Saturday, August 2, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 1, 2014

Round Rock 6, Oklahoma City 5

W- Spencer Patton (5-3)
L- Pat Urckfitz (0-1)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks walked off with the loss and a series split after Josh Wilson's RBI single in the bottom of the 9th broke a 5-5 tie.

Jonathan Villar put the RedHawks on the board by scoring on an error in the 3rd. Later in the inning, Matt Duffy ripped an RBI double and Preston Tucker added a sac fly. Duffy added a sac fly to his line in the 5th, and grounded into a force out that scored Villar in the 7th. Villar and Ronald Torreyes (3B) both finished 2-5 with 2 runs scored. Duffy went 2-3, and in his AAA debut, Andrew Aplin went 2-4.

Rudy Owens went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Anthony Bass was the first man out; he went 1.1 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Michael Choice in the 6th, resulting in one of the 2 inherited runners scoring. He allowed one other hit and struck out 2. Tommy Shirley allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 1.1 scoreless. Pat Urckfitz got 1 out in the 9th, but left the bases loaded for Jason Stoffel, who was unable to avert disaster.

Tonight, OKC will begin a 4-game series with Colorado Springs. Nick Tropeano will get the start; first pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 7, Corpus Christi 4

W- Drew Granier (7-4)
L- Kyle Smith (4-4, 8-4 season)
S- Marcus Walden (2)

CC home runs: None.

The Rockhounds burst out for 4 in the bottom of the 5th right after the Hooks opened up the scoring with a pair in the top of the 5th.

Conrad Gregor went 2-3 and put Corpus on the board first with an RBI double in the 5th. Later in the inning, Delino DeShields drew a bases-loaded walk. Gregor added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th, and later on in that frame, René Garcia scored on a wild pitch. Garcia finished 2-4, while Leo Heras walked twice and scored twice. In his organizational debut, Colin Moran went 1-5 with a double.

Kyle Smith went 5 and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 3. R.J. Alaniz went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 2. Kyle Weiland allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Luis Cruz will face Shawn Haviland in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

Lancaster 6, Lake Elsinore 2

W- Matt Heidenreich (3-3, 4-3 season)
L- Rafael De Paula (1-1, 7-6 season)
S- Kent Emanuel (2)

Lancaster home runs: Tyler White (2, 9 season; solo in 2nd), Jon Kemmer (6, 10 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first third of the game.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a double with 1 out in the 1st and scored the game's first run on a single from Rio Ruiz. White's homer led off the bottom of the 2nd, and later on in the frame, Tanner Mathis grounded into a force out that scored Jack Mayfield. Hernandez walked to begin the bottom of the 3rd and found himself on base for Kemmer, who nearly sent one onto the freeway. Ronnie Mitchell hit an RBI single in the 8th. Teoscar reached base safely in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. White finished.... a triple shy of the cycle in 4 at-bats.

Matt Heidenreich went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kent Emanuel pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 2.

In game 3 of this series, Josh Hader will take on Elliot Morris at 8:00.

Kane County 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Tyler Ihrig (1-0)
L- Blaine Sims (2-3, 3-3 season)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits were mauled in the 2nd, when they gave up 6 runs.

Their 2 runs came in the 6th on an A.J. Reed RBI groundout and a J.D. Davis RBI single. James Ramsay went 2-3 with 2 steals (24) and a run scored.

Blaine Sims went 3 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Chris Cotton worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 4th, striking out 1. Edison Frias tagged in for 4 scoreless, allowing 4 hits and striking out 6.

In the middle game of this series, Kevin Comer will get the start. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 7, Mahoning Valley 4

W- Aaron Vaughn (2-0, 2-1 season)
L- Anthony Vizcaya (1-5)

TC home runs: Jake Rodriguez (1, 2 season; solo in 4th), Terrell Joyce (5, walk-off 3-run in 9th)

The ValleyCats avoided the sweep as they walked off with the victory, thanks to Terrell Joyce's 3-run blast.

Jose Solano put TC on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. One batter later, Mott Hyde added a 2-run double. Rodriguez's homer led off the bottom of the 4th. Joyce and Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

Jay Gause allowed a solo homer to Leo Castillo in the 1st. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 other hits and fanned 1. Luis Ordosgoitti went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Aaron Vaughn went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 3.

The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game set with the Batavia Muckdogs tonight. Troy Scribner will face Gabriel Castellanos at 6:00.

Greeneville 4, Johnson City 1

W- Austin Nicely (2-5)
L- Dailyn Martinez (3-2)
S- Eric Peterson (3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

A 4-run 2nd turned out to be the difference for the Appy Astros.

Jason Martin had a hand in all 4 of those runs; he cleared the bases with a double and scored on a wild pitch. Hector Roa went 2-4 with a double and scored on Martin's double.

Austin Nicely went 6 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and walked 3. Zach Davis threw 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Eric Peterson struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to finish it off.

In the rubber game of this series, Robert Kahana will take on Landon Beck. First pitch is at 5:00.

GCL Phillies 10, GCL Astros 6

W- Alexis Rivero (2-0)
L- Cristhopher Santamaria (2-1, 3-2 season)
S- Nick Rodesky (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros were put away by a 3-run bottom of the 8th which gave the Phillies the separation they needed.

Alex Melendez scored on an error on a sac bunt in the 1st. They got a pair in the 3rd on an Arturo Michelena single and a Brauly Mejia sac fly. In the 4th, Joan Mauricio and Melendez added RBI singles. Melendez, who finished 2-4, stole home (17) in the 7th. Mauricio went 2-4, while Payano finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored.

Cristhopher Santamaria went 3 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 3. Christian Perdomo allowed a run on a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Joselo Pinales allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

These two teams are currently in a game in Kissimmee.

DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Royals 3

W- Jose Rosario (2-4)
L- Arnaldo Hernandez (2-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team topped the Royals despite getting outhit 6-4.

Marcos Almonte scored on an error in the 6th. Luis Vasquez got plunked with the bases loaded to tie the game at 2. Almonte added an RBI single in the 7th and then stole home (16).

Moreno Polanco went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Jose Rosario allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings.

Both teams are currently in a game at the Royals complex.

DSL Astros Orange

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Happy Birthday - 8/2

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

C Humberto Quintero (34)
Originally signed by the White Sox out of Venezuela in 1997, Quintero came to Houston in a March 2005 trade with San Diego for Tim Redding. In 344 games from 2005 through 2011, he hit .234/.266/.319. He was sent to Kansas City, along with Jason Bourgeois, in a March 2012 trade that netted the Astros LHP Kevin Chapman and OF D'Andre Toney. He is currently playing for Seattle's AAA team. My favorite memory of Q will always be this one:

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Round Rock 8, Oklahoma City 2

W- Edwar Cabrera (1-1)
L- Alex White (1-4)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks were burned by 8 unanswered after they opened up the scoring.

Domingo Santana went 2-4 and his 2-run double in the 1st constituted OKC's only runs. Joe Sclafani went 3-4 with a steal (2, 4 season) and a run scored. He's on a nice little 5-game hitting streak.

Alex White went 1.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, one of which was a solo homer to Carlos Peña. Richard Rodriguez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits in 2.1 innings. Jorge De Leon was next; he allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings. And finally, Pat Urckfitz allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Rudy Owens will take on Luke Jackson in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Nate Long (10-6)
L- Mike Hauschild (2-7, 4-8 season)

The Hooks were doomed by a 5-run 5th from Midland that broke a 1-1 tie.

