Monday, May 21, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 5/21

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Garrett Stubbs - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5/26: C Garrett Stubbs (25)
5/27: OF Leonardo González (18)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

5/20: IF J.D. Davis recalled to Houston from Fresno
5/20: IF Cody Bohanek assigned to Fresno from Quad Cities
Note: This is undoubtedly a short-term assignment to fill in at Fresno, but speaks volumes about the Astros faith in Bohanek handling himself well and providing solid defense.
5/20: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/19: C Chuckie Robinson (Buies Creek) activated from the DL
5/18: 1B Roman Garcia (Quad Cities) activated from the DL (since 4/25)
5/18: RHP Tanner Duncan assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5/17: LHP Chris Nunn assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5/17: IF Nick Tanielu assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5/17: SS Anibal Sierra assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5/16: OF Jake Marisnick optioned to Fresno from Houston
5/16: IF/OF Tony Kemp recalled to Houston from Fresno

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

5/16: LF Yordan Alvarez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/12: RHP Akeem Bostick (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/12: 3B Adrian Tovalin (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5/11: C Garrett Stubbs (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/9: IF Jack Mayfield (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/8: RHP Kevin Hill (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
5/2+/-: OF Patrick Mathis out for approx. 6 weeks per Instagram post
4/26: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)
4/5: RHP Jose Luis Hernández (Buies Creek) placed on the 7-day DL

TWEET OF THE WEEK



ASTROS MILB STANDINGS
Up and down arrows represent increase/decrease in win percentage over the prior week.

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠉1st 27-17 .614 -.-GB W2

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠉2nd 25-18 .581 2.0GB W1

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋T2nd 23-19 .548 1.5GB L4

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋2nd 23-19 .548 -.-GB L2

ASTROS MILB STANDOUTS FOR THE WEEK

FRESNO

SS Antonio Nunez: 5 games, .438/.471/.500
3B J.D. Davis: 4 games, .400/.471/.800, hit for the cycle
C Tim Federowicz: 5 games, .333/.474/.800
3B Tyler White: 6 games, .333/.429/.542
OF Jon Kemmer: 6 games, .304/.385/.696
OF Kyle Tucker: 5 games, .286/.375/.571
1B A.J. Reed: 6 games, .263/.462/.737, 3 HR, 7 BB

RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 1 start, 1.59 ERA/0.882 WHIP, 5.2 IP
RHP Trent Thornton: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.545 WHIP, 3.2 IP
RHP Matt Ramsey: 3 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 6 IP, 1 BB:11 K
LHP Reymin Guduan: 2 bullpen appearances, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 2 IP

CORPUS CHRISTI

IF Josh Rojas: 6 games, .480/.500/.680, 3 SB
3B Randy Cesar: 6 games, .462/.481/.731, 11 RBI
OF Myles Straw: 7 games, .391/.481/.435, 6 SB
1B Taylor Jones: 7 games, .333/.400/.519

LHP Cionel Perez: 2 games (1 start), 2 wins, 1.93 ERA/0.536 WHIP, 2 BB:14 K, 9.1 IP
LHP Ryan Hartman: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/0.790 WHIP, 1 BB:11 K, 6.1 IP
RHP Justin Ferrell: 2 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.900 WHIP, 3.1 IP

BUIES CREEK

OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte: 5 games, .389/.450/.444
IF Alfredo Angarita: 5 games, .300/.364/.350

RHP Hector Perez: 1 game, 0.00 ERA/0.250 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Abdiel Saldana: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Jorge Alcala: 1 start, 1.80 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP

QUAD CITIES

IF Miguelangel Sierra: 8 games, .355/.412/.516

RHP Carlos Sanabria: 3 bullpen appearances, win, save, 0.00 ERA/0.429 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 5 of 7 inherited runners stranded
LHP Parker Mushinski: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP
RHP Leovanny Rodrigruez: 1 game, win, 2.25 ERA/0.750 WHIP, 4 IP (Quad Cities debut)
LHP Patrick Sandoval: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.154 WHIP, 4.1 IP

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Osvaldo Duarte - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte is another player I neglected to include in my offseason series on players beyond the top 30 that bear watching, the reason for that being Duarte had a really awful season in 2017, starting with his 28 games with High A Buies Creek and for another 47 games after being demoted to Low A Quad Cities in mid-May. Granted he did miss almost a month in the middle of the season on the DL (reportedly for a hand issue) and had his season cut short in early August as well, but a .192/.282/.308 batting line makes it hard to see a way forward for any player. Fast forward to 2018 and a healthy Duarte is getting into a groove with High A Buies Creek. After a somewhat lackluster April, Duarte is hitting .304/.347/.464 in 18 games in May. Even more importantly, Duarte is once again enjoying baseball and it shows both on and off the field. Duarte was originally signed by the Astros for $110,000 in July 2013 out of the Dominican Republic. At the time of his signing, he was cited for his speed, quick twitch athleticism, strong arm and quick simple swing.

NEWS AND LINKS

In case you were wondering, if RHP Forrest Whitley reports to Corpus Christi as expected following his 50-game suspension, that will make the game on Tuesday, May 29th (at Springfield) the first game for which Whitley will be eligible to pitch. The first home stand he will be eligible for will start June 5th.

Steve Batterson with a nice piece on Quad Cities LHP Parker Mushinski.

It was getting kinda hard to ignore just how hot J.D. Davis has been, huh, Houston?

