Saturday, August 24, 2013

Astros Minor League Recaps

Friday's Games

Jayne has already posted a look at the playoff picture for the Astros Minor League affiliates as they sit today. Check it out here.

Greeneville Astros 5, Danville Braves 3
With their win on Friday, Greeneville is locked in to their second winning season in a row. Luis Ordosgoitti (1-0) collected his first win in the Appalachian League after pitching five innings and allowing a run on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Jordan Mills the final two and two-thirds, picking up his second save. Mills allowed three hits and walked three as he struck out three. Chase McDonald (3X4 2R HR 3RBI) was the only Astro with more than a hit Friday and also the only one with an extra base hit. McDonald homered in the third, tacking two runs onto the scoreboard.

GCL Braves, GCL Astros
This game was tied 8-8 before being called due to rain. It is scheduled to be completed today.

DSL Mariners 2, DSL Astros 4
The DSL Astros are now on a three game winning streak after their win on Friday. Juan Delis (3-3), the fourth pitcher in the game for the Astros, entered in the sixth for two innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out one to pick up the win. Angel Heredia earned his 13th save after coming on in the ninth. Brauly Mejia (2X3 2RBI) and Arturo Michelena (2X3 R RBI BB) both had a pair of hits in the game. Mejia knocked in the first two runs for his team with an RBI single in the first.

Staten Island Yankees 6, Tri-City ValleyCats 11
Tri-City was outhit 14-13 and still outscored the Yankees by five runs. This was thanks in large part to a nine-run third inning. The Valley Cats hit nine consecutive singles to lead off the inning, without recording an out, forcing the early retirement of the Yankees starting pitcher after the eighth hit. D'Andre Toney (2X5 R 2B 2RBI) recorded two hits and four RBI in the third inning alone. Here's a look at that crazy inning:
Tri-City Bottom of the 3rd
  • Jack Mayfield singles on a line drive to right fielder Yeicok Calderon.
  • Jake Rodriguez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Jack Mayfield to 2nd.
  • Chan Moon singles on a ground ball to shortstop John Murphy. Jack Mayfield to 3rd. Jake Rodriguez to 2nd.
  • D'Andre Toney singles on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Jack Mayfield scores. Jake Rodriguez to 3rd. Chan Moon to 2nd.
  • James Ramsay singles on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Jake Rodriguez scores. Chan Moon scores. D'Andre Toney to 2nd.
  • With Tyler White batting, D'Andre Toney steals (13) 3rd base. James Ramsay steals (5) 2nd base.
  • Tyler White singles on a ground ball to left fielder Daniel Lopez. D'Andre Toney scores. James Ramsay to 3rd.
  • Conrad Gregor singles on a ground ball to second baseman Derek Toadvine. James Ramsay scores. Tyler White to 2nd.
  • Michael Martinez singles on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Tyler White scores. Conrad Gregor to 2nd.
  • Pitching Change: Sam Agnew-Wieland replaces Conner Kendrick.
  • Ronnie Mitchell singles on a ground ball to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Conrad Gregor scores. Michael Martinez to 2nd.
  • Jack Mayfield reaches on a force attempt, fielding error by shortstop John Murphy. Michael Martinez to 3rd. Ronnie Mitchell to 2nd.
  • Jake Rodriguez strikes out swinging.
  • Chan Moon grounds into a force out, first baseman Mike Ford to shortstop John Murphy. Michael Martinez scores. Ronnie Mitchell to 3rd. Jack Mayfield out at 2nd. Chan Moon to 1st.
  • D'Andre Toney doubles (6) on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Lopez. Ronnie Mitchell scores. Chan Moon to 3rd.
  • James Ramsay grounds out, second baseman Derek Toadvine to first baseman Mike Ford.
Conrad Gregor (2X4 2R HR 3RBI SO) added a little padding in the sixth inning by hitting a two-run shot that scored Tyler White (2X5 2R RBI). Troy Scribner threw the first four innings without incident, striking out five and allowing four hits. Upon entering the fifth he faced a little trouble and he ended up with four runs, six hits, three walks and five Ks on the day. Kyle Westwood (2-1) pitched the final four innings and picked up the win. Westwood tallied two runs (1ER) on six hits, walked one and struck out one.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Quad Cities River Bandits 3
Quad Cities fought from behind to take this game and move their magic number to three. They came from behind in the seventh when Jordan Scott hit an RBI single to put the River Bandits ahead. Teoscar Hernandez was the only Quad Cities player with multiple hits, going two-for-four with a runs scored and a strikeout. Joe Bircher pitched the first five and two-thirds, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out two. Andrew Walter (1-0) finished the game and took the win, allowing only a hit in his time as he K-ed five.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3, Lancaster JetHawks 4 (10)
Lancaster saw this game tied at three in the fifth and won it in the 10th inning when Delino DeShields (1X4 2R 3B BB) led off with a hit to the wall in right. The outfielder caught the ball, crashed into the wall and dropped the ball then fumbled with the pickup all while DeShields was rounding the bases. DeShields would score on the play for the walk off win and his hit would go down as a triple, he scored on an error. Kyle Smith was on the mound for the first six frames and in that time he allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six. Kenny Long (1-0) worked a perfect 10th and picked up the win, striking out one. MP Cokinos went three-for-four at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of RBI on his homer in the first inning to get Lancaster on the board.

Midland RockHounds 3, Corpus Christi Hooks 4
The Hooks came back to win this game on Friday, scoring unanswered runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh before walking off in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, the Hooks loaded the bases by drawing two walks and being issued an intentional walk. Erik Castro (2X2 RBI 3BB) then singled to win the game at home. Matt Duffy (1X4 R HR RBI) began the comeback in the sixth with his 23rd (LAN & CC combined) home run of the year.  Mike Foltynewicz started on the mound for Corpus Christi and through four and two-thirds frames allowed three runs, four hits, walked four and struck out the same. Jonas Dufek (6-0) picked up the win after facing just one batter to end the ninth.

