Saturday, September 14, 2013

Quad Cities Playoffs - Game 3 Preview

The Astros minor league affiliates have played 30 postseason games and have come away with one League Championship so far (for the Tri-City ValleyCats). The season is now coming to an end as Quad Cities is the final Astros team with the opportunity to win the grand prize. Their season will be over sometime between tonight and Monday. I hope it's tonight. For a full list of all postseason results for all of the Astros affiliates, go here.

With a 2-0 lead in the Midwest League Championship Series, Quad Cities takes on South Bend at home tonight starting at 7:00 CST. Josh Hader will get the start for Quad Cities. He has a 5-6 record with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.258 WHIP in 22 starts during the regular season. In the postseason, he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.571 WHIP in his one start. Aaron Blair will be taking the mound for South Bend. He is 1-3 in the regular season with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.253 WHIP in 11 starts. In the postseason, he is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in two starts. (Blair was originally drafted by the Astros in the 21st round in 2010 but did not sign. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 1st round -- 36th overall -- in 2013.) Audio streaming for the game will be available here.

Happy Birthday - 9/14

Happy Birthday to ~

C Cody Clark (32)
Originally drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round in 2003, the journeyman catcher finally made his MLB debut on August 23rd after spending 11 years in the minor leagues. In 44 games at Oklahoma City this season, he hit .217/.258/.273. And on the final day of his 31st year, Cody Clark got his first major league hit last night.

One former Astro with a birthday today:

LHP Frank Carpin (75)
After pitching for Pittsburgh in 1965 (3-1, 4 saves and a 3.18 ERA), Carpin was picked up by the Astros in the Rule 5 draft. He only appeared in 10 games for the Astros in 1966, compiling a 7.50 ERA and a 2.500 WHIP, and he played his last major league game on September 3, 1966.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

The complete playoff schedule, results and probable starters can be found here.

Thursday's Games

Quad Cities over South Bend 5-0
Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the Midwest League Championship Series with a dominating shutout pitching performances from Joe Bircher (5IP 6H 2BB 2SO), Jamaine Cotton (3IP 0H 0BB 6SO) and J.D. Osborne (1IP 0H 0BB). The River Bandits got the only run they would need in the second inning on a Bobby Borchering (1x3 BB 2R) solo home run, but added on three more in the fourth as Danry Vasquez scored from third on a wild pitch, and Rio Ruiz (2x4 2-2B SB) doubled in a run and scored on a Jordan Scott sac fly. The final run came in the sixth on a Roberto Peña (2x3 BB SB) single driving in Ruiz. Teoscar Hernandez and Brian Blasik each doubled in the game. Scott was credited with an outfield assist. Game 3 of the best-of-five Championship Series will be on Saturday night at home.

Tri-City over State College 4-3
With Thursday's win, the ValleyCats are officially the New York-Penn League Champions. Kyle Westwood got the start and allowed one run on six hits (all singles) and a walk while striking out four over his six innings. The first run of the game was scored by State College in the fourth inning. Tri-City didn't hit the run column until the sixth, but then scored all of their runs in the frame. Jack Mayfield (2x4) drove in Ronnie Mitchell with a single; Chan Moon scored from third on a wild pitch; and Mayfield and Tyler White came home on a force out/throwing error. With the score at 4-1, Chris Munnelly came in to pitch the seventh inning without incident, but after walking the first batter of the eighth inning, Manager Ed Romero went to closer Gonzalo Sanudo to convert his second two-inning save in as many days. Sanudo made it through the eighth inning, stranding runners at the corners, but gave up a single and a home run to start the ninth. With the deficit cut to one run with no outs, State College's Luis Perez singled and reach second on a sac bunt. With the tying run in scoring position and the winning run at the plate, Sanudo then proceeded to strike out the final two batters of the frame. Brett Booth went two-for-four (as did Mayfield). The only other hits in the game belonged to Ronnie Mitchell and Jon Kemmer.

Player of the Day: Rio Ruiz has been all over these playoff games and last night was no different. Two doubles, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. Nice!

Pitcher of the Day: All three of the Quad Cities pitchers are deserving, but I'm going to single out Jamaine Cotton. Cotton pitched three innings of relief, retired all nine batters in a row and struck out the last six. Fantastic job!

