Saturday, August 29, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 28, 2015

Francis Martes and Rogelio Armenteros made their first starts at a new level, with varying results.

Omaha 3, Fresno 2 in 11 innings

W- Louis Coleman (8-2)
L- Jake Buchanan (5-4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies tied the game in the 9th, but the Storm Chasers walked off with the win in extras.

Nolan Fontana finished 3-5 and scored the first run of the game on an error in the 1st. On the play, Matt Duffy was credited with his 100th RBI of the season. Tyler White finished 2-3 with an RBI single in the 9th that tied the game at 2.

Luis Cruz allowed 2 runs (1 earned, both in the 2nd) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3.1 innings. Juan Minaya was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he walked 4 and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings. Jordan Jankowski allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless. Jake Buchanan threw 2 scoreless innings, but he faced 4 batters in the 11th and failed to retire any of them. He allowed the winning run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Dan Straily will take on Andy Ferguson. First pitch is at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 17, Midland 6

W- Travis Ballew (4-5)
L- Parker Frazier (4-2)
S- Chris Cotton (5, 9 season)

CC home runs: A.J. Reed (8, 31 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks earned the split in the series as they just mauled the Hounds.


Francis Martes, in his Corpus debut, went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2-run and 3-run homers), walked 3, and struck out 3. The Hooks bullpen picked him up and finished the game with 4.1 scoreless innings. Travis Ballew was first; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. Josh Fields allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 as he got 2 outs in the 7th. Chris Cotton closed it out as he allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings.

Edison Frias will be on the mound tonight in the first of a 4-game series with San Antonio. He'll take on Ronald Herrera at 7:05.

Lancaster 16, Lake Elsinore 4

W- Christian Powell (2-2, 5-3 season)
L- Matt Shepherd (4-10)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (23, solo in 2nd), Chase McDonald (28, solo in 8th)

The JetHawks pounded out 19 hits and left the Storm in the dust.

Christian Powell went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Michael Freeman was the first man out and all he did in his 2.1 innings was strike out 3. Troy Scribner allowed a solo homer to Matthew Chavez in the 9th, which was the only hit that he allowed in the inning. He struck out 1.

Everyone in the Lancaster lineup had a hit, and Alex Bregman, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, had 4 of them, including an RBI triple in the 2nd. At the bottom of the order, Jamie Ritchie (RBI 3B in 2nd) and Sean McMullen (2 2B; one drove in a run in the 3rd) both finished 3-4, drove in a run, and scored 4 runs. J.D. Davis, Chase McDonald, and Ronnie Mitchell, the 3-4-5 hitters, scored 2 runs each; Davis and McDonald also launched solo shots, while Mitchell hit yet another triple. McDonald drove in another run with a sac fly in the 3rd. D.J. Fisher drove in 3 as he ripped a 2-run triple in the 5th and added an RBI groundout in the 8th, while James Ramsay's 3 RBI came on an RBI single in the 3rd and a 2-run double in the 8th. Ramsay, Davis, and Mitchell had 2 hits apiece.

In game 2 of this series, Austin Chrismon will take on Kyle Lloyd. First pitch is at 6:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 3, Peoria 0

W- Rogelio Armenteros (1-0, 3-2 season)
L- Jack Flaherty (8-3)
S- Angel Heredia (11)

QC home runs: None.

Rogelio Armenteros had a fantastic first start in the Midwest League. The Astros possess some pretty interesting pitchers at the lower levels, and Armenteros, a defector from Cuba who was signed in December, is one such arm.

Armenteros threw 5 shutout innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out a career-high 9. Eric Peterson and Angel Heredia completed the shutout. Peterson allowed 3 hits and fanned 2 in 3 innings, and Heredia struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

Jose Fernandez put the Banditos on the board with a sac fly in the 3rd inning. In the 4th, Luis Reynoso added a 2-run single, and that was all the scoring in this one.

In the series finale, Josh James will take on Austin Gomber. First pitch is at 6:00.

Vermont 8, Tri-City 7

W- John Gorman (1-2)
L- Yeyfry Del Rosario (3-4)

TC home runs: None.

For the 2nd consecutive game, the ValleyCats managed to tie it late, only to see Vermont walk off with another win.

Anthony Hermelyn scored the first run of the evening in the 2nd inning thanks to an error following a Keach Ballard bunt single. Pat Porter scored another run in the 2nd as Johnny Sewald grounded into a force out. In the 4th, Sewald scored on an error, Brooks Marlow scored on a force out, and Bobby Wernes smacked an RBI double. Kolbey Carpenter hit an RBI single in the 8th, and Dex McCall tied the game with an RBI groundout. McCall managed to drive in 2 even though he went 0-4. Pat Porter finished 2-5 with a double.

Jose Luis Hernandez went 3 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Harold Arauz threw 4 scoreless innings out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched a scoreless 8th, but the Lake Monsters scored the winning run (which was unearned) off of him with 1 out in the 9th inning. Del Rosario allowed a hit and struck out 2.

The ValleyCats will look to avoid the sweep as Ryan Deemes takes the mound. He'll face Kyle Friedrichs at 6:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 3, Burlington 1

W- Diogenes Almengo (3-1)
L- Ashe Russell (0-3)
S- Samil De Los Santos (4)

Greeneville home runs: Rodrigo Ayarza (2, solo in 3rd), Connor Goedert (6, solo in 4th)

This win, coupled with Elizabethton's 9-6 loss to Kingsport in 10 innings, puts the Appy Astros alone in 2nd place in the Appalachian League West.

Rodrigo Ayarza opened the scoring with a solo shot in the 3rd, and Connor Goedert followed suit with a solo homer of his own in the 4th inning. Kyle Tucker added an RBI single in the 6th inning. Goedert finished 3-4, while Tucker stole his 10th base (13 season).

Diogenes Almengo went 5 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits while striking out 2. Erasmo Pinales allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 6th. Hector Perez, who has had an outstanding debut year in the complex leagues, made his Appy League debut in this game. In 2 innings, he walked 1 and struck out 2. Samil De Los Santos threw a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.

In Greeneville's final road game of the season, Carlos Hiraldo will take on Joseph Markus at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Braves 8, GCL Astros 1

W- Gabino Avalos (4-4)
L- Jorge Guzman (1-1, 3-4 season)

GCL home runs: None.

Jonathan Matute finished 2-5 and drove in the Kissimmee Stros' only run of the game with an RBI single in the 7th. Marcos Almonte went 3-5.

Jorge Guzman got the start; he allowed 3 unearned runs in the 1st, 5 hits, and struck out 1 in 4 innings.

DSL Rangers1 10, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Rafael Volquez
L- Jose Ramos

Blue home runs: None.

Again, a big inning spelled doom for the Blue team as they were eliminated from the Dominican Summer League playoffs.

Andy Piñeda hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd, and he scored on an Edgar Lorenzo single in the 8th inning. Ronny Jimenez finished 2-4.

Jorge Alcala was the first man out of the Blue team's bullpen; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. He did allow the 2 runners that he inherited from Jose Ramos to score, though. Robert Corniel followed him, and he allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings.

Astros Daily Farm Report

I'm going to try something a little different as the minor league season winds to a close. I'm still trying to figure out a way to keep my readers informed without killing myself. I've already pulled back from doing all Astros birthdays past, present and future and have concentrated on the minor leaguers. And occasionally, I haven't been able to find a Tweet of the Day that is worthy of the honor. So, I may not feature one every day, but I'll still try to give you a flavor of minor league life and what the lads are doing, thinking, and feeling.

I will likely post a little later than usual, but generally by 9:00 CST most days. Some days will be short and to the point and some will be longer. If this works for me and for my readers, I may be doing something similar next season as a complement to my interviews, Dustin's recaps (if he agrees to continue with his great work) and whatever else strikes my whimsy. Thank you for your indulgence. And thank you for reading.

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STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 79-54 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Friday's Game: Omaha 3 over Fresno 2 in 11 innings

DH Tyler White went 2-for-3 with 2 walks and drove in the tying run in the top of the 9th to send it to extras.

