I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to talk about at least one story that affects the Astros – or could have, at any rate. On the heels of the announcement that Drew Sutton is the PTBN in the Jeff Keppinger trade, it seems fitting that Troy Patton would take the mound for the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League.
Astros fans will remember Patton as the cornerstone of the trade that brought Miguel Tejada to Houston. The trade sent Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Mike Costanzo, and Dennis Sarfate to the Orioles; along with Patton, the Astros’ top-ranked prospect. He missed the 2008 season due to injury, but he’s back now.
Patton threw 6.0 shutout innings against the Akron Aeros (CLE), allowing 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking none before emerging with the win in Bowie’s 2-0 victory. Previously, Patton (2-0) threw 5.0 shutout innings, also against Akron. So his Orioles career – albeit a young one – has consisted of 11.0 shutout innings, 9 K, 3 BB, and a .162 BAA.
Did I mention we also gave the Orioles five other guys, on top of him, for Tejada?
Houston Astros (MLB) – Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 for their first series win of the year. Now it’s back to Houston for a ten-game homestand, beginning with four against the reds.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – Another bad outing by Clay Hensley, but the Express managed to rally and beat the Omaha Royals (KCR) 6-5 on the strength of big home runs from John Gall and Lou “Don’t Forget About Me” Santangelo. A friend of the blog was on the ground at Round Rock, and while he was unimpressed that Lenny DiNardo was able to strike out two of the first three Express batters he saw with his 83-mph fastball, he was impressed by Yorman Bazardo, who was throwing 91-92 at the knees in his 3.0 IP, striking out 2 and allowing 4 hits and no runs. 4 of the Royals’ 5 runs were charged to Hensley in his 3.0 inning start, and Chad Paronto allowed the final run, but still earned the save. Chris Johnson is still not in the Express lineup, and Brian Bogusevic had the night off, as well. DH J.R. Towles went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – The Hooks throttled the Tulsa Drillers (COL) 15-4, including a 6-run inning in the 6th. Only one of the 4 runs put on Polin Trinidad was earned, but all five of his strikeouts were. Only one of the Hooks’ 15 runs came on a homerun, that off the bat of Collin DeLome, and in fact Corpus Christi only had 5 extra-base hits all night, but 14 hits and 8 walks were strung together for 15 runs. 1B Mark Ori went 3-for-4 and walked twice, with two doubles and 5 RBI. Not a bad night.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – The Jethawks had control of this game until a 4-run sixth became the difference in a 5-4 loss to the High Desert Mavericks (SEA). The Castro–Clemens show continues, with Jason going 2-for-4 and Koby drawing 2 walks. Marcos Cabral was 3-for-4 with a double, Lancaster’s only XBH of the night.
Lexington Legends (A) – For the second straight night, the Legends were blanked by the Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS), this time 1-0. This time, it was Charles Leesman doing the honors for Kannapolis, and Ross Seaton pitching well for Lexington, but earning a loss. He struck out four and allowed three hits through six innings, but gave up one run, and that was the decider. Jay Austin continues to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-4; but to be fair, the entire team struggled at the plate yesterday. C Federico Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a double to “lead” the offense.