The Grizzlies new ownership group isn't going to wait until the offseason to make park improvements.

Hooks OF Myles Straw talks base stealing.

And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews (three more to come soon!):

LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi)

FORMER ASTROS UPDATE


Kevin Comer - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Kevin Comer, orginally drafted by the Blue Jays out of Senaca High School (NJ) in the first round in 2011, came to the Astros in August 2012 as the PTBNL in the huge 10-player July 2012 trade between the Astros and the Blue Jays and spent five years playing in the Astros system before becoming a minor league free agent in November 2017. Later that month he was signed to a minor league contract with the Tigers and given an invitation to spring training. Following spring training, Comer was assigned to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens where he has appeared in 15 games (one start), going 1-0 with three saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.082 WHIP and six walks to 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. The Mud Hens did this interview with Comer recently for Mother's Day.


WE'RE COMING TO TAKE YOUR JOBS (WOMEN IN BASEBALL

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fresno 7, El Paso 2

W- Cy Sneed (4-2)
L- Walker Lockett (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Kyle Tucker (4, 2-run in 1st), A.J. Reed (8, solo in 1st), Jon Kemmer (7, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies launched three homers for the second straight game as they clinched a series win in El Paso.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with his two-run blast in the 1st. A.J. Reed launched a solo shot later in the inning. Jon Kemmer led off the 7th with a homer.

Fresno's last four runs came via other means. Tyler White smacked an RBI double in the 8th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th. Little Tuck, who finished 3-4, scored the final run of the day on a balk. White's two hits both resulted in runs. Jake Marisnick also finished with two hits and he scored a couple of runs out of the leadoff spot.

Cy Sneed went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two, and struck out three. Kent Emanuel and James Hoyt shut it down. Emanuel allowed a hit and struck out four over two scoreless while Hoyt struck out two in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Fresno will welcome Reno to Chukchansi Park for a four-game set starting at 6:35 Pacific. Mike Hauschild will take on Friend of WTHB Jake Buchanan in game one.

Corpus Christi 9, Frisco 7

W- Cionel Perez (4-1)
L- Tyler Davis (0-4)

CC home runs: Josh Rojas (2, 3 season; solo in 3rd), Stephen Wrenn (2, solo in 8th)

The Hooks got on the board in this latest iteration of the Lone Star Series in the Texas League, even though things got a bit too close for comfort in the 9th.

Cionel Perez went 5.1 innings and the two runs he allowed both came on solo home runs, which were also the only two hits he allowed. Cionel also walked two and struck out eight. Justin Ferrell pitched 2.1 innings and allowed a hit while striking out three in a scoreless outing. Erasmo Pinales got the last out of the 8th and the first out of the 9th. He allowed a hit and walked two in the 9th and all of them scored on hits allowed by Carlos Sierra. Sierra got the last two outs of the game, one via strikeout, but not before he allowed an RBI single and a grand slam which allowed all three of Pinales' runners to score. Two runs were charged to him on the slam.

It was a huge evening for the Hooks' top third of the order as Myles Straw, Josh Rojas, and Taylor Jones combined to go 8-13 with four RBI and six runs scored. Jones opened things up with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Rojas sent the first pitch of the 3rd inning out, and Straw ripped an RBI double in the 5th. Randy César, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, added a two-run single in the 7th.

Stephen Wrenn smacked the first pitch of the 8th for a homer. Lorenzo Quintana followed with a single, but Aníbal Sierra struck out and then Quintana got picked off. Straw kept the line moving by drawing a walk and Rojas did the same with a single. Jones whacked a ground-rule double to bring Straw in, and Carmen Benedetti finished the big 8th inning with a two-run single.

Everyone in the Corpus lineup recorded a hit: Rojas (solo HR, 2 R) and Jones (2B, 2 RBI, R) had three apiece, while Straw (2B, RBI, 3 R), Benedetti (2 RBI), César (2 RBI), Quintana, and Sierra (2 R) all had two.

Alex Winkelman will start the series finale. He'll face Wes Benjamin at 11:05 AM.

Carolina 9, Buies Creek 1

W- Alec Kenilvort (1-2)
L- Brandon Bailey (0-4)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros did not have a good weekend as the Mudcats came in and swept them.

Ugh... I think I'll punt this one away. Alfredo Angarita went 2-5... so that probably qualifies as a bright spot.

Buies Creek is back on the road for five games in Winston-Salem, with a doubleheader on Wednesday. They'll technically be the home team in the second game of that doubleheader because that game was supposed to take place in Buies Creek.

Abdiel Saldaña will face Bernardo Flores in game 1. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Beloit 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Jared Poche' (1-2)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored twice in the 6th. Unfortunately, Beloit also scored a run in the 7th which turned out to be the difference. And... as a result, the Banditos dropped this series in southern Wisconsin. All three games in this series were decided by one run.

Quad Cities' two runs in the 6th came on RBI doubles from Miguelangel Sierra and Colton Shaver. Sierra went 2-4 on the afternoon; he's finished with two hits in three straight games.

