Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Astros Minor League Links for your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

A few Astros minor league links that you may have missed from the last week:

From Baseball America, an excellent article about the pending minor league pay lawsuit, the attorney defending MLB and what a successful player outcome could mean.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES


Preston Tucker's 2nd HR of the night - 4/14


Fontana's triple - 4/16


Singleton's 3-run bomb - 4/13


Duffy's 2-run home run - 4/12

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS

Hook for a Day Contest Winner

Lance McCullers Audio Interview - 4/13

Baseball America: Top 10  Most Talented Minor League Teams

Tyler Heineman Audio Interview - 4/10


 Correa's first HR of the season - 4/14


Correa's 3-run double - 4/13


Nash's 3-run home run - 4/11

LANCASTER

Interview with RHP Michael Feliz

QUAD CITIES


Derek Fisher 2-run home run - 4/14


Derek Fisher 2-run home run - 4/13


Jacob Nottingham HR - 4/12

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let's play.... 1.5 (I guess) in Quad Cities!

Fresno with the...

Organization sweep! Double brooms! 
 

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 4

W- Dan Straily (2-0)
L- Alex Sanabia (0-2)
S- James Hoyt (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies stormed out of the gate with a huge 1st inning and held off the Bees to get the sweep.

Fresno put up 4 runs in the 1st on 3 straight doubles from Matt Duffy, Preston Tucker (his drove in 2), and Matt Dominguez. Nolan Fontana tripled to lead off the 4th and scored on an Alex Presley groundout. The two of them, along with Domingo Santana, finished with 2 hits. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Max Stassi, who went 0-1 as he walked, had a sacrifice, and got plunked.

Dan Straily went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 10 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1. Darin Downs allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless, and James Hoyt, in his first attempt to put that nightmare on Wednesday behind him, did so by working around a hit to record the final 2 outs of the game.

The Grizz hit the road for the first time this season; first stop, Sin City. Luis Cruz gets the start in game 1... he will take on Tyler Pill at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Springfield 0

W- Mark Appel (2-0)
L- Mike Mayers (0-2)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (3, 3-run in 5th)

The Hooks, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, put on a show on offense and their pitchers shut the Cardinals down.

A week ago, the Corpus offense torched Springfield starter Mike Mayers for 5 runs in 2 innings; this time, they knocked Mayers around for 5 runs in 4.1 innings. Leo Heras led off the 3rd with a triple. One batter later, Brandon Meredith got things started with a triple of his own to bring Heras home. Meredith came home on a Carlos Correa single. Telvin Nash struck out in his first 2 at-bats entering the 5th inning, but the third time proved to be the charm as he pulverized a Mayers pitch for a 3-run home run. Heras swatted another triple in the 8th; this one drove in a run. He would score on an error that allowed Meredith to reach. Tony Kemp ripped a double for the final Corpus run, as Meredith scored. Correa (RBI single), Heras (2 triples), and Meredith (RBI triple) all finished with 2 hits.

Mark Appel and two relievers combined on a 5-hitter. 2013's #1 tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Travis Ballew pitched 2 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Dan Minor closed it out as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless.

Game 2 of this series has Kyle Westwood taking on Thomas Lee at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, High Desert 7

W- Michael Feliz (1-1)
L- Luis Parra (0-2)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (1)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (1, solo in 2nd), Chase McDonald (1, solo in 7th)

The JetHawks got the win in their first game away from The Hangar.

This was apparently a weird game all around. Let's let Jason Schwartz explain. The first two tweets happened in the middle of the 2nd inning.

And then...
Well, at about 9:50 Pacific time, we had that explosion.

With that out of the way, let's get to the actual game. The JetHawks put up 6 in the 4th to take a 7-3 lead and got some runs late to reinforce that lead.

A.J. Reed put Lancaster on the board in the 2nd with his, and the JetHawks', first home run of the season. Think about it... the JetHawks played an entire homestand in one of the biggest hitter's parks in professional baseball without hitting a home run. And in their first road game, they hit their first 2 home runs of the season. Baseball!

In that 6-run 4th, Brett Phillips kicked things off with a 1-out double, and he came around to score on an error after a Chan-Jong Moon single. James Ramsay added an RBI double, and then Danry Vásquez followed that up with an RBI single; another error allowed Ramsay to come home. Reed ripped an RBI double, and Jose Fernandez finished off the scoring in the inning with an RBI single. Chase McDonald led off the top of the 7th with a homer, and then Phillips tripled with 1 out and scored on a Moon sac fly. J.D. Davis drove in the final Lancaster run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. Ramsay (2 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB [1]) and Phillips (2 2B, 3B, 2 R) both finished 3-5. Reed finished 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, and everyone in the lineup had a hit. Davis and McDonald extended their hitting streaks to 5 games.

