Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday - 8/23

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro was born on this day ~

SS/3B Marty Martinez (died March 8, 2007 at 65)
Martinez came to the Houston organization in a December 1968 trade that sent Bob Aspromonte to Atlanta. In 185 games over three seasons for the Astros, Martinez hit .268/.305/.320. The Cuban born Martinez managed for the Rangers and the Mariners organizations in the minors for several years and served as interim manager for the Mariners for one game in 1986 for a career major league managerial record of 0-1.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Let's play 2 in Midland!

Oklahoma City 9, El Paso 5

W- Alex White (3-5)
L- Joe Wieland (0-1)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks opened up the game with a bang as they scored 4 in the 1st. After the Chihuahuas answered with 3 in the 2nd, OKC responded by scoring 5 unanswered to take a 9-3 lead into the 9th.

Preston Tucker opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. One batter later, Matt Duffy followed with an RBI single. They would both score on a single from Domingo Santana. Andrew Aplin singled with 1 out in the 3rd, then stole his way to 3rd base (5 ,26 season). Domingo brought him home with a sac fly. In the 7th, Ronald Torreyes laid down a sac bunt, and the ensuing error allowed Max Stassi to score. Tucker then added a 2-run single. Stassi added an RBI single in the 8th. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Tucker, Duffy, and Jonathan Villar had 2 hits apiece.

Alex White allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9 over 6.2 innings. Jason Stoffel got the final out of the 7th. Ross Seaton made his first appearance for OKC since June 15 and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

In game 3 of this series, Rudy Owens will be taking on our old friend Jason Lane, who was the DH last night. Although someone else might be starting for El Paso after the fact. First pitch is at 7:05.

Game 1: Midland 4, Corpus Christi 1

W- Murphy Smith (2-4)
L- Mark Appel (0-2, 2-7 season)
S- Jose Flores (10)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks dropped the opener of the twinbill after the RockHounds got 3 in the 2nd off of Mark Appel.

Appel, who pitched all 7 innings, allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7.

Jonathan Meyer's RBI single in the 5th accounted for the only Corpus run in game 1. Brandon Meredith hit a double and scored on the single from Meyer.

What did game 2 have in store for the Hooks?

Game 2: Corpus Christi 5, Midland 0

W- Jordan Jankowski (5-6)
L- Drew Granier (7-7)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (21, 2-run in 3rd)

The Hooks only scored in 1 inning, but Jordan Jankowski rendered the Midland offense useless.

Jankowski allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out a career-high 9 over 5 shutout innings. Mitch Lambson pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 2.

All 5 Hooks runs came with 2 outs in the 3rd. After Teoscar Hernandez and Carlos Perdomo struck out, Tyler Heineman and Delino DeShields walked. Leo Heras opened up the scoring with an RBI single. Heras stole 2nd (17), and DeShields scored on a passed ball. Colin Moran added an RBI single, and Nash capped off the scoring with his 2-run homer. Heras finished 2-4.

In the series finale, Colton Cain will face Nate Long at 7:00.

High Desert 5, Lancaster 0

W- Rafael Piñeda (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (5-2)
S- Oliver Garcia (3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks were shut out and were foiled in their bid for a sweep.

Danry Vásquez and Ronnie Mitchell had 2 hits each, and they each hit a double. The JetHawks went 0-8 with RISP in this game.

Brian Holmes pitched 7 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4. Gonzalo Sañudo pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

The JetHawks will now begin a weekend series in Inland Empire. In the opener, Evan Grills will take on Clint Sharp at 9:05.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 2

W- Frederick Tiburcio (3-3)
L- Sam Roberts (0-4)
S- Chris Cotton (3)

QC home runs: J.D. Davis (3, 8 season; 2-run in 5th), James Ramsay (2, solo in 9th)

The River Bandits were on the wrong end of a perfect game for 4 innings, but they eventually snapped out of the trance they were in and ended up taking the opener of this series.

A.J. Reed broke up the perfecto by leading off the 5th with a single. One batter later, J.D. Davis put the Banditos on the board and in the lead with his 8th homer of the year. In the 7th, the Bandits got a pair of RBI singles from Ramsay and Marc Wik, who both finished with 2 hits apiece. Ramsay provided some insurance with his 2nd homer of the year.

Michael Feliz allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Frederick Tiburcio tagged in for 2.2 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 4. Chris Cotton got the final 4 outs of the game, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

In the middle game of this series, Kevin Comer will face Kyle Finnegan at 7:00.

Vermont 4, Tri-City 2

W- A.J. Burke (5-3)
L- Randall Fant (1-1)
S- Blake McMullen (1)

TC home runs: D.J. Fisher (2, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats got swept in their first series after the All-Star break.

Fisher was involved in both ValleyCats runs. He hit into a force out that scored Ariel Ovando in the 3rd, homered in the 6th, and also stole a base (16). Jason Martin and Ovando had 2 hits apiece.

Randall Fant pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 7. Francis Ramirez tagged in for 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 5. Raul Rivera allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

The ValleyCats will now spend the weekend on Coney Island. They're taking on the Brooklyn Cyclones in a 3-game series. Austin Chrismon will start the opener, which will begin at 6.

Princeton 1, Greeneville 0

W- Freddy Alvarez (3-4)
L- Reymin Guduan (2-4)
S- Tomas Michelson (3)

 Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros suffered a setback in their quest for the playoffs with this shutout loss.

Bryan Muniz went 2-3 with a double.

Reymin Guduan was the hard-luck loser in this one; he went 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 10. Elieser Hernandez allowed a hit and walked 1 in a scoreless 6th, and Jorge Perez allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless.

The middle game of this series is probably a top-10 name matchup this season. Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Hyrum Formo at 6:05.

GCL Yankees1 4, GCL Astros 2

W- Luis Cedeño (1-3)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-3)
S- Jonny Drozd (6)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got doubled up.

Jorge Martinez went 3-4 with an RBI double in the 7th. Joan Mauricio doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on a double play. Connor Goedert finished 2-4 with a run scored.

Justin Ferrell went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. J.D. Osborne allowed a run on 2 hits in the 5th, and Junior Garcia allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 2 over 3 innings.

The GCLstros are currently in a game against the Braves at Disney World.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Dodgers 2

W- Gabriel Valdez (4-4)
L- Algenis Soto (1-3)
S- Lachlan Madden (5)

Blue home runs: Oliver Toribio (1, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team had 3 2-run innings, which topped the Dodgers' 1 2-run inning.

In the 6th, they got 2 sac flies from Wander Franco and Bryan De La Cruz. Oliver Toribio hit his first homer in the 7th, and in the 9th, Cristopher Luciano hit a 2-run double.

Erasmo Pinales allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 5 innings. Gabriel Valdez allowed a hit and walked 2 over 2 scoreless, and Lachlan Madden got the 6-out save, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1.

The Blue team is at the Indians' complex for 2 games, one of which was suspended.

DSL Rangers2 12, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Luis Lopez (1-7)
L- Adonis Peña (2-4)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team fell behind 8-0 after the 1st. They fought back, but that deficit was a bit too much to overcome.

Angel De Leon put the Orange team on the board with a 2-run double in the 4th. Hayden Timberlake added a 2-run triple in the 6th and scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Wilson Amador scored on an error. Anardo Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and Orlando Marquez scored on a double play in the 8th. Edgar Lorenzo finished 3-5 with 3 runs scored.

Adonis Peña allowed 11 runs (8 earned 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jose Ramos allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings, and Starlyn Taveras walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

In their penultimate game of the year, the Orange team is taking on the Phillies.

An Interview with Corpus Christi 1B Conrad Gregor

1B Conrad Gregor has had a whirlwind season: 44 games at Quad Cities hitting .298/.407/.410; 47 games at Lancaster hitting .367/.449/.678; and now 25 games with Corpus Christi hitting .266/.359/.380. That batting average at Corpus is on the rise too. He is hitting .323 over his last 10 games there.

Gregor has had a unique perspective as he has seen many different aspects of three different levels of the organization in three very different venues this season. His whirlwind season and his thoughts on what he saw this season were the subjects of my interview with him last Friday in Corpus Christi.

Conrad Gregor - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I first asked him about his incredible season and he said, "I just try to go out there and play my game. I started out the year in Quad Cities and I just kind of moved up the totem pole. I think every level I moved up, there was a different challenge, but I think just my work ethic, my grind and just my mental attitude helped propel me through, this being my first full season and everything, just to go out there and give it all I've got [and] just try to get better in all facets of my game."

Since Gregor saw so many different players at the three levels this season, I asked him who stood out. He responded, "At Quad Cities, Brett Phillips ... young guy, 19 years old being able to do what he did this year. Had a great year. Just getting called up [to] Lancaster. Obviously, putting up great numbers. He stood out. At Lancaster, there were a lot of great players ... Teoscar [Hernandez], [Carlos] Correa, [Lance] McCullers, [Roberto] Pena, down the line. Pretty good team, pretty good experience there.

"And then here [at Corpus Christi], everybody's good. You have to be good to be in AA. I just want to thank the Astros for giving me the opportunity to play the game of baseball. You can't take it for granted. You're only promised today. I just want to thank them and thank God for the opportunity. Playing against great competition. It's just been a lot of fun this year."

Of the different ballparks, Gregor told me, "Me playing at three levels this year, I got to experience a lot of different climates, starting out in the Midwest in April. It's pretty cold. It gets down in the 30's with flurries. We had a lot of inclement weather. Lot of rain delays. Lot of postponement games. So that was definitely an experience for me. But being from Indiana, I was kind of used to that kind of weather so it didn't really affect me a lot, but it had some effect on players who weren't used to that weather.

