Saturday, June 21, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 20, 2014

For the first time this season, every Minor League affiliate of the Houston Astros is in action.

Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!

Oklahoma City 12, Reno 8

W- Mike Foltynewicz (6-4)
L- Zeke Spruill (3-4)
S- Jason Stoffel (8)

OKC home runs: Kiké Hernandez (7, 8 season; solo in 9th)

The RedHawks won the series even though their pitchers had a relatively rough night.

If you asked Mike Foltynewicz, he'd most definitely say that this was far from his best outing. He slogged his way through 5.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 5, and struck out 3. He was also called for a balk, uncorked a wild pitch, and hit a batter. Jorge De Leon was the first man out; he went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jason Stoffel ended up getting the 5-out save; he allowed a hit and struck out 1.

It was a huge night for one Enrique Hernandez; He went 4-5 with 5 runs scored and finished a double shy of the cycle. Hernandez opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st inning, and one batter later, he would score on a Marc Krauss single. Krauss, who finished 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored, came home on a single from L.J. Hoes. In the 2nd, Krauss added a 2-run double to his ledger and came home on a Domingo Santana double. Santana came around to score on a single from Preston Tucker. Joe Sclafani, who also went 3-5, clubbed an RBI triple in the 5th. In the 6th, Santana had an RBI single and Hoes brought in another run on a groundout. Hernandez scored on an error in the 7th, and his blast was the final RedHawks run of the night. Domingo went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 8 games; this was also his 3rd straight multi-hit game. Gregorio Petit was 2-5, and Hoes added a steal (4).

OKC will begin the 2nd leg of their West Coast trip tonight in Tacoma. Brett Oberholtzer will take on James Carraway at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 1

W- Brady Rodgers (2-9)
L- Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez (1-2, 6-4 season)
S- David Rollins (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had a pair of 2-run innings, and Brady Rodgers and David Rollins stifled the Roughrider offense as they got in the win column for the 1st time in the 2nd half.

And finally, a nightmarish stretch came to an end for Rodgers, who snapped a personal 8-decision losing streak (including 6 straight) with 5 solid innings. His only blemish was a solo homer to Joey Gallo in the 2nd. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. David Rollins completed the shutdown of the Frisco offense as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless.

Carlos Perdomo opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. One batter later, Jio Mier gave the Hooks the lead with a sac fly. Corpus got 2 more in the 4th on a couple of RBI singles from Ruben Sosa and Jonathan Meyer. All 12 Hooks hits were singles. Meyer went 3-4, while Sosa, Delino DeShields, and Telvin Nash each had 2 hits.

Mike Hauschild will get the start in game 3; he'll face Alec Asher at 7:10.

Lancaster 3, Lake Elsinore 2

W- Josh Hader (7-0)
L- Zach Eflin (5-4)
S- Zach Morton (1)

Lancaster home runs: Carlos Correa (6, solo in 1st)

On a night where their offense was held in check, Josh Hader and Zach Morton teamed up to shackle the Lake Elsinore offense.

Hader pitched 6 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Morton allowed a run (on a groundout), a hit, walked 2, and fanned 2 over 3 innings.

With Nolan Fontana heading to the DL in Corpus Christi, a certain 19-year-old was looking to state his case for promotion. And Carlos Correa's opening argument came in the form of a solo home run in the 1st, which opened up the scoring for Lancaster. Dan Gulbransen hit an RBI single in the 2nd, and Brandon Meredith added an RBI single of his own in the 5th. The Vanderbilt duo of Tony Kemp and Conrad Gregor had 2 hits apiece; Gregor's were both doubles. Rio Ruiz joined them in the 2-hit club.

In game 3 of this series, Chris Devenski will take on Colin Rea at 8:05.

Game 1: Quad Cities 2, Peoria 1

W- Edison Frias (4-3)
L- Jimmy Reed (3-3)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (4)

QC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (2, solo in 3rd)

In the 1st game of this twinbill (with Jayne in attendance), Chan-Jong Moon was pretty much the entire offense. He had 2 of the 3 River Bandits hits, one of which was a homer. He also scored both of the runs and had a stolen base (25). The other hit belonged to Brett Booth, who drove Moon in with a single in the 6th.

Edison Frias tossed 6 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Frederick Tiburcio gave up a run on 2 hits and struck out 1, but he was still able to close it out. That was the first earned run that Tiburcio has surrendered this season.

What did game 2 have in store for Quad Cities?

Game 2: Peoria 1, Quad Cities 0

W- Chase Brookshire (2-3)
L- Evan Grills (2-3)
S- Steven Sabatino (2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits had to settle for the split as they couldn't provide any run support for Evan Grills, who went the distance in the nightcap. Grills allowed an unearned run on 7 hits, walked 1, struck out 2, induced 11 groundouts, and got 1 flyball out. He faced 2 batters over the minimum.

Brett Phillips was 2-3 with a double. The other 3 hits belonged to Chan-Jong Moon, Ronnie Mitchell, and Catfish Elkins.

In game 3 of this series, Kevin Comer will face Blake McKnight. First pitch is at 6:00.

Lowell 8, Tri-City 7

W- Ellis Jimenez (1-1)
L- Derick Velazquez (0-1)

TC home runs: Marc Wik (1, 2 season; led off game)

The ValleyCats erased a 5-1 deficit and actually took a 7-6 lead... only to see the Spinners walk off with the win in the series opener.

Marc Wik finished 3-5 with 2 runs scored; he kicked off the game with a homer. That would be the only TC run until the 6th, when Ariel Ovando hit an RBI double. Then, in the 7th, the ValleyCats offense awoke and put up a 5-spot in the inning. A.J. Reed reached on an error that allowed Wik and Mott Hyde to score. He was credited with 1 RBI on the play, and he would come home himself when J.D. Davis ripped a double. Ricky Gingras followed that up with an RBI single, and Ovando capped off the scoring with an RBI groundout. Hyde finished 2-3.

Luis Ordosgoitti pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Raul Rivera allowed 2 runs (1 earned; on a double play and an error), 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Ryan Thompson pitched the 6th and allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1. Blaine Sims went 2 innings and the only ding on his line was a solo homer to Franklin Guzman in the 7th, which was the only hit he allowed. It tied the game at 7. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Derick Velazquez got 1 out in the 9th, but a couple of ground balls found their way into the outfield, and that gave Lowell the win.

In game 2 of this series, Troy Scribner will take on Randy Perez. First pitch is at 4:05.

Elizabethton 6, Greeneville 4

W- Dereck Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-1)
S- C.K. Irby (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

A 3-run 8th for Elizabethton condemned the Appy Astros to a 2nd consecutive loss.

Devonte German got the start; he went 4 innings and gave up a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reymin Guduan was all over the place in his 4 innings; he allowed just 2 hits, but he also allowed 5 runs (2 earned), walked 6, and struck out 4. In his 1st inning as a pro, Josh James struck out the side in order in the 9th.

Sean McMullen finished 3-5 with a couple of runs scored; he opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Later in the inning, Jake Nottingham brought him home with a double. McMullen scored again on a wild pitch in the 8th, and later in that frame, Bryan Muniz grounded into a force out that scored Trent Woodward. Antonio Nuñez joined McMullen in the multi-hit club as he went 2-4 in his first game.

Greeneville will look to avoid the sweep as Gerardo Juarez takes on Chih-Wei Hu in the finale. First pitch is at 5:00.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Braves 4

W- Harold Arauz (1-0)
L- Francisco Gonzalez (0-1)

GCL home runs: Kristian Trompiz (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Kissimmee Stros started off their campaign on a winning note as they doubled up the Braves. The Braves briefly took the lead after they put up 3 in the 3rd, but the GCLstros finished the game on a 6-1 run.

Edwin Medina scored the first run of the season as he came home on a Jean Estrella groundout in the 1st. Dexture McCall's first career hit and RBI came in the form of a triple in the 2nd. Trompiz put the Astros on top for good with his homer in the 4th. In the 5th, Randy Cesar scored on a wild pitch. There were few, if any, U.S. debut jitters for Trompiz, who added an RBI double and scored on an error in the inning. McCall had few, if any, first-game jitters; he drove in the final run of the afternoon with a single and joined Trompiz, Cesar, and Medina in the 2-hit club.

R.J. Alaniz, making his season debut, went 4 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 6 hits and struck out 4. Harold Arauz, making his U.S. debut, threw 4 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 5. Juan Delis allowed a run on 2 hits in the 9th.

These two teams will go at it again; the only difference is a change of venue. They'll be at the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. This game is just about to kick off.

DSL Athletics 8, Astros Blue 4

W- Ivan Andueza (1-0)
L- Joselo Pinales (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team is on a 5-game slide after they got doubled up by the A's.

Connor MacDonald finished 2-4 with an RBI force out in the 3rd; an error allowed him to advance to 2nd, and he would eventually score on a wild pitch. Jose Benjamin hit a sac fly in the 8th, and Wander Franco went 3-4 with an RBI single in the 9th. Marcos Almonte went 2-5 with a run scored.