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Quad Cities 5 at South Bend 0 - Quad Cities leads series 2-0 (best of five)
Tri-City 4 at State College 3 - Tri-City won series (New York-Penn League Champions)

Saturday's Postseason Game and Probable Pitchers (No game today)
South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST
Aaron Blair (2-0, 3.09) vs. Josh Hader (1-0, 1.29)

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 won the series 3-2
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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Sun. 9/8 - San Antonio won 5-3

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half

South Division Finals - Inland Empire won the series 3-2
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sun. 9/8 - Inland Empire won 7-4
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Mon. 9/9 - Inland Empire won 6-2
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Tues. 9/10 - Lancaster won 6-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Wed. 9/11 - Inland Empire won 4-3 in 15 innings

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Midwest League Championship Series
Quad Cities at South Bend - Weds. 9/11 - Quad Cities won 3-2
Quad Cities at South Bend - Thurs. 9/12 - Quad Cities won 5-0
South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST, Sat. 9/14
*South Bend at Quad Cities - 5:00 CST, Sun. 9/15
*South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:00 CST, Mon. 9/16

*If necessary

Division Championship Series - Quad Cities won series 2-1
Beloit at Quad Cities - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
Quad Cities at Beloit - Sun. 9/8 - Beloit won 4-3
Quad Cities at Beloit - Mon. 9/9 - Quad Cities won 9-5

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

Tri-City - Clinched First Place in the Division and a Playoff Berth
New York-Penn League Champions

League Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-1
State College at Tri-City - Tues. 9/10 - State College won 2-1 in 11 innings
Tri-City at State College - Weds. 9/11 - Tri-City won 5-4
Tri-City at State College - Thurs. 9/12 - Tri-City won 4-3

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/13

Happy Birthday to several former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Wade Miller (37)
Drafted by Houston in the 20th round in 1996, Miller pitched for the Astros from 1999 to 2004 with a record of 58-39, a 3.87 ERA and a 1.309 WHIP over 127 games (123 starts). Miller pitched in one game of the 2001 NLDS with a 2.57 ERA and 1.000 WHIP and earned a no-decision. He became a free agent in December 2004 and subsequently pitched for the Red Sox and the Cubs. In 2009, he played for the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate but was never able to mount a comeback after his final major league game in April 2007.

SS/2B Mike Fischlin (58)
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round in 1975, Fischlin came to Houston in a June 1977 trade with New York. In 57 games for the Astros in 1977, 1978 and 1980, he hit a rather inauspicious .127/.168/.137. He was eventually sent packing to Cleveland in April of 1981.

1B Jim Obradovich (died March 3, 2012 at age 62)
Drafted by the Twins in 1967, Obradovich signed as a free agent with Houston in 1977 and eventually played in just 10 games for the Astros in 1978, hitting .176/.222/.294. According to Baseball-Reference, one of the highlights of his brief major league career was hitting a triple and driving in a run off of future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

RHP Billy Smith (59)
A 14th round pick for the Astros in 1977, Smith pitched in 10 games for the Astros in 1981 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.113 WHIP.

RHP Nelson Cruz (41) - (No, not THAT Nelson Cruz)
Cruz came to Houston in a December 2000 trade with the Tigers and subsequently pitched in 109 games for the Astros in 2001 and 2002. He had a 5-9 record with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.338 WHIP. He was traded to the Rockies in December 2002.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

For complete playoff schedules, results and probable pitchers, go here.

Wednesday's Games

Inland Empire over Lancaster 4-3 in 15 innings
At approximtely 2:36 a.m. CST, the JetHawks season came to an end. It wasn't a happy ending. The team had ample opportunity to win it. A clutch hit. A key strikeout. A timely walk. A cleanly caught ball. That's all it would have taken, but in the end, the JetHawks didn't take advantage of multiple opportunities. Neither did Inland Empire, but the 66ers ultimately outlasted the 'Hawks.

For the most part, the pitching held. Although the JetHawks allowed 22 hits, Inland Empire only came around to score four times. I can't possibly go through the lines for all eight pitchers so take a look:


Inland Empire scored their first run in the second inning and Lancaster didn't match that run until the sixth when M.P. Cokinos drove in Carlos Perdomo with an RBI single. They added on two more in the seventh on RBI singles from Delino DeShields and Perdomo. Up 3-2 in the ninth, the team was one out away from advancing to the finals when Travis Ballew gave up a run-scoring single to tie it up. The JetHawks had many opportunities, but none were so obvious as having the bases loaded with no outs in both the 13th and 14th innings and not being able to get a run across. To compound matters, DeShields made a huge base-running mistake as he tried to tag up on a shallow foul ball and was out at home by a mile in the 14th. I'm not hanging the loss on DeShields by any means. It was a team loss. But that one play seemed to epitomize everything that had gone wrong in the game and, before you knew it, the 5:31 marathon was over. And so was the JetHawks season.

Quad Cities over South Bend 3-2
Chris Devenski got the start and the win in Game 1 of the Championship Finals. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out nine. He didn't walk a batter. Patrick Christensen and Andrew Walter each allowed a hit in relief, but kept South Bend in check. Quad Cities scored first in the third inning on a Danry Vasquez bases-loaded walk, but quickly fell behind as South Bend countered with a two-run home run off Devenski in the fourth. Jordan Scott tied it up in the seventh inning with his first home run since June 2012, and Rio Ruiz singled in the go ahead run in the eighth. Carlos Correa went two-for-three with a walk.

