Saturday, January 3, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, January 2, 2015

Let's play 2 in South Australia!

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Game 1: Adelaide 11, Sydney 7

Chan-Jong Moon went 1-4 with 2 strikeouts as the Bite got the win in game 1 of the twinbill.

Game 2: Adelaide 9, Sydney 7

The Blue Sox tied the game at 7 with a 5-spot in the top of the 8th, but the Bite responded by untying the game with a pair in the bottom half to get the doubleheader sweep.

Moon went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd and scored twice. Tyler Brunnemann got the win as he got the final 2 outs of the 8th.

The series finale will take place at 1:00 Australian Central Time.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

La Guaira 4, Caracas 1

Caracas dropped the play-in game to advance to the round-robin. Gregorio Petit went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 2, Mazatlán 0

Leo Heras went 1-4 with 2 strikeouts as Jalisco took a 2-0 lead in their series.

The series will shift to Mazatlán on Sunday.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Indios topped Industriales 5-2, while Águilas defeated Caballos 3-1. The box scores for these games are not available, apparently.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Santurce 8, Mayagüez 1

Ruben Sosa finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd and an RBI double in the 6th as it was all Santurce in the opener of the round-robin. Travis Ballew retired all 4 Mayagüez batters he faced to end the game.

These two teams will play again at 7:30 Atlantic; Santurce will host.

Caguas 3, Carolina 2

Caguas put up a pair in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win. Carlos Corporán went 1-4 for Carolina.

Carolina will host Caguas at 7:30 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 1/3

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Hansel Paulino (19)
Signed by Houston as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic, Paulino's first professional season with the DSL was brief as he made only three appearances early in the season and three appearances late in the season, totalling 5.2 innings. Since it's his birthday, let's just be charitable and say that he didn't have the best results.

Manager Omar Lopez (38)
Lopez managed the Quad Cities River Bandits for his second year in 2014. It is his sixth season managing in the Astros system. In 2013, he led the club to a Midwest League Championship.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

SS Luis Rivera (51)
Rivera signed as a free agent with Houston in January 1997 and played in only seven games for the Astros that year, hitting .231/.286/.385. He played the bulk of his career prior to that for Montreal and Boston. After his playing days, he went on to manage in the minor leagues for the Cleveland organization before becoming a member of the Indians major league coaching staff. In 2010, he joined the Blue Jays organization and most recently served as third base coach for that organization.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, December 31, 2014, and Thursday, January 1, 2015

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Sydney 7, Adelaide 6

The Blue Sox got 1 in the top of the 9th off of Tyler Brunnemann to break a 6-6 tie and take the series opener. Bruno also allowed 2 hits in the frame. Chan-Jong Moon finished 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts for the Bite.

Next up is a doubleheader. Game 1 will kick off at 4:00 Australian Central Time.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 4, Mazatlán 1 (Jalisco leads series 1-0)

Leo Heras finished 1-4 with a run scored as Jalisco took the opening game of this playoff series.

Game 2 will take place at 7:30.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Well, that Santurce-Mayagüez game ended up getting cancelled. Now, Puerto Rico moves to the playoffs. Tonight, the aforementioned teams will play each other, and Caguas will square off against Carolina, Both games will take place at 7:30 Atlantic.

Astros Playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico

Regular season play in Puerto Rico ended on Tuesday with Wednesday's makeup game cancelled. Here is how your Astros fared:

C Carlos Corporan
Corporan hit .228/.257/.359 with TWELVE DOUBLES in 27 games for Carolina. He walked three times and struck out 20 times.

C Jobduan Morales
Also playing for Carolina, Morales hit .179/.281/.214 with two doubles in 23 games. He walked eight times and struck out 14 times.

2B Nolan Fontana
Fontana, whose 2014 season ended early due to a broken finger, played for the San Juan team, last playing on November 28th. In 11 games, he hit .129/.243/.194 with one triple. He walked four times, struck out seven times and stole two bases.

OF Edwin Medina
Also playing for San Juan was Edwin Medina (33rd round draft pick in 2014). Medina got very limited playing time. In eight games (eight at-bats), he hit .125/.125/.125, struck out twice and stole one base.

C Roberto Pena
Pena appeared for the Caguas team, hitting .167/.219/.183 with one double in 20 games. He walked three times and struck out nine times.

LHP Luis Cruz
Cruz started five games for Caguas, going 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.453 WHIP in 21.1 innings. He walked six batters and struck out 20.

OF Ruben Sosa
After finishing his season playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, Sosa scurried on over to Puerto Rico to get in three more games for Santurce in which he hit .300/.364/.300 with two stolen bases, one walk and three strikeouts.

