*** Houston Astros Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS - The Zephyrs dropped three straight contests over the weekend and have lost five of their last six games, bringing their record to 6-12, which places them last in the East Division of the Pacific Coast League. The offense was abysmal over the weekend, posting just five runs in the three losses. The only bright spot on the team was Royce Huffman who continues to swing the hot bat, hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games, including his current six-game hitting streak. As a team, New Orleans is batting a meager .237 thus far. Jared Fernandez continues to sparkle on the mound, throwing 16 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits.
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS - The Express won two of three games over the weekend, raising their record to a league best 13-5 which places them 1 1/2 over San Antonio for the West Division lead in the Texas League. First baseman Todd Self continues to swing the hot bat, reaching base safely in nine of his last 10 games, which includes a five-game hitting streak. Catcher Dax Norris was successful at the plate over the weekend, going 4-for-7, scoring one run, while hitting one home run and driving in two RBI to extend his hitting streak to six games. DJ Houlton continues to sparkle on the mound for the Express, throwing 17 innings, while allowing just two runs on 12 hits with 21 strikeouts in his last three outings. Ezequiel Astacio also dominated on the mound over the weekend, allowing just three runs while striking out seven to record his third victory of the season.
LEXINGTON LEGENDS - The Legends continue to roll on, winning five straight contests, placing them in second place of the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League with an 11-6 record. Josh Anderson had a impressive game on Sunday, going 6-for-6 from the plate, scoring five runs, while knocking in two RBI in the 13-5 victory over Greensboro. In his last four contests, the outfielder is 10-for-18 with seven runs and four RBI. Saul Torres is also beginning to hit the ball, after going just 3-for-18 with five strikeouts in his previous five games. The third baseman has gone 8-for-19 with seven RBI in his last five contests. Despite having his worst outing on April 22nd, allowing three runs and seven walks in just three innings of work, starting pitcher Derick Grigsby has been strong this season, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.38 ERA. The Legends will square off with Greensboro for two more games before heading to Hagerstown.
SALEM AVALANCHE - The Avalanche dropped two of three games to Lynchburg over the weekend, dropping their record to 10-5, placing them in second place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League. Mark Saccomanno was a big source of offense for the Avalanche over the weekend. After going just 2- for-19 with six strikeouts in the previous five games, the designated hitter is 5-for-9 with two home runs and six RBI in his last two games. On the mound Fernando Nieve continues his dominance, winning for the third time in as many starts, allowing two runs in five innings, while punching out seven batters.