Saturday, July 14, 2012

Minor League Results

Friday's Results

DSL Dodgers 8 DSL Astros 2
The DSL Astros had 5 hits on Friday and with the pitching staff allowing 8 runs (6 ER), it just wasn't enough.   Cristian Murillo drew 2 walks Friday, but didn't get a hit and Hector Roa picked up a RBI-sacrifice-fly, but went hitless as well.  Elieser Hernandez picked up his 3rd loss of the season.  Hernandez allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings pitched. Yonquelys Martinez came on for the final two innings and kept them scoreless, giving up a single hit and a K.

GCL Astros 0 GCL Nationals 1
Lance McCullers made his professional debut Friday and what better way to come in as a young pitcher than a duel?  The two teams combined for 9 hits of which the Astros owned 4.  McCullers threw the first 3 innings and kept them scoreless, giving up only a hit and striking out two.  Agapito Barrios, who came on to pitch next, had a good outing as well.  Barrios allowed just one run on 4 hits over 5 and 2 thirds.  That single run sealed the fate of the GCL Astros on Friday.

Elizebethton Twins 2 Greeneville Astros 3 (10)
This game went back and forth all night and I do mean all night.  The game time was just under 3 hours with a matching 3 hour delay in the middle.  The Astros had the lead twice before winning it in the 10th.   D'Andre Toney had a hit, a pair of walks and scored a run.  Brian Blasik went 1 for 5, but his lone hit was the game winning, walk-off double to win it Friday night.  Euris Quezada came on to pitch the final 3 frames Friday and collected the "W."  Quezada kept the final 3 innings scoreless, hitless and K'ed 5.

Tri-City ValleyCats 7 Williamsport Crosscutters 2
The ValleyCats were strong all around on Friday.  4 guys had multi-hit nights, two of those were 3 hit performances (Austin Elkins and Tyler Heineman).  Andrew Aplin even got in on the fun by jacking his first professional tater.  The ValleyCats pitching staff was on Friday too.  They struck out 11 batters and kept the final 5 innings scoreless (4 were hitless).   Vincent Velasquez picked up his third win after pitching the first 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 8.

Kannapolis Intimidators 3 Lexington Legends 4
Lexington saved all their offense for the 7th inning on Friday.  With the help of 3 wild pitches and Delino DeShields being hit by a pitch, they scored 4 in that inning.  Jordan Scott went 2 for 4 at the plate Friday with a couple RBIs and scored a run.  DeShields picked up stolen base number 65.  Jonas Dufek was charged with all 3 Kannapolis runs, but still struck out 7 in 6 and 2 thirds innings pitched.  Dayan Diaz picked up save number 13 after allowing a hit and striking out 3.

Lancaster JetHawks 2 Visalia Rawhide 7 (7)
In the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, Nicholas Tropeano had a rough outing and picked up his first loss (1-1).  Tropeano gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings pitched.  One of those hits was a 2 out long ball.  Brian Streilein, who came on to relieve him, didn't do much better.  Streilein allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in his single inning of work.  Rene Garcia went 2 for 3 at the plate with a RBI.  The other RBI came from Enrique Hernandez.

Lancaster JetHawks 13 Visalia Rawhide 3 (7)
Lancaster made amends for the first game in a big way in the second contest.  The JetHawks bats came alive.  George Springer went 3 for 3 with a RBI and 2 runs scored.  Ben Orloff also went 3 for 3 with a double and a RBI.  Chris Epps went 2 for 3 and picked up 4 RBIs on a 4th inning grand slam.  Carlos Quevedo picked up his first win after pitching 3 frames, allowing 3 hits and striking out a trio.

Frisco RoughRiders 2 Corpus Christi Hooks 12
The headline on the Hooks website said it best for this one, "Hooks Bomb RoughRiders," because, well, they did.  The offense was staggering: every Hooks batter got a hit, there were 5 homers, Jose Martinez had two of them, Austin Wates went 4 for 5 and there were also 4 doubles.  The other 3 round-trippers belonged to Jon Singleton, Kody Hinze and Jonathan Villar.  Jake Buchanan (5-5) added another win to his resume after allowing both runs on 9 hits and striking out 1 in 6 innings on the bump.  Kevin Chapman came on to pitch the next 2 innings and allowed just a hit and struck out 2.  Alex Sogard finished it out and was perfect on the mound, he struck out 1.  

New Orleans Zephyrs 10 Oklahoma City RedHawks 8
The RedHawks certainly didn't lose this game for lack of trying.  The game had 5 lead changes and the final change against the RedHawks wasn't made until the 8th inning.  Carlos Corporan went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, 3 runs scored and a homer.  Brandon Barnes also went 3 for 4 with a RBI and a double.  Starter, Brian Bass struggled Friday and left the game after 2 and 2 thirds innings.  Bass allowed 6 runs on 8 hits, struck out 4 and gave up a home run.  Mickey Storey (7-3) took the loss after coming on for 2 thirds in the 8th. Storey allowed 3 runs on a homer and struck out 1.    