Andrew Aplin's RBI double in the 4th was the lone Corpus run. Leo Heras had the other 2 Hooks hits.

Mike Hauschild pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Jordan Jankowski pitched the final 3.2 innings; he allowed a grand slam to Kent Matthes in that 5th inning, which resulted in 3 runs getting charged to Hauschild. Jankowski allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

In game 2 of this series, Kyle Smith will face Drew Granier. First pitch is at 7:00.

Lancaster 13, Lake Elsinore 9

W- Dan Minor (8-3)
L- Brandon Alger (3-3)

Lancaster home runs: Ronnie Mitchell 2 (2, 15 season; 2-run in 2nd, 2-run in 3rd), Roberto Peña (10, 2-run in 8th), Jon Kemmer (5, 9 season; solo in 8th)

Well, this was a game in which all but 2 players had at least 1 hit, and 11 of them had multi-hit games. Both teams combined for 31 hits, 7 of which were home runs. In all, the JetHawks and the Storm combined for 20 extra-base hits.

The JetHawks were behind the 8-ball for most of the game as the Storm seemed to have an answer for all of their rallies. However, they finally seized control with a 6-run 8th inning to erase a 9-7 deficit. They also trailed 5-0 after the 1st inning.

Ronnie Mitchell had an unforgettable night; in his first plate appearance in the California League, he ripped a 2-run homer off of Colin Rea in the 2nd. After the Storm got 1 in the top of the 3rd to take a 6-2 lead, Lancaster tied the game with 4 in the bottom half, thanks to a Rio Ruiz RBI double, a Jon Kemmer RBI single, and Mitchell's 2nd 2-run homer of the evening. Mitchell added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th. He reached safely in all 5 of his plate appearances with those 3 hits. He also drew 2 walks and scored 3 runs.

Mitchell's 2nd walk of the evening kick-started the JetHawks rally. He advanced to 3rd on a Jack Mayfield double, and Chan-Jong Moon drove them both in with a 2-run single. Rio followed that up with his 2nd RBI double of the evening to bring Moon home, which put the JetHawks up 10-9. Roberto Peña then provided some insurance in the form of his 10th home run of the year, and Jon Kemmer capped off the night by going back-to-back. Kemmer and Teoscar Hernandez (2 2B) joined Ronnie Mitchell in the 3-hit club last night. Everyone in the lineup scored a run except for Tanner Mathis. Everyone had a double except for Moon and Peña. Defensively, Peña was 2-2 on catching potential base stealers, including the Minors' leader in that category, Mallex Smith.

Lance McCullers got shelled in his 5 innings, as he allowed 8 runs on 12 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. The bullpen picked him up, allowing 1 run the rest of the way. Zach Morton allowed that run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Dan Minor worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Jamaine Cotton threw a 1-2-3 9th.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Heidenreich gets the start. First pitch is at 8:30.

Clinton 13, Quad Cities 9

W- Blake Holovach (6-4)
L- Michael Feliz (6-4)
S- Emilio Pagan (12)

QC home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 9-3 run in the LumberKings' favor from the 3rd-6th innings.

After Clinton opened with 2 in the 1st, the Banditos got 4 in the 2nd, which put them on the board and in the lead. Marc Wik hit a 2-run triple, and that was followed up by an RBI single from Thomas Lindauer and an RBI double from Brett Phillips, who extended his hitting streak to 7 games.

They got 3 more in the 5th on a Chase McDonald RBI groundout, a Brian Holberton RBI single, and an RBI triple from Wik. His 3rd triple of the game drove in A.J. Reed in the 7th, and James Ramsay hit a sac fly in the 8th. Wik's 3 triples tied a Midwest League record; he's the 5th player in league history to hit 3 triples in one game. Ramsay (2B, 3B), Holberton (2 R), and Lindauer (2 R, SB [4]) had 2 hits apiece.

Michael Feliz went 4.1 innings and allowed 8 runs on 10 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Albert Minnis was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Frederick Tiburcio came on for the final 3 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Marcus Littlewood in the 9th. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The River Bandits will begin a series in Kane County starting tonight at 6:30. Blaine Sims will take on Tyler Ihrig.

Mahoning Valley 7, Tri-City 6 in 11 innings

W- Ramon Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Jordan Mills (0-1)

TC home runs: Mott Hyde (1, solo in 10th)

Whoa. The ValleyCats have dropped 2 straight series. They tied the game at 5 with a pair of runs in the 8th, only to see the Scrappers pull ahead with 1 in the first extra frame. Mott Hyde re-tied the game with his first pro homer, only to see Mahoning Valley take the lead once more on a passed ball in the 11th.

Ricky Gingras went 2-3 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Hyde followed that up with an RBI double. D.J. Fisher had an RBI single in the 5th. Fisher was involved on a rather bizarre play that ended up being a 2-run ground-rule triple for the Scrappers that tied the game at 3 in the 6th. I dunno man. Juan Santana smacked an RBI double and Jake Rodriguez hit an RBI groundout in the 8th. Alex Hernandez, Fisher, Gingras, Hyde, and Ariel Ovando all had 2 hits.

Joe Musgrove went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Bryan Radziewski allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. Raul Rivera walked 1 and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless, and Jordan Mills went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

The ValleyCats will look to avoid the sweep as Jay Gause will take on Cameron Hill at 6:00.

Johnson City 4, Greeneville 1

W- Matt Pearce (2-3)
L- Josh James (1-2)
S- Jonathan Escudero (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros dropped the opener as the difference was a 3-run 5th for the Cardinals.

Jeffry Santos went 2-3 and got one of those runs back with an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th. Kristian Trompiz also finished 2-3.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Aaron Greenwood bore the brunt of the Johnson City assault in the 5th, as he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, including a solo homer, and walked 1. Angel Heredia tagged in to throw 4 scoreless, allowing 3 hits and striking out 5.

In the middle game of this series, Austin Nicely will face Dailyn Martinez. First pitch is at 6:00.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Pirates 4

W- Elieser Hernandez (4-1)
L- Remy De Aza (1-1)

GCL home runs: Richard Gonzalez (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Kissimmee Stros busted out for a 4-run 4th which gave them a 5-2 lead at that point.

They got on the board in the 1st with a Brauly Mejia groundout. After Mejia walked in the 4th, Gonzalez connected for his first pro homer. Arturo Michelena added a 2-run single later in the inning. Dex McCall finished off the scoring with an RBI double in the 8th. He went 2-3, with both of his hits being doubles.

Ross Seaton has resurfaced. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 2. Travis Ballew worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 3rd. Elieser Hernandez came on for the final 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 9.

The Astros are currently in Clearwater, where they'll be taking on the Phillies.

DSL Indians 3, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Luis Jimenez (3-1)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-2)
S- Jose Nina (5)

Blue home runs: None.

The difference here was a 2-1 6th in the Indians' favor.

The Blue team got 2 sac flies; one from Rodrigo Ayarza in the 6th and one from Jonathan Matute in the 9th. Marcos Almonte went 2-4, and Andy Piñeda was 3-4 with a run scored.

Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. Luis Ramirez pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 1.

