Astros’ Hooks Are Dominating in All Phases

Francis Martes, picture credit to Tammy Tucker Smith.
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It’s the middle of June and Alex Bregman still has an OPS over 1.000. Bregman is doing everything he can to make his case for a promotion to Triple-A Fresno including a walk-off home run in extra innings on Saturday night. That bomb was Bregman’s 25th extra base hit in Corpus Christi this season and his 6th RBI this week, and he would add a seventh RBI on Sunday.

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As hot as Bregman has been, the Hooks offense was dominant as a unit this week. Eight different Hooks hit home runs over the six-game span. Nick Tanielu and Chase McDonald each had two. The team also combined to hit 12 doubles and a triple, scoring 36 runs. Every Hook hitter that came to the plate had at least two hits and scored at least two runs, except catcher Roberto Pena, who went 0-8 with three strikeouts.

Alejandro Garcia led the team with seven RBIs, including the game-tying RBI in the bottom of the ninth that set the table for Bregman’s extra-inning heroics. In his first 11 games at AA Garcia’s slash line (Avg/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) is .275/.382/.505 – all marks that would put him near the top 10 offensive producers in the Texas League if he can keep them up over a larger span of games although a 0-3 night on Sunday dipped his OPS down from .887 to .681.

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