Player of the Day: There are two winners today.  Lexington's Chris Epps gets the honor for his grand slam Friday.  Jose Martinez shares the podium with him because, although he didn't hit a grand-salami, he hit two home runs that net a grand total of 4 runs.

Pitcher of the Day: Lance McCullers gets the nod today for a solid performance in his professional debut.  Now to do something about that kid's hair.     

Happy Birthday - 7/14

No future Astros, but several former Astros with birthdays today ~

LF/1B Danny Walton (65)
Drafted by Houston in the tenth round in 1965, Walton appeared in two games for the Astros in 1968 and another 13 in 1977. In between, he got traded around quite a bit. He was a minor league stud (.278/.368/.499 with 238 home runs and 800 RBI in 1315 games over 14 minor league seasons), but that never quite translated into the majors. He had a lifetime major league line of .223/.309/.376.

LF Derrick May (44)
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the first round in 1986, May came to Houston in a trade with the Brewers in June of 1995. In 187 games for the Astros in 1995 and 1996, he hit .273/.342/.432.

RHP Mike Burns (34)
A 30th round draft pick by Houston, Burns pitched in 27 games for the Astros in 2005 before being selected off waivers by the Reds in November of that year. He had a 4.94 ERA and a 1.194 WHIP for Houston that season.

RHP Juan Gutierrez (29)
Originally signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of Venezuela in 2000, Gutierrez appeared in seven games for Houston in 2007 before being included in a trade to the Diamondbacks for Jose Valverde. In those seven games, he was 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.453 WHIP. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and was signed as a free agent by the Royals in December 2011.

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Get to the field for a 2:00 stretch, or I guess when the choppa gets through drying the outfield. 
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Minor League Results

Thursday's Result's

DSL Astros 0 DSL Dodgers 1
The low score doesn't necessarily reflect a pitcher's duel.  Juan Hernandez (0-3), the Astros starting pitcher, allowed 7 hits and a walk in the first 5 innings.  A triple followed by a sac' fly sealed the DSL Astros, and Hernandez's, fate in the 2nd inning.  Cristian Murillo was the only Astro to reach base multiple times Thursday, he had a double and a walk.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Astros 4
The GCL Astros used 6 pitchers yesterday and the third, Michael Feliz (4 IP), was charged with all three runs.  Alan Abreu, who was the fourth Astro on the bump, picked up the blown save and the win after coming on in the 7th.  Jose Solano and Luis De La Rosa both had a stolen base Thursday and both managed to convert them into trips across the plate.  Darwin Rivera went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs rasing his average to .383 in 22 games.

Elizabethton Twins 12 Greeneville Astros 1
There's nothing to see here, move along.  All joking aside, it was a rough one at Pioneer Park on Thursday.  The Astros had 2 hits all night and the pitching was on par with that.  The Astros also committed 3 errors. Christopher Lee, who came on to pitch in the 7th, gave up 3 runs (2 ER), walked two, tossed a wild pitch and failed to record any outs.  D'Andre Toney got on a couple times (2B, BB) and scored a run in 4 trips to the plate.    

Tri-City ValleyCats 8 Williamsport Crosscutters 1
The ValleyCats victory on Thursday started on the mound.  Brady Rodgers pitched a scoreless 6 and a 1/3, allowing 7 hits.  Kenny Long finished that inning with perfection and Jamaine Cotton kept it scoreless in his inning of work.  The ValleyCats pitchers didn't issue a walk all day.  On the offensive side, Tri-City was productive as well.  Every ValleyCat batter got at least a hit and 6 had multi-hit performances.  Most impressive was Andrew Aplin who had a double, triple and a walk in 5 plate appearances.  Dan Gulbransen also had an impressive game at the plate Thursday.  Gulbransen hit 2 for 5 with a double and 4 RBIs. 

Kannapolis Intimdators 5 Lexington Legends 6 (15)
This turned into a really exciting game of baseball.  Lexington was down most the entire game by at least a run.  In the bottom of the 9th the Legends rallied to tie the game, scoring 4 runs to make it 5-5. They went on to win after 6 more innings of play. The final 3 pitchers for Lexington threw a hitless 7 innings to keep Lexington in the game.  Gabriel Garcia picked up the win after pitching the final two frames with a walk and a strikeout. Lexington also had 17 hits on Thursday and nearly a 1/3 of them came from Delino DeShields.  DeShields went 5 for 7 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Jordan Scott also had a very productive night at the plate, hitting 3 of 6 with a walk and the game winning single in the 15th inning.

Lancaster JetHawks Visalia Rawhide

Frisco RoughRiders 7 Corpus Christi Hooks 8 (11)
This was another game that got interesting as it went on Thursday.  The Hooks were getting shutout at home until the 9th inning when Jair Fernandez hit an RBI single.  This was followed by Austin Wates tagging a 3-RBI double to tie the game at 4.  Both teams picked up a run in the 10th and after Corpus Christi fell behind by 2 more in the 11th, Austin Wates jacked a 3-run homer to win the game.  Wates ended up 3 for 5 at the plate with 6 RBIs.  Jake Goebbert went 3 for 4 at the dish with a double, a walk and two runs scored on Thursday.  Ross Seaton started the game and got another quality start, pitching 7 and allowing 2 runs, 2 walks and 4 strike outs. Henry Villar (3-2) picked up the win after coming on for the final 2 outs in the 11th.

