Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/8

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

The minor league regular season wound up yesterday, but five Astros teams will start their postseasons on Wednesday and one moves on to the final game of the League Championship series tonight!

WISHING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

IF Kolby Carpenter (22)
Carpenter was born September 8, 1993 in Waco, Texas, and was drafted in the 33rd round in 2015 out of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He played for the Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats in 2015.

TWEET OF THE DAY

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

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

Monday's Game: Salt Lake 8 over Fresno 5
Tyler White ended the season hitting .325/.442/.496 in 116 total games and .362/.467/.559 in 57 games after his promotion to AAA.

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

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

Monday's Game: Corpus Christi 12 over San Antonio 8


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

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

Monday's Game: High Desert 10 over Lancaster 4


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

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

Monday's Game: Beloit 4 over Quad Cities 3
Let that team ERA sink in. Now consider this. 37 pitchers came through Quad Cities during the season as many, many pitchers were promoted. Amazing job by the pitchers, the catchers and by Pitching Coach Dave Borkowski!

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 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Monday's Game: Tri-City 6 over Connecticut 1
Also of note, Austin Nicely pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in his first appearance since July 28th.

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

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

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

Monday's Game: Greeneville 10 over Princeton 8

What a gutty performance as Greeneville, down 8-3 after six innings, battled back with four runs in the seventh (thanks to a Rodrigo Ayarza grand slam!) and three more with two outs in the top of the ninth. As friend of the blog Steve Duer (aka Appy Astros) noted, the home team hasn't won a single game in the postseason. Let's hope that trend continues as Greeneville faces Princeton for the deciding Game 3 in Princeton tonight at 6:00 CST.

Playoff Picture: Now that Greeneville won the semifinals, they will go on to face Princeton in the League Championship Series, starting Sunday night 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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