley Cats. Star pitcher Chris Salamida departed after only two innings for reasons unknown to the author of this piece.

Rookie: Kingsport 8, Greeneville 1 - The Astros' bullpen melted down, allowing seven runs on nine hits in the 7th and 8th innings.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-3 with a walk against Jon Garland and the White Sox. By the way, on a completely irrelevant note, stud Rays' prospect BJ Upton has made seven errors in his first month with the big club this season. Aubrey Huff was technically a hero last night for the Astros, despite an 0-4 night with a K and four LOB and appearing to ground into a rally-killing double play in the bottom of the ninth inning.


Blogger Scott said...

Ben Zobrist just extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single off of Javy Vasquez in the third inning. Alert Elias.

Thu Aug 31, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Laurence said...

The fact that Freaky Zeke pitched in the World Series lessens the World Series in my view.

Thu Aug 31, 03:19:00 PM  

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