Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 6, 2015

Let's play 2 in.... the Dominican Republic, apparently.

Daz Cameron began his road to Houston.

Fresno 8, Tacoma 2

W- Brady Rodgers (7-4)
L- Forrest Snow (7-5)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (9, grand slam in 7th)

Max Stassi's slam in the 7th was the final nail in the Rainiers' coffin.

Tony Kemp led off the bottom of the 1st with a single, stole 2nd (7, 22 season), and scored the game's first run on a Robbie Grossman single. Grossman also stole 2nd (5) and came around to score on a Matt Duffy double. Duffy, who advanced to 3rd on a Jonathan Villar groundout, came home as Tyler White ripped a double of his own. Villar tripled to lead off the 6th and White brought him home with a single. Kemp, Grossman, Duffy, and White all finished with 2 hits. White has had at least 2 hits in all 5 of his games since being called up and is in the midst of a 6-game hitting streak.

Max Stassi's struggled this season, but he's built some positive momentum over the last couple of games. He whacked a grand slam (9) to put away Tacoma in the 7th. It's his 2nd consecutive game with a homer.

Brady Rodgers went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 3. James Hoyt threw 2 perfect innings to finish it, striking out 1.

In the final game of this series, Mike Hauschild will be on the mound for the Grizz. He'll take on Roenis Elias at 7:05 Pacific.

Springfield 5, Corpus Christi 4 in 11 innings

W- Chris Thomas (2-3)
L- Travis Ballew (3-3)

CC home runs: Brett Booth (2, 3 season; solo in 7th)

Well... the Hooks were condemned to another walk-off loss in the Ozarks as they dropped the series.

Brett Phillips hit a double with 1 out in the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored the first run of the night on a sac fly from Jio Mier. The Cardinals scored 3 in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead, but Corpus answered with 2 in the top of the 6th, which came in the form of a 2-run single from Colin Moran. Springfield retook the lead in the bottom of the 6th, but that lead was short-lived as Brett Booth went deep in the 7th. Moran finished 3-5 with a double to go along with his 2-run single, while Phillips went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Kyle Westwood allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and struck out 2 over 6 innings. Jandel Gustave and Chris Cotton both pitched 2 scoreless innings; Gustave allowed 3 hits and struck out 2, while Cotton allowed a hit, walked 2 (1 intentional), and fanned 2. Travis Ballew allowed the winning run on a double with 1 out in the 11th. He hit the batter who scored.

The Hooks will look to avoid the sweep as R.J. Alaniz takes on Andrew Morales at 7:10.

Lancaster 7, Lake Elsinore 3

W- Aaron Greenwood (1-0)
L- Bryan Verbitsky (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (21, 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks took the series as they broke a 3-3 tie with 4 in the top of the 8th inning.

A.J. Reed opened things up with a bang as he clubbed a 2-run homer in the 1st, his 21st of the season. Marc Wik added an RBI double in the 7th. In that big 8th inning, Reed, who finished 3-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, put the JetHawks back on top with an RBI single. Ronnie Mitchell provided some insurance with a 2-run triple, and he scored the final run of the evening on a Jose Fernandez single. J.D. Davis went 0-2, but he drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs. Mitchell (3B, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Fernandez (RBI single) both finished 2-4.

Edison Frias, Kevin Comer, and Aaron Greenwood threw 3 innings apiece. Frias allowed a hit and struck out 2. Comer allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1, and Greenwood got the win as he allowed just 1 hit and whiffed 1.

The JetHawks' roadtrip continues in Rancho Cucamonga. In the first of 4 games, Austin Chrismon will face Brock Stewart. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities and Clinton was postponed

Due to rain. Doubleheader begins at 6. David Paulino will face Tyler Herb in game 1, and Justin Herb will take on Jarrett Brown in game 2.

Tri-City 7, Lowell 4

W- Dean Deetz (2-1)
L- Danny Rosenbaum (0-1)

TC home runs: Drew Ferguson (3, 3-run in 5th)

The ValleyCats earned a big series win as they took 2 of 3 from the Stedler Division-leading Spinners.

