Apologies for the late start. Let's start off with a little Pan Am Games action, shall we?
Thursday: Dominican Republic 6, United States 4
Josh Hader entered the game in the top of the 9th for Team USA. He got an out with a strikeout, but he also allowed 2 runs on 3 hits.
Thursday: Canada 11, Puerto Rico 4
Roberto Peña went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts for Puerto Rico.
No Astros players appeared in Friday's action. The United States topped Canada 4-1, while Puerto Rico defeated Nicaragua 5-3.
Canada topped the preliminary group with a 5-1 record, and the US, Cuba, and Puerto Rico followed with 4-2 records. These 4 teams are in the medal round. Both semifinal games will take place today. The US will take on Cuba. This game is in progess. In the other semi, Puerto Rico will face Canada at 7:05 Eastern.
And now, Thursday's, and Friday's, minor league slate. Let's play 2 in Wisconsin!
Thursday: Fresno 10, El Paso 9
W- Jordan Jankowski (5-2)
L- Jason Lane (7-6)
S- Kevin Chapman (8)
Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (11, inside-the-park solo in 5th), Domingo Santana (13, solo in 5th)
The Grizzlies came out on top in a shootout.
Nolan Fontana put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Max Stassi added a sac fly. Tony Kemp kicked off the 3rd by drawing a walk.
Kemp stole 2nd (9, 24 season) and scored the first of 5 runs in the inning on a single from Jonathan Villar. Domingo Santana and Robbie Grossman followed with RBI singles, and Fontana smacked a 2-run double. Villar hit his 2nd RBI single of the evening in the 4th. In the 5th inning, Matt Duffy and Domingo hit back-to-back solo homers... but one of them left the park. Duffy's didn't. He showed off his wheels as he scampered 360 feet to score himself. One batter later, Domingo hit the conventional home run by sending it over the wall.
Domingo finished 3-4 with 3 runs scored, while Duffy (2B, ITP solo HR, 3 R), Fontana (2B, 3 RBI), and Villar (2 RBI singles) had 2 hits apiece.
Asher Wojciechowski went 4.2 innings and allowed 7 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski pitched 1.1 perfect innings for the win. Jose Veras worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and things got a bit hairy for Kevin Chapman in the 9th as El Paso got 2 runs (both unearned) off of him. Chapman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. He shook off the cobwebs and secured the win.
Friday: Fresno 8, El Paso 2
W- Dan Straily (7-6)
L- Chris Smith (1-5)
Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana (14, solo in 7th)
Dan Straily had a solid outing and the Grizz delivered the final 3 nails in the coffin in the 8th.
Straily allowed 2 solo homers to Casey McElroy and the Cody Decker. He allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 7 innings. Jake Buchanan worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1. Jason Stoffel worked around 2 walks in the 9th to finish the game.
Robbie Grossman put Fresno on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. One batter later, Nolan Fontana hit a sac fly to give them a lead that they would not relinquish. Matt Duffy and Max Stassi hit RBI singles in the 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Domingo Santana hit his 2nd homer in as many nights with a solo shot in the 7th, and in the 8th, Jonathan Villar hit an RBI groundout, Duffy added another RBI single, and Domingo ripped an RBI double to close out the scoring.
Duffy, Domingo, Stassi, and Tony Kemp had 2 hits apiece. Kemp also stole a base, giving him 10 with Fresno and 25 on the year.
The Grizzlies will also be giving out Nolan Ryan jerseys tonight as Brett Oberholtzer takes on Daniel McCutchen at 7:05 Pacific.
Thursday: Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 0
W- Jose Leclerc (4-4)
L- Brian Holmes (3-4, 5-5 season)
CC home runs: None.
Well, not much to report here. Chan-Jong Moon's single was the only Hooks hit.
Brian Holmes went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Travis Ballew allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.
Friday: Frisco 7, Corpus 6 in 10 innings
W- David Martinez (2-4)
L- Reymin Guduan (1-2, 4-5 season)
CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (5, 3-run in 5th)
Both teams scored 1 in an inning, and they both scored 5 in an inning. The difference was a Frisco run in the first extra frame that gave them the win.
Jon Kemmer put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. The Hooks were down 6-1 entering the 5th, but they wasted little time in erasing that deficit. A.J. Reed poked an RBI single through the right side of the infield, and Conrad Gregor cut it to 1 with his 5th homer of the year. Chan-Jong Moon hit an infield single, and an error on the play allowed Jio Mier to come home with the tying run. The Hooks loaded the bases with 3 walks in the 8th, but came away empty-handed. Kemmer, Gregor, and Alfredo Gonzalez all finished 2-5.