RHP Travis Ballew
Travis Ballew was headed to play in Panama and somehow ended up in Puerto Rico instead. Ballew appeared out of the bullpen for Santurce in four games and was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.846 WHIP in 4.1 innings. He walked three batters and struck out four.

RHP Juan Santos
Santos (the Astros 39th draft pick in 2013) appeared in one game (0.1IP) for Santurce on November 9th and let's just say that it did not go well and leave it at that.

We still have Astros playing in Australia and Panama.

Previously posted:
Astros in the Arizona Fall League
Astros in the Dominican Winter League
Astros in the Mexican Pacific Winter League
Astros in the Venezuelan Winter League

Happy Birthday - 1/2

Happy Birthday to ~

I would like to wish a Very Happy Birthday to Mike Acosta. Mike's actual job description for the Astros is Authentication Manager. He's the guy that authenticates everything from game-used jerseys to the ball from a player's first hit and everything in between. But Mike provides much more to those of us who follow him on twitter. He has a fantastic eye for photography and he zealously protects and shares Astros history. The Astros are very lucky to have him. I can happily authenticate that Mike is truly a one-of-a-kind Astros treasure.

One former Astro celebrates today ~

LHP Greg Swindell (50)
A first round pick by Cleveland in 1986, Swindell signed with Houston as a free agent in December 1992. In  96 games (84 starts) for the Astros from 1993 to 1996, he was 30-34 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.401 WHIP. He was an All-Star with Cleveland in 1989 and won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/1

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Dallas Keuchel (27)
Drafted by Houston in the seventh round in 2009 out of the University of Arkansas, this Oklahoma native made himself right at home at Minute Maid Park in 2014. In 29 starts, he was 12-9 with a 2.93 ERA, a 1.175 WHIP, five complete games and ended the season with precisely 200 innings.

One former Astro was born on this day as well ~

IF Joe Pittman (died June 13, 2014 at 61)
A fifth round draft pick by Houston out of Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge) in 1975, Pittman played in 67 games for the Astros in 1981 and 1982 with a .276/.323/.338 batting line. Pittman was born in Houston and went on to scout for the Astros after his playing days were over.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

And here we are. The last recaps for the year 2014.

LIDOM

Estrellas 4, Águilas 1

Both teams scored a run in the 4th, but it was Estrellas that came out on top as they held Águilas hitless and scoreless over the final 5.2 innings. Jonathan Villar finished 0-3 with a strikeout for Águilas.

After a 2-day break for the New Year, Águilas will be back in action on Friday when they host Toros.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Carolina 7, Caguas 2

Carolina scored in just 1 inning, but... they still ended up on top, thanks to the touchdown they put up in the 2nd inning. Jobduan Morales appeared as a defensive replacement in the 7th to catch and went 0-1. For Caguas, Roberto Peña went 0-4.

This was the final regular-season game for both squads.

Santurce 4, San Juan 1

This game was memorable as it featured one man playing all 9 positions. Jose Lozada started in center field for San Juan. He played 1 inning at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF, then in the 8th, he moved behind the plate, and then got the final 2 outs of the inning on the mound.

Ruben Sosa got the start in CF for Santurce and finished 2-2 with a walk, a run scored, and 2 steals, his first 2 swipes in Puerto Rico. Travis Ballew was the first man out of the Santurce bullpen and he got the win with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Santurce has 2 games to finish with Mayagüez today; one of them originally started on the 16th, but was suspended. A doubleheader was also scheduled for that day but was rained out, so now they're playing those games today. Then, and only then, will the regular season be completed.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Caballos 16, Industriales 1

I'm guessing that there's a mercy rule in Panamanian baseball because this game was made final after 6.5 innings. As you can see, it was all Caballos. Telvin Nash smashed a solo homer, drew a walk, and scored twice. Tyler White finished 0-2, and Jack Mayfield finished 4-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and scored 3 times.

Caballos returns to action on Friday when they take on Águilas.

Indios 3, Águilas 0

Rodrigo Ayarza got the start at 2B for Indios and went 2-3. Jose Montero was the first man out of the Indios pen and threw 2 scoreless, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3.

Indios will face Industriales on Friday, when the league resumes play.


Astros Playing in the Venezuelan Winter League

And yet another winter league ended its regular season yesterday. Three Astros players plied their wares for the Caracas team in Venezuela. Here is how they fared:

Danry Vasquez
Vasquez had a particularly good winter campaign. In 48 games, he hit .304/.371/.443 with four doubles, SIX TRIPLES(!), two home runs and 22 RBI. He walked 18 times, struck out 30 times and was caught stealing three times.

L.J. Hoes
Hoes played in 14 games, hitting .322/.344/.441 with four doubles, one home run, 12 RBI, two walks to 12 strikeouts and was caught stealing once.

