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Let's play 2 in Corpus Christi!

Fresno 11, Las Vegas 4

W- Brady Rodgers (5-3)
L- Tyler Pill (2-4)
S- Jake Buchanan (1)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (7, 2-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies scored a touchdown in the 2nd, spurring them on to victory.

In that 2nd inning, they got a 2-run single from Robbie Grossman, a 2-run triple from Jonathan Villar, and 3 RBI singles from Tyler Heineman, Tony Kemp, and Matt Duffy. Kemp, who finished 3-5, added another RBI single in the 3rd. Alex Presley finished 2-4 with an RBI infield single in the 4th inning. Matt Duffy, who also had a 3-hit night, smacked a 2-run homer (7) in the 6th. Jonathan Villar finished 3-4 with the 2-run triple and scored twice.

Brady Rodgers went 5 innings and allowed a run on a solo homer, 3 hits, and struck out 5. Jake Buchanan pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, walking 3, and striking out 4.

In game 2 of this series, Mike Hauschild will face Matt Bowman at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 0

W- Michael Feliz (1-1, 2-2 season)
L- Jake Thompson (6-5)
S- Chris Cotton (1, 5 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks took the first game of the twinbill despite being held to 3 hits. Well, they held the Roughriders to 2 hits and most importantly, zero runs.

Jon Kemmer had 2 of those 3 hits, one of which was a double. The only scoring done in game 1 came courtesy of Roberto Peña's 2-run double in the 2nd inning.

Michael Feliz allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 5.1 innings of work. Chris Cotton finished it off, walking 1 and striking out 2 in 1.2 innings.

What would game 2 have in store for the Hooks?

Game 2: Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 0

W- Josh Hader (2-3)
L- Edwar Cabrera (0-1)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (8, 2-run in 2nd), Tyler White (5, solo in 6th)

Corpus Christi swept the doubleheader in shutout fashion behind another solid performance from Josh Hader.

Hader allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Juan Minaya and Travis Ballew capped it off; Minaya struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th, and Ballew came on for the 7th and did what Minaya did.

Jon Kemmer opened up the scoring by whacking his 8th home run of the season in the 2nd. Tyler White added an RBI double in the 3rd, and he came around to score on a Conrad Gregor single. White, who went 2-3, struck again in the 6th as he took Victor Payano deep.

Joe Musgrove makes his 2nd start with the Hooks tonight as he takes on Jose Leclerc. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lake Elsinore 8, Lancaster 6

W- Kyle Lloyd (4-4)
L- Kevin Comer (0-2, 5-3 season)
S- Jason Jester (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks fell behind the 8-ball in this one after a 4-run 6th put them in a 7-2 hole. They mounted a comeback bid in the closing stages of the game, but no cigar.

Mott Hyde opened up the scoring in the 2nd when he scored on an error as D.J. Fisher successfully stole 2nd. Hyde hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Hyde, who finished 3-4, struck once again in the 8th inning as he ripped a 2-run double. He later scored on an RBI single from Brett Phillips. A.J. Reed scored on a wild pitch in the 9th. The JetHawks put the tying run on base, but Ronnie Mitchell lined out to end the game.

Kevin Comer went 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Albert Minnis was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Minnis allowed a 2-run homer in the 6th, and one run was charged to Comer, while he got the other run. Keegan Yuhl allowed the runner he inherited from Minnis to score on a sac fly. He went 2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Dan Mengden will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll face Matt Shepherd at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Clinton 4

W- Josh James (2-1)
L- Rohn Pierce (2-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got some timely hitting to take the lead and the series from the LumberKings. With this win, the River Bandits won the 1st half in the Midwest League West.

Nick Tanielu finished 3-5 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Later in the frame, Ramon Laureano added an RBI single of his own. The River Bandits got another run in the 6th on an RBI single from Jamie Ritchie. Bobby Boyd put them in front with a 2-run single in the 7th inning.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jordan Mills was the first man out and went 1.1 innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2. Josh James allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 over 4 scoreless to get the win.

The River Bandits will begin their final series of the 1st half as they welcome Burlington to the Quad Cities. In game 1 of this series, Christian Powell will face Keynan Middleton at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Rays 4 in 5 innings

W- Enrique Chavez (2-0)
L- Marlon Constante (0-1)

Blue home runs: Reiny Beltre (2, solo in 3rd)

This game was called due to rain.

Enrique Chavez pitched all 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 2.

The Blue team got 2 in the 1st on a pair of RBI doubles from Reiny Beltre and Cristopher Luciano. Ronny Jimenez added another RBI double in the 2nd. Beltre led off the 3rd with his 2nd blast of the year. Orlando Marquez followed by drawing a walk, advancing to 2nd on a wild pitch, to 3rd on a groundout, and finally, he scored on a passed ball. Jimenez, who finished 3-3 with 2 doubles, added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th. Juan Piñeda went 2-3 with a double and a run scored, and Beltre also finished 2-3.

The Blue team is playing at the Rays complex.

DSL Cardinals 14, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Estarlin Arias (1-1)
L- Jorge Guzman (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

This was a 6-4 game until the 7th, when the Cardinals blew it open with 6 in that frame.

The Orange team put up 3 in the 2nd to open up the scoring. Anardo Peralta hit an RBI double, and an error on the play also allowed Oliver Toribio to score. Peralta scored himself on a wild pitch. Carlos Machado hit an RBI single in the 4th. Oliver Toribio went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Jorge Guzman allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings. Jose Ramos was the first man out; he allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3.1 innings of work. Harlen Florencio allowed 6 unearned runs on 5 hits (2-run home run) as he got 2 outs in the 7th. Michael Richez got the final out of the 7th and 1 out in the 8th; he allowed 2 unearned runs (both inherited runners charged to him), walked 3, and struck out 1. Yonatan Quintin allowed a hit and struck out 1 as he got the final 2 outs of the 8th.

