Saturday, July 6, 2013

Just Another Day in Tri-City

Timing is everything, and I definitely timed my first trip to Tri-City very, very well. I planned the trip months ago in conjunction with my upcoming vacation in Vermont. Little did I imagine at the time that my trip would coincide with the first professional start of number one draft pick Mark Appel.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was late to the game on Thursday. When I got to the game in the bottom of the fifth, I made my way to say hello to two of my faithful readers, John and Robert. I sat down, literally two seats over from Mark Appel.

Since I'm not exactly shy, I commenced to introduce myself, welcomed him to the family and got his contact information so that I can interview him later, preferably when some of the circus atmosphere surrounding him dies down a bit and his life becomes at least a little more routine. He was very gracious and I look forward to talking with him at some future date.

On Friday, I got to the ballpark very, very early so that I could get pictures and observe early work and batting practice. Appel was nowhere in sight (and I really didn't expect him to be). It was Houston-in-August hot and humid at The Joe. David Stearns, Assistant GM of the Astros, braved the heat to watch BP, and as the hour drew near, there was more and more activity. Video and still cameras everywhere, extra scouts, extra reporters, a Zachary Levine sighting, and lots and lots of fans pouring in the gates.

Then, about a half hour before game time, Mark came on the field to prepare, doing his stretches and listening as Pitching Coach Doug White ran down the Lowell Spinners lineup with brief scouting reports.


Appel then threw some warm-up tosses and soon it was game time.


First the National Anthem ...


Then a few warm-up pitches ...





And then the main event ...



It may not have been the most auspicious start, giving up a triple to the Lowell Spinners' SS Tzu-Wei Lin on the first pitch of his professional career, but by the end of the first, Appel settled in nicely. I was impressed with how he battled back down 3-0 to strike out the Spinners' 2B Cleulius Rondon to end the first.


After throwing 19 pitches in the first, it only took him seven pitches to retire the side in the second. After that, his evening was done ... almost. Appel sat back in the dugout and watched his team win in the tenth inning in unlikely fashion as Luis Alvarez reached first on a passed ball after striking out, and Thomas Lindauer scored from third. Appel then joined his new teammates to chase down Alvarez and celebrate the win.


For more on Appel's first start, read Zachary Levine's account. It's good to have Zach back, if only for an occasional piece.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Friday's Games

Bristol White Sox 4, Greeneville Astros 1
Steve has already posted an eyewitness account of the game yesterday. So check it out if you already haven't.

GCL Blue Jays, GCL Astros
-Suspended after first due to rain. To be completed today.

DSL Astros, DSL Mariners  
-Suspended in the middle of the fourth due to rain.

Lowell Spinners 4, Tri-City Valley Cats 5 (10)
Mark Appel made his professional debut in a Valley Cats extra-inning win at home on Friday. Appel allowed two runs (1ER) on three hits in the first inning and then settled down to record a 1-2-3 second inning before leaving the game (he was on 30-pitch limit in his debut). Appel also struck out the last batter he faced in the first. Tanner Bushue followed for two and a third and allowed another two on four hits and walked a pair. Patrick Christensen (1-0) picked up the win, his first, in relief pitching the last six outs of the game. Christensen induced a double play to end the ninth inning, then went three-up, three-down in the 10th, striking out one. Two Tri-City batters had multi-hit nights, D'Andre Toney and Conrad Gregor. Toney went two-for-four with a strikeout and Gregor hit three-for-five with a double, two RBI and a strikeout. The winning run was scored when pinch-runner Thomas Lindauer scored from third on a passed ball in the 10th.

Quad Cities River Bandits 7, Kane County Cougars 8
Quad Cities battled back in this game, but ultimately ended up a run short of tying it, falling for the second night in a row to their rivals. Jordan Jankowski started and threw seven innings before exiting the game, the longest start of any River Bandit pitcher this year. Jankowski allowed three runs on six hits (2HR), walked one and struck out a pair during his time on the hill. John Neely (2-5) picked up the loss and the blown save (3) after entering with one out in the eighth. Neely allowed three inherited runners to score before giving up two runs of his own on two hits in the inning. Neely also walked one and struck out the same. Roberto Pena's bat was busy at the plate, Friday. Pena hit four-for five, scored a run and tallied three RBI, bringing his season total to 35. Teoscar Hernandez (1X5 R HR RBI SO) got the River Bandits on the board in the first with a leadoff homer. Jobduan Morales hit two-for-four with a double and two RBI.

Lancaster JetHawks 7, Inland Empire 66ers 6 (11)
The longball punctuated Lancaster's extra-inning win, Friday. Brandon Meredith (1X4 R HR 2RBI SO) hit a solo shot with one out to tie the game in the ninth inning and two innings later Chris Epps (2X5 R HR RBI) swatted a solo homer of his own to put the JetHawks ahead for the win. Matt Duffy (2X5 R HR 2RBI 2SO) started the trend off by hitting a round-tripper in the fourth that scored M.P. Cokinos (2X5 2R 2B RBI). Andrew Aplin went two-for-three with a run scored, double and drew a pair of walks. Thomas Shirley pitched the first five and two thirds, allowing two runs on five hits, walking three and K-ing four. The win went to Theron Geith (6-0) who worked the ninth and 10th, allowing one hit and one walk as he struck out one. Travis Ballew pitched the 11th, retiring the side in order to collect his 14th save of the season.

Corpus Christi Hooks 10, Springfield Cardinals 8
The Hooks scored five runs in the first inning to bounce the opposition's starting pitcher two outs into the game.
Mike Foltynewicz (4-1) earned the win, starting for Corpus Christi and through five, allowing a pair of runs on three hits (HR), walking five and striking out seven. Kyle Hallock entered one out into the seventh and cruised through his outing before finding trouble in the ninth. Before then Hallock allowed a couple of walks, in the ninth Hallock recorded five runs on four hits (HR) and two more walks in two outs time. Andrew Robinson came on to record the last out of the game and did, facing one batter to earn his first save. Jonathan Meyer hit a two-run homer in the third inning to put the Hooks up 7-0. Meyer finished the day at two-for-four with three runs scored, that homer and three RBI. Raoul Torrez (2SO) hit one-for-four and picked up three RBI of his own in the first inning on a two-out double. Kiké Hernandez (0X3 R 2RBI BB SO) and Zach Johnson (2X3 2B 2RBI BB) also had two RBI games. Hernandez's two RBI came by way of a walk and a throwing error that allowed him to reach base.

