Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City 12, New Orleans 0

W- Jake Buchanan (4-3)
L- Brian Flynn (4-3)

OKC home runs: Gregorio Petit (4, 3-run in 5th)

Well that was fun. Jake Buchanan went the distance and put up 9 zeros in the process while the RedHawks offense unleashed hell on the Zephyrs pitching staff.

It took Buchanan 97 pitches (77 strikes) to get 27 outs. He allowed 6 hits and struck out a career-high 10. This was the first time that he's recorded double-digit strikeouts as a pro. His previous career high was 9, which came last July 5 against the Zephyrs. This was also Buchanan's 2nd career complete game shutout; his 1st came on May 1, 2011, when he fired a 4-hitter for Lancaster against Inland Empire. According to OKC announcer Alex Freedman, Buchanan is currently on a 26-inning scoreless streak. That's pretty good.

The RedHawks offense was powered by a pair of 5-run innings, and they tacked on 1 in 2 other innings to complete the dozen. They also drew 10 walks. Jon Singleton was the only player in the starting 9+1 without a hit, but he drew 4 walks and scored a run. Andy Simunic drew 3, while Ronald Torreyes walked twice. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the 2nd, Robbie Grossman kicked things off by bringing in Torreyes with a single. Kiké Hernandez followed up with a sac fly, and then Domingo Santana ripped an RBI double. Max Stassi topped it off with a 2-run double. Carlos Perez added an RBI single in the 3rd.

Stassi, who finished 4-4 with a couple of doubles, added a 2-run single in the 5th, and then one batter later, Gregorio Petit, for all intents and purposes, sealed the deal with a 3-run blast (4). Simunic provided the cherry with an RBI single in the 9th. Santana also had a 4-hit night; he scored 3 times. Petit, Hernandez, and Simunic finished with 2 hits apiece.

Asher Wojciechowski, who's been on Team Rehab all year, will make his season debut later this morning. He'll take on Bryan Evans in game 3 of this 4-game set at 11:00 A.M.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin their tour of Arkansas. Their first stop is Little Rock, where they'll play 3 with the Travelers beginning tonight. Tommy Shirley will start the opener, and he'll be opposed by Kramer Sneed. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 8, Bakersfield 4

W- Brian Holmes (1-1)
L- James Allen (2-4)
S- Dan Minor (2)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez 2 (8; solo in 1st, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks took the opener behind the bat of Mr. Hernandez. It got a bit hairy in the middle stages of the game, but they finished with 3 unanswered runs.

Teoscar swatted a pair of homers and moved into a tie for the California League RBI lead with Bakersfield 1B Marquez Smith. His first was a solo shot in the 1st that opened the scoring. After the Blaze tied it with 1 of their own in the bottom of the frame, Lancaster responded with 3 in the top of the 2nd. Carlos Perdomo finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI double in the inning. He'd score on a Tony Kemp single, and Kemp came home on a Teoscar double. Kemp also scored on a Teoscar groundout in the 4th. After Bako scored 2 in the bottom of the 4th to get within 1, Perdomo added an RBI single in the 5th to provide a little more separation, and Hernandez gave the JetHawks the separation they needed by sending a 2-run shot into the Central Valley night in the 8th. Kemp and Jordan Scott both went 2-5 and took part in a little thievery. Scott swiped one (2), while Kemp had a couple (18).

Brian Holmes went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 4. J.D. Osborne was a bit erratic, as he issued 3 walks and only struck out 1 in his 2 frames, but he didn't allow a hit or a run. As long as the other team doesn't score.... whatever works. Dan Minor finished it off with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

In the middle game of this series, Kyle Westwood will face Drew Cisco. First pitch is at 7:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 1

W- Adrian Houser (3-1)
L- Harrison Cooney (2-3)
S- Tyler Brunnemann (1)

QC home runs: None.

After a tough extra-inning loss in the series opener, the Bandits came back and smacked the Bees around, scoring 6 unanswered runs to take this one.

Adrian Houser won his 3rd straight decision with another fine outing. He went 6 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits while striking out 4. Tyler Brunnemann pitched the final 3 innings and posted 3 zeros. He allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 for the save.

Brett Booth went 2-4 with a pair of RBI singles; the first one opened up the scoring in the 1st, and he had another one as part of a 3-run 5th. Conrad Gregor hit an RBI single in the 3rd, while James Ramsay ripped a pair of RBI doubles in the 4th and the 8th. Tyler White added an RBI double in the 5th and ended up scoring on a Tanner Mathis force out. Mathis, who doubled and scored in the 4th, added a stolen base (6). Chan-Jong Moon went 2-5 with 2 steals (17).

In the rubber game of this series, Kevin Comer will make his first start of the season. He'll face Ryan Etsell at 7:00.

Three Stars: Position Players


James Ramsay, CF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

2. 4-hit nights for OKC.

Domingo Santana, LF
4-6, 2B, RBI, 3 R

Photo courtesy of Bryan Green

Max Stassi, C
4-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, R


Teoscar Hernandez, CF, Lancaster
3-5, 2B, 2 HR (8), 5 RBI

Honorable Mentions: Carlos Perdomo, Tony Kemp, Gregorio Petit, Andy Simunic, Brett Booth

Three Stars: Pitchers


J.D. Osborne on Twitter: @jd13_osborne

J.D. Osborne, LHP, Lancaster
2 IP, 3 BB, K

Dan Minor, RHP, Lancaster
Save (2), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

2. Quad Cities pitchers shackled Burlington.

Adrian Houser, RHP
W (3-1), 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K

Photo by John Whinery

Tyler Brunnemann, RHP
Save (1), 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K 

1. Wonder why he's got that grin on his face? Oh that's right, he just tossed a complete game shutout.

Jake Buchanan, RHP, Oklahoma City
W (4-3), CG, 6 H, 10 K

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