The Orange team is playing the Cardinals again.

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Minor League Snapshot: Lancaster JetHawks

It will be an interesting final weekend of the first half for the High A Lancaster JetHawks. They are currently 37-30 and in second place in their division, two games behind the 39-28 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) with three games left before the break. The Quakes will be playing the North Division first place (41-26) Visalia Rawhide (D'Backs) on the road while the JetHawks will be hosting South Division bottom dwellers Lake Elsinore (28-39), a Padres affiliate. The 'Hawks will need some help from Visalia, but a first place first half is still a possibility.

The California League All-Star game will be held on June 23rd with OF Brett Phillips, 1B A.J. Reed and IF Jack Mayfield representing the JetHawks.

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

A.J. Reed - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TEAM OFFENSE
.291 BA - 1st of 10 teams
.370 OBP - 1st
.475 SLG - 1st
87 HR - 1st
26 3B - 2nd
287 BB - 1st
572 SO - T4th

OF Brett Phillips
.329 BA - 3rd in the league
.388 OBP - 7th
.596 SLG - 3rd
66 Runs Scored - 1st
92 Hits - 1st
19 2B - T5th
7 3B - 2nd
14 HR - T5th
52 RBI - 4th

1B A.J. Reed
.324 BA - 4th in the league
.433 OBP - 1st
.605 SLG - 2nd
47 BB - 1st
54 Runs Scored - 2nd
82 Hits - 4th
17 HR - 1st
60 RBI - 1st

OF Danry Vasquez (since promoted to Corpus Christi)
.315 BA - 6th in the league

IF Jack Mayfield
.310 BA - 10th in the league
4 3B - T8th

1B/DH Chase McDonald
.521 SLG - 10th in the league

OF James Ramsay
40 Runs Scored - 10th in the league

3B J.D. Davis
47 RBI - 7th in the league

In addition, these players have batting line numbers (BA/OBP/SLG) that would rank as league leaders if they had enough at-bats to qualify: C Alfredo Gonzalez (.355 BA & .402 OBP at Lancaster); IF Chan Moon (.322 BA & .406 OBP at Lancaster); IF/OF Marc Wik (.408 OBP at Lancaster); and OF Derek Fisher (.385 OBP and .559 SLG at Lancaster).

TEAM PITCHING
4.69 ERA - 8th of 10 teams
1.445 WHIP - 8th
229 BB -T1st
614 SO - 2nd

None of the Lancaster pitchers are top 10 league leaders in ERA or WHIP, but that is simply because none of them have the innings to qualify. Numerous pitchers have performed well in more limited innings, including these three who were promoted to Corpus Christi, but who did particularly well at Lancaster: LHP Chris Cotton (1.40 ERA/1.052 WHIP), LHP Brian Holmes (2.37 ERA/0.923 WHIP) and RHP Joe Musgrove (2.40 ERA/0.967 WHIP). In addition, RHP Keegan Yuhl (1.76 ERA), LHP Reymin Guduan (2.70 ERA), and LHP Brian Radziewski (3.31 ERA) have ERA's that would put them in the top 10 in the hitter-friendly California League if they qualified. Newcomers RHP Austin Chrismon and RHP Kevin Comer have had solid starts in the league as well.

Previous Posts:
AAA Fresno Grizzlies Minor League Snapshot
AA Corpus Christi Minor League Snapshot

Happy Birthday - 6/19

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

C Tyler Heineman (24)
Heineman was born June 19, 1991 in Pacific Palisades, California, and was drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2012 out of the University of California in Los Angeles, California. He is currently playing with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

Tyler Heineman


LHP Cristhopher Santamaria (19)
Santamaria was born June 19, 1996 in David, Chiriqui, Panama, and signed with Houston prior to the 2013 season. He ended the 2014 season with the Gulf Coast League Astros and is likely awaiting his assignment to a short season club.

LHP Sebastian Kessay (22)
Kessay was born June 19, 1993 in Pinetop, Arizona, and was drafted by the Astros in the 22nd round in 2013 out of Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona. He has not pitched yet during the 2015 season.


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A.J. Reed continues his vulgar display of power.

Sacramento 4, Fresno 1

W- Jean Machi (1-0)
L- Jordan Jankowski (3-2)
S- Erik Cordier (4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were foiled in their attempt to sweep the series as they were held to just 3 hits.

Their only run came in the 2nd on a sac fly from Robbie Grossman. Tony Kemp finished 1-4 with a stolen base (6, 21 season), extending his hitting streak to 20 games in the process.

Luis Cruz went 5.1 innings and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer to Darren Ford. He also allowed 4 singles, walked 5, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings, and James Hoyt struck out the side in the 8th, but he also allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits in the inning.

Fresno heads home tonight, where they'll begin a 4-game set with Las Vegas at 7:05 Pacific. Starter is TBA.

Corpus Christi and Frisco was postponed

Due to rain. Doubleheader is scheduled for tonight, with game 1 starting at 5:30. Michael Feliz will face Jake Thompson to start off things, and in game 2, Josh Hader will take on Chad Bell.

Lancaster 14, Visalia 6

W- Edison Frias (8-2)
L- Blake Perry (5-3)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (4)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis 2 (9; 2-run in 1st, 2-run in 6th), A.J. Reed (17, solo in 1st), Brian Holberton (1, 3-run in 8th)

The JetHawks put Visalia away with a 5-run 8th after the Rawhide scored 2 in the top of the inning to stay within striking distance.

