Sunday, May 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 14, 2016

Let's play 2 in Beloit!

Nashville 9, Fresno 1

W- Chris Smith (2-5)
L- Brad Peacock (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies got smacked in their first foray against a PCL American Conference club.

Max Stassi's RBI double in the 9th was Fresno's only scoring play. Stassi also doubled in the 2nd inning.

Brad Peacock went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Jordan Jankowski pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits while fanning 6.

Brady Rodgers will be on the mound today. He'll take on a rehabbing Henderson Alvarez at 3:05 Eastern.

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 3

W- David Paulino (1-1)
L- Victor Payano (4-1)
S- Kyle Smith (1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Hooks have taken the first 4 from Frisco. They're really starting to put it all together now.

David Paulino turned in another fine start as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. The Riders spoiled the shutout when they got 3 off of Kyle Smith in the 9th with a double and a 2-run homer. It was a tough ending to Smith's night, especially because his first 3 innings were perfect. But, he pulled himself together and finished the game without any further incidents. Smith walked 1 and struck out 2 in his 4 innings.

Teoscar Hernandez opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 2nd. Corpus added 2 more in the 5th as Danry Vásquez hit an RBI single and Mott Hyde scored on a balk. In the 8th, J.D. Davis smoked his 3rd homer of the year, a 2-run shot that put the Hooks up 6-0 at that point.

Danry and Davis both had 2-hit nights, Chase McDonald hit a double, walked twice, and scored twice. Alex Bregman was 0-2, but he walked 3 times and scored a run. D.J. Fisher went 3-5 and stole his 4th base of the year.

The Hooks will look for a 5-game sweep as Brian Holmes takes the mound. He'll face Reed Garrett at 2:05.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-3)
L- Taylor Cox (0-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Lake Elsinore tied the game at 1 in the 6th, but the JetHawks quickly reclaimed control by scoring 6 in the bottom half of the inning.

Matt Bower was absolutely dominant in his California League debut, allowing just 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 10 over 5 shutout innings. Elieser Hernandez has struggled in his first crack at the Cal League, but he turned a solid performance as the tandem starter, allowing a run on 4 hits and striking out 3 in 4 innings of work.

Nick Tanielu put Lancaster on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. The JetHawks opened up the bottom of the 6th by loading the bases. Alejandro Garcia grounded into a force out that brought Ramon Laureano home. Kristian Trompiz beat out an RBI infield single, then stole 2nd. The throw down to 2nd was errant, and Garcia took advantage by scoring. Trompiz wound up scoring on an error that allowed Luis Reynoso to reach.

Nick Tanielu and Bobby Boyd both went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Boyd, who leads the system in steals, now has 18, while Tanielu stole his 3rd.

Dean Deetz will start for the JetHawks today. He'll face Dinelson Lamet at 2:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Beloit 7, Quad Cities 1

W- Boomer Biegalski (4-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got buried in game 1.

They recorded 3 hits in this game; Kyle Tucker had 2 of them, including an RBI single in the 7th. Connor Goedert hit a double.

Albert Abreu went 3+ innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2.

Game 2: Beloit 6, Quad Cities 1

W- Evan Manarino (3-0)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits did not fare much better in game 2, suffering the sweep in the twinbill.

Little Tuck added another 2-hit game. He's on an 8-game hitting streak; 7 of those 8 games have been multi-hit outings. Osvaldo Duarte singled to lead off the 6th and scored the lone Quad Cities run following 3 wild pitches in a row.

Justin Ferrell went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Juan Carlos Santos pitched an inning (final out of the 2nd, 2 outs in the 3rd) and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits and walked 1. Andrew Thome allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 3.1 scoreless.

The Banditos will look to avoid a series sweep as Alex Winkelman takes the hill. He'll face Xavier Altamirano at 2.

Four Stars

3 (tie).

Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
Doubleheader: 4-6, RBI

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (3)


David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 K


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Matt Bower, LHP, Lancaster
5 IP, H, 2 BB, 10 K; California League debut

Honorable Mentions

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: 3-5, SB (4)
- That average looks a bit nicer now. Fisher looks like he's starting to hit his stride.

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster: W (1-3), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K
- Hernandez is still looking to find his footing in a torturous pitching environment. This outing might be a good start.

Max Stassi, C, Fresno: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
- Solid night for Stassi as he looks to work his way back to Houston.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-4, RBI, R, SB (3)
- Nick Tanielu knows how to hit.

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