Saturday, September 7, 2013

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

I've gotten behind again on reporting the latest roster moves. Here's what I have for the last few days.

Oklahoma City
OF Eric Thames claimed off waivers from the Orioles and assigned to Oklahoma City
RHP Hector Ambriz designated for assignment

Corpus Christi
C Carlos Corporan to Corpus Christi for rehab assignment
C Ryan McCurdy activated from the DL
C Brett Clements placed on the 7-day DL

Lnacaster
RHP Vincent Velasquez placed on the 7-day DL
OF Chris Epps assigned from Oklahoma City to Lancaster
Also of note, OF Tanner Mathis was sent from Greeneville to Lancaster but has not officially been activated according to MiLB.

Tri-City
RHP Edgar Gonzalez sent to Tri-City for rehab assignment
RHP Tanner Bushue retired (see this Astros County post for more info)

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Friday’s Games

-Jayne has already posted a look at how these games fit into the overall playoff picture and upcoming schedules. Check it out here

Tri-City Valley Cats 1, Aberdeen IronBirds 0
What began as a pitcher’s duel ended as a shutout-win for the Valley Cats on Friday. With one away in the ninth, Conrad Gregor (2X4 R HR RBI) connected for a solo homerun to break the scoring stalemate. Starting pitcher Michael Feliz worked seven innings, allowing just three hits in that time while striking out eight. The win went to Chris Munnelly (1-0), who followed Feliz for an inning on the mound. Munnelly allowed a single and struck out one before turning the game over to Gonzalo Sanudo for the save. Sanudo had two IronBirds reach base in the bottom of the ninth, but catcher Jake Rodriguez threw out the first base runner when he attempted a steal of second. Sanudo stranded the next runner when he struck out the last batter of the game, earning the save.

Corpus Christi Hooks 6, San Antonio Missions 7 (12)
The Hooks scored two runs to tie this game eighth inning and again in the ninth to force extra innings, but ultimately fell in the 12th inning. The loss means the Hooks must win the next two games or be eliminated from the playoffs. Ronald Torreyes (2X4 2R BB SO) was both the first and last run of that four-score rally. He crossed home on an Erik Castro (1X5 2RBI 2SO) sacrifice fly in the eighth and again in the ninth on a Domingo Santana (2X6 RBI SO) single. Leonardo Heras (3X5 R 2B RBI SO) had three hits in the game and scored a run in the eighth inning as well. Luis Cruz began things on the mound and through six and a third allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out six. Alex Sogard took the hill for the next three outs and allowed another two runs on three hits. Carlos Quevedo (0-1) took the loss after facing the final four batters of the game in the 12th. Quevedo gave up an unearned run, a double and intentionally walked a batter.

Oklahoma City RedHawks 6, Omaha Storm Chasers 7
The RedHawks saw their season end after allowing five unanswered runs in the sixth through eighth innings. Jason Stoffel (0-1) pitched the final one and a third, recording the blown save and the loss. Stoffel walked two in the eighth and then was tagged for a three-run homer that put Omaha ahead. Jake Buchanan pitched the first four and two-thirds frames and in that time he tallied two runs, three hits, five walks and two Ks. Five of the RedHawks’ six runs came by way of the longball. George Springer (2X5 R HR 2RBI 2SO) started things off in the first inning with a two-run shot that scored Jimmy Paredes (3X5 R RBI). Japhet Amdador (2X5 R HR 2RBI SO) connected for another two-run homer in the third inning, scoring Jon Singleton (2X4 R BB). Then Eric Thames (2X4 2R HR RBI BB) tagged a solo shot in the fifth for the final Oklahoma City run of the game.

Player of the Day: Conrad Gregor gets the honor today for his clutch homerun in the ninth inning on Friday.


Pitcher of the Day: Nobody dealt from the mound like Michael Feliz did yesterday. Eight strikeouts and only three hits through seven innings is how you keep your team alive in the post season. Well done.

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Buca has your Friday game recaps here.

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Oklahoma City 6 at Omaha 7 - Omaha wins series 3-0
Corpus Christi 6 at San Antonio 7 - San Antonio leads series 2-1
Tri City 1 at Aberdeen 0 - Tri-City leads series 1-0 (best of 3)

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
R.J. Alaniz (9-9, 4.53) vs. Juan Oramas (3-2, 3.07)

Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
Orangel Arenas (8-8, 5.14) vs. Brady Rodgers (10-8, 5.38)

Beloit at Quad City - 5:30 CST, Sat. 9/7
Andres Avila (7-4, 5.01) vs. Josh Hader (2-0, 3.22)

Aberdeen at Tri-City - 6:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
Hunter Harvey (0-1, 2.25) vs. Kyle Westwood (2-2, 0.81)

Oklahoma City - Division Winner

Conference Championship - Omaha won the series 3-0
Omaha at Oklahoma City - Weds. 9/4 - Omaha won 3-1
Omaha at Oklahoma City - Thurs. 9/5 - Omaha won 7-4
Oklahoma City at Omaha - Fri. 9/6 - Omaha won 7-6

Corpus Christi - Division Winner in first half and second half

Division Playoffs
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Weds. 9/4 - Corpus Christi won 2-1 in 11 innings
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Thurs. 9/5 - San Antonio won 2-0
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - Fri. 9/6 - San Antonio won 7-6
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
*San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half
Inland Empire won the three-game series against Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. Lancaster won the season series against them 14-8.

South Division Finals
Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
Inland Empire at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at Inland Empire - TBD, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Tues. 9/10
*Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Wed. 9/11

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Division Championship Series
Beloit at Quad Cities - 5:30 CST, Sat. 9/7
Quad Cities at Beloit - 6:30 CST, Sun. 9/8
*Quad Cities at Beloit - 6:30 CST, Mon. 9/9

Semi-Final Series - Quad Cities won the series 2-0
Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - Weds. 9/4 - Quad Cities won 2-1
Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - Thurs. 9/5 - Quad Cities won 4-2

*If necessary

Tri-City - Clinched First Place in the Division and a Playoff Berth

Semi-Final Championship Series
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - 6:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
*Aberdeen at Tri-City - 4:00 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Greeneville - Finished Second in the Division

Championship Series - Pulaski won the series 2-0
Pulaski at Greeneville - Weds. 9/4 - Pulaski won 5-3
Greeneville at Pulaski - Thurs. 9/5 - Pulaski won 6-5

West Division Semi-Finals - Greeneville won the series 2-1
Kingsport at Greeneville - Sun. 9/1 - Kingsport won 3-1
Greeneville at Kingsport - Mon. 9/2 - Greeneville won 7-2
Greeneville at Kingsport - Tues. 9/3 - Greeneville won 7-3

Happy Birthday - 9/7

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Willie Crawford (died August 27, 2004 at 57)
Crawford came to Houston in a March 1977 trade from San Francisco after playing most of his career with the Dodgers. Crawford played in 42 games for the Astros, posting a .254/.341/.333 batting line before being traded to the Oakland A's for Denny Walling in June 1977.