Edison Frias went 7.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 8 hits (4 solo homers), walked 2, and struck out 5. Frederick Tiburcio allowed 3 hits over 1.2 scoreless to earn the save.

Everyone in the Lancaster lineup had a hit except for Brett Phillips, who went 0-5 with a walk and scored a run. That run came in the 1st on the first of 2 2-run homers smacked by J.D. Davis. One batter later, A.J. Reed sent one into the night and onto the freeway. I'm not totally convinced that it landed on the freeway, to be honest. Mott Hyde tripled to lead off the 4th and later scored on a passed ball that resulted in a walk for Brian Holberton. Hyde later added a 2-run single in the 5th, and Chase McDonald brought him home with a single. Davis whacked his 2nd 2-run homer of the night in the 6th.

The JetHawks secured the win in the 8th as they got a pair of RBI singles from James Ramsay and McDonald, and Brian Holberton delivered the big hit of the night in the form of a 3-run homer, his 1st of the year. McDonald finished 3-5. Davis, Ramsay, Hyde, and Holberton had 2 hits apiece. D.J. Fisher also had 2 hits; he was the only one in that contingent to not drive in a run. Davis led the way by scoring 3 runs; everyone in the Lancaster lineup scored a run, with Reed and Jack Mayfield scoring 2 apiece.

The JetHawks welcome Lake Elsinore to The Hangar for the final series of the 1st half. They enter this game just 1 behind Rancho Cucamonga for the lead in the California League South.

In game 1, Kevin Comer will face Kyle Lloyd. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Clinton 0 in 10 innings

W- Justin Ferrell (1-0)
L- Ronald Dominguez (0-1)
S- Angel Heredia (1)

QC home runs: Jamie Ritchie (3, 2-run in 10th)

Well, 18 zeroes were put up on the scoreboard,, but the Banditos finally got the breakthrough.

That breakthrough came in the form of a 2-run homer from Jamie Ritchie, which turned out to be the difference in this game, as 3 Quad Cities pitchers combined on a 4-hitter.

Jorge Perez allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Justin Ferrell, in his season debut, allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 4 scoreless. Angel Heredia closed it out with a 1-2-3 10th inning.

In the series finale, Brock Dykxhoorn will face Lukas Schiraldi. First pitch is at 6:30.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Royals 5

W- Luidin Toribio (2-0)
L- Frandy Diaz (1-1)

Blue home runs: Cristopher Luciano (1, 2-run in 4th), Jose Benjamin (1, walk-off 3-run in 9th)

Jose Benjamin was the hero as he rescued the Blue team with his 1st homer of the season, putting them back on top after the Royals had scored 4 in the top of the 9th to take the lead.

Cristopher Luciano opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 4th. Orlando Marquez hit a sac fly in the 9th to cut the deficit to 2 runs. Reiny Beltre and Luciano, who both had 2 hits and scored twice, found themselves on base for Benjamin, who ended the game with one swing of the bat.

Diogenes Almengo allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Joel Belboder was excellent in 3 innings and came out for the 9th, but the wheels fell off for him in that inning. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 3. Luidin Toribio allowed all 3 of Belboder's runners to score. He also allowed 1 run of his own on 2 hits in the 9th.

The Blue team will host the Rays today.

DSL Rangers1 6,  DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Sergio Suarez (3-0)
L- Gabriel Pirela (1-3)

Orange home runs: Marcos Almonte (1, solo in 1st)

The Orange team couldn't hold a 5-2 lead and wound up walking off with the loss.

Marcos Almonte opened up the scoring with his 1st homer of the year in the 1st inning. He grounded into a double play in the 3rd, which allowed Hector Martinez to score. Angel Tejeda finished 2-4 and cleared the bases with a triple in the 6th. Also joining Tejeda in finishing 2-4 were Felix Lucas, Anthony Rodriguez, and Ronny Rafael.

Franklin Perez went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Starlyng Sanchez pitched 4 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 2. Ezequiel Madera allowed an unearned run, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th. Luis Vasquez faced 2 batters in the 9th and walked them both. Those 2 batters eventually scored and were charged to him. Gabriel Pirela only recorded 1 out in the 9th via strikeout, and the Rangers walked off with the win off of him. He allowed a run of his own on 3 hits.

The Orange team is playing at the Cardinals complex today.

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Jake Nottingham continues his breakout 2015 season.

Fresno 3, Sacramento 1

W- Asher Wojciechowski (5-0)
L- Jake Peavy (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (5, 6 season)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (1, inside-the-park solo in 5th)

The Grizzlies got the better of a rehabbing Giants starting pitcher for the 2nd consecutive night.

Asher Wojciechowski was excellent as he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings of work. Jose Veras threw a 1-2-3 8th, and Tyson Perez worked around a walk to close it out.

L.J. Hoes went 2-4 and put Fresno on the board first with a 2-run double in the 1st. Tony Kemp, who scored 2 of Fresno's 3 runs, led off the 5th with his first home run at the AAA level, and it was of the inside-the-park variety.

Fresno looks to sweep the series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Luis Cruz will take the mound, and he'll face Chris Stratton.

San Antonio 4, Corpus Christi 2

W- Justin Hancock (6-2)
L- Chris Devenski (7-1)
S- Tayron Guerrero (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had to settle for the split as Chris Devenski got knocked around for the first time this season.

Devenski, who suffered his first loss of the campaign, also saw his ERA rise above 1. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. He allowed 4 runs all season entering this game. Aaron West struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

Tyler White opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. The other Corpus run came courtesy of a Jio Mier RBI single in the 4th. Jio and Roberto Peña both went 2-4 from the bottom of the order.