Joselo Pinales went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Gabriel Pirela got roughed up in his 2.1 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him on a passed ball) on 7 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Ezequiel Madera struck out 2 over 1.2 perfect innings. A passed ball from Hayden Timberlake allowed the runner that Madera inherited from Pirela to score.

The Blue team will host the Dodgers at 9:30.

DSL Brewers 8, DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Jesus Brea (1-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (0-3)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team blew a 5-0 lead as the Brewers scored 4 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th.

Frankeny Fernandez went 2-5 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Luis Vasquez hit a 2-run single in the 5th and came home on a double from Cristopher Luciano. Vasquez added an RBI single in the 7th. The three of them, in addition to Rodrigo Ayarza, had 2-hit games. Fernandez (9), Ayarza (7), and Andy Piñeda (5) had steals; Piñeda also scored 2 runs.

Cristhopher Santamaria cruised through this outing, but then the wheels started to fall off for him in the 7th. He went 6.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 6. Joel Belboder got the final 2 outs of the 7th, but not before he allowed the 2 runners he inherited from Santamaria to score on a 2-run double. He allowed one other hit. Juan Cuevas bore the brunt of the Brewers' 8th-inning; 3 of the 4 runs he allowed in the frame were earned, and he allowed 5 hits and struck out 2.

The Orange team is at the Angels complex for a game that'll start in a few minutes.

Happy Birthday - 6/21

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Ronnie Mitchell (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 38th round in 2012, Mitchell is spending his second season in the system with the A-level Quad Cities team. In his first 39 games of the season, he is hitting .264/.340/.504 with four doubles and nine home runs.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

RHP Gene Pentz (61)
Originally drafted by Detroit in the seventh round in 1971, Pentz came to Houston in a December 1975 trade. In 91 games pitched for the Astros from 1976 through 1978, Pentz was 8-5 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.437 WHIP.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

There have been a few roster moves from the last couple of days that I haven't had a chance to report yet so here goes:

OKLAHOMA CITY
6/19 - LHP Patrick Urckfitz assigned from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City
6/21 - RHP Jake Buchanan added to the 40-man roster and called up to Houston (RHP Jose Cisnero moved to the 60-day DL to make room for him)
6/21 - RHP Paul Clemens optioned to Oklahoma City

CORPUS CHRISTI
6/19 - LHP Mitch Lambson assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

LANCASTER
6/19 - 1B Brandon Meredith activated from the DL

GREENEVILLE
6/20 - RHP Brock Dykxhoorn assigned to Greeneville (the 6th rounder tweeted out earlier today that he had signed)
6/20 - RHP Robert Kahana assigned to Greeneville (32nd rounder who has presumably signed)

Here is the updated draft listing with all the signings I know about.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 19, 2014


Oklahoma City 9, Reno 4

W- Bobby Doran (2-4)
L- Bo Schultz (4-5)

OKC home runs: None.

No letdown here; the RedHawks responded with a victory after walking off with a loss on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in the series. They scored the game's first 6 runs.

Domingo Santana went 2-4 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Austin Wates finished 3-4 and added an RBI single in the 2nd. He hit another RBI single in the 4th. Before that, Max Stassi hit an RBI single. Later in the inning, Marc Krauss hit into a force out that scored Gregorio Petit, and Santana hit his 2nd RBI single of the night. Krauss had an RBI single in the 6th, and in the 7th, Petit ripped an RBI triple, and Wates hit his 3rd RBI single of the night. Stassi finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored, while Kiké Hernandez logged his 2nd straight 2-hit game; he scored 3 runs, hit a double, and drew a walk.

Bobby Doran went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Pat Urckfitz, making his 1st appearance in an OKC uniform since last September 1, went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and walked 1. Jason Stoffel worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1. Kevin Chapman finished it off as he worked his way out of a little trouble in the 9th to close it out. He allowed a hit and walked 1 in the inning.

The series finale has Mike Foltynewicz on the mound for the RedHawks. He'll take on Zeke Spruill at 9:05.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 5 in 10 innings

W- Will Lamb (1-0)
L- Michael Dimock (1-4)
S- Phil Klein (9)

CC home runs: None.

It's been tough sledding in June for the Hooks; they're now 5-13 on the month and on their 2nd 4-game losing streak; they began the month with 4 straight losses. The Hooks erased a 5-1 deficit, but Frisco got a 2-run single with 2 outs in the first extra frame to keep Corpus on the schneid for the 2nd half.

Jonathan Meyer put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. The Hooks tied the game at 5 with a 4-run 7th, which was an inning in which they only had 1 hit. Delino DeShields was hit by a pitch (thankfully, not in the face) with the bases loaded, and Ruben Sosa followed that up by drawing a walk. Nolan Fontana provided the only hit of the inning, which was a 2-run single. Fontana, who added a stolen base (5) in the inning, finished 2-5. Sosa joined him in the 2-hit club as well.

Kyle Smith went 6 and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 7th. In his AA debut, Mitch Lambson allowed a double and issued an intentional walk in a scoreless 8th. He faced 1 batter in the 9th and allowed a double, signaling the end of his night. Nothing came of that. Michael Dimock allowed the go-ahead hit, which was a grounder that took a bad hop and bounced over Telvin Nash in the 10th. He went 2 innings and the 2 runs were unearned; he walked 2 and struck out 3.

In game 2 of this series, Brady Rodgers will take on Jerad Eickhoff at 7:10.

Lancaster 13, Lake Elsinore 7

W- Kent Emanuel (3-1, 3-3 season)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (2-5)
S- Matt Heidenreich (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (13, 3-run, inside-the-park in 3rd)

The JetHawks picked up right where they left off in the 1st half by silencing the Storm. They jumped out to a 10-1 lead after the 4th and cruised to the victory.

Everyone had a hit by the 4th inning. In fact, all 9 hitters had 1 hit apiece at one point. The JetHawks opened the scoring with 3 in the 1st, on a pair of RBI singles from Rio Ruiz and Dan Gulbransen and an error that allowed Carlos Correa to score and Conrad Gregor to reach base safely. Correa added an RBI single in the 2nd, and then the floodgates opened in the 3rd with RBI singles from Roberto Peña and Tony Kemp, and then Teoscar scampered around the bases for a 3-run homer, which was made possible because Lake Elsinore's left fielder went down on the play. Gulbransen hit another RBI single in the 4th.

Gulbransen, who finished 3-5, hit yet another RBI single in the 6th. Then, in the 7th, Teoscar added an RBI double. And finally, Rio, who went 3-6 with 2 runs scored, capped off the night with an RBI triple in the 9th. Everyone scored a run except for Gulbransen. Peña extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which, I think, is the new season-high hitting streak for the system this season. Max Stassi opened the season on a 12-game hitting streak for OKC. Peña, Danry Vásquez, and Teoscar had 2 hits apiece. Tony Kemp was 1-3 with 3 runs scored and a steal (26). Brandon Meredith, in his first game back from the DL, was 1-5 with a run scored.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. J.D. Osborne pitched 1+ inning and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 3. He faced 2 batters in the 7th and did not retier either of them. Matt Heidenreich pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 1.

Game 2 of this series has Josh Hader taking on Zach Eflin. First pitch is at 9:05.

Quad Cities and Peoria was rained out

A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight, with the first game beginning at 6:00. Edison Frias will start game 1, and Evan Grills gets the start in game 2.

Tri-City 6, Vermont 1

W- Joe Musgrove (1-1)
L- Victor Veliz (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got the split in the 2-game series by scoring the game's final 6 runs.

Joe Musgrove had a nice outing; he went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 2. Krishawn Holley struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th. In his pro debut, Bryan Radziewski threw 2 scoreless and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Chris Munnelly closed the door by striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

TC took control with a 4-run 5th inning, as Mott Hyde tied the game the hard way... he was plunked with the bases loaded. The bases were promptly cleared by a Marc Wik double. Alex Hernandez scored on an error in the 8th, and apparently they scored a run in the 9th. Wik grounded into a force out and I guess he scored on the ensuing error.

Where's the run? 

A.J. Reed and Jamie Ritchie also hit doubles.

The ValleyCats will head to Lowell for 3 against the Spinners. TBA will get the start for Tri-City; he'll take on Jake Drehoff at 6:05.

Elizabethton 11, Greeneville 3

W- Cameron Booser (1-0)
L- Austin Nicely (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

On Opening Night for the Appalachian League, the visiting Twins ran away with game 1.

Austin Nicely pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Angel Heredia gave up a 3-run homer to Austin Diemer in the 4th that allowed both of the runners he inherited from Nicely to score. Heredia allowed 2 more runs of his own in 1.1 innings and allowed 4 hits while striking out 1. Juan Carlos Santos pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), 1 hit (a single), walked 3, and struck out 3. Keegan Yuhl faced 1 batter in the 8th; he gave up a 2-run double. Eric Peterson was the only Greeneville pitcher who emerged unscathed; he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 1.1 scoreless innings.