Gregorio Petit
In 31 games, Petit had a .252/.308/.297 batting line with five doubles and seven RBI. He walked seven times and struck out 23 times.

Previously posted:
Astros in the Arizona Fall League
Astros in the Dominican Winter League
Astros in the Mexican Pacific Winter League

Happy Birthday - 12/31

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro and a rocket scientist both celebrate the day ~

RHP Brian Moehler (43)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the sixth round in 1993, Moehler came to Houston as a free agent and played for the Astros in 2003 and again from 2007 to 2010. In 125 games (66 starts) for Houston, he was 21-28 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.482 WHIP.

Best wishes also go out to Astros Director of Decision Sciences Sig Mejdal!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Monday, December 29, 2014

LIDOM

Estrellas 5, Águilas 1

Águilas was on the short end of the stick in round 3 as Estrellas got on the board in 5 of their 8 innings. Jonathan Villar went 2-3, stole a base (2), and scored Águilas' only run of the game in the 3rd inning when he came home on an RBI single from Ricardo Nanita.

These two teams will play each other again tonight at 7:30 Atlantic; Águilas will be the host.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Caguas 7, San Juan 0

Making his first appearance for San Juan since November 21, Edwin Medina got the start in CF and went 1-4.

San Juan will take on Santurce at 7:30 Atlantic.

Mayagüez 14, Carolina 3

Carolina was buried with an 8-run 5th. Jobduan Morales finished 1-3 with a strikeout, and Carlos Corporán went 0-3.

Carolina will face Caguas at 7:30 Atlantic.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Águilas 6, Indios 3

Rodrigo Ayarza went 0-1 with a walk and a run scored for Indios. Harold Arauz got the start for Águilas and got the win. He went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned), 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4.

The final game in this 5-game set will take place tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Caballos 7, Industriales 3

Caballos jumped out to a 5-0 lead on their way to winning the series. Telvin Nash went 1-5 with a double, Tyler White went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, and Jack Mayfield finished with a triple in 4 at-bats and scored a run.

Caballos and Industriales will concluded their series at 7:00 Eastern.

Astros Playing in the Mexican Pacific League

One more winter league ended its regular season yesterday and the two Astros playing in the Mexican Pacific League both had excellent winter campaigns:

Leo Heras
Playing for Jalisco, Heras hit .289/.429/.513 with 20 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 38 RBI in 64 games. He drew 55 walks while striking out 58 times. Heras also swiped 14 bags and was caught four times.

Gonzalo Sanudo
Sanudo appeared in 27 games for Culiacan and ended with a 3-1 record, 0.64 ERA and 0.953 WHIP. He walked eight batters and struck out 34 in 28.1 innings of work.

Previously posted:
Astros in the Arizona Fall League
Astros in the Dominican Winter League

Monday, December 29, 2014

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for the weekend of December 26-28, 2014

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

The Adelaide Bite dropped the first game of their series as part of a series-opening twinbill with the Canberra Cavalry, but they wound up taking the next 3 to win the series. This was a doubleheader because Friday was Boxing Day.

Saturday Game 1: Canberra 2, Adelaide 1

Chan-Jong Moon finished 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Tyler Brunnemann worked around a hit to record the final out of the 6th.

Saturday Game 2: Adelaide 2, Canberra 1

Moon went 1-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored.

Sunday: Adelaide 6, Canberra 3

Moon finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Brunnemann was summoned to secure the win in what was turning out to be a rough 9th inning. He inherited a bases-loaded situation after the pitcher in front of him, Troy Scott, got a double play. The Cavalry dinged Bruno for a 2-run single (which allowed 2 of Scott's runs to score), and then a rare walk issued by Brunnemann re-loaded the bases. But, he was finally able to finish off the game before things started snowballing again.

Monday: Adelaide 6, Canberra 5 in 12 innings

Moon went 0-4 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored. Brunnemann worked around a 2-out double to throw a scoreless 10th, striking out 1.

The Bite will host Sydney next weekend, which includes a doubleheader on Saturday.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Saturday: Magallanes 5, Caracas 3

Magallanes put up 5 after stretch time. Gregorio Petit finished 1-4 with a run scored.

Sunday: Caracas 2, Margarita 1

Caracas scored 1 in the bottom of the 8th to break a tie as they finished their season on a winning note. Gregorio went 1-4 with a run scored, while Danry Vásquez appeared as a pinch-runner in the 7th and remained in the game at centerfield. He walked in his only plate appearance.

