Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Getting to Know Astros/River Bandits RHP Dean Deetz

When Dean Deetz was drafted by Houston in the 11th round in 2014, it was understood that the hard-throwing righthander was a work in progress. His control, which was said to be a bit questionable before he had Tommy John surgery, was perhaps even moreso as he came back from the surgery. But the one thing that wasn't in doubt was his "stuff."

After putting up a less than stellar 8.88 ERA and 1.934 WHIP in his freshman professional season, Deetz impressed in his seven appearances with Tri-City this season (2.86 ERA and 1.129 WHIP in 28.1 IP) and soon found himself promoted to Quad Cities where I spoke with him over the weekend.

Dean Deetz (2nd from left) - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Quad Cities Pitching Coach Dave Borkowski hadn't seen much of Deetz prior to the promotion, but he knew of that "background of not necessarily being a strike thrower." Of Deetz's first two outings, Borkowski said, "He's improved from what I've heard from the past. He came here and first time out was pretty good and the second time out was even a little bit better ... a little more aggressive with the fastball and pounded the zone more and threw strikes. So he's heading in the right direction. He's making strides."

Borkowski was likely pleased with what he saw from Deetz in his third outing on Wednesday as well when Deetz was able to put a tough first inning behind him (three walks and a throwing error leading to an unearned run) and allowed only one hit and no walks over the next four innings. Through his first three appearances for Quad Cities, Deetz has a 1.46 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP.

Of the strides Deetz has made in his control/command, he said, "Throwing strikes is a lot harder than it looks, but if you throw strikes, everything's going to work out for you. In the offseason, I wasn't really trying to throw hard because I knew I could throw hard, but it does me no good if I'm not throwing strikes. In the offseason, I just focused on throwing fastballs for strikes. Then I went to Spring Training and Extended (Spring Training) and that's the only thing they really told me I needed to focus on is strikes. From Extended on, I just worried about throwing it in the strike zone and make hitters get hits and not walking them. Focusing on that really helped me a lot."

Borkowski says of Deetz's pitch repertoire, "He has very good stuff -- a plus fastball, good sharp breaking ball." Deetz was known to have hit 98 in junior college with his fastball, and he's hit around 96 or 97 this season even though his focus has been more directed at throwing strikes than on increasing velocity. He throws a 4-seam, 2-seam, a circle change and a slider. Deetz said, "I think my slider's my best pitch, but my fastball (is) really close."

Deetz and the coaching staff have been working on his delivery this season as well. "What we've really tried to focus on this year is using my body to throw the baseball, really driving down the mound, instead of using all my arm because I used to throw all arm which caused my surgery. They want me to focus on using my body more to throw to really save my arm," said Deetz.

When asked what someone who hasn't seen him pitch could expect to see, Deetz told me, "I have attitude on the mound. I really go out thinking that the hitter's not better than me and I'm going to make him prove to me that he's better. I'm kind of a bulldog ... when I get on the mound. I'm going to give it everything I've got no matter what."

As I usually do with pitchers, I asked Deetz who in the Astros system had a pitch he would like to steal. He responded, "If anything, I like Vince Velasquez -- his fastball. He throws really hard and it's 100% effort. And he has spin on his fastball which makes it seem like it rises. My fastball -- it kind of either goes straight or it cuts a little bit. It doesn't really have that rise to it. So, if anything, I think I'd like to have Vince's fastball where it rises a little bit, get more swings and misses."

As to what Astros hitter he would least like to face, Deetz said, "I would probably say A.J. Reed because I don't like to throw to lefties that much. My slider sometimes breaks into them and all I have is my fastball and changeup that I like to throw to lefties. I feel like if I put one in the wrong spot against A.J., he'd hit it a long way." Interestingly enough, even though Deetz may not feel particularly comfortable pitching to lefties, he has had a great deal of success against them this year, holding them to a .155/.238/.197 batting line so far this season.

One thing struck me about Deetz having seen him last year in Greeneville and this year in Quad Cities and that is that he seems much more focused on the job at hand. He still likes to have fun and he confidently told me that he is unequivocally the funniest person in the world, but I sensed a seriousness that I hadn't really seen during his first season. Perhaps that can be attributed to something he said about that tough first season. "I feel like my confidence kind of fades on me sometimes. I used to be really confident, but coming here and struggling my first year really put me down a level and made me really think about what I have to work on to be confident on the mound and get hitters out," said Deetz.

Well, if his 2015 results are any indication, I think Deetz will regain that confidence sooner than later. He may have come into the Astros system as a work in progress, but many of the moving parts that go into making a professional pitcher are coming together for him nicely.

Thank you for your time, Dean, and best of luck as your team heads into the postseason.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 13, 2015

Grizzlies roll.

Fresno 10, Albuquerque 4

W- Asher Wojciechowski (7-2)
L- John Lannan (6-7)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (17, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies scored in the first 5 innings, which took away the sting of a 3-run 2nd inning from the Isotopes, and jumped out to a 9-4 lead.

L.J. Hoes, Matt Duffy, and Tyler White all had 3 hits apiece to pace a 15-hit assault from Fresno. Hoes had a double, walked, and scored 3 runs. Duffy hit an RBI single in the 2nd, whacked a 3-run homer in the 5th, and scored 2 runs. White had a couple of RBI singles and drove in another run on a fielder's choice. Jonathan Villar went 2-6 with an RBI single in the 2nd, stole a base (28), and scored 3 runs. Tyler Heineman went 2-5 with a double, an RBI single, and scored a run.

Asher Wojciechowski went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski walked 1 and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

The Grizzlies will look for the sweep as Brett Oberholzer faces off against Aaron Laffey. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Arkansas 6, Corpus Christi 2

W- Sean Newcomb (1-0)
L- Edison Frias (0-1, 8-5 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Travs used a 5-run 2nd to spur them on to a win.

