Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 2, 2014

Jon Singleton is coming!!!

Oklahoma City 8, Memphis 1

W- Nick Tropeano (3-4)
L- Angel Castro (5-4)

OKC home runs: Kiké Hernandez (4, 5 season; solo in 1st), Gregorio Petit (5, 3-run in 1st)

Nick Tropeano's brilliant outing and the 1st-inning homers you see above set the tone for the RedHawks as they took 3 of 4 from the Redbirds.

Tropeano started it off with 8 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. In the process, he lowered his ERA to 2.28, which puts him 3rd in the PCL. Jermaine Curtis spoiled the shutout with an RBI single off of Alex White in the 9th. That was the only hit and run that White allowed; he walked 1 in the inning.

Petit finished a triple shy of the cycle in 3 at-bats. Hernandez, L.J. Hoes, Erik Castro, and Adron Chambers had 2 hits apiece; Chambers scored twice and hit a 2-run double in the 3rd, while Hoes stole a base (1) and hit an RBI single in the 8th. Castro hit a double. Carlos Perez also had an RBI single in the 3rd.

The series finale pits Rudy Owens against Tim Cooney. First pitch is at 7:05.

Corpus Christi was off

They'll actually be starting a 4-game series with Midland tonight at 6:30. Tommy Shirley will face Drew Granier.

Lancaster 8, Rancho Cucamonga 2

W- Lance McCullers (3-3)
L- Tom Windle (4-4)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (10, 2-run in 5th), Conrad Gregor (1, 2 season; solo in 8th)

The JetHawks also won their series as they overwhelmed the Quakes with a 6-run 5th inning and tacked on the 2-point conversion in the 8th. They had been down 2-0.

Lance McCullers pitched very well despite getting taken deep twice by Steven Proscia. He allowed 2 other hits (both of Proscia's homers were solo), walked 1, and struck out 6. Three relievers took it home; Mitch Lambson walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 7th, Dan Minor threw a 1-2-3 8th, striking out 1, and Juan Minaya worked around a walk to finish it off.

Tony Kemp went 2-3 and laid down a sac bunt in the 5th. The ensuing error allowed Conrad Gregor and Ruben Sosa to come home. One batter later, Teoscar put the JetHawks on top with his blast. A single and a double from Carlos Correa and Dan Gulbransen, respectively, kept the inning going; they would both score on a couple of sac flies from Jobduan Morales and Danry Vásquez. Gregor led off the 8th with a homer, and Kemp capped off the scoring with an RBI single. He, Teoscar, and Gulbransen finished with 2 hits apiece. Jack Mayfield went 0-4 in his Lancaster debut; he started at 3B and hit 7th in the order.

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game set against Inland Empire tonight beginning at 6:30 Pacific. In the opener. Kent Emanuel will face Tyler DeLoach.

From Sunday: Quad Cities 7, Wisconsin 4

W- Adrian Houser (4-1)
L- Harvey Martin (2-4)
S- Andrew Walter (5)

QC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (1, solo in 1st), Tyler White (3 at the time, solo in 4th), Brett Booth (1, solo in 9th)

After play resumed, we saw (or listened to) a 4-4 tie, which the River Bandits broke with 3 in the top of the 9th. Everyone finished with a hit except for Thomas Lindauer; Brett Phillips, Tyler White, and Jon Kemmer had 2 each, while Brett Booth finished 3-4.

It didn't take long for the River Bandits to get the scoring going again, as Tyler White hit an RBI single in the 6th right after Brett Phillips ripped a 1-out double. White homered on Sunday before the game was suspended. In the 9th, Brett Booth broke the tie by leading off with a homer (1). Tanner Mathis hit a single and 2 errors allowed Ronnie Mitchell to score, and allowed Mathis to advance to 3rd. He would score on a Chase McDonald single.

Adrian Houser came on after play resumed; he went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3. He did not retire the one batter he faced in the 9th, but no matter; Andrew Walter struck out the next 3 to finish it.

Now, on to the regularly scheduled game.

Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Trevor Seidenberger (5-1)
L- Chris Lee (2-3)

QC home runs: Ronnie Mitchell (8, solo in 2nd), Tyler White 2 (5, solo in 4th, solo in 6th)

According to Baseball Mom, they were lucky to get this one in since the field was still rather wet. This was a 7-inning game in which the Banditos walked off with a loss, foiling their sweep attempt and snapping their 6-game winning streak.

White and Mitchell were the offense. They, Jon Kemmer, and Catfish Elkins (in his 1st game off the DL) had 2-hit days. This was Elkins' first appearance since April 18. White has 5-game hitting streak going. He's got 2 hits in 4 of those 5, and 6 of the 9 hits that he's recorded in this span have either been a double or a home run. In his last 10, his triple slash line reads as .394/.500/.909.

Andrew Thurman went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 6. Chris Lee struggled through 2.2 innings; he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1.

QC's roadtrip continues with 3 in Burlington starting Wednesday at 6:30.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Indians 2

W- Josue Uribe (1-0)
L- Jesús Ramirez (0-1)

Blue home runs: Connor MacDonald (1, 2-run in 3rd)

A walk-off sac fly from Hayden Timberlake gave the Blue team the sweep over the Indians' Academy after they blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the 9th.

The Aussies provided all the offense in this game, as Connor MacDonald hit his first home run, a 2-run shot in the 3rd that opened the scoring. Marcos Almonte's double was the only other extra-base hit. Wander Franco went 0-1 with 3 walks and a run scored.

Erasmo Pinales threw 5 shutout innings and allowed a hit while striking out 5. Abdiel Saldaña followed with 2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2. Lachlan Madden struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Josue Uribe gave up the 2 runs in the 9th and walked 1 while striking out 1. He was absolved by Timberlake's sac fly.

The Blue team is currently at the Royals' complex.

DSL Angels 5, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Alexander Valdez (1-0)
L- Gerald Benzant (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Angels scored a pair in the 6th off Gerald Benzant and took both meetings.

Cristopher Luciano put the Orange team on the board first in the 1st with an RBI single. They scored a pair in the 3rd on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Wilson Amador and an RBI single from Andy Piñeda. And, in the 4th, Vicente Sanchez scored on a wild pitch. Piñeda finished 3-4, while Ihan Bernal went 2-3. They drew 12 walks in this game! They're learning early... get yourselves on base.

Yhoan Acosta went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Benzant threw 3 innings and gave up 2 runs (both in the 6th; 1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5.

The Orange team is at home, hosting the Rangers 1.

Three Stars: Position Players


Teoscar Hernandez, CF, Lancaster
2-5, 2B, 2-R HR (10)


Gregorio Petit, SS, Oklahoma City
3-3, 3-R HR (5)

1. Oh, just hitting a couple out of the park.

Tyler White, 3B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 solo HR (5)

Honorable Mentions: Ronnie Mitchell, Enrique Hernandez, Adron Chambers

Three Stars: Pitchers


Lance McCullers, RHP, Lancaster
W (3-3), 6 IP, 4 H (2 solo HRs), 2 ER, BB, 6 K

2. Erasmo Pinales, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, H, 5 K


Nick Tropeano, RHP, Oklahoma City
W (3-4), 8 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K

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