2B David Newhan (40)
Drafted in the 17th round in 1995 by Oakland, Newhan signed as a free agent with Houston in February 2008. In 64 games for the Astros, he hit .260/.297/.404. Most recently, Newhan has been the hitting coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League. His father is Hall of Fame baseball writer Ross Newhan.

Tweet of the Day


Nothing to hang our heads about. It was a great season with great people and a great staff. Look forward to spring training.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Thursday's Games

The full postseason schedule and results can be found here.

Omaha over Oklahoma City 7-4
David Martinez allowed two unearned runs on four hits in his four and two-thirds innings of work. He was followed by Eric Berger who got roughed up to the tune of five runs (three earned) in his inning of work. Andrew Robinson and Wade LeBlanc pitched the final three and a third scoreless innings. Oklahoma City did all of their scoring in the fourth on an RBI single from Brandon Laird and a three-run homer from Jon Singleton. The only other extra-base hit was a Carlos Perez double. George Springer went 0-for-two with two walks and a stolen base.

San Antonio over Corpus Christi 2-0
Nick Tropeano threw seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He was followed by Carlos Quevedo who extricated himself from a bases loaded situation in the eighth, but was pulled with two on and one out in the ninth. Kyle Hallock and Cameron Lamb were called upon for the final two outs. The Hooks only managed to get five singles in the game with Ronnie Torreyes getting two of them. Domingo Santana walked twice.

Quad Cities over Cedar Rapids 4-2
Joe Bircher (3H 1R 4SO) got the start and tossed a strong five innings, allowing only one run via a solo home run. He was followed by J.D. Osborne who gave up the final Kernels run in his two-thirds of an inning. Patrick Christensen (2.1IP 4SO) and Andrew Walter (1IP 1SO) followed with perfect outings. Quad Cities scored their first run in the second on a Roberto Pena RBI double scoring Rio Ruiz (2x3 BB 2R) and put three more up in the fourth on a Ruiz solo home run and a two-RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez (2x4). And that was ultimately all they needed as their pitching staff held the opposition to four hits.

Pulaski over Greeneville 6-5
Luis Ordosgoitti pitched the first five frames, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Joe Musgrove followed Ordosgoitti and allowed two runs (one earned) in the sixth before settling in for the seventh and eighth. Unfortunately, he allowed the final run in the bottom of the ninth to give Pulaski the victory. The Astros got on the board in a big way in the second as a Thomas Lindauer two-run double was quickly followed by a Tanner Mathis (2x4 2B HR) two-run homer. They scored another on an Ariel Ovando bases-loaded walk in the the third. But they weren't able to get another run across the rest of the way and fell just short.

Player of the Day: Rio Ruiz got better as the season unfolded and that hasn't changed in the postseason. Great game and great series!

Pitcher of the Day: The entire Quad Cities pitching staff gets my love today for their four-hitter. Nicely done, sirs!

Astros Minor League Playoffs - Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Omaha 7 at Oklahoma City 4 - Omaha leads series 2-0
San Antonio 2 at Corpus Christi 0 - Series is tied at 1-1
Quad Cities 4 at Cedar Rapids 2 - Quad Cities wins series 2-0
Greeneville 5 at Pulaski 6 - Pulaski wins series 2-0

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Oklahoma City at Omaha - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
Jake Buchanan (5-5, 3.89) vs. Justin Marks (6-13, 4.58)

Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
Luis Cruz (2-0, 0.53) vs. Donn Roach (8-12, 3.53)

Tri-City at Aberdeen - 6:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
Michael Feliz (4-2, 1.96) vs. Sebastian Vader (7-3, 2.43)

Oklahoma City - Division Winner
Oklahoma City won the season series against Omaha 8-7.

Omaha at Oklahoma City - Weds. 9/4 - Omaha won 3-1
Omaha at Oklahoma City - Thurs. 9/5 - Omaha won 7-4
Oklahoma City at Omaha - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - 7:05, Sat. 9/7
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - 2:05, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Corpus Christi - Division Winner in first half and second half
Corpus Christi and San Antonio split the season series 14-14, but the Hooks took 2 of 3 to end the season.

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Weds. 9/4 - Corpus Christi won 2-1 in 11 innings
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Thurs. 9/5 - San Antonio won 2-0
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
*San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half
Lancaster will not know their opponent until the best-of-three series between Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire has concluded. That series is currently tied 1-1.

RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Tues. 9/10
*Game 5 - TBD

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Division Championship Series
Beloit at Quad Cities - TBD, Sat. 9/7
Quad Cities at Beloit - TBD, Sun. 9/8
*Quad Cities at Beloit - TBD, Mon. 9/9

Semi-Final Series - Quad Cities won the series 2-0
Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - Weds. 9/4 - Quad Cities won 2-1
Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - Thurs. 9/5 - Quad Cities won 4-2

*If necessary

Tri-City - Clinched First Place in the Division and a Playoff Berth
Aberdeen won the season series 4-2.

Tri-City at Aberdeen - 6:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
Aberdeen at Tri-City - 6:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
*Aberdeen at Tri-City - 4:00 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Greeneville - Finished Second in the Division

Championship Series - Pulaski won the series 2-0
Pulaski at Greeneville - Weds. 9/4 - Pulaski won 5-3
Greeneville at Pulaski - Thurs. 9/5 - Pulaski won 6-5

West Division Semi-Finals - Greeneville won the series 2-1
Kingsport at Greeneville - Sun. 9/1 - Kingsport won 3-1
Greeneville at Kingsport - Mon. 9/2 - Greeneville won 7-2
Greeneville at Kingsport - Tues. 9/3 - Greeneville won 7-3

Tweet of the Day


Long summer for the Gstros but I had a great time with all my teammates playing the game we love. Wouldn't trade it for the world

Thursday, September 5, 2013

WTHB Pitcher and Player of the Month for August/September

I have tallied the results of all of the WTHB Players and Pitchers of the Day for August and the first few days of September (through the end of the regular season) in order to determine Player and Pitcher of the Month. Almost 100 players received shoutouts during the month (including honorable mentions) with numerous players receiving multiple honors. With that said, here are the August/September winners.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH - ERIK CASTRO
Corpus Christi 1B Erik Castro was a Player of the Day honoree four times during the month. In August, Castro hit .340/.427/.553 with eight doubles and four home runs. In his last 10 regular season games, he hit .405/.477/.703. I looked back at the specific games for which he was Player of the Day. On August 10th, he tied the game in the ninth with a home run. On August 18th, he drove in two runs with a single in the top of the 10th to give the team the win. On August 23rd, Castro provided a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. And on August 24th, all he did was drive in one of two Hooks runs and score the second run in a game in which he only needed a triple to hit for the cycle. Small wonder that he was being referred to as Big Sexy in one batting practice session I observed back at the end of May.