"And then Lancaster, definitely a climate change going to games in the 90's with a lot of wind, lot of sunshine, not a lot of clouds. It was definitely a mind-opening experience just to be able to go out there. When you see a cloud, it's almost like once in a blue moon. It was fun out there. I had a lot of fun playing with guys that I've heard of and obviously Tony [Kemp] coming from Vanderbilt, that was a lot of fun.

"At each level, there's a different atmosphere that the coaching staff brings and I just want to thank my managers ... [Manager] Omar Lopez and [Hitting Coach] Joel Chimelis from Quad Cities and Rodney [Lancaster Manager Rodney Linares], D-Rob [Lancaster Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson] and Ramon [Lancaster Infield Coach Ramon Vazquez] ... the ship they run out there is great and they really helped me better my game and just gave me a few pointers here and there to help me excel.

"And then here [in Corpus Christi], you've got the bridge in Quad Cities and here, and then you've got the wind blowing out to left. And obviously, you get a great crowd here and the Texas League being a good, predominant established AA league, you get great fans at every place you go. So it's just been a great year for me."

I asked Gregor if there is any good-natured rivalry between him and Vanderbilt/Astro teammate Tony Kemp. He responded, "Me and Tony go back to when I first stepped on campus in Vanderbilt. We're obviously very close and probably know too much about each other. Every time I see him have success, I'm happy for him and when a call doesn't go his way, I'm up on the front step yelling. I just want to see him do the best. He's had a great, great year and a great start to his career as well. And it's great just to be able to go out there and play with him. And when I'm not playing with him and he's moved up, it's always something to shoot for because he's a great teammate, a great friend of mine and a teammate and friend of mine for life. Being able to play in the same organization with him is just a dream come true. Going out there and playing the same side of the infield in professional baseball ... that doesn't happen a lot so hopefully we just keep on moving up together and maybe [some day], we may get that chance to play on the same team in the big leagues together. That would be great."

Gregor isn't just another pretty bat in the lineup either. Many may not realize that he is a plus defender at first base as well. For the season to date, Gregor has a .995 fielding percentage and a 9.11 range factor. In 100 games at first this season, he has only committed five errors (his first error at AA came last night in his 25th game for the team). Of his defense, he told me, "I just pride myself on being able to catch every baseball and make the rest of the infield look good. My job as a first baseman is to just, when they throw the ball and have to make that hard play, being able to pick them up when the throw isn't perfect. But, for the most part, with the great players in this organization, it kind of makes my job easy. They tend to throw the ball at the chest a lot.

"I take pride in my defense. I work on it a lot every day in early work and in batting practice. Just like hitting, I don't take that skill for granted. I'm always getting better at it. I'm always improving on it because I'm just trying to become the best baseball player I can and defense is one area of my game that I want to keep up, and keep up to a gold glove caliber level. I know that when I'm playing good defense, I'm helping the team win and that's what I want to do whether it be with the bat, my legs, my defense, being on the bench, helping the team win. Whatever the situation may be, I just want to help the team win. And that's the objective every night. So that's the approach I take whether it be defense, whether it be hitting, what have you, just to give it my all and just try to help the teams make the playoffs and win a ring."

Which of the pitchers he's seen this season would he least like to hit against? "They're all good. I wouldn't want to face any of them." When pressed, he said, "I'd probably have to go with the young lefty on this team, Josh Hader. He's pretty tough on lefties. Being 20 years old in AA ... you don't come across too many of those. The numbers he put up in the California League [speak for themselves]. For him to go out there and put those numbers up show that he's a force to be reckoned with. And with being so young, the sky's the limit for him."

As to who on the team makes him laugh, he told me, "A lot of guys make me crack a smile, but I'd probably have to go with Tyler Heineman. He's funny. He's got his little quirky jokes. Tony can always make me laugh. We have a lot of inside jokes so that's almost not fair."

Gregor then added, "This is a great clubhouse. A lot of great guys here. Everyone's in it to win it. The team chemistry ...every level I've played ... on has been great. I think you just have to credit the Astros for the guys that they draft and obviously makeup's a big part of that. They try to draft guys that are good citizens as well as good baseball players, and you can see that approach at every level. They're good team guys. Nobody's really in it for themselves. Everyone's in it to win it. When you take that attitude, that approach, the individual accomplishments, accolades happen for themselves. I think that when you just go out there and try to win the game, the numbers take care of themselves and you're in a good position individually when your team wins."

I wanted to know what Gregor would do if he couldn't play baseball. He responded, "I'm in the midst of completing my Vanderbilt degree so I definitely want to go back and get that because education is a big part of my family and my life. So I'd definitely go back and get that degree. My degree is finance and entrepreneurship so probably something with finance and maybe opening up a business. You never know. But I'm always staying up to date on that industry as it is.

"There's life after baseball and hopefully that day I get to go out on my own terms and that day is 20 years down from here, but I think going to college, going to Vanderbilt, playing for Tim Corbin, he put a lot of perspective into my eyes. And with my family's background of having education be something that we really make as the number one priority, I think I'll be prepared and be able to do something important. Like I said, hopefully I'll be playing in the big leagues for a long illustrious career but if that doesn't work out, I'll go back and get my degree and have something to fall back on."

In closing, I asked Gregor to tell me something about himself that most people don't know and might be surprised to hear. "I actually played in the orchestra in high school and through middle school. I played the string bass in the orchestra and I played that for six or seven years. I don't know. Maybe after baseball as a side job, I could work at playing in a band. String bass. Orchestra. Fun fact for the day."

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I truly enjoyed talking with Gregor. He's well-spoken, good-natured, humble and very, very grateful for the opportunity he's been given. He plans to make the very most of that opportunity, and I don't think he will ever take it for granted.

Thank you for your time, Conrad, and best of luck as your career unfolds.

Happy Birthday - 8/22

No future Astros with birthdays today, but two former Astros celebrate the day ~

LHP Randy Wolf (38)
The Astros traded Chad Reineke to the San Diego Padres in July of 2008 for Randy Wolf. In 12 starts for the Astros, Wolf was 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.302 WHIP. He was an All-Star for Philadelphia in 2003. But the thing I most remember Randy Wolf for is that he was just another hapless Houston victim of Bud Selig, having to start a "home game" against the Cubs in Milwaukee after Hurricane Ike. We can only hope that, if anything like that should ever happen again, Jim Crane will politely but firmly tell Bud (or his successor) what to do with himself. Ironically, Wolf went on to pitch for Milwaukee and was released on his birthday in 2012. I blame Selig. Since February of 2014, Wolf has been with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Orioles and now the Angels.

RHP Hipolito Pichardo (45)
Acquired as a free agent in 2002, Hipolito, despite having a pretty awesome name, did not do well in his one appearance for the Astros that year. I mean he REALLY did not do well. In 0.1 IP, he gave up 3H, 3ER, 2BB and was charged with a wild pitch, for an ERA with the Astros of 81.00 and a WHIP of 15.00. That was his last major league appearance.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

El Paso 2, Oklahoma City 1

W- Matt Wisler (8-5)
L- Paul Clemens (6-3)
S- Michael Nix (1)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks got nipped late as the Chihuahuas scored 1 in the 8th to take the lead.

Matt Duffy's sac fly in the 4th accounted for the lone OKC run. Joe Sclafani, who scored on the play, went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a stolen base (7, 9 season). However, he also committed a very costly error that allowed El Paso to score that go-ahead run in the 8th.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jason Stoffel struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. Paul Clemens came on for the 8th and walked both El Paso hitters he faced. Anthony Bass ended up pitching the final 2 innings and one of the runners he inherited from Clemens scored. He allowed a single, and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Alex White will face Joe Wieland at 7:05.

Corpus Christi and Midland was postponed

A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight, with the first game beginning at 5:00. Jordan Jankowski will start game 1, and Mark Appel will be on the mound for game 2.

Lancaster 6, High Desert 2

W- Vince Velasquez (7-2)
L- Lars Huijer (1-4)
S- Andrew Walter (1, 10 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jon Kemmer (11, 15 season; solo in 2nd), Tyler White (5, 12 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks' early 6-0 lead held up, and they quelled the late Mavericks uprising.

Brett Phillips doubled to lead off the 1st and advanced to 3rd on an error. He would score the first run of the game on a double play. Kemmer's home run led off the 2nd inning. Later in the inning, Austin Elkins hit an RBI groundout, and Tanner Mathis hit into a fielder's choice that scored Danry Vásquez. Rio Ruiz singled to lead off the 3rd, and one batter later, White hit a 2-run homer. Danry finished 2-4.

Vince Velasquez allowed just 1 hit, walked 3, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. Zach Morton tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Walter allowed a hit that loaded the bases in the top of the 9th, but he was able to end the game without any damage being done. Walter got the final 2 outs of the game, striking out 1.

In the series finale, Brian Holmes will get the start. First pitch is at 8:30.

Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Chris Lee (7-6)
L- Hudson Boyd (4-3)
S- Troy Scribner (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits avoided the sweep as they put up a couple of crooked-numbered innings and Troy Scribner mowed down the Kernels.

James Ramsay went 2-4 with a stolen base (33) and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Bobby Boyd also finished 2-4 and added an RBI single right after Ramsay. The Kernels scored the next 2 runs to tie the game, but the Banditos re-took the lead with 3 in the 6th. Dayne Parker hit an RBI double, and Jose Fernandez added a 2-run single. Fernandez finished 2-5. Ryan Bottger went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Chris Lee allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 5 innings. Troy Scribner shut it down, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 8 over the final 4 innings.

The River Bandits' roadtrip continues with 3 in Beloit. In the opener, Michael Feliz will face Hunter Adkins at 7:00.

