Monday, May 2, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 1, 2016

Let's.... try to play 2 in the Quad Cities!

El Paso 4, Fresno 3

W- Daniel McCutchen (4-1)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-1)
S- Jose Dominguez (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies had to settle for a split as they were edged by the Chihuahuas in the series finale. Fresno has split all three of their home series so far.

Both teams scored twice in the 2nd inning; Fresno's 2 came in the form of an RBI double from Jon Kemmer and a Nolan Fontana RBI single. Jon Singleton hit a sac fly in the 3rd that gave the Grizz a 3-2 lead. Colin Moran went 2-4 with a run scored.

The Grizzlies did threaten in the bottom of the 5th, but they left 2 runners in scoring position to end the inning, and Tony Kemp was on as the tying run in the 8th, but he too was stranded.

Tommy Shirley dropped his first decision of the year, as he allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Jordan Jankowski worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1, and Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

Tonight, the Grizzlies welcome Reno to town for a 4-game set. Brad Peacock will take on Archie Bradley in game 1; first pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 3

W- Chris Cotton (1-0)
L- Jose Leclerc (0-4)
S- Aaron West (2)

CC home runs: Chan-Jong Moon (1, solo in 3rd)

The Hooks got on the board in the series as they got 2 in the top of the 7th to nip the Roughriders.

Keegan Yuhl went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 3, and struck out 6. Chris Cotton tagged in and got the win in relief; he walked 1 over 1.2 scoreless, and Aaron West shut the door with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

Corpus couldn't get much going against a rehabbing Yu Darvish, but they got themselves going once he left. Chan-Jong Moon put the Hooks on the board with a solo shot in the 3rd. Danry Vásquez hit an RBI single in the 6th, then stole his way to 3rd. The big hit of the evening belonged to D.J. Fisher, who cracked 2-run double to put Corpus on top 4-3. Moon reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances; he finished 2-2 with a stolen base (2), 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.

Joe Musgrove will start the series finale; he'll face Sam Wolff at 7:05.

Lake Elsinore 3, Lancaster 2

W- Chris Huffman (3-1)
L- Scott Weathersby (0-3)
S- Jose Torres (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks got 2 in the 8th to make it a 1-run game, but they weren't able to extend the game.

Nick Tanielu drove in those 2 runs in the 8th with a single. He went 2-3 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game.

Scott Weathersby went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Yeyfry Del Rosario followed with 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Lancaster will now start a 4-game series with Inland Empire and their eardrum-breaking train horn. In game 1, Elieser Hernandez will take on Tyler Carpenter. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

West Michigan 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Beau Burrows (1-1)
L- Justin Ferrell (0-1)
S- Jake Shull (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th and they managed to make it a 1-run game, but the Whitecaps were just able to escape with game 1 of the twinbill.

Three 1-out singles from Brooks Marlow, Aaron Mizell, and Daz Cameron loaded the bases for Quad Cities in the 7th. Marlon Avea went down on strikes for the 2nd out, but Tony Nuñez and Johnny Sewald both drew walks to bring in 2 runs. Unfortunately, the threat ended when Osvaldo Duarte was called out on strikes to end the game. Daz finished 2-3.

In his season debut, Justin Ferrell went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Zac Person allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless.

The rain came again and wiped out game 2 of the doubleheader. Game 2 will not be made up.

Quad Cities will now hit the road for 6 games; their first stop is Midland, Michigan. They'll be visiting the Great Lakes Loons for 3 starting tonight at 6:05. Albert Abreu will get the start in game 1, and he'll take on Isaac Anderson.

Three Stars


Photo by Bryan Green
Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster
3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K


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Zac Person, LHP, Quad Cities
2.1 IP, 4 K


Chan-Jong Moon, IF, Corpus Christi
2-2, solo HR (1), 2 R, 2 BB, SB (2)

Honorable Mentions

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-3, 2 RBI
- After an 0-fer, Tanielu wasted little time in getting back on track.

Chris Cotton, LHP, Corpus Christi: W (1-0) 1.2 IP, BB
Aaron West, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (2), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- Cotton and West came out with fine relief outings as they picked up Keegan Yuhl and sealed the win for the Hooks.

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: Go-ahead 2-RBI 2B in 7th
- Despite the unattractive .218 average, Fisher is still sporting a .774 OPS, which means that he's getting on base (16 BB, .351 OBP) and making some solid contact (9 XBH). Getting his bat going would be a massive boost to a Hooks offense that is still searching for a spark while Alex Bregman is on the shelf.

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