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Monday, August 07, 2006

Hooks Take Three from Missions

AAA: Friday - Round Rock 10, Colorado Springs 4 - The Express' 2-6 hitters went 15-25, led by Super Joe McEwing's five hits. Congrats to Joe for his first contribution to the organization since earlier this season proving that he was more capable as a pitching coach than Jim Hickey.

Saturday - Colorado Springs 12, Round Rock 11 - Chris Sampson was rocked for nine hits and three home runs in five-plus innings, and Mike Gallo, Jailen Peguero and Travis Driskill could not stop the bleeding as the Express blew leads of 3-0, 8-5, 10-6 and 11-10. JR House was 3-5 and Mike Rodriguez, Brian Gordon and Eric Bruntlett had two hits apiece.

Sunday - Express was off.

AA: Friday - Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2 - Chance Douglass was the star of this one, pitching eight strong innings, despite getting the no-decision. Walter Young rocketed a double off the right-field fence and drove in two runs, and the Hooks' won the game in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a throwing error by Mission's catcher Guillermo Quiroz.

Saturday - Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 4 - Troy Patton looked as studly as advertised in his home debut. Paul Estrada was nasty in two hitless innings, striking out three and earning his 12th save. Brian Peterson, Hunter Pence and Marc Saccamanno played long ball.

Sunday - Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 3 - The Hooks made it three straight over the Missions, climbing back within one game of first place in the second-half race, despite leaving 14 men on base. Hunter Pence gunned two Missions out at the plate, and Josh Anderson and Walter Young each had three hits, including Young's game-winning single.

Tim and I, accompanied by three buddies, attended the games Friday and Saturday night. I will leave it to Tim to file a much more detailed report of the weekend's festivities, but here are a few quick notes:

- Whataburger Field is outstanding. We sat on the RCF grass on Friday and down the RF line in reserved seating on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed both locations.

- The bratwurst at Nolan Ryan's Grill is worth stepping on a rusty nail for.

- The new "Brewster's Street" across from the stadium is absolutely great for pre-game and post-game eat & drink. I personally recommend the Brooks Kieschnick (tortilla burger), of which I will be dreaming as I attempt to sweat off the ten pounds I gained over the weekend at the gym.

High A: Friday - Salem 5, Myrtle Beach 0 - Jimmy Barthmaier got through five innings unscathed, despite walking three and striking out zero, and his bullpen provided four inning of shutout relief to lock up the win. Frankie Carraballo drove in a pair of runs, and Erwin Alcantara contributed his fifth home run of the season.

Saturday - Myrtle Beach 2, Salem 1 - The Avalanche bats were frozen by Kelvin Villa, who allowed only three hits and a run in six innings.

Sunday - Salem was off.

Low A: Friday - Rome 8, Lexington 7 - Lexington's terrible defense killed them again, thanks to three errors by 3B Pedro Espinoza and one by 2B Eric King, which led to four unearned runs for the Braves. On top of that, SS Tommy Manzella was picked off 1st base and thrown out trying to steal second base, and three Legends pitchers combined to walk six Braves. Hard to see the Legends' not enduring a coaching overhaul after this season, which has season terrible fundamental baseball, especially on defense. Mark Ori was 3-3, and Koby Clemens was 2-5 including his fourth homer of the season.

Saturday - Lexington 7, Rome 4 - Koby Clemens homered again, as did Josh Flores, who hit his eighth of the season. Brian Bogusevic continues to emerge from the bowels of pitching hell, this time allowing only one unearned run and three hits over 5.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Sunday - Lexington 6, Columbus 5 - Eli Iorg hit his 13th home run and stole his 29th base, and 2B Eric King had two hits and three RBI for the Legends, who overcame three more errors to notch their second consecutive win.

Short Season A: Friday - Brooklyn 9, Tri-City 5 - A bad outing for Casey Hudspeth, who gave up four hits and four runs in 1.2 innings, but on the bright side, Jordan Parraz continued his quest for a promotion by racking up three more hits.

Saturday - Tri-City 1, Brooklyn 0 - David Qualben was stellar again, firing seven shutout innings allowing only two hits to move his ERA down to 1.71 for the season.

Sunday - Brooklyn 3, Tri-City 1 - Nice start for Douglas Arguello, but Tri-City's offense was nowhere to be found.

Rookie: Friday - Greenville 6, Elizabethton 4 - Two-hit nights for SS Ronnie Ramirez and LF Steve Brown, each of whose averages is above .330.

Saturday - Elizabethton 4, Greenville 3 - Sergio Severino did all he could, striking out 12 in six scoreless innings, but the bullpen let him down.

Sunday - Greenville 1, Bristol 0 - Polin Trinidad returned to form with seven scoreless innings and eight strikeouts. 3B Brandon Caipen had three hits.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch:

Zobrist: Big weekend for our man, Ben Zobrist. Ben picked up his first major-league hit on Friday night, a single off of Curt Schilling. Saturday was less memorable, an 0-3 with a sac fly. Sunday was the best day of his young career, though, going 2-3 with a solo home run off of Jason Johnson and a two-run double off of Manny del Carmen, with both hits coming after two outs were recorded. Zobrist is now 3-20 with 5 RBI after six games with the Rays, but 3-10 in his last three games. Defensively, Zobrist has made zero errors in 55 innings at SS, recording seven putouts and seventeen assists, as well as helping to turn a trio of double plays.

Talbot: Mitch will pitch next tomorrow night for the Biscuits.

Huff: Aubrey had a nice three-game series in Arizona, going 3-5 Friday night, 2-5 with his second home run on Saturday night and 1-4 with an RBI single in the ninth on Sunday. His OPS is approaching .800, which is nothing special, but sure beats his earlier production.


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