PITCHER OF THE MONTH - EVAN GRILLS
It was actually a good thing that I extended this through the first few days of September because I had a ton of pitchers with two votes, but it wasn't until Tuesday's game that Tri-City's LHP Evan Grills stood up and claimed the third vote to put him in the lead. Coincidentally, Grills also secured his team's playoff berth at the same time. In his seven appearances in August and September, Grills was 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.214 WHIP, but that was skewed by one bad outing. Erase that outing and he was 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 0.987 WHIP. He walked five batters while striking out 31 in those seven appearances. He ended the regular season with a 7-1 record, 3.34 ERA, 1.258 WHIP, 12 walks and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.

OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING A MINIMUM OF TWO PITCHER/PLAYER OF THE DAY HONORS DURING AUGUST/SEPTEMBER:
Austin Elkins - 3
Carlos Correa - 3
Delino DeShields - 3
Jose Martinez - 3
Carlos Perdomo - 3
Rio Ruiz - 3
Tyler Heineman
Marc Wik
Kike Hernandez
Max Stassi
Andrew Aplin
Chris Epps
Vincent Velasquez
Jamaine Cotton
Gonzalo Sanudo
Angel Heredia
Harold Arauz
Gerardo Juarez
Geronimo Franzua
Jordan Jankowski
Eric Berger
Mitch Lambson
Luis Cruz
Colton Cain
Nick Tropeano

PREVIOUS WINNERS:
April Player of the Month - Zach Johnson
April Pitchers of the Month - Jake Buchanan, Travis Ballew and Vincent Velasquez
May Player of the Month - Andrew Aplin
May Pitcher of the Month - Jake Buchanan with honorable mention to David Martinez
June Player of the Month - M.P. Cokinos
June Pitchers of the Month - Asher Wojciechowski and Luis Cruz
July Players of the Month - Delino DeShields, Chris Epps and Brandon Meredith
July Pitcher of the Month - Brad Peacock

Astros Minor League Recaps

Wednesday's Games

The complete Astros MiLB playoff schedule can be found here.

REGULAR SEASON

Brooklyn over Tri-City 4-2
This was the final game of the regular season for the 'Cats with playoff games starting on Friday. Edgar Gonzalez threw a perfect first inning as a part of his rehab and was followed by three from Troy Scribner whose only hit allowed was a home run. He walked one and struck out five. Randall Fant got the loss as he was charged with three runs in the fifth inning without recording an out. Krishawn Holley allowed two of those to score, but followed with an uneventful sixth. Zach Dando and Chris Munnelly took it the rest of the way and allowed no further runs. The ValleyCats did all of their scoring in the first and second. Jack Mayfield scored on a ground out in the first and Ydarqui Marte singled in Ernesto Genoves in the second. Yonathan Mejia was two-for-five with a double and Jon Kemmer was three-for-three.

PLAYOFFS

Omaha over Oklahoma City 3-1
Asher Wojciechowski pitched the first eight innings and one batter into the ninth. Unfortunately that one batter in the ninth hit a home run off Wojo. He allowed three scattered runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five. Pat Urckfitz and Jose Cisnero finished off the ninth inning and allowed only one additional hit between them. Oklahoma City was held to five hits. Their only run came in the seventh as Che-Hsuan Lin walked, advanced to second on a Carlos Perez walk, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a fielding error. George Springer went two-for-three with a walk and a stolen base; and Brandon Laird walked twice.

Corpus over San Antonio 2-1 in 11 innings
Mike Foltynewicz got the start, pitching seven innings and allowing the only Missions run in the sixth when a little wildness on his part (HBP WP E) came back to haunt him. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six. He was followed by two scoreless innings each from Alex Sogard and Jonas Dufek who was awarded the win. The Hooks scored their first run in the seventh on an RBI single from Matt Duffy. Duffy was the hero again in the 11th as his sac fly drove in Domingo Santana (2x4 BB 2R) for the winning run. The Hooks were held to six hits, including a double from Preston Tucker, but walked seven times. Kike Hernandez and Erik Castro each walked twice.

Quad Cities over Cedar Rapids 2-1
Chris Devenski tossed the first five and allowed the only Kernels run in the second on two of only three hits that he allowed for the evening. He walked three and struck out one. In all, Cedar Rapids only managed four hits with the fourth one coming off Mitch Lambson in his third inning of work. Andrew Walter retired the final four batters of the game, striking out the side in the ninth. Quad Cities tied it up in the fourth on an RBI single from Rio Ruiz (2x2 BB RBI) scoring Carlos Correa (3x4 R) and then took the lead in the eighth as Teoscar Hernandez scored from third on a double play. Bobby Borchering wore the golden sombrero, striking out four times in the game.

Pulaski over Greeneville 5-3
Francis Ramirez got the start and allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four. Things could have been much worse for Ramirez. In the fourth inning, he allowed a single, walk, single and bases-loaded walk before his team limited the damage to one additional run with a 9-3-5-6-4 triple play on the next batter. Kevin Ferguson recorded the first two outs in the sixth and then was followed by two and a third innings from Erick Gonzalez. Gonzalez allowed two additional runs across in the seventh. Ryan Connolly pitched a perfect ninth. Greeneville scored two in the first on a Chase McDonald (2x4 3RBI) home run. In the sixth, Brian Holberton hit a lead off double and was driven in by McDonald with a single for the final Astros run of the game.

Player of the Day: Matt Duffy got it done for Corpus, driving in both runs and keeping the game from going beyond 11 innings.

Pitchers of the Day: The whole Quad Cities crew (Chris Devenski, Mitch Lambson and Andrew Walter) get a little WTHB love today for their four-hitter. They kept the team in the game and allowed them to win it late.

Astros Minor League Playoffs - Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Omaha 3 at Oklahoma City 1 - Omaha leads series 1-0
San Antonio 1 at Corpus Christi 2 (11 innings) - Corpus leads series 1-0
Cedar Rapids 1 at Quad Cities 2 - Quad Cities leads series 1-0 (best of 3)
Pulaski 5 at Greeneville 3 - Pulaski leads series 1-0 (best of 3)

Today's Postseason Games
Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Clayton Mortensen (4-0, 2.72) vs. David Martinez (14-4, 2.57)

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Eddie Bonine (4-5, 5.15) vs. Nick Tropeano (7-10, 4.11)

Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Joe Bircher (4-3, 3.81) vs. Tim Shibuya (7-1, 1.42)

Greeneville at Pulaski - 6:00 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Luis Ordosgoitti (1-0, 1.05) vs. Edwin Diaz (5-2, 1.43)

Oklahoma City - Division Winner
Oklahoma City won the season series against Omaha 8-7.

