Saturday, April 25, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 24, 2015

Rain ravaged this slate of games....

Fresno 3, Salt Lake 3 through 10.5 innings

This game was suspended due to rain. This game is currently in the bottom of the 11th, and Efren Navarro singled with 2 outs before play was halted.

Luis Cruz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 8. Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit and walked 1 over 2 scoreless. James Hoyt also tossed 2 scoreless innings; he allowed a hit and struck out 3. Kevin Chapman got 2 outs in the 11th and allowed the single to Navarro and struck out 1.

The 3 Fresno runs all came on home runs; Preston Tucker smashed his 6th, a 2-run blast in the 2nd, and Jon Singleton cranked a solo shot in the 4th inning.

The Grizzlies will finish up this game the next time they come back to Salt Lake City, which will be from June 11-14. They'll head home to begin a 4-game set with Reno. In game 1, Brady Rodgers will take on Robbie Ray. First pitch is at 7:05.

Corpus Christi and Fresno was postponed

Due to rain. Doubleheader tomorrow, with game 1 starting at 5:05. Josh Hader will face Jose Leclerc in game 1, while Chris Devenski takes on Victor Payano in game 2.

Lancaster 11, Modesto 10

W- Chris Cotton (1-0)
L- Rayan Gonzalez (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (2; 3-run, inside the park in 2nd), Ronnie Mitchell (2, solo in 3rd)

The JetHawks walked off with the win as they erased a 10-6 deficit with 5 in the final 2 innings. They had to withstand another barrage from Michael Benjamin, who hit 2 homers in a game for the 2nd consecutive game. Initially, Lancaster took control with 5 in the 2nd after Modesto had scored first in the top half of the inning.

A.J. Reed scored Lancaster's first run on a balk. Marc Wik followed with an RBI single, and then Brett Phillips delivered a haymaker in the form of his 3-run inside-the-park homer. Ronnie Mitchell followed by hitting his 2nd homer of the season, a solo shot in the 3rd inning. Mitchell's homer would be the last time that the JetHawks put up a run on the scoreboard until the 8th. In between, the Nuts scored 9 unanswered to take a 10-6 lead. Wik hit his 2nd RBI single of the game in the 8th inning. And so, the rally began.

Chan-Jong Moon led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, and he would score on an error that allowed Reed to reach. Chase McDonald hit a single to put 2 runners on board, and then he was replaced by James Ramsay. Mitchell, who went 4-5, hit an RBI single to make it a 1-run game. Jose Fernandez was walked to load the bases, which brought up Jobduan Morales and the end of the game. Morales grounded into a force out, that saw Fernandez get called out at 2nd, but the double play bid was botched by an errant throw by Modesto 2B Michael Benjamin, which allowed Ramsay and Mitchell to score the game-tying and winning runs, respectively. Moon (2B, R), Reed (2 R), Fernandez (2 R), and Wik (2 RBI singles) all finished with 2 hits.

Adrian Houser allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Gonzalo Sañudo went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton allowed a 3-run homer to Benjamin, but 2 of those 3 runs were charged to him. He struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of work.

Edison Frias gets the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face Antonio Senzatela at 6:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities and Burlington was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The series will officially begin tonight at 6. Josh James and Sean Newcomb, the two probable starters for this game, will start on Saturday.

No Three Stars, since only one game was completed.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quad Cities with the...



Salt Lake 1, Fresno 0

W- Tyler DeLoach (1-0)
L- Alex White (0-2)
S- Edgar Ibarra (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

Tough series for the Grizzlies, as all three of their losses have been by 1 run. 2 of those 3 defeats were walkoffs.

In this game, they only had 2 hits. One of them was a double from Nolan Fontana in the 9th, but he was stranded at 2nd to end the game. The other hit was an L.J. Hoes single.

Alex White was saddled with the loss as he allowed an unearned run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5.2 innings. Darin Downs was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed a hit and fanned 1 in 1.1 innings. Tyson Perez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid being swept at 5:35 Pacific. Luis Cruz will face Drew Rucinski.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 2

W- Angel Báez (1-0)
L- Jake Thompson (1-2)
S- Kyle Westwood (2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks used a barrage of doubles to take game 1 of this series. They trailed 2-1 after the 2nd but finished the game on a 7-0 run, with much of that damage coming in the 3rd and the 4th innings.

Corpus struck out 11 times, but that didn't really matter much because their bats were hot in this one. Brandon Meredith led off the 2nd with a double, and it didn't take long for him to score the Hooks' first run as Tyler Heineman replaced him at 2nd while he was dashing home. They took the lead with, guess what... a pair of RBI doubles from Carlos Correa and Conrad Gregor in the 3rd. Those came after Colin Moran led off with you guessed it... a double. Tony Kemp drew a 1-out walk in the 4th, which set the stage for a 4-run inning. Kemp scored on yet another RBI double, this one from Moran. Meredith, who was the only player in the lineup to not strike out, hit an RBI single that brought Moran home. Advancing to 2nd was Carlos Correa, who had singled in front of Meredith. Heineman struck once again with.... an RBI double. Meredith was able to score, thanks to an error. And finally, Leo Heras drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning. Moran (2 2B, RBI), Correa, Gregor, and Meredith all had 2 hits. Heineman finished 3-5.

Mark Appel went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Angel Báez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th and got the win. Kyle Westwood got a 4-inning save as he allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Josh Hader gets the start in game 2. He'll face Jose Leclerc at 7:05.

Modesto 11, Lancaster 5

W- Harrison Musgrave (2-1)
L- Blaine Sims (0-3)
S- Carlos Estevez (yes, that really is his name) (2)

Lancaster home runs: Jose Fernandez (1, solo in 2nd), J.D. Davis (2, 2-run in 5th), Chase McDonald (5, solo in 6th)

No shortage of fireworks in this one, as both teams combined to send 7 out of the park. Unfortunately, the JetHawks were also outgunned in the process, as they just couldn't find any answers for the Nuts' bats.

