Saturday, September 14, 2019

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Friday, September 13, 2019

Tough night on the farm.

PCL Championship: Sacramento 7, Round Rock 5

Sacramento wins series 3-0.

W- Pat Venditte
L- Carson LaRue
S- Enderson Franco

RR home runs: Drew Ferguson (1, solo in 2nd), Taylor Jones (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The River Cats captured the Pacific Coast League crown as they scored three in the top of the 8th to take the lead.

Rogelio Armenteros went 2.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits, walked four, and struck out one. Carson LaRue tagged in for 4.2 innings and he allowed two runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, on two hits, walked three, and struck out four. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched the last 1.2 innings and he allowed a run of his own on a groundout, a two-run single that resulted in both of the runners he inherited from LaRue to score, walked one, and struck out two.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring by ripping an RBI double in the 1st inning. Drew Ferguson led off the 2nd with a homer and Jones struck again in the 3rd with a two-run blast. Round Rock had the bases loaded in the 7th but all they got out of it was Jack Mayfield walking in Ronnie Dawson. Carlos Correa went 1-2 and drew a couple of walks; he got the start at shortstop and played seven innings.

Round Rock's next game will take place on April 9, 2020.

Mills Cup: Wilmington 2, Fayetteville 0

Series tied 2-2.

W- Austin Cox
L- Jojanse Torres
S- Tad Ratliff

Fayetteville home runs: None.

The Woodpeckers' bats were silenced as the Blue Rocks forced a deciding game five.

Jojanse Torres pitched well but he received a loss for the first time this season. Torres allowed three hits, one of which was a solo homer, walked two, and struck out six in six innings of work. J.P. France was the first man out of the Woodpeckers' bullpen and he allowed a run, which was an inherited runner that was charged to him, on two hits, walked three, and struck out two in 2.1 innings. Yeremi Ceballos allowed a hit and struck out one as he got the last two outs of the 9th.

Fayetteville only had three hits: a double from David Hensley and singles from Jeremy Peña and Chandler Taylor.

Luis Garcia will take the mound for the decisive game five and he'll take on Rito Lugo at 6:00 Eastern.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Taylor Jones, 1B, Round Rock
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI

Jojanse Torres, RHP, Fayetteville
L, 6 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Friday, September 13, 2019

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 12, 2019

Woodpeckers one win away!

Mills Cup: Fayetteville 2, Wilmington 1

Fayetteville leads series 2-1.

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez
L- Kris Bubic
S- Humberto Castellanos

Fayetteville home runs: None.

Both teams had one scoring play; the Woodpeckers' yielded more runs and now, they are one win away from defending the crown they won last year as the Buies Creek Astros.

David Hensley put Fayetteville on the board and in the lead by ripping a two-run double in the 6th inning. Chandler Taylor, who scored one of those two runs, finished 2-4.

Nivaldo Rodriguez delivered in the clutch as he allowed just one run on three hits while striking out seven over six excellent innings. César Rosado struck out three in two perfect innings of relief and Humberto Castellanos worked around a hit in the 9th to close it out, striking out one.

Jojanse Torres will take the mound in game four and he'll face Austin Cox at 6:00 Eastern.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

From top:
Nivaldo Rodriguez: W, 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K
César Rosado: 2 IP, 3 K; perfect outing
Humberto Castellanos: Save, IP, H, K 
David Hensley: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

PCL Championship Series: Sacramento 4, Round Rock 2

Sacramento leads series 2-0.

W- Dan Winkler
L- Brendan McCurry
S- Enderson Franco

RR home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, solo in 7th)

Well, the E-Train is up against it now. Sacramento scored three in the bottom of the 6th to take control after Round Rock had tied it in the top half.

Brandon Bielak allowed a run on four hits, walked two, and struck out three in five innings of work. Brendan McCurry got the 6th and struck out the side... but he also allowed three runs on four hits, one of which was a solo homer. Riley Ferrell got the last two innings and allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out three.

Nick Tanielu ripped an RBI double in the 6th and Ronnie Dawson launched a solo homer in the 7th; he's homered in both games of this series.