Adrian Houser allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 5, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3.1 scoreless innings, but he did allow the 2 runners he inherited from Houser to score. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless. Travis Ballew struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th. The run that scored off of Reymin Guduan was unearned. He allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 10th.
In the series finale, Michael Feliz will take on Frank Lopez. First pitch is at 7:05.
Thursday: Lancaster 10, Inland Empire 6
W- Jordan Mills (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- Victor Alcantara (4-7)
Lancaster home runs: Jake Nottingham (4, 14 season; solo in 5th), D.J. Fisher (9, 15 season; 2-run in 8th)
The JetHawks pounded out 15 hits in their win Thursday evening.
J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Ronnie Mitchell added a 2-run single later in the inning. Davis popped into a force out that scored Mott Hyde in the 3rd. In the 4th, D.J. Fisher hit a sac fly and Chase McDonald hit an RBI single. Jake Nottingham whacked his 4th homer in the California League (14 season) in the 5th inning. Mitchell hit an RBI single in the 7th, and finally, Fisher smacked a 2-run homer, his 9th with Lancaster and 15th of the year.
McDonald and Mitchell had 3 hits apiece. James Ramsay (2 R), Mott Hyde (2 BB, 3 R), and Nottingham (solo homer) had 2 hits each.
Keegan Yuhl allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 3.2 innings. Andrew Walter was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Mills allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 over 2.2 innings, and Albert Minnis got the final 4 outs of the game. He allowed a hit and struck out 1.
Friday: Inland Empire 4, Lancaster 0
W- Sean Newcomb (5-1)
L- Bryan Radziewski (2-3, 3-3 season)
S- Alan Busenitz (1)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks dropped the series as they got blanked.
James Ramsay went 3-4 at the bottom of the order. In his California League debut, Jamie Ritchie hit a double in 4 at-bats.
Bryan Radziewski pitched well, but he received no run support. The southpaw from The U allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 7 innings of work. Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and walked 1 in the 8th.
The 2nd leg of this current roadtrip will put the JetHawks in San Jose for 4 games. In the opener, Troy Scribner will take on Jason Forjet at 6:00 Pacific.
Friday Game 1: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 2
W- Michael Freeman (1-1)
L- Cody Ponce (0-1)
QC home runs: Jason Martin (7, solo in 2nd)
A couple of runs ended Francis Martes' day prematurely, but Michael Freeman cleaned house.
The 2 runs that Martes allowed were unearned. He allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Freeman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings.
Even in a breakout season, not many people are talking about Jason Martin. He's having an excellent season as one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. Martin opened up the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. He also hit a triple in game 2.
The Banditos got a couple in the 3rd on RBI doubles from Nick Tanielu and Ramon Laureano, and Ryan Bottger hit a triple in the 4th and wound up scoring himself on an error. Tanielu and Bottger both finished 2-3.
Friday Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2
W- David Burkhalter (3-5)
L- Christian Powell (2-1)
S- Luke Curtis (2)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos very nearly came back, but they had to settle for a split as they left the tying run on 2nd to end the game.
Their 2 runs both came in the 7th on a Garrett Stubbs sac fly and an RBI single from Luis Reynoso.
Christian Powell allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Eric Peterson allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 6th.
The River Bandits will begin a 3-game set with Cedar Rapids. Justin Ferrell will take on Sam Gibbons at 6:00.
Thursday: Vermont 10, Tri-City 7
W- Bubba Derby (1-0)
L- Adam Whitt (2-1)
S- James Naile (2)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats' bullpen suffered a meltdown late as the Lake Monsters scored 5 over the final 2 innings.
Tri-City took control with 5 in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Bryan Muñiz put the ValleyCats on the board with a 2-run single. Dex McCall added an RBI single, and Kolbey Carpenter put them in the lead with a 2-run single. Carpenter grounded into a force out that scored McCall in the 5th, and McCall added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th inning. Carpenter finished 3-5, and McCall went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.
Rogelio Armenteros allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5 over 4 innings. Zach Davis allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario had 2 inherited runners charged to him in 1.1 innings. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.
Friday: Tri-City 9, Vermont 2
W- Scott Weathersby (1-1)
L- Kyle Friedrichs (0-1)
TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (3, 3-run in 7th)
The ValleyCats busted this game open with a 5-run 7th inning.
