Saturday, January 14, 2012

Winter League Recaps

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Gigantes over Licey 3-2
Diory Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a strikeout for the Gigantes.  Enerio del Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up one hit, and Rhiner Cruz pitched one-third of an inning with no hits or walks and was awarded the win for Gigantes.  The Gigantes have improved their record in the round robin playoffs to 7-7.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Magallanes over Zulia 11-2
Gabriel Garcia pitched two-thirds of an inning for Magallanes with one strikeout.  The Magallanes are now 4-6 in the playoffs.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Sydney over Adelaide 10-3
Brandon Barnes resumed his RBI parade as he went 1 for 3 with two RBI's, a walk, two strikeouts and scored two runs for the Sydney Blue Sox.

The Mexican Pacific League and the Puerto Rican League both had the night off.

Happy Birthday - 1/14

1B Chase Davidson (22)
Drafted out of the University of Georgia in the 41st round in 2011, Davidson spent all but one game of his 2011 season at Greeneville.  In 43 games with Greeneville (and one game with Tri-City), he hit .327/.417/.630/1.047 with 13 doubles, two triples and 11 home runs.  He was named as an Appy League Post-Season All-Star.

Former Astros with birthdays today

2B Derrel Thomas (61)
Played in 5 games for Houston in 1971

UT Dave Campbell (70)
Played in 44 games for Houston from 1973 to 1974

LHP Danny Boone (58)
Pitched in 10 games for the Astros in 1982 with a 3.55 ERA and a 0.868 WHIP

Tweet of the Day



Rafael Valenzuela
How can u not be romantic about baseball

Bonus Tweet of the Day



Josh Zeid
Today- saw 6 black cats, walked under 2 ladders, mistakingly opened 3 umbrellas indoors an broke 1 mirror How's everyone else's Friday 13th?

No Announced Roster Moves But ...

Based on a series of tweets, it appears that Kellen Kiilsgaard was probably released.  However, nothing official has been posted.  I will update when this has been confirmed.

Friday, January 13, 2012

An Astros Meet & Greet with the Powers that Be

This morning I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Crane, George Postolos and Jeff Luhnow at a season ticket holders Meet & Greet at Minute Maid Park.  I was very encouraged by the direction and tone of the meeting and wanted to share some of the high points.

Following some brief introductory remarks by Crane and Postolos, Jeff Luhnow took the microphone.   His main points were that he intends to devote considerable resources to the front office for analytics, devote considerable resources to the June draft, emphasize effective player development and expand the Astros relationship with the Mexican Pacific League in particular.  As he has stated before, he is intent on building a strong farm system so that the Astros will be able to compete year in and year out.  This was emphasized by Postolos as well.

It was also announced that there will be some type of season ticket holder event in conjunction with the June draft.  I am unclear on the details of this, but I am incredibly excited by the prospect.

There were several good questions/comments during the Q&A.  I made a comment about how some feel that the season ticket experience has been devalued with the proliferation of cheap deals to the non-season ticket holder, and how upset people were when "Sweet Caroline" was played during a Red Sox game at Minute Maid Park (which led Astros fans to feel that they weren't as valued as the Red Sox fans).  Jim Crane took the question and came extremely close to guaranteeing that season ticket holders would be getting a partial credit on their tickets, and did guarantee that a decision would be made by February 15th.  And, although the "Sweet Caroline" incident wasn't specifically addressed by Crane, I think from the comments that were made, you could safely bet that incident will never be repeated.

Other questions involved the no outside food/drink policy (Postolos indicated that they will probably loosen that policy), the minor league affiliates (no changes anticipated at this time), and other such.

In response to one question, Jim Crane did explain more about how the American League move came down.  He was told in no uncertain terms that, if he wanted to own the team, he had to agree to the move.  No buyer was going to be approved without that condition being met; it was part and parcel of the new CBA and he was outnumbered.

Finally, I did talk to Jeff Luhnow briefly and I asked him about better avenues of communication with regard to minor league players, particularly as it pertains to the status of injured players (such as Vincent Velasquez) and the almost total lack of information on the DSL players.  He told me that he would think about how to facilitate better communication in those areas.

Overall, I came away from that meeting feeling that the Astros franchise is in good hands and that, although the process will not be a quick one, we are headed in the right direction.