After a day off, the series will resume in Round Rock on Friday. Rogelio Armenteros is listed as the starter for game three and he'll face Carlos Navas.

Mills Cup: Wilmington 5, Fayetteville 4

Series tied 1-1.

W- Andrew Beckwith
L- Riley Cabral
S- Tad Ratliff

Fayetteville home runs: Scott Manea (1, solo in 2nd)

The Blue Rocks scored three in the bottom of the 7th to take the lead and even up the series.

Austin Hansen and Leovanny Rodriguez both threw three innings and they both allowed a run on two hits. Hansen's run was earned because it came on a solo homer and he also walked five while striking out six. Leovanny's run came on an RBI single and was unearned; he also walked one.

Riley Cabral came on for the 7th. He got two outs via the strikeout and the Blue Rocks' three runs in the inning were all unearned; one of them was an inherited runner that was charged to him. Wilmington got a two-run single with two outs off of him, because of course they did. Jacob Billingsley got the final out of the 7th, but not before he allowed the go-ahead RBI single. He got the 8th and overall, he allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out one in 1.1 innings.

Chandler Taylor lashed an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring. Scott Manea whacked a solo homer in the 2nd, Ruben Castro grounded into a force out to score Taylor in the 4th, and Taylor tripled to lead off the 6th and scored on Michael Papierski's single. Taylor and Cal Stevenson finished with two hits apiece.

The Mills Cup Series now heads south to Fayetteville. Nivaldo Rodriguez will get the call for game three and he'll take on Kris Bubic at 6:00 Eastern.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Scott Manea, C, and Chandler Taylor, OF, Fayetteville
Manea: 1-3, solo HR (1)
Taylor: 2-2, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Brandon Bielak, RHP, and Riley Ferrell, RHP, Round Rock
Bielak: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Ferrell: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Wednesday, September 10, 2019

For all the marbles...

PCL Championship: Sacramento 8, Round Rock 7

Sacramento leads series 1-0.

W- Tyler Cyr
L- Ronel Blanco

RR home runs: Chas McCormick (1, 2-run in 6th), Ronnie Dawson (1, solo in 9th)

The River Cats scored two in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead. Ronnie Dawson tied the game with his solo shot in the top of the 9th, but Sacramento wound up walking off with the victory to start the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.

Kent Emanuel pitched 7.2 innings and allowed seven runs on eleven hits (solo and two-run homers), walked one, and struck out two. Sacramento scored the winning run off of Ronel Blanco with two outs in the 9th. Blanco allowed two hits and struck out two in an inning of work (last out of the 8th, two outs in the 9th); the winning run scored on a double.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st and the Express got two more sac flies in the 3rd from Nick Tanielu and Alex De Goti. Ronnie Dawson hit yet another sac fly in the 6th right before Chas McCormick launched a two-run homer. Dawson's solo homer led off the 9th. Stephen Wrenn and Jack Mayfield finished with two hits apiece in this one.

Brandon Bielak will get the start in game two of this series and he'll take on Chase Johnson at 6:35 Pacific.

Mills Cup (Carolina League): Fayetteville 3, Wilmington 1

Fayetteville leads series 1-0.

W- Parker Mushinski
L- Daniel Lynch
S- Humberto Castellanos

Fayetteville home runs: David Hensley (1, 2-run in 4th)

Fine pitching and David Hensley's homer propelled the Woodpeckers to a game one victory.

Parker Mushinski allowed a run on a steal of home, three hits, walked two, and struck out eight in five innings of work. Cody Deason tagged in for 2.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking two, and striking out four, and Humberto Castellanos got the final four outs of the game, all via strikeout, to earn the save; he allowed one hit in his 1.1 innings.

Hensley's two-run blast in the 4th put Fayetteville on the board and in the lead. Marty Costes added a crucial insurance run with an RBI single in the 9th. Hensley went 3-5 on the night while Jeremy Peña finished 2-5; both of his hits were doubles.

