Monday, June 29, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 27, 2015 and Sunday, June 28, 2015

Let's play 2 in Reno!

Saturday Game 1: Reno 8, Fresno 0

W- Gabriel Arias (4-1)
L- Mark Appel (0-1, 5-2 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

Well, Mark Appel's AAA debut didn't exactly go as planned.

He went 3 innings and allowed 7 runs on 7 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Mitch Lambson allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings.

Robbie Grossman finished 2-3, and his double was the only extra-base hit for the Grizzlies in game 1.

Saturday Game 2: Reno 2, Fresno 1

W- Justin Marks (5-6)
L- Dan Straily (6-6)
S- Kaleb Fleck (5)

Fresno home runs: None.

A 4th-inning run for the Aces condemned the Grizz to a sweep in the twinbill.

Dan Straily went the distance, allowing 5 hits (solo homer) and striking out 7.

Alex Presley finished 2-3 and his solo homer in the 1st constituted the only run for Fresno.

Sunday: Reno 5, Fresno 2

W- Aaron Blair (2-1)
L- Asher Wojciechowski (5-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 4-run 5th for the Aces.

Tony Kemp finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the top of the 5th, and Nolan Fontana hit a sac fly in the 9th. Matt Duffy finished 3-3.

Asher Wojciechowski went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out and struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings. James Hoyt worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1. Jose Veras struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In the final game of this 5-game set, Luis Cruz will take on Edgar Garcia at 7:05 Pacific.

Saturday: Frisco 2, Corpus Christi 1


W- Frank Lopez (3-1)
L- Adrian Houser (0-1, 2-3 season)
S- David Martinez (9)

CC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (2, 3 season; solo in 7th)

The Hooks just couldn't get their offense going.

Chan-Jong Moon finished 2-3 and his homer in the 7th was the only Hooks run.

Adrian Houser went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits (all singles) and struck out 4. Chris Devenski finished with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 6 in yet another fantastic outing.

Sunday: Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 2

W- Josh Hader (3-3)
L- Andrew Faulkner (6-4)

CC home runs: Jio Mier (5, 3-run in 3rd), Tyler White (7, solo in 5th)

4 Hooks pitchers combined to throw a 4-hitter as the Hooks earned a split in their final series before the Texas League All-Star break.

Josh Hader went 5 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Juan Minaya was the first man out and all he did was strike out 3 over 2 perfect frames. Chris Cotton worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Aaron West struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The offense staked Hader to a 6-0 lead after the first third of the game. Tyler White opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Brett Booth added an RBI single of his own in the 2nd. A triple steal in the 3rd inning saw Teoscar Hernandez steal home (20). Brett Phillips took 3rd (2, 10 season), and Conrad Gregor stole 2nd (5). Jio Mier proceeded to whack a 3-run homer. White smacked his 7th homer of the year in the 5th inning. He, Jio, and Maverick had 2 hits apiece.

The Texas League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday at Whataburger Field.

Saturday: Lancaster 6, Bakersfield 3

W- Bryan Radziewski (1-2, 2-2 season)
L- Dan Altavilla (2-6)
S- Keegan Yuhl (2)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (10, solo in 2nd)

This game was delayed briefly due to.... a snake. Bakersfield pitcher Tyler Pike was the brave soul that escorted it off the field. Bryan Radziewski got his first win in the California League with a solid performance.

The southpaw from The U (that's Miami, if you're unfamiliar) allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 7 innings of work. Keegan Yuhl allowed a solo homer to Jay Baum in the 9th, but that was the only complication he faced in his 2 innings, in which he allowed 2 other hits.

Jack Mayfield went 2-5 and opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. In the 2nd inning, Chase McDonald whacked his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot. McDonald added an RBI double to his ledger in the 4th, and one batter later, Brian Holberton added a sac fly. A.J. Reed added some insurance in the 9th with a 2-run single. 5 JetHawks finished with 2-hit nights, including McDonald and Reed.

Sunday: Bakersfield 4, Lancaster 2

W- Tyler Pike (1-3)
L- Akeem Bostick (0-1, 3-2 season)
S- Rafael Piñeda (4)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (11, 2-run in 7th)

The JetHawks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Blaze managed to get to Akeem Bostick in the 2nd.