Jake Nottingham brought home the first Greeneville run of the season as he ripped an RBI double in the 2nd. Trent Woodward had an RBI groundout in the 4th, and Luis Reynoso scored on an error in the 5th. Sean McMullen was 2-4 with a run scored.

In game 2 of the season, Devonte German will get the start against Sam Gibbons. First pitch is at 6:00.

DSL Athletics 7, DSL Astros Blue 6

W- Wilfredo Magallanes (2-0)
L- Lachlan Madden (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

For the 2nd straight day, the Blue team walked off with a loss. This after they fought their way back from a 5-1 deficit and took the lead with 2 in the top of the 9th.

Joan Mauricio got the Blue team on the board with an RBI triple in the 4th. In the 6th, Oliver Toribio scored on a wild pitch and Felix Lucas had an RBI double. Jose Benjamin hit an RBI single in the 8th, and in the 9th, Wander Franco tied the game with an RBI double, and Toribio gave them the lead with an RBI single. Toribio went 2-3 and scored 3 runs and walked twice. Lucas finished 2-4.

Carlos Hiraldo went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Jose Rosario struck out 3 over 4 perfect innings, and Lachlan Madden got 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, but he couldn't close it out.

These two teams are currently doing battle at the Astros complex in Santo Domingo.

DSL Brewers 4, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Melvin Tejada (2-1)
L- Yhoan Acosta (0-1)
S- Doni Baez (5)

Orange home runs: None.

The Brewers scored 3 unanswered after the Orange team tied it at 1.

That 1 run for the Orange team same in the form of a sac fly from Ihan Bernal. Cristopher Luciano went 2-4. Wilson Amador (5) and Frankeny Fernandez (8) had steals. Oz Ocampo noted that Amador's homer on Tuesday was inside-the-park.

Yhoan Acosta pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Edgardo Sandoval went 2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2. And, Ramon Rodriguez allowed a hit over 3 scoreless.

Both of these teams are currently at the Brewers' complex for a game.


A Look at the Gulf Coast League Astros

The GCL Astros' roster was just recently updated for the new season. They'll be kicking off the 2014 campaign this afternoon in Kissimmee against the Braves at noon Eastern.

There are currently 29 players on the roster: 12 pitchers, 6 catchers, 6 infielders, and 5 outfielders.

6 players from the 2014 draft class will be starting their careers in the GCL; Ben Smith (17) was placed on the 60-day DL as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

2014 Draftees on Roster
LHP Ben Smith (17)
C Ruben Castro (19)
C Richard Gonzalez (29)
1B Dexture McCall (31)
OF Edwin Medina (33)
RHP Justin Ferrell (36)

In addition, this is the first mention of Kyle Gehrs. He is a LHP from Central Missouri who signed as an undrafted free agent.

Coaches
Manager: Marty Malloy
Pitching Coach: Hector Mercado
Hitting Coach: Vinny Lopez
Coach: Gordon Mackenzie

Pitchers
RHP R.J. Alaniz (on a rehab assignment)
RHP Harold Arauz
RHP Samil De Los Santos
RHP Juan Delis
RHP Justin Ferrell
LHP Junior Garcia
LHP Kyle Gehrs
RHP Elieser Hernandez
LHP Christian Perdomo
LHP Ben Smith (on 60-day DL)
LHP Alejandro Solarte
RHP Aaron Vaughn

-Perdomo is a new addition to the organization; he spent last season with the GCL Red Sox after signing as an undrafted free agent from ASA College, a New York City-based junior college with branches in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and.... Miami.

-Vaughn is also an undrafted free agent; he played at Northwest Nazarene, a Division II school located in Nampa, Idaho.

-Solarte, in case you missed it, was one of the two players that the Astros received from the Blue Jays in exchange for Adron Chambers.

Catchers
Marlon Avea
Jake Bowey
Ruben Castro
Pedro Coa
Richard Gonzalez
Brian Peña

Infielders
3B Randy Cesar
2B Will Dupont
2B Jean Estrella
1B Dexture McCall
3B Arturo Michelena
SS Kristian Trompiz

-Dupont was the other player that the Astros received from the Blue Jays in the Adron Chambers trade.

Outfielders
Edwin Medina
Brauly Mejia
Alex Melendez
Luis Payano
Hector Roa

Happy Birthday - 6/20

No future Astros with birthdays today, but three former Astros celebrate the day6~

SS Dickie Thon (56)
Originally signed by the Angels as a NDFA in 1975, Thon came to Houston in an April 1981 trade for RHP Ken Forsch. In seven seasons for the Astros, he hit .270/.329/.395 with his best season being his All-Star 1983 season as he hit .286/.341/.457 and won the Silver Slugger. In early 1984, Thon was hit in the eye by a Mike Torrez pitch threatening his career just as he was hitting his stride. Although he eventually was able to be effective at the plate again, most Astros fans who saw him in 1983 were left to wonder what if. In 1983, Thon led the National League in WAR at 7.2.

C Paul Bako (42)
A fifth round pick by the Reds in 1993, Bako came to Houston in a January 1999 trade. In 74 games with Houston in 1999 and 2000, he hit .253/.329/.355.

LF/1B Carlos Lee (38)
Signed as a NDFA out of Panama by the White Sox, Carlos Lee came to Houston as a free agent signing in November of 2006. In six seasons with the Astros, Lee hit .286/.338/.479 with 187 doubles, 8 triples, and 133 home runs. He was traded to the Marlins on July 4, 2012 (hereafter known as Freedom from Carlos Lee's Contract Day) for Rob Rasmussen and Matt Dominguez, proving that there is justice and mercy in the world. Lee was an All-Star from 2005 to 2007 and won Silver Sluggers in 2005 and 2007. He recorded five 30 home run seasons and six 100 RBI seasons in his career.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Astros Minor League Snapshot

We are now 11 weeks in to the minor league season. Let's take a look at where things stand.

OKLAHOMA CITY

2nd    40-34    .541    1.5GB    L1

The Redhawks are currently one and a half games behind first place Omaha and three games up on the third place Iowa Cubs in the American Northern Division. They split the first two of the four-game series against Reno (41-32) and will play two more against that team on the road (40-32) followed by four in Tacoma (33-39). Those teams are currently in second and fourth place, respectively, in the Pacific Northern Division and the RedHawks are facing each of those teams for the first time this season. Oklahoma City will then have the day off on Wednesday before returning to play within their division on Thursday.

Here is how cumulative team stats stack up in the league in a few major categories:

BA - 9th (out of 16 teams)
OBP - 8th
SLG - 9th
ERA - 2nd
WHIP - 2nd

CORPUS CHRISTI

For the season:
4th    34-38    .472    6.5GB    L3

For the second half:
4th     0-2     .000     2.0GB     L3

In the South Division, the Hooks get a fresh start in the second half, but are still scuffling. After losing the first two games of the second half, they are currently in fourth place, two games behind San Antonio. The Hooks host Frisco (40-30) for four games starting today. They are 6-10 against Frisco for the season series. That will be followed by a very brief two-day All-Star Break before heading to Springfield (36-36) for three. They lead the season series against Springfield 4-2.

Here is how cumulative team stats stack up in the league in a few major categories:

BA - 5th (out of 8 teams)
OBP - 2nd
SLG - 5th
ERA - 3rd
WHIP - 2nd

LANCASTER

For the season:
1st    44-26    .629    -.-GB    L1

After clinching the first half title and a playoff berth, the JetHawks start the second half of the season tonight. Four in Lake Elsinore (40-30) are followed by three at home against Stockton (37-33). The 'Hawks lead the season series with Lake Elsinore 11-4. They have not faced Stockton yet this season.

Here is how cumulative team stats stack up in the league in a few major categories:

BA - 2nd (out of 10 teams)
OBP - 2nd
SLG - 3rd
ERA - 4th
WHIP - 1st

QUAD CITIES

For the season:
5th    35-34    .507    9.5GB    W1

Quad Cities, on the other hand, did not earn a playoff berth in the first half and will get a chance to start over with the second half of the season tonight as they host Peoria (37-32) for four at home. Quad Cities and Peoria are tied 3-3 for the season series. That will be followed by an off-day on Monday before starting a three-game series at Clinton (30-38) on Tuesday. The River Bandits trail that season series 2-4.

Here is how cumulative team stats stack up in the league in a few major categories:

BA - 1st (out of 16 teams)
OBP - 1st
SLG - 1st
ERA - 7th
WHIP - 7th

TRI-CITY

T2nd     3-3     .500     1.0GB     L2

The ValleyCats fell out of a tie for first with their loss to Vermont last night and now trail that team by one game. They will try to salvage a split in the two-game series tonight before heading to Lowell for three games. Tri-City has already faced Lowell and has a 1-1 record against them. The 'Cats will host Vermont for two starting Monday and then will head back to Lowell yet again on Wednesday. Yes, the 'Cats will face Lowell seven times in an 11 game stretch.

Here is how cumulative team stats stack up in their league in a few major categories:

BA - 8th (out of 14 teams)
OBP - 4th
SLG - 10th
ERA - 9th
WHIP - 10th

GREENEVILLE

The Rookie League Greeneville Astros will start their season on Thursday at home, playing three against Elizabethton and three against Princeton before hitting the road for Danville.