Jose Fernandez put Lancaster on the board first with a solo homer in the 2nd. J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run homer in the 5th, Chase McDonald led off the bottom of the 6th with his 5th blast of the year, and Davis added an RBI double to his ledger in the 7th inning. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Brett Phillips (2 2B) and Chan-Jong Moon (2B) both scored a run and finished with 2 hits. McDonald extended his hitting streak to 12 games with that homer, and... he was at second base in this game. A man built like a defensive lineman playing 2nd base probably would've been a sight to see.

Blaine Sims allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Randall Fant was the first man out, but he only got 1 out in the 6th and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (solo and 2-run homers). Tyler Brunnemann was once again summoned to restore order, and he did so with 2.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. Again, he was the only JetHawks pitcher that did not surrender any runs. Frederick Tiburcio allowed 3 runs on 2 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th inning.

In game 2 of this 4-game set, Adrian Houser will take on Grahamm Wiest. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 3

W- Dan Mengden (1-1)
L- Tyler Bray (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos pulled off the sweep, and at 12-3, they are off to their best start since 2001. They trailed 3-0 after the 4th inning, but scored the game's final 4 runs.

Alfredo Gonzalez put the River Bandits on the board in the 5th with an RBI single. Mott Hyde doubled to lead off the 6th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Jake Nottingham groundout. Quad Cities went ahead in the 7th on 2 wild pitches. Hyde drew a walk on one of those, which allowed Thomas Lindauer to score the tying run. Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run while Nottingham was up to bat. Gonzalez and Hyde had 2 hits apiece; Lindauer drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs.

Austin Chrismon went 5 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Dan Mengden and his magnificent mustache got the win as he threw 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5.

The River Bandits will now return home, where they will finish out the month. They'll be welcoming the Burlington Bees to Modern Woodmen Park for the weekend. In the series opener, Josh James will take on Sean Newcomb. First pitch is at 7.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Colin Moran, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

2. 
Tyler Heineman, C, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

1.
J.D. Davis, 3B, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI 

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Kyle Westwood, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (2), 4 IP, 4 H, BB, K

2. 
Tyler Brunnemann, RHP, Lancaster
2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

1. 
Photo by Thomas B. Shea, Houston Chronicle

Dan Mengden, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-1), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

- Again, I generally refrain from using this blog as a platform to advocate a prospect's promotion, but Carlos Correa is hell-bent on appearing in Houston at some point this season.
- 8-game hitting snapped? No problem for Brett Phillips, he'll start another one.
- Tough-luck loss for Alex White, who pitched very well for Fresno.
- Chase McDonald has recorded a hit in all but one of the games he's played this year. No Lancaster effect here; his power is for real.

Astros MiLB Links For Your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

A few Astros MiLB links that you may have missed ...


A nice snag from Domingo Santana


Singleton gets an oppo taco

An interview with Corpus Christi's Tony Kemp


Tony Kemp's fine play (if you've been living under a rock and missed it)


Carlos Correa goes yard

Tony Kemp and Roberto Pena receive Rawlings MiLB Gold Gloves


Derek Fisher hits an emphatic solo shot

Happy Birthday - 4/24

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Jay Gause (23)
Gause was born April 24, 1992 in Shallotte, North Carolina, and was drafted by the Astros in the 10th round in 2014 out of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. Gause pitched for the Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats in his first season.

Jay Gause - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen


Manager Tony DeFrancesco (52)
DeFrancesco was born April 24, 1963 in the Bronx, New York. 2015 will mark his fifth season managing in the Houston system and his first at the helm of Houston's new AAA affiliate Fresno Grizzlies.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Salt Lake 3, Fresno 2

W- Steven Hensley (1-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (1-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

Once again, Fresno got some runs late, only to see Salt Lake walk off with a win. Joe Sclafani's error allowed Alfredo Marte to score the winning run in the 9th.

They were kept off the scoreboard until the top of the 9th, when L.J. Hoes ripped an RBI double to make it a 1-run game, one of his 5 hits on the night. After Jon Singleton was intentionally walked to load the bases and Matt Duffy became a strikeout victim, Preston Tucker tied the game at 2 with an RBI single. Unfortunately, Hoes was thrown out at home trying to score the go-ahead run.

Dan Straily went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of relief. Kevin Chapman was saddled with the loss; the walk-off run was unearned. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

In tonight's game, Alex White takes the mound. First pitch is at 5:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are in Frisco, where they'll play 4 games. In game 1, Mark Appel will take on Jake Thompson at 7:05.

Lancaster 5, Rancho Cucamonga 3

W- Troy Scribner (1-0)
L- Scott Barlow (1-1)
S- Chris Cotton (2)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (4, 2-run in 6th)

The JetHawks only scored in 1 inning, but that was enough for them to get the win. All 5 of their runs came in the 6th inning, and their lead held up despite allowing 2 runs in the 8th.

Troy Scribner was awesome in his 5 innings; he allowed a run on a wild pitch/strikeout, walked 1, and struck out 9. The only hit he allowed was a single to Tyler Ogle to lead off the 2nd. Evan Grills tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Chris Cotton closed it out, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Brian Holberton kicked things off in that big 6th inning with a single. Jack Mayfield followed by reaching on an error on a force out attempt, and they both advanced a base on a Brett Phillips sac bunt. Chan-Jong Moon tied the game with an RBI single. After J.D. Davis struck out for the 2nd out, A.J. Reed put Lancaster ahead with a 2-run double. Chase McDonald delivered the haymaker in the form of a 2-run home run, his 4th of the campaign. Moon finished 2-4.