Jack Mayfield opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He finished 2-4 and also scored on a double play in the 9th inning.

Edison Frias allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. Aaron West went 3.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 4. Travis Ballew allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 over 3 scoreless.

The Hooks are in Northwest Arkansas to conclude their final tour of the Natural State in 2015. Brian Holmes will face Luke Farrell in game 1 of this series. First pitch is at 7:15.

Lancaster 5, Inland Empire 2

W- Akeem Bostick (4-4, 7-5 season)
L- Victor Alcantara (6-10)
S- Michael Freeman (2)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (23, 2-run in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (15, 21 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks took 2 of 3 from the 66ers as they look to keep pace in the California League South, where 4 teams are separated by just 3 games in the 2nd half.

4 of their 5 runs came on a couple of 2-run homers from Chase McDonald and D.J. Fisher. For McDonald, it's his 6th home run in his last 10 contests [Note from Jayne: And 7 in his last 11!]. Mott Hyde finished 3-4 with an RBI single in the 6th.

Akeem Bostick delivered 6 solid innings as he allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Michael Freeman took care of the final 3 innings; he allowed a hit and fanned 2.

Bryan Radziewski will be on the mound tonight as the JetHawks begin a new series in San Jose. He'll face a rehabbing Tim Hudson at 7:00 Pacific.

Fort Wayne 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Dinelson Lamet (4-6)
L- Agapito Barrios (1-1)
S- Kyle McGrath (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were swept out of Fort Wayne as they were shut out in the final 2 games of this series. This was the first time that they've been swept in a series all season.

Ramon Laureano and Jason Martin had 2 hits apiece. All 8 Quad Cities hits were singles.

Agapito Barrios went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Riley Ferrell allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th, and Jorge Perez walked 1 in a scoreless 8th.

The River Bandits will make their way to suburban Cleveland to begin a 3-game series with the Lake County Captains. Elieser Hernandez will start game 1 for the Banditos, and he'll take on Anderson Polanco at 7:00 Eastern.

Auburn 7, Tri-City 5

W- Luis Torres (5-0)
L- Yeyfry Del Rosario (3-2)
S- Kevin Mooney (1)

TC home runs: Aaron Mizell (1, solo in 1st)

Auburn scored 5 in the final 3 innings to win game 2 of this series. The ValleyCats, on the other hand, scored 3 in the 8th, but that outburst wasn't enough. This game had been deadlocked at 2 after 6 innings.

Aaron Mizell's first pro homer put Tri-City on the board in the 1st inning. Anthony Hermelyn added a sac fly in the 4th. In the 8th, Mizell scored on a Dex McCall groundout. Later in the inning, Hermelyn hit an RBI single, and Brooks Marlow ripped an RBI double. Mizell finished a triple shy of the cycle in 5 at-bats, and Hermelyn finished 2-3. McCall drew 4 walks.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2. Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched 2.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him (1 run was earned). He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Juan Carlos Santos, in addition to allowing both of the runners he inherited from Del Rosario to score, allowed 2 of his own in 1.2 innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. David Schmidt allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

In the rubber game of this series, Rogelio Armenteros will face Taylor Guilbeau at 7:00 Eastern.

Pulaski 10, Greeneville 6

W- Simon De La Rosa (4-2)
L- Devonte German (3-2)

Greeneville home runs:: Kyle Tucker (1, 3 season; solo in 4th)

A 6-0 deficit after the 1st inning proved to be too much for the Appy Astros to overcome.

Kyle Tucker finished 3-5 and hit his first home run in the Appalachian League to begin the 4th inning. He added an RBI double to his ledger in the 9th inning. Justin Garcia hit an RBI single in the 3rd, Rodrigo Ayarza hit one of his own in the 8th, and in the 9th, Connor Goedert ripped an RBI double, and Randy Cesar added an RBI single. Ayarza finished 2-5.

Devonte German allowed 3 hits, but he also allowed 6 runs and walked 3 while only getting 2 outs. Starlyng Sanchez was the first man out; he went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 4. Alejandro Solarte was the only Greeneville pitcher to have a scoreless appearance. He allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 innings, and Edgardo Sandoval allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3 innings.

Matt Bower will make his first career start tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Yankees2 2 in 5 innings

W- Carlos Sanabria (2-3)
L- Daris Vargas (2-3)

GCL home runs: None.

This game was called after 5 innings due to rain. A win is a win, though.

Patrick Sandoval allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Carlos Sanabria did what Sandoval did in 3 innings.

Marcos Almonte scored the Blue team's first run on an error in the 1st. Later, Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI single. Almonte hit an RBI groundout in the 2nd, and Ihan Bernal scored on a wild pitch in the 4th.

DSL Indians 6, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Orlando Cedeño (2-2)
L- Hansel Paulino (1-4)
S- Jean Carlos Mejia (1)

Blue home runs: Ronny Jimenez (1, solo in 5th)

Ronny Jimenez went deep for the first time in his career in the 5th inning, and Wilson Amador added a sac fly later in the inning.

Ricardo Castro got the start and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5 over 5 shutout innings.

DSL Astros Orange 10, DSL Angels 7

W- Angelo Serrano (2-0)
L- Anderson Montilla (1-5)

Orange home runs: Anthony Rodriguez 2 (3; 2-run in 2nd, grand slam in 8th)

Huge day for Anthony Rodriguez as he smacked 2 homers and drove in 6. Nicolás Miranda went 3-4 with 2 RBI singles and 3 runs scored.

Harlen Florencio struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th, while Angelo Serrano allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The full-season teams were back at it.

