Friday, September 11, 2015

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 10, 2015

Unfortunately, a couple of teams saw their roads end abruptly.

Fresno 5, El Paso 4 (Fresno 2-0)

W- Asher Wojciechowski
L- Chris Smith
S- James Hoyt

Fresno home runs: Nolan Fontana (2-run in 4th)

The Grizzlies staved off some El Paso rallies to sweep the Fresno portion of the series.

Tyler White put Fresno on the board and tied the game with a 2-run single in the 3rd, and Nolan Fontana put them in the lead with a 2-run homer in the 4th. Fontana scored on an Alex Presley RBI double in the 7th. Fontana (2-run homer, 3 R), Presley (2B, RBI), and Robbie Grossman had 2 hits apiece.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Juan Minaya allowed a solo homer to Will Middlebrooks in the 7th, which was the only hit (and run) he allowed in the frame. He struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe, which was the 1 hit he allowed. He walked 1 and struck out 1. James Hoyt got a 4-out save, striking out 3.

Mark Appel will get the start tonight as the Grizzlies get their first shot at closing out the series. He'll take on Robbie Erlin at 7:05 Mountain.

Midland 9, Corpus Christi 3 (Series tied 1-1)

W- Jeff Urlaub
L- Jandel Gustave

CC home runs: Colin Moran (solo in 4th), Conrad Gregor (solo in 9th)

The wheels fell off in appalling fashion in the 9th inning for the Hooks as the Hounds scored 7 in the inning to break a 2-2 tie. Also, Corpus skipper Rodney Linares got tossed in the frame.

Colin Moran's solo shot in the 4th was the first run for the Hooks. Jio Mier ripped an RBI triple in the 7th, and Conrad Gregor hit a solo shot in the 9th. He finished 2-4.

R.J. Alaniz went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Brian Holmes was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave and Albert Minnis both struggled, and I'll leave it at that.

Kyle Westwood will start game 3 as the series shifts to Midland. He'll face Chris Jensen at 7:00.

High Desert 6, Lancaster 5 (Series tied 1-1)

W- Trey Lambert
L- David Paulino
S- John Fasola

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (2, solo in 4th)

The JetHawks' 9th-inning rally fell just short.

J.D. Davis put Lancaster on the board with a solo shot in the 4th. In the 7th, Jamie Ritchie ripped a 2-run double, and James Ramsay added an RBI single. Sean McMullen led off the 9th by drawing a walk, and he was joined on the bases by Ritchie, who also got a free pass. Ramsay followed by hitting a single, and an error on the play resulted in McMullen scoring. Unfortunately, the rally ended there. Ramsay and Chase McDonald both had 2 hits in this game.

David Paulino went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson got 1 out in the 5th. He had an inherited runner charged to him and allowed 2 hits. Jordan Mills allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Troy Scribner allowed a 2-run homer to David Lyon in the 8th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Akeem Bostick will take the mound for the deciding game 3. He'll face David Perez at 7:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 1 in 11 innings (Cedar Rapids wins 2-0)

W- Yorman Landa
L- Angel Heredia
S- Nick Anderson

QC home runs: None.

The Kernels got 2 in the top of the 11th to break a 1-1 tie. Preceding that play, which was a 2-run single from Chris Paul, the Bandits committed 2 errors on a botched force out attempt.

Jason Martin hit a 1-out triple in the 4th and scored the only Quad Cities run on an RBI single from Nick Tanielu.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Eric Peterson struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Angel Heredia went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.

Staten Island 10, Tri-City 5 (Staten Island wins 2-0)

W- Domingo Acevedo
L- Ralph Garza Jr.

TC home runs: Hector Roa (2-run in 9th)

A 7-0 deficit proved too much for the ValleyCats to overcome, and as a result, their season comes to a close.

Dex McCall put Tri-City on the board with an RBI single in the 6th. Keach Ballard smacked a 2-run double in the 7th, and Hector Roa whacked a 2-run homer in the 9th. McCall (RBI single), Roa (2-run homer, 2 R), and Kolbey Carpenter (2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Ralph Garza went 2.1 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Kevin McCanna was the first man out, and a solo homer hit by Eduardo de Oleo was the only run he allowed in 3.2 innings. McCanna allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Matt Bower allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 in the 7th, and Juan Carlos Santos walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

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