Sunday, September 6, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/6

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

TWEET OF THE DAY
Greeneville is the first of the seven Astros affiliates making it to the postseason to advance to the Championship finals!

A couple more Astros minor league roster moves from Saturday to wrap up the week.

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 83-58 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Saturday's Game: Fresno 4 over Salt Lake 2
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 now tied with the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Southern Division with two games left in the regular season.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 87-51 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Saturday's Game: San Antonio 2 over Corpus Christi 1

R.J. Alaniz took the loss despite putting up a solid start as the Hooks bats couldn't string much together on Saturday. Newly promoted LHP Mike Freeman allowed a hit and a walk in his scoreless one-inning debut with the Hooks and RHP Tyler Brunnemann was perfect in his one inning of work in front of a hometown crowd in San Antonio.

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 74-64 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

Saturday's Game: High Desert 7 over Lancaster 6
The 'Hawks made a valiant effort as they erased most of a 7-2 deficit late, but came up just short and will have to settle for the wild card. OF James Ramsay continues with a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a double; he is hitting .362 in his last 10 games. LHP Steve Naemark doubled his longest outing of the season, pitching four innings of relief and allowing one run on a solo homer.

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert. The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th, but first they have two more regular season games against High Desert. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 87-49 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Saturday's Game: Quad Cities 2 over Beloit 1
Dean Deetz had yet another superb outing, tossing eight innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

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 41-32 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Saturday's Game: Tri-City 11 over Connecticut 4
CF Johnny Sewald went 2-for-4 with a double and his first professional home run (a solo homer), drove in three, walked twice and scored three times; he is hitting .395 over his last 10 games.

Playoff Picture: Now that Tri-City has clinched the Stedler Division, it's time to look forward to the playoffs. The Wild Card (State College and West Virginia tied for the wild card lead) will play the Division winner with the best record (Williamsport) in the Semifinals. The other two Division winners will play each other, which means that Tri-City will play the winner of the McNamara Division, a race which is currently undecided. Staten Island leads Aberdeen by a half game and Hudson Valley by a game and a half game in that Division with two games left in the regular season.

GREENEVILLE

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

Playoff Record: Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport and are advancing to the League Championship Series

Saturday's Game: Greeneville 3 over Kingsport 1

It was a pitcher's duel in Kingsport with Greeneville starter Yhoan Acosta trading zeroes with Kingsport starter Thomas McIlraith for the first five innings. Greeneville finally broke through with three runs in the sixth on a Connor Goedert double that drove in two runs, followed by a Randy Cesar single that scored Goedert. The lefty Acosta was brilliant in the game, going seven innings and allowing only three hits while striking out seven.

Playoff Picture: Now that Greeneville won the semifinals, they will go on to face Princeton in the League Championship Series, starting tonight at home with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) to be played in Princeton on Monday and Tuesday. The Astros and the Rays split the season series 3-3.

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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