Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 13, 2015

Fresno 9, Salt Lake 8

W- Richard Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Zach Stewart (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (1, 3-run in 3rd), Domingo Santana (1, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies started this one off well behind the 8-ball as the Bees struck for 6 in the top of the 1st inning. However, they responded with an 8-run 3rd inning, and Richard Rodriguez and the bullpen backed up Brady Rodgers as they restored some order to the game.

Rodgers struggled in his 4 innings as he gave up 7 runs on 11 hits and struck out 2. Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 2.2 innings. He left with 2 runners on in the top of the 7th for Kevin Chapman, who got the final out without incident. Josh Fields worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1, and James Hoyt closed it out with a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

8 of the 9 Fresno runs came in the 3rd inning. Domingo's walk to lead off the inning turned out to be the spark that ignited it all. He advanced to 3rd on an L.J. Hoes single and scored the Grizzlies' first run on a Ronald Torreyes groundout. After a Joe Sclafani walk, Alex Presley hit an RBI single. One batter later, Jon Singleton clubbed a 3-run home run to make it a 1-run game. After Matt Duffy struck out, Preston Tucker and Max Stassi reached with singles. Santana, in his second trip to the plate in the inning, tied the game with an RBI single. Hoes proceeded to give the Grizz the lead with a 2-run single. The other run came in the 6th, courtesy of a solo homer smacked by Santana, who finished 2-3 with 3 runs scored and a walk. L.J. Hoes also went 2-3, while Preston Tucker finished 2-4. Tucker has recorded a hit in all 5 games.

Brad Peacock was originally scheduled to make his 2nd rehab start, but he was recalled to Houston, where he'll be starting against Oakland tonight. Salt Lake will have Garrett Richards on the mound for a rehab start. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 3

W- Mike Hauschild (1-0)
L- Chin-hui Tsao (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus Christi has stormed out of the gate with 5 straight wins. They were outhit 11-6 in this game, but they doubled up the Drillers in the column that matters the most. 

The difference was Carlos Correa's bases-clearing double in the 6th inning, which broke a 3-3 tie. Brandon Meredith kicked things off with a 2-run single in the 2nd, and in the 4th, Jio Mier hit an RBI single that was deflected into the outfield by Tulsa starter Matt Shelton.

Hooks pitchers did not issue a walk in this game. Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 8. Mitch Lambson was the first man out, and he fired 2 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3. Jandel Gustave struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Tyson Perez worked around a hit to record his first save of the season.

The Hooks will look to sweep their season-opening roadtrip as Aaron West and Kent Emanuel will square off against Chris Anderson this afternoon. First pitch is at 12:05.

Stockton 13, Lancaster 4

W- Lou Trivino (1-0)
L- Blaine Sims (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Tough night for the JetHawks pitchers as they got hammered by the Ports. It was an especially rough night behind the plate for Jobduan Morales, who was charged with 4 passed balls. 

Chase McDonald hit a sac fly in the 4th and ripped an RBI double in the 6th. The JetHawks added 2 more runs in the 6th as Danry Vásquez drove in a run on a groundout and Marc Wik hit an RBI double of his own. Danry finished 2-4 with a double. 

Blaine Sims went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Randall Fant pitched the next 3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walking 1, and striking out 1. Chris Cotton pitched the 9th and allowed a 2-run homer to Franklin Barreto. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Edison Frias and Brian Holmes will take on Dylan Covey at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 2

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (1-0)
L- Lukas Schiraldi (0-1)
S- Josh James (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (1, 2-run in 3rd), Jake Nottingham (2, solo in 3rd)

The Bandits took the series as they scored 6 in the first third of the game and got an outstanding start from Brock Dykxhoorn. 

The big Canadian allowed just 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Josh James pitched the final 4 innings; the LumberKings spoiled the shutout when Nelson Ward hit a 2-run homer off of James in the 6th, but those were the only 2 runs they could muster up. James allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Nick Tanielu had a big night at the plate, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. His first double opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 1st. Kristian Trompiz hit a sac fly in the 2nd. After Jamie Ritchie led off the 3rd with a walk, D.J. Fisher smacked his 1st homer of the year. Tanielu followed that up with his 2nd double of the game, and he would score on a wild pitch/error. Jake Nottingham homered for the 2nd straight game; his solo shot was the final Quad Cities run of the game.

The Bandits will look for the sweep as they send Kevin Comer to the mound. He and Chris Lee will take on Jeffeson Medina at 7:00.

Three Stars: Position Players


L.J. Hoes, OF, Fresno
2-3, 2 RBI, R


Nick Tanielu, IF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2 2B, RBI, R


Domingo Santana, OF, Fresno
2-3, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Three Stars: Pitchers


Richard Rodriguez, RHP, Fresno
W (1-0); 2.2 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB


Mitch Lambson, LHP, Corpus Christi
Hold (1); 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K


Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0); 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Honorable Mentions

- Jon Singleton continues his torrid start. Like I said, we haven't heard the last of him.
- Chase McDonald has really shined in the early going for Lancaster.
- Jake Nottingham has provided some outstanding early returns at the plate for Quad Cities.
- Kevin Chapman, Josh Fields, and James Hoyt kept Salt Lake at bay and secured the win.
- Carlos Correa does what Carlos Correa does: hit doubles. Pretty soon, those doubles will be turning in to homers... 

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