New Orleans Zephyrs 3 Oklahoma City RedHawks 4
Oklahoma City didn't come alive offensively until the 7th inning, when they scored all 4 RedHawks runs.  Once they did that on Thursday though, they effectively shut the door on New Orleans.  Fernando Martinez went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI's Thursday.  Angel Sanchez got on 3 times, hitting 2 of 3 and drawing a walk.  Paul Clemens took all the damage early, collecting 3 runs on 4 hits through the first 4 and 2/3.  After that, the RedHawks kept it scoreless and only Hector Ambriz, who picked up the win, allowed a hit.  David Carpenter came on for a perfect final frame of work.   

Player of the Day:  The Zen-Master, Austin Wates collects the honor today.  Wates collected 6 RBIs, tied the game in the 9th to force extra innings and then hit the game winning 3-run long ball in the 11th.  That, my friends, is a meritorious performance.

Pitcher of the Day:  I'm itching to give it to another ValleyCat, but since I've done that a few time in a row now I'll get outside of my comfort zone.  Honestly, three guys deserve it today: Nathan Pettus, Murilo Gouvea and Gabriel Garcia.  All three are pitchers for the Lexington Legends and they combined for the final 7 innings on Thursday.  These 3 guys kept it scoreless, hitless, struck out 4 and allowed just a pair of walks.  They are a very big part of that win and kept the Legends in it through the 15th.  

Happy Birthday - 7/13

RHP Jose Trinidad (25)
Trinidad was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic by Houston in 2006 and is currently in his second full season in Lancaster. He has been extremely steady out of the bullpen, going 8-3 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.271 WHIP. He has been even better than that in three spot starts in which  he is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA.

C Alfredo Gonzalez (20)
Gonzalez was a NDFA out of Venezuela who first played for the DSL team in 2009. After sitting out 2010, he played for the GCL Astros in 2011 and now again in 2012. So far in 2012, he is hitting .220/.273/.293 with a 36% caught stealing percentage.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

C Robbie Wine (50)
A first round pick by the Astros in 1983, Wine only played in 23 games for Houston, hittiing .146/.186/.195.

C Don Bryant (71)
Bryant came to Houston as a Rule 5 pick from the Giants in December of 1968. In 46 games for the Astros in 1969 and 1970, he hit .193/.244/.241.

OF Joe Cannon (59)
Originally drafted by Houston in the first round in 1974, Cannon only played in 17 games for the Astros in 1978 and 1979, hitting .171/.171/.229.

OF Chris Jones (55)
A 25th round pick by the Astros in 1979, Jones hit .200/.286/.200 in 31 games.

Apparently, it is underachiever's day for our former Astros.

Tweet of the Day

Jiovanni Mier

3 Musketeers, 3 Man Wolfpack, 3 Stooges, 3 Amigos. Whatever you wanna call us,   

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Roster Moves - 7/12

Corpus Christi
2B Brandon Wikoff was placed on the 7-day DL.
2B Jordan Kreke was assigned from Oklahoma City to Corpus Christi.

According to the Tri-City Valley Cats twitter feed, RHP Juri Perez was promoted to Lexington from Tri-City. h/t to @tazees

Minor League Recaps

Wednesday's Results

DSL Royals over DSL Astros 8-0
Three of the eight runs allowed by the Astros staff were unearned if that tells you anything. It was Samil de los Santos first loss. Three fielding errors, one throwing error, no extra base hits ... the DSL woes continue. I'm not sure how, but there are four teams with worse records in the DSL. Their pitching isn't really that bad, but their offense is next to last of all the teams. And that's pretty offensive.

GCL Cardinals over GCL Astros 7-6
Enderson Franco pitched a very strong six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The rest of the way things got a bit messy culminating in the loss and blown save being charged to Juan Mojica. Yonathan Mejia had a great day, going three-for-five with a double, a home run, two RBIs and he scored two runs. Teoscar Hernandez drove in two as well. Darwin Rivera continues his blistering pace, going two-for-five as he is hitting .377 for the season.

Greeneville over Elizabethtown 6-4
Adrian Houser got his first win for Greeneville pitching a nice game with two runs allowed on six hits and four walks (like to see that number go down), but striking out eight. Michael Dimock got his second save despite allowing two runs in relief. The obvious (obvious to a dead person) offensive standout was Brian Blasik as he went two-for-three with a triple and four RBIs. The esteemed Appy Astros can fill in the blanks with his eyewitness report here.

Tri-City over Williamsport 4-2
Joe Bircher gave up two runs in his four innings of work and that was that as Jeremiah Meiners got the win in relief and Blake Ford got his eighth save. Ryan Dineen was two-for-four with a double and a home run and Tyler Heineman was two-for-four with an RBI as well.

