Friday, April 24, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quad Cities with the...

Salt Lake 1, Fresno 0

W- Tyler DeLoach (1-0)
L- Alex White (0-2)
S- Edgar Ibarra (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

Tough series for the Grizzlies, as all three of their losses have been by 1 run. 2 of those 3 defeats were walkoffs.

In this game, they only had 2 hits. One of them was a double from Nolan Fontana in the 9th, but he was stranded at 2nd to end the game. The other hit was an L.J. Hoes single.

Alex White was saddled with the loss as he allowed an unearned run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5.2 innings. Darin Downs was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed a hit and fanned 1 in 1.1 innings. Tyson Perez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid being swept at 5:35 Pacific. Luis Cruz will face Drew Rucinski.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 2

W- Angel Báez (1-0)
L- Jake Thompson (1-2)
S- Kyle Westwood (2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks used a barrage of doubles to take game 1 of this series. They trailed 2-1 after the 2nd but finished the game on a 7-0 run, with much of that damage coming in the 3rd and the 4th innings.

Corpus struck out 11 times, but that didn't really matter much because their bats were hot in this one. Brandon Meredith led off the 2nd with a double, and it didn't take long for him to score the Hooks' first run as Tyler Heineman replaced him at 2nd while he was dashing home. They took the lead with, guess what... a pair of RBI doubles from Carlos Correa and Conrad Gregor in the 3rd. Those came after Colin Moran led off with you guessed it... a double. Tony Kemp drew a 1-out walk in the 4th, which set the stage for a 4-run inning. Kemp scored on yet another RBI double, this one from Moran. Meredith, who was the only player in the lineup to not strike out, hit an RBI single that brought Moran home. Advancing to 2nd was Carlos Correa, who had singled in front of Meredith. Heineman struck once again with.... an RBI double. Meredith was able to score, thanks to an error. And finally, Leo Heras drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning. Moran (2 2B, RBI), Correa, Gregor, and Meredith all had 2 hits. Heineman finished 3-5.

Mark Appel went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Angel Báez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th and got the win. Kyle Westwood got a 4-inning save as he allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Josh Hader gets the start in game 2. He'll face Jose Leclerc at 7:05.

Modesto 11, Lancaster 5

W- Harrison Musgrave (2-1)
L- Blaine Sims (0-3)
S- Carlos Estevez (yes, that really is his name) (2)

Lancaster home runs: Jose Fernandez (1, solo in 2nd), J.D. Davis (2, 2-run in 5th), Chase McDonald (5, solo in 6th)

No shortage of fireworks in this one, as both teams combined to send 7 out of the park. Unfortunately, the JetHawks were also outgunned in the process, as they just couldn't find any answers for the Nuts' bats.

Jose Fernandez put Lancaster on the board first with a solo homer in the 2nd. J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run homer in the 5th, Chase McDonald led off the bottom of the 6th with his 5th blast of the year, and Davis added an RBI double to his ledger in the 7th inning. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Brett Phillips (2 2B) and Chan-Jong Moon (2B) both scored a run and finished with 2 hits. McDonald extended his hitting streak to 12 games with that homer, and... he was at second base in this game. A man built like a defensive lineman playing 2nd base probably would've been a sight to see.

Blaine Sims allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Randall Fant was the first man out, but he only got 1 out in the 6th and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (solo and 2-run homers). Tyler Brunnemann was once again summoned to restore order, and he did so with 2.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. Again, he was the only JetHawks pitcher that did not surrender any runs. Frederick Tiburcio allowed 3 runs on 2 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th inning.

In game 2 of this 4-game set, Adrian Houser will take on Grahamm Wiest. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 3

W- Dan Mengden (1-1)
L- Tyler Bray (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos pulled off the sweep, and at 12-3, they are off to their best start since 2001. They trailed 3-0 after the 4th inning, but scored the game's final 4 runs.

Alfredo Gonzalez put the River Bandits on the board in the 5th with an RBI single. Mott Hyde doubled to lead off the 6th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Jake Nottingham groundout. Quad Cities went ahead in the 7th on 2 wild pitches. Hyde drew a walk on one of those, which allowed Thomas Lindauer to score the tying run. Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run while Nottingham was up to bat. Gonzalez and Hyde had 2 hits apiece; Lindauer drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs.

Austin Chrismon went 5 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Dan Mengden and his magnificent mustache got the win as he threw 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5.

The River Bandits will now return home, where they will finish out the month. They'll be welcoming the Burlington Bees to Modern Woodmen Park for the weekend. In the series opener, Josh James will take on Sean Newcomb. First pitch is at 7.

Three Stars: Position Players

Colin Moran, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Tyler Heineman, C, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

J.D. Davis, 3B, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI 

Three Stars: Pitchers

Kyle Westwood, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (2), 4 IP, 4 H, BB, K

Tyler Brunnemann, RHP, Lancaster
2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Photo by Thomas B. Shea, Houston Chronicle

Dan Mengden, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-1), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Again, I generally refrain from using this blog as a platform to advocate a prospect's promotion, but Carlos Correa is hell-bent on appearing in Houston at some point this season.
- 8-game hitting snapped? No problem for Brett Phillips, he'll start another one.
- Tough-luck loss for Alex White, who pitched very well for Fresno.
- Chase McDonald has recorded a hit in all but one of the games he's played this year. No Lancaster effect here; his power is for real.

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