Sunday, July 12, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 11, 2015

Baseball at the Pan Am Games in Toronto kicked off on Saturday.

Pan Am Games: Puerto Rico 10, United States 9

Roberto Peña got the start behind the plate and went 0-4.

The Americans will play Cuba tonight at 7:05 Eastern, while Puerto Rico will take on Cuba on Monday at 12:05 Eastern.

And now, I begin your regularly scheduled minor league recaps.

Fresno 7, Sacramento 3

W- Brady Rodgers (8-4)
L- Jack Snodgrass (1-2)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (10, 2-run in 1st), Max Stassi (10, solo in 2nd)

The Grizz got a pretty solid outing from Brady Rodgers as they clinched a series win over the guys who played for them last year.

Brady Rodgers allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 8 over 7 innings. The only Sacramento hitter who did anything against Brady was Adam Duvall... who hit 3 solo homers. Jose Veras (8th) and Jordan Jankowski (9th) both threw a perfect inning, and they both struck out 2.

The homers opened up the scoring. Matt Duffy put Fresno up 2-0 with his blast in the 1st, and Max Stassi followed with a solo shot in the 2nd. In the 6th inning, Andrew Aplin grounded into a force out that scored Domingo Santana, and Jonathan Villar smacked a 2-run double. Stassi added an RBI single in the 9th for the final run of the evening. He, Villar, and Nolan Fontana had 2 hits apiece.

The Grizzlies also went 8-8 in stolen base attempts; Andrew Aplin went 0-3, but he managed to steal 3 bases (9, 21 season). Villar stole 2 (10), while Joe Sclafani (2), Robbie Grossman (6), and Fontana (4) stole 1.

In the series finale, and their final game before the AAA All-Star break, Mike Hauschild will face Tommy Hanson at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 4

W- Reymin Guduan (1-1, 4-4 season)
L- Ryan Sherriff (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (11)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (10, solo in 2nd), Jack Mayfield (2, 9 season; solo in 7th)

The Astros don't play the Cardinals as often as they used to (thanks a lot, Bud), so I guess the Grizzlies, Hooks, River Bandits, ValleyCats, and Appy Astros will have to settle for beating their counterparts in the Minors.

Springfield took a 4-3 lead in the 6th, but the Hooks responded by retaking the lead in the bottom of the inning. No lead (and win) for you, farm team of cheaters!

Jon Kemmer's solo homer in the 2nd put the Hooks on the board. He led off the 4th with a double and scored on a Jio Mier sac fly. Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 5th inning. Brett Booth has delivered some big hits for the Hooks as of late; he responded to Aledmys Diaz's 3-run homer that gave the Cardinals the lead with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 6th that put the Hooks back on top. And finally, Jack Mayfield widened the lead with a solo homer in the 7th.

Kemmer finished 3-4 with the solo homer and hit another double in the 7th inning. At the bottom of the order, Danry Vásquez and Brett Booth had 2 hits apiece.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reymin Guduan allowed the 3-run homer to Diaz in the 6th. He went 1.2 innings and allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Travis Ballew pitched an inning (final out of the 7th and 2 outs in the 8th) and allowed a hit and walked 3, but he kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. He struck out 1. Jandel Gustave got the 4-out save, whiffing 1 in the process.

In game 2 of this series, Kyle Westwood will take on Andrew Morales. First pitch is at 6:05.

High Desert 7, Lancaster 3

W- Trey Lambert (3-2)
L- Edison Frias (8-3)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (14, solo in 2nd)

The Mavs took this game as they managed to created a little bit of separation late between the JetHawks and themselves.

Chase McDonald put Lancaster on the board in the 2nd with a solo shot, his 14th. Ronnie Mitchell followed with a triple, and he scored on a Mott Hyde groundout. Jake Nottingham hit an RBI single in the 5th. J.D. Davis finished 2-3 with a walk.

Edison Frias went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jordan Mills allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 1.1 innings. Troy Scribner allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6 in 3.1 innings. Albert Minnis allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.

Kevin Comer will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Connor Sadzeck at 5:00 Pacific.

