Saturday, August 19, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's play two in the Dominican!

Wait, never mind.

Fresno 3, Las Vegas 2

W- Jumbo Diaz (1-0)
L- Alberto Baldonado (0-4)

The Grizzlies walked off with the win to snap their 5-game slide and avoid a sweep.

Drew Ferguson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. This was the game's only scoring play until the 8th, when Vegas scored twice in the top half to take the lead. Fresno responded in the bottom half with a Preston Tucker RBI single to tie the game. Garrett Stubbs hit a one-out single in the 9th, advanced to 3rd on a Rico Noel double, and scored the winning run when Tony Kemp dunked a ball in for a single.

Rogelio Armenteros allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 9 over 7 shutout innings. He had a no-hitter going through 6.2 innings. Dean Deetz got 2 outs in the 8th but allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan got the last out of the inning without incident. Jumbo Diaz worked around a single and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Trent Thornton will start the first game of a 4-game series in Reno at 7:05 Pacific. He'll go up against Taylor Clarke.

Corpus Christi 7, Springfield 4

W- Franklin Perez (2-1, 6-3 season)
L- Chris Ellis (5-7)
S- Riley Ferrell (2, 4 season)

CC home runs: Ryne Birk (3, 11 season; grand slam in 6th)

Corpus only scored in one inning, but they made sure to score a lot.

Franklin Perez turned in 6 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on a 2-run homer, one other hit, walking 2, and striking out 4. Brock Dykxhoorn threw a scoreless 7th but ran into trouble in the 8th, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Riley Ferrell took ownership of the 8th and ended up earning a 2-inning save. He allowed a hit and struck out 4.

All 7 Hooks runs came in the 6th. Carlos Canelón and Arturo Michelena led off with singles and Jason Martin tied the game with a 2-run double. Tony Nuñez and Kyle Tucker were both retired, but Dex McCall kept the inning going with a single. Jon Singleton got a free pass to load the bases for Spencer Johnson, whose RBI single put Corpus Christi in the lead and prompted a Springfield pitching change. Ryne Birk greeted the new pitcher, Andrew Morales, with a grand slam. Martin (2 2B, 2 RBI, R), Singleton (2 BB, R), and Canelón (R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Josh James takes on Zac Gallen in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:10.

Down East 5, Buies Creek 3

W- Adam Choplick (4-3)
L- Justin Ferrell (7-5)
S- Scott Williams (5)

BC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (3, 12 season; solo in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros got edged towards the end when the Wood Ducks hit back-to-back solo homers in the 8th to break a 3-3 tie.

Jake Rogers ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring. Yordan Alvarez smacked a solo homer in the 3rd and drove in another run on a bloop single in the 7th inning. Alvarez finished with 2 hits for the 3rd straight game, while Stephen Wrenn finished 4-5.

Ryan Hartman allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4.2 innings. Justin Ferrell went 3.1 innings and allowed the two solo shots in the 8th, one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Jorge Alcala gets the start in game 2. He'll face Brett Martin at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 3

W- Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 3-4 season)
L- Nattino Diplan (3-10)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (13, 2-run in 1st)

The Banditos broke a 3-3 tie by scoring twice in the 6th and ran away with this game with a 5-run 7th.

Patrick Sandoval shook off a rocky 3rd inning in which he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) to go 6 innings. He also allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Robert Corniel allowed 2 hits and fanned 4 over 2 scoreless, and Salvador Montaño worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Chuckie Robinson launched a 2-run homer in the 1st to open the scoring and Josh Rojas added an RBI single later in the inning. Troy Sieber led off the 6th with a single and Daz Cameron joined him on the bases with a double. Luis Payano put Quad Cities back in front with an RBI single and Rojas added a sac fly to his ledger.

Marcos Almonte ripped a double to begin the 7th inning. Robinson drew a one-out walk and they both advanced a base on a Sieber groundout. Daz hit a 2-run single and it was on. He proceeded to steal 2nd (28) and scored on a Ronnie Dawson single. After a Payano double, Rojas capped it off with a 2-run triple.

Daz finished 3-5 on the evening. Almonte (2 2B, R), Payano (2B, RBI, R, SB), and Rojas (3B, 4 RBI) all finished with 2 hits. Robinson, Sieber, and Daz also scored 2 runs apiece.

Nathan Thompson makes his first Midwest League start tonight. He'll face Braden Webb at 6:35.

Tri-City and Hudson Valley was postponed

Due to rain. The ValleyCats have a series in Hudson Valley from August 28-30 so I presume that this game will be made up during that series.

Tri-City will kick off a 3-game series with Brooklyn tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Leovanny Rodriguez faces Luis De Los Santos.

Pulaski 4, Greeneville 3

W- Dallas Martinez (2-0)
L- Tim Hardy (1-3)

The Appy Astros were stunned at the end when the Yankees scored twice in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.

Yhoan Acosta allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Jairo Solis was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and went 4.1 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. Tim Hardy pitched 2+ innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Ruben Castro scored Greeneville's first run when Wilson Amador beat a double play in the 4th. Gilberto Celestino scored on a Jose Benjamin groundout in the 5th, and Roman Garcia hit an RBI single in the 7th. Garcia, Castro, and Cody Bohanek all had 2 hits on the night; the three of them accounted for all of Greeneville's hits.

Noel Pinto starts the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Mets 4

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (1-1, 4-1 season)
L- Eric Villanueva (0-3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros walked off with the win on Friday.

Juan Pablo Lopez went 1.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Matt Merrill was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Nivaldo Rodriguez shut it down over the last 5 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 6.

Hector Martinez and Vicente Sanchez both finished with 2 hits, an RBI, and scored a run. César Cortez went 2-4 and scored a run. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan won it with a single in the bottom of the 9th.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Rays1 2

W- Jervic Chavez (3-1)
L- Fraylin Santos (2-2)
S- Jean Reyes (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Kendy Moya went 2-3 and had the big hit in this game: a bases-clearing triple in a 5-run 4th. Yeuris Ramirez and Brandon Benavente drove in runs in the 4th with a single and a sac fly, respectively.

