Thursday, April 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The rain just seems to find the Fresno Grizzlies. Luckily, they were able to get this game in.

Fresno 6, Salt Lake 0

W- Tommy Shirley (1-0)
L- Yunesky Maya (1-1)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (2, grand slam in 4th)

A 2-hour rain delay pushed back the first pitch of this one, but the Grizzlies weren't fazed; they got a big inning on offense, and 5 pitchers combined to throw a shutout.

Tommy Shirley started it off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Edwar Cabrera, Jordan Jankowski, Jandel Gustave, and James Hoyt all threw scoreless innings to finish it off. Cabrera struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 6th, Jankowski worked around 2 hits in the 7th, Gustave had a 1-2-3 8th, getting 2 groundouts and a flyout, and Hoyt allowed a hit, but he finished it off without any complications.

Jon Kemmer drove in the first run of the night with an RBI single in the 2nd. The Grizz put up 5 in the 4th as Tony Kemp drew a bases-loaded walk, and one batter later, Danny Worth cleared them with a grand slam. Worth finished 2-5, while Nolan Fontana scored 2 runs.

Michael Feliz takes the mound in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will kick off a 3-game series in Tulsa tonight at 7:05. Joe Musgrove will face Chris Anderson.

Stockton 4, Lancaster 3

W- Koby Gauna (1-0)
L- Angel Heredia (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks' bid to sweep the series was foiled as they walked off with a loss in the finale.

Scott Weathersby shined in his season debut, scattering 4 hits and fanning 5 over 6 shutout innings. Unfortunately, he had to settle for a no-decision. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the JetHawks bullpen, and he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 2 while getting 2 outs in the 6th. Kevin Comer walked 2 and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Angel Heredia allowed the game-winning hit, which was a 2-run double with 2 outs in the 9th; the runs were unearned, and he walked 2 in the inning.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring in the 2nd when he came home on an error that allowed Jose Fernandez to reach. In the 3rd inning, Bobby Boyd singled, stole his way to 3rd, and scored on a Jason Martin triple. Boyd, who finished 2-5 with the 2 steals, hit into a fielder's choice in the 5th that drove in Alejandro Garcia. Drew Ferguson was 2-4 with a double and a stolen base (3).

Tonight, Lancaster opens up the home portion of its schedule as they begin a 4-game series with High Desert. Elieser Hernandez will start the opener, and he will face Ariel Jurado at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Peoria 3

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-1)
L- Tyler Bray (0-1)
S- Andrew Thome (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took their first series of the year thanks to a 3-run 8th that put them in the lead.

Aaron Mizell scored Quad Cities' first run on a wild pitch in the 3rd, which tied the game at 1. The Chiefs got 1 in the 6th to take the lead, but Pat Porter came home on another wild pitch in the 7th to bring the Bandits back even. The tie would be short-lived however, as Peoria got 1 in the bottom half to re-take the lead. It didn't matter to the Banditos, though, because Porter came through with a 2-run triple in the 8th, and he wound up scoring himself thanks to an error.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings, and Andrew Thome got a 5-out save, striking out 1.

After that brief roadtrip, the River Bandits will return home to open a 4-game set against Kane County. In game 1, Albert Abreu will take on Alex Young. First pitch is at 7.

Four Stars


Photo by Bryan Green
Pat Porter, OF, Quad Cities
Go-ahead 2-RBI 3B in 8th, 2 R


Photo by Bryan Green
Scott Weathersby, RHP, Lancaster
6 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno
W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K


Danny Worth, IF, Fresno
2-5, Grand Slam (2)

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Thome, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 1.2 IP, K
- Thome has become one of the go-to relievers out of the Quad Cities bullpen in the early going, and he's been more than up to the task.

Fresno bullpen: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K
- Solid work in completing the shutout.

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB (3)
- The speedster from West Virginia wreaked havoc at the top of the JetHawks lineup.

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