Oklahoma City RedHawks 4, Round Rock Express 2
The RedHawks didn't allow the Express to score outside of the third inning in their win on Friday. Oklahoma City didn't score until the sixth when Trevor Crowe (1X4 R HR RBI SO) and George Springer (1X4 R HR 2RBI 2SO) both went yard. Springer's homer was a two-run shot and moved him to 37/41 in the chase for a 40/40 season. The only RedHawk with multiple hits in the game was Jimmy Paredes who finished the game at two-for-four with a double and a couple strikeouts. Asher Wojciechowski (9-6) took the hill for the first six and two-thirds and earned the win, recording two runs, seven hits, a walk and six Ks. Jorge De Leon faced the final three batters of the game in perfect fashion and picked up his fifth save.

Player of the Day: Delino DeShields and Erik Castro have both earned a spot on the throne today for inducing walk off wins on Friday. Chase McDonald also deserves a spot up there for his tremendous offensive play yesterday.

Pitcher of the Day: I am bucking convention, as I often do, and awarding the honors to Angel Heredia for picking up his 13th save yesterday in the DSL. 13 saves in the DSL is a pretty admirable feat. 

Astros Minor League Playoff Picture

Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is currently in first place with a magic number of 4 to clinch the division, with 10 games left to play. Albuquerque has crept up to share second place with Round Rock; both are seven games behind the RedHawks. Oklahoma City has two more head-to-head games with Round Rock. Albuquerque and Round Rock face off for four next week.

Prompted by a question from @brettmo13 at the game last night, I looked at the PCL playoff schedule from last year. If Oklahoma City makes the playoffs and if the conference series and the finals both last the full five games and if they take the same days off as last year, get your tickets for the Astros-Reds series starting September 16th, because that's when you'll be seeing George Springer's MLB debut. You may want to get tickets for the preceding Angels series just in case.

Corpus Christi
The Hooks are in the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half of the season. The schedule for the first four games has already been set with the first two against San Antonio at home on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 6th and the next two at San Antonio on that Friday and Saturday. The Hooks will get plenty of practice for the playoffs since six of their last 10 games are against the Missions. The Hooks currently trail the Missions by one game for the second half title. The Hooks lead the Missions by two and a half games for the season.

The JetHawks are also in the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half. The schedule for the first four games has been set with Lancaster playing at home on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th (and will be attended by yours truly) and on the road the following Monday and Tuesday. What is still to be determined is the JetHawks opponent. If they win the second half (they have a magic number of 3 with 10 games left to do so), they will play the winner of a mini-series between the #2 and #3 seeds. At this point, Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore are all in the hunt to play in the mini-series.

Quad Cities
Quad Cities has to be in first or second place in the second half to make the playoffs. They are currently in second place, four and a half games behind Western League leader Cedar Rapids and four and a half games ahead of third place Clinton. They have won two in a row with 10 games left to play. They have no more head-to-head games with the first or third place teams.

The ValleyCats have two ways to make it to the playoffs. They are currently in first place, two games ahead of second place Lowell with 13 games left to play. The magic number to eliminate Lowell is 11 (5 for the other two teams in the division). If they fall out of first place, they can earn a wild card berth. Their current record would give them the wild card lead if they weren't in first place. They have won three games in a row and have two games left to play against Lowell.

The Astros need to be in first or second place in their division to make the playoffs. They are currently in second place a half game in back of Kingsport and two games ahead of third place Elizabethton and two and a half ahead of fourth place Johnson City with seven games left to play. This one will likely come down to the wire. Greeneville was on a 4-game losing streak before yesterday's win. They can't afford to do that again. They have 4 games left against Danville who they have gone 1-1 against thus far and three games against the East division leader Bluefield who they are 1-2 against this season.

GCL Astros
The GCL club has been eliminated from playoff contention. They are 25-29 with six games left (including the completion of a suspended game from yesterday). They will need to go 5-1 to get to .500 and 6-0 to end the season over .500.

DSL Astros
The DSL team was also eliminated from contention, but at 38-31 with their last game today, they are guaranteed a winning season.

Happy Birthday - 8/24

Happy Birthday to ~

2B Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez (22)
Drafted in the 6th Round in 2009 out of the American Military Academy in Puerto Rico, Hernandez has been on the Corpus Christi squad since late last season. In 102 games in 2013, he is hitting .238/.302/.376. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .342/.432/.474.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP Hal Woodeshick (died June 14, 2009 at 76)
Woodeshick came to Houston from Detroit in October 1961 and played for the Colt .45's and Astros until he was traded to the Cardinals in June of 1965. In 174 games, he was 21-38 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.324 WHIP. He was an All-Star for Houston in 1963 when he was 11-9 in 55 appearances with a 1.97 ERA and a 1.026 WHIP. He led the National League in saves in 1964.

RHP Dean Wilkins (47)
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the second round in 1986, Wilkins was picked up by Houston from the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in December 1990. He pitched in seven games (eight total innings) for the Astros in 1991 with a 2-1 record, a 11.25 ERA and a 3.250 WHIP.

RHP Mike Grzanich (41)
A ninth round pick by the Astros in 1992, Grzanich's entire MLB career consisted of one inning pitched for the Astros in 1998. He retired from baseball with a major league ERA of 18.00 and WHIP of 3.000. It's not often you get a blow-by-blow description of one professional inning pitched, but this is the exception.

RHP Kip Gross (49)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the fourth round in 1986, Gross signed with Houston as a free agent prior to the 2000 season. He pitched four and a third innings in two games with an 0-1 record, a 10.38 ERA and a 2.538 WHIP.

Tweets of the Day

Josh Bonifay named Appy Manager of Year skipper led to multiple club records |

Congratulations to Rodney Linares on being named Cal League Manager of the Year. HC Darryl Robinson named Coach of the Year.

Matt Duffy (3B), Andrew Aplin (OF) and MP Cokinos (Utility) all named Cal League Postseason All-Stars.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

Oklahoma City
3B Raoul Torrez assigned from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City
2B Ruben Sosa placed on the 7-day DL

Corpus Christi
C Luis Alvarez assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
OF Leo Heras assigned to Corpus Christi

RHP Jose Montero assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

RHP Euris Quezada sent to GCL on a rehab assignement
RHP Robert Corniel assigned from the DSL to the GCL

Funky Foto Friday

I've been playing with the BeFunky photo effect site again. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Andrew Thurman

Andrew Aplin

Michael Feliz

Chase McDonald

Jonas Dufek

Jandel Gustave
Jon Singleton

Marc Krauss

Ryan Connolly

Preston Tucker

Matt Duffy

Astros Minor League Recaps

Thursday's Games

Round Rock over Oklahoma City 12-3
With 11 games to go, Oklahoma City's magic number to clinch a division championship and a playoff berth stalled at six with the loss to second place Round Rock.