Oklahoma City RedHawks 0, New Orleans Zephyrs 4
The RedHawks had eight hits and a walk on Friday, but left all nine players on the bases as they were shut out on the road to snap a three-game winning streak. Jake Buchanan (1-1) started and took the loss after throwing six innings. Buchanan recorded three runs on five hits (HR) as he struck out nine. Brandon Laird and Jose Martinez both had two hits in the game. Laird went two-for-four with a strikeout and Martinez hit two-for-four with a double. Jon' Singleton went aught-for-four with three strikeouts.  

Player of the Day: Quad Cities may have lost yesterday, but Roberto Pena's performance was far from losing. Great game.

Pitcher of the Day: Travis Ballew gets the nod today for picking up his 14th save of the season in commanding fashion. Ballew is nothing if not consistent and that is invaluable on the diamond. Well done. An honorable mention also goes out to Jake Buchanan and his nine strikeouts—wowza.


Eyewitness Report: 7/5/13 Greeneville 1, Bristol 4

When I saw that Jandel Gustave was on the mound tonight, I made sure I could be at Pioneer Park.  When I got there I saw the line up had three first time starters included.  Brian Holberton and Chase McDonald were making their pro debuts and Brett Phillips was making his Greeneville debut. It was a good night to be at the ballpark.  Here are my observations:

On The Mound: 
Jandel Gustave got off to a rough start in the first.  After a strike out looking, he walked the next two batters, the second coming in a 10 pitch at bat.  After a fly out and a single, Gustave got the last out with a swinging strike out.  He ended up throwing 31 pitches in the first frame and that limited his night to just four innings.  Of those 31 pitches, 18 were for strikes (unofficial numbers from my personal score book).  He followed that inning up with innings of 12, 12 and 17 pitches respectively.  So he really settled down.

Gustave is a pitcher to be excited about.  His delivery is very easy and to be hitting mid to upper 90's out of a 6'2 160 frame is impressive. The two hits that came off of him were hits taken the other way through the SS/3B hole.  They were nice pieces of hitting.  His fast ball has good zip.  There were several late swings and several foul balls that were poked into the seats because batters weren't getting around on him.  His slider showed nice movement and there were a couple of sliders that were down right nasty. He ended the night with 72 pitchers - 43 for strikes (60%). He threw first pitch strikes to 11 of the 17 batters he faced - again by my unofficial count.

The high point for me is that we know based on his previous stats, that he has had control issues.  For him to walk two in the first inning and regain his composure to only walk one more shows positive development. 

Austin Chrismon made his pro debut last night.  After nicking the first batter on the sleeve, he then got the next three batters out.  One out came on due to him fielding his position well.  With a runner at second, he gloved a hot shot back at him.  He made the runner at second dive back to the bag, removing any chance of him advancing and then threw out the batter at first. 

Christian Garcia came in in the sixth and pitched around an error for an effective inning.  In the seventh, he walked two batters with one out and then allowed a single that scored the first runner.  That ended his night.

Gerardo Ramirez entered the game with runners on the corners and allowed both runners to score before getting the last out.  He gave up a sac fly to the first batter and then surrendered a double to left that plated the final run of the game.  He ended up finishing the night on the mound with a total of 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Overall, it was the walks that did the G-Stros pitching in.  Three of the four runs allowed reached via base on balls.  There is no defense against the walk. 

At The Plate:
It was one of those nights where the Astros hit several balls hard, they just hit them right at people. I had atleast four line drives that were either right at fielders or required the fielder to make a nice play.

Brett Phillips is fast.  He made two routine grounders close plays with his hustle down the line.  His final at bat of the night was a seven pitch walk where he fouled off several close pitches.

David Mayfield (Jack) wasn't lucky last night.  His first at bat, he hit a hard bouncer up the middle that the pitcher deflected to the second baseman for a 1-4-3 put out. He then hit a line drive in his fourth at bat that the SS made a nice ranging catch on.  He finished the night for 5 but he had better at bats than that indicates.

Bobby Borchering reached base three times in four plate appearances. A single and two walks.

Chase McDonald went 1 for 4 in his pro debut.  He got a single in his first at bat and then lined out to left and center respectively in his next two at bats before striking out in his final at bat.  He is one big guy.  He was wearing number 62 on his uniform and it was appropriate for him to be wearing a linebacker type number.  He makes solid contact.

Marc Wik turned a rough night around.  After striking out in his first two at bats, he walked in the seventh and lead off the ninth with a single to left. 

Overall, Greeneville just couldn't get the big hit.  They went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.  Two of the line drive outs in mentioned earlier were to end an inning with a runner on base.

The pitcher who started for Bristol, Scott Carroll, was on rehab assignment from AAA.  He missed all of last season so I assume his is working his way back from a surgery of some kind.  The second pitcher was the White Sox second round draft pick this season, Tyler Danish.  So they were facing some pretty good pitching but that is most nights in pro baseball.

In The Field
Brian Holberton looked pretty good behind the plate.  He got a lot of work blocking balls in the dirt.  He did allow one passed ball that was a low pitch that the scorer felt he should have blocked.  He was apparently a little amped up for the game.  He made several throws down to second during warm ups and one throw during a stolen base attempt that were fielded by the center fielder because they had easily cleared second base.  Later in the night, he made a nice throw on a ball in the dirt that made a place closer than I thought it would be.

Jack Mayfield was smooth at shortstop.  He had four assist and only one was routine.  The rest were with him ranging to either side and making snap throws to first.  He made them look easy.

Brett Phillips didn't get much action in center but he showed flashes when he did.  He almost made a nice diving catch on a ball he got a good jump on.  On the sac fly, he made a strong throw to third from deep in center.

Darwin Rivera made his seventh error of the year at third with a bad throw to first. 

This loss ended the G-Stros seven game winning streak.  They play Bristol again tonight and then head on the road for seven games in six days. 

