Saturday, July 4, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 3, 2015

How did the Astros system fare on this Independence Day Eve?

Fresno 9, El Paso 5

W- Jordan Jankowski (4-2)
L- Cory Mazzoni (1-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

This game was tied at 5 after the 3rd inning, and it remained that way until the Grizzlies finally broke through in the 9th.

Matt Duffy went 2-3 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. After the Chihuahuas took control with 4 in the bottom of the 1st, Jake Marisnick made sure that that lead would be short-lived as he cleared the bases with a double in the 2nd. Both teams scored 1 run in the 3rd; Fresno's came as Jonathan Villar scored on an error that allowed Andrew Aplin to reach. Aplin was credited with an RBI on the play. The closest that either side got to scoring before the 9th was when Duffy drew a walk in the 7th and took advantage of 2 wild pitches to get himself to 3rd. However, he was stranded at 3rd to end the inning.

Marisnick led off the 9th by drawing a walk. He stole his way to 3rd and scored the go-ahead run on Duffy's 2nd RBI single of the night. Duffy moved to 3rd on a Jonathan Villar double, and they both scored when Tyler White punched a single right back up the middle. Andrew Aplin, who finished 2-5, drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single. Villar and White also finished with 2-hit games. Marisnick walked twice and stole 3 bases.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 10. It's the first time he's recorded double-digit strikeouts as a pro. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out; he went 2 innings and walked 2 while striking out the side in order in the 6th inning. Kevin Chapman walked the bases loaded in the 9th, but he was able to extricate himself from his predicament by striking out Jake Goebbert to end the game. Goebbert didn't like that call and got tossed, but the game was over anyway. Chapman struck out 2 in the 9th.

On this Fourth of July, the Grizzlies are back home to kick off a 4-game set with Tacoma tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Brett Oberholtzer will be on the mound for Fresno. Their latest one-off food item is the Chorizo Mac Dog, a hot dog with macaroni and cheese with chorizo.

Tulsa 5, Corpus Christi 0

W- Jharel Cotton (2-0)
L- Adrian Houser (0-2, 2-4 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were held in check in this one.

They were held to 5 hits; Brett Phillips went 2-4 with a double and stole a base (4, 12 season).

Adrian Houser went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits and struck out 5. Juan Minaya allowed 3 hits over 2.1 scoreless innings.

The series finale features a matchup of top pitching prospects as Michael Feliz takes on Jose De Leon. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 9, Inland Empire 6

W- Andrew Walter (2-1)
L- Garrett Nuss (0-5)
S- Aaron Greenwood (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (5, solo in 4th), Jake Nottingham (1, 11 season; solo in 7th)

The JetHawks were down 4-0 after the 1st, but they finished this game on a 9-2 run to earn the split.

James Ramsay got plunked in the 3rd, advanced to 3rd base on a Mott Hyde double, and scored Lancaster's first run of the evening on a D.J. Fisher groundout. A.J. Reed then drew a walk, and J.D. Davis came through with a 2-run triple.

Marc Wik tied the game with a 2-out solo homer in the 4th. Ramsay got back on base with a single, and Hyde put the JetHawks ahead with an RBI triple. He'd score on a Fisher single. Wik struck again in the 5th as he smacked a 2-run double. In the 7th, Jake Nottingham connected for his 1st California League home run, a solo shot. Hyde (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R), Nottingham (solo HR, 2 R), Ronnie Mitchell (2 2B, R), and Wik (2B, HR, 3 RBI) all went 2-4. Ramsay, Hyde, and Nottingham scored 2 runs apiece.

Evan Grills allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 1st. This was his first outing since being activated from the disabled list. Andrew Walter and Tyler Brunnemann pitched 3 innings apiece; Walter allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 4. Brunnemann came on with 2 runners on base in the 5th and got Walter out of the inning without incurring further damage. He allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Aaron Greenwood got a 2-inning save, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game set in Lake Elsinore. Bryan Radziewski will start game 1; he'll face Matt Shepherd at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Peoria 1

W- Francis Martes (2-2)
L- Jhonny Polanco (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos ran roughshod over the Chiefs as they took the first 2 games of this series.

Francis Martes dazzled again; he allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 10 over 6 shutout innings. This is the first time that Martes has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his career. Riley Ferrell allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and... well, the Chiefs spoiled the shutout in the 9th when they got a run off of Ryan Thompson. Thompson allowed 3 hits in the 9th, all singles.

No River Bandit struck out. The last time that occurred was July 8, 2007, when they defeated Beloit 9-4. They opened up with a 4-run 3rd, coming on an RBI single from Jason Martin, a sac fly from Nick Tanielu, and a 2-run single from Bobby Boyd. In the 4th, Tanielu hit another sac fly, and Ramon Laureano hit an RBI single. They got 3 RBI singles in the 6th from Martin, Laureano, and Ryan Bottger.

Jamie Ritchie and Alex Bregman had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Martin (2 RBI, 2 R, SB [8]) and Laureano (2 RBI) had 2 hits apiece. Bottger drew 3 walks, while Martin drew 2 of his own. In addition to his 2-run single, Boyd stole 2 bases (16).

This series now shifts to Peoria. Christian Powell will get the start tonight. First pitch is at 6:00.

Tri-City 7, Vermont 6 in 11 innings

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (3-1)
L- Derek Beasley (1-1)

TC home runs: Bryan Muñiz (1, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats walked off with the win and the series.

Bryan Muñiz kicked things off with his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Brooks Marlow finished 2-5 with a 2-run single in the 5th. In the 6th inning, Bobby Wernes scored on a wild pitch, and Johnny Sewald hit a 2-run single This put the ValleyCats up 6-4. They had another opportunity to tack on more runs in the 8th, but that went by the wayside as Sewald flew out. Drew Ferguson was stranded at 3rd to end the 10th inning. Dex McCall led off the 11th with a pinch-hit single and was lifted for the speedster, Edwin Medina. Sewald wouldn't let this opportunity go to waste as he punched a single right back up the middle, and Medina scampered his way home with the winning run. Unfortunately, an error was issued on the play, so Sewald was denied his 3rd RBI. Sewald (2 RBI, SB [7]) and Marlow both went 2-5, while Wernes and Tony Nuñez (2 R, SB [1]) finished 2-4.

Kevin McCanna allowed a hit and walked 1 over 3 scoreless innings. Zac Person was the first man out; he only got 1 out in the 4th via strikeout and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 1. Steve Naemark was next; he allowed a solo homer to Richie Martin in the 5th. That was the only run Grandpa Steve allowed in his 2.1 innings; he allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. also went 2.1 innings; he allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. Adam Whitt went 2 innings and allowed a game-tying 2-run homer to Mikey White in the top of the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1. This was the first outing in which Whitt allowed anyone to reach base. Yeyfry Del Rosario worked around a walk and a hit to throw a scoreless 11th inning.

The ValleyCats will spend this 4th of July weekend at home as they get set to begin a 3-game series with the Lowell Spinners, who currently lead them by 4 games in the Stedler Division. In game 1 of this series, Rogelio Armenteros will take on Dioscar Romero. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville and Elizabethton was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 10.

These two teams will play again in Greeneville at 7:00 Eastern. Junior Garcia will face Brandon Easton.

GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Astros 3

W- Hunter Barnett (1-0)
L- Jose Rosario (0-3)
S- Mike Estevez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 3-run 4th for the Blue Jays.

Connor MacDonald went 2-5 and put the Kissimmee Stros on the board with an RBI double in the 4th. Ruben Castro added an RBI single in the 6th, and Reiny Beltre hit an RBI single in the 8th.

Jose Rosario allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings. Carlos Hiraldo and Edgardo Sandoval pitched 2 innings each; Hiraldo allowed a run on a sac fly, a double, and struck out 2. Sandoval allowed a run on a double play, a single, walked 1, and struck out 1. Adonis Peña worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Phillies 1

W- Hector Perez (1-0)
L- Yonathan Trinidad (0-1)
S- Jorge Alcala (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took advantage of the Phillies' miscues, and Hector Perez and Jorge Alcala combined on a 2-hitter.

