Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, September 7, 2015

So ends another regular season in the Minor Leagues.

Salt Lake 8, Fresno 5

W- Tyler DeLoach (2-6)
L- Jake Buchanan (5-5)
S- Vinnie Pestano (10)

Fresno home runs: None.

Joe Sclafani finished 2-5 to bring his average to an even .300. Tyler Heineman hit a double in 3 at-bats and scored twice. Tony Kemp swiped 2 bases, giving him 20 in the PCL and 35 on the season.

Brett Oberholtzer went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both scored on a homer) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. The Bees got to Jake Buchanan for 4 in the 6th on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1.  Luis Cruz and Juan Minaya both pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Cruz struck out 1 in the 7th, and Minaya fanned 2 in the 8th. Chris Cotton allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th.

The Grizzlies will square off against El Paso in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific championship series. The best-of-5 series will be contested in the 2-2-1 format, with 2 in Fresno, 2 in El Paso, and the deciding 5th game (if necessary) in Fresno.

Game 1 of that series features Dan Straily going up against Daniel McCutchen. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 12, San Antonio 8

W- Edison Frias (4-1, 12-5 season)
L- Cody Hebner (0-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks broke a 3-3 game wide open when they scored 8 in the top of the 7th inning. Corpus Christi will finish with 89 wins, the most in the Minors. However, Quad Cities topped them in terms of win percentage.

Chan-Jong Moon went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored, while Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 with an RBI and scored 3 runs. Everyone in the Hooks lineup scored a run except for Alfredo Gonzalez, who missed out on the party.

What a year it has been for A.J. Reed. He finished 2-5 with an RBI single in this game, and for the year, he led everyone in the Minors with 34 home runs and 127 RBI.

Jon Kemmer also put himself on the map as he led the Texas League with a .327 average, a .574 slugging percentage, and a .988 OPS. His .414 on-base percentage was 2nd in the circuit, as was his 18 homers.

Francis Martes went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. It has been a fantastic season for the Dominican teen who was acquired from the Marlins last July. Edison Frias got the win as he allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

The Hooks will face off against Midland in the South Division Series. This is a best-of-5 series, with the first 2 in Corpus and the final 3 in Midland. Chris Devenski will start tomorrow at 7:05.

High Desert 10, Lancaster 4

W- Dallas Gallant (2-1)
L- Christian Powell (3-3, 6-4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Edwin Medina (1, solo in 3rd), Marc Wik (8, solo in 3rd), Chase McDonald (30, solo in 4th)

The JetHawks nearly erased a 5-0 deficit, but the Mavericks ended up pulling away.

3 of their 4 runs came on 3 solo homers. Wik and Medina went back-to-back in the 3rd; that was Medina's first career blast. Mott Hyde hit a sac fly in the 2nd. McDonald and Wik had 2 hits apiece.

These two teams will face off again in the mini-series, which is a best-of-3 format. Keegan Yuhl, David Paulino, and Akeem Bostick will be the JetHawks' starters.

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Ryan Gorton (1-0)
L- Lachlan Madden (0-2, 1-4 season)

QC home runs: None.

Bobby Boyd hit a double in 3 at-bats, scored 2 runs, and stole 3 bases. He'll finish this season at the top of the organization with 40 steals. The Banditos went 6-6 in stolen bases, including a steal of home by Ramon Laureano (18).

Rogelio Armenteros allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 7 innings. The Cuban defector had a nice debut season, and he'll look to build upon this in 2016.

The River Bandits will begin their playoff journey in Cedar Rapids. In the first of a 3-game series, Josh James will take on Felix Jorge at 6:35 tomorrow.

Tri-City 6, Connecticut 1

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Michael Vinson (0-1)
S- Yeyfry Del Rosario (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats closed out the regular season on a winning note. They'll face Staten Island in the NYPL semifinals.

Bobby Wernes won the NYPL batting title with his .351 average. He also finished 6th in the league with an .832 OPS despite only having 8 extra-base hits (all doubles) for the entire campaign. Wernes, Anthony Hermelyn, and Kolbey Carpenter had 2 hits apiece, while Cesar Carrasco finished 3-4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.

In his first appearance since July 28, Austin Nicely allowed 2 hits in 1.2 innings. Jose Luis Hernandez pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. Harold Arauz allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 in 2.2 innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a hit in 1.1 innings to get the save.

The ValleyCats have yet to announce starters for their series against Staten Island.

Greeneville 10, Princeton 8 (series tied 1-1)

W- Samil De Los Santos
L- Ty Jackson

Greeneville home runs: Kyle Tucker (2 in playoffs; solo in 4th), Connor Goedert (2 in playoffs; solo in 4th), Rodrigo Ayarza (grand slam in 7th)

The Appy Astros erased an 8-3 deficit to force a deciding game 3 tonight.

Kyle Tucker and Connor Goedert both had 2 hits and scored twice, and they hit back-to-back blasts in the 4th to put Greeneville on the board. Myles Straw hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Rodrigo Ayarza brought the Appy Astros to within 1 with a grand slam in the 7th. The comeback was completed in the 9th thanks to an error following a 2-run single from Randy Cesar. Goedert scored the go-ahead run.

Samil De Los Santos got the win by striking out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

Everything is on the line now. Erasmo Pinales will start the decisive game 3, which will begin at 6:00 Eastern.

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