Just when it looked like Jose Veras and the Astros would finally break through against the A’s, an old nemesis crashed the party. Meanwhile, the Astros continue to prepare for the upcoming draft and our minor league pitchers almost had another no-no. All that, and more, in today’s links.
"All Martinez (8-0) did was face the minimum the rest of the way after the first batter he faced, Roman Hernandez, broke up the no-hitter."
"We were playing our sectional championship game in Bloomington and we lost a tough game. We were all sad and emotional on the bus ride home, but about 30 minutes into the bus ride I got the call that Houston wanted to take me 19th overall, and I said absolutely."
"Rumors persist that the Astros might prefer to redistribute bonus-pool money by striking a deal with one of the hitters, and owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow have been spotted scouting Moran. Most industry sources, however, continue to believe the choice will come down to Gray or Appel, whom Houston also considered with the No. 1 pick last year."
"The ballpark video entertainment crew has always been top notch and it’s good to see that despite all the other changes going on around the Astros they’re still producing some killer work."
"With his A’s trailing 5-3, Chris Young blasted a monster three-run home run off of Astros’ closer Jose Veras. The towering shot gave the A’s the lead, and that led to a huge win for the green and gold."
photo by Gary Glass