Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 4, 2015

Sorry, I'm in a malaise over the Rockets game.

El Paso 13, Fresno 6

W- Shawn Kelley (1-0)
L- Jake Buchanan (2-1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (10, solo in 1st)

Well, the Grizzlies trailed 8-6 after scoring 2 in the bottom of the 5th, but they only had 1 baserunner the rest of the way... and the Chihuahuas put the game out of reach with 5 in the 9th inning.

Preston Tucker hit his 10th homer of the season in the 1st inning to put Fresno on the board. The Grizz took the lead in the 2nd thanks to a 2-run single from Luis Flores and an RBI groundout by Tucker. In the 5th, Joe Sclafani ripped an RBI triple and scored on an error that allowed Flores to reach. Sclafani (3B, RBI, 2 R) and Alex Presley (2B, 2 R) both finished 2-4.

Jake Buchanan allowed 8 runs on 9 hits (grand slam), walked 3, and fanned 4 in 4 innings. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2.2 scoreless, Tyson Perez struck out 2 as he retired all 4 El Paso hitters he faced, and Darin Downs bore the brunt of that El Paso 9th; 3 of the 5 runs were earned. He allowed 4 hits (3-run homer) and struck otu 2 in the inning.

In game 2 of this series, Dan Straily will be going up against a very familiar name to us Astros fans... Jason Lane. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 4

W- Jonas Dufek (1-0)
L- Josh McElwee (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

Better late than never: the Hooks' 5 runs all came in the final 2 innings, culminating with a walk-off victory! With the win, the Hooks avoided the sweep.

Mark Appel allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (4 singles and a double), walked 4, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. The 4 BBs matched his total coming into this game. Dan Minor pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 1 hit: a solo homer to Jorge Alfaro in the 5th. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Jonas Dufek allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless, and he got the win after Carlos Correa's heroics in the 9th.

The Corpus offense had zero answers for Jake Thompson as they were held off the scoreboard for 7 innings and struck out 12 times. But, in the 8th, a Joey Gallo error to lead off the inning kicked off a bit of a rally. Teoscar Hernandez reached on that error to begin the inning and scored the Hooks' first run of the evening on a Tyler Heineman double. They did strand runners on 2nd and 3rd to end the inning, but no problem. They'd have one more shot at a rally in the bottom of the 9th.

After Jon Kemmer struck out, Tyler White drew a walk. Two straight singles from Leo Heras and Teoscar loaded the bases. Tony Kemp then drew a walk to bring in White, making it a 4-2 game. Heineman struck out for the 2nd out, bringing up Carlos Correa. All he did was end the game by clearing the bases with a double, no big deal. He finished 3-5 with a stolen base (11). Correa is 100% on stolen base attempts this season. Heineman (2 2B, RBI) and Heras (R) both finished 2-4.

Tonight, the Hooks welcome Midland to town as they get set to kick off a 4-game series. In game 1, Mr. Pitcher of the Month, Chris Devenski, takes the mound. He'll take on Zach Neal at 7:05.

Stockton 11, Lancaster 2

W- Brendan McCurry (1-1)
L- Evan Grills (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (5, led off game), A.J. Reed (5, solo in 4th)

A 5-run 1st really put the JetHawks in a bind, and they just couldn't mount up a response.

Their 2 runs came on the leadoff homer from Phillips and the solo shot from Reed in the 4th. J.D. Davis hit a triple with 2 outs in the 6th.

Evan Grills pitched 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, all in the 1st) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Tyler Brunnemann and Gonzalo Sañudo had identical lines; both went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (both allowed solo homers) and struck out 2. Frederick Tiburcio worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

The JetHawks will look to snap their 5-game slide at 11:05 A.M. Pacific. Blaine Sims will face Dillon Overton.

Quad Cities 3, Kane County 1

W- Austin Chrismon (3-1)
L- Markus Solbach (1-2)
S- Jose Montero (4)

QC home runs: None.

That's 6 in a row for the River Bandits!

Their 3 runs came in the 6th inning on a 2-run double swatted by D.J. Fisher, who didn't have to wait long to score himself; one batter later, Mott Hyde drove him in with a single. Fisher finished 2-3, while Nick Tanielu went 2-4. Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit except for Jamie Ritchie, who went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Austin Chrismon was excellent in his 7 innings as he allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 1. Jose Montero locked it down with a 2-inning save, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3.

Dan Mengden and his 'stache take the mound this afternoon. They'll be taking on an Ivy Leaguer, Brent Jones (Cornell), at noon.

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