The Blue team is currently in a game against the Royals.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Rangers2 6

W- Edgardo Sandoval (2-0)
L- Daniel Mavo (5-4)
S- Jose Ramos (4)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team had just enough separation from the Rangers.

Juan Fuentes opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd, and an error allowed Wilson Amador to score. They got 3 in the 5th on an RBI single from Orlando Marquez, a bases-loaded walk from Anardo Peralta, and then Felix Lucas got plunked to bring in another run. Marquez added another RBI single in the 6th, and Peralta reached on an error in the 8th that scored Ihan Bernal. Wilson Amador went 2-6 with 2 runs scored and a steal (27).

Edgardo Sandoval went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Diogenes Almengo allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Jose Ramos got the 2-inning save, walking 2 and striking out 1.

The Orange team is currently in a game at the Blue Jays complex.


Funky Fotos from Greeneville

This week I've been posting some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Greeneville trip earlier this month. The untouched photos can be found here. From earlier this week, Quad Cities, Lancaster and Corpus Christi.

Edison Frias


Angel Heredia

Ydarqui Marte and Juan Santana


Aaron Greenwood, Devonte German and Dean Deetz


Ydarqui Marte


Jason Martin

Jose Montero

Austin Nicely

Jacob Nottingham

Luis Reynoso

Jacob Nottingham and Cesar Cedeño

All photos are property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Happy Birthday - 8/1

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Kevin Comer (22)
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round in 2011, Comer came to the Astros system in August 2012 as the player to be named later in the 10-player July trade between Toronto and Houston. In 15 appearances (7 starts) with Quad Cities this season, he is 1-2 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.434 WHIP.

Three former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF Greg Gross (62)
Drafted in the fourth round by Houston in 1970, Gross played for the Astros from 1973 to 1976 and again in 1989 at the end of his career. Gross only played in a handful of games in 1973 and was thus eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration in 1974; he came in second to Bake McBride as he hit .314/.393/.377 with 21 doubles and eight triples that season. In five seasons for the Astros he hit .293/.376/.351 in 490 games. He won a World Series with Philadelphia in 1980.

C Milt May (64)
Originally drafted by the Pirates in the 11th round in 1968, May came to Houston in an October 1973 trade with Pittsburgh. In 238 games for the Astros in 1974 and 1975, he hit .265/.319/.360 with a caught stealing percentage that averaged around 40%. May was first in the National League in fielding percentage as a catcher in 1974, and was first in both caught stealing and assists as a catcher in 1975.

RHP Travis Driskill (43)
A fourth round pick by Cleveland in 1993, Driskill came to Houston as a free agent. He only pitched in three games for Houston at the major league level, one in 2005 and two in 2007. In seven innings, he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP. He was a pitching coach in the Astros system through 2011.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jarred Cosart, Kiké Hernandez, and Austin Wates traded to Marlins

Today, we saw a big trade go down. Jarred Cosart, the hometown kid, Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez, who quickly established himself as a fan favorite here even though he's only played a month in the Majors, and Austin Wates, the Astros' 3rd-round pick from 2010, were all traded to the Miami Marlins.

Coming to the Houston Astros are Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, and Francis Martes. The Astros also recieved a competitive balance lottery pick in the deal. Here is a brief intro to all 3 players.

Moran, a 21-year-old 3B, is the nephew of longtime MLBer B.J. Surhoff and was the 6th overall pick in 2013 from North Carolina. He entered the 2014 season as the #2 prospect in the Marlins organization, according to Baseball America. He has spent the entire season with Jupiter in the Florida State League. He will be reporting to Corpus Christi.

Marisnick, 23, is an outfielder who was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round from high school in Riverside, California. He is reporting to the Astros. Marisnick was BA's #3 prospect entering the year. He made his Major League debut last July 23.

Martes, an 18-year-old RHP, has been with the Marlins' Gulf Coast League team. This is his first season in the United States.

Welcome to Houston, guys! We hope that you'll be contributors to a Houston Astros dynasty soon.

Well, it was great to see Jarred Cosart bring it for his hometown team. You could tell that he was proud to wear the H every time he took the mound. His results were a bit uneven, but he wanted to improve himself each and every day. Would it have been nice to see him stick around? You bet. I'll still wear his jersey. I won't speculate on what precipitated his departure here.

Kiké's a ballplayer. As a player who was largely overlooked by the rankings, he rose up and fought his way to the Majors even if the scouts and the pundits had already capped him as a utility player. I won't be surprised if he plays in the Majors for 10 years doing everything on the field and injecting some energy into a lineup.

Austin Wates, I believe, was simply a victim of the numbers game. He posted solid lines year in and year out, but he was never viewed as a hot prospect. I also think that he would have played in Houston had it not been for injuries that have kept him off the field, most notably the wrist problem that kept him on the shelf for most of last season.

Happy trails, Jarred, Enrique, and Austin. All the best as you continue to live your dream (or in Austin's case chase your dream) of being Major League Baseball players. No matter where your careers take you, I hope you hold Houston, Texas dear in your hearts and always remember that the Astros gave you your first Major League opportunities.

Astros Minor League Snapshot

We are now 17 weeks in to the minor league season. Let's take a look at where things stand. (The snapshot will be brief today since I'm still on the road.)

OKLAHOMA CITY

3rd    56-57    .496    3.0GB    W2

The RedHawks remain in third place in the American Southern Division after going 3-4 last week, but they trail second place Omaha by only a half game. Iowa is still in the division lead. Oklahoma City has already assured at least a split with Round Rock (56-54) in their current road series with that team, taking the first two games of the series. At the conclusion of that series, the 'Hawks will head home to host division cellar dwellers Colorado Springs (45-64). That will be followed by an off-day next Wednesday.

CORPUS CHRISTI

For the season:
4th    52-58    .473    11.5GB    L2

For the second half:
4th     18-22     .450     6.0GB     L2

After showing some signs of life earlier this month, the Hooks are once again struggling as they went 2-5 in the past week. They are two games behind third place San Antonio and five games behind second place Frisco in the second half standings. Corpus Christi will start four on the road against first place Midland (62-48) tonight; they went 1-3 against Midland in their last head-to-head match up. After an off day/travel day on Monday, they will visit Northwest Arkansas (44-65) for three games starting Tuesday.

LANCASTER

For the season:
1st    65-44    .596    -.-GB    W4

For the second half:
3rd     21-18     .538     2.0GB     W4

The JetHawks made up some ground in the second half standings this past week as they went 5-2. They are still in third place, but they were four games in back of second half leader Rancho Cucamonga and now only trail that team by two games. Lancaster is one game behind second place Lake Elsinore who they will host starting tonight for four games. On Monday, the 'Hawks will hit the road for three against Modesto (33-76) and four against San Jose (57-52).

QUAD CITIES

For the season:
5th    56-51    .523    10.5GB    L1

For the second half:
T3rd     21-17     .553     1.0GB     L1

It has been a good week for the River Bandits. A 5-2 record for the week put them in a three-way tie (with Peoria and Wisconsin) for third place in the second half, only one game out of first place. Kane County and Cedar Rapids are tied for the lead. Quad Cities will be playing the rubber game tonight in their current series at home against Clinton (44-62) before hitting the road for three against Kane County (67-41). The Bandits will then return home on Monday for three games against Burlington (57-50).

