Monday, May 30, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 2016

Recapping the weekend that was in the Astros' minor league system.


The Grizzlies split the weekend with Colorado Springs, winning 8-4 on Saturday and dropping a 7-5 decision on Sunday.

Saturday: Fresno 8, Colorado Springs 4

W- James Hoyt (3-2)
L- Jaye Chapman (3-1)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (5, 2-run in 3rd), Danny Worth (7, walk-off grand slam)

6 of their 8 runs on Saturday came via the home run. Jon Kemmer scored the first run of the game on an error following a Jack Mayfield single in the 3rd. Later in the frame, Matt Duffy smacked a 2-run homer (5). A.J. Reed drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th to give the Grizz a 4-2 lead at that point. Colorado Springs put up 1 in the 6th and 1 more in the 7th to tie the game at 4, and that's where it stood until the bottom of the 9th. This game was one out away from going to extra innings, but suddenly, Duffy smacked a double. Jon Singleton got a free pass to 1st, and then Preston Tucker drew an unintentional walk to load the bases for Danny Worth, who sent the Chukchansi Park crowd home in absolute ecstasy by whacking a walk-off grand slam. Duffy and Eury Perez both finished 2-5 in this game.

Tommy Shirley went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski allowed a run on a double in the 7th. He walked 1 and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. Josh Fields worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and James Hoyt worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Sunday: Colorado Springs 7, Fresno 5

W- Austin Ross (3-1)
L- Jandel Gustave (1-2)
S- Jacob Barnes (1)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (1, solo in 5th), Andrew Aplin (3, 2-run in 6th)

The Sky Sox scored 3 in the 8th on Sunday to snatch the win.

Worth scored the first Fresno run in the 4th on an error that allowed Jon Kemmer to reach. Max Stassi connected for his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the 5th. Stassi added an RBI double to his ledger in the 6th, and one batter later, Andrew Aplin clubbed a 2-run homer to put Fresno in front. Stassi, Worth, and A.J. Reed all had 2 hits on the day.

Brad Peacock allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kevin Chapman was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Jandel Gustave couldn't hold the lead, as he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 while only getting 2 outs in the 8th. Jordan Jankowski struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect frames.

The series concludes today as César Valdez takes on Jorge Lopez. First pitch is at 11:05 A.M. Pacific.

Corpus Christi

After taking game 1 of their series against Northwest Arkansas, the Naturals took the final 2 games of the series.

Saturday: Northwest Arkansas 6, Corpus Christi 5 in 12 innings

W- Kevin McCarthy (3-1)
L- Eric Peterson (0-1, 1-1 season)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (9, 2-run in 3rd)

The Hooks scored 4 runs in the 3rd, but they could only push across 1 run the rest of the way.

Alex Bregman opened the scoring by ripping an RBI double in the 3rd. He scored on a single from D.J. Fisher, and then J.D. Davis clubbed a 2-run homer. Fisher hit another RBI single in the 7th inning. Carlos Gomez served as the DH in this one and went 3-6 with a run scored. Fisher (2 RBI singles, R) and Chase McDonald both finished 2-5.

Evan Grills pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Francis Martes tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and fanning 3. Brendan McCurry fanned 4 over 2 perfect frames, and Eric Peterson allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2 innings.

Sunday: Northwest Arkansas 4, Corpus Christi 1

W- Jake Junis (4-3)
L- Brian Holmes (3-2)
S- Kyle Bartsch (1)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (10, solo in 4th)

The Hooks' bats went silent as they dropped 2 of 3 to the Naturals.

Fisher went 2-4 on Sunday and his solo blast was the Hooks' only scoring play.

Brian Holmes turned in 6 solid innings, but the dearth of offense condemned him to the L. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3. Edison Frias allowed a hit and walked 3 over 2 scoreless, and Angel Heredia allowed a 2-run homer to Jack Lopez in the 9th. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the inning.

