Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 13, 2015

Let's start off with a little Pan Am Games action.


Sunday: United States 5, Cuba 2

Not sure how I forgot about this game, but I did. Josh Hader got the save for Team USA as he struck out the side in order in the 9th inning.

The Americans are back in action tomorrow as they take on Nicaragua in the first game of the day.

Monday: Cuba 8, Puerto Rico 1

Roberto Peña got the start behind the plate for Puerto Rico and finished 2-4.

Team Puerto Rico will be in action later this afternoon as they take on the Dominican Republic. First pitch is at 5:35 Eastern.

And now, your regularly scheduled minor league recaps.

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 5

W- R.J. Alaniz (2-1)
L- Arturo Reyes (5-5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks swept the Cardinals out of Corpus a week after they got swept out of Springfield.

On offense, they got 4 2-run innings in a row and added 1 more run in the 8th.

Brett Phillips kicked things off when he ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd. Alfredo Gonzalez got in on the fun with a 2-run double of his own in the 4th. It was his birthday, so it was only appropriate that he did, right?

Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 5th, and A.J. Reed scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. In the 6th, Reed chipped in with a 2-run single. Jio Mier scored the Hooks' final run of the evening on a wild pitch in the 8th. Alfredo finished 3-4 at the bottom of the order, while A.J. Reed went 2-4.

R.J. Alaniz allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 5.1 innings. Juan Minaya was excellent in his 2.2 innings of relief as he whiffed 5. The Cardinals got to Travis Ballew for 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits in the 9th. However, he pulled himself together and secured the win. Ballew struck out 1 in the inning.

The Hooks have today off. Tomorrow, they'll begin a 4-game set with Frisco.

Lancaster 9, High Desert 3

W- Tyler Brunnemann (4-1)
L- Anyelo Leclerc (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: D.J. Fisher (8, 14 season; 2-run in 3rd)

This game was tied 3-3 after 3 innings, but the JetHawks took flight late and left the Mavs in the dust. They broke the tie with 3 in the 6th and scored 3 more.

Chase McDonald put the JetHawks on the board with an RBI single in the 1st. D.J. Fisher went deep in the 3rd to tie the game at 3. That's where the game stood until the 6th, when J.D. Davis hit a 1-out single. Ronnie Mitchell brought him home with an RBI triple, and Jake Nottingham and Brian Holberton followed with RBI singles. Mitchell added a 2-run single in the 7th, and McDonald smacked an RBI double in the 8th.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup had a hit; McDonald (2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB), Davis (2 R, BB), Mitchell (3B, 3 RBI, R), and Nottingham (2B, RBI, R) had 2 hits apiece.

Austin Chrismon went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings for the win. Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 hits and fanned 3 over the final 2 innings.

After an off day, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game set with Inland Empire on Wednesday.

Burlington 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Justin Anderson (6-6)
L- David Paulino (1-2, 2-2 season)
S- Eduardo Paredes (14)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos held the Bees to 4 hits, but they still lost because baseball.

Sean McMullen opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, and Trent Woodward scored on a force out in the 5th.

David Paulino went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Jorge Perez and Riley Ferrell pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece. Perez allowed a hit, walked 2, and fanned 1, while Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

The Bandits will begin a 3-game set in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

State College 7, Tri-City 2

W- Pedro Echemendia (2-1)
L- Harold Arauz (0-2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Spikes opened the game on a 7-1 run.

Dex McCall opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Their only other run came on an RBI double from Brooks Marlow in the 8th.

Harold Arauz went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. David Schmidt was the first man out; he allowed a run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2 in 1.1 innings. In his Tri-City debut, Alex Winkelman went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Zach Davis struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

The ValleyCats will return to action on Wednesday when they begin a 3-game series with Vermont.

Greeneville 5, Pulaski 0

W- Erasmo Pinales (1-0)
L- Drew Finley (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Brauly Mejia (2, 3-run in 1st)

The Appy Astros won the series as Erasmo Pinales and 3 relievers combined to throw a 3-hit shutout.

Pinales allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 innings. Juan Delis faced a bases loaded situation with a hit and 2 walks in the 5th, but he kept the Yankees off the scoreboard. He struck out 2. Cris Santamaria threw 2 perfect innings, and Jacob Dorris finished it by working around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

All 5 of Greeneville's runs in this game came with 2 outs. Brauly Mejia opened the scoring with a bang as he clubbed a 3-run homer in the 1st. Ford Stainback added a 2-run single in the 3rd. Gabriel Bracamonte went 2-3 with a double.

Greeneville will begin a 3-game set with Johnson City on Wednesday.

GCL Pirates 7, GCL Astros 2

W- Gerardo Navarro (3-0)
L- Jose Rosario (1-4)
S- Cristian Mota (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Kyle Tucker went 2-4. Wander Franco hit a sac fly in the 1st and Rodrigo Ayarza added an RBI single in the 2nd.

3 relievers combined to throw 6 scoreless innings. Adonis Peña walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Edgardo Sandoval allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 3 innings, and Starlyng Sanchez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Rays 6

W- Gabriel Pirela (2-4)
L- Francisco Peña (2-4)
S- Dariel Aquino (4)

Blue home runs: Jose Hernandez (1, solo in 4th)

The Blue team scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead.

Edgar Lorenzo went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 3rd. He also had a double. Orlando Marquez hit a 2-run double in the 7th inning.

Jorge Alcala was the first man out for the Blue team; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3 in 3.1 innings. Gabriel Pirela allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings, and Dariel Aquino notched his 4th save of the year, working around a hit to do so.

DSL Astros Orange 13, DSL Cardinals 11

W- Juan Cuevas (1-4)
L- Will Changarotty (1-2)
S- Ezequiel Madera (1)

Orange home runs: Marcos Almonte (2, solo in 1st)

The Orange team saw their lead suddenly cut to just 1 run as the Cardinals scored 5 in the top of the 8th, but they restored that margin with 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Marcos Almonte put the Orange team on the board with a solo homer in the 1st. Randy Vasquez went 4-4 and added an RBI single later in the inning. Almonte grounded into a force out in the 2nd that allowed Jose Carrillo to score. In the 3rd, Oliver Toribio hit an RBI double, Carlos Machado had an RBI single, and Angel Tejeda ripped a 2-run triple. Tejeda later scored on a wild pitch.

Toribio added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th. Vasquez scored on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Carrillo was plunked, and Tejeda drew a walk. Almonte added an RBI single to close out the scoring in the inning. He, Anthony Rodriguez, Toribio, Machado, and Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

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