Jervic Chavez walked 2 and struck out 5 over 5 no-hit innings, while Jean Reyes allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the last 2 innings.

DSL Rays2 5, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Luis Duran (3-2)
L- Yulian Frontado (1-3)
S- Eduardo Perez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team mounted a rally that fell just short.

Euclides Chavez went 2-4 with a couple of RBI singles. Deury Carrasco scored twice, stole a base (26), and walked 3 times.

Mauricio Santana allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 1st. Christian Mejias allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 5 innings. Yulian Frontado got 2 outs in the 7th and allowed 2 unearned runs, walked 2, and struck out 1. Cristofer Melendez allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jervic Chavez, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (3-1), 5 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
Christian Mejias, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 2 K
Nivaldo Rodriguez, RHP, GCL Astros: W (1-1, 4-1 season), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, H, 2 BB, 9 K; no-hitter through 6.2 IP

Franklin Perez, RHP, and Riley Ferrell, RHP, Corpus Christi
Perez: W (2-1, 6-3 season), 6 IP, 2 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Ferrell: Save (2, 4 season), 2 IP, H, 4 K

Ryne Birk, 2B, Corpus Christi
Grand Slam (3, 11 season) in 7-run 6th

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Buies Creek
2-5, solo HR (3, 12 season), 2 RBI

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 10-3 @ Wisconsin
9 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 14 K
Patrick Sandoval: W (2-2, 3-4 season), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, 8 K
Robert Corniel: 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Salvador Montaño: IP, BB, 2 K

Daz Cameron, OF, and Josh Rojas, IF, Quad Cities
Cameron: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (28)
Rojas: 2-3, 3B, 4 RBI

Friday, August 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for August 16-17, 2017

They played two in Tulsa on Wednesday and two in Pulaski on Thursday.

Wednesday: Las Vegas 4, Fresno 3

W- Logan Taylor (2-1)
L- Dayan Diaz (4-3)
S- Alberto Baldonado (1)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (21, solo in 7th)

The 51s got a big night from Cody Decker to top the Grizzlies.

Tyler White went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd and a solo shot in the 7th inning. A.J. Reed drove in the other Fresno run with a sac fly in the 3rd. Colin Walsh went 3-4 and scored on White's RBI single.

Mike Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer to Decker), walked 1, and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Dayan Diaz went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, one of which was a 2-run homer hit by Decker. Dayan also walked 3 and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Thursday: Las Vegas 6, Fresno 0

W- Beck Wheeler (4-5)
L- David Martinez (6-11)

Fresno home runs: None.

Fresno is now on a very ill-timed 5-game losing streak. Well, a skid that long isn't desirable under any circumstance, but the Grizz, in the midst of a playoff hunt, probably picked the worst possible time to drop 5 straight.

David Martinez went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Reymin Guduan got the first out of the 8th with a strikeout, but also allowed 2 runs on 2 hits. The 2 runs were inherited runners that were charged to him. Brendan McCurry got the last two outs of the 8th and allowed a run of his own on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome allowed a run on 2 hits in the 9th.

Tony Kemp went 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Fresno will look to avoid the sweep as Rogelio Armenteros gets the start. He'll face Mitch Atkins at 7:05 Pacific.

Wednesday Game 1: Tulsa 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Josh Sborz (7-7)
L- Nick Hernandez (0-2, 0-3 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Drillers.... drilled 4 home runs off Nick Hernandez to begin the evening.

Cionel Perez failed to make it out of the 1st inning in his Texas League debut; he only got 2 outs, one via strikeout, and allowed a run on a bases-loaded walk, 2 hits, and walked 3. The 4 home runs that Hernandez allowed in his 1.2 innings accounted for all of Tulsa's runs against him. He allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 2. Yoanys Quiala stopped the bleeding by allowing a hit and striking out 3 over 3.2 scoreless.

Jason Martin went 2-3 with a double. Ryne Birk's RBI double in the 2nd was the Hooks' only scoring play in game 1.

Wednesday Game 2: Tulsa 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Andrew Sopko (3-6)
L- Framber Valdez (4-4, 6-7 season)
S- Corey Copping (14)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (10, 19 season; solo in 6th)

A 3-run 4th inning was all the Drillers needed to sweep the doubleheader.

Kyle Tucker went 2-3 and smacked a homer to start the 6th.

Framber Valdez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2.1 scoreless.

Thursday: Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Shea Spitzbarth (3-4)
L- Ryan Thompson (2-3, 2-4 season)
S- Corey Copping (15)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (11, 20 season; solo in 3rd)

The Hooks got swept out of Tulsa, but the big story was Forrest Whitley mowing down the Drillers in his Texas League debut.

Whitley allowed 2 hits, plunked a batter, and struck out a career-high 11 over 6 shutout frames. Unfortunately, he did not factor into the decision as an error in the 8th allowed Tulsa to take the lead. Ryan Thompson pitched the last 2 innings and those two runs, which were both unearned, were charged to him. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Kyle Tucker went 2-4 and his solo shot in the 3rd was the only Corpus Christi run. Spencer Johnson also went 2-4. With that homer, Little Tuck has a 20-20 season.

Franklin Perez will start the first of a 3-game series in Springfield at 7:10.

Wednesday: Buies Creek 7, Lynchburg 3 in 11 innings

W- Carlos Sierra (3-1)
L- Kieran Lovegrove (3-3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros broke a 3-3 tie in emphatic fashion in the 11th with 4 runs in the top of the inning.

Abdiel Saldaña went 4 innings in his Carolina League debut, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4. Justin Ferrell struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th. Brett Adcock and Carlos Sierra followed with 3 scoreless innings apiece. Adcock allowed a hit and walked 2, while Sierra allowed a hit and fanned 5.

