Palmetto Pros: Ex-Citadel star Asher Wojciechowski promoted to AAA by Astros

Former Citadel pitcher Asher Wojciechowski is one step closer to Major League Baseball after being promoted to Class AAA by the Astros. (File photo)

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.