Players of the Week - Minor League Baseball announced its players of the week for the week of April 15-21, and two Astros minor leaguers won awards: Oklahoma City's Marc Krauss won Pacific Coast League Batter of the Week honors after slashing .455/.500/.864 in 7 games, going 10-for-22 with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 RBI, 6 runs scored, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Meanwhile, in the Texas League, Corpus Christi's Asher Wojciechowskiwon the Pitcher of the Week award, going 1-0 in 2 games (one start, one piggyback), striking out 8 over 9 innings and not allowing a hit, a run, a hit batsman, or a walk. He's set the club record for consecutive shutout innings with 31.
Long Relief - Kenny Long and Telvin Nash appeared out of thin air -- or the disabled list, as it turns out -- and each made their first appearance of the young season for Lancaster. Each stuck to their specialty, as Long recorded the save for the Jethawks and Nash struck out. Raoul Torrez, meanwhile, went to
Purgatory the Temporarily Inactive list.
What Happened Was...
Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - This was a tough one for starter Jordan Lyles, who gave up five runs and eight hits in the first and only inning he pitched. He exited after throwing 45 pitches as the Albuquerque Isotopes (LAD) batted around.
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The Isotopes put up a season-high 21 hits altogether, which for those who are even worse at math than I am means that RedHawks pitchers not named Jordan Lyles surrendered thirteen hits, albeit over eight times as many innings as Lyles pitched, as they pounded Oklahoma City, 12-2. The game wasn't entirely without highlights for the RedHawks, though, as Jimmy Paredes blasted his third home run of the season, Jake Elmore strung together 3 hits, and Robbie Grossman (who you may have heard is an Astro now) went 2-for-5 with a double.
Oh. And Brett Wallace struck out twice.
- CF Robbie Grossman - 2/5, 2B, 2K
- 2B Jake Elmore - 3/5
- 3B Jimmy Paredes - 2/4, HR, 2 R, RBI, K
- SS Ben Orloff - 1/4, 2 RBI
- DH Jiovanni Mier - 0/5, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- CF George Springer - 3/4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, SB
- 1B Erik Castro - 2/3, SB
- RHP Nick Tropeano - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- LHP Alex Sogard - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- LHP Pat Urckfitz - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- SS Nolan Fontana - 3/4, R, BB, K, SB
- 1B Telvin Nash - 1/3, RBI, BB, K
- C MP Cokinos - 2/4, 2 RBI
- RHP Brady Rodgers - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- LHP Kenny Long - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- SS Carlos Correa - 0/4, 2 K
- DH Chase Davidson - 2/4, HR, R, RBI, K
- 3B Rio Ruiz - 1/4, 2 K
- RF Terrell Joyce - 1/3, 2B, 2 SB, BB
- RHP Mike Hauschild - 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K