Burlington 8, Quad Cities 5

W- Michael Bolaski (5-6)
L- Michael Freeman (0-1)
S- Eduardo Paredes (13)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (6, 2-run in 3rd)

The Banditos were able to withstand a 5-run 2nd by scoring 5 of their own spread out over the first 3 innings, but some poor defense let them down late in this one.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Ramon Laureano added an RBI groundout. Alex Bregman added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Jason Martin whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd that tied the game at 5. Bregman finished 3-5, while Tanielu, Martin, and Luis Reynoso had 2 hits apiece.

Brandon McNitt went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Michael "The" Freeman was stung by that bad defense, as they led to 3 unearned runs in 2 innings. Freeman allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2. Eric Peterson worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Justin Ferrell will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll take on Keynan Middleton at 5:15.

Tri-City 8, State College 7

W- Adam Whitt (2-0)
L- Kender Villegas (0-1)

TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (2, 3-run in 4th), Dex McCall (2, 2-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats successfully erased a 5-1 deficit, and after the Spikes tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, Tri-City retook the lead with 1 in the 8th.

Bobby Wernes scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Keach Ballard to reach. Brooks Marlow put a huge dent in the State College lead with a 3-run homer in the 4th inning. Dex McCall put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run homer in the 7th. Drew Ferguson singled, stole 2nd (1), and scored on a double from Wernes. In response to State College tying the game in the 7th, Johnny Sewald hit a 1-out single in the 8th, stole 2nd (13), advanced to 3rd on an Edwin Medina single, and scored the go-ahead run on a Cesar Carrasco sac fly. Medina and Ferguson had 2 hits and a stolen base (Medina has 5 now) apiece, while Wernes finished 3-5.

Trent Thornton allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) in 2.2 innings. Zac Grotz was the first man out and allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Scott Weathersby went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 2. Steve Naemark got the 2nd out of the 7th inning with a strikeout, but he also allowed a single that scored 1 of the 2 runners he inherited from Weathersby. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2.1 innings to get the win.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Landon Beck. First pitch is at 6:05 Eastern.

Pulaski 9, Greeneville 3

W- Eduardo Rivera (1-0)
L- Yhoan Acosta (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (2, solo in 3rd)

The Appy Astros fell behind 6-0 in the 2nd and never really got into this game. Well, they did have an opportunity to claw back into this game when they had the bases loaded in the 3rd, but they could only muster up 1 run.

Luis Payano led off that 3rd inning with his 2nd homer of the year. Myles Straw followed with a single. He moved to 2nd on a Ford Stainback single, went to 3rd on an Aaron Mizell walk, and scored on a wild pitch. Straw scored 2 of Greeneville's 3 runs; he came home on a Connor Goedert double in the 7th. Ford Stainback finished 2-4.

Yhoan Acosta went 1.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Joselo Pinales allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2.1 innings. Alejandro Solarte went 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 1. Andrew Thome allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and Samil De Los Santos allowed a single, and then allowed a 2-run homer to Nathan Mikolas in the 9th. He did strike out the side, so that was a sliver of a silver lining.

Albert Abreu will be on the mound for Greeneville tonight. First pitch is at 6:00.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Yankees2 2

W- Carlos Hiraldo (1-0)
L- Christian Morris (0-1)
S- Lachlan Madden (2)

GCL home runs: None.

Wander Franco went 2-3, and his RBI double in the 1st opened the scoring. He added an RBI single in the 3rd. Daz Cameron hit an RBI single of his own in the 4th. Ruben Castro went 2-2 with a run scored.

Moreno Polanco allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 4 shutout innings. Junior A. Garcia allowed a single and a run on a groundout in the 5th. Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings, and Lachlan Madden allowed an unearned run, walked 1, and struck out 1 as he got the 4-out save.

DSL Rays 14, DSL Astros Blue 1

Uh.... pass?

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Estailin Tejada (1-0)
L- Yan De La Cruz (0-1)

Orange home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Orange team scored 3 in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, but the Cardinals responded with 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Miguelangel Sierra tied the game at 2 with a 2-run homer, and Felix Lucas put them in the lead with an RBI double.

Jose Ramos allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings, but the bullpen couldn't close the deal after the offense woke up in the 8th.

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