Tri-City over State College 5-4
Tri-City took the early lead in Game 2 of the three-game Championship Series on a Conrad Gregor (3x4 BB 2RBI 2R) solo homer in the second and added on a four-spot in the top of the sixth on five hits, three of them doubles from Jack Mayfield (2x4 2-2B R), Jon Kemmer (2x4 2B RBI R) and Ronnie Mitchell (1x4 2B 2RBI), giving them a 5-0 lead. Michael Feliz got the start and cruised through the first five innings, but struggled in the sixth. A hit batter and a Tyler White fielding error didn't help and Feliz ended the night having gone five and two-thirds innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out five. Feliz was followed by a scoreless outing from Tyler Brunnemann. Gonzalo pitched the final two frames to convert his third save of the post-season. James Ramsay went two-for-five; Brian Holberton was two-for-five and scored a run; and Chan Moon went two-for-four with a triple. The series is now tied at one each.

Player of the Day: Conrad Gregor set the tone for Tri-City with his home run in the second and his RBI single in the sixth.

Pitchers of the Day: Chris Devenski and Gonzalo Sanudo each deserve a shoutout for helping their clubs on Wednesday as they pursue a ring.

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Inland Empire 4 at Lancaster 3 in 15 innings - Inland Empire wins series 3-2
Quad Cities 3 at South Bend 2 - Quad Cities leads series 1-0 (best of five)
Tri-City 5 at State College 4 - Series tied 1-1 (best of three)

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST
Joe Bircher (1-0, 1.80) vs. Blake Perry (0-0, 5.40)

Tri-City at State College - 6:05 CST
Kyle Westwood (1-0, 0.00) vs. Jimmy Reed (0-0, 6.00)

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 won the series 3-2
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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Sun. 9/8 - San Antonio won 5-3

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half

South Division Finals - Inland Empire won the series 3-2
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sun. 9/8 - Inland Empire won 7-4
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Mon. 9/9 - Inland Empire won 6-2
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Tues. 9/10 - Lancaster won 6-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Wed. 9/11 - Inland Empire won 4-3 in 15 innings

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Midwest League Championship Series
Quad Cities at South Bend - Weds. 9/11 - Quad Cities won 3-2
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST, Thurs. 9/12
South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/14
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Sun. 9/15
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Mon. 9/16

*If necessary

Division Championship Series - Quad Cities won series 2-1
Beloit at Quad Cities - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
Quad Cities at Beloit - Sun. 9/8 - Beloit won 4-3
Quad Cities at Beloit - Mon. 9/9 - Quad Cities won 9-5

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

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

League Championship Series
State College at Tri-City - Tues. 9/10 - State College won 2-1 in 11 innings
Tri-City at State College - Weds. 9/11 - Tri-City won 5-4
Tri-City at State College - 6:05 CST, Thurs. 9/12

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/12

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Kyle Weiland (27)
Drafted by Boston in the third round in 2008, Weiland came to Houston in a December 2011 trade along with Jed Lowrie for Mark Melancon. Weiland only pitched in three games for Houston at the beginning of 2012 before having surgery on his right shoulder, reportedly to clean out an infection. And then he was never heard from again and was rumored to be abiding on Weiland Island with Jack Armstrong, Chase Davidson and the other players who have been "disappeared" during their recovery from injuries. But then there was this sighting in August. Now you know as much as I do.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

SS Pat Listach (46)
Originally drafted by the Brewers in the fifth round in 1988, Listach spent five seasons with Milwaukee, where he won Rookie of the Year in 1992, before signing with the Astros as a free agent in 1997. He played 52 games with the Astros that season, putting up a .182 BA and .247 OBP, before being released July 1, 1997. He did not play another major league game.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

The complete schedule, results and probable pitchers can be found here.

Tuesday's Games

Lancaster over Inland Empire 6-1 in 10 innings
This was a pitchers' duel through the first nine, but the JetHawks bats came alive in the 10th inning to force a Game 5 back in Lancaster. Tommy Shirley took the mound and allowed the only Inland Empire run on four hits over five and a third innings. He walked one and struck out two. Gera Sanchez followed and got a key strikeout to leave the bases loaded in the sixth. Jordan Jankowski, Kenny Long, Mike Hauschild and Travis Ballew each took their turn and each provided hitless relief to keep the JetHawks in the game. The 'Hawks scored their first run in the eighth as Carlos Perdomo (3x4 2B BB RBI R) doubled in Joe Sclafani (2x3 2B 2BB 2R) who had doubled earlier in the frame. Perdomo was given the start at second in place of the slumping Delino DeShields. In the 10th inning, Lancaster loaded the bases in short order on a Sclafani walk and singles from Nolan Fontana and Perdomo. An Andrew Aplin sac fly scored the first run, but then back-to-back two-run doubles from Tyler Heineman and Brandon Meredith (3x4 2-2B BB 2RBI) blew the game open. Lancaster was dubbed the Heart Attack Hawks in 2012 for coming back and coming from behind time and again. I am thrilled to tell you that the Heart Attack Hawks are back!

