Saturday, September 12, 2015

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Friday, September 11, 2015

Not a fun night in the system.

El Paso 6, Fresno 4 (Fresno 2-1)

W- Robbie Erlin
L- Travis Ballew
S- Dale Thayer

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies missed their first opportunity to close out the series as the Chihuahuas scored 6 in the 5th inning to take control of this one.

Tyler White opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Later in the inning, Matt Duffy hit an RBI groundout. Alex Presley hit an RBI single in the 2nd, as did Robbie Grossman in the 5th. Presley and Tony Kemp both went 2-5 with a run scored at the top of the order.

Mark Appel went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Travis Ballew failed to record an out after coming on for Appel in the 5th; he allowed 2 hits and 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him). Chris Cotton got the 2nd out of the 5th inning, but not before he allowed a hit and walked 1. Jake Buchanan allowed a hit over 1.1 innings, and Luis Cruz allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

In game 4 of this series, Brett Oberholtzer will face Casey Kelly. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.


Midland 9, Corpus Christi 5 (Midland 2-1)

W- Chris Jensen
L- Kyle Westwood

CC home runs: None.

The Hounds took the lead in this series as they scored in the first 6 innings.

Kyle Westwood allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Reymin Guduan was the first man out; he allowed a run on 4 hits in 1 inning (final out of 3rd, 2 outs in 4th). Jacob Dorris, who returned to the city where he played college ball, allowed a run, walked 3, and the 2 outs he recorded came via strikeout (final out of 4th, 1st out of 5th). Gonzalo Sañudo went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Albert Minnis was the only Corpus pitcher to not allow a run as he tossed a 1-2-3 8th.

The Hooks got 3 in the 5th on a pair of RBI singles from Chan-Jong Moon and Danry Vásquez and an RBI double from Teoscar Hernandez. In the 8th, Conrad Gregor hit an RBI single, and Moon added a sac fly. Teoscar and Colin Moran had 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes will be on the mound as Corpus must win tonight to force a deciding game 5. He'll take on Jake Sanchez at 7:00.

High Desert 12, Lancaster 5 (High Desert wins series 2-1)

W- Jose Monegro
L- Akeem Bostick

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks were really up against it when they fell behind 11-0 after 2 innings.

Alex Bregman put Lancaster on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd, and D.J. Fisher later added an RBI groundout. Jamie Ritchie added a sac fly in the 4th, and in the 9th, Mott Hyde ripped an RBI ground-rule double and came around to score on a James Ramsay RBI single. Ramsay finished 3-5, while Sean McMullen was 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Akeem Bostick and Jordan Mills were both roughed up. Let's leave it at that. Keegan Yuhl pitched 3 innings and allowed a 3-run homer to Ronald Guzman in the 2nd. 2 runs ended up getting charged to Mills. Enrique Chavez allowed a run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 4 innings.

Astros Daily Farm Report: 9/12

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

And then there were two. A tough night of playoff action.

TWEETS OF THE DAY


Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.

Baseball America looks at all the domestic minor league affiliates and a certain Texas-based team is leading the way. (SPOILER: It's not the Rangers.)

And yet another honor for A.J. Reed!

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno leads the series 2-1

Wednesday: Fresno 9 over El Paso 1

Thursday: Fresno 5 over El Paso 4

Friday: El Paso 6 over Fresno 4
And it started out so well. A four run lead after the top of the fifth quickly evaporated as El Paso put up a six spot in the bottom of the frame and that's where things stood the rest of the way. Starter Mark Appel allowed only two singles and a walk through the first four innings, but after a two walks, two singles and an error in the fifth, two runs had come across and his night was done. Three relievers took turns trying to put the fire out with Jake Buchanan finally succeeding in that regard, but by then the damage was done and the Chihuahuas had a 6-0 lead. (As a side note, old friend Jake Goebbert drove in two of the El Paso runs.)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (LHP Brett Oberholtzer vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
Midland leads the series 2-1


Wednesday: Corpus Christi 9 over Midland 2


Thursday: Midland 9 over Corpus Christi 3

Friday: Midland 9 over Corpus Christi 5
Unfortunately, that moment was probably the high point of the night as the Hooks dug a 5-0 hole through 4 innings. The Hooks did put up a three spot in the top of the fifth but Midland quickly countered with four more runs to make the climb even tougher. Teoscar Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and is hitting .385 in the playoffs. Conrad Gregor only had one hit in last night's game, lowering his postseason batting average to .545.

A note to Manager Rodney Linares for tonight's game: Score 9 runs. Apparently that it a requirement of this series for every win so far, so just score 9 runs and you should be good!

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Francis Martes vs. RHP Jake Sanchez)

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

SOUTH DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
High Desert won the series 2-1


Wednesday: Lancaster 9 over High Desert 7


Thursday: High Desert 6 over Lancaster 5

Friday: High Desert 12 over Lancaster 5

With light problems in Game 1 and broadcast problems in Game 2, you knew there had to be something strange happen in Game 3. Well, I think this qualifies.

When Lancaster starter Akeem Bostick only lasted one-third of an inning, you knew it was going to be a long night for Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander. First man up was Jordan Mills who didn't fare much better and High Desert took an 11-0 lead after two innings. Keegan Yuhl and Enrique Chavez finally restored order and the Mavericks only scored one additional run after the second, but the 'Hawks hitters task was a little too daunting and ultimately there was no happy ending this season. James Ramsay went 3-for-5 and ended his postseason hitting .462; Sean McMullen was 2-for-4 with a double and hit .444.