The JetHawks return to The Hangar tonight as they welcome the Modesto Nuts for a 4-game set. Blaine Sims will take on Harrison Musgrave at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Peoria 2

W- Joe Musgrove (3-0)
L- Austin Gomber (1-2)

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (3, 2-run in 2nd), Ryan Bottger (1, solo in 4th), Jorge Martinez (2, 2-run in 5th)

The Banditos busted out the heavy artillery in this matinee as 5 of their 6 runs came off of the three home runs you see above. Alex Hernandez hit a double in the 6th for the only non-home run RBI. Kristian Trompiz finished 2-4 with a run scored; he's now on a 5-game hitting streak, and it's also the 3rd consecutive game in which he's recorded 2 hits. Mott Hyde went 0-2, but he drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs.

Joe Musgrove turned in another fine performance on the mound; he threw 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9, which tied a career-high he set last July 16 against Aberdeen. The two relievers, Keegan Yuhl and Ryan Thompson, finished it off with 3.1 perfect frames. Yuhl struck out 1 in 1.1, and The Closer fanned 2 in 2.

Quad Cities looks for the sweep as Austin Chrismon takes on Daniel Poncedeleon at 7.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Chan-Jong Moon, IF, Lancaster
2-4, game-tying RBI single in 6th, R

2.
Chase McDonald, 1B/DH, Lancaster
1-4, 2-R HR (4)

1. 

L.J. Hoes, OF, Fresno
5-5, RBI 2B in 9th, R

Three Stars: Pitchers

3. 
Richard Rodriguez, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, H, BB, 2 K

2. 
Joe Musgrove, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-0), 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), BB, 9 K

1. 
Troy Scribner, RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0), 5 IP, H, ER, BB, 9 K

Honorable Mentions

- Keegan Yuhl and Ryan Thompson shut it down for Quad Cities.
- Kristian Trompiz is holding his own as the youngest regular in the River Bandits lineup.
- It's been a slow start for A.J. Reed, but he's got a hit in 6 of his last 7 games. Given his track record, expect him to really turn it on soon.
- After getting bombarded in his late-season cameo in Lancaster last season, Chris Cotton has absolutely shackled the California League so far.

WTHB's Under-the-Radar Roster: Position Players

On Tuesday, I introduced WTHB's Under-the-Radar roster, first looking at the under-the-radar pitching staff. Today, let's see what position players made the cut.

As a reminder, my self-imposed rules were that the player could not be on any of the top prospect lists noted here nor could they be on the 40-man roster nor could they be a draft pick from the top 5 rounds. And the final rule was that each player had to have been assigned to one of the full season team rosters. (I hope to establish another roster when the short season teams break camp.) The plan is to check in on them periodically to see how they are doing as a group for the season.

Ronnie Mitchell - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Catchers:

Tyler Heineman (23) S/R
Drafted in the 8th round in 2012 out of the University of California in Los Angeles
Switch-hitter who hits better from the left with a good offensive upside; excellent defensive skills and caught stealing rate

Signed as an international free agent in 2008
Excellent defensive skills with a very good arm; solid offensively with good plate discipline, a little pop and good speed for a catcher

Catching Reserves:

Drafted in the 6th round in 2013 out of Redlands High School, Redlands, California

Roberto Pena wasn't eligible for the roster as he was included as a top prospect in Baseball America's Prospect Handbook. I also strongly considered Jamie Ritchie, but he is also being used at first base and DH. Brett Booth is another under-the-radar guy that intrigues me.

Infielders:

Drafted in the 20th round in 2011 out of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee
Solid defensively at both first and third and can hit for average and for power

Drafted in the 12th round in 2013 out of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina
Has some serious power potential; can hit to all fields; handles first base adeptly

3B Nick Tanielu (22) R/R
Drafted in the 14th round in 2014 out of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington
Solid hitter with developing power; has transitioned to third base well

SS/2B Mott Hyde (23) R/R
Drafted in the 26th round in 2014 out of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
Low strikeouts, high walks and decent power; very good defensively

Signed as an international free agent in 2012
Good doubles power and plate discipline; can play third base in addition to the middle infield

IF Joe Sclafani (25 yesterday) S/R
Drafted in the 14th round in 2012 out of Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire
Better defensively in the middle infield, but can handle third base and the outfield in a pinch; hits for average with good on-base skills, a little pop and good instincts on base; low strikeouts and high walks

Infield Reserves:

Drafted in the 33rd round in 2013 out of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina

SS/2B Chan Moon (24) S/R
International free agent signed in 2009

White would likely have been on my starting roster, but he was only activated a couple of days ago. Alex Hernandez and Jack Mayfield also received consideration.

Outfield:

Drafted in the 6th round in 2011 out of San Diego State University in San Diego, California
Can hit for power with manageable strikeouts and a good walk rate; can play a solid first base in addition to the outfield

RF/LF Ronnie Mitchell (23) L/L
Drafted in the 30th round in 2013 out of Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas
Good developing power and great on-base skills; good defense with a plus arm

CF/LF Bobby Boyd (22) L/R
Drafted in the 8th round in 2014 out of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
Good bat speed, good speed on the bases and good range in centerfield

CF/RF James Ramsay (23) L/L
Drafted in the 7th round in 2013 out of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Excellent defensively with great routes and a good arm; great speed that results in lots of doubles, triples and stolen bases

OF/IF Marc Wik (22) L/R
Drafted in the 21st round in 2012 out of Chabot College in Hayward, California
Super utility with good on-base skills, a little pop and a little speed; solid defensively at several positions with a strong, accurate arm

Outfield Reserves:

Drafted in the 21st round in 2013 out of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia

I also considered Sean McMullen and would have put Jason Martin on the roster in a heartbeat if he had broken camp with the full season teams.

