Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Let's play 2 in Des Moines!

Game 1: Iowa 3, Fresno 2

W- Ryan Buchter (1-0)
L- Asher Wojciechowski (8-3)
S- Brian Schlitter (21)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies threatened in the 7th, but a double play squashed those plans.

Jonathan Villar hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning, and L.J. Hoes ripped one of his own in the 5th. They also stole a base; Villar now has 34, while Hoes has 24.

Asher Wojciechowski went the distance with a bare minimum quality start. He allowed 5 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2.

Game 2: Fresno 7, Iowa 3

W- Mark Appel (3-2, 8-3 season)
L- Felipe Paulino (4-8)
S- Jordan Jankowski (3)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (3, led off game)

With this win, the Grizzlies have clinched the PCL's Pacific Northern division.

Tony Kemp began the game by going deep. Jon Singleton ripped an RBI double in the 2nd and scored on an RBI single from Andrew Aplin. In the 4th, Tyler Heineman clubbed an RBI double and Aplin scored on an error following a Tony Kemp single. Matt Duffy hit a double, and Tyler White scored on the ensuing error in the 5th. Kemp grounded into a force out in the 6th, and Nolan Fontana scored on yet another error. Kemp (solo homer) and Singleton (2B, RBI, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Mark Appel had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 4 hits, walking 4, and striking out 5. Joe Thatcher got 2 outs in the 7th via strikeout and walked 2. Jordan Jankowski got the final out of the game with a strikeout.

In the series finale, Brett Oberholtzer will take on Carlos Pimentel at 6:40.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Jeff Urlaub (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (1-3, 4-6 season)
S- Brendan McCurry (3)

CC home runs: None.

Disaster struck the Hooks bullpen as the Hounds scored 4 in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead.

All 3 Corpus runs came in the 4th as Teoscar Hernandez scored on a wild pitch and Danry Vásquez ripped a 2-run double. Danry, Colin Moran, A.J. Reed, and Jon Kemmer all finished 2-4. Kemmer is on a 5-game hitting streak and has 2 hits in each of the 5 games that constitute this streak.

Chris Devenski went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Josh Fields walked 1 in a scoreless 6th. Travis Ballew struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th. Reymin Guduan got 1 out in the 8th via strikeout, but he allowed a hit and walked 2, leaving the bases loaded for Jandel Gustave. Gustave got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but he was unable to extract the Hooks out of the predicament as all 3 inherited runners scored. Gustave allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, R.J. Alaniz will face Kris Hall. First pitch is at 6:30.

Lancaster 12, Rancho Cucamonga 7

W- Albert Minnis (3-4)
L- Matt Shelton (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: Sean McMullen (2, 7 season; 3-run in 4th)

The JetHawks took flight with 7 in the 4th, giving them 12 through the first 4 innings of this one.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Alex Bregman added a sac fly. Lancaster got 3 in the 3rd as Brian Holberton hit an RBI single, Ruben Castro hit an RBI groundout, and Marc Wik scored on a balk. Davis added another RBI single to his ledger in that big 4th inning, in which Mott Hyde hit a bases-clearing triple and Sean McMullen smacked a 3-run home run. Davis finished 3-4 with a double to go with his 2 RBI singles and scored 2 runs, while Holberton was 2-4 and scored 2 runs.

Akeem Bostick went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo and 2-run homers). Albert Minnis was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Troy Scribner allowed a solo homer to Jacob Scavuzzo in the 8th, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning. He also walked 2. Andrew Walter allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

In game 3 of this series, Bryan Radziewski will take on Trevor Oaks. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Eddie Campbell (2-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (4-3)
S- Kody Kerski (7)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were held to 4 hits and were kept off the board. Trent Woodward and Bryan Muñiz both hit doubles.

Justin Ferrell went 6 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Zach Davis struck out 1 over 2 perfect frames, and Eric Peterson allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Agapito Barrios will be on the mound for Quad Cities tonight as they wrap up their series with the Lumberkings. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 7:00.

Tri-City 13, Connecticut 6

W- Kevin McCanna (2-2)
L- Chase Edwards (6-5)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats fought back from a 5-0 deficit and blew the Tigers away with a 13-1 run to close out the game.

That 5-0 deficit was erased by a 6-run 4th inning. Kolbey Carpenter put Tri-City on the board with an RBI double. He'd score on a Pat Porter sac fly. Anthony Hermelyn and Keach Ballard followed with RBI singles, and Johnny Sewald put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run double. Hermelyn and Ballard struck again in the 5th with a 2-run double and an RBI single, respectively. Sewald drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and in the 8th, Bobby Wernes hit an RBI single, and Ballard and Sewald drew bases-loaded walks.

Hermelyn (2B, 3 RBI, R) and Wernes (RBI, 4 R) had 3 hits apiece, while Porter (RBI, 2 R), Carpenter (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R) and Ballard (3 RBI, 2 BB, R) had 2 each.

Zac Person went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Kevin McCanna was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Trent Thornton will be on the mound for Tri-City tonight. He'll face Sandy Baez at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 4

W- Andrew Thome (1-1)
L- Cody Stashak (5-2)

Greeneville home runs: Connor Goedert (5, 3-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros only scored in 1 inning, but it turned out to be enough as they earned a massive series win. They took the final two games over Elizabethton to pull into a tie for 2nd place in the Appalachian League West.

Rodrigo Ayarza put Greeneville on the board and in the lead by clearing the bases with a double in the 2nd, which became the first 3 runs in an 8-run inning. Osvaldo Duarte followed with an RBI double, and Myles Straw drove Duarte home with an RBI single. Straw was caught stealing 2nd, but Daz Cameron took his place on the bases by drawing a walk. Daz moved to 3rd on a Randy Cesar single, and Connor Goedert, whose BB to begin the inning started all of this, whacked a 3-run homer.

Straw finished 2-4 as everyone in the Appy Astros lineup reached base at least once.

Matt Bower, who was just promoted to Tri-City, allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Alejandro Solarte walked 1 in a scoreless 5th, and Andrew Thome pitched 4 scoreless for the win, allowing 4 hits and fanning 1.

Greeneville will meet Kingsport for the final time this season. This game is just underway. Yhoan Acosta is on the mound for the Appy Astros, and he's taking on Erik Manoah.

GCL Tigers 6, GCL Astros 2

W- Toller Boardman (3-2)
L- Franklin Perez (0-2, 1-4 season)
S- Logan Longwith (5)

GCL home runs: None.

Jorge Martinez ripped an RBI double in the 5th inning, and Marcos Almonte added a sac fly in the 8th.

Franklin Perez allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Juan Robles was the 3rd pitcher to appear for the GCL Astros; he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Blue Jays 1

W- Ricardo Castro
L- Wilfri Aleton
S- Gabriel Valdez

Blue home runs: Cristopher Luciano (1st of playoffs, 2-run in 1st)

I believe that playoffs in the DSL is contested in a best-of-3 format. So, the Blue team will advance to the semifinals to take on the Rangers 1.

All the scoring in this game came off of home runs, and Cristopher Luciano's 2-run homer in the 1st was the difference.

Ricardo Castro allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Gabriel Valdez pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a solo homer to Antony Fuentes in the 7th, which was the only Blue Jays run. Valdez allowed one other hit and fanned 1.

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