Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Minor League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

DSL Mariners over the DSL Astros 7-5
Sometimes reading the DSL boxscore makes my head hurt. This is one of those times. I was going to rag on the Astros for allowing three unearned runs until I saw that the Mariners allowed four unearned runs. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about this game is that the DSL Astros held the lead until the sixth, that they had eight hits and that they at least had the opportunity to win.

GCL Astros over GCL Cardinals 5-0 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Enderson Franco pitched a 7-inning complete game shutout for his second win of the season. Wallace Gonzalez' two RBI single and Rio Ruiz' two RBI double accounted for the majority of the scoring. Brett Phillips and Carlos Correa both had two hits and both scored twice.

GCL Astros over GCL Cardinals 3-2 in 7 innings (Game 2)
Michael Feliz is now 5-0 for the season as he pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Erick Gonzalez converted his eighth save of the season. Carlos Correa got another two hits in the second game, one of which happened to be a rather convincing home run according to eyewitness reports. Add a Darwin Rivera RBI double and a Teoscar Hernandez RBI single and the Astros had all the runs they needed.

Burlington over Greeneville 4-3 in 10 innings
Starter Daniel Minor allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings, but it was Michael Hauschild who got the loss as he gave up the winning run in the 10th inning after 3.2 scoreless innings. The Astros banged out 12 hits with Mike Martinez getting three of them, including a double. Jose Monzon, Jean Batista and Marc Wik had two each.

Tri-City over Connecticut 7-3
Brady Rodgers gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and zero walks with five strikeouts in seven innings to earn his fourth win of the season and to end a shocking two-game losing streak (hey, for this team, a one game losing streak is shocking). Jeremiah Meiners added on two hitless, scoreless innings of his own. The game was tied until the bottom of the sixth when Tri-City had a big inning as they brought 10 batters to the plate and scored five, keeping the line moving with five straight singles and a subsequent single and double for good measure. Joe Sclafani (3x5 RBI SB), Jesse Wierzbicki (2x4 2B RBI 2R SB), Jobduan Morales (2x4 RBI R) and Preston Tucker (2x4 2RBI) all had good days at the plate.

Lexington over Augusta 4-3
Jonas Dufek gave up one run in the first and then held the line there until the eighth when he ran into a little trouble, thanks in part to a Justin Gominsky fielding error. In the end he allowed two earned runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Mitch Lambson finished off the eighth and pitched the ninth to earn the win. Zach Johnson was two-for-four for the night and collected his league leading 80th RBI of the season. Brandon Meredith was two-for-four with a double and an RBI and is hitting .353/.477/.765 over his last 10 games. In other news, Delino DeShields did not steal a base and Mike Kvasnicka did not hit a home run.

Lake Elsinore over Lancaster 3-1
Nick Tropeano (L, 2-2) had a decent start, allowing only three runs (*two one earned) on *seven six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over five innings, but that turned out to be two runs too many as Lancaster only scraped together one run on four hits. The "Jorge de Leon as a starter" experiment may have run its course as de Leon pitched two effective innings out of the bullpen on Tuesday. Chia Jen-Lo was activated from his rehab stint with the GCL and pitched a perfect final frame. An RBI single from George Springer driving in Chan Moon was the offensive highlight. (*Nick Tropeano told me that the boxscore was wrong and since he hasn't lied to me yet, I'm changing it to what he says!)

Corpus Christi over San Antonio 4-1
It was a terrific first outing for Asher Wojciechowski (who I will frequently be referring to as Wojo as per his twitter handle) as he held the Missions to one run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Kevin Chapman and Jason Stoffel (17th save) took it the rest of the way. The Hooks scored four runs on only three singles and a double with the aid of walks and wild pitches in a small ball kind of night.

Oklahoma City over Iowa 15-9
After getting blown out the previous night, Oklahoma City came back with a vengeance on Tuesday. Armando Gallaraga was pulled after a three inning start leading to conjecture that he will replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Astros starting rotation. Aneury Rodriguez then pitched a very tough six run (four earned) inning. Sergio Perez gave up two additional runs in his two innings of work but was rewarded with a win as the Redhawks blew things wide open in the later innings. Mark Hamburger and Jose Valdez each provided a scoreless inning and Adalberto Flores pitched the ninth and gave up one run (seven fewer than his outing from the previous night). Matt Dominguez was the star of the night with six RBI (sac fly, three run homer, two run double), but Brad Snyder and Jimmy Paredes also offered up solo shots. Brett Wallace was two-for-three with a walk and four RBI. Wallace is hitting .444/.556/.583 in his last 10 games.

Player of the Day: Matt Dominguez six RBI qualify him for the honor. Small sample size, but Dominguez is hitting .333/.370/.524 in his 11 games with OKC. Everyone needs to pray very hard that Dominguez keeps hitting because we really need his defense at third base in Houston.

Pitcher of the Day: Asher Wojciechowski had such a great first start that I'm actually willing to spell his name out twice in one post!

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