Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday's Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts from Monday's games:

  • Collin DeLome hit his second home run of the season, his only hit in five at-bats. DeLome also struck out for the fifth time in 18 plate appearances, but that's a pretty small sample size.
  • The big news out of Round Rock (that I forgot to mention last night) was Chris Johnson's apparent wrist injury. While batting in the second game on Friday, Johnson was hit in the hand by a pitch in the fourth inning. He left the game and hasn't played since. There was no story about it on the website, so I'm not sure whether he's hurt badly or just day-to-day. For now, the Express are going with Matt Kata at third with Edwin Maysonet picking up the occasional start.
  • Round Rock's Tommy Manzella and Drew Sutton, however, continue to be a great double play combination. Sutton has already turned six double plays and four of those were with Manzella. Each has shown a knack for being the pivot man, and could make a nice duo with the Astros later this season.
  • Big blow-up in the 9th inning in Corpus got manager Luis Pujols, pitcher Chris Salamida and catcher Brian Esposito all ejected. From the Northwest Arkansas Natural's website:
With one out, Hooks' reliever Chris Salamida plunked Jordan Parraz, his former teammate last season with the Salem Avalanche. Parraz, who had a run-in with Hooks' backstop Brian Esposito an inning earlier, came to the Royals' organization in a trade for Tyler Lumsden last December. As Parraz took first base Esposito was ejected by home plate umpire Brad Myers. An ensuing protest from Corpus Christi manager Luis Pujols also led to his departure as well as the ejection of Salamida.
  • Maysonet has played more frequently in the past five games, alternating between second and third base. He's been very good defensively, making 15 plays in 21 1/3 innings without an error. Maysonet still hasn't come around at the plate, however, going 1 for 11 so far.
  • Didn't get to the Lexington box today, but Jason Castro had another solid day at the plate and threw out one base stealer at second. Castro hit two doubles, giving him five extra-base hits on the season. Starting pitcher David Duncan did not fare as well, giving up 10 hits and 8 earned runs in two innings.
That's all for today. I'm in Austin tomorrow for a class and then back here for a baby doctor's appointment (FYI, the appointment is for the baby, the doctor is not a baby). I'll try to look at the boxes tomorrow, but it may be Thursday before I get to another post.

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