Tri-City got 3 in the 4th on an RBI single from Dex McCall and a 2-run single from Kolbey Carpenter. Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single in the 5th, but the big hit of the night belonged to Drew Ferguson, who smacked a 3-run homer to put the ValleyCats up a touchdown. Ferguson finished a triple short of the cycle (the Astros County special, but we're keeping it PG here) in 4 at-bats. Carpenter went 2-4, and Bobby Wernes reached base in all of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with 2 BBs.

Dean Deetz pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing a hit, walking 4, and striking out 3. He threw more balls than strikes and uncorked 3 wild pitches, but the Spinners failed to get anything off of him. Zac Grotz was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 over 2 innings. Zach Davis struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Adam Whitt allowed a solo homer to Tucker Tubbs in the 9th. That was the only hit he allowed in the inning, and he struck out 2.

After a day off, the ValleyCats will embark on a tour of Pennsylvania. First up is 3 with Williamsport beginning on Wednesday.

Kingsport 5, Greeneville 4

W- Witt Haggard (1-0)
L- Samil De Los Santos (1-1)

Greeneville home runs: Hector Roa (1, solo in 4th)

Again... the K-Mets scored 5 unanswered runs.

Connor Goedert and Hector Roa drove in 2 runs apiece. Goedert opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Roa followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Roa hit his first homer of the year in the 4th inning, and Goedert had an RBI groundout in the 5th. Roa went 2-3 and was the only player on either side to get at least 1 hit in the game.

Yhoan Acosta allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 4 shutout innings. In his pro debut, Andrew Thome worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th. Thome is a non-drafted free agent from the University of North Dakots. Alejandro Solarte got 2 outs in the 6th, 1 via strikeout, but he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits. Jacob Dorris walked 1 and fanned 1 in 1.1 innings. Cris Santamaria allowed a game-tying solo homer to Dash Winningham in the 8th inning. That was the only hit he allowed; he struck out 1. Samil De Los Santos got 2 outs in the 9th, but Kingsport got the winning run off of him on an error. Ugh.

The Appy Astros will look to avoid the sweep as Salvador Montaño takes on Darwin Ramos. This game is just underway.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Braves 4

W- Lachlan Madden (1-0)
L- Alan Rangel (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got 4 in the 8th to shock the Braves.

Daz Cameron, in his first game as a pro, went 2-4 with an RBI groundout in the 8th and stole 2 bases. Connor MacDonald went 2-3 with a sac fly in the 4th. Kyle Tucker and Wander Franco scored 2 runs apiece. Franco grounded into a force out in the 8th that scored Tucker. Bryan De La Cruz hit a 2-run single in the 8th that broke a 4-4 tie.

Carlos Sanabria allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 4 shutout innings. Lachlan Madden, the 4th GCL Astros pitcher to appear, struck out 3 over 1.2 perfect innings to get the win.

Game 1: DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Athletics 5 in 8 innings

W- Cristofer Melendez (2-2)
L- Reinaldo Hoyos (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

Angel De Leon went 2-2 with a triple, an RBI, and 2 walks. Andy Piñeda went 1-3 with 2 walks, a steal (19), and a run scored. Cristopher Luciano and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan both scored 2 runs.

Cristofer Melendez got the win as he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings.

Game 2: DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Athletics 3 in 8 innings

W- Framber Valdez (2-0)
L- Enmanuel Sulllivan (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Edgar Lorenzo went 2-3. Luciano and Sanchez-Galan drove in a run apiece.

The bullpen got 4 scoreless innings. Gabriel Pirela allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 3 innings, and Framber Valdez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th inning.

DSL Nationals 6, DSL Astros Orange 5 in 12 innings

W- Yordani Garcia (3-2)
L- Edwin Villarroel (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

How about that. While the Blue team got 2 walk-off wins, the Orange team walked off with a loss.

Miguelangel Sierra, Randy Vasquez, and Ronny Rafael (2 2B, RBI) all had 3 hits. Marcos Almonte finished 2-6 with an RBI and a run scored.

Jose Ramos allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings.

Americas Baseball Festival (from Cary, North Carolina): United States 9, Canada 3

The Americas Baseball Festival is a tuneup for the United States as they prep for the Pan American Games, which will begin on Friday in Toronto.

Josh Hader was the third pitcher for Team USA; he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 innings of work.

The Americans will play Cuba tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

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