Monday, July 28, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oklahoma City 6, Nashville 5

W- Jason Stoffel (3-3)
L- Rob Wooten (0-1)

OKC home runs: None.

Down 5-1, the RedHawks mounted a comeback in the final 2 innings, which saw them score 4 in the top of the 9th to take a 6-5 lead, which is the score you see above.

Austin Wates hit an RBI single in the 1st to open up the scoring. OKC would have to wait until the 8th to score again, when Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI single of his own. He was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, though. The RedHawks got a pair of RBI singles from Matt Duffy and Max Stassi, and Joe Sclafani delivered the go-ahead 2-run double. Wates finisheed 2-4 with 2 steals (30) and a run scored. Jonathan Villar also went 2-4 with a steal (11, 25 season). Stassi went 2-3 with 2 runs scored.

Nick Tropeano made his return from the DL and threw 5 innings. He allowed 4 runs on 3 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jorge De Leon allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th. Anthony Bass allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th, and Jason Stoffel pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The RedHawks will look for the split as Mike Foltynewicz will take on Ariel Peña. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 11, Corpus Christi 3

W- Drew Granier (6-4)
L- Jordan Jankowski (3-5)

CC home runs: Tony Kemp (4, 8 season; solo in 1st), Brandon Meredith (1, 8 season; solo in 4th)

The Hooks were only down 4-3 after 4 innings, but the RockHounds took control and finished the game on an 8-0 run.

Kemp finished 2-5; his blast led off the bottom of the 1st. Ruben Sosa followed that up with an infield single. He moved over to 2nd on a Delino DeShields sac bunt, to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a single from Telvin Nash. Meredith went 2-3, and his homer led off the bottom of the 4th.

Jordan Jankowski went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Kyle Weiland allowed a 2-run double, walked 2, and struck out 2 in the 5th. Kyle Smith allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and fanned 2 in 4 innings.

Tonight, the Hooks will begin a 3-game series against San Antonio. In game 1, Luis Cruz will face Justin Hancock. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 8, Stockton 3

W- Kent Emanuel (6-5 season)
L- Dylan Covey (0-1, 4-10 season)

Lancaster home runs: Tyler White (1, 8 season; solo in 4th), Roberto Peña (8, solo in 5th), Danry Vásquez (5, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks got the split behind a season's-best outing from Kent Emanuel and 3 homers from the offense.

Emanuel shook off a 2-run 1st from Stockton and stonewalled them the rest of the way. He went 7 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Dan Minor went 2 innings and allowed a solo homer to Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Lancaster took control with 4 in the 4th. White's first California League homer put them on the board, and then 2 walks and a single loaded the bases for Chan-Jong Moon, who promptly cleared them with a double, giving the JetHawks a 4-2 lead. Peña's 8th home run of the season came with 1 out in the 5th. White walked to lead off the 8th, and one batter later, Danry ripped his 5th homer. Rio Ruiz scored the final JetHawks run on a passed ball in the top of the 9th inning. Moon and Jack Mayfield, who tripled and scored a run, had 2 hits apiece. Everyone in the lineup drew a walk except for Jon Kemmer. White and Danry scored 2 runs each, and Teoscar Hernandez stole his 31st base.

The JetHawks will now commute to High Desert for the next 3 nights, as they're set to begin a series tonight at 9:05. Starters are TBA.

Quad Cities 9, Bowling Green 2

W- Edison Frias (7-5)
L- Jacob Faria (6-6)

QC home runs: Brett Phillips (9, 3-run in 8th)

The Bandits wrecked the Hot Rods as they struck out 13 and pounded out 13 hits.