A glimpse into the celebration of Fresno's first division title since 1998 (from Thursday).

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 81-49 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Corpus Christi 17 over Midland 6
Travis Ballew, Josh Fields and Chris Cotton provided 4.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Hooks.

According to James Chipman of FanGraphs, Francis Martes has "it."

LANCASTER

Record: 3rd 70-61 3.0GB W2 (2nd in 2nd half; 3.0GB; clinched wild card)

Friday's Game: Lancaster 16 over Lake Elsinore 4
The 'Hawks collected 19 hits in this one on their way to clinching another playoff berth. That makes 5 of 9 Astros minor league teams that have officially advanced.

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 83-45 -.-GB W3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Quad Cities 3 over Peoria 0

Five hits was all it took as River Bandit pitchers Armenteros, Eric Peterson and Angel Heredia teamed up for a 4-hit shutout.

Steve Batterson of the Quad-City Times takes a look at the thought process behind players' walk-up music (and why I will never look at Josh Bonifay the same way again).

TRI-CITY

Record: 1st 35-30 -.-GB L3

Friday's Game: Vermont 8 over Tri-City 7

With 10 games left to play in the regular season, Tri-City leads the way with Lowell and Connecticut only 2.5 games back.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 32-31 4.5GB W1

Friday's Game: Greeneville 3 over Burlington 1

Connor Goedert was 3-for-4 with a one run home run. He is hitting .288/.355/.459 for the season and was recently named an Appalachian League All-Star.

The Appy Astros owe one to Kingsport as they came from behind late to defeat Elizabethton, helping Greeneville obtain sole possession of second place in the division. The first two teams in each division advance to the playoffs.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-40 17.5GB L6 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Friday's Game: GCL Braves 8 over GCL Astros 1

Marcos Almonte was 3-for-5 for the day and is now hitting .315/.329/.384 since his promotion to the GCL (18 games).

Uno mas. One more game at 10:00 EST today and then these players get to head home.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title; won first round of playoffs)

Season Over

The DSL Astros Blue team won the Boca Chica Northwest division and won the first round of playoffs two games to none against the DSL Blue Jays. They lost in the second round two games to zip against the DSL Rangers 1 team. But since it had been 14 years since an Astros DSL team had seen postseason action, it was still very much a victory for the Blue team.

Final Game Friday:

DSL Rangers1 10 over DSL Astros Blue 2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1

Season mercifully over. (But they did finish one game ahead of the Angels DSL team, so there's that.)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 27, 2015

In a rare off night for the farm, only the A affiliates won their games on Thursday. Certainly wasn't an off night for them...

Omaha 5, Fresno 1

W- Casey Coleman (5-3)
L- Mike Hauschild (6-4, 11-5 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were up against it early as the Storm Chasers got 4 in the 2nd inning.

Their only run came in the 5th inning as Tyler White hit an RBI single that scored Max Stassi. Preston Tucker finished 2-4.

Mike Hauschild went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Kevin Chapman was the first man out; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Joe Thatcher and James Hoyt both pitched a scoreless inning; Thatcher walked 2 and fanned 1 in the 7th, and Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In game 2 of this series, Luis Cruz will face Chris Dwyer. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 10, Corpus Christi 1

W- Dillon Overton (4-2)
L- Kyle Westwood (9-7)

CC home runs: None.

Rough sailing for the Hooks. I'll just leave it at that.

Their only scoring play was a Conrad Gregor sac fly in the 6th inning. Danry Vásquez and Jack Mayfield had 2 hits apiece.

Kyle Westwood allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Aaron West allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings. Reymin Guduan got 2 outs in the 7th, but he also allowed 4 runs on 5 hits. He walked 1 and fanned 1. Tyler Brunnemann walked 1 in 1.1 innings.

Tonight is the finale of this series, and Francis Martes will make his first start in the Texas League. He will take on Parker Frazier at 7:00.

Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 2

W- David Paulino (1-1, 5-3 season)
L- Scott Barlow (7-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took the series behind an outstanding start from David Paulino, who combined with Kevin Comer to hold the Quakes to 3 hits.

Paulino allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out a career-high 9 in 7 innings, and Comer allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Lancaster took control of this game with 2 runs in the 4th inning. In that 4th inning, Mott Hyde hit a sac fly, and Jamie Ritchie hit an RBI single. J.D. Davis hit an RBI single of his own in the 5th and came around to score on a Ronnie Mitchell triple. Alex Bregman ripped an RBI double in the 7th, and in the 8th, James Ramsay smacked a 2-run double. Ramsay, Bregman, and Ritchie all had 2-hit nights; Ritchie reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances as he also walked twice.

The JetHawks are back at The Hangar as they'll be hosting Lake Elsinore for the weekend. In game 1, Christian Powell will take on Matt Shepherd. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 8, Peoria 6

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0)
L- Dewin Perez (2-6)
S- Zach Davis (1)

QC home runs: Bryan Muñiz (2, 4 season; 2-run in 4th)

The Banditos saw a significant chunk of their 8-1 lead vanish, but they pulled themselves together in order to secure the victory.

Thomas Eshelman made his 2nd start for Quad Cities and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Jacob Dorris got the win in his first Midwest League appearance as he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Elieser Hernandez had a tough outing as he allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings. Zach Davis got the final 4 outs of the game; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2.

Jason Martin put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI groundout in the 3rd, and Ramon Laureano smacked an RBI ground-rule double. The Banditos busted this one open with 4 in the 4th as Kristian Trompiz hit an RBI single, Ryan Bottger added a sac fly, and Bryan Muñiz whacked a 2-run homer. Drew Ferguson added a 2-run single in the 6th inning. Muñiz, Laureano, and Trompiz all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Rogelio Armenteros makes his Quad Cities debut tonight. He'll face Jack Flaherty at 7:00.

Vermont 6, Tri-City 5

W- Ryan Gorton (1-1)
L- Zac Grotz (4-3, 5-3 season)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 2 in the top of the 9th to tie.... only to see the Lake Monsters walk off with a win in the bottom of the inning.

Alex Winkelman went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Adam Whitt was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and fanned 2 in 3 innings. David Schmidt was next; he allowed a run and walked 3 in 1.1 innings, and Zac Grotz allowed the winning run on 3 hits in the 9th. He got 1 out in the inning.

Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Brooks Marlow ripped an RBI double in the 5th, and Johnny Sewald scored on an error as Vermont was trying to double him off of 3rd base following an Aaron Mizell lineout. Bobby Wernes hit a 2-run single in the 9th that tied the game at 5. Marlow finished 3-4, while Sewald was 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

In game 2 of this series, Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Dustin Driver. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Burlington 5, Greeneville 2

W- Igol Feliz (3-6)
L- Albert Abreu (2-3)
S- Jacob Bodner (4)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Both teams scored in 2 innings, but Burlington put up crooked numbers in their 2 innings.

Ford Stainback put Greeneville on the board with a sac fly in the 5th, and Daz Cameron had an RBI single in the 8th. Daz also stole a base (8, 21 season).

Albert Abreu allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Dylan James pitched a 1-2-3 5th. Salvador Montaño went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Starlyng Sanchez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In game 2 of this series, Diogenes Almengo will take on Ashe Russell. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees2 6, GCL Astros 4

W- Brandon Stenhouse (3-2)
L- Junior Garcia (1-3)
S- Claudio Custodio (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got a pair of 2-run innings, but it wasn't enough as the Yankees scored the game's final 3 runs.

Jake Bowey hit an RBI single in the 3rd and scored when Connor MacDonald grounded into a force out later in the inning. Bowey hit another RBI single in the 4th, and an error resulted in Marcos Almonte scoring another run. He, Bryan De La Cruz, and Nestor Tejada all had 2 hits in this game. Tejada tripled and scored 2 runs.

Carlos Sanabria went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

DSL Rangers1 5, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Johan Juan
L- Yonatan Quintin

Blue home runs: None.