The Hooks head home to begin a 4-game set with Frisco. Michael Feliz will take the mound in game 1... he'll face Jake Thompson at 7:05.

Lancaster 11, Visalia 3

W- Adrian Houser (2-2)
L- John Omahen (6-2)
S- Troy Scribner (1)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (16, solo in 1st), James Ramsay (6, solo in 6th), Brett Phillips (14, 3-run in 8th)

The JetHawks got even in this series behind huge nights from A.J. Reed and Brett Phillips.

Reed hit for the cycle. He's the 2nd JetHawk to accomplish this feat; Marc Wik hit for the cycle on June 2. He hit a solo homer in the 1st, ripped an RBI double in the 5th, added an RBI triple in the 7th, and finished with an 8th-inning single. James Ramsay finished 3-5 with an RBI single in the 1st and a solo homer in the 6th, his 6th. Brett Phillips had another monster night as he also went 3-5; his 3 hits were 2 doubles and a 3-run homer in the 8th. He scored the first run of the evening on a wild pitch in the 1st. Jack Mayfield also finished 3-5; he had an RBI single in the 7th. D.J. Fisher hit a sac fly in the 5th.

Adrian Houser went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 5. Troy Scribner finished it off by allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 in 4 innings.

Edison Frias will get the start in the series finale. He'll take on Blake Perry at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 5 in 11 innings

W- Kody Kerski (1-2)
L- Eric Peterson (2-3)

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (10, 3-run in 3rd)

The Banditos had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 11th fall by the wayside. They stranded the bases loaded, and the LumberKings wound up walking off with the win in the bottom half of the inning because baseball likes to work like that.

4 of Quad Cities' 5 runs came in the 3rd, with the big hit coming in the form of a 3-run homer whacked by Jake Nottingham, his 10th blast of the season. Before that, Jason Martin grounded into a force out that scored Bobby Boyd. Ryan Bottger drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th. Jamie Ritchie went 2-2 with 4 walks and a run scored from the top of the lineup.

Brandon McNitt allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (solo homer) and walked 3 in 3 innings. Aaron Greenwood was the first man out; he threw 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4 as he also threw 3 scoreless. Eric Peterson threw a scoreless 10th, but ended up allowing the winning run in the 11th as he plunked Joe DeCarlo with the bases loaded. Tough way to end it. Peterson got 1 out in the 11th and allowed a triple, walked 2 (1 intentionally), and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Jorge Perez will face Eric's twin brother, Pat. First pitch is at 6:30.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Royals 6

W- Framber Valdez (1-0)
L- Darwin Feliz (0-2)
S- Jacques Sambo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got a nice offensive showing to pick up their pitchers, who issued 9 walks.

Reiny Beltre opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Oscar Campos added an RBI single in the 2nd, and then later scored on a sac fly from Wilson Amador. In the 3rd, Angel De Leon scored on a force out and Campos added another RBI single to his ledger. Beltre scored in the 7th after an Angel De Leon strikeout got away from the catcher. De Leon reached safely, stole 2nd (2), and scored on a single from Cristopher Luciano. Beltre added a sac fly in the 8th. Luciano, Jose Benjamin, Campos, and Juan Piñeda all had 2 hits apiece. Andy Piñeda went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored, but he stole 2 bases (12).

Michel Martinez went 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jorge Alcala was the first man out of the Blue team bullpen; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Cristofer Melendez pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and walking 1. Luis Castro was next; he got the final 2 outs of the 7th and the first one of the 8th. He allowed a run, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1. Framber Valdez got the final 2 outs of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th. He also allowed a run, a hit, and walked 3. Jacques Sambo came on with the bases loaded and was able to secure the win without further incident.

These two teams are playing again at the Astros complex.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Rangers1 3

W- Gabriel Valdez (1-2)
L- Rafael Volquez (1-1)
S- Josue Uribe (1)

Orange home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (2, solo in 4th)

The Orange team scored in one inning, but it turned out to be enough.

Their 4 runs came in the 4th inning. Miguelangel Sierra opened up the scoring with his 2nd homer of the season. Randy Vasquez and Ronny Rafael later added RBI singles, and Vasquez eventually scored on an error that allowed Hector Martinez to reach. Sierra (HR), Felix Lucas (2B, R), Rafael (2B, RBI), and Angel Tejeda (2B) all finished 2-4.

Gabriel Valdez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Maikel Sepulveda allowed an unearned run on a fielder's choice and walked 1 in the 6th. Josue Uribe shut it down by striking out 4 over 3 perfect frames.

The Orange team is playing the Rangers 1 at the Rangers' complex.

Happy Birthday - 6/17

Wishing a Happy Birthday to ...

LHP Yhoan Acosta (20)
Acosta was born June 17, 1995 in Bonao, Monsenor Nouel, Dominican Republic and made his first appearance with the Dominican Summer League Astros in August 2013. He started his 2014 season with the DSL team and received his promotion to the Gulf Coast League in mid-July. He will likely join one of the short season teams starting later this month.


Yhoan Acosta - July 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Green

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A tie? Really?

Let's play 2 in San Antonio!

Fresno 6, Sacramento 3

W- Dan Straily (5-5)
L- Matt Cain (0-1)
S- Kevin Chapman (6)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (6, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies doubled up the RiverCats, now the AAA affiliate of their former bosses, the Giants, by knocking around a rehabbing Matt Cain.

Dan Straily was fantastic as he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 7 shutout innings. Jason Stoffel pitched the 8th and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman shut it down, working around a hit and a walk to do so. He struck out 1.

