Friday, May 20, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 19, 2016


Fresno 4, Memphis 2

W- Joe Musgrove (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Jeremy Hefner (2-2)
S- James Hoyt (9)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (6, 2-run in 5th), Tyler Heineman (2, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies bounced back from getting swept by coming out on top to start the second leg of their tour of Tennessee.

Joe Musgrove got his first win at the AAA level with 6 solid innings. The only snag he encountered came in the form of a 2-run home run hit by David Washington in the 6th. Musgrove allowed three other hits and struck out 7. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman, and James Hoyt all threw scoreless innings to finish it off. Jankowski struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th, Chapman worked around a walk to strike out the side in the 8th, and Hoyt got his PCL-leading 9th save of the year by working around a walk and a hit in the final inning, striking out 2.

Jack Mayfield opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd, his first RBI in the PCL. The other three Fresno runs came via the longball: Danny Worth smacked a 2-run shot in the 5th, and Tyler Heineman provided some insurance with a solo blast in the 9th. Matt Duffy finished 2-4 with a run scored.

Brad Peacock will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Artie Reyes at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 4

W- Michael Freeman (3-1)
L- Ramon Benjamin (0-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (7)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis 3 (7; solo in 4th, 2-run in 8th, 2-run in 9th), Alex Bregman (10, 2-run in 8th)
The Hooks got their 10th win in a row and finished off a sweep of their I-37 rivals. They seized control of this game thanks to a late onslaught and a monster night from J.D. Davis, who became the first Hook since Domingo Santana to hit 3 home runs in a game. 

Davis opened the scoring with his first home run of the evening, a solo shot in the 4th. Corpus erased a 3-1 deficit by busting loose for 5 runs in the 8th. Teoscar Hernandez led off the inning by drawing a walk, and then Alex Bregman tied the game with a 2-run homer. James Ramsay got plunked, and Davis put the Hooks in front with his second homer of the game. Rodrigo Ayarza drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI single. Davis wasn't quite done yet... he capped off the night with another 2-run homer in the 9th. 

J.D. Davis finished 4-5 with 3 runs scored (all on his homers) and is now on a 7-game hitting streak. Trent Woodward went 2-3 with a double and scored a run. Alex Bregman, who finished 2-5, is the first man in the system to hit 10 homers this season. James Ramsay scored 2 runs. 

Keegan Yuhl went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Michael Freeman allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.1 innings, and Brendan McCurry pitched the final 1.2 innings to get the save, allowing a hit and striking out 4.

Tonight, the Hooks will start a 4-game series in Midland. Kyle Smith will face Chris Jensen at 7.

Lancaster 7, Inland Empire 6

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Nate Fury (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (2)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (3, solo in 1st), Garrett Stubbs (4, 3-run in 6th)

The JetHawks fought back from a 5-1 deficit to sweep the 66ers out of The Hangar.

Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 1 run in 2.1 innings; that 1 run was a solo homer from Tim Arakawa in the 8th. Del Rosario allowed two other hits and struck out 4. Eric Peterson struck out 3 over 1.2 perfect innings to get the save.

Drew Ferguson put Lancaster on the board first by smacking a homer to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Inland Empire put up 5 in the 2nd to take the lead, but the JetHawks responded by scoring in their next 4 innings, culminating in Garrett Stubbs' 3-run homer in the 6th inning. In the 3rd, Ferguson added an RBI double to his ledger. Luis Reynoso hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Ferguson scored on a wild pitch in the 5th. Garrett Stubbs completed the comeback by clubbing a 3-run homer in the 6th, extending his hitting streak to 16 games in the process.

Ferguson's 2 hits drove in 2 runs. He also scored 3 runs, drew 2 walks, and stole his 10th base of the season. Jason Martin went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Ramon Laureano went 0-3, but he still managed to steal 2 bases. Laureano now has 18 stolen bases on the year, which puts him in a tie atop the system with Bobby Boyd and Kyle Tucker.

Tonight, the California League iteration of the Lone Star Series kicks off once again. Matt Bower will start for Lancaster. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Clinton 4

W- Andrew Thome (2-2)
L- Lukas Schiraldi (3-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the rubber game of their series by storming out to an 8-0 lead after 2 innings.

Kyle Tucker kicked things off with a 2-run double in the 1st. He later scored when Connor Goedert grounded into a fielder's choice. Anthony Hermelyn scored another run when Dex McCall grounded into a double play. Quad Cities got 4 more in the 2nd thanks to RBI singles from Aaron Mizell, Little Tuck, and Dex McCall, and a sac fly from Osvaldo Duarte. Mizell added an RBI groundout in the 5th for the River Bandits' final run of the evening.

Mizell (2 RBI, 2 R) and McCall (RBI single) had 3 hits apiece. Tucker, who drove in 3 and scored twice, has 11 multi-hit games in the month of May after his 2-5 showing. Bobby Wernes finished 2-4 with a double and scored twice.

In his season debut, Makay Nelson went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome tagged in for 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Zac Person allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over the final 1.2 innings.

Albert Abreu will be on the mound tonight as the River Bandits are starting a 4-game series in Cedar Rapids tonight. First pitch is at 6:35.

Three Stars

Unlike most nights, the #1 star was a fairly easy choice.


Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R 


Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, solo HR (3), 3 R, 2 BB, SB (10)


J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
4-5, 3 HR (7), 5 RBI, 3 R

Honorable Mentions

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi: 2-5, 2-R HR (10)
- The Texas League may just celebrate when Bregman can no longer terrorize them.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Fresno: W (1-0, 3-1 season), 6 IP, 6 H (2-run homer), 2 ER, 7 K
- Home run notwithstanding, Musgrove turned in yet another fine performance as he looks dead-set on finishing 2016 with the big club.

Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: W (1-1, 2-1 season). 2.1 IP, 3 H (solo homer), ER, 4 K
- Del Rosario has a 6.06 ERA, but that's because he allowed 8 runs in one outing. Other than that, he's really pitched well in Lancaster. After starting the season with 1 appearance for Corpus, he might finish it with the Hooks.

Aaron Mizell, IF, Quad Cities: 3-5, 2 RBI 2 R
- Mizell is starting to get himself going at the plate.

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster: 3-R HR (4) in 6th, 16-game hitting streak
- Stubbs with the big hit to complete the JetHawks' comeback.

Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (7), 1.2 IP, H, 4 K
- McCurry continues to rack up the strikeouts.

Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno: IP, BB, 3 K
- Chapman has struck out the last 8 batters that he's faced.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: Save (9), IP, H, BB, 2 K
- This outing wasn't as clean as his last 4, but when James Hoyt is on the mound, opposing teams' chances of victory are significantly diminished.

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