The big inning doomed the Blue team as the Rangers 1 tied the series. The Rangers got 4 runs (all unearned) off of Yonatan Quintin in the 8th. The series is tied 1-1, but the Rangers are leading 7-2 in the 8th inning of the 3rd and deciding game.

Edgar Lorenzo hit an RBI single in the 7th for the Blue team's only run.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed a solo homer to Willy Diaz, which was the only run he allowed in 4 innings. Rodriguez allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Hansel Paulino allowed 3 hits and walked 1 in 3 innings.

WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster: Position Players

Yesterday, I caught up with my long-neglected Under-the-Radar Pitchers. Today, let's take a look at how the position players are faring.

CATCHERS:

Tyler Heineman S/R
.283/.322/.355 in 22 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 47 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/22)
15-2B; 1HR; 27 RBI; 2 SB; 14 BB; 18 SO
36% Caught Stealing (25 SB; 14 CS)

Heineman has been a little slow to catch up with AAA pitching, but he has managed to hold his own. A switch-hitter, he is hitting better from the left (.286/.323/.370 with one home run and 13 of his 15 doubles), and he is hitting .300/.344/.433 with two outs and RISP.

Alfredo Gonzalez R/R
.322/.410/.383 in 13 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 27 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/7) and 26 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (promoted 7/5)

6-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 34 RBI; 5 SB; 1 CS; 34 BB; 46 SO
48% Caught Stealing (26 SB; 24 CS)

Gonzalez had previously established his defensive bona fides, but this season his bat has caught fire. He doesn't have a lot of power (but should develop a bit more on that front), but his on-base percentage has been consistently high as has his batting average.

Alfredo Gonzalez - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen


CATCHING RESERVES:

Jacob Nottingham R/R (Traded to the A's in July)
.326/.387/.543 in 59 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and .324/.368/.606 in 17 games for High A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted 6/30)
24-2B; 2-3B; 14 HR; 60 RBI; 1 SB; 2 CS; 21 BB; 61 SO
40% Caught Stealing (30 SB; 20 CS)

This could very well be one of those trades that comes back to bite the Astros one day with Nottingham going to the A's.

INFIELDERS:

1B/3B Matt Duffy R/R
.305/.380/.488 in 118 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (68 games at 3B and 33 at 1B)
28-2B; 2-3B; 17 HR; 99 RBI; 4 SB; 1CS; 48 BB; 82 SO

Duffy started off the season a little slowly, but has gotten better and better throughout the season. (Click the chart to enlarge it.)



One very good sign is that he has walked 29 times while striking out 28 times in July and August. In the first three months of the season, he walked only 19 times to 54 strikeouts. That improvement in plate discipline was really the last piece of the puzzle for him.

Matt Duffy - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

1B/DH Chase McDonald R/R
.283/.359/.586 in 96 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
26-2B; 1-3B; 27 HR; 73 RBI; 2 SB; 1CS; 40 BB; 109 SO

McDonald has had an uneven season. In August, he is hitting .258/.314/.688 with five doubles, one triple and 11 home runs in 25 games.

3B Nick Tanielu R/R
.309/.356/.429 in 107 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
26-2B; 4-3B; 5 HR; 68 RBI; 2 SB; 7 CS; 30 BB; 61 SO

Tanielu, on the other hand, has been consistently good since getting past that first cold Midwest month of April. He was recently named a Midwest League Postseason All-Star.

SS/2B Mott Hyde R/R
.294/.379/.425 in 50 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 66 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted 6/9)
37-2B; 5-3B; 3 HR; 63 RBI; 5 SB; 6 CS; 57 BB; 102 SO

In 23 games in August, Hyde is hitting .380/.469/.570, and he leads the Astros minor league system in doubles.

2B/SS Kristian Trompiz R/R
.251/.286/.363 in 103 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
18-2B; 4-3B; 5 HR; 37 RBI; 7 SB; 2 CS; 18 BB; 74 SO

Trompiz is almost two and a half years younger than the average Midwest League position player and it has shown at times. He is hitting .296/.329/.366 in 21 games in August.

IF Joe Sclafani S/R
.292/.371/.340 in 66 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and 3 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (currently at Fresno)
2-2B; 3-3B; 21 RBI; 4 SB; 1 CS; 25 BB; 35 SO

Sclafani got a slow start this season, likely adjusting to his role as more of a bench player, but in July and August, he has been hitting .360 in his 24 games.

INFIELD RESERVES:

3B/1B Tyler White R/R
.327/.446/.496 in 59 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 47 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (46 games at 3B, 26 at 1B and 32 at DH)
24-2B; 1-3B; 12 HR; 88 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 77 BB; 65 SO

White was on my reserves because he left the team early in the season for a family matter and I wasn't sure of his status. Otherwise, he would have been a starter on my Under-the-Radar roster and, in looking at his stats, you can probably see why! He is hitting .373/.479/.571 since his promotion to Fresno and just recently debuted at #30 in MLB Pipeline's Top 30 prospect list.

SS/2B Chan Moon S/R
.263/.353/.350 in 17 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks, 70 games for AA Corpus Christi and 2 games for AAA Fresno (currently at Corpus Christi)
11-2B; 2-3B; 3 HR; 24 RBI; 20 SB; 7 CS; 39 BB; 56 SO

OUTFIELD:

LF/RF Brandon Meredith R/R - Released in July
.248/.331/.369 in 40 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4-2B; 1-3B; 4 HR; 23 RBI; 2 SB: 4 CS; 18 BB; 38 SO

Shortly after being activated from the DL in early July, Meredith was released.

RF/LF Ronnie Mitchell L/L
.295/.364/.515 in 102 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
26-2B; 10-3B; 12 HR; 69 RBI; 1 SB; 3 CS; 41 BB; 81 SO

Mitchell is hitting .344/.380/.613 in 24 games in August and, with Brett Phillips having been traded, now leads the Astros minor league system in triples.

Ronnie Mitchell - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

CF/LF Bobby Boyd L/R
.280/.349/.345 in 107 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
15-2B; 4-3B; 1 HR; 35 RBI; 33 SB; 11 CS; 43 BB; 95 SO

Boyd is another player having a hot August; he is hitting .350/.430/.388 in 20 games. He is also second only to Jonathan Villar in stolen bases in the Astros minor league system.

CF/RF James Ramsay L/L
.315/.379/.459 in 119 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
28-2B; 4-3B; 10 HR; 57 RBI; 16 SB; 11 CS; 49 BB; 82 SO

Ditto on the Hot August ... .375/.442/.548 in 25 games.

OF/IF Marc Wik L/R
.266/.370/.424 in 86 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
17-2B; 4-3B; 7 HR; 39 RBI; 9 SB; 5 CS; 47 BB; 94 SO

And yet another good August ... .320/.393/.440 in 21 games.

OUTFIELD RESERVES:

RF/LF Jon Kemmer L/L
.326/.420/.572 in 97 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
25-2B; 3-3B; 17 HR; 59 RBI; 8 SB; 1 CS; 45 BB; 83 SO

Did I mention something about hot Augusts??? Try .386/.485/.699 with 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 23 games.

With several teams heading into postseason play, and all these hot bats, things could get very interesting!!!

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For background information on these players and more information regarding their selection, see my prior posts on Pitchers and Position Players.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 27, 2015

The DSL Blue team advances one step closer to the championship series.

Iowa 3, Fresno 2

W- Carlos Pimentel (12-5)
L- Brett Oberholtzer (7-4)
S- Brian Schlitter (22)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies managed to make it a 1-run game in the 9th, but they left the tying run on 1st to end the game.

Preston Tucker grounded into a force out to score Jonathan Villar in the 3rd, and Tyler Heineman hit an RBI groundout in the 9th inning. Tony Kemp finished 2-4.

Brett Oberholtzer allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 7 in 6 innings, and Jake Buchanan allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings.

Mike Hauschild will be on the mound for Fresno tonight as they begin a series in Omaha. He'll face Casey Coleman at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 5, Midland 3

W- R.J. Alaniz (5-3)
L- Omar Duran (2-2)
S- Jandel Gustave (16)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (6, 13 season; 3-run in 8th)

Well, better late than never. The Hooks scored their 5 runs in the 8th inning, all driven in by the bottom third of the order, to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.