Tuesday: Fresno 5, Albuquerque 4

W- Dan Straily (9-6)
L- Rudy Owens (0-5)
S- James Hoyt (7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies only scored in 2 innings on Tuesday, but it turned out to be just enough.

Alex Presley put them on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd, and one batter later, Matt Duffy ripped a 2-run triple. In the 4th inning, Max Stassi hit an RBI groundout and Jonathan Villar added an RBI infield single. Villar, Duffy, Tyler White, and Robbie Grossman had 2-hit games.

Dan Straily went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 7. Tyson Perez allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Kevin Chapman pitched the 7th and allowed a run on 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Joe Thatcher struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and James Hoyt did the same in the 9th inning.

Wednesday: Fresno 8, Albuquerque 2

W- Mark Appel (2-2, 7-3 season)
L- David Hale (0-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies took this game behind a dominant performance from Mark Appel.

Appel allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in 8 innings of work. Jake Buchanan allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th inning.

Jonathan Villar scored the first run of the evening on an error in the 1st. Later in the inning, Tony Kemp stole home (15, 30 season) as part of a double steal. Jon Singleton proceeded to rip an RBI double. Max Stassi hit an RBI single in the 4th inning, and he added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 5th. Andrew Aplin also hit an RBI single in the 5th. Villar drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th.

Kemp, Singleton, Stassi, and Aplin all finished with 2 hits in the game.

In game 3 of this series, Brett Oberholtzer will take on John Lannan. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Tuesday: Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 3

W- Juan Minaya (1-0)
L- Chris O'Grady (0-4)
S- Jandel Gustave (14)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the 7th, but the Hooks outscored the Travs 3-2 in the 9th inning. Corpus Christi was outhit 11-5, but they won in the column that matters.

Jon Kemmer broke the monotony of a scoreless tie in the top of the 7th by scoring on a wild pitch. In the top of the 9th, Conrad Gregor broke a 1-1 tie with a 2-run double, and Jio Mier ripped a double of his own to bring Gregor home.

Chris Devenski allowed 4 hits and fanned 8 over 6 shutout frames. Juan Minaya received his first decision of the year as he allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Things got a little too close for comfort for Jandel Gustave in the 9th, but he was able to secure the win. He allowed 2 unearned runs, 2 hits, and whiffed 2.

Wednesday: Corpus Christi 7, Arkansas 3

W- Joe Musgrove (4-0, 12-1 season)
L- Chris Ellis (5-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were down 2-0 after the 2nd, but they ended the game on a 7-1 run.

Joe Musgrove was solid in his 6 innings; he allowed 2 runs (both on solo homers) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. He now has 99 strikeouts against 8 walks in 100.2 innings across 3 levels this season. Chris Cotton allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Vince Velasquez walked 1 and fanned 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Leo Heras put Corpus on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd inning, and he later scored on a wild pitch. Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double of his own in the 5th inning to put the Hooks in front. A.J. Reed hit an RBI single in the 7th, and in the 8th, Heras drew a bases-loaded walk, and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a 2-run single. Teoscar, Reed, and Kemmer all finished 2-4.

The Hooks will look for the sweep as Edison Frias takes on Sean Newcomb tonight at 7:10.

Tuesday: Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 2

W- Francis Martes (2-1, 5-3 season)
L- Harrison Cooney (1-10)
S- Tyler Brunnemann (5)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (22, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks took flight late as they scored 7 of their 8 runs in the final 3 innings to take the first game of the series.

Alex Bregman opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th, and Lancaster got another run in the inning when James Ramsay scored on a wild pitch. Chase McDonald took Alex Blackford deep for a 2-run shot in the 8th, in the 9th, Ronnie Mitchell ripped a 2-run double, and McDonald capped it off with an RBI single.

Mitchell finished 3-5 with 2 doubles. Bregman (2B, 2 RBI, R), Jamie Ritchie (BB, R, SB [2, 9 season]), McDonald (2-run homer, 3 RBI), and Mott Hyde (BB, R) all finished with 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes had another fine outing as he allowed an unearned run on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 6 innings of work. Albert Minnis and Tyler Brunnemann brought it home: Minnis allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings, while Bruno allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 1.2 innings.

Wednesday: Inland Empire 5, Lancaster 4

W- Jordan Kipper (6-8)
L- Austin Chrismon (5-3, 9-4 season)
S- Geoff Broussard (14)

Lancaster home runs: D.J. Fisher (14, 20 season; 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks were left to rue their missed opportunities in this one; they finished 2-13 with runners in scoring position.

They got 2 runs in the 4th on D.J. Fisher's 2-run homer. With that blast, Fisher has a 20-20 season in his first full year in the system. In the 7th, James Ramsay hit an RBI single, and Alex Bregman had an RBI groundout. Bregman extended his hitting streak to 9 games in this one. Ramsay went 2-4 with a steal (12), while Fisher swiped 2 (18, 26 season).

Austin Chrismon allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Kevin Comer allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Mills got the final 2 outs of the 7th, and Andrew Walter threw a 1-2-3 8th.

In the series finale, Akeem Bostick will take on Victor Alcantara. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Tuesday: Fort Wayne 4, Quad Cities 3 in 11 innings

W- Jimmy Brasoban (4-3)
L- Angel Heredia (4-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Bandits held a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, but the TinCaps scored the game's final 3 runs.

Luis Reynoso opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th. He finished 3-5. Bryan Muñiz hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Trent Woodward added an RBI single of his own in the 7th. Woodward finished 2-4 out of the #9 spot in the order.

Justin Ferrell went 6 innings and allowed a run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 8. The bullpen couldn't hold down the fort. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs (both in the 7th) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Angel Heredia allowed the winning run with 1 out in the 11th inning. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.