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Mayaguez over Ponce 4-1
*Robinson Cancel was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts for Ponce.  Ponce's loss eliminated them in the playoffs.  Mayaguez will go on to play Caguas.  *Ryan Rowland-Smith, who had been playing for Ponce, tweeted early this morning that he got the call to go play in the Dominican so that's where he's headed.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Caribes over La Guaira 7-4 in 10 innings
Sergio Escalona pitched one inning with a strikeout for La Guaira.  La Guaira is 5-4 in the round robin playoffs.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Guasave over Culiacan 4-1
Brad Snyder was 0 for 4 with a strikeout for Guasave.  Guasave now leads the best of seven series 2-0.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Gigantes over Aguilas 6-4
Jimmy Paredes was back in the line-up for the Gigantes at left field as he went 1 for 4 with an RBI and two strikeouts.  Erick Abreu pitched 2.2 innings for the Gigantes with five hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts and a home run, and Rhiner Cruz pitched one inning with a strikeout.  The Gigantes are 6-7 in the playoffs.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Adelaide over Sydney 6-1
Brandon Barnes was 0 for 4 with a GIDP for Sydney.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 1/13

SS Jonathan Merritt (24)
Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, Merritt last played in Greeneville in 2010.  I haven't been able to find any information about his status, but he is still shown as being in the Astros organization.  In 2010, he batted .248/.367/.421/.788 with nine doubles, seven triples, four home runs and twelve stolen bases.

C Emerson Frostad (29)
Drafted by the Rangers in the 13th round in 2003, this native of British Columbia signed with the Astros as a free agent in 2011.  Frostad split the 2011 season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City and compiled a .235/.337/.331/.668 batting line.  He hit .409 with a double and five RBI's as he played for Canada in the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Former Astros with birthdays today

UT Ron Brand (72)
Played in 300 games for Houston from 1965 to 1968

LHP Mike Madden (55)
Pitched for Houston from 1983 to 1986 going 12-10 with a 3.94 ERA
Came to Houston with Kevin Bass & Frank DiPino in a trade with Milwaukee for Don Sutton

SS Orlando Miller (43)
Played in 247 games for Houston in 1994 to 1996
Batting line of .262/.307/.406/.713
Went to Detroit in a monster 9-player trade on 12/10/96

From Baseball-Reference: "The Houston Astros traded Doug BrocailBrian HunterTodd JonesOrlando Miller and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus,Jose LimaTrever MillerC.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward."

Tweet of the Day


Andrew Robinson
Found a puppy today.
pic.twitter.com/RslZWixe

No Announced Roster Moves Today

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Journey with Jordan

[A note from What the Heck ~ Jordan Comadena (aka @funky2414 on twitter) has graciously agreed to do occasional guest posts for us about life as a minor league player.  This is the first of what I hope will be many. Go here to read a little more about Jordan.]

Over the course of the next six months or so I hope to give you an inside look at the day to day life of a minor league baseball player.  I hope you enjoy.

When the minor league season ends in September everyone says their goodbyes and heads off to wherever they make their home for the offseason.  It’s always nice to get back home and see family, friends, girlfriends, wives etc. that may not have seen a whole lot of you since you left in February.  Once everyone gets home and begins to recover from the long season it doesn’t take long for you to realize that you miss your team mates and the camaraderie of the clubhouse.  Nothing beats the atmosphere of a baseball clubhouse and when you spend everyday with the same group of guys you develop some strong bonds.  That time spent in the clubhouse before and after games is missed more than anything. 

Fast forward to mid January and the anticipation of another baseball season is upon us.  Spring training is roughly six weeks away and that means a fresh start and the opportunity to get back together with all the guys.  With smart phones and social media being the way they are, it’s very easy to keep in touch with a lot of your team mates throughout the offseason, specifically to revive many of the college and NFL football debates that went on in the clubhouse towards the end of the season.

At this point in the year players at every level (that are not off somewhere playing winter ball) are really beginning to ramp up their workouts and beginning to do more baseball specific activities.  Pitchers and position players alike are starting to play long toss to get their arms back in shape.  Position players are transitioning from tee work and short toss to actual full length batting practice.  Getting going with these basic baseball activities is very exciting, knowing that spring training is right around the corner.  This next month and a half leading up to spring training will go by very quickly and it is important to make the most of every day.  You want to show up to camp as game ready as possible.  Spring training is not the time to get yourself in shape; once you get there, it’s full steam ahead towards the start of the regular season.
  