A.J. Reed kicked off this rally by whacking a double. He advanced to 3rd on a Jon Kemmer single. Conrad Gregor and Alfredo Gonzalez followed with RBI singles, and Jack Mayfield delivered the biggest hit of the night as his 3-run homer put Corpus in the lead. Reed, Colin Moran, and Jio Mier all finished with 2 hits. All 3 of them hit a double.

R.J. Alaniz allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and walked 3 in 7 innings of work. Tyler Brunnemann was greeted rather rudely by Colin Walsh, who took him deep to begin the 8th. Brunnemann got 2 outs in the inning and allowed one other hit. Chris Cotton got the final out of the 8th, and Jandel Gustave worked around a hit to close out the game, striking out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Kyle Westwood will face Dillon Overton at 7:00.

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 2

W- Trevor Oaks (1-0)
L- Keegan Yuhl (4-1, 5-1 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks were left to rue their missed opportunities as the Quakes ended up turning this game into a laugher late.

Ruben Castro hit an RBI single in the 5th, and James Ramsay hit an RBI double in the 9th inning. Brian Holberton (3B, R), Chase McDonald, and J.D. Davis (2B) had 2 hits apiece.

Keegan Yuhl got roughed up for the first time this season as he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Jordan Mills allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Thompson's first task in the California League was to extract Mills from a bases-loaded predicament, and he did just that. He went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits. Andrew Walter allowed 5 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

David Paulino will face Scott Barlow in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 3

W- Agapito Barrios (2-1)
L- Lukas Schiraldi (4-12)
S- Angel Heredia (10)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the series as they doubled up the LumberKings.

Quad Cities scored 3 in the bottom of the 1st to take control. Drew Ferguson scored on a wild pitch while Nick Tanielu stole 2nd, and Jason Martin hit a 2-run single. Ferguson then ripped an RBI triple in the 2nd. Ferguson, who ended up going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th, stole 2nd (6, 7 season), and scored on a Nick Tanielu single.

Agapito Barrios went 5 and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Steve Naemark allowed a hit and walked 1 over 2 scoreless, and Angel Heredia allowed a hit and struck out 2 as he got the 2-inning save.

Thomas Eshelman will make his 2nd start for the River Bandits tonight as they're getting set to host Peoria for 3. He'll take on Dewin Perez at 7.

Connecticut 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jordan Smith (2-1)
L- Yeyfry Del Rosario (3-3)
S- Jake Shull (6)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Tigers held them to 3 hits and scored the game's final 3 runs.

Anthony Hermelyn clubbed an RBI double in the 2nd to open the scoring.

Trent Thornton allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 in 3 innings. Scott Weathersby was the first man out, and the only run he allowed in his 2.1 innings came in the form of a solo homer hit by Patrick Mackenzie in the 6th inning. Weathersby allowed 3 hits and struck out 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and fanned 2 in 1.2 innings, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings.

The ValleyCats' penultimate roadtrip of the season takes them to Vermont for 3 games. In game 1, Alex Winkelman will face Corey Miller. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Kingsport 1, Greeneville 0

W- Erik Manoah (1-3)
L- Yhoan Acosta (1-3)
S- Wilt Haggard (3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros missed a huge opportunityto help themselves. Fortunately, Elizabethton also lost, so they are still tied with the Twins for 2nd place.

Greeneville only managed a single from Luis Payano, and a single from Gabriel Bracamonte (I always want to type Javier for some reason, even though they're not related).

Yhoan Acosta had a fine outing, but without any run support, he could only take a loss. He allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8 in 5 innings. Makay Nelson and Joselo Pinales both pitched 2 scoreless innings; Nelson allowed 3 hits and fanned 1, while Pinales allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.

Greeneville will close out the regular season on the road. First up is 3 in Burlington. Albert Abreu will face Igol Feliz at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees2 3, GCL Astros 1

W- Jordan Ovalles (2-4)
L- Michel Martinez (0-1, 4-3 season)
S- Omar Luis (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros could only muster up a single run in this one.

That run came in the 1st off of a Connor MacDonald single. Marcos Almonte and Jonathan Matute had 2 hits apiece.

Michel Martinez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and fanned 2. Enrique Chavez was excellent in relief as he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 9th.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Rangers1 3

W- Cristian Javier
L- Pedro Brito
S- Felipe Tejada

Blue home runs: Ronny Jimenez (1st of playoffs; 2-run in 1st)

The Blue team stormed out of the gate with 5 in the 1st and they were able to hold that lead.

Andy Piñeda led off the game with a triple and scored the first run of the day on an RBI single from Ozziel Sanchez-Galan. Sanchez-Galan made his way to 3rd on a walk and a wild pitch, then scored on a Cristopher Luciano single. Reiny Beltre, who drew the walk, scored when Edgar Lorenzo grounded into a double play. That still left Luciano on base for Ronny Jimenez, who ripped a 2-run homer. Piñeda and Jimenez both finished with 2 hits apiece.

Cristian Javier allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout frames. Framber Valdez was the first man out; he went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Felipe Tejada allowed an unearned run on 1 hit and fanned 3 in 1.2 innings.

WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster: Pitchers

I have woefully neglected my WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster. It's been two months since I checked in with them! Let's take a look at their progress ... pitchers today and position players tomorrow (I hope).

STARTING PITCHERS:

7-4 with 2 saves in 22 games (15 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
2.80 ERA and 1.244 WHIP in 109.1 IP (31 BB:92 SO)

The bad news is that Devenski had a terrible July, allowing over twice as many earned runs across in that one month as he had in the rest of the months combined! The good news is that he has been largely back on track in August. The best news is that his dominant performances earlier in the season led to his inclusion on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 Astros prospect list where he is currently ranked as Number 18.

3-5 in 13 games (9 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
7.20 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in 45.0 IP (16 BB:36 SO)

Grills briefly came off the DL to pitch one inning on July 3rd and was promptly placed back on the disabled list where he remains. His numbers at The Hangar, Lancaster's home ballpark, were simply awful -- a 10.72 ERA and a 2.162 WHIP as compared to a 3.63 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP on the road. Let's hope that the road Grills shows up when he is activated from the DL.

5-6 with 2 saves in 5 games (3 starts) for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 18 games (14 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/8)
3.48 ERA and 1.264 WHIP in 106 IP (41 BB:97 SO)

Radziewski has adjusted to Lancaster reasonably well and has a respectable 3.86 ERA and a 1.357 WHIP with the JetHawks. He has also fared better on the road where he is 3-3 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.190 WHIP in 59.2 innings. He was just placed on the DL retroactive to 8-23

RHP Troy Scribner
2-5 in 25 games (12 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
5.55 ERA and 1.511 WHIP in 94 IP (53 BB:104 SO)

Scribner has lacked consistency this season but, other than a tough outing last week against Inland Empire, has been showing more progress on that front over his last several outings.

9-6 with 3 saves in 23 games (16 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4.58 ERA and 1.421 WHIP in 114 IP (23 BB:59 SO)

Westwood hasn't been able to really break out this season and his high batting average allowed is going to be a problem for him if he can't manage to miss more bats going forward.

STARTING RESERVES:

11-4 with 1 save in 10 games (8 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 12 games (12 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 6/14)
3.33 ERA and 1.216 WHIP in 121.2 IP (28 BB:97 SO)

Hauschild has been a true success story this season. He currently leads the Astros minor leagues in innings pitched and has had an excellent month of August in Fresno, going 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.013 WHIP in four starts.

Mike Hauschild - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

LHP Brian Holmes 7-day DL
7-7 with 1 save in 7 games (4 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks and 15 games (14 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (promoted 5/18)
4.35 ERA and 1.399 WHIP in 99.1 IP (38 BB:113 SO)

Holmes has struggled of late and was put on the DL 8-16.