Paul Clemens (5IP 6H 8R/7ER 2BB 4SO HR) only gave up one run in the first five innings and then this happened to him in the sixth with a little help from Jose Cisnero (1IP 3H 3R BB SO HR).

Round Rock Bottom of the 6th
  • Engel Beltre reaches on a missed catch error by first baseman Jonathan Singleton, assist to pitcher Paul Clemens.
  • Yangervis Solarte singles on a ground ball to right fielder Trevor Crowe. Engel Beltre to 3rd.
  • Joey Butler hit by pitch. Yangervis Solarte to 2nd.
  • Alex Buchholz reaches on a fielder's choice, fielded by third baseman Brandon Laird. Engel Beltre scores. Yangervis Solarte to 3rd. Joey Butler to 2nd.
  • Chris McGuiness hits a grand slam (10) to center field. Yangervis Solarte scores. Joey Butler scores. Alex Buchholz scores.
  • Robinson Chirinos singles on a ground ball to third baseman Brandon Laird.
  • Aaron Cunningham hit by pitch. Robinson Chirinos to 2nd.
  • Pitching Change: Jose Cisnero replaces Paul Clemens.
  • Brendan Harris singles on a line drive to right fielder Trevor Crowe. Robinson Chirinos scores. Aaron Cunningham to 3rd.
  • Jim Adduci singles on a ground ball to right fielder Trevor Crowe. Aaron Cunningham scores. Brendan Harris to 3rd.
  • Engel Beltre homers (6) on a fly ball to right field. Brendan Harris scores. Jim Adduci scores.
  • Yangervis Solarte flies out to center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin.
  • Joey Butler walks.
  • Alex Buchholz strikes out swinging.
  • Chris McGuiness flies out to center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin.
Rhiner Cruz pitched an uneventful seventh and Pat Urckfitz allowed the final run in the eighth, but the 10-run sixth was too much to overcome. All of the RedHawks runs came via the long ball - Marc Krauss with a solo shot in the fifth and Brandon Laird (2x4) with a two-run homer in the sixth. George Springer was 0-fer again, but drew two walks and stole two bases. He is now at 36/41 in his attempt to join the 40/40 club.

Midland over Corpus Christi 4-3
As a reminder, the Hooks have already made the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half.

David Rollins threw the first four and a third, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk and was charged with the loss. He struck out five. Cameron Lamb followed with two and two-thirds scoreless frames. T.J. Geith allowed the final run across in the eighth and Kyle Hallock followed with a perfect ninth. Ronald Torreyes led off the third with a triple and was singled in by Kike Hernandez. Hernandez advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored from second on an Erik Castro (3x4) single. The only other run came in the eighth on a Jonathan Meyer (2x4) home run.

Lancaster over Lake Elsinore 12-4
As a reminder, the JetHawks have also made the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half.

Mike Hauschild (7IP 7H 2R 2BB 2SO HR) put up a solid start to earn the win. Jordan Jankowski tossed a scoreless eighth and Travis Ballew allowed the final two Lake Elsinore runs in the ninth. The 'Hawks scored two in the first on a Tyler Heineman double, two in the second on a throwing error, one in the third on a Dan Gulbransen sac fly and one in the fourth as Delino DeShields scored on the catcher's throw to first on a swinging strikeout. Lancaster then put up a six-spot in the ninth, with DeShields scoring from third on a wild pitch and RBI from Tyler Heineman (sac fly), Brandon Meredith (double), Dan Gulbransen (single), Joe Sclafani (triple) and culmating in an RBI single from DeShields. In all, 11 men came to the plate in the frame. DeShields, Heineman, Meredith, Sclafani and Gulbransen all had multi-hit games.

Quad Cities over Cedar Rapids 7-1
Quad Cities is in second place for the second half (with the second place team advancing to the playoffs) and gained back a game over the third place team (Clinton) who they now lead by three and a half games with 11 games left to play.

Chris Devenski (7IP 9H 1R 8SO) got the win on a very nice start in which he allowed only one extra-base hit and no walks while striking out eight batters. Zach Morton pitched the final two, allowing two hits and striking out one. The Bandits first run came in the fourth as Teoscar Hernandez (2x5 2R SB) singled, stole second, advanced on a ground out and scored on a Danry Vasquez sac fly. Four runs scored in the fifth on RBI singles from Jordan Scott and Tony Kemp and a two-RBI double from Carlos Correa (1x3 2B BB 2RBI). The final two runs came in the seventh on a Terrell Joyce bases loaded walk and Teoscar Hernandez scoring from third on a fielding error. Roberto Pena was two-for-four and scored a run.

Tri-City at Vermont (postponed due to wet grounds)
Tri-City actually gained a half game on Lowell in the standings by virtue of Lowell's loss and now lead the division by one game with 14 left to play. They are also still very much in the hunt for the wild card (if they fall out of first place) where they trail Jamestown by a half game.

Danville over Greeneville 7-6
The bad news is that Greeneville fell out of first place with the loss. The good news is that the second place team still qualifies for the playoffs, but Elizabethton only trails Greeneville by one game for second place. The four-game losing streak they are on needs to end. Soon!

Enderson Franco got the start and allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over three innings and was followed by scoreless outings from Sebastian Kessay and Austin Chrismon. Raul Rivera was charged with the blown save and the loss as he allowed three unearned runs to score in the ninth. Greeneville didn't have any big innings, but scored consistently throughout the game with runs coming across in the third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth. Alfredo Gonzalez went four-for-five and scored a run. Ariel Ovando, Thomas Lindauer and Parker Hipp all had multi-hit games, with Hipp and Juan Santana also driving in two runs each. Lindauer had the only extra-base hit of the game, a double.

Astros over GCL Yankees1 7-6
Eliminated from the playoffs, the team still has an outside chance of putting up a winning record with six games left to play.