Perez allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Alcala finished it off; he allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings.

Wilson Amador hit a double in the 1st and scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Cristopher Luciano to reach. Luciano later scored on a wild pitch. Anardo Peralta had the only RBI for the Blue team; it came on a groundout in the 4th inning. In the 5th, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored on a passed ball, and Amador scored on an error as Angel De Leon stole 2nd base.

DSL Mariners2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7 in 10 innings

W- Raul Pedie (5-0)
L- Edwin Villarroel (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Mariners 2 stormed back to tie the game with 3 in the 9th and eventually walked off with the win in the first extra frame.

Miguelangel Sierra (2B, 3 R), Marcos Almonte (2 2B, 3 R), and Randy Vasquez (4 RBI, R) all finished with 3 hits. Vasquez's 3 hits were all RBI singles; the 4th RBI came on a sac fly in the 1st, which was the first run of the game. The three of them scored all of the Orange team's runs. Anthony Rodriguez's 2 hits were both doubles; the first one drove in a run in the 3rd. Hector Martinez drove in 2 runs; he hit an RBI single in the 1st and added a sac fly in the 9th.

Cristian Javier, in his first start, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7 over 5 innings. Gabriel Valdez allowed 4 runs (1 inherited) on 5 hits (solo homer) and fanned 2 in 3 innings. Edwin Villarroel allowed 2 runs of his own in the 9th. He came on for the 10th, but Brayan Hernandez ended the game with a homer. Villarroel allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1 in 1+ inning.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mark Appel looked to rebound from his rough introduction to the PCL.

El Paso 6, Fresno 5

W- Jerry Sullivan (4-1)
L- Jose Veras (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jonathan Villar (1, solo in 2nd), Robbie Grossman (2, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies suffered a meltdown in the 9th inning and walked off with the loss.

Jonathan Villar began the 2nd inning by hitting a solo homer to open up the scoring. Fresno took advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 5th as L.J. Hoes hit a sac fly and Robbie Grossman followed with a 3-run shot. Villar and Tony Kemp had 2 hits apiece, as did Tyler White, who was making his PCL debut. Jake Marisnick, in his 2nd rehab game, hit a double and scored a run in 5 at-bats as the DH.

Mark Appel went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jake Buchanan came on with 2 runners on in the 6th inning, but got out without suffering any damage. He also threw a scoreless 7th and overall, he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Jose Veras couldn't finish it. He faced 6 batters in the 9th and failed to record an out.

In the series finale, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Colin Rea. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 1

W- Brian Holmes (3-2, 5-3 season)
L- Ross Stripling (1-2)
S- Jandel Gustave (10)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (8, led off game)

The Hooks opened up the post-All Star break portion of the schedule by shackling the Drillers.

Brian Holmes was excellent in his 6 innings. The only snag he hit came in the 3rd, when Peter Lavin took him deep. That was the only run the Drillers could muster up, though. Holmes allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Josh Hader tagged in to throw 2 scoreless; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Yes, all of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. Jandel Gustave walked 2 in the 9th, but he was able to close out the game without further incident.

All the scoring was done in the first third of the game. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 and started things off with a bang in the 1st as he put Corpus up 1-0 by taking the 2nd pitch of the game from Ross Stripling and depositing it just to the left of the batter's eye. He struck again in the 2nd with a 2-run single. Jio Mier went 3-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Adrian Houser will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Jharel Cotton at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 7 in 11 innings

W- Andrew Walter (1-1)
L- Michael Smith (6-1)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (4, solo in 7th)

After seeing the 66ers quash their comeback bids for two straight nights in the 9th inning, the JetHawks decided that they'd take it to extra innings and try to walk it off... which they did.

Lancaster got on the board in the 4th inning as J.D. Davis hit an RBI groundout to score James Ramsay, who tripled to lead off the frame. They got a pair in the 2nd on a squeeze play from Jose Fernandez and a sac fly from Ramsay. Brian Holberton added a sac fly of his own in the 6th. In the 7th inning, Wik kicked things off with his 4th homer of the year, and A.J. Reed tied the game with the JetHawks 3rd sac fly of the night. The 66ers got a run in the 8th to take the lead, but it would be short-lived, as Mott Hyde came through with the game-tying RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th. After the JetHawks went down in order in the 10th, Ramsay drew a 1-out walk in the 11th. Hyde was the hero again as he ended the game by ripping an RBI double. Ramsay (2B, 3B, 3 R), Hyde (clutch hits), Wik (solo HR, 2 R), and Davis all finished with 2 hits.

Dan Mendgen went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Austin Chrismon got knocked around in his 2.1 innings as he allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Albert Minnis kept the 66ers at bay as he tossed 3.1 scoreless frames. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed a hit in the 11th, but he was able to get the final out without any damage done.

Evan Grills will make the start in the series finale. He'll face Garrett Nuss at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (5-3)
L- Matt Pearce (3-9)
S- Jordan Mills (2)

QC home runs: Jamie Ritchie (4, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos only got 2 runs, but it was more than enough as Brock Dykxhoorn and Jordan Mills combined on a 3-hit shutout. The big Canadian gave himself a solid birthday present.

Dykxhoorn, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, went 7 innings and allowed 3 hits while striking out 3, and Mills finished it off by striking out 3 over 2 perfect frames.

Jamie Ritchie put Quad Cities on the board in the 3rd with his 4th homer of the year. Nick Tanielu doubled with 1 out in the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a Ramon Laureano flyout, and scored on a Sean McMullen single. Ritchie, who finished 2-4, was the only player on either side with more than 1 hit.

In game 2 of this series, Francis Martes will take on Jhonny Polanco at 7:00.

Vermont 9, Tri-City 2


W- Evan Manarino (1-0)
L- Austin Nicely (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got out to a 2-0 lead after 3 innings, but the Lake Monsters mauled them and finished on a 9-0 run. Both teams had 12 hits, but Vermont was able to convert them into some runs.

Johnny Sewald scored both Tri-City runs. He came home on a passed ball in the 1st inning and scored again in the 3rd when Cesar Carrasco smacked a double. Brooks Marlow also attempted to score, but he was cut down at the plate. Sewald and Drew Ferguson had 3 hits apiece, while Marlow and Carrasco had 2.

Austin Nicely allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4.1 innings. Harold Arauz allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless. David Schmidt got 2 outs in the 9th, but not before he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a hit, and walked 3. Zach Davis got the final out of the 9th.

The series finale features a matchup of two pitchers who are both named Kevin. The ValleyCats will send out McCanna, and the Lake Monsters will counter with Duchene. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 2

W- Alex Winkelman (2-0)
L- Andro Cutura (0-1)
S- Cris Santamaria (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros started off this one with a flourish and finished it off by burying the Twins.

3 in the 1st, all on errors. Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 1st, advanced to 3rd on an error following said double, and scored on another error that allowed Myles Straw to reach. Straw and Aaron Mizell both scored on the 3rd Elizabethton error of the 1st inning. Straw was credited with an RBI when he reached.

5 in the 8th. Randy Cesar, who was credited with an RBI in the 1st because the play he reached on was scored as a force attempt, hit a 2-run single. Kevin Martir added an RBI single, and Rodrigo Ayarza hit a 2-run single of his own. Ayarza and Brauly Mejia had 2 hits apiece.

Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 2, and struck out 4. Juan Delis allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 4th. Alex Winkelman threw 3 scoreless for the win; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Cris Santamaria allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 for the save.

In game 2 of this series, Junior Garcia will take on Brandon Easton. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees1 9, GCL Astros 8

W- Alex Bisacca (1-0)
L- Starlyn Taveras (0-1)

GCL home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, solo in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (1, solo in 6th)

These teams were tied at 6 heading into the 9th. The Kissimmee Stros scored 2 in the top of the inning to take the lead... but the Yankees walked off with the win. Sheesh...