In the 2nd inning, L.J. Hoes and Alex Presley successfully executed a double steal, and on the ensuing error, Hoes scored the first run of the game. Matt Duffy hit a solo shot with 2 outs in the 3rd. He finished 2-4 and scored 2 runs. Presley added an RBI single. The Grizz got 2 in the 4th on RBI singles from Jon Singleton and Hoes. Singleton struck out in the 6th, but Jonathan Villar stole home as part of a double steal with Matt Duffy. Hoes finished 3-5. Tony Kemp went 2-4 with a double, a run scored, and stole 3 bases (4, 19 season).

Asher Wojciechowski will take on a rehabbing Jake Peavy in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 3

W- Kyle Westwood (5-2)
L- Elliot Morris (2-5)
S- Travis Ballew (3)

CC home runs: Leo Heras (2, 3-run in 4th)

The Hooks took game 1 as Leo Heras' 3-run shot proved to be the difference.

Kyle Westwood went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits and walked 1. Chris Cotton got the final 2 outs of the 6th, and Travis Ballew worked around 2 hits in the 7th to finish it off, striking out 1.

Chan-Jong Moon put the Hooks on the board by scoring on an error in the 3rd. Andrew Aplin later added an RBI single. Heras put Corpus in the lead with his 2nd homer of the year. Moon finished 2-3 with 2 steals.


Game 2: Corpus Christi 15, San Antonio 3

W- Mark Appel (4-1)
L- Casey Kelly (1-4)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (7, solo in 3rd), Conrad Gregor (3, 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks swept the twinbill by bludgeoning the Missions in game 2, scoring in all but 1 inning.

Mark Appel had a nice outing; the only two snags he encountered were solo homers. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 in 6.1 innings. Juan Minaya ran into some difficulty closing it out, but he had a 13-run cushion to work with. He allowed a run on 3 hits.

Like he did in game 1, Chan-Jong Moon scored the first Hooks run by coming home on a fielder's choice in the 1st. Later in the inning, Conrad Gregor added a 2-run single, and that's when the floodgates opened. Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI single and Tyler White smacked a 2-run double in the 2nd. Jon Kemmer struck in the 3rd as he whacked his 7th homer of the year. Teoscar scored on a double play in the 4th. Leo Heras added a 2-run double and White added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th. White struck again with a 2-run single in the 7th, and Gregor capped it off with a 2-run homer, his 3rd of the year. Heras (2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R) and Gregor (HR, 4 RBI, R) both went 4-5. White finished 3-5 and drove in 5. Teoscar, Kemmer, and Moon finished with 2 hits apiece; Teoscar scored 4 runs.

In the series finale, Chris Devenski will take on Justin Hancock. First pitch is at 7:05.

Visalia 14, Lancaster 11

W- J.R. Bradley (1-2)
L- Bryan Radziewski (0-2, 1-2 season)
S- Nick Sarianides (11)

Lancaster home runs: Jack Mayfield (7, 2-run in 5th), James Ramsay (5, 2-run in 5th), Brett Phillips (13, solo in 7th)

Brett Maverick Phillips whacked his 13th homer of the year to tie this game at 11 in the 7th, but the Rawhide had the final say in this game as they broke the tie in the 8th and scored 2 more in the 9th. The JetHawks fought back from a 10-4 deficit, but they just couldn't find a way to get ahead.

A.J. Reed put the JetHawks on the board with an RBI single in the 1st. Mott Hyde cleared the bases with a double in the 2nd inning. The JetHawks took flight in the 5th as they scored 6 runs to tie the game at 10.

4 of those 6 runs came on 2-run homers from Jack Mayfield and James Ramsay. Alfredo Gonzalez also hit an RBI single, and Hyde brought him home with another RBI double. Phillips, who finished 3-6, re-tied the game in the 7th with his blast. Mayfield, Gonzalez, Hyde, and Ramsay had 2 hits apiece.

Evan Grills got 1 out and allowed a 3-run homer to Daniel Palka in the 1st. He left with an apparent injury. Tyler Brunnemann was the first man out; he went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Andrew Walter allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 4th inning. Bryan Radziewski allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings. Reymin Guduan went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Adrian Houser takes on John Omahen at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 3, Great Lakes 3

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (9, 2-run in 1st)

Yes, really.

This game made it past the 5th and was eventually called in the 6th. Because this was the final regular-season meeting between the River Bandits and Loons, this game is official.

Jake Nottingham whacked his 9th homer of the year, a 2-run shot that put the Banditos up 2-1 in the 1st. Ramon Laureano added a sac fly in the 4th. Sean McMullen finished 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

Akeem Bostick pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer) and struck out 7.

The River Bandits are in Clinton for their penultimate series of the 1st half. In game 1, Brandon McNitt will take on Jeffeson Medina. First pitch is at 6:30.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Indians 4

W- Cristian Javier (2-0)
L- Alejandro Izaguirre (1-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got a run in the 8th to just edge the Indians.

Oscar Campos opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Andy Piñeda added an RBI double. Angel De Leon added an RBI single in the 5th. Andy Piñeda stole 2nd (10) in the 6th inning, and on the ensuing error, Campos scored another run. After the Indians tied the game at 4 in the 7th, Juan Piñeda hit an RBI double in the top of the 8th to put the Blue team back in front. Orlando Marquez finished 3-5 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Campos (2B, RBI, 2 R), Andy Piñeda (2B, RBI, SB), and Cristopher Luciano (2B, 3B, R) finished with 2 hits apiece.

Hector Perez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Jorge Alcala was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless. Cristian Javier allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 7th. Dariel Aquino got the 2-inning save, allowing 2 hits and striking out 4 in the process.

