Saturday, November 8, 2014

Minor League Releases

According to the MiLB.com transaction pages, the following players have been released by the Astros:

RHP Matt Heidenreich
IF Bobby Borchering
RHP Raul Rivera
RHP Luis Ordosgoitti
LHP Kevin Ferguson
IF Juan Santana
1B Yonathan Mejia
C Brett Clements
IF Jean Estrella
IF Will Dupont

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, November 7, 2014 

IBAF 21U BASEBALL WORLD CUP

Australia 10, Netherlands 1

W- Joshua Guyer (1-0)
L- Entwin Reigina (0-1)

Australia HRs by Astros players: None.

The Aussies ran wild over the Dutch as a 5-run 5th ignited their big day. Jared Cruz appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and hit an RBI groundout. 

Tomorrow, Team Australia will take on Nicaragua at 12:30 Taiwan time, or 10:30 PM tonight in Houston.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria 5, Salt River 4

W- Brandon Cunniff (2-0)
L- Tyson Perez (0-1)

The Rafters tied the game at 4 with 2 runs in the top of the 9th.... only to walk off with the loss after Jacob Wilson hit an RBI single off of Tyson Perez with 1 out in the bottom of the inning.

Andrew Aplin went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout, while Rio Ruiz was 0-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored. Perez threw a 1-2-3 8th, striking out 1, and then in the 9th, he allowed a leadoff double to Bubba Starling. He got 1 out by getting Daniel Castro to pop out on a bunt attempt, but Wilson got to him with the game-winner.

Both teams will play again this afternoon at Salt River Fields. First pitch is at 12:35 Mountain.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Magallanes 4, Caracas 3

W- Carlos Quevedo (1-1)
L- Yoimer Camacho (0-2)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: L.J. Hoes (1, 3-run in 3rd)

Jerome Hoes' 3-run shot in the 3rd constituted the only runs for Caracas. He finished 2-6. 

David Martinez, currently a free agent, got the start for Magallanes and that 3-run shot ended up yielding the only runs that he would allow in 5 innings. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. 

Caracas will host La Guaira this afternoon at 4:00 Venezuelan time. Magallanes will welcome Bravos, who are making the trip from the island of Margarita, in the late game on the LVBP slate. First pitch is at 8:00 Venezuelan time.

Zulia 12, Bravos 7

W- Tim Dillard (3-1)
L- Matt Nevarez (2-1)

Bravos HRs by Astros players: None. 

Carlos Perdomo, who is also currently a free agent, entered the game for Bravos as a defensive replacement in the 6th and struck out in his only at-bat.

Bravos will travel to the mainland to take on Magallanes at 8:00 Venezuelan time.

LIGA PARALELA

From Thursday: Detroit 18, Caribes 2

W- Angel Vasquez (1-1)
L- Edwin Villarroel (2-1)

Villarroel was knocked around in his 1.2 innings, as he allowed 9 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and walked 3.

LIDOM

Licey 7, Toros 6

W- Mitch Atkins (1-2)
L- Chris Leroux (0-1)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None. 

Teoscar Hernandez went 1-5 with an RBI single in the 6th for Toros.

Toros will host Escogido this evening. First pitch is at 5:00 Atlantic.

Estrellas 3, Águilas 1

W- Radhames Liz (3-0)
L- Frank Batista (1-1)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Jonathan Villar went 1-3 for Águilas. Estrellas scored 3 in the first, which turned out to be enough for them.

Águilas will now travel to the capital to take on Licey. First pitch is at 5:00 Atlantic.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Mexicali 6, Jalisco 5

W- Francisco Gil (1-0)
L- Carlos Vazquez (1-1)
S- Francisco Rodriguez (3)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: None.

Leo Heras had a nice night as he hit a double in 3 at-bats, drew 2 walks, scored a run, and stole a base (5). 

Both teams will continue their weekend series tonight at 6:00 Pacific.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Rain washed out the slate in Puerto Rico yesterday. According to this article from the LBPRC website, Carolina and Caguas will be rescheduled for Monday, while the Santurce and Mayagüez game will be made up on December 15.

Happy Birthday - 11/8

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Juan Fuentes (21)
Fuentes is in his second professional season, having played for the Blue Jays in 2013. In 58 games for the DSL team this season, he hit .300/.423/.367. He is from the Dominican Republic.

Two former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF John Fishel (52)
Drafted by Houston in the ninth round in 1985, Fishel's entire major league career consisted of 19 games played for the Astros in 1988 in which he hit .231/.310/.346. He was traded, along with two others, to the Yankees in January of 1989 for Rick Rhoden. He was the 1984 College World Series Outstanding Player when he played for California State at Fullerton.

OF Eric Anthony (47)
A 34th round draft pick by Houston in 1986, Anthony played for the Astros from 1989 to 1993, hitting .224/.295/.378. He was traded to the Mariners in December 1993 for Mike Felder and Mike Hampton. He was one of the few players ever to hit a home run into the upper deck of the Astrodome.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, November 6, 2014 (and one from today)


IBAF UNDER-21 BASEBALL WORLD CUP (held in Taichung, Taiwan)

Japan 9, Australia 7

W- Yuya Yokoyama (1-0)
L- Todd Van Steensel (0-1)
S- Ryosuke Nomura (1)

Australia HRs by Astros players: None.

The U-21 World Cup kicked off today, and Australia dropped their opening game in group play as Japan put up 3 in the top of the 9th to erase their 7-6 deficit.

Connor MacDonald got the start at 1B for the Aussies and went 0-3. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a 5-run 4th and ended up scoring on a wild pitch later on in the inning.

Tomorrow, Australia will take on the Netherlands. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 NST (National Standard Time), which is 11:00 PM tonight in Houston.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Mesa 4, Salt River 2 in 10 innings

W- Arik Sikula (1-0)
L- Enrique Burgos (1-1)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

No Astros in the lineup, but Mark Appel was on the mound and he was excellent. Per Mike Elias (via Eric Smith of the Antelope Valley Press), his fastball ranged from 92-97 in this outing and his slider was on.