Austin Hansen will start game two of this series and he'll take on Jonathan Bowlan at 6:35 Eastern.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fayetteville Woodpeckers pitchers: W 3-1 @ Wilmington
9 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 BB, 16 K
Parker Mushinski: W, 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Cody Deason: 2.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Humberto Castellanos: Save, 1.1 IP, H, 4 K

David Hensley, IF, Fayetteville
3-5, 2-R HR (1)

Ronnie Dawson, OF, and Chas McCormick, OF, Round Rock
Dawson: 1-3, solo HR (1), 2 RBI
McCormick: 1-4, 2-R HR (1)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Astros Farm Report: 9-9

A very abbreviated farm report today as two teams head to their respective League Championship Finals ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Here are the latest roster moves. An ongoing list of all of the 2019 season transactions and roster moves can be found here.

9-7: SS/2B Anibal Sierra assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-7: RHP Bryan Abreu recalled to Houston
9-7: RHP Colin McKee assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-5: LHP Reymin Guduan released
9-5: OF/SS Myles Straw recalled to Houston
9-5: IF Osvaldo Duarte assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-4: RHP Bryan Abreu assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-4: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-4: OF Ramiro Rodriguez (Quad Cities) activated from the IL
9-4: IF Michael Wielansky (Quad Cities) activated from the IL
9-4: 1B Zach Biermann assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
9-4: SS AJ Lee assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
9-4: RHP Jairo Lopez assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
9-3: LHP Reymin Guduan activated from the restricted list and designated for assignment
9-3: RHP Francis Martes assigned to Corpus Christi from Round Rock
9-2: LHP Cionel Perez recalled to Houston
9-2: C Garrett Stubbs recalled to Houston
9-2: OF Kyle Tucker recalled to Houston
9-2: OF Granden Goetzman (Corpus Christi) activated from the IL
9-2: OF Stephen Wrenn assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
9-2: 2B/3B Enmanuel Valdez (Fayetteville) placed on the 7-day IL
9-2: RHP Francis Martes (Round Rock) activated from the IL
9-2: RHP Yeremi Ceballos assigned to Fayetteville from Tri-City
9-2: LHP Juan Pablo Lopez assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
9-1: RHP Francis Martes (Round Rock) sent to Quad Cities on a rehab assignment

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS PREVIEW

AAA ROUND ROCK - LCS starts Tuesday 9-10

The Round Rock Express won out over the Iowa Cubs on Sunday three games to two to take the Pacific Coast League American Conference title and will advance to the best-of-five League Championship Series which starts on Tuesday. They will face the Sacramento River Cats in Sacramento for two games (Tuesday and Wednesday) before returning to Round Rock on Friday for three games over the weekend (if all are necessary).

Sacramento (73-67 in the regular season) won out over the Las Vegas Aviators three games to two, clinching the PCL Pacific Conference title on Sunday. Round Rock (84-56 in the regular season) has only played Sacramento four times this season. In early August, Round Rock won the series three games to one.

The winner of the Pacific Coast League LCS will face the International League Champions in a one game winner-take-all AAA Championship game which will take place on Tuesday, September 17th in Memphis.

HIGH A FAYETTEVILLE WOODPECKERS - LCS starts Tuesday 9-10

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers bested the Down East Wood Ducks three games to two to win the Carolina League Southern Division title on Sunday, earning them a ticket to the Carolina League Championship Series. They will head to Wilmington Tuesday and Wednesday to face the Blue Rocks in a best-of-five LCS. (The Blue Rocks won the Carolina League Northern Division in dramatic fashion on Sunday, coming back to win the final three games after digging an 0-2 hole vs. the Salem Red Sox to start the series.) The LCS will return to Fayetteville on Thursday and will continue on Friday and Saturday if those games are necessary.

Wilmington (82-56 in the regular season) owns the regular season series again Fayetteville (72-67 in the regular season), having won eight of 14 against the Woodpeckers; however, the two teams are tied 3-3 in their final two matchups during the season and Fayetteville has the better record over the second half of the season.