State College over Tri-City 2-1 in 11 innings
This was another pitchers' duel with the two teams combining to allow only eight hits on the night. Evan Grills pitched a beauty, allowing one run via the long ball in the fifth inning. That was one of only two hits he gave up in eight innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. Chris Munnelly followed with two scoreless frames. Edison Frias was charged with the loss as he allowed the go ahead run to score in the 11th on a throwing error. The 'Cats lone run came in the second on a Brian Holberton sac fly scoring Brett Booth (2x5). Tri-City will now travel to State College for the second game in the three-game series with their backs against the wall and Michael Feliz on the mound. It should be a good one.

Player of the Day: Carlos Perdomo gets the nod for making the most of his first playoff start. Not only did he double in the tying run in the eighth, his slash hit single in the 10th was a big key to the JetHawks rally.

Pitchers of the Day: I cannot say enough about the entire JetHawks pitching staff. Tommy Shirley made his first start since July 30th and pitched like a champ. And then FIVE relievers come in and don't allow another hit the rest of the way? Gravy. But I cannot ignore the beautiful start from Evan Grills. It was arguably the best start of his professional career and, in a perfect world, it should have resulted in a "W."

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Lancaster 6 at Inland Empire 1 - Series is tied at 2-2
State College 2 at Tri-City 1 in 11 innings - State College leads series 1-0 (best of three)

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST
Kyle Smith (1-1, 7.33) vs. Kramer Sneed (7-4, 4.09)

Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST
Chris Devenski (0-0, 1.80) vs. Braden Shipley (1-0, 0.00)

Tri-City at State College - 6:05 CST
Michael Feliz (0-0, 0.00) vs. Nick Petree (0-1, 18.00)

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 won the series 3-2
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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Sun. 9/8 - San Antonio won 5-3

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half

South Division Finals
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sun. 9/8 - Inland Empire won 7-4
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Mon. 9/9 - Inland Empire won 6-2
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Tues. 9/10 - Lancaster won 6-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Wed. 9/11

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Midwest League Championship Series
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST, Weds. 9/11
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST, Thurs. 9/12
South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/14
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Sun. 9/15
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Mon. 9/16

*If necessary

Division Championship Series - Quad Cities won series 2-1
Beloit at Quad Cities - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
Quad Cities at Beloit - Sun. 9/8 - Beloit won 4-3
Quad Cities at Beloit - Mon. 9/9 - Quad Cities won 9-5

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

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

League Championship Series
State College at Tri-City - Tues. 9/10 - State College won 2-1 in 11 innings
Tri-City at State College - 6:05 CST, Weds. 9/11
*Tri-City at State College - 6:05 CST, Thurs. 9/12

*If necessary

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/11

Astros Bench Coach Eduardo Perez (44)
Perez was drafted by the Angels in the first round in 1991 and made his major league debut two years later. Perez spent 13 seasons playing primarily first base and outfield for six different teams. He is in his first season as the Bench Coach for the Astros. For more on Perez' coaching career, go here.

1B/3B Brandon Laird (26)
Drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round in 2007, Laird was selected off waivers from the Yankees in September 2012. Laird has spent a handful of games at the major league level this season, but spent the bulk of 2013 at Oklahoma City where he hit .277/.324/.449 with 33 doubles and 16 home runs in 119 games.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

LHP Dave Roberts (died January 9, 2009 at age 64)
An absolute workhorse in the four seasons that he pitched for Houston (1972 to 1975), Roberts pitched 843.2 innings for the Astros. He was 47-44 with 34 complete games, 11 shutouts, four saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.358 WHIP. In 13 seasons in the majors (from 1969 to 1981), he also played for San Diego, Detroit, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Seattle and the New York Mets.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

The complete schedule and results can be found here.