Vermont 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jordan Schwartz (1-1)
L- Robert Kahana (0-2, 1-3 season)
S- Koby Gauna (9)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats dropped their first game after the All-Star break as the offense couldn't quite get themselves going. D.J. Fisher struck out with runners on the corners to end the game.

Ariel Ovando's RBI single in the 6th was the lone Tri-City run. He and Mott Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

Robert Kahana went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4. Chris Munnelly threw 2.1 perfect innings, striking out 1. Aaron Vaughn threw a 1-2-3 7th, and Angel Heredia allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

The series finale has Randall Fant taking on A.J. Burke at 6:00.

Greeneville was off

The Appy Astros are in Princeton, where they'll start a 3-game series with the Rays tonight at 6:05. Reymin Guduan will get the start.

GCL Yankees1 6, GCL Astros 1

W- Christopher Cabrera (2-0)
L- Cris Santamaria (2-2, 3-3 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros couldn't hold their 1-0 lead as the Yankees 1 scored 6 in the final 2 innings.

Randy Cesar's RBI single in the 4th was the GCLstros' only run. He finished 2-4 and is on a 4-game hitting streak.

Joselo Pinales went 4 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Cris Santamaria pitched 3 scoreless, but then the wheels fell off for him in the 8th. He allowed 2 home runs (solo and 2-run) in the inning, which accounted for the Yankees' scoring in the 8th. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Kyle Gehrs allowed 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.

The Astros are in Tampa to face these Yankees 1.

DSL Dodgers 5, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Johan Diaz (4-1)
L- Salvador Montano (7-3)
S- Edward Perez (5)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team led 3-1 after the first third of the game, but the dodgers scored the game's final 4 runs.

Bryan De La Cruz put the Blue team on the board by scoring on an error in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Andy Piñeda hit a single, and an error allowed Oscar Campos to score. Rodrigo Ayarza hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Moreno Polanco, who was the losing pitcher on Tuesday, started at shortstop and went 1-5.

Salvador Montano allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 9. Luis Ramirez pitched the final 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3.

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

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 5 in the 8th inning

W- Carlos Pizzolato (2-3)
L- Daniel Mavo (6-5)

Orange home runs: None.

This game was completed early due to rain.

The Orange team went ahead with a run in the 7th and won despite getting held to 4 hits. They're finishing the season strong.

Juan Fuentes hit a 1-out triple in the 1st and scored the game's first run on a Reiny Beltre groundout. The Orange team got 4 in the 2nd as Edgar Lorenzo scored on an errant pickoff attempt and Fuentes hit a 2-run single. An error on the play allowed Wilson Amador to score. Ihan Bernal scored on an error in the 7th. Fuentes had 2 of the Orange team's 4 hits.

Carlos Sanabria pitched 2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Carlos Pizzolato allowed a solo homer to Willy Diaz in the 5th. He went 5 innings and allowed 2 other hits and struck out 6.

The Orange team is currently hosting the Rangers 2.

Astros Minor League Snapshot with Playoff Pictures

We are now 20 weeks in to the minor league season (only one and a half weeks until the minor league regular season concludes). Let's take a look at where things stand.

OKLAHOMA CITY

3rd    68-65    .511    2.0GB    L2

Playoff Picture - 11 games left; elimination number is 11

A 5-2 week for the RedHawks put them in second place in the American Southern Division, one game in front of Iowa (who had been in a virtual tie for first this time last week before dropping six straight) and two games behind division leader Omaha. Omaha lost their last two games, but Oklahoma City failed to capitalize as they also lost the last two. The RedHawks will not play Omaha again this season, but do play Iowa in the last series of the season. Omaha will be playing two teams with winning records over the next week (Iowa will be playing the same two teams) and OKC will be playing two teams with losing records so the 'Hawks need to keep the push going. It looks like we've got a real race!

Week Ahead

The 'Hawks are home for the week and dropped the first of four against El Paso (63-69). It is the first time that the two teams have faced each other this season. That will be followed by four games against Albuquerque (58-73) starting Sunday. It will be the RedHawks first look at that team as well.

CORPUS CHRISTI

For the season:
4th    60-67    .472    14.0GB    L1

For the second half:
4th     26-31     .456     7.5GB     L1

Playoff picture - 13 games left; elimination number is 6

The Hooks had a 4-1 week, but it's likely a case of "too much, too little, too late" as they would have to jump up three spots in the standings before being eliminated. They did briefly flirt with third place in the second half earlier this week and they currently trail the Missions by only a half game. But first place Frisco leads them by seven and a half games and second place Midland leads them by six. All four teams in the division play exclusively within the division for the remainder of the season so anything can happen, but the Hooks have to win on the road this week; they are a 24-40 road team. I don't think we're going to see a miracle, but it sure would be fun.

Week Ahead

Wednesday's game in Midland was postponed due to wet grounds so the two teams will play a double-header today and the final game of the series on Friday. The Hooks lost the first game of the series on Tuesday and have only won two games (11 losses) all season at Midland so they have their work cut out for them. Saturday sees them head to Wolff Stadium in San Antonio where they are 4-7 for the season. Back home on Tuesday, the Hooks will be hosting the first place Frisco Roughriders. The Hooks are 36-27 at home and are 6-6 against Frisco at Whataburger Field this season.

LANCASTER

For the season:
1st    74-55    .574    -.-GB    W2

For the second half:
T1st     30-29     .508     -.-GB     W2

Playoff Picture - 11 games left; elimination number is N/A

The 'Hawks clinched their playoff berth by winning the first half. All that remains at this point is to see whether or not they can win the second half as well. They are currently in a tie with Lake Elsinore for first place in the second half standings. Since only three games separate the first place and last place teams in the division, the playoff picture is still murky. The JetHawks lead Inland Empire by a half game, Rancho Cucamonga by one game and High Desert by three.

Week ahead

The JetHawks will try to sweep High Desert at home tonight and will then head out to San Bernadino for three against the Inland Empire 66ers over the weekend. After an off day on Monday, they will play three more against High Desert, this time in Adelanto. Those will be the only two teams Lancaster will face for the rest of the season. The 'Hawks are 10-4 against Inland Empire and 12-9 against High Desert for those season series.

QUAD CITIES

For the season:
6th    62-65    .488    20.5GB    W1

For the second half:
5th     27-31     .466     11.0GB     W1

Playoff Picture - 12 games left; elimination number is 4

The Bandits had a bad week, going 2-5, but it is the 6-13 month of August that took the wind out of their sails and derailed any playoff hopes. At 11 games behind the leader and fifth place in the second half standings, it's all over but the crying. I would love for the Banditos to prove me wrong, though.

Week Ahead

Quad Cities will face cellar dwellers Beloit (50-77) for three on the road before returning home to face the second half second place Cedar Rapids team (67-61) for three games. They will then host seventh place Clinton (56-70) for three starting on Wednesday.

TRI-CITY

1st     42-22     .656     -.-GB     L2

Playoff Picture - 12 games left; elimination number is N/A

The ValleyCats maintained their eight game lead in the Stedler Divsion over second place Connecticut and are tied with Hudson Valley for the best record in the New York-Penn League. Vermont has been eliminated and the magic number to eliminate Lowell and Connecticut is two and five, respectively.

Week Ahead

Tri-City will face Vermont and Brooklyn the rest of the way. They will try to salvage a split in a brief two-game series with Vermont tonight at home before heading to Brooklyn for a three-game weekend series. Then it's back home for three against Vermont starting Monday. The 'Cats are 5-3 against Vermont this season. It will be their first look at Brooklyn. The Cyclones are in second place in the McNamara Division with a 35-29 record.

GREENEVILLE

4th     29-28     .509     2.5GB     W2

Playoff picture - 9 games left; elimination number is 8

Greeneville dropped to fourth place after their 3-3 week, but actually moved up to two and a half games out of the lead (Elizabethton) from three and a half games out last week. More importantly, the Appy Astros are only one game behind the two teams tied for second place (Johnson City and Kingsport). Both first and second place teams advance to the playoffs so Greeneville is very much in it. Greeneville will be playing outside the division for the next six games so they will be looking for a little help from other teams to help narrow that gap. Greeneville took it to the wire last season. I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen again this year.

Week Ahead

Greeneville will play Princeton (32-25) on the road for three games starting tonight and will then return home to host Bluefield (27-32) for three. The Astros are 2-1 and 1-2 against those two teams. Their final three games will be at Johnson City starting next Wednesday. The Appy Astros lead the season series with Johnson City 5-1.

GCL ASTROS

4th     25-28     .472     7.0GB     L2

Playoff picture - 7 games left; elimination number is 1

Another 2-4 week has all but sealed the Kissimmee 'Stros fate. With seven games left, they can, however, still salvage a .500 record.

DSL ASTROS ORANGE

7th     31-38     .449     21.5GB     W4

Playoff picture - Eliminated

The Orange team has continued to have a good month of August (12-6 record). Although they were eliminated from the playoffs a while back, they are definitely finishing their season on a high note. They have only three games remaining.

DSL ASTROS BLUE

4th     34-34      .500     7.0GB      L2

Playoff picture - Eliminated

The Blue team was eliminated this week. They have four games remaining. It would be nice to see them maintain or surpass their current .500 record to close out the season.

Happy Birthday - 8/21

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Derek Fisher (21)
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round (37th overall) in 2014, Fisher has spent all but one game of his professional career with the Tri-City team. In 33 games this season, he is hitting .328/.411/.422 with five doubles, two triples, one home run, 14 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Several former Astros mark the day as well ~

LF J.D. Martinez (27)
Originally from Miami, Julio Daniel Martinez was drafted in 2009 in the 20th Round out of Nova Southeastern University and played for the Astros from 2011 through 2013. In a total of 252 games at the major league level, he his .251/.300/.387 with 44 doubles, three triples and 24 home runs. After being released by the Astros in March of 2014, he signed with Detroit as a free agent. Future trivia question answer: Martinez was the first player to hit a home run in the Marlins new stadium on April 13, 2012.