Kyle Tucker hit his first home run as a pro in the 3rd inning. Connor MacDonald finished 3-5, whacking a solo shot in the 6th and his 2-run single in the 9th put the GCLstros ahead.

Abdiel Saldaña got the start and went 3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Lachlan Madden worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team played 2 extra-inning games with the Phillies, splitting both. The first game was a resumption of a game that was originally scheduled for June 20. That game was a 4-2 win in 10 innings. Wilson Amador hit an RBI triple and scored on a sac fly in the first extra frame. Felipe Tejada walked 1 and struck out 4 over 5 innings to get the win, and Jacques Sambo struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 10th to earn the save.

In the regularly scheduled game, they lost 5-4 in 13 innings. Amador, Angel De Leon, and Oscar Campos all went 2-6. Jorge Guzman allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Framber Valdez threw 2.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Dariel Aquino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team also split 2 games with the Mariners 2. They were swamped 14-1 after play resumed, but in the regularly scheduled game, they returned the favor with a 6-1 win. Uh.. let's talk about the win.

Cesar Rosado and Josue Uribe combined on a 1-hitter. Rosado allowed that hit, and struck out 3 over 5 innings. Uribe allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Oliver Toribio went 2-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Juan Fuente stole 2 bases, giving him 12 on the year.

J.R. Richard: Still Throwing Heat

I didn't realize that this J.R. Richard biography/autobiography had now been released. I don't know when I'll have time to read it, but I'm getting mine today!


Happy Birthday - 7/3

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Christian Powell (24)
Powell was born July 3, 1991 in Greenwood, South Carolina, and was signed by Houston as a minor league free agent in March 2015. He was originally drafted by the Twins in the 8th round in 2012 out of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Astros Minor League Links for your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

Suzi brings us more great links to enjoy while you're lollygagging at work before the long weekend (c'mon, you know you are!):

Michael Feliz called up to Astros on his 22nd birthday

Carlos Correa off to a hot start

Rodney Linares selected to lead South Texas All-Star team

A great diving catch from Brett Phillips



White was promptly promoted to Fresno following the All-Star game. Here is Jayne's interview with him from May.



RHP Tyson Perez and OF L.J. Hoes to represent Grizzlies in AAA All-Star Game

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the first day of July, Mike Hauschild dazzled in El Paso and the GCL Astros got off the schneid.

Fresno 5, El Paso 1

W- Mike Hauschild (2-1, 7-2 season)
L- Chris Smith (1-3)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (9, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizz got a fantastic outing from Mike Hauschild as he and 3 relievers combined on a 4-hitter.

Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out a career-high tying 10. It's the 2nd time that he's struck out 10 in a start; he struck out 10 against Clinton on June 30, 2013, when he was with Quad Cities. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman, and Jason Stoffel each pitched a scoreless inning to bring it home. Jankowski struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th. Chapman allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out the side in the 8th, and Stoffel worked around a walk in the 9th to finish it off.

In his first rehab game, Jake Marisnick got the start in CF and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts out of the #2 spot. However, with George Springer's predicament, Marisnick could be summoned back to Houston sooner rather than later, assuming that he did not experience any complications while in the field.

Alex Presley opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st. Later in the inning, L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman added a single and a sac fly, respectively. The other 2 runs came courtesy of a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the 8th, his 9th blast of the season. Tony Kemp went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Presley and Duffy scored 2 runs apiece.

Mark Appel will look to shake off his rough introduction to the Pacific Coast League as he starts game 3 of this series. He'll face Robbie Erlin at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are back in action as they kick off a 3-game series in Tulsa tonight at 7:05. In game 1, Brian Holmes will face former Aggie Ross Stripling.

Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 7

W- Brian Loconsole (4-1)
L- Tyler Brunnemann (3-1)
S- Geoff Broussard (5)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (20, solo in 2nd)

Again, the JetHawks erased a big deficit. Unfortunately, the 66ers got 2 runs in the 9th again to take another game in what is turning out to be an irritating series for the 'Hawks.

A.J. Reed continues his assault on California League pitching as he launched his 20th home run of the year, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Brian Holberton went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 4th. The JetHawks made it a 1-run game with 3 in the 7th, as Marc Wik hit a sac fly, James Ramsay added an RBI single, and Jack Mayfield ripped an RBI double. They took the lead with a pair in the 8th; the 2 runs came on a Jose Fernandez RBI groundout and an RBI single from Wik. Ramsay also had himself a 2-hit night from the top of the lineup.

Kevin Comer went 2.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Keegan Yuhl allowed 1 of the 2 runners he inherited from Comer to score, but otherwise, his efforts kept the JetHawks in the game as he allowed 2 hits over 3.2 scoreless innings and struck out 3. In his Lancaster debut, Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Tyler Brunnemann couldn't hold the lead; he got the final 2 outs of the inning, but not before Eric Aguilera decided to spoil the JetHawks' comeback bid by hitting a 2-run homer to put Inland Empire back in the lead. 1 of the 2 runs was charged to Brunnemann; the other run went to Greenwood. Brunnemann walked 1.

In game 3, Dan Mengden and his 'stache will be on the mound. He'll take on Jordan Kipper at 6:30 Pacific.

Beloit 9, Quad Cities 4

W- Junior Mendez (2-6)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-1)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (5, 2-run in 6th)

The Banditos got buried by a 6-run 3rd inning from the Snappers.

They got 13 hits, but it looks like they couldn't string them together to create some runs. Trent Woodward went 4-4 from the bottom of the lineup. Sean McMullen went 2-4 with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jason Martin, who is enjoying a breakout 2015, whacked a 2-run homer in the 6th and added an RBI groundout in the 9th. Ramon Laureano (2 2B), Alex Bregman, and Nick Tanielu all finished 2-4 as well; this was Laureano's 5th 2-hit game in a row.

Justin Ferrell went 4.2 innings and allowed 8 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (2-run homer, grand slam), walked 2, and struck out 3. Josh James went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4.

Tonight, the River Bandits will begin a 4-game series with Peoria. The first leg of this series is at Modern Woodmen Park. Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Matt Pearce at 7:00.

Tri-City 8, Vermont 2

W- Dean Deetz (1-1)
L- Jonathan Massad (1-1)

TC home runs: Drew Ferguson 2 (2; solo in 3rd, solo in 6th), Dex McCall (1, solo in 6th)

The Lake Monsters scored the first 2 runs of the game, but the ValleyCats had the final say in this one as they finished on an 8-0 run.

Drew Ferguson led off the 3rd with his 1st home run as a pro. Tri-City took control with 3 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th. Let's start off with the 5th first. Keach Ballard hit a sac fly and an error on the play allowed him to reach safely. Ferguson scored, and Ballard advanced to 2nd on a balk. Ballard wound up scoring on a sac fly from Brooks Marlow. Dex McCall led off the 6th with his 1st homer of the year, and later in the inning, Ferguson smacked his 2nd solo homer of the evening. And finally, Johnny Sewald ripped an RBI double. The final run of the evening came in the form of Sewald scoring on a sac fly from Anthony Hermelyn in the 8th. Ferguson finished 3-4 and very nearly had a 3-homer night. He banged a double off the wall. Sewald finished 2-4.

Agapito Barrios allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3.2 innings. Juan Carlos Santos got the final out of the 4th without incident. Dean Deetz pitched 3.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario walked 1 and struck out 1 as he threw the final 1.2 innings.

In game 2 of this series, Austin Nicely will take on Heath Bowers. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Princeton 7, Greeneville 5

W- Blake Bivens (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-1)
S- Noel Rodriguez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros dropped the series as they couldn't withstand a 5-run 4th from the Rays.

Myles Straw opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd, and an error on the play allowed Osvaldo Duarte to score another run. Connor Goedert continued his rampage with a 2-run homer in the 6th, and Duarte, who finished 2-5, added an RBI single in the 7th. Aaron Mizell went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Albert Abreu went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Salvador Montaño was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked, 3, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Alejandro Solarte allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out the side in the 7th, and Samil De Los Santos worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

The Appy Astros are back home to begin a 3-game set with Elizabethton. Erasmo Pinales will start the opener; first pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Yankees1 6

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0)
L- Jose Pujols (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got off the schneid in game 9. A 6-run 8th propelled them to their first win of the season.

