The Astros organization went 0-4 yesterday, thanks to bad pitching from returnee Mike Hampton, veteran Jose Capellan, Jose Duran, and prospect Polin Trinidad.
Houston Astros – The Astros lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3. Hampton’s return to the Astros rotation didn’t go exactly as planned. It took him 33 pitches to get out of the first inning alone. He walked four, allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.0 innings. The good news is he struck out one per inning. The Astros continue to show bad discipline at the plate. Ivan Rodriguez is swinging at 44.4% of the pitches he’s seeing off the plate (he swung at 36.6% in 2009), and making contact 56.3% of the time (65.1% last season.) It doesn’t take a genius to see that if you’re swinging at more balls, and making contact with fewer of them, maybe you need to slow things down.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Express dropped a 6-2 decision to the Iowa Cubs (CHC). Capellan went five innings, striking out just one while walking 3, giving up 9 hits, and allowing 5 earned runs. Samuel Gervacio didn’t fare a whole lot better in relief, owing largely to his own throwing error and a Lou Santangelo passed ball. Reggie Abercrombie was Reggie Abercrombie – 1-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. Leadoff man Brian Bogusevic had the best night at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – Corpus lost 4-2 to the Tulsa Drillers (COL). Trinidad ran hot and cold, striking out 6 batters in 6 innings, but also issuing a walk with 7 hits and 4 earned runs, including 2 home rus. Altogether, though, not really a terrible outing from Polin.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – Lancaster lost to the High Desert Mavericks (SEA) 9-7. Held scoreless through five innings, the Jethawks took off in the sixth. They’d score in each of the final 4 frames, including a 4-run eighth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Duran’s terrible start. He went 2.0 innings, allowing 8 hits, 7 earned runs, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. Chia-Jen Lo made his U.S. debut, going two innings in relief, striking out two, walking two, and giving up no hits or runs. The offense was paced by the “Killer Js”: Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season; OF Jack Shuck went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI; and OF Jonathan Gaston went 2-for-3 and drew a walk. 3B David Flores also had two hits, both doubles.
Lexington Legends (A) – The Legends’ game against the West Virginia Power (PIT) was rained out. They will make it up with a doubleheader today.