Zach Morton pitched 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 4. Michael Feliz tagged in for 3.2 innings and the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Ryan Cordell in the 7th. Cordell also scored an unearned run off of him in the 5th after a Davis flub in the field. He walked 2 and struck out 6. Frederick Tiburcio got the 4-out save, striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Evan Grills and Troy Scribner will take on Tyler Smith at 6:35 Pacific.

Resumed game: Quad Cities 6, Beloit 4

W- Bryan Radziewski (1-0)
L- Kevin Johnson (0-1)
S- Keegan Yuhl (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, 2-run in 7th)

Beloit solved its lighting problems, and D.J. Fisher delivered an electric moment after the game resumed. OK, that was terrible. I'll stop.

After play resumed, the River Bandits got a couple of 2-run innings. In the 6th, they got a couple of RBI doubles from Mott Hyde and Bryan Muniz, who was making his season debut. Then, Fisher homered for the 3rd consecutive game with his 2-run blast in the 7th. He finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Alfredo Gonzalez went 2-4, and Jamie Ritchie scored 2 runs.

Chris Lee went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. When the game was suspended, there was a runner on 1st base for Beloit that Lee was responsible for. Bryan Radziewski allowed that run to score on a force out after play resumed. It was bit hairy as the Bandits committed 2 errors in the 5th inning, but other than that run, the Snappers offense was rendered useless by Radziewski, who struck out 6 over 4 near-perfect innings. Keegan Yuhl gave up a run on 2 doubles in the 9th, but he was able to close the game out.

Regularly scheduled game: Quad Cities 5, Beloit 1

W- Joe Musgrove (2-0)
L- Jordan Schwartz (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos also took the regularly scheduled game, which was shortened to 7 innings because of the suspension of Wednesday's game. They scored 1 run in 5 of the 7 innings.

Ryan Bottger grounded into a force out that scored Bobby Boyd in the 1st. Then, in the 2nd, Alex Hernandez hit an RBI single. He added another RBI single in the 4th. Mott Hyde chipped in an RBI single of his own in the 5th. Boyd tripled to lead off the 7th and scored the final run of the evening on a wild pitch. He, Hernandez, and Hyde had 2 hits apiece. Boyd also stole his 2nd base of the season, as did Jamie Ritchie.

Joe Musgrove turned in another fine start as he allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and struck out 5 over 5 innings. Eric Peterson finished it off with 2 perfect innings, striking out 3.

The River Bandits will look for the sweep as Dan Mengden and his 'stache take the mound at 6:30.

Three Stars: Position Players

Stats from the suspended game will be included.

3.
D.J. Fisher, OF, Quad Cities
2 games: 3-8, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 2 R

2. 
Leo Heras, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 3B, RBI, 2 R

1. 
James Ramsay, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Brett Phillips, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, 3B

Three Stars: Pitchers

Again, three really great performances on the mound. Of course, Bryan Radziewski did allow an inherited runner to score... but I'm a forgiving person.

Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 4 IP, allowed inherited runner to score, 6 K

Mark Appel, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Carlos Correa had that little mini-slump, but it appears that he's busted out of that brief lull to continue tearing the Texas League a new one.

- Brandon Meredith just keeps hitting. That Corpus lineup, top to bottom, has 9 guys who can, and on most nights, will absolutely put a beating on opposing pitchers.

- A.J. Reed has gotten off to a slow start; hopefully this solid game jump-starts his bat a bit.
- Bobby Boyd is showing that he could be an effective table-setter for Quad Cities.

- James Hoyt had a better showing as he looks to rebound from that disaster. As we know... every pitcher has had an outing like that as some point in their baseball life.

- Travis Ballew and Dan Minor were excellent as they completed the Corpus shutout.

- Michael Feliz wasn't fazed in his 2nd California League appearance. Obviously, the Cal League isn't an ideal pitching environment, but he's considered one of the elite pitching prospects in this organization and excelling in the Cal League will definitely confirm that status.

- Eric Peterson hasn't gotten much attention, but he posted fine numbers in Greeneville and could be one of those guys that might ascend rather quickly through the system.

Happy Birthday - 4/17

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

OF Nestor Tejada (18)
Tejada was born in Palo Negro, Venezuela on April 17, 1997 and was signed by the Astros in July 2013. Tejada played the majority of his first professional season in 2014 for the Dominican Summer League Astros before his early August promotion to the Gulf Coast League.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let's play 2 in Lancaster!

Fresno 9, Salt Lake 8 in 11 innings

W- Kevin Chapman (1-1)
L- Ryan Mattheus (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies staked Jake Buchanan to a 7-0 lead after the first inning, and everything was academic from there, right? Nope. That lead was dented when the Bees scored 3 in the top of the 7th and vanished in the 9th as they put up 5 to tie the game after the Grizz stopped the bleeding for a moment with a run in the 8th. Ugh. However, as the old adage goes... a win is a win is a win.