Wednesday: Fort Wayne 2, Quad Cities 0

W- Pete Kelich (1-0)
L- Dean Deetz (1-1, 5-3 season)
S- Jimmy Brasoban (8)

The Banditos were kept off the board in this one as they dropped the series. They only had 4 singles.

Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on a bases-loaded walk, a single, walked 3, and struck out 4. Brandon McNitt pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Quad Cities will look to avoid the sweep as Agapito Barrios takes on Dinelson Lamet. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Tuesday: Lowell 8, Tri-City 4

W- Logan Boyd (3-0)
L- Zac Person (1-4)
S- Bobby Poyner (6)

TC home runs: None.

Again, the ValleyCats held an early lead, only to see the Spinners finish the game on a huge run.

Kolbey Carpenter hit a 2-run single in the 1st inning, and Aaron Mizell smacked a 2-run triple in the 2nd. He was thrown out at home trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park homer. He, Anthony Hermelyn, and Johnny Sewald all finished 2-4.

The trio that combined on the no-hitter got knocked around a little. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings. Zac Person went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and fanned 2. The only run that Kevin McCanna allowed in his 3 innings was a solo homer hit by Andrew Benintendi in the 9th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1.

Wednesday: Tri-City 2, Auburn 0

W- Chris Murphy (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Taylor Hearn (1-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (4)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got off on the right foot in a new series as they held the Doubledays off the scoreboard.

Aaron Mizell opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. He scored the other Tri-City run on a wild pitch in the 7th. Johnny Sewald was 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 steals (25), while Dex McCall was 2-4 with a double.

Chris Murphy allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Ryan Deemes tagged in for 3 scoreless, allowing 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 2 in the process, and Jacob Dorris struck out the side in order in the 9th to finish it off.

Trent Thornton will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll face Jefry Rodriguez at 7:00 Eastern.

Tuesday: Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 1

W- Cody Stashak (4-1)
L- Salvador Montaño (1-3)
S- Kuo Hua Lo (4)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros couldn't get much going on offense and dropped game 3 of the series at home.

Their run came on a Kyle Tucker RBI groundout in the 9th inning. Connor Goedert went 2-4 and scored the run.

Salvador Montaño went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Dylan James got the final 2 outs of the 5th in his Appy League debut, and Albert Abreu allowed 4 hits while striking out 5 over 4 scoreless.

Wednesday: Greeneville 4, Elizabethton 1

W- Diogenes Almengo (1-1)
L- Samuel Clay (1-3)
S- Samil De Los Santos (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros held the Twins to just 1 hit as they earned the split in the series. They have a 1-game lead in the division over Kingsport, and a 1.5 game lead on Elizabethton.

Diogenes Almengo went 5 innings and allowed that 1 hit, which was a single. He walked 1 and fanned 5. Moreno Polanco was the first man out; he pitched 2 innings and allowed an unearned run on a sac fly in the 7th, walked 1, and fanned 2. Lachlan Madden walked 1 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th, and Samil De Los Santos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to finish it.

Myles Straw scored the first run of the game on an error in the 3rd inning. In the 6th, Kyle Tucker grounded into a force out that scored Daz Cameron. Daz got caught stealing 2nd in the 8th inning, but Straw saw the opening and scampered home for another run. In the 9th, Arturo Michelena hit an RBI single, which was the only Greeneville run that was the product of a hit. Connor Goedert finished 2-4 with a double for the 2nd straight game.

Greeneville's roadtrip continues with 3 in Pulaski. Devonte German will start game 1, which will begin at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros

It was a rough couple of days for the Kissimmee Stros as they lost 3 games, one of which was a resumption of a suspended game. They fell 3-2 to the Tigers on Tuesday, and ended up falling 7-6 to the Yankees 2 in 11 innings in the game that resumed play, and 6-2 in the regularly scheduled game.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team smacked the A's 16-9 on Tuesday, but fell 3-2 to the Indians in 10 innings on Wednesday.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team lost 8-3 to the Nationals on Tuesday, but they turned around and smacked the Angels 15-3 on Wednesday. After the Angels took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning, the Orange team finished the game on a 14-0 run.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Getting to Know Astros/River Bandits OF Jason Martin

I had the opportunity to watch Quad Cities OF Jason Martin in action over the weekend and I came away impressed with what I saw. Last year in Greeneville, I saw a very young player with a lot of raw talent. A high school drafted player in 2013, Martin is still young (he won't turn 20 until early next month), but the hard work that he's done has turned him into a more polished player than I had seen in 2014.

In his first 83 games with Quad Cities this season, Martin has hit .288/.360/.436 with 10 doubles, six triples and eight home runs. He has scored 57 runs and driven in 47. He has walked 36 times to 58 strikeouts, and has 13 stolen bases to nine caught stealing. And he is almost two and a half years younger than the average Midwest League position player.

I spoke with Quad Cities Manager Josh Bonifay about several players. When I brought up Martin's name, Bonifay immediately smiled and said, "Aw man, he's like my son. I love that kid." Bonifay described Martin as having a prototypical centerfield body, but also pointed out his developing power and RBI potential. Bonifay continued, "He's a very exciting player. He's young. He can steal a bag. He can play defense. And he can hit. I love having the kid. I've had him since almost day one and it's just been a pleasure watching him blossom into a good young (player and) man."

Jason Martin - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

My first question to Martin was regarding his season in progress and he responded, "I feel like this season I've been playing pretty well. I set some goals at the beginning of the season that I'm getting pretty close to. Improving my game at the plate -- I think I've done that as well as my game in the outfield. So I think the season's going pretty good this far."

As far as what he's been working on, Martin told me, "I think a lot of it is in my baserunning, stealing bases. This year I've been working on it, but I just haven't quite gotten to the point that I think I should be. So I just want to keep working on my baserunning. I think everything else is going at a pretty good pace."