Jordan Comadena

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Ponce over Mayaguez 9-6
*Robinson Cancel was 2 for 2 with three walks and two runs scored for Ponce.  *Ryan-Rowland Smith had a rough night.  He got the start for Ponce but only lasted two-thirds of an inning with five hits, four runs, one walk and one strikeout.  The best of 5 series is tied at 2-2.  The winner of tonight's game will go on to play Caguas.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Licey over Gigantes 8-0
Henry Villar pitched one inning for Licey with a walk and a strikeout.  For the Gigantes, Diory Hernandez went 0 for 2 with a walk, and Enerio del Rosario pitched one inning with one hit.  Licey is now 7-6 in the playoffs and the Gigantes are 5-7.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

La Guaira over Magallanes 11-3
Sergio Escalona pitched one inning for La Guaira and struck out all three batters.  La Guaira is now 5-3 in the playoffs.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Guasave over Culiacan 4-3
Brad Snyder was 0 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout for Guasave.  Guasave leads Culiacan 1-0 in the semifinals.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Sydney over Adelaide 12-7
After a disappointing 0 for 4 in the last game, Brandon Barnes came back nicely in this one.  He was 3 for 5 with a double, three RBI's, a strikeout and scored a run.  He's now back up to a .356 BA.

*Free Agent

Roster Moves & Staff Changes - 1/12/12

The Astros claimed Fernando Martinez off waivers from the Mets.  This is a low-risk, high-reward signing of a player once considered an elite prospect, but who has been hampered by injuries.  Here is the story from Zachary Levine.

To make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster, the Astros designated Henry Villar for assignment.  Villar split his time in 2011 between Corpus and Oklahoma City.  In 42 appearances (7 starts), he was 4-5 with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.526 WHIP.  This winter he appeared in 10 games in relief for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican League (in the regular season) where he had a 3.86 ERA and a 1.607 WHIP.

According to a tweet from Matt Eddy at Baseball America, the Astros signed RHP Hector Corpas who had been released by the Cardinals.  Here are his stats.  He didn't have good numbers in 2011, but if you look back at 2009, and particularly 2010, I can see why the Astros would be interested in him.  If he can even get close to the SO/9 and SO/BB ratio that he had in 2010, he could be a good addition, particularly since he just turned 22 a few days ago.

And finally, there were several changes in the coaching, scouting and player development staff.
Bench Coach - Joe Pattini (Al Pedrique out)
Special Asst. to GM in Player Development - Dan Radison
Special Asst. to GM in Scouting - Mike Elias
Catching & Advance Scouting Coordinator - Matt Sinatro

Bobby Heck and Fred Nelson will remain in place with their current titles.

Happy Birthday - 1/12

RHP Francisco Baso (21)
Originally from Panama, Baso was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent and first played for the VSL Astros in 2008.  2011 was his first season with the GCL Astros, but he only pitched 3.2 innings over 3 appearances.  In 2010 with the DSL, he had a 1.33 ERA and a 1.205 WHIP over 40.2 innings.

RHP Francis Ramirez (20)
Ramirez was signed by Houston as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic and first played for the DSL Astros in 2009.  He split the 2011 season between the GCL Astros and the Greeneville Astros.  Over 12 games (11 starts), he compiled a 4.78 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP.  In his last four starts at Greeneville, he had a 2.89 ERA and a 0.750 WHIP.

OF Mesac Laguna (20)
A non-drafted free agent from Nicaragua, Laguna played his second season with the DSL Astros in 2011 and compiled a .267/.318/.349/.666 batting line with a .329 batting average with RISP.  In August, he hit .357/.433/.446/.879.

Former Astros with birthdays today

UT Casey Candaele (51)
Obtained from the Montreal Expos in a trade for Mark Bailey, Casey Candaele played for Houston from 1988 to 1993.  His mother, Helen Callaghan, played for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, giving Casey the distinction of being a part of the only mother/son combination ever to play professional baseball. Casey liked to keep things loose.  In case you missed this interview from a couple of months back, Casey talks about naked batting practice, the Moneyball movie and more.  And then there was the break-dancing at the Astros Wives Gala.  You may also enjoy this Jayson Stark column from 2000 in which Casey reveals his dream to join the Latvian ski-jump team.