Matt Duffy got things started with an RBI single. After Preston Tucker lined out for the 2nd out of the 1st inning, the Grizzlies got three RBI singles in a row from Matt Dominguez, Max Stassi, and Ronald Torreyes. Stassi scored, and Torreyes advanced to third on an error that allowed Andrew Aplin to reach. Aplin proceeded to steal 2nd, his 2nd stolen base of the season. And then, Joe Sclafani clubbed a 2-run triple. Duffy, who finished with a career-high 5 hits, added another RBI single in the 8th. He then doubled to lead off the bottom of the 11th, and then Nolan Fontana was summoned to pinch-run. Preston Tucker was given a pass to 1st base, which brought up Matt Dominguez. Craziness ensued, as Dominguez laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Salt Lake 3B Kyle Kubitza and thrown away, allowing Fontana to come home with the winning run. Dominguez, L.J. Hoes (3B, 2 R), and Sclafani (2-R 3B, R) had 2 hits apiece; Ronald Torreyes went 3-5.

Jake Buchanan pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Jordan Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th. James Hoyt came on to finish it off... but the Bees had other plans. He failed to retire any of the 5 batters he faced in the 9th, allowing 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and walking 1. Kevin Chapman didn't help matters by allowing the Bees to empty the bases off of him, which in turn put 3 runs on James Hoyt's account, but he made amends for that by shackling them in extra innings. Chapman wound up throwing 3 scoreless (well, there is that matter of allowing 3 inherited runners to scored), allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6.

The Grizzlies will look for the sweep as Dan Straily squares off against our old friend Nick Tropeano. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are preparing for their first game at Whataburger Field as they welcome Springfield for 3 games. In the opener, Mark Appel will take on Mike Mayers at 7:05.

Game 1: Lancaster 5, Stockton 1

W- Edison Frias (2-0)
L- Dylan Covey (1-1)
S- Tyler Brunnemann (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks got on the board in the series thanks to an outstanding start from Edison Frias, who allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Adrian Houser came on for his season debut in the 6th and had a tough go of it, but then again, it was the first time he came out this year. An error and a wild pitch didn't exactly help his cause, and he faced not one, but two separate bases-loaded situations. He allowed a run on a force out play, a single, and walked 2. Tyler Brunnemann was called on to get the JetHawks out of this jam, and he did so by inducing an inning-ending double play. That's clutch. He worked around a 1-out walk to finish off the first game of the twinbill, striking out 1.

J,D. Davis had a big game 1 as he went 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI singles. The first RBI single was the first run of the game, and he added another one in the 5th. Chase McDonald hit an RBI double in the 4th. The other 2 JetHawks runs were scored by Danry Vásquez in the 1st on a double play, and A.J. Reed in the 4th on another double play.

What would game 2 hold in store for Lancaster?

Game 2: Stockton 7, Lancaster 3

W- Jonathan Joseph (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks had to settle for the split, and they dropped the series.

They had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th, but all they could muster up was a sac fly from Davis. James Ramsay hit a sac fly in the 3rd, and McDonald hit an RBI single in the 6th. Jose Fernandez went 2-3 with a run scored, and Jobduan Morales finished 3-3 with a run scored.

Brian Holmes went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. In his season debut, Ambiorix De Leon pitched a scoreless 6th, but the wheels fell off for him in the 7th as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and walked 2 while striking out 1. Chris Cotton cleaned up the mess as he retired all 3 batters he faced after coming on, striking out 2.

The JetHawks hit the road for the first time this season. First stop, High Desert for 4. Zach Morton will face Luis Parra in game 1 at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Beloit 2 through 4.5 innings

This game was suspended due to a problem with the lighting. They'll finish this one up tomorrow, and then a 7-inning game will follow. Joe Musgrove will take on Jordan Schwartz in that game. The 2 Quad Cities runs came courtesy of a double hit by Ryan Bottger in the 4th that tied this game.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Joe Sclafani, UTIL, Fresno
2-6, 3B, 2 RBI, R

2. 
His MiLB.com profile picture.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Lancaster
Doubleheader: 4-6, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (1)

1. 
Matt Duffy, 3B/1B, Fresno
5-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R
*The 5 hits are a career-high.

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno
W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K
*There's a small penalty for allowing inherited runners to score.

2. 
Tyler Brunnemann, RHP, Lancaster
Save (1) in game 1 of doubleheader; 1.2 IP, BB, K

1. 
Edison Frias, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-0) in game 1; 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Chase McDonald continues his fine start to the season.
- The Fresno offense has been on a torrid start to their year.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quad Cities with the...