J.D. Davis went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and kicked things off with an RBI double in the 2nd. He would score on an RBI single from Brett Booth. Also scoring on the play was Ronnie Mitchell when the throw from the outfield was cut off. Chase McDonald, who has hit 5 straight doubles, hit one with 2 outs in the 3rd and he'd score on an error that also allowed Brian Holberton to reach. Holberton scored on a Mitchell RBI single later in the inning. Dayne Parker had an RBI single in the 8th, and then Booth advanced to 2nd after hitting into a fielder's choice. That set up Phillips, who homered for the 2nd straight game. McDonald, Mitchell, and Booth had 2 hits apiece.

Edison Frias went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 5th) on 6 hits and struck out 8. Albert Minnis allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 2 scoreless to finish it off. Neither of them issued a walk.

The Banditos will look for the sweep at 12:05. Adrian Houser will be on the mound; he'll be facing Bruedlin Suero.

Aberdeen 7, Tri-City 5

W- Nik Nowottnick (2-1)
L- Luis Ordosgoitti (2-3)
S- Ivan Hernandez (3)

TC home runs: None.

The Cats saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end as the Ironbirds jumped all over Luis Ordosgoitti and Raul Rivera.

D.J. Fisher went 4-5 with a stolen base (11) and scored 4 of the 5 ValleyCats runs. Nick Tanielu went 3-4 with 3 RBI doubles. The first came in the 1st, the second in the 5th, and the third in the 9th. On the 3rd RBI double, an error occurred, which allowed Fisher to score his 4th run. Mott Hyde scored the other TC run on that double. Jose Solano went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Luis Ordosgoitti went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Raul Rivera pitched the next 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Aaron Vaughn faced a bases-loaded situation in the 8th on 2 hits and a walk, but nothing came of it. He struck out 1.

In the series finale, Troy Scribner will face Stephen Tarpley at 6:05.

Greeneville 7, Bristol 3

W- Aaron Greenwood (3-0)
L- Omar Basulto (1-2)
S- Angel Heredia (2)

Greeneville home runs: Bryan Muniz (1, solo in 6th), Cesar Carrasco (1, solo in 8th)

The Appy Astros got the sweep thanks to Cesar Carrasco's big night. 3 pitchers also combined to strike out 16 Pirates while only issuing 1 walk.

Austin Nicely went 4 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 8. Aaron Greenwood went 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 5, and Angel Heredia threw scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 3 for the save.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit. Carrasco went 3-4 and put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Yonathan Mejia added an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Carrasco was back at it again in the 4th when he ripped an RBI double. Later in the frame, Jeffry Santos drew a bases-loaded walk and Luis Reynoso hit an RBI single. Muniz's first pro homer came with 1 out in the 6th, and Carrasco capped off a big night by leading off the 8th with his 1st homer of the year. Hector Roa went 3-4 with a run scored.

The Appy Astros will now begin a big 3-game set in Elizabethton. Reymin Guduan will get the start in game 1, which will start at 6:00.

Astros Minor League Player and Pitchers of the Week: Week 17

It's time to look back at Week 17 and acknowledge some winning performances for the week commencing Sunday, July 20th and continuing through Saturday, July 26th. Since I am supposedly on vacation, this is going to be extremely short this week ... no list of nominees, no runners-up, just winners!


Hyde, the 2014 26th round draft pick out of the Georgia Institute of Technology hit .417/.483/.667 for the week with four doubles, one triple, six RBI and eight runs scored. He walked three times and struck out seven.


Barrios, a 20-year old Panamanian in his fourth season with the Astros system, pitched in two games last week for a total of nine innings and collected one win with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.778 WHIP. He allowed six hits and walked one batter while striking out eight.


Radziewski was the ninth round pick in 2014 out of the University of Miami. He pitched in two games out of the bullpen last week for a total of four innings. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out nine for a 0.00 ERA and a 0.500 WHIP. He held batters to a 0.71 batting average.

My Two Cents' Worth on Astros County Two Cents' Worth

I was gathering my thoughts on the ridiculousness which happened yesterday and I was going to write something about it, but thanks to Astros County's excellent take on the latest manufactured Astros crisis, I do not have to do that. (Thank you, James, since I'm trying to enjoy my vacation.)