GCL ASTROS

The Gulf Coast League Astros will start their season at home on Friday in Kissimmee.

DSL ASTROS ORANGE

T8th     5-11     .313     8.0GB     L1

Team stats
BA - 2nd (out of 36 teams)
OBP - 1st
SLG - 4th
ERA - 36th
WHIP - 36th

DSL ASTROS BLUE

T5th     7-9     .438     3.0GB     L3

Team stats
BA - 26th (out of 36 teams)
OBP - 12th
SLG - 17th
ERA - 14th
WHIP - 11th

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swept.



Reno 7, Oklahoma City 6

W- Kevin Munson (3-2)
L- Andrew Robinson (0-1, 4-3 season)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks were not able to hold a 6-3 lead and they got burned by the Aces' 8 and 9 hitters.

Asher Wojciechowski went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners that were charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. David Martinez allowed the 3 runners he inherited from Wojo to score, but otherwise had a fantastic outing. All 3 runs scored on the only hit he gave up, which was a triple to Mike Freeman. Martinez went 4.2 innings and struck out 6. Andrew Robinson faced 5 batters in the 9th and did not retire any of them. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits in the inning.

Domingo Santana went 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. After the Aces got that bases-clearing triple in the 4th, the RedHawks got those 3 runs, and the lead, back in the 5th as Preston Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Gregorio Petit hit a 2-run single. L.J. Hoes hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Petit laid down an RBI bunt single in the 9th. Petit, Hoes, Matt Duffy, Austin Wates, and Kiké Hernandez all had 2-hit games. Santana is now on a 6-game hitting streak, while Hoes is on a 7-game streak with 6 of those 7 being multi-hit games, and Petit extended his streak to 11.

Game 3 of this series has Brett Oberholtzer taking on Bo Schultz. First pitch is at 9:05.

San Antonio 5, Corpus Christi 2

W- Juan Oramas (3-0)
L- Tommy Shirley (5-3)
S- Frank Garces (4)

CC home runs: None.

Well, the Missions have had the Hooks' number as of late. Corpus has dropped 2 series in a row to San Antonio, losing 6 of the last 8 matchups.

Jonathan Meyer had a hand in both of the Hooks runs, which came in the the 2nd. He opened up the scoring with an RBI triple in the 2nd, and one batter later, he scored on an RBI single from Carlos Perdomo. Meyer wound up finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Perdomo and Ruben Sosa had 2 hits apiece, and M.P. Cokinos celebrated his 24th birthday with 2 hits and a run scored.

Tommy Shirley went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Alex Sogard gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

The Hooks will now head home for 4 against Frisco. Kyle Smith will get the nod in the opener; he'll take on Jerad Eickhoff at 7:10.

The A clubs were off

They'll be back in action tonight. Lancaster will be in Lake Elsinore for 4. First pitch will be at 9:05. Quad Cities will welcome Peoria to Modern Woodmen Park for 4 beginning at 7:00.

Vermont 6, Tri-City 0

W- Joe Michaud (1-1)
L- Austin Chrismon (1-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were held off the scoreboard in the first of 2 in the Green Mountain State. Alex Hernandez's double was the lone extra-base hit.

Austin Chrismon went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits and struck out 2. Kevin Ferguson worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1. And, in his pro debut, Brandon McNitt allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Joe Musgrove will take on Vincent Veliz at 6:05.

DSL Rays 6, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Jean Henriquez (1-0)
L- Dariel Aquino (0-1)

Blue home runs: Wander Franco (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Blue team walked off with a loss after Franco tied the game at 5 with his home run. And so, after an NFL season's worth of games, the Blue team's record stands at 7-9.

All 5 of their runs came in the final 4 frames of the game. In the 6th, Jonathan Matute hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Marcos Almonte to score. Matute would end up scoring on a groundout from Franco. Matute, who finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored, added an RBI single in the 7th.

Erasmo Pinales pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Gerald Benzant allowed 2 runs, but they both scored after he left the game. He allowed 2 hits over 1.2 innings. Ramon Rodriguez got the final out of the 7th, but not before he allowed a 2-run double that allowed the 2 runners he inherited from Benzant to score. Yan De La Cruz got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed 2 hits and issued a walk. Dariel Aquino, who is making the transition to becoming a pitcher, got 2 outs in the 9th, but Darinel Rodriguez took him deep to give the Rays the win.

The Blue team will travel to the Athletics' complex for a game later this morning. First pitch is at 9:30 A.M.

DSL Rangers2 17, DSL Astros Orange 6

W- Daniel Mavo (2-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team came out of the gate strong as they led 5-0 after 4 innings, but.... they were on the wrong end of a 17-1 run to close out the game.

Vicente Sanchez opened the scoring in the 1st with an RBI groundout, and later in the inning, Wilson Amador scored on a passed ball. They got 3 in the 4th thanks to a 2-run triple from Andy Piñeda. Rodrigo Ayarza rewarded Piñeda's effort by bringing him home with a single. Sanchez scored on a wild pitch in the 7th, but they were just overwhelmed. Ayarza and Frankeny Fernandez had 2 hits each.

Starlyng Sanchez started off with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 3, and striking out 3. It was definitely not a good morning for Orange pitchers, as they issued 17 walks. And let's leave it at that.

Three Stars

3.



David Martinez, RHP, Oklahoma City
4.2 IP, H, 6 K; alright, alright, he did allow the 3 runners he inherited from Asher Wojciechowski to score....



2.



Gregorio Petit, 2B/SS, Oklahoma City
2-4, 3 RBI



1.



Jonathan Meyer, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R



Happy Birthday - 6/19

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Collin McHugh (27)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the 18th round in 2008, McHugh was selected by Houston off waivers from the Rockies in December 2013. In his first ten starts as an Astro, he is 4-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.079 WHIP.

LHP Sebastian Kessay (21)
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2013 out of Scottsdale Community College, Kessay made 13 appearances for Greeneville last season, putting up a 3.12 ERA and a 1.442 WHIP. This year he is playing in Tri-City. In his first appearance on Tuesday, he pitched two perfect innings and struck out four.

LHP Cristhopher Santamaria (18)
Santamaria, signed by Houston out of Panama, is in his second season with the DSL. In 2013, he had a 1.73 ERA and a 0.730 WHIP in 15 appearances (24+ innings) out of the bullpen. This season, the young lefty is starting. In four games, three starts, he is 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.865 WHIP. Nice!

C Tyler Heineman (23)
Drafted by Houston in the eighth round in 2012 out of UCLA, Heineman is in his first season with AA Corpus. In his first 42 games, he is hitting .250/.335/.347 with 10 doubles and two triples. He boasts a 38% caught stealing rate so far this season.

Several former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

3B Bob Aspromonte (76)
Aspro the Astro was one of the original Colt .45s and Astros players, having been obtained in the expansion draft in October of 1961. In seven seasons with the Astros, Aspromonte hit .258/.313/.345 with his best season being 1967 when he hit .294/.354/.401. He was traded in December 1968 to Atlanta for utility player Marty Martinez. He led the National League in fielding percentage in 1964 and 1971.

LHP Jerry Reuss (65)
A second round pick by the Cardinals in 1967, Reuss came to Houston in a trade in April 1972, was traded away in October of 1973 and came back to Houston as a free agent 17 years later in 1990 toward the end of a 22-year major league career (but didn't pitch for Houston again at the major league level). In 1972 and 1973, Reuss was 25-26 in 74 games for the Astros with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.375 WHIP. He won 18 games in three different seasons and was an All-Star in two of those, in 1975 for the Pirates and in 1980 for the Dodgers. He came in second in Cy Young voting in 1980 to Steve Carlton.

2B Craig Smajstrla (52)
Originally drafted in the fourth round in 1981 by the White Sox, Smajstrla (can I buy a vowel?) came to Houston as a free agent in November of 1987. His eight games for the Astros in 1988 constituted his entire major league career. Used mostly as a pinch runner, he scored two runs but never got a hit in his three at bats.

LHP Bruce Chen (37)
Atlanta signed Chen as a free agent out of Panama in 1993. He came to Houston as a free agent in March of 2003 and only pitched in 11 games before being placed on waivers. In 12 innings, he had an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.833. He is currently pitching for the Kansas City Royals.

Tweet of the Day

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

Two additional moves today:

OKLAHOMA CITY
RHP Asher Wojciechowski sent to OKC for a rehab assignment

CORPUS CHRISTI
OF Jordan Scott assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Preliminary Roster Info for Greeneville

There were a couple of roster moves of note from yesterday as RHP Ross Seaton (Oklahoma City) and OF Andrew Aplin (Corpus Christi) were both placed on the 7-day DL. Also another pair of players were signed for the DSL teams: SS Anardo Peralta (18) and OF Jose Benjamin (18).