Monday's Games

Inland Empire over Lancaster 6-2
Lancaster is on the brink of elimination after Monday's loss. They have to win tonight to force a game five back at The Hangar. Aaron West (3.1IP 7H 4R 4SO HR) got the start and struggled early. The 66ers scored twice in the first and once in the third before Lancaster answered with a run in the top of the fourth on a Tyler Heineman (2x4) double scoring Andrew Aplin. But the 'Hawks squandered an opportunity in the frame as they left the bases loaded. After allowing a one-out home run in the bottom of the fourth, West was pulled in favor of Tyson Perez. After issuing a single and a walk, Perez settled down and got the final two outs of the fourth. Blair Walters faced two batters in the fifth, issuing a single and getting a strikeout, and was followed by Michael Dimock who got the next two outs in the frame. The JetHawks loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs, but only managed to score one run on a Chris Epps (2x3) sac fly. The 66ers answered as Dimock gave up a lead-off triple in the bottom of the sixth and the runner scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Dimock allowed the final Inland Empire run to score in the eighth on a home run. Gera Sanchez pitched the final one and two-thirds innings and struck out two. Nolan Fontana went two-for-four with a double; and Joe Sclafani was one-for-four with a double. The offense for Lancaster has been flat. I think it's time for Rodney Linares to pull out the sacrificial KFC again or the players to wear women's underwear or cloves of garlic around their necks. Light some candles. Bring out the voodoo dolls. Whatever it takes. I would hate to see this terrific team go down without a fight.

Quad Cities over Beloit 9-5
This one is a lot more fun to write about. Quad Cities beat Beloit 2-1 in the best of three and became the third Astros minor league team to advance to the Championship Finals. Offense was not a problem for the River Bandits as they banged out 17 hits in the game, including four doubles, two triples and three home runs. Daniel Minor (6IP 6H 2R 0BB 6SO HR) got the start and allowed one run in the third on a solo home run and one in the fifth on back-to-back doubles. By the time Minor left the game after six innings, Quad Cities had a 9-2 lead. Juan Minaya made it interesting as he allowed three runs in the seventh, but Mitch Lambson came in to keep the game scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. The Bandits drew first blood in the second inning on a Rio Ruiz (2x5) two-run homer. Back-to-back home runs from Teoscar Hernandez (2x4 2R) and Carlos Correa (2x5 3B HR 3RBI) to start off the third added on two more runs while a double steal (Rio Ruiz stealing second and Danry Vasquez stealing home) accounted for the third run of that inning. Quad Cities scored once more in the fourth, once in the fifth on a Jordan Scott RBI double and the final two in the sixth as Carlos Correa tripled in a run and was in turn driven in with a Danry Vasquez single. Tony Kemp went two-for-five with a double and a walk; Bobby Borchering was three-for-five with a double and scored twice; Jordan Scott went three-for-five with a double, triple, RBI and stolen base; and Brian Blasik went two-for-four with a double. Quad Cities will face South Bend in the Championship Finals starting Wednesday.

Player of the Day: Carlos Correa, come on down. On a roster full of offensive studs, it took a triple, home run and three RBI to stand out.

Pitcher of the Day: Daniel Minor gets the honors and the win and the chance to go to a Championship Final. Congratulations, Daniel.

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Lancaster 2 at Inland Empire 6 - Inland Empire leads the series 2-1
Quad Cities 9 at Beloit 5 - Quad Cities won the series 2-1 and advances to the finals

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST
Tommy Shirley (1-4, 3.35) and Alex Keudell (0-0, 3.86)

State College at Tri-City - 6:05 CST
Arturo Reyes (1-2, 2.08) vs. Evan Grills (7-1, 3.34)

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 won the series 3-2
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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Sun. 9/8 - San Antonio won 5-3

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half

South Division Finals
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sun. 9/8 - Inland Empire won 7-4
Lancaster at Inland Empire - Mon. 9/9 - Inland Empire won 6-2
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST, Tues. 9/10
*Inland Empire at Lancaster - 9:00 CST, Wed. 9/11

*If necessary

Quad Cities - Finished Second in the Division

Midwest League Championship Series
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST, Weds. 9/11
Quad Cities at South Bend - 6:05 CST, Thurs. 9/12
South Bend at Quad Cities - 7:05 CST, Sat. 9/14
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Sun. 9/15
*South Bend at Quad Cities - TBD, Mon. 9/16

*If necessary

Division Championship Series - Quad Cities won series 2-1
Beloit at Quad Cities - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
Quad Cities at Beloit - Sun. 9/8 - Beloit won 4-3
Quad Cities at Beloit - Mon. 9/9 - Quad Cities won 9-5

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

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

League Championship Series
State College at Tri-City - 6:05 CST, Tues. 9/10
Tri-City at State College - TBD, Weds. 9/11
*Tri-City at State College - TBD, Thurs. 9/12

*If necessary

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/10

RHP Gerardo Juarez (20)
Juarez spent the majority of his first professional season with the DSL Astros compiling a 3-2 record with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.881 WHIP in 13 games (five starts). Juarez received a late promotion to the GCL where he appeared in two games with a 1.42 ERA and a 1.105 WHIP. For the season, he walked 10 batters while striking out 58 in 59+ innings.

