Astros fans everywhere should all thank Collin DeLome. DeLome, an outfielder with the Hooks and one of my favorite players in all of Astroland, hit a single in the top of the seventh to score Mitch Einertson from third base. That run put the Hooks up 3-2 and was the only thing that prevented the Astros organization from getting completely shutout on Sunday.
Well, that and the rain that postponed the game between Lexington and West Virginia.
Houston Astros (MLB) – Lance Berkman, Geoff Geary, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, and Geoff Blum combined to beat the Houston Astros and recent callup Felipe Paulino, who pitched 6.0 very good innings. Little Leaguers from all around the Houston area were invited to today’s game, and some even got to play. Some of them were lucky enough to get to wear Jason Michaels, Humberto Quintero, Kazuo Matsui, Jason Smith, Darin Erstad, and Ivan Rodriguez jerseys and be inserted into the lineup. Oh, and the Astros lost 4-2 to the Redstockings.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Iowa Cubs (CHC) beat the Express 8-2. Yorman Bazardo pitched 3.0 innings and took the loss, though he had plenty of help from his bullpen. Ryan McKeller worked hard to allow 4 runs in 3.0 innings, raising his ERA to 11.25, though I’m relatively sure he can work it even higher with just a little extra work. The only thing resembling a bright spot was Casey Daigle, who pitched an inning in relief and miraculously didn’t allow a run, despite allowing a single, a double, and a walk. Chris Johnson, whose hand that got hit by a pitch over two weeks ago, was still out of the lineup, and is still listed as day-to-day. Brian Bogusevic went 2-for-4 to lead the offense.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – Despite their best efforts, the Hooks could not seem to lose this one, squeaking by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KCR) 3-2. Brad James threw 6.0 mediocre innings, allowing two runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, with 3 strikeouts. He also had a throwing error, just like the big leaguers! Rob Semerano earned his second save by pitching 3.0 shutout innings, striking out 3 and allowing just a single. 1B Mark Ori continued to look very good in the cleanup spot, going 3-for-4, all singles.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – The High Desert Mavericks (SEA) beat the tar out of Lancaster, 7-3. Big Michael Pineda struck out 8 over 7.0 innings, while little Shane Wolf made it just 3.2 innings. He made them count, though, managing to squeeze in 10 hits and five earned runs in such a short time. No wonder he got the loss; he worked hard for it. The bullpen actually pitched fairly decently, though Jordan Powell allowed one earned and Reid Kelly allowed one unearned. Castro and Clemens combined to go 1-for-8 (Clemens had a single), and the offense was paced (if you want to call it that) by 3B David Flores, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI double; and OF Brian Pellegrini, who who went 1-for-3 with a 2-run home run.
Lexington Legends (A) – The Legends’ game against the West Virginia Power (PIT) was rained out. They’ll play two on Monday, which theoretically gives the Astros organization more chances to win.
My bold prediction for Monday: Astros 10, Reds 3. Goodnight, everybody!