Thursday, April 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fresno 3, Salt Lake 2

W- Michael Feliz (1-0)
L- Tyler Skaggs (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (1, 2-run in 4th)

Jon Kemmer's 1st homer of the year proved to be the difference in a game where both pitching staffs only allowed 3 hits per side.

An error in the 3rd allowed Roberto Peña to score the first run of the evening. Kemmer's 2-run shot came in the 4th and was the Grizzlies' only extra-base hit of the evening.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both scored on a double) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Juan Minaya worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 6th. César Valdez threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit (a triple) and striking out 2, and James Hoyt locked it down, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Brad Peacock will take the mound for game 3 of this series; he'll face Chris Jones at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series against Frisco tonight at 7:05. Kyle Smith will take on Connor Sadzeck.

Lancaster 6, Rancho Cucamonga 3

W- Evan Grills (1-0)
L- Tommy Bergjans (1-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Well, the JetHawks did allow 2 home runs in this game, but Rancho only got 3 runs off of those blasts, and as a result, they avoided the sweep.

In the meantime, they jumped out to a 4-0 lead, as Alejandro Garcia grounded into a force out that scored Nick Tanielu in the 3rd. Tanielu swatted a 2-run double in the 4th, then stole 3rd and scored on the errant throw down. In the 7th, Ramon Laureano hit an RBI single, and Kristian Trompiz provided some insurance with an RBI single of his own in the 8th.

Tanielu, who finished 3-4, hit 2 doubles and scored twice. The stolen base was his 2nd theft of the year. Laureano finished 2-4.

Evan Grills went 5 innings, and the only run he surrendered came on a solo homer from Yusniel Diaz. Grills allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and fanned 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless. Angel Heredia served up a 2-run homer to Johan Mieses in the 8th. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out the side. Riley Ferrell finished it off by striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The California League iteration of the Astros-Rangers rivalry kicks off once again, as the JetHawks will make the jaunt over to Adelanto to take on High Desert for 4 games. Dean Deetz will start game 1, and he'll be going up against Colin Wiles. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 2

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0)
L- David Lucroy (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos broke a 2-2 tie with 3 in the 8th to win the rubber game of this series. Both of their series wins have come on the road.

Albert Abreu went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Jacob Dorris shut it down, allowing just 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 4 over 3.1 scoreless to get the W.

Bobby Wernes opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd, and he came around to score on a Daz Cameron single. Johnny Sewald led off the 8th with a double. He then stole 3rd (4) and scored the go-ahead run on a Connor Goedert single. Brooks Marlow provided the insurance with an RBI double, and an error on the play allowed Goedert to come home.

Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup had a hit; Aaron Mizell and Tony Nuñez had 2 apiece.

The second leg of the River Bandits' current roadtrip takes them to suburban Chicago, where they'll play 4 against Kane County. In the opener, Matt Bower will go against Justin Donatella. First pitch is at 6:30.

Three Four Stars


James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Riley Ferrell, RHP, Lancaster
Hoyt: Save (4), IP, 2 K
Ferrell: Save (3), IP, K


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Jacob Dorris, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 3.1 IP, H, BB, 4 K


Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster
3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (2)

Honorable Mentions

Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
- Del Rosario is still young (he'll turn 22 next Wednesday), so time's still very much on his side. The Astros gave him another shot after the Blue Jays cast him aside, and he's done a commendable job so far.

Michael Feliz, RHP, Fresno: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- A solid rebound after a tough first start in his return to Fresno.

Albert Abreu. RHP, Quad Cities: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
- The ERA may be rather unsightly thanks to a bad inning in his prior start, but Albert Abreu's peripheral stats really jump out. Other than that inning in which he got knocked around, I'd say he's been as good as advertised.

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