Tyler Ivey was perfect through 5.2 innings and then the Snappers got to him. In his six innings, he allowed two runs on a double, two other hits, and struck out four. Enoli Paredes pitched the last two innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Quad Cities is headed home and they will begin a four-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Yohan Ramirez will start the opener and he'll face Nelson Hernandez at 6:35.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Myles Straw, OF, Josh Rojas, UTIL, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Corpus Christi
Straw: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Rojas: 3-5, solo HR (2, 3 season), 2 R
Jones: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Showing how many hits, runs, and walks he allowed on Sunday
Cionel Perez, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-1), 5.1 IP, 2 H (both hits were solo HRs), 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Miguelangel Sierra, SS, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, RBI, R

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tyler Ivey, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K; perfect through 5.2 innings

Kyle Tucker, OF, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Tucker: 3-4, 2-R HR (4), 3 R
White: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
3 IP, H, 6 K
Kent Emanuel: 2 IP, H, 4 K
James Hoyt: IP, 2 K

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fresno 4, El Paso 0

W- Andrew Thome (4-1)
L- Dillon Overton (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jake Marisnick (2, 2-run in 3rd), Tim Federowicz (5, solo in 4th), A.J. Reed (7, solo in 4th)

Five Fresno pitchers combined on a shutout and the Grizzlies launched three home runs at the plate.

Trent Thornton only went 3.2 innings because he took a line drive off his pitching elbow, according to Fresno communications director Paul Braverman. Thornton allowed two hits and struck out three. As a result, it was bullpen night. Andrew Thome was the first man to come on and he walked two and struck out one in 1.1 innings. Buddy Boshers struck out one in a 1-2-3 6th. Matt Ramsey allowed a hit and struck out four in two innings, and Brendan McCurry worked around a hit to finish the game, striking out one in the 9th.

All four of Fresno's runs came on the three home runs you see above. Jake Marisnick opened the scoring in the 3rd with his two-run blast, and Tim Federowicz and A.J. Reed launched back-to-back solo shots in the 4th. Jake went 2-5 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game.

Cy Sneed will start the series finale against Walker Locket at 6:05 Mountain.

Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 5

W- Reed Garrett (1-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (3-4)

CC home runs: Randy César (4, 3-run in 3rd)

The Hooks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the 3rd, but the Roughriders blew them away by finishing the game on a 10-0 run.

Alex De Goti opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Taylor Jones hit an RBI single in the 3rd and two batters later, Randy César launched a three-run home run. César went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and he also has a four-game multi-RBI streak. Jones also stole two bases, his first steals of the season.

Corbin Martin allowed a run on four hits and walked two in five innings. Frisco roughed up Yoanys Quiala and I think it's best that I leave it at that. Carlos Sierra got the last two outs of the 8th.

Cionel Perez will take on Tyler Davis at 4:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 3

W- Cameron Roegner (5-1)
L- Brett Adcock (3-1)

BC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (1, 4 season; solo in 9th), Chuckie Robinson (2, solo in 9th)

Once again, a Carolina Stros rally in the late innings fell short.

All three of Buies Creek's runs came in the last two innings as Alfredo Angarita hit an RBI single in the 8th and J.J. Matijevic and Chuckie Robinson whack solo home runs in the 9th. Matijevic and Angarita both went 2-4.

Brett Adcock allowed two runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out three in six innings. Jesús Balaguer was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed a run on a wild pitch, a hit, walked two, and struck out two in two innings. Tanner Duncan got the 9th and allowed three runs (two earned), a two-run double, and walked three. The other run that he allowed scored on an error.

Brandon Bailey faces Marcos Diplán in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 3 in 11 innings

W- Jesús Zambrano (4-1)
L- Adam Bleday (2-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the lead with three runs in the 8th inning... only to see the Snappers tie the game with a run in the bottom of the 8th and walk off with the win in the 11th.

Quad Cities loaded the bases in the 8th and got three runs out of it. Mike Papierski drew a bases-loaded walk. Miguelangel Sierra followed with an RBI single and Colton Shaver hit a sac fly. Sierra finished 2-5.

Peter Solomon pitched five innings and allowed a run on four hits, walked two, and struck out three. Dariel Aquino allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out three in two innings. Adam Bleday threw three innings and allowed two runs (one inherited runner charged to him, which turned out to be the winning run) on three hits, walked three (two intentionally), and struck out four. Carlos Sanabria faced one batter and he allowed the game-winning sac fly.

Tyler Ivey will take on Bryce Conley. First pitch is at 2:00.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net
Fresno Grizzlies: W 4-0 @ El Paso
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K
Jake Marisnick: 2-5, 2-R HR (2)
Trent Thornton: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Andrew Thome: W (4-1), 1.1 IP, 2 BB, K
Buddy Boshers: IP, K
Matt Ramsey: 2 IP, H, 4 K
Brendan McCurry: IP, H, K

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3-R HR (4)

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Peter Solomon, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Brett Adcock, LHP, Buies Creek
L (3-1), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

J.J. Matijevic, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, solo HR (1, 4 season)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Before I begin, I would like to convey my thoughts and prayers to the people of Santa Fe, Texas. I had a soapbox to get on, but I didn't feel like riling everyone up at this hour.

All I can say is that I honestly don't know what else to say besides our kids shouldn't have to worry about being slaughtered in their own schools, but for reasons, it keeps happening over and over and over again. It's absolutely sickening.

Results for Friday, May 18, 2018

El Paso 8, Fresno 7 in 10 innings

W- Jose Castillo (1-0)
L- Buddy Boshers (2-1)

Fresno home runs: Jake Marisnick (1, 2-run in 3rd), Tyler White (8, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies had the Chihuahuas down to their last strike in the 10th... and El Paso walked off with the win.