Lexington over Kannapolis 3-2
This looked as though it might be another one of those "Oh no, here we go again" games as Lexington led 3-0 going in to the eighth only to have Evan Grills make things uncomfortably close in his three innings of work. Thankfully, Luis Cruz' good start didn't go to waste as he got the win and Dayan Diaz got his 12th save. But all three of the pitchers need to buy Delino DeShields dinner. His three-run home run accounted for all the scoring in the game. It was his second home run in as many games.

Happy Birthday - 7/12

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Ron Willis (died November 21, 1977 at age 34)
Willis was purchased by Houston from the St. Louis Cardinals in August of 1969 and returned to the Cardinals in November of 1969. I'd call that a rental. He only pitched 2.1 innings for the Astros in three games, but had a 0.00 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP.

RHP Scipio Spinks (65)
One of the better names in Astros history, Spinks was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1966. In 11 appearances over three years with the big club from 1969 to 1971, he had a 5.40 ERA and a 1.400 WHIP before being traded to the Cardinals in April of 1972. He had a very successful season for the Cardinals (5-5 in 16 starts with a 2.67 ERA) before injuring his knee in a collision at the plate with Johnny Bench.

Tweet of the Day

Brett Phillips

This Game they call my job is where it's at... There's no better life than this  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Minor League Recaps

Tuesday's Results

DSL Royals over DSL Astros 13-1
I'm on vacation. Do I really have to write about that lopsided a loss? I do? OK, here goes. Rayderson Chevalier had a bad start, Frangy Colon made things much worse, and then Geronimo Franzua came in to stop the bleeding. Brian Pena was two-for-four with a double & Arturo Michelina was two-for-three. Happy now?

GCL Astros over GC L Marlins 9-7
Jose Valdez pitched a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance. Jandel Gustave got his first win with a mixed bag of an appearance, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit and four walks with five strikeouts - not pretty but he got the desired results. One uneventful inning from Jose Montero was followed by Reymin Guduan allowing four runs in his 1.1 innings before getting bailed out by Alan Abreu. Erick Gonzalez still has a brand spanking new unused ERA of 0.00 through seven appearances and already has his fourth save. Yesterday, I said that this team couldn't win with no extra base hits and no multi-hit games. I guess they listened ... six doubles, a home run and five multi-hit games. Darwin Rivera was the hero with a two-for-three game, double, home run, four RBIs, walk and two runs scored. Brett Phillips was three-for-five with a double and two runs scored. Carlos Correa hasn't played since July 6th; I haven't seen any explanation, but he hasn't been placed on the DL so there's that.

Lexington over Kannapolis 2-0
Hallelujah!!!!! Mike Foltynewicz shaved his head to change the team's luck and it must have worked (either that or the fact that he's like a really, really good pitcher) because Folty brought the six game losing streak to an end and got Lexington (and himself) a big fat W. Folty started the shutout with six innings of four hit ball, no walks and six strikeouts, and was followed by extremely effective outings from Murilo Gouvea and Dayan Diaz (S, 11). Delino DeShields scored both runs, one on a Matt Duffy double and the other via his seventh home run. He also stole two more bags to bring his season total to 64.

Tulsa over Corpus Christi 6-0
Well, it was nice while it lasted, but Bobby Doran (L, 3-1) got his first loss with Corpus as he gave up four runs on six hits, including a solo home run. Alex Sogard gave up a couple more in his two frames  before giving the ball to Josh Zeid for a perfect ninth. Zeid now has a 1.42 ERA over his last 10 appearances. But one run allowed would have been one too many as Corpus (you know, the team that scored 16 runs the day before) couldn't get a single runner across the plate. The Hooks were held to four hits; at least three of them were doubles.

Happy Birthday - 7/11

LHP Zachary Hardoin (24)
Drafted by the Astros in the 47th round in 2011 out of Missouri Columbia College, this Texas native is currently playing for the Greeneville Astros. In seven appearances, he has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

SS Bert Pena (53)
Pena was first signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Puerto Rico by Houston in 1977 and he spent his entire career as an Astro. In very limited playing time (only 88 games over six seasons), Pena hit .203/.268/.248.

LHP Ron Cook (65)
A converted outfielder, Cook pitched for the Astros for two seasons. In 46 games over 1970 and 1971, he went 4-8 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.417 WHIP.

RHP Donne Wall (45)
An 18th round pick by Houston in 1989, Wall pitched in 40 games (36 starts) for the Astros from 1995 to 1997. He was 14-14 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.440 WHIP.

RHP Yorman Bazardo (28)
Bazardo joined Houston as a free agent in April of 2009. Although he put up decent numbers with the AAA affiliate that season (9-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.133 WHIP), it didn't really translate in his 10 appearances  in Houston later that season as he was 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA and a 1.844 WHIP.