Javier Lozano was charged with two runs over his three and two-thirds innings with two of those being inherited runners allowed to score by Samil de los Santos. De los Santos didn't record an out and was charged with one run. Jorge Perez pitched the next four, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Justin Hess earned his first pro win pitching the final one and a third scoreless innings. It was a bit of a messy boxscore for the pitching staff, but they did combine to strikeout 10 batters. The Astros got the scoring started early with three in the first on a Javaris Reynolds solo homer, a Mesac Laguna RBI single, and culminating in a double-steal with Laguan stealing second and Ydarqui Marte stealing home. Another three scored in the fifth on a two-RBI triple from Jose Fernandez and an RBI single from Yonathan Mejia (2x4 RBI). Jason Martin scored what would ultimately be the winning run on a Laguna sac fly in the bottom of the eighth. Alex Gonzalez was two-for-four and scored a run.

DSL Astros over DSL Athletics 3-1
The DSL team has also been eliminated from the playoffs, but is now assured of a winning record with two games left to play.

Harold Arauz didn't allow his one hit until the fifth inning, cruising to his fifth win of the season. Cristhopher Santamaria only allowed one hit in his three innings as well. Kristian Trompiz (3x4) had an RBI single in the third and scored in the sixth after his lead-off triple. Oliver Toribio tripled and scored in the seventh on a Jarico Reynoso single.

Player of the Day: Delino DeShields went three-for-five, stole two bases (his 46th and 47th) and drew a walk. He scored from second on a throwing error, as well as scoring from third on a catcher's throw and a wild pitch. He was also involved in two double plays. Phew! Busy night for the second baseman.

Pitcher of the Day: Harold Arauz really needs to get a bit more attention. He only allowed one single (and two walks) in his start on Thursday and came very close to getting a shutout, as the only run scored against him came across before his team could finish converting a double play. In 16 appearances (12 starts) this season, he is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a 0.894 WHIP.

Happy Birthday - 8/23

No future Astros birthdays, but one former Astro with a birthday today ~

SS/3B Marty Martinez (died March 8, 2007 at 65)
Martinez came to the Houston organization in a December 1968 trade that sent Bob Aspromonte to Atlanta. In 185 games over three seasons for the Astros, Martinez hit .268/.305/.320. The Cuban born Martinez managed for the Rangers and the Mariners organizations in the minors for several years and served as interim manager for the Mariners for one game in 1986 for a career major league managerial record of 0-1.

Tweet of the Day

After basically tearing down the language barrier by talking with my hands. I think I'd be a great charades partner If anyone is interested

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

Three moves from yesterday ~

Oklahoma City
RHP Ross Seaton assigned from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City

Quad Cities
RHP Richard Rodriguez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities

RHP Krishawn Holley assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

Astros Minor League Recaps

Wednesday's Games

Oklahoma City over Round Rock 4-2
Oklahoma City's magic number to win the division (and a playoff berth) is now at six as they increased their lead over second place Round Rock to seven games. Ross Seaton (7H 4SO HR) was charged with two runs over his five and two-thirds innings, with one of those coming across on Eric Berger's (1.2IP 1H 3SO) watch as he allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Jose Cisnero and Jorge de Leon provided scoreless relief the rest of the way. Rene Garcia (3x4) drove in one and Che-Hsuan Lin drove in two in the second with RBI singles. The final run came across in the sixth on a Jimmy Paredes home run, his eighth of the season. George Springer was 0-fer with two walks so he is still at 36/39 in his quest to join the 40/40 club.

Corpus Christi over Midland 3-1
Luis Cruz (6IP 2H 1R 2BB 5SO) threw five and a third no-hit innings in his AA debut, before allowing back-to-back doubles in the sixth to score Midlands only run. Andrew Robinson (2IP 1H 3SO) and Jonas Dufek (1IP 2H 1SO) tossed the final three scoreless innings. The Hooks got on the board in the first as Erik Castro doubled in Preston Tucker (2x3 2-2B BB R) who also doubled in the inning. In the second Raoul Torrez doubled and was driven in by a Drew Muren (2x3 2B 3B 2RBI) triple. And in the fourth Muren doubled in Matt Duffy who also doubled in the frame. Out of nine Corpus Christi hits, seven of them were for extra bases.

Lake Elsinore over Lancaster 4-3
Aaron West allowed three runs on eight hits in his five innings of work. He struck out five. Kenny Long and Gera Sanchez kept the next three and a third scoreless. With one out in the ninth, Blair Walters gave up a double and then a single that was misplayed by LF Dan Gulbransen, and Lake Elsinore got the walk-off win. The 'Hawks got two in the second, one on a Brandon Meredith RBI single and the other as Tyler Heineman (2x4 R) scored from third on a double play. In the fifth, Joe Sclafani singled, stole second and then scored from second on a M.P. Cokinos (3x4 RBI R) single. Brandon Meredith also swiped a bag.

Cedar Rapids over Quad Cities 6-1
With the loss, third place Clinton has gained on Quad Cities and is only two and a half games behind them in the second half, as the teams battle for a playoff berth. Daniel Minor (3.2IP 5H 3BB 2SO) allowed the first three runs (including a two-run homer) and Juan Minaya (2.1IP 4H 2BB SO) gave up the final three. Richard Rodriguez allowed only one hit and one walk over the final three innings. The only Bandits run scored in the fifth as Jordan Scott (1x4 SB) came home on a wild pitch. The QC crew was 0-for-8 with RISP. Rio Ruiz was two-for-four with a double and Jobduan Morales went two-for-two after entering the game in the seventh.

Tri-City over Vermont 3-2 in 14 innings
It may have taken 14 innings, but it was worth it as Tri-City took advantage of a Lowell loss to increase their lead to one and a half games over the second place team. Michael Feliz pitched the first six innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. J.D. Osborne pitched the seventh and gave up the second Vermont run which tied things up in the seventh where it remained until the top of the 14th. Tyler Brunnemann, Krishawn Holley and Zach Dando each pitched two scoreless and Gonzalo Sanudo got the save, pitching the bottom of the 14th. James Ramsay singled in one of Tri-City's runs in the second and the other came on a Tyler White home run in the seventh. With two outs in the 14th, Ronnie Mitchell doubled home White for what proved to be the winning run. D'Andre Toney also doubled in the game.