Chase McDonald's 11th homer of the year made it a 1-run game in the 7th, but that was all the offense the JetHawks could muster up. He, Ronnie Mitchell, and Mott Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

In his California League debut, Akeem Bostick went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, allowed all 3 runs in the 2nd inning) on 7 hits (6 singles and a double), walked 1, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2. Tyler Brunnemann struck out 2 as he retired all 4 Blaze batters he faced.

The JetHawks have today off. They'll begin a 4-game set with Inland Empire tomorrow.

Saturday: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 4 in 10 innings

W- Ryan Thompson (2-2)
L- Cameron Booser (1-2)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (4, solo in 4th)

The Banditos took the lead in the series as they withstood a 4-run 6th from the Kernels that forced them to relinquish the lead. They'd have the last say as they tied the game in the 9th and got ahead in the first extra frame.

Jake Nottingham opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Jason Martin went deep in the 4th, and Nick Tanielu added an RBI single in the 5th. Tanielu tied the game in the 9th with another RBI single.

Ryan Bottger walked to lead off the 10th, then advanced to 2nd on a Kristian Trompiz walk. He scored the go-ahead run on an infield single from Bobby Boyd. I assume it was a slow roller since he scored all the way from 2nd on an infield single. Alex Bregman recorded his first RBI as a professional when he ripped an RBI double later in the 10th. Tanielu and Nottingham were 2 of 6 River Bandits with 2 hits.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron Greenwood was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless and got the W.

Sunday: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 1

W- Christian Powell (1-0)
L- Zach Tillery (4-3)
S- Francis Martes (1)

QC home runs: Alex Bregman (1, solo in 3rd)

Francis Martes shined again, and 2015's #2 overall pick smashed his first home run as a professional at the Banditos earned the split in the series.

Ramon Laureano ripped a triple in the 2nd and he scored the first run of the day on an Alex Hernandez single. Alex Bregman began the 3rd inning by connecting with his first pro home run. Jamie Ritchie finished 3-5 with an RBI single in the 4th, and Jason Martin scored on a double play in the 5th inning. Martin drove in Bregman with a triple in the 9th, and he came home on a Laureano single.

Christian Powell allowed a solo homer to Alex Real in the 4th inning. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work against his former employers. Francis Martes finished with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit.

Quad Cities heads home to begin a homestand. First up is 3 with Beloit. In game 1, Brandon McNitt will take on Heath Fillmeyer. First pitch is at 7:00.

Saturday: Tri-City 11, Staten Island 10 in 10 innings

W- Adam Whitt (1-0)
L- Jonny Drozd (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats won the series as they stormed back from a 10-4 deficit. Well, one 6-run comeback in the organization was successful...

Edwin Medina hit a double with 1 out in the 1st and scored Tri-City's first run of the evening on a Trent Woodward single. In the 3rd inning, Anthony Hermelyn drew a bases-loaded walk, and Kolbey Carpenter grounded into a force out that allowed Medina to score. An error on the play also allowed Woodward to score. Medina added an RBI groundout to his ledger in the 7th inning, and Woodward reached on an error that allowed Johnny Sewald to score.

The ValleyCats finally erased the deficit with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Sewald and Medina sparked the rally with a single (Sewald advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch) and a walk, respectively. Cesar Carrasco ripped an RBI double to bring in Sewald. A balk brought Medina home and allowed Carrasco to move over to 3rd. Woodward followed with an RBI single. Woodward was erased at 2nd on a force out, but an error allowed Dex McCall to take 2nd, and he would score the tying run on a double from Carpenter. Tony Nuñez hit a 1-out single in the 10th, and he would be joined on the bases by Sewald and Medina. He'd eventually score the winning run on a Carrasco groundout. (Not that I'm complaining, but.... really? The defender really didn't throw to home plate in that situation?)

The top 2 of Sewald and Medina combined to go 5-10 with a double, an RBI, and 6 runs scored. In his pro debut, Bobby Wernes got the start at 3B and went 0-5 with a K.

Harold Arauz went 3 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Austin Nicely, Joselo Pinales, and Adam Whitt followed with 2.1 innings apiece. Nicely was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Pinales allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Whitt struck out 4 over 2.1 perfect frames to get the win.

