Astros lineup 6/22 at Rangers, and some pregame notes.
Pregame notes from Arlington…
Tonight’s starter, Brett Myers, is coming off his 11th career complete game, a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday. At one point he retired 17 straight Dodgers from the first inning through the seventh and he faced the minimum in his middle seven innings, allowing only one hit in 21 plate appearances.
That complete game was the Astros’ first since J.A. Happ tossed a two-hit shutout on Aug. 30, 2010 versus the Cardinals.
Astros starting pitchers have compiled a 2.93 ERA since June 11. Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.00) and Bud Norris (0-1, 0.69) are 2-1 with a 0.36 ERA within that span, having allowed one earned run over 25 combined innings.
The Astros have not homered in eight consecutive games, dating back to June 14. It’s the longest homerless streak for the club this season. The Astros haven’t had an eight-game homerless drought since August of 1992. The streak that year reached nine games.
Two Astros prospects, both native Houstonians, won their leagues’ home run derbies on Tuesday night. High Class A Lancaster first baseman Kody Hinze, a Nimitz alum, was victorious at the California League and Carolina League’s joint event. Hinze leads the Cal League with 19 home runs in his 66 games.
Class A Lexington catcher Chris Wallace, who played at UH and Cy-Fair, won the Class A South Atlantic League’s event. Wallace’s 14 home runs are tied for third in the league. (Info courtesy of Chronicle beat writer Zachary Levine)
The Astros have signed 28 of their 2011 Draft picks thus far along with six non-drafted free agents. This includes the signing of eight of the club’s top-10 selections and 19 of their top 25 picks.