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Playoff Record:
Lost 2-0 to Cedar Rapids in Western Division Quaterfinals

Season Over
TRI-CITY

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record:
Lost 2-0 to Staten Island in Semifinal Championship Series


Season Over

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Season Over

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

Friday, September 11, 2015

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 10, 2015

Unfortunately, a couple of teams saw their roads end abruptly.

Fresno 5, El Paso 4 (Fresno 2-0)

W- Asher Wojciechowski
L- Chris Smith
S- James Hoyt

Fresno home runs: Nolan Fontana (2-run in 4th)

The Grizzlies staved off some El Paso rallies to sweep the Fresno portion of the series.

Tyler White put Fresno on the board and tied the game with a 2-run single in the 3rd, and Nolan Fontana put them in the lead with a 2-run homer in the 4th. Fontana scored on an Alex Presley RBI double in the 7th. Fontana (2-run homer, 3 R), Presley (2B, RBI), and Robbie Grossman had 2 hits apiece.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Juan Minaya allowed a solo homer to Will Middlebrooks in the 7th, which was the only hit (and run) he allowed in the frame. He struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe, which was the 1 hit he allowed. He walked 1 and struck out 1. James Hoyt got a 4-out save, striking out 3.

Mark Appel will get the start tonight as the Grizzlies get their first shot at closing out the series. He'll take on Robbie Erlin at 7:05 Mountain.

Midland 9, Corpus Christi 3 (Series tied 1-1)

W- Jeff Urlaub
L- Jandel Gustave

CC home runs: Colin Moran (solo in 4th), Conrad Gregor (solo in 9th)

The wheels fell off in appalling fashion in the 9th inning for the Hooks as the Hounds scored 7 in the inning to break a 2-2 tie. Also, Corpus skipper Rodney Linares got tossed in the frame.

Colin Moran's solo shot in the 4th was the first run for the Hooks. Jio Mier ripped an RBI triple in the 7th, and Conrad Gregor hit a solo shot in the 9th. He finished 2-4.

R.J. Alaniz went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Brian Holmes was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave and Albert Minnis both struggled, and I'll leave it at that.

Kyle Westwood will start game 3 as the series shifts to Midland. He'll face Chris Jensen at 7:00.

High Desert 6, Lancaster 5 (Series tied 1-1)

W- Trey Lambert
L- David Paulino
S- John Fasola

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (2, solo in 4th)

The JetHawks' 9th-inning rally fell just short.

J.D. Davis put Lancaster on the board with a solo shot in the 4th. In the 7th, Jamie Ritchie ripped a 2-run double, and James Ramsay added an RBI single. Sean McMullen led off the 9th by drawing a walk, and he was joined on the bases by Ritchie, who also got a free pass. Ramsay followed by hitting a single, and an error on the play resulted in McMullen scoring. Unfortunately, the rally ended there. Ramsay and Chase McDonald both had 2 hits in this game.

David Paulino went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson got 1 out in the 5th. He had an inherited runner charged to him and allowed 2 hits. Jordan Mills allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Troy Scribner allowed a 2-run homer to David Lyon in the 8th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Akeem Bostick will take the mound for the deciding game 3. He'll face David Perez at 7:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 1 in 11 innings (Cedar Rapids wins 2-0)

W- Yorman Landa
L- Angel Heredia
S- Nick Anderson

QC home runs: None.

The Kernels got 2 in the top of the 11th to break a 1-1 tie. Preceding that play, which was a 2-run single from Chris Paul, the Bandits committed 2 errors on a botched force out attempt.

Jason Martin hit a 1-out triple in the 4th and scored the only Quad Cities run on an RBI single from Nick Tanielu.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Eric Peterson struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Angel Heredia went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.

Staten Island 10, Tri-City 5 (Staten Island wins 2-0)

W- Domingo Acevedo
L- Ralph Garza Jr.

TC home runs: Hector Roa (2-run in 9th)

A 7-0 deficit proved too much for the ValleyCats to overcome, and as a result, their season comes to a close.

Dex McCall put Tri-City on the board with an RBI single in the 6th. Keach Ballard smacked a 2-run double in the 7th, and Hector Roa whacked a 2-run homer in the 9th. McCall (RBI single), Roa (2-run homer, 2 R), and Kolbey Carpenter (2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Ralph Garza went 2.1 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Kevin McCanna was the first man out, and a solo homer hit by Eduardo de Oleo was the only run he allowed in 3.2 innings. McCanna allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Matt Bower allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 in the 7th, and Juan Carlos Santos walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/11

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

And then there were three. It was a tough day as a couple of teams saw their seasons end a few days too early.

TWEET OF THE DAY
Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here. (A couple of additional postseason moves are pending.)

In other news, the Dominican winter league had their draft and picked seven Astros:

RHP Francis Martes
OF Ramon Laureano
RHP David Paulino
LHP Reymin Guduan
IF Luis Reynoso
RHP Jose Montero
RHP Angel Heredia

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno leads the series 2-0

Wednesday: Fresno 9 over El Paso 1

Thursday: Fresno 5 over El Paso 4
Jordan Jankowski did not allow a home run in 62.1 innings pitched during the regular season, but El Paso's Hunter Renfroe hit him up for a one-run home run in last night's game. And Nolan Fontana, who hit only three home runs all season, cranked out a two-run shot to take the lead in the 4th last night. That's baseball.