Greeneville - Off Day
The entire Appy League had the day off so their playoff picture has not changed.

GCL Yankees1 over GCL Astros 7-6
The GCL Astros have now been officially eliminated from playoff contention and need to win 6 of their scheduled final 7 games to get to .500. Reymin Guduan (3.2IP 3H 3R 1BB 5SO HR), Juan Santos (3.2IP 3H 1R 1BB 3SO) and Erick Gonzalez (1IP 4H 3R/2ER) combined in this one with Gonzalez taking the loss. The Astros didn't get on the board until the fifth when Jose Fernandez (2x4 2R) hit a two-run homer. Another scored in the sixth on a Yonathan Mejia RBI single, one in the eighth on a Pedro Coa single and the final two in the ninth on Mesac Laguna's first home run of the season.

DSL Astros over DSL Athletics 3-2
Starlyng Sanchez gave up one run in his five innings and Victor Mesa allowed the only other run in the seventh. Yonquelys Martinez, Junior Garcia and Angel Heredia combined for scoreless relief with only one hit among them. The Astros scored two in the second on a Jean Carlos Cortorreal single and a Luis Payano sac fly. They did not hit the run column again until the top of the ninth when Arturo Michelena (2x5 2B RBI R) doubled in a run and Randy Cesar (3x4 BB) singled in a run, both coming with two outs. Brauly Mejia was two-for-four with a walk.

Player of the Day: Drew Muren has been on a tear as of late. Not only did he double and triple in last night's game, he is also hitting .378/.410/.595 over the last 10 games. Nicely done, sir.

Pitcher of the Day: Nothing like throwing five and a third no-hit innings in your first game after getting promoted. Luis Cruz is very deserving of the honors.

Happy Birthday - 8/22

No future Astros birthdays today, only former Astros ~

LHP Randy Wolf (37)
The Astros traded Chad Reineke to the San Diego Padres in July of 2008 for Randy Wolf. In 12 starts for the Astros, Wolf was 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.302 WHIP. He was an All-Star for Philadelphia in 2003. But the thing I most remember Randy Wolf for is that he was just another hapless Houston victim of Bud Selig, having to start a "home game" against the Cubs in Milwaukee after Hurricane Ike. We can only hope that, if anything like that should ever happen again, Jim Crane will politely but firmly tell Bud what to do with himself. Ironically, Wolf went on to pitch for Milwaukee and was released on his birthday in 2012. I blame Selig.

RHP Hipolito Pichardo (44)
Acquired as a free agent in 2002, Hipolito, despite having a pretty awesome name, did not do well in his one appearance for the Astros that year. I mean he REALLY did not do well. In 0.1 IP, he gave up 3H, 3ER, 2BB and was charged with a wild pitch, for an ERA with the Astros of 81.00 and a WHIP of 15.00. That was his last major league appearance.

Bonus Tweet of the Day

And yes I didn't have my zipper zipped running out on the field. Thank goodness I checked before making it all the way to first

Tweet of the Day

is one tough son of a gun! Congrats on your first and most painful RBI of your career. Prayers for a speedy recovery

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

An Interview with LHP Chris Lee

Many Astros minor league watchers may have temporarily forgotten about LHP Chris Lee. Lee was drafted in the fourth round in 2011 out of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. His rookie season at Greeneville that year was less than inspiring and his second season in 2012 at Greeneville resulted in his getting shut down after only eight and two-thirds innings. Well, it appears that the third time (year) is the charm. In Lee's third season with Greeneville, the 21-year old is 2-1 in 10 games (nine starts) with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP. He has walked 14 batters in 44 and a third innings and has struck out 52.

I was very impressed with what I saw from Lee earlier this month and I talked with Greeneville Manager Josh Bonifay about the young lefty. Bonifay became rather animated when discussing Lee, "Oh, that’s an amazing arm. It really is. He’s got a very live arm, a very live fastball. He’s still working on command of all of his pitches. Once all of that comes into play, I think you’re going to see one heck of a big leaguer. That’s just my own personal opinion. It’s just live. It’s live. Hitters have a tough time. It’s a quick little arm stroke. Poof. And it gets on you so fast. He’s got to learn to slow the game down a little bit. There’s some things that he has to learn how to do. Holding runners and making sure he’s doing all the fundamentals, where he supposed to be on cutoffs and relays, where he’s supposed to be on bunt plays, and just slow the game down. He’s still a very young kid, but he’s just got a very bright future in my mind. A real bright future. Once he pitches more, more experience on the mound, more experience with everything taking place, how fast the game is, he’ll slow it down and then once he slows it down, then you’re really going to see him take off. He’s got an amazing arm."

Chris Lee - August 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I sat down and talked with Lee when I was in Greeneville earlier this month and this is what he had to say (edited for brevity and clarity) ~

WTH: You got shut down after only a few innings in 2012. What was the issue?

CL: I ran into a little tightness in my shoulder which I was working out, and the manager and I decided that it was better for the team for me to go down to rehab it and get it stronger and come back the next year.

WTH: Can you tell me a little about your pitch repertoire?

CL: I think my best pitch is my fastball. I sit between 93-94 and run up to 96. My other pitches that I like to throw are a hard slider, curveball and change up.

WTH: What do you feel like you've accomplished so far this season and what do you still need to work on?

CL: I accomplished getting more innings in, throwing more strikes and not as many walks like I did my first two years. I’m just adjusting better to the game and everything is coming together piece by piece. Just keep focusing, training hard, pounding the strike zone.

WTH: What do you bring to the game?

CL: I’m really competitive. I can be in a situation, trying to get out of it and I just try to pound the fastball in or out. I’ll try to beat you with my fastball and then go to my off-speed. I have a lot of confidence in my pitches.

WTH: What Astros pitcher has a pitch you'd like to steal?

CL: I don’t know that there’s any I’d like to steal really, just try to be my own person. [I pressed Lee further on the question.] Jarred Cosart is a great pitcher, has a great fastball. Anyone would want to throw 100 miles an hour.

WTH: What Astros hitter would you least like to face?