Sunday: Connecticut 7, Tri-City 6

W- Oswaldo Castillo (1-0)
L- Zac Person (0-1)
S- Jordan Smith (2)

TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The Tigers came out on top in a back-and-forth affair.

Brooks Marlow's first pro homer in the 3rd put Tri-City up 2-0. Johnny Sewald doubled in the 5th, then stole 3rd (5) on a wild pitch and scored himself. In the 6th inning, Drew Ferguson hit an RBI single, and Keach Ballard drove in 2 with a single. Ballard and Marlow finished with 2 hits, as did Cesar Carrasco.

Ralph Garza Jr. went 2+ innings and allowed 2 runs (both inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Kevin McCanna came on in the 3rd and went 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, including a 2-run homer. In his pro debut, Zac Person allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, and walked 2 in 1.2 innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Elieser Hernandez will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Chase Edwards at 7:05 Eastern. Edwards is a native of Houston; he went to Klein Forest.

Saturday: Greeneville 4, Danville 3

W- Alex Winkelman (1-0)
L- Ian Stiffler (0-1)
S- Steve Naemark (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros drew even in the series as stretch time reinvigorated their offense. They put up 3 in the bottom of the 7th to take the lead, and the bullpen did the rest.

Erasmo Pinales allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits,, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Alex Winkelman pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Samil De Los Santos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Steve Naemark worked around a hit batter in the 9th to close it out, striking out 2.

Connor Goedert went 3-3 and drove in 2. His first RBI came on a triple in the 3rd.

Gabriel Bracamonte and Arturo Michelena both walked to begin the 7th, and they both moved up on a sac bunt from Osvaldo Duarte. Myles Straw came through with an RBI infield single, and then Michelena scored the tying run on an Aaron Mizell groundout. Goedert put Greeneville ahead with an RBI single.

Sunday: Greeneville 1, Danville 0

W- Ryan Deemes (1-0)
L- Daniel Cordero (0-1)
S- Zac Grotz (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros only recorded 1 hit in this game. And yet... they still won, because they held Danville to zero runs. As a result, they took this series from the Braves.

Connor Goedert had that 1 hit. He singled to lead off the 7th, advanced to 2nd on an error that allowed Randy Cesar to reach, and the two of them advanced a base on a wild pitch. He eventually scored the only run of the day on a Brauly Mejia groundout.

Junior Garcia allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Ryan Deemes allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless, and Zac Grotz closed it out with a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

Greeneville will now embark on a roadtrip which will take them to Princeton, West Virginia, where the Rays await. In game 1 of this series, Devonte German will take on Jose Mujica. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Saturday: GCL Pirates 4, GCL Astros 3 in 11 innings

W- Richard Mitchell (1-0)
L- Junior A. Garcia (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros were seemingly on the verge of winning their first game of the season... but the Pirates ruined it all by forcing the game to go into extra innings and eventually walking off with the win.

The GCLstros' 3 runs all came in the 8th as Nestor Muriel scored on an error following a Kyle Tucker single. A passed ball allowed Nestor Tejada to score, and Tucker wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

Moreno Polanco allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless. Abdiel Saldaña went 3 innings and allowed a solo homer to Yoel Gonzalez in the 5th. Saldaña allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Starlyn Taveras struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th. Lachlan Madden couldn't close it out as the Pirates got 2 runs on 3 hits off of him in the 9th inning. Junior A. Garcia allowed the winning run with 1 out in the 11th. He allowed 2 hits in 1.1 innings.

The Kissimmee Stros' quest for their first win continues tomorrow at noon Eastern when they take on the Phillies.

Saturday: DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Royals 2

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0)
L- Aronny Cruz (2-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (3)

Blue home runs: None.

Andy Piñeda went 2-3 with a sac fly in the 8th and stole 2 bases (17). Ronny Jimenez stole home in the 3rd, and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored the go-ahead run on an error following a Wilson Amador flyout in the 8th.

Hector Perez went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jorge Alcala went 4 innings as well, and he allowed an unearned run, too. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dariel Aquino worked around a walk to close out the game, striking out 1.

They'll play the Royals again at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.

Saturday: DSL Rangers1 5, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Sergio Suarez (4-0)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-4)

Orange home runs: None.

Marcos Almonte and Angel Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

Gabriel Valdez went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Cristian Javier threw 4 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The Orange team will play at the Rangers' complex later this morning. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.

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