TRI-CITY

1st     31-15     .674     -.-GB     L2

The ValleyCats were 4-3 for the week and retain a seven and a half game lead in the Stedler Division over second place Connecticut. The 'Cats lost the first of three against Mahoning Valley (20-26) last night at home. They will host Batavia (22-24) for three games starting on Saturday followed by an off day on Tuesday. Thursday sees Tri-City hitting the road to Auburn (20-25) for three. All three of those teams are outside the Stedler Division.

GREENEVILLE

2nd     21-19     .525     2.5GB     W2

What a difference a week makes! Greeneville's 6-2 record for the week took them from fourth place in their division to second place, only two and a half games behind first place Elizabethton. The Appy Astros will be playing within the division this next week with three against fourth place Johnson City (18-19) and three against fifth place Bristol (10-28). That will be followed by an off day next Wednesday.

GCL ASTROS

2nd     19-16     .543     1.0GB     W1

The GCL Astros went 3-3 for the week and remain in the exact same place they started the week, second place and one game out of first. The New York Yankees 2 team leads the division. Detroit trails the 'Stros by one game.

DSL ASTROS ORANGE

T9th     18-33     .353     25.0GB     L2

The Orange team was the first of the Astros minor league affiliates to be officially eliminated from any possible postseason play after going 2-4 for the week. The Rangers team that leads this division is 43-8 so most of the other teams in the division are being rapidly eliminated as well.

DSL ASTROS BLUE

5th     24-27      .471     6.5GB      L1

The Astros Blue team had a good week, going 4-2, but still dropped a half game back in the standings. The Royals DSL team leads this division.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oklahoma City 5, Round Rock 4

W- Asher Wojciechowski (1-3)
L- Phil Irwin (5-2)
S- Kevin Chapman (8)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks have taken the first 2 in the series from the Express.

They put up 3 in the 1st on a Matt Duffy fielder's choice that scored Austin Wates and a 2-run single from Preston Tucker. Tucker finished 2-4. Wates added a 2-run single in the 5th.

Asher Wojciechowski went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Tommy Shirley was the first man out and allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 1.2 scoreless. Jason Stoffel got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1. Kevin Chapman retired all 4 Express hitters he faced, striking out 2 to get the save.

In game 3 of this series, Alex White will take on Edwar Cabrera at 7:05.

San Antonio 6, Corpus Christi 0

W- James Needy (8-3)
L- Chris Devenski (2-3, 7-8 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Missions ruined Mark Appel's AA debut by no-hitting the Hooks.

Rene Garcia broke up James Needy's perfect game with a 2-out single in the 6th. However, the official scorer overturned the decision and ruled it an error. He also stole his 5th base of the season. M.P. Cokinos was the only Hooks hitter to not strike out.

Mark Appel allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and fanned 4 over 5 shutout innings. To the best of my knowledge, he did not break any unwritten rules. The Missions roughed up Chris Devenski in the 6th, as he allowed 4 runs in the inning; with 2 of them coming on a homer from Diego Goris. Devenski allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings. David Rollins allowed 2 unearned runs on a single and a groundout and struck out 2 in the 9th.

The Hooks are in Midland for 4 starting tonight at 7:00. In the opener, Mike Hauschild will take on Nate Long.

Lancaster 6, High Desert 4

W- Kyle Westwood (8-6)
L- Lars Huijer (0-2, 4-7 season)
S- Jamaine Cotton (10)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (17, solo in 1st), Rio Ruiz (11, solo in 7th)

The JetHawks earned the sweep as they put up a pair in the 5th, which turned out to be the difference in this game.

Teoscar opened up the scoring with his homer with 1 out in the 1st. Jobduan Morales then added a sac fly in the 2nd, and scored on a wild pitch/Teoscar walk in the 5th. Advancing to 3rd on the play was Chan-Jong Moon, who would score on a Rio Ruiz GIDP. Rio went deep with 2 outs in the 7th, and Jack Mayfield brought home the JetHawks' final run of the evening on an RBI single in the 8th. Everyone except for Morales had 1 hit, but Jobduan still managed to have a somewhat productive night.

Kyle Westwood pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and struck out a career-high 9. Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.1 innings, and Jamaine Cotton notched his 10th save, as he allowed a hit and struck out 2 over the final 1.1 innings.

The JetHawks return home for 4 with Lake Elsinore starting tonight at 8:30. Lance McCullers will take on Colin Rea.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Paul Fry (2-3)
L- Andrew Walter (4-3)
S- Kevin McCoy (1)

QC home runs: A.J. Reed (2, 7 season; 2-run in 4th), Brett Phillips (11, 2-run in 5th)

Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for the River Bandits in the 6th as the LumberKings put up 5 in the top of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. Clinton then got a run to get ahead.

Reed now has 30 home runs in 99 games in the year 2014. He has 7 in 37 professional games, and 23 in 62 collegiate games. Phillips has now homered in 5 straight games, the first River Bandit to do so since 1998. His home run came after a delay in which a possum found its way onto the field. Weird. The non-home run RBI came on a sac fly from Marc Wik in the 6th, which tied the game at 5. Ryan Bottger went 2-4.

Chris Lee went 5+ innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Chris Cotton allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. Andrew Walter allowed the go-ahead sac fly to Chantz Mack in the top of the 9th. He went 1.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

In the series finale, Michael Feliz will take on Blake Holovach at 7:00.

Mahoning Valley 1, Tri-City 0

W- Jose Zapata (1-2)
L- Vince Wheeland (0-1)
S- J.P. Feyereisen (2)

TC home runs: None.

For the 2nd straight night, the ValleyCats dropped a 1-0 game.

D.J. Fisher went 1-4 with a steal (13). Their lone extra-base hit was a double from Juan Santana.

Austin Chrismon allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 6 shutout innings. Vince Wheeland allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and Aaron Vaughn struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In game 2 of this series, Bryan Radziewski will take on Julian Merryweather at 6:00.

Greeneville 5, Elizabethton 1

W- Agapito Barrios (3-0)
L- Derrick Penilla (3-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

After getting bludgeoned in the opener, the Appy Astros rebounded to win the series.

They scored the game's first 5 runs. Jake Nottingham opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. A 3-run 2nd opened up the game a bit, as Jeffry Santos smacked an RBI double, Luis Reynoso scored on a wild pitch, and Jason Martin hit a sac fly. Reynoso added an RBI single in the 4th, after Hector Roa doubled to lead off the inning. Roa was the only player on either side with a multi-hit game, as he went 3-4 with that double and scored twice.

Devonte German threw 4 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 4. Agapito Barrios tagged in for 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 4. Jorge Perez walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Greeneville will now begin a 3-game set with Johnson City at 6:00. Josh James gets the start.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Pirates 3 in 10 innings

W- Juan Delis (2-0)
L- Jonathan Minier (0-1)
S- Alejandro Solarte (1)

The Pirates tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 9th, but the Kissimmee Stros re-took the lead in the 10th and Alejandro Solarte locked it down.

Alex Melendez went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a steal (15). He opened the scoring in the 5th with an RBI triple. He scored on a double from Edwin Medina, who scored on a Brauly Mejia single. Medina (18) and Melendez are 1-2 in stolen bases in the GCL. Mejia hit the go-ahead sac fly in the top of the 10th.

Yhoan Acosta went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Starlyng Sanchez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Juan Delis allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and Alejandro Solarte worked around 2 walks to close out the game.