Yordan Alvarez put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI triple in the 4th and trotted home on a Randy César RBI single to put the Carolina Stros in front 2-1. The Hillcats responded with 2 in the bottom of the 4th to re-take the lead, but Rodrigo Ayarza ripped a triple in the 7th and scored the tying run on Myles Straw's RBI single.

Alvarez kicked off the big 11th inning with a single. He moved to 2nd on a Jake Rogers BB and scored the go-ahead run on César's single. Carmen Benedetti landed the haymaker by ripping a 2-run double. He moved to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored the last run of the night on Ayarza's groundout. Benedetti finished a homer shy of the cycle. Alvarez (3B, RBI, 2 R), Rogers (BB, R), and César (2 RBI, R) all had 2 hits on the evening.

Thursday: Lynchburg 10, Buies Creek 6

W- Sean Brady (1-0)
L- Hector Perez (6-5, 7-6 season)
S- Tanner Tully (1)

BC home runs: Alex De Goti (5, 8 season; solo in 2nd), Yordan Alvarez (2, 11 season; 2-run in 7th)

The Carolina Stros held the Hillcats to 5 hits... unfortunately, the Hillcats also scored 10 runs. Last I checked, 10 is greater than 6, so...

Hector Perez only recorded one out, and that was via the strikeout. He allowed 5 runs (2 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 3. Kevin Hill went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 unearned runs on 3 hits and struck out 2, and Sean Stutzman allowed a solo homer to Willi Castro, walked 3, and struck out 5 in 3 innings.

Stephen Wrenn tripled with one out in the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a Yordan Alvarez single. Alvarez moved to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on Randy César's RBI single. Alex De Goti homered to start the 2nd inning. He walked to lead off the 7th and scored on a Myles Straw double. Straw came home when Alvarez launched a homer. Yordan finished 2-3 on the night.

Buies Creek starts a 3-game series in Kinston against the Down East Wood Ducks. Ryan Hartman will start game 1 against Steven Bruce; first pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Wednesday: Quad Cities 9, Peoria 8

W- Salvador Montaño (6-3)
L- Frederis Parra (3-5)
S- Yohan Ramirez (1)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (14, 2-run in 2nd), Abraham Toro-Hernandez (6, 12 season; solo in 3rd)

The Banditos just escaped with the win despite nearly blowing a 9-2 lead.

Carlos Sanabria went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 1. Salvador Montaño went 1.2 innings and one of the runners he inherited from Sanabria scored when he induced a force out in the 4th inning. Other than that, he technically had a perfect outing, striking out 1. Yohan Ramirez threw the last 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Peoria scored twice in the top of the 2nd to open the scoring and Quad Cities responded with 5 in the bottom of the inning. Daz Cameron grounded out to start the 2nd, but Josh Rojas, Wander Franco, and Chas McCormick all walked to load the bases for Ray Henderson, who put the Banditos on the board with a sac fly that scored Rojas. Luis Payano followed with an RBI single that brought Franco in; an error on the play allowed McCormick to come home with the go-ahead run. One batter later, Ronnie Dawson launched a 2-run homer.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez led off the bottom of the 3rd with a homer. Henderson hit an RBI single that brought Rojas home, and once again, McCormick scored another run thanks to another Chiefs error. Payano came up and ripped an RBI double. He and Dawson both finished 2-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday: Peoria 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Yeison Medina (5-0)
L- Devon Carr (0-3)
S- Austin Sexton (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 4.... only to see the Chiefs retake the lead with a run in the 9th.

Ronel Blanco went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Lucas Williams was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 2 in 3 innings. Devon Carr allowed the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the 9th. He also issued an intentional walk, plunked two other guys, and struck out 2 in the inning.

Ray Henderson ripped an RBI double in the 7th to put Quad Cities on the board. Chas McCormick reached on an error to start the 8th and one batter later, Chuckie Robinson lashed a double that brought him home. Toro took Robinson's place at 2nd with an RBI double and he ended up scoring the tying run on a Ronnie Dawson single.

Quad Cities begins a 4-game series in Wisconsin tonight at 7:05.

Wednesday: Hudson Valley 6, Tri-City 5

W- Andrew Gist (2-0)
L- Brandon Bielak (1-1, 2-1 season)
S- Zack Mozingo (6)

TC home runs: None.

The Renegades nipped the ValleyCats on Wednesday with a run to break a 5-5 tie.

Gabriel Bracamonte opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 1st inning. Tri-City scored two more in the 5th on an error that allowed Kyle Davis to come home and a Jonathan Arauz RBI single. Bracamonte ripped an RBI double in the 7th. He went 2-5 and was the only ValleyCat to turn in a multi-hit game.

J.B. Bukauskas went 3 innings in his Tri-City debut and allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. He also allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Ben Smith only got 2 outs in the 4th and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Corbin Martin was next, and he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3.1 innings. Brandon Bielak pitched the final 2 innings and allowed the deciding run, which was unearned, on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Thursday: Hudson Valley 7, Tri-City 4 in 11 innings

W- Hunter Schryver (3-0)
L- Colin McKee (1-3)
S- Hector Lopez (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats tied it at 4 thanks to a 3-run 8th inning.... but the Renegades had the final say in this one as they scored 3 in the top of the 11th to break the tie.

Jonathan Arauz put Tri-City on the board with an RBI double in the 6th. J.J. Matijevic and Arauz hit one-out singles in the 8th and they both advanced on a wild pitch. Matijevic scored on an error that allowed Gabriel Bracamonte to reach. Colton Shaver went down on strikes, but Mike Papierski came through by ripping a 2-run double to tie the game.

Bryan De La Cruz, Matijevic (2 R), Arauz (2B, RBI, R), and Papierski (2B, 2 RBI) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Tyler Ivey went 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Carlos Hiraldo was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and went 4.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Colin McKee allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Leovanny Rodriguez will take on Tobias Myers in the finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Thursday Game 1: Greeneville 5, Pulaski 4

W- Hansel Paulino (3-1)
L- Jose Pujols (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros took game 1 as they put up the only crooked numbers.