Happy Birthday - 7/6

OF Preston Tucker (23)
Tucker was a seventh round draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2012. After playing in 75 games for Lancaster and tearing up the California League (.326/.384/.544 with 18 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 74 RBI), Tucker was promoted to AA Corpus Christi where he has had a bit of a slow start in his first seven games.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

3B German Rivera (53)
Rivera came to Houston in July of 1985 as part of the trade with Los Angeles for Enos Cabell. In 13 games for Houston, he hit .194/.275/.306. His career minor league average was .281/.331/.432. Rivera continued to play for the Mexican League for several years after his major league career was over.

Tweet of the Day

Josh Zeid
Charbroiled oysters at dragos in New Orleans with the Mrs :) no better way to start the day
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Josh Zeid
Port of call for best burgers and monsoons in New Orleans!!
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Astros Minor League Standings and Farm System Win Percentages

I've been a little slow in keeping the front page updated with the standings of the Astros various minor league clubs so here is a little breakdown for you.

Oklahoma City (47-40) is currently in third place (out of four teams) in their division. They are one and a half games behind and have won three in a row.

Corpus Christi (47-37) is still in first place overall for the full season ... barely. After losing five in a row, they are only a half game up over the Missions. For the second half, they are 5-9 and are fourth (out of four) in the division, three games behind. Thankfully, they are assured a playoff berth by virtue of winning the first half.

Lancaster (51-34) is still in first place overall for the season, four games ahead of second place Inland Empire. For the second half, they are 12-3 and two games ahead of Inland Empire (who they will be playing five times in the next eight games).

Quad Cities (48-35) is in third place overall for the season (out of eight teams) and are six and a half games back. For the second half, they are also in third place but are only two games behind with a 10-4 record.

Tri-City (12-6) is in first place, one game ahead of second place Lowell who they will be playing two more games against after having lost to them on Thursday night.

Greeneville (8-5) got off to a bad 1-5 start to the season, but they regrouped and have now won seven straight games. They are in second place (out of five teams) and are currently two games in back of Elizabethton.

The GCL Astros (7-3) are in second place as far as win percentage goes, but are actually ahead of the Tigers in wins, having played three additional games, and lead them by a half game.

The DSL Astros (16-11) are in third place (out of eight teams) in their division and are three games out. Through 27 games last season, the DSL Astros were 9-18. They are playing much, much better this season.

As far as overall win percentages of the various farm systems, the Astros lead all 30 systems with a .580 win percentage. There are only four systems with an overall system win percentage that is equal to or better than the Astros team with the worst win percentage (Oklahoma City's .540 mark). Here are how some of the top teams are doing and how our division rivals are faring as well.

.580 - Astros
.575 - Rangers
.564 - Twins
.541 - Giants
.540 - Mets
.532 - Mariners
.524 - Athletics
.499 - Angels

And for a little Schadenfreude ... the Yankees are at .473.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Thursday's Games

Oklahoma City over New Orleans 2-1
Brad Peacock (6IP 3H 1R 1BB 7SO) pitched a beauty of a start for his fourth RedHawks win, with a solo home run the only blemish on his night, and he received three frames of perfect relief from Hector Ambriz, Jose Valdez and Josh Zeid. OKC got just enough offense with one run scoring in the third on a George Springer (2x4 RBI SB) single driving in Robbie Grossman (2x3 BB R SB) and the second and final run coming in as Che-Hsuan Lin singled, took third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

Springfield over Corpus Christi 2-1
R.J. Alaniz (2H 3BB 4SO) pitched seven shutout innings, only to see his lead evaporate as Pat Urckfitz and Jorge de Leon gave up home runs in the eighth and ninth respectively. The Hooks only managed one run in the fourth as Rene Garcia (2x4 2B RBI) singled in Drew Muren. Erik Castro had the only other extra base hit, a double.

Lancaster over Inland Empire 10-5
Starter Luis Cruz (6H 1R 1BB 5SO) cruised through five and two-thirds innings before allowing his only run of the game. The bullpen, in the form of Cameron Lamb and T.J. Geith, scuffled a bit in the eighth, allowing three runs across in the frame before Travis Ballew came in to put out the fire. Ballew gave up one run of his own in the ninth. The 'Hawks scored early, powered in large part by a three-run home run from Telvin Nash (3x5 BB 4RBI 2R) in the first and played add-on through the game, culminating in a three runs scored with two outs in the ninth as the 'Hawks took advantage of a throwing error and two wild pitches from Inland Empire pitcher Michael Johnson. Delino DeShields was three-for-five and scored two runs. DeShields has been en fuego, hitting .480 over his last six games and stealing seven bases. In addition, he turned an unassisted double play in the ninth inning last night. Similarly, Nolan Fontana appears to be back on top of his game. He went two-for-three with a double, three walks, an RBI and scored two runs. Andrew Aplin and M.P. Cokinos were both one-for-five with a walk, two RBI and a run scored, and Aplin stole a base as well. Chris Epps was two-for-four with a double and a walk.

Kane County over Quad Cities 7-4
Starter Juan Minaya (3IP 4H 3R 4BB 2SO) took the loss, but neither Mitch Lambson (3IP 3H 2R 0BB 2SO) nor Jamaine Cotton (2IP 4H 2R 0BB 2SO HR) had very effective outings either. The Bandits put up one in the second on a Jobduan Morales bases loaded walk and one more in the second as Jesse Wierzbicki (3x4 RBI R SB) singled in Teoscar Hernandez (2x5 2B 2RBI R). The final two runs came in the ninth on a Hernandez two-run double.

Lowell over Tri-City 4-2
I can't give you much of an eyewitness account of this one as travel delays kept me from getting to the game until the bottom of the fifth. Starter Kevin Comer (3.1 6H 3R 2BB 5SO) was long gone by the time I got there, replaced by Charles Basford (1.2IP 2H). I did, however, get to see Evan Grills pitch two and two-thirds innings (3H 1R). The lefty worked quickly and got one ground ball out after another with great defense behind him. Richard Rodriquez pitched a perfect final one and a third. The 'Cats weren't able to string together enough hits to overcome. James Ramsay was two-for-four with a run; Chan Moon was two-for-three with a stolen base; and Ernesto Genoves was one-for-three with an RBI sac fly. I hope to bring Mark Appel and the 'Cats better luck in tonight's game.

