Friday, April 17, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let's play.... 1.5 (I guess) in Quad Cities!

Fresno with the...

Organization sweep! Double brooms! 

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 4

W- Dan Straily (2-0)
L- Alex Sanabia (0-2)
S- James Hoyt (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies stormed out of the gate with a huge 1st inning and held off the Bees to get the sweep.

Fresno put up 4 runs in the 1st on 3 straight doubles from Matt Duffy, Preston Tucker (his drove in 2), and Matt Dominguez. Nolan Fontana tripled to lead off the 4th and scored on an Alex Presley groundout. The two of them, along with Domingo Santana, finished with 2 hits. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Max Stassi, who went 0-1 as he walked, had a sacrifice, and got plunked.

Dan Straily went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 10 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1. Darin Downs allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless, and James Hoyt, in his first attempt to put that nightmare on Wednesday behind him, did so by working around a hit to record the final 2 outs of the game.

The Grizz hit the road for the first time this season; first stop, Sin City. Luis Cruz gets the start in game 1... he will take on Tyler Pill at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Springfield 0

W- Mark Appel (2-0)
L- Mike Mayers (0-2)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (3, 3-run in 5th)

The Hooks, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, put on a show on offense and their pitchers shut the Cardinals down.

A week ago, the Corpus offense torched Springfield starter Mike Mayers for 5 runs in 2 innings; this time, they knocked Mayers around for 5 runs in 4.1 innings. Leo Heras led off the 3rd with a triple. One batter later, Brandon Meredith got things started with a triple of his own to bring Heras home. Meredith came home on a Carlos Correa single. Telvin Nash struck out in his first 2 at-bats entering the 5th inning, but the third time proved to be the charm as he pulverized a Mayers pitch for a 3-run home run. Heras swatted another triple in the 8th; this one drove in a run. He would score on an error that allowed Meredith to reach. Tony Kemp ripped a double for the final Corpus run, as Meredith scored. Correa (RBI single), Heras (2 triples), and Meredith (RBI triple) all finished with 2 hits.

Mark Appel and two relievers combined on a 5-hitter. 2013's #1 tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Travis Ballew pitched 2 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Dan Minor closed it out as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless.

Game 2 of this series has Kyle Westwood taking on Thomas Lee at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, High Desert 7

W- Michael Feliz (1-1)
L- Luis Parra (0-2)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (1)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (1, solo in 2nd), Chase McDonald (1, solo in 7th)

The JetHawks got the win in their first game away from The Hangar.

This was apparently a weird game all around. Let's let Jason Schwartz explain. The first two tweets happened in the middle of the 2nd inning.

And then...
Well, at about 9:50 Pacific time, we had that explosion.

With that out of the way, let's get to the actual game. The JetHawks put up 6 in the 4th to take a 7-3 lead and got some runs late to reinforce that lead.

A.J. Reed put Lancaster on the board in the 2nd with his, and the JetHawks', first home run of the season. Think about it... the JetHawks played an entire homestand in one of the biggest hitter's parks in professional baseball without hitting a home run. And in their first road game, they hit their first 2 home runs of the season. Baseball!

In that 6-run 4th, Brett Phillips kicked things off with a 1-out double, and he came around to score on an error after a Chan-Jong Moon single. James Ramsay added an RBI double, and then Danry Vásquez followed that up with an RBI single; another error allowed Ramsay to come home. Reed ripped an RBI double, and Jose Fernandez finished off the scoring in the inning with an RBI single. Chase McDonald led off the top of the 7th with a homer, and then Phillips tripled with 1 out and scored on a Moon sac fly. J.D. Davis drove in the final Lancaster run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. Ramsay (2 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB [1]) and Phillips (2 2B, 3B, 2 R) both finished 3-5. Reed finished 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, and everyone in the lineup had a hit. Davis and McDonald extended their hitting streaks to 5 games.

