Friday, August 7, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Getting you caught up on Wednesday and Thursday game highlights ...

FRESNO GRIZZLIES

Wednesday - Fresno over Sacremento 5-2
Luis Cruz got the start (4IP 2H 1R 5BB! 5SO), but Jake Buchanan got the win (3IP 1R 2SO HR). Kevin Chapman and Jason Stoffel provided effective relief to lock it down. The Grizzlies only collected six hits and the only extra base hit belonged to Max Stassi, a triple. Robbie Grossman had a two-RBI night.

Thursday - Fresno Tacos over Sacremento 7-4
The Grizzlies became the Tacos for one night and managed to prevail despite a less than stellar start from Mark Appel (4.2IP 6H 4R/3ER 4BB 4SO) thanks to almost perfect relief from Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman and James Hoyt and an offense fueled largely by a big night from Matt Duffy (2x4 2B HR 4RBI 2R). Jonathan Villar was three-for-five with a double and a triple. Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman had multi-hit nights as well and Jon Singleton drove in two.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Wednesday - Corpus over San Antonio 6-3 in 11 innings
Big Joe Musgrove got the start, going seven innings and allowing three runs (one earned run on a solo home run) on seven hits and no walks. He struck out five. Vince Velasquez took over for the next three scoreless innings to earn the win; he allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three. Jandel Gustave earned his 13th save, pitching the 11th. Teoscar Hernandez was two-for-six with a two run home run and three RBI; Colin Moran was three-for-six with a double; Danry Vasquez, Jack Mayfield, Jon Kemmer and Roberto Pena had two hits each. The three-run 11th to secure a Hooks victory was a team effort that came out of four singles, two walks and a bunt force out.

Thursday - Midland over Corpus Christi 12-5
This one was closer than it looked as Midland only had a two-run advantage going in to the ninth inning, but blew things wide open collected six runs off Travis Ballew and Chris Cotton. Starter Kyle Westwood allowed five runs and took the loss. Alfredo Gonzalez had a big night at the plate, going three-for-three and drawing a walk. Jon Kemmer contributed a three-run home run to the effort while Jack Mayfield and Conrad Gregor delivered solo shots.

LANCASTER

Wednesday - Bakersfield over Lancaster 12-5
David Paulino didn't enjoy his initiation into pitching in The Caster (3.2IP 7H 8R 3BB 3SO). Michael Freeman and Jordan Mills allowed another four runs across before Tyler Brunneman came in for the final two innings to stop the bleeding. After a 7-run fourth inning, the 'Hawks were never really back in the game. There were multi-hit nights from James Ramsay (2RBI), Alex Bregman, J.D. Davis, Mott Hyde and Edwin Medina. Davis collected his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot, and Marc Wik doubled.

Thursday - Lancaster over High Desert 9-4
Kevin Comer got the start (5IP 7H 4R 3BB 2SO HR) and Austin Chrismon got the win (4IP 2H 0R 0BB 4SO) with a strong outing. On offense, J.D. Davis hit a two-run home run, his 19th of the season while Jamie Ritchie collected a double and a triple in his two-for-four night. Marc Wik also tripled and drove in three in his three-for-four effort.

QUAD CITIES

Wednesday - Quad Cities over Bowling Green 10-3
Dean Deetz earned the win (5IP 3H 0R 2BB 4SO) despite being followed by a less than effective outing from Jorge Perez (1IP 3H 3R 1BB). Zach Davis took over for two and he and Steve Naemark provided perfect relief.  The Bandits collected 15 hits with all players getting at least one. Garrett Stubbs was three-for-five with two doubles and two RBI. Jason Martin (2x5 2B 2RBI R) and Drew Ferguson also doubled and Nick Tanielu collected his third triple of the season. Bobby Boyd, Bryan Muniz and Luis Reynoso each collected two hits as well.

Thursday - Quad Cities over Bowling Green 2-0
Agapito Barrios (6IP 2H 1BB 5SO), Ryan Thompson (2IP 3SO) and Angel Heredia (1IP 1H) combined in this three-hit shut out. Bobby Boyd, Bryan Muniz, Ryan Bottger and Kristian Trompiz all had multi-hit games with Muniz collecting a double and a solo home run.

TRI-CITY

Wednesday - Hudson Valley over Tri-City 2-1
Harold Arauz took the loss as he, Yeyfry del Rosario and Junior Garcia held Hudson Valley to six total hits, but were hurt by a Kolbey Carpenter fielding error and an Arauz wild pitch. Carpenter tried to redeem himself by going two-for-three with a double, but the only 'Cats run came off a Hector Roa home run. Aaron Mizell collected the third triple of his short career.

Thursday - Tri-City over Aberdeen 5-0
Aberdeen collected nothing but zeroes as Kevin McCanna (4IP 1BB 5SO), Ralph Garza (4IP 7SO), Zac Person (1IP) and C Anthony Hermelyn pitched a no-hitter that was only one walk away from perfection. Aaron Mizell collected his fourth and fifth triples of his short career in a three-for-five outing; Pat Porter doubled and drove in two runs; and Hermelyn got it down both at the plate and behind it, going two-for-four and driving in one run.



GREENEVILLE

Wednesday - Greeneville over Bluefield 5-1 in 5 innings (completed early due to rain)
Albert Abreu allowed a run early via a little small ball and a bases loaded hit by pitch, but settled down to collect six strikeouts and the win in his five innings of work. All but one Greeneville player collected a hit and Daz Cameron managed to collect three hits with a double in this five-inning game. Myles Straw and Connor Goedert (2x3) doubled as well.

Thursday - Greeneville and Bluefeild postponed due to rain

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Wednesday - GCL Blue Jays over GCL Astros 3-2
Carlos Hiraldo took the loss, allowing the go ahead run in the seventh. The Astros were held to six hits but four of those were of the extra-base variety ... doubles from Nestor Tejada, Vicente Sanchez and Jake Bowey; and a triple from Miguelangel Sierra.

Thursday - GCL Astros over GCL Blue Jays 3-2
Edgardo Sandoval was perfect in his five innings of work, striking out seven on his way to the win. Juan Robles allowed only one hit in his two innings, but Dylan James made things a little too interesting, allowing two runs in the top of the ninth, but ultimately collecting the save. The two Nestors (Muriel and Tejada) each doubled in the game; Tejada and Marcos Almonte had two hits apiece.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

Wednesday

DSL Astros Orange over DSL Cardinals 5-1
Franklin Perez had a strong start, collecting six strikeouts over his three innings of work while allowing only two hits. DF Alejandro Garcia was five-for-five with a home run and three runs scored and Felix Lucas was three-for-four with two RBI.

DSL Astros Blue over DSL Rays 2-1 in 7 innings (completed early due to rain)
Yoanys Quiala's strong start (5IP 2H 1BB 5SO) did not result in a win as Jorge Alcala blew the save and collected the win in his two innings. The Blue team won despite collecting only two hits.

Thursday

DSL Cardinals over DSL Astros Orange 5-2
Bryan Abreu (5IP 1H 1R 2BB 6SO) had a strong start and the loss went to Cesar Rosado. Alejandro Garcia was at it again, going three-for-five this time. SS Nicolas Miranda was three-for-four and scored a run.

DSL Astros Blue over DSL Rays 6-2
Strong pitching from Cristian Javier, Cristofer Melendez and closer Josue Uribe, but Jorge Guzman who allowed the only two Rays runs came away with the win. Andy Pineda and Oscar Campos were each two-for-five with doubles. Ronny Jimenez also doubled and Angel Tejeda was also two-for-five.

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