Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report: 9/2

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

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

IF Luis Reynoso (21)
Reynoso was born September 2, 1994 in San Francisco de Macoris, Duarte, Dominican Republic and signed with the Astros in July 2011. He is currently playing for the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Luis Reynoso - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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

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Also, the players participating in the Arizona Fall League were announced yesterday afternoon. Lefties Chris Cotton and Albert Minnis, RHP Aaron West and Keegan Yuhl, 1B A.J. Reed, 3B J.D. Davis and OF Derek Fisher will join the Glendale Desert Dogs. IF Chan Moon will also participate and will be a taxi squad player, meaning that he will only play a couple times a week unless he is needed to replace a player who leaves the team. Baseball America breaks down all the teams here. They will start play on October 13th. Here is the full schedule.

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 80-57 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Tuesday's Game: Albuquerque 3 over Fresno 2
Unfortunately, that goal gets pushed back another day as Fresno only managed four hits on the night and couldn't overcome a 3-run first by the Isotopes.

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 84-50 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Tuesday's Game: Corpus Christi 10 over Frisco 2

Moon did it at the plate as well, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double while A.J. Reed contributed his 34th home run of the season and Jon Kemmer's second inning triple extended his hitting streak to 11 games in support of a terrific start from Kyle Westwood (7IP 5H 0R 1BB 5SO).

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: 3rd 72-62 3.0GB L1 (2nd in 2nd half; 3.0GB; clinched wild card)

Tuesday's Game: Bakersfield 2 over Lancaster 0
This was a tough loss. Not only did the JetHawks falter in their quest to catch High Desert in the second half standings, they lost despite outhitting Bakersfield nine to four. Michael Freeman and Kevin Comer provided five innings of scoreless relief from the bullpen and James Ramsay collected four of the JetHawks nine hits.

Playoff Picture: Lancaster is in the playoffs, but if the season ended today, they would be in as a wild card. However, Lancaster lags High Desert by three games in the second half standings with six games left to play, and the final 4 games of the regular season will be between these two teams so they still have a chance to win the second half which would get them 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 85-47 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Tuesday's Game: Burlington 7 over Quad Cities 4

Quad Cities trailed 6-0 at one point and battled back, but ultimately came up short. Drew Ferguson drove in three of the four River Bandits runs with a bases clearing double. Eric Peterson threw three innings of scoreless relief for the second time in as many appearances.

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 39-30 -.-GB W4

Tuesday's Game: Tri-City 5 over Brooklyn 4

Tri-City inched closer to the playoffs with their sweep of Brooklyn. Johnny Sewald went 3-for-4 with a walk and stole his 29th base of the season; he is hitting .357/.466/.480 since the first of August. Adam Whitt, Scott Weathersby and Yeyfry del Rosario contributed five scoreless innings of relief to keep Tri-City in the game and allow them to get the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th.

Playoff Picture: Lowell and Connecticut both won on Tuesday as well, but Tri-City still leads Lowell by 4.5 games and Connecticut by 5.5 games in the Stedler Division with 6 games left to play. The magic number to eliminate Lowell stands at 3 while Connecticut is hanging on by a thread with an elimination number of 1. The three division leaders plus one wild card (the non-division leader with the best record) advance to the playoffs.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth)

Tuesday's Game: Greeneville 5 over Princeton 0

And that's a wrap! Greeneville punctuated their playoff-clinching win with a big four-run bottom of the 8th. But it was the excellent pitching from Salvador Montano and Albert Abreu that made all the difference as they combined to toss a 6-hit shutout on the final day of the regular season in a must-win game.

Playoff Picture: Greeneville's win on Tuesday got them to the playoffs with no time to reflect. They will host Game 1 of a best-of-three Division Series starting this Thursday, September 3rd. Games 2 and 3 will be in Kingsport on Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th (if necessary); the Mets affiliate won the season series with Greeneville 6 games to 5.

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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