Sunday, April 24, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 23, 2016

Reno 5, Fresno 3

W- Archie Bradley (2-1)
L- Brady Rodgers (0-2)
S- Jake Barrett (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies made it interesting when they cut into the Aces' 5-1 lead in the 9th by scoring a couple of runs, but their comeback bid fell short. Both teams scored a run in the 3rd, but Reno got 2 in the 5th and the 6th, so those runs were the difference in this game.

Danny Worth led off the 3rd with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a Colin Moran groundout. Nolan Fontana hit an RBI single in the 9th and later scored on an error. Fresno had runners on the corners, but A.J. Reed struck out to end the game. Fontana and Reed both had 2-hit nights.

Brady Rodgers allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3 in 5.2 innings. Kevin Chapman allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings; he inherited 2 runners from Rodgers in the 6th, neither of which scored. James Hoyt allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 8th.

Game 2 of this series is at 1:05 Pacific. Mike Hauschild will be facing Kyle Drabek, son of former Astro Doug Drabek.

Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 2

W- Edison Frias (1-0)
L- Jose Leclerc (0-3)
S- Reymin Guduan (1)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, solo in 3rd)

The Hooks got on board in the series behind a dominant showing from their bullpen.

Edison Frias allowed a 2-run homer to Ryan Cordell in the 1st, which was all that the RoughRiders got on offense in this game. Frias wound up going 6 innings and allowed 4 other hits (all singles), walked 2, and struck out 5. Brendan McCurry and Reymin Guduan pitched the final 3 innings and did not allow a baserunner. McCurry struck out 2 in 1.2 innings and Guduan struck out all 4 Frisco batters he faced to get the save.

Corpus only got 3 hits, but they scored more runs, and last I checked, that determines the winner of a baseball game.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the bottom of the 1st by drawing a walk. He advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and then scored the Hooks' first run of the game on a Jack Mayfield single. D.J. Fisher slammed a solo homer in the 3rd to tie the game at 2. Teoscar drew another walk to lead off the bottom of the 5th and ended up scoring the last run of the game on a James Ramsay groundout. He also stole 2 bases, giving him 6 on the season. Alfredo Gonzalez led off the 6th with a single; he was the last player on either side to reach base in this game.

The Hooks will look for the split as Cy Sneed takes the hill. He'll face Reed Garrett at 2:05.

High Desert 10, Lancaster 9

W- John Fasola (1-0)
L- Edgardo Sandoval (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Jamie Ritchie (1, 2-run in 9th)

Jamie Ritchie hit a 2-run homer with 2 outs in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 9.... and then High Desert walked off with the win. The JetHawks also erased a 5-2 deficit with a 4-run 6th, and the Mavericks also turned the tables on them there by re-taking the lead with 3 in the bottom of the 6th.

Ritchie's other hit was an RBI double in the 2nd that put Lancaster on the board. He eventually scored on an Alejandro Garcia groundout. Bryan Muñiz hit a sac fly in the 5th. The JetHawks loaded the bases with 3 walks to begin the 6th, and Marc Wik drew the 4th walk to bring in Ramon Laureano. Garcia followed with a 2-run single, and Kristian Trompiz added a sac fly to drive in the final run of the frame.

The JetHawks left their half of the 6th with a 7-5 lead, but High Desert got 3 in the 6th to re-take the lead and tacked on 1 more in the 7th to make it a 9-7 game, and that's where it stood heading into the 9th. Laureano drew a 1-out walk, then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Nick Tanielu went down on strikes for the 2nd out, and then Ritchie tied the game with his 1st homer of the year. The blast actually sparked a 2-out rally in which Lancaster had a chance to take the lead yet again, as Wik and Garcia both singled and found themselves in scoring position, but they were stranded in the end.

Wik and Garcia both finished with 3 hits; Laureano, Wik, and Nick Tanielu all scored 2 runs, while Ritchie scored 3 times.

It was bullpen night for Lancaster, as no pitcher went for more than 2 innings. Josh James got the start, and he allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Eric Peterson technically threw a scoreless outing, but he did allow the runner that he inherited from James to score. He went 1.1 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell and Ryan Thompson both threw 2 innings with varying degrees of success. Ferrell allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1; Thompson got knocked around, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and striking out 3. Edgardo Sandoval struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, but faced 4 batters in the 9th and failed to record an out. He allowed the game-winning hit, a single from Juremi Profar. Sandoval allowed 3 hits in the 9th and issued an intentional walk.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Scott Weathersby gets the start. He'll face Luis Ortiz at 1:05 Pacific.

Kane County 1, Quad Cities 0

W- Taylor Clarke (2-1)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (0-2)
S- Jared Miller (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos saw their 4-game winning streak go by the wayside as they were kept off of the scoreboard

The offense only got 5 hits; Dex McCall and Anthony Hermelyn both doubled.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed the only run of the game on a single in the 6th. He walked 3 and struck out 5; 2 of the 3 hits he allowed came in the 6th. Adam Whitt was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Alex Winkelman will start the series finale. First pitch is at 1.

Three Four Stars


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Alejandro Garcia, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 3 RBI


Jamie Ritchie, C, Lancaster
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 R


Brendan McCurry, RHP, and Reymin Guduan, LHP, Corpus Christi
McCurry: Hold (1), 1.2 IP, 2 K
Guduan: Save (1): 1.1 IP, 4 K

Honorable Mentions

Marc Wik, UTIL, Lancaster: 3-4, RBI, 2 R

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: IP, H, 3 K
- Hoyt has been absolutely filthy to begin the year.

Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi: W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H (2-run homer), 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Frias started later than most Latin players, but he's been a solid performer at every stop in his career, and he's putting it all together in Corpus.

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