All good things must come to an end. The Astros dropped their final game of April, 3-0, to the Cincinnati Reds. This ends a streak of eleven straight games in Great American Ball Park that the Astros had won.
You could feel it building up – all the talk, all the hype surrounding the success of a sub-.500 team. It was particularly frustrating for me, as I’d predicted the Astros to finish April at 10-12. Instead, they’re 9-13. So close, yet so far.
We’ll begin a five game road series with three games in Atlanta starting tomorrow, then it’s off to Washington for a quick two games before coming back to Houston for two against the Cubs and three against the Padres.
Realistically, I think we can take two of three from the Braves, split with the Nationals and Cubs, and lose the Padres series 2-1. That would be a straight .500 run, and our next off day, we’d be 14-18. If we can steal a sweep in Atlanta or Washington, or the series against San Diego, we’d be at 15-17.
Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Express had the day off today. They finish the month 7-13, last place in the PCL American South.
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – Corpus Christi got off to a hot start, scoring 5 runs in the top of the first inning, but Brian Moehler – on his rehab start – allowed five in the bottom of the frame. Over 5.0 IP, Moehler allowed 8 runs on 11 hits and no walks. Yet somehow, he didn’t earn the loss – that honor went to Christopher Salamida, who allowed the go-ahead run in the 16-9 loss to the Midland Rockhounds (OAK), who complete the sweep and continue their dominance over the Hooks. 1B James Van Ostrand was 3-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – 2B Marcos Cabral hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. He’s now hitting .356/.415/.576 so far in the young season. The Jethawks won 4-3 over the San Jose Giants (SFG). Jason Castro was 0-for-1 off the bench.
Lexington Legends (A) – C Federico Hernandez’s 2-run home run would prove to be the game-winner as the Legends beat the Rome Braves (ATL) 4-2. Henry Villar struck out 8 Braves in just 3.2 IP, allowing no earned runs. Jose Trinidad earned the save, striking out 4 over 3.0 scoreless innings and allowing just a single hit.