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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Undefeated Night for the Astros Organization

AAA: Round Rock 3, Albuquerque 1 - Zeke Astacio continues his mildly surprising resurgence, as the other hero from Spring Training 2005 makes a bid to re-capture the attention of Astros' management. Astacio did allow 13 baserunners (9 hits, 4 walks) over seven innings, but escaped with only one run scoring. Brooks Conrad provided the big blow with a two-run HR, his 19th of the season.

Back in the preseason of 2005, Astacio was lights-out on the mound, allowing only two runs in 13 innings and striking out 13 hitters, and Luke Scott had a 1.19 OPS with seven HR and 20 RBI in 68 ABs, but both players flamed out violently early in the regular season. After another season-and-a-half in AAA, Scott appears to be solidifying a spot in the Astros' everyday outfield. The Astros' young pitchers have struggled mightily in the bigs as of late, and Astacio has become a forgotten name. Re-inserting Astacio's name in the hunt for a position in the Astros' 2007 rotation would be a pleasant surprise, for certain.

AA: Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 2 - Chance Douglass spun another beaut (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K), and Tike Redman knocked in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth. Redman has gotten on base at a 42% clip (thanks in large part to an amazing 12:3 BB/K ratio), and he could have proved to be a potentially valuable addition to the Astros' bench in September if the games were to mean anything, though it is quite apparent now that they will not.

High A: Salem 10, Winston-Salem 1 - The Avalanche won their tenth straight game in a rout of the Warthogs. 2B Drew Sutton got the night off, and Wladimir Sutil filled in brilliantly, going 3-6 with two doubles and five RBI, and SS Edwin Maysonet went 3-3 with two doubles and a HR, driving in four. Raymar Diaz was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion, picking up his third win with the 'Lanche.

Low A: Lexington 10, Hickory 3 - The Legends' dormant offense awakened for 17 hits. Brad James, who has been victimized by poor run support all season (only five wins in 13 starts despite posting a 1.13 ERA), had a well-deserved easy night, allowing zero ER in five innings. James has now allowed exactly three earned runs in his last 54.2 innings pitched and has posted an astonishing 0.79 ERA for the Legends since entering their rotation.

Short Season A: Tri-City 7, Lowell 0 - Chris Salamida won his eighth straight start with six scoreless innings. He is now 9-1 on the season with a 0.74 ERA in 12 starts.

Rookie: Greeneville 3, Kingsport 2 - The Astros capped an undefeated night for the organization.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Zobrist went 1-3 with a walk against the Orioles. Great night for the Huffster: 0-5 with a GIDP and seven LOB.


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