Monday, April 13, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Las Vegas 8, Fresno 7

W- Hansel Robles (1-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (0-1)
S- Cody Satterwhite (1)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (1, 2-run in 1st)

The Grizzlies rallied to make it a 1-run game and had the bases loaded with one out in the 9th, but... no cigar. And so, they had to settle for the split.

Matt Duffy's 2-run blast in the 1st opened up the scoring. In the 6th, Preston Tucker hit an RBI single, and Matt Dominguez ripped a 2-run double. Fresno got plenty of traffic in the 9th as Joe Sclafani singled and advanced to 3rd on a Jon Singleton double. One batter later, Duffy brought them both home with a 2-run single. Tucker drew a walk, and then Max Stassi was hit by a pitch (on his head... again) to load the bases. Unfortunately, Alex Presley grounded into the game-ending double play. Sclafani finished 2-3 and scored 3 runs. Singleton was 2-5 with that double and scored twice. Duffy and Presley also went 2-5.

Luis Cruz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (all on home runs) on 4 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Darin Downs allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 6th. Kevin Chapman was charged with the loss; he got 2 outs in the 7th, but allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jason Stoffel came on and faced a bases-loaded situation in the 7th; he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Chapman to score. Stoffel walked 2 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Jankowski allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th inning.

In the second leg of their season-opening homestand, the Grizzlies are hosting Salt Lake for 4 games. In game 1, Brady Rodgers will face Zach Stewart at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 0

W- Lance McCullers (1-0)
L- Jeremy Kehrt (0-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (2, solo in 3rd)

4 games, 4 wins for the Hooks. 4 pitchers collaborated on the first Hooks shutout of the year.

Conrad Gregor and Teoscar Hernandez led off the 2nd with a single and a walk, respectively. Gregor came around to score the game's first run on a Leo Heras single. One batter later, Teoscar scored on a Brandon Meredith single. Telvin Nash homered for the 2nd straight game; this one was a solo shot in the 3rd. Meredith, who finished 2-4, brought home the final run of the afternoon with an RBI double in the 6th inning. Leo Heras and Tony Kemp also finished 2-4. Carlos Correa went 0-5, but he stole his first base of the season.

Lance McCullers was solid in his AA debut, and he brought the heat too; he was clocked as high as 99 with his fastball. He allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Travis Ballew tagged in for 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. Dan Minor, in his season debut, worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, and Tyson Perez finished it off with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

In the middle game of this series, Mike Hauschild will face Matt Shelton at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, San Jose 1

W- Frederick Tiburcio (1-0)
L- Mason McVay (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks got the split to begin the year; both of their wins came in walk-off fashion via RBI singles. Both teams traded sacrifice flies in the 2nd inning; the JetHawks got theirs courtesy of Jose Fernandez. Jobduan Morales delivered the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th after he had gone 0-3, striking out in all 3 of his trips to the plate. Chan-Jong Moon went 2-4 with a double, and Chase McDonald finished 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Troy Scribner has put up some gaudy numbers since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He had an outstanding 2015 debut as he allowed just 1 run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 over 6 innings. Tyler Brunnemann was the first man out; he allowed a hit and walked 2 over 2.1 scoreless. Those 2 walks came in the top of the 9th, which brought about Frederick Tiburcio's entrance. He immediately gave up a single to Austin Slater, which loaded the bases. However, Tiburcio extricated himself from that pickle by striking out Tyler Horan and Brian Ragira to end the threat. And, when Morales came through, he got the win.

Lancaster will now host Stockton for 3 games. In the opener, Adrian Houser will take on Lou Trivino at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Clinton 2

W- Austin Chrismon (1-0)
L- Patrick Peterson (0-1)

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (1, solo in 5th)

The Banditos won their first game in front of their home crowd as they broke out for 5 runs in the 5th.

Jake Nottingham started it all off in that inning with a home run. Bobby Boyd, D.J. Fisher, and Nick Tanielu followed with RBI singles, and Tanielu wound up scoring on an error. Nottingham led off the 6th with a double, and after making his way around the bases, he'd score on a sac fly from Boyd. Alfredo Gonzalez scored on a balk in the 8th. Nottingham wound up finishing a triple shy of the cycle, and Boyd went 2-3 with his first stolen base of the season.

Austin Chrismon was excellent in his 6 innings; after giving up singles to the first 2 batters of the game, which Clinton got a sac fly out of, he went on a roll, retiring 18 of the final 19 batters he faced. Those 2 singles were the only hits he allowed in 6 innings, and that run was unearned. Chrismon walked 1 and struck out 3. Eric Peterson, whose twin brother, Patrick, was the starting pitcher for Clinton in this game, was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Ryan Thompson worked around a hit to finish off the game, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Game 2 of this series features Brock Dykxhoorn on the mound for the River Bandits. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 7:00.

Three Stars: Position Players

Bobby Boyd, OF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 RBI, R, SB (1)

Jake Nottingham, C, Quad Cities
3-4 (triple shy of the cycle), HR (1)

Matt Duffy, 3B, Fresno
2-5, 2-R HR (1), 4 RBI

Three Stars: Pitchers

Ooh, tough decision. Once again, I find myself unable to rank 3 outstanding mound performances. So, once again, the #1 star for pitchers will go to all three Three Stars candidates: Austin Chrismon, Troy Scribner, and Lance McCullers.

Austin Chrismon, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0); 6 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 3 K

Troy Scribner, RHP, Lancaster
6 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 8 K

Lance McCullers, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0); 5 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K

Honorable Mentions

- Frederick Tiburcio getting himself, and Tyler Brunnemann, out of a hazardous situation by getting the final 2 outs of the 9th via strikeout.
- Joe Sclafani has done nothing but perform since entering the organization, and he's continuing to make the most of his opportunities.
- Jobduan Morales was having a rough afternoon, but he pulled himself together and delivered the game-winning hit.
- Chase McDonald played all 4 games in the San Jose series and recorded 2 hits in 3 of them.
- Travis Ballew, Dan Minor, and Tyson Perez helped finish off Tulsa by keeping them off the scoreboard.
- Jon Singleton played in all 4 games of the Vegas series and got a hit in all of them. His struggles in Houston last year were well-documented, but we haven't heard the last of him. He can still be a contributor to the Astros.

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