Thursday, September 10, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/10

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

The first day of postseason play for five teams ended with mixed results and Dustin will be bringing you the full scoop in a bit, but here's the quick down and dirty on the news of the day including acknowledgement of our birthday boys!

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

LHP Luis Cruz (25)
Cruz was born on September 10, 1990 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was drafted by Houston in the 9th round in 2008 out of Academia Santa Monica in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is currently playing for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies team.

RHP Kyle Smith (23)
Smith was born September 10, 1992 in Boynton Beach, Florida and was originally drafted by the Royals in the 4th round in 2011 out of Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, Florida. Smith came to the Astros organization in a July 2013 trade that sent Justin Maxwell to the Royals. Smith spent the 2015 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

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


STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno leads the series 1-0

Wednesday: Fresno 9 over El Paso 1

Great pitching was the story of the day as Dan Straily, Kevin Chapman, Jordan Jankowski and James Hoyt combined to allow only five El Paso hits. Alex Presley went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and scored a run. Tony Kemp drove in three runs and Nolan Fontana drove in two.
Thursday: El Paso at Fresno at 9:05 CST (RHP Chris Smith vs. RHP Asher Wojciechowski)

Friday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (TBD vs. LHP Robbie Erlin)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST if necessary (TBD vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary

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 winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
Corpus Christi leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Corpus Christi 9 over Midland 2

Solid scoreless relief from Aaron West and Gonzalo Sanudo as well! Conrad Gregor went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored; A.J. Reed and Danry Vasquez each had two doubles. But it was Roberto Pena that really made a statement with his two run home run and five RBI; Pena only hit one home run all season.

Thursday: Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST (LHP Sean Manaea vs. RHP R.J. Alaniz)

Friday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Kyle Westwood vs. RHP Chris Jensen)

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST if necessary

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. 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

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

SOUTH DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
Lancaster leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Lancaster 9 over High Desert 7

Only in The Caster!!! Between a light delay to start the game and a five-run hiccup from starter Keegan Yuhl in the first, it looked to be a long night for the 'Hawks. But a gutsy 4.1 inning relief outing from Steve Naemark kept them in the game and gave the 'Hawks bats a chance to dig themselves out of the hole which they did by tying the game up in the 4th. A two-run home run from J.D. Davis got them the lead and a fine two innings of relief from Kevin Comer made sure they kept it. Jamie Ritchie went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, three RBI and two runs scored.

Thursday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD (RHP David Paulino vs. RHP Trey Lambert)

Friday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD if necessary (RHP Akeem Bostick vs. RHP David Perez)

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

WESTERN DIVISION QUARTERFINALS (BEST OF THREE)
Cedar Rapids leads the series 1-0

Wednesday: Cedar Rapids 5 at Quad Cities 2


It was a tough loss all around for Quad Cities on the road in Cedar Rapids, but they bring the action back home tonight in a must win game.

Thursday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST (RHP Sam Gibbons vs. RHP Brock Dykxhoorn)

Friday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST if necessary (RHP Keaton Steele vs. RHP Dean Deetz)
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

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

SEMIFINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
Staten Island leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Staten Island 3 over Tri-City 2 in 11 innings

And it was! Tri-City's pitchers got out of TWO bases loaded, no outs situations, but the 'Cats bats couldn't get that clutch hit they needed in order to take the lead. The 'Cats will host Game 2 in another must win situation.

Thursday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST (RHP Domingo Acevedo vs. RHP Ralph Garza)

Friday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST if necessary (RHP Luis Cedeno vs. TBD)

Playoff Picture: Tri-City finally found out who they will be playing in the semifinals on the last day of the regular season as the Staten Island Yankees claimed the McNamara Division Title. Game 1 will be played in Staten Island on Wednesday the 9th and Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played back home at The Joe. The season series between the two teams is a tie at 3-3.

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Tuesday's Game: Greeneville 8 over Princeton 7

It was another gutsy performance for the Appy Astros as the lead changed NUMEROUS times in the deciding game on Tuesday night. Kyle Tucker's three-run home run in the third inning gave the Astros the lead, but it was short lived. They re-took the lead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs in that frame to go up 8-6. Princeton came back with another run in the bottom of that frame to make it 8-7. Then Edgardo Sandoval pitched brilliantly over the final three frames, allowing only two Princeton runners to reach base via walks, inducing a double play and collecting five of his seven strikeouts. He allowed only one hit, a solo home run, over his four innings of work. Congratulations go out to all the players, coaches and staff of the Greeneville Astros, including first year Greeneville manager Lamarr Rodgers.

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)

Playoff Record: 
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 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

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