Although the Greeneville roster hasn't been announced yet in advance of tomorrow's opener, I was able to obtain the preliminary roster info and it appears that the Rookie League Greeneville Astros are going to be fully stocked with 2013 and 2014 draft picks!

The UNOFFICIAL PRELIMINARY ROSTER indicates that 12 of the 2014 draft picks are expected to play there to start the season:

LHP Zach Davis (25th round)
RHP Dean Deetz (11th round)
*RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (6th round)
*RHP Joshua James (34th round)
RHP Eric Peterson (37th round)
RHP Keegan Yuhl (35th round)
3B Connor Goeddert (15th round)
1B Bryan Muniz (22nd round)
*SS Antonio Nunez (18th round)
*C Trent Woodward (20th round)
*OF Sean McMullen (30th round)
*OF Ramon Laureano (16th round)

*Signing has not been announced yet. (I have updated my draft list with the info, though.)

In addition, the following 2013 draft picks appear on the preliminary roster:

RHP Devonte German (11th round)
LHP Austin Nicely (10th round)
C Jake Nottingham (6th round)
RHP Jorge Perez (30th round)
OF Jason Martin (8th round)

Others rounding out the roster include:

LHP Reymin Guduan
RHP Gerardo Juarez
RHP Angel Heredia
RHP Agapito Barrios
RHP Jose Montero
RHP Juan Santos
2B Juan Santana
C Brett Clements
OF Ydarqui Marte
IF Luis Reynoso
IF Yonathan Mejia
IF Dayne Parker

It was the first mention I had seen of Dayne Parker. Apparently he is a non-drafted free agent shortstop out of Wichita State.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm back.

Oklahoma City 4, Reno 2

W- Rudy Owens (3-4)
L- Trevor Cahill (0-1)
S- Jason Stoffel (7)

OKC home runs: Carlos Perez (4, 3-run in 2nd)

The RedHawks only scored in 1 inning, but their 4-run 2nd proved to be enough as their pitchers held the Aces in check as well.

Gregorio Petit opened the scoring with an RBI single, and one batter later, Carlos Perez delivered the haymaker with his 3-run shot. Petit was the only RedHawk with a multi-hit night as he finished 2-4. 

Rudy Owens threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Jorge De Leon threw a scoreless 6th and got 2 outs in the 7th, but he was knocked out by a 2-run double that constituted the Aces' only runs of the evening. He allowed 2 other hits in his outing. Kevin Chapman got OKC out of the inning by getting Mike Jacobs to ground out. The other out that he recorded was a strikeout in the 8th, and then he gave way to Jason Stoffel. The first thing that Stoffel did was induce an inning-ending double play. The first 2 batters reached on him in the 9th, but he buckled down and slammed the door for the save.

Game 2 of this series features the team of Asher Wojciechowski and David Martinez on the hill. They'll take on Andrew Chafin at 9:05*.

*All times Central. 

San Antonio 3, Corpus Christi 0

W- Luis De La Cruz (3-5)
L- Travis Ballew (4-2)

CC home runs: None. 

In the first game of the 2nd half, 15 zeros were put on the board until Casey McElroy opened the scoring in the bottom of the 8th with a 3-run homer that turned out to be the difference for the Missions. 

The Hooks were held to 3 hits as they were blanked for a 2nd straight game; Nolan Fontana's double was their only extra-base hit.

Luis Cruz started off with 4.1 scoreless and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski followed that up by throwing 2.2 perfect innings, striking out 1. Travis Ballew was dinged by that homer; 2 of those 3 runs were earned. He allowed 1 other hit and struck out 2 in the 8th. 

A couple of lefties will take the mound in the series finale; Tommy Shirley will take on Juan Oramas at 7:05.

California/Carolina League All-Star Game: California 3, Carolina 2

It was a tough night for Lancaster's position players, but who cares? It's an All-Star game. Tony Kemp went 0-2 with a strikeout, Teoscar Hernandez finished 0-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts, Carlos Correa was 0-2 with a strikeout, and Roberto Peña was 0-1. 

How did the 2 JetHawks hurlers fare? Kyle Westwood tossed a 1-2-3 4th on just 5 pitches (3 strikes), and Josh Hader allowed a run (on a groundout), a hit (a triple), walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 5th.

Lancaster will be back in action on Thursday, when they begin a 4-game series in Lake Elsinore.

Midwest League All-Star Game: West 7, East 0

So... the West absolutely laid waste to the East in West Michigan. 

Brett Phillips started in right field and went 1-3 with an RBI groundout and a stolen base. Chan-Jong Moon entered the game in the top of the 6th to play 2B and went 0-2. 

Tyler Brunnemann threw a 1-2-3 6th and it took him just 8 pitches (5 strikes) to do so. 

Quad Cities will begin the 2nd half of their season by hosting Peoria for 4 beginning on Thursday.

Lowell 2, Tri-City 1

W- Willie Ethington (2-0)
L- Francis Ramirez (0-1)
S- Carlos Pinales (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats outhit Lowell 7-4, but they only had 1 run to show for it. That 1 run came on an RBI double from Mott Hyde in the 6th. Alex Hernandez was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game; he went 2-3 with a walk. 

Francis Ramirez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Sebastian Kessay struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings, and a couple of 2014 draftees made their pro debuts: Ryan Thompson (23) actually faced a bases-loaded situation in the 8th, but tightroped his way out of the inning, striking out 1. Derick Velazquez (7) struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning. 

Tri-City will head out to Vermont for 2 with the Lake Monsters. In game 1, Austin Chrismon will take on Joe Michaud at 6:05. 

DSL Rays 3, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Diego Castillo (2-0)
L- Gabriel Valdez (2-1)

Blue home runs: None.

A 9th-inning run for the Rays nipped the Blue team.

They were down 2-0 after the 1st, but they managed to tie with a run in the 6th, and 1 more in the 7th. Nestor Tejada hit an RBI single in the 6th, and then Edgar Lorenzo scored the tying run in the 7th on a passed ball/error. Connor MacDonald and Marcos Almonte had 2 hits apiece. 

Albert Abreu went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Gabriel Valdez allowed the go-ahead run in the 9th, which ruined an otherwise solid day for him. He pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. 

Both of these teams will be at it again at 9:30 A.M.

DSL Astros Orange 10, DSL Rangers2 9

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0)
L- Jorge Mancebo (0-1)
S- Juan Cuevas (2)

Orange home runs: Wilson Amador (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Orange team has scored double-digit runs in 8 of their 15 games so far. In this game, they had to withstand a 5-run 5th to get the win. 

Everyone in the lineup had an RBI except for Andy Piñeda, who went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and a steal (4). He was joined in the 3-hit club by Bryan De La Cruz and Gabriel Bracamonte. Rodrigo Ayarza and Wilson Amador had 2 hits apiece.

Amador opened the scoring when he came home on a sac fly from Vicente Sanchez in the 1st. He added an RBI single in the 3rd but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Osvaldo Duarte and Rodrigo Ayarza had RBI doubles in the inning, and Bracamonte chipped in with an RBI triple. Amador's homer in the 4th constituted the Orange team's scoring in the inning. In the 7th, Jesus Bermejo hit a sac fly, and Anardo Peralta had an RBI infield single. Peralta, an 18-year-old from Azua, in the Dominican Republic, was playing his first game. De La Cruz hit an RBI single for the Orange team's last run of the morning. 

Adonis Peña allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7 in 4 innings of work. Antonio Almonte, who was in his first game as well, had a tough go of it; he only got 1 out in the 5th and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 3. Carlos Sanabria pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), 1 hit, walked 3, and fanned 2. Juan Cuevas got the 2-inning save, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. 

These two will go at it again at 9:30 A.M.

Happy Birthday - 6/18

Happy Birthday to ~

C Jason Castro (27)
Castro the Astro was born in Castro Valley, CA and was drafted by Houston in the first round in 2008 out of Stanford. He made his major league debut in June 2010 and played in 67 games that season. Due to a torn ACL suffered in a base-running incident in Spring Training in 2011, he missed the entire 2011 season. In 2013, Castro earned his first All-Star nod, hitting .276/.350/.485 with 35 doubles, one triple and 18 home runs in 120 games. He's getting a little bit of a slow start in 2014, hitting .223/.303/.365 in his first 56 games.

1B/DH/C M.P. Cokinos (24)
A Houston native, Cokinos was drafted in the 31st round in 2012 out of St. Mary's University. He is in his first season with the AA Hooks this year and is hitting .244/.280/.269 in his first 35 games.

Two former Astros celebrate today as well ~

RHP Fernando Rodriguez (30)
Originally drafted by the Angels out of high school in El Paso in 2003, Rodriguez came to Houston as a free agent in December 2010. In 118 games for Houston in 2011 and 2012, he had an ERA of 4.77 and a WHIP of 1.492. He was traded (along with Jed Lowrie) to Oakland for Max Stassi, Chris Carter and Brad Peacock in February 2013, but shortly thereafter underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2013 season. In his first six appearances for Oakland this season, he was a 1.13 ERA and a 0.750 WHIP.

