Round Rock beat Albuquerque again, this time 4-2, as more Express players jockey for a call-up, even if it's just sitting on the bench. Which makes me wonder, would the Astros prefer the prospects go home and play Halo all day, waiting for Spring Training, or learn some aspects of the Major-League lifestyle? Anyhow, Tommy Manzella hit a two-run shot in the 6th, while Jason Smith added a solo homer. Polin Trinidad threw 7.2IP, 10H/2ER, 9K:0BB, and Armando Benitez got his first save for The Rock.
Brutal loss for the Hooks, losing on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th, 1-0. Corpus only managed three hits (Sutil, DeLome, and Moresi), while DeLome and Florentino struck out four times each. Francisco Abad threw 6IP, 1H/0ER, 5K:1BB while Erick Abrew threw 4IP, 4H/0ER, 7K:1BB. Ryan McKeller took the loss, giving up the homer.
Got shut down again at the hands of High Desert, 7-0. Only three hits again for the JetHawks (Simunic, Weston, Cabral). Clemens was held hitless for just the second time in his last ten games. Leandro Cespedes threw 5IP, 6H/4ER, 5K:2BB and Jordan Powell gave up 5H/3ER, 2K:2BB in 3IP.
Asheville scored four times in the bottom of the 8th to provide the margin in a 6-2 win over Lexington. Jay Austin was 2x4 with two doubles and an RBI. Ross Seaton threw 6IP, 4H/2ER, 5K:3BB while Brian Wabick got the loss with 2IP, 6H/4ER, 2K:1BB.
Double-header with the Vermont Lake Monsters, and it was a tale of two games.
Game 1: Vermont whooped up, 10-5. Renzo Tello got the only multi-hit game (2x3), while Brian Kemp (1x4) and Jorge De Leon (1x2) had two RBI each. Robby Donovan took the loss with 2.1IP, 3H/4R (2ER), 1K:1BB. Brendan Stines threw 2.1IP, 3H/2ER, 2K:5BB. Kirk Clark had a scoreless 1.1IP, and David Berner came in for 1IP, 4H/4R (1ER). Yep. Two errors (De Leon, Martinez) led to five unearned runs.
Game 2: And then Tri-City scored 15 runs in a 15-5 win, scoring seven in the first alone. Jhonny Medrano was 3x4 with 5RBI, Erik Castro was 3x4 with a two-run homer and 3RBI total. J.D. Martinez was 2x2 with an RBI. Wander Alvino got the win with 5IP, 8H/5ER, 1K:5BB (hard to lose a game when you're spotted seven runs). Mike Modica and J.B. MacDonald threw a scoreless inning each.