Little Appy Astros and I took in the game tonight. Sunday nights are a great time for fans to catch the G-Stros in action. They start Saturday & Sunday games at 6 so you get out a time that works for early Monday morning schedules and Sunday tickets are buy one get one free. Where else can you get two tickets for $6. On to the game....
I got a first hand look at Jose Perdomo tonight. He lead off the game with back to back called strikes. His fastball showed good pop. He then threw three balls and when he came back with a fastball, it was drilled for a line drive double. That ended up being the pattern with him. He is having no trouble throwing fastballs for strikes. It was when he would miss with the change or the breaking pitches, he would get into trouble. And he missed with the off speed stuff often. He only lasted through the third inning. Five of the seven hits he surrendered were for extra bases. He gave up two singles, three doubles, a triple and one home run. Add into that two wild pitches, a balk and a walk, and you have a rough outing. His season ERA is now very close to the 20 range. I wonder if he makes another start in G'ville or is he sent back to the GCL.
If he is sent down, I expect his spot in the rotation to be taken by Rodney Quintero. Quentero came in and pitched three shut out innings. He fanned 4 during his outing, only allowing one hit. He did hit two batters, otherwise he looked very good tonight. The one hit he allowed was a fly into shallow right that the second baseman, Magee, couldn't catch over his shoulder on the run. He got his hands on it but couldn't quite control it.
Mark Jones looked okay for two innings, but when he came out in the 9th, things unraveled for him. After that, the Astros brought in the side-arming lefty Scott Zuloaga who allowed two inherited runners to score but did get the final two outs.
At the plate, Ernesto Genoves continues to impress me. He hit a HR and a single tonight. All of his extra base hits that I have seen have been to the opposite field.
Darwin Rivera had a two for four night and made some nice plays at third. He tends to double clutch the ball but when he lets it go, it gets there in a hurry.
Jose Vargas was helped off the field after trying to break up a double play. He was not putting much weight on his left leg/foot. Garen Wright replaced him and went 1 for 1.
Ovando Update: He was in uniform again tonight and he was kind enough to sign a ball for my son but apparently not healthy enough to play.
I will be able to make it back out tomorrow to see the Astros try to get their first win against the Kingsport Mets. They too were swept by Johnson City, however, they just swept Bristol who swept the G-Stros in the first series. I hope I see Ovando play and the Astros win tomorrow night.