With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 3rd, Dex McCall opened up the scoring with a 2-run single, and an error on the play allowed Bryan Muñiz to score. Muñiz scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. Later in the inning, Anthony Hermelyn hit an RBI single, and the big hit of the night was Brooks Marlow's 3-run homer. McCall finished 4-5 and closed the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th. Hermelyn (RBI single, R), Marlow (3-run homer), Pat Porter (R), and Johnny Sewald (2B, 2 BB, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece. Sewald, Aaron Mizell (2 apiece), and Muñiz (3) drew all 7 walks issued by Vermont pitchers.
Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby allowed a solo homer to Gabriel Santana in the 5th, which was the only run he allowed in his 3.2 innings. Weathersby allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Steve Naemark struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect frames.
Agapito Barrios will open up a new series with Aberdeen. It's Star Wars night at The Joe. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
Thursday: Johnson City 7, Greeneville 4
W- Jhonatan Escudero (1-0)
L- Makay Nelson (0-2)
S- Sasha Kuebel (2)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros fell behind early. They dented the lead a little, but the Cardinals built just enough separation.
Makay Nelson allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Chris Murphy went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3. Andrew Thome allowed a hit and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless, and Samil De Los Santos worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.
Kevin Martir put Greeneville on the board with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, Connor Goedert drove in another run on a groundout, and Brauly Mejia added an RBI single. Martir grounded into a force out that scored Mejia in the 8th.
Friday: Johnson City 5, Greeneville 4 in 11 innings
W- Juan Caballero (2-1)
L- Joselo Pinales (0-1)
Greeneville home runs: Marlon Avea (1, solo in 5th)
The Appy Astros dropped the last 2 games of the series after winning the first game 5-0.
Marlon Avea's homer put Greeneville on the board in the 5th inning. Ford Stainback added an RBI single in the 6th, and in the 8th, Osvaldo Duarte hit an RBI single, and Brauly Mejia tied the game with an RBI groundout. Duarte and Stainback both went 2-5 from the top of the order, while Randy Cesar went 2-4 with a double.
Jose Hernandez went 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Alejandro Solarte allowed a solo homer to Malik Collymore in the 5th inning, the only run he allowed in 1.1 innings. Solarte allowed one other hit. Yhoan Acosta allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings. Jacob Dorris struck out 3 over 2.2 perfect innings, and Joselo Pinales allowed the winning run on 2 hits and walked 1. The Cardinals won with 1 out in the 11th.
Salvador Montaño will start the first of a 3-game series against Kingsport. He'll take on Audry German at 6:00 Eastern.
The Kissimmee Stros allowed 2 runs in the 9th and lost 3-2 to the Phillies on Thursday, but they scored 5 runs in the final third of the game to top the Yankees 1 8-6 on Friday.
On Thursday, Rodrigo Ayarza had an RBI single, and Wander Franco ripped an RBI double. Daz Cameron finished 2-4 with 2 steals (6).
Carlos Hiraldo allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4 innings.
Ayarza (1) and Franco (1) both finished 2-5, and both of them hit 2-run homers against the Yankees; Ayarza's came in the 8th and tied the game at 6. Kyle Tucker smacked his 2nd homer of the GCL season in the 7th inning, a solo shot. Connor MacDonald and Bryan De La Cruz joined Ayarza and Franco in the 2-5 club.
3 relievers combined to throw 6.2 innings of no-hit ball. Adonis Peña struck out 1 over 2.2 perfect innings, Jose Rosario walked 2 and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Junior A. Garcia walked 1 and struck out 1 in 2 innings to get the win.
DSL Astros Blue
The Blue team swept the A's, winning 12-4 on Thursday and 4-3 on Friday.
They pounded out 18 hits on Thursday; Oscar Campos and Edgar Lorenzo both finished 3-6. Lorenzo led the way with 4 RBI. Yoanys Quiala allowed 2 hits and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The Cuban defector is having a strong start to his career after coming on board in June.
On Friday, Orlando Marquez smacked a 3-run homer (3) in the 3rd, and Cristopher Luciano hit a solo shot in the 6th, his 2nd of the year. Leovanny Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dariel Aquino struck out 1 as he got the 2-inning save.
DSL Astros Orange
The Orange team also whipped on the Nationals, winning 18-4 on Thursday and 3-1 on Friday.
On Thursday, they scored in 7 of their 8 innings. The big one was an 8-run 4th inning.
Marcos Almonte's 3-run homer (5) in the 6th was enough to give them the 3-1 win on Friday. Jose Ramos allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work.