Monday, May 18, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rockets won! Astros won! Every Astros affiliate won! In the words of Ice Cube...

Fresno 2, El Paso 1 in 11 innings

W- Kevin Chapman (2-2)
L- Jay Jackson (0-2)
S- Tyson Perez (3, 4 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz have taken the first 2 in the series from the Chihuahuas as they got a solid performance from their 4 pitchers.

Dan Straily allowed 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings. Jason Stoffel pitched 2 innings and allowed a game-tying homer to Rymer Liriano in the 7th. That was the only hit he allowed; he walked 1 and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and fanned 1 in 2 scoreless, and Tyson Perez worked around a hit to finish it off, striking out 1.

Both Grizzlies runs were driven in by Matt Duffy. He grounded into a force out in the 4th that scored Domingo Santana and hit an RBI single in the 11th that would turn out to be the difference. Santana scored both runs. He finished 1-2 with 3 walks. Jon Singleton (BB) and Alex Presley (2B) both finished 2-4.

In game 3 of this series, Alex White will take on James Needy. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 2

W- Chris Devenski (4-0)
L- Kyle Lotzkar (1-4)

CC home runs: Jio Mier (2, solo in 3rd)

That's 6 in a row for the Hooks as they came away with a big road series sweep.

Josh Hader got the start and the one run he allowed in his 4 innings was a solo homer to Drew Robinson in the 4th. Hader allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Devo allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 4 over 5 innings. I hope you all noticed the sarcasm oozing from above.

Tony Kemp walked to lead off the game. He advanced to 2nd when Andrew Aplin drew a walk, and they successfully executed a double steal. Kemp stole his 8th, while Aplin swiped his 1st with Corpus and 7th overall. Kemp ended up scoring the first run of the day on a wild pitch from Jose Leclerc. Jio Mier finished 2-3 with a double and cranked a solo shot in the 3rd inning. 

The Roughriders managed to tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning, but the Hooks quickly regained their advantage as Telvin Nash hit an RBI single in the 7th. Conrad Gregor added an RBI single in the 8th, and Tyler White, who was plunked earlier in the frame, scored on a wild pitch. White has a .505 on-base percentage so far this season as he's absolutely runnning amok since the door opened for him due to Colin Moran's injury. 

Corpus will head home to begin a 4-game set against San Antonio. They took 3 of 4 from the Missions last weekend. The Hooks have not announced a starter for game 1 yet. Whoever gets the start will face Colin Rea at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, Inland Empire 0

W- Troy Scribner (2-1)
L- Jordan Kipper (1-2)
S- Chris Cotton (4)

Lancaster home runs: Jack Mayfield (3, 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks got on the board in this series after a couple of frustrating losses. Troy Scribner and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout.

Scribner, who entered the day with an ERA over 6 despite holding opposing batters to a .233 average against him, allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. His numbers stand to improve due to his good peripherals. 

Albert Minnis and Chris Cotton pitched 2 innings apiece; both allowed a hit. Minnis walked 2 and struck out 2, while Cotton struck out 1 as he recorded his 4th save of the season.

Jack Mayfield finished 2-3, and his 2-run shot in the 4th inning was the only scoring play of the day. Danry Vásquez went 3-4.

The JetHawks have yet to announce a starter for the series finale. Whoever he is, he'll take on Chris Ellis at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 5

W- Ryan Thompson (1-0)
L- Zach Tillery (3-1)
S- Eric Peterson (4)

QC home runs: Sean McMullen (3, 2-run in 6th)

At 29-8, the Banditos have the best mark in all of baseball. They've gone 11-1 in their series this season. 

Jake Nottingham, Nick Tanielu, and Sean McMullen drove in 2 runs apiece. Tanielu opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd. McMullen finished 2-4, and his 3rd home run of the year tied the game at 3 in the 6th inning. After the Kernels re-took the lead with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 6th, Bobby Boyd led off the 7th with a double. Mott Hyde got on base after getting hit by a pitch, but he was erased on a force out. D.J. Fisher took his spot on the basepaths, and he stole 2nd to take the double play out of the equation. Nottingham, who finished 3-4, tied the game with an RBI single. Tanielu followed with his 2nd sac fly of the day to give the River Bandits a 5-4 lead.

The Kernels tied the game with a run in the 8th, but that tie would be short-lived. Boyd went 3-5; all 3 of his hits were doubles. The third one led off the 9th. He moved over to 3rd on a sac bunt from Hyde. Fisher struck out for the 2nd out, but Nottingham came through in a clutch situation by putting Quad Cities in front with an RBI single. The Sheriff hit a double in the 1st, but Fisher was thrown out at home to end the inning. Fisher stole 2 bases, giving him 5 on the year. 

Josh James was all over the place, but he managed to finish 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, struck out 1, uncorked 2 wild pitches, and hit 4 batters. Ryan Thompson (he's not The Closer because he did not finish the game, but he did get the win) was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Eric Peterson worked around a hit to close out the game, striking out 1 in the 9th.

The 2nd leg of the River Bandits' roadtrip is a 4-game series in Clinton. Brock Dykxhoorn gets the start in game 1; he'll face Tyler Herb at 6:30.

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