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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Hooks Rally Late to Beat Frisco

AAA: Memphis 4, Round Rock 3 - Anthony Reyes, recently demoted from the Cardinals' rotation, clamped down on the Express offense last night. Another quality start from Taylor Buchholz (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). One wonders if he would be the next to be recycled into the Astros' rotation after either Hirsh or Wandy are removed. SS Jesse Garcia hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to get the Express close.

I think Hirsh should get one more start, at least. Obviously he is not as bad as he pitched last night, and he has nothing to prove in AAA. A lot could be learned about him by watching how he responds to last night's beatdown. Chris Sampson, by the way, got a welcome call-up to the big club, replacing Fernando Nieve, who was placed on the 15 day DL.

AA: Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5 (12) - The Hooks' bullpen was incredible. Four pitchers combined to throw 8 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball, giving the offense time to climb back from a 5-1 deficit and win in extra innings. Hunter Pence was 2-4 with two walks and scored three times, and Big Walter socked a two-run homer. For the second time this year, pitching coach Joe Slusarski apparently fired up the troops by getting tossed for demonstrably protesting balls and strikes.

High A: Salem 6, Potomac 4 - Ex-USC QB Billy Hart was 2-3 with his fifth HR.

Low A: Lake County 5, Lexington 2 - Nothing worthy of mention.

Short Season A: Tri-City 6, Vermont 1 - The Valley Cats won their sixth straight game. Grand slam from LF Greg van Ostrand and three hits from 2B Greg Buchanan. Another nice start from David Qualben. The Valley Cats rotation has been very good this summer.

Rookie: Greeneville 3, Pulaski 2 - Dramatic late inning rally, capped off by a 10th inning HR from 3B Brandon Caipen, wins it for the Astros. Another nice start from Sergio Severino.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Ben Zobrist was 1-2 with a walk and the go-ahead sac fly in the Rays win over Texas. Aubrey Huff was 0-4 with four LOB in the aforementioned debacle for the Astros in Cincy. Mitch Talbot will pitch tomorrow against Jacksonville.


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