Roman Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. He added an RBI double to his ledger in the 3rd and scored on a single from Martin Figueroa. In the 5th, Reiny Beltre drew a bases-loaded walk and Patrick Mathis scored on a wild pitch. Garcia (2B, 2 RBI, R), Mathis (2B, R), Figueroa (RBI single), and Gilberto Celestino (R) all had 2 hits in game 1.

Chad Donato went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 5. Hansel Paulino pitched the last 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Thursday Game 2: Greeneville 10, Pulaski 0

W- Humberto Castellanos (4-0, 6-0 season)
L- Kyle Zurak (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (6, 2-run in 7th)

The Appy Astros earned the doubleheader sweep as they busted game 2 open with 6 runs in the 6th.

Humberto Castellanos allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout frames. Ian Hardman finished it off by allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2 over the last 2 innings.

Brody Westmoreland opened the scoring in game 2 with an RBI single in the 1st. An error on the play allowed Jose Benjamin to score another run. Garcia and Benjamin singled to start the 6th and Westmoreland walked to load the bases. Mathis got plunked, which scored Garcia. Joan Mauricio walked Benjamin in, and Westmoreland scored on a wild pitch. Wilson Amador ripped a 2-run double and Cody Bohanek followed with an RBI single. Westmoreland, who finished 2-3 and scored twice, capped it off with a 2-run homer in the 7th. Benjamin also finished with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.



Wednesday: GCL Marlins 2, GCL Astros 0

W- Karl Craigie (2-0)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (1-2, 3-4 season)
S- Doug Domnarski (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Marlins scored both runs in the 7th.

Jonathan Matute went 2-4.

Tanner Duncan allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 4.2 shutout innings. Angel Heredia got the last out of the 5th with a strikeout. Diosward Gonzalez went 3 innings and allowed the 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Devin Raftery worked around an error to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Wednesday: DSL Marlins 5, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Luis Palacios (4-0)
L- Manny Ramirez (1-1)
S- Enmanuel Mercedes (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Yorbin Ceuta (RBI) and Ronaldo Urdaneta (R, SB) both finished 2-5. Urdaneta now has 25 stolen bases this year.

Angel Macuare allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Flaer Gonzalez and Manny Ramirez did not fare as well against the Marlins' lineup.

Wednesday: DSL Cubs1 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Maikel Aguiar (1-1)
L- Asael Uribe (2-3)
S- Jean Garcia (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Renaigel Martis hit a one-out triple in the 3rd and scored Team Orange's lone run on a wild pitch. Sean Mendoza went 2-4 and stole a base (16).

Asael Uribe went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (2 solo homers), walked 2, and struck out 2. Carlos Perdomo allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tanner Duncan, RHP, GCL Astros: 4.2 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Carlos Perdomo, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
2-3, solo HR (10, 19 season) in game 2 of doubleheader

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Corpus Christi
 3.2 IP, H, 3 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Brett Adcock's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Buies Creek Astros bullpen
7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Justin Ferrell: IP, K
Brett Adcock: 3 IP, H, 2 BB
Carlos Sierra: W (3-1), 3 IP, H, 5 K

Yordan Alvarez's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Carmen Benedetti, OF, and Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Buies Creek
Benedetti: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R; finished HR shy of cycle
Alvarez: 2-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Ronnie Dawson, OF, and Luis Payano, OF, Quad Cities
Dawson: 2-4, 2-R HR (14), SB (14)
Payano: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Tyler White, IF, Fresno
2-4, solo HR (21), 2 RBI

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 7 K

Thursday's Stars

Again, all photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Forrest Whitley, RHP, Corpus Christi
6 IP, 2 H, 11 K in AA debut

Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (11, 20 season)

Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Buies Creek
2-3, 2-R HR (2, 11 season), 3 RBI, 2 R

David Martinez, RHP, Fresno
L (6-11), 7 IP, 7 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 4 K

Roman Garcia's photo is his headshot on MiLB.com.
Brody Westmoreland's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Roman Garcia, 1B, and Brody Westmoreland, 3B/1B, Greeneville
Garcia: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R in game 1 of doubleheader
1-3, 2 R in game 2 of doubleheader
Westmoreland: 1-4 in game 1 of doubleheader
2-3, 2-R HR (6), 3 RBI, 2 R in game 2 of doubleheader

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Humberto Castellanos, RHP, Greeneville
W (4-0, 6-0 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Interview with Quad Cities Manager Russ Steinhorn

In early January of 2016, I did a double-take when I saw this tweet from Russ Steinhorn who I knew from his days as the Hitting Coach for the Astros Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats from 2013 through 2015.


It's not often that you hear of a non-Latino Manager in the Dominican Summer League, but Steinhorn had a successful season, guiding the DSL Astros Blue team to a 42-23 record (with one tie). So I wanted to ask Steinhorn, now the Manager of the Full Season A Quad Cities River Bandits, about the experience and how it came about and I did just that late last month.

Russ Steinhorn - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

When asked how the opportunity to manage in the Dominican Summer League came about, Steinhorn replied, "(The Astros) called in the off season (in 2015). Allen (Rowin) was the director of player development at the time. I'd managed in instructional league (in the fall of 2015),and they asked if I would like to manage (one of the minor league clubs in 2016) and I said, 'Yes, absolutely!' And they said, 'How about the Dominican?' And the phone went silent for a little bit. And (Allen) said, 'Just think about it and just go through the process. Just talk to people. Reach out to whoever you need to reach out to. Oz (Ocampo) will call you multiple times. Carlos (Alfonso) will call you just to give you the rundown and answer any questions and tell you all about it and you just go from there. Don't make any quick decisions. Don't rule anything out.' So I did that and I reached out to some people within the organization ... Josh Bonifay, Adam Everett and guys that mentored me along the way, especially early, and who I still talk to and just got their opinions about it and went through the process with Oz and talked to him. It was the best decision that I could have made at that time in my coaching career. I think you only get a small window to do something like that in your professional career or anything in life and I'm glad I took that opportunity. Once you get a little bit older and there's more things you've got to worry about ... it was just the right timing and the right move and it was great. It was a great experience. I didn't know what to expect. You could tell me all you want, but until you actually go and jump in the water, it's a totally different bird down there."