Appel allowed just 1 hit and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The only blemishes on his outing were 2 hit batters and a balk. Other than that, an outing like this is what he's capable of.

The Rafters will be in Peoria this afternoon to face the Javelinas. First pitch is at 12:35 Mountain.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Magallanes 3, Caracas 2

W- Anthony Lerew (2-1)
L- Boone Whiting (0-3)
S- Hassan Peña (6)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

The capital club had a chance to at least tie with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, but no cigar. Danry Vásquez went 0-4, and in his debut for Caracas, L.J. Hoes went 1-4.

The 2nd leg of this series will be in Valencia, the hometown of former Astro Raúl Chavez. First pitch is at 7:30 Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

Águilas 12, Gigantes 1

W- Lay Batista (1-0)
L- Kevin Pucetas (0-1)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

All Águilas in this one as they took down their rivals. Jonathan Villar went 1-3 with an RBI single in the 2nd.

Águilas will travel east to take on Estrellas tonight. First pitch is at 7:30 Atlantic.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 16, Mazatlán 0

W- Marco Tovar (3-0)
L- Alejandro Martinez (0-3)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: Leo Heras (4, solo in 3rd)

Los Charros (the Horsemen) ran roughshod over Mazatlán as they pounded out 18 hits and sent 4 out of the park. Leo Heras finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored; he cranked a solo shot in the 3rd and added a 2-run single in the 6th.

Tonight, Jalisco will begin a weekend in Mexicali. First pitch is at 7:30 Pacific.

Obregón 2, Culiacán 1

W- Arturo Lopez (5-0)
L- Jorge Reyes (1-1)
S- Jose Pina (1)

Gonzalo Sañudo struck out the side in order in the 7th inning for Culiacán.

Culiacán will travel to Mazatlán for a weekend series between the two largest cities in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. First pitch for tonight's game is scheduled for 8:00 Mountain.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Carolina 5, Santurce 4 in 11 innings

W- Giovanni Soto (1-0)
L- Jon Velasquez (0-1)

Carolina HRs by Astros players: None.
Santurce HRs by Astros players: None.

Carolina walked off with the win in the bottom of the 11th as René Garcia delivered with an RBI single. Los Gigantes put up 2 in the inning, in response to Santurce breaking a 3-3 tie in the top of the inning.

Garcia wound up finishing 2-5. Carlos Corporán had 2 doubles in 3 at-bats; one of them drove in a run in the 7th inning. Jobduan Morales came on as a pinch-hitter in the 11th and was intentionally walked.

For Santurce, Delino DeShields hit a triple in the 1st and had a sac fly in the 8th.

Tonight, Carolina will travel to Caguas, while Santurce hosts Mayagüez. Both games will be at 7:30 Atlantic.

Caguas 3, San Juan 1

W- Jose De Leon (1-0)
L- Adalberto Flores (0-1)
S- Saul Rivera (1)

Caguas HRs by Astros players: None.
San Juan HRs by Astros players: None.

San Juan was held to just 2 hits; Nolan Fontana's RBI triple in the 6th was one of them. Roberto Peña got the start at catcher for Caguas and went 1-3 with a run scored.

San Juan will be back in action on Saturday when they host Caguas again. Caguas, on the other hand, will host Carolina tonight.


Astros Arizona Fall League Game 26 Eyewitness Report

Wallee is back to weigh in on last night's start by Astros RHP Mark Appel ~

Mark Appel went to the mound this evening to face the resurgent, second place, Mesa Solar Sox with the opportunity to cut the ‘magic number’ between the Salt River Rafters and the Solar Sox in half … and unlike his last two starts, Mark did not let men on base disrupt his rhythm and slow his offerings to the point of throwing batting practice. From a full wind-up Mark is virtually untouchable, deliberately gathering himself and shoving 94-to-97 MPH pitches down the throats of prospective hitters … but pitching from a stretch in order to hold the runner he has been losing at least five miles-per-hour off his power pitches and had become altogether much too hittable – but not tonight.

The Solar Sox first two hits were upon, not by, the top of their order … hit batsmen put two men on in the first for the Sox and Appel was forced to throw from the stretch most of the inning. But instead of becoming focused on the base runners, and losing his rhythm and velocity by doing so, Mark seemed to become more confident in his situation not less so, throwing strikes and forcing an inning-ending ground out. And this was the story of the full five innings Appel threw, needing only 53 pitches, 37 of them strikes, and giving up only one hit while striking out four … and leaving the game after five with a 1-0 lead.

But tonight the bullpen work by the hometown D-back relievers was uncharacteristically bad … Jimmy Sherfy coughed up three walks and a hit in the seventh to knot up the game at 1-1, then after the Rafters pulled ahead in the bottom of the eighth Enrique Burgos gave up three hits in the top of the ninth to knot it up again at 2-2, and two more hits and two more runs in the top of the tenth to give the game to the Solar Sox.

Neither Burgos nor Sherfy had surrendered a run in their previous seven and eight appearances, respectively, so their performance compounds the mystery of the disappearing home field advantage … the Rafters are now 6-5 at home and 10-2 on the road this fall, and have tied three games – and there have been only four ties total in the AFL this year. But for Astros fans the news is all good … Appel has bounced back and appears to have mastered whatever had been ailing him with men on base.

~ Wallee Wright ~

Happy Birthday - 11/7

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Joe Niekro (died October 27, 2006 at 61)
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the third round in 1966, Niekro was purchased by Houston from the Braves in April 1975 for $35,000. He played for Houston from 1975 until his trade to the Yankees for Jim Deshaies in September 1985.