Both teams will play again in Kissimmee later this morning.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Astros Blue 4

W- Henry Martinez (2-1)
L- Enrique Chavez (1-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team put up 3 in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead, but the Indians responded with 5 in the bottom of the inning.

Rodrigo Ayarza opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Their 3 runs in the 7th came without recording a hit. Cristopher Luciano scored on a wild pitch, Jonathan Matute scored on a passed ball, and Wander Franco scored on an error that also allowed Andy Piñeda to reach. Marcos Almonte went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Albert Abreu walked 4 and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Unfortunately, the Indians teed off on Enrique Chavez and Joel Belboder. Chavez allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings, and Belboder allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The Blue team is currently in a game at their complex with the Indians.

DSL Rangers2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7

W- Samir Vivas (8-0)
L- Edwin Villarroel (2-4)

Orange home runs: Ihan Bernal (2, 3-run in 1st)

The Orange team broke out for a 7-3 lead, but the Rangers ran off 5 unanswered to take the game.

Bernal's blast put the Orange team on top 3-1. Edgar Lorenzo went 2-3 with a 2-run triple in the 3rd. Orlando Marquez clubbed an RBI triple and Bernal smacked an RBI double in the 5th. Bernal went 3-3 with a steal (4), 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Marquez finished 3-5 (a homer shy of the cycle) with 2 runs scored, and Juan Fuentes went 4-5 with 2 doubles and a run scored.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Edwin Villarroel went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4.

The Orange team is currently in a game against the Rangers 2.

Funky Fotos from Quad Cities

This week I've been posting some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Quad Cities trip in June. The untouched photos can be found here.

Kevin Comer

Evan Grills

Jandel Gustave

Brian Holberton

Omar Lopez

Brett Phillips

Andrew Walters

Chase McDonald

Ronnie Phillips

All photos are property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

There were a few more Astros minor league moves announced yesterday ~

CORPUS CHRISTI
RHP Aaron West placed on the 7-day DL

LANCASTER
OF Ronnie Mitchell assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

TRI-CITY
C Jake Rodriguez assigned from Quad Cities to Tri-City

GCL
RHP Ross Seaton assigned to the GCL for a rehab assignment

Also, earlier this week Baseball America reported that 2B Will Dupont and SS Osvaldo Duarte were both placed on the 60-day DL.

Happy Birthday - 7/31

No future Astros with birthdays today, but a pair of former Astros mark the day ~

RHP Gordie Pladson (58)
Signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 1973, Pladson pitched in 20 games scattered over the four years from 1979 to 1982 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.757 WHIP.

LF Jay Schlueter (died May 13, 2010 at 60)
A second round draft pick in 1967, Schlueter's entire major league career consisted of seven games and only three at bats in 1971. He got one hit, scored one run and retired with a .333 major league batting average and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oklahoma City 7, Round Rock 3

W- Brad Peacock (1-0)
L- Justin Germano (4-11)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks had a 4-3 lead after 7 innings, but they created some much-needed separation with a 3-run 8th.

Domingo Santana, who has struggled mightily since his optioning back to OKC, reached base safely in all 5 of his plate appearances. He went 4-4 with a couple of RBI singles (in the 5th and 8th), drew a walk, and scored a run. Everyone in the lineup had a hit.

Preston Tucker opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. Joe Sclafani followed that up with an RBI single, and Ronald Torreyes drove in another run in rather painful fashion, as he was plunked with the bases loaded. Matt Duffy hit a 2-run single in the 8th, which preceded Domingo's 2nd RBI single of the night. Sclafani and Jonathan Villar both had 2 hits and scored 2 runs; Villar also stole his 12th base (26 season). Max Stassi went 2-5, and Austin Wates finished 3-6.

Brad Peacock went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Anthony Bass was the first man out; he allowed a hit and walked 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Richard Rodriguez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Kevin Chapman navigated out of a runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out situation that morphed into a bases-loaded situation in the 9th to end the game. He worked around 2 hits and a walk and struck out the side.

In game 2 of this series, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Phil Irwin at 7:05.

San Antonio 10, Corpus Christi 4

W- Josh Geer (6-10)
L- Colton Cain (0-1)

CC home runs: M.P. Cokinos (1, 3-run in 2nd)

The Hooks held a 4-3 lead after the 3rd, but they were on the wrong end of a 7-0 run to close it out.

M.P. Cokinos' first home run of the season put Corpus on the board and on top 3-2 in the 2nd. The other Hooks run came in the form of a Delino DeShields sac fly in the 3rd. Tony Kemp went 2-5 with a run scored.

Brady Rodgers went 5 and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and struck out 2. Colton Cain tagged in for 3 innings and he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Kyle Weiland probably wants a mulligan for that 9th inning, as he allowed back-to-back-to-back solo shots. He allowed another run and gave up 4 hits, 3 of which left the yard.

Mark Appel will make his Hooks debut tonight at 7:10. He'll be taking on James Needy.

Lancaster 13, High Desert 5

W- Brian Holmes (3-1)
L- Brett Shankin (4-5)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Wow. 30 combined hits and none of them were home runs. The JetHawks jumped out to an 8-2 lead after the 2nd, then they saw the Mavericks dent that lead a bit, but they restored it with 5 runs in the closing stages of the game.

Jobduan Morales was the only player in the starting 9+1 to not have a hit, but he drew 3 walks and scored 3 runs. He reached on an error that also allowed Rio Ruiz to score in the 1st to open the scoring. Later in the inning, Tyler White ripped a 2-run double.

The JetHawks put up 5 in the 2nd as Rio hit an RBI groundout, Chan-Jong Moon scored on a passed ball, Jon Kemmer hit an RBI single, Tanner Mathis drew a bases-loaded walk, and Kemmer scored on an error that allowed Jack Mayfield to reach. After White hit his 2nd double of the night in the 8th, Mathis brought him home with a triple. And in the 9th, Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI double, Mathis hit a 2-run double, and Mayfield finished off the scoring with an RBI single. White went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. Mathis and Mayfield both went 3-5. Kemmer, Moon, Teoscar, and Rio all went 2-6. Moon (7, 32 season) and Rio (4) both stole bases. Moon, Teoscar, and Kemmer also scored twice.

Evan Grills went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and struck out 2. The bullpen picked him up and finished the game with 5 scoreless. Juan Minaya worked around a hit and a walk in the 5th, and Brian Holmes allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 4 innings.

The JetHawks will look for the sweep as TBA will take on Lars Huijer at 9:05.

Quad Cities 7, Clinton 5

W- Andrew Thurman (5-6)
L- Edwin Diaz (3-7)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (6)

QC home runs: Brett Phillips (11, solo in 1st), Chase McDonald (11, solo in 4th)

The Banditos have won 9 of their last 10. After the LumberKings got the jump on them with 3 in the 1st, they responded with 7 unanswered, and the lead held up.

Brett Phillips' show of power continued as he put QC on the board with a homer to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Ryan Bottger added a sac fly later in the inning. Chase McDonald put the River Bandits in front with a 2-run single in the 2nd. Marc Wik scored on an error off a Brett Booth groundout in the 3rd. In the 4th, James Ramsay hit a sac fly, and McDonald smacked his 11th homer of the year. McDonald finished 3-4, while Phillips went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Andrew Thurman went 7 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Frederick Tiburcio worked around a walk to finish it, striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Chris Lee will take on Jose Flores at 7:00.