Steinhorn continued, "With (Allen Rowin's) experience down there, that helped. He could shine some light on things, but I think that the one thing that really helped was El Capitan, Julio Linares. There's not many people better than him. He's one of the best and he was such a help to me. He was always by my side, whatever I needed." Steinhorn explained that, although the Astros have built on to the Dominican Academy since he left, room was at a premium once the Astros expanded from one team to two. But that actually worked in Steinhorn's favor. "There wasn't enough room in the clubhouse for all the coaches so I got to move over into Cappy's (Linares) office. I got to spend every day with him which was an experience in itself. To learn from him was just fantastic. It was just great to be able to lean on him every single day and talk to him. That was a great experience. He's a legend in our organization and, not only in our organization, but in all of baseball. Everybody knows him throughout the entire game from down in winter ball all the way through the big leagues. Rodney [Rodney Linares, Julio's son and Manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks team] is very special in what he does, but to be able to call your father and be in this game, Julio Linares, and be able to learn ... (Rodney) always talked so highly of him, and you're thinking, 'It's just another son talking about his Dad,' but Julio is different in such a magical way.  To be down there for a year with him and the everyday interaction. He went out of his way to make me feel like I belonged. I felt confident in being able to do the job down there with the language barrier and the culture barrier and it was just great to have his support."

And there was a language barrier. Steinhorn spoke very little Spanish prior to his arrival in the Dominican. After the season there, Steinhorn said, "I was able to communicate on the baseball side with most of the guys and teach the game and have good conversations with them. I think Doris [Doris Gonzalez, the Astros Supervisor of Education and Acculturation] has four levels for English. I think when I went down there, I was at level one and when I left I was at level three. And just like these guys, they can learn all they want, but until you throw them into the culture and they have to apply it, that's when they're going to learn the most and I know Doris understands that. When you're forced into actually having to communicate to survive, you'd better learn it or you're not going to survive."

Steinhorn continued, "That's the good thing about our English program, that the kids can come through and actually execute what they practice in class, just like what they do in the cage and in the bullpen and things like that. To experience that for myself has helped me be able to relate to those guys. Because I was just another coach, coaching in college and didn't know much about the culture of professional baseball and the impact that the Latino culture has in the game. Being able to throw myself down there has definitely changed my perspective. I've been able to relate to those players more, where they come from and how they just try to find an opportunity to make a career out of this. Their number one priority is their family. They're playing because obviously they want to make the big leagues, but they're playing first and foremost to provide for their family. To be down there and to see that, that was a big takeaway for me."

When asked what aspect of the experience made the most impact on him, Steinhorn replied, "It would be the relationships. I value the relationships more than anything when it comes to being a manager. And (I) try to make an impact on these players and obviously help them to make it in their careers and advance. But you have to understand where they're coming from and you have to realize that everybody's different. In the American culture, you can talk differently to those kids than to a Latin kid and, then you throw five different cultures into one clubhouse, and it's like, OK, how are we going to figure this out? But it's fun to see and learn where everybody comes from and I think being down there and seeing and actually being able to see them invest in me and bring me in the way they did and then me being able to learn where they come from has helped me tremendously along the way. Because the game's the same. It's still 90 feet, 60 feet 6 inches, 27 outs. It doesn't matter if you're playing in the Dominican Republic or if you're playing in the States. It's the same game. It's just seeing the passion that these kids have and the energy and where they come from.

"I guess people get upset with some of ... I don't know if you call it antics ... you know, with the Jose Bautista thing a couple years ago with the home run, and guys dancing around and doing different things, but that's all they know. You take yourself down there and you do what you do and see if you don't get any funny looks. But when you think that's natural and you're doing something that you love, it should be all bets are off because they're excited, they're energetic, they love to dance, they love their music. They love just being in the moment and having a good time and it's great. It's fun to see them learning how to have a good time when you're successful and then how to scale it back when you hit a little detour." The experience has helped Steinhorn understand where these players are coming from and what they are thinking, particularly considering the the international players on his team outnumber the American-born players, and it is only the first or second time in the States for some of those Latin players.

With the success of the international efforts of Oz Ocampo and his team becoming more and more apparent, the Astros system will continue to see the influx of international players moving up through the ranks. The more experience both players and coaches have in seeing how the other half lives, the better.

Thank you for your time, Russ, and the best of luck on bringing home some postseason bling!

Other Recent Interviews:

Also, here is an interview I did with Allen Rowin about the Dominican Academy from 2012 that may interest you.

Finally, here are a few tweets from Steinhorn's time in the Dominican Republic that you may enjoy ...












Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let's play two in the complex leagues!

Las Vegas 6, Fresno 5

W- Kyle Regnault (4-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (5-5)
S- Jamie Callahan (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (26, solo in 4th)

The Tacos were able to withstand a 5-run 4th from the 51s by scoring in 4 consecutive innings, but in the end, Vegas came out on top thanks to a tiebreaking run in the 7th.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings in his AAA debut and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (grand slam), walked 3, and struck out 5. Four Fresno relievers pitched an inning apiece, starting with Dean Deetz, who struck out the side in order in the 6th. Reymin Guduan allowed the go-ahead run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 7th, Brendan McCurry struck out 1 in a  1-2-3 8th, and Jumbo Diaz allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in the 9th.