Fresno 12, Salt Lake 4

W- Tommy Shirley (1-0)
L- Garrett Richards (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker 2 (3; 2-run in 5th, 2-run in 7th)

The Grizz knocked a rehabbing Garrett Richards around and Preston Tucker put on a show of power. They trailed 2-0 after 2 innings, but they outscored the Bees 12-2 the rest of the way. Much of the damage done by Fresno came off the bats of Preston Tucker, L.J. Hoes, and Matt Dominguez; they drove in 10 of the 12 Grizzlies runs.

Hoes put Fresno on the scoreboard with a 2-run double in the bottom of the 3rd. One batter later, Jon Singleton put them ahead with an RBI single, and it turned out to be a lead that they would not relinquish. Tucker hit his first 2-run shot of the evening in the 5th. He struck again with the other 2-run homer in the 7th, and then the Grizzlies formally buried the Bees with 5 runs in the 8th, coming off RBI singles from Nolan Fontana and Hoes, and a bases-clearing double from Matt Dominguez.

Hoes (2B, 3 RBI, 2 R), Tucker (2 2-run homers, 3 R), Dominguez (bases-clearing 2B in 8th), and Ronald Torreyes (run scored) all finished 2-5. Andrew Aplin reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored in his 2015 debut. In addition to his RBI single, Jon Singleton drew 3 walks and scored 3 runs.

Tommy Shirley didn't have a great first start, but the offense and the bullpen had his back. He allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 9 hits and struck out 1 over 5+ innings of work. Darin Downs was the first man out; he did allow the runner he inherited from Shirley to score on an RBI double from Marc Krauss, and other than a wild pitch that allowed Krauss to move to 3rd, nothing else happened as Downs got out of the inning by striking out Roger Kieschnick. Next up was Jason Stoffel, who allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Josh Fields finished it with a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

Fresno looks for the series win as Jake Buchanan faces Andrew Heaney at 6:35 Pacific.


Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Chris Anderson (2-0)
L- Aaron West (0-1)
S- Blake Smith (1)

CC home runs: Carlos Correa (1, solo in 9th)

The Hooks suffered their first loss of the year as they were foiled in their attempt to sweep the Drillers and the roadtrip. Corey Seager played a starring role in putting Corpus in the loss column as he drove in both Tulsa runs. However, in spite of Seager, the Hooks still had a chance to steal the game as their bats woke up just in time.

Corpus Christi's offense had been absolutely stifled by Chris Anderson and Mike Thomas, who held them to just 2 singles through 8 innings. But, Correa got them on the board with a 1-out solo home run in the top of the 9th inning. Colin Moran grounded out to become the 2nd casualty of the inning, but Brandon Meredith beat out an infield single and advanced to 3rd on another single from Tyler Heineman. Sadly, Conrad Gregor struck out swinging on a full count to end the game. Correa finished 2-4; the other Hooks hit (besides Meredith's and Heineman's singles) was a Jon Kemmer single to lead off the 3rd.

Aaron West was the hard-luck loser in this one; Seager took him deep for a solo shot in the 4th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 2. Kent Emanuel pitched the final 3 innings, and Seager got to him for an RBI single in the 8th. Emanuel allowed 3 other hits and struck out 1.

After a day off on Wednesday, the Hooks will play in front of their home crowd in Corpus Christi for the first time this season. Mark Appel will take the mound in the opener of a 3-game series against Springfield on Thursday.

Lancaster and Stockton was postponed

Due to extremely high winds in the Antelope Valley. They'll play a doubleheader tomorrow with game 1 starting at 5:30 Pacific. Edison Frias will take on Dylan Covey. In game 2, Brian Holmes faces Tim Atherton.

Quad Cities 5, Clinton 3

W- Kevin Comer (2-0)
L- Jeffeson Medina (0-1)
S- Albert Minnis (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (2, 2-run in 3rd)

The River Bandits swept their first home series of the season thanks to a stellar effort from Albert Minnis out of the bullpen.

Kevin Comer got the start and went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 4. Jose Montero and Albert Minnis pitched 2 innings apiece; Montero allowed a run (inherited runner charged to him), a hit, walked 3, and struck out 3. Well, Minnis technically allowed one of the 2 runners he inherited from Montero to score on a bases-loaded walk, but he was nails the rest of the way, allowing a hit and striking out 5 to get the save.

D.J. Fisher's second home run in as many nights opened the scoring in the 3rd inning. Mott Hyde doubled to lead off the 4th, and Kristian Trompiz brought him home with a single. Jamie Ritchie singled to begin the 7th and was able to score thanks to a Clinton error on a Fisher single. Fisher, who advanced to 3rd on the error, scored on a wild pitch by Kody Kerski. Ritchie and Fisher both had 2-hit nights, and they scored 4 of Quad Cities' 5 runs. Jamie Ritchie also stole his first base of the season, as did Alex Hernandez, who went 0-2 with 2 walks.