Vicente Sanchez went 2-4 with a bases-loaded walk and scored 3 runs. Reiny Beltre had an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. At the bottom of the order, Jared Cruz and Nestor Muriel both walked twice.

Carlos Sanabria got the win as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless.

These two teams will play again at noon Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 10, DSL Rays 6

W- Luis Castro (1-1)
L- Jean Henriquez (1-2)
S- Gabriel Pirela (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team trailed 6-5 heading into the 7th, but they finished by scoring the game's final 5 runs.

Ronny Jimenez went 3-5 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Jose Benjamin went 0-3 but scored 3 runs. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with an RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Anardo Peralta had an RBI double and a sac fly.

Gabriel Pirela recorded the save as he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless.

DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Ronald Medrano (2-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (0-3)

Orange home runs: Juan Fuente (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The Cardinals scored 4 in the top of the 8th to take this one from the Orange team.

Juan Fuente went 2-4 and drove in all 3 of the Orange team's runs. He hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd and added an RBI double in the 8th. Anthony Rodriguez hit a double and scored 2 of the 3 Orange runs.

Juan Robles got the start and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him.

WTHB June Astros Minor League Players of the Month

With no further ado, I present you with WTHB's June Players of the Month ...

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

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

1B A.J. Reed (Lancaster)
Reed had an incredible month, putting up video game numbers: .434/.529/.677 in 25 games. He ended the month with four doubles, one triple, six home runs, and THIRTY(!) RBI. He walked 19 times while whiffing 17 times.

Earning honorable mention were Tony Kemp (Corpus Christi/Fresno), L.J. Hoes (Fresno), Chase McDonald (Lancaster), and Jon Kemmer (Corpus Christi).

PITCHER OF THE MONTH

RHP Francis Martes (Quad Cities)
This was EXTREMELY difficult this month. There were many strong performances, but I ultimately went with Francis Martes. Martes was 1-2 with one save in four games (three starts) for the River Bandits. He ended the month wih a 1.23 ERA and a 0.818 WHIP in 22 innings of work. Martes walked four and struck out 16 while holding batters to a .182/.217/.260 slashline.

Honorable mentions go to LHP Brian Holmes (Corpus Christi), RHP Joe Musgrove (Corpus Christi), RHP Chris Devenski (Corpus Christi), RHP Joshua James (Quad Cities), RHP Akeem Bostick (Quad Cities/Lancaster), RHP Christian Powell (Quad Cities), RHP Diogenes Almengo (DSL), RHP Hector Perez (DSL), RHP Jose Rosario (DSL) and RHP Juan Robles (DSL).

Francis Martes - August 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Green

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE MONTH

I could have gone a number of different directions with this award, but what decided me on Heredia was his very gutsy 4-inning relief appearance on June 29th. Heredia kept them in the game with his four no-hit innings and the River Bandits ultimately won the game in the 12th inning. Heredia ended June with a 1-1 record with two saves, a 1.38 ERA, and a 0.886 WHIP in seven appearances (13 innings). He walked six while striking out 17 and held the opposing batters to a very stingy .111/.231/.178 batting line.

Honorable mention goes to LHP Chris Cotton (Corpus Christi), RHP Jandel Gustave (Corpus Christi), RHP Aaron Greenwood (Quad Cities), LHP Jordan Mills (Quad Cities), RHP Aaron West (Corpus Christi), and RHP Cristian Javier (DSL).

Angel Heredia - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

CATCHER OF THE MONTH

Alfredo Gonzalez (Lancaster)
Gonzalez earned this week's promotion to Corpus Christi by looking great both at the plate and behind it. In June, he hit .404/.458/.423 with one double, seven RBI, six walks and 10 strikeouts in 14 games. He even accomplished something you don't often see from catchers; he swiped three bases! For the season, he has a 56% caught stealing rate.

Honorable mention goes to Jacob Nottingham (Quad Cities/Lancaster).

Alfredo Gonzalez - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen


April Players of the Month:
SS Carlos Correa
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Ryan Thompson
C Tyler Heineman

May Players of the Month:
OF Derek Fisher
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Travis Ballew
C Jacob Nottingham

Happy Birthday - 7/2

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Troy Scribner (24)
Scribner was born July 2, 1991 in Washington Depot, Connecticut, and was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in June 2013. He attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Scribner is currently playing for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks.

Troy Scribner - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (21)
Dykxhoorn was born July 2, 1994 in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, and was drafted by the Astros in the 6th round in 2014 out of Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Arizona. Dykxhoorn is playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves, July 1-7

The new month has brought about roster movement in the system. This post will cover moves made in the Houston Astros organization between July 1 and July 7

FRESNO GRIZZLIES
7/5: LHP Mitch Lambson traded to the Atlanta organization
7/5: OF Domingo Santana optioned to Fresno
7/1: IF Tyler White assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7/1: RHP Dan Straily recalled to Houston to start on Friday @ Boston

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
7/6: IF Jack Mayfield assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
7/5: RHP Scott Feldman began rehab assignment
7/5: C Roberto Peña placed on temporarily inactive list
7/5: LHP Josh Hader placed on temporarily inactive list
7/2: LHP Reymin Guduan assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
7/2: RHP Michael Feliz optioned to Corpus Christi
7/2: OF Brandon Meredith activated from 7-day DL
7/1: RHP Joe Musgrove placed on the 7-day DL

Peña and Hader will be participating in the 2015 Pan American Games from Toronto. It's like the Olympics, but only involves the countries in North America and South America. Peña will represent Puerto Rico, while Hader is on Team USA.

LANCASTER JETHAWKS
7/5: LHP Jordan Mills assigned to Lancaster from Quad Cities
7/3: LHP Evan Grills activated from the 7-day DL

TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS
7-2: RHP Zac Grotz assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

GREENEVILLE ASTROS
7-3: RHP Jose Montero began rehab assignment
7-3: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: 1B Hector Roa assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
7-2: RHP Joselo Pinales assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City

GCL ASTROS
7/3: IF Rodrigo Ayarza assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
7/3: OF Daz Cameron assigned to the GCL.
7/1: RHP Thomas Eshelman, the Astros' 2nd-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton, formally signed his contract with the Astros and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League.
7/1: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to the GCL

DSL ASTROS 
7/3: OF Edgar Lorenzo assigned to the DSL Blue team from the GCL.
7/1: RHP Carlos Pizzolato assigned to the DSL Orange team.

Texas League All-Star Game Report

Devenski Shines in All-Star Game Start

By Jeremy Schmidt (@Jeremy_IP_TTM)

WHATABURGER FIELD, CORPUS CHRISTI - The 79th Texas League All-Star Game was held Tuesday at Whataburger Field, the home of the Houston Astros’ AA affiliate the Corpus Christi Hooks. The festivities kicked off with a homerun derby; an unusual scoring system was used granting 10 points for a homerun, 5 points for hitting various targets set up in the outfield, and a 2 point deduction for a foul ball. All possible point totals doubled on the final out. The Hooks were represented by 3B/DH Tyler White. Prior to the derby Hooks pitcher Chris Devenski picked White to win stating “Tyler has enough power to put it out there on the berm.” These words held true as White led all competitors with 76 points on 7 homeruns in the first round. White went on to face Springfield catcher Michael Ohlman (66 points on 7 homeruns) in the championship final. White did not disappoint the home crowd as he defeated Ohlman 18 points to 6 by hitting 2 homeruns to Ohlman’s 1.

Tyler White - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In the All-Star game the South division team fell to the North 9-4 under a beautiful coastal sky. Starting for the South team was Hooks pitcher Chris Devenski, who the Astros acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the Brett Myers trade in 2012. Devenski earned the start by pitching to 7-1 record while allowing a very low ERA of 1.16 over 14 games and 70 innings pitched. He also combined with Hooks teammate Josh Hader on a rain shortened no-hitter. Devenski in his first all-star game planned to “give the home town crowd a good little show, have fun, and not hold anything back.” That is exactly what he did in his two perfect innings, striking out the final two batters he faced.