The Blue team is currently in a game at the Royals complex.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Angels 1

W- Bryan Abreu (1-1)
L- Alexis Peralta (0-1)
S- Cesar Rosado (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team stormed out of the gates with a 4-run 1st and never looked back.

All 4 of those runs in the 1st came on errors. Miguelangel Sierra opened up the scoring as Oliver Toribio reached on a force out attempt, and then Marcos Almonte came home on another error. Toribio later scored on another miscue that allowed Angel Tejeda to reach, and an errant pickoff throw brought Ronny Rafael home. Tejeda smacked an RBI triple in the 3rd, then stole home in the 6th as part of a double steal. Later in the 6th, Sierra ripped an RBI double. Sierra (2B, RBI, R), Tejeda (3B, RBI, R), and Randy Vasquez (2 2B) finished with 2 hits apiece.

Bryan Abreu allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Cesar Rosado finished it off with 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 4.

The Orange team is currently taking on the Rangers 1.

Corpus Christi Hooks: Minor League Snapshot

The AA Corpus Christi Hooks are currently in first place in their division, 12.5 games ahead of the second place Midland RockHounds (A's) in the South Division. Their .694 win percentage (43-19) is tops in the Texas League with the North Division Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) trailing them for the second best record in the league with a 37-25 record (.597 win percentage).

More importantly, the Hooks have already clinched a playoff berth at the end of the season by virtue of winning the South Division for the first half of the season. And yesterday, the Hooks announced the Hooks players who received All-Star nods for the Texas League All-Star game which will be held on home turf on June 30th: 1B Conrad Gregor; 2B Tony Kemp (since promoted to AAA); RHP Travis Ballew; RHP Chris Devenski; RHP Jandel Gustave: RHP Lance McCullers (since promoted to Houston); RHP Vince Velasquez (since promoted to Houston); reserve 3B/DH Tyler White; and injury replacement C Roberto Pena.

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

TEAM PITCHING
3.11 ERA - 1st of 8 teams
1.256 WHIP - 1st
177 BB -8th
447 SO - 5th

Chris Devenski
0.65 ERA - 1st in the league*
0.909 WHIP - 2nd

*That ERA is not a typo and goes with a 7-0 record in 11 games (7 starts).

(Editorial Note: I have no idea why Devenski hasn't been promoted to AAA yet and it's starting to really, really annoy me.)

Chris Devenski - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen


Mike Hauschild (recently promoted to AAA)
3.20 ERA - 8th in the league
1.204 WHIP - 4th

Jandel Gustave
8 Saves - Tied for 1st in the league

Numerous pitchers have ERA's and or WHIP's that would rank them as league leaders if they had enough innings to qualify: Travis Ballew (1.20 ERA/1.110 WHIP); Chris Cotton (2.18 ERA/1.152 WHIP); Jandel Gustave (2.73 ERA/1.253 WHIP); Brian Holmes (2.85 ERA/1.137 WHIP); Aaron West (2.95 ERA/1.160 WHIP); Josh Hader (1.298 WHIP); and Michael Feliz (1.231 WHIP).

Special note needs to be made of Joe Musgrove who started the season with Low A Quad Cities, was promoted to High A Lancaster in early May and was recently promoted again to AA Corpus Christi. Musgrove hasn't spent enough time at any of the levels to qualify as a league leader, but his numbers stack up against the best: 1.58 ERA, 0.926 WHIP, 2BB to 69SO in 62.2 innings.

TEAM OFFENSE
.279 BA - 1st of 8 teams
.361 OBP - 1st
.409 SLG - 3rd
86 SB - 1st
256 BB - 2nd
442 SO - 6th

Tony Kemp (recently promoted to AAA)
.358 BA - 1st in the league
.457 OBP - 1st
36 runs scored - T7th
59 hits -5th
35 walks - 7th
15 SB - T4th

Tyler White
.412 OBP - 3rd in the league
32 walks - 8th

Teoscar Hernandez
41 runs scored - 3rd in the league
56 strikeouts - 10th
14 SB - 7th

Carlos Correa (since promoted to AAA and Houston)
15 doubles - T5th in the league*
7 home runs - T9th*
32 RBI - T9th*
15 SB - T4th*

*Correa's 15 doubles came in only 29 games at AA; the leader has 19 in 61 games. Correa's 7 home runs came in 29 games; the leader has 12 in 62 games. Correa's 32RBI came in 29 games; the leader has 46 in 61 games. Correa's 15 stolen bases came in 29 games; the leader has 24 in 51 games.

Conrad Gregor
14 doubles - T8th in the league
31 walks - T9th

Andrew Aplin
4 triples - T3rd in the league*
11 SB - T8th in the league

*Aplin's 4 triples came in only 27 games at AA; the leader has 6 in 61 games.

Jon Kemmer
7 home runs - T9th in the league

In addition, these players have batting line numbers (BA/OBP/SLG) that would rank as league leaders if they had enough at-bats to qualify: Chan Moon (.311 BA at AA); Andrew Aplin (.333 BA & .448 OBP at AA); and Jon Kemmer (.504 SLG).

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Monday, June 15, 2015

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Results for Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, 2015

Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!

Sunday proved to be an outstanding day as the Astros and their affiliates outscored their opponents by a combined score of 47-3.

Saturday: Salt Lake 8, Fresno 7

W- Jeremy McBryde (2-1)
L- Tyson Perez (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies managed to withstand a 5-run 5th from the Bees and tied the game at 7 with 2 runs in the 9th.... only to see their adversaries walk off with the win in the bottom of the 9th.