RHP Kyle Smith (21)
Obtained in the July 2013 Justin Maxwell trade with Kansas City, Smith was originally drafted by that team in the fourth round in 2011. In five regular season starts with Lancaster after the trade, he was 1-1 with a 7.33 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. In the Carolina League prior to the trade, Smith was 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.169 WHIP in 19 starts.

LHP Luis Cruz (23)
Drafted in the 9th round in 2008 out of high school in Puerto Rico, Cruz split the 2013 season between Lancaster and Corpus Christi. Between the two venues, he was 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.228 WHIP. In May, he combined with Kyle Hallock in a no-hitter at Lancaster and in his next to the last start of the regular season for Corpus Christi, he had a complete game two-hit shutout in which he struck out a career-high 14 batters. Cruz led all Astros minor league pitchers in 2013 with 150 strikeouts for the season.

3B Angel Ibanez (23)
Drafted in the 28th round in 2012 out of University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, Ibanez spent his second season with Greeneville in 2013. In 33 games, he hit .239/.302/.292.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP Randy "Big Unit" Johnson (50)
Randy is well-remembered by Houston fans for his dominance during the 1998 playoff run. Obtained at the trade deadline, he went 10-1 in 11 starts with a 1.28 ERA and a 0.984 WHIP. He helped to get the Astros to the post season, but even with an impressive 1.93 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP, he went 0-2 and Houston lost the NLDS to San Diego 3-1. Johnson appeared in 22 major league seasons for six teams, with the vast majority of his time spent in the Mariners and Diamondbacks organizations. Among many other accomplishments, Johnson was a 10-time All-Star, MVP for the 2001 World Series and a five-time Cy Young Award Winner.

1B Craig Cacek (59)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the ninth round in 1972, Cacek came to Houston in a December 1975 trade with the Mets. His sole major league experience consisted of seven games played for Houston during the 1977 season. He did manage to get his one hit in the bigs, but that's about it.

RHP Lance Pendleton (30)
A first round pick by the Yankees in 2005, Pendleton was picked up in the Rule 5 draft from the Yankees in 2010, returned prior to the 2011 season and ultimately claimed off waivers from the Yankees in September 2011. In four appearances he had a 17.36 ERA and a 2.357 WHIP.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Here are the complete playoff schedules, results and probable matchups.

Sunday's Games

San Antonio over Corpus Christi 5-3
San Antonio struck early with four runs in the first two innings and Corpus Christi was never able to overcome. Starter David Rollins didn't exactly help himself out with two wild pitches and a throwing error as he allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits. He was followed by four scoreless frames from Carlos Quevedo. Edgar Martinez allowed one run in his one rehab inning before giving way to Alex Sogard for a scoreless ninth. Ronnie Torreyes singled in two runs in the fifth inning and Preston Tucker scored in the eighth inning on an Erik Castro ground out, but it turned out to be too little, too late and the Corpus Christi team is done for the season. Domingo Santana was three-for-four with a double; and Matt Duffy went two-for-three.

Inland Empire over Lancaster 7-4
Inland Empire took advantage of Colton Cain early to tie the series at one a piece. Cain only lasted two and two-thirds innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits. Three of those runs came on two home runs. Mike Hauschild was called upon for long relief and allowed one run over his three and a third innings and was followed by scoreless outings from Gera Sanchez and Blair Walters. Jordan Jankowski let the final 66ers run come across in the ninth. Kenny Long retired the final two batters of that frame. Down 5-0 going in to the bottom of the third inning, the 'Hawks came back with four in the bottom of the third as two walks and a hit batter were followed by a Nolan Fontana (2x5) triple. Fontana then scored on an Andrew Aplin sac fly. But they were unable to hit the run column again, including failing to bring home Chris Epps after hitting a lead off triple in the seventh. M.P. Cokinos went two-for-four in the game.

Beloit over Quad Cities 4-3
Beloit also knotted the series with Quad Cities with their win. And once again, the opposition scored early, this time scoring four runs off Zach Morton in the first one and two-thirds innings. Jamaine Cotton did a beautiful job over the next three and a third innings, allowing only one walk and striking out four. J.D. Osborne (2IP 1H 1B 1SO) and Patrick Christensen (1IP 1H 1SO) followed. Quad Cities cut in to the Beloit lead with RBI singles from Brian Blasik (2x4) and Tony Kemp (2x4 BB) in the second inning. They scored again in the fourth on a Teoscar Hernandez single driving in Jordan Scott (2x4). But ultimately, they left 10 on base and went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Player of the Day: Had it not been for Nolan Fontana's three RBI triple, the Lancaster loss would have been a lot more lopsided.