Tweet of the Day

Brady Rodgers
Checking out the New York scenery 

Roster Moves - 7/10

GCL Astros
OF Kelvin Vizcaino was released.
OF Edwin Gomez was assigned to the GCL.
RHP Jose Valdez was assigned to the GCL for a rehab assignment.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Minor League Recaps

Monday's Results

DSL Cardinals over DSL Astros 3-1
Edwin Villarroel wasn't bad at all, but when your hitters only manage one run on three hits, you just about have to be perfect. And he wasn't. Luis Abad almost was perfect in his four innings as he allowed only one walk with four strikeouts. Hector Roa, in his first professional appearance, scored the Astros only run on a solo homer.

GCL Marlins over GCL Astros 3-2
Raul Rivera and Chia-Jen Lo handled the first three innings quite capably and still have a 0.00 ERA in common. Edison Frias managed the next five innings while allowing only one earned run and Ambiriox de Leon ended up with the loss as he gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. No Astro had an extra base hit. No Astro had more than one hit. You can't win many games that way.

Greeneville over Bristol 6-5
Greeneville used six pitchers in this game. Daniel Minor got the start and allowed two runs on five hits over 4.1 innings thanks to Zachary Hardoin allowing his inherited runners to score. Jordan Jankowski allowed another two in his 1.2 innings before giving way to Zach Dando and Scott Zuloaga who broke the run trends.  Mike Hausman had the yin and yang of the pitching staff down pat and he gave up the final run in the ninth for a blown save, but was rewarded with a win as Greeneville scored in the bottom of the frame. Terrell Joyce was the hero of the night as he went three-for-five with a double and three RBIs, including the game winner.

Tri-City over Aberdeen 5-2
Juri Perez pitched a very strong 6.2 innings, but it was Travis Ballew that got the win in relief (his third) as he pitched a perfect 1.1 innings. Blake Ford already has his seventh save of the season. Jesse Wierzbicki (2x3) had the only extra base hit for Tri-City which happened to be solo home run. Jarrod McKinney was also two-for-three, and Joe Sclafani drove in two. Wierzbicki, McKinney and Austin Elkins all had stolen bases. Andrew Aplin had two and now has 13 for the season.

Corpus Christi over Tulsa 16-2
That had to leave a mark. Jose Cisnero (W, 7-6) was the beneficiary of the Hooks hitters' largesse. Cisnero allowed the only two Tulsa runs, while Henry Villar and Kevin Chapman provided scoreless relief. Obviously, in a 16-2 game, there will be a number of very good offensive performances. Primary among those was Andy Simunic's four-for-five, three run night; Jose Martinez' and Drew Locke's three RBI evenings; and great nights from Jon Singleton (2x3, 2RBI, 3BB, 3R) and Jay Fernandez (2x5, HR, 2RBI, 2R). Corpus actually had their own home run derby with Fernandez, Locke, Martinez and Jake Goebbert all hitting one out. Villar also had his 38th stolen base.

Lancaster over Stockton 8-5
David Martinez pitched much better than his final line might indicate as he had a shutout going in his first five innings. He gave up four runs in the sixth, but three of them were unearned thanks to two errors on Alex Todd on the same play. Kirk Clark got the win in relief after pitching a perfect two innings. Jose Trinidad made it a little too interesting as he loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs, but managed to get out of it with only one run allowed. Erik Castro started the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth, and then he put an exclamation point on it with a grand slam in the seventh. Kike Hernandez also shone with his four-for-four night, including a triple.

No Birthdays Today So ...

Let me bore you with a couple of my trip pictures.

Tweet of the Day

Josh Zeid

Game 2 at Tulsa Tonight. They have beaten us 4 times in a row here. The streak ends here for them..  

And boy, did it, as the Hooks won 16-2 over Tulsa!

Roster Moves - 7/9

Oklahoma City
RHP David Carpenter was optioned from Houston to OKC to make room for Wilton Lopez coming off the DL.
3B Matt Dominguez was optioned from Houston to OKC.

Corpus Christi
OF Justin Maxwell was assigned from Oklahoma City to Corpus Christi to continue his rehab assignment.

DSL Astros
SS Hector Roa was assigned to the DSL.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Minor League Results

Sunday's Results

Bristol White Sox 5 Greeneville Astros 2
Greeneville's offense slowed down considerably from the game the day before.  Astros batters had 6 hits all game.  Jean Batista and James Howick split the Astros 2 RBI's between them.  The Astros also used 5 pitchers in the game, none going longer than 1 inning after starter, Frederick Tiburcio left the game.  Tiburicio allowed 4 runs on 5 hits with a walk and 5 K's in his 5 innings of work.

Aberdeen IronBirds 10 Tri-City ValleyCats 5
The ValleyCats allowed two big offensive innings in the 1st and 4th and could not find a way to make it up Sunday.  Tri-City also committed 3 errors in the game which added to their dilemma.  Andrew Aplin (3-5) and Joe Sclafani (2-4) collected over half of the Astros hits, but neither crossed to plate to score runs.  Sclafani had 2 RBI's.  Jamaine Cotton came on to pitch 3 scoreless innings of relief and struck out 5 allowing 2 hits.  In 13 innings of work, over 8 appearances so far, Cotton has a 1.38 ERA.