Bonifay isn't worried about Martin's baserunning, though. "That's a part of his being so young. (He's) 19 years old and we're all in this game to learn. We're all in it to develop. And that's one of his skill sets that (he's) been working on so hard here (with Baserunning Coach Tim Garland) is to improve his base stealing jumps. He's got great speed to do it. And once he learns a little more about tendencies, once he learns a little more about reads, he's going to be a player to watch for a while. He's very exciting," said Bonifay.

Martin is in his third season as a professional, but he remembers only too well what it was like to be drafted out of high school. His advice to the recent high school draftees? Martin said, "It's a way longer season than high school. It's wear and tear on the body. You've got to make sure you eat right and you're mentally strong. You have a bad day at the plate, you've got to let it go. There's another game tomorrow. Just a lot of little things change in pro ball from high school."

For someone who has yet to see Martin play, he said that they could expect to see "an electric player (who) uses his speed." Martin continued, "My game revolves around my speed and this year I was able to actually show a bit of power so I think I'm growing into that, but just a player who gives his all every day."

What Astros pitcher would he least like to face? "He's gone now, but it would have been (Josh) Hader because lefty on lefty. He's pretty good and that would be a tough match up. Now that he's gone, I'd say Vince Velasquez. Vince Velasquez has a really strong arm and he has command of his stuff. He knows what to throw and when to throw it. He's just a good pitcher," said Martin. When asked if he would be up to the challenge, Martin laughed and said he would be. "He's one of my buddies. I'd love to go up against him."

If Martin couldn't play baseball, he probably would have gone the football route as far as that would have taken him since he also played football in high school. He also revealed that he was in honors choir in high school, a little known fact that drew a few laughs from the spectators in the dugout that were listening in. But he promised me that he doesn't go around singing in the clubhouse.

One of my followers told me that, now that Brett Phillips has been traded, Jason Martin is now his favorite Astros minor leaguer. When I relayed that to Jason and asked him if he thought he could fill Brett's shoes, he gave me his best smile and with a twinkle in his eye, he said, "Yeah. He's a great player and he had a great year last year and is having a great year this year too, but I think I'm right behind him. I think I'm chasing in his footsteps." It's not bragging if you can back it up, and Martin shows every sign that he will be able to do just that.

Martin left me with this thought, "I know that we're down here trying to win this championship for Quad Cities. We're on a pretty good pace if we can just keep it going." And with a minor league leading 74 wins (to 38 losses) and an exciting talented player like Martin in their ranks, I like the River Bandits chances of bringing home some hardware this season.

Thank you for your time, Jason, and best of luck as you continue to chase your dreams.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

It was a busy day yesterday week this week ...

FRESNO
8-11: LHP Joe Thatcher assigned to Fresno (re-signed with the Astros on a minor league contract 8/5)

CORPUS CHRISTI
8-11: LHP Reymin Guduan placed on the 7-day DL
8-11: RHP Michael Feliz placed on the 7-day DL
8-11: OF Leo Heras assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
8-11: RHP Chris Devenski activated from the DL

LANCASTER
8-11: RHP David Paulino placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8-7
8-11: OF Sean McMullen activated from the DL

QUAD CITIES
8-13: RHP Brandon McNitt placed on the 7-day DL
8-13: RHP Riley Ferrell activated from the 7-day DL

TRI-CITY
8-12: RHP Jose Hernandez assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

GREENEVILLE
8-11: RHP Dylan James assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
8:11: RHP Edgardo Sandoval assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

GULF COAST LEAGUE
8-13: RHP Jorge Guzman assigned from the DSL to the GCL
8-10: RHP Franklin Perez assigned from the DSL to the GCL


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 10, 2015

With the full-season affiliates off, Monday was the short-season and complex leagues' time to shine.

Lowell 7, Tri-City 4

W- Matt Kent (5-0)
L- Adam Whitt (2-2)
S- Trevor Kelley (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats led 4-1 after the 1st inning, but Lowell had an offensive outburst that turned the tide of the game in their favor midway through it.

Aaron Mizell put Tri-City in the lead with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. Pat Porter brought him home with a single, and Bobby Wernes scored on a groundout from Alex Melendez.

The only run that Harold Arauz allowed in his 4 innings was a solo homer from Andrew Benintendi in the 1st. Arauz allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 6. David Schmidt was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a solo homer to former Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee, and walked 1 as he got 2 outs in the 5th. Adam Whitt allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings, and Juan Carlos Santos walked 4 and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings.

In the rubber game of this series, Ralph Garza Jr. will take on Dioscar Romero at 11:00 A.M. Eastern.

Game 1: Greeneville 5, Elizabethton 3

W- Joselo Pinales (1-2)
L- Jose Abreu (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros scored 2 in the 6th to tie and 2 in the 7th to take the lead, and eventually, the first game of this twinbill, which was in a rain delay for a while.

Daz Cameron opened the scoring in the 3rd when he ripped an RBI triple, although he got thrown out at the plate trying to turn that into an inside-the-park homer. Myles Straw hit a sac fly in the 6th, and Brauly Mejia later added an RBI double. Daz found himself at the center of another Greeneville run-scoring play as he reached on an error that allowed Ford Stainback and Straw to score the go-ahead runs in the 7th inning.

Jose Hernandez went 4 innings and allowed a run on a sac fly in the 4th, a double that also occurred in the 4th, and struck out 1. Cris Santamaria allowed a 2-run homer to Kamran Young in the 5th, which was the only hit he allowed in 1.2 innings. He walked 3 and fanned 2. Joselo Pinales inherited a bases-loaded situation, but he was able to navigate out of trouble. He went 1.1 innings and struck out 2.

