Thursday, May 5, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Fresno 2, Reno 0

W- Brady Rodgers (1-2)
L- Matt Buschmann (0-3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (6, solo in 4th)

The Grizz only mustered up 2 runs.... wait, Reno didn't score any? That's great, then!

Brady Rodgers went the distance for the first time in his professional career. He allowed 4 singles, struck out 9, and needed just 86 pitches (70 strikes) and 1:57 to dispatch the Aces.



For Rodgers, the 9 strikeouts ties a career-high; when he was with Lancaster, he struck out 9 in a start against Rancho Cucamonga on August 30, 2013. Rodgers is now sporting a 23:2 K:BB ratio in 30 innings this season.

Tony Kemp opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd, and A.J. Reed clubbed a solo shot in the 4th, his 6th home run of the season.

Game 3 of this series is a matinee. Mike Hauschild will be on the mound for Fresno; he'll face Tyler Wagner at 12:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 6

W- Brian Holmes (1-1)
L- Ryan Doolittle (1-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (2)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (1, 2-run in 5th), Chase McDonald (8, solo in 8th), Teoscar Hernandez (2, solo in 9th)

The Hounds scored 3 in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead, but the Hooks responded with 2 in the 8th to tie and 2 more in the 9th to snatch the victory.

Mott Hyde opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. J.D. Davis hit his first Texas League home run in the 5th; it was a 2-run shot that gave Corpus a 3-2 lead.

Chase McDonald continues to terrorize Texas League pitchers; he led off the top of the 8th with a solo blast. This was his 3rd straight game with a home run, and he's homered in 5 of his last 6 contests. Davis followed that up by smacking an RBI double, and he scored the tying run on an RBI single from James Ramsay. Teoscar Hernandez put the Hooks in front with a solo homer in the 9th, and Davis drove in the final Corpus run with an RBI single.

McDonald reached base in all 5 of plate appearances; he went 2-2, drew 3 walks, and scored 2 runs. Davis finished a triple shy of the cycle, scored 2 runs, and drove in 3. D.J. Fisher and James Ramsay (RBI, R SB) had 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Aaron West was the first man out; he faced 4 RockHounds and struck out 3 of them. Brian Holmes tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Brendan McCurry did allow a solo homer to Viosergy Rosa in the 9th, which made it a 1-run game, but he was able to close it out without further incident. The homer was the only hit that McCurry allowed, and he struck out 2.

In game 3 of this series, Cy Sneed will get the start. He'll take on Raúl Alcantara at 7.

Also, in case you missed it, here is the link to Jayne's interview with Cy Sneed.

Lancaster 6, Inland Empire 1

W- Josh James (2-1)
L- Alex Klonowski (1-5)

Lancaster home runs: Nick Tanielu (3, 2-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 3 innings and never looked back.

Josh James allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The 66ers spoiled the shutout when they got a run off of Eric Peterson in the 8th. Peterson allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2.2 innings. Angel Heredia pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Bobby Boyd led off the game with a single. He then stole his way to 3rd and scored the first run of the game on the errant throw down to 3rd. Bryan Muñiz hit a 2-run single the 2nd, and Nick Tanielu smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd, his 3rd of the year. Ramon Laureano scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. He finished 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored, while Tanielu was 2-4.

Lancaster will go for the series win as Trent Thornton takes the hill. He'll face Justin Anderson at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Great Lakes 3

W- Chris Murphy (2-2)
L- Victor Gonzalez (1-2)
S- Andrew Thome (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos avoided the sweep and snapped a 3-game skid thanks to a solid day at the plate for Kyle Tucker.

Brooks Marlow walked to lead off the game, and after advancing to 3rd one base at a time, he scored the first run of the day on an error that also allowed Connor Goedert to reach. In the 3rd, Kyle Tucker ripped an RBI double, and Goedert added a sac fly. Tucker doubled to lead off the 6th, and he came around to score on a single from Pat Porter. Little Tuck drove in Quad Cities' last run of the day on a sac fly in the 7th. He finished 2-4, as did Osvaldo Duarte and Marlow (2B, 2 R). Johnny Sewald stole 2 bases, giving him 10 on the year.

Chris Murphy went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 1. Matt Bower was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen; he allowed a run on a wild pitch in the 7th, a single in the 6th, walked 3, and struck out 4. Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 to get the save.

The River Bandits are now in Lansing, where they'll start a 3-game series with the Lugnuts tonight at 6:05. Sebastian Kessay will take on Jon Harris.

Three Stars

*All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.

3.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R

2.

Chase McDonald, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-2, solo HR (8), 3 BB, 2 R


1.

Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno
W (1-2), CG, 4 H, 9 K


Honorable Mentions

Josh James, RHP, Lancaster: 5 IP, 5 H, BB, 6 K
- After a bit of a tough start to his campaign, James has had 2 straight scoreless appearances.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
- 2nd straight multi-hit game.

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

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno: Solo HR (6)
- Reed may be hitting under .250, but he's still producing.

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