Saturday, April 23, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for April 21-22, 2016

Well.... let's see if the Astros' system has some better luck against the Rangers system.

Fresno

The Grizzlies had to settle for the split as they lost the final 2 games of their series with Salt Lake.

Jon Singleton's big night on Thursday wasn't enough to propel the Grizz to victory as they fell 9-6. The game was tied at 4 at one point, but the Bees went on a 5-2 run from the 6th-8th innings to seize control. Singleton went 4-4 and scored half of Fresno's runs in this one.

Brad Peacock allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Jandel Gustave was the only Fresno pitcher to have a scoreless outing as he worked around a hit in the 9th to do so; he fanned 2 in the process.

Not much went right for Fresno on Friday... when you have more errors than hits, then it's definitely not your night. They dropped the series finale 8-1. Eury Perez had 2 of Fresno's 3 hits, and he scored their only run of the evening on a Nolan Fontana sac fly in the 3rd.

Asher Wojciechowski allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and fanned 6 in 3.2 innings. César Valdez went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits while striking out 4. Juan Minaya pitched the final 2 innings, allowing an unearned run on a double, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Fresno will start a 4-game series in Reno tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Brady Rodgers will be on the mound.

Corpus Christi

Unfortunately, it appears that the effects of the Astros getting swept in South Oklahoma is afflicting their minor league affiliates in their battle with the Rangers' affiliates. The Hooks have dropped their first 2 games against Frisco.

On Thursday, they couldn't recover from a 5-0 deficit after 2 innings and could only muster up 2 hits in a 5-2 defeat. One of those 2 hits was a 2-run homer from D.J. Fisher, his first in the Texas League.

The bullpen managed to throw 7 scoreless innings, but again, the bats went quiet. Michael Freeman allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 2 innings, David Paulino allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 in 4 innings, and Reymin Guduan worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

In Friday's game, the Hooks also fell behind early and were never really in it, losing 9-3. Jack Mayfield hit a solo shot in the 8th, his 3rd homer of the season. Fisher was 2-5 with a double and an RBI.

Rough night for Francis Martes... and we'll leave it at that. Brian Holmes allowed a solo homer to Alex Burg, which was the only run he allowed in 4 innings of work. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 6. Brendan McCurry struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Edison Frias will look to get the Hooks on the board in the series as he takes the mound tonight. He'll face Victor Payano at 7:05.

Lancaster

It really does feel like there's some sort of trickle-down effect going on, because the JetHawks have also lost their first 2 games to High Desert, which is a... Rangers affiliate. Sheesh.

Lancaster couldn't hold on to a 5-2 lead in Thursday's contest. Nick Tanielu and Bobby Boyd both homered in the 1st inning; it's the first home run of the year for the two of them. Tanielu finished 2-4.

Dean Deetz got the start, and in 4.2 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 6, and struck out 2.

The JetHawks tied the game at 4 with 2 runs in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Mavericks break the game wide open with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th. That big inning proved to be the difference as Lancaster went down 11-4.

Jason Martin went 3-4 with a triple and scored twice. Marc Wik hit an RBI double in the 2nd and was credited with an RBI after reaching on an error in the 8th.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen and was the only JetHawks pitcher to not allow a run, throwing a scoreless 6th with 2 strikeouts. He did face a bases-loaded situation with a hit and a couple of walks, but he escaped unscathed.

In game 3 of this series, Josh James will take on Cole Wiper. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities

The River Bandits took the first 2 games in their series Kane County as they extended their winning streak to 4.

On Thursday, they won by a final count of 4-3 in 10 innings. Anthony Hermelyn reached base safely in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 and drawing a walk. 2 of those 3 hits were doubles. Kyle Tucker went 2-5 with a double and an RBI single in the 7th; an error following his RBI single resulted in another run for Quad Cities. Dex McCall also had a 2-hit game; his RBI single in the 2nd opened the scoring. Brooks Marlow was 3-5 and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a passed ball in the 10th.

Matt Bower allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 in 4 innings. Zac Person worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th. Chris Murphy allowed 2 hits over 3 scoreless frames, and Andrew Thome allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings to get the win.

The Banditos were held to 3 hits on Friday, but they managed to escape with a 3-2 win. Bobby Wernes' groundout in the 6th produced the only RBI for Quad Cities; Tony Nuñez and Brooks Marlow scored on errors in the 3rd and the 6th, respectively.

Sebastian Kessay has had a rough start to his 2016, but he took a big step in the right direction as he allowed just 1 hit (a double), an unearned run, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Ryan Deemes got the win as he worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Kevin McCanna got the 4-inning save as he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Rogelio Armenteros will start game 3 of this series; he'll face Taylor Clarke at 1.

*Three Stars and Honorable Mentions will return in Saturday's recaps.

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