Omaha at Oklahoma City - Weds. 9/4 - Omaha won 3-1
Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Oklahoma City at Omaha - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - 7:05, Sat. 9/7
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - 2:05, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Corpus Christi - Division Winner in first half and second half
Corpus Christi and San Antonio split the season series 14-14, but the Hooks took 2 of 3 to end the season.

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Weds. 9/4 - Corpus Christi won 2-1 in 11 innings
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
*San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half
Lancaster will not know their opponent until the best-of-three series between Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire has concluded. Inland Empire currently leads the series 1-0.

RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Tues. 9/10
*Game 5 - TBD

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division
Quad Cities won the season series against Division Winner Cedar Rapids 10-6

Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - Weds. 9/4 - Quad Cities won 2-1
Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Thurs. 9/5
*Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Fri. 9/6

*If necessary

Tri-City - Clinched First Place in the Division and a Playoff Berth
Aberdeen won the season series 4-2.

Tri-City at Aberdeen - 6:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
Aberdeen at Tri-City - 6:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
*Aberdeen at Tri-City - 4:00 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Greeneville - Finished Second in the Division

Appalachian League Championship Finals (Pulaski won the season series 4-2)
Pulaski at Greeneville - Weds. 9/4 - Pulaski won 5-3
Greeneville at Pulaski - 6:00 CST, Thurs. 9/5
*Greeneville at Pulaski - 6:00 CST, Fri. 9/6

West Division Semi-Finals - Greeneville won the series 2-1
Kingsport at Greeneville - Sun. 9/1 - Kingsport won 3-1
Greeneville at Kingsport - Mon. 9/2 - Greeneville won 7-2
Greeneville at Kingsport - Tues. 9/3 - Greeneville won 7-3

Happy Birthday - 9/5

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Jason Martin (18)
Drafted by Houston in the eighth round in 2013 out of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California, Martin spent his first professional season with the GCL Astros. In 50 games, he hit .251/.357/.341 with eight doubles, four triples and 11 stolen bases.

No future Astros and only one former Astro with a birthday today ~

OF Jeff Baldwin (48)
Drafted by Houston in the 14th round in 1985, blink and you probably missed him. In seven games for the Astros in 1990, with only 9 PA, Baldwin had one walk and scored a run but he never had a hit. And that was the sum total of his entire major league career.

Tweet of the Day


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

Oklahoma City
OF Chris Epps assigned from Lancaster to Oklahoma City

Quad Cities
2B Austin Elkins placed on the 7-day DL (effective 9/3)
SS Luis Reynoso assigned from Greeneville to Quad Cities

Astros Minor League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

Tri-City over Brooklyn 6-3
In the penultimate game of the regular season, the ValleyCats clinched the sixth Astros affiliate playoff berth. Evan Grills improved his season record to 7-1 with six strong innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. Kevin Comer allowed one run via a solo homer in his two-thirds of an inning. Tyler Brunnemann and Gonzalo Sanudo took it the rest of the way with scoreless outings. The 'Cats got two runs in the first inning on a Tyler White (2x4 SB) RBI single and on a run scored by Ryan Dineen courtesy of two Brooklyn errors. Jake Rodriguez (2BB) scored in the second on a wild pitch. The final three came in the third on a Ronnie Mitchell (2x4 SB) two-RBI triple and a Chan Moon RBI sac fly. Conrad Gregor went one-for-two with a double and walked twice. Tri-City will play the last game of the regular season on Wednesday at home and will start the playoffs on Friday on the road.

Greeneville over Kingsport 7-3
Frederick Tiburcio got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on only two hits and a walk. He struck out seven in his six innings of work. Sebastian Kessay allowed another earned run in his outing and was followed by Raul Rivera who pitched the final one and two-thirds innings to earn the win as Greeneville came back in dramatic fashion. Greeneville didn't reach the run column until the seventh when Angel Ibanez singled in Chase McDonald (3x5 2-2B R) who had doubled earlier in the inning and Brett Phillips (2x3 2B BB 2RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk. That tied things up at 2-2, but Kingsport came back in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. With one on and two outs in the top of the ninth, Phillips was down to his final strike when he doubled to left and drove in the tying run. Tanner Mathis was then intentionally walked, but Juan Santana and Edwin Gomez made Kingsport pay with back-to-back RBI singles. The coup de grâce was a McDonald double to right scoring Santana and Gomez. Ariel Ovando was one-for-two with a double and two walks and Brian Holberton went two-for-five. Down 3-2 and down to the final out, the final strike, Greeneville scored five. And instead of going home, they are the first (of what I hope are several) of the Astros affiliates to advance to a Championship Final. Well done!

Player of the Day: I've got to give this one to Brett Phillips for keeping Greeneville in the game against the odds.

Pitcher of the Day: Evan Grills had his longest outing of the season and his highest strikeout total. He allowed no walks and no extra-base hits. And he led his team to the playoffs. Nicely done, sir!

Astros Minor League Playoffs - Schedule and Results

It was another good day in Astros minor league land yesterday as Tri-City became the sixth Astros affiliate to win a playoff berth and Greeneville became the first of the six to advance to the finals. The recaps of those games will be forthcoming, but here are the playoff schedules and results in the interim.

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Greeneville over Kingsport 7-3 (Took series 2-1 and advanced to Finals)

Today's Postseason Games
Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Yordano Ventura (5-4, 3.74) vs. Asher Wojciechowski (9-7, 3.56)

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Weds. 9/4
Matt Wisler (8-5, 3.00) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (5-3, 2.87)

Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Brett Lee (8-4, 2.95) vs. Chris Devenski (4-3, 4.36)

Pulaski at Greeneville - 6:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Jose Flores (6-1, 3.00) vs. Francis Ramirez (0-2, 5.59)

Oklahoma City - Division Winner
Oklahoma City won the season series against Omaha 8-7.

Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:00 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Fri. 9/6
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Sat. 9/7
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Corpus Christi - Division Winner in first half and second half
Corpus Christi and San Antonio split the season series 14-14, but the Hooks took 2 of 3 to end the season.

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Weds. 9/4
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
*San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half
Lancaster will not know their opponent until the best-of-three series between Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire has concluded.

RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Tues. 9/10
*Game 5 - TBD

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division
Quad Cities won the season series against Division Winner Cedar Rapids 10-6

Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Thurs. 9/5
*Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Fri. 9/6

*If necessary

Tri-City - Clinched First Place in the Division and a Playoff Berth
The ValleyCats have one regular season game left to go, but after clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday, the schedule has been set. Aberdeen won the season series 4-2.