Greeneville over Bristol 2-1
Sebastian Kessay (1H 2SO) pitched the first inning for the Astros and was followed by five terrific innings from lefty Christopher Lee (2H 0R 0BB 7SO). Krishawn Holley allowed the only run (unearned) in the seventh. Tyler Brunneman (1IP 1H) and J.D. Osbourne (1IP 2SO) rounded things out. The Astros made the most of only four hits, scoring in the fourth on a Bobby Borchering home run and in the seventh on an RBI single from Darwin Rivera scoring Tanner Mathis. Jack Mayfield was one-for-three with a double and a walk.

GCL Astros over GCL Yankees 3-1 in 9 innings (Completion of 7/3 suspended game)
Joe Bircher got his second rehab start (pitching on 7/3 before the game was suspended), allowing one unearned run on one hit while striking out three in two and a third innings. Ambiorix de Leon (5.2IP 2H 1BB 6SO) picked up when the game resumed and earned his first win of the season. Erick Gonzalez pitched the ninth to earn his second save. The Astros got on board in the first with an RBI double from Tyler White, added one in the third on a Jean Batista (2x4 R) RBI single in his first rehab appearance, and scored the final run in the sixth on a Yonathan Mejia (2x3) RBI single. Jason Martin was one-for-three with a double, walk and run scored.

GCL Astros over GCL Yankees 5-1 in 7 innings
Another strong starting performance as Agapito Barrios went five innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out eight before giving way to two perfect innings from Troy Scribner who K'd five of the six batters he faced. The Astros scored two in the first on Yonathan Mejia (2x4 2B 2RBI) and Tyler White RBI singles. Mejia drove in another run on a double in the fourth with the other two runs in that frame coming across courtesy of a fielding error and a balk. Jacob Nottingham was one-for-three with a double and a walk.

DSL Mariners at DSL Astros - Suspended after three innings
The game was suspended with the Astros up 4-0.

Player of the Day: Nolan Fontana appears to be back to being Nolan Fontana (which is a very good thing). In addition to an excellent night at the plate on Thursday, he is hitting .333/.490/.487 with six doubles, 10 RBI and 11 walks in his last 10 games.

Pitchers of the Day: I'm going to do something different today because there were so many outstanding pitching outings so I'm going to recognize several pitchers today ~

Brad Peacock - 6IP 3H 1R 1BB 7SO HR (Peacock is 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.113 WHIP in 9 outings for OKC)
R.J. Alaniz - 7IP 2H 0R 3BB 4SO
Luis Cruz - 5.2IP 6H 1R 1BB 5SO (Cruz is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA and a 0.992 WHIP over his last 9 appearances at Lancaster)
Chris Lee - 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 7SO
Agapito Barrios - 5IP 3H 1R 0BB 8SO
Troy Scribner - 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 5SO
Ambiorix de Leon - 5.2IP 2H 0R 1BB 6SO

These pitchers combined for 36 and a third innings with a 0.74 ERA and a 0.661 WHIP. That was an impressive night of pitching!!!

Happy Birthday - 7/5

Manager Marquis Donnell "Bo" Porter (41)
Porter was announced as the 21st Manager in Astros franchise history on September 27, 2012. He inherited a rebuilding team that had lost 213 games in the prior two seasons. His current record as manager is 31-55. As my friend Beth would say, "Bless his heart."

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

OF/1B Curt Blefary (died January 28, 2001 at 57)
Obtained in a trade with Baltimore on December 4, 1968 and traded away to the Yankees exactly one year later, Blefary played in 155 games for Houston in 1969, hitting .253/.347/.393. Blefary was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1965 while playing for Baltimore. He also sported a rather spectacular unibrow.

Tweet of the Day

Rudy Owens
Today is the day to remember what Will Smith did for us when he killed the aliens and saved the world. Thx Will your the best

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Astros Minor League Recaps

Wednesday's Games


Greeneville Astros, Kingsport Mets
-Postponed


GCL Yankees1, GCL Astros
-Game suspended after the second inning due to rain. It will be completed today (7/4/2013).


DSL Athletics 6, DSL Astros 3
All of the DSL Astros runs came by way of the long ball in their loss at home on Wednesday. Victor Tavarez (1X3 R HR RBI) hit a solo-shot in the second inning, putting his team on the board. Hector Roa (1X4 R HR 2RBI SO) with a two-run shot of his own in the seventh inning that scored Alexander Melendez (1X3 R BB SO). Starter Edwin Villarroel (2-3) gave up five runs (2ER) on eight hits through five innings while striking out 2. Gerardo Juarez followed Villarroel, working three innings, allowing another run on three hits and a walk and striking out three.

Tri-City Valley Cats 1, Vermont Lake Monsters 2
The Valley Cats were shutting out their opponents before allowing a run in both the eighth and ninth innings. Tri-City pitchers allowed just three hits before the eighth inning. Zach Morton started on the mound for Tri-City and allowed just a hit through his four innings of work while K-ing two. Albert Minnis (2-1) picked up the loss after giving up the game-ending run in the ninth. Minnis recorded that run on a hit and a walk. Michael Martinez (1X4 R HR RBI SO) put up the Valleys Cats lone run in the fourth when he connected for his first round-tripper of the season.

Clinton LumberKings 0, Quad Cities River Bandits 1
This game was a pitchers’ duel from the get go. The River Bandits and their starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez worked their way onto the winning side of it. Velasquez threw six scoreless innings, allowed just a hit, walked two and struck out five. Velasquez’s first four frames were perfect. Gerardo Sanchez (4-2) came on for two frames in the seventh and picked up the win. Sanchez gave up just a hit and struck out one. Chia-Jen Lo earned his first save in the Midwest League after working the ninth, giving up a hit and walking one. The River Bandits had just four hits of their own in the game and their run was the product of a balk with Terrell Joyce (0X3 R BB SO) on third. Carlos Correa recorded half of Quad Cities’ hits himself, batting two-for-four with a double and a walk.

Bakersfield Blaze 11, Lancaster JetHawks 6
Lancaster allowed 11 runs on 19 hits at home yesterday to end a four-game winning streak. David Rollins (7-5) was the first on the hill for the JetHawks and through four innings he recorded six runs (5ER) on 10 hits (HR) walked one and struck out another. Rollins would take the loss. Blair Walters came on to pitch in the seventh and allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out. Delino DeShields hit two-for-five, scored two runs, hit a triple and swiped two bags in the game. M.P. Cokinos went three-for-four at the plate with a pair of runs scored and an RBI on his sixth-inning homer.