Game 2: Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 2

W- Anthony McIver (2-1)
L- Alejandro Solarte (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Twins returned the favor by walking off with a win in the nightcap.

Osvaldo Duarte opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Myles Straw finished 3-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI single in the 5th.

Yhoan Acosta allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Alejandro Solarte threw a scoreless 6th, but the 2 runs in the 7th that won the game for Elizabethton were inherited runners that were charged to him. He walked 2 and struck out 1. Starlyng Sanchez allowed the walk-off 2-run single with 2 outs in the 7th.

Salvador Montaño will start the lone home game of this series, which will begin at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros

The Kissimmee Stros played the Tigers in a twinbill and lost game 1 by a score of 6-2, and also dropped game 2 2-0.

Wander Franco hit a solo shot (2) in game 1. Thomas Eshelman, the Astros' 2nd-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in June, allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings in his pro debut.

They were held to 1 hit in game 2. Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5 in 5 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Athletics 3

W- Framber Valdez (4-1)
L- Wandisson Charles (1-4)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got some separation in a 1-run game, which allowed them to get the win.

Reiny Beltre opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and he wound up scoring himself on an error. Andy Piñeda scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd, and Angel De Leon drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th. Cristopher Luciano ripped an RBI double in the 6th. Piñeda drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th, and Angel Tejeda scored the final run of the day when Luciano grounded into a double play.

Framber Valdez got the win as he allowed a run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4.1 innings.

DSL Nationals 10, DSL Astros Orange 8 in 10 innings

W- Francys Peguero (2-1)
L- Harlen Florencio (1-1)
S- Jose Jimenez (1)

Orange home runs: Anardo Peralta (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Orange team couldn't hold a 7-3 lead.

Anardo Peralta finished 2-4 with a 2-run homer in the 4th inning, while Carlos Machado went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored. Brandon Benavente ripped a 2-run double in the 5th.

Diosward Gonzalez was the first man out of the bullpen for the Orange team, and he was the only Orange team pitcher who threw a scoreless outing, walking 1 and striking out 1 in 2 innings.

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J.D. Davis is looking to hit all the home runs.

Sacramento 9, Fresno 3

W- Clayton Blackburn (8-3)
L- Brady Rodgers (9-6)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as they were down early and never really got into the game.

Their 3 runs all came in the 8th inning as Alex Presley and Joe Sclafani hit RBI singles, and Tyler White smacked an RBI double. Sclafani and Nolan Fontana both finished 2-4.

Brady Rodgers allowed 7 runs (5 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4 in 5.1 innings. Luis Cruz was the first man out of the bullpen; he got the final 2 outs of the 6th inning, 1 via strikeout, but not before he allowed a 2-run homer and a solo homer. 1 of the runs on the 2-run shot was charged to Rodgers. Jordan Jankowski worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 2. Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and fanned 1 in a scoreless 8th, and James Hoyt threw a 1-2-3 9th.

After a day off (all the full-season affiliates are off today), the Grizzlies will have a getaway roadtrip as they'll play 4 in Albuquerque beginning on Tuesday.

Midland 8, Corpus Christi 3

W- Kris Hall (3-0)
L- Kyle Westwood (7-6)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (16, solo in 8th)

The RockHounds scored all 8 of their runs in the final 3 innings to take the series.

The Hooks bullpen couldn't get the job done, which spoiled a fine outing from Michael Feliz, who allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8 over 6 shutout innings. Reymin Guduan came out for the 7th, but he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 while only getting 1 out. Kyle Westwood went 1.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and walked 2 in 1.2 innings. Vince Velasquez got 2 outs in the 9th, but he allowed a 3-run homer to Wade Kirkland. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Alfredo Gonzalez walked 1 and got the final out of the 9th.

Roberto Peña opened up the scoring in the 2nd by drawing a bases-loaded walk. A.J. Reed added an RBI single in the 7th, and Jon Kemmer smacked a solo homer in the 8th, his 16th of the season. Reed and Kemmer had 3 hits apiece.

The Hooks will tour Arkansas for the final time this season, starting tomorrow in Little Rock.

Lancaster 8, High Desert 0

W- Keegan Yuhl (3-0, 4-0 season)
L- Trey Lambert (5-3)
S- Michael Freeman (1)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (21, solo in 4th), J.D. Davis (22, 2-run in 5th)

The JetHawks got brilliant performances on the mound from Keegan Yuhl and Michael Freeman, and J.D. Davis continues to send balls out of the park.

Yuhl allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 6 shutout innings, and Freeman finished it off by whiffing 4 over 3 perfect frames.

Sean McMullen opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd inning. Later, J.D. Davis added a 2-run single. Chase McDonald's 21st homer of the season was a solo shot with 1 out in the 4th. In the 5th, Davis extended his home run streak to 6 games with a 2-run homer. Alex Bregman hit an RBI single in the 6th that extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and finally, McMullen scored on a wild pitch in the 8th after hitting a triple to lead off the inning.

Sean McMullen (2B, 3B, RBI, 3 R), J.D. Davis (2-run homer, 4 RBI), and Mott Hyde (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece.

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game set in Inland Empire on Tuesday.

Dayton 3, Quad Cities 1

W- Tejay Antone (6-9)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (6-4)
S- Michael Sullivan (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were foiled in their bid to sweep the series, and their 12-game winning streak fell by the wayside.

Jason Martin scored the only Quad Cities run of the afternoon when Nick Tanielu grounded into a force out in the 1st inning. After that, the Bandits were kept off the scoreboard for the final 8 innings. Their other significant scoring opportunity came in the 4th, when they had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 4th. Unfortunately, they failed to convert.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 8 over 7 solid innings of work. Zach Davis went 2 innings, and the only hit and run he yielded was a solo homer hit by Cory Thompson in the 8th. He struck out 1.