OF J.B. Shuck (27)
Shuck was a sixth round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2008 and made his major league debut in August of 2011. In 37 games with the Astros, he hit .272/.359/.321 with 11 walks to only seven strikeouts. In five minor league seasons in the Astros organization, Shuck hit .301/.382/.382. Shuck is currently playing with the Angels after having signed with them as a free agent in November 2012.

Tweets of the Day


The Lancaster All-Star break ends today. Back to the grind!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 16, 2014

Oklahoma City 5, Las Vegas 1

W- Nick Tropeano (5-4)
L- Noah Syndergaard (5-4)

OKC home runs: Gregorio Petit (8, Solo home run in the 3rd)

A pitching clinic from Nick Tropeano and big nights from Kike Hernandez and Ronald Torreyes helped the 'Hawks take the series 3-1.

Nick Tropeano didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth inning, and by that time a Gregorio Petit solo home run and a Kike Hernandez RBI single scoring Ronny Torreyes had given Oklahoma City all the runs that he needed. Tropeano ended his night with seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out six. The bullpen, in the guise of Alex White and Kevin Chapman, combined to allow one run on three hits and a walk in their two innings. Both Hernandez and Torreyes collected four hits, and a double and RBI each. Max Stassi doubled as well.

The RedHawks now journey to Reno for a 4-game series with Rudy Owens scheduled to take on TBD. First pitch is at 9:05 CST.

San Antonio 1, Corpus Christi 0

W- Matt Branham (5-2)
L- Mike Hauschild (1-2)
S- Frank Garces (3)

CC home runs: None

The Hooks continue to struggle and Mike Hauschild gets the hard luck loss.

Mike Hauschild only gave up one single and one walk through his first five innings. Three more singles in the sixth allowed San Antonio to score their one run and Hauschild was done for the night. Michael Dimock and Patrick Urckfitz each pitched a perfect inning to give the Hooks offense a chance, but they were held to five singles (two for M.P. Cokinos) and two walks and ended up on the wrong end of a shutout.

In game 3 of this series, Luis Cruz will face James Needy 7:05 CST.

Lancaster is on All-Star Break

The California League/Carolina League All-Star game will be held tonight at 6:05 EST. Tony Kemp, Teoscar Hernandez, Josh Hader, Roberto Pena and Carlos Correa represent the JetHawks.

Quad Cities is on All-Star Break

The Midwest League All-Star game will be held tonight at 6:00 CST and will be available for viewing on MiLB.tv. Brett Phillips, Chan-Jong Moon and Tyler Brunnemann represent the River Bandits.

Tri-City 4, Lowell 3

W- Raul Rivera (1-0)
L- Ellis Jimenez (0-1)

TC home runs: None

Tri-City is assured of a split in the two-game series as they win this one unconventionally.

Troy Scribner had an excellent four-inning start in which he allowed only two hits while striking out eight batters. He was followed by Randall Fant who got into a little bit of trouble in his second inning of work and was charged with the three Lowell runs (one inherited runner scored on Jordan Mills watch). Jordan Mills and Raul Rivera were able to hold things right there for the final three innings, allowing Tri-City (down 3-1 at the time) the opportunity to come from behind and win it.

The 'Cats scored their first run in the fifth on an Alex Hernandez RBI single, added another in the sixth as J.D. Davis scored from third on a wild pitch and tied it in the eighth as A.J. Reed walked, stole a base, advanced on a sac bunt and scored on a sac fly. Ravel Santana broke the tie in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded walk. Yep, a walk-off walk.

The ValleyCats were held to six hits, but walked nine times. Ariel Ovando was 2-for-4 with a double and Nick Tanielu had the only other extra base hit of the game, also a double.

In an early one, Tri-City's Francis Ramirez will face Lowell's Dioscar Romero at 9:00 a.m. CST.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Marlins 9 in 18 innings

W- Jesus Bermejo (1-0)
L- Eddy Gonzalez (0-3)
S- Luis Vasquez (1)

DSL Orange home runs: None

In a 6:32 minute marathon, the Orange team finally prevailed with position players getting the win and the save.

The Orange team took an early lead, scoring four in the third and two more in the fourth. They added on two more in the sixth which gave them a 8-1 lead at the time.

Starter Edwin Villarroel pitched the first five, allowing only one run on two hits and three walks. Things got a little bit out of hand for Edgardo Sandoval in the seventh and an error and a passed ball didn't exactly help him. He ended up charged with five runs (two earned) in his one and two-thirds innings. Jose Ramos was charged with the blown save as he gave up two runs to tie it up in the eighth.

And that's where it stood for nine innings. The two teams combined to use 16 pitchers in the game. In the bottom of the 17th inning, 1B Jesus Bermejo came in to pitch for the Orange team and got two fly outs and a line out to work around a hit batter. In the top of the 18th, Vicente Sanchez broke a 0-for-7 drought with his 2-run triple. Luis Vasquez then singled in Sanchez and later scored in the inning on a wild pitch. Bermejo came in to pitch in the 18th and promptly walked two batters and was replaced by the same Luis Vasquez (the right fielder) who had just singled and scored in the top of the frame. Vasquez allowed one of Bermejo's runners to score, but worked around a single and a walk to retire the side. Wow.

Wilson Amador went 4-for-7 with a double and drove in four. Andy Pineda was 3-for-7 and scored three times.

DSL Royals 5, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 10 innings

W- Yeison Mateo (1-1)
L- Josue Uribe (1-1)

DSL Blue home runs: None

The Blue team got in front early, with Marcos Almonte and Jonathan Matute scoring on a pair of ground outs in the first and added on another in the fourth as Joan Mauricio scored from third on a wild pitch, but that was pretty much it as the team was held to one Oliver Toribio single (they did walk 10 times though).

Moreno Polanco (2IP 2H 0R 0BB 3SO) and Salvador Montano (4IP 3H 0R 1BB 3SO) gave the team six very solid innings. Ezequial Madera allowed two unearned runs across in the seventh and Lachlan Madden gave up the tying run in the nine for his first blown save of the season. Josue Uribe allowed the final two runs across in the top of the 10th.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

A few roster moves from yesterday ~

TRI-CITY
IF Jose Solano assigned to Tri-City
RHP Vince Wheeland assigned to Tri-City (24th round)
RHP Derick Velasquez assigned to Tri-City (7th round)
RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Tri-City (23rd round)

In addition, I have updated my ongoing list of official draft pick signings with those confirmed by Baseball America yesterday and I've updated my Astros twitter list as well.

Happy Birthday - 6/17

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Yhoan Acosta (19)
This lefty from the Dominican Republic pitched in four games (5.1IP) for the DSL team in August 2013. This season, he already has three starts for the DSL Astros Orange team with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.432 WHIP in 14.2 innings.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

LHP Mike Magnante (49)
Originally drafted by Kansas City in the 11th round in 1988, Magnante came to Houston as a free agent in December of 1996. In 88 games for the Astros in 1997 and 1998, Magnante was 7-8 with a 3.62 ERA, a 1.329 WHIP and 3 saves. Apparently, he fielded his position pretty well, too, as he was first in the league with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 1992 and first in range factor for a pitcher in 1998 and 2000.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Astros Minor League Player and Pitchers of the Week: Week 11

It's time to look back at Week 11 and acknowledge some winning performances for the week commencing Sunday, June 8th and continuing through Saturday, June 14th.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

First my honorable mentions for the week, and there are a lot of them! Those go to Oklahoma City's L.J. Hoes (.476/.560/.571), Gregorio Petit (.440/.440/.640) and Preston Tucker (.364/.391/.818); Quad Cities' Jon Kemmer (.471/.538/.550); Lancaster's Danry Vasquez (.476/.500/.619), Carlos Correa (.381/.500/.524) and Conrad Gregor (.360/.429/.640); DSL Blue's Joan Mauricio (.368/.480/.632), Oliver Toribio (.353/.508/.471) and Juan Fuente (.500/.588/.571); and DSL Orange's Frankeny Fernandez (.421/.517.526), Vicente Sanchez (.400/.500/.700), Rodrigo Ayarza (.350/.480/.500) and Luis Vasquez (.409/.458/.500.

There was really no contest, though, for my winner. Hitting six home runs in a week, three in one game, is pretty special by anyone's standards!

3B Matt Duffy (Oklahoma City)
.370/.452/.1074
10H 6R 2B 6HR 10RBI 2BB 3SO 2HBP

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 3B MATT DUFFY


Matt Duffy - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK

My honorable mentions this week include Oklahoma City's Nick Tropeano and Bobby Doran; and Lancaster's Kent Emanuel and Josh Hader. But there were two performances that stood out for me. First the runner-up:

RHP Kyle Smith
0.00 ERA/1.200 WHIP
5IP 4H 2BB 9SO
Held batters to a .222 batting average

Our winner had no opening day jitters. He allowed only two hits and walked no batters to set the right tone for the Tri-City opener.