Alejandro Garcia scored the first run of the night on an error in the 3rd. A.J. Reed led off the 4th with a homer. Fresno got a pair in the 5th on a Preston Tucker sac fly and a Jack Mayfield RBI double, and Tony Kemp hit an RBI single in the 6th. Mayfield (2B, RBI), Drew Ferguson (2B), and Tyler White (SB) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Mike Hauschild will start game 2 and he'll take on Wilfredo Boscan at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi and Tulsa was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled to start at 5, with Cionel Perez facing Josh Sborz in game 1. Framber Valdez will take the mound against Andrew Sopko in game 2.

Lynchburg 3, Buies Creek 2

W- Ben Krauth (1-0)
L- Carson LaRue (0-1, 12-5 season)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros got stunned at the end as the Hillcats scored a pair in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.

Randy César went 2-3 and drove in both Buies Creek runs with a sac fly in the 7th and an RBI single in the 8th. Jake Rogers went 2-3 with a double and scored on the sac fly.

Elieser Hernandez allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Carson LaRue was cruising along for 3 innings... until the Hillcats got him in the 9th. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 2.

Abdiel Saldaña makes his Carolina League debut in game 3 of this series and he'll take on Dominic DeMasi at 6:35 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Peoria 2

W- Jesús Balaguer (4-0, 5-1 season)
L- Max Almonte (2-4)

QC home runs: None.

Peoria tied the game with a couple of runs in the 8th, but the Banditos managed to walk off with the win.

Cristian Javier allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5.2 shutout innings. Robert Corniel was the first man out of the bullpen and went 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out 1. Jesús Balaguer retired all 4 Peoria hitters he faced and struck out 3 of them.

Quad Cities got a pair of RBI singles from Josh Rojas and Chas McCormick in the 6th to get on the scoreboard first. Ronnie Dawson hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 9th and advanced to 2nd on a Ray Henderson single. The two of them advanced on a wild pitch, and Wander Franco walked to load the bases for Kristian Trompiz, who beat out a double play attempt which allowed Dawson to score the winning run. Trompiz, Daz Cameron, McCormick, and Henderson all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Carlos Sanabria goes up against Frederis Parra in game 3. First pitch is at 6:35.

New York-Penn League All-Star Game

The South topped the North 5-2 after scoring 3 in the top of the 9th.

J.J. Matijevic started in left field and went 2-3 with a double. Andy Piñeda got the start in center field and finished 0-2.

Hunter Martin struck out 1 in a scoreless 3rd; it was not a 1-2-3 inning because one batter reached on an error. Reggie Johnson took the loss after bearing the brunt of the South team's big 9th inning. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2.

Tri-City returns to action tonight as they kick off a 3-game series with Hudson Valley at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville and Kingsport was canceled

Due to rain. Because this was supposed to be the last regular-season meeting between both clubs, this game will not be made up.

The Appy Astros begin a 4-game series in Pulaski with a doubleheader on Thursday. Hansel Paulino takes on Deivi Garcia in game 1. The second game was originally scheduled for July 23 in Greeneville.

Game 1: GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 0

W- Winston Nicacio (4-1)
L- Javier Navas (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

Hector Martinez went 2-3 with a double.

Javier Navas went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3. Austin Kerns allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 1 in 2.1 innings.

Game 2: GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 3

W- Kevin Hamann (1-1)
L- Carlos Pimentel (1-2)

GCL home runs: None.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan finished 2-3 with a double and an RBI single in the 3rd inning.

Fredis Guerrero pitched 4.1 innings in his US debut and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5. Carlos Pimentel allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings.

Game 1: DSL Red Sox 2, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Rayniel Moreno (4-2)
L- Antonio Pujols (3-2)
S- Alberto Franco (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team only allowed one hit... but they didn't score any runs of their own.

All they got were three singles on offense.

Antonio Pujols went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4. Angel Ortega struck out 3 over 2 perfect innings.

Game 2: DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Red Sox 5 in 6 innings

W- Bryan Solano (1-2)
L- Yasel Santana (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team scored 5 runs in the 3rd to take control. This game was called due to rain.

Anthony Rodriguez and Brandon Benavente both finished 2-3 and drove in a run.

Jose Antonio Hernandez and Bryan Solano threw 3 innings apiece; Hernandez allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2, while Solano allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

Game 1: DSL Dodgers2 4, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Antonio Hernandez (4-2)
L- Hecduar Barcenas (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Marco Van Der Wijst ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring and Deury Carrasco hit a sac fly in the 7th. Carrasco also stole a couple of bases, giving him 24 on the season.

Wender Oberto went 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Hecduar Barcenas only recorded one out in the 5th via strikeout, allowing 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and walking 3. Ronny Garcia allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings.

Game 2: DSL Dodgers2 3, DSL Astros Orange 0 in 5.5 innings

W- Dawlyn Lantigua (3-1)
L- Fredy Medina (3-3)

Orange home runs: None.

This game was called due to rain.

Michael Garcia was 2-2 with a stolen base (6) in game 2.

Fredy Medina allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4 innings, and Luis De Paula walked 1 in a scoreless 5th.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Angel Ortega, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 2 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Jesús Balaguer's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Cristian Javier, RHP, and Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Quad Cities
Javier: 5.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
Balaguer: W (4-0, 5-1 season), 1.1 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Kristian Trompiz, IF, Quad Cities
2-5, RBI, R; hit into walk-off fielder's choice in 9th

Dean Deetz, RHP, Fresno
IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Randy César, 3B, Buies Creek
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; drove in both of Buies Creek's runs on Tuesday

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
5 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 8-15

A gazillion roster moves (rounding up) plus current team standings ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Cy Sneed - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