1B Conrad Gregor, the Astros 4th round pick in 2013, was the only Hooks position player to start. He played all nine innings going 0 for 3 with a walk and stolen base.

With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 5th inning Hooks manager Rodney Linares, who will also be participating in next week’s Futures Game, turned to Hooks reliever and Texas State alum Travis Ballew. Facing the game’s first high leverage situation Ballew allowed a single to the first batter he faced to score both inherited runners. Ballew was able to finish the inning without further runs scoring by sandwiching another single between a groundout and caught stealing.

Homerun Derby champ Tyler White and terrific defensive catcher Roberto Pena both entered as defensive replacements in the top of the 6th inning. Neither player contributed offensively going a combined 0 for 3.

The game got somewhat ugly in the top of the 9th when Hooks closer Jandel Gustave, whose control was off, only recorded one out while walking three and hitting a batter. Three runs, all earned, were charged to him. Linares turned to Aaron West, the last Hooks player available, to relieve Gustave of the bases loaded situation. West was a late addition to the South team; he did not learn of his selection until the morning of the game when pitching coach Doug Brocail informed his of his addition. West escaped the jam allowing only the final run of the game, an inherited run to score on a sacrifice fly.

Game Notes

Current Astros pitchers Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez as well as Fresno utility man Tony Kemp were also selected as Texas League All-Stars.

Former Astro pitcher David Martinez pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the South team, he was representing Texas Rangers’ affiliate Frisco.

Travis Jankowski, college teammate of former Astro pitcher Nick Tropeano, hit a leadoff homerun for the South team. It was only his 4th professional homerun.

Royals prospect Jorge Bonifacio was named the MiLB.com Top Star of the Game after hitting a tie breaking 2-run homerun in the 8th inning.


Chris Devenski - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Travis Ballew - 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jandel Gustave - 1/3 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, HBP, K, 3 R

Aaron West - 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 R

Conrad Gregor - 0-3 BB, SB, K

Tyler White - 0-2

Roberto Pena - 0-1

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How did the Astros organization do on this final day of June?

Fresno 10, El Paso 5

W- Brady Rodgers (6-4)
L- James Needy (6-5)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz jumped out to an 8-0 lead and that margin proved to be strong enough to withstand a late charge from the Chihuahuas.

Fresno pounded out 18 hits in this one; everyone who appeared in the game for the Grizzlies, including Joe Sclafani, who came on as a pinch-hitter for L.J. Hoes, recorded a hit. Tyler Heineman grounded into a force out in the 2nd that brought Jonathan Villar home with the first run of the game. L.J. Hoes smacked an RBI triple in the 4th and eventually scored on a Nolan Fontana single.

The Grizzlies really blew this game open in the 6th as they put up 5 runs, capitalizing on a bases-loaded, no out situation. Heineman added an RBI single to his ledger. Andrew Aplin followed with a soft liner for a 2-run single. Tony Kemp added a sac fly, and Matt Duffy capped off the scoring in the frame with an RBI single. They added 2 more in the 8th as Alex Presley hit an RBI double, and Joe Sclafani drove in Fresno's final run of the night with an RBI single.

Fontana led the way with 3 hits. 6 others, including Kemp, Heineman, and Aplin, posted 2 hits each.

Brady Rodgers went 6.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 3. Mitch Lambson struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Tyson Perez was able to close out the game despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and walking 1 in the 9th.

Mike Hauschild will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll take on Chris Smith at 7:05 Mountain.

Texas League All-Star Game

Jayne will have an in-depth post coming out later this morning.

The Corpus Christi Hooks return to action on Thursday as they are in Tulsa.

Inland Empire 9, Lancaster 8

W- Michael Smith (6-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-3)
S- Geoff Broussard (4)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (12, solo in 9th)

The JetHawks erased a 7-0 deficit.... but couldn't take the lead. The 66ers ended up scoring 2 in the top of the 9th to break a 7-7 tie. Chase McDonald homered in the 9th to make it a 1-run game, but their 2nd comeback bid petered out.

J.D. Davis put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. James Ramsay scored on a wild pitch in the 5th and scored again in the 6th, along with Mott Hyde, as D.J. Fisher whacked a 2-run triple. Ramsay hit an RBI single in the 8th that tied the game at 7 at that point. McDonald ripped his 12th home run of the season in the 9th inning to make it a 1-run game. In his California League debut, Jake Nottingham went 1-4 with a walk.

Troy Scribner got roughed up in his 6 innings as he allowed 7 runs on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 5, and struck out 5. Andrew Walter worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1. Reymin Guduan could not preserve the tie as he allowed Inland Empire's 2 runs in the 9th. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

In the JetHawks' first game of July, Kevin Comer will take on Harrison Cooney at 6:30 Pacific.

Monday: Quad Cities 2, Beloit 1 in 12 innings

W- Jordan Mills (1-2)
L- Jerad Grundy (0-2)

QC home runs: None.

This game was suspended on Monday because of rain, but once things got going, the Banditos managed to walk off with the win. Alex Hernandez scored on a balk in the 3rd before play was halted.

Alex Bregman scored the winning run on a Ryan Bottger single in the bottom of the 12th inning. Nick Tanielu finished 3-6, while Ramon Laureano went 2-5.

Michael Freeman came on after play resumed and threw 2.2 near-perfect innings; he hit a batter and struck out 1. Riley Ferrell made his pro debut and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th inning. Angel Heredia pitched 4 scoreless innings and walked 2 while striking out 5. Jordan Mills pitched a 1-2-3 12th inning.

Tuesday: Beloit 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Daniel Gossett (3-7)
L- David Paulino (0-1, 1-1 season)

QC home runs: None.

In the regularly scheduled game, the Banditos' bats were held in check.

Ramon Laureano went 2-3 and scored the only Quad Cities run on a sac fly from Sean McMullen. McMullen did not record an at-bat as he also drew 2 walks in his 3 plate appearances.

In his Midwest League debut, David Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Eric Peterson pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and fanned 1. Ryan Thompson worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 2.

In the series finale, Justin Ferrell will take on Junior Mendez. First pitch is at 7:00.

Connecticut 2, Tri-City 1

W- Sandy Baez (1-1)
L- Scott Weathersby (0-1)
S- Jordan Smith (3)

The ValleyCats were swept out of Connecticut as their bats went cold in the final 2 games of the series.

Bobby Wernes finished 2-3 and drove in Tri-City's only run of the game with an RBI single in the 2nd.

Trent Thornton allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 6 over 4 innings. Scott Weathersby was the first man out; he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Steve Naemark, in his ValleyCats debut, threw 1.2 perfect innings.

The ValleyCats begin the month of July at home as they host the Vermont Lake Monsters for 3 games. Game 1 features Agapito Barrios on the mound for Tri-City. He'll face Jonathan Massad at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 10, Princeton 6

W- Zac Grotz (1-0)
L- Jose Alvarado (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Randy Cesar (1, grand slam in 3rd), Connor Goedert (1, 2-run in 7th)

The Appy Astros got even thanks to a show of force from Randy Cesar and Connor Goedert.

Kevin Martir finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Goedert was plunked with the bases loaded in the 3rd to drive in a run, and one batter later, Cesar delivered the big hit of the night with a grand slam. Martir added another RBI single to his ledger in the 5th. Goedert, who also had a 3-hit game, hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning and drove in Greeneville's final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

Yhoan Acosta went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Juan Delis pitched an inning (2 outs in the 4th, 1 out in the 5th) and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Cris Santamaria got the final 2 outs of the 5th inning. Zac Grotz walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 innings, and Jacob Dorris allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings.

In the series finale, Albert Abreu will take on Blake Bivens at 11:00 A.M. Eastern.