Friday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (RHP Mark Appel vs. LHP Robbie Erlin)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST if necessary (LHP Brett Oberholtzer vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
The series is tied 1-1


Wednesday: Corpus Christi 9 over Midland 2


Thursday: Midland 9 over Corpus Christi 3
The Hooks trailed from the second inning on until a Jio Mier triple drove in Jon Kemmer to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh and that's where things stood until the top of the ninth happened. The RockHounds scored seven times in that half frame, including a Renato Nunez grand slam. In the bottom of the frame, Conrad Gregor hit a solo home run shortly after Jio Mier and Manager Rodney Linares took umbrage with some of the officiating in the game and were asked to take their opinions elsewhere. And that was that as the series is headed to Midland.

Friday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Kyle Westwood vs. RHP Chris Jensen)

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

SOUTH DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
The series is tied up 1-1


Wednesday: Lancaster 9 over High Desert 7


Thursday: High Desert 6 over Lancaster 5
Game 1 saw troubles with the lights. Game 2 saw trouble with the streaming broadcast. What will today bring?

The 'Hawks trailed from the second inning on, but a big three-run seventh put them in striking distance. Unfortunately a ninth inning rally fell just short and the series is headed to High Desert for the deciding game.

Friday: Lancaster at High Desert at 9:05 CST (RHP Akeem Bostick vs. RHP David Perez)

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

WESTERN DIVISION QUARTERFINALS (BEST OF THREE)
Cedar Rapids wins the series 2-0

Wednesday: Cedar Rapids 5 over Quad Cities 2


Thursday: Cedar Rapids 3 over Quad Cities 1
Brock Dykxhoorn (6.2IP 4H 1R/0ER 2BB 6SO) put up a great start, but he received little run support. The Bandits only run scored in the 4th as Jason Martin tripled and Nick Tanielu singled him in. Ultimately, Quad Cities only managed three additional hits the rest of the way.

TRI-CITY

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

SEMIFINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
Staten Island wins the series 2-0


Wednesday: Staten Island 3 over Tri-City 2 in 11 innings


Thursday: Staten Island 10 over Tri-City 5
The Yankees scored four in the first and three more in the third before the 'Cats even got their first hit in the fourth. By then the hill was too steep and Hector Roa's ninth inning two-run homer barely put a dent in the Yankee's lead.

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Season Over

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It's playoff time!!!

Fresno 9, El Paso 1 (Fresno 1-0)

W- Dan Straily
L- Daniel McCutchen

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz had their way in game 1.

Dan Straily went 6 innings and allowed a solo homer to Will Middlebrooks, which was the only El Paso run. Straily allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and fanned 6. Kevin Chapman, Jordan Jankowski, and James Hoyt each pitched a scoreless frame. Chapman walked 1 in the 7th, Jankowski allowed a hit and fanned 2 in the 8th, and Hoyt needed 9 pitches (6 strikes) to finish the game.

Tyler Heineman finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored, and he kicked things off with an RBI single in the 2nd. Tony Kemp ripped a 2-run double in the 4th and scored on an Alex Presley double, who in turn, scored on a Tyler White single. In the 5th, Nolan Fontana hit a 2-run single, and Kemp added a sac fly. Andrew Aplin hit a sac fly in the 6th.

Presley finished 4-5 with 2 doubles. Aplin was the only player in the Fresno lineup to go hitless, but he scored 2 runs.

Asher Wojciechowski will get the start in game 2. He'll face Chris Smith at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, Midland 2 (Corpus Christi 1-0)

W- Chris Devenski
L- Parker Frazier

CC home runs: Roberto Peña (2-run in 2nd), Conrad Gregor (solo in 5th)

The Hooks jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first third of the game and they tacked on 3 more to cruise to a victory.

Colin Moran put Corpus on the board with a sac fly in the 1st. Teoscar Hernandez added another run when he scored on a wild pitch. The Hounds tied the game with 1 in the 2nd, but Roberto Peña put the Hooks back in front with a 2-run shot in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded in the 3rd, Conrad Gregor walked in another run, and Peña drove in another run when he got plunked. Gregor whacked a solo shot with 2 outs in the 5th, and Peña struck once more with a 2-run single in the 7th. Gregor finished 3-3, while Peña went 2-2... they both reached in all of their plate appearances. A.J. Reed had 2 doubles in 5 at-bats and scored twice. Danry Vásquez also hit 2 doubles in 5 at-bats... but he scored 1 run. Teoscar also finished with 2 hits.

Chris Devenski went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 9. Aaron West walked 1 and fanned 1 over 2 innings, and Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

In game 2, R.J. Alaniz will take on Sean Manaea. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 9, High Desert 7 (Lancaster 1-0)

W- Troy Scribner
L- Ryan Ledbetter
S- Kevin Comer

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (2-run in 7th)

The JetHawks struck first in the mini-series as they rallied from a 5-0 deficit after 0.5 innings with 3 3-run innings.