David Paulino went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits (two solo homers) and struck out four. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and went two innings, allowing a run on three hits. Reymin Guduan struck out one in a 1-2-3 8th inning. James Hoyt allowed a run on two hits and struck out two in the 9th, and Buddy Boshers allowed the game-winner, a two-run double, with two outs in the 10th. One of the runs was unearned; if the man who starts an extra inning on second scores, it is treated as an unearned run. Boshers allowed one other hit, issued an intentional walk, and both of his outs came via strikeout.

J.D. Davis scored the first run of the evening on an error that allowed Nick Tanielu to reach in the 2nd inning. Tony Nuñez singled to lead off the 3rd and one batter later, Jake Marisnick smacked a homer. Two batters later, Tyler White launched a solo shot. Jon Kemmer drove in the Grizzlies' fourth run of the inning with an RBI single. Kemmer added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th. Drew Ferguson started the 10th on second and scored when Kyle Tucker flew into a force out. Tanielu and Kemmer had two hits apiece in this game.

Trent Thornton takes on Dillon Overton in game 3. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 6

W- Locke St. John (1-0)
L- Sean Stutzman (2-3)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus scored four in the 8th to tie the game and took the lead with a run in the 9th... only to see the Roughriders walk off with the win.

Carmen Benedetti put the Hooks on the board with an RBI single in the 6th inning. Taylor Jones opened the big 8th with an RBI double, and then Randy César and Ryne Birk followed with RBI singles. Benedetti scored the tying run on a wild pitch and César put the Hooks in the lead with an RBI single in the 9th.

Josh Rojas, Myles Straw, César, and Birk all finished with two hits on the night. Straw stole two more bases, giving him 27 on the season. César extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Brock Dykxhoorn went six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits (three solo homers), walked three, and struck out four. Chris Nunn was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and threw two scoreless, allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two. Preston Beck hit a walk-off two-run homer off Sean Stutzman with one out in the bottom of the 9th.

Corbin Martin takes on Ariel Jurado in game 2. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 4

W- Braden Webb (2-3)
L- Gabriel Valdez (0-2)
S- Luke Barker (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros made things interesting with three runs in the 9th but their rally fell short.

Gabriel Valdez went 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out one. Ronel Blanco struck out two over 2.1 perfect innings. Carson LaRue allowed two runs, a solo homer, walked four, and struck out four in three innings, and Robert Corniel allowed two runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out two in the 9th.

Chas McCormick hit an RBI single in the 6th inning to put Buies Creek on the board. Ronnie Dawson ripped a two-run double and scored on Abraham Toro's single in the 9th. Toro and Osvaldo Duarte finished with two hits apiece.

Brett Adcock will take the mound for game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Beloit 2

W- Patrick Sandoval (3-1)
L- Wyatt Marks (3-3)
S- Carlos Sanabria (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos only scored in one inning, but it was enough for them to get the win.

César Rosado went four innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked four, and struck out four. Patrick Sandoval tagged in for 4.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on five hits and struck out four; the run was an inherited runner that was charged to him. Carlos Sanabria got the final two outs of the game; he allowed a hit and struck out one.

All three Quad Cities runs came in the 4th: Corey Julks ripped a two-run double to open the scoring and he scored on a Cody Bohanek single. Julks, Bohanek, and Miguelangel Sierra all had two-hit nights.

Peter Solomon faces Xavier Altamirano at 4:00.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2 RBI; 11-game hitting streak

Ronel Blanco, RHP, Buies Creek
2.1 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Quad Cities
W (3-1), 4.1 IP, 5 H, unearned run, 4 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Corey Julks, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Friday, May 18, 2018

Getting to Know Astros LHP Brett Adcock

Meeting the Buies Creek team on the road last weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina had its challenges. The schedule is a bit more compressed than at home so my time with LHP Brett Adcock was short. But he talks really fast (transcribing him was no fun at all!) and apparently he talks a lot too. "Ask any of these guys. They tell me to shut up every day so I talk too much," said Adcock. He's also a bit of a character, but saying that a lefty pitcher is a character is probably a little redundant.

Brett Adcock - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

We started with Adcock's pitch repertoire, "Four-seam fastball, curveball, changeup, slider." He has good depth on his curveball, his best offspeed offering. "I tend to favor my curveball quite a bit. Still a lot of development going into the changeup and the slider, but I'm still confident throwing all of them," said Adcock. His fastball sits in the low 90's.

When asked to give a scouting report on himself, Adcock told me, "I compete really well. Something I could work on is command of everything. I kind of get a little wild here and there. When I'm going good, it's fine. But when I'm not and I really have to fight through some stuff, it's definitely the command that's the issue for me. Between my junior year (of college) and last year, I definitely lowered (the walk rate) quite a bit, but there's still a lot of fine-tuning to do and obviously to get (the walks) down is a key thing. That's my kryptonite basically."

Drafted by the Astros in the 4th round in 2016 out of the University of Michigan, Adcock was behind the eight ball early as he appeared in only three games for Tri-City that year before a torn meniscus suffered while fielding a bunt shut down his season. Adcock viewed the injury as more opportunity than setback, "Obviously it was a bit of a setback but everybody is going to have them and I just used it as an opportunity to try to change my body and when I got rehabbed and got healthy to kind of change my ways a bit. And it's been working out pretty well so far, just going to try to keep on moving from there."