RHP Austin Chrismon (Tri-City) - Win
1.80 ERA/.0.400 WHIP
5IP 2H 1R 0BB 4SO
Held batters to a .125 batting average

STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP AUSTIN CHRISMON


Austin Chrismon - August 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK

There has been some really excellent relief pitching of late throughout the system. So this week, I'm going to highlight four runners-up in addition to my winner.

RHP Jorge de Leon (Oklahoma City) - 1 win
0.00 ERA/1.059 WHIP
5.2IP (3 games) 2H 4BB 3SO
Held batters to a .118 batting average
2 inherited runners/0 scored

LHP Kevin Chapman (Oklahoma City) - 1 win
0.00 ERA/0.643 WHIP
4.2IP (3 games) 1H 2BB 5SO
Held batters to a .071 batting average
2 inherited runners/0 scored

LHP Patrick Urckfitz (Corpus Christi)
0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP
3.1IP (3 games) 2H 0BB 2SO
Held batters to a .200 batting average
2 inherited runners/1 scored

RHP Josue Uribe (DSL Astros Blue)
0.00 ERA/0.900 WHIP
3.1IP (2 games) 1H 2BB SO
Held batters to a .091 batting average
5 inherited runners/1 scored

Our winner has not only had a good week, he has had a very good season thus far. In 8 appearances (12IP), he has yet to allow an earned run. He has walked only two batters while striking out 17.

RHP Frederick Tiburcio (Quad Cities) - 1 save
0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP
2IP (2 games) 0H 1BB 3SO
Held batters hitless for the week
3 inherited runners/1 scored

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP FREDERICK TIBURCIO


Frederick Tiburcio - August 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

In addition to the frequent flyer shuttle between Houston and Oklahoma City (Josh Zeid and Paul Clemens to Houston; Rudy Owens back to OKC), there were a couple other roster moves over the last couple of days.

RHP Troy Scribner was assigned from Corpus Christi to Tri-City effective 6/13. Scribner only made three appearances for Corpus Christi, the last one being on May 24th. He was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in 6.2 innings pitched.

In addition, RHP Andrew Robinson received (in my opinion) a long overdue promotion from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City on June 14th. In 20 bullpen appearances for the Hooks this season, he was 4-2 with 2 saves, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.260 WHIP. He walked 11 and struck out 32 in 33+ innings. Robinson converted his first save opportunity last night for Oklahoma City, stranding two inherited runners and retiring all four batters that he faced.

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Results for Sunday, June 15, 2014

Wins for Everybody!!!

Oklahoma City 13, Las Vegas 9

W- Jake Buchanan (6-4)
L- Giancarlo Alvarado (2-3)
S- Andrew Robinson (1, 3 for season)

OKC home runs: Kike Hernandez (2-R in the 3rd); Gregorio Petit (3-R in the 5th)

11 RedHawks players came up to bat during this game and every one of them had at least one hit.

Las Vegas drew first blood with a home run in the second off starter Jake Buchanan, but the RedHawks countered with a Max Stassi RBI double in the bottom of the frame to tie things up. But then Buchanan's team gave him a huge lead by scoring four more runs in the third and six in the fifth to give him a 10-1 lead going in to the sixth inning. Four more runs came across under Buchanan's watch, a three-run homer in the sixth and a lead-off double in the seventh that morphed into a run. Buchanan left the game after seven with an 11-5 lead, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out four.

The RedHawks scored again in the bottom of the seventh to give Ross Seaton a 12-5 lead when he entered in the eighth. Two doubles, two walks, a single, an error and four runs later, Seaton exited the game with two on and two out. Enter Andrew Robinson, newly promoted from Corpus Christi, who stranded those runners and converted his first AAA save by retiring all four batters that he faced.

The OKC offense banged out 16 hits, seven of those for extra bases, including a 2-run homer from Kike Hernandez (2-for-5 3RBI R) and a 2-run double from Marc Kraus (2-for-4 2RBI R) in the third, and Gregorio Petit's 3-run homer in the fifth. L.J. Hoes also had a good night with three hits, including a double and an RBI. One of Austin Wates two hits was a triple; he also stole a base and scored twice. Domingo Santana only had one hit, a double, but he walked twice, stole a base and scored four times.

In the series finale, Nick Tropeano will take on Noah Syndergaard. First pitch is at 7:05 CST.

Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 2

W- David Rollins (1-2)
L- Josh Geer (2-7)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (7, 2-R in the 9th)

The Hooks took the first game of a 4-game road series against San Antonio with some solid pitching, a lot of small ball and one big hit to cap it off.

David Rollins allowed the only two runs of the game in the first on his only walk and two of his three hits, but then didn't allow another base runner until the sixth inning. Tyson Perez was excellent as well, allowing only one walk in his three innings of work.

The Hooks tied it up in the fourth with two runs, got the go ahead run in the fifth and played add on with four late runs to seal the deal. Telvin Nash's 2-run homer in the 9th was his second hit of the day, to go with his double in the 5th. Nolan Fontana was 2-for-4 with a walk, scored twice and stole a base. Delino DeShields drove in three with a sac bunt and a 2-run single. Andrew Aplin walked and scored twice.

In game 2 of this series, Luis Cruz will face Leonel Campos at 7:05 CST.

Lancaster is on All-Star Break

Quad Cities 13, Wisconsin 2

W- Michael Feliz (3-1)
L- Clint Terry (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (1)

QC home runs: Chase McDonald (3, 3-R in the 1st); Brian Holberton (5, 1-R in the 3rd); Tyler White (7, 1-R in the 7th and 1-R in the 8th)

The River Bandits put a nice exclamation point on the first half as they go in to the All-Star Break with a display of some serious firepower.

Chase McDonald got the party started with a 3-run blast in the first inning. Two more scored in the second on a James Ramsay RBI single and a bases loaded walk from Jon Kemmer. Brian Holberton padded the lead in the 3rd inning with a solo shot. He ended the day going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run.

Starter Michael Feliz had a 6-0 lead to work with when Wisconsin scored two unearned runs off of him in the fourth. That was all that Feliz (5IP 6H 0BB 4SO) and his tandem partner Jandel Gustave (4IP 4H 1BB 3SO) allowed.

But Quad Cities went on to score seven more times, including two late inning home runs from Tyler White. James Ramsay went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a walk, scored four times and stole a base. Jake Rodriguez was also 3-for-5 with a double. Brett Phillips and Chase McDonald also had multi-hit games.

The Bandits are off tomorrow for the All-Star Break.

Tri-City 3, Connecticut 2

W- Luis Ordosgoitti (1-0)
L- Johnnie Kirkland (0-1)

TC home runs: J.D. Davis (1, 2-R in the 7th)

Tri-City scored late to take their first series of the season.

Blaine Sims made his first appearance for the Astros since being claimed from Atlanta in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft last November. Not unsurprisingly for a knuckleballer, a couple of wild pitches factored into the two Connecticut runs which scored off him, one in the first and one in the second. In four innings, Sims allowed the two runs off five hits and two walks while striking out two before giving way to Luis Ordosgoitti. Ordosgoitti (2H 1BB 5SO) held Connecticut scoreless for five innings, giving the 'Cats a chance to come from behind.

J.D. Davis' 2-run homer in the 7th tied it up where it stayed going into the bottom of the 9th. Ravel Santana walked, then advanced and scored on a pair of singles from Marc Wik and Ariel Ovando for the walk-off win. Tri-City was held to six hits.

Tri-City will face Lowell's Randy Perez on Monday at 6:00 CST. The ValleyCats starter is TBD.

The DSL teams do not play on Sunday

Happy Birthday - 6/16

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro celebrates ~

RHP Ken Johnson (81)
Drafted from the Reds in the 1961 expansion draft, Johnson spent four seasons with the Colt .45s and Astros from 1962 to 1965. In 113 games (106 starts), he was 32-51 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.174 WHIP. According to Baseball-Reference, he didn't have the best of luck playing for the Colt .45s.
He is the only Major League pitcher to lose a nine-inning complete game no-hitter. On April 23, 1964, while with the Houston Colt .45's he was beaten 1 - 0 by the Cincinnati Reds despite having thrown a no-hitter. After eight innings of no-hit ball, in the top of the ninth, Johnson faced his counterpart, Joe Nuxhall, who grounded out to third. Then Pete Rose reached second after Johnson made an errant throw to first on a bunt. After a sacrifice to the pitcher, Rose was 90 feet from home with two outs. Vada Pinson then sent a grounder to second baseman Nellie Fox who booted it, allowing the run to score. Johnson got the next batter to fly out, but the Colt .45's couldn't score in the last of the ninth, pegging him with the loss.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Dustin is having internet issues on his vacation to the Great White North and I'm having house issues, so I'll just have to give you the bare bones version of the last couple of days of minor league games. We'll try to have our normal recaps back in place as soon as possible.