In the 2nd inning, Jamie Ritchie put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run double, and he later scored on an RBI infield single from Alex Bregman. Ritchie and Bregman both drove in another run in the 4th with a single and a sac fly, respectively. D.J. Fisher added another run with an RBI single. The comeback was completed in the 7th as J.D. Davis smacked a 2-run homer to put the JetHawks in the lead. Later in the inning, Chase McDonald added an RBI single.

Bregman, McDonald, Ritchie, Davis, Ronnie Mitchell, and Sean McMullen all recorded 2 hits in this game. McMullen and Ritchie scored twice.

Keegan Yuhl allowed 5 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 as he only recorded 2 outs in the 1st. Steve Naemark put out the fire with 4.1 innings of relief, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Troy Scribner was next, and the only hit that he allowed in his 2 innings was a solo homer from Joe Jackson in the 7th. He struck out 3. Kevin Comer struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings to get the save.

In game 2 of this series, David Paulino will face Trey Lambert. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 2 (Cedar Rapids 1-0)

W- Felix Jorge
L- Josh James
S- Nick Anderson

QC home runs: None.

Both teams had 10 hits in this one, but the Kernels also took advantage of a couple of Quad Cities blunders.

The Banditos' 2 runs came in the 4th, as Ryan Bottger hit a sac fly and Kristian Trompiz hit an RBI infield single. Trompiz and Nick Tanielu both finished 2-4.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and fanned 4 over 2 innings, and Jacob Dorris struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In game 2 of this series, Brock Dykxhoorn will face Sam Gibbons. First pitch is at 7:00.

Staten Island 3, Tri-City 2 in 11 innings (Staten Island 1-0)

W- Jonny Drozd
L- Zac Grotz

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats walked off with a loss to begin their playoff campaign. Fortunately, they get to return home for the final 2 games of this series.

Anthony Hermelyn finished 2-4 and drove in both Tri-City runs in this one. He hit an RBI single in the 2nd and ripped an RBI double in the 7th. Dex McCall went 2-5 and scored a run.

Chris Murphy allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5.2 innings. Ryan Deemes was the first man out; he allowed a hit and walked 2, but he was able to get the final out of the 6th with a strikeout. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a hit and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless. Scott Weathersby allowed a hit and walked 2 as he did not record an out in the 10th inning. However, Zac Grotz managed to tightrope out of that pickle. However, the Yankees got the winning run off of him with 1 out in the 11th. Grotz allowed 3 hits and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Ralph Garza Jr. will face Domingo Acevedo. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/10

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

The first day of postseason play for five teams ended with mixed results and Dustin will be bringing you the full scoop in a bit, but here's the quick down and dirty on the news of the day including acknowledgement of our birthday boys!

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

LHP Luis Cruz (25)
Cruz was born on September 10, 1990 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was drafted by Houston in the 9th round in 2008 out of Academia Santa Monica in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is currently playing for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies team.

RHP Kyle Smith (23)
Smith was born September 10, 1992 in Boynton Beach, Florida and was originally drafted by the Royals in the 4th round in 2011 out of Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, Florida. Smith came to the Astros organization in a July 2013 trade that sent Justin Maxwell to the Royals. Smith spent the 2015 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

TWEET OF THE DAY
Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.


STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno leads the series 1-0

Wednesday: Fresno 9 over El Paso 1

Great pitching was the story of the day as Dan Straily, Kevin Chapman, Jordan Jankowski and James Hoyt combined to allow only five El Paso hits. Alex Presley went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and scored a run. Tony Kemp drove in three runs and Nolan Fontana drove in two.
Thursday: El Paso at Fresno at 9:05 CST (RHP Chris Smith vs. RHP Asher Wojciechowski)

Friday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (TBD vs. LHP Robbie Erlin)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST if necessary (TBD vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
Corpus Christi leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Corpus Christi 9 over Midland 2

Solid scoreless relief from Aaron West and Gonzalo Sanudo as well! Conrad Gregor went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored; A.J. Reed and Danry Vasquez each had two doubles. But it was Roberto Pena that really made a statement with his two run home run and five RBI; Pena only hit one home run all season.

Thursday: Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST (LHP Sean Manaea vs. RHP R.J. Alaniz)

Friday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Kyle Westwood vs. RHP Chris Jensen)

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST if necessary

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

SOUTH DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
Lancaster leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Lancaster 9 over High Desert 7

Only in The Caster!!! Between a light delay to start the game and a five-run hiccup from starter Keegan Yuhl in the first, it looked to be a long night for the 'Hawks. But a gutsy 4.1 inning relief outing from Steve Naemark kept them in the game and gave the 'Hawks bats a chance to dig themselves out of the hole which they did by tying the game up in the 4th. A two-run home run from J.D. Davis got them the lead and a fine two innings of relief from Kevin Comer made sure they kept it. Jamie Ritchie went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, three RBI and two runs scored.

Thursday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD (RHP David Paulino vs. RHP Trey Lambert)

Friday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD if necessary (RHP Akeem Bostick vs. RHP David Perez)

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

WESTERN DIVISION QUARTERFINALS (BEST OF THREE)
Cedar Rapids leads the series 1-0

Wednesday: Cedar Rapids 5 at Quad Cities 2


It was a tough loss all around for Quad Cities on the road in Cedar Rapids, but they bring the action back home tonight in a must win game.

