The Astros organization went 1-4 in today’s action. Once again, the Lexington Legends won their game, while the higher teams all dropped their decisions.
Houston Astros (MLB) – As we all know by now, the Astros were shut out by Zach Duke and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Express dropped the first game of their series against the Omaha Royals (KCR), 8-4. Starter Bud Norris exited after allowing two unearned runs in 4.1 inings, striking out 4 and walking 3. Ryan McKeller gave up 3 runs in .2 innings, and Tyler Lumsden was credited with the loss by alloing a run in his one inning in relief. Our old friend Mark Saccomanno hit a home run and paced the offense with 3 RBI; and outfielder Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Former Astros prospect J.R. House went 2-for-5 for Omaha.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – The Hooks dropped their second game to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KCR), 8-4. No, that’s not a misprint; the Hooks and Express really did lose by the exact same score. To Royals farm teams. Starter Brad James allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in 4.0 innings, striking out just one and allowing 4 runs and 5 walks. Old Man Andy Van Hekken earned the loss by allowing 4 earned runs in 3.2 innings on 6 his; he struck out 4. One of my favorite Hooks, OF Collin DeLome, went 1-for-5 with a 2-run home run. Shortstop Wladimir Sutil and DH Mark Ori each went 2-for-4. Sutil also stole a base.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – The good news is that the Jethawks scored a run; Jason Castro went 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, and 2B Christopher Minaker went 2-for-4. C Koby Clemens was the DH, going 1-for-2 and drawing two walks, raising his OBP to .615 on the season. The bad news is that David Duncan, Jordan Powell, Jason Dominguez, Jay Pacella, and Fernando Abad combined to allow 16 runs to the Inland Empire 66ers (LAD), including 5 home runs.
Lexington Legends (A) – The Legends continued their undefeated season, beating the Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS), 2-1. Robert Bono struck out 3 in 5.0 scoreless innings, and the shutout continued until the ninth, when Henry Villar allowed a run in his second inning of work. Daniel Meszaros pitched the final three batters, striking two of them out and allowing one hit to earn the save. OF Brandon Barnes raised his batting average to .538, going 2-for-3 with a double. Steve Brown continued his hot start, as well, going 1-for-3 and stealing his second base of the season.