1B/OF Jim Beauchamp (died December 25, 2007 at age 68)
Beauchamp originally came to Houston prior to the 1964 season in a trade with the Cardinals. He played in 23 games for the Colt .45's in 1964 and 25 games for the Astros in 1965 before being traded away to Milwaukee in May of 1965. He once again came to Houston in a trade with the Reds prior to the 1970 season and was once again traded away in June 1970, this time to his original organization, St. Louis. In 78 games for Houston, he hit .179/.257/.269. He went on to have a long career managing in the minor leagues for Houston, Cincinnati, Toronto and Atlanta from 1975 to 1990.

IF Jerry DaVanon (69)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1966, DaVanon came to Houston from Cleveland in April 1975 and was subsequently traded to St. Louis along with Larry Dierker in November 1976. In between, he played in 94 games for Houston hitting .284/.398/.397.

OF Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes (46)
A third round pick by the Astros in 1986, Rhodes played in 92 games for Houston from 1990 to 1993, hitting .219/.302/.303. After his MLB career ended, his career in Japan took off. Baseball-Reference has this great article about Rhodes, including his years in Japan.

SS Andujar Cedeno (died October 28, 2000 at age 31)
Cedeno first signed on with the Astros organization as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 1986 and played for the Astros in 392 games from 1990 to 1994. He was traded to the Padres in December of 1994, but came back to Houston from Detroit to play in three final major league games in September of 1996. In a total of 395 games, he hit .250/.309/.389. He hit for the cycle in August of 1992 in a game against the Cardinals. He died in a car accident at the age of 31.

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Sacramento 7, Oklahoma City 4

W- Zach Neal (6-7)
L- Luis Cruz (1-1, 8-7 season)
S- Jeremy McBryde (15)

OKC home runs: Max Stassi (7, solo in 3rd)

The RedHawks were unable to take advantage of an Omaha loss earlier in the evening as they were foiled in their sweep attempt.

Max Stassi's 7th home run of the season led off the 3rd inning. Later in the inning, Preston Tucker hit a ground ball that scored Jio Mier. Tucker beat the double play, but it turned into a 4-6-3-1 double play as Jonathan Villar was nailed at the plate. In the 7th, OKC got a pair of RBI singles from Villar and L.J. Hoes. Villar finished 3-5 with a steal (22, 36 season), while Ronald Torreyes and Carlos Perez both finished 2-4.

Luis Cruz allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 over 2.2 innings. Tommy Shirley tagged in for 2.1 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2. Richard Rodriguez allowed a 2-run homer to Shane Peterson in the 6th. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 other hits while striking out 1. Jorge De Leon allowed a hit and walked 1 in a scoreless 8th.

Tonight, the RedHawks will begin a 4-game set against the new-look El Paso Chihuahuas. In game 1, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Matt Wisler. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 15, Corpus Christi 2

W- Shawn Haviland (6-7)
L- Josh Hader (0-1, 9-3 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were down by as much as 14-1 in this one. Ugh.

The 6-9 hitters in the lineup had all the hits: Conrad Gregor (6) and Carlos Perdomo (7) had 2 apiece, while Tyler Heineman (8) and Tony Kemp (9) had 1 each. Perdomo hit an RBI double in the 4th and Heineman had an RBI single in the 6th.

Josh Hader only lasted 2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. David Rollins was the first man out; he allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. He failed to retire any of the 3 batters he faced in the 5th. Chris Devenski came on to pitch the 5th and allowed 4 runs of his own on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya and Travis Ballew were the only 2 Hooks pitchers to escape unscathed; Minaya walked 1 and fanned 2 in the 6th, while Ballew walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 7th. R.J. Alaniz allowed a run, a single, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

In game 2 of this series, Mark Appel will take on Chris Jensen at 6:30.

Lancaster 8, High Desert 7

W- Kent Emanuel (8-4, 8-6 season)
L- Will Mathis (5-6)

Lancaster home runs: Roberto Peña (11, 2-run in 2nd), Jon Kemmer (10, 14 season; 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks rallied from a 7-4 deficit with 4 after stretch time, capped off by Jon Kemmer's blast.

Matt Heidenreich only lasted 3 innings as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. His bullpen backed him up with 6 innings of 1-run ball. Pat Christensen allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2 innings, and Kent Emanuel restored order to the game as he allowed just 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 4 scoreless frames.

Roberto Peña's 2-run homer came after Kemmer led off the bottom of the 2nd with a single. Kemmer had an RBI triple and Peña brought him home with a sac fly in the 3rd. Brett Phillips, Rio Ruiz, and Jack Mayfield all reached safely to begin the bottom of the 7th. Tyler White grounded into a force out that scored Phillips, and one batter later, Kemmer put Lancaster in front with his 14th home run of the year. Kemmer finished a double shy of the cycle and scored 3 runs. Danry Vásquez went 2-4 with a double.

Vince Velasquez will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Lars Huijer at 8:30.

Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 3

W- Mat Batts (2-0)
L- Albert Minnis (2-2)

QC home runs: Marc Wik (4, 6 season; solo in 1st)

The Banditos held a 3-1 lead after the first third of the game, but the Kernels scored 4 unanswered, which included a 3-run 8th, to close it out.

Marc Wik opened the scoring with his solo homer in the 1st. Brett Booth scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd, and Wik added an RBI single in the 3rd. He, Booth, and Jose Fernandez all had 2-hit nights.

Blaine Sims went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 11 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Albert Minnis couldn't hold the lead as he allowed 3 runs in the 8th, one of which was earned. He went 2 innings and also allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The River Bandits will look to avoid the sweep as Chris Lee takes on Stephen Gonsalves at 6:35.

New York-Penn League All-Star Game: North 1, South 1

Yes, this game ended in a tie. Seriously.

Nick Tanielu was named the MVP of the game as he went 3-3 with an RBI single in the 5th for the North All-Stars. Jamie Ritchie got the start at catcher and was 0-2 with a strikeout. D.J. Fisher entered the game in the 6th and went 0-1.

Ryan Thompson pitched the 6th and allowed a hit.

The ValleyCats return to action tonight as they host Vermont for 2 games. They have not announced a starter for tonight's game yet. First pitch is at 6:00.

Greeneville 7, Kingsport 4

W- Zach Davis (2-0)
L- Andrew Church (3-5)
S- Eric Peterson (5)

Greeneville home runs: Bryan Muniz (2, 2-run in 4th)

The Appy Astros split this weird 4-game set with Kingsport as they busted out for 5 in the 4th inning.

Ydarqui Marte put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Muniz's 2-run homer put them in the lead. Edwin Medina then hit an RBI single, and an error on the play allowed Tony Nuñez to score. Muniz, who finished 2-4, added an RBI single in the 5th, and Marte ripped an RBI double in the top of the 9th. He also finished 2-4, as did Medina. Yonathan Mejia finished 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Austin Nicely went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Samil De Los Santos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Zach Davis allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless, and Eric Peterson closed it out, striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Greeneville is in 4th, but they're a game behind Kingsport and Johnson City and 2.5 behind Elizabethton in the playoff race with 9 games remaining. They have today off. On Thursday, they'll travel up to Princeton, West Virginia to begin a 3-game series with the Rays.

GCL Phillies 5, GCL Astros 1

W- Elniery Garcia (2-1)
L- Starlyng Sanchez (0-2, 1-5 season)
S- Jared Fisher (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros had the bases loaded with no outs in the 9th, so they weren't completely out of this game just yet. Randy Cesar went 3-4 with an RBI single in that 9th inning. However, after that, they were retired in order to end the game.

Ambiorix De Leon allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Starlyng Sanchez pitched the next 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Juan Hernandez came on for the 6th, but he did not record an out and left the game with an elbow injury. He walked 1 and hit another batter, and both of them scored. Alejandro Solarte came on in relief and allowed both of the runners he inherited from Hernandez to score. One came on a force out and the other on a double. Dan Mengden allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

The Kissimmee Stros are currently in a game against the Yankees 1.

DSL Athletics 10, DSL Astros Blue in 7 innings

W- Ivan Andueza (2-4)
L- Moreno Polanco (2-3)

Blue home runs: Wander Franco (4, grand slam in 7th)

This game was called due to rain.

All 7 of the Blue team's runs came in the bottom of the 7th and they only had 2 hits in the inning. Carlos Canelon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and then Andy Piñeda and Marcos Almonte drew bases-loaded walks. Jonathan Matute struck out for the 2nd out, but Wander Franco emptied the bases with a grand slam. He had 2 of the Blue team's 3 hits; the other belonged to Jake Bowey.

Moreno Polanco went 2 innings and allowed 4 unearned runs on 2 hits and walked 3. Jose Rosario allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 3rd. Saul Martinez allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Ezequiel Madera allowed 5 runs on 4 hits and walked 2 while only getting 1 out in the 6th. Yan De La Cruz pitched 1.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2.

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

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Marlins 3 in 10 innings

W- Abdiel Saldaña (4-1)
L- Cristian Olmos (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team broke a 3-3 tie with 4 in the first extra frame.

Angel De Leon hit an RBI single in the 2nd to open the scoring. Jesus Bermejo added an RBI groundout later in the inning. Edgar Lorenzo hit an RBI double in the 8th which put the Orange team up 3-2.