Lexington Legends 3 Hagerstown Suns 6
The Legends didn't score outside of the first inning in their game on Sunday and have now lost 6 in a row.  Matt Duffy had a hot night at the plate, batting 2 for 3, walking twice with a double.  Nolan Fontana drew 3 walks and hit 1 for 2.  Delino DeShields picked up his 62nd stolen base of the season Sunday.  Jonas Dufek picked up the loss, moving him to 5 and 2 on the season after allowing all 6 runs in 4 innings of work.  Thomas Shirley and Gabriel Garcia split the final 4 innings and allowed only a hit between them and struck out 6. 

Corpus Christi Hooks 4 Tulsa Drillers 7
Rob Rasmussen was in his debut Sunday for Corpus Christi and the kid had a rough one.  Rasmussen and Arcenio Leon, who came on after him, allowed 8 hits together and half of those were HR's.  Rasmussen, who ended up allowing 3 runs (2 ER) and 5 hits, also struck out 2 over his 5 innings of work.  Leon picked up the loss after allowing 4 more runs on 3 hits and walking 2 in 1 and a 1/3 innings of work.  Obviously, the bats weren't completly quiet for Corpus Christi Sunday and Jonathan Villar was a part of that.  Villar went 3 for 4 with a walk and a homer.  Drew Muren was also swinging the bat well on Sunday, going 2 for 4 with a triple and a long ball of his own.

Oklahoma City RedHawks 3 New Orleans Zephyrs 2
Carlos Corporan seems to have found another way to defeat New Orleans that doesn't involve going 5 for 5.  Coporan hit a three run homer in the 2nd to seal the fate of the Zephyrs Sunday.  This would be the only scores for Oklahoma City all  game.  Angel Sanchez still went 3 for 3 at the plate with a walk and a double though.  Dallas Keuchel pitched the first 3 innings of the game and gave out a pair hits and nothing else.  Aneury Rodriguez, who came on for the next 3 inning shift, didn't allow any hits and picked up the win, his 3rd. Mickey Storey earned his second save after pitching the last inning and striking out 2.

Game of the Day
Stockton Ports 8 Lancaster JetHawks 10
This was an exciting game.  The score was tied up twice, once by each team, but once the JetHawks scored the go ahead in the 6th, there was no looking back.  George Springer went 4 for 4 at the plate, drew a walk, added a couple RBI'S to his total (63) and cranked out 3 doubles (that's right, I said 3).  Springer also stole 2 bases.  Enrique Hernandez also had a nice night at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a walk, a run scored, a pair of RBI's and a double of his own.  Jorge De Leon got the "W", even after giving up all 8 runs (6 ER) on 11 hits through 6 innings.  Carlos Quevedo, in his first appearance out of Lexington, threw 3 huge-hitless innings, striking out 5 and earning the save.

What went right:  The JetHawks bats stayed in the game and fought it out.  Perseverance (and a rock-steady Quevedo) won this game.

What went wrong:  Jorge De Leon allowed 8 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings of work.  De Leon better have thanked his team for the win after the game.

Jorge De Leon (W, 2-7)- 6IP 11H 8R 6ER 2BB 2SO HR
Carlos Quevedo (S, 1)- 3IP 0H 0R BB 5 SO

Grant Hogue- 1X4 2R RBI SO
Enrique Hernandez- 3X4 R 2B 2RBI BB SO
Jonathan Meyer- 3X5 R 2B RBI
George Springer- 4X4 2R 3-2B 2RBI BB

Player of the Day:  George Springer is the man.  It's simple, you go 4 for 4 at the dish with 3 doubles and you get to be player of the day.

Pitcher of the Day:   A Tri-City pitcher is going home with it two days in a row now.  Jamaine Cotton gets the honor for an impressive ERA of 1.38 over 8 appearance so far this season and for the 3 strong innings he pitched in his longest relief appearance yet this year.  

Happy Birthday - 7/9

RHP John Neely (22)
Neely is one of our newer Astros. The Sugarland native was drafted in 2012 out of Texas Tech in the 30th round. In six appearances out of the bullpen for Tri-City this season, he has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.600 WHIP.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

SS Sonny Jackson (68)
Jackson was signed by the Colt .45's as an amateur free agent in 1963 and played for Houston from 1963 to 1967. He only made a handful of appearances from 1963 through 1965. He came in second in Rookie of the Year voting to Tommy Helms in 1966 when he hit .292/.341/.334 and led the league with 160 singles (out of his 174 hits).

Tweet of the Day

Tri-City ValleyCats

Jeremiah Meiners goes deep to end the showdown! ! Tie game! Damage from the blast 
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Not bad for a pitcher!!!