Corpus Christi Hooks 3, Springfield Cardinals 11
The Hooks notched their fourth consecutive loss after the game on Wednesday. Ross Seaton (1-1) threw the first five and took the loss after tallying seven runs (6ER) on seven hits (3HR) and a walk with three Ks. Rene Garcia was the only Corpus Christi player with multiple hits, going two-for-four and scoring a run. Raoul Torrez went one-for-four, struck out, scored a run and picked up a couple RBI in the sixth when he hit a home run that scored Zach Johnson (1X4 R 2SO).

Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Oklahoma City RedHawks 10
Oklahoma City jumped out to a nine-to-one lead early in this game before letting things get a little interesting for the home crowd on Wednesday. The RedHawks held on to win for the second time in two days by just a run. Kevin Chapman entered in the sixth as the third pitcher to take the mound for the RedHawks and recorded the win. Chapman (1-2) worked two innings, allowing a run on two hits, walking two and striking out the same. Wade LeBlanc started the game and through three and a third, recorded a run on three hits, walked five and struck out two. There were a lot of hits in this game and four RedHawks had multi-hit games. Jonathan Villar and Ruben Sosa each stole a base. Neither team hit a home run though, despite the 19-run total. Here’s the box for your viewing pleasure:



Player of the Day: Lancaster may have lost, but Delino DeShields takes the cake today. DeShields started a couple of double plays, swiped two bases and hit his seventh triple of the year. That’s a productive day, no matter what the scoreboard says.

Pitcher of the Day: Vincent Velasquez stands alone today. He came out and pitched superbly for Quad Cities yesterday against pitching that would have up-ended the River Bandits unless he brought anything less than his “A” game. Well done. 

Appy Astros - Catcher Development - Throwing Out More Runners

The other day I saw this tweet:
That is an impressive stat and puts him in impressive company.  It got me thinking about how well Roberto Pena has been throwing out runners this season and it made me curious about how much growth this showed. The growth with Pena was significant and I wondered if it was just him or were other catchers in the Astros organization showing similar growth. So I went back and looked across the system at each catcher who had caught in at least 20 games this season and compared their 2012 stolen base percentage (SB%) to their 2013 SB%. Click here to find out what I learned.

Happy Birthday - 7/4

LHP Kevin Ferguson (22)
Recently signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Northeastern by the Astros, Ferguson has made two appearances with the GCL Astros. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 0.500 WHIP.

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

3B/SS Vinny Castilla (46)
A native of Oaxaca, Mexico, Castilla got his start playing in the Mexican League. After playing a couple of seasons for Atlanta, he was picked up by the Rockies in the expansion draft where he earned two All-Star appearances and three Silver Slugger awards. After being released by Tampa Bay in May of 2001, Castilla signed as a free agent with Houston and played in 122 games for the Astros that season, hitting .270/.320/.492 with 28 doubles and 23 home runs.

RHP Dan Larson (59)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1972, Larson was traded to Houston in October of 1974 and made his major league debut as an Astro in July of 1976. In 45 games for the Astros in 1976 and 1977, he was 6-15 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.379 WHIP. He was traded to Philadelphia in September of 1978.

MGR Hal Lanier (71)
Lanier managed the Astros from 1986 to 1988 and compiled a 254-232 record (.523 win percentage). In 1986, he was named the NL Manager of the Year for leading the Astros to a 96-66 record and a first place finish in the NL West.

Tweet of the Day

Mike Martinez
Back at home. 4th of July game tomorrow. Boom.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Roster Moves

In addition to the four international free agent signings from yesterday, the trading of international picks to the Cubs to acquire Ronald Torreyes, the call up of Brett Oberholtzer and the DFA of Hector Ambriz, the following moves were made today:

Corpus Christi
2B Ronald Torreyes assigned to Corpus Christi
LHP Sergio Escalona placed on the 7-day DL

Quad Cities
LF Dan Gulbransen assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities

Greeneville
OF Brett Phillips assigned from Quad Cities to Greeneville
12th round pick 1B Chase McDonald assigned to Greeneville

GCL
10th round pick LHP Austin Nicely assigned to the GCL
RHP Chris Munnely (free agent) assigned to the GCL
SS Jean Batista assigned to the GCL for rehab
RHP Joe Musgrove activated from the DL

And, finally, it was reported that 3rd round pick Kent Emanuel had signed. That means that all of the top 10 picks have signed and 31 of 40 total have signed.

An Interview with Catcher/DH M.P. Cokinos

Uncle. I give up. I surrender. I have met my match. And his name is M.P. Cokinos. I went back to Lancaster for the sole purpose* of interviewing Cokinos and it was an abject failure. There was an air of mystery surrounding Cokinos, stemming in part from the #DailyDoseOfCoke hashtag he inspired, but mostly due to the fact that he routinely knocks the ball around and gets on base at an alarming rate.

*Absolutely untrue statement, but it makes for a good story.

Cokinos, a 31st round draft pick in 2012, hit .320/.370/.440 in 36 games for Tri-City in his freshman season, but didn't draw as much attention as teammate Tyler Heineman who won the New York-Penn League batting title. In 55 games at Lancaster so far this season, he is hitting .342/.436/.528 (.389/.489/.528 in his last 10 games) with 19 doubles, six home runs and 49 RBI. He leads all players in the Astros minor league system (with roughly 200 at-bats or more) in average and is second in OBP. He leads the California league in average as well and is tied for first in OBP.

When I talked to Lancaster Manager Rodney Linares about Cokinos back in May, he had this to say, "Not Cokinos, Cokiyes. He can hit. Coke can hit. Plays the game extremely hard. Probably one of the best listeners, takes in everything you tell him. [He may not be as talented as some guys], but he plays as hard as they do with what he's got."

M.P. Cokinos - June 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

The interview started off fine as I asked M.P. about switching from the University of Houston to St. Mary's after the 2011 season. He told me, "I ended up going to St. Mary's after my sophomore year. Just opportunity-wise, it was better for me. I was recruited by Coach Noble and he actually left after my freshman year and I just had a better opportunity at St. Mary's."