The Marlins scored 1 in the bottom of the 9th to tie, but the Orange team quickly regained control. Jose Benjamin hit an RBI single in the 10th. De Leon followed with an RBI double, and Bermejo added a 2-run single.

Gerald Benzant went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Abdiel Saldaña pitched the next 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 4. Bryan Abreu pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th.

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

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Happy Birthday - 8/20

No future Astros, but one former Astro with a birthday today ~

CF Cory Sullivan (35)
A seventh round pick by the Rockies in 2001, Sullivan signed with Houston as a free agent prior to the 2010 season. In 57 games for the Astros, he hit .188/.257/.234. In four seasons with Colorado, he hit .279/.330/.391.

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Oklahoma City 7, Sacramento 0

W- Nick Tropeano (8-0)
L- Angel Castro (9-7)

OKC home runs: Domingo Santana (15, 3-run in 5th)

Nick Tropeano was just brilliant and the RedHawks offense busted open this game with a 6-run 5th inning.

Ronald Torreyes hit a sac fly in the 4th to open the scoring. Preston Tucker and Domingo Santana delivered a couple of haymakers in the 5th in the form of a bases-clearing double from Tucker and a 3-run home run from Santana. Tucker went 2-4, while Domingo finished 3-4. Carlos Perez went 2-4 at the bottom of the lineup.

Nick Tropeano stifled the RiverCats as he allowed just 2 hits and struck out 8 over 6.2 shutout innings. Pat Urckfitz retired all 4 batters he faced, striking out 1, and Paul Clemens finished off the game by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The RedHawks will look for the sweep as Luis Cruz will take on Zach Neal at 9:05.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series in Midland tonight at 6:30. Josh Hader will take on Drew Granier.

Bakersfield 5, Lancaster 4

W- Layne Somsen (2-2)
L- Jamaine Cotton (1-4)

Lancaster home runs: Tyler White (4, 11 season; solo in 2nd)

The JetHawks held a 4-1 lead after 3 innings, but the Blaze scored 4 unanswered to close out the game, and the JetHawks were swept.

Chan-Jong Moon opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st. Tyler White's 11th home run came with 1 out in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Danry Vásquez hit a bunt ground ball, and the ensuing error allowed Brett Phillips to score. Danry advanced to 2nd on the play and scored on an RBI double from Rio Ruiz. Phillips (2 2 B, 2 R), Moon (2B, RBI), and Rio (2 2B, RBI) all finished 2-4.

Lance McCullers went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 5, and struck out 2. Dan Minor allowed the tying run in the 6th, which was charged to McCullers. He went 2.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jamaine Cotton only got 1 out in the 9th as the Blaze won it; he allowed a leadoff double to Sammy Diaz, who scored the winning run on a sac fly.

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game series with High Desert tonight at 8:30. Both sides have not announced starting pitchers yet.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 2

W- Chih-Wei Hu (6-1)
L- Andrew Thurman (5-9)
S- Dallas Gallant (5)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits dropped the opener of this series as they teeter ever-so-closely to elimination.

James Ramsay was the Quad Cities offense as he went 2-4 with an RBI double in the 5th and an RBI single in the 7th. Brett Booth also finished 2-4.

Andrew Thurman went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 7. Keegan Yuhl pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Blaine Sims will take on SPX alum Kohl Stewart at 6:35.

Tri-City was off

The New York-Penn League All-Star game is tonight at 6:30. The game is being held at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. OF D.J. Fisher, IF Nick Tanielu, C Jamie Ritchie, and The Closer, RHP Ryan Thompson, will represent the ValleyCats on the AL team.

Greeneville 12, Kingsport 3

W- Harold Arauz (1-0, 5-2 season)
L- Yoryi Nuez (5-3)

Greeneville home runs: Hector Roa (2, 5 season; solo in 2nd), Ydarqui Marte (4, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros took full advantage of a horrible night from Kingsport pitchers, who issued 13 walks and uncorked 6 wild pitches.

Greeneville scored 5 in the 2nd, and Hector Roa's home run was the only hit in the inning. Cesar Carrasco scored on a wild pitch, and Ydarqui Marte on a passed ball. Kristian Trompiz drew a bases-loaded walk, and Sean McMullen hit a sac fly.

They scored 6 in the 3rd and had 3 singles. Carrasco scored as Brett Clements reached on a fielder's choice. Marte and Clements scored on wild pitches, then Edwin Medina walked. Trompiz hit an RBI groundout. McMullen and Roa walked to load the bases. Carrasco hit an RBI single, and McMullen scored on the 3rd Kingsport wild pitch of the evening. Marte led off the 6th with his 4th homer. Everyone drew a walk except for Carrasco.

Juan Carlos Santos pitched 2.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. In his Appalachian League debut, Harold Arauz went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Aaron Greenwood, who was celebrating his birthday, tagged in for 2 innings and allowed an unearned run, a double, and struck out 5. Juan Delis allowed an unearned run, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 9th.

The series finale features Austin Nicely on the mound for the Appy Astros. He'll face Andrew Church at 6:00.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Phillies 2

W- Francis Martes (3-3)
L- Jason Zgardowski (0-1)
S- John Gatlin (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Phillies scored 1 in the top of the 8th to make this a 3-2 game, but the Kissimmee Stros blew them away with 4 in the bottom of the inning.

Jean Estrella scored the GCLstros' first run of the day on a double play in the 1st. Frankeny Fernandez had an RBI single in the 3rd, and Jorge Martinez hit a sac fly in the 4th. In the 8th, Marlon Avea provided the insurance with a 2-run double, and more insurance came in the form of RBI doubles from Martinez and Joan Mauricio. Estrella, Martinez, and Fernandez all had 2-hit days.

Francis Martes allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3 in 5 innings. J.D. Osborne walked 2 in a scoreless 6th. Christian Perdomo went 1.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him in the 8th. He walked 2 and struck out 1. John Gatlin allowed a hit and walked 1 as he got a 4-out save.

The Kissimmee Stros are in Clearwater to take on the Phillies once more.

Game 1: DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Athletics 0

W- Lachlan Madden (2-1)
L- Argenis Blanco (3-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took the first game of this twinbill as they held the A's to 3 singles and a double.

Wander Franco singled in the 4th and on the ensuing error, Jonathan Matute scored. Franco would score on another error later in the inning. Marcos Almonte hit an RBI single in the 5th.

Albert Abreu allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. Lachlan Madden allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over the final 2.1 innings to get the victory.

Game 2: DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Athletics 4 in 13 innings

W- Dariel Aquino (1-3)
L- Reynaldo Hoyos (1-3)
S- Josue Uribe (4)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was originally scheduled for August 6, but it was rained out.

The Blue team held a 4-2 lead, but the A's tied it with 2 in the 7th. That's how the game stood until the 13th, when Oscar Campos hit the go-ahead RBI single.

Jake Bowey hit a sac fly in the 1st to open the scoring. He added a 2-run double in the 3rd and ended up scoring on a Cristopher Luciano walk/wild pitch as an error was committed. Wander Franco went 4-6 with a run scored, while Bryan De La Cruz went 3-5. Campos finished 2-5.

Carlos Hiraldo got the start and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Juan Cuevas allowed a hit and fanned 5 over 2 scoreless. Gabriel Valdez allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Joel Belboder pitched 3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and walked 1. Dariel Aquino walked 2 and struck out 1 over his 3 innings, and Josue Uribe walked 2 in the 13th, but was able to close out the game.

The Blue team is currently playing their 3rd game in 2 days against the A's.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Marlins 0

W- Edgardo Sandoval (3-0)
L- Jose Quijada (5-5)
S- Diogenes Almengo (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Sandoval and Almengo combined on a 4-hitter for the Orange team. They allowed 2 hits apiece.

Sandoval walked 1 and struck out 5 over 5 innings, and Almengo struck out 1 over the final 4 innings.

Anardo Peralta hit an RBI single in the 2nd to open the scoring. Orlando Marquez finished 2-4 with an RBI double in the 3rd and an RBI single in the 5th. Wilson Amador finished 2-4.

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


Random Observations from My Corpus Christi Trip

Timing is everything. I had planned a short trip to Corpus Christi several weeks ago. And it just so happened that I would get the opportunity to see Mark Appel and Brady Rodgers get the starts in the two games I attended. Kismet.

Throughout the Astros minor league system on Friday, players, coaches and managers wore high socks in honor of Gordan McKenzie, a long-time instructor, scout and minor league coach in the Astros system who passed away last week.


A moment of silence was observed for the man affectionately known as Gordy.



I was very impressed with Mark Appel's start. None of the trauma or drama surrounding Appel's season was in evidence on Friday. He came out and pitched his game with confidence, mixing his pitches well and hitting his spots. His fastball sat in the mid-90's and routinely hit 97.


Corpus Christi Interim Pitching Coach Doug Brocail said of Appel, "What he went through [earlier this season] is going to make him a way better pitcher." Brocail would rather see Appel struggle in the minor leagues than on the major league stage. In any event, he was adamant that Appel never stopped believing in himself through any of it.

Unfortunately for Appel, he left the game with a 1-0 deficit and wasn't in line for the win. Enter Jordan Jankowski. Apparently Jankowski wanted to impress me. It worked. He struck out eight batters in three innings and allowed only one hit and no walks.


Brocail called Jankowski's performance "complete dominance" and went on to tell me that he has seen several no-hitters in his career in which the pitcher wasn't as dominant as Jankowski was on Friday. I believed him.

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth. The good guys had been held to one hit. Kemp and DeShields had both drawn walks and advanced on a force out. With two outs, Telvin Nash came to the plate and did something I hadn't seen from him in the past. He showed very good discipline at the plate. Down to his final strike, he stroked a two-run double and secured the walk-off win.