Adcock is aware of the dearth of lefty pitchers on the current Astros roster and while understanding the opportunity that presents, he's not about to get ahead of himself. "It's obviously a big thing, but you've still got guys in front of me that are very, very good. This organization is stacked with everybody and to move up, you have to really throw well. You just kind of wait and do your own thing and when you get called, you get called. It's just how our organization works because there's a lot of great talent in this organization. You've just got to wait to get your opportunity and when you do, you have to capitalize," said Adcock.

On the rare day off, you will likely find Adcock on the golf course. "We've got a good group of pitchers that are big golfers. We're a big golf group ... me, [Carson] LaRue, [Brandon] Bielak, [Kit] Scheetz, [Justin] Ferrell when he was here ... we go golfing quite a bit. A lot of golf rounds in the free time is what we kind of do."

Another Astros minor leaguer that Adcock is known to hang out with in the offseason is Hooks OF Carmen Benedetti. Both Adcock and Benedetti were drafted by the Astros in 2016 as teammates from the University of Michigan squad and they had the opportunity to catch a couple of World Series games together last fall. Adcock said, "It was a lot of fun. Actually, Carmen came over for a couple of games and we watched it. Definitely a lot more fun being a part of the organization that's in it. You get a little bit more hyped about it. We had a good time with that. We got to enjoy it. It was crazy watching it on TV. I can't imagine being there." Benedetti would also be the Astros minor leaguer that Adcock would least like to face in the batter's box because "if he gets a hit off me, he would never let me live it down. Ever."

That brief conversation with Adcock left me with a few blanks that Drew French, the Buies Creek pitching coach, was kind enough to fill for me. French said of Adcock, "His first short season got cut a little bit by the knee injury and he spent some time at Quad Cities and here last year. I think being here again to start this year, he's got a little more comfort with the league, how hitters react and how things happen because obviously it's still a jump even though it's not quite the AA jump, but it's still a jump. But his delivery is the one thing. His mechanics and his delivery are the things that have caused him to have failures as well as have successes. It's a lot of feel based stuff and when he puts in the work and he takes that work to the game, usually you can see it in the results because he throws a ton of strikes and his stuff is pretty good and so if it plays inside the strike zone, then he's going to have a lot of success. Whereas walks have kind of been his bugaboo and he's able to cut some of that stuff down early on in the year so we're really really excited on the path that he's on."

French continued, "I think we had an even better plan for him in Spring Training this year so we were able to alleviate some of (the command issues) out of the gates instead of getting here and it being kind of rocky, having to kind of go back to square one. The credit goes to our whole organization for anyone who touched him during Spring Training and in the offseason to get him going in the right direction early."

And according to French, the key to Adcock's success and continued development is simple, "Finding his best delivery. Being athletic and just being able to time things up accordingly. His fastball plays really, really well with the carry and the shape that he has and that just needs to play through the zone. It needs to be something that he can challenge hitters with early in the count and be able to kind of expand the strike zone to put guys away. His changeup and his slider are still a work in progress, but he's got a curveball that's really outstanding. We feel like the slider ... and the changeup, the quality of the pitch(es) are two things other than the delivery that he needs to continue to focus on and harness as he goes in order to be able to (challenge) both right-handed and left-handed batters."

And there you have it. Short, sweet and to the point. Adcock left me with the impression of someone who is friendly, outgoing, gregarious and upbeat, someone who other players gravitate toward. He has a good sense of humor and isn't afraid to laugh at himself and take a good jab from his teammates (like Carson LaRue who was nearby and dogging Adcock through most of this interview). That's the personality part of the equation. The performance part of the equation has been equally promising in his start to the 2018 season. Through his first seven games (four starts), Adcock is 3-0 with a save, a 1.80 ERA and a 0.967 WHIP in 30 innings. The walks are still on the high side, but I have faith that the Astros game plan for him will help to smooth out that aspect of his game. Once that happens, Adcock should move quickly.

Thank you for your time, Brett, and best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pitching ruled the day out on the farm.

Corpus Christi sweep!


Fresno 9, El Paso 7

W- Matt Ramsey (2-1)
L- Colten Brewer (0-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (7)

Fresno home runs: J.D. Davis (4, solo in 9th), A.J. Reed (6, solo in 9th)

J.D. Davis had a monster night at the plate and the Grizzlies had to clean up a mess after squandering a 6-2 lead, which they did so successfully.

Davis wound up hitting for the cycle and also drew a walk. He opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the 1st, walked in the 3rd, hit an RBI single in the 4th, ripped an RBI double in the 6th, and completed the cycle with a homer to lead off the 9th inning.

After his triple, Davis scored on an A.J. Reed groundout. Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI ground-rule double in the 3rd inning. Tony Nuñez doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Kyle Tucker groundout. After Davis completed the cycle, Reed followed by launching a home run of his own.

Davis reached in all five of his plate appearances. Nuñez went 3-4, while Reed (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), Kemmer (RBI ground-rule 2B), and Tyler White (2B, 2 R) all finished with two hits each.

Josh James went five innings and the two runs he allowed came on a home run hit by Dusty Coleman in the 3rd. James allowed two other hits, walked two, and struck out ten. James came one strikeout short of tying a career-high; he struck out 11 for Lancaster on June 14, 2016.

Kent Emanuel came on for the 6th and got roughed up, allowing four runs on three hits (two-run homer) and striking out one. Matt Ramsey stopped the bleeding by throwing two scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two. The Chihuahuas tried to get another comeback attempt going on Brendan McCurry in the 9th and they got a run off of him, but McCurry was able to right the ship and closed it out. He allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out one.

