Monday, September 21, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report: 9/21

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

Sunday was a good day. One more game on Tuesday and the Astros minor league season will officially be in the books.
TWEET OF THE DAY
ROSTER MOVES AND OTHER NEWS
WTHB's Season in Review series:
Dominican Summer League Astros
Gulf Coast League Astros
Greeneville Astros
Tri-City ValleyCats

Coming soon: The Quad Cities River Bandits

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

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

Playoff Record:
Won Pacific Conference Championship 3-1 over El Paso

PCL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno won the series 3-2

Tuesday the 15th: Round Rock 9 over Fresno 8 in 12 innings

Wednesday the 16th: Fresno 3 over Round Rock 1

Friday the 18th: Round Rock 6 over Fresno 2
Saturday the 19th: Fresno 2 over Round Rock 1

Sunday the 20th: Fresno 7 over Round Rock 3

Mark Appel got the start and was coasting along very nicely until he got to two outs in the sixth inning and served up a two-run home run to Round Rock first baseman Drew Robinson and was pulled from the game with a 4-3 lead. Thanks to solid relief from Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman and James Hoyt, Appel still walked away with the win and ended his day with six hits, three runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts over 5.2 innings.

Down 1-0 going to the bottom of the first, the Grizzlies offense wasted no time getting to work as Tyler White hit a two-run no-doubter to left field to take the lead. They added two more runs by way of a Tony Kemp sac fly in the second and a Kemp RBI single in the fourth. The home run allowed by Appel made it 4-3 in the top of the sixth, but the Grizzlies got some breathing room back in the seventh as Alex Presley contributed a solo homer and a Robbie Grossman double drove in two runs later in the inning. And that was more than enough to earn the Grizzlies the first PCL Championship in franchise history.

Tony Kemp earned MVP honors for the series. For the day, he was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. For the entire postseason, Kemp hit .405/.478/.486 with three doubles, nine RBI, seven walks and two stolen bases in nine games.
The Grizzlies got to celebrate on Sunday, but their work isn't done. They are now headed to El Paso to face the International League Champion Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's AAA affiliate, in a one-game playoff for bragging rights as the ultimate AAA Championship team. The game will be at 7:05 CST Tuesday (airing nationally on the NBC Sports Network) with recently promoted RHP Chris Devenski scheduled to take the mound for the Grizzlies.
CORPUS CHRISTI

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

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
Lost 1-3 to Midland in the Southern Division Playoffs


Season Over


LANCASTER

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

Playoff Record:
Lost 1-2 to High Desert in the South Division miniseries


Season Over

QUAD CITIES

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

Playoff Record:
Lost 0-2 to Cedar Rapids in Western Division Quarterfinals

Season Over
TRI-CITY

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

Playoff Record:
Lost 0-2 to Staten Island in Semifinal Championship Series


Season Over

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

Season Over

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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