The best part of this exercise is seeing how much depth there is in the system. There are a ton of good players in this system who do not technically qualify as top prospects!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps


Results for Monday, April 20, 2015 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fresno 8, Las Vegas 4

W- Tommy Shirley (2-0)
L- Matt Bowman (0-3)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (3, solo in 4th), Preston Tucker (5, 2-run in 4th)

The heart of the Grizzlies order struck terror into the extraterrestrials (OK, the humans playing for the team with the extraterrestrial mascot) as Jon Singleton, Matt Duffy, and Preston Tucker all went 3-5 with 2 runs scored.

Tucker put Fresno on the board first in the 1st with a 2-run single, and he made his way around the bases on a wild pitch and a Matt Dominguez infield single and scored on a single from Alex Presley. Singleton smacked a solo shot with 2 outs in the 4th. One batter later, Duffy doubled, and then it was Tucker's turn to go deep. L.J. Hoes drove in the final Grizzlies runs with a 2-run double in the 8th. Presley and Hoes had 2 hits apiece; everyone had a hit except for Joe Sclafani.

Tommy Shirley went 5.2 innings, and the only 2 hits he surrendered came off the bat of Dilson Herrera, who took him deep in the 5th. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Darin Downs faced one batter and retired him to end the 6th inning. Josh Fields allowed a hit and walked 2 over 2 scoreless, and James Hoyt was able to close it out, although he had to weather a storm to do so. He allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Chris Anderson (3-0)
L- Travis Ballew (0-1)
S- Chris Reed (1)

CC home runs: Carlos Correa (2, solo in 6th)

Mr. Correa broke the monotony of a scoreless tie with his 2nd blast of the season, but that was the only run that the Hooks could put up on the scoreboard. Carlos had 2 of the 3 Corpus hits; the other was a single hit by Tyler White, who was making his 2015 debut. Tony Kemp also did this in the 6th inning:


Aaron West was solid, although a high pitch count forced an early exit. He allowed just 3 hits and struck out 5 over 4.2 scoreless innings. Travis Ballew was the first man out, and he threw a scoreless 6th, However, the Drillers took the lead off of him as Paul Honecker hit a 2-run homer with 2 outs in the top of the 7th. He allowed one other hit and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave struck out 1 over 2 perfect frames.

Rancho Cucamonga 13, Lancaster 8

W- Victor Araujo (1-1)
L- Edison Frias (2-1)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (3, 2-run in 2nd)

The JetHawks found themselves behind the 8-ball early as Edison Frias got rocked for 6 runs in the 1st inning. Despite the rough start, the JetHawks picked themselves up off the canvas and fired back and very nearly erased a 7-run deficit. Sadly, they were buried by a 6-run 6th inning from Rancho.

Frias only got 2 outs; he allowed 5 hits (2 2-run homers) and walked 1. Tyler Brunnemann got the JetHawks out of the inning, but not before allowing a run of his own. He threw 1.1 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 1. Brian Holmes tagged in for 3 innings; he allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Ambiorix De Leon technically had a scoreless outing, but he did allow the 2 runners he inherited from Holmes to score. De Leon allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 over 3 innings.

Chase McDonald continued his outstanding start to the season as he went 3-5 with a 2-run homer (3) in the 2nd, an RBI single in the 3rd, and scored 2 runs. Brett Phillips remained on fire as he finished 2-3, ripping a 2-run triple in the 3rd. The other JetHawks run in the 3rd inning came on a Jose Fernandez single. A.J. Reed drew a walk in the 7th. He would advance to 2nd on a McDonald single, took 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball. Brian Holberton scored on a wild pitch in the 8th. J.D. Davis was 2-5 with a run scored.

Kane County 8, Quad Cities 6

W- Nick Baker (1-0)
L- Chris Lee (0-1)
S- Luis Ramirez (1)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (4, solo in 5th)

The Bandits were thwarted in their bid for a sweep as the Cougars doubled them up from the 5th to the 8th innings, outscoring them 6-3.

Quad Cities got on the board first with 3 in the 1st inning, as Nick Tanielu and Mott Hyde hit RBI singles, and Jake Nottingham added an RBI groundout. D.J. Fisher is putting his power on display as he led off the 5th with his 4th homer of the year. The other run in the 5th inning came on a Ryan Bottger groundout. Bobby Boyd grounded into a force out that scored Alfredo Gonzalez in the 8th.

Kevin Comer went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Chris Lee tagged in for 3.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and striking out 4. Albert Minnis worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Monday's Three Stars: Position Players

Fresno sweep!

Jon Singleton, 1B
3-5, solo HR (3), 2 R

Matt Duffy, 3B
3-5, 2 2B, 2 R

Preston Tucker, OF
3-5, 2-R HR (5), 4 RBI, 2 R

Monday's Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno
W (2-0), 5.2 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 4 K

2. 
Aaron West, RHP, Corpus Christi
4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K

1. 
Jandel Gustave, RHP, Corpus Christi
2 IP, K

Monday's Honorable Mentions

- Tony Kemp may have gone 0-4, but he probably pulled off the defensive play of the year in the Astros minors.
- Chase McDonald has probably been the best hitter in the Lancaster lineup in the early going.
- After a slow start, Brett Phillips has caught fire and has remained on fire for the JetHawks.

Games of April 21, 2015

Salt Lake 6, Fresno 5 in 11 innings

W- Frank Herrmann (1-0)
L- James Hoyt (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana (3, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies scored 1 in the 9th to tie the game at 3 and took the lead with 2 in the top of the 11th.... only to walk off with the loss after the Bees stung them for 3 in the bottom of the inning.

Alex Presley went 3-5 and put Fresno on the board first with a 3rd-inning RBI single. Domingo's 3rd homer led off the 7th inning, and Joe Sclafani came through in the clutch with an RBI single in the top of the 9th. Domingo scored the go-ahead run on a Ronald Torreyes fielder's choice in the 11th, and Presley struck again with an RBI single. Domingo finished 4-5, while Jon Singleton went 2-6 with a double and triple.