Max Stassi opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Jon Singleton added a sac fly in the 3rd, and he whacked an RBI double in the 5th. L.J. Hoes finished 2-4 with 3 RBI; 2 of them came on a 7th-inning single. The Grizz got 2 in the 9th to tie, thanks to RBI singles from Matt Duffy and Hoes. Tony Kemp and Domingo Santana both finished 3-5. Kemp extended his hitting streak to 17 games as he's recorded a hit in all 4 games he's played with Fresno. He left Corpus in the midst of a 13-game streak.

Jake Buchanan went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski bore the brunt of the Bees' assault in the 5th; he allowed all 5 runs on 5 hits and walked 1 while only getting 2 outs in the inning. Jose Veras stopped the bleeding by getting the final out, then pitched the 6th, allowing a solo homer to Josh Rutledge. That was the only hit and run Veras allowed in his 1.1 innings; he struck out 1. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 7th. Tyson Perez threw a scoreless 8th and got 1 out in the 9th, but Grant Green took him deep to end the game. Perez allowed one other hit in his 1.1 innings.

Sunday: Fresno 17, Salt Lake 0

W- Mike Hauschild (1-0)
L- Alex Sanabia (1-6)

Fresno home runs: None.

This game was a total annihilation. The 17-run margin of victory tied the franchise mark for the largest in that category; they won 19-2 against Salt Lake on June 20, 2005. The Grizzlies pounded out 27 (!!!) hits as part of their destruction of Salt Lake, setting a new franchise record in that category. The previous record was 25, set on August 7, 2006, but that occurred in extra innings. Remarkably, none of those 27 hits was a home run. Everyone in the lineup had a hit and scored.


Mike Hauschild, in his AAA debut, was the beneficiary of some generous run support. He allowed 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4 over 5.1 shutout innings. Mitch Lambson and James Hoyt took it home; Lambson allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 in 2.2 scoreless, and Hoyt worked around a hit to finish off the game, striking out 1.

Dan Straily will be on the mound as the Grizz begin a series in Sacramento. He'll be opposed by a rehabbing Matt Cain. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Saturday: San Antonio 4, Corpus Christi 1

W- Stephen Kohlscheen (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (1-2, 3-3 season)
S- Tayron Guerrero (4)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks found themselves on the wrong end of a perfect game for the majority of this one, and not much went their way.

They did not have a baserunner through the first 6 innings, and then Chan-Jong Moon led off the 7th with a single. He stole 2nd (3, 9 season), advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored the Hooks' lone run on their other hit, a single by Tyler White.

Brian Holmes went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. R.J. Alaniz, in his season debut, pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

Sunday: Corpus Christi and San Antonio was postponed

A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight, with game 1 beginning at 5:05. Mark Appel will take on Elliot Morris in game 1, and in game 2, Kyle Westwood will face Casey Kelly.

Saturday: Lancaster 13, Lake Elsinore 7

W- Dan Mengden (2-0, 6-1 season)
L- Kyle Lloyd (3-4)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks fell behind 4-2 after the 2nd inning, but they outscored the Storm 11-3 the rest of the way, using 18 hits to fuel their assault.

Dan Mengden went 7 innings and alloweed 6 runs (5 earned) on 12 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Walter pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 4.

Mott Hyde put the JetHawks on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd; an error allowed another run to score. J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd, and one batter later, A.J. Reed brought him home with a single. Reed added another RBI single in the 5th, which turned out to be a 5-run frame for Lancaster.

Alfredo Gonzalez followed with a sac fly. Hyde then hit his 2nd RBI single of the evening, and then James Ramsay hit one of his own. Marc Wik, who was the only player in the Lancaster lineup without a hit, had an RBI groundout to bring in Hyde. Gonzalez added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th inning, and in the 8th, he and Reed hit RBI singles, giving them 3 RBI apiece. Reed led the way with 4 hits, while Gonzalez and Brett Phillips had 3-hit nights. D.J. Fisher (3 R, 2 SB), J.D. Davis (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R), and Mott Hyde (2 RBI, R) finished with 2 hits apiece.

Sunday: Lancaster 10, Lake Elsinore 0

W- Austin Chrismon (1-0, 5-1 season)
L- Matthew Shepherd (1-4)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (12, led off game), Ronnie Mitchell (6, 2-run in 4th), D.J. Fisher (5, 11 season; grand slam in 6th)

Austin Chrismon excelled in his California League debut as the JetHawks took the series in emphatic fashion.

Chrismon allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 7 shutout innings. Keegan Yuhl completed the shutout, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1.

Brett Phillips only had 1 hit, but it immediately put Lancaster in the lead because it left the yard. Later in the inning, A.J. Reed hit an infield single, and on the ensuing error, D.J. Fisher scored. Mott Hyde doubled to lead off the 4th, and one batter later, Ronnie Mitchell smacked his 6th homer of the year. Mitchell finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored. D.J. Fisher has been with the JetHawks for a little over 2 weeks, and he's already whacked 3 grand slams. The latest came in the 6th inning to push the JetHawks' lead to 8-0. Fisher, who finished 3-5, added an RBI single in the 7th. James Ramsay drove in the final run of the day with an RBI double in the 8th. A.J. Reed also went 3-5.

The JetHawks are back home tonight, and they'll be hosting Visalia for 3 beginning tonight at 6:30 Pacific. Evan Grills will start game 1; he'll take on John Omahen. This upcoming 7-game homestand will close out the 1st half.

Sunday Game 1: Great Lakes 3, Quad Cities 2 in 9 innings

W- Karch Kowalczyk (4-1)
L- Angel Heredia (2-1)
S- Kyle Hooper (5)

QC home runs: None.