Joe Niekro played in 22 seasons, from 1967 to 1988, for a total of seven different teams.  For his career, Niekro was 221-204 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.319 WHIP over 702 games and 3584.1 innings pitched.  In 11 seasons for Houston, he was 144-116 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP over 397 games and 2270 innings pitched.  His most successful season was in 1979 when he was 21-11 and led the National League in wins.  1979 was an All-Star year for Niekro and he also placed second in NL Cy Young voting that year, behind Bruce Sutter and in front of 3rd place finisher J.R. Richard and his brother Phil in 6th place.

Niekro simply dominated in post-season pitching.  In the 1980 NLCS, he pitched 10 innings of shut-out ball in a game against Philadelphia which the Astros ultimately won 1-0 in 11 innings.  In the 1981 NLDS, he pitched eight innings of shut-out ball against the Dodgers in another 11-inning 1-0 win for the Astros.  In 1987, Niekro finally got his shot at a ring and pitched two innings for Minnesota in the World Series.  The Twins won the series and Joe got his ring.  For the post-season, Niekro had an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.950.

Joe is probably as well-known for the emory board incident as anything else in his career.  For more on Joe, here is his Wikipedia page.  He died in 2006 of a brain aneurysm, and his daughter has established a foundation in his name to raise money for aneurysm treatment and research.

RHP Russ Springer (46)
A seventh round pick by the Yankees in 1989, Springer first came to Houston as a free agent in December 1996 and pitched in 54 games for the Astros in 1997 before being selected by Arizona in the 1997 expansion draft. He then came back to Houston as a free agent in June 2004 and pitched three additional seasons for Houston from 2004 through 2006. In 204 total games with Houston, he had a 4.03 ERA and a 1.215 WHIP. Springer pitched in a total of 18 seasons for 10 different teams.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, November 6, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River 8, Scottsdale 4

W- Edgar Olmos (1-1)
L- Clayton Blackburn (1-2)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

The Rafters withstood a 4-run 1st from the Scorpions and responded by scoring 8 unanswered to win the game. A 5-run 5th tipped the balance of the game in Salt River's favor, and Mitch Lambson's efforts out of the bullpen helped keep the Rafters from getting swept down the river. I should really stop trying to be funny.

Andrew Aplin went 2-5 and scored twice. Joe Sclafani finished 2-4, and both of his hits were RBI singles coming in the 5th and the 8th. Rio Ruiz went 0-5 with a run scored.

Mitch Lambson was called on to be the tourniquet after the Scorpions stung Rafters starter Christian Bergman in the 1st, and he delivered with 2.1 scoreless, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

The Rafters will host Mesa in the late game; first pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Lara 5, Caracas 3

W- Raul Rivero (1-0)
L- Kyler Newby (1-1)
S- Luis Vizcaino (3)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

I know Carlos Perez isn't a member of the Astros organization, but on his last day as an Astro, he went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Danry Vásquez, who is still very much a member of the Astros organization, went 2-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th.

Caracas will now play a home-and-away with Navegantes. The home portion is tonight at 7:30 Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

Águilas 2, Escogido 1

W- Liam Hendriks (2-0)
L- Edward Valdez (2-1)
S- Matt Ramsey (3)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Jonathan Villar went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout for Águilas.

Águilas will be back in action on Friday when they travel east to take on Estrellas.

Gigantes 5, Toros 2

W- Juan Perez (2-0)
L- David Purcey (0-2)
S- Ramon Ramirez (5)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None.

Gigantes came alive with 2 in the 7th to take the lead and 2 more in the 8th for insurance.

Jandel Gustave came on with 2 outs in the 5th and struck out Tyler Moore to end the inning. He worked around a leadoff walk to Yasmani Grandal to get the first 2 outs of the 6th as he got Matt Hague to pop out and struck out Cameron Maybin.

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-3 with a K for Toros.

Toros will travel to Santo Domingo to take on Licey tomorrow night.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 5, Mazatlán 0

W- Graham Godfrey (3-0)
L- Amilcar Gaxiola (3-1)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: None.

In his first appearance in the Jalisco lineup since Halloween, Leo Heras went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored.

These two teams will play again at 7:00.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Mayagüez 9, San Juan 0

W- Tomas Santiago (2-0)
L- Jay Rogers (0-1)

San Juan HRs by Astros players: None.

Nolan Fontana went 0-4 with a strikeout for San Juan in a game where they got completely dominated.

Tonight, San Juan will host Caguas at 7:00 Atlantic.

Santurce 7, Caguas 2

W- Jorge Martinez (2-0)
L- Jacob Barnes (0-1)

Caguas HRs by Astros players: None.
Santurce HRs by Astros players: None.

A 4-run 6th gave Santurce the separation they needed; they had only been leading 3-2 before that outburst.

Delino DeShields, who was making his first appearance in the Santurce lineup after his 2nd Opening Day was cut short because he was plunked, went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 2nd, a bases-loaded walk in the 6th, and a run scored. Roberto Peña was 0-4 for Caguas.

Caguas will travel to San Juan, while Santurce will travel to Carolina. Both games will take place at 7:00 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 11/6

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

OF Justin Maxwell (31)
Originally drafted by Washington in the fourth round in 2005, Maxwell was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in April 2012. In 164 games for Houston in 2012 and 2013, he hit .232/.306/.438 with 23 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs. Maxwell was traded to Kansas City in July 2013 for minor league RHP Kyle Smith. He only played in 20 games for the Royals at the major league level in 2014, hitting .150/.222/.175.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Astros Off-Season Transaction List for 2014-2015

Since there are generally dozens of transactions during the off season, I like to keep a running list to help me remember what all has transpired. I will be posting this on the sidebar on the front page and will do my best to keep it updated throughout the next few months.

Here is the Astros 40-man roster which currently stands at 41 as of 12/16/14 at 6:20 a.m. CST.