David Paulino will face Jesse Scholtens in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 0

W- Ryan Hartman (3-1)
L- Lake Bachar (0-1)

CC home runs: Randy César (3, 2-run in 6th)

After getting swept out of San Antonio last weekend, the Hooks exacted a measure of revenge on their I-37 rivals by sweeping them out of Corpus Christi as Ryan Hartman, Erasmo Pinales, and Riley Ferrell joined forces on a shutout.

Hartman allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out a career-high 11 in 6.1 innings of work. This is Hartman's first career double-digit strikeout game. Pinales tagged in for 1.2 innings and issued a walk while striking out four. Ferrell completed the shutout by throwing a 1-2-3 9th inning; he got a groundball out, a lineout, and a popout to end the evening.

Myles Straw singled with two outs in the 3rd inning. He proceeded to steal second and scored the first run of the game on a Josh Rojas single. Rojas singled in the 6th, stole second, and scored on a single from Carmen Benedetti. One batter later, Randy César whacked a two-run home run. Rojas finished 3-4 and Straw went 2-4. They also stole a couple of bases; Straw now has 25, while Rojas has 18 on the season. César's homer extended his hitting streak to ten games.

Brock Dykxhoorn will get the start in the opener of a four-game series in Frisco. He'll take on Richelson Peña at 7:05.

Buies Creek and Winston-Salem was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up on May 23 in Winston-Salem as part of a doubleheader.

Buies Creek welcomes the Carolina Mudcats to Campbell University for the weekend. Gabriel Valdez will take on Cameron Roegner at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 2, Cedar Rapids 1

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Carlos Suniaga (2-1)

QC home runs: Corey Julks (4, 2-run in 7th)

Both teams had one scoring play. Fortunately for the Banditos, their scoring play yielded more runs. Quad Cities took the last three games of this series from the Kernels after dropping the first two.

Corey Julks broke a 0-0 tie in the 7th with a two-run blast. Jake Meyers went 2-4 with a double out of the leadoff spot.

Parker Mushinski allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out five over five shutout innings. Leovanny Rodriguez pitched the last four innings and allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out six.

Quad Cities will conclude their roadtrip with a weekend in Beloit. César Rosado will start the opener, which starts at 6:30.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 4-0 vs. San Antonio
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 15 K
Ryan Hartman: W (3-1), 6.1 IP, 4 H, BB, career-high 11 K
Erasmo Pinales: 1.2 IP, BB, 4 K
Riley Ferrell: IP; retired side in order in the 9th inning

Josh Rojas, IF, and Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
Rojas: 3-4, RBI, R, 2 SB (6, 18 season)
César: 2-R HR (3); 10-game hitting streak

Matt Ramsey's photo is his headshot on MiLB.com.
Josh James, RHP, and Matt Ramsey, RHP, Fresno
James: 5 IP, 3 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Ramsey: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

J.D. Davis, 3B/1B, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
Davis: hit for cycle, 5 RBI, 2 R (4 HR this season)
Reed: 2-5, solo HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R

Parker Mushinski's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Leovanny Rodriguez's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 2-1 @ Cedar Rapids
9 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 11 K
Parker Mushinski: 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K
Leovanny Rodriguez: W (1-0), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let's play two in Cedar Rapids!

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will start a four-game series in El Paso tonight at 6:35 Mountain. Josh James will take on Chris Huffman.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 5 in 10 innings

W- Justin Ferrell (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Gerardo Reyes (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored two runs in three separate innings; when they did it for the third time, they ended up walking off with a victory.

Their first two runs came in the 1st on a Carmen Benedetti RBI single and an RBI double from Randy César. Ryne Birk smacked an RBI triple in the 4th and trotted home on a Nick Tanielu single. Taylor Jones Myles Straw started the bottom of the 10th at second base and scored the tying run on an RBI single from César. Birk flew out for the second out, but Nick Tanielu singled to keep things going. Lorenzo Quintana got plunked to load the bases, and Alex De Goti won it by.... getting plunked. Probably not how he expected to drive in a winning run, but it all counts the same.

César went 4-5 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Tanielu finished 3-5 with a stolen base, his first of the season. Benedetti and Taylor Jones both went 2-5.

Framber Valdez went seven innings and the three runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Ty France in the 6th. He allowed four other hits, walked one, and struck out eight. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run on four hits, walked one, and struck out one in two innings of work, and Justin Ferrell allowed an RBI single in the top of the 10th.

Ryan Hartman will take on Lake Bachar in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 2, Buies Creek 1


W- Tanner Banks (1-2)
L- Brandon Bielak (3-3)
S- Matt Foster (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros had more hits, but the Dash had more in the column that counts. Buies Creek went 1-12 with runners in scoring position.

Their one run came on an Alfredo Angarita RBI double in the 8th inning. Osvaldo Duarte went 3-4 with a double while Carlos Canelón hit two doubles in three at-bats.

Brandon Bielak didn't turn in a bad outing, but he didn't get any run support. In five innings, Bielak allowed two runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out five. Hector Perez has been roughed up in May, but hopefully this outing is a sign of better days to come. He allowed a hit and struck out five over four scoreless innings of work.

Gabriel Valdez will face Dylan Cease in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Cristian Javier (2-1)
L- Tyler Watson (2-2)
S- Adam Bleday (1)

QC home runs: Cody Bohanek (2, 2-run in 2nd), Colton Shaver (3, solo in 7th)

The Banditos busted out with five runs in the 2nd inning to take the first game of the twinbill.

