Sunday, August 30, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report: 8/30

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

RHP Juan Santos (20)
Santos was born August 30,1995 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and was drafted by the Astros in the 39th round in 2013 out of Arlington Day School in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently playing for the Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats.

Juan Santos - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In case you missed it, here are the Astros minor league roster moves for the last week(ish).

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 79-55 -.-GB L4 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Saturday's Game: Omaha 9 over Fresno 5

This one got ugly early as Starter Dan Straily got touched up for 9 runs on 11 hits and 3 walks over 3.1 innings. Ouch. Kevin Chapman allowed one of Straily's inherited runners across, but then Chapman, Joe Thatcher, James Hoyt and OF Andrew Aplin combined for scoreless relief the rest of the way. Yes, Andrew Aplin pitched the final inning, facing three batters and inducing three flyball outs on 10 pitches, six for strikes.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 82-49 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Saturday's Game: Corpus Christi 8 over San Antonio 6
And Reed wasn't finished. He added on another solo home run in the 7th to make it 33 for the season. Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer also went yard, and Danry Vasquez was 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

LANCASTER

Record: T2nd 71-61 2.0GB W2 (2nd in 2nd half; 2.0GB; clinched wild card)

Saturday's Game: Lancaster 7 over Lake Elsinore 4

C Brian Holberton has been hot since coming off the DL recently. In the five games since he's been back, he's hit .471/.476/1.000. Two of his three home runs for the season have come during that period, including a solo home run last night to go with two sacrifice fly RBI and a caught stealing. J.D. Davis collected his 24th home home and Sean McMullen legged out his third triple of the season.

Lancaster's win, along with High Desert's loss to Bakersfield, has the team only two games behind High Desert in their quest to win the second half. The two teams will go head-to-head starting next Friday. That may prove to be an exciting series. With the win, Lancaster also tied Rancho Cucamonga for second place for the full season.

MiLB.com contributer Tyler Maun talks with Lancaster Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson about Alex Bregman's success with the team.

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 83-46 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Saturday's Game: Peoria 4 over Quad Cities 2

Peoria's pitching staff held the River Bandits to three hits, two of which came from players who just joined the team: C Marlon Avea and 1B Wander Franco. Josh James allowed three runs (two earned) as he went a career high 8 innings and struck out 7.

TRI-CITY

Record: 1st 36-30 -.-GB W1

Saturday's Game: Tri-City 7 over Vermont 5


It looked to be all over but the crying as the Gatos trailed by five runs from the bottom of the second. But, with two outs in the top of the 7th, they managed to tie things up with a 5-run inning. Chris Murphy had a terrific relief performance that kept Vermont in check and allowed 3B Bobby Wernes to play hero again in the 9th, driving in the go-ahead run.

Tri-City retained its 2.5 game lead over Lowell, but increased their lead to 3.5 against Connecticut as Lowell defeated Connecticut on Saturday.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 32-32 5.5GB L1

Saturday's Game: Burlington 3 over Greeneville 1

Despite the loss, Greeneville maintains a tenuous one game lead over Elizabethton for the second playoff spot as Elizabethton has now lost six straight games.


GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Saturday's Game: GCL Braves 6 over GCL Astros 2

The Australian contingent kept this loss from being worse as 3B Jared Cruz collected two of only three hits (including a double) by the Baby 'Stros, and his fellow Aussie, 1B Connor MacDonald, collected the third hit and walked twice. And in true Rookie League fashion, one run scored as 2B Jonathan Matute walked, advanced on a wild pitch, advanced on a balk and scored on another wild pitch while the other run was scored by C Ihan Bernal (who walked four times in the game) on a passed ball.

And that's a wrap! Season over.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1

Season mercifully over. (But they did finish one game ahead of the Angels DSL team, so there's that.)

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