NEW TO THE SYSTEM
RHP Rogelio Armenteros (Cuban defector signed by Astros according to Baseball America)
C Hank Conger (Obtained in trade for RHP Nick Tropeano and C Carlos Perez)
1B Jared Cruz (PTBNL in the July 2014 Andrew Robinson trade with the Braves)
RHP Harlen Florencio (19-year old Dominican signed in early December)
C Luis Flores (Claimed by the Astros in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft)
RHP Luke Gregerson (signed as a free agent)
RHP Will Harris (claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks)
SS Jed Lowrie (signed as a free agent)
RHP Pat Neshek (signed as a free agent)
RHP Dylan James (NDFA out of West Texas A&M)

ADDED TO THE 40-MAN ROSTER
C Hank Conger
RHP Michael Feliz (added in advance of the Rule 5 Draft)
RHP Luke Gregerson
RHP Will Harris
SS Jed Lowrie
RHP Pat Neshek
C Carlos Perez (added in advance of the Rule 5 Draft) - Traded to the Angels
IF Ronald Torreyes (added in advance of the Rule 5 Draft)
RHP Vince Velasquez (added in advance of the Rule 5 Draft)


OUTRIGHTED
RHP Jose Cisnero - Left via free agency
LHP Rudy Owens - Left via free agency
RHP Anthony Bass - Left via free agency

NO LONGER IN THE SYSTEM
1B Japhet Amador (According to Baseball America, the Astros sold their rights to Amador back to Mexico City of the Mexican League)
IF Bobby Borchering - Released
RHP Jose Cisnero - Left via free agency
RHP Paul Clemens - Left via free agency
C Brett Clements - Released
RHP Jorge de Leon - Claimed off waivers by Oakland
Delino DeSheilds - Drafted by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft
IF Will Dupont - Released
IF Jean Estrella - Released
LHP Kevin Ferguson - Released
C Rene Garcia - Left via free agency
RHP Jandel Gustave - Drafted by the Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft and flipped to Kansas City
1B Jesus Guzman - Left via free agency
RHP Matt Heidenreich - Released
1B/OF Marc Krauss - Claimed off waivers by the Angels
RHP David Martinez - Left via free agency
C Ryan McCurdy - Retired
1B Yonathan Mejia - Released
RHP Luis Ordosgoitti - Released
OF Ariel Ovando - Drafted by the Cubs in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft; being converted to a pitcher
LHP Rudy Owens - Signed as Free Agent with Oakland
C Carlos Perez - Traded to the Angels
RHP Raul Rivera - Released
LHP David Rollins - Drafted by Seattle in the Rule 5 Draft
IF Juan Santana - Released
RHP Nick Tropeano - Traded to the Angels
LHP Patrick Urckfitz - Left via free agency
RHP Josh Zeid - Claimed off waivers

FREE AGENTS
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Anthony Bass - Signed with the Rangers
RHP Jose Cisnero - Signed with the Reds
RHP Paul Clemens - Signed with the Phillies
RHP Jesse Crain
C Rene Garcia - Signed with the Phillies
RHP Murilo Gouvea
1B Jesus Guzman - Signed with the Hiroshima Carp
RHP David Martinez - Signed with the Rangers
LHP Rudy Owens - Signed with the A's
IF Carlos Perdomo
RHP Ross Seaton
LHP Patrick Urckfitz - Signed with the Marlins
RHP Jose Veras

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Mesa 3, Salt River 1

W- Felipe Rivero (2-4)
L- Vince Velasquez (2-2)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

All the scoring in this game was done in the 1st inning. It was a rather tough night for the Astros players who featured in this game; Vince Velasquez got the start, but he only got 2 outs (1 via strikeout), allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and walking 1.

Offensively, Andrew Aplin went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, Rio Ruiz was 0-4 with a hat trick, and Joe Sclafani finished 1-4.

In today's late game (6:35 Mountain), the Rafters will take on Scottsdale.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas 7, Lara 5

W- Victor Sanchez (2-0)
L- Nestor Molina (1-2)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: Danry Vásquez (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The capital club only scored in 2 innings, but their 7 runs were enough to top Lara, the bottom team in the LVBP.

The Cardinals scored first with 1 in the 2nd, but Caracas responded with a 4-run bottom of the 3rd. Danry, who finished 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, put them on top with his 1st homer of the LVBP campaign. He also registered an outfield assist in the 5th when he threw out Cesar Izturis at 2nd. Carlos Perez got the start at catcher and went 1-3 with a walk.

Both teams will play again tonight at 7:30 Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

It was a rainy Tuesday on the islands, as one game in the Dominican and one game in Puerto Rico got called off due to wet grounds.

Licey 4, Toros 1

W- Ramon Ortiz (1-1)
L- Claudio Vargas (0-2)
S- Jairo Asencio (1)

Licey HRs by Astros players: None.
Toros HRs by Astros players: None.

Domingo Santana and Ruben Sosa were both used as pinch-runners for Licey. Both of them appeared in the 9th; Sosa scored.

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-3 with a strikeout for Toros.

Toros will take on Gigantes at 7:30 Atlantic, while Licey will return to action tomorrow night when they travel east to take on Estrellas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 6, Mexicali 4

W- Manuel Flores (1-1)
L- Felipe Gonzalez (2-2)
S- Brian Broderick (7)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: Japhet Amador 2 (6; 2-run in 1st, solo in 7th)

Big night for the big man, Japhet Amador, whose 2 blasts keyed Jalisco's victory. He had 3 at-bats; both of his hits were homers, he drew a walk, and scored 3 of the 6 Jalisco runs.

Jalisco will now host Mazatlán for 2 games beginning tonight at 7:00.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

San Juan 10, Carolina 9

W- Yasmanys Fernandez (1-0)
L- Giancarlo Alvarado (0-1)
S- Ryan Kelly (1)

San Juan HRs by Astros players: None.
Carolina HRs by Astros players: None.

Los Senadores got their first win of the season in a wild tilt. Carolina threatened to tie the game in the late stages, but their bid was denied.

Nolan Fontana got the start at 2B for San Juan and finished 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a steal (1).