Cristian Javier went five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out ten. It's the second time in his career that he's recorded double-digit strikeouts; he struck out ten on August 26 last season. Adam Bleday pitched the last two innings and allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out three.

Miguelangel Sierra and Jake Adams reached on errors to start that big 2nd inning and Bryan de la Cruz opened the scoring with an RBI single to score Sierra. Adams and de la Cruz advanced on a Corey Julks groundout and Mike Papierski brought them in with a single. One batter later, Cody Bohanek smacked a two-run home run to extend the Quad Cities lead to 5-0. Colton Shaver capped off the first game with a solo blast in the 7th. Papierski and Jake Meyers both finished with two hits in the afternoon session.

Game 2: Quad Cities 8, Cedar Rapids 4

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0)
L- Randy Dobnak (3-2)

QC home runs: Jake Meyers (4, 3-run in 2nd)

Once again, Quad Cities rattled off five runs in the 2nd inning to spur themselves to a sweep of the doubleheader.

All five of their runs in the 2nd came with two outs. Jake Adams ripped a one-out double and scored on an error following a Corey Julks single. Colton Shaver legged out an infield single and Jonathan Lacroix followed with an RBI single to bring Julks in, and Jake Meyers landed a haymaker in the form of a three-run homer. Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning and the Banditos got two more in the 5th on a pair of RBI singles from Adams and Shaver.

Shaver finished 3-4 in the nightcap. Miguelangel Sierra, Adams, and de la Cruz had two hits apiece.

Luis Garcia went four innings and the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Shane Carrier in the 1st. He allowed two other hits, walked three, and struck out three. Enoli Paredes tagged in for 1.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned), a hit, walked four, and struck out two. Carlos Sanabria struck out two over 1.1 perfect frames to get the win.

Parker Mushinski will start the series finale against Bailey Ober. First pitch is at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Adam Bleday's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-2 @ Cedar Rapids in game 1 of doubleheader
Cristian Javier: W (2-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Adam Bleday: Save (1), 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: L 2-1 vs. Winston-Salem
Brandon Bielak: L (3-3), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Hector Perez: 4 IP, H, 5 K

Randy César, 3B, and Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
César: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Tanielu: 3-5, RBI, SB (1)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beware the ides of May, or something like that.

Salt Lake 3, Fresno 2

W- Adam Hofacket (5-0)
L- James Hoyt (0-1)
S- Eduardo Paredes (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (6, solo in 5th)

The Tacos were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Bees got a couple of runs in the final two innings to eke out the victory.

Rogelio Armenteros allowed a run on two hits, walked two, and struck out eight in 5.2 innings. Buddy Boshers was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he got the last out of the 6th and two outs in the 7th, working around a hit to do so. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings, and James Hoyt allowed what turned out to be the winning run in the 9th. The run was unearned; Hoyt allowed a couple of hits, walked two, and struck out two.

Jon Kemmer put the Tacos on the board when he led off the 5th with a home run/ Tyler White drove in the other Fresno run with a single in the 7th. He and Kyle Tucker both finished 2-4 on the afternoon.

Josh James will start the first of a four-game series in El Paso. He'll face Chris Huffman at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 4

W- Cionel Perez (3-1)
L- Rowan Wick (2-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored in just one inning, but they erased a 4-0 deficit and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat in the process. Omar Lopez got tossed just before the 6th inning got underway, presumably over whether Myles Straw got picked off in the 5th. Either that, or he was not pleased with the called third strike on Stephen Wrenn to end the 5th.

Alex Winkelman allowed three runs on five hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out two in four innings of work. Carlos Sierra pitched the 5th and allowed a solo homer to Fernando Tatis, who homered off Winkelman to start the game. That was the only hit that Sierra allowed in his first inning in AA; he also issued a walk and struck out the side. Cionel Perez shined after tagging in, allowing just one hit and striking out six over four scoreless innings to get the win.

Corpus did nothing of note on offense in the first six innings, so let's move on to the 7th.

Randy César kicked things off by drawing a walk. He moved to second on a Ryne Birk single and scored the Hooks' first run when Lorenzo Quintana ripped a double. Alex De Goti followed with a two-run single to cut the Missions' lead to 4-3. Straw went down for the first out of the inning, but Wrenn kept things going with a single, and the ensuing error allowed him to move to third while De Goti dashed home with the tying run. Carmen Benedetti capped off the rally with an RBI single to put Corpus in front. Straw, De Goti, and Josh Rojas all finished with two hits on the night. Straw and Rojas also stole a base; Straw has expanded his lead on Rojas a bit as he continues to set the pace in the system in terms of stolen bases. He's now up 23-16 on Rojas.

Framber Valdez faces Jerry Keel in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 1


W- Abdiel Saldaña (4-0)
L- Peter Lambert (3-3)

BC home runs: None.

Both teams only had one scoring inning apiece, but the Carolina Stros scored more runs in their inning, so they won. I like it when baseball is simple like that.

Buies Creek's three runs all came in the 6th as they strung four straight one-out hits together. Alfredo Angarita and Ronnie Dawson started the chain, and then Abraham Toro brought Angarita home with a single and J.J. Matijevic smacked a double to score Dawson. Toro scored the final run of the evening on a Chas McCormick sac fly. No one on either team finished with a multi-hit game; Angarita also stole a base, his 5th of the season.

