Off day notes: Social media night pics, Minor League update and what they’re saying on Twitter
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Social Media night of the 2011 season, another rousing success thanks to your participation and a cameo appearance by one Hunter Pence.
By the end of the Twitter trivia portion of the program, we had given away 12 signed Pence baseballs and three signed Michael Bourn bobbleheads. Eight of the baseballs were handed out by Pence during his 15-minute patio appearance, and we continued the trivia contest following his departure to give away the remaining seven prizes.
A combination of a festive Budweiser Patio, a tasty chicken sandwich, Blue Bell ice cream and picture-perfect weather (once the sun moved behind the ballpark) made it impossible — in my humble opinion — not to enjoy a Social Media night. But throw in an Astros win and you can chalk this up to one fun event.
Obviously, we can’t guarantee wins on Social Media nights, but I think it’s worth mentioning that dating back to last year, the Astros are now 3-0 when we hold these events. When’s the next one, you ask? Saturday, May 28, and our guest will be third baseman Chris Johnson.
Tickets are $45 and include a game ticket on the Bud Patio, dinner, dessert, a t-shirt, player appearance and a pretty good chance to win something during Twitter trivia. We’ll put the May 28 tickets on sale in early May. Meanwhile, here are the dates for the remaining Social Media nights in 2011:
Saturday, June 25
Saturday, July 16
Saturday, Aug. 20
Saturday, Sept. 24
Images from the party Saturday night:
Meanwhile, two Astros farmhands for Class A Lexington had a grand old time on Sunday, feasting on Asheville pitching in a record-setting road win.
Outfielder Telvin Nash and catcher Chris Wallace each hit three home runs and went 5-for-6 in a landslide 18-9 victory. Wallace had a club record nine RBIs, one shy of the South Atlantic League record of 10. Nash finished the game with four RBIs. Both players recorded 15 total bases, also one shy of the SAL record of 16.
Through Sunday’s game, Nash is hitting .412 with four home runs and eight RBIs over four games played, while Wallace is hitting .444 with five home runs and 17 RBIs over 10 games.
The 20-year-old Nash was a third-round Draft pick in 2009, while Wallace, 22, was a 16th-rounder in 2010.
More news from the farm:
J.D. Martinez turned more heads in one Spring Training than all three Kardashians at a year’s worth of red carpet events, and it appears the outfielder has transferred that performance to the regular season. Martinez, the Astros’ Minor League player of the year in 2010, is hitting .368 in 10 games for Double-A Corpus Christi with two home runs, 16 RBIs, a .422 on-base percentage and a .658 slugging percentage.
(In layman’s terms, that means he’s really pretty good.)
Remember J.B. Shuck? He’s the left-handed hitting outfielder who during Spring Training impressed the higher-ups with several timely hits and more than a few highlight-reel defensive plays. He played so well that he ended up being one of the last players cut at the end of the spring season.
Shuck, now playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City, is hitting .353 over the first 10 games of the season.
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic is hitting .324 with one home run and six RBIs for Oklahoma City. First baseman Koby Clemens is hitting .346 in eight games with two home runs and nine RBIs. Shortstop Tommy Manzella is hitting .314 with a home run and eight RBIs.
In Corpus Christi, shortstop Wladimir Sutil leads the Texas League in hits (20) and is second in batting with a .455 average. Infielder Jimmy Paredes has seven stolen bases, T.J. Steele has six and Sutil has five.
In Lexington, 20-year-old Jio Mier is hitting .343 over 10 games with a .477 on-base percentage. Third baseman Mike Kvasnicka, 22, is hitting .353 in nine games with seven RBIs. right-hander Tanner Bushue, 19, is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his first two starts.
While the Astros were traveling to New York, our own Milo Hamilton spent the offday Monday in College Station, where he was honored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Hamilton and Curt Smith, noted sports author and columnist, were the guests of honor at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
From the Twitter feed:
“On the bus, the team has decided Myers needs his own HBO reality show. We need to make this happen, he’s out of control 24/7.”
“Packing for NYC and Milwaukee. Team is gunna have a good road trip with some wins. Starts with Wandy on Tuesday.”
“Headed to New York! Looking to get a series win!”