8-14: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-14: RHP Jordan Jankowski designated for assignment
8-14: SS Alex DeGoti assigned to Buies Creek from Fresno
8-14: RHP Cy Sneed assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-14: C Max Stassi called up to Houston from Fresno
8-14: RHP Gabriel Valdez placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-14: RHP Cesar Rosado placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-14: 3B Wander Franco assigned to Quad Cities from the GCL
8-14: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan assigned to the GCL from Buies Creek
8-13: 1B/OF Spencer Johnson assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
8-13: IF Colin Walsh assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-13: OF Rico Noel assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-13: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Buies Creek from Corpus Christi
8-13: C Trent Woodward (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL
8-13: OF Jonathan Lacroix (12th round pick) assigned to the GCL
8-13: RHP Fredis Guerrero assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-13: RHP Freylin Garcia assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-12: SS Reid Brignac placed on the Fresno 7-day DL, retroactive to 8-11
8-12: LHP Ashur Tolliver (Fresno) released
8-12: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
8-12: LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
8-12: RHP Josh James (Corpus Christi) activated from the suspended list
8-12: LHP Sebastian Kessay (Buies Creek) released
8-12: RHP Carson LaRue assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-12: RHP Abdiel Saldana assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-12: RHP Cesar Rosado (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
8-12: LHP Nathan Thompson assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-12: LHP Kit Scheetz assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-12: RHP Dustin Hunt assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
8-11: IF/OF Marcos Almonte (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
8-11: SS Osvaldo Duarte placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-11: RHP Ronaldo Marrero assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
8-11: RHP Jairo Solis assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-11: LHP Maikel Sepulveda assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-10: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-10: OF Jon Kemmer placed on the Fresno 7-day DL
8-10: RHP Yoanys Quiala (Corpus Christi) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
8-10: RHP Angel Heredia (Corpus Christi) sent to GCL on a rehab assignment
8-9: IF Tyler White optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-9: C Eduardo de Oleo (Buies Creek) sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment
8-9: LHP Adam Bleday assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
8-9: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
8-8: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan assigned to Buies Creek from the GCL8-7: C Carlos Canelon assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City

A complete(ish) list of August transactions/roster moves to date can be found here.

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 30-27 over the last week. Overall, it wasn't the best of weeks for the full season teams, but they (mostly) managed to stay in good position for the postseason. Fresno's 3-4 week has had them trading first place back and forth with Reno (D'Backs) with whom they are currently tied. Fresno will play four more games against Reno (on the road) this season. Corpus was hurt by a 2-4 week (although a baaaaadddddd call cost the Hooks one of those games), dropping to third place in the second half. The Hooks will face first place San Antonio (Padres) seven more times this season and second place Midland (A's) four more times. Buies Creek's 3-4 week was enough to extend their lead over the second place team by an additional half game and Quad Cities 3-3 week increased their lead from four games to five with Kane County (D'Backs) and Peoria (Cardinals) sharing second place.

Of the short season teams, the GCL improved their stock the most. Although they are still in second place, their 4-1 week took them from four games behind the Nationals to only one game behind. However, the Cardinals are breathing down their necks (one game behind) in third place. Nine of the GCL's remaining games will be vs. the Nationals or the Cards so it could prove to be an interesting stretch run. Tri-City (4-2) gained a game on Vermont, but it's a tight race with only two games separating first and last place; half of the ValleyCats remaining games will be within their division. Greeneville was 4-5 for the week (with two doubleheaders). They are still in second place (tied with Johnson City), but dropped a half game further behind the Elizabethton Twins. 10 of their 17 remaining games will be within their division. And alas, barring a miracle, it appears to be all over but the crying for the DSL Astros Orange team who, despite a 4-1 week that raised them from eighth place to sixth place, has an elimination number of one. The DSL Astros Blue team (3-3) isn't in that much better a position. They are eight games out of first with an elimination number of five with 12 games left on the schedule.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno T-1st 69-53 .566 -.-GB L2

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 3rd 56-63 .471 14.0GB L3 (Overall)
AA Corpus 3rd 22-27 .449 7.0GB L3 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 1st 69-51 .575 -.-GB L1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 32-18 .640 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 69-49 .585 -.-GB W1 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 32-18 .640 -.-GB W1 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 2nd 27-25 .519 0.5GB L1

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville T-2nd 27-24 .529 3.5GB L1

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 2nd 22-17 .564 1.0GB L1

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 6th 24-35 .407 12.5GB W4

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue 4th 32-28 .533 8.0GB L3

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 14, 2017

Albuquerque 7, Fresno 3

W- Scott Oberg (1-0)
L- Dayan Diaz (4-2)

Fresno home runs: Jack Mayfield (6, 20 season; solo in 6th)

The Isotopes seized the momentum with a 5-run 8th to break a 2-2 tie.

Preston Tucker opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, while Jack Mayfield launched a solo homer in the 6th that tied the game at 2. The Grizzlies could only get one run back following that big 8th inning from Albuquerque as Garrett Stubbs scored on a Rico Noel groundout in the 9th. Stubbs hit a couple of doubles in his 4 at-bats.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he walked 1 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Dayan Diaz bore the brunt of the Albuquerque assault in the 8th as he allowed the 5 runs on 6 hits; he also issued a walk and struck out 1.

Fresno will begin a 4-game series with Las Vegas at 7:05 Pacific. Cy Sneed makes his AAA debut on the final Taco Tuesday of the 2017 season and he'll take on Donovan Hand.

Corpus Christi was off

Cionel Perez makes his Texas League debut as the Hooks start a 3-game series in Tulsa at 7:05.

Lynchburg 3, Buies Creek 2

W- Nick Pasquale (3-0)
L- Erasmo Pinales (1-1, 4-2 season)
S- Jared Robinson (3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros got nipped towards the end as the Hillcats scored a run in the bottom of the 8th after Buies Creek had tied the game at 2 with a run in the top of the 8th.

Yordan Alvarez went 2-3 and drove in both Buies Creek runs with a sac fly in the 1st and an RBI single in the 8th. Myles Straw (R, 2 SB), Randy César, and Carmen Benedetti also finished with 2 hits on the evening. Straw now has 35 stolen bases this season.