Pitcher of the Day: Jamaine Cotton earns the honors by giving his team the opportunity to get back in the game. Unfortunately, they didn't take advantage of that opportunity.

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Yesterday's Postseason Results
San Antonio 5 at Corpus Christi 3 - San Antonio wins the series 3-2
Inland Empire 7 at Lancaster 4 - The series is tied 1-1 (best of five)
Quad Cities 3 at Beloit 4 - The series is tied 1-1 (best of three)

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST
Aaron West (10-8, 5.22) vs. TBD

Quad Cities at Beloit - 6:30 CST
Daniel Minor (8-3, 3.71) vs. Derek De Young (0-0, 2.25)

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 won the series 3-2
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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - Sun. 9/8 - San Antonio won 5-3

Lancaster - Division Winner in first half and second half

South Division Finals
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - Sun. 9/8 - Inland Empire won 7-4
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST, Mon. 9/9
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST, 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 - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
Quad Cities at Beloit - Sun. 9/8 - Beloit won 4-3
*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

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

League Championship Series
State College at Tri-City - 6:05 CST, Tues. 9/10
Tri-City at State College - TBD, Weds. 9/11
*Tri-City at State College - TBD, Thurs. 9/12

*If necessary

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/9

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Jerry Mumphrey (61)
Born in Tyler, Texas, Mumphrey spent several years in the Cardinals organization, as well as the Padres and Yankees, before making it to Houston in 1983. Received in a trade from the Yankees in August of 1983, the switch-hitter compiled a .291/.354/.401 batting line in 325 games over three seasons with the Astros and was named to the All-Star game in 1984. Mumphrey was traded to the Cubs in December of 1985 for Billy Hatcher.

RHP Jim Corsi (52)
After two seasons with Oakland, Corsi was signed as a free agent by Houston in 1991. In one season with the Astros, Corsi was 0-5 in 47 games with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.275 WHIP. After being released at the end of the 1991 season, he went on to play for Oakland, Florida, Boston and Baltimore.

LHP Mike Hampton (41)
Originally drafted by the Mariners in the sixth round in 1990, Hampton pitched for the Astros from 1994 to 1999 and again in 2009, with the prior stint being decidedly more successful than the latter. In his seven seasons with the Astros, he was 76-50 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.370 WHIP. In 1999, as an Astro, he was named to the All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger award and placed second in Cy Young voting to Randy Johnson. He went on to win four additional Silver Sluggers, another All-Star nod and a Golden Glove while playing for the Mets, the Rockies and the Braves. After a few appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2010, he officially retired in March of 2011. He is currently the pitching coach for the AA Arkansas Travelers.

RHP Dan Miceli (43)
In 97 appearances out of the bullpen for the Astros in 2003 and 2004, Miceli was 7-7 with two saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.207 WHIP. A very well-traveled player, Miceli spent 14 seasons in the majors playing for 10 teams.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Saturday'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 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 0
With their win on Saturday the Valley Cats returned to the Penn League Championship for the second consecutive year. In similar fashion to the night before, the Valley Cats did not score until the later innings. Jon Kemmer (1X4 R 2B RBI SO) started the scoring off in the seventh inning with an RBI double that brought home Ronnie Mitchell (1X4 R 2B 2SO). Ryan Dineen (2X3 R 2B) scored the final run in the eighth inning on a Tyler White (1X4 RBI 2SO) RBI single. Starting pitcher Kyle Westwood went seven innings, walking one, allowing five hits and striking out three as he picked up the win. Gonzalo Sanudo earned his second save in the playoffs after facing the minimum through the final two frames, striking out two.

Beloit Snappers 1, Quad Cities River Bandits 3
The River Bandits need just one more win against Beloit after Saturday’s to advance to the championship. Josh Hader pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking one and striking out one as well. Andrew Walter earned his second save of the playoffs after stranding a runner in the ninth and striking two others. Carlos Correa went two-for-three with two RBIs. Correa knocked in Teoscar Hernandez (0X4 R) in the first inning and Brian Blasik (1X3 R) in the third. Jordan Scott (1X3 2B RBI) doubled in the sixth to plate Rio Ruiz (0X3 R BB) for the last run of the game.

Inland Empire 66ers 1, Lancaster JetHawks 4
Jayne was at this game and her firsthand account of it is here.

Corpus Christi Hooks 1, San Antonio Missions 0
The Hooks won their first must win game in the ninth inning of this series after falling behind 2-1 on Friday, forcing a game five.  Ruben Alaniz pitched the first seven innings in commanding fashion, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out six. Edgar Gonzalez picked up the win after working the eighth, allowing a hit and striking out the other three batters he faced. The winning run in the ninth was scored when pinch hitter Michael Burgess (1X1 RBI) singled to plate Ryan McCurdy (0X0 R BB).