BULLPEN:

4-1 with 5 saves in 38 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks and 2 appearances for the Corpus Christi Hooks (promoted 8-20)
3.71 ERA and 1.302 WHIP in 63 IP (24 BB:71 SO)

Allowing only one run in his final 9 appearances for Lancaster likely led to Brunnemann's recent promotion to Corpus Christi.

RHP Jordan Jankowski
8-3 with 3 saves in 50 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
3.54 ERA and 1.464 WHIP in 56 IP (31 BB:69 SO)

Jankowski has had a particularly good August thus far, going 3-0 with 2 saves in 8 appearances. During that span, he has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.808 WHIP, walking 3 and striking out 15 in 8.2 innings of work. He has not allowed a home run this season.

Jordan Jankowski - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

LHP Mitch Lambson - Traded to the Braves 7/6
2-1 in 11 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 13 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/23)
2.60 ERA and 1.125 WHIP in 34.2 IP (9 BB:30 SO)

RHP Tyson Perez
1-3 with 6 saves in 3 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 39 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzles (promoted 4/21)
2.45 ERA and 0.986 WHIP in 47.2 IP (13 BB:34 SO)

Perez has not allowed an earned run in his last 9 appearances.

RHP Eric Peterson
6-4 with 6 saves in 31 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
2.91 ERA and 1.365 WHIP in 55.2 IP (22 BB:69 SO)

Peterson has had a very nice August with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.900 WHIP in his six appearances.

3-1 in 11 games (7 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
3.07 ERA and 1.049 WHIP in 41 IP (11 BB:37 SO)

I originally listed Shirley as a reliever on this roster because he has been used as both a starter and a reliever; however, his last three appearances were in a starting capacity. Unfortunately, those three outings were followed by a stint on the DL. He has not pitched since May 29th.

4-2 with 5 saves in 38 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 1 appearance for the High A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted 8-25)
2.89 ERA and 1.089 WHIP in 56 IP (15 BB:55 SO)

Thompson had a 1.31 ERA and a 0.823 WHIP in 15 appearances for Quad Cities in July and August prior to his promotion.

BULLPEN RESERVES:

3-4 with 2 saves in 6 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 27 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted first of May)
3.78 ERA and 1.376 WHIP in 52.1 IP (18 BB:46 SO)

Minnis bounced back from a very bad June to put up respectable numbers in July and August. He is the exception to the rule in that his home splits at the Hangar are actually better than his road splits.

RHP Daniel Minor - Released
0-1 in 7 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
3.48 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 10.1 IP (7 BB:8 SO)

Minor was the victim of the depth of the Astros minor league system. There simply weren't enough innings to go around (particularly when the starting rotation was performing well), and Minor found himself to be the odd man out.

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For background information on these players and more information regarding their selection, see my prior posts on Pitchers and Position Players.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Let's play 2 in Des Moines!

Game 1: Iowa 3, Fresno 2

W- Ryan Buchter (1-0)
L- Asher Wojciechowski (8-3)
S- Brian Schlitter (21)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies threatened in the 7th, but a double play squashed those plans.

Jonathan Villar hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning, and L.J. Hoes ripped one of his own in the 5th. They also stole a base; Villar now has 34, while Hoes has 24.

Asher Wojciechowski went the distance with a bare minimum quality start. He allowed 5 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2.

Game 2: Fresno 7, Iowa 3

W- Mark Appel (3-2, 8-3 season)
L- Felipe Paulino (4-8)
S- Jordan Jankowski (3)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (3, led off game)

With this win, the Grizzlies have clinched the PCL's Pacific Northern division.

Tony Kemp began the game by going deep. Jon Singleton ripped an RBI double in the 2nd and scored on an RBI single from Andrew Aplin. In the 4th, Tyler Heineman clubbed an RBI double and Aplin scored on an error following a Tony Kemp single. Matt Duffy hit a double, and Tyler White scored on the ensuing error in the 5th. Kemp grounded into a force out in the 6th, and Nolan Fontana scored on yet another error. Kemp (solo homer) and Singleton (2B, RBI, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Mark Appel had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 4 hits, walking 4, and striking out 5. Joe Thatcher got 2 outs in the 7th via strikeout and walked 2. Jordan Jankowski got the final out of the game with a strikeout.

In the series finale, Brett Oberholtzer will take on Carlos Pimentel at 6:40.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Jeff Urlaub (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (1-3, 4-6 season)
S- Brendan McCurry (3)

CC home runs: None.

Disaster struck the Hooks bullpen as the Hounds scored 4 in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead.

All 3 Corpus runs came in the 4th as Teoscar Hernandez scored on a wild pitch and Danry Vásquez ripped a 2-run double. Danry, Colin Moran, A.J. Reed, and Jon Kemmer all finished 2-4. Kemmer is on a 5-game hitting streak and has 2 hits in each of the 5 games that constitute this streak.

Chris Devenski went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Josh Fields walked 1 in a scoreless 6th. Travis Ballew struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th. Reymin Guduan got 1 out in the 8th via strikeout, but he allowed a hit and walked 2, leaving the bases loaded for Jandel Gustave. Gustave got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but he was unable to extract the Hooks out of the predicament as all 3 inherited runners scored. Gustave allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, R.J. Alaniz will face Kris Hall. First pitch is at 6:30.

Lancaster 12, Rancho Cucamonga 7

W- Albert Minnis (3-4)
L- Matt Shelton (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: Sean McMullen (2, 7 season; 3-run in 4th)

The JetHawks took flight with 7 in the 4th, giving them 12 through the first 4 innings of this one.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Alex Bregman added a sac fly. Lancaster got 3 in the 3rd as Brian Holberton hit an RBI single, Ruben Castro hit an RBI groundout, and Marc Wik scored on a balk. Davis added another RBI single to his ledger in that big 4th inning, in which Mott Hyde hit a bases-clearing triple and Sean McMullen smacked a 3-run home run. Davis finished 3-4 with a double to go with his 2 RBI singles and scored 2 runs, while Holberton was 2-4 and scored 2 runs.

Akeem Bostick went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo and 2-run homers). Albert Minnis was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Troy Scribner allowed a solo homer to Jacob Scavuzzo in the 8th, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning. He also walked 2. Andrew Walter allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

In game 3 of this series, Bryan Radziewski will take on Trevor Oaks. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Eddie Campbell (2-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (4-3)
S- Kody Kerski (7)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were held to 4 hits and were kept off the board. Trent Woodward and Bryan Muñiz both hit doubles.

Justin Ferrell went 6 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Zach Davis struck out 1 over 2 perfect frames, and Eric Peterson allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Agapito Barrios will be on the mound for Quad Cities tonight as they wrap up their series with the Lumberkings. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 7:00.

Tri-City 13, Connecticut 6

W- Kevin McCanna (2-2)
L- Chase Edwards (6-5)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats fought back from a 5-0 deficit and blew the Tigers away with a 13-1 run to close out the game.

That 5-0 deficit was erased by a 6-run 4th inning. Kolbey Carpenter put Tri-City on the board with an RBI double. He'd score on a Pat Porter sac fly. Anthony Hermelyn and Keach Ballard followed with RBI singles, and Johnny Sewald put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run double. Hermelyn and Ballard struck again in the 5th with a 2-run double and an RBI single, respectively. Sewald drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and in the 8th, Bobby Wernes hit an RBI single, and Ballard and Sewald drew bases-loaded walks.

Hermelyn (2B, 3 RBI, R) and Wernes (RBI, 4 R) had 3 hits apiece, while Porter (RBI, 2 R), Carpenter (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R) and Ballard (3 RBI, 2 BB, R) had 2 each.

Zac Person went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Kevin McCanna was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Trent Thornton will be on the mound for Tri-City tonight. He'll face Sandy Baez at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 4

W- Andrew Thome (1-1)
L- Cody Stashak (5-2)

Greeneville home runs: Connor Goedert (5, 3-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros only scored in 1 inning, but it turned out to be enough as they earned a massive series win. They took the final two games over Elizabethton to pull into a tie for 2nd place in the Appalachian League West.