I will, however, add two thoughts. These are REAL unwritten baseball rules.

  • As a player, don't worry about the things you can't control. Just take care of the things that you can control.
  • If you have a problem with a fellow player, coach, manager or GM, keep it in the clubhouse.

And I will offer some unsolicited advice to players as well. Reporters are not your friends, particularly the ones whose sole purpose in life appears to be to stir up trouble.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

In addition to the Astros minor league moves I posted yesterday (including confirmation of the rumored moves), there were a couple of more ~

2B/LF Jose Fernandez from the Quad Cities team was placed on the 7-day DL retroactively to 7/25. [UPDATE] RHP Jandel Gustave was also placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 7/25, but I missed that when I posted this morning.

And drumroll please ....

Kyle Weiland is slowly making his way back to Houston from his exile on Weiland Island. He has now made it to Texas.

Happy Birthday - 7/28

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Henry Sosa (29)
Sosa came to Houston from San Francisco as a part of a July 2011 trade for Jeff Keppinger. In 10 starts for Houston in 2011, he was 3-5 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.444 WHIP. Sosa appeared in several games for the Dodgers AAA club earlier this season.

OF Dick Simpson (71)
Simpson came to Houston from the Cardinals in June of 1968 and was gone to the Yankees six months later. In between, he played in 59 games for Houston, hitting .186/.282/.299.

RHP Chad Paronto (39)
Originally drafted by Baltimore in the 8th round in 1996, Paronto came to Houston as a free agent in December of 2007. In 12 games for Houston in 2008 and 2009, Paronto was 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA and a 1.706 WHIP.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Let's play 2 in Bristol!

Nashville 8, Oklahoma City 1

W- Kyle Heckathorn (3-2)
L- Rudy Owens (5-5)

OKC home runs: Carlos Perez (5, solo in 8th)

The RedHawks offense has been in stuck in mud as of late; they have either scored 1 run or no runs in 4 of their last 5, with that 12-8 win in Round Rock sandwiched in between.

Carlos Perez had 2 of OKC's 4 hits; his solo homer in the 8th accounted for the only run. The other 2 hits belonged to Jio Mier and Ronald Torreyes.

Rudy Owens went 7 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and struck out the side in the 8th.

The series continues at 6:35. Nick Tropeano, who I presume is being activated from the DL, is listed as the starter. He'll face Michael Blazek.

Midland 10, Corpus Christi 4

W- Nate Long (9-6)
L- Aaron West (2-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (18, solo in 3rd), Leo Heras (4, solo in 3rd), Delino DeShields (6, solo in 6th), Andrew Aplin (6, solo in 8th)

The Hooks saw Kent Matthes lay waste to them in this game; he had a 3-run homer, a grand slam, and a 2-run single, making him responsible for 9 of the 10 Midland runs.

The 4 Corpus runs came on those 4 solo homers you see above; Nash and Heras went back-to-back in the 3rd, while Andrew Aplin finished 2-4.

Aaron West served up the 3-run homer to Matthes in the 2nd. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. R.J. Alaniz went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. David Rollins pitched the final 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (grand slam), walked 2, and struck out 7. The grand slam cleared the bases of Alaniz's runners.

In the series finale, Jordan Jankowski will take on Drew Granier at 6:10.

Stockton 6, Lancaster 0

W- Tim Alderson (1-0)
L- Matt Heidenreich (2-3, 3-3 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

A big 4th inning doomed the JetHawks, whose bats were grounded.

Tyler White had a triple and Teoscar Hernandez had a double.

Matt Heidenreich got tripped up in that 4th, which spoiled an otherwise pretty good night for him. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 8. Pat Christensen allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th. Zach Morton issued 3 walks against 1 strikeout, but threw a scoreless 8th.

In the series finale, Kent Emanuel will get the start. First pitch is at 8:05.