Aberdeen 2, Tri-City 1 in 10 innings

W- Stefan Crichton (2-4)
L- Ryan Thompson (2-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats walked off with a loss as they were held to 1 run for a 2nd straight game. This was only their 2nd series loss of the season; they were swept in a 2-game set by Lowell last month.

D.J. Fisher scored the lone TC run on a wild pitch in the 4th. He led off the inning with a single, stole 2nd (12), and advanced to 3rd on the errant throw down to 2nd. Bobby Boyd and Alfredo Gonzalez had 2 hits apiece; Boyd had a steal (10), while Gonzalez's double was the ValleyCats' lone extra-base hit.

Randall Fant held his own against a rehabbing Ubaldo Jimenez, as he went 5 innings and allowed a run (on a solo homer in the 4th) on 5 hits and struck out 8. Francis Ramirez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4 over 2.1 scoreless, and Ryan Thompson threw 1.2 scoreless before running into serious trouble in the 10th. He was unable to extricate himself from that predicament, as Ryan Murphy hit the game-winning RBI single with 1 out in the inning. Thompson allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

The ValleyCats are back home tonight, where they'll open up a 3-game series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Austin Chrismon gets the start in game 1, which begins at 6:00.

Greeneville 4, Elizabethton 2

W- Dean Deetz (2-1)
L- Keaton Steele (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Twins got 2 after stretch time to take a 2-1 lead, but the Appy Astros scored the game's final 3 runs to take the middle game of this 3-game set.

Kristian Trompiz opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Luis Reynoso tied the game at 2 with an RBI single in the 8th, and a wild pitch/error allowed Tony Nuñez and Ydarqui Marte to scamper home with what turned out to be the decisive runs. Trompiz finished 2-4, while Nuñez went 1-2 with 3 walks.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless. Keegan Yuhl tagged for 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. Dean Deetz allowed the 2 Elizabethton runs in the 7th, but all was forgiven in the end. He went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to end the game.

In the rubber game of this series, Devonte German will face Derrick Penilla at 6:00.

GCL Yankees2 5, GCL Astros 1

W- Carlos Diaz (2-1)
L- Harold Arauz (4-1)

GCL home runs: None.

Harold Arauz was knocked around for the first time this season as the Kissimmee Stros were thwarted in their attempt to take the lead in the GCL Northeast.

Arauz went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 7. Samil De Los Santos allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Kyle Gehrs allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 7th. Alejandro Solarte struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and John Gatlin walked 2 and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Alex Melendez scored the lone GCLstros run in the 1st on an error after a bunt single from Edwin Medina. Connor Goedert finished 2-4, while Medina also stole his 17th base of the season.

The Kissimmee Stros are currently in Bradenton, where they're taking on the Pirates.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Dodgers 2

W- Erasmo Pinales (2-1)
L- Angel German (1-5)

Blue home runs: Jake Bowey (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team erupted for 5 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th as they pounded the Dodgers.

Cristopher Luciano opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 6th. Luis Vasquez followed that up with a bases-loaded walk, and then Oliver Toribio delivered a pinch-hit 2-run single. Vasquez would score on a wild pitch. Marcos Almonte hit an RBI double in the 7th and scored on Bowey's blast. Bowey finished 3-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Almonte went 2-5.

Erasmo Pinales started it off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6. Juan Cuevas allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless, and the Dodgers spoiled the shutout as they got 2 off of Yan De La Cruz in the 9th. 1 of those runs was earned. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 in the inning.

The Blue team is currently at the Indians complex for a game.

DSL Marlins 10, DSL Astros Orange 9 in 11 innings

W- Jose Jaramillo (3-2)
L- Tomas Lopez (1-1)

Orange home runs: Ihan Bernal (1, 2-run in 11th)

Bernal's 1st career homer brought the Orange team to within 1, but the rally was snuffed out when the next 3 hitters were retired to end the game.

Juan Fuentes scored the game's first run on a wild pitch in the 1st. He scored again in the 3rd on an Orlando Marquez groundout. The Orange team rallied for 5 in the 9th to tie the game at 7. They got a pair of RBI singles from Felix Lucas and Anardo Peralta. Lucas scored on a Frankeny Fernandez groundout, and Marquez tied the game with a 2-run double. Marquez and Peralta had 2 hits apiece, while Fernandez stole his 30th base of the year.

Carlos Sanabria went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Ramon Rodriguez allowed 3 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Bryan Abreu allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th, and Tomas Lopez went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

The Orange team is currently in a game against the Rangers 2.

Funky Fotos from Lancaster

This week I'm going to post some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Lancaster trip in May. The untouched photos can be found here.

Carlos Correa

Jamaine Cotton


Danry Vasquez

Vasquez, Gulbransen, Scott


Lance McCullers

Teoscar Hernandez


Rio Ruiz

Ruben Sosa


Tyson Perez

All photos property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Happy Birthday - 7/30

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Jorge Perez (21)
Drafted by Houston in the 30th round in 2013 out of Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma, Perez started the 2014 season with the Greeneville Astros. In 10 games (16.1 innings), he has a 2.20 ERA and a 1.408 WHIP.

Greeneville Manager Josh Bonifay (36)
Josh Bonifay was drafted by the Pirates in 1999, but ended his minor league career with the Houston organization. After serving as Hitting Coach for Greeneville in 2011 and Lexington in 2012, Bonifay got his first Manager assignment with the Rookie level Greeneville Astros team in 2013, a role he is reprising in 2014. Bonifay is taking on a new role as well, having just become a new Dad for the first time earlier this month.

Two former Astros mark the day as well ~

3B Doug "The Red Rooster" Rader (70)
Rader was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1965 and played for the Astros for nine seasons, from 1967 to 1975. In 1178 games, he hit .250/.318/.402 with 197 doubles, 20 triples, 128 home runs and 600 RBI. He won Gold Gloves five seasons straight from 1970 to 1974.

C Gus Triandos (died March 28, 2013 at age 82)
Triandos came to Houston from Philadelphia in June 1965 and played in only 24 games for the Astros at the end of his career, hitting .181/.244/.292. Triandos was a three-time All Star for Baltimore with a lifetime caught stealing percentage of 47%.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Recaps for Monday, July 28, 2014

Nashville 3, Oklahoma City 1

W- Ariel Peña (8-6)
L- Mike Foltynewicz (7-7)
S- Alfredo Figaro (2)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks dropped their final game in Nashville's historic Greer Stadium, dropping their all-time record there to 68-69. The Sounds will be moving to a new ballpark next season.

The lone OKC run came on an RBI single from Domingo Santana in the 6th. Carlos Perez went 2-4.

Mike Foltynewicz had a bare minimum quality start. He allowed 3 hits, walked 5, hit 2 batters, and struck out 10. Pat Urckfitz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th, and Richard Rodriguez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

The RedHawks roadtrip continues with 4 in Round Rock. Brad Peacock will take on Justin Germano in the opener; first pitch is at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 4 in 10 innings

W- Tyson Perez (3-0, 3-3 season)
L- Josh Geer (5-10)

CC home runs: Delino DeShields (7, walk-off solo in 10th)

Delino DeShields greeted Josh Geer in the 10th with a home run that ended the game, giving the Hooks the win in the series opener.