The 3 runs that the Loons scored in the first game of this twinbill represented all the runs scored by the teams that opposed the Astros organization on Sunday, Major League club included. They scored a pair in the 9th. The Banditos were able to get one run back, but they stranded the tying run on 2nd to end game 1.

Ramon Laureano finished 2-4 in the first game. He tripled to lead off the 5th and would score the first Quad Cities run on a single from Bobby Boyd. Boyd, who drove in both runs in game 1, added a sac fly in the 9th.

Christian Powell allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Jordan Mills tagged in to throw 3 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Angel Heredia pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 9th) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

What would game 2 have in store for the Bandits?

Sunday Game 2: Quad Cities 5, Great Lakes 0

W- Francis Martes (1-1)
L- Victor Gonzalez (1-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got the split in the twinbill and snapped the Loons' 10-game winning streak behind a fantastic outing on the mound from Francis Martes.

Martes, who was the third player acquired from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal, allowed 6 hits and struck out 5 as he went the distance.

All 5 Quad Cities runs in game 2 were scored in the 3rd. Luis Reynoso opened things up with an RBI double, which was the only extra-base hit of the inning. Ryan Bottger added a sac fly, and then the Banditos got RBI singles from Sean McMullen, Alex Hernandez, and Thomas Lindauer. Hernandez finished 2-3. Bobby Boyd (11), Jason Martin, and Sean McMullen stole bases; Martin and McMullen have 4 steals apiece, and stole their bases in unison.

In the series finale, Akeem Bostick takes the mound. He'll face Kevin Guzman at 1:00.

Saturday: DSL Astros Blue 9, DSL Indians 0

W- Jose Rosario (2-1)
L- Felix Tati (1-1)
S- Felipe Tejada (1)

Blue home runs: Orlando Marquez (2, solo in 6th)

The Blue team got some offense in the late stages of the game, which allowed them to bury the Indians.

Cristopher Luciano finished 3-4 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th. Orlando Marquez hit a solo homer with 1 out in the 6th. Later in the inning, Jose Hernandez grounded into a force out, and an error allowed Angel De Leon to score. Another error on the play allowed Luciano to score. Marquez tacked on a 2-run double in the 7th, and one batter later, he scored on a triple from De Leon. Juan Piñeda ripped an RBI double in the 8th.

Jose Rosario was fantastic; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. Felipe Tejada finished it off, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2 in 4 innings.

These two teams played again today.

Saturday: DSL Angels 4, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Jesus Castro (2-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (0-2)
S- Jorge Taveras (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team managed to tie the game at 2 in the 8th, but the Angels answered by retaking the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

Randy Vasquez drove in the Orange team's first run with a sac fly in the 7th, and in the 8th, Felix Lucas hit an RBI single. Miguelangel Sierra logged his 2nd consecutive 3-hit game, while Brandon Benavente finished 2-4 with a double.

Juan Robles went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Juan Cuevas unfortunately took the loss; the 2 runs he allowed in the 8th were both unearned and both inherited runners that were charged to him. Cuevas allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. Josue Uribe got the final 2 outs of the 8th; one was a sac fly. The other runner that he inherited from Cuevas scored on an error.

These two teams are playing each other again.

Fresno Grizzlies: Minor League Snapshot

The AAA Fresno Grizzlies are currently in first place in their division, 8.5 games ahead of the second place Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners). Their .603 win percentage (38-25) is topped by only one other team in the Pacific Coast League; the Oklahoma City Dodgers have a 41-21 record (.661 win percentage).

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

TEAM PITCHING
4.41 ERA - 11th of 16 teams
1.399 WHIP - 8th
175 BB -14th
453 SO - 8th

Dan Straily is tied for 9th in the league in strikeouts with 53 over 58.2 innings. Several Grizzlies pitchers have ERAs and/or WHIPs that would rank among the league leaders, but don't have enough innings to qualify: Tyson Perez (2.05 ERA/.0722 WHIP); Richard Rodriguez (2.75 ERA); Jason Stoffel (2.82 ERA/0.806 WHIP); and Mitch Lambson (2.86 ERA; 1.165 WHIP).

Domingo Santana - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TEAM OFFENSE
.275 BA - 8th of 16 teams
.353 OBP - 1st
.431 SLG - 4th
63 HR - 1st
251 BB - 2nd
448 SO - 8th

L.J. Hoes
.340 BA - 4th in the league
.415 OBP - 4th
40 Runs - 7th

Domingo Santana
.320 BA - 9th in the league
.444 OBP - 2nd
.584 SLG - 1st
42 Runs - 5th
11 HR - T6th
38 RBI - T10th
43 BB - 1st
69 SO - 2nd

Jon Singleton
.550 SLG - 7th in the league
47 Runs - 1st
14 HR - T1st
59 RBI - 1st
38 BB - 2nd

Nolan Fontana
4 triples - T3rd in the league
31 BB - T6th

Matt Duffy
44 RBI - 5th in the league

Tony Kemp and Tyler Heineman (both promoted to AAA recently) don't yet qualify as league leaders but their batting averages are in the top 10 in the organization for the season (minimum 150 PA). Kemp also has the highest OBP for 150+ PA and third highest stolen base total (16) in the system.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Happy Birthday - 6/14

Wishing a Happy Birthday to ...

RHP R.J. Alaniz (24)
Alaniz was born June 14, 1991 in McAllen, Texas, and signed with Houston as a non-drafted free agent in August 2009. He was just recently activated from the restricted list and was assigned to the AA Corpus Christi Hooks team.

C Brian Pena (21)
Pena was born June 4, 1994 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and was signed by Houston in March 2012. He played the 2014 season with the Gulf Coast League Astros and is likely awaiting assignment to a short season club.

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