The Pryor Times


April 28, 2014

Houser thriving in 'piggy-back' system

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Through five appearances in the month of April, former Locust Grove pitcher Adrian Houser has posted a 4.67 ERA while striking out 17 batters for the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Houser has started three games, while entering two games in the sixth inning as a relief pitcher. The Astros are the only organization to perform this system.

“We call it a “piggy back system,” Houser said. “It’s where two starters throw in the same game. One will start and the other will throw after him. They have a set number of innings or pitch count that they go for that game. Then the starter that threw second will start the next time they throw.” Houser has posted similar numbers as a starter and relief pitcher.

Houser’s most impressive outing came Sunday as relief pitcher against a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs. After coming into the game in the sixth inning, Houser threw three innings and gave up one hit and two unearned runs. Houser also posted his first outing of the season without giving up a walk, while sitting down four batters on strikes.

“I do think that today’s outing could get me back on track. I’ve been working on a few things and they are starting to come together,” Houser said.

Quad Cities is the Houston Astros’ Class-A affliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits, located in Davenport, Iowa.

Houser’s next outing is scheduled for Friday on the road against Oakland Athletics’ affiliate, Beloit Snappers. First pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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