1B/OF Mike Simms (45)
Played in 181 games for Houston from 1990-1992 & 1994-1996

Tweet of the Day


Neiko Johnson
WOWWWW!!! I had a dream that today was the first day of spring training and I woke up hype and excited but realized it was only a dream SMH

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winter League Recaps

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Gigantes over Aguilas 10-6
Diory Hernandez went 2 for 5 with a double, two RBI's and scored a run for the Gigantes and Rhiner Cruz retired his one batter faced.  The Gigantes are now 5-6 in the playoffs.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Mayaguez over Ponce 5-4
*Robinson Cancel was 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI for Ponce.  Mayaguez is leading the series 2-1 in a best of 5; the winner will play Caguas in the finals.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Adelaide over Sydney 1-0
Brandon Barnes cooled off at the plate with an 0 for 4 night with two strikeouts.  He's now only hitting .341.  (I'll take that!)

The Mexican Pacific League had the night off, and no Astros played in last night's games in Venezeula.

*Free Agent

No Birthdays Today But ...

On January 11, 1986, the Astros traded Joe Niekro to the New York Yankees for Jim Deshaies, Nedar Horta and Dody Rather.

Tweet of the Day



The Counterplot
"I'll bet 18 million bucks that Hostess will not go under! Best. Snackcakes. Ever." - Carlos Lee

Roster Moves - 1/10/11

According to this post by Brian McTaggart, the Astros have signed three Dominican players who will report to the Dominican Academy:

RHP Carlos Vasquez - 16
OF Edward Santana - 17
RHP Tomas Lopez - 17

Click on the link for more information on the players.

UPDATED TO ADD:

According to this report posted by Astros County, Free Agent RHP Ross Wolf has signed with the Orioles.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Interview with Rafy Valenzuela


Rafael Valenzuela
Loving what I do and doing what I love

That kind of sums up Rafy Valenzuela in a nutshell.  He's one of those bigger than life personalities who seems to sweep everyone up in his wake.  I got in touch with Rafy so we could learn a little bit more about him.  But first, let's take a look at his time in the Astros minor-league system.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, Rafy split his first season between the Gulf Coast League Astros and hit .287/.333/.489/.822 over 50 games with 17 doubles, three triples and four home runs.  In 2011, he spent most of the season at Tri-City where he hit .316/.367/.456/.823 over 31 games with ten doubles and two home runs.  Now on to the questions ....

[Edited punctuation for readability only.  The words are all Rafy’s.]

WTH:  What have you been doing in the off-season?  I know you’ve been spending some time with your family and you seem very close.

RV:  This off-season I have been working out like a mad man (as you can tell by my dedicate a workout tweets) and hitting everyday and taking time to hangout with my friends and enjoy my family as much as possible.  [WTH: Rafy has dedicated his workouts to everything from baseball fans and actresses to Yaris drivers and Astros bloggers to “the person who decided to steal all my gloves during xmas break my last year at Arizona.”]

And yes, I have been spending a lot of time with my family and my family is really laid back.  We like to have family gatherings at our house, cookouts and things like that. My mom is by far the best the cook, next to my grandma that is. My father is an absolute baseball man.  That man can talk baseball everyday and every now and then he pulls out the video camera and we sit down and go over my hitting and things like that. Finally, my sisters are the most supportive people on the face of the earth. Both of them have been behind me since I can remember. And well I can't forget about my grandma who is by far my biggest fan. She goes over to my house everyday during season and sits down on the computer and makes sure that she doesn't miss a single play.

WTH:  You were drafted by Kansas City in 2006 and didn't sign.  Do you ever regret that?

RV:  I do not regret not signing. I have been happy with my decision. I had a chance to go play college ball at THE (yes THE) University of Arizona which is one of the best baseball programs in the country and had a chance to grow not only as player but as person as well.

WTH:  What position did you play with the Wildcats?  Any special memories of your time there?