Thursday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST (RHP Sam Gibbons vs. RHP Brock Dykxhoorn)

Friday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST if necessary (RHP Keaton Steele vs. RHP Dean Deetz)
Playoff Picture: In the Midwest League, eight teams advance to the playoffs. As the Western Division first half champion, the River Bandits play the second place team from the first half, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, in a best-of-three division quarter final. The first game will be in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 9th and the second and third (if necessary) will be back in Davenport on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th. The River Bandits won the season series against the Kernels 9 games to 4.

TRI-CITY

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

SEMIFINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
Staten Island leads the series 1-0


Wednesday: Staten Island 3 over Tri-City 2 in 11 innings

And it was! Tri-City's pitchers got out of TWO bases loaded, no outs situations, but the 'Cats bats couldn't get that clutch hit they needed in order to take the lead. The 'Cats will host Game 2 in another must win situation.

Thursday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST (RHP Domingo Acevedo vs. RHP Ralph Garza)

Friday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST if necessary (RHP Luis Cedeno vs. TBD)

Playoff Picture: Tri-City finally found out who they will be playing in the semifinals on the last day of the regular season as the Staten Island Yankees claimed the McNamara Division Title. Game 1 will be played in Staten Island on Wednesday the 9th and Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played back home at The Joe. The season series between the two teams is a tie at 3-3.

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Tuesday's Game: Greeneville 8 over Princeton 7

It was another gutsy performance for the Appy Astros as the lead changed NUMEROUS times in the deciding game on Tuesday night. Kyle Tucker's three-run home run in the third inning gave the Astros the lead, but it was short lived. They re-took the lead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs in that frame to go up 8-6. Princeton came back with another run in the bottom of that frame to make it 8-7. Then Edgardo Sandoval pitched brilliantly over the final three frames, allowing only two Princeton runners to reach base via walks, inducing a double play and collecting five of his seven strikeouts. He allowed only one hit, a solo home run, over his four innings of work. Congratulations go out to all the players, coaches and staff of the Greeneville Astros, including first year Greeneville manager Lamarr Rodgers.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Greeneville 8, Princeton 7: Appalachian League Champions!

The Greeneville Astros won their first Appalachian League crown since 2004 with an 8-7 victory over the Princeton Rays. This is the 3rd time that the Astros' Appalachian League affiliate has captured the league title; in 1999, the Martinsville Astros won it all. This deciding 3rd game was a back-and-forth battle that Greeneville finally took control of in the 6th inning.

W- Diogenes Almengo
L- Alberto Casanas
S- Edgardo Sandoval

Greeneville home runs: Kyle Tucker (3 in playoffs; 3-run in 3rd)

Connor Goedert opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. After the Rays took the lead with 3 in the 2nd, Kyle Tucker responded with a 3-run blast in the top of the 3rd. Rodrigo Ayarza, whose grand slam in game 2 was one of the hits that made this game possible, ripped an RBI double in the 4th inning. The Appy Astros put up another 3-run inning in the 6th as Arturo Michelena and Ayarza both hit RBI singles. As Tucker was being intentionally walked by Ruben Paredes, one of the intentional balls got away, and Michelena scampered home with the 3rd run of the frame. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Randy Cesar, who really missed out on the party. Tucker, Michelena, Ayarza, Goedert, Christian Correa, and Myles Straw all had 2 hits in this game.

Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 2 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 1. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 over 2 innings. Edgardo Sandoval held the Rays to 1 run on a solo homer, which was the only hit he allowed in his 4 innings. He walked 2 and fanned 7 in a fine relief outing.

Tonight, the 5 affiliates above Greeneville on the organization's ladder will begin their playoff campaigns.

Dan Straily will take the mound for Fresno as they begin their series with El Paso at 7:05 Pacific. He'll take on Daniel McCutchen.

In game 1 of the Texas League South Division Series pitting the Hooks against Midland, Chris Devenski will take on Parker Frazier at 7:05.

Lancaster will face High Desert in the California League South Mini-Series. In game 1, Keegan Yuhl will face Reed Garrett at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities will take on Cedar Rapids at 6:35. Josh James will go up against Felix Jorge.

Tri-City and Staten Island will start it off at 7:00 Eastern. Chris Murphy faces James Kaprielian.

Astros Daily Farm Report: 9/9

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

First things first!!!
TWEET OF THE DAY
Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.


STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Fresno had Tuesday off as they prepare for the playoffs.

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)

Wednesday: El Paso at Fresno at 9:05 CST (RHP Daniel McCutcheon vs. RHP Dan Straily)


Thursday: El Paso at Fresno at 9:05 CST (RHP Chris Smith vs. RHP Asher Wojciechowski)

Friday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (TBD vs. LHP Robbie Erlin)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST if necessary (TBD vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Corpus Christi had Tuesday off as they prepare for the playoffs.

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)

Wednesday: Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST (RHP Parker Frazier vs. RHP Chris Devenski)


Thursday: Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST (TBD vs. RHP R.J. Alaniz)

Friday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Kyle Westwood vs. TBD)

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST if necessary

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

Lancaster had Tuesday off as they prepare for the playoffs.