Jorge Alcala and Abdiel Saldaña kept the Winston-Salem offense in check, holding the Dash to just four hits in this game. Alcala allowed a run on a groundout, a single, walked two, and struck out eight in five innings. Saldaña allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out four in four innings.

Brandon Bielak takes on Tanner Banks in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Jovani Moran (1-1)
L- Tanner Duncan (0-1)
S- Carlos Suniaga (1)

QC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (1, solo in 9th)

The Kernels got runs in the 7th and the 8th to break a 4-4 tie in their favor. Quad Cities got to within one run in the 9th but couldn't get a rally started outside of Miguelangel Sierra's home run.

Jake Meyers doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the night on Ruben Castro's groundout. Jonathan Lacroix whacked an RBI double in the 2nd and ended up scoring from there on a wild pitch. Lacroix added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th. Sierra's home run in the 9th came with two outs and he was the only man to reach base for Quad Cities in the final inning. Sierra and Lacroix both finished with two hits on the night; Lacroix reached in all four of his plate appearances as he also drew a couple of walks.

Yohan Ramirez went 3.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits (two-run homer), walked four, and struck out four. Tanner Duncan tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Dariel Aquino allowed a solo homer to Jose Miranda in the 8th, which was the only hit he surrendered in the inning. Aquino also issued a walk and struck out two.

The Banditos and Kernels will play a doubleheader on Wednesday as they will make up a game that was originally scheduled for April 8. Cristian Javier will take on Tyler Watson in game 1, which starts at 12:05. Luis Garcia will face Randy Dobnak in the nightcap, which will begin at 6:35.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 12 K
Jorge Alcala: 5 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Abdiel Saldaña: W (4-0), 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Fresno
5.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Alex De Goti, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 RBI, R

Cionel Perez, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-1), 4 IP, H, 6 K

Miguelangel Sierra's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Jonathan Lacroix's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Miguelangel Sierra, SS, and Jonathan Lacroix, OF, Quad Cities
Sierra: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1)
Lacroix: 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 14, 2018

The Rockets are in the Western Conference Finals, but most of you may not care about that (that's a shame).

For those of you who aren't inclined to watching hoops, never fear. Minor league recaps are coming right up!

Fresno 4, Salt Lake 3

W- Reymin Guduan (3-1)
L- Jake Jewell (1-2)
S- James Hoyt (2)

Fresno home runs: Tim Federowicz (4, 2-run in 6th)

Fresno and Salt Lake both scored in two innings. The Grizzlies scored more in their two scoring innings and as a result, they came away with the victory on Monday.

Tim Federowicz put the Grizzlies on the board with a two-run home run in the 6th and Jon Kemmer put them in the lead with a two-run triple in the 8th. Federowicz and J.D. Davis scored all four of Fresno's runs in this game; they, along with Tony Kemp, all finished 2-4 on the evening. Kemp now has a 20-game hitting streak.

Mike Hauschild went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits, walked three, and struck out two. Matt Ramsey struck out five in two perfect innings out of the bullpen. Reymin Guduan and James Hoyt both threw an inning; Guduan allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless 8th, while Hoyt withstood a solo home run from Jose Briceño to close out the game, striking out one in the 9th.

Rogelio Armenteros will take on Osmer Morales in an afternoon edition of Taco Tuesday in Fresno. First pitch is at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi 2, San Antonio 1

W- Yoanys Quiala (3-3)
L- Miguel Diaz (1-2)
S- Riley Ferrell (2)

CC home runs: Taylor Jones (7, 2-run in 4th)

Both teams had one scoring play apiece in this game and it came in the form of a home run. The Hooks' home run resulted in more runs, though.

Taylor Jones smacked a two-run home run in the 4th inning which was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. Jones played 105 games between both Class A levels in 2017 and hit seven home runs. He's matched that total in 32 games with Corpus Christi.

Yoanys Quiala has had a rather bumpy road after throwing five innings of one-run ball in his first start of the season, but he turned in his best outing on Monday as he allowed just four hits and struck out six over seven shutout innings. Riley Ferrell finished it off, although Kyle Overstreet spoiled the shutout with a two-out solo home run in the 9th. Ferrell allowed one other hit and struck out two in his two innings of work.

Alex Winkelman will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Logan Allen at 7:05.

Buies Creek was off

The Carolina Stros will begin a three-game series against the Winston-Salem Dash at 7:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1

W- Brusdar Graterol (1-0)
L- Tyler Ivey (1-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were shackled by Brusdar Graterol, who held them to just two hits and a walk and also struck out ten times against him in 5.2 innings.

Tyler Ivey went five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked two, and struck out five. Peter Solomon allowed a run on three hits and struck out six in three innings of work.

Quad Cities spoiled the shutout in the 9th on a pop-fly RBI single from Mike Papierski, even though he got thrown out at second to end the game in a bid for a double.

Yohan Ramirez will face Edwar Colina in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Corpus Christi
7 IP, 4 H, 6 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Corpus Christi
1-3, 2-R HR (7)

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Peter Solomon, RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K

Matt Ramsey's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Matt Ramsey, RHP, Fresno, and Reymin Guduan, LHP, Fresno
Ramsey: 2 IP, 5 K
Guduan: W (3-1), IP, H, 2 K

Tim Federowicz's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tim Federowicz, C, J.D. Davis, 3B/1B/LF, and Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
Federowicz: 2-4, 2-R HR (4), 2 R
Davis: 2-4, 2 R
Kemmer: Go-ahead 2-R 3B in 8th