The Astros’ organization didn’t have a great day on Sunday, going 1-3. The undefeated Class-A Lexington Legends had the day off.
Houston Astros (MLB) – I’ve written enough about this one already.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – I’m worried by what’s happening in Round Rock. Not that they’re 1-3 after losing 6-3 tonight to Iowa (CHC), as anyone and everyone should expect an epically-bad year from the Express. Rather, that third baseman Chris Johnson left Friday’s game after one at-bat, and hasn’t played in either of the two games since. I haven’t gotten any news on injury, but am inquiring. The whole point of him going to Round Rock was to play every day. Josh Muecke had a decent game in this one, striking out 3 in 6.0 innings, but giving up 5 hits and 6 walks. Still, he left with the game tied 2-2 before Samuel Gervacio and Tyler Lumsden gave up 4 earned in a combined 2 innings. Muecke also went 2-for-2 at the plate, but the offense was once again paced by Tommy Manzella, who went 3-for-5.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – The Hooks were up 5-4 after 8 innings, but gave up a run in each the ninth and the tenth to lose to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KCR) 6-5. T.J. Burton got saddled with the blown save, erasing Douglas Arguella‘s would-be win. Gilbert De La Vara, who spent Spring Training with the Astros after being selected in the Rule 5 draft, pitched an inning for Northwest Arkansas in relief. Andrew Locke paced the offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. The Hooks had a chance to come back in the bottom of the tenth after consecutive two-out singles by Mark Ori and Jimmy Van Ostrand, but a nice barehanded play by Jordan Parraz kept the runner at third on the second hit. The worst part? Parraz was the player the Astros sent to Kansas City for Tyler Lumsden.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – The Jethawks were the sole winner in the Astros organization, beating the High Desert Mavericks (SEA) 7-4. The catchers, Koby Clemens and Jason Castro (who was the DH for the game) each went 2-for-4. Clemens had a double and a triple, and is now batting .429 for the young season. Outfielder Brian Pellegrini was 1-for-3 with a walk, 3 RBI, and a home run. Taiwanese acquisition Chia-Jen Lo pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up a walk and two hits, striking out 1 and allowing a run on a home run to Alex Liddi. Christopher Hicks earned the win by striking out 6 through 5.0 innings, with a run, 4 hits, and 3 runs (2 earned) allowed. Reid Kelly earned the save despite walking two and allowing a hit in his 1.1 innings.