RV:  At Arizona I went in as a short stop, believe it or not. Back when I was a tiny little guy. Then I ended up being a utility guy there too. I liked being the utility guy simply because I was able to play a lot and I love playing everywhere as well.

For the best memory - just being able to wear the Arizona Jersey and playing in front of family and friends. Also, having 3 walk off hits and one against Arizona State during senior night my sophomore year in front of a sell out crowd. 

WTH: Did you finish your degree at the University of Arizona before you were signed as a free agent by the Astros?  If so, what was your degree in?

RV:  Yes, I did have a chance to finish my degree at Arizona and I received my degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish.

WTH:  In Tri-City this season, you didn't get as many AB's and your power numbers were down a little (although your average and OBP were up).  Were there any injury issues?

RV:  I got hurt during spring training and had surgery on my hand. I am not making any excuses for my power numbers, but I just was never really comfortable swinging the bat that much so I guess that's why my power numbers were down.  I was still able to help my team out so I am still very happy about that.

WTH:  You played a lot of DH, as well as 1B, 3B, RF and LF in 2011.  What position are you most comfortable with?  Do you like being a DH?

RV:  Personally, I like to play everywhere. As you might be able to tell I am a very random person. I like to be everywhere. And to be honest with you I feel comfortable anywhere on a baseball diamond, except the bench that is.  It is the one place where I feel like I can't be touched, like I can do whatever I want, where I forget about everything that is going on in my personal life and just try to play the game as best as possible.

WTH:  You’ve been tweeting a lot about the Obregon team in the Mexican Pacific League lately.  Can you tell me a little about that?

RV:  I was drafted last season (2011) by the Yaquis de Obregon and I had a chance to go down there and practice with them and play some games with them and this season my dad and I went to go watch them play once in a while during the weekend because Obregon is really close to my hometown in Arizona.  … my dad and I became really close with the owners of the club so we go out there watch them play once in a while and well I am pulling for them during the post- season. GO YAQUIS!!!

WTH:  When I follow the players on twitter, particularly those who tweet a lot, I feel like I get to know them. I think your motto in life is: Vive la vida al maximo.  Am I close?

RV:  Haha, You might be a bit close. I just enjoy what I do and I don't take it for granted. I like to live life one day at a time but I also like to make each day count. I like to feel like I accomplished something each day that the Lord gives me.

WTH:  Final question (a silly one).  Pro-Tebow, Anti-Tebow or Don't Care?

RV:  HAHA, Tebow..... well... He might not be my favorite player, but I do respect what he has done and I like the fact that he keeps doing what he is doing and quieting all of his critics. So I guess you can say I am pro-Tebow... But I like to think that I'm just neutral about the situation, if that even makes sense... haha.

Winter League Recaps

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Gigantes over Escogido 4-3
Diory Hernandez went 1 for 2 with a solo home run and a strikeout, and Jimmy Paredes came in to pinch hit and went 0 for 1 with a strikeout for Gigantes.  Rhiner Cruz pitched a third of an inning for the Gigantes with a hit and a strikeout.  Magallanes is now 3-4 in the playoffs.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Magallanes over Zulia 6-1
Arcenio Leon pitched one inning for Zulia, stranding three inherited runners in a bases loaded situation.  Zulia has yet to win in the playoffs.

Caribes over Aragua 16-8
Sergio Perez had an off night in his start for Aragua, giving up eight hits, five runs and four strikeouts, and was charged with the loss.  Aragua is now 3-3 in the round robin playoffs.

Happy Birthday - 1/10

RHP Sammy Gervacio (27)
Gervacio was originally signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2002.  He pitched in 35 games for the Astros in 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, he was particularly effective with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP before injuries later took their toll.  Gervacio showed some signs of regaining his effectiveness in 2011 as he split his time between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City and compiled a 3.28 ERA and a 1.071 WHIP.  He quickly became a fan favorite in Houston, mainly because of his elaborate wind-up and unconventional pitching style. He is currently a free agent.