CL: I’ll face anyone, actually. It doesn’t matter. It’s all about hitting your locations. If you have a good location when you pitch, you’re unhittable. Pitching is a numbers game.

WTH: Is there anyone who you particularly like to have behind you in the field when you're playing?

CL: I trust all my fielders. I have all the confidence in the world in my fielders. Once I get a ground ball, I know they’re going to make the play, and if they can’t make the play, the ball was hit too hard. I need to make a better pitch.

WTH: Who on the team makes you laugh?

CL: I’d say Chase McDonald. He’s a funny dude. He gets mad. If you see him hit a home run, he gets mad at that ball. But once he’s in the dugout, he’ll pick you up when you’re down. Good man to be around.

WTH: Can you tell me something about yourself that most people don't know and might be surprised to hear?

CL: I really love video games. To get my mind off baseball, relax, I’ll be on video games all day. [What's your favorite game?] Madden '13 Football.

WTH: What would you do if you couldn't play baseball?

CL: I probably would have kept playing football back in high school, just kept on grinding at it. I played my junior year and I was on Blue Chip. I was a prospect. I had a few small D2 schools looking at me for full scholarship, but then I decided to quit that and focus on baseball. I figured I’d have a way better chance of making it in baseball than football. [What did you play?] Safety.

WTH: What do you think about the changes to the Astros system in the three years you've been in the system?

CL: I believe that they’ve changed for the better. We got new colors, new people upstairs, new coaches, everyone in the right spot. Everything’s coming together and were going to be up there in a few years, one of the top teams.

WTH: How do you feel about the increased competition with the influx of lefty pitchers into the system?

CL: I think of myself as one of the best people in the organization, so I just keep grinding. Train hard off-season, come back spring training pounding the fastball, throwing harder, doing all the little things right.


As you can see from Lee's answers, he is a very confident young man. But he doesn't come across as the least bit cocky. For him, it's all just a matter of fact. And the fact is that he is a very talented and exciting young pitcher who is having a break-through season. Some of you may have temporarily forgotten about him, but he's doing his best to remedy that.

Thank you for your time, Chris, and the best of luck to you. I really look forward to seeing you on the mound again.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

Oklahoma City over Albuquerque 6-5
Jake Buchanan (5IP 8H 3R 1BB 3SO) got the start and was followed by Jason Stoffel and Pat Urckfitz who combined to allow the next two runs across. Hector Ambriz and Rhiner Cruz each pitched a perfect frame in relief and Cruz was rewarded with the win. The RedHawks drew first blood with a George Springer solo home run in the first (his 17th at Oklahoma City and his 36th overall). Three more runs scored in the fifth on a Trevor Crowe bases-loaded walk and a Jose Martinez (3x5 2B 3RBI R) two-RBI single. Down one run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Martinez doubled in Carlos Perez and was then driven in by a George Springer walk-off single. Che-Hsuan Lin was two-for-three with a triple, walk and a run scored. George Springer is now at 36/39 in his quest for the 40/40 club. The RedHawks magic number to win the division is now at eight with 13 games remaining.

Corpus Christi over Midland 3-2 in 10 innings
Nick Tropeano tossed the first six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Alex Sogard allowed the final Midland run to score in the seventh on a solo home run. Carlos Quevedo (2IP 1H 4SO) and Jonas Dufek (1IP 1H) took it the rest of the way with Dufek earning the win. The Hooks scored one in the third on a Cody Clark sac fly, and one in the seventh on a Drew Muren home run to tie the game. Jonathan Meyer singled in Preston Tucker with one out in the 10th for the walk-off win. Kike Hernandez went three-for-five and Drew Muren was three-for-four with the solo home run and scored twice.

Lake Elsinore over Lancaster 5-4
Vincent Velasquez (3.2IP 7H 5R 3BB 4SO HR) saw his first action in the California League and mostly cruised through the first three innings. In the fourth, he allowed a single and a home run to start the inning; however, he was poised to escape with just the two runs allowed, but he couldn't get that elusive third out. With two on and two out, Velasquez gave up three straight singles, threw a wild pitch and walked a batter before Michael Dimock came in to get the final out of the frame. Dimock and Jordan Jankowski combined to allow only one hit (with five strikeouts) over the last four and a third innings. The 'Hawks scored two in the fourth on a Dan Gulbransen (2x3 BB) home run and their final two runs in the fifth on an Andrew Aplin (2x4 2-2B R) RBI double and a Tyler Heineman RBI single.

Quad Cities over Burlington 9-2
Josh Hader (5H 2R 2BB 2SO) pitched the first five and earned the win. He was followed by three scoreless innings from Jamaine Cotton and one from Patrick Christensen. The Bandits got their first run in the second as Bobby Borchering (3x4 2B HR 2R) doubled, advanced on a ground out and scored on an Austin Elkins (2x2 2B HR BB 3RBI 2R) sac fly. Elkins led off the fifth with a home run and was followed by RBI singles from Tony Kemp (3x5 3B 2RBI 2R) and Carlos Correa (1x4 BB 2RBI) to make the lead 5-2. QC then padded their lead with two in the sixth on back-to-back RBI triples from Tony Kemp and Teoscar Hernandez (3x5 R SB) and two in the seventh on a Borchering home run and an Elkins RBI double.

Tri-City over Vermont 2-1
Andrew Thurman cruised to his fourth win of the season as he allowed only one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out two. Thurman was followed by three scoreless innings from Adrian Houser (2H 3SO) and a perfect frame from Gonzalo Sanudo who earned his second save in his third appearance for Tri-City. Tri-City only got five hits, but made them count. In the second, Conrad Gregor hit a lead-off double, advanced on a ground out and scored on a Ronnie Mitchell (2x3) single. In the third, James Ramsay walked, advanced on a ground out and scored from second on a Mike Martinez single. It wasn't much, but the pitching staff ensured that it would be enough. Tri-City reclaimed first place in the division and are now a half game up on Lowell who lost on Tuesday.