Matt Bower went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Erasmo Pinales threw 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Elieser Hernandez goes up against Brock Hartson, a Pearland native, in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Eastern.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 1

W- Kit Scheetz (1-0, 1-3 season)
L- Ian Oxnevad (3-10)
S- Devon Carr (2)

QC home runs: Luis Payano (2, 5 season; solo in 6th)

The Banditos snapped a little 3-game slide thanks to a solid night on the mound.

Kit Scheetz won his Midwest League debut with 6 strong innings; he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Lucas Williams allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Devon Carr struck out the side in order to get the save.

Daz Cameron opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Chas McCormick legged out a bunt single in the 4th and Luis Payano followed by ripping a double. Marcos Almonte sent them both home with a double of his own. Payano went 2-4 and smacked a solo homer in the 6th for the final run of the evening.

Cristian Javier starts game 2. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City is on its All-Star break

The 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday; Tri-City will be hosting the event at Joe Bruno Stadium. The ValleyCats will be represented by Hunter Martin, Andy Piñeda, J.J. Matijevic, and Reggie Johnson. Martin replaced Nathan Thompson, who was just promoted to Quad Cities.


Kingsport 6, Greeneville 1

W- Carlos Hernandez (3-3)
L- Gerardo Bojorquez (3-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

When a baseball team has more errors than base hits or runs (or both, even), they usually don't win very many games.

Gilberto Celestino walked to lead off the 3rd and scored the Appy Astros' only run on an error that allowed Patrick Mathis to reach.

Gerardo Bojorquez went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Jheyson Caraballo was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Juan Corniel allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Hansel Paulino goes up against Joe Cavallaro in the series finale. First pitch is at 11:30 AM Eastern.

GCL Nationals 7, GCL Astros 3

W- Jackson Stoeckingert (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-1, 1-6 season)

GCL home runs: Eduardo de Oleo (1, 6 season; 2-run in 8th)

Eduardo de Oleo was the Palm Beach Stros' offense in this game. He went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 6th and whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th. César Cortez also went 2-4 and scored a run.

Angel Heredia made his 2017 debut, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1 in a scoreless 1st. Freylin Garcia made his U.S. debut and went 4 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, walking 3, and striking out 2. Saul Martinez went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs; both were inherited runners that were charged to him. He also allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Chauncey Nuñez got the last out of the 9th with a strikeout, but in addition to allowing both of the runners he inherited from Martinez to score, he allowed an unearned run and 2 hits.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
Photo by Jake Kaplan
Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Buies Creek
2-3, 2 RBI; 10-game hitting streak

Matt Bower, LHP, Buies Creek
6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Luis Payano, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, solo HR (2, 5 season), 2 R

Kit Scheetz's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 4-1 vs. Peoria
9 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Kit Scheetz: W (1-0, 1-3 season), 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 2 K
Lucas Williams: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, K
Devon Carr: Save (2), IP, 3 K; struck out side in order

Photo by Bryan Green
Eduardo de Oleo, C, GCL Astros
2-4, 2-R HR (1, 6 season), 3 RBI

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Jheyson Caraballo, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 3 K

Jacob Dorris, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, BB, 2 K

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Quick Look at Astros Short Season Standouts

A quick look in at some of the Astros short season standouts ...
(All stats through 8/13)

Batting Average (min. 130 PA)
.348: OF Ramiro Rodriguez (DSL)
.325: OF Carlos Machado (GRN/GCL)
.324: IF/OF Ronaldo Urdaneta (DSL)
.316: OF/1B Angel Tejeda (DSL/GCL)
.310: 1B/OF Jose Benjamin (GRN/GCL/GRN)
.306: OF Chas McCormick (GRN/BC/QC)
.303: 3B/OF Sean Mendoza (DSL)

On-Base Percentage (min. 130 PA)
.456: OF Ramiro Rodriguez (DSL)
.440: 1B Michael Garcia (DSL)
.428: IF/OF Ronaldo Urdaneta (DSL)
.415: OF/1B Angel Tejeda (DSL/GCL)
.402: 1B Troy Sieber (TC/QC)
.402: 3B Yeuris Ramirez (DSL)

Slugging Percentage (min. 130 PA)
.562: 2B/3B Josh Rojas (QC)
.545: 3B/C Abraham Toro-Hernandez (TC/QC)
.528: OF Ramiro Rodriguez (DSL)
.508: 1B/OF Jose Benjamin (GRN/GCL/GRN)
.491: DH/1B Colton Shaver (GRN/TC)
.486: 1B Roman Garcia (GRN)
.483: OF Carlos Machado (GRN/GCL)
.480: 3B Adrian Tovalin (GRN/TC)

ERA (min. 20 IP)
0.82: RHP Luis De Paula (DSL)
0.90: RHP Corbin Martin (GCL/TC)
1.25: RHP Chad Donato (GCL/GRN)
1.41: LHP Antonio Pujols (DSL)
1.42: RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez (DSL/GCL)
1.50: RHP Jesus Balaguer (GRN/TC/QC)
1.80: LHP Nathan Thompson (TC/QC)
2.06: RHP Diosward Gonzalez (DSL/GCL)
2.06: RHP Humberto Castellanos (TC/GCL/GRN)

WHIP (min. 20 IP)
0.450: RHP Corbin Martin (GCL/TC)
0.806: LHP Antonio Pujols (DSL)
0.887: LHP Francisco Villegas (GRN/GCL/GRN)
0.900: RHP Cesar Rosado (TC/QC)
0.917: RHP Jesus Balaguer (GRN/TC/QC)
0.955: RHP Luis De Paula (DSL)
0.967: RHP Fredis Guerrero (DSL)
0.979: RHP Tanner Duncan (GCL)

DSL (Dominican Summer League) = Foreign Rookie
GCL (Gulf Coast League) = Domestic Rookie
GRN (Greeneville) = Rookie+
TC (Tri-City) = Short Season A
QC (Quad Cities) = Full Season A
BC (Buies Creek) = Full Season A+