Quad Cities will head to Fort Wayne to begin a 3-game series with the TinCaps tomorrow.

Tri-City 6, Lowell 3

W- Alex Winkelman (5-0, 7-1 season)
L- Austin Glorius (0-1)
S- Zac Grotz (3, 4 season)

TC home runs: Hector Roa (4, 10 season; solo in 4th), Dex McCall (3, 2-run in 4th)

The ValleyCats took the first of 3 as they got 2 in the 8th to get a little separation after the Spinners made it a 1-run game.

Hector Roa put Tri-City on the board when he whacked a homer to begin the bottom of the 4th. Dex McCall followed with a 2-run homer that put the ValleyCats in the lead. In the 6th, Tony Nuñez ripped an RBI double after Bobby Wernes had gotten on base with a double. Brooks Marlow added an RBI double in the 8th, and later in the inning, Johnny Sewald scored the final run of the evening on a balk.

Roa (2B, HR), Wernes (2B, 2 R), Brooks Marlow (2 2B, RBI), and Pat Porter (R) all finished with 2-hit games.

Alex Winkelman went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Rogelio Armenteros tagged in for 3 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Austin Rei in the 7th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Zac Grotz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

Harold Arauz will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Jose Almonte at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Bristol 1

W- Matt Bower (1-0)
L- Logan Sendelbach (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: Rodrigo Ayarza (1, 3-run in 8th)

The Appy Astros cruised to a win on Sunday to take the series.

Osvaldo Duarte scored the first run of the late afternoon on an error in the 3rd that allowed Connor Goedert to reach. They ended up scoring 3 more in the inning as Brauly Mejia ripped an RBI double, Kevin Martir added an RBI groundout, and Kyle Tucker smacked another RBI double. In the 5th, Mejia added an RBI single to his ledger, and Rodrigo Ayarza capped it off with a 3-run homer in the 8th.

Tucker finished 3-4 and also stole a base (2, 5 season). Mejia's 2 hits both produced a run, and Daz Cameron singled, scored a run, and stole yet another base (6, 18 season).

Makay Nelson and Matt Bower both threw 3 scoreless innings. Nelson allowed 3 hits and struck out 1, while Bower allowed 2 hits and fanned 3. Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and the Pirates spoiled the shutout when Henrry Rosario hit a solo homer off of Samil De Los Santos to begin the 9th. That was the only hit that Samil allowed in the frame, and he ended up striking out the next 3 batters to finish the game.

Next up on the docket is a 4-game series with Elizabethton. There's a doubleheader on Monday to make up a game between these two teams that was originally scheduled for July 3. Game 1 is scheduled for 6:00 Eastern.

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Results for Saturday, August 8, 2015

Colin Moran and J.D. Davis continue to be on fire.

Quad Cities continues to mow their competition down.

Fresno 12, Sacramento 2

W- Mike Hauschild (6-3, 11-4 season)
L- Tommy Hanson (0-5)
S- Jake Buchanan (2)

Fresno home runs: Robbie Grossman (4, 3-run in 3rd), Max Stassi (13, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies stormed out to an 11-0 lead after 3 innings and cruised to the win.

Mike Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 8. Jake Buchanan allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3 innings for the save.

Fresno opened up things with a pair of RBI singles from L.J. Hoes and Jon Singleton in the 1st. Singleton's was an infield single... to 1st base. In the 2nd, Jonathan Villar hit an RBI groundout, and Alex Presley added an RBI single. Then, the floodgates opened in the 3rd.

Robbie Grossman's 3-run shot was the big hit in the inning. One batter later, Max Stassi went deep. Nolan Fontana just missed a homer of his own and settled for a triple. He then scored on an error. Matt Duffy capped it all off with a 2-run single. The Grizz got 1 more in the 5th on an RBI single from Tyler White. Everyone in the original starting lineup had a hit. Only Tyler Heineman missed out on the party; had he recorded a hit, every position player who appeared in the game would have had a hit.

The Grizzlies will look for a 5-game sweep tonight as Brady Rodgers takes on Clayton Blackburn at 6:05 Pacific.

Midland 5, Corpus Christi 4

W- Jake Sanchez (10-7)
L- R.J. Alaniz (4-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (1)

CC home runs: Colin Moran 2 (7; 2-run in 6th, solo in 8th)

Colin Moran continued his reign of terror with 2 more homers. That gives him 7, and he's matched his 2014 total in 45 fewer games. Has he unlocked the power?

His first homer came in the 6th and tied the game at 2. He then added a solo shot in the 8th. The other Corpus run came on an RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez in the 9th. Moran (2 HR), Teoscar (2B, RBI, R), and Danry Vásquez (2B, BB) all finished with 2 hits at the top of the Hooks order.

Brian Holmes went 6.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8. R.J. Alaniz allowed a 2-run single to Ryon Healy in the 8th that broke the tie. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Travis Ballew allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.

Michael Feliz will be on the mound in the series finale. He'll take on Dillon Overton at 6:05.

High Desert 11, Lancaster 4

W- Reed Garrett (5-3)
L- Bryan Radziewski (3-5, 4-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (21, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks allowed 7 runs in the 1st, and that mountain proved to be too steep to climb.

Mott Hyde hit an RBI single in the 2nd, and J.D. Davis whacked a 3-run homer in the 7th. That's 5 straight games with a homer for Davis.

Hyde, James Ramsay (SB [11], R), Alex Bregman, and Marc Wik (R) all had 2-hit games.

Rough night for Bryan Radziewski as he allowed 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and walked 2 while only getting 2 outs in the 1st. Troy Scribner allowed a run of his own 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 4.2 innings. Andrew Walter went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2. Jordan Mills allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and fanned 3 in 1.1 innings.