Quad Cities 9, Bowling Green 2

W- Blaine Sims (2-2, 3-2 season)
L- D.J. Slaton (0-1)
S- Andrew Walter (9)

QC home runs: Ronnie Mitchell (13, 2-run in 5th), Brett Phillips (8, 2-run in 5th)

The River Bandits busted the game open with a pair of 4-run innings, beginning with the 2 2-run homers in the 5th.

They really opened it up with a 4-run 6th. They got a pair of RBI singles from J.D. Davis and Dayne Parker, and a 2-run single from Thomas Lindauer. Marc Wik added an RBI groundout in the 9th. Parker finished 3-4, while Phillips (2-R HR), Chase McDonald (2 2B), Brian Holberton, and Davis (2B, R) all had 2 hits apiece. Mitchell and Phillips both scored twice.

Blaine Sims was effectively wild in his 6 innings; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 7, and struck out 3. Andrew Walter finished it off with 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

In the middle game of this series, Edison Frias will face Jacob Faria at 2:05.

Tri-City 16, Staten Island 3

W- Joe Musgrove (4-1)
L- Jordan Cote (1-3)

TC home runs: A.J. Reed (5, grand slam in 2nd), Ryan Bottger (4, 3-run in 7th), Terrell Joyce (4, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats got the sweep in dominating fashion, outscoring the Baby Bombers 39-10 in the 3-game set. They actually trailed 3-2 heading into their half of the 2nd, but they absolutely mauled the Yankees from there on out, scoring 14 unanswered.

D.J. Fisher grounded into a force out that put TC on the board first in the 1st. Later in the inning, Nick Tanielu added an RBI single. 3 straight singles to open the 2nd loaded the bases. Then, Mott Hyde got plunked and Fisher drew a bases-loaded walk. That set the stage for Mr. Golden Spikes, who promptly cleared the bases with his 1st grand slam as a pro. Tanielu added another RBI single in the 4th. Terrell Joyce hit an RBI double in the 6th, and one batter later, Alex Hernandez had an RBI groundout. Bottger's homer in the 7th came after Juan Santana reached on an error and Reed walked. After a pitching change, Joyce sent out his 4th homer of the year. Fisher capped off the night with an RBI double in the 8th. Everyone in the original starting 9+1 had a hit. Bobby Boyd (2 R), Fisher (3 RBI, 2 R, SB [10]), Reed (4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 R), Bottger, Tanielu (2 RBI singles), Joyce, and Alfredo Gonzalez (2 R, BB), all had 2-hit nights.

Joe Musgrove was roughed up in the 2nd, giving up the 3 Staten Island runs, but he rebounded to have a good outing. He allowed 3 runs (all on homers) on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 4 over 5 innings. Bryan Radziewski struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings. Vince Wheeland threw 2 scoreless and allowed 3 hits while striking out 2.

The ValleyCats are now in Aberdeen, where they'll begin a 3-game set with the Ironbirds. Luis Ordosgoitti will get the start in the opener, and he'll take on John Means at 4:35.

Game 1: Greeneville 2, Bristol 1

W- Jorge Perez (1-1)
L- Hector Garcia (0-5)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Reynoso (1, solo in 3rd)

The Appy Astros took the first game of the twinbill as they got an outstanding performance in relief from Jorge Perez and the offense was boosted by Luis Reynoso's first homer of the season.

Reynoso opened the scoring with that homer in the 3rd inning. Ydarqui Marte added an RBI single in the 4th.

Jose Montero went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Jorge Perez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless for the win.

What did game 2 have in store for the Appy Astros?

Game 2: Greeneville 4, Bristol 0

W- Josh James (1-1)
L- Dan Urbina (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Reynoso (2, 2-run in 2nd)

They got the doubleheader sweep, won the series, and climbed back up to .500 as they blanked the Pirates.