Tri-City at Aberdeen - TBD, Fri. 9/6
Aberdeen at Tri-City - TBD, Sat. 9/7
*Aberdeen at Tri-City - TBD, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Greeneville - Finished Second in the Division

Appalachian League Championship Finals (Pulaski won the season series 4-2)
Pulaski at Greeneville - 6:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Greeneville at Pulaski - 6:00 CST, Thurs. 9/5
*Greeneville at Pulaski - 6:00 CST, Fri. 9/6

West Division Semi-Finals - Greeneville wins 2-1
Kingsport at Greeneville - Sun. 9/1 - Kingsport won 3-1
Greeneville at Kingsport - Mon. 9/2 - Greeneville won 7-2
Greeneville at Kingsport - Tues. 9/3 - Greeneville won 7-3

Happy Birthday - 9/4

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

CF Jordan Schafer (27)
Originally from Hammond, Indiana, Jordan was drafted in the third round in 2005 by the Braves out of Winter Haven High School in Florida. He came to Houston in the Michael Bourn trade in July 2011. In 136 games for the Astros in 2011 and 2012, he hit .220/.301/.298. He was selected off waivers by Atlanta in November 2012.

RF Paul Householder (55)
Drafted by the Reds in the second round in 1976, Householder only played in 14 games for Houston in 1987 at the end of his major league career after spending the majority of his time playing for the Reds and the Brewers.

Tweets of the Day


Nothing is better than a champagne shower celebration...... Except two in one season! One step closer!


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2 MORE GAMES!!!! LETSS GOOOOO!!!!! Bring the Ring Gstros!!!!


We going to the ship!!!!!!


Champagne showers :P 2 more wins...


Huge win tonight to get us into the championship series!!! 2 more wins!! Let's go get a ring boys!!!!!


I bet my hair smells like grapes. round two. We goin to the


No better than feeling than champagne in your eyes after a win


Off to the championship series.. Its been a fun summer time to win a fat ring and burn more eyes by popping champagne!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Astros Minor League Recaps

Monday's Games

Oklahoma City over Memphis 2-1
Ross Seaton pitched the first eight, allowing one run on eight hits, but didn't come away with the win. The RedHawks scored one in the first as Jimmy Paredes doubled and scored on a Jose Martinez single, and didn't score again until the ninth when Jon Singleton (2x4) hit a walk-off double scoring pinch runner Ruben Sosa. Jason Stoffel pitched the ninth for the win. George Springer was given the day off and his quest for 40/40 stalled out at 37/45.

Corpus Christi over San Antonio 7-6
It wasn't a pretty win with four Hooks errors in the game, but it was a win nonetheless. R.J. Alaniz evened his season record at 9-9 as he allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three in five and a third innings. Alex Sogard and Jonas Dufek took it the rest of the way with two more unearned runs coming across on their watch. The Hooks trailed 3-0 entering the third, but put up two runs in that inning and another in the fourth on a Domingo Santana (3x4) solo home run to tie things up. Then they really got busy in the fifth as Preston Tucker drove in one run with a single and Domingo Santana provided the fans with an encore performance, this time with a three-run home run, his 25th of the season. Ronnie Torreyes celebrated his birthday by going two-for-three with a walk and scoring a run.

Lancaster over Rancho Cucamonga 8-1
Aaron West went to 10-8 for the season with five shutout innings in which he allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out eight. Tyson Perez followed with two and a third innings. Perez didn't allow a hit, but walked two batters to start the eighth. Jordan Jankowski came in to strand those runners and get the final two outs of the frame before allowing the only Quakes run in the bottom of the ninth. The 'Hawks reached the run column in the third on RBI singles from Andrew Aplin (3x5) and M.P. Cokinos (2x5) and an RBI sac fly from Tyler Heineman. They added on two more in the fourth on home runs from Chris Epps (2x3 2BB) and Delino DeShields (2x3 4R) and two in the sixth on Epps second home run of the day and Aplin's second RBI single of the day. The final run came in the eighth on an Andrew Aplin RBI double.

Quad Cities over Beloit 3-2
Daniel Minor (6IP 6H 2R/1ER 0BB 5SO) got the start and the win with Jamaine Cotton and Zach Morton providing scoreless relief. Quad Cities got one run in the third on Teoscar Hernandez' 13th home run of the season. They followed up with two in the fourth on a Jordan Scott RBI triple in the fourth; Scott then scored on a Carlos Correa single. Roberto Pena went two-for-three with a walk. Scott was two-for-four with TWO triples, his sixth and seventh of the season.

Tri-City over Brooklyn 3-1
Kyle Westwood and Company had a phenomenal day for Tri-City. Westwood allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk. He struck out four in his seven innings. Charles Basford got the win and Tyler Brunnemann got the save as each tossed a perfect frame. Tyler White (3x3 BB) scored on a Ronnie Mitchell sac fly in the fourth to tie things up at 1-1 and that is where things stood until the bottom of the eighth when White doubled in a run and scored on another Mitchell sac fly to get the go-ahead runs.

Greeneville over Kingsport 7-2 (best-of-three playoff series at 1-1)
Chris Lee got the start and the win for Greeneville as he pitched five strong innings, allowing one run (via a solo home run) on five hits and two walks while striking out four. He was followed by three innings from Austin Chrismon whose only run allowed was also on a solo homer. He gave up three hits and struck out five. Gerardo Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth for the GStros. Greeneville got all the runs they needed, and then some, in the third inning on an Ariel Ovando homer, a Tanner Mathis RBI double and RBI sac flies from Juan Santana and Edwin Gomez. Mathis added one in the fifth on a solo home run and Ovando added one in the eighth on a sac fly RBI. The final run came in the ninth as Tanner Mathis scored from first on a ground out and throwing error. Brian Holberton went two-for-four and Thomas Lindauer was three-for-four with a double and a run scored.

Player of the Day: I've got to go with Domingo Santana for his two home run, four RBI day, but a case could certainly be made for Andrew Aplin, Chris Epps and Tanner Mathis so I'm handing out a few extra honorable mentions today.

Pitchers of the Day: I'm splitting the honors between Kyle Westwood for getting Tri-City just that much closer to the playoffs and Aaron West for his excellent outing heading into their playoff season.

Note: I haven't forgotten about handing out Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for August, but decided to wait until the regular season is over to add the few September honorees into the mix.

Astros Minor League Playoffs - 9/3 Update

The regular season is over for all Astros affiliates except Tri-City (they end their regular season on Wednesday). And it was a VERY good day in Astros minor league land yesterday with wins all around. Here is where things ended up for the regular season and where they stand for the playoffs.

Today's Playoff Games
Greeneville at Kingsport at 6:00 CST (Best-of-three series tied 1-1)

Oklahoma City - Division Winner
Oklahoma City won the season series against Omaha 8-7.

Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Omaha at Oklahoma City - 7:00 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Fri. 9/6
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Sat. 9/7
*Oklahoma City at Omaha - TBD, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Corpus Christi - Division Winner in first half and second half
Corpus Christi and San Antonio split the season series 14-14, but the Hooks took 2 of 3 to end the season.

San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Weds. 9/4
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 7:05 CST, Thurs. 9/5
Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Fri. 9/6
*Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/7
*Corpus Christi at San Antonio - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

*If necessary

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half
Lancaster will not know their opponent until the best-of-three series between Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire has concluded.

RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Sat. 9/7
RC/IE Winner at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at RC/IE Winner - TBD, Tues. 9/10
*Game 5 - TBD

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division
Quad Cities won the season series against Division Winner Cedar Rapids 10-6

Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST, Weds. 9/4
Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Thurs. 9/5
*Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids - 6:35 CST, Fri. 9/6

*If necessary

Tri-City
The ValleyCats are the only Astros team for which a playoff determination has yet to be made, but their win on Monday and Lowell's loss reduced Tri-City's magic number to clinch a playoff berth to ONE with two games left to play. They are still in first place in the division and have extended their lead over Lowell to a game and a half. A 'Cats win or a Lowell loss tonight would put Tri-City in the playoffs.

Greeneville - Finished Second in the Division
Greeneville won the season series against Kingsport 6-5

Kingsport at Greeneville - Sun. 9/1 - Kingsport won 3-1
Greeneville at Kingsport - Mon. 9/2 - Greeneville won 7-2
Greeneville at Kingsport - 6:00 CST, Tues. 9/3

Happy Birthday - 9/3

Happy Birthday to ~

1B Coach/OF Dave Clark (51)
Clark spent the majority of his playing days with Cleveland and Pittsburgh and played for Houston in 1998 at the end of his major league career. After his playing days, he went in to coaching. He managed the Corpus Christi Hooks from 2005 to 2007 and led them to win the Texas League Championship in 2006, managed the Round Round Express AAA affiliate for one year in 2008 and served as the Astros third base coach from 2009 through 2012. He is currently the first base coach for the team. Clark served as interim manager of the Astros for 13 games in 2009 as well. Also on Clark's resume is the fact that he was a Golden Gloves boxer in high school, going 26-0.

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today:

LHP Troy Patton (28)
Drafted in the ninth round in 2004 by Houston, Patton only made three appearances for Houston in 2007 before being sent to the Orioles as part of the Miguel Tejada trade. In those three games (two starts), he was 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.105 WHIP. In his fourth season with Baltimore at the major league level, he is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.304 WHIP in 52 appearances.

LF Luis "Gonzo" Gonzalez (46)
Drafted in the fourth round in 1988 by Houston, Gonzo played for the Astros from 1990 to 1995 and again in 1997. In 745 games for Houston, he hit .266/.335/.417 with 153 doubles, 25 triples, 62 home runs and 63 stolen bases. Gonzo is best known, however, for his eight years in the Diamondbacks organization in which he compiled a .298/.391/.529 batting line, earned five All-Star nods and a Silver Slugger award. He played in unsuccessful NLDS for both the Astros (1997) and the Diamondbacks (1999) before taking it all in 2001 in the Diamondbacks World Series win over the Yankees.

UT Alan Bannister (62)
A first round pick by the Phillies in 1973, Bannister played in only nine games for Houston in 1984, hitting .200/.273/.300 before being traded to the Rangers. He spent the majority of his career with Cleveland and the White Sox.

Tweet of the Day


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Monday, September 2, 2013

Astros Minor League Recaps

Sunday's Games

Oklahoma City over Memphis 5-4 in 11 innings
Blair Walters got the spot start and allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over four and a third innings. He struck out four. Pat Urckfitz (2.1IP 2H 2SO) and Jose Cisnero (1.1IP 1H 1BB 2SO) followed with scoreless relief. Hector Ambriz gave up the final two Memphis runs in the ninth inning, but benefited from the RedHawks scoring four in the bottom of the frame to tie it and earned the win after pitching the 10th and 11th. Down 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the RedHawks got to work. Che-Hsuan Lin (2x3 BB) doubled, Carlos Perez singled and then Jimmy Paredes (3x5 BB) doubled in Lin. Paredes was followed by a three-run Jose Martinez (3x6) home run to tie it up. Martinez was once again the hero in the bottom of the 11th as he drove in the winning run, walk-off style. Marc Krauss was two-for-five with a double and Carlos Perez went three-for-five and scored a run.

San Antonio over Corpus Christi 13-9
David Rollins got roughed up in this one to the tune of eight runs on 10 hits (including two home runs) over four and a third. T.J. Geith didn't fare much better as he allowed another five runs across on five hits in his two and two-thirds innings. Cameron Lamb and Carlos Quevedo each pitched a perfect frame. Down 13-3 at one point, the Hooks battled back but ultimately came up short. Luis Alvarez and Michael Burgess (2x3 3RBI) both provided a little fireworks with two-run shots while Preston Tucker (2x5 2B HR 3RBI) contributed a solo dinger. Domingo Santana went two-for-four with a double, walk and two runs scored, and Ronald Torreyes was two-for-four with a double and scored once.

Rancho Cucamonga over Lancaster 2-1 in 10 innings
Starter Vince Velasquez didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and then allowed only two singles. His final line for the night was 6IP 2H 1R 1BB 8SO. He was followed by one and a third scoreless innings from Kenny Long. Travis Ballew then took it the rest of the way, allowing the game-winning run from the Quakes in the 10th. The 'Hawks sole run came in the fourth on a Brandon Meredith home run. Delino DeShields had the only other extra-base hit, a triple, and he stole his 51st base of the season. Dan Gulbransen collected two of the 'Hawks six hits.

Quad Cities over Beloit 8-7
The River Bandits took control early, with a six-run third inning featuring a two-RBI single from Carlos Correa and a two-run home run from Danry Vasquez. They added on two in the fifth on another Danry Vasquez home run and a Bobby Borchering (2x3) triple scoring Rio Ruiz (2x3 2-2B BB 2R). Leading 8-2 behind the start from Josh Hader (4.1IP 2H 2R 6BB 4SO) and some excellent relief pitching from Patrick Christensen, it looked like this was Quad Cities all the way. But Jorge Perez struggled to get out of the seventh and ultimately allowed five runs while only recording two outs. Andrew Walter came to the rescue converting a two and a third inning save opportunity.

