Sunday, May 18, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 17, 2014

Nashville 10, Oklahoma City 4

W- Alfredo Figaro (1-1)
L- Rudy Owens (2-3)

OKC home runs: None.


The Sounds opened the scoring with 5 in the 3rd. OKC put up 3 in the top of the 4th, but Nashville responded with 4 more in the bottom of the inning to doom the RedHawks.

OKC's 3 in the 3rd came on RBI singles from Andy Simunic and Adron Chambers and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Domingo Santana. Gregorio Petit went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 7th. Chambers and Jonathan Meyer also had 2-hit nights.

Rudy Owens pitched just 3 innings and allowed 8 runs on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Raúl Valdés came on and pitched 4 in relief, allowing a run on 3 hits while striking out 4. Chia-Jen Lo pitched the 8th and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

In the series finale, Mike Foltynewicz will take on Jimmy Nelson at 2:05.

Corpus Christi 5, Midland 4

W- Andrew Robinson (4-0)
L- Ryan Dull (3-2)

CC home runs: Preston Tucker (8, 3-run in 3rd)

The Hooks walked off with a pair in the bottom of the 9th. This came after they squelched a Midland threat in the top of the inning that kept it a 1-run game.

After Kent Matthes hit a 3-run shot off Matt Heidenreich in the top of the 3rd which made it 4-0 RockHounds, Preston Tucker answered with a 3-run shot of his own (8) in the bottom of the inning to put Corpus on the board and make it a 1-run game. That's how it stood until the bottom of the 9th.

Nolan Fontana led off with a single, and then before you knew it, Andrew Aplin joined him on the bases with a walk. They would both advance on a sac bunt from Matt Duffy, and then Tucker was intentionally walked to set up a double play possibility at any base. Well, that turned out to work in the Hooks' favor, as a pair of singles from Joe Sclafani and Leo Heras tied the game, and won it, respectively. Fontana posted his 4th consecutive multi-walk game as he went 2-3 with a run scored and 2 walks. Aplin went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. In addition to his blast, Tucker also drew 2 walks. Sclafani went 2-5 to log his 6th straight multi-hit game, and Heras finished 4-5 with the game-winner.

Matt Heidenreich went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 4, and struck out 3. The bullpen picked him up as 2 relievers combined to throw 5 scoreless. Michael Dimock allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Dimock has made 7 appearances and has posted zeros in 6 of those 7. Andrew Robinson tagged in for 2 scoreless and gave up 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

In game 3, Mike Hauschild and Luis Cruz will face Nate Long at 1:10.

Lancaster 10, Rancho Cucamonga 3

W- Lance McCullers (2-2)
L- Jharel Cotton (0-2)
S- Kent Emanuel (1)

Lancaster home runs: Jordan Scott (1, 3-run in 2nd)

The Quakes got 2 in the 1st off Lance McCullers, but Lancaster seized control of this one with a 10-1 run the rest of the way.

The JetHawks offense was powered by Jordan Scott, who at one point was their offense. He answered Corey Seager's 2-run shot off McCullers in the 1st with a 3-run homer in the 2nd, then added a 2-run triple in the 4th and, one batter later, scored on Roberto Peña's single. He also hit another triple in the 6th, but was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice.

Rio Ruiz was 2-4 with a 2-run single in the 5th and 2 runs scored. Lancaster got a pair in the 6th on an RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez, who scored on a Carlos Correa double. Correa's 2 hits were both doubles, while Hernandez and Scott also scored 2 runs.

Outside of the 2-run homer from Seager, McCullers was rather good in his 5 innings. He allowed just 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 9. Kent Emanuel tagged in to finish it out; he allowed a consolation solo homer to Chris Jacobs in the bottom of the 9th. In his 4 innings, Emanuel allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Game 3 of this series features Chris Devenski on the mound as he takes on Tom Windle. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Kane County 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Tyler Skulina (2-1)
L- Andrew Thurman (2-3)
S- Nathan Dorris (2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits did not have a hit, and they only had 3 baserunners: Chan-Jong Moon and Conrad Gregor walked, and Gregor also reached base after getting hit by Skulina.

Andrew Thurman went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Pat Christensen was the first man out and pitched 1.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. And, in his season debut, Frederick Tiburcio struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings.

In the series finale, Jandel Gustave will face Daury Torrez at 1:00.

Three Stars: Position Players


Preston Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
1-3, 3-R HR (8), 2 BB as the DH


Leo Heras, LF, Corpus Christi
4-5, GW RBI single


Jordan Scott, LF, Lancaster
3-4, 2 3B, 3-R HR (1), 5 RBI, 2 R

Three Stars: Pitchers


Lance McCullers, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-2), 5 IP, 3 H (2-run HR), 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Photo courtesy of Bryan Green

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Lancaster
Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 3 K


Michael Dimock, RHP, Corpus Christi 
3 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Andrew Robinson, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-0), 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K


Photo courtesy of Bryan Green

Frederick Tiburcio, RHP, Quad Cities
2 IP, 4 K

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