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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sky Blue, Astros Score Single Run, Hirsh Wins

AAA: Jason Hirsh continued to waste his time and energy in earning his 13th win (and 12th in a row) for the Express. Hirsh pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on three hits. Fernando Nieve pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four to earn his second save. Cody Ransom provided all the offense that the Express would need with a grand slam in the fourth inning. JR House also had a three-hit night, pushing his average since joining Round Rock to .471.

AA: The Hooks were off last night before opening a crucial five-game home stand against first-place San Antonio. Carlos Hernandez is slated to make a rehab start for the Hooks tonight. Dan Pieringer has a feature piece on new Hooks' starter Troy Patton, who is scheduled to make his home debut on Saturday.

High A: Salem won its fifth straight game and opened up a four-game second half divisional lead by defeating Winston-Salem 10-6. Paulino del Guidice had a rough start, but he was picked up by his bullpen and offense. Evan Engelbrook pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out five, to earn the win. Eight of the nine starters for Salem got at least one hit. Beau Torbert was 3-6 with a pair of RBI, and Lou Santangelo and Erwin Alcantara homered.

Low A: Lexington managed not to lose. They were off.

Short Season A: Tri-City defeated Aberdeen 6-5, as Douglas Arguello picked up his third win of the season. Jordan Parraz reached base all four times he went to the plate.

Rookie: Greenville shut out Bristol 4-0. The star was starter Corey Bass, who struck out nine in seven scoreless innings.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Ben Zobrist made his major-league debut for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their loss to Detroit. Zobrist was 0-4 with a strikeout, batting ninth and playing shortstop. Zobrist looked professional the plate, but at first glance seems to slap at the ball, despite being a pretty big guy. He made a really nice diving, backhanded stop deep in the hole at SS to save a run early in the game. Mitch Talbot is scheduled to pitch tonight for Durham. Aubrey Huff was 0-4 with a K in the Astros' 1-0 win over San Diego.


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