Tri-City over Lowell 7-4
I cannot emphasize exactly how much Tri-City needed this win. They had not been able to put a dent in their magic number for five straight games. Now they have a chance, but it will likely come down to their final game on Wednesday. Michael Feliz got the start and things got squirrely early, as he allowed four runs across in the first inning, but he righted the ship and the next six innings were scoreless. Feliz' final line was 7IP 5H 4R 2BB 10SO. He was followed by Gonzalo Sanudo who struck out four in the final two innings to earn his seventh save in only eight games for Tri-City. The 'Cats answered the four-run first with a four-run third of their own, featuring a James Ramsay (2x5 BB 2R) RBI single, a Ryan Dineen sac fly RBI and a two-run single from Conrad Gregor (2x3 2B BB 3RBI). Tri-City added on one more in the seventh for the go ahead run and two more insurance runs in the eighth. Ronnie Mitchell went two-for-five with an RBI, and Chan Moon went three-for-four with a double, walk and scored twice.

Kingsport over Greeneville 3-1 (Playoff Game #1)
Jandel Gustave got the start and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings and was followed by four perfect innings from Joe Musgrove. The Astros only managed one run in the seventh as Brian Holberton doubled in Brett Phillips (3x4). Juan Santana also doubled in the game.

Player of the Day: Jose Martinez' four RBI day would put him in the running for Player of the Day anyway, but getting both the game tying and game winning runs in seals the deal. Honorable mention goes to Danry Vasquez.

Pitcher of the Day: Michael Feliz gets the honors. After getting hurt in the first inning, he bore down and only gave up one single and one walk the rest of the way. He gave his team a chance to come back in a crucial game and they did.

Astros Minor League Playoff Picture - 9/2 Update

Today's Playoff Action
Greeneville lost the first game in a best-of-three series and will take on the Kingsport Mets on the road for a win-or-go-home second game tonight starting at 6:00 CST.

Note on Regular Season Games
The DSL and GCL are both finished for the year. Greeneville has already started the playoffs. Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Lancaster and Quad Cities all play one more regular season game with their final game today. Tri-City plays three more regular season games with their final game on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City - In Playoffs (Won Division)
Oklahoma City was the fourth Astros minor league affiliate to make the playoffs and will host the American Northern Division winner at home on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th to start a best of five series. Memphis and Omaha are once again tied for first place in that division. If they remain tied after today's games, Memphis will be in the playoffs by virtue of having the better record head-to-head against Omaha. The RedHawks play the final game of the regular season today against Memphis at home. After losing the first two of the four-game series, Oklahoma City won the third in dramatic fashion last night.

Corpus Christi - In Playoffs (Won first half; tied for first in second half)
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 5th and the next two at San Antonio on that Friday and Saturday. With the Hooks loss against the Missions on Sunday, they are tied with the Missions in the second half. The final game of the regular season between the Hooks and Missions in Corpus today will determine the second half winner and will give that team home field advantage for the fifth game in the series in the event that a game five is necessary.

Lancaster - In Playoffs (Won first half and second half)
The JetHawks are also in the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half and have clinched the second half title as well. 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. They will play the winner of a three-game mini-series between Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire which will start on Wednesday.

Quad Cities - In Playoffs
Quad Cities was the third Astros minor league affiliate to clinch a playoff spot. The first playoff game is scheduled for September 4th at Modern Woodmen Park against Cedar Rapids. The best of three series will then move to Cedar Rapids starting Thursday.

Tri-City
The ValleyCats got a crucial win against Lowell on Wednesday, reclaiming their very slim (one half game) division lead and reducing the magic number to three with three games left. The 'Cats now play three games at home against Brooklyn (the 'Cats are 1-2 against Brooklyn this season). Lowell plays its final three games against Aberdeen on the road (they are 2-1 against Aberdeen this season). Coincidentally Aberdeen and Brooklyn are also battling for a division title, with Aberdeen leading Brooklyn by a game and a half, so both of those series will be tough. As a reminder, only the division winners in the three divisions and one wild card make the playoffs. Tri-City is currently in second place for the wild card berth, one half games back.

Greeneville - In Playoffs
Greeneville was the fifth Astros affiliate to make the playoffs, and it is the first time Greeneville has been in the playoffs since 2004. They lost game one in a best-of-three series on Sunday.

GCL Astros - Eliminated
The GCL club has been eliminated from playoff contention. They ended the season with a 27-33 record and are the only Astros affiliate that ended the 2013 season with a losing record.

DSL Astros - Eliminated
The DSL team was also eliminated from contention. They ended their season on Saturday with another win to cap off a four-game win streak and a 39-31 record for the season.A

Happy Birthday - 9/2

Happy Birthday to ~

IF Ronald Torreyes (21)
Originally signed by the Reds as a NDFA out of Venezuela, Torreyes came to the Astros system in a trade that sent two international bonus signing slots to the Cubs back in July. In 37 games with Corpus Christi, he is hitting .270/.299/.338 (.462/.475/.667 over his last 10 games).

OF Austin Wates (25)
Drafted out of Virginia Tech by the Astros in the third round in 2010, Wates started off the season just as he left off the last one, spending only 23 games at Corpus Christi before getting promoted to AAA Oklahoma City in May. Unfortunately, Wates was hit by a pitch that fractured his forearm in late May and has missed the remainder of the season. In his 38 combined games between the two levels, he hit .309/.397/.412 with five doubles, three triples, one home run and 15 stolen bases.

SS Luis Reynoso (19)
Reynoso was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 and first played for the DSL in 2012. He spent this season with the GCL, earning a promotion to Greeneville in time for the last game of the regular season. During the regular season, he hit .233/.322/.313 in 44 games.

Tweets of the Day

I'm picking these tweets because a) I liked Oberholtzer when no one else gave him the time of day, and b) I haven't been called a sexy babe in 15 years. Thank you, Lee. The check is in the mail.


Our girl saw it coming! RT : A year ago some in the Astros system did not see Oberholtzer as a top prospect...


meh. I think "sexy babe" is more apropos there...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Astros Minor League Recaps

Saturday's Games

-Jayne has already posted her daily, updated look at the playoff situation for the minor league affiliates here.

Kingsport Mets, Greeneville Astros
-Postponed due to rain.  

Tri-City Valley Cats 2, Lowell Spinners 5
The Valley Cats moved to half a game behind the lead in their division after this loss on Saturday. Adrian Houser (0-4) had the start and through the first four and one-third innings he tallied five runs (4 ER) on seven hits, walked one and K-ed a pair, taking the loss. Chris Munnelly and Evan Grills combined to allow only one hit after Houser left in the fifth frame, but the offense did not catch up. After the fifth inning, Tri-City had one hit and drew five walks. Ronnie Mitchell (2X3 BB SO) was the only Valley Cat with more than one hit in the game. Tyler White (1X5 2RBI) drove in both of his team's runs in the fifth inning with an RBI single.

