Thursday, August 13, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The full-season teams were back at it.

Tuesday: Fresno 5, Albuquerque 4

W- Dan Straily (9-6)
L- Rudy Owens (0-5)
S- James Hoyt (7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies only scored in 2 innings on Tuesday, but it turned out to be just enough.

Alex Presley put them on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd, and one batter later, Matt Duffy ripped a 2-run triple. In the 4th inning, Max Stassi hit an RBI groundout and Jonathan Villar added an RBI infield single. Villar, Duffy, Tyler White, and Robbie Grossman had 2-hit games.

Dan Straily went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 7. Tyson Perez allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Kevin Chapman pitched the 7th and allowed a run on 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Joe Thatcher struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and James Hoyt did the same in the 9th inning.

Wednesday: Fresno 8, Albuquerque 2

W- Mark Appel (2-2, 7-3 season)
L- David Hale (0-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies took this game behind a dominant performance from Mark Appel.

Appel allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in 8 innings of work. Jake Buchanan allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th inning.

Jonathan Villar scored the first run of the evening on an error in the 1st. Later in the inning, Tony Kemp stole home (15, 30 season) as part of a double steal. Jon Singleton proceeded to rip an RBI double. Max Stassi hit an RBI single in the 4th inning, and he added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 5th. Andrew Aplin also hit an RBI single in the 5th. Villar drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th.

Kemp, Singleton, Stassi, and Aplin all finished with 2 hits in the game.

In game 3 of this series, Brett Oberholtzer will take on John Lannan. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Tuesday: Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 3

W- Juan Minaya (1-0)
L- Chris O'Grady (0-4)
S- Jandel Gustave (14)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the 7th, but the Hooks outscored the Travs 3-2 in the 9th inning. Corpus Christi was outhit 11-5, but they won in the column that matters.

Jon Kemmer broke the monotony of a scoreless tie in the top of the 7th by scoring on a wild pitch. In the top of the 9th, Conrad Gregor broke a 1-1 tie with a 2-run double, and Jio Mier ripped a double of his own to bring Gregor home.

Chris Devenski allowed 4 hits and fanned 8 over 6 shutout frames. Juan Minaya received his first decision of the year as he allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Things got a little too close for comfort for Jandel Gustave in the 9th, but he was able to secure the win. He allowed 2 unearned runs, 2 hits, and whiffed 2.

Wednesday: Corpus Christi 7, Arkansas 3

W- Joe Musgrove (4-0, 12-1 season)
L- Chris Ellis (5-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were down 2-0 after the 2nd, but they ended the game on a 7-1 run.

Joe Musgrove was solid in his 6 innings; he allowed 2 runs (both on solo homers) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. He now has 99 strikeouts against 8 walks in 100.2 innings across 3 levels this season. Chris Cotton allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Vince Velasquez walked 1 and fanned 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Leo Heras put Corpus on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd inning, and he later scored on a wild pitch. Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double of his own in the 5th inning to put the Hooks in front. A.J. Reed hit an RBI single in the 7th, and in the 8th, Heras drew a bases-loaded walk, and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a 2-run single. Teoscar, Reed, and Kemmer all finished 2-4.

The Hooks will look for the sweep as Edison Frias takes on Sean Newcomb tonight at 7:10.

Tuesday: Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 2

W- Francis Martes (2-1, 5-3 season)
L- Harrison Cooney (1-10)
S- Tyler Brunnemann (5)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (22, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks took flight late as they scored 7 of their 8 runs in the final 3 innings to take the first game of the series.

Alex Bregman opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th, and Lancaster got another run in the inning when James Ramsay scored on a wild pitch. Chase McDonald took Alex Blackford deep for a 2-run shot in the 8th, in the 9th, Ronnie Mitchell ripped a 2-run double, and McDonald capped it off with an RBI single.

Mitchell finished 3-5 with 2 doubles. Bregman (2B, 2 RBI, R), Jamie Ritchie (BB, R, SB [2, 9 season]), McDonald (2-run homer, 3 RBI), and Mott Hyde (BB, R) all finished with 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes had another fine outing as he allowed an unearned run on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 6 innings of work. Albert Minnis and Tyler Brunnemann brought it home: Minnis allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings, while Bruno allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 1.2 innings.

Wednesday: Inland Empire 5, Lancaster 4

W- Jordan Kipper (6-8)
L- Austin Chrismon (5-3, 9-4 season)
S- Geoff Broussard (14)

Lancaster home runs: D.J. Fisher (14, 20 season; 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks were left to rue their missed opportunities in this one; they finished 2-13 with runners in scoring position.

They got 2 runs in the 4th on D.J. Fisher's 2-run homer. With that blast, Fisher has a 20-20 season in his first full year in the system. In the 7th, James Ramsay hit an RBI single, and Alex Bregman had an RBI groundout. Bregman extended his hitting streak to 9 games in this one. Ramsay went 2-4 with a steal (12), while Fisher swiped 2 (18, 26 season).

