Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/1

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



And if that isn't enough, J.D. Davis was the Player of the Week in the California League too. Quite a Day!

TWEET OF THE DAY
Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 80-56 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Monday's Game: Fresno 10 over Albuquerque 5
Nothing like getting back to home cooking (or maybe a Frankenslice?) to finally nail down that elusive 80th win! It is only the second time in franchise history that the Grizzlies have reached that mark.

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winner from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. But we still don't know who Fresno will face in that series. The Las Vegas 51's are currently only a half game ahead of the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Southern Division as they lost the first of four games to the Chihuahuas.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 83-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Monday's Game: San Antonio 11 over Corpus Christi 9

With 29 hits and 20 runs, this one wasn't exactly a pitchers' duel. Danry Vasquez had a particularly great night, going 3-for-5 with all three hits being doubles. He also drove in two runs and scored three times. The loss officially eliminated Corpus Christi from contention for the second half title.

Playoff Picture: Much like Fresno, Corpus Christi will host the first two playoff games next Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, but unlike Fresno, they know who they will be facing. Midland (an Oakland affiliate) clinched the second playoff spot last week. The next three games (if three are necessary will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Record: T2nd 72-61 2.0GB W4 (2nd in 2nd half; 2.0GB; clinched wild card)

Monday's Game: Lancaster finally received a much deserved off-day on Monday after playing 20 days in a row. And it was an off-day for the entire league so nothing has changed as it pertains to the playoff picture.

Playoff Picture: This one could get interesting. Lancaster is definitely in the playoffs, but if the season ended today, they would be in as a wild card. However, Lancaster only lags High Desert in the second half standings by two games with seven games left to play, and the final 4 games of the regular season will be between these two teams. At stake ... bragging rights as the second half winner and home field advantage as these two teams will face each other again in the best-of-three mini-series being played September 9th, 10th and 11th (if necessary). The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals. Got all that? Good!

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 85-46 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Monday's Game: Quad Cities 5 over Burlington 2

Dean Deetz may earn another Pitcher of the Week honor next week after his great outing on Monday as he allowed only two hits and no walks over five shutout innings.

Playoff Picture: In the Midwest League, eight teams advance to the playoffs. As the Western Division first half champion, the River Bandits play the second place team from the first half, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, in a best-of-three division quarter final. The first game will be in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 9th and the second and third (if necessary) will be back in Davenport on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th. The River Bandits won the season series against the Kernels 9 games to 4.

TRI-CITY

Record: 1st 38-30 -.-GB W3

Monday's Game: Tri-City 4 over Brooklyn 2
Tri-City's win brought them just that much closer to a playoff berth!

Playoff Picture: Lowell and Connecticut both cooperated nicely by losing on Monday, and Vermont was eliminated with Tri-City's win. Tri-City now leads Lowell by 4.5 games and Connecticut by 5.5 games in the Stedler Division with 7 games left to play. The three division leaders plus one wild card (the non-division leader with the best record) advance to the playoffs.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 33-33 5.5GB L1

Monday's Game: Princeton 3 over Greeneville 2

RF Kyle Tucker collected three of Greeneville's five hits along with two stolen bases just for grins, but Tucker wasn't enough to carry Greeneville to victory. Which means the playoffs will be decided on the final day of the Appalachian League season.

Playoff Picture: With Greeneville's loss and Elizabethton's win, Greeneville's lead going in to the final game of their season has been reduced to a half game. Greeneville must win on Tuesday or Elizabethton must lose in order for Greeneville to advance to the playoffs. If they advance, they will play a best-of-three division series against the Kingsport Mets against whom they have compiled a 5-6 record this season.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

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

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 over.

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