Former Citadel standout Asher Wojciechowski was promoted to Class AAA Oklahoma City by the Astros on Wednesday night, putting the right-handed pitcher one step closer to Major League Baseball.
Wojciechowski, a first-round draft pick in 2010, was 2-1 with a 2.08 earned-run average and a save at Class AA Corpus Christi. In 26 innings, he allowed six earned runs, walked seven, struck out 27 and held batters to a .189 average.
At Oklahoma City, Wojciechowski, who played at Beaufort High School, will replace Hartsville product Jordan Lyles, who was called up to the Astros after going 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA.
Elsewhere among Lowcountry players on Wednesday:
• Former Stratford High School teammates Justin Smoak and Matt Wieters finished up a three-game series in Seattle. Smoak went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks in the Mariners’ 8-3 win over Wieters’ Orioles, making him 5 for 10 for the series and raising his average to .240.
Wieters was 1 for 4 with a double, and went 4 for 11 with a homer and four runs batted-in for the series, putting him at .228 for the season.
• Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) came off the bench to go 1 for 2 in the Yankee’s 8-3 win over Houston, raising his average to .257.
In the minors:
• Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) went 1 for 4 in Class AAA Round Rock’s 1-0 win over Iowa, and his hitting .229 for the season.
• Pitcher John Cornely (Bishop England HS, Wofford) worked one inning against Winston-Salem, allowing three hits and an earned run. He’s 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA in four appearances for Class A Lynchburg.