Jake Buchanan had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 9 hits and striking out 3, Jordan Jankowski was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 2, and fanned 3. In his AAA debut, Tyson Perez tossed 2 perfect innings. James Hoyt couldn't close it out as Salt Lake got 3 off of him in the bottom of the 11th. 2 of those runs were earned; he allowed 4 hits and struck out 1.

Dan Straily will take on Nick Tropeano at 5:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 0

W- Kent Emanuel (1-0)
L- Julio Urias (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks staved off a sweep as they blanked the Drillers, which was an encouraging end to a pretty tough series that saw Tulsa rally in order to get the wins in the first 2 games. They got the win by knocking around the 18-year-old phenom, Julio Urias.

Tony Kemp went 2-5 and opened up the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 3rd. Jio Mier busted the game open in the 4th by clearing the bases with a triple, and one batter later, he came home on a Roberto Peña single. Telvin Nash coaxed a bases-loaded walk in the 5th. Conrad Gregor finished 2-4 and scored on Jio's triple.

Kent Emanuel started things off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Mitch Lambson allowed just 1 hit and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless, and Dan Minor finished things off, working around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

After a day off, the Hooks travel to Frisco as they close out the month on the road.

Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 6 in 11 innings

W- Gonzalo Sañudo (1-0)
L- Randy Fontanez (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Lancaster nipped the Quakes in extras, thanks to Chase McDonald's RBI single in the top of the 11th.

A.J. Reed got things started with an RBI single in the 1st. The JetHawks got a pair of sac flies from J.D. Davis and Reed in the 3rd. Jobduan Morales added an RBI single in the 6th, and later in the inning, Chan-Jong Moon hit into a fielder's choice that scored James Ramsay. Moon hit an RBI single in the 8th. He was back at it again in the 11th as he led off with a double. He'd score on McDonald's single. Moon, Brett Phillips, and Ronnie Mitchell all finished with 3 hits, while McDonald and Davis had 2 each.

Michael Feliz got the start; he went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a single, walked 3, and struck out 6. Zach Morton tagged in for 4 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 7 hits and striking out 3. Frederick Tiburcio allowed a game-tying 2-run home run to Brandon Trinkwon in the bottom of the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless to get the win.

In the rubber game, Troy Scribner will take on Scott Barlow at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 3

W- Eric Peterson (1-0)
L- Zach Loraine (0-2)
S- Jose Montero (3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the series opener as they scored a couple in the 8th to take the lead.

Alfredo Gonzalez went 2-4 with a stolen base (1) and put Quad Cities on the board first with a 2nd-inning RBI single. Jamie Ritchie drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th to tie the game at 2, and he struck again in the 8th with an RBI triple that tied the game again. He scored the go-ahead run one batter later, when D.J. Fisher singled. Fisher, who also stole a base (3), and Kristian Trompiz also had 2 hits apiece.

Bryan Radziewski went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 3 over 2 innings, and Jose Montero got a 2-inning save, striking out 3.

In game 2 of this series, Joe Musgrove faces Austin Gomber at 11:00 A.M.

Tuesday's Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Jio Mier, IF, Corpus Christi
Bases-clearing 3B in 4th

2. 
Chan-Jong Moon, SS, Lancaster
3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 SB (5)

1.
Domingo Santana, OF, Fresno
4-5, 2B, solo HR (3), 2 R

Tuesday's Five Stars: Pitchers

Can I really rank these performances objectively?

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K

Mitch Lambson, LHP, Corpus Christi
3 IP, H, 3 K

Dan Minor, RHP, Corpus Christi
IP, H

Tyson Perez, RHP, Fresno
AAA debut: 2 IP

Jose Montero, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (3), 2 IP, 3 K


Tuesday's Honorable Mentions

- D.J. Fisher has opened up the Midwest League slate on a tear and is putting himself
- After a 2-20 start, Kristian Trompiz looks like he's getting himself going at the plate.
- Brett Phillips status: still en fuego.
- Bryan Radziewski and his big curveball have gotten out to a fine start in Quad Cities.

Happy Birthday - 4/22

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

IF Joe Sclafani (25)
Sclafani was born on April 22, 1990 in Brooklyn, New York and was drafted by the Astros in the 14th round in 2012 out of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Sclafani is currently playing for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

Joe Sclafani - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Bryan Abreu (18)
Abreu was born on April 22, 1997 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Astros in November 2013. Abreu spent his first season in 2014 pitching for the Dominican Summer League Astros Orange team.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WTHB's Under-the-Radar Roster: Pitching Staff

One of the things that I have enjoyed most in conjunction with writing this blog is looking for the under-the-radar guys. Anybody can write about Carlos Correa and Mark Appel because there is so much information out there about them. I like to dig deeper in order to find a few players who aren't necessarily on the tip of the average fan's tongue, but who are interesting nonetheless.

So, over the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to come up with an "Under-the-Radar" roster. My self-imposed rules were that the player could not be on any of the top prospect lists noted here nor could they be on the 40-man roster nor could they be a draft pick from the top 5 rounds. And the final rule was that each player had to have been assigned to one of the full season team rosters. (I hope to establish another roster when the short season teams break camp.) The plan is to check in on them periodically to see how they are doing as a group for the season.

Today, let's look at the pitchers. I went back and forth a lot on establishing my rotation and my bullpen, but ultimately, I came up with five starters, seven bullpen pitchers and four reserves to take over in the event of a prolonged DL list stint (or a call-up to the big leagues!).