After the Missions got on the board first in the 2nd, the Hooks responded with 3 in the 4th. Andrew Aplin put Corpus on the board with an RBI single. DeShields scored on an error as Aplin stole 2nd (20). Aplin would score himself on another error that allowed Brandon Meredith to reach.

San Antonio responded with 3 of their own in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead, but M.P. Cokinos tied the game with an RBI double with 2 outs in the 8th. The bottom of the 10th lasted 5 pitches, as DeShields sent a 2-2 pitch from Geer onto the berm. Cokinos and DeShields both finished 2-3.

Luis Cruz went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Mitch Lambson was the first man out; he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2.1 scoreless. Tyson Perez threw 2 scoreless and allowed a hit and struck out 1.

The middle game of this series pits Brady Rodgers against Leonel Campos. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 7, High Desert 2

W- Vince Velasquez (5-1)
L- Jake Zokan (1-1, 2-3 season)
S- Josh Hader (2)

Lancaster home runs: Roberto Peña (9, solo in 3rd), Jack Mayfield (5, 7 season; solo in 6th)

The JetHawks got a nice start from Vince Velasquez in his return from the DL and Josh Hader locked it down.

Vince pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Hader vented by throwing 4 scoreless after tagging in. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6.

Jack Mayfield went 3-3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. He kicked off the scoring with a 2-run double in the 2nd. He would score on a sac fly from Chan-Jong Moon later in the inning. Peña finished 2-5; his 9th homer led off the 3rd. Mayfield's blast came with 2 outs in the 6th. Tanner Mathis scored on a wild pitch strikeout in the 9th, and Mayfield scored the final run of the evening on an error that allowed Teoscar Hernandez to reach. He also stole his first base as a JetHawk, giving him 3 on the year. Moon also stole a base, giving him 31 on the year.

In game 2 of this series, the team of Evan Grills and Brian Holmes will take on Brett Shankin at 9:05.

Quad Cities 4, Bowling Green 3

W- Adrian Houser (5-4)
L- Breudlin Suero (2-3)
S- Kevin Comer (3)

QC home runs: Brett Phillips (10, led off game), A.J. Reed (1, 6 season; 2-run in 4th), Chase McDonald (10, solo in 6th)

The River Bandits got the sweep behind those 3 home runs you see above. McDonald went 3-4 and scored 2 of the 4 QC runs. J.D. Davis notched his 3rd straight multi-hit game as he went 3-4.

Adrian Houser went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Kevin Comer tagged in for 4 scoreless; he allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The Banditos are back home tonight, where they'll begin a 3-game set with Clinton. Andrew Thurman looks like he'll be activated from the DL to start tonight. He'll face Edwin Diaz at 7:00.

Tri-City 1, Aberdeen 0

W- Troy Scribner (6-1, 8-1 season)
L- Stephen Tarpley (1-2)
S- Jordan Mills (1)

TC home runs: None.

Not much offense to speak of, but the difference here was Bobby Boyd's bases-loaded walk in the 7th which brought home Jose Solano with the game's only run.

Troy Scribner was magnificent as he threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 7. Jay Gause walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 8th, as did Jordan Mills in the 9th.

In the series finale, Randall Fant will take on a rehabbing Ubaldo Jimenez. First pitch is at 6:05.

Elizabethton 13, Greeneville 6

W- Mat Batts (2-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Yeah, that probably wasn't the start to the series that the Appy Astros were looking for. They fell behind by as much as 13-1. But, they did have a 5-run 8th to make the final line more respectable.

Yonathan Mejia put them on the board with an RBI single in the 1st. They would have to wait until the 8th to score again. Jeffry Santos had a 2-run single, then Tony Nuñez followed that up with a 2-run triple. Nuñez, who finished 2-3, would score on a wild pitch.

Reymin Guduan labored through 2.1 innings as he allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Krishawn Holley got the final 2 outs of the 3rd, but not before allowing 2 runs of his own on 2 hits. He walked 1. Robert Kahana pitched 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and fanned 3. Zach Davis struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In the middle game of this series, Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Felix Jorge at 6:00.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Yankees2 3

W- Christian Perdomo (1-0)
L- Jonathan Padilla (2-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The difference in the game turned out to be a 3-run 6th for the Kissimmee Stros.

Arturo Michelena put them on the board with an RBI triple in the 5th. They got another RBI triple from Brauly Mejia in the 6th. He'd come home on a Dex McCall single, which occurred one batter later. Connor Goedert brought McCall home on an RBI double. McCall added another RBI single in the 8th, and Edwin Medina capped off the GCLstros scoring with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Justin Ferrell went 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Christian Perdomo allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Junior Garcia went 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Juan Delis allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 9th.

There's a 3-way tie at the top of the GCL Northeast with the Tigers, Astros, and Yankees 2. The Astros are currently hosting the Yankees 2 in Kissimmee.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Dodgers 3

W- Joel Belboder (4-2)
L- Johan Diaz (2-1)

Blue home runs: Jake Bowey (1, walk-off grand slam in 9th)

Sweet! Nice way to celebrate your first home run as a professional baseball player. The Blue team walked off with the win thanks to Jake Bowey's slam with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Bowey scored the Blue team's first run on a sac fly from Wander Franco in the 2nd and drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd. Marcos Almonte went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a steal (16), and Jonathan Matute went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Salvador Montaño went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Gabriel Valdez allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Joel Belboder threw a 1-2-3 9th.

These teams are currently playing at the Dodgers complex.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Marlins 4

W- Antonio Almonte (1-1)
L- Jose Diaz (1-3)
S- Jose Ramos (3)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team finished the game on a 7-2 run after trailing 2-0 after the 3rd inning.

Orlando Marquez put the Orange team on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Felix Lucas scored on a sac bunt/error in the 5th. In the 6th, Edgar Lorenzo ripped an RBI double. They got 3 in the 7th as Reiny Beltre drew a bases-loaded walk, Juan Fuentes scored on an error, and Ihan Bernal hit a sac fly. Fuentes grounded into a force out that scored Jose Benjamin in the 8th. Frankeny Fernandez finished 2-3 with a triple, 3 runs scored, and a steal (29).

Adonis Peña pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Antonio Almonte went 4 and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jose Ramos closed it out by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Both teams are currently in a game at the Astros complex.

Funky Fotos from Corpus Christi

This week I'm going to post some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Corpus Christi trip in April. The untouched photos can be found here.

Andrew Aplin


Matt Duffy

Joe Sclafani

Tyler Heineman

Jordan Janknowski


Alex Sogard


Bullpen Superheroes

Patrick Urckfitz

Andrew Aplin


Aaron West

All photos are property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

There was one new Astros minor league roster move posted yesterday (that we didn't already know about) as 1B Telvin Nash was placed on the 7-day DL for Corpus Christi.

Happy Birthday - 7/29

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Moreno Polanco (20)
An international free agent from the Dominican Republic, Polanco is in his first season for the DSL. In nine games (eight starts), he is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.358 WHIP.

Three former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

2B/SS/OF Felix Mantilla (80)
Mantilla came to Houston in April 1966 in a trade with Boston and played in 77 games for the Astros at the end of his career, hitting .219/.279/.371. A one-time All-Star for Boston, his best season was 1964 when he hit .289/.357/.553 with 30 home runs for Boston. He played with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 as a part of their winning World Series team.