Austin Chrismon allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Kevin Comer allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Mills got the final 2 outs of the 7th, and Andrew Walter threw a 1-2-3 8th.

In the series finale, Akeem Bostick will take on Victor Alcantara. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Tuesday: Fort Wayne 4, Quad Cities 3 in 11 innings

W- Jimmy Brasoban (4-3)
L- Angel Heredia (4-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Bandits held a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, but the TinCaps scored the game's final 3 runs.

Luis Reynoso opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th. He finished 3-5. Bryan Muñiz hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Trent Woodward added an RBI single of his own in the 7th. Woodward finished 2-4 out of the #9 spot in the order.

Justin Ferrell went 6 innings and allowed a run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 8. The bullpen couldn't hold down the fort. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs (both in the 7th) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Angel Heredia allowed the winning run with 1 out in the 11th inning. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.

Wednesday: Fort Wayne 2, Quad Cities 0

W- Pete Kelich (1-0)
L- Dean Deetz (1-1, 5-3 season)
S- Jimmy Brasoban (8)

The Banditos were kept off the board in this one as they dropped the series. They only had 4 singles.

Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on a bases-loaded walk, a single, walked 3, and struck out 4. Brandon McNitt pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Quad Cities will look to avoid the sweep as Agapito Barrios takes on Dinelson Lamet. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Tuesday: Lowell 8, Tri-City 4

W- Logan Boyd (3-0)
L- Zac Person (1-4)
S- Bobby Poyner (6)

TC home runs: None.

Again, the ValleyCats held an early lead, only to see the Spinners finish the game on a huge run.

Kolbey Carpenter hit a 2-run single in the 1st inning, and Aaron Mizell smacked a 2-run triple in the 2nd. He was thrown out at home trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park homer. He, Anthony Hermelyn, and Johnny Sewald all finished 2-4.

The trio that combined on the no-hitter got knocked around a little. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings. Zac Person went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and fanned 2. The only run that Kevin McCanna allowed in his 3 innings was a solo homer hit by Andrew Benintendi in the 9th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1.

Wednesday: Tri-City 2, Auburn 0

W- Chris Murphy (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Taylor Hearn (1-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (4)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got off on the right foot in a new series as they held the Doubledays off the scoreboard.

Aaron Mizell opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. He scored the other Tri-City run on a wild pitch in the 7th. Johnny Sewald was 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 steals (25), while Dex McCall was 2-4 with a double.

Chris Murphy allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Ryan Deemes tagged in for 3 scoreless, allowing 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 2 in the process, and Jacob Dorris struck out the side in order in the 9th to finish it off.

Trent Thornton will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll face Jefry Rodriguez at 7:00 Eastern.

Tuesday: Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 1

W- Cody Stashak (4-1)
L- Salvador Montaño (1-3)
S- Kuo Hua Lo (4)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros couldn't get much going on offense and dropped game 3 of the series at home.

Their run came on a Kyle Tucker RBI groundout in the 9th inning. Connor Goedert went 2-4 and scored the run.

Salvador Montaño went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Dylan James got the final 2 outs of the 5th in his Appy League debut, and Albert Abreu allowed 4 hits while striking out 5 over 4 scoreless.

Wednesday: Greeneville 4, Elizabethton 1

W- Diogenes Almengo (1-1)
L- Samuel Clay (1-3)
S- Samil De Los Santos (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros held the Twins to just 1 hit as they earned the split in the series. They have a 1-game lead in the division over Kingsport, and a 1.5 game lead on Elizabethton.

Diogenes Almengo went 5 innings and allowed that 1 hit, which was a single. He walked 1 and fanned 5. Moreno Polanco was the first man out; he pitched 2 innings and allowed an unearned run on a sac fly in the 7th, walked 1, and fanned 2. Lachlan Madden walked 1 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th, and Samil De Los Santos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to finish it.

Myles Straw scored the first run of the game on an error in the 3rd inning. In the 6th, Kyle Tucker grounded into a force out that scored Daz Cameron. Daz got caught stealing 2nd in the 8th inning, but Straw saw the opening and scampered home for another run. In the 9th, Arturo Michelena hit an RBI single, which was the only Greeneville run that was the product of a hit. Connor Goedert finished 2-4 with a double for the 2nd straight game.

Greeneville's roadtrip continues with 3 in Pulaski. Devonte German will start game 1, which will begin at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros

It was a rough couple of days for the Kissimmee Stros as they lost 3 games, one of which was a resumption of a suspended game. They fell 3-2 to the Tigers on Tuesday, and ended up falling 7-6 to the Yankees 2 in 11 innings in the game that resumed play, and 6-2 in the regularly scheduled game.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team smacked the A's 16-9 on Tuesday, but fell 3-2 to the Indians in 10 innings on Wednesday.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team lost 8-3 to the Nationals on Tuesday, but they turned around and smacked the Angels 15-3 on Wednesday. After the Angels took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning, the Orange team finished the game on a 14-0 run.

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