Not a terribly long or detailed answer, but it was something. Then I noted that he had great numbers in his first season at Tri-City but fell somewhat in the shadow of Tyler Heineman who won the New York-Penn League batting title. He responded, "Tyler's a great player and I really enjoyed playing with him and I'm thankful I get to play with him [again] this year and everyone on this team and in the organization itself ... a lot of great players. I'm just glad to be a part of it."

Again, not bad, but nothing that really says much about M.P. himself. Then I asked what he was working on this season, "I'm just trying to work on improving my game and just being an all-around better baseball player. I'm thankful for the opportunity and just trying to make the most of it."

OK, this is not going well. Let's ask about the #DailyDoseOfCoke hashtag. Surely that will loosen him up. Who came up with the hashtag? "I don't even know. I'm sure it was everybody. It just kind of sprang up. Believe it or not, I try not to get too involved even though it's about me."

Well, it's obvious that he's not comfortable talking about himself. How about I get him to talking about some of his teammates? Which Astros pitcher would you least like to face in the batter's box? "I can't name just one."

Oh, boy. Which pitcher do you like catching? "I like to catch them all."

You're killing me here. Is there a pitcher who's easier to catch because of their control or the like? "There's something I can take from every pitcher I've got to catch that I really like."

Details? Anything? Seriously, dude, you're killing me!

We weren't helped when the peanut gallery showed up in the form of four of his teammates who came out of the clubhouse to razz Cokinos while he answered my final two questions.

What would he do if he couldn't play baseball? "I would love to hunt and fish every day if I could."

Is there something most people don't know about him and might be surprised to hear? "I've got three younger brothers and they all play baseball."

OK, that's a wrap. I give. I cajoled, I kidded, I pleaded, I begged, I implored, I beseached, I goaded, I coaxed and I even asked nicely for more detail on the answers, but that's all I got.

So I turned to his teammates. One told me, "I think it's safe to say Cokinos is the heart and soul of the Lancaster JetHawks. Plain and simple." Another said, "Cokey's a great dude. He asks a lot of questions. He's an interesting guy. [REALLY?!?] Cokey overall ... a great guy, a great individual, great teammate. I love him."

Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson said, "I want to adopt that kid. He can come live with me," sentiments that were echoed almost verbatim by Pitching Coach Don Alexander. Linares added, "Somebody raised that kid right!"

So what did we learn about Cokinos?

1. He can flat out hit.
2. He is universally liked by all of his coaches and teammates.
3. He doesn't like to talk about himself.

That's pretty much it.

Michael Paul Cokinos, you have won this battle, but you have not won the war. I will learn more about you if it kills me (pay no attention to that pudgy middle-aged lady with the floppy hat, dark glasses and tape recorder who keeps following you around). Unless, of course, you get a restraining order against me and then all bets are off.

Thanks for your time (and your indulgence), M.P., and best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

Oklahoma City over Albuquerque 4-3
Starter Asher Wojciechowski did not start off well as he walked three and then gave up a two-out bases clearing double in the first inning, but then settled in nicely to put up five additional scoreless innings; and Eric Berger, Jose Valdez and Josh Zeid kept the door tightly shut. [As a side note, it was announced yesterday that Jarred Cosart and Jason Stoffel were named to the All-Star team. I have been a fan of Stoffel and I still am, but I really think Josh Zeid earned that spot with the season he's had.] The RedHawks countered in the bottom of the frame with two runs on RBI singles from George Springer (1x4 2RBI) and Jon Singleton (1x4), and took the lead in the fifth as Brandon Laird (2x4 2B RBI R) doubled in one run and Jonathan Villar (1x3 BB 2R SB) scored a second on a ground out. Jose Martinez was two-for-four and Robbie Grossman was one-for-two with two walks and scored a run.

Corpus Christi - Travel Day

Lancaster over Bakersfield 12-1
The good news is that the tandem rotation is over. The bad news is that the JetHawks haven't announced who will constitute the 6-man rotation yet. The best news is that Lancaster just got their 50th win of the season more than two weeks before they achieved that benchmark last season. Tyson Perez got the start and allowed the only run of the game, an unearned run in the fifth, as he pitched six very strong innings allowing only three hits and one walk. He was followed by two perfect innings from Cameron Lamb and one perfect inning from Michael Dimock. The JetHawks scored early and often with big RBI nights from Delino DeShields (2x3 2B 2BB 2RBI 3R), Nolan Fontana (2x3 2B 2BB 3RBI 2R), Andrew Aplin (1x3 2B BB 2RBI 2R) and M.P. Cokinos (2x5 2B 3RBI).

Quad Cities over Clinton 7-6
The tandem rotation at Quad Cities is over as well. Steve Batterson of the Quad Cities Times reported that the 6-man rotation will consist of Colton Cain, Lance McCullers, Vincent Velasquez, Juan Minaya, Jordan Jankowski and Mike Hauschild. Joe Bircher (rehabbing with the GCL), Brian Holmes and Daniel Minor are all currently on the DL and didn't make the cut.

Lance McCullers had a tough start in this one, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out four over only three and two-thirds innings. Two of those runs came across as Juri Perez (3.1IP 2H 1BB 2SO) took the mound in relief of McCullers. John Neely pitched the final two frames (2H 2SO) and was rewarded with a "W" as the River Bandits scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in controversial fashion (h/t to Appy Astros). Down 6-1 at one point, Quad Cities chipped away at the Clinton lead with good performances from Jordan Scott (2x5 2B RBI R), Jesse Wierzbicki (1x3 BB HR 2RBI R), Rio Ruiz (2x4 2B 2R) and Roberto Pena (1x4 2B 2RBI).

Vermont over Tri-City 2-1 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Kyle Westwood got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out four, and was followed by an inning from Albert Minnis (1H 0R 0BB). The bad news is that Tri-City was held to four hits in the game. The good news is that three of those hits were doubles (Tony Kemp, Dan Gulbransen and Ronnie Mitchell). Mitchell scored the lone Tri-City run in the fifth on a ground out.

Tri-City over Vermont 2-1 in 7 innings (Game 2)
Chris Cotton (2IP 1SO), Andrew Walter (4IP 1H 1R 2SO HR) and Patrick Christensen (1IP 3SO) combined on this one-hitter. Unfortunately, that lone hit happened to be a solo home run. The two ValleyCats runs came in the fourth as Dan Gulbransen scored on a Jon Kemmer ground out and Adam Nelubowich drove in Luis Alvarez with a single. Tri-City only managed five hits in this one, two of those being Alvarez doubles.