GCL Astros

They dropped 2 1-run games to the Phillies on Tuesday. The first was a 2-1 decision in a game that was from Monday, but was suspended due to rain. In the regularly scheduled game, they walked off with a 1-0 loss in 8 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Rays 4

W- Cristofer Melendez (1-1)
L- Francisco Peña (2-3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team walked off with the win as they kept their stranglehold on their division. Andy Piñeda scored the winning run in the 9th thanks to an error.

Angel De Leon hit his 3rd homer of the year in the 3rd inning. 4 players recorded 2 hits, led by Wilson Amador and Andy Piñeda.

Leovanny Rodriguez, in his pro debut, allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Joel Belboder also went 4 innings; he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Cristofer Melendez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Cardinals 5 in 10 innings

W- Jose Ramos (1-1)
L- Cristhian Lugo (2-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team scored the game's final 4 runs to take this one in extras.

Jose Ramos got the win as he threw 5 perfect innings, striking out 5.

Juan Fuente broke a 5-5 tie with a pinch-hit 2-run single in the 10th inning. Felix Lucas and Oliver Toribio both went 2-5.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Catching Up with Astros/Hooks RHP Aaron West

It's hard to get much attention when you're on a roster that features the likes of Lance McCullers, Vince Velasquez, Mark Appel and others so Aaron West's good season in 2015 has largely gone unnoticed by most of the Astros fans outside of Corpus Christi. Thus far this season, West has a 2.54 ERA and a 1.027 WHIP in 49.2 innings of work. He has walked six batters while striking out 38. In seven appearances in June, he has a 1.29 ERA and a 0.969 WHIP.

I spoke with West recently by phone. I hadn't "formally" heard from him since this September 2012 interview so it was good to catch up with him and hear more about his season.

Aaron West - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

West's career trajectory took a detour last season when he went on the DL in late April and missed around two and a half months in the middle of the season. Of the injury, West explained, "I just had a strain in my elbow. It wasn't anything serious. I had been working on my mechanics a little bit and my arm ended up getting hurt so they shut me down to get some rest and (to) basically just remember how I used to throw and to get back to that. But it was nothing serious."

Coming in to the 2015 season, West was initially used as a starter, but he hasn't started a game since late May, and his last eight appearances have been out of the bullpen. Of the move, West said, "As of right now, I've been moved to the bullpen. We had a bunch of starters come up and I think they were just looking for someone who could go to the 'pen and be OK with it. And I told them in the beginning of the year that I'd do whatever I can do to get to the big leagues. That's my goal so if that means going to the 'pen, I'm fine with it. I'm happy right now. As long as I get to pitch and still have a jersey to put on, I'm fine."

And it looks as though the Astros are keeping their options open since West has been used in longer relief stints, keeping him stretched out in case he is needed again for the rotation. "My arm's been feeling good. I've thrown four innings once and three innings a couple of times. My arm's still in good shape. It really hasn't lost anything from just throwing less," said West.

What has been working well for him this season? According to West, "I think just having my arm feeling good and healthy. And I've been working really hard on my offspeed, on my changeup and my slider. I think (they're) a lot better as compared to last year and it just helps me keep the hitters off balance a little bit more and then I can run a fastball in there. I have a good feel with all my pitches right now so I can go out and throw strikes and it gives me confidence to throw any pitch in any count which helps."

As to what West feels he needs to work on, he said, "Maybe just a little more depth in my changeup and slider, but other than that, just staying healthy and just having a good year. That's my goal for this year."

West spoke about what it's been like to play on the very successful (and very talented) Corpus Christi team, "(There are) just a bunch of great guys on this team and it makes playing the game so much better. Doing well is great, but I think having fun makes it so much easier. That's basically what (we've been) doing all year. We're not really trying to focus on the game. We're just taking it pitch by pitch and enjoying ourselves while we do it."

How much fun is it playing for Corpus Christi Manager Rodney Linares and Pitching Coach Doug Brocail? "Those guys are great. And Rodney got selected to the Futures Game for a reason. He's a great coach. He knows how to handle a team and knows when guys need off days and when we need to have fun and when we need to work and that's what's making us really good this year. It helps too having guys like Lance McCullers and (Vince) Velasquez ... and all those guys who can go up and immediately have an impact on the big leagues. It shows that what they're doing down here is working."

West also appreciates the talent he sees in the field behind him when he pitches, "Teoscar (Hernandez) in centerfield ... he's playing right (field) now that (Brett) Phillips is up, but's he's great. He can run down any ball. And Phillips ... making great plays for me. And Leo Heras, in left or right or wherever they want to put him, he can catch anything. It's amazing watching him out there. And Jio Mier, and Tyler White at third base ... it just makes pitching so much easier when you can throw the ball over the plate and you know that they're going to make a play for you. It makes pitching just easy."

Before I got off the phone with West, I asked him what else was going on. His fiancé Breonna was in Corpus Christi visiting him, but other than that, what he said pretty much sums up the life of a minor leaguer. "Just long bus trips and lots of baseball," said West.

Thank you for your time, Aaron, and best of luck as the season continues.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 29, 2015

A few incomplete games to talk about here...

Reno 7, Fresno 2

W- Edgar Garcia (2-1)
L- Luis Cruz (4-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies had a rough series as they dropped 4 of 5 in the Biggest Little City in the World. They scored a total of 5 runs in the 4 losses, 2 of which were incurred in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Their only 2 runs came in the 7th as Nolan Fontana scored on a wild pitch and Tony Kemp added a sac fly. Fontana, L.J. Hoes, and Alex Presley had 2 hits apiece. Presley's double was Fresno's only extra-base hit.

Luis Cruz went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 6, and struck out 3. Jake Buchanan pitched 1.2 perfect innings. Jason Stoffel struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. Kevin Chapman got 2 outs in the 8th, but he also allowed a 3-run homer to Garrett Weber. Chapman allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. James Hoyt got the Grizzlies out of the 8th.

The Grizzlies will spend the final day of June in El Paso as they begin a 3-game series. Brady Rodgers will be on the mound for Fresno in game 1. He'll take on James Needy at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Texas League All-Star Game will be held tonight at Whataburger Field.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will kick off a 4-game series at home against Inland Empire tonight at 6:30 Pacific. Troy Scribner will take on Ryan Etsell.

Quad Cities 1, Beloit 0, 3 innings completed

This game was suspended due to rain in the top of the 4th inning. It will resume at 5:30. The Snappers currently have a man on 1st, and the current batter, Jose Brizuela, has an 0-1 count.

Alex Hernandez scored on a balk in the 3rd, which represents the only run so far. Brandon McNitt allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings.

In tonight's regularly scheduled game, which will be a 7-inning affair, David Paulino will make his Quad Cities debut. He'll take on Daniel Gossett.

Connecticut 7, Tri-City 1

W- Chase Edwards (1-1)
L- Elieser Hernandez (0-1)
S- Gerson Moreno (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats offense couldn't get much of anything going as they were held to 3 hits.

2 of those 3 hits belonged to Dex McCall. One of them was an RBI double in the 7th that brought home Bryan Muñiz for the only Tri-City run. Muñiz had the other hit.

Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 6. Rogelio Armenteros allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and fanned 2 over 2 innings, and in his pro debut, David Schmidt allowed a run on 2 hits in the 8th. Schmidt was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford.

The ValleyCats will look to avoid the sweep as Trent Thornton takes the mound. He'll face Sandy Baez at 7;05 Eastern.

Princeton 4, Greeneville 2

W- Jose Mujica (1-0)
L- Makay Nelson (0-1)
S- Armando Bastardo (3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros got 2 in the 1st, but no more. The Rays ended up scoring the game's final 4 runs.

Greeneville's 2 runs in the 1st came in the form of a 2-run double from Connor Goedert. He finished 2-3. The two players who scored on his double, Myles Straw and Aaron Mizell, had 2 hit-games as well.

Devonte German allowed 2 hits over 3 scoreless innings. Makay Nelson was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs (all in the 5th) on 3 hits and struck out 1 over 3 innings. Chris Murphy pitched the final 2 innings and allowed an unearned run on a single in the 8th and fanned 2.

