Friday, June 10, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Salt Lake 12, Fresno 10 in 10 innings

W- Geoff Broussard (1-1)
L- James Hoyt (3-3)
S- Al Alburquerque (7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies managed to erase an early 9-1 deficit.... only to see the Bees win it with 2 in the first extra frame.

Preston Tucker drove in the first run of the evening on a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Tyler Heineman hit an RBI single in the 4th. Fresno scored 2 runs in the 5th thanks to a double from A.J. Reed. They scored 3 in the 6th, thanks to an RBI double from Andrew Aplin, who later scored when Tucker grounded into a force out. Colin Moran also hit an RBI single in the 6th. The Grizz scored 3 more in the 7th as Aplin and Danny Worth hit RBI singles; Aplin later scored on an error that allowed Tucker to reach.

Aplin (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R) and Worth (RBI, R) both finished 3-5. Reed (2B, 2 RBI, R), Jon Singleton (2B, R), and Nolan Fontana (R) had 2 hits apiece in this game.

Tommy Shirley got shelled in his 2.1 innings. We'll just leave it at that. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he went 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless. Jordan Jankowski got a popout and a couple of groundouts in a 1-2-3 8th. James Hoyt pitched 1.2 innings, and the only hit that he allowed was rather costly, as it was the tiebreaking 2-run single in the 10th. He walked 4 and struck out 5. Kevin Chapman got the final out of the 10th inning.

In game 2 of this series, Brad Peacock will take on Kyle McGowin. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 0

W- Francis Martes (3-2)
L- Joel Seddon (1-6)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (1, 2-run in 2nd), Chase McDonald (10, solo in 4th), Conrad Gregor (2, solo in 4th)

An early offensive outburst was enough to secure the win, and Francis Martes had his best start of the season as he and Eric Peterson combined to keep the RockHounds off the scoreboard.

Martes allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 6.2 shutout innings, and Peterson allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 over the final 2.1 innings.

Alex Bregman tripled with 1 out in the 1st and scored the game's first run on a double from D.J. Fisher. Alfredo Gonzalez hit a 1-out double in the 2nd, and one batter later, Alejandro Garcia clubbed his first home run of the season to put Corpus up 3-0. Chase McDonald and Conrad Gregor led off the 4th with back-to-back solo shots, and Bregman smacked a 2-run double later in the inning. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Teoscar Hernandez and Bregman had 2 apiece.

The Hooks will look for the sweep as Edison Frias takes the mound. He'll face Corey Walter at 7:05.

Visalia 5, Lancaster 1

W- Shelby Miller (1-0)
L- Trent Thornton (2-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks couldn't recover from an early 5-0 deficit, and their bats went silent.

Lancaster only got 3 hits in this game, and Jason Martin's RBI triple in the 7th was their only scoring play. Ramon Laureano, who scored the only JetHawks run, stole his 24th base of the season.

Trent Thornton was victimized by the longball in his 4.1 innings; all 5 of Visalia's runs off of him scored on a couple of 2-run homers hit by Marty Herum and a solo shot from Oscar Hernandez. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Josh James tagged in to strike out 5 over 2.2 perfect innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Josh Taylor at 7:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 2

W- Elieser Hernandez (2-0, 3-4 season)
L- Kevin Johnson (0-1)
S- Jose Luis Hernandez (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took 2 of 3 from the Snappers as they got out to an early lead and got solid performances on the mound from the Hernandezes.

Elieser allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 5 in 5 innings of work. Jose Luis pitched the final 4 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Justin Higley in the 8th. He allowed 4 other hits and struck out 4.

Myles Straw led off the bottom of the 1st with a single. He advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and a passed ball and scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Osvaldo Duarte. In the 2nd, it was Straw's turn to drive in a run, and he did so with an RBI single. Duarte added an RBI triple to his ledger in the 7th, and he trotted home on a Keach Ballard double.

Straw and Duarte wreaked havoc from the top of the order as they combined to go 5-8 (Straw 3-4, Duarte 2-4) with 3 RBI (Duarte 2, Straw 1) and 4 runs scored; they both scored twice. Duarte also stole his 10th base of the season.

The River Bandits will spend the weekend in Burlington. Chris Murphy will start the first of 3 games against the Bees; he'll go up against Jared Ruxer at 6:30.

DSL Red Sox1 2, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Carlos Cortes (1-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-1)
S- Angel Padron (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team outhit the Red Sox 7-4, but unfortunately, they couldn't push across any runs.

Angel Tejeda reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk. Alfredo Angarita finished 2-3 with a walk.

Javier Navas threw 4 no-hit innings, walking 2 and striking out 5. Yeremi Ceballos worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Juan Corniel pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Robert Corniel allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th.

The Blue team will travel to the Red Sox complex as they look to avenge their first loss of the season. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Phillies2 2

W- Luis Castro (1-0)
L- Leonel Aponte (0-1)
S- Cosme Zapata (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team won despite getting held to two hits.

All 3 of their runs came in the 5th inning. Bernardo Heras put them on the board with an RBI single. One batter later, he and Felix Lucas both scored on an errant pickoff throw. Vicente Mota's single to lead off the 2nd was the Orange team's only other hit.

Humberto Castellanos went 4 innings and allowed a run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2. Luis Castro allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3 in 4 innings, and Cosme Zapata finished it off with a 1-2-3 9th.

These two teams will play again today at the Astros' complex. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Three Stars


Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno
3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R


Josh James, RHP, Lancaster
2.2 IP, 5 K


Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-2),6.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 9 K

Honorable Mentions

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities: W (2-0, 3-4 season), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 4 IP, 5 H (solo HR), ER, 4 K
- After a nightmare start to his season in Lancaster, Elieser looks like he's gotten some of his momentum and confidence back. He's still 20, so he has some time.
- Jose Luis had his second straight 4-inning outing in which he allowed 1 run.

Myles Straw, OF, Quad Cities: 3-4, RBI, 2 R
Osvaldo Duarte, OF/2B, Quad Cities: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
- This is a crazy fast duo at the top of the order for the River Bandits. The Astros have some legitimate burners in the lower levels of the system.

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R
- After a slight lull, Bregman is on a nice little 3-game hitting streak. He posted his 2nd consecutive 2-hit game.

Javier Navas, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
- Nice first game for the Venezuelan lefty.

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