Greeneville - Off Day

GCL Astros - Postponed

DSL Astros over DSL Athletics 4-1 in 6-1/2 innings (called early due to rain)
Juan Hernandez, Junior Garcia and Juan Delis combined to allow only four hits in the abbreviated win. The Astros put up one in the third courtesy of a Jarico Reynoso home run and then added three more in the top of the seventh before the game was called. Brian Pena and Dariel Aquino (RBI) both went two-for-three. Hector Roa was one-for-three with a triple, RBI and run scored.

Players of the Day: I can't decide between Delino DeShields and Nolan Fontana, so let's go with both! DeShields' bat appears to be heating up as he has been seven-for-fifteen in his last four games. Similarly, since coming back after 10 days out of the line-up, Fontana is hitting .313 with five doubles, eight RBI and eight walks to five strikeouts in his last eight games.

Pitcher of the Day: Tyson Perez gets some love today for a great outing and for transitioning Lancaster into the post-piggyback era.

Happy Birthday - 7/3

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Moises Alou (47)
Originally drafted by the Pirates as the second overall pick in 1986, Alou came to Houston in a November 1997 trade with the Marlins. In 421 games for the Astros in 1998, 2000 and 2001, he hit .331/.403/.585 with 93 doubles, eight triples and 95 home runs. Alou was a six-time All-Star including his 2001 season with Houston. He also won the Silver Slugger award (for the second time) for Houston in 1998.

OF/1B Danny Heep (56)
A second round pick by the Astros in 1978, Heep played in 165 games for Houston from 1979 to 1982, hitting .246/.314/.344 before being traded to the Mets for Mike Scott. Heep was used mostly as a bench player and pinch hitter throughout his career which netted him World Series rings with the 1986 Mets and the 1988 Dodgers.

RHP Matt Keough (58)
Originally drafted by Oakland in the seventh round in 1973, Keough came to Houston at the end of his career, signing as a free agent in June 1986. In 10 games for Houston (5 starts), he was 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. Keough was a one-time All-Star for Oakland in 1978.

LF/1B Jack Daugherty (53)
Daugherty came to Houston as a free agent in January of 1993 and was traded to the Reds in July of that year. He only played in four games for Houston, getting three at-bats and one hit for a .333 batting average. His best season was his 1990 season with the Rangers when he hit .300/.347/.435 in 125 games.

Tweet of the Day

Robert Peña
My boy signing cards.!! 5,000 maybe half day signing.!!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

An Interview with RHP Michael Dimock

I'll admit it. I first became intrigued by Michael Dimock because of this ~

Michael Dimock - Spring Training 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

A quality mustache and an ironic eyebrow raise will win my heart every time. But then I looked beyond the outstanding facial hair and found a pitcher who has been having a pretty darned good season. In 10 appearances out of the bullpen with Quad Cities, Dimock had a 3.09 ERA and a 0.771 WHIP. In 10 appearances at Lancaster, he has a 3.55 ERA and a 0.868 WHIP. Erase his one tough outing at Lancaster and that becomes a 1.54 ERA and a 0.686 WHIP. He has walked only five batters all season and has held batters to a .174 batting average.

Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander likes what he sees in Dimock so far, "He's been here a short amount of time, but in the time he's been here, I've been very impressed with his work. Not afraid to challenge hitters in the strike zone, works at the bottom of the zone real well. Nice fastball/slider combination. Fastball's got a little movement down in the zone. Uses both sides of the plate well. Slider's got some late bite to it. Mixes in an occasional change up, probably his third pitch, but it has some effectiveness when he uses it."

I caught up with Dimock recently and talked to him about his season so far and what he's been working on among other things (edited for brevity and clarity) ~

What has he accomplished and what is he working on?: "Obviously, I don't think that I'm nearly as good as I could be. There's more room for improvement in all aspects of the game. Here, with the wind, I've learned to keep the ball down. That's the main key. In Quad Cities and other places, you can really get away with it. You can let balls get a bit higher in the zone, but once you get here, you need to really bear down in the zone and really work getting ground balls, work getting weak contact. [Does pitching at Lancaster help you learn how to pitch?] It really distinguishes between the guys who can get away with a little more velocity and the guys who can spot up and get the weak contact, get the weak fly ball, weak ground ball. It's a lot different. It's a tough way of making you learn. If you leave a ball high up, you're going to get let known and it's going to stick with you for the rest of the night, but really if you bear down and work down in the zone, [you'll be fine]."

On his small number of walks this year: "That's the thing that I've really worked on. Especially from last year, my walks went up and after the season, I kind of looked at everything, all my stats and I looked at the stuff I wanted to improve and that was the main thing. I wanted to become more of a contact pitcher. Instead of missing bats, I wanted to let them make weak contact so I can get under four pitches and out of there."

On having better numbers against lefties this year: "It's actually not normal. Normally, I've been really good against righties. My slider's been my out pitch against them, but so far I've really worked on things with Donny [Don Alexander] and I've kind of worked on my change up too and that's really helped me get lefties out. I've worked on my two-seamer a lot and I just run it in and out. Keep[ing] them off-balance has been the key."

How is he adjusting to his first full season?: "I'm kind of used to playing a lot of games, from playing college to summer ball to winter, fall league and all that stuff, [but] it's still an adjustment. It's just all about working hard in the off-season so you feel prepared enough to take the daily grind of the 140-game season."

Which Astros pitcher has a pitch he'd like to steal?: "Honestly, I think I'd take T.J. Geith's change up. It's filthy. That's the only way I can really describe it. He gets a lot of swing and misses and it's just very deceptive."

Which Astros pitcher would he least like to face?: "Right now, Preston Tucker. He's a tough out. Every time I watch him, it seems like he's always on first or second base. Really, nobody can get him out. It's really impressive to watch him hit, but I try to figure out how I could get him out and I don't know if I can."

What would he do if he couldn't play baseball?: "I'd be on the PGA tour. Straight up. I love golf and I like the sport. It's relaxing. It's fun. It's very frustrating, but ... [Are you any good?] Not too bad. I'd like to think I'm better than I am."

