Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 31, 2015

How did the farm fare on this final day of August?

Fresno 10, Albuquerque 5

W- Mark Appel (4-2, 9-3 season)
L- Boone Whiting (3-9)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White 2 (7, 14 season; solo in 3rd, 3-run in 5th)

The difference in this game was a 6-run 5th for the Grizzlies. Oh, and Mr. White's 2 home runs.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd, and he later scored when Trent Woodward grounded into a double play. Tyler White's first homer of the night was a solo shot that came with 2 outs in the 3rd. He sent another one out in the 5th; this one was of the 3-run variety. Singleton followed with another RBI double, and he came around to score on an RBI single from L.J. Hoes. Tony Kemp capped off the scoring with an RBI triple. In the 6th, Matt Duffy hit a sac fly.

White, Duffy, and Singleton all had 2-hit nights, as did Nolan Fontana, who scored 2 runs and drew a walk after coming on for Jonathan Villar, who has been summoned to Houston thanks to roster expansion.

Mark Appel had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 4 hits, walking 4, and striking out 6. Jake Buchanan was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1 in 2 innings, and in his AAA debut, Travis Ballew allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.

In game 2 of this series, Brett Oberholtzer will take on Aaron Laffey. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

San Antonio 11, Corpus Christi 9

W- Elliot Morris (4-9)
L- Chris Cotton (2-1, 3-3 season)
S- Eury De La Rosa (7)

CC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (3, 4 season; solo in 3rd)

The Missions got to Chris Cotton late to foil the Hooks' bid to sweep the series.

In his 2nd rehab game, George Springer went 1-4 and scored a run. Chan-Jong Moon put Corpus on the board when he led off the 3rd with a home run. Later in the inning, Danry Vásquez scored on an error. Moon added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th, which sparked a 6-run inning for the Hooks. Danry followed with a 2-run double, which was one of 3 two-baggers that he smacked on the night. Jon Kemmer ripped a 2-run double of his own and came around to score on an RBI single from Conrad Gregor. Danry scored his 3rd run of the game in the 8th, when A.J. Reed grounded into a fielder's choice. Gregor finished 2-5.

Chris Devenski went 6.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 10 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 7. Reymin Guduan got 1 out in the 7th; he allowed a run of his own, a hit, and walked 1. Gonzalo Sañudo got the final out of the 7th inning. Chris Cotton allowed 4 runs (all in the 9th) on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and fanned 1 in 1.1 innings. Tyler Brunnemann got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but the damage had been done. The Hooks fought back in the bottom of the 9th and had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, but that threat was squashed.

Kyle Westwood will be on the mound in the first of a 4-game series with Frisco. He'll face Jose Leclerc at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game series in Bakersfield tonight at 7:15 Pacific. Troy Scribner will be on the mound for Lancaster.

Quad Cities 5, Burlington 2

W- Dean Deetz (4-1, 8-3 season)
L- Keynan Middleton (5-11)
S- Jacob Dorris (1, 7 season)

QC home runs: Kristian Trompiz (6, solo in 4th), Bryan Muñiz (3, 5 season; 3-run in 4th)

The Banditos got a pair of 4th-inning home runs and a nice outing from Dean Deetz in this one.

Deetz allowed 2 hits over 5 shutout innings. Juan Robles was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen. He went 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 on a wild pitch and 1 on a groundout), walked 5, and struck out 1. Robles, who is still 17, had an outstanding debut season in the complex leagues. While he was clearly wild in this outing, I wouldn't read too much into it. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit and fanned 3 in 2.2 innings to get the save.

Wander Franco opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 2nd. Kristian Trompiz doubled the lead by leading off the 4th with a homer, and Bryan Muñiz extended it even further with a 3-run homer. He and Bobby Boyd (SB [34], R) finished with 2 hits apiece.

The River Bandits will look for the sweep as Elieser Hernandez will go up against Justin Anderson. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 4, Brooklyn 2

W- Matt Bower (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Gaby Almonte (6-7)
S- Zac Grotz (4, 5 season)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats won the series thanks to a 3-run 6th inning.

Dex McCall put Tri-City on the board and in the lead with a 2-run single in that 6th inning, and Bobby Wernes later scored on a wild pitch. Aaron Mizell added an RBI single in the 7th. Mizell finished 2-3 and had a triple to go with his run-scoring hit.

Trent Thornton allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 2 in the 4th inning. In his Tri-City debut, Matt Bower allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 2 in 4 innings, and Zac Grotz walked 1 and fanned 2 in the 9th for the save.

Alex Winkelman will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Princeton 3, Greeneville 2

W- Deivy Mendez (2-2)
L- Yhoan Acosta (1-4)
S- Alberto Casanas (9)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros' miscues doomed them in this game; they committed 6 errors.

Connor Goedert hit an RBI single in the 1st. Kyle Tucker finished 3-4 with 2 stolen bases (13, 17 season) and an RBI single in the 8th.

Makay Nelson went 2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Starlyng Sanchez went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits while striking out 1. Yhoan Acosta allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Luis Ramirez fanned 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In Greeneville's season finale, Salvador Montaño will take on Spencer Moran at 7:00 Eastern.

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