SOUTHERN DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)

Wednesday: High Desert at Lancaster at 8:30 CST (RHP Reed Garrett vs. RHP Keegan Yuhl)


Thursday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD (RHP David Paulino vs. TBD)

Friday: Lancaster at High Desert at TBD if necessary (RHP Akeem Bostick vs. TBD)

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Quad Cities had Tuesday off as they prepare for the playoffs.

WESTERN DIVISION QUARTERFINALS (BEST OF THREE)

Wednesday: Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids at 6:35 CST (RHP Josh James vs. RHP Felix Jorge)


Thursday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST (RHP Sam Gibbons vs. RHP Brock Dykxhoorn)

Friday: Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities at 7:00 CST if necessary (RHP Keaton Steele vs. RHP Dean Deetz)
Playoff Picture: In the Midwest League, eight teams advance to the playoffs. As the Western Division first half champion, the River Bandits play the second place team from the first half, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, in a best-of-three division quarter final. The first game will be in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 9th and the second and third (if necessary) will be back in Davenport on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th. The River Bandits won the season series against the Kernels 9 games to 4.

TRI-CITY

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Tri-City had Tuesday off as they prepare for the playoffs.

SEMIFINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF THREE)

Wednesday: Tri-City at Staten Island at 6:00 CST (RHP Chris Murphy vs. RHP James Kaprielian)


Thursday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST

Friday: Staten Island at Tri-City at 6:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Tri-City finally found out who they will be playing in the semifinals on the last day of the regular season as the Staten Island Yankees claimed the McNamara Division Title. Game 1 will be played in Staten Island on Wednesday the 9th and Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played back home at The Joe. The season series between the two teams is a tie at 3-3.

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Tuesday's Game: Greeneville 8 over Princeton 7

It was another gutsy performance for the Appy Astros as the lead changed NUMEROUS times in the deciding game on Tuesday night. Kyle Tucker's three-run home run in the third inning gave the Astros the lead, but it was short lived. They re-took the lead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs in that frame to go up 8-6. Princeton came back with another run in the bottom of that frame to make it 8-7. Then Edgardo Sandoval pitched brilliantly over the final three frames, allowing only two Princeton runners to reach base via walks, inducing a double play and collecting five of his seven strikeouts. He allowed only one hit, a solo home run, over his four innings of work. Congratulations go out to all the players, coaches and staff of the Greeneville Astros, including first year Greeneville manager Lamarr Rodgers.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

Astros Minor League Roster Moves: 9-6 to 9-12

Moves from last week can be found here.

FRESNO
9-6: RHP Jake Buchanan was outrighted to Fresno

CORPUS CHRISTI
9-11: RHP Tyler Brunnemann placed on the 7-day DL
9-11: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned from Quad Cities to Corpus Christi (Official now)
TRI-CITY
9-9: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
9-9: IF Arturo Michelena assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
9-9: C Kevin Martir assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
9-9: RHP Albert Abreu assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
9-7: LHP Austin Nicely presumably activated from the DL (no transaction listed but he hadn't pitched since 7-28)

GULF COAST LEAGUE
9-9: RHP Riley Ferrell assigned from Quad Cities to the GCL (Ferrell hadn't pitched since mid August)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, September 7, 2015

So ends another regular season in the Minor Leagues.

Salt Lake 8, Fresno 5

W- Tyler DeLoach (2-6)
L- Jake Buchanan (5-5)
S- Vinnie Pestano (10)

Fresno home runs: None.

Joe Sclafani finished 2-5 to bring his average to an even .300. Tyler Heineman hit a double in 3 at-bats and scored twice. Tony Kemp swiped 2 bases, giving him 20 in the PCL and 35 on the season.

Brett Oberholtzer went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both scored on a homer) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. The Bees got to Jake Buchanan for 4 in the 6th on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1.  Luis Cruz and Juan Minaya both pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Cruz struck out 1 in the 7th, and Minaya fanned 2 in the 8th. Chris Cotton allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th.

The Grizzlies will square off against El Paso in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific championship series. The best-of-5 series will be contested in the 2-2-1 format, with 2 in Fresno, 2 in El Paso, and the deciding 5th game (if necessary) in Fresno.

Game 1 of that series features Dan Straily going up against Daniel McCutchen. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 12, San Antonio 8

W- Edison Frias (4-1, 12-5 season)
L- Cody Hebner (0-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks broke a 3-3 game wide open when they scored 8 in the top of the 7th inning. Corpus Christi will finish with 89 wins, the most in the Minors. However, Quad Cities topped them in terms of win percentage.

Chan-Jong Moon went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored, while Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 with an RBI and scored 3 runs. Everyone in the Hooks lineup scored a run except for Alfredo Gonzalez, who missed out on the party.

What a year it has been for A.J. Reed. He finished 2-5 with an RBI single in this game, and for the year, he led everyone in the Minors with 34 home runs and 127 RBI.

Jon Kemmer also put himself on the map as he led the Texas League with a .327 average, a .574 slugging percentage, and a .988 OPS. His .414 on-base percentage was 2nd in the circuit, as was his 18 homers.

Francis Martes went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. It has been a fantastic season for the Dominican teen who was acquired from the Marlins last July. Edison Frias got the win as he allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

The Hooks will face off against Midland in the South Division Series. This is a best-of-5 series, with the first 2 in Corpus and the final 3 in Midland. Chris Devenski will start tomorrow at 7:05.