On this final day of June, Yhoan Acosta will face Jose Alvarado. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Phillies 2, GCL Astros 0 through 1.5 innings

This game was suspended heading into the bottom of the 2nd and will be completed today. These two teams will also play a 7-inning contest.

DSL Royals 3, DSL Astros 1

W- Randy Acevedo (1-1)
L- Michel Martinez (2-1)
S- Darwin Feliz (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team's only run came on an RBI double from Oscar Campos in the 7th.

Michel Martinez allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 5 innings. Yoanys Quiala went 3 and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Framber Valdez allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 9th.

The Blue team will take on the Rays at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.

DSL Rangers1 15, DSL Astros Orange 9

W- Ronny Carvajal (2-0)
L- Franklin Perez (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Juan Fuente went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd. In the 6th, Brandon Benavente scored on an errant pickoff throw, and Anthony Rodriguez scored on a balk. Rodriguez, who hit 2 doubles and scored 2 runs, hit a 2-run double in the 8th. He scored on an error that allowed Juan Fuente to reach. Fuente also scored on an error. Ronny Rafael went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored. He hit an RBI double in the 9th and came around to score on an RBI single from Hector Martinez, who finished 3-5. Benavente scored 3 runs.

Franklin Perez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4. The bullpen struggled, and I'll leave it at that.

The Orange team will take on the Cardinals at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 6/30

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Rogelio Armenteros (21)
Armenteros was born June 30, 1994 in Cuba, and was signed by the Astros in September 2014. He is currently playing for the short season A Tri-City ValleyCats.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves: June 24th thru June 30th

[Moving this post back up to the top of the page] This post will cover moves made between June 24 and June 30.

FRESNO
6-28: LHP Brett Oberholtzer optioned to Fresno
6-26: 1B Jon Singleton recalled to Houston
6-25: RHP Richard Rodriguez traded to Orioles for player to be named later or cash
6-24: RHP Mark Appel assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

CORPUS CHRISTI
6-30: C Alfredo Gonzalez assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
6-28: RHP Michael Feliz recalled to Houston
6-24: OF Brett Phillips assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

LANCASTER
6-30: RHP Frederick Tiburcio released
6-29: RHP Aaron Greenwood assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
6-29: C Jacob Nottingham assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
6-24: RHP Akeem Bostick assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

QUAD CITIES
6-28: C Trent Woodward assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
6-28: RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Quad Cities
6-27: RHP David Paulino assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-26: SS Alex Bregman assigned to Quad Cities
6-26: SS Thomas Lindauer released

TRI-CITY
6-28: LHP Steve Naemark assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
6-27: 3B Bobby Wernes assigned to Tri-City
6-27: SS Jeffry Santos released
6-26: LHP Zac Person assigned to Tri-City

A couple of 2015 draft picks are headed up to the New York-Penn League...

GREENEVILLE
6-24: IF Ford Stainback signed as a non-drafted free agent and assigned to Greeneville

GCL
6-25: C Ruben Castro assigned to GCL from Lancaster

DSL BLUE
6-30: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez assigned to DSL Astros Blue

Rodriguez is a Dominican who turned 19 on June 13.

DSL ORANGE
6-30: RHP Diosward Gonzalez assigned to DSL Astros Orange

Gonzalez, who I'm assuming is Dominican, will turn 20 on July 7.

The master list of 2015 draft picks and NDFA's has been updated here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 27, 2015 and Sunday, June 28, 2015

Let's play 2 in Reno!

Saturday Game 1: Reno 8, Fresno 0

W- Gabriel Arias (4-1)
L- Mark Appel (0-1, 5-2 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

Well, Mark Appel's AAA debut didn't exactly go as planned.

He went 3 innings and allowed 7 runs on 7 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Mitch Lambson allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings.

Robbie Grossman finished 2-3, and his double was the only extra-base hit for the Grizzlies in game 1.

Saturday Game 2: Reno 2, Fresno 1

W- Justin Marks (5-6)
L- Dan Straily (6-6)
S- Kaleb Fleck (5)

Fresno home runs: None.

A 4th-inning run for the Aces condemned the Grizz to a sweep in the twinbill.

Dan Straily went the distance, allowing 5 hits (solo homer) and striking out 7.

Alex Presley finished 2-3 and his solo homer in the 1st constituted the only run for Fresno.

Sunday: Reno 5, Fresno 2

W- Aaron Blair (2-1)
L- Asher Wojciechowski (5-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 4-run 5th for the Aces.

Tony Kemp finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the top of the 5th, and Nolan Fontana hit a sac fly in the 9th. Matt Duffy finished 3-3.

Asher Wojciechowski went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out and struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings. James Hoyt worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1. Jose Veras struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In the final game of this 5-game set, Luis Cruz will take on Edgar Garcia at 7:05 Pacific.

Saturday: Frisco 2, Corpus Christi 1


W- Frank Lopez (3-1)
L- Adrian Houser (0-1, 2-3 season)
S- David Martinez (9)

CC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (2, 3 season; solo in 7th)

The Hooks just couldn't get their offense going.

Chan-Jong Moon finished 2-3 and his homer in the 7th was the only Hooks run.

Adrian Houser went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits (all singles) and struck out 4. Chris Devenski finished with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 6 in yet another fantastic outing.

Sunday: Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 2

W- Josh Hader (3-3)
L- Andrew Faulkner (6-4)

CC home runs: Jio Mier (5, 3-run in 3rd), Tyler White (7, solo in 5th)

4 Hooks pitchers combined to throw a 4-hitter as the Hooks earned a split in their final series before the Texas League All-Star break.

Josh Hader went 5 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Juan Minaya was the first man out and all he did was strike out 3 over 2 perfect frames. Chris Cotton worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Aaron West struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The offense staked Hader to a 6-0 lead after the first third of the game. Tyler White opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Brett Booth added an RBI single of his own in the 2nd. A triple steal in the 3rd inning saw Teoscar Hernandez steal home (20). Brett Phillips took 3rd (2, 10 season), and Conrad Gregor stole 2nd (5). Jio Mier proceeded to whack a 3-run homer. White smacked his 7th homer of the year in the 5th inning. He, Jio, and Maverick had 2 hits apiece.

The Texas League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday at Whataburger Field.

Saturday: Lancaster 6, Bakersfield 3

W- Bryan Radziewski (1-2, 2-2 season)
L- Dan Altavilla (2-6)
S- Keegan Yuhl (2)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (10, solo in 2nd)

This game was delayed briefly due to.... a snake. Bakersfield pitcher Tyler Pike was the brave soul that escorted it off the field. Bryan Radziewski got his first win in the California League with a solid performance.

The southpaw from The U (that's Miami, if you're unfamiliar) allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 7 innings of work. Keegan Yuhl allowed a solo homer to Jay Baum in the 9th, but that was the only complication he faced in his 2 innings, in which he allowed 2 other hits.

Jack Mayfield went 2-5 and opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. In the 2nd inning, Chase McDonald whacked his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot. McDonald added an RBI double to his ledger in the 4th, and one batter later, Brian Holberton added a sac fly. A.J. Reed added some insurance in the 9th with a 2-run single. 5 JetHawks finished with 2-hit nights, including McDonald and Reed.

Sunday: Bakersfield 4, Lancaster 2

W- Tyler Pike (1-3)
L- Akeem Bostick (0-1, 3-2 season)
S- Rafael Piñeda (4)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (11, 2-run in 7th)

The JetHawks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Blaze managed to get to Akeem Bostick in the 2nd.

Chase McDonald's 11th homer of the year made it a 1-run game in the 7th, but that was all the offense the JetHawks could muster up. He, Ronnie Mitchell, and Mott Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

In his California League debut, Akeem Bostick went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, allowed all 3 runs in the 2nd inning) on 7 hits (6 singles and a double), walked 1, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2. Tyler Brunnemann struck out 2 as he retired all 4 Blaze batters he faced.

The JetHawks have today off. They'll begin a 4-game set with Inland Empire tomorrow.