Troy Scribner - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

First the Starting Pitchers (alphabetically):

Drafted in the 25th round in 2011 out of Cal State Fullerton
High strikeout guy with a fastball that can hit the mid 90's and a major league changeup

Drafted in the 10th round in 2010 out of Sinclair High School in Whitby, Ontario
Exceptional walk rate, high groundball rate and controls the running game

Drafted in the 9th round in 2014 out of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
Ability to miss a lot of bats with an excellent slider and a fastball with developing velocity

Signed as a NDFA in June 2013 out of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut
Excellent command and high strikeout rate; uses the strike zone to his advantage; highly motivated

Drafted in the 13th round in 2013 out of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida
A innings-eater workhorse with an excellent walk rate, high groundball rate and off-the-charts competitiveness

Starting Reserves:

Drafted in the 33rd round in 2012 out of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio

Drafted n the 13th Round in 2012 out of Wake University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Aaron West, Keegan Yuhl and Edison Frias also received serious consideration. (I almost added Edison Frias because of his tremendous start, but he wasn't on my original list so it felt like cheating to add him. But keep an eye on him!)

The Bullpen (alphabetically):

Drafted in the 40th round in 2013 out of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas
Off-the-charts intangibles and work ethic with a funky delivery that deceives and distracts the hitter

Drafted in the 34th round in 2012 out of Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina
Ability to relieve, start, handle long relief; completely dominates when he is on

Drafted in the 19th round in 2011 out of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
Good command to both sides of the plate and hides the ball well; stingy walk rate and very good at stranding runners

Drafted in the 17th round in 2011 out of Fresno City College in Fresno, California
Bullpen leader with (excuse the vernacular) a brass pair

Drafted in the 37th round in 2014 out of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina
Intriguing start to his career in 2014; low walk rate, good curveball and a lot of upside

Drafted in the 9th round in 2010 out of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio
Deceptive delivery and funky movement with high strikeouts and the ability to miss bats; can also start

Drafted in the 23rd round in 2014 out of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina
Deceptive delivery with a high groundball rate; equally effective against lefties and excellent at stranding runners

Bullpen Reserves:

Drafted in the 25th round in 2013 out of Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas

Drafted in the 9th round in 2012 out of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

I also considered Travis Ballew, who I expect to have a comeback season; Jason Stoffel, who is currently on the DL; and Jonas Dufek, who has not yet been activated from the DL.

Later this week (I hope), I'll introduce the position players for the Under-the-Radar Roster.

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Happy Birthday - 4/21

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Justin Ferrell (21)
Ferrell was born April 21, 1994 in Wagoner, Oklahoma and was drafted by Houston in the 36th round in 2014 out of Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. Ferrell spent his first season playing for the Gulf Coast League Astros and is currently in Extended Spring Training.

RHP Starlyn Taveras (21)
Taveras was born April 21, 1994 in Moca, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Astros in November 2013. Taveras played for the Dominican Summer League Astros in his first professional season.

OF Alexander Melendez (20)
Melendez was born April 21, 1995 in Cayey, Puerto Rico and was signed by the Astros in June 2013. Melendez started his 2014 season with the Gulf Coast League Astros and ended it with the Rookie League Greeneville Astros.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 19, 2015

Las Vegas 10, Fresno 5

W- Steve Matz (1-1)
L- Brady Rodgers (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

This game was tied at 2 after the 4th inning, but the 51s put up 3 in the 5th and the 6th to open things up in their favor.

The Grizz opened up the scoring with 2 in the 2nd, as Matt Duffy scored on a Joe Sclafani groundout and Andrew Aplin hit an RBI single. They would not score again until the 7th, when Preston Tucker hit an RBI single. Tucker, who finished 2-5 to extend his hitting streak to 21 games dating back to last season, grounded into a force out that scored Luis Flores in the 9th. One batter later, Matt Duffy hit an RBI groundout. Flores, a minor league Rule 5 draft pick, finished 2-3 with a double.

Brady Rodgers went 5.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out; he went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs of his own, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman gave up a run on 2 hits in the 8th.

Asher Wojciechowski would've been starting for Fresno tonight, but he's been summoned to Seattle, where he'll start for the Astros instead. Whoever is starting for the Grizzlies will take on Matt Bowman at 7:05 Pacific.

Tulsa 5, Corpus Christi 2


W- Matt Shelton (1-0)
L- Mike Hauschild (1-1)
S- Chin-hui Tsao (2)

CC home runs: None.

The Drillers pounced on Mike Hauschild immediately after his entrance as they took the series opener.

Lance McCullers had to settle for a no-decision, but he was excellent in his 2nd look at the Drillers. He allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. All 4 runs that Hauschild allowed came in the 6th. He allowed 6 hits... all singles, walked 1, and struck out 4. Mitch Lambson allowed a run on 3 hits in the 9th inning.

The 2 Corpus runs came in the 3rd on an RBI double from Jio Mier and an RBI single from Tony Kemp, who finished 2-4.

Aaron West faces Chris Anderson tonight at 7:05.

High Desert 15, Lancaster 11

W- Felix Carvallo (1-0)
L- Blaine Sims (0-2)
S- Justin Sprenger (1)

Lancaster home runs: Ronnie Mitchell (1, solo in 9th)

Wow, that was a pretty rough start for the JetHawks. They found themselves down 12-0 after the Mavericks put up 11 in the bottom of the 2nd. However, I have to give credit to them for fighting back, and in the late stages of the ballgame, they looked as though they would find a way to erase that deficit.

Blaine Sims got hammered in his 1.1 innings, and we'll leave it at that. Randall Fant pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 2 of Sims' runners to score and 1 run of his own, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Tyler Brunnemann was the only Lancaster pitcher to have a spotless outing; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless. Frederick Tiburcio allowed a 2-run homer to Alex Burg in the 8th. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 other hits and fanned 3.

The JetHawks got on board with a pair of runs in the 3rd inning from a Jobduan Morales RBI single and a J.D. Davis sacrifice fly. Jack Mayfield hit a sac fly in the 6th, and they put a scare in the Mavs in the 7th as they had the bases loaded for a majority of the inning and ended up with 6 runs.