High Desert 10, Lancaster 4

W- Dallas Gallant (2-1)
L- Christian Powell (3-3, 6-4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Edwin Medina (1, solo in 3rd), Marc Wik (8, solo in 3rd), Chase McDonald (30, solo in 4th)

The JetHawks nearly erased a 5-0 deficit, but the Mavericks ended up pulling away.

3 of their 4 runs came on 3 solo homers. Wik and Medina went back-to-back in the 3rd; that was Medina's first career blast. Mott Hyde hit a sac fly in the 2nd. McDonald and Wik had 2 hits apiece.

These two teams will face off again in the mini-series, which is a best-of-3 format. Keegan Yuhl, David Paulino, and Akeem Bostick will be the JetHawks' starters.

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Ryan Gorton (1-0)
L- Lachlan Madden (0-2, 1-4 season)

QC home runs: None.

Bobby Boyd hit a double in 3 at-bats, scored 2 runs, and stole 3 bases. He'll finish this season at the top of the organization with 40 steals. The Banditos went 6-6 in stolen bases, including a steal of home by Ramon Laureano (18).

Rogelio Armenteros allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 7 innings. The Cuban defector had a nice debut season, and he'll look to build upon this in 2016.

The River Bandits will begin their playoff journey in Cedar Rapids. In the first of a 3-game series, Josh James will take on Felix Jorge at 6:35 tomorrow.

Tri-City 6, Connecticut 1

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Michael Vinson (0-1)
S- Yeyfry Del Rosario (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats closed out the regular season on a winning note. They'll face Staten Island in the NYPL semifinals.

Bobby Wernes won the NYPL batting title with his .351 average. He also finished 6th in the league with an .832 OPS despite only having 8 extra-base hits (all doubles) for the entire campaign. Wernes, Anthony Hermelyn, and Kolbey Carpenter had 2 hits apiece, while Cesar Carrasco finished 3-4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.

In his first appearance since July 28, Austin Nicely allowed 2 hits in 1.2 innings. Jose Luis Hernandez pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. Harold Arauz allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 in 2.2 innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a hit in 1.1 innings to get the save.

The ValleyCats have yet to announce starters for their series against Staten Island.

Greeneville 10, Princeton 8 (series tied 1-1)

W- Samil De Los Santos
L- Ty Jackson

Greeneville home runs: Kyle Tucker (2 in playoffs; solo in 4th), Connor Goedert (2 in playoffs; solo in 4th), Rodrigo Ayarza (grand slam in 7th)

The Appy Astros erased an 8-3 deficit to force a deciding game 3 tonight.

Kyle Tucker and Connor Goedert both had 2 hits and scored twice, and they hit back-to-back blasts in the 4th to put Greeneville on the board. Myles Straw hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Rodrigo Ayarza brought the Appy Astros to within 1 with a grand slam in the 7th. The comeback was completed in the 9th thanks to an error following a 2-run single from Randy Cesar. Goedert scored the go-ahead run.

Samil De Los Santos got the win by striking out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

Everything is on the line now. Erasmo Pinales will start the decisive game 3, which will begin at 6:00 Eastern.

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/8

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

The minor league regular season wound up yesterday, but five Astros teams will start their postseasons on Wednesday and one moves on to the final game of the League Championship series tonight!

WISHING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

IF Kolby Carpenter (22)
Carpenter was born September 8, 1993 in Waco, Texas, and was drafted in the 33rd round in 2015 out of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He played for the Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats in 2015.

TWEET OF THE DAY

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Monday's Game: Salt Lake 8 over Fresno 5
Tyler White ended the season hitting .325/.442/.496 in 116 total games and .362/.467/.559 in 57 games after his promotion to AAA.

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Monday's Game: Corpus Christi 12 over San Antonio 8


Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

Monday's Game: High Desert 10 over Lancaster 4


Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Monday's Game: Beloit 4 over Quad Cities 3
Let that team ERA sink in. Now consider this. 37 pitchers came through Quad Cities during the season as many, many pitchers were promoted. Amazing job by the pitchers, the catchers and by Pitching Coach Dave Borkowski!

Playoff Picture: In the Midwest League, eight teams advance to the playoffs. As the Western Division first half champion, the River Bandits play the second place team from the first half, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, in a best-of-three division quarter final. The first game will be in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 9th and the second and third (if necessary) will be back in Davenport on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th. The River Bandits won the season series against the Kernels 9 games to 4.

TRI-CITY

Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Monday's Game: Tri-City 6 over Connecticut 1
Also of note, Austin Nicely pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in his first appearance since July 28th.

Playoff Picture: Tri-City finally found out who they will be playing in the semifinals on the last day of the regular season as the Staten Island Yankees claimed the McNamara Division Title. Game 1 will be played in Staten Island on Wednesday the 9th and Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played back home at The Joe. The season series between the two teams is a tie at 3-3.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Tied 1-1 with Princeton in the best-of-three League Championship Series

Monday's Game: Greeneville 10 over Princeton 8

What a gutty performance as Greeneville, down 8-3 after six innings, battled back with four runs in the seventh (thanks to a Rodrigo Ayarza grand slam!) and three more with two outs in the top of the ninth. As friend of the blog Steve Duer (aka Appy Astros) noted, the home team hasn't won a single game in the postseason. Let's hope that trend continues as Greeneville faces Princeton for the deciding Game 3 in Princeton tonight at 6:00 CST.

