Friday, July 3, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mark Appel looked to rebound from his rough introduction to the PCL.

El Paso 6, Fresno 5

W- Jerry Sullivan (4-1)
L- Jose Veras (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jonathan Villar (1, solo in 2nd), Robbie Grossman (2, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies suffered a meltdown in the 9th inning and walked off with the loss.

Jonathan Villar began the 2nd inning by hitting a solo homer to open up the scoring. Fresno took advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 5th as L.J. Hoes hit a sac fly and Robbie Grossman followed with a 3-run shot. Villar and Tony Kemp had 2 hits apiece, as did Tyler White, who was making his PCL debut. Jake Marisnick, in his 2nd rehab game, hit a double and scored a run in 5 at-bats as the DH.

Mark Appel went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jake Buchanan came on with 2 runners on in the 6th inning, but got out without suffering any damage. He also threw a scoreless 7th and overall, he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Jose Veras couldn't finish it. He faced 6 batters in the 9th and failed to record an out.

In the series finale, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Colin Rea. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 1

W- Brian Holmes (3-2, 5-3 season)
L- Ross Stripling (1-2)
S- Jandel Gustave (10)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (8, led off game)

The Hooks opened up the post-All Star break portion of the schedule by shackling the Drillers.

Brian Holmes was excellent in his 6 innings. The only snag he hit came in the 3rd, when Peter Lavin took him deep. That was the only run the Drillers could muster up, though. Holmes allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Josh Hader tagged in to throw 2 scoreless; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Yes, all of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. Jandel Gustave walked 2 in the 9th, but he was able to close out the game without further incident.

All the scoring was done in the first third of the game. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 and started things off with a bang in the 1st as he put Corpus up 1-0 by taking the 2nd pitch of the game from Ross Stripling and depositing it just to the left of the batter's eye. He struck again in the 2nd with a 2-run single. Jio Mier went 3-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Adrian Houser will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Jharel Cotton at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 7 in 11 innings

W- Andrew Walter (1-1)
L- Michael Smith (6-1)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (4, solo in 7th)

After seeing the 66ers quash their comeback bids for two straight nights in the 9th inning, the JetHawks decided that they'd take it to extra innings and try to walk it off... which they did.

Lancaster got on the board in the 4th inning as J.D. Davis hit an RBI groundout to score James Ramsay, who tripled to lead off the frame. They got a pair in the 2nd on a squeeze play from Jose Fernandez and a sac fly from Ramsay. Brian Holberton added a sac fly of his own in the 6th. In the 7th inning, Wik kicked things off with his 4th homer of the year, and A.J. Reed tied the game with the JetHawks 3rd sac fly of the night. The 66ers got a run in the 8th to take the lead, but it would be short-lived, as Mott Hyde came through with the game-tying RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th. After the JetHawks went down in order in the 10th, Ramsay drew a 1-out walk in the 11th. Hyde was the hero again as he ended the game by ripping an RBI double. Ramsay (2B, 3B, 3 R), Hyde (clutch hits), Wik (solo HR, 2 R), and Davis all finished with 2 hits.

Dan Mendgen went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Austin Chrismon got knocked around in his 2.1 innings as he allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Albert Minnis kept the 66ers at bay as he tossed 3.1 scoreless frames. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed a hit in the 11th, but he was able to get the final out without any damage done.

Evan Grills will make the start in the series finale. He'll face Garrett Nuss at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (5-3)
L- Matt Pearce (3-9)
S- Jordan Mills (2)

QC home runs: Jamie Ritchie (4, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos only got 2 runs, but it was more than enough as Brock Dykxhoorn and Jordan Mills combined on a 3-hit shutout. The big Canadian gave himself a solid birthday present.

Dykxhoorn, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, went 7 innings and allowed 3 hits while striking out 3, and Mills finished it off by striking out 3 over 2 perfect frames.