Elizabethton over Greeneville 10-8
Francis Ramirez struggled through three and allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks and was charged with the loss. Three more scored against Christian Garcia in his three innings of work, two via the long ball. Ryan Connolly stopped the bleeding with two scoreless innings. Greeneville was down 8-0 going into the sixth, but battled back with a six-run frame which featured seven walks, a sac fly, a fielding error, a wild pitch and only one hit, a single. Greeneville scored another pair in the ninth on a two-run Ariel Ovando homer, but ultimately fell short. After all was said and done, Greeneville scored eight runs on only four hits, but drew 11 walks. Edwin Gomez had four walks. Angel Ibanez and Darwin Rivera drew three each. Greeneville is still in first place by a half game, but lost ground against Kingsport who won on Tuesday.

GCL Phillies over GCL Astros 3-2 in 10 innings
Joe Musgrove put up a solid five innings (8H 1R 0BB 6SO), an encouraging sign as he works toward showing his shoulder is healthy. Musgrove was followed by Matt Heidenreich in his latest rehab outing (2IP 0H 1R/0ER 1BB 1SO) and Justin Hess with two perfect innings (3SO). Erick Gonzalez (2H 1R 2SO) allowed the final run across in the 10th and was charged with the loss. The Astros got one in the fourth as Jacob Nottingham tripled and came home on an Alex Gonzalez single and one in the sixth as Nottingham hit a lead-off double and came around to score later in the inning. Nottingham went three-for-four with two doubles and a triple and scored twice. Jason Martin was three-for-five and stole a base.

DSL Astros at DSL Indians postponed due to rain

Players of the Day: I'm splitting the honors again. Jacob Nottingham's two doubles and a triple get him a share of the pie. And Austin Elkins not only had a great game on Tuesday, he also has been having a great August so far, hitting .364/.396/.636 in 13 games.

Pitchers of the Day: The Tri-City gets my love today. Andrew Thurman, Adrian Houser and Gonzalo Sanudo did a terrific job of giving their team the chance to get back into first place.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

In addition to the much discussed call-ups to Houston of RHP David Martinez (from Oklahoma City) and C Max Stassi (from Corpus Christi), there were a couple of other moves in the Astros minor league ranks yesterday.

Corpus Christi
C Cody Clark assigned from Oklahoma City to Corpus Christi

RHP Zachary Dando assigned from the GCL to Tri-City
RHP Tanner Bushue placed on the 7-day DL

Happy Birthday - 8/21

Happy Birthday to ~

LF J.D. Martinez (26)
Originally from Miami, Julio Daniel Martinez was drafted in 2009 in the 20th Round out of Nova Southeastern University. In 78 games this season, Martinez is hitting .256/.280/.392 with 16 doubles and seven home runs. He is currently on a rehab assignment after having suffered a wrist injury in late July. Future trivia question answer: Martinez was the first player to hit a home run in the Marlins new stadium on April 13, 2012.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

1B/OF Jim Beauchamp (died December 25, 2007 at age 68)
Beauchamp originally came to Houston prior to the 1964 season in a trade with the Cardinals. He played in 23 games for the Colt .45's in 1964 and 25 games for the Astros in 1965 before being traded away to Milwaukee in May of 1965. He once again came to Houston in a trade with the Reds prior to the 1970 season and was once again traded away in June 1970, this time to his original organization, St. Louis. In 78 games for Houston, he hit .179/.257/.269. He went on to have a long career managing in the minor leagues for Houston, Cincinnati, Toronto and Atlanta from 1975 to 1990.

IF Jerry DaVanon (68)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1966, DaVanon came to Houston from Cleveland in April 1975 and was subsequently traded to St. Louis along with Larry Dierker in November 1976. In between, he played in 94 games for Houston hitting .284/.398/.397.

OF Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes (45)
A third round pick by the Astros in 1986, Rhodes played in 92 games for Houston from 1990 to 1993, hitting .219/.302/.303. After his MLB career ended, his career in Japan took off. Baseball-Reference has this great article about Rhodes, including his years in Japan.

SS Andujar Cedeno (died October 28, 2000 at age 31)
Cedeno first signed on with the Astros organization as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 1986 and played for the Astros in 392 games from 1990 to 1994. He was traded to the Padres in December of 1994, but came back to Houston from Detroit to play in three final major league games in September of 1996. In a total of 395 games, he hit .250/.309/.389. He hit for the cycle in August of 1992 in a game against the Cardinals. He died in a car accident at the age of 31.

Tweet of the Day

The Dog days

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Standings

With approximately two weeks left in the minor league season for most of the teams, let's look at the playoff picture.

Oklahoma City is currently in first place in their division with 14 games remaining. They are six games ahead of Round Rock with a magic number of nine to eliminate the Rangers affiliate. The RedHawks and the Express will face off for five games at Round Rock starting Wednesday. Oklahoma City has a 5-6 record against Round Rock this season. All nine of the other remaining games are at home and eight of the nine are against sub-.500 teams.

Corpus Christi has already clinched a playoff berth by virtue of winning the first half. They are currently in first place for the season overall as well, but only lead San Antonio by one and a half games. In the second half of the season, the Hooks actually trail San Antonio by two games. If I am reading the playoff procedures correctly, the only real advantage for the Hooks in winning the second half would be to get home field advantage in the event that the Division Series goes to a fifth game and bragging rights, of course. That is not the case for the Championship Series which is set for the first two games in the South Division winner's park and the last three games at the North Division winner this year (which schedule alternates each year).

With all of that said, Corpus Christi plays six of the 14 remaining games head-to-head against San Antonio, three on the road and three at home. The Hooks are 10-12 in the season series against San Antonio. The remaining eight games are split 4-4 road/home and are against sub-.500 teams. San Antonio has virtually the same schedule, playing the same two teams split 4-4 road/home.

Lancaster has also clinched a playoff spot by winning the first half. They are also currently winning the second half, ahead of second place Rancho Cucamonga by eight games. They are 11 games ahead of second place Inland Empire for the division for the full season and two games ahead of San Jose for the best record in the California League. Similar to Corpus Christi, the only thing that is really left to determine is whether or not the JetHawks become the number one seed in the division which would bring a possible game five in the Division series home to Lancaster. They have an even split of seven games remaining at home and seven on the road. Six are against Lake Elsinore (season series 9-7) and the remaining 8 are against Rancho Cucamonga (season series 11-6).