Danry Vásquez hit an RBI double, which advanced Chan-Jong Moon to 3rd. J.D. Davis walked to load the bases. Then, Lancaster got an RBI single from A.J. Reed, a sac fly from Chase McDonald, and another RBI single by Brett Phillips. A wild pitch advanced Reed and Phillips, and Mayfield walked to re-load the bases. Ronnie Mitchell walked to bring Reed in, and Morales hit an RBI groundout that also advanced Mitchell and Mayfield. Moon was plunked to re-load the bases, but the threat ended when Danry grounded out. Mitchell homered with 1 out in the 9th, and after Moon drew a walk, Danry, who finished 3-6, brought him home with a double. Phillips (RBI single, SB [1]), Mitchell (solo HR, RBI BB), and Morales (2 RBI) had 2 hits apiece.

The JetHawks will now head to Rancho Cucamonga for 3. In game 1, Edison Frias will face John Richy at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Kane County 2

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (2-0)
L- Brent Jones (0-2)

QC home runs: Jamie Ritchie (1, solo in 3rd), Jorge Martinez (1, solo in 5th)

The Bandits trailed 2-0 after the 1st inning, but they rattled off 7 unanswered runs afterwards.

They were on the board in the 2nd inning with an RBI single from Kristian Trompiz. Jamie Ritchie smacked his 1st homer of the year in the 3rd to tie the game. Ritchie and Trompiz had 3 hits apiece; Ritchie has a hit in every game that he's played this season, and Trompiz wasn't quite done yet. Jorge Martinez put QC in the lead when he led off the bottom of the 5th with a homer, and the River Bandits built up a nice cushion in the 6th with a 4-run inning. Sean McMullen hit a sac fly, and then one batter later, Mott Hyde ripped a double. Hyde moved to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder's choice hit by Alfredo Gonzalez, who advanced to 3rd on a Martinez double. Trompiz came up and came through with a 2-run double that stretched the Quad Cities lead to 7-2. Hyde finished 2-4 with that double and scored 2 runs.

Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Ryan Thompson and Eric Peterson shut it down: The Closer allowed 1 hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Peterson worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Quad Cities will look for the sweep tonight at 7:00 as Kevin Comer takes on Jared Miller.

Three Stars: Position Players

3.
Jamie Ritchie, C/1B, Quad Cities
3-4, solo HR (1)

2. 
Danry Vásquez, OF, Lancaster
3-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

1. 
Kristian Trompiz, IF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Three (well, technically four) Stars: Pitchers

3. 
Ryan Thompson, RHP, Quad Cities
2 IP, H, 3 K

Eric Peterson, LHP, Quad Cities
IP, H, K

2. 
Tyler Brunnemann, RHP, Lancaster
2 IP, H, BB, 4 K

1. 
Lance McCullers, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K

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You will have instant searchable access to:

  • Over 250 player profiles, including insight as to each player's strengths and weaknesses
  • Expanded profiles on dozens of players, including information from coaches, managers and the players themselves
  • Over 100 high-quality player photos
  • Player awards, honors, rankings and postseason stats
  • Comparative defensive stats on all positions
  • Comparative offensive and pitching stats for leaders in dozens of categories
  • Additional metrics, such as BABIP, FIP, wOBA and WRC+
  • Links to even more information, such as interviews, twitter handles and the player's Baseball-Reference Page

That may sound like a lot of stats (and it is), but this is no dry statistical treatise; a good deal of humor and creativity is sprinkled throughout the book.

But don't take my word for it. Of the dozen reviews posted on Amazon, all 12 are 5-star reviews!!!
"The Quintessential Book for Any Astros Fan"
"A must-have resource for any true diehard Astros fan"
"Wish I could give it 15 stars"
"Having all this searchable info at my fingertips and in one place is about as wonderful as pancakes in bed on a Saturday morning."
So what are you waiting for?!? The best way to stay informed about the Astros farm system (and to show support for this blog and the bloggess-in-chief) is only a click and a credit card away!!!

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 17, 2015

Disclaimer: I guarantee that all recaps will be posted before 11 AM. If not, then I decided to combine 2 days of games into 1 recap.

Fresno 11, Las Vegas 10

W- Jordan Jankowski (1-0)
L- Duane Below (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (3)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (2, 2-run in 2nd), Andrew Aplin (1, 2-run in 7th), Max Stassi (1, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies coughed up an 8-2 lead when Vegas put up 6 in the 6th to take the lead, but that deficit was short-lived as they retook the lead with 3 in the top of the 7th.

Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit, with Nolan Fontana (2B) and Andrew Aplin (2-R HR) getting 2 each. Both of them also scored 2 runs. Domingo Santana tripled and scored 3 times. Max Stassi and Ronald Torreyes had 2 RBI apiece.

Alex White: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R (5 earned), 2 BB, 3 K
Jordan Jankowski: W (1-0), 1.1 IP, H
James Hoyt: Save (3), IP, K

Corpus Christi 8, Springfield 5 in 6.5 innings

W- Kyle Westwood (1-0)
L- Thomas Lee (0-2)

CC home runs: Brandon Meredith (2, solo in 6th)

This game was called on account of rain. The Hooks erupted for 5 runs in the 6th, which cushioned the blow of a 4-run top of the 7th from Springfield.

Carlos Correa: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Colin Moran: 2-RBI single in 6th
Telvin Nash: 1-5, 2 RBI
Leo Heras: 2-3, 2 2B, R
Roberto Peña: 2-3, RBI single, R

Kyle Westwood: W (1-0); 5 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 4 K
Angel Báez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER (2 inherited runners charged to him), 3 BB, 2 K
Jandel Gustave: 0.2 IP, 2 H

Lancaster 10, High Desert 4

W- Evan Grills (1-1)
L- Tyler Smith (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (1, solo in 3rd), A.J. Reed (2, 2-run in 8th), Chase McDonald (2, solo in 8th)

J.D. Davis and Chase McDonald have opened this season on a tear; A.J. Reed has been a little slower to get going, but once he's up to speed, they are going to be a fearsome trio in the heart of the JetHawks order. Davis opened up his account with a homer to lead off the 3rd inning, while Reed and McDonald went back-to-back in the 8th. Brian Holberton had 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Brett Phillips went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.