Reynoso went 2-3 with 2 runs scored; again, a home run hit by him opened the scoring. He also had an RBI single in the 4th inning. Brett Clements added a sac fly later in the 4th. Marte and Reynoso scored all 4 Greeneville runs.

Josh James was excellent in his 5 innings, as he allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 6. Eric Peterson struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings.

The series returns to Greeneville, where the Appy Astros will look for the sweep. First pitch will be at 5:00; starters are TBA.

GCL Tigers 3, GCL Astros 0

W- Carlos Lara (4-0)
L- Joselo Pinales (0-3, 1-5 season)
S- Nate Fury (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros couldn't leapfrog the Tigers in the standings as they got blanked.

They were held to 3 singles from Alex Melendez, Brauly Mejia, and Dex McCall.

Joselo Pinales went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. John Gatlin walked 2 in a scoreless 5th. Cristhopher Santamaria went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run, walked 2, and struck out 4. Alejandro Solarte allowed a solo homer to Giancarlo Brugnoni in the 9th.

The GCL has Sunday off.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Athletics 0

W- Moreno Polanco (1-1)
L- Emerson Nelo (1-3)
S- Jose Rosario (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got held to 4 hits, but they blanked the A's in the process as well.

Their 2 runs came in the 2nd on an RBI single from Andy Piñeda, and an error on the play allowed Oliver Toribio to score. Rodrigo Ayarza went 2-4.

Moreno Polanco allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 6 shutout innings. Jose Rosario pitched 3 scoreless to close it out, allowing 4 hits and striking out 4.

DSL Braves 10, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Jason Laguna (3-3)
L- Gerald Benzant (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Both teams traded 2-run innings in the 6th and the 7th; the only difference was that the Braves had a 6-0 lead to work with.

The 2 in the 6th came on a 2-run double from Ihan Bernal, and Jose Benjamin hit an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. Bernal finished 3-4, while Juan Fuentes went 2-5 with a run scored.

Gerald Benzant went 2.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Juan Hernandez allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Tomas Lopez walked 1 over 1.1 scoreless, and Hansel Paulino struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

There have been a lot of moves and rumored moves in the Astros major and minor league systems over the last 24 hours. Here's a quick recap ~

RHP Brad Peacock optioned to Oklahoma City
RHP Paul Clemens recalled to Houston
RHP Josh Zeid being placed on the 15-day DL

OF Leo Heras activated from the DL

1B/OF Hector Roa assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

RHP Travis Ballew assigned from Corpus Christi to the GCL (Ballew has been struggling somewhat at Corpus this season. The Astros have sent several players to the GCL this season to presumably work on problems.)

Quad Cities' J.D. Davis tweeted out last night that 1B A.J. Reed and OF Ryan Bottger were being promoted from Tri-City to Quad Cities. That has not been confirmed in the official transactions yet.

Also, Houston Chronicle writer Evan Drellich announced yesterday that RHP Mark Appel would be promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi, but I haven't seen confirmation on this from the Astros yet.

Happy Birthday - 7/27

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Brandon Culbreth (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2011 out of high school in North Carolina, Culbreth is currently playing on Team Rehab in Kissimmee. I met Culbreth at Spring Training and he was sporting a tell-tale TJ surgery scar. In four games (one start) during the 2013 season, he was 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP.

Quad Cities Hitting Coach Joel Chimelis (47)
Chimelis was drafted by Oakland in the 11th round in 1988 and spent time in the Oakland, San Francisco and New York Mets organizations as well as playing in the Mexican League and Independent League baseball. Chimelis has been a hitting coach in the Astros organization for Tri-City (2006-2010), Lexington (2011), Corpus Christi (2012) and is now in his second season as hitting coach for Quad Cities.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

C Jack Hiatt (72)
Hiatt came to Houston from the Cubs organization in December of 1970. He played in Houston from 1971 until he went to the Angels in July of 1972. In 79 games, he hit .266/.393/.347.

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