Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday's Rundown

Both Corpus and Lexington were off last night, so a brief update on what Round Rock and Lancaster did before I try and bang out another pitching profile. In other good news, Lexington lefthander Brad Dydalewicz is scheduled to make his first start in over a month on Wednesday. He had missed the last few weeks due to a strained oblique.

After a blistering six week stretch, Yordany Ramirez has started to cool off at the plate. The 24-year old is 3 for 19 in his past five games. His average for May is down under .300 for the first time this month and on the season, his 16 extra-base hits are one shy of the team lead.

Bud Norris started his eighth game of the season on Tuesday, pitching five innings and allowing five hits and two earned runs. The 24-year old struck out five and walked two but his teammates were being shut out by former Astros farmhand Chad Reineke. Norris' record fell to 1-3, but he's still the most promising pitcher in the system and could be called up to the big team at any time.

In other Round Rock news, Brian Bogusevic is leading the club in runs scored this season with 27. His .290 batting average is only bettered by Ramirez. Bogusevic also has more walks (20) and strikeouts (36) than anyone on the Express roster.

Lancaster's game on Tuesday was started by Chad Wagler, who was recently demoted from Corpus Christi. The 25-year old turned in a decent start, but the Lancaster offense did not give him much support. Reliever Jordan Powell pitched two scoreless innings after Wagler left, allowing two hits and striking out one. Powell has a 1.17 ERA in May after he appeared in six games over 7 2/3 innings. The 24-year old has struck out three this month and has a 13/4 G/F ratio.

Offensively, Lancaster did have a pair of bright spots as Koby Clemens went 2 for 2 with two walks and recently signed outfielder Eric Suttle was 2 for 5 with a run scored. 2008 first round draft pick Jason Castro also drove in his 14th RBI of the month. Suttle is 4 for 10 since signing over the weekend, while Castro is hitting .273/.348/.446 this season.

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