Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Night For Big League G-Stros: Martinez HR & Lyles 1st W

For the first time, three former Greeneville Astros were on the field at the same time. Jordan Lyles was on the mound, Jose Altuve was at 2nd and J. D. Martinez was in LF. Here is how the three did.

Altuve went 2 for 3 with a sac bunt. His one out was a line drive that Brandon Phillips snared to rob him of a base hit. His two hits were a bunt single and a single to shallow right. This outing puts his batting average at .340 and he has now hit in 12 of the 14 games he has gone to the plate. He has also played solid 2nd base since his call up. He is currently the youngest position player in the NL this season and with Mike Trout being sent down by the Angels, he is now the youngest in MLB.

Lyles started his 12 big league game still searching for win #1. He gave a three runs on six hits in seven innings pitched to have his 3rd straight quality start. He didn't walk any batters and fanned three. He walked off the mound at the end of the 7th down 3-2 but J. D. Martinez delivered in the bottom half of the inning to put him in the position for his first big league win.

Martinez got his shot in the #3 spot in the line up. In the first inning, he roped a line drive to LF that resulted in a two run home run off Dontrell Willis. J. D. wasn't done for the night. He ended up adding a two RBI double in the 7th that secured the win for Lyles. He ended up going 3 for 4 on the night and just a triple shy of the cycle.

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