For Carolina, Carlos Corporán went 1-5. René Garcia went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, and after he entered as a pinch-hitter for Garcia, Jobduan Morales hit an RBI single in the top of the 9th to make it a 1-run game.

Raul Rivera pitched 3 innings and struck out 1. Technically, he had a perfect line, but he also allowed one of the 2 runners (Fontana scored the run) he inherited from Jim Patterson in the 4th to score on a double play.

Tonight, San Juan will travel to Mayagüez, while Carolina will be back in action tomorrow as they host Caguas. Both games will be at 7:30 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 11/5

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Albert Minnis (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 25th round in 2013 out of Wichita State University, Minnis spent most of the 2014 season with Quad Cities with a side trip to the GCL. In 24 appearances for the River Bandits, he was 2-2 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.475 WHIP.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF Tom Wiedenbauer (56)
A seventh round pick by the Astros in 1976, Wiedenbauer played in four games for Houston in 1979. Those four games constituted his entire major league career and he made the most of them. In six at-bats, he had four hits, a double and two RBI. His career batting average was .667. Now that's a cup of coffee that you can live with.

RHP Craig McMurtry (55)
Originally drafted by Atlanta in the first round in 1980, McMurtry signed with Houston as a free agent in March of 1994. In 11 appearances for the Astros in 1995, he had a 7.84 ERA and a 2.323 WHIP. His rookie year in 1983 was arguably his best as he went 15-9 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.300 WHIP in 36 games (35 starts) for Atlanta and came in second in Rookie of the Year voting to Darryl Strawberry.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Update on the 2010 Draft Class

Over the last few weeks, we've been looking back at some of the Astros draft classes to see where things stand. Today we'll look at 2010, the third class from the Ed Wade/Bobby Heck era. Let's look at the numbers:

52 players drafted
35 players signed
10 players still in the Astros system (plus one re-drafted in 2013)
28 players still active in either college or organized baseball in 2014*

26 position players drafted/16 signed/3 still in the system
13 from high school/5 signed/3 still in the system
1 from junior college/1 signed/0 still in the system
12 from college/10 signed/0 still in the system

26 pitchers drafted/19 signed/7 still in the system
11 from high school/4 signed/4 still in the system
2 from junior college/2 signed/1 still in the system
13 from college/13 signed/2 still in the system

*Of the 28 players who were still active in either college or organized baseball in 2014, four are players who did not sign with Houston, but later signed with other teams, six were still playing in college in 2014, one was released by the Astros but was still playing in independent ball, six were traded, and ten are left in the system from the original draft, plus one was re-drafted by the Astros and is still in the system.

Here is a little on each of them. Active Astros players are in bold. The position shown is the position at which the player was drafted, and I have also indicated in parentheses whether they were drafted out of high school (HS), junior college (JC) or college (C).

1. 2B Delino DeShields (HS)

DeShields, who turned 22 in August, spent his 2014 season roaming the outfield for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks where he hit .236/.346/.360 with 14 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 57 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 114 games. For his career, he is hitting .267/.362/.396.

1. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (HS)

Foltynewicz was drafted with the Tigers first round pick as compensation for losing free agent RHP Jose Valverde. Folty was the second of the Astros signed picks from 2010 to make his major league debut (August 2, 2014). In 21 games (18 starts) in 2014 for the AAA Oklahoma City team, he had a 7-7 record with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.461 WHIP (3.98 ERA and 1.404 WHIP MiLB career). In 16 bullpen appearances for Houston this season, he had a 5.30 ERA and a 1.607 WHIP. Folty just turned 23 in October.

1s. 3B/C Mike Kvasnicka (C) - Traded in 2013.

Kvasnicka was a supplemental pick, also received for losing Valverde. He was traded to the Twins for RHP Gonzalo Sanudo in March 2013. He played outfield for the Twins AA affiliate in 2014 and has a career batting line of .257/.303/.400.

2. RHP Vince Velasquez (HS)

Velasquez started and finished his 2014 season at Lancaster, with a side trip to the Gulf Coast League to rehab a groin injury. In 18 games (13 starts), he was 7-5 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.172 WHIP. He just turned 22 in June.

Vince Velasquez - September 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

3. 2B Austin Wates (C) - Traded in 2014

Wates (who never played second base in the organization and was an outfielder from day one) was included in the July 2014 trade to Miami, along with RHP Jarred Cosart and utility player Kiké Hernandez, in exchange for OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Francis Martes and 3B Colin Moran. Wates has a .299/.376/.409 career batting line.

4. RHP Bobby Doran (JC) - Traded in 2014

Doran was traded in July 2014 to the White Sox for SS Jeffry Santos. Cumulatively for the season, Doran was 7-6 with a 5.43 ERA and a 1.532 WHIP in his first full season at AAA. For his career, he is 37-22 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.415 WHIP.

5. C Ben Heath (C) - Released in 2013

Prior to his release in March 2013, Ben Heath played in the system for three seasons, hitting .269/.340/.433 in 211 games. He had a 24% caught stealing rate.

6. RHP Adam Plutko (HS) - Did not sign

Plutko was drafted by Cleveland in the 11th round in 2013 out of the University of California at Los Angeles. After spending 2013 on the DL, Plutko saw his first action in 2014, splitting his season between Low A and High A and compiling a 4.03 ERA and a 1.189 WHIP in 28 starts.

7. C Roberto Peña (HS)

Peña spent his 2014 season with High A Lancaster, hitting .249/.306/.414. In his 93 games behind the plate, he caught a rather ridiculous 57% of would-be base stealers (ridiculous in a good way). Pena turned 22 in June.

8. RHP Jake Buchanan (C)

Buchanan beat Folty to the major leagues by about six weeks and was the first out of this draft class to make the leap. He debuted with the Astros on June 21st. In 17 games (two starts), he was 1-3 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. With Oklahoma City in 2014, he was 7-5 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.257 WHIP in 16 games (15 starts). Buchanan turned 25 in late September.