Roster Moves - 7/8

C Cristian Moronta was assigned from Greeneville to the GCL.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy Birthday - 7/8

IF Yoel Silfa (19)
A NDFA from the Dominican Republic, Silfa is in his first season with the GCL Astros after having spent 2011 playing for the DSL team. Listed as a shortstop on the roster, Silfa has actually spent most of his time thus far this season at second base; it appears some guy named Correa is getting most of the starts at short. In 29 games this season, he is hitting .204/.250/.250.

Several former Astros with birthdays today as well ~

C Alan Ashby (61)
Originally drafted by Cleveland in the third round in 1969, Ashby came to Houston via a November 1978 trade with Toronto. He spent 11 seasons with Houston, hitting .252/.324/.374 in 965 games from 1979 to 1989. Ashby caught three no-hitters during his tenure with the Astros, one by Ken Forsch, one by Nolan Ryan and the legendary Mike Scott 1986 NL West Division clinching no-hitter.

OF Terry Puhl (56)
The native of Saskachewan province in Canada was signed as an amateur free agent by Houston in 1973 and played all but 15 games of his 15 major league seasons as an Astro. From 1977 to 1990, Puhl played in 1516 games, hitting .281/.349/.389 with 502 walks to 505 strikeouts. At the time of retirement in 1991, he was the career leader in fielding percentage for an outfielder. Puhl earned one All-Star nod in 1978.

OF Al Spangler (79)
Spangler was drafted by Houston in the 1961 expansion draft from the Milwaukee Braves. He played for the Colt .45's and the Astros from 1962 to 1965. In 422 games, he hit .265/.347.361 before being traded to the Angels in June of 1965.

RHP Gary Kroll (71)
Obtained from the Mets in a January 1966 trade, Kroll made ten relief appearances for Houston before being traded to Cleveland in July 1967. In 23.2 innings, he had a 3.80 ERA and a 1.563 WHIP.

RHP George Culver (69)
Obtained in a trade with the Cardinals in June 1970, Culver pitched 136 games out of the bullpen for Houston from 1970 to 1972. His record with the Astros was 14-13 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.296 WHIP.

MGR Salty Parker (died July 27, 1992 at 80)
Salty Parker has the distinction of having a 1.000 win percentage as the Manager for the Houston Astros. Of course, he was only the Manager for one game. Parker took over for one game on August 26, 1972. He was preceded by Harry Walker and followed by Leo Durocher.

Tweet of the Day

Jamaine Cotton

Once that opportunity arises...gotta take it and make the best out of it...don't let it go by, cause u might regret it 

Roster Moves - 7/7

*RHP Jason Chowning was placed on the 7-day DL.
RHP Carlos Quevedo was assigned from Lexington to Lancaster.

RHP Lance Day was picked up from the Idependent League and assigned to Tri-City.

2B Luca Martone was released.

*I'm not surprised that Chowning is on the DL. His last outing was 3.1 innings which is far longer than what he had been doing. I sincerely hope that the small labrum tear he had at the end of last season hasn't reared its ugly head.

Minor League Results

Saturday's Results

DSL Astros 4 DSL Cardinals 2 (10)
This game started off as smooth sailing for the DSL Astros.   It ended up an extra innings win.  Elieser Hernandez had 1-2-3 innings for the first three on the mound.  Hernandez ended up allowing 1 run on 5 hits through 7 innings pitched with 5 strike outs and had the lead when he sat down in the 8th.  Rauldison Rodriguez was charged with the blown save when the tying run was scored on a passed ball by catcher, Brian Pena in the 8th.  Mesac Laguna stared off the 10th inning scoring with an RBI single. Laguna went 3 for 4 on Saturday with that RBI and scored a run.  Yoel Silfa went 2 for 4 with a walk, a double and a run scored.  Yonquelys Martinez (2-2) picked up the win after pitching the final 2 innings, striking out 2 and allowing no hits.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Astros 0 (12)
The GCL Astros just couldn't get anything started on Saturday, despite having at least 1 base runner in every inning except 3 (1st, 8th and 12th) of this 12 inning game.  Astros pitching posed the same problem for the Nationals Saturday too.  Starting pitcher Agapito Barrios struck out 4 over 5 innings and allowed 3 hits.  The next two pitchers , Brandon Culbreth and Erik Gonzalez, struck out 5 more and allowed just 2 hits each.  Alan Abreu only gave up 2 hits too, but they were a single and a walk off double in the 12th. Abreu was charged with the loss. Teoscar Hernandez had 3 stolen bases on the day with one walk in 4 AB's (He also reached base on a throwing error).  Juan Santana was the only Astro with a multi-hit game on Saturday, going 2 for 5.   

Aberdeen IronBirds 2 Tri-City ValleyCats 8

The ValleyCats began a new 3 game series with the IronBirds Saturday and seem to have put the previous 3 game series sweep behind them.  Aaron West claimed his second win after pitching 5 innings and giving up just 2 hits.  West also struck out 3 and walked 1.  All 4 Tri-City pitchers combined to give up just 6 hits all night.  Neiko Johnson got on base every trip up with 1 hit and 4 walks (Aberdeen pitchers gave out 12 walks Saturday) and scored a couple runs.  Tyler Heineman and Jesse Wierzbicki both went 2 for 4 with and RBI each.