Quad Cities is back on the road again as they begin a 3-game set in Beloit. In game 1, Chris Lee will face Brett Graves at 6:30.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (1)

2. 
D.J. Fisher, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2-R HR (2), 2 R

1. 
Preston Tucker, 1B/OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 2-R HR (3), 4 RBI, 3 R

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Aaron West, RHP, Corpus Christi
L (0-1); 5 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, 2 K


2. Fresno bullpen.


Darin Downs, LHP
IP, H, allowed inherited runner to score, K

Jason Stoffel, RHP
2 IP, H, 2 K

Josh Fields, RHP
IP, K

1.

Albert Minnis, LHP, Quad Cities
Save (1), 2 IP, H, allowed inherited runner to score, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Jamie Ritchie and Andrew Aplin, for reaching base in all of their plate appearances.
- Kent Emanuel keeping the Hooks in the game as their offense tried to search for answers.
- The entire Fresno offense.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 13, 2015

Fresno 9, Salt Lake 8

W- Richard Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Zach Stewart (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (1, 3-run in 3rd), Domingo Santana (1, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies started this one off well behind the 8-ball as the Bees struck for 6 in the top of the 1st inning. However, they responded with an 8-run 3rd inning, and Richard Rodriguez and the bullpen backed up Brady Rodgers as they restored some order to the game.

Rodgers struggled in his 4 innings as he gave up 7 runs on 11 hits and struck out 2. Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 2.2 innings. He left with 2 runners on in the top of the 7th for Kevin Chapman, who got the final out without incident. Josh Fields worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1, and James Hoyt closed it out with a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

8 of the 9 Fresno runs came in the 3rd inning. Domingo's walk to lead off the inning turned out to be the spark that ignited it all. He advanced to 3rd on an L.J. Hoes single and scored the Grizzlies' first run on a Ronald Torreyes groundout. After a Joe Sclafani walk, Alex Presley hit an RBI single. One batter later, Jon Singleton clubbed a 3-run home run to make it a 1-run game. After Matt Duffy struck out, Preston Tucker and Max Stassi reached with singles. Santana, in his second trip to the plate in the inning, tied the game with an RBI single. Hoes proceeded to give the Grizz the lead with a 2-run single. The other run came in the 6th, courtesy of a solo homer smacked by Santana, who finished 2-3 with 3 runs scored and a walk. L.J. Hoes also went 2-3, while Preston Tucker finished 2-4. Tucker has recorded a hit in all 5 games.

Brad Peacock was originally scheduled to make his 2nd rehab start, but he was recalled to Houston, where he'll be starting against Oakland tonight. Salt Lake will have Garrett Richards on the mound for a rehab start. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 3

W- Mike Hauschild (1-0)
L- Chin-hui Tsao (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus Christi has stormed out of the gate with 5 straight wins. They were outhit 11-6 in this game, but they doubled up the Drillers in the column that matters the most. 

The difference was Carlos Correa's bases-clearing double in the 6th inning, which broke a 3-3 tie. Brandon Meredith kicked things off with a 2-run single in the 2nd, and in the 4th, Jio Mier hit an RBI single that was deflected into the outfield by Tulsa starter Matt Shelton.

Hooks pitchers did not issue a walk in this game. Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 8. Mitch Lambson was the first man out, and he fired 2 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3. Jandel Gustave struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Tyson Perez worked around a hit to record his first save of the season.

The Hooks will look to sweep their season-opening roadtrip as Aaron West and Kent Emanuel will square off against Chris Anderson this afternoon. First pitch is at 12:05.

Stockton 13, Lancaster 4

W- Lou Trivino (1-0)
L- Blaine Sims (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Tough night for the JetHawks pitchers as they got hammered by the Ports. It was an especially rough night behind the plate for Jobduan Morales, who was charged with 4 passed balls. 

Chase McDonald hit a sac fly in the 4th and ripped an RBI double in the 6th. The JetHawks added 2 more runs in the 6th as Danry Vásquez drove in a run on a groundout and Marc Wik hit an RBI double of his own. Danry finished 2-4 with a double. 

Blaine Sims went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Randall Fant pitched the next 3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walking 1, and striking out 1. Chris Cotton pitched the 9th and allowed a 2-run homer to Franklin Barreto. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Edison Frias and Brian Holmes will take on Dylan Covey at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 2

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (1-0)
L- Lukas Schiraldi (0-1)
S- Josh James (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (1, 2-run in 3rd), Jake Nottingham (2, solo in 3rd)

The Bandits took the series as they scored 6 in the first third of the game and got an outstanding start from Brock Dykxhoorn. 