A celebration ensued ....


And naturally an ice bucket dousing, courtesy of Chris Devenski ...


I spoke with Nash the next day and asked him, "Who are you and what have you done with that guy who had no plate discipline? I like this guy better!" Yes, Nash still strikes out a lot, but he showed more situational awareness than I'd ever seen from him. And he seems to have matured both as a baseball player and a human being. I liked what I saw from him.

The next night wasn't quite so dramatic. Brady Rodgers took the mound and did what Brady does. He works quickly and uses all of his pitches to his advantage. He isn't going to hit 97 like Appel so according to Brocail, the key for Brady has been the development this season of his "put-away pitch" which has been coming along nicely. Unlike several other times this season, Rodgers got run support early and came away with the win.


Teoscar Hernandez showed off his skills in right field during the game, making a couple of spectacular catches, and prompting someone sitting behind me to ask, "Who is this guy?" I turned around and told him Teoscar's name and told him to remember that name. Hernandez is such a talented player and so exciting to watch. And he's just a genuinely nice young man as well. You can't help but want him to succeed.

Now, some really random thoughts.

Colin Moran is really tall. And really thin.


I didn't interview Moran, but I did get his information in the hopes that I can do so in the off-season.

Tyler Perez is really funny. After I posted this unstaged photo from Friday ...


Perez decided to recreate it on Saturday with a little help from Travis Ballew ...


But don't be fooled by Tyson's propensity as a jokester. He may appear to be a bit of a character, but according to Doug Brocail, Perez is laser-focused during games and has emerged as a team leader in the bullpen.

And finally, when I saw Kyle Weiland in the dugout on Friday, I was actually startled. Yes, I knew that he was in Corpus Christi on a rehab assignment, but as I told him the next day, "It's almost like seeing Big Foot. You hear the stories, but you don't really think he exists." For that, I received a tip of the cap.


In closing, the entire Hooks team participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday night after the game.



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Happy Birthday - 8/19

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Josh Fields (29)
Originally drafted by Seattle in the first round in 2008, Fields was drafted from Boston in the Rule 5 draft in December 2012. In 45 appearances out of the bullpen for Houston this season, he is 2-6 with a 5.32 ERA, a 1.358 WHIP, and two saves.

Two former Astros celebrate birthdays today as well ~

C Reggie Baldwin (60)
A third round pick by the Astros in 1976, Baldwin's entire major league career consisted of 52 games for the Astros in 1978 and 1979. He hit .241/.267/.345. He spent one more year in the minor leagues for the New York Mets where he was sent by Houston in a trade for Keith Bodie, the current manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks.

RHP Woody Williams (48)
Originally drafted in the 28th round by Toronto, Williams signed with Houston prior to the 2007 season. In one season for Houston, he pitched in 33 games (31 starts) with a 8-15 record, a 5.27 ERA and a 1.431 WHIP. Williams' best seasons were the four years that he spent in the Cardinals organization where he had a 45-22 record and earned his one All-Star nod in 2003.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Oklahoma City 7, Sacramento 2

W- Rudy Owens (8-5)
L- Deck McGuire (1-3)
S- Anthony Bass (1)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks got 8 great innings from Rudy Owens and used a 5-run 4th to bust this game open.

Owens allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in those 8 innings. David Martinez came on for the final inning, but he ran into some trouble, allowing a run on 2 hits and walking 2 while only getting 1 out. He left the bases loaded for Anthony Bass, who got the final 2 outs without incident.

Jesus Guzman started things off with an RBI groundout in the 1st. He finished 3-5, adding an RBI single in the 3rd and an RBI double in the 5th. Ruben Sosa delivered the big hit in that 5th inning when he cleared the bases with a triple. Joe Sclafani went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 5th. Jonathan Villar went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 steals (20, 34 season).

Game 3 of this series features Nick Tropeano on the mound for OKC. He'll face Angel Castro at 9:05.

Corpus Christi 5, Arkansas 4 in 10 innings

W- Tyson Perez (4-0, 4-3 season)
L- Jairo Diaz (2-1, 4-4 season)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (1, 14 season; 2-run in 2nd), Teoscar Hernandez (3, 20 season; solo in 3rd), Delino DeShields (9, solo in 8th)

What's that old saying? Turnabout is fair play. The Hooks swept the Travelers out of Corpus Christi a weekend after getting swept out of Little Rock. Telvin Nash was the hero as he delivered the game-winning RBI single in the first extra frame.

The 4 runs that Corpus scored in regulation all came on the 3 home runs you see above. Conrad Gregor's first home run in the Texas League opened the scoring in the 2nd inning. Teoscar became the 3rd player to 20 home runs in the system with his blast in the 3rd. He also achieved a 20-20 season in the process. After the Travs scored 3 unanswered after Teoscar's homer to take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 8th. Delino DeShields led off the Hooks' half by tying the game at 4 with his 9th home run of the season. Delino finished 3-5, while Teoscar and Gregor both went 2-4.

Kyle Smith pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 5. Travis Ballew allowed a solo homer to Brian Hernandez in the 6th, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning. He struck out 2. Mike Hauschild tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Tyson Perez inherited a runner from Hauschild, but he got the final 2 outs of the 10th without incident.

After a day off, the Hooks will begin their final roadtrip of the year. First up, 4 with Midland. Josh Hader gets the start in game 1 tomorrow evening.

Bakersfield 7, Lancaster 6

W- Jake Johnson (4-1)
L- Andrew Walter (0-1, 4-4 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks used a 6-run 3rd to take a 6-1 lead at that point. But, that would be the only inning in which they scored, and the Blaze closed out the game on a 6-0 run after that.

Jack Mayfield put the JetHawks on the board with an RBI double in that 3rd inning. Roberto Peña followed that up with a 2-run double. Tyler White added an RBI double, and Chan-Jong Moon followed suit with a 2-run triple. Mayfield and Rio Ruiz had 2 hits apiece.

Kyle Westwood went 6 and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (3 solo homers) and struck out 4. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a 2-run homer to Jeff Gelalich in the 7th that tied the game at 6. He went 2 innings and allowed 3 other hits while striking out 2. Andrew Walter came on for the 9th and Joe Hudson promptly greeted him by ending the game with a home run.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Lance McCullers takes on Drew Cisco at 9:15.

Burlington 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Ryan Etsell (5-3)
L- Kevin Comer (1-4)
S- Ben Carlson (12)

QC home runs: J.D. Davis (2, 7 season; 2-run in 3rd)

All 3 games in this series were 1-run affairs; the Banditos fell short in 2 of them. Quad Cities led 4-2 after the 3rd, but the Bees scored 3 unanswered to take the lead and the series.

James Ramsay hit a sac fly in the 2nd. He went 1-3 with 2 stolen bases (32). In the 3rd, Chase McDonald hit an RBI double, and one batter later, J.D. Davis smacked his 7th homer of the year. Davis finished 2-4, as did Jose Fernandez.

Adrian Houser went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Kevin Comer allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 3 innings, and Jordan Mills allowed a hit in a scoreless 9th.

The River Bandits will now begin a 3-game series in Cedar Rapids. In the opener, Andrew Thurman will face Chih-Wei Hu at 6:35.

Staten Island 6, Tri-City 3

W- Andrew Chin (1-0)
L- Luis Ordosgoitti (2-5)
S- Tim Giel (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid for the sweep as the Baby Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the 1st. Tri-City fought back to make it a 1-run game, but Staten Island created just enough separation late.

Ariel Ovando put TC on the board with an RBI single in the 5th. In the 6th, Ricky Gingras hit a sac fly, and Jose Solano reached on an error that allowed Nick Tanielu to score. Tanielu (2B, R) and Solano (2 2B, R) both finished 2-4 at the plate.

Luis Ordosgoitti allowed 4 runs on 6 hits while only getting 2 outs in the 1st. Raul Rivera pitched the next 3.1 innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. Jay Gause was next up; he pitched 1.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 2. Aaron Vaughn allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings, and Angel Heredia allowed a solo homer to Jose Javier in the 8th, which was the only hit he gave up in the inning. He struck out 2.

The New York-Penn League All-Star Game will be held tomorrow at 6:30. The game will take place at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. 4 ValleyCats were named to the AL squad: OF D.J. Fisher, IF Nick Tanielu, C Jamie Ritchie, and The Closer, RHP Ryan Thompson. Bobby Boyd was originally named to the squad, but he was promoted to Quad Cities last week.

Kingsport 4, Greeneville 3 in 12 innings

W- Ramon Estevez (1-1)
L- Jorge Perez (2-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros dropped a 4-3 game for the 2nd night in a row... this one came in extras.

Kristian Trompiz put Greeneville on the board and tied the game at 1 with an RBI double in the 7th. After the K-Mets scored a pair in the 8th to take a 3-1 lead, the Appy Astros responded with a Sean McMullen RBI groundout in the bottom of the 8th and an RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th from Jeffry Santos that tied the game at 3. McMullen and Trompiz both went 2-5.

Agapito Barrios allowed a run on a sac fly, a double, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work. He's had a fine season in his first foray outside the complex leagues. Although his peripheral stats need a bit of work, Devonte German has also enjoyed a solid season. He tagged in for 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and walked 3. Jorge Perez allowed the go-ahead run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2 innings. Despite getting saddled with the loss, Perez has been a dependable bullpen piece for Greeneville year.

The series returns to Kingsport for the final 2 games. Seriously, who makes this schedule? Greeneville has not yet announced a starter for tonight's game. Whoever starts will face Yoryi Nuez at 6:00.