Lexington Legends 6 Hagerstown Suns 9

Lexington dropped their 4th straight to Hagerstown Saturday.  Nolan Fontana had a nice night at the plate though, hitting 3 for 5 with a double.  Matt Duffy went 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI's bring him to 45 on the season.  Luis Ordosgoitti had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, but left the game in the 5th with the score all square.  Nathan Pettus was charged with his 5th loss of the season after giving up the go ahead run in the 5th. 

Stockton Ports 5 Lancaster JetHawks 9
Saturday was the second time in last 2 nights that Lancaster has come from behind to win the game.  The comeback was a massive 7 run 5th inning that started with a Grant Hogue RBI single, included a game-tying Domingo Santana 2 run tater and ended with an Enrique Hernandez  2 RBI double.  Santana went 4 for 5 on the night.  George Springer went 2 for 4 with a walk, a RBI and a couple runs scored.  One reason the bats were so hot Saturday night was that not one Lancaster Jethawk struck out all night.  Tyson Perez started the game and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits before leaving in the 4th inning with a hand injury.  Pat Urckfitz collected save number 6 after throwing the final 3 frames with 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Corpus Christi Hooks 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 3
Friday night was the Ross Seaton show for the Hooks and Saturday Jose Martinez showed up for the encore.  Martinez went 3 for 5 with a 3-bagger and 5 RBI's.  It was also a come from behind win for the Hooks.  The Hooks didn't take control of the game until the 8th inning, but nobody except Corpus Christi scored after the 3rd inning.  Jonathan Villar drew 3 walks in the leadoff spot and scored a couple of runs.  Jake Buchanan started the game and allowed all 3 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits and struck out 3.  After Buchanan left the game, Kevin Chapman and Josh Zeid combined to give out just 3 hits.  Jason Stoffel, who came on for the last inning, didn't allow any hits, walked 1 and K'ed 3. 

Oklahoma City RedHawks 5  New Orleans Zephyrs 9 
The score doesn't truly reflect what a rough game this was for Oklahoma City pitchers.  The RedHawks pitchers allowed 7 long balls.  Brett Oberholtzer tossed into 5 of them in his 4 innings of work and received the loss.  Oberholtzer had 7 runs on 12 hits and 2 strike outs.  Sergio Perez and Wilton Lopez, who both came on after Oberholtzer, teamed up to hand out just 2 hits each, but 50% of those were dingers too.  Marwin Gonzalez had a nice night at the dish, hitting 2 for 4 with a walk, a double and 3 RBI. Carlos Corporan cooled off a little from Friday night, going 2 for 4 and scoring a couple runs. 

Game of the Day
This actually took a little contemplation because there were several good team performances Saturday.

Bristol White Sox 2 Greeneville Astros 14
Greeneville poured it on at Pioneer Park Saturday.  Even without the 8-run 5th inning, it would have been a decisive victory.  It started with Astros' pitching.  Francis Ramirez pitched the first 5 and picked up the win after giving up a run on 2 hits and striking out 6.   Tanner Bushue came on for the next 3 innings and got the easy hold.  Bushue struck out 2, walked 3 and didn't allow any hits over his 3 innings.  The bats were obviously hot for the Astros Saturday and none were hotter than D'Andre Toney's and Terrell Joyce's. Toney went 3 for 5 with a HR and 3 RBI's.  Joyce went 2 for 4 at the dish and collected 2 RBI's on a 2 run bomb in the 8th inning.

What went right:
The bats were hot, the pitching was solid and Bristol committed 5 errors. 

What went wrong: Andrew Walter squeaks by under the radar because his team scored 14 runs, but after coming on for the final frame, Walter walked 4 batters and allowed one to cross home on a wild pitch. 

Francis Ramirez (W, 3-0)- 5IP 2H R 3BB 6SO 
Tanner Bushue (H, 1)- 3IP 0H 0R 2BB 2SO WP
Andrew Walter- 1IP 0H R 4BB 1SO WP

Jean Batista- 2X5 2R 3B 2RBI SO
Brian Blasik- 2X5 R 2B RBI

Terrell Joyce- 2X4 3R HR 2BI BB SO
Joshua Magee- 2X5 2R 2B SO
Michael Martinez- 2X5 R RBI SO
Ariel Ovando- 2X3 2RBI SO
D'Andre Toney- 3X5 3R  HR 3RBI SO

Player of the Day: I've got 3 for you: First, Jose Martinez for his 3rd 5 RBI performance of the season.  Second, Domingo Santana for tying up the 2nd game in a row and setting up a come back win, this time with a two run shot in the 5th inning Saturday.  Last, but not least, Terrell Joyce gets some love for swatting his first career, 2 run homer.

Pitcher of the Day: Tri-City's Aaron West gets the honor today for giving up only a couple of hits in his start.  After it was over and he had gotten his "W", West even said he "Felt like he could go further," according to the ValleyCats website.