1B Dan Driessen (63)
Driessen signed as a free agent with Houston in June 1986 and played in only 17 games for the Astros, hitting .292/.414/.458. Driessen played for the Reds from 1973 to 1984 as a part of the Big Red Machine and won two World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He was the first National League player to be used as a DH as that position was introduced in the 1976 World Series with the Yankees.

RHP Mike Williams (46)
A 14th round draft pick by the Phillies in 1990, Williams came to Houston in a July 2001 trade with the Pirates. In 25 games for the Astros in 2001, he was 4-0 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP before going back to Pittsburgh. A two-time All Star for the Pirates, his 2002 season was his best as he had a 2.93 ERA, a 1.223 WHIP and 46 saves.

Tweet of the Day

Monday, July 28, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 27, 2014


Oklahoma City 6, Nashville 5

W- Jason Stoffel (3-3)
L- Rob Wooten (0-1)

OKC home runs: None.

Down 5-1, the RedHawks mounted a comeback in the final 2 innings, which saw them score 4 in the top of the 9th to take a 6-5 lead, which is the score you see above.

Austin Wates hit an RBI single in the 1st to open up the scoring. OKC would have to wait until the 8th to score again, when Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI single of his own. He was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, though. The RedHawks got a pair of RBI singles from Matt Duffy and Max Stassi, and Joe Sclafani delivered the go-ahead 2-run double. Wates finisheed 2-4 with 2 steals (30) and a run scored. Jonathan Villar also went 2-4 with a steal (11, 25 season). Stassi went 2-3 with 2 runs scored.

Nick Tropeano made his return from the DL and threw 5 innings. He allowed 4 runs on 3 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jorge De Leon allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th. Anthony Bass allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th, and Jason Stoffel pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The RedHawks will look for the split as Mike Foltynewicz will take on Ariel Peña. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 11, Corpus Christi 3

W- Drew Granier (6-4)
L- Jordan Jankowski (3-5)

CC home runs: Tony Kemp (4, 8 season; solo in 1st), Brandon Meredith (1, 8 season; solo in 4th)

The Hooks were only down 4-3 after 4 innings, but the RockHounds took control and finished the game on an 8-0 run.

Kemp finished 2-5; his blast led off the bottom of the 1st. Ruben Sosa followed that up with an infield single. He moved over to 2nd on a Delino DeShields sac bunt, to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a single from Telvin Nash. Meredith went 2-3, and his homer led off the bottom of the 4th.

Jordan Jankowski went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Kyle Weiland allowed a 2-run double, walked 2, and struck out 2 in the 5th. Kyle Smith allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and fanned 2 in 4 innings.

Tonight, the Hooks will begin a 3-game series against San Antonio. In game 1, Luis Cruz will face Justin Hancock. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 8, Stockton 3

W- Kent Emanuel (6-5 season)
L- Dylan Covey (0-1, 4-10 season)

Lancaster home runs: Tyler White (1, 8 season; solo in 4th), Roberto Peña (8, solo in 5th), Danry Vásquez (5, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks got the split behind a season's-best outing from Kent Emanuel and 3 homers from the offense.

Emanuel shook off a 2-run 1st from Stockton and stonewalled them the rest of the way. He went 7 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Dan Minor went 2 innings and allowed a solo homer to Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Lancaster took control with 4 in the 4th. White's first California League homer put them on the board, and then 2 walks and a single loaded the bases for Chan-Jong Moon, who promptly cleared them with a double, giving the JetHawks a 4-2 lead. Peña's 8th home run of the season came with 1 out in the 5th. White walked to lead off the 8th, and one batter later, Danry ripped his 5th homer. Rio Ruiz scored the final JetHawks run on a passed ball in the top of the 9th inning. Moon and Jack Mayfield, who tripled and scored a run, had 2 hits apiece. Everyone in the lineup drew a walk except for Jon Kemmer. White and Danry scored 2 runs each, and Teoscar Hernandez stole his 31st base.

The JetHawks will now commute to High Desert for the next 3 nights, as they're set to begin a series tonight at 9:05. Starters are TBA.

Quad Cities 9, Bowling Green 2

W- Edison Frias (7-5)
L- Jacob Faria (6-6)

QC home runs: Brett Phillips (9, 3-run in 8th)

The Bandits wrecked the Hot Rods as they struck out 13 and pounded out 13 hits.

J.D. Davis went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and kicked things off with an RBI double in the 2nd. He would score on an RBI single from Brett Booth. Also scoring on the play was Ronnie Mitchell when the throw from the outfield was cut off. Chase McDonald, who has hit 5 straight doubles, hit one with 2 outs in the 3rd and he'd score on an error that also allowed Brian Holberton to reach. Holberton scored on a Mitchell RBI single later in the inning. Dayne Parker had an RBI single in the 8th, and then Booth advanced to 2nd after hitting into a fielder's choice. That set up Phillips, who homered for the 2nd straight game. McDonald, Mitchell, and Booth had 2 hits apiece.

Edison Frias went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 5th) on 6 hits and struck out 8. Albert Minnis allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 2 scoreless to finish it off. Neither of them issued a walk.

The Banditos will look for the sweep at 12:05. Adrian Houser will be on the mound; he'll be facing Bruedlin Suero.

Aberdeen 7, Tri-City 5

W- Nik Nowottnick (2-1)
L- Luis Ordosgoitti (2-3)
S- Ivan Hernandez (3)

TC home runs: None.

The Cats saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end as the Ironbirds jumped all over Luis Ordosgoitti and Raul Rivera.

D.J. Fisher went 4-5 with a stolen base (11) and scored 4 of the 5 ValleyCats runs. Nick Tanielu went 3-4 with 3 RBI doubles. The first came in the 1st, the second in the 5th, and the third in the 9th. On the 3rd RBI double, an error occurred, which allowed Fisher to score his 4th run. Mott Hyde scored the other TC run on that double. Jose Solano went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Luis Ordosgoitti went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Raul Rivera pitched the next 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Aaron Vaughn faced a bases-loaded situation in the 8th on 2 hits and a walk, but nothing came of it. He struck out 1.

In the series finale, Troy Scribner will face Stephen Tarpley at 6:05.

Greeneville 7, Bristol 3

W- Aaron Greenwood (3-0)
L- Omar Basulto (1-2)
S- Angel Heredia (2)

Greeneville home runs: Bryan Muniz (1, solo in 6th), Cesar Carrasco (1, solo in 8th)

The Appy Astros got the sweep thanks to Cesar Carrasco's big night. 3 pitchers also combined to strike out 16 Pirates while only issuing 1 walk.

Austin Nicely went 4 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 8. Aaron Greenwood went 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 5, and Angel Heredia threw scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 3 for the save.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit. Carrasco went 3-4 and put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Yonathan Mejia added an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Carrasco was back at it again in the 4th when he ripped an RBI double. Later in the frame, Jeffry Santos drew a bases-loaded walk and Luis Reynoso hit an RBI single. Muniz's first pro homer came with 1 out in the 6th, and Carrasco capped off a big night by leading off the 8th with his 1st homer of the year. Hector Roa went 3-4 with a run scored.

The Appy Astros will now begin a big 3-game set in Elizabethton. Reymin Guduan will get the start in game 1, which will start at 6:00.