Player of the Day: Carlos Correa is wearing the WTHB crown today for his offensive contribution yesterday.


Pitcher of the Day: Brady Rodgers takes the cake today, hands down. 11 Ks, retiring the last 10 he faced in order? That is big time.


Lancaster JetHawks Playoff Game #1

Buca is going to bring you the rest of the recaps on what was another stellar day in the Astros minor league system, but since I was already in Lancaster, I thought I really should recap that game. So here we go.

Lancaster 4 over Inland Empire 1
Brady Rodgers got the start and what a start!!! Rodgers pitched seven and a third innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out 11 batters. It seemed like more. He was simply in control the entire way and so much fun to watch. The 'Hawks scored first in the bottom of the second inning as M.P. Cokinos doubled (2x4) and then advanced and scored on a pair of ground outs. The 66ers answered with a run in the top of the third, but only managed one more hit the rest of the way. Two additional JetHawks runners came across in the fourth on a ground out and a Tyler Heineman sac fly.

The final run came in the eighth on the craziest play I think I've ever seen. Brandon Meredith (1x2 2RBI) doubled and M.P. Cokinos scored on the play. However, Meredith, Tyler Heineman and many in the crowd (actually, pretty much everyone except the umpiring crew) thought that Meredith had hit a home run. It certainly looked like it off of the bat. So, even though Cokinos scored, Meredith and Heineman (who had been on first) both ended up getting caught in rundowns. Heineman was ultimately called out at the plate and this is what the official scorer had to say about it:

  • Brandon Meredith doubles (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Andy Workman. MP Cokinos scores. Tyler Heineman out at home on the throw, center fielder Andy Workman to second baseman Alex Yarbrough to pitcher Daniel Tillman to shortstop Eric Stamets to catcher Abel Baker. Brandon Meredith to 3rd on the throw.
But there were probably about a dozen throws (or more) all together between the two rundowns happening simultaneously. I was not envying the official scorer in trying to sort that all out.

Anywho, Kenny Long and Travis Ballew finished things off without allowing another 66ers hit, and the good guys won.

Following the game, there were fireworks. The last time I was at The Hangar, the fireworks ended up shooting into the crowd. This time the fireworks caused a couple of small brush fires. Maybe JetHawks management should just rely on the team to provide the fireworks from now on. They seem to do a pretty fair job of it.

Astros Minor League Playoff Schedule and Results

Recaps of yesterday's playoff games are here.

Yesterday's Postseason Results
Corpus Christi 1 at San Antonio 0 - The series is tied 2-2
Inland Empire 1 at Lancaster 4 - Lancaster leads series 1-0
Beloit 1 at Quad Cities 3 - Quad Cities leads series 1-0 (best of three)
Aberdeen 0 at Tri-City 3 - Tri-City wins series 2-0 and advances to the finals

Today's Postseason Games and Probable Pitchers
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST
Josh Geer (8-5, 3.41) vs. David Rollins (0-3, 4.36)

Inland Empire at Lancaster - 7:00 CST
TBD vs. Colton Cain (3-0, 3.24)

Quad Cities at Beloit - 6:30 CST
Zach Morton (0-1, 1.45) vs. Kyle Finnegan (1-1, 9.82)

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 - Sat. 9/7 - Corpus won 1-0
San Antonio at Corpus Christi - 6:05 CST, Sun. 9/8

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 - Sat. 9/7 - Lancaster won 4-1
Inland Empire at Lancaster - 7:00 CST, Sun. 9/8
Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST, Mon. 9/9
*Lancaster at Inland Empire - 9:05 CST, 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 - Sat. 9/7 - Quad Cities won 3-1
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

League Championship Series
Game 1 will be Tuesday. Opponent and location TBD
Game 2 - TBD
*Game 3 - TBD

*If necessary

Semi-Final Championship Series - Tri-City won the series 2-0
Tri-City at Aberdeen - Fri. 9/6 - Tri-City won 1-0
Aberdeen at Tri-City - Sat. 9/7 - Tri-City won 3-0

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 - 9/8

No future Astros and one former Astro celebrating today:

RHP Ken Forsch (67)
Drafted by the Astros in the 18th round in 1968, Forsch pitched for Houston from 1970 to 1980. In 421 appearances, he was 78-81 with 50 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.250 WHIP. Even more impressive in this day and age of bullpen specialists, Forsch threw 36 complete games for Houston. He was an All-Star in 1976 for Houston and in 1981 for the California Angels to whom he was traded in April of 1981 for Dickie Thon.

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