Thursday, May 15, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Field trip games!

Oklahoma City was off

The RedHawks will begin their annual Big 12 Tournament roadtrip in Nashville tonight. Nick Tropeano (1-3, 2.94) will face off against Ariel Peña (2-2, 4.66) at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 6 in 13 innings

W- Travis Ballew (2-0)
L- Luis de la Cruz (0-4)
S- Pat Urckfitz (2)

CC home runs: Joe Sclafani (1, solo in 7th)

The Hooks' 2 wins in this series have come in extra innings. They had to work for this one though... they had the Missions down to their final out twice, only to see them tie the game with a solo homer each time. And, they needed to withstand 4 Missions home runs. Telvin Nash went 0-5, but he provided the go-ahead sac fly in the top of the 13th. This was Nash's first RBI that came off something other than a home run.

Offensively, the Hooks capitalized on 3 Missions miscues, scoring 4 runs as a result. Joe Sclafani had himself an afternoon at the plate as he went 3-6 with a 2-run single in the 2nd (an error preceded this), a solo homer in the 7th that tied the game at 4 at that point, and 2 runs scored. In the 12th, he took off for 3rd on a wild pitch and ended up scoring the go-ahead run as Austin Hedges' throw was errant. That run put Corpus up 6-5. Andrew Aplin was 3-6 with a double in the 10th inning. He wound up scoring on Preston Tucker's double which put Corpus up 5-4. Matt Duffy opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Tucker went 2-5. M.P. Cokinos was the only player in the starting 9+1 to not strike out, and Leo Heras, who was activated from the DL along with Colton Cain, went 1-2 with a walk in his first action.

Colton Cain got the start and allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 3 innings. Jordan Jankowski probably isn't too thrilled that he gave up 3 runs on 2 home runs, but outside of that, he allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 4.2 innings of work.

Jorge De Leon pitched 2.1 innings. He got the first 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, but... Rymer Liriano, who was the 3rd man due up in the inning, had other ideas. He sent the first pitch he saw from De Leon out of there to tie the game at 5. That was Liriano's 2nd homer of the game; he took Jankowski deep in the 6th to give San Antonio a 4-3 lead. De Leon allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Travis Ballew tossed a 1-2-3 11th, and had 2 outs and a 1-2 count on Jake Lemmerman in the 12th. Lemmerman decided that this game needed to go on a little longer and re-tied it with a solo homer. That was the only blemish on Ballew's line; he struck out 2. Pat Urckfitz decided that enough was enough and slammed the door. He worked around a walk and wild pitch to finally finish this one, striking out 2 in a scoreless 13th.

The Hooks will look for the series win as they send out Kyle Smith (0-2, 10.38; 4-2, 4.46 season). He'll be taking on Odrisamer Despaigne, a Cuban defector who is making his season debut. First pitch is at 7:05.

Bakersfield 10, Lancaster 0

W- Wandy Peralta (4-3)
L- Brian Holmes (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Ugh.

The only 2 JetHawks hits in this game belonged to Tony Kemp and Bobby Borchering. Rio Ruiz went 0-2 with 2 walks.

Brian Holmes went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out and pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Tyson Perez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings, and finally, Juan Minaya worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

Kyle Westwood will face James Allen in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 1

W- Barrett Astin (4-2)
L- Evan Grills (1-1)
S- Rodolfo Fernandez (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Timber Rattlers took control of this game and took the series thanks to a 4-run 4th that broke a 1-1 tie.

Brett Phillips went 2-4; he doubled to lead off the game, advanced to 3rd on a Chan-Jong Moon sac bunt, and scored QC's only run of the evening on Jack Mayfield's groundout. Moon went 2-3 with a steal (13).

Evan Grills pitched 7 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, and Chris Cotton struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

The River Bandits will now begin the 2nd leg of their roadtrip as they head to suburban Chicago to begin a 4-game set with Kane County. Coming off his best start of the season, Adrian Houser (1-1, 4.67) will get the start in the opener. He'll take on Duane Underwood (0-0, 2.91) at 6:30.

Three Stars

3.



Brett Phillips, CF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, R



2.



Pat Urckfitz, LHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), IP, BB, 2 K



1.



Joe Sclafani, 2B, Corpus Christi
3-6, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R



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