Rodrigo Ayarza put Greeneville on the board and in the lead by clearing the bases with a double in the 2nd, which became the first 3 runs in an 8-run inning. Osvaldo Duarte followed with an RBI double, and Myles Straw drove Duarte home with an RBI single. Straw was caught stealing 2nd, but Daz Cameron took his place on the bases by drawing a walk. Daz moved to 3rd on a Randy Cesar single, and Connor Goedert, whose BB to begin the inning started all of this, whacked a 3-run homer.

Straw finished 2-4 as everyone in the Appy Astros lineup reached base at least once.

Matt Bower, who was just promoted to Tri-City, allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Alejandro Solarte walked 1 in a scoreless 5th, and Andrew Thome pitched 4 scoreless for the win, allowing 4 hits and fanning 1.

Greeneville will meet Kingsport for the final time this season. This game is just underway. Yhoan Acosta is on the mound for the Appy Astros, and he's taking on Erik Manoah.

GCL Tigers 6, GCL Astros 2

W- Toller Boardman (3-2)
L- Franklin Perez (0-2, 1-4 season)
S- Logan Longwith (5)

GCL home runs: None.

Jorge Martinez ripped an RBI double in the 5th inning, and Marcos Almonte added a sac fly in the 8th.

Franklin Perez allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Juan Robles was the 3rd pitcher to appear for the GCL Astros; he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Blue Jays 1

W- Ricardo Castro
L- Wilfri Aleton
S- Gabriel Valdez

Blue home runs: Cristopher Luciano (1st of playoffs, 2-run in 1st)

I believe that playoffs in the DSL is contested in a best-of-3 format. So, the Blue team will advance to the semifinals to take on the Rangers 1.

All the scoring in this game came off of home runs, and Cristopher Luciano's 2-run homer in the 1st was the difference.

Ricardo Castro allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Gabriel Valdez pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a solo homer to Antony Fuentes in the 7th, which was the only Blue Jays run. Valdez allowed one other hit and fanned 1.

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Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

IF Jio Mier (25)
Mier was born August 26, 1990 in Pomona, California and was drafted by the Astros in the first round in 2009 out of Bonita High School in La Verne, California. He is currently playing for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Just a quick write-up about a (mostly) really great day in the Astros minor leagues yesterday.

The DSL Astros Blue team started it off with a win in their first postseason game for the Astros in the DSL in 14 years! They beat the DSL Blue Jays 3-1 with Jose Ramos getting the win, Jorge Alcala getting the save, and SS Ozziel Sanchez-galan collecting two hits and driving in two.

Then the news came that Quad Cities skipper Josh Bonifay was named Midwest League Manager of the Year and 3B Nick Tanielu (as well as former Astro Jacob Nottingham) were named to the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team. It turned out to be an even more special day for the River Bandits as they CRUSHED Clinton 18-0 to collect their minor-league leading 80th win of the season.

And the River Bandits did it in style behind 7 no-hit innings from Dean Deetz, with Steve Naemark closing it out with one hit over the final two innings. Offensively, the Banditos went crazy, collecting FIVE triples in one game (Ramon Laureano collected two!). Trent Woodward had four of the Bandit's 16 hits and was a home run short of the cycle. Woodward also drove in four and was followed by Tanielu, Laureano and Jason Martin who drove in three runs each.

Tri-City's win wasn't the prettiest, but they pulled it out in walk-off fashion with Brooks Marlow driving in Aaron Mizell. It was a team effort with every starter collecting at least one hit. And best of all, Tri-City held their three and a half game lead over second place Lowell.

Greeneville also pulled out a win over second place Elizabethton and are now only a game back in the standings as they vie for a playoff spot.

To end the evening, out in Lancaster, Chase McDonald led the JetHawks with three doubles while Ronnie Mitchell and Mott Hyde each drove in a pair and Alex Bregman went yard. Michael Freeman and Kevin Comer provided five no-hit innings of relief to help the 'Hawks win 10-5 and get just that much closer to clinching a postseason berth.

Unfortunately, Fresno got one-hit by Iowa and the GCL Astros got no-hit, but other than that it was a fun day down on the farm.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A few more Astros minor league roster moves since these from last week ...

FRESNO
8-29: C Max Stassi recalled to Houston
8-29: C Trent Woodward assigned from Quad Cities to Fresno
8-25: RHP Tyson Perez placed on the 7-day DL
8-24: RHP Brady Rodgers placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8-23
8-23: OF Preston Tucker optioned to Fresno
8-22: RHP Juan Minaya assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

CORPUS CHRISTI
8-29: OF George Springer sent to Corpus Christi on a rehab assignment
8-24: RHP Francis Martes assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Martes is #8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 Astros prospects list and will not turn 20 until November.

LANCASTER
8-25: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-25: LHP Bryan Radziewski placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8-23
8-24: 3B J.D. Davis activated from the 7-day DL

QUAD CITIES
8-29: C Marlon Avea assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-28: RHP Juan Robles assigned from the GCL to Quad Cities (Robles is only 17)
8-28: 3B/1B Wander Franco assigned from the GCL to Quad Cities
8-28: RHP Justin Ferrell placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8-26
8-28: 3B Nick Tanielu placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8-27
8-25: RHP Rogelio Armenteros assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-25: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-24: RHP Jorge Perez placed on the suspended list (no details)

TRI-CITY
8-26: LHP Matt Bower assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

GREENEVILLE
8-26: RHP Hector Perez assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
8-26: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
8-23: LHP Carlos Hiraldo assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, August 23, 2015

Francis Martes continues to shine in Lancaster.

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series with the Iowa Cubs tonight at 6:38 (really?). Dan Straily will take on Eric Jokisch.

Corpus Christi 6, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Edison Frias (2-1, 10-5 season)
L- Kyle Zimmer (1-4)

CC home runs: A.J. Reed (7, 30 season; 3-run in 5th), Colin Moran (8, solo in 7th)

The Hooks took the series as Edison Frias was stellar on the bump and their bats came alive.

Leo Heras opened the scoring in the 3rd with a sac fly. Alfredo Gonzalez hit a single in the 4th, and Jon Kemmer scored on the ensuing error. The big hit of the evening came off the bat of one Andrew Reed. Mr. Reed whacked a 3-run homer in the 5th, giving him 30 home runs for the 2nd consecutive calendar year. Colin Moran sent one out to begin the 7th inning.

Alfredo Gonzalez finished 3-4, while Danry Vásquez and Jon Kemmer both went 2-4. Kemmer recorded 2 hits for the 4th consecutive game.

Edison Frias went 7.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him on 3 hits and struck out 9. The Naturals spoiled the shutout as they scored Frias' runner and got another off of Jandel Gustave, who pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and struck out 3.

Corpus Christi will hit the road for the final time in the regular season as they kick off a 4-game series in Midland tomorrow evening.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 0

W- Francis Martes (4-1, 7-3 season)
L- Kyle Lloyd (6-10)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (27, solo in 6th)

The JetHawks took the series as Francis Martes and Jordan Mills joined forces on a shutout.

Martes fired 7 more shutout innings and allowed 5 hits while striking out 3. Mills allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in the final 2 frames.

Mott Hyde got things started with a sac fly in the 3rd inning. He struck again in the 5th with a 2-run double. Ryan Butler was the first man out of the Storm bullpen in the 6th inning, and Chase McDonald greeted him with a home run. James Ramsay finished 3-5 and drove in Lancaster's final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 7th. Edwin Medina went 2-4 with a double and scored 2 runs.

The JetHawks are currently 4 games behind High Desert in the 2nd half and the wild card (which takes overall record into account). Tonight, they kick off a 4-game series at home against Rancho Cucamonga. In game 1, Austin Chrismon will take on Chase De Jong. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Kane County 10, Quad Cities 9

W- Ryan Burr (1-0)
L- Zach Davis (0-1)
S- Zac Curtis (29)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos jumped out to an 8-1 lead after the top of the 2nd.... but in a classic tortoise-and-the-hare scenario, the Cougars ended the game on a 9-1 run of their own. All three games in this series were decided by 1 run.