Jamie Ritchie put Quad Cities on the board in the 3rd with his 4th homer of the year. Nick Tanielu doubled with 1 out in the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a Ramon Laureano flyout, and scored on a Sean McMullen single. Ritchie, who finished 2-4, was the only player on either side with more than 1 hit.

In game 2 of this series, Francis Martes will take on Jhonny Polanco at 7:00.

Vermont 9, Tri-City 2

W- Evan Manarino (1-0)
L- Austin Nicely (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got out to a 2-0 lead after 3 innings, but the Lake Monsters mauled them and finished on a 9-0 run. Both teams had 12 hits, but Vermont was able to convert them into some runs.

Johnny Sewald scored both Tri-City runs. He came home on a passed ball in the 1st inning and scored again in the 3rd when Cesar Carrasco smacked a double. Brooks Marlow also attempted to score, but he was cut down at the plate. Sewald and Drew Ferguson had 3 hits apiece, while Marlow and Carrasco had 2.

Austin Nicely allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4.1 innings. Harold Arauz allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless. David Schmidt got 2 outs in the 9th, but not before he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a hit, and walked 3. Zach Davis got the final out of the 9th.

The series finale features a matchup of two pitchers who are both named Kevin. The ValleyCats will send out McCanna, and the Lake Monsters will counter with Duchene. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 2

W- Alex Winkelman (2-0)
L- Andro Cutura (0-1)
S- Cris Santamaria (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros started off this one with a flourish and finished it off by burying the Twins.

3 in the 1st, all on errors. Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 1st, advanced to 3rd on an error following said double, and scored on another error that allowed Myles Straw to reach. Straw and Aaron Mizell both scored on the 3rd Elizabethton error of the 1st inning. Straw was credited with an RBI when he reached.

5 in the 8th. Randy Cesar, who was credited with an RBI in the 1st because the play he reached on was scored as a force attempt, hit a 2-run single. Kevin Martir added an RBI single, and Rodrigo Ayarza hit a 2-run single of his own. Ayarza and Brauly Mejia had 2 hits apiece.

Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 2, and struck out 4. Juan Delis allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 4th. Alex Winkelman threw 3 scoreless for the win; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Cris Santamaria allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 for the save.

In game 2 of this series, Junior Garcia will take on Brandon Easton. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees1 9, GCL Astros 8

W- Alex Bisacca (1-0)
L- Starlyn Taveras (0-1)

GCL home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, solo in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (1, solo in 6th)

These teams were tied at 6 heading into the 9th. The Kissimmee Stros scored 2 in the top of the inning to take the lead... but the Yankees walked off with the win. Sheesh...

Kyle Tucker hit his first home run as a pro in the 3rd inning. Connor MacDonald finished 3-5, whacking a solo shot in the 6th and his 2-run single in the 9th put the GCLstros ahead.

Abdiel Saldaña got the start and went 3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Lachlan Madden worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team played 2 extra-inning games with the Phillies, splitting both. The first game was a resumption of a game that was originally scheduled for June 20. That game was a 4-2 win in 10 innings. Wilson Amador hit an RBI triple and scored on a sac fly in the first extra frame. Felipe Tejada walked 1 and struck out 4 over 5 innings to get the win, and Jacques Sambo struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 10th to earn the save.

In the regularly scheduled game, they lost 5-4 in 13 innings. Amador, Angel De Leon, and Oscar Campos all went 2-6. Jorge Guzman allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Framber Valdez threw 2.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Dariel Aquino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team also split 2 games with the Mariners 2. They were swamped 14-1 after play resumed, but in the regularly scheduled game, they returned the favor with a 6-1 win. Uh.. let's talk about the win.

Cesar Rosado and Josue Uribe combined on a 1-hitter. Rosado allowed that hit, and struck out 3 over 5 innings. Uribe allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Oliver Toribio went 2-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Juan Fuente stole 2 bases, giving him 12 on the year.

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