The big Canadian allowed just 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Josh James pitched the final 4 innings; the LumberKings spoiled the shutout when Nelson Ward hit a 2-run homer off of James in the 6th, but those were the only 2 runs they could muster up. James allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Nick Tanielu had a big night at the plate, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. His first double opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 1st. Kristian Trompiz hit a sac fly in the 2nd. After Jamie Ritchie led off the 3rd with a walk, D.J. Fisher smacked his 1st homer of the year. Tanielu followed that up with his 2nd double of the game, and he would score on a wild pitch/error. Jake Nottingham homered for the 2nd straight game; his solo shot was the final Quad Cities run of the game.

The Bandits will look for the sweep as they send Kevin Comer to the mound. He and Chris Lee will take on Jeffeson Medina at 7:00.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.


L.J. Hoes, OF, Fresno
2-3, 2 RBI, R

2.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2 2B, RBI, R


1.


Domingo Santana, OF, Fresno
2-3, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.

Richard Rodriguez, RHP, Fresno
W (1-0); 2.2 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB

2.

Mitch Lambson, LHP, Corpus Christi
Hold (1); 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K

1.

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0); 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Honorable Mentions

- Jon Singleton continues his torrid start. Like I said, we haven't heard the last of him.
- Chase McDonald has really shined in the early going for Lancaster.
- Jake Nottingham has provided some outstanding early returns at the plate for Quad Cities.
- Kevin Chapman, Josh Fields, and James Hoyt kept Salt Lake at bay and secured the win.
- Carlos Correa does what Carlos Correa does: hit doubles. Pretty soon, those doubles will be turning in to homers... 

Happy Birthday - 4/14

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

OF Ryan Bottger (22)
Bottger was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 14, 1993 and was drafted by the Astros in the 12th round in 2014 out of the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. He is currently playing on the Low A Quad Cities team.

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Astros Minor League Transactions

According to Baseball America, the Astros signed RHP Yeyfry Del Rosario, a 20-year old Dominican pitcher recently released by the Blue Jays. In four seasons, del Rosario has compiled a lifetime 3.30 ERA and a 1.180 WHIP in 70 games (25 starts). This story from February indicates that del Rosario throws a low 90's fastball which is complemented by a changeup, sinker and a plus slider.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Las Vegas 8, Fresno 7

W- Hansel Robles (1-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (0-1)
S- Cody Satterwhite (1)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (1, 2-run in 1st)

The Grizzlies rallied to make it a 1-run game and had the bases loaded with one out in the 9th, but... no cigar. And so, they had to settle for the split.

Matt Duffy's 2-run blast in the 1st opened up the scoring. In the 6th, Preston Tucker hit an RBI single, and Matt Dominguez ripped a 2-run double. Fresno got plenty of traffic in the 9th as Joe Sclafani singled and advanced to 3rd on a Jon Singleton double. One batter later, Duffy brought them both home with a 2-run single. Tucker drew a walk, and then Max Stassi was hit by a pitch (on his head... again) to load the bases. Unfortunately, Alex Presley grounded into the game-ending double play. Sclafani finished 2-3 and scored 3 runs. Singleton was 2-5 with that double and scored twice. Duffy and Presley also went 2-5.

Luis Cruz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (all on home runs) on 4 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Darin Downs allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 6th. Kevin Chapman was charged with the loss; he got 2 outs in the 7th, but allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jason Stoffel came on and faced a bases-loaded situation in the 7th; he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Chapman to score. Stoffel walked 2 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Jankowski allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th inning.

In the second leg of their season-opening homestand, the Grizzlies are hosting Salt Lake for 4 games. In game 1, Brady Rodgers will face Zach Stewart at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 0

W- Lance McCullers (1-0)
L- Jeremy Kehrt (0-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (2, solo in 3rd)

4 games, 4 wins for the Hooks. 4 pitchers collaborated on the first Hooks shutout of the year.

Conrad Gregor and Teoscar Hernandez led off the 2nd with a single and a walk, respectively. Gregor came around to score the game's first run on a Leo Heras single. One batter later, Teoscar scored on a Brandon Meredith single. Telvin Nash homered for the 2nd straight game; this one was a solo shot in the 3rd. Meredith, who finished 2-4, brought home the final run of the afternoon with an RBI double in the 6th inning. Leo Heras and Tony Kemp also finished 2-4. Carlos Correa went 0-5, but he stole his first base of the season.