Ramon Laureano hit an RBI single in the 1st to open the scoring. In the 2nd, the River Bandits took full advantage of a bases-loaded, 0 out situation. Drew Ferguson hit a sac fly for the first run. Bryan Muñiz followed with an RBI single, and Laureano drew a bases-loaded walk. Jose Fernandez, Ryan Bottger, and Trent Woodward hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles, and Kristian Trompiz added a sac fly. Bottger hit a sac fly in the 6th.

Woodward and Trompiz had 3 hits apiece, while Fernandez finished 2-5.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 11 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Zach Davis allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings, and Ryan Thompson struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Quad Cities returns home to begin a 3-game set with Clinton tonight at 7. Dean Deetz will take on Jarrett Brown.

Hudson Valley 8, Tri-City 2

W- Travis Ott (6-3)
L- Harold Arauz (0-4)
S- Tim Ingram (1)

TC home runs: None.

It was all Renegades in this one.

Tri-City's 2 runs came in the 9th on a 2-run single from Kolbey Carpenter, who finished 2-4.

Harold Arauz allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Adam Whitt was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Jose Luis Hernandez went 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3.

Tonight, it's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night at The Joe. The ValleyCats will also begin a 3-game series with Connecticut tonight, and Chris Murphy will take on Ryan Castellanos, the younger brother of Detroit 3B Nick Castellanos. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Elizabethton 8, Greeneville 6

W- Miles Nordgren (1-2)
L- Diogenes Almengo (2-1)
S- Kuo Hua Lo (7)

Greeneville home runs: Randy Cesar (4, 2-run in 5th), Connor Goedert (4, solo in 8th)

An 8-2 deficit proved to be too much for the Appy Astros to overcome.

Luis Payano put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd and scored himself on an error later in the inning. Myles Straw hit a triple with 2 outs in the 5th and scored on a Daz Cameron RBI single. Randy Cesar followed all of that by whacking a 2-run homer, his 4th of the year. Connor Goedert hit a solo shot,, his 4th, with 1 out in the 8th.

Daz finished 3-4, while Goedert and Straw (3B, SB [19], R) had 2 hits apiece.

Diogenes Almengo went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and walked 2. Cris Santamaria allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Starlyng Sanchez allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless, and Lachlan Madden allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 scoreless frames.

Edgardo Sandoval will get the start tonight. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Astros MiLB Playoff Picture

As the Astros minor league regular season winds down, let's check in with the various teams and their chances for post-season play.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES - Current record: 78-49 1st place

The first place Grizzlies went 5-1 for the week to further solidify their lead in the PCL Pacific Northern Division. With 16 games left in their season, they have a 14 game lead over their closest rivals, the second place Sacramento River Cats, a Giants affiliate. The River Cats have only managed to pick up a half game in the standings and their elimination number is now down to three.

If/when the Grizzlies clinch the Pacific Northern Division, they will host Games 1 and 2 of the Pacific Conference best-of-five playoffs on September 9th and 10th against either the the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) or the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres). The 51s are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Chihuahuas.

The Week Ahead: None of Fresno's remaining 16 games are against division rivals. This week, they will play eight games in the Midwest, four in Iowa (with a double-header scheduled for Tuesday) and four in Omaha. It will be the first time this season that Fresno has faced Iowa (Cubs) and Omaha (Royals). Iowa is 70-57 for the season and Omaha is 71-58.

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS - Overall record: 76-44 1st place; Second half: 31-25 2nd place

The Hooks are already assured of a playoff berth because, unlike the PCL, the team that wins the first half of the season (the Hooks) automatically makes the playoffs. The Hooks are in first place overall in the Texas League South for the season, but they trail Midland (an Oakland affiliate) by eight games in the second half. The magic number for Midland to eliminate the Hooks as second half champions is seven with 14 games left to play. The Frisco team is holding on by a fingernail with an elimination number of three and the Missions have already been eliminated.

The first two games of the best-of-five South Division playoffs will take place in Corpus Christi on September 9th and 10th and Midland will be their opponent if/when they win the second half crown.

The Week Ahead: The Hooks have an off day today as they travel to Midland for four games starting Tuesday for a presumed preview of the Division playoffs. Corpus is 16-12 against the RockHounds this season, but the 'Hounds are currently on a 5-game win streak. The Hooks will return on Saturday to host San Antonio for three; the Hooks own that season series 14-8.

LANCASTER JETHAWKS - Overall record: 66-60 3rd place; Second half: 29-27 T2nd place (2nd place in the Wild Card Standings)

Lancaster always makes things interesting. A much needed 6-1 record over the last week took the team from fourth place in the second half to a tie for second place in the second half, four games back. Lancaster and Rancho Cucamonga each have an elimination number of 11 as High Desert attempts to take the second half title. Lancaster does still have a shot at the second half title, but alternatively should be able to capture the wild card as Inland Empire has quickly faded into the sunset, having gone 1-10 in their last 11 games. Lake Elsinore has now been eliminated.

The best-of-three Mini-Series between the Second Half Division Champion and the Wild Card winner will take place September 9th through 11th. Lancaster and High Desert will, in all likelihood, be the two teams facing off in the Mini-Series, but in which capacity is still to be determined.

The Week Ahead: The JetHawks are still grinding through 20 games in 20 days, but they get to sleep in their own beds this week with no commuters. They will host Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) for four games and Lake Elsinore (Padres) for three games; the JetHawks lead those season series 10-7 and 11-7 respectively.

QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS - Overall record: 79-44 1st place; Second half: 34-21 3rd place

Much like the Hooks, the River Bandits are assured of a playoff berth by virtue of winning the Western Division for the first half. But unlike the Texas League, there are actually eight teams that advance to the playoffs in the Midwest League. And the River Bandits already know who they will be facing in the Semi-Finals as they take on Cedar Rapids (the second place finisher in the Western Division in the first half) in a best-of-three. Game 1 will take place on September 9th in Cedar Rapids with Games 2 and 3 in Quad Cities the following two nights.

After going 4-2 for the last week, Quad Cities did gain two games on Kane County in the second half standings. They are currently four games behind Kane County and one game behind Peoria in the second half and will face each of those teams three more times in the remaining 15 games.

The Week Ahead: The Banditos are home for six games, three versus Clinton starting tonight and three against Peoria starting Thursday before heading to Burlington on Sunday. Quad Cities is 9-5 against Clinton for the season, 10-4 against Peoria, and 9-8 against Burlington.

TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS - Record: 33-27 1st place

The ValleyCats extended their lead over the second place Lowell Spinners (Boston affiliate) in the Stedler Division to three and a half games as Lowell has been mired in a 6-game losing streak while the 'Cats went 3-2 in their short week following the All-Star break. The Connecticut Tigers are statistically a fraction behind Lowell but also trail Tri-City by three and a half games with Vermont bringing up the rear, six and a half games back. In the New York-Penn League, the three Division leaders and one wild card team (the team having the best record that is not a division winner) all advance to the playoffs so Tri-City has a second way into the playoffs in the event that their lead falters. There are 15 games remaining in their season.

The Week Ahead: The 'Cats host Connecticut for three games starting Monday, then head to Vermont for three starting on Thursday. They will return on Sunday to host Brooklyn. Tri-City is 2-4 against Connecticut, 6-2 against Vermont and 1-2 against Brooklyn this season.

GREENEVILLE ASTROS - Record: 29-29 3rd place

The Appy Astros were 3-3 for the week and are currently in third place in the Western Division, three games behind Kingsport and two games behind Elizabethton. The first and second place teams in each division advance to the playoffs. The Astros lost their first game of three against Elizabethton on Sunday and with only one more head-to-head meeting versus Kingsport in the remaining nine games, the Astros chances to claim a playoff spot are dwindling if they don't make a move soon. Their elimination number is now at eight.