Beloit Snappers 5, Quad Cities River Bandits 4
The River Bandits got off to a good start, then Beloit scored three runs in the sixth and turned the tables, ending Quad Cities winning streak at four games. Juan Minaya started things off on the mound. After five frames of work, Minaya left with two runs on three hits (HR), a walk and five Ks. Richard Rodriguez (0-1) pitched the remaining four innings, picking up his first blown save and the loss. Rodriguez allowed three runs on four hits, walked one an struck out three. With two outs in the third inning Carlos Correa (2X4 R HR 3RBI 2SO) connected for a three-run homer. Anthony Kemp collected a couple of hits, finishing at two-for-four with a run scored and a strikeout.

Lancaster JetHawks 3, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 (10)
For the second night in a row Lancaster saw extra innings, but this time the JetHawks would not be victorious as they were not able to score after the fourth inning on Saturday. Lancaster got off to a strong start in the second frame when Chris Epps (1X4 R 2B SO) launched his 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot that scored Brandon Meredith, into right. Meredith (2X4 R RBI 2SO) drove in their last run of the game in the fourth with an RBI single. Colton Cain threw seven innings in his start, allowing two runs (1 ER) on five hits and striking out seven along the way. Michael Dimock (4-1) pitched the final two innings and would take his first loss after Gera Sanchez (2H R 2SO) picked up the blown save in the eighth. Dimock gave up a run on two hits, walked a pair and struck out two.  

San Antonio Missions 9, Corpus Christi Hooks 10
The Hooks were down nine to six before scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win this game in walk-off fashion in front of the home crowd. The ninth-frame-comeback began when Ronald Torreyes tied the game with his two-out, bases-loaded triple, scoring three runs. Preston Tucker was next to the plate and he singled, bringing Torreyes home to win the game. Matt Heidenreich started things off on the hill and in three innings of work, he was charged with three runs on seven hits (HR), one walk and a strikeout. Jonas Dufek, the fifth pitcher for Corpus Christi, picked up the win after working a scoreless ninth. Dufek allowed a hit and struck out one. There was a lot of offense in this game for the Hooks. Six players had multi-hit games and there were 18 hits in total. Here's a look at the box to sum it all up:

Memphis Redbirds 7, Oklahoma City RedHawks 3
Oklahoma City didn't score after the third inning and after allowing six runs in the top of the first they would go on to lose their second in a row to Memphis. David Martinez (0-2) was on the mound for the first inning and would be charged with the loss. Martinez allowed six runs on six hits (HR), walked two and struck out one before leaving the game. Eric Berger then entered to pitch four innings and was nearly perfect, walking one and striking out the same. Che-Hsuan Lin (1X3 R HR RBI) led off the bottom of the third with his third homer of the year. Brandon Laird (0X3 RBI) would knock in the final run for the RedHawks with a sacrifice fly one out later. Jimmy Paredes finished the game batting two-for-four with a run scored and his sixth triple of the season. (George Springer hit one-for-three, struck out once and picked up an RBI with a sac' fly in the first, but remained at 37/44 in the bid for a 40/40 season.)

Player of the Day: Preston Tucker and Ronald Torreyes split the honor today for their parts in the Corpus Christi comeback. Not only that, Tucker and Torreyes both finished with four hits in the game, meaning they were dominating all day at the plate.

Pitcher of the Day: Colton Cain and Eric Berger share the crown today. Cain had a really strong start on Saturday and pitched great. Berger stepped in and stepped up for four innings yesterday in a situation no pitcher enjoys being in—behind.



Astros Minor League Roster Moves

LHP Blair Walters, who has pitched for Lancaster this season (exclusively out of the bullpen since June), is getting a start for Oklahoma City tonight. [UPDATED: RHP Andrew Robinson was assigned from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City and LHP Alex Sogard was activated from the DL for Corpus.]


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Astros Minor League Playoff Picture - 9/1 Update

Today's Playoff Action
Greeneville will take on the Kingsport Mets for the first game in a best-of-three tonight starting at 5:00 CST at home. (Postponed from Saturday due to rain.)

Note on Regular Season Games
The DSL and GCL are both finished for the year. Greeneville starts the playoffs tonight. Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Lancaster and Quad Cities all play two more regular season games with their final game on Monday. Tri-City plays four more regular season games with their final game on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City - In Playoffs (Won Division)
Oklahoma City was the fourth Astros minor league affiliate to make the playoffs and will host the American Northern Division winner at home on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th to start a best of five series. Memphis is currently one game up in that division over the second place Omaha team. The RedHawks play two more against Memphis at home. Oklahoma City has lost the first two games of the four-game series against Memphis.

Corpus Christi - In Playoffs (Won first half; one game ahead in second half)
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 5th and the next two at San Antonio on that Friday and Saturday. With the Hooks win over the Missions on Saturday, they are one game up on the Missions in the second half and only need one more win to clinch the second half championship to go with their first half title. They play the final two games of the regular season against the Missions at home. The Hooks also lead the Missions by four and a half games for the season. I will be there tonight to see David Rollins take the mound as the Hooks try to secure the second half crown.

Lancaster - In Playoffs (Won first half and second half)
The JetHawks are also in the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half and have clinched the second half title as well. 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. They will play the winner of a mini-series between the #2 and #3 seeds.

Quad Cities - In Playoffs
Quad Cities was the third Astros minor league affiliate to clinch a playoff spot. The first playoff game is scheduled for September 4th at Modern Woodmen Park against Cedar Rapids. The best of three series will then move to Cedar Rapids starting Thursday.

Tri-City
The ValleyCats are continuing to make this difficult. With last night's loss to Lowell, they fell to second place in the division with a five-game losing streak while Lowell has now won five in a row. Lowell's magic number to eliminate Tri-City is six with four games left to play. The 'Cats play their final game against Lowell tonight on the road, followed by three games at home against Brooklyn (the 'Cats are 1-2 against Brooklyn this season). Lowell plays its final three games against Aberdeen on the road (they are 2-1 against Aberdeen this season). Coincidentally Aberdeen and Brooklyn are also battling for a division title so both of those series will be tough. As a reminder, only the division winners in the three divisions and one wild card make the playoffs. Tri-City is currently in second place for the wild card berth, one and a half games back. Tri-City will not be eliminated with a loss to Lowell tonight, but it really is a must-win game. They need to halt the losing streak and get back in first place if they hope to extend their season to the playoffs.

Greeneville - In Playoffs
Greeneville was the fifth Astros affiliate to make the playoffs, and it is the first time Greeneville has been in the playoffs since 2004. They finished their season last night with a 38-30 record, second in their division. They will face the Division winning Kingsport Mets in a best of three series starting tonight at home. The final two (if necessary) games will be played on the road on Monday and Tuesday.

GCL Astros - Eliminated
The GCL club has been eliminated from playoff contention. They ended the season with a 27-33 record and are the only Astros affiliate that ended the 2013 season with a losing record.

DSL Astros - Eliminated
The DSL team was also eliminated from contention. They ended their season on Saturday with another win to cap off a four-game win streak and a 39-31 record for the season.A