LOW A QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS - Eliminated in the Quarterfinals

The Banditos unfortunately did not survive the quarterfinals, succumbing to the Cedar Rapids two games to one in that best-of-three series.

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Sunday, September 8, 2019

Off to the 'ship!

PCL Semifinals: Round Rock 10, Iowa 5

Round Rock wins series 3-2.

W- Ryan Hartman
L- Trevor Clifton

RR home runs: Alex De Goti (1, 3-run in 3rd), Drew Ferguson (2, 2-run in 6th), Chas McCormick (1, solo in 8th)

The E-Train overcame an early 3-0 deficit by putting up seven runs in the 3rd to seize control of this deciding game five.

Forrest Whitley went four innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits, walked five, and struck out six. Ryan Hartman took over for the final five innings of this one and allowed six hits, one of which was a solo homer, walked one, and struck out five.

Round Rock loaded the bases to lead off the top of the 3rd and that's how they went off for seven runs. Drew Ferguson got them on the board with a sac fly and then Jack Mayfield got plunked to re-load the bases. Taylor Jones went down on the infield fly rule, but Nick Tanielu kept things going with a two-run single to tie the game at 3 and Alex De Goti followed by launching a three-run home run to put the Express in front. Stephen Wrenn walked, stole second, and scored on an RBI single from Jamie Ritchie.

Ferguson smacked a two-run homer in the 6th and McCormick capped off the afternoon with a solo blast in the 8th. Jones, McCormick, Ferguson, and Tanielu all finished with two hits on the day.

Round Rock will face Sacramento, the winner of the PCL's Pacific Conference in the PCL Championship Series which will begin on Tuesday in Sacramento.

Carolina League South Final: Fayetteville 6, Down East 3

Fayetteville wins series 3-2.

W- Shawn Dubin
L- Scott Engler
S- Leovanny Rodriguez

Fayetteville home runs: Chandler Taylor (1, solo in 6th)

The Woodpeckers swung this game in their favor after scoring four in the 7th to break a 1-1 tie.

Chandler Taylor tied the game when he homered to lead off the 6th. Like Round Rock did in the 3rd inning of their game, Fayetteville also capitalized on a bases-loaded situation to lead off an inning.

Miguelangel Sierra singled to lead off the 7th, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and made it to third on Jeremy Peña's single. Peña advanced to second on defensive indifference and Cal Stevenson walked to load 'em up for Marty Costes, who ripped a two-run double to put the Woodpeckers in front. Taylor was intentionally walked to re-load the bases for David Hensley, who immediately made the Wood Ducks regret that move by hitting a two-run single. Ruben Castro provided the cherry by ripping an RBI double in the 9th. Castro finished 3-4 on the day while Sierra, Costes, and Peña all went 2-4.

Shawn Dubin turned in an excellent performance in a crucial game as he allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked two, and struck out seven in six innings of work. The Wood Ducks tried to stir up some unrest but the Fayetteville bullpen kept themselves composed and closed out the series. César Rosado was the first man out of the Woodpeckers bullpen and he pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a two-run double, walking four, and striking out two. Riley Cabral got the final out of the 8th with a strikeout. Jacob Billingsley came on for the 9th but he walked the only two men he faced. Leovanny Rodriguez took ownership of the final inning and he worked around an error that loaded the bases to close things out, striking out two.

The Mills Cup, the Carolina League's Championship series, will begin Tuesday at 6:35 Eastern. Fayetteville will head up to Wilmington for game one.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Chas McCormick, OF, Alex De Goti, IF, Nick Tanielu, IF, Jamie Ritchie, C, and Drew Ferguson, OF, Round Rock
McCormick: 2-4, solo HR (1), 2 R, SB (1)
De Goti: 1-4, 3-R HR (1)
Tanielu: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Ritchie: 2-4, RBI, R
Ferguson: 2-4, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Round Rock
W, 5 IP, 6 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 5 K

Shawn Dubin, LHP, Fayetteville
W, 6 IP, 2 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K

Marty Costes, OF, and Ruben Castro, C, Fayetteville
Costes: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Castro: 3-4, 2B, RBI