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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Talbot Pitches Great Again

AAA: Round Rock 8, Albuquerque 3 - Jared Gothreaux pitched just well enough to earn his seventh win of the season. Brooks Conrad was the star of the game with a 3-4 night that included two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI.

AA: Corpus Christi 9, Frisco 3 - The Hooks crept within 1/2 game of Midland in the second-half divisional race. Juan Guiterrez continues a strong comeback from arm troubles, while Carlos Hernandez better have his resume ready. He is not long for the mound, unless it is tossing underhanded for "It's Just a Hug". Marc Saccamanno homered again, but Josh Bonifay was the real hero with a 4-4 night that included a pair of doubles and his 19th home run.

High A: Salem 11, Potomac 2 - The Avalanche moved closer to wrapping up the second-half divisional title with a rout of the Nationals. Felipe Paulino del Guidice continued his late season resurgence with six very good innings, and bullpen stalwart Jeffrey Wigdahl threw two more shutout innings. Drew Sutton was 2-4 with a walk and three runs scored, and Frankie Caraballo added his 13th home run.

Low A: Hickory 5, Lexington 3 - Another ugly night at the park for the Legends. Koby Clemens made his 20th error of the season at 3rd base. Offense has been a struggle as well for the Houston native (.234 avg, .315 obp, .354 slg).

Short Season A: Tri-City 3, Vermont 0 - The Valley Cats won their seventh straight game, with Douglas Arguello taking his turn to shine (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Jordan Parraz was 2-3 with a double and a run scored. His bat combined with the Valley Cats' stellar starting pitching has proven to be a very successful combination.

Rookie: Greeneville 8, Pulaski 7 - 1B Cirilo Cruz hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning to rally the Astros past the Blue Jays.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Another sensational start from Mitch Talbot, who got a no-decision for his effort: 8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Since the trade, he is 2-3 (he's no Wandy) with a 2.22 ERA in eight starts, allowing only 40 hits in 52.2 innings while walking 16 and striking out 51. In over 140 innings of work between the Hooks and the Biscuits this year, Mitch has allowed only six home runs. Ben Zobrist was 1-4 for the Rays, and Aubrey Huff was 1-1 with a pinch-hit, two-run single.


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