Evan Grills allowed just 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout frames. Troy Scribner went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Randall Fant got the final 4 outs of the game, walking 1 and striking out 1.

Beloit 9, Quad Cities 6

W- Trevor Bayless (1-0)
L- Austin Chrismon (1-1)

QC home runs: Thomas Lindauer (1, 3-run in 2nd)

The River Bandits were foiled in their attempt to sweep the series as the Snappers scored 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Thomas Lindauer finished 2-3, and his 3-run homer in the 2nd put the Bandits on the board first. Sean McMullen scored on an error after a Bobby Boyd single in the 4th, and he added an RBI double in the 7th. The previous batter, Jake Nottingham, hit an RBI single. Boyd and Nottingham also had 2 hits apiece.

Dan Mengden: 4.2 IP, 7 H (solo homer), 4 R (2 earned), 6 K
Ryan Thompson: 0.1 IP, H
Austin Chrismon: L (1-1), 2+ IP, 7 H, 5 ER, K
Albert Minnis: IP, K

Results for Saturday, April 18, 2015


Las Vegas 17, Fresno 4

W- Scott Rice (1-0)
L- Luis Cruz (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana (2, 2-run in 4th), Preston Tucker (4, 2-run in 8th)

Ugh.

The two 2-run home runs from Santana and Tucker constituted the entire Fresno offense. Tucker extended his hitting streak to 20 games dating back to last season.

Fresno's pitchers got mauled in this one. We can just leave it at that.

Game 3 of this series is at 12:05 Pacific. Brady Rodgers will take on Rafael Montero.

Springfield 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Corey Baker (1-0)
L- Josh Hader (0-1)
S- Kurt Heyer (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Cardinals stole one with 2 in the top of the 8th.

Jio Mier went 3-5, but he had a horrific time in the field as he was charged with all 3 Corpus errors. The only Hooks run came on a Colin Moran RBI single in the 1st inning.

Chris Devenski tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. The 2 runs that Springfield got off Josh Hader in the 8th were both unearned. Hader allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in his 3 innings. Tyson Perez worked around 2 walks to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

The Hooks welcome the Tulsa Drillers to Whataburger Field today. First pitch is at 2:05, with Lance McCullers facing Matt Shelton.

Lancaster 11, High Desert 4

W- Ambiorix De Leon (1-0)
L- David Ledbetter (0-2)
S- Chris Cotton (1)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (1, solo in 4th)

Brett Phillips has officially caught fire. He's now on a 5-game hitting streak; the last 3 have been multi-hit games. Maverick, in addition to his homer to lead off the 4th, added 2 RBI singles in the 1st and the 8th innings and finished 4-5 with 2 runs scored. Speaking of people on fire at the plate, J.D. Davis also had a 4-hit night; he opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and added an RBI double in the 2nd.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup had a hit. Everyone in the lineup scored a run except for Ronnie Mitchell, who went 1-4 with a sac fly in the 3rd. Also in that 3rd inning, Jack Mayfield hit an RBI single. Brian Holberton smacked an RBI ground-rule double, and after Mitchell's sac fly, Marc Wik brought Holberton home with an infield single. He'd score on a wild pitch. Danry Vásquez went 3-6 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Mayfield and Chase McDonald had 2 hits apiece.

Adrian Houser pulled off the feat of striking out 4 in an inning when he did so in the 2nd. He allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8 overall. Ambiorix De Leon was all over the place as he issued 5 walks in his 2 innings, but he only allowed 1 hit and didn't allow a run. Chris Cotton got the 3-inning save; he allowed 4 hits and struck out 7.

The JetHawks will look for the sweep as Blaine Sims takes the mound. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Kane County 1

W- Keegan Yuhl (1-0)
L- Jency Solis (0-1)
S- Jose Montero (2)

QC home runs: Kristian Trompiz (1, solo in 7th)

The Banditos nipped the Cougars in the series opener with 1 in the 7th to tie, and 1 in the 8th to take the lead, which held up.

Kristian Trompiz put them on the board with his 1st homer of the season, a 1-out solo blast in the 7th. Sean McMullen hit a 1-out double in the 8th, stole 3rd, and scored what turned out to be the winning run on a Jake Nottingham groundout. Jamie Ritchie went 2-2 with 2 walks at the top of the lineup.

Josh James went 5 innings and allwoed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3. Keegan Yuhl tagged in for 3 perfect innings, striking out 4. Well, almost perfect. He had a wild pitch/strikeout where the batter reached 1st safely. Jose Montero worked around a hit and a walk to finish off the game.

In game 2 of this series, Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Brent Jones at 1:15.

Three Stars: Position Players

*Stats are cumulative.

3.
Domingo Santana, OF, Fresno
2-8, 3B, 2-R HR (2), 5 R

2. 
Brett Phillips, OF, Lancaster
6-10, HR (1), 3 RBI, 4 R

1. 
J.D. Davis, 3B, Lancaster
6-10, 2 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI, 4 R


Four Stars: Pitchers

4.

Chris Devenski, RHP, Corpus Christi
Saturday: 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

3. 
Evan Grills, LHP, Lancaster
Friday: W (1-1), 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

2. 
Chris Cotton, LHP, Lancaster
Saturday: Save (1), 3 IP, 4 H, 7 K

1. 
Keegan Yuhl, RHP, Quad Cities
Saturday: W (1-0), 3 IP, 4 K