The Week Ahead: Greeneville lost the first game of a three-game series at home against Elizabethton on Sunday; they have the season advantage against that team four games to three. The Astros will host Kingsport for a day game on Wednesday before hitting the road to Burlington on Thursday for a three-game series. The season series with Kingsport is tied 5-5 and the Appy Astros trail Burlington 1-2 for the season. Sunday finds the 'Stros back in Greeneville and hosting Princeton against whom they went 1-2 in their prior meeting.

GULF COAST LEAGUE ASTROS - Record: 19-35 4th place

The GCL team has been officially eliminated from contention and has only six games remaining in their season.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ASTROS BLUE TEAM - Record: 43-29 1st place

The Blue Team won the Boca Chica Northwest Division and they will start their postseason play today in a best-of-three series against the DSL Blue Jays. The Blue Jays won the Boca Chica Baseball City Division with a 45-27 record.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ASTROS ORANGE TEAM - Record: 28-44 5th place

The Orange Team has been eliminated from playoff contention and their season is over.

Happy Birthday - 8/24

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

Hitting Coach Dan Radison (65)
Radison was born August 24, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is in his fourth season with the Astros organization and his first as Hitting Coach for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big night for 2015's #2 overall pick.

Round Rock 4, Fresno 2

W- Robert Coello (7-4)
L- Brady Rodgers (9-7)
S- Roman Mendez (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were foiled in their attempt to sweep the series and lost just their 2nd game this month.

Their 2 runs came in the 5th on an RBI double from Jonathan Villar and an RBI single from Tony Kemp. Max Stassi finished 2-4.

Brady Rodgers went 2.1 innings before exiting with an injury. He allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3. Luis Cruz came on to relieve Rodgers; he went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jake Buchanan allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 2 scoreless innings. Juan Minaya, in his AAA debut, struck out the side in order in the 8th, and Tyson Perez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

The Grizzlies are traveling to Iowa today. They'll start a 4-game set with the Cubs tomorrow.

Northwest Arkansas 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Brooks Pounders (2-3)
L- Michael Feliz (6-3, 7-4 season)
S- Malcom Culver (7)

CC home runs: None.

Michael Feliz had a solid outing, but he ended up getting outdueled by his counterpart, Brooks Pounders.

Feliz allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 6 in 6 innings. Travis Ballew allowed 3 hits and fanned 4 over 3 scoreless.

A.J. Reed's RBI double in the 6th was the Hooks' only scoring play. He finished 2-4, as did Jon Kemmer.

Edison Frias will get the start tonight. He'll face Kyle Zimmer at 6:05.

Lancaster 8, Lake Elsinore 2

W- Christian Powell (1-2, 4-3 season)
L- Matt Shepherd (4-9)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks jumped all over the Storm as they raced out to an 8-0 lead.

Christian Powell has had a rough introduction to the California League, but he got himself going again by allowing 2 hits and striking out 2 over 5 shutout innings. David Paulino pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 3.

Marc Wik got it started with a 2-run single in the 2nd inning. D.J. Fisher added an RBI single in the 3rd, and in the 4th, Alex Bregman hit an RBI double. Bregman struck again in the 6th as he ripped a 2-run triple. Fisher wrapped up the scoring for Lancaster with a 2-run double in the 8th.

Bregman and Fisher both finished with 3 hits, drove in 3, and they both stole a base. Bregman has 8 with Lancaster and 13 on the year, while Fisher got his 21st, and 29th overall. Bregman finished a home run shy of the cycle, and had he gone deep, he would have completed the cycle in order. Ruben Castro went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored.

In the series finale, Francis Martes will take on Kyle Lloyd. First pitch is at 5:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Kane County 5

W- Josh James (6-3)
L- Jared Miller (3-4)
S- Angel Heredia (9)

QC home runs: Drew Ferguson (1, 4 season; solo in 3rd), Jose Fernandez (2, 5 season; solo in 8th)

The Banditos won the series as both of their wins have been 1-run affairs.

Bryan Muñiz kicked things off with an RBI single in the 1st. An error later on in the inning resulted in 2 more runs for the River Bandits. Drew Ferguson's 1st homer in the Midwest League led off the 3rd inning. He finished 3-5 and scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. Jose Fernandez added a solo shot to begin the 8th. Muñiz finished 2-4.

Josh James allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits in 5.1 innings. Eric Peterson walked 1 in 2.2 scoreless. It got hairy for Angel Heredia as he allowed 2 runs in the 9th, but he pulled himself together to secure the win. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1.

The Banditos will look for the sweep as Brock Dykxhoorn gets the start. He'll face Josh Taylor at 1:00.

Tri-City 7, Hudson Valley 6

W- Rogelio Armenteros (2-2)
L- Reece Karalus (2-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (6)

TC home runs: Aaron Mizell (3, 2-run in 7th)

The Renegades had a late uprising that netted them the victory in game 1 of this series, but as the old saying goes, turnabout is fair play. The ValleyCats erased a 6-3 deficit by putting up 4 after stretch time.

Both teams scored 2 in the 2nd. Dex McCall ripped an RBI double, then later scored on a wild pitch. In the 5th, Kolbey Carpenter scored on an error that allowed Marlon Avea to reach.

Keach Ballard hit a 1-out single in the 7th to spark the rally. He advanced to 3rd on a double from Avea, and they both scored on a 2-run single from Johnny Sewald. Two batters later, Aaron Mizell put Tri-City in the lead with his 3rd homer of the year.

Sewald finished 3-3 with a double, the 2-run single, walked, and scored a run.

Alex Winkelman allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 3 in 2.1 innings. David Schmidt was the first man out; he allowed a run on a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Rogelio Armenteros went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris retired all 5 Renegades he faced to get the save, striking out 4 of them.

In the rubber game of this series, Harold Arauz will get the start. First pitch is at 5:05 Eastern.

Danville 6, Greeneville 5

W- Ben Libuda (2-1)
L- Albert Abreu (2-2)
S- Matthew Custred (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros had a couple of innings where they scored 2 runs... problem was, the Braves responded with 3 each time.

Randy Cesar opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st.. Daz Cameron hit a sac fly in the 3rd, and Cesar followed by adding an RBI single to his ledger. In the 7th, Gabriel Bracamonte hit an RBI groundout, and Myles Straw hit an RBI single. Straw went 3-4 with a double, a stolen base (18), and scored 2 runs.

Salvador Montaño went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5. Dylan James allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in a scoreless 5th. Albert Abreu allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Joselo Pinales struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Greeneville begins a big series against Elizabethton tonight as they are fighting for their playoff lives. Diogenes Almengo will get the start in game 1, which starts at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Braves 7, GCL Astros 5

W- Gabino Avalos (3-4)
L- Carlos Sanabria (2-5)
S- Jesus Heredia (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros couldn't claw their way back from a 7-3 deficit. Bryan De La Cruz (2B, RBI, R) and Miguelangel Sierra had 2 hits apiece.

Starlyn Taveras and Hector Perez were the 3rd and 4th pitchers to appear for the GCL Astros. Taveras struck out the side in order in the 5th, and Perez walked 1 and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless.

DSL Athletics 4, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 8 innings

W- Jean Ruiz (2-4)
L- Cristofer Melendez (2-4)
S- Reinaldo Hoyos (2)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called due to rain. The Blue team was held to just 3 hits in this one.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan had an RBI groundout, and Edgar Lorenzo ripped an RBI double in the 7th inning.

Jacques Sambo was the first man out of the bullpen for the Blue team; he allowed a run on 4 hits and walked 1 in 4 innings. Cristofer Melendez allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out 2 in the 8th.

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Nationals 7

W- Ezequiel Madera (1-1)
L- Nector Ramirez (5-1)
S- Yan De La Cruz (4)

Orange home runs: Darlin Figueroa (3, 2-run in 8th)

Darlin Figueroa had a productive Saturday as he went 3-5 with a 2-run homer in the 8th inning. Randy Vasquez ripped a 2-run triple in the 7th. Carlos Machado was 2-4 with an RBI double in the 5th and scored 2 runs.

Yan De La Cruz got the 4-out save; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.