In the series finale, Keegan Yuhl will take on Trey Lambert. First pitch is at 5:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 10, Dayton 0

W- Josh James (5-2)
L- Wyatt Strahan (6-9)

QC home runs: Nick Tanielu (5, 2-run in 8th)

The Banditos scored 6 in the bottom of the 8th to blow this game wide open. In the process, they've gotten their 2nd 12-game winning streak of the season. In 7 games this month, they've outscored their opponents 43-5.

Josh James threw 6 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Eric Peterson walked 1 and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Steve Naemark completed the shutout, walking 1 and striking out 1 in the 9th to do so.

Bobby Boyd opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd, and in the 6th, he scored on a double play. He then drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and Nick Tanielu followed suit.

In the 8th, Luis Reynoso hit an RBI single. Kristian Trompiz then hit into a force out that scored Garrett Stubbs, and an error allowed Ryan Bottger to score as well. Boyd struck again with an RBI single, and Tanielu capped off a fantastic game for the River Bandits with a 2-run shot.

It may be tough to win when only 4 players record hits, but Quad Cities made it work. Boyd (3 RBI, 2 R, BB), Tanielu (2-R homer, 3 RBI, R), and Reynoso (RBI, 2 R) finished with 2 hits apiece. Trompiz also had a hit.

The series finale will be later this afternoon. Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Tejay Antone at 1:15.

Tri-City 5, Aberdeen 1

W- Trent Thornton (4-0)
L- Lazaro Leyva (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (3)

TC home runs: Pat Porter (2, solo in 6th), Brooks Marlow (5, solo in 8th)

The ValleyCats took the series as they held the Ironbirds to 2 runs over the 3 games.

Trent Thornton allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and fanned 3 over 5 innings of work. Scott Weathersby, Juan Carlos Santos, and Jacob Dorris brought it home. Weathersby was first; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Santos walked 2 in his 1.1 innings, and Dorris got the final 2 outs for the save.

Johnny Sewald walked to lead off the game. He then stole 2nd (22), advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored the first run of the evening on a sac fly from Brooks Marlow. In the 4th, Anthony Hermelyn hit an RBI single, and Cesar Carrasco added an RBI groundout. Pat Porter took Zach Albin deep with 1 out in the 6th, and Marlow greeted Jay Flaa with a solo shot to begin the 8th. Hermelyn and Marlow had 2 hits apiece.

Tri-City will begin a 3-game set with Lowell tonight at 5:00 Eastern. They'll send Alex Winkelman to the mound.

Bristol 6, Greeneville 5

W- Tanner Anderson (2-0)
L- Lachlan Madden (0-1, 1-1 season)
S- Jess Amedee (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 5... and then Bristol broke the tie with the go-ahead run in the 9th.

Myles Straw tripled to open the Greeneville 1st and scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Daz Cameron. In the 4th, Ford Stainback hit into a fielder's choice that scored Brauly Mejia. Straw scored the first run in the 8th thanks to an error after a Connor Goedert line out. Mejia followed by ripping an RBI double, and Stainback brought him home with a triple. Mejia finished 3-4 with the RBI double and 2 runs scored, and Daz went 2-5.

Devonte German allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Lachlan Madden actually had a pretty good outing, but he was the losing pitcher as the Pirates got the eventual game-winner off of him. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Makay Nelson will start the series finale, which will take place in Bristol. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Braves 1

W- Starlyn Taveras (2-1)
L- Felix Falcon (1-4)

GCL home runs: Nestor Muriel (1, solo in 6th)

The Kissimmee Stros got a nice outing from their 5 pitchers as they held the Braves to a run.

Hector Perez got the start and allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 3.2 scoreless innings. Starlyn Taveras worked around 2 walks to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1.

Wander Franco hit an RBI groundout in the 1st, and Marcos Almonte hit into a force out that scored Brian Peña in the 2nd. Peña added an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Nestor Muriel hit his first career homer in the 6th, and Peña drove in another run with an RBI single in the 7th. Almonte finished 2-5.

DSL Phillies 5, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 12 innings

W- Anderson Nuñez (2-0)
L- Gabriel Pirela (2-5)
S- Steiner Carmona (5)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team tied the game at 3 with a couple of runs in the 7th, but the Phillies had the final say in this one as they scored 2 in the top of the 12th.

Reiny Beltre hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning. In the 7th, Ronny Jimenez and Carlos Canelon both scored following errant throws during stolen base attempts.

Ricardo Castro got the start and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Hansel Paulino was the 3rd pitcher to appear for the Blue team; he allowed a run on 4 hits and fanned 1 in 4 innings. Yonatan Quintin followed Paulino, and he threw 2 scoreless, walking 1.

DSL Mariners2 8, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Juan De Paula (4-3)
L- Maikel Sepulveda (2-3)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team was pummeled and was held to 3 hits.

Juan Cuevas was the third pitcher to appear for the Orange team; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

In addition to these roster moves posted earlier in the week, there have been a couple other items of note to report ...

FRESNO
8-9: RHP Asher Wojciechowski optioned back to Fresno

TRI-CITY
LHP Junior Garcia traded to the Diamondbacks for LHP Oliver Perez
3B Bobby Wernes named to the All-Star team
LHP Alex Winkelman named to the All-Star team
OF Pat Porter named to the All-Star team
1B Dexture McCall named to the All-Star team

A Good Day at Modern Woodmen Park

A brief storybook of my Saturday in Quad Cities via tweets and pictures ...









Happy Birthday - 8/9

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Tyler Brunnemann (24)
Brunnemann was born August 9, 1991 in Garden Ridge, Texas, and was drafted by the Astros in the 40th round in 2013 out of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He is currently playing for the High A Lancaster JetHawks team.

Tyler Brunnemann - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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