The Hooks have today off. Now, they'll embark on their first of 2 tours of Arkansas, beginning with 3 in Little Rock tomorrow night.


The JetHawks continued the California League iteration of the Lone Star Series.

Saturday: High Desert 5, Lancaster 3

W- Felix Carvallo (4-0)
L- Trent Thornton (1-2)
S- Ryan Ledbetter (2)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (6, solo in 9th)

The Mavericks broke a 2-2 tie with 3 in the 8th. Lancaster managed to pull a run back, but they couldn't get a comeback going.

Lancaster got 2 in the 4th on a Drew Ferguson RBI groundout and a Jamie Ritchie RBI single. Jason Martin smacked a solo homer in the 9th, his 6th of the year. Garrett Stubbs finished 2-3 and was the only JetHawk with a multi-hit game on Saturday. Ramon Laureano and Bobby Boyd (and Kyle Tucker) are currently engaged in a spirited battle to see who can steal more bases. At the moment, Boyd and Little Tucker both have 22 steals, while Laureano is lurking behind with 21. Boyd and Laureano both stole a base in this game.

Josh James allowed 2 runs in his 5 innings; both of them came off solo homers. He allowed three other hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Trent Thornton allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Sunday: Lancaster 6, High Desert 4

W- Ryan Thompson (1-1)
L- Austin Pettibone (0-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (2, 3 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (7, solo in 3rd)

After High Desert got 3 in the 8th to take control on Saturday, the JetHawks returned the favor by scoring 3 in the 8th to snatch a win on Sunday.

Jason Martin put the JetHawks on the board with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 3rd. Kristian Trompiz later tripled and scored on a single from Johnny Sewald. Sewald moved to 2nd when Drew Ferguson walked, stole 3rd, and scored on a sac fly from Ramon Laureano. Brooks Marlow put Lancaster in front in the 8th with a 2-run single, and Bryan Muñiz drove in another run with an RBI single.

After slumping badly to begin May, Martin has gotten himself back in the saddle with a big homestand. All 7 of his home runs have come in the past 2 weeks. He finished 2-4 and is currently on a 9-game hitting streak.

Scott Weathersby went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 hits and fanned 4 over 2.1 scoreless, and Ryan Deemes worked around a hit to close it out.

Brock Dykxhoorn will be on the mound for the JetHawks as they wrap up their series with the Mavericks. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities

The Banditos took on Peoria in the 2nd and 3rd games in a 4-game series.

Saturday: Peoria 9, Quad Cities 2

W- Derian Gonzalez (3-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-2)
S- Harley Holt (1)

QC home runs: None.

Quad Cities got buried by their miscues; all 4 of their errors came in the final 3 innings and they snowballed into 7 runs for Peoria.

Osvaldo Duarte hit a sac fly in the 3rd, and Anthony Hermelyn scored on a double play in the 8th. Hermelyn and Connor Goedert both went 2-4.

Yoanys Quiala went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Chris Murphy pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 7 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and striking out 1.

Sunday: Quad Cities 7, Peoria 3

W- Kevin McCanna (2-2)
L- Sandy Alcantara (4-3)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1)

QC home runs: Christian Correa (1, 2-run in 4th), Aaron Mizell (2, solo in 6th)

The Banditos used a 7-1 run from the 4th-6th innings to get the win.

Keach Ballard put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI double in the 4th. One batter later, Christian Correa connected for his first home run as a pro, a 2-run shot that gave the Banditos the lead. Anthony Hermelyn hit an RBI single in the 5th. In the 6th, Aaron Mizell swatted a solo homer and Kyle Tucker ripped a 2-run double.

Kevin McCanna turned in a bare minimum quality start, allowing 6 hits (2-run homer), walking 1, and striking out 4. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over the final 3 frames to get the save.

The River Bandits and Chiefs will conclude their series tonight at 5:15 as Franklin Perez takes on Jake Woodford.

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