Astros Minor League Player and Pitchers of the Week

It's time to look back at Week 20 and acknowledge some winning performances for the week commencing Sunday, August 10th and continuing through Saturday, August 16th.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

This week, I'm going to acknowledge four nominees (in no particular order) in addition to this week's winner ~

OF Jon Kemmer (Lancaster)
.385/.385/.654 in 6 games
4R 4-2B HR 3RBI 0BB 4SO

OF Brauly Mejia (GCL)
.333/.462/.571 in 6 games
4R 2-2B HR 5RBI 3BB 4SO 3SB 0CS

1B/DH Telvin Nash (Corpus Christi)
.286/.400/.619 in 6 games
3R 2B 2HR 6RBI 3BB 6SO

2B Jonathan Matute (DSL)
.333/.333/.593 in 6 games
3R 4-2B HR 2RBI 0BB 4SO 1SB 1CS

My winner has only played in 15 games thus far in the Astros system, but he is already having an impact on a streaking Corpus Christi Hooks team with his 13 RBI in those 15 games, nine of which came last week.

3B Colin Moran (Corpus Christi)
.409/.440/.591 in 6 games
3R 2B HR 9RBI 2BB 4SO 0SB 1CS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 3B COLIN MORAN

Colin Moran - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK

First up, my honorable mentions go to Oklahoma City's Rudy Owens; Lancaster's Vincent Velasquez (with 11 strikeouts in six innings!); Tri-City's Luis Ordosgoitti; and the DSL's Carlos Hiraldo, Albert Abreu, Salvador Montano and Edgardo Sandoval.

Four pitchers stood out from the pack, though, for what they were able to do in two appearances each over the week. My nominees, in no particular order, are ~

LHP Brian Holmes (Lancaster) - Win
0.82 ERA/0.818 WHIP .200 BA
11IP (2 games/1 start) 8H 1R 1BB 8SO

RHP Erasmos Pinales (DSL)
0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP .081 BA
10IP (2 games/2 starts) 3H 1R/0ER 2BB 7SO

RHP Elieser Hernandez (Greeneville) - Win
0.00 ERA/0.875 WHIP .125 BA
8IP (2 games/1 start) 4H 3BB 9SO

Our winner not only dominated last week, but he has been very dominant all season. In 13 games (11 starts), he is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.969 WHIP. (And lest I get chastised by a certain Tri-City fan for leaving this out, I feel compelled to insert a "Vamos Gatos!" at this time).

RHP Joe Musgrove (Tri-City) - Win
0.00 ERA/0.316 WHIP .077 BA
12.2IP (2 games/2 starts) 3H 1BB 9SO

Joe Musgrove - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP JOE MUSGROVE

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RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK

As always, the relief corps had some excellent outings. Honorable mentions go to Corpus Christi's Jordan Jankowski (8 strikeouts in 3 IP!); Quad Cities' Keegan Yuhl; Tri-City's Bryan Radziewski; Greeneville's Aaron Greenwood, Agapito Barrios and Juan Delis; the GCL's Daniel Mengden (perfect in two outings); and Diogenes Almengo and Gabriel Valdez in the DSL.

My nominees this week, in no particular order, are ~

LHP Chris Cotton (Quad Cities) - Save
0.00 ERA/0.529 WHIP/.150 BA
5.2IP (3 games) 3H 0BB 8SO
2 inherited runners/2 scored

RHP Jose Ramos (DSL) - Save
0.00 ERA/0.273 WHIP/.083 BA
3.2IP (2 games) 1H 0BB 4SO
2 inherited runners/0 scored

RHP Tyson Perez (Corpus Christi) - 2 Saves
0.00 ERA/0.375 WHIP/.111 BA
2.2IP (3 games) 1H 0BB 6SO
1 inherited runner/0 scored

My winner has had an outstanding start to his professional career with a 1-1 record and three saves in 14 outings. He has a 2.20 ERA and a 0.857 WHIP, and has allowed only two walks while striking out 18 in 16.1 innings. In his three outings last week, he was nothing short of perfect. Vamos Gatos again!

RHP Derick Velazquez (Tri-City) - Win
0.00 ERA/.0.000 WHIP/.000 BA
4IP (3 games) 0H 0BB 5SO
2 inherited runners/0 scored

Derick Velazquez - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP DERICK VELAZQUEZ

Happy Birthday - 8/18

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Aaron Greenwood (23)
Drafted by the Astros in the 28th round in 2014 out of Ole Miss, Greenwood is spending his first professional season with the Greeneville Astros. In 13 appearances, he is 3-1 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.279 WHIP. He has walked only three batters and struck out 20 in 20.1 innings.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

3B Jack Howell (53)
Howell came to Houston as a free agent in December of 1997 and played for the Astros in a handful of games in 1998 and 1999 at the end of his career. In 61 games for the Astros, he hit .254/.361/.437. He is serving as the roving minor league Field Coordinator for the Mariners in 2014.

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Another exciting Sunday night for Team Rehab ~

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 15, 2014

Oklahoma City 6, Fresno 2

W- Asher Wojciechowski (3-4)
L- Chris Heston (10-8)

OKC home runs: Preston Tucker (7, 24 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The RedHawks took 3 of 4 from the Grizzlies thanks to a 5-run 3rd inning.

Joe Sclafani opened the scoring with a 2-run triple in that 3rd inning. He would score on a Jesus Guzman fielder's choice, and one batter later, Preston Tucker sent one out for the 24th time this season. Tucker added a sac fly in the 8th inning. Guzman was the only player on either side with a multi-hit game as he went 2-4 with a double and scored on Tucker's homer. Sclafani scored 2 runs.

Asher Wojciechowski pitched 7 strong innings, and the only blunder he made was allowing a 2-run homer to Chris Dominguez in the 4th. Those 2 runs were unearned. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Jorge De Leon worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Corpus Christi 2, Arkansas 1

W- Jordan Jankowski (4-6)
L- Kurt Spomer (2-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were held to 2 hits, but they walked off with the win as they scored their 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

Tony Kemp walked to lead off the bottom of the 9th, and then he moved over to 2nd on a sac bunt from Teoscar Hernandez. Delino DeShields also walked, but he was forced out at 2nd on a Colin Moran groundball. Moran reached safely. The Hooks' 2nd hit of the game won it for them; Telvin Nash smashed a double which allowed Kemp to trot home and Moran to score all the way from 1st.

Mark Appel allowed a solo homer to Kaleb Cowart in the 5th. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski rendered the Travs offense useless by allowing just 1 hit while striking out 8 over 3 scoreless.

Bakersfield 6, Lancaster 5

W- Jake Johnson (3-1)
L- Jamaine Cotton (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks walked off with the loss after Jeff Gelalich won the game for the Blaze with a 2-run double off of Jamaine Cotton.

Danry Vásquez finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Chan-Jong Moon reached on a bases-clearing error which gave Lancaster a 4-0 lead. The Blaze scored 2 in the bottom of the 2nd and 2 more in the to tie the game, and then Danry added an RBI single in the top of the 9th to give the JetHawks the lead again. The other JetHawks hit was a Jon Kemmer double.

Zach Morton pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 4. Dan Minor was the first man out; he threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3. Andrew Walter got 1 out in the 8th and allowed 2 unearned runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), 1 of which came on an RBI double. Jamaine Cotton got the final 2 outs of the 8th, 1 via strikeout, with an RBI double sandwiched in between. He came on for the 9th, but failed to record an out in the inning.

Burlington 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Grant Gordon (2-2)
L- Chris Lee (6-6)
S- Greg Mahle (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were stung by a 4-run 7th from the Bees.

Bobby Boyd scored the first QC run on a wild pitch in the 4th. Marc Wik reached on an error that allowed 2 runs to score in the 6th. Chase McDonald scored on a wild pitch/Wik walk in the 8th, and Boyd, who finished 2-5 with a steal (2, 15 season) hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 9th.

Blaine Sims allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Chris Lee tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, all on a grand slam) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis allowed 2 hits and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless.

Tri-City 5, Staten Island 2

W- Austin Chrismon (6-2)
L- Jordan Foley (0-2)
S- Ryan Thompson (9)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored a pair in the 5th to break a 2-2 tie, and the bullpen finished the game by putting up 4 scoreless.

Alex Presley tripled to lead off the game and scored the game's first run on a groundout from Jamie Ritchie. In the 2nd, Ariel Ovando scored on a passed ball. Mott Hyde put the ValleyCats on top with a 2-run double in the 5th. Ritchie hit a triple with 2 outs in the 8th and scored on a passed ball. D.J. Fisher went 2-5.

Austin Chrismon allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Brandon McNitt was the first man out; he went 2 innings and allowed 2 hits and struck out 3. In his NYPL debut, Angel Heredia struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th. The Closer, Ryan Thompson, worked around a walk to close it out.

Greeneville 5, Elizabethton 3

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 5-1 season)
L- Sam Gibbons (3-4)
S- Zach Davis (4)

Greeneville home runs: Jake Nottingham (4, solo in 4th)

The Appy Astros avoided the sweep as they got a fine first start from Elieser Hernandez.

Hernandez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Reymin Guduan allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 1 over 2 innings. Juan Delis threw 1.1 perfect innings, striking out 1, and Zach Davis got the final 2 outs of the game, striking out 1.

Nottingham's home run opened up the scoring. Edwin Medina added an RBI single in the 5th. A sac bunt attempt from Kristian Trompiz in the 7th was fielded and then botched, allowing Hector Roa to score. One batter later, Tony Nuñez executed the squeeze to score Cesar Carrasco. Sean McMullen scored on a wild pitch/error in the 8th.