Quad Cities also has 14 games left to play in the season. They are in second place in the division, five and a half games behind first place Cedar Rapids and three and a half games ahead of third place Clinton. The second place team in the division earns a wild card berth. Quad Cities has no more head-to-head games with third place Clinton. In their final 14 games, they play seven at home and seven on the road. They are 26-22 in their season series against their final four opponents. This is a race that will bear watching on a daily basis, but the River Bandits are well-positioned to get into the playoffs; they just can't go on an extended losing streak.

Tri-City dropped into second place in the division with yesterday's loss. They are a half game behind Lowell for first place in the division, but are six games ahead of the third place team. The bad news is that second place doesn't count. With three divisions, there is one wild card berth and Tri-City is currently trailing State College by two games for that spot. The ValleyCats have 16 games left to play with nine of those at home. They go head-to-head against Lowell for two games on the road who they lead in the season series 5-3. Of their other three opponents the rest of the way, Tri-City is 4-5 against Vermont, 2-1 against Staten Island and has not yet faced Brooklyn with whom they will have six games. Brooklyn is currently 30-29 and a game and a half out of first in their division so they will be highly motivated to win. This is another race that will bear watching on a daily basis.

Greeneville is still in first place in their division, but they have scuffled as of late. They are one and a half games ahead of Kingsport and three games ahead of Elizabethton (who they play one more game against tonight trying to avoid a sweep). The second place team in the division does advance to the playoffs. Greeneville has 10 games remaining on their schedule, six of them at home. Of those 10, they will be playing Danville six times. They have not played Danville yet this season, but the Danville team is 24-31 and is currently on a seven-game losing streak. The other three are against the Bluefield Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have the best record in the Appy League. Greeneville has not played them since the first three games of the season and went 1-2 against them in those three games. On paper, both Kingsport and Elizabethton have harder schedules remaining as they play the teams with the best record and second best record in the Appy League, respectively, for six of their final games.

The GCL Astros are in third place, eight games back, behind two teams with a magic number for elimination of two. So barring an epic collapse by the Yankees2 and Tigers and an unprecedented winning streak by the Astros, the playoffs are highly unlikely.

The DSL Astros were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, but at 35-31 with five games left to play, they are well poised to put up a winning season which is extremely encouraging after their poor showing in 2012.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Monday's Games

Oklahoma over Albuquerque 6-2
Bobby Doran got the start and the win, tossing seven innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits. He also walked three and struck out three. Those three hits would be the only ones Albuquerque would muster as Eric Berger and Jose Cisnero each threw a hitless inning. The RedHawks scored all of their runs in the first inning, four of them on four consecutive one-out bases loaded walks followed by a Ruben Sosa sac fly RBI and a Trevor Crowe (2x3 2BB R) RBI single.

Corpus Christi - Travel Day

Lancaster - Off Day

Quad Cities over Burlington 6-1
Another pitching staff tossing a three-hitter! Mark Appel threw the first five and allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out six. The one Burlington run scored on an Appel wild pitch. Mitch Lambson pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts and Andrew Walter allowed one hit and one walk (with two K's) in the final two. The River Bandits scored three in the fourth inning on a Jobduan Morales bases-loaded walk and a two-RBI single from Tony Kemp (1x3 2BB R). The other three came across in the sixth on RBI singles from Danry Vasquez (2x4 BB 2RBI) and Bobby Borchering (1x3 BB RBI R). Teoscar Hernandez went two-for-four with a walk, stolen base (his 22nd) and run scored (he was also caught stealing). Austin "Catfish" Elkins was two-for-five with a stolen base (his 18th) and scored a run.

Vermont over Tri-City 7-2
Tanner Bushue got hit hard and early in this one to take the loss. In only two innings, he allowed six runs on five hits (two home runs) and a walk. Randall Fant allowed the final run across in his four innings. Charles Basford followed with three scoreless frames. Tri-City scored one in the second on an Adam Nelubowich RBI single and one in the seventh on a Ryan Dineen (2x4) RBI single scoring James Ramsay who had doubled in the inning. Tyler White was two-for-four. Tri-City dropped to second place in their division with the loss.

Elizabethton over Greeneville 2-0
Frederick Tiburcio allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six in four innings and was saddled with the loss. Krishawn Holley (3IP 3H 4SO) and Chris Munnelly (1IP 2SO) provided scoreless relief. Greeneville was held to five hits in the shutout with two of those belonging to Chase McDonald (2x4 2B). Marc Wik walked twice.

GCL Phillies over GCL Astros 5-2
Kent Emanuel pitched the first three and Javier Lozano and Zach Dando pitched the last two with similar results, no hits and no runs. Unfortunately, the three innings in between didn't go quite so well. Austin Nicely allowed three runs in his two innings and Devonte German allowed two runs in his two. Nicely was charged with the loss. The Astros scored one in the fourth on a Jean Batista home run and one in the eighth on a Jason Martin sac fly scoring Mesac Laguna. Yonathan Mejia went two-for-four with a double. Jean Batista seems to be doing fine in his rehab assignment with the GCL. He's hitting .286/.306/.657 with two triples and three home runs in his last 10 games and it seems like he's ready for his next stop.

DSL Indians over DSL Astros 6-1
Edwin Villarroel allowed four of the Indians six runs over his four innings and came away with the loss. Five other pitchers combined over the final five innings and that is too much for me so here you go ...

DSL Astros
Edwin Villarroel (L, 4-5)4.03443202.56
Juan Hernandez1.01110102.41
Junior Garcia1.01000102.81
Carlos Vasquez0.21112104.26
Juan Delis1.10001103.78
Geronimo Franzua1.00001304.54
The Astros got their sole run in the fourth as Kristian Trompiz singled, advanced on two ground outs and scored on a passed ball. Trompiz' single was the only hit of the game; however, Marlon Avea did walk twice.

Player of the Day: Kristian Trompiz gets the nod today. Not only did he spoil the Indians shutout, he also ruined their no-hit bid.

Pitchers of the Day: I do not give the relief corps enough love. Today I want to acknowledge every relief pitcher who tossed hitless relief on Monday and it's a nice long list - Eric Berger, Jose Cisnero, Mitch Lambson, Javier Lozano, Zach Dando, Juan Delis and Geronimo Franzua. Delis also inherited bases loaded and did not allow any runners to score. He must know that that's the way to my heart!