9. LHP Tommy Shirley (C)

Shirley had a breakout season between AA Corpus Christi and AAA Oklahoma City in 2014, compiling a 7-5 record with a combined 2.53 ERA and 1.099 WHIP in 30 games (16 starts). He will be 26 in November.

10. LHP Evan Grills (HS)

Grills split his season between Low A Quad Cities and High A Lancaster, ending the season with a 5-6 record, 3.43 ERA and 1.301 WHIP. Grills just turned 22 in June.

11. 3B Kyle Redinger (HS) - Released in 2012

Redinger played in only 101 games over three seasons, hitting .186/.268/.234.

12. RHP Andrew Robinson (C) - Traded in 2014

Robinson was traded to the Braves in July 2014 for a PTBNL. The player, 19-year old Australian 1B Jared Cruz, came into the Astros system after the minor league season ended. in a total of 43 games between Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and the Braves AA affiliate, Robinson had a 2.45 ERA and a 1.163 WHIP.

13. 2B Davis Duren (C) - Did not sign

Duren went back to Oklahoma State for his senior year. It appears that he never played professionally.

14. OF Jordan Scott (HS)

Except for a brief fill-in stint for Corpus Christi in June, Scott spent his entire 2014 season with Lancaster until a thumb injury sidelined him in mid-July. In 58 games, he hit .294/.350/.431 with 13 doubles, seven triples and a home run. Scott turned 23 in September.

15. RHP Jamaine Cotton (JC)

Cotton spent his entire season with High A Lancaster. In 37 bullpen appearances, he was 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA, a 1.511 WHIP and 12 saves. Cotton recently turned 24.

16. C Chris Wallace (C) - Traded in 2013

Wallace was traded to Cleveland in April 2013 for LHP Eric Berger (who was subsequently traded to Oakland in early 2014 for cash). Wallace only appeared in 18 games for the AAA Indians affiliate in 2014, spending a large chunk of the season on the DL due to what was initially reported as a right calf strain. In those 18 games, he hit only .170/.241/.264. For his career, he has hit .270/.341/.445.

17. 3B Tyler Burnett (C) - Released in 2012

Burnett actually played primarily at first base and was released 12 games in to his third season in 2012. In 186 games, he hit .244/.338/.359.

18. OF Josh Magee (C) - Released in 2012

Magee was released in July 2012, reportedly due to off-field issues. In 111 games, he hit .254/.314/.326. After his release, he went on to play football for the University of Alabama and for the University of South Alabama. He left the latter program in July 2014 due to family issues and appears to have resurfaced playing for the University of Alabama at Birmingham to be near his Hoover, Alabama hometown.

19. SS JaCoby Jones (HS) - Did not sign

Jones was drafted by the Pirates in the 3rd round in 2013 out of LSU. In two seasons with that organization, he has hit .291/.349/.498.

20. OF Daniel Adamson (C) - Released in 2012

Adamson was released four games into the 2012 minor league season. In 146 games, he hit .259/.336/.424.

21. RHP Aaron Blair (HS) - Did not sign

Blair was a first round supplemental pick by the Diamondbacks in 2013 (out of Marshall University). In 38 starts, he has a 3.48 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP.

22. C Zach Dygert (C) - Did not sign

It appears that Dygert never played professionally.

23. OF Adam Bailey (C) - Released in 2013

Bailey was released in March 2013 and went on to play in independent ball in 2013 and 2014. His career batting line is .274/.316/.444.

24. LHP Adam Champion (C) - Released in 2012

Champion pitched two seasons in the Astros system prior to his March 2012 release and then pitched three seasons in independent ball through 2013 to finish with a lifetime 4.87 ERA and 1.524 WHIP.

25. RHP Rodney Quintero (JC) - Released in 2012

Quintero pitched for three seasons in the organization, ending with a career 5.67 ERA and 1.761 WHIP.

26. LHP Alex Sogard (C) - Traded in 2014

Sogard was traded to the Diamondbacks in July 2014 for 3B Cesar Carrasco. Before the trade, Sogard was 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.223 WHIP and two saves in 43.1 innings for AA Corpus Christi. After the trade, Sogard had a 0-1 record, 9.64 ERA and 2.143 WHIP in 18.1 innings for AA Mobile. His career numbers are a 4.38 ERA and a 1.452 WHIP.

27. SS Jacke Healey (C) - Released in 2011

Healey played in the Astros system for two seasons, hitting .163/.228/.302 in 93 games.

28. RHP Jason Chowning (C) - Released in 2012

Chowning pitched three seasons in the organization prior to his release in July 2012. He had a lifetime 3.08 ERA and 1.274 WHIP. He struck out 136 in 117 innings pitched.

29. OF Broughan Jantz (HS) - Did not sign

Jantz pursued football instead of baseball, playing at City College of San Francisco and the University of Sioux Falls where he is now a senior.

30. OF Kellen Kiilsgaard (C) - Released in 2012

Kiilsgaard sat out the 2010 season due to injury and only played one season in 2011, hitting .161/.213/.246 before his release in January 2012.

31. LHP Travis Blankenship (C) - Released in 2012

Blankenship played in the system for two seasons, compiling a 3.12 ERA and a 1.220 WHIP in 45 bullpen appearances before being released in January 2012.

32. RHP Austin Chrismon (HS) - Did not sign

The Astros drafted Chrismon again in 2013, this time in the 26th round out of East Carolina University. In 16 games (13 starts) for short season A Tri-City, Chrismon was 6-3 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.171 WHIP.

33. RHP Michael Ness (C) - Released in 2012

Ness pitched in the Astros organization for two seasons. After his release in March 2012, he went on to play for two more seasons in independent ball, ending his career with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.341 WHIP.

34. RHP Ryan Cole (C) - Released in 2012

Cole pitched in the system for two seasons and ended his career with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.194 WHIP in 48 outings.

35. 1B Esteban Gomez (HS) - Did not sign

Gomez went on to play for San Jacinto Community College in 2011 and 2012, but it does not appear that he ever played professionally.