Saturday: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 4 in 10 innings

W- Ryan Thompson (2-2)
L- Cameron Booser (1-2)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (4, solo in 4th)

The Banditos took the lead in the series as they withstood a 4-run 6th from the Kernels that forced them to relinquish the lead. They'd have the last say as they tied the game in the 9th and got ahead in the first extra frame.

Jake Nottingham opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Jason Martin went deep in the 4th, and Nick Tanielu added an RBI single in the 5th. Tanielu tied the game in the 9th with another RBI single.

Ryan Bottger walked to lead off the 10th, then advanced to 2nd on a Kristian Trompiz walk. He scored the go-ahead run on an infield single from Bobby Boyd. I assume it was a slow roller since he scored all the way from 2nd on an infield single. Alex Bregman recorded his first RBI as a professional when he ripped an RBI double later in the 10th. Tanielu and Nottingham were 2 of 6 River Bandits with 2 hits.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron Greenwood was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless and got the W.

Sunday: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 1

W- Christian Powell (1-0)
L- Zach Tillery (4-3)
S- Francis Martes (1)

QC home runs: Alex Bregman (1, solo in 3rd)

Francis Martes shined again, and 2015's #2 overall pick smashed his first home run as a professional at the Banditos earned the split in the series.

Ramon Laureano ripped a triple in the 2nd and he scored the first run of the day on an Alex Hernandez single. Alex Bregman began the 3rd inning by connecting with his first pro home run. Jamie Ritchie finished 3-5 with an RBI single in the 4th, and Jason Martin scored on a double play in the 5th inning. Martin drove in Bregman with a triple in the 9th, and he came home on a Laureano single.

Christian Powell allowed a solo homer to Alex Real in the 4th inning. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work against his former employers. Francis Martes finished with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit.

Quad Cities heads home to begin a homestand. First up is 3 with Beloit. In game 1, Brandon McNitt will take on Heath Fillmeyer. First pitch is at 7:00.

Saturday: Tri-City 11, Staten Island 10 in 10 innings

W- Adam Whitt (1-0)
L- Jonny Drozd (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats won the series as they stormed back from a 10-4 deficit. Well, one 6-run comeback in the organization was successful...

Edwin Medina hit a double with 1 out in the 1st and scored Tri-City's first run of the evening on a Trent Woodward single. In the 3rd inning, Anthony Hermelyn drew a bases-loaded walk, and Kolbey Carpenter grounded into a force out that allowed Medina to score. An error on the play also allowed Woodward to score. Medina added an RBI groundout to his ledger in the 7th inning, and Woodward reached on an error that allowed Johnny Sewald to score.

The ValleyCats finally erased the deficit with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Sewald and Medina sparked the rally with a single (Sewald advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch) and a walk, respectively. Cesar Carrasco ripped an RBI double to bring in Sewald. A balk brought Medina home and allowed Carrasco to move over to 3rd. Woodward followed with an RBI single. Woodward was erased at 2nd on a force out, but an error allowed Dex McCall to take 2nd, and he would score the tying run on a double from Carpenter. Tony Nuñez hit a 1-out single in the 10th, and he would be joined on the bases by Sewald and Medina. He'd eventually score the winning run on a Carrasco groundout. (Not that I'm complaining, but.... really? The defender really didn't throw to home plate in that situation?)

The top 2 of Sewald and Medina combined to go 5-10 with a double, an RBI, and 6 runs scored. In his pro debut, Bobby Wernes got the start at 3B and went 0-5 with a K.

Harold Arauz went 3 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Austin Nicely, Joselo Pinales, and Adam Whitt followed with 2.1 innings apiece. Nicely was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Pinales allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Whitt struck out 4 over 2.1 perfect frames to get the win.

Sunday: Connecticut 7, Tri-City 6

W- Oswaldo Castillo (1-0)
L- Zac Person (0-1)
S- Jordan Smith (2)

TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The Tigers came out on top in a back-and-forth affair.

Brooks Marlow's first pro homer in the 3rd put Tri-City up 2-0. Johnny Sewald doubled in the 5th, then stole 3rd (5) on a wild pitch and scored himself. In the 6th inning, Drew Ferguson hit an RBI single, and Keach Ballard drove in 2 with a single. Ballard and Marlow finished with 2 hits, as did Cesar Carrasco.

Ralph Garza Jr. went 2+ innings and allowed 2 runs (both inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Kevin McCanna came on in the 3rd and went 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, including a 2-run homer. In his pro debut, Zac Person allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, and walked 2 in 1.2 innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Elieser Hernandez will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Chase Edwards at 7:05 Eastern. Edwards is a native of Houston; he went to Klein Forest.

Saturday: Greeneville 4, Danville 3

W- Alex Winkelman (1-0)
L- Ian Stiffler (0-1)
S- Steve Naemark (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros drew even in the series as stretch time reinvigorated their offense. They put up 3 in the bottom of the 7th to take the lead, and the bullpen did the rest.

Erasmo Pinales allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits,, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Alex Winkelman pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Samil De Los Santos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Steve Naemark worked around a hit batter in the 9th to close it out, striking out 2.

Connor Goedert went 3-3 and drove in 2. His first RBI came on a triple in the 3rd.

Gabriel Bracamonte and Arturo Michelena both walked to begin the 7th, and they both moved up on a sac bunt from Osvaldo Duarte. Myles Straw came through with an RBI infield single, and then Michelena scored the tying run on an Aaron Mizell groundout. Goedert put Greeneville ahead with an RBI single.

Sunday: Greeneville 1, Danville 0

W- Ryan Deemes (1-0)
L- Daniel Cordero (0-1)
S- Zac Grotz (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros only recorded 1 hit in this game. And yet... they still won, because they held Danville to zero runs. As a result, they took this series from the Braves.

Connor Goedert had that 1 hit. He singled to lead off the 7th, advanced to 2nd on an error that allowed Randy Cesar to reach, and the two of them advanced a base on a wild pitch. He eventually scored the only run of the day on a Brauly Mejia groundout.

Junior Garcia allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Ryan Deemes allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless, and Zac Grotz closed it out with a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

Greeneville will now embark on a roadtrip which will take them to Princeton, West Virginia, where the Rays await. In game 1 of this series, Devonte German will take on Jose Mujica. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Saturday: GCL Pirates 4, GCL Astros 3 in 11 innings

W- Richard Mitchell (1-0)
L- Junior A. Garcia (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros were seemingly on the verge of winning their first game of the season... but the Pirates ruined it all by forcing the game to go into extra innings and eventually walking off with the win.

The GCLstros' 3 runs all came in the 8th as Nestor Muriel scored on an error following a Kyle Tucker single. A passed ball allowed Nestor Tejada to score, and Tucker wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

Moreno Polanco allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless. Abdiel Saldaña went 3 innings and allowed a solo homer to Yoel Gonzalez in the 5th. Saldaña allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Starlyn Taveras struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th. Lachlan Madden couldn't close it out as the Pirates got 2 runs on 3 hits off of him in the 9th inning. Junior A. Garcia allowed the winning run with 1 out in the 11th. He allowed 2 hits in 1.1 innings.

The Kissimmee Stros' quest for their first win continues tomorrow at noon Eastern when they take on the Phillies.

Saturday: DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Royals 2

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0)
L- Aronny Cruz (2-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (3)

Blue home runs: None.

Andy Piñeda went 2-3 with a sac fly in the 8th and stole 2 bases (17). Ronny Jimenez stole home in the 3rd, and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored the go-ahead run on an error following a Wilson Amador flyout in the 8th.

Hector Perez went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jorge Alcala went 4 innings as well, and he allowed an unearned run, too. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dariel Aquino worked around a walk to close out the game, striking out 1.

They'll play the Royals again at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.

Saturday: DSL Rangers1 5, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Sergio Suarez (4-0)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-4)

Orange home runs: None.

Marcos Almonte and Angel Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

Gabriel Valdez went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Cristian Javier threw 4 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The Orange team will play at the Rangers' complex later this morning. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Atlantic.