Who on the team makes you laugh?: "What type of laugh? Joe Sclafani. I have good conversations with him. I really enjoy talking to him. Smart guy. Went to Dartmouth. I feel like I can relate to him a little bit."

Something that most people don't know about him: "Actually, I was home-schooled until I was in 8th grade. Almost no one knows that. I went to Pre-K and all that stuff, and then I was home-schooled from about 3rd grade on to about 8th grade. No one ever knows that."

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Dimock scared me when he tweeted out that he had shaved the mustache to change things up and get some good luck going during the JetHawks' losing streak at the end of the first half. I'm happy to say that the mustache, along with a goatee, is rapidly making a return. And I'm also happy to say that I have looked beyond the 'stache and found a pretty good pitcher.

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

Astros Minor League Recaps

Monday's Games

Albuquerque over Oklahoma City 6-4
Starter Jarred Cosart (5IP 6H 3R/1ER 3BB 7SO) fell behind early thanks to a fielding error from Jon Singleton and a throwing error from Cody Clark, leading to two unearned runs in the first. Kevin Chapman (1IP 2H 2R/1ER 1BB 1SO) was similarly victimized by a Jonathan Villar throwing error as only one of his two runs allowed were earned. Jason Stoffel (2IP 2H 1R 1BB 1SO) followed before giving way to a perfect ninth from Josh Zeid (2SO). Zeid has only allowed one run in his last nine outings. The RedHawks didn't get on the board until the fifth when Brandon Laird (2x4 BB) and George Springer (1x2 2BB 2R) hit back-to-back solo home runs, followed by a Che-Hsuan Lin RBI single. In the seventh, OKC scored their final run as Jon Singleton (2x4 R) drove in George Springer with a single. Robbie Grossman was two-for-four and Jonathan Villar was one-for-four with a triple.

Tulsa over Corpus Christi 3-0
Starter Bobby Doran (5IP 6H 2R/1ER 1BB 2SO) was charged with the loss. Kenny Long gave up the third and final run of the game in the sixth, and was followed by scoreless relief from Andrew Robinson, Carlos Quevedo and Pat Urckfitz. Andrew Robinson had a perfect inning with two strikeouts; in his last eight appearances, he has a 1.54 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP. Despite the bullpen doing its best to keep the Hooks in the game, the offense only managed two singles and four walks in the game and never got a run across.

Lancaster over Bakersfield 8-5
Chris Devenski (3.2IP 8H 4R 5SO) didn't have the smoothest of starts, as three of his four runs scored via the long ball. T.J. Geith allowed one more run across before giving way to four scoreless innings from Brady Rodgers (3H 0BB 2SO). Lancaster worked from behind, with the first JetHawks' runs scoring on a Brandon Meredith (2x4) three-run home run in the fourth, but they pulled ahead with three more in the seventh and added on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth. Andrew Aplin was one-for-four with an RBI double and a walk; Carlos Perdomo doubled as well. Delino DeShields went two-for-four with an RBI single, a walk and a run scored. He was also feeling frisky on the base paths and swiped three bags on the night, bringing his season total to 23.

Quad Cities over Clinton 9-8
Colton Cain (3IP 7H 4R/2ER 2BB 1SO) got the start and was followed by Jamaine Cotton (3.1IP 8H 4R 1BB HR). Mitch Lambson rounded off things by pitching a scoreless two and two-thirds innings and giving the River Bandits the opportunity to do exactly what they did ... come back late. QC chipped away at the Clinton lead with one in the third on a Jesse Wierzbicki RBI double and one in the fourth on a Teoscar Hernandez RBI single. The Bandits got to within two as they added four more runs in the sixth and seventh, setting up a three-run ninth for the win. Brett Phillips was three-for-five with a double and two RBI; Jordan Scott was two-for-five with a double, RBI and run scored; Roberto Pena was two-for-five and scored two runs; and Austin Elkins went two-for-three with a double, two walks, an RBI and scored three times.

Tri-City at Vermont Postponed

Greeneville over Burlington 7-0 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Edison Frias (6IP 3H 5SO) and Christian Garcia (1IP 1SO) combined to shutout Burlington while the Greeneville bats got busy. Marc Wik (2x4 R), Ariel Ovando (2x3 HR 2RBI 2R) and Bobby Borchering (2x3 2-2B BB R) all had multi-hit games. Jack Mayfield was one-for-one with two walks and a two-run double.

Greeneville over Burlington 8-1 in 7 innings (Game 2)
Enderson Franco (4H 1R 1BB 3SO) allowed the only Burlington run of the day in his five innings of work before giving way to scoreless frames from Ryan Connolly and Gonzalo Sanudo. Greeneville got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first on not one but two throwing errors on the same play. But it was Greeneville's big six-run fourth inning with 11 batters coming to the plate that sealed Burlington's fate. Juan Santana (2x4 2B 2RBI 2R), Marc Wik (2x4), Bobby Borchering (2x4 HR 2RBI R), Ariel Ovando (2x4 2B R), and Angel Ibanez (3x3 BB RBI R) all had particularly good games.

GCL Phillies at GCL Astros Postponed

DSL Astros over DSL Indians 12-1
Starter Elieser Hernandez (4IP 1H 1R 4BB 5SO) gave up the sole Indians run on a solo home run as the Astros two-hit the Tribe. Scoreless relief followed from Rayderson Chevalier (3IP 1BB 2SO), Robert Corniel (1IP 1H) and Cristhopher Santamaria (1IP 1SO). The Astros got busy and banged out 15 hits, including five doubles and a Hector Roa home run, his fourth of the season.

DSL Astros
PlayerPosABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVG
Luis PayanoCF523100211.196
Arturo Michelena3B000000000.223
    1- Jarico ReynosoPR-LF401000100.179
Alexander MelendezRF533100010.600
Hector RoaLF-1B522001201.286
Randy Cesar1B-3B633200203.213
Marlon AveaC422000211.222
Jean Estrella2B301100210.268
Jean Carlos CortorrealDH300000111.000
Kristian TrompizSS400000011.175
Totals3912155011268.228

Player of the Day: Alexander Melendez has only been with the DSL Astros for four games, but he has come out swinging. Honorable mention goes to Austin Elkins for his great night.

Pitcher of the Day: Edison Frias pitched a gem on his way to his first win of the season.