Playoff Picture: Now that Greeneville won the semifinals, they will go on to face Princeton in the League Championship Series, starting Sunday night at home with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) to be played in Princeton on Monday and Tuesday. The Astros and the Rays split the season series 3-3.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

Monday, September 7, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Appalachian League championship series kicks off.

Meanwhile, the River Bandits ran wild in Wisconsin.

Fresno 7, Salt Lake 0

W- Mike Hauschild (7-5, 12-6 season)
L- Nate Smith (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (20, solo in 2nd)

The Grizzlies scored 5 in the 2nd, and Mike Hauschild and 3 relievers kept the Bees off the board.

Hauschild allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and fanned 6 in 6 innings. Kevin Chapman, Jordan Jankowski, and James Hoyt each pitched a scoreless inning. Chapman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 7th, and Jankowski did the same in the 8th. Hoyt struck out the side in order in the 9th.

Matt Duffy's 20th homer of the year opened the scoring in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Tony Kemp added a 2-run double, and Tyler White hit a 2-run single. Joe Sclafani hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd and smacked an RBI double in the 7th. Duffy, Robbie Grossman, and Andrew Aplin had 2 hits apiece.

Last game of the year! Brett Oberholtzer will take on Tyler DeLoach at 11:05 A.M. Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, San Antonio 2

W- Kyle Westwood (11-7)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (6-14)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (10, 2-run in 9th)

The Hooks used a 5-run 5th to spur them on to a win.

Kyle Westwood had a fine start as well; the only complication he encountered in his 7 innings was giving up a 2-run homer to Taylor Lindsey in the 5th. Westwood allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Gonzalo Sañudo allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in 2 innings.

Teoscar Hernandez and Colin Moran drove in runs in the 3rd with a groundout and a double, respectively. Moran drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th, and A.J. Reed followed with a 2-run double. Jio Mier then hit a 2-run single, and Conrad Gregor capped it off with a 2-run homer in the 9th. Danry Vásquez, Jio, and Chan-Jong Moon had 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes will start the final game of the season. He'll take on Stephen Kohlscheen at 2:05.

Lancaster 5, High Desert 1

W- Akeem Bostick (6-4, 9-5 season)
L- David Perez (4-3)
S- Jordan Mills (2, 4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (29, 3-run in 8th)

Akeem Bostick turned in his best outing of the season, and Chase McDonald's homer was well-timed.

Bostick allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 9 over 8 innings. Enrique Chavez got 2 outs in the 9th with a double play, but he also allowed 3 hits. He left 2 runners on for Jordan Mills, who got Isiah Kiner-Falefa to fly out to James Ramsay for the final out.

Mott Hyde opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. J.D. Davis scored when McDonald grounded into a force out in the 6th, and with the JetHawks holding on to a 1-run lead in the 8th, McDonald smacked a 3-run homer. Hyde finished 3-4 with a double and a run scored.

On this final day of the regular season, Christian Powell will start for Lancaster. He'll face Dallas Gallant at 5:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 14, Beloit 2


W- Elieser Hernandez (3-3, 3-4 season)
L- Brett Graves (12-8)

QC home runs: Nick Tanielu (6, solo in 1st), Ramon Laureano (4, solo in 6th), Luis Reynoso (1, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos doled out a beatdown as everyone in the lineup got involved in a 19-hit assault.

Everyone who appeared in the game got a hit. Wander Franco, who came on as a defensive replacement for Nick Tanielu in the 6th, was the only River Bandit to not score a run. Everyone in the starting 9+1 did score.


Elieser Hernandez went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6. Zach Davis was the first man out; he went 2.1 innings and allowed a hit while striking out 5. Eric Peterson allowed 2 hits in a scoreless 9th.

Rogelio Armenteros will start today. He'll take on Joey Wagman at 2.

Connecticut 9, Tri-City 4

W- Ryan Milton (2-0)
L- Alex Winkelman (5-1, 7-2 season)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers took control of this game thanks to a 5-run 5th inning.

Alex Winkelman went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Adam Whitt was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. David Schmidt went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and fanned 1 in the 9th.

Kolbey Carpenter opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st. In the 7th, Richard Gonzalez hit a sac fly, and Pat Porter hit a 2-run double in the 9th. Gonzalez and Cesar Carrasco (2 R) both had 3 hits, while Brooks Marlow went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

In the final game of the regular season, Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Toller Boardman. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Princeton 12, Greeneville 2 (Princeton leads 1-0)

W- Spencer Moran
L- Albert Abreu

Greeneville home runs: None.

Well, that was a brutal beginning to the Appy League championship series for the Appy Astros. They'll have to win twice in Princeton now.

The pitching staff struggled mightily, and I will leave it at that. Cris Santamaria, who was the 4th pitcher to appear, was the only Greeneville hurler with a scoreless appearance as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3 innings.

Kyle Tucker, Christian Correa, and Randy Cesar all finished with 2 hits in this game. Both Appy Astros runs came in the 6th as Tucker scored on a Brauly Mejia groundout and Cesar scored on a wild pitch.

Salvador Montaño will get the start tonight. He'll face Blake Bivens at 7:00 Eastern.