Former Astros with birthdays today

RHP Larry Hardy (64)
Pitched in 15 games for Houston in 1976

1B Jim Lindeman (50)
Played in 9 games with Houston in 1993 with a .348 BA

Bonus Tweet of the Day



Brandon Barnes
Bondi Beach. One of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen

Tweet of the Day


John Hinson
Bout to put this workout on the evenin news

No Announced Roster Moves Today

Monday, January 9, 2012

WTH 25-Man Roster - Catcher

As posted over the weekend, 3B Jonathan Meyer became the 15th player to be named to the WTH Roster.  Also receiving votes were Matt Duffy, Mike Kvasnicka, David Flores, Kyle Redinger and Fredwin Campusano.  For more on the WTH 25-Man Roster, go here.

Next, let's pick our second catcher.  Chris Wallace was overwhelmingly elected as our first catcher some weeks ago.  We are lucky in that the Astros have a number of minor league catchers who seem to be able to hit, a trait that has been sorely lacking in recent years.  But a good arm and the ability to block balls is just as important so I included the catcher's caught stealing percentage and the number of passed balls as well so you can look at the total package.

This list includes catchers who received votes the last time, plus those who didn't have enough appearances to qualify during the last go-round.  Jordan Comadena has the best OBP, but it was a small sample size.  Ben Heath definitely has the best power numbers with 22 doubles and ten home runs, but defensively he only managed a CS% of 19%.  Ryan McCurdy has a terrific .320 batting average (also a small sample size) and decent defensive numbers.  And I really like Ernesto Genoves.  He's only 20 and could turn out to be the whole package; he has the highest slugging percentage and OPS and one of the better CS%.  I'd like to see fewer passed balls but I think he is a player worth watching.

With all that said, here are the 2011 stats for the players.  Look them over and vote.

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Ponce over Mayaguez 6-2
*Robinson Cancel was 2 for 4 with a solo home run and scored two runs for Ponce.  The series is now tied 1-1.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

La Guaira over Caribes 9-1
Sergio Escalona pitched one inning for La Guaira and gave up one hit.  La Guaira is 4-2 in the round robin playoffs.

Magallanes over Zulia 5-1
Gabriel Garcia pitched two-thirds of an inning for Magallanes and retired both batters.  Arcenio Leon pitched one inning with one strikeout for Zulia.  Magallanes is now 2-4 and Zulia is 0-5 in the round robin playoffs.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Aguilas over Gigantes 3-2
After a couple of nights off, Jimmy Paredes was back in the line-up at left field where he went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice, and Diory Hernandez went 1 for 4 with an RBI for the Gigantes team.  Erick Abreu pitched a third of an inning for the Gigantes with one hit, one run and one strikeout and was charged with the loss.  Enerio del Rosario also pitched to one batter and gave up one hit without recording any outs.  The Gigantes are 3-6 in the playoffs.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Obregon over Guasave 6-3
Brad Snyder was 0 for 4 for Guasave as they lost the first round of the series to Obregon 4-2.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 1/9

Only former Astros with birthdays today

RHP Jay Powell (40)
Pitched in 160 games for Houston in 1998 to 2001
ERA of 4.02 and WHIP of 1.549 for the Astros
Winning pitcher of record in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins

OF Stan Javier (48)
Played in 20 games for the Astros in 1999
Batting line of .328/.405/.422/.827 for Houston

RHP T. J. Mathews (42)
Pitched in 12 games for Houston in 2002
ERA of 3.44 and WHIP of 1.309 for the Astros

Tweets of the Day



Jiovanni Mier
Still don't like him but the dude wins! Wow unreal game

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Enrique Hernandez
Tebow did it for 4 years in college! He's done it over and over this year at the biggest stage! Don't hate!    

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Lino DeShields
Broncos! Tebow! Let's ride

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Neiko Johnson
I'm glad the Broncos won..... is a WINNER!!!

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Jordan Scott
Wow .. silenced them hatersss!!

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David Duncan
At least the Bengals didn't lose to tebow. Wow

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Garen L. Wright
Say what you wanna say the boy WINS in crunch time yo..! 

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Rafael Valenzuela
wooooow......

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Adrian Houser
First play, Denver wins! 

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Bobby Doran
   Called that upset last week! HATERS GONNA HATE

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Jimmy Howick
Hahaha wow good for the Broncos

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Jordan Comadena
Really?
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Jake Buchanan
Hahahaha suck it steelers 
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Jonas Dufek
Tebow.....
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Ryan Cole
There is a god 
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Joe Witkowski
God is good