Friday, May 15, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 14, 2015

Well, I am still pumped about that Rockets comeback win!

Albuquerque 9, Fresno 8

W- Chris Rusin (3-2)
L- Luis Cruz (0-2)
S- Jairo Diaz (5)

Fresno home runs: Matt Dominguez (1, solo in 6th), Matt Duffy (3, solo in 9th)

Unfortunately, the Grizzlies' comeback bid fell short as the Isotopes got on the board in the series.

The Matts carried the Fresno offense in this one; Duffy went 4-5, and Dominguez finished 2-5. Duffy hit an RBI double in the 3rd, and Dominguez followed with a 2-run double. Dominguez ripped a solo homer in the 6th, and Duffy managed to make it a 1-run game in the top of the 9th with yet another grand slam for the Grizzlies. L.J. Hoes finished 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Carlos Correa went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Luis Cruz went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 12 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out; he struck out all 4 Albuquerque batters he faced. The Isotopes got to Jason Stoffel for 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) in the 7th; he got 2 outs in the inning, allowed 4 hits (solo homer), and struck out 1. James Hoyt got the final 4 outs for Fresno, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.

In the series finale, Brady Rodgers will take on Jonathan Gray. First pitch is 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Aaron West (1-2)
L- Kyle Lotzkar (1-3)
S- Jandel Gustave (3)

CC home runs: None.

Every scoring inning featured 1 run; the Hooks had 4 of those compared to 2 for the Roughriders, so they won the game. Sometimes, baseball math is easy. Corpus doubled up Frisco in the hit column 8-4 and doubled them up in the most important column.

Telvin Nash doubled to lead off the 2nd inning, and he would score the first run of the game on a Leo Heras double. Tony Kemp led off the 3rd with a double, and he scored on a Conrad Gregor sac fly. Frisco tied the game with 1 in the 3rd and the 4th, and it would stay that way until the Hooks re-took the lead in the 7th when Teoscar Hernandez stole home (6) as part of a double steal with Kemp (5). Heras doubled with 1 out in the 9th, advanced to 3rd on a Teoscar strikeout on a ball in the dirt, and scored a crucial insurance run on an errant pickoff throw from Frisco C Jorge Alfaro.

Heras finished 2-4; both of his hits were doubles. Tony Kemp, who also finished 2-4, stole 2 bases, giving him 6 thefts on the season.

Vince Velasquez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Angel Báez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th as he bridged the gap between Vince and Aaron West, who allowed 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 3 scoreless innings. Jandel Gustave wrapped it up, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In game 2 of this series, Mark Appel will take on Jake Thompson. First pitch is at 7:05.

Visalia 5, Lancaster 4 in 13 innings

W- Bud Jeter (1-0)
L- Chris Cotton (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (9, 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks walked off with a loss in this game, and a loss in the series as they fell back to .500. Jason Schwartz was out in the elements, and it was raining in Visalia. As a result, he had to cover his equipment. The life of a Minor League broadcaster...

After a slow start to the season, A.J. Reed has turned it on in the month of May. His 2-run homer in the 1st inning opened up the scoring. J.D. Davis added an RBI single in the 3rd, and Marc Wik hit an RBI single in the 7th. Unfortunately for the JetHawks, that was the last time they scored in this game. Alfredo Gonzalez was the only player in the lineup with a multi-hit game as he finished 2-5.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. He looks like he's hitting his stride in the California League. Albert Minnis allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th. Tyler Brunnemann went 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3. Frederick Tiburcio also went 2 innings; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 1. Chris Cotton threw 2 scoreless, but he ran into serious trouble in the 13th as the first 3 Visalia batters reached on him via 2 singles and an intentional walk. Gonzalo Sañudo got one out after coming on, but he was unable to extract the JetHawks from the trouble. He induced a ground ball from Chuck Taylor, but Jose Fernandez's errant throw allowed the winning run to score.

The second leg of the JetHawks roadtrip continues tonight in Inland Empire. Joe Musgrove will make his first California League start for Lancaster as he takes on Victor Alcantara at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Beloit 3

W- Chris Lee (3-2)
L- Kevin Johnson (1-3)
S- Ryan Thompson (2)

QC home runs: Kristian Trompiz (3, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos faced an early deficit, which they erased with a 6-0 run. With this win, they took the series from the Snappers.

Jason Martin put QC on the board in the 2nd with an RBI groundout. One batter later, Ryan Bottget ripped an RBI double that tied the game at 2. Mott Hyde put the Bandits in front with a 3rd-inning sac fly. But the big hit of the night belonged to Kristian Trompiz, who proved that he is indeed a power hitter as he clubbed a 3-run homer in the 6th to double the River Bandits' run total. Trompiz was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup with a multi-hit game as he finished 2-4. He's more than holding his own in the Midwest League.

Chris Lee went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 1st) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jordan Mills made his 2015 debut and allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Eric Peterson pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. The Closer, Ryan Thompson, got the final out of the game with a strikeout.

The River Bandits will now embark on a roadtrip beginning with a weekend in Cedar Rapids. Brandon McNitt will take on Michael Cederoth in the first of a 3-game set at 6:35.

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