Results for Friday, June 13, 2014

Oklahoma City 6, Las Vegas 5 in 12 innings

Brett Oberholtzer - 6IP 6H 3R 0BB 9SO 2HR WP
Alex White (BS,2) - 1.1IP 2H 2R 3BB
Kevin Chapman - 2.2IP 1BB 4SO WP
Jason Stoffel - 1.0IP 1H 1SO
Jorge de Leon (W, 2-0) - 1.0IP 1H 1BB 1SO

Kike Hernandez - 2-for-6 3B SO 2R
Ronald Torreyes - 1-for-5 HR RBI SO R SAC GIDP
Marc Krauss - 2-for-4 2B RBI 2BB 2SO R
Max Stassi - 2-for-4 SO
L.J. Hoes - 2-for-5 2B BB SO CS
Gregorio Petit - 3-for-6 2B HR RBI SO R (Walk-off home run)

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 3 in 11 innings

Kyle Smith - 5.0IP 4H 2BB 9SO WP
Tommy Shirley (BS,2) - 4.0 IP 4H 3R/0ER 5SO HR WP
Travis Ballew (W, 4-1) - 2.0IP 1H 1BB 4SO

Nolan Fontana - 1-for-4 2B 2SO
Leo Heras - 2-for-3 HR 3RBI BB R

The Hooks were held to seven hits and three walks. Two of the walks came from Andrew Aplin. Rene Garcia scored the winning run after reaching base on a force out, advancing to third on a Carlos Perdomo single and coming home on a wild pitch.

Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 4

Gonzalo Sanudo - 5.0I 6H 4R/3ER BB 3SO WP
Juan Minaya (W, 2-2) - 2.0IP 1R/0ER BB 3SO Balk
Mitch Lambson - 1.0IP 1H 1SO
Jamaine Cotton (S, 7) - 1.0IP SO

Tony Kemp - 3-for-5 2B RBI R
Conrad Gregor - 1-for-3 RBI BB
Dan Gulbransen - 2-for-4 2B SO R
Jobduan Morales - 1-for-4 HR 2RBI SO R
Danry Vasquez - 3-for-4 2B SO 2R
Tanner Mathis - 2-for-4 SO R
Jordan Scott - 1-for-3 RBI SO

Rio Ruiz went hitless, but walked twice and stole a base. It was the 200th professional win for Manager Rodney Linares.

Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 0

Andrew Thurman (L, 3-4) - 7.0IP 7H 4R BB 5SO WP
Albert Minnis - 1.0IP 4H 2R SO WP
Andrew Walter - 1.0IP 2H 1R SO

The River Bandits were held to three hits, one each from James Ramsay, Austin Elkins (2B) and Thomas Lindauer.

Tri-City 3, Connecticut 2

Austin Chrismon (W, 1-0) - 5.0IP 2H 1R 4SO
Jordan Mills - 2.0IP 2BB 4SO
Raul Rivera - 0.2IP 2H 1R SO HR
Chris Munnelly (S,1) 1.1 SO

Mott Hyde - 2-for-3 RBI SO SAC
Ravel Santana - 1-for-4 RBI SO Outfield Assist
Adam Nelubowich - 2-for-3 2B SO 2R

2B Nick Tanielu went hitless but had a sac fly RBI and a walk.

DSL Indians 6, DSL Astros Blue 2

Jose Rosario (L, 0-1) - 4.2IP 4H 3R 3BB 4SO 4WP
Dariel Aquino - 0.1IP H
Carlos Hiraldo - 2.1IP 3H 3R BB 2SO HR
Moreno Polanco - 0.0 2BB
Josue Uribe - 1.2IP 1H BB SO Balk

Jonathan Matute - 2-for-4 2B R
Connor MacDonald - 1-for-4 2B RBI SO R
Oliver Toribio - 1-for-2 RBI BB

DSL Pirates 4, DSL Astros Orange 3

Yhoan Acosta - 4.2IP 3H 2R 2BB 5SO HR 2WP
Carlos Pizzolato (L, 0-1) 1.2IP 1H 1R2BB 2SO
Joel Belboder - 1.2IP 3H 1R

Rodrigo Ayarza - 1-for-4 RBI SO R SAC
Frankeny Fernandez - 1-for-4 2B RBI BB
Cristopher Luciano - 1-for-4 RBI
Ihan Bernal - 2-for-4 2B
Andy Pineda - 1-for-3 3B BB SO

Results for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Las Vegas 7, Oklahoma City 1

Mike Foltynewicz (L, 5-4) - 4.2IP 7H 6R 3BB 5SO HR WP
Bobby Doran - 4.1IP 2H 1R 2BB 2SO

Domingo Santana - 2-for-3 HR RBI BB SO R
L.J. Hoes - 2-for-3 BB
Gregorio Petit - 1-for-4 2B

Santana's first inning solo home run was his 11th of the season.

Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 2

Brady Rodgers (L, 1-9) - 4.0IP 6H 5R BB 2SO
Alex Sogard - 1.2 IP 2H 2R 3BB 2SO HR
Richard Rodriguez - 3.1IP 4H 3R BB 4SO HR

The Hooks were held to ONE HIT, but still managed to score two runs. In the second, Carlos Perdomo reached on a fielders choice, advanced to second as Jio Mier drew a walk and scored from second on a single from Rene Garcia, the only hit for the Hooks. In the third, Delino DeShields drew a walk, advanced to THIRD on a Ruben Sosa sac bunt and scored on a Nolan Fontana sac fly.

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Lancaster 3

Kyle Westwood (L, 5-4) - 3.0IP 7H 4R BB SO
Matt Heidenreich - 1.0IP 2H 2SO
Kent Emanuel - 2.0IP 1H 1R HR
J.D. Osborne - 1.0IP 2H 3R/0ER BB SO HR
Daniel Minor - 2.0IP 3H 1R SO HR WP

Conrad Gregor - 1-for-4 RBI
Jobduan Morales - 1-for-3 BB SO 2R
Jack Mayfield - 1-for-2 2BB SO

Lancaster was held to five singles with the remaining two belonging to Carlos Correa and Danry Vasquez. They are now on their All-Star break until Thursday.

Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 3

Chris Lee (L, 2-5) 7.0IP 9H 5R/3ER BB SO HR
Patrick Christensen - 1.0IP 1H BB
Chris Cotton - 1.0 IP 1H 1R SO HR

Brett Phillips - 1-for-5 HR RBI R
Chan Moon - 2-for-3 2B 2BB R
Jon Kemmer - 3-for-4 2RBI

Connecticut 9, Tri-City 3

Joe Musgrove (L, 0-1) - 3.2IP 7H 4R/3ER BB 2SO
Randall Fant - 2.1IP 2H 2SO
Krishawn Holley - 1.1IP 5H 5R/0ER 2BB
Kevin Ferguson - 1.2IP BB

Alex Hernandez (PH-2B) - 1-for-1 2B RBI
Ricky Gingras - 2-for-3 R
Adam Nelubowich - 1-for-4 2B 2RBI SO Outfield Assist

This game came with 7 ValleyCats errors and a passed ball. However, the good news is that in addition to the outfield assist from Nelubowich, Ravel Santana had his second outfield assist in as many games.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Royals 9

Joselo Pinales - 4.1IP 4H 6R 3BB 4SO HR
Gabriel Pirela - 1.2IP 2H BB SO
Gabriel Valdez (W, 2-0) - 1.0IP 2SO
Ramon Rodriguez - 1.2IP 3H 3R 3BB SO
Lachlan Madden (S, 3) - 0.1IP

Marcos Almonte - 3-for-6 2-2B 2RBI SO
Jonathan Matute - 2-for-6 RBI 2R
Connor MacDonald - 2-for-4 2B RBI 2R
Joan Mauricio - 3-for-5 3B 3RBI SO R
Oliver Toribio - 1-for-3 RBI BB R
Nestor Tejada - 1-for-4 3B RBI 3SO 2R
Juan Fuentes - 3-for-4 2RBI BB R

DSL Marlins 12, DSL Orange 6

Cristopher Santamaria - 5.0IP 3H 1R 4SO
Tomas Lopez - 0.0 IP 1H 4R 3BB
Juan Cuevas (BS, 2) (L, 0-2) - 3IP 3H 4R/3ER 2BB SO
Bryan Abreu - 1.0IP 3H 3R SO

Frankeny Fernandez - 2-for-5 RBI 2SO
Ihan Bernal - 0-for-2 3BB R
Vicente Sanchez - 2-for-3 3B 2BB 2R
Andy Pineda 2-for-3 RBI BB R

Happy Birthday - 6/15

No future Astros with birthdays today, but a couple of former Astros celebrate today ~

IF Jake Elmore (27)
Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 34th round in 2008, Elmore came to the Astros organization as a waiver claim in November 2012. In 52 games for Houston in 2013, Elmore hit .242/.313/.325. He was selected off waivers from Houston by the White Sox in November 2013 and was subsequently dealt to Oakland.

LHP Andy Pettitte (42)
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round in 1990, Pettitte came to Houston as a free agent signing in December of 2003 and pitched for the Astros from 2004 to 2006, going 37-26 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.230 WHIP. He did a bunch of good stuff for the Yankees before he came to Houston and after he left. He retired; he unretired. He used human growth hormone and fessed up about it. He said Clemens did something dicey too, but he might have misremembered. Yada yada.

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