GCL Pirates 3, GCL Astros 2

W- Neil Kozikowski (1-2)
L- Christian Perdomo (2-1)
S- Horelbin Ramos (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Pirates nipped the Kissimmee Stros with a run in the 7th.

The GCLstros' 2 runs came in 6th as Jean Estrella hit an RBI double. Estrella would score on a single from Brauly Mejia. Brian Peña and Nestor Tejada had 2 hits apiece.

Harold Arauz allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a single, walked 1, and struck out 5. Ambiorix De Leon walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 3rd. Gerardo Juarez allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 4th. J.D. Osborne allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 5th. Kyle Gehrs allowed a hit and issued a walk in a scoreless 6th. Christian Perdomo gave up the go-ahead run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 7th, and Daniel Mengden struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Rays 4

W- Salvador Montano (7-2)
L- Jose Disla (0-3)

Blue home runs: Jonathan Matute (3, solo in 5th)

The Blue team put up a couple of 4-run innings to bust this game wide open.

Jonathan Matute: 4-6, 2 2B, solo HR (3)
Wander Franco: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Jake Bowey: 1-3, 3 BB, 3 R
Cristopher Luciano: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Luiz Vasquez: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI

Salvador Montano: W (7-2), 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 4 K

DSL Pirates 13, DSL Astros Orange 4

Felix Lucas: 2-R HR (3)
Edgar Lorenzo: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Reiny Beltre: 1-4, 2 R

Carlos Pizzolato: L (1-3), 3 IP, 4 H, 5 R (2 earned), 2 BB, K
Jose Ramos: 2.2 IP, 2 K


Results for Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oklahoma City 7, Sacramento 2

W- Jason Stoffel (4-4)
L- Jeremy McBryde (3-3)

OKC home runs Matt Duffy (12, 18 season; solo in 2nd)

The RedHawks erupted late to take the series opener as they put up 5 in the top of the 9th.

Preston Tucker put OKC on the board first with an RBI groundout in the 1st. After the RiverCats put up their 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, Matt Duffy tied the game at 2 by leading off the 2nd with his 18th home run of the season.

Ronald Torreyes was 2-3 and sparked the rally with a double. He moved to 3rd on a bunt single from Jonathan Villar and scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly from Jesus Guzman. Villar stole 2nd (18, 32 season) and Joe Sclafani walked; they also tagged up on Guzman's sac fly. Tucker got a free pass to 1st, and then Andrew Aplin walked Villar home. Duffy came up and hit a fly ball to Sacramento CF Shane Peterson, who completely botched it, which resulted in the bases clearing for 3 more runs.

Alex White allowed a solo homer to Shane Peterson in the 1st. The only other hit he allowed in his 7 innings was a double to Peterson in the 7th. He walked 2 (1 intentionally) and struck out 7. Jason Stoffel pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Rudy Owens will face Deck McGuire at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 8, Arkansas 5

W- Brady Rodgers (5-11, 6-11 season)
L- Kramer Sneed (7-10)
S- Mitch Lambson (1, 3 season)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (20, 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the 4th and withstood an assault from the Travs to take the series.

Telvin Nash became the 2nd Astros farmhand to hit 20 homers this season with his 2-run shot in the 1st. In the 2nd, Teoscar Hernandez hit a 2-run single, and Colin Moran added an RBI single of his own. Moran added a sac fly to his ledger in the 4th, and Nash followed that up with an RBI single. Delino DeShields hit an RBI single in the 8th for the Hooks' final run of the night. Nash and Moran had 3 hits apiece, while Teoscar and René Garcia had 2 each. DeShields was 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a steal (48).

Brady Rodgers cruised through his first 5 innings, but ran into trouble in the 6th as he allowed a couple of 2-run homers in the inning to Brian Hernandez and Anderson De La Rosa. Rodgers allowed 6 other hits (5 singles and a double) and struck out 6 in 5.2 innings. Colton Cain walked 3 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and Mitch Lambson got the final 4 outs of the game, allowing a run on 3 hits. The run he allowed in the 9th snapped a string of 7 scoreless appearances spanning 9.2 innings.

The Hooks will look for the sweep at 6:10. Considering that Colton Cain made an appearance in this game, I doubt he'll be starting tonight. Whoever starts for the Hooks will face Orangel Arenas. Also, don't forget that they were swept by the Travs last weekend.

Bakersfield 5, Lancaster 0

W- Daniel Wright (9-4)
L- Evan Grills (1-3, 4-6 season)
S- Sean Lucas (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks had 6 hits as they were blanked for the 7th time this season. Rio Ruiz's double was their only extra-base hit.

Evan Grills went 4+ innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 1. He faced 3 batters in the 5th and failed to retire any of them. Gonzalo Sañudo retired all 3 men he faced in the 5th, striking out 1. Brian Holmes pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.

Kyle Westwood will take on Ismael Guillon in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 2:00.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 6

W- Frederick Tiburcio (2-3)
L- Ronald Muck (1-2)
S- Chris Cotton (2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits scored in only 2 innings, and it got a bit too close for comfort, but they hung on and got the win.

The Bees took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 2nd, but the Bandits busted out for 4 to take the lead. They got 4 RBI singles from Ryan Bottger (infield), Dayne Parker, Chase McDonald, and A.J. Reed. In the 6th, Brian Holberton scored on a botched force out attempt, McDonald hit another RBI single, and J.D. Davis smacked an RBI double. McDonald went 4-5, while Davis was 2-5. Bobby Boyd went 0-4, but he drew a walk, scored 2 runs, and stole 2 bases (4, 17 season).

Michael Feliz allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Frederick Tiburcio gave up 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 1 in 1.1 innings. Chris Cotton allowed both of the runners he inherited from Tiburcio to score, but he was able to close out the game. He pitched 2.2 innings and allowed a hit while striking out 4.

Adrian Houser will start the series finale. First pitch is at 1:15.

Tri-City 6, Staten Island 1

W- Joe Musgrove (6-1)
L- David Palladino (5-5)
S- Bryan Radziewski (1)

TC home runs: Alfredo Gonzalez (3, 2-run in 4th), D.J. Fisher (1, solo in 8th)

The ValleyCats rolled again as Joe Musgrove continued his outstanding season.

Musgrove allowed just 1 hit and struck out 4 over 6 shutout innings. The Yankees spoiled the shutout when Ty McFarland homered off Chris Munnelly in the 7th. Munnelly allowed one other hit and struck out 1 in the inning. Bryan Radziewski walked 1 and struck out 2 to finish it off.

Nick Tanielu opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Gonzalez's homer came with 2 outs in the 4th. D.J. Fisher led off the 8th with his first home run as a pro. Juan Santana added an RBI single in the 9th, and Fisher followed with an RBI double. Fisher and Santana had 2 hits apiece.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep as Luis Ordosgoitti takes on Ty Hensley at 3:00.

Kingsport 4, Greeneville 3

W- Craig Missigman (1-0)
L- Samil De Los Santos (0-1, 1-2 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros got on the board and took a 3-1 lead after 7 innings..... only to see the Mets walk off with the win after 3 of their own in the bottom of the 9th.

The 3 Greeneville runs in the 7th came without a hit. Tony Nuñez and Edwin Medina drew bases-loaded walks, and Yonathan Mejia grounded into a force out to score Alex Melendez. Kristian Trompiz's double was their only extra-base hit.

Dean Deetz went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Brock Dykxhoorn tagged in for 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 4. In his Appy League debut, Samil De Los Santos threw a 1-2-3 8th with 2 strikeouts, but he couldn't close it out. Vicente Lupo stole home with 2 outs for the winning run. De Los Santos allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings.

The series shifts to Greeneville, for some odd reason. Agapito Barrios will take on Gaby Almonte at 5:00.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Pirates 1

W- Ross Seaton (1-0)
L- Dario Agrazal (3-3)
S- Yhoan Acosta (1)

GCL home runs: Dex McCall (1, solo in 2nd), Luis Payano (4, 2-run in 6th)

The Kissimmee Stros snapped their 6-game losing streak.

Dex McCall hit his first career home run in the 2nd to open the scoring. In the 3rd, Brauly Mejia hit an RBI double, and Luis Payano provided some insurance with a 2-run homer in the 6th. McCall and Payano had 2 hits apiece, while Randy Cesar was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored.

Ross Seaton went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 4. Yhoan Acosta allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Rays 1

W- Enrique Chavez (2-2)
L- Francisco Mena (3-3)
S- Luis Ramirez (2)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th due to rain.

Wander Franco's 8th-inning RBI single broke a 1-1 tie. The Blue team's pitchers held the Rays to just 1 hit.

Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI infield single in the 4th to open the scoring. Franco had 2 of the Blue team's 4 hits, while Jonathan Matute's double was their only extra-base hit.

Erasmo Pinales went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on an error, walked 1, and struck out 5. Enrique Chavez struck out 3 over 2 perfect innings, and Luis Ramirez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings for the win.

DSL Astros Orange 8, DSL Pirates 2 in 7.5 innings

W- Edwin Villarroel (3-4)
L- Nestor Oronel (2-7)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (1)

Orange home runs: None.

This game was called with 2 outs in the top of the 8th due to rain.

The Orange team busted it open with 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Orlando Marquez opened the scoring with a sac fly that turned into a double play in the 1st. The Orange team got a pair in the 3rd as Reiny Beltre hit an RBI groundout and Felix Lucas hit an RBI single. Marquez added an RBI double in the 7th, and then he scored on an error. Jesus Bermejo, Wilson Amador, and Juan Fuentes added RBI singles later in the inning. Fuentes went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and stole a base (10). Amador, Jose Benjamin, and Anardo Peralta had 2 hits apiece.

Edwin Villarroel allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit and fanned 3 over 1.2 innings.