Lance McCullers was solid in his AA debut, and he brought the heat too; he was clocked as high as 99 with his fastball. He allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Travis Ballew tagged in for 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. Dan Minor, in his season debut, worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, and Tyson Perez finished it off with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

In the middle game of this series, Mike Hauschild will face Matt Shelton at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, San Jose 1

W- Frederick Tiburcio (1-0)
L- Mason McVay (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks got the split to begin the year; both of their wins came in walk-off fashion via RBI singles. Both teams traded sacrifice flies in the 2nd inning; the JetHawks got theirs courtesy of Jose Fernandez. Jobduan Morales delivered the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th after he had gone 0-3, striking out in all 3 of his trips to the plate. Chan-Jong Moon went 2-4 with a double, and Chase McDonald finished 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Troy Scribner has put up some gaudy numbers since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He had an outstanding 2015 debut as he allowed just 1 run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 over 6 innings. Tyler Brunnemann was the first man out; he allowed a hit and walked 2 over 2.1 scoreless. Those 2 walks came in the top of the 9th, which brought about Frederick Tiburcio's entrance. He immediately gave up a single to Austin Slater, which loaded the bases. However, Tiburcio extricated himself from that pickle by striking out Tyler Horan and Brian Ragira to end the threat. And, when Morales came through, he got the win.

Lancaster will now host Stockton for 3 games. In the opener, Adrian Houser will take on Lou Trivino at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Clinton 2

W- Austin Chrismon (1-0)
L- Patrick Peterson (0-1)

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (1, solo in 5th)

The Banditos won their first game in front of their home crowd as they broke out for 5 runs in the 5th.

Jake Nottingham started it all off in that inning with a home run. Bobby Boyd, D.J. Fisher, and Nick Tanielu followed with RBI singles, and Tanielu wound up scoring on an error. Nottingham led off the 6th with a double, and after making his way around the bases, he'd score on a sac fly from Boyd. Alfredo Gonzalez scored on a balk in the 8th. Nottingham wound up finishing a triple shy of the cycle, and Boyd went 2-3 with his first stolen base of the season.

Austin Chrismon was excellent in his 6 innings; after giving up singles to the first 2 batters of the game, which Clinton got a sac fly out of, he went on a roll, retiring 18 of the final 19 batters he faced. Those 2 singles were the only hits he allowed in 6 innings, and that run was unearned. Chrismon walked 1 and struck out 3. Eric Peterson, whose twin brother, Patrick, was the starting pitcher for Clinton in this game, was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Ryan Thompson worked around a hit to finish off the game, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Game 2 of this series features Brock Dykxhoorn on the mound for the River Bandits. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 7:00.


Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Bobby Boyd, OF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 RBI, R, SB (1)

2. 
Jake Nottingham, C, Quad Cities
3-4 (triple shy of the cycle), HR (1)

1. 
Matt Duffy, 3B, Fresno
2-5, 2-R HR (1), 4 RBI

Three Stars: Pitchers

Ooh, tough decision. Once again, I find myself unable to rank 3 outstanding mound performances. So, once again, the #1 star for pitchers will go to all three Three Stars candidates: Austin Chrismon, Troy Scribner, and Lance McCullers.

Austin Chrismon, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0); 6 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 3 K

Troy Scribner, RHP, Lancaster
6 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 8 K

Lance McCullers, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0); 5 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K

Honorable Mentions


- Frederick Tiburcio getting himself, and Tyler Brunnemann, out of a hazardous situation by getting the final 2 outs of the 9th via strikeout.
- Joe Sclafani has done nothing but perform since entering the organization, and he's continuing to make the most of his opportunities.
- Jobduan Morales was having a rough afternoon, but he pulled himself together and delivered the game-winning hit.
- Chase McDonald played all 4 games in the San Jose series and recorded 2 hits in 3 of them.
- Travis Ballew, Dan Minor, and Tyson Perez helped finish off Tulsa by keeping them off the scoreboard.
- Jon Singleton played in all 4 games of the Vegas series and got a hit in all of them. His struggles in Houston last year were well-documented, but we haven't heard the last of him. He can still be a contributor to the Astros.

Happy Birthday - 4/13

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Enrique Chavez (19)
Chavez was born in Obregon, Mexico on April 13, 1996 and was signed by the Astros in June 2014. He pitched for the DSL Astros late in the 2014 season and will likely start his season back in the DSL when short season teams start up.

RHP Kyle Westwood (24)
Westwood was born in Tarpon Springs, Florida on April 13, 1991 and was drafted by the Astros in the 13th round in 2013 out of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently pitching for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Kyle Westwood - May 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 11, 2015

Las Vegas 7, Fresno 2

W- Darin Gorski (1-0)
L- Alex White (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies suffered their first setback of the season as their bats were largely held in check. They had just 3 hits, all of which were doubles, and their 2 runs came in the bottom of the 4th, as Preston Tucker scored on an error that allowed Jon Singleton to reach; Singleton would later score on an RBI double from L.J. Hoes. In case you were wondering, Tucker and Singleton had the other 2 doubles.