36. RHP Ryan Halstead (HS) - Did not sign

Halstead went on to attend Indiana University from 2011 through 2014. He was the closer for the team in 2014 when a knee injury derailed the remainder of his season.

37. RHP Brian Streilein (C) - Released in 2012

Streilein pitched in the system from 2010 through his release in July 2012. He had a lifetime 5.29 ERA and 1.424 WHIP.

38. 1B Ryan Ford (HS) - Did not sign

Ford played for the University of Texas in 2011, Navarro Junior College in 2012 and Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013. It appears that he is no longer playing and never played professionally.

39. RHP Krishawn Holley (HS)

Holley has played in the Astros system for five years. He missed approximately a month of the 2014 season, ending his season with two appearances with the GCL, leading me to believe that he was dealing with an injury. In 15 games between Tri-City, Greeneville and the GCL in 2014, he had a 6.19 ERA and a 2.188 WHIP. Over five seasons, he has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.349 WHIP. He will be 23 in February.

40. LHP Jeremiah Meiners (C) - Released in 2013

Meiners was released in March 2013 after pitching in the organization for three seasons. In 58 games, he had a 3.51 ERA and a 1.217 WHIP.

41. OF Bryce Lane (JC) - Released in 2012

Lane played in the Astros system for two seasons and then one additional season in independent ball in 2012 after his March release, ending his career with a .254/.331/.357 batting line.

42. RHP Paul Gerrish (C) - Released/retired after the 2010 season

Baseball America doesn't have the date that Gerrish was released/retired, but he only pitched in the organization for one season in 2010. In 14 games, he had a 4.56 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP.

43. SS DeMarcus Henderston (HS) - Did not sign

Henderson played for Mississippi State from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

44. RHP Alexis Garza (HS) - Did not sign

Garza played for the University of the Incarnate Word from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

45. SS Ian Vazquez (HS) - Did not sign

Vazquez played for Wagner College in New York in 2011 and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina from 2012 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

46. LHP Lawrence Pardo (HS) - Did not sign

Pardo was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 38th round in 2014. In his first 18 appearances, he has a 4.79 ERA and a 1.258 WHIP.

47. SS Joe Carcone (HS) - Did not sign

Carcone played for Bryant University in Rhode Island for two years and then transferred to the College of Saint Rose in Albany where he played in 2013 and sat out the 2014 season. He has not played professionally.

48. RHP T.J. Pecoraro (HS) - Did not sign

Pecoraro played for Vanderbilt from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

49. C Kenny Diaz (HS) - Released in 2012

Diaz was released after playing three seasons in the system, hitting .212/.307/.257.

50. OF David Donald (HS) - Did not sign

Donald played one season for Tallahassee Community College in 2011, one season for Spartanburg Methodist College (see this article for the unusual way that came about) in 2012 and two years for Tennessee Weslayan in 2013 and 2014. He has not played professionally.

Previous draft reviews:

2007 Draft
2008 Draft
2009 Draft
2012 Draft

LVBP Recap, November 3

Only one player in the Astros organization was in action as part of a very light slate in the Fall and Winter Leagues. Mexico and Puerto Rico were both off, while Venezuela and the Dominican Republic only had one game apiece on their schedule. In the Arizona Fall League, no Astros players made an appearance for Salt River.

Magallanes 7, Margarita 3

W- Orangel Arenas (3-0)
L- Casey Lawrence (0-3)

Carlos Perdomo, who appears to be gaining a more prominent role in the Bravos lineup in recent days after not featuring for a couple of weeks, got the start at 2B and went 2-4 with a double out of the #9 spot.

And that's your recap! In the LVBP, Margarita and Caribes will be off until Thursday.

Happy Birthday - 11/4

Happy Birthday to ~

Catcher/Coach Mark Bailey (53)
A sixth round pick for Houston in 1982, Bailey played for the Astros from 1984 to 1988 before being traded to the Montreal Expos for Casey Candaele in 1988. In 322 games for Houston, he hit .223/.340/.340. Since retiring from playing, Bailey has been a coach in the Astros system.  He served as bullpen coach for the Astros from 2002 to 2009 and has since served as a minor league hitting and catching coach.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF Ryan Thompson (47)
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round in 1987, Thompson came to Houston as a free agent in January 1999. In 12 games for the Astros that season, he hit .200/.273/.400.

RHP Ezequiel Astacio (35)
Astacio came to Houston as part of the November 2003 Philadelphia trade for Billy Wagner. In 28 games (14 starts) for the Astros in 2005 and 2006, he was 5-6 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.592 WHIP. Astacio never made it back to the major leagues.

LHP Travis Blackley (32)
Originally signed by the Mariners as a free agent in 2000, the Australian native came to Houston in an April 2013 trade with Oakland that sent OF Jake Goebbert to the A's. In 42 appearances for Houston, he was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.429 WHIP before being traded to the Rangers in August 2013. Apparently, he wasn't too terribly broken up about the trade. In 2014, he pitched for Rakuten in the Japan Pacific League.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Sunday, November 2, 2014

All the action from Sunday took place in the Caribbean.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Aragua 3, Caracas 2

W- Daniel Hurtado (1-0)
L- Victor Larez (2-1)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

Aragua walked off with the win, thanks to Jose Martinez's blast in the bottom of the 9th.

For Caracas, Danry Vásquez went 0-2.

After a day off, the Lions will be back in action when they host Lara tomorrow night.

LIDOM

Gigantes 8, Águilas 6

W- Jandel Gustave (1-0)
L- Juan Abreu (0-1)
S- Ramon Ramirez (4)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Gigantes closed the game on a 7-0 run as they pounded out 16 hits to beat their chief rivals in a game where no pitcher went more than 2.2 innings.

Jandel Gustave was the 5th Gigantes pitcher; he got the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Jonathan Villar went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd for Águilas.

In the only LIDOM game today, Gigantes will take on Escogido at 7:30 Atlantic.

