October 15, 2007 - Texas League (TL) - Corpus Christi Hooks
AFL UPDATE - The Mesa Solar Sox ended a three-game losing streak Saturday by blanking the Peoria Saguaros 4-0 in Arizona Fall League action. Mitch Einertson, the 2007 Carolina League MVP, was the only Astros farmhand in Dave Clark\'s lineup, going 0-for-3 with a walk. Einertson has one hit -a double - in eight at-bats for the Solar Sox. The 19th overall pick in the \'07 draft and former Rice Owl Joe Savery (Phillies) made his first appearance with Peoria and yielded one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out two over two innings.
Former Hooks Josh Flores and Tommy Manzella each have three hits in three games for Mesa with a double and RBI, respectively. Astros catcher J.R. Towles is 2-for-5 through three contests. The Solar Sox pitching staff is comprised of Corpus Christi alums Jimmy Barthmaier, Brad James and Josh Muecke, along with Chad Reineke of Round Rock. Barthmaier has worked twice, allowing three runs and six hits in three innings. James logged three scoreless frames and struck out two in his lone start thus far. Muecke, the \'07 Hooks leader in victories with nine, has appeared in two games and surrendered one run through three innings.
Astros General Manager Ed Wade is in Arizona today, evaluating the club\'s prospects and interviewing scouting director candidates. The six AFL teams have 35 players, with each club featuring farmhands from five Major League organizations. Playing six days a week at five stadiums in the greater Phoenix Area, the schedule concludes November 17 with the league championship game. Monitor cchooks.com for updates.
HAWAIIAN STYLE - Former Hook Lou Santangelo is one of three Astros prospects playing for the North Shore Honu in Hawaii Winter Baseball. Santangelo, who batted .243 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 58 games for Corpus Christi, is 9-for-22 with four runs scored, four doubles and four RBIs through seven games with the Honu.
Infielder Chris Johnson, who split time this season between Class A Lexington and High-A Salem, is 4-for-13 with two runs, two doubles and an RBI for North Shore. After notching a 2-8 record and a 4.75 ERA in 22 starts for the Legends, Bud Norris has allowed three runs and two hits over two appearances with the Honu. He has walked four and struck out 12 through 5 2/3 innings.
CATCH THE SAVINGS AT HOOK, LINE & SINKER - Hook, Line & Sinker is showcasing numerous specials this week, including 25 percent off all polo shirts, normally priced from $40 to $60. Also, all fitted caps are marked down 25 percent with selected shirts and caps 25-50 percent off. Hook, Line & Sinker, located next to the Right Field gate at Whataburger Field, is open 10-6 weekdays and 11-4 on Saturday. For more information, call (361) 561-4700 or shop online at cchooks.com.
CHECK YOUR MAIL - 2008 Hooks season-ticket invoices are landing this week! Be sure to check your mail... the same-seat renewal deadline is Friday, November 9. Contact the Hooks Ticket Office at 561-HOOK, ext. 1, with any questions.
A FEW GOOD MEN - 46 men from all over the world converged on Corpus Christi this past weekend for fun, fellowship and a great cause. The No Bats Baseball Club came to Corpus Christi and Whataburger Field in hopes of raising money and awareness for the Rotary Club\'s Miracle League project here. When it was all said and done, the Curanderos overcame an 0-2 start in the tournament to win the 2007 No Bats Baseball Club World Championship.
The Curanderos beat the previously undefeated Chupacabres 7-6 in the first game Saturday, then overcame a five run deficit in the championship game to defeat the Surf Rats 13-12. Although the Curanderos claimed the championship, all four teams including the Gatos, walked away with equal 2-2 records - a first in the 15-year history of No Bats.
The real story of the weekend was the amount of money raised on behalf of the Miracle League. From the 46 men that came, and from others that could not come as well, over $50,000 was raised for the local Miracle League project.
For more information on No Bats or their weekend here in Corpus Christi, you can check out the Caller-Times, or KRIS-TV.
BEST OF THE BEST - Houston outfielder and Hooks 2006 Player of the Year Hunter Pence made an appearance yesterday with Corpus Christi broadcaster Matt Hicks on KIII-TV\'s "Domingo Live" before signing autographs at the Caller-Time\'s Best of the Best Showcase. Check out Pence\'s interview with sports anchor Alan Harwell.
GOODBYE BIDGE - Round Rock Express staff member Seamus Gallivan writes about the legacy of Craig Biggio in this week\'s website feature.
WEBSITE POLL - No contest at the hot corner! Fifty-seven percent of the 141 who voted in last week\'s poll named Ken Caminiti as Houston\'s all-time best third baseman. Bob "The Astro" Aspromonte and Doug Rader tied for second with 11 percent of the vote. This week, we debate the best of the best...To log your entry, go to cchooks.com and scroll down the home page.