Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 11, 2016

Welcome back, Lance McCullers!

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 2

W- César Valdez (1-0)
L- Chris O'Grady (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz mounted a late rally that put them in the lead and eventually gave them the W.

Tony Kemp scored the first run of the game on a Danny Worth GIDP in the 1st. That was their only run until the 7th inning, but it was well worth the wait as they seized control with 3 runs in the frame. Eury Perez tied the game at 2 with an RBI single, and one batter later, A.J. Reed put Fresno in front with a 2-run single. Kemp drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

The top of the order dished out the punishment for the Grizzlies, as Kemp finished 4-5, Perez went 3-4 with a stolen base (3), and Reed went 2-4 with a double to go along with his 2-run single. Tyler Heineman was 2-4 with a run scored. Andrew Aplin was 0-2, but he scored 2 runs and stole a base (2).

Brady Rodgers allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Cesar Valdez, Edwar Cabrera, Jordan Jankowski, and James Hoyt all worked a scoreless inning. Valdez worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 6th, Cabrera threw a 1-2-3 7th, Jankowski walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 8th. Hoyt got the save, and in the process, he pulled off the rare feat of striking out 4 in one inning. One of his victims was able to reach base, but he still slammed the door.

Mike Hauschild makes his season debut in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Nate Smith at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, Springfield 4 in 12 innings

W- Michael Freeman (1-0)
L- Joey Donofrio (0-1)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman 2 (2; 2-run in 1st, walk-off solo in 12th), Evan Gattis (2, solo in 3rd)

The Hooks drew even in this series by walking off with the victory.

Corpus seems to be taking a page out of the Astros' book, because 4 of their 5 runs were products of home runs. Alex Bregman became the first player in the system to post a multi-homer game; his 2-run blast opened the scoring, and he ended the game with a solo shot in the 12th inning. Evan Gattis' rehab went very well, as he smacked a solo shot in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th inning to bring in the other Hooks run.

Bregman (2 HR, 3 RBI) and Teoscar Hernandez both finished with 2 hits at the top of the order.

Lance McCullers made his first rehab start, and in 3 innings, the only run he allowed was a solo shot to Bruce Caldwell. Lance allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron West went 2 innings, and he too was taken deep by Caldwell for a solo shot. West allowed one other hit and fanned 2. Edison Frias allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Reymin Guduan was next; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Michael Freeman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 12th inning.

The rubber game of this series pits Keegan Yuhl and Joe Musgrove against Mike Mayers. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, Stockton 5

W- Josh James (1-0)
L-  Joey Wagman (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Finally, the JetHawks were able to play 9 innings. They seized control of this game with a 6-run 7th and tacked on 2 more in the 8th for good measure.

Garrett Stubbs opened the scoring with a check-swing 2-run single in the 1st inning. In that big 7th, Kristian Trompiz grounded into a force out that allowed Stubbs to score. Bobby Boyd and Ramon Laureano added RBI singles, and then Nick Tanielu ripped a 2-run double. Jamie Ritchie capped off the outburst with an RBI single. In the 8th, Trompiz scored on a passed ball, and Jason Martin drove in the last Lancaster run with an RBI single.

Tanielu (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Boyd (RBI, 2 R, SB [1]) both finished 2-5.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell fanned 2 in a 1-2-3 5th. Josh James tagged in for 3.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Ryan Thompson got the final out of the game, but he also allowed a hit that allowed James' runner to score.

Scott Weathersby will take the hill for the JetHawks tonight. First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific.

Peoria 8, Quad Cities 4

W- Junior Fernandez (1-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos held a 4-0 lead after 5 innings.... and then it went all horribly wrong.

Kevin McCanna was excellent in his season debut, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Sadly, everything caved in on Sebastian Kessay and Zac Person. Kessay allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), 2 hits, and walked 3 as he only got 1 out in the 6th. Person allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Jacob Dorris threw a 1-2-3 8th, but the damage was done.

Johnny Sewald singled to lead off the game, and it didn't take long for him to come around to score as Osvaldo Duarte ripped an RBI triple. Duarte later scored on an Anthony Hermelyn RBI single. In the 2nd, Sewald ripped an RBI double, and Kyle Tucker added a sac fly in the 5th. Sewald went 2-5 with the RBI double and scored twice.

Alex Winkelman will get the start in game 2 of this series, with Rogelio Armenteros following him out of the bullpen. He'll face Brennan Leitao at 6:30.

Three Stars

Tough decision. Does the 4-hit game trump 5 shutout innings?


Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
4-5, RBI, R


Photo from MiLB.com

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 3 H, 3 K


Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI; walk-off solo HR in 12th

Honorable Mentions

Eury Perez, OF, Fresno: 3-5, RBI, R
- A valuable depth option should the Houston outfield run into some injury issues.

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- Still no homers, but he's still trucking along at the plate.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno; Save (1), IP, 4 K
- That's not a typo.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
- He's started out a bit slow, mainly because Lancaster's season is completely out of sync, but Tanielu has consistently performed at each stop. He should really thrive in the Cali League.

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