Escogido 8, Licey 6

W- Claudio Galva (1-0)
L- Randall Delgado (0-2)
S- Stephen Kohlscheen (5)

Licey HRs by Astros players: None.

In the Capital Derby, Escogido jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 2.5 innings, and that cushion held up despite Licey's charge.

Domingo Santana went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run scored, and Ruben Sosa entered to pinch-run for him in the 8th.

Licey has Monday off, while, as mentioned above, Escogido will host Gigantes tonight.

Toros 8, Estrellas 0

W- Dylan Axelrod (2-0)
L- Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-1)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None.

Toros just dominated Estrellas in every facet of the game. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd and scored a run.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Los Mochis 6, Jalisco 3

W- Tomas Solis (2-1)
L- Murphy Smith (0-1)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: Japhet Amador (4, solo in 6th)

Los Mochis doubled up Jalisco on the strength of a 4-run 2nd inning. Japhet Amador was a bright spot for the Jalisco offense as he went 2-4 with a solo homer in the 6th inning.

The entire LMP is off today.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Carolina 9, Caguas 4

W- J.C. Romero (1-0)
L- Saul Rivera (0-1)

Carolina HRs by Astros players: None.

Carolina blew the lid off of this game when they broke a 4-4 tie with 5 in the top of the 9th. Carlos Corporán went 0-3, but he chipped in with 2 sac flies for Carolina. Jobduan Morales finished 0-5 with 2 strikeouts.

Raul Rivera made his debut for Carolina in the 5th with no outs and a runner on; he worked around a hit to throw a scoreless frame and struck out 2.

Puerto Rico is also off today.

Mayagüez 12, San Juan 6

W- Jordan Hershiser (1-0)
L- Reinier Roibal (0-1)

San Juan HRs by Astros players: None.

San Juan is a new team; they are taking the place of Ponce, which is on hiatus.

Nolan Fontana appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and was plunked.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Saturday, November 1, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

2014 AFL Fall-Stars Game: East 6, West 2

W- Archie Bradley
L- Nick Howard

The two Astros had solid nights; Tyson Perez got the final 2 outs of the game, striking out 1. Rio Ruiz entered the game at 3B in the 5th and went 1-2 with a single in the 6th and came around to score.

The Salt River Rafters are back in action tomorrow evening when they travel to Mesa at 6:35 Mountain.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Brisbane 7, Adelaide 2

W- Jaspreet Shergill (1-0)
L- Wilson Lee (0-1)

Adelaide HRs by Astros players: None.
Brisbane HRs by Astros players: None.

The Bandits jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 5 innings and the Bite got held to 4 hits.

Chan-Jong Moon finished 0-4, while Tyler Brunnemann came on in the 8th and allowed a double to Granden Goetzman, and an error allowed him to score. He struck out 1.

Adelaide has this upcoming weekend off, while Brisbane takes on Melbourne for 4 games from Friday-Monday.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas 9, La Guaira 2

W- Jarrett Grube (2-0)
L- J.C. Sulbaran (0-4)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

After both teams scored 2 in the 1st, Caracas took control by scoring the game's final 7 runs.

Gregorio Petit finished 1-2 before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the 4th, and Danry Vásquez went 2-3 with a sac fly that turned into a double play in the 7th.

Caracas is in Aragua for a game this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:00 Venezuelan time.

Bravos 6, Magallanes 2

W- Eric Berger (3-1)
L- David Martinez (0-1)

David Martinez got the start for Magallanes and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 7.

Magallanes will play one more game on the island on Margarita this evening. First pitch is at 7:00 Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

Toros 11, Águilas 6

W- Jose Lugo (1-0)
L- Angel Castro (1-1)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None.
Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Toros trailed 6-5 after 5 innings, but they scored 5 unanswered to close it out. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (2).

For Águilas, Jonathan Villar hit a double in 3 at-bats and also drew a walk.

Toros will take on Estrellas, while Águilas will face their rivals, Gigantes. Both games will start at 5:00 Atlantic.

Licey 4, Gigantes 1

W- John Lannan (1-1)
L- Scott Diamond (0-1)

Licey HRs by Astros players: None.

The Tigers got the win as they put up 2 in the 8th to pad their 2-0 lead. Domingo Santana finished 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Licey will take on Escogido in the battle of the capital at 5:00 Atlantic.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Los Mochis 5, Jalisco 4

W- Andres Avila (2-0)
L- Manuel Flores (0-1)

Jalisco led 4-3 after the 5th, but Los Mochis scored the final 2 runs of the evening to get the win.

Japhet Amador went 0-3 with 2 walks and a strikeout.

This series will conclude at 3:30 Mountain.

Culiacán 4, Hermosillo 3

W- Salvador Valdez (1-1)
L- Jesse Estrada (0-1)

Gonzalo Sañudo was the first man out of the bullpen for Culiacán and worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 2.

Culiacán and Hermosillo will wrap up their series at 5:00 Mountain.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Carolina 8, Mayagüez 1

W- Emilio Pagan (1-0)
L- Jorge Lopez (0-1)

Carolina HRs by Astros players: René Garcia (1, solo in 7th)

Carolina busted out for 5 in the 4th to take a 5-0 lead and they cruised to the win. René Garcia, who finished 2-4, provided the final run of the evening with his solo shot in the 7th. Carlos Corporán went 0-4, but he drove in a run as he grounded into a force out.

Los Gigantes will be in Caguas for a game at 4:15 Atlantic.


Happy Birthday - 11/2

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

OF/1B Orlando Merced (48)
Merced signed with Houston as a free agent in August 2000 and played for the Astros from 2001 to 2003 at the end of his career.  He hit .262/.323/.417 for the Astros over 340 games. He spent the greatest part of his career with the Pirates. In seven years in Pittsburgh, Merced hit .283/.364/.428 and came in second in voting for the NL Rookie of the Year in 1991, losing out to Jeff Bagwell.

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