The Houston Astros organization went 2-2 in action on Jackie Robinson Day, also known as my birthday, mostly while I was waiting in line at Space Mountain.
Houston Astros (MLB) – The Astros beat the Pirates 4-1, which was a really nice thing to hear on the other end of the phone. I haven’t watched the game yet, but I will soon. It sounds like the big guys are starting to step up, and Mike Hampton pitched like it was 1999 instead of 2009, striking out 8 over 6.0 innings.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Omaha Royals (KCR) crushed the Express, 14-7, with another poor pitching performance from Jose Capellan. Capellan made it just 3.2 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 hits, and 9 runs (8 earned). Tyler Lumsden and Ryan McKeller were pretty sloppy in their relief appearances, as well. Outfielder Yordany Ramirez paced the offense, which did after all score 7 runs, by going 3-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly, and a solo home run.
Lancaster Jethawks (AA) – The Lancaster Jethawks were up 4-0 over the Inland Empire 66ers (LAD) after two innings, and though they wouldn’t need more than that, they continued to pile on for a 14-3 victory. Two different Jethawks had three home runs each in this game: Outfielders Jonathan Gaston and Brian Pellegrini. Last year’s first round pick Jason Castro went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.
Lexington Legends (A) – The Legends couldn’t score a single run as the Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) rolled them, 6-0. Outfielder Jay Austin, the Legends’ leadoff hitter, is beginning to concern me. He’s .105/.150/.105 through the first five games, and is 0-3 on stolen base attempts. Starter Jordan Lyles picked up the loss despite allowing just one run in 3.2 innings. He was in control, striking out 8 in that time, with just 2 walks and 3 hits allowed, but the offense’s lack of ability to score a single run scuttled his day.