Zach Morton pitched 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 4. Michael Feliz tagged in for 3.2 innings and the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Ryan Cordell in the 7th. Cordell also scored an unearned run off of him in the 5th after a Davis flub in the field. He walked 2 and struck out 6. Frederick Tiburcio got the 4-out save, striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Evan Grills and Troy Scribner will take on Tyler Smith at 6:35 Pacific.

Resumed game: Quad Cities 6, Beloit 4

W- Bryan Radziewski (1-0)
L- Kevin Johnson (0-1)
S- Keegan Yuhl (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, 2-run in 7th)

Beloit solved its lighting problems, and D.J. Fisher delivered an electric moment after the game resumed. OK, that was terrible. I'll stop.

After play resumed, the River Bandits got a couple of 2-run innings. In the 6th, they got a couple of RBI doubles from Mott Hyde and Bryan Muniz, who was making his season debut. Then, Fisher homered for the 3rd consecutive game with his 2-run blast in the 7th. He finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Alfredo Gonzalez went 2-4, and Jamie Ritchie scored 2 runs.

Chris Lee went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. When the game was suspended, there was a runner on 1st base for Beloit that Lee was responsible for. Bryan Radziewski allowed that run to score on a force out after play resumed. It was bit hairy as the Bandits committed 2 errors in the 5th inning, but other than that run, the Snappers offense was rendered useless by Radziewski, who struck out 6 over 4 near-perfect innings. Keegan Yuhl gave up a run on 2 doubles in the 9th, but he was able to close the game out.

Regularly scheduled game: Quad Cities 5, Beloit 1

W- Joe Musgrove (2-0)
L- Jordan Schwartz (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos also took the regularly scheduled game, which was shortened to 7 innings because of the suspension of Wednesday's game. They scored 1 run in 5 of the 7 innings.

Ryan Bottger grounded into a force out that scored Bobby Boyd in the 1st. Then, in the 2nd, Alex Hernandez hit an RBI single. He added another RBI single in the 4th. Mott Hyde chipped in an RBI single of his own in the 5th. Boyd tripled to lead off the 7th and scored the final run of the evening on a wild pitch. He, Hernandez, and Hyde had 2 hits apiece. Boyd also stole his 2nd base of the season, as did Jamie Ritchie.

Joe Musgrove turned in another fine start as he allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and struck out 5 over 5 innings. Eric Peterson finished it off with 2 perfect innings, striking out 3.

The River Bandits will look for the sweep as Dan Mengden and his 'stache take the mound at 6:30.

Three Stars: Position Players

Stats from the suspended game will be included.

D.J. Fisher, OF, Quad Cities
2 games: 3-8, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 2 R

Leo Heras, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 3B, RBI, 2 R

James Ramsay, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Brett Phillips, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, 3B

Three Stars: Pitchers

Again, three really great performances on the mound. Of course, Bryan Radziewski did allow an inherited runner to score... but I'm a forgiving person.

Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 4 IP, allowed inherited runner to score, 6 K

Mark Appel, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Carlos Correa had that little mini-slump, but it appears that he's busted out of that brief lull to continue tearing the Texas League a new one.

- Brandon Meredith just keeps hitting. That Corpus lineup, top to bottom, has 9 guys who can, and on most nights, will absolutely put a beating on opposing pitchers.

- A.J. Reed has gotten off to a slow start; hopefully this solid game jump-starts his bat a bit.
- Bobby Boyd is showing that he could be an effective table-setter for Quad Cities.

- James Hoyt had a better showing as he looks to rebound from that disaster. As we know... every pitcher has had an outing like that as some point in their baseball life.

- Travis Ballew and Dan Minor were excellent as they completed the Corpus shutout.

- Michael Feliz wasn't fazed in his 2nd California League appearance. Obviously, the Cal League isn't an ideal pitching environment, but he's considered one of the elite pitching prospects in this organization and excelling in the Cal League will definitely confirm that status.

- Eric Peterson hasn't gotten much attention, but he posted fine numbers in Greeneville and could be one of those guys that might ascend rather quickly through the system.

1 comment:

  1. Darn!!! Fell asleep before all the excitement in Lancaster!!