LIDOM

Saturday: Gigantes 2, Águilas 1 in 11 innings

The LIDOM playoffs began this weekend; the top 4 qualified for this next phase. Águilas faced their regional rivals and were nipped in extras. Jonathan Villar was 0-3 with 2 walks, a strikeout, and a stolen base.

Sunday: Águilas 8, Toros 2

Villar went 0-3 with a walk, 2 strikeouts, and a run scored.

Round 3 has Águilas traveling east to play Estrellas tonight at 7:30 Atlantic.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Results from Friday

Indios 2, Águilas 1

Cris Santamaria got the save for Indios as he allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings.

Caballos 7, Industriales 1

Telvin Nash finished 1-1 with a walk for Caballos, while Jack Mayfield and Tyler White both went 0-3 with a walk.

Results from Saturday

Indios 6, Águilas 3

Rodrigo Ayarza made an impact for the Indios offense as he finished 1-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Juan Delis walked 3 over 1.1 scoreles innings.

Industriales 4, Caballos 3

Caballos tied the game at 3 with a pair in the 9th.... only to see Industriales walk off with the win in the bottom of the inning. Telvin Nash went 1-3 with an RBI, Tyler White finished 0-3 with a walk, and Jack Mayfield went 0-4.

Results from Sunday

Indios 6, Águilas 3

Santamaria got the win as he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 over 3 innings for Indios. Jose Montero got the save as the pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and striking out 3.

The 4th in this 5-game series will take place tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Caballos 7, Industriales 3

Nash finished 2-4 with a double, while White went 1-5, and Mayfield finished 0-5.

Game 4 of this 5-game set will also take place at 7:00 Eastern.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Results from Saturday

Jalisco 9, Mazatlán 4

After Mazatlán scored a pair in the top of the 7th to make it a 1-run game, Jalisco put it out of reach, and a 4-run 7th was the key. Leo Heras finished 2-5 with an RBI double in that 7th inning, and he would score himself after a wild pitch.

Mexicali 4, Culiacán 2 in 13 innings

Gonzalo Sañudo issued 1 walk over 2 scoreless innings. He induced a double play to end the 9th, and got 3 groundouts (2 of which went to him) in a 1-2-3 10th.

Sunday: Jalisco 12, Mazatlán 7

Jalisco found themselves down 7-3 late, but they got 2 in the 7th to slash the deficit in half and then seized all momentum with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Heras went 0-2, but walked 3 times and scored twice.

The final game of the series and the regular season will be at 8:00.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Friday: Santurce 3, Caguas 2

Ruben Sosa, who just wrapped up his campaign with Licey, is now in Puerto Rico. He went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and got the start in RF for Santurce.

Luis Cruz got the start for Caguas and went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer), 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Roberto Peña went 0-3 for Caguas.

Saturday: San Juan 6, Carolina 1

Carlos Corporán went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts for Carolina.

Results from Sunday

Caguas 4, San Juan 2

Roberto Peña walked in his pinch-hit appearance in the 9th.

Santurce 4, Carolina 2 in 11 innings

The Crabbers got a pair in the top of the 11th to break the tie.

Travis Ballew was the 3rd Santurce reliever to appear; he allowed a single, walked 1, and got 2 outs in the 7th, 1 via strikeout. Ruben Sosa went 1-4.

Carlos Corporán appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and later remained in the game behind the plate. He finished 0-2 with a strikeout.

Tonight, Carolina will take on Mayagüez at 6:00 Atlantic, while Caguas faces San Juan at 7:30 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 12/29

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

OF James Mouton (46)
Drafted by the Astros in the seventh round in 1991, Mouton played for Houston from 1994 to 1997, hitting .249/.321/.338 in 411 games. He was traded to the Padres in January 1998.

IF Tomas Perez (41)
Perez signed with the Astros as a free agent in November 2007 and played in only eight games for Houston in 2008, hitting .200 in 10 at-bats.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy Birthday - 12/28

No future Astros with birthdays today, but these former Astros mark the day ~

RHP Jose Sosa (died June 8, 2013 at age 60)
Signed by the Astros as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1970, Sosa pitched in 34 games for Houston in 1975 and 1976 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.636 WHIP.

1B/3B Ray Knight (62)
A 10th round pick by the Reds in 1970, Knight came to Houston in a December 1981 trade which sent Cesar Cedeno to the Reds. In 391 games played for the Astros from 1982 to 1984, he hit .283/.331/.393. Knight was an All-Star for the Reds in 1980 and for Houston in 1982. The Astros traded him to the Mets in August of 1984; he was World Series MVP for New York in 1986.

IF Bill Hall (35)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the sixth round in 1998, Hall signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2010. In 46 games for the Astros in 2011, he hit .224/.272/.340. In 2014, Hall played for the Independent League Long Island Ducks.

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