Alex White was roughed up in his 3.1 innings as he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 3, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out of the bullpen; he inherited a bases-loaded situation in the 4th, but he tightroped out of the inning without further incident. Rodriguez allowed a 2-run homer to Alex Castellanos in the 5th, which ended up being the only 2 runs he allowed in 2.2 innings. He allowed one other hit and fanned 2. Jordan Jankowski worked around a walk and a hit to toss a scoreless 7th, striking out 2. Josh Fields walked Kyle Johnson to lead off the 8th, and he came around to score on a groundout. James Hoyt issued a 1-out walk in a scoreless 9th.

Fresno and Vegas will wrap up this opening series at 2:05 Pacific. Luis Cruz will face Tyler Pill.

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 2

W- Chris Devenski (1-0)
L- Thomas Lee (0-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (1, 3-run in 5th)

The Hooks opened up the season with a bang as they swept the Cardinals, outscoring them 26-8 over the 3-game set. They only scored in 2 innings in this game, but they scored plenty, I'll tell you that.

Conrad Gregor got the party started in the 2nd with an RBI double. Jio Mier followed with an RBI single, and after Tony Kemp singled to load the bases, Carlos Correa clubbed a 2-run ground-rule double. One batter later, Colin Moran added a 2-run single. Telvin Nash, whose leadoff double was the catalyst for that 6-run 2nd, smacked a 3-run homer in the 5th, his 1st of the year. Correa originally went 3-5, but his single to lead off the 5th inning was changed to an error. He, Moran, and Nash had 2-hit nights.

Josh Hader was tagged for a 2-run homer by Jacob Wilson in the 3rd inning, which turned out to be the only Springfield runs. Hader allowed one other hit, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Jandel Gustave, fresh from his spring foray in Arizona with the Royals and the Padres, threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 1. He faced a bases-loaded situation in the 4th but escaped unscathed. Chris Devenski took the Hooks home with 4 scoreless, allowing 4 hits and striking out 3.

The 2nd leg of Corpus Christi's season-opening roadtrip takes them to Tulsa, now an affiliate of the Dodgers. In the opener, Lance McCullers will take on Jeremy Kehrt. First pitch is at 2:05.

San Jose 8, Lancaster 3

W- Christian Jones (1-0)
L- Evan Grills (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks were pounded as the Giants got the upper hand in the series. They got a 10-hit night, but struck out 15 times and had just 3 runs to show for it. Lancaster had runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 9th as they threatened to cut into the deficit, but James Ramsay struck out to end the game.

All 3 JetHawks runs came off of RBI doubles. Ronnie Mitchell got the Hawks on the board with one in the 4th. James Ramsay smacked one of his own in the 5th, and J.D. Davis ripped one in the 8th. Ramsay was a home run shy of the cycle, and he was on the verge of completing it in order. He singled with 1 out in the 1st, hit that RBI double in the 5th, and tripled and scored in the 8th on Davis' double. J.D. Davis and Jose Fernandez both finished 2-4.

Evan Grills was knocked around in his 3.1 innings as he gave up a pair of 3-run innings; 5 of those runs were earned. He allowed 8 hits, 4 of which were doubles, and a 3-run homer to Tyler Horan in the 1st. Grills walked and struck out 1. Gonzalo Sañudo gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings. Frederick Tiburcio pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

The JetHawks will look for the split at 2:00 Pacific. Troy Scribner will take on D.J. Snelten.

Peoria 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0)
L- Dan Mengden (0-1)
S- Kyle Grana (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits were foiled in their bid for a season-opening sweep as their offense was held. The lone Quad Cities run was scored in the 3rd by Sean McMullen, who scored on two passed balls. He led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed over to 2nd, and then the passed balls happened. Bobby Boyd went 2-4 at the top of the order.

Dan Mengden allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 8 over 4 innings of work. Keegan Yuhl tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits. Albert Minnis tossed a 1-2-3 8th inning.

The Banditos are ready for their first home series of the year. They will be welcoming the Clinton LumberKings, who will be making the first of many 40-mile journeys south to Davenport. In game 1, Austin Chrismon will take on Pat Peterson, the identical twin brother of Eric Peterson. First pitch is at 1:15.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

2. 
James Ramsay, OF, Lancaster
3-5 (finished a home run shy of the cycle), RBI, R

1. 
Telvin Nash, 1B/DH, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (1), 2 R

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Jandel Gustave, RHP, Corpus Christi
2 IP, H, BB

2. 
Frederick Tiburcio, RHP, Lancaster
2 IP, H, 2 K

1. 
Chris Devenski, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0), 4 IP, 4 H, 3 K

Honorable Mentions

- Nice to see J.D. Davis with a 2-hit outing. Let's see if that gets his bat going. Ditto for Colin Moran.

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