Sunday, June 26, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 24, 2016

Fresno 2, Albuquerque 1

W- Brady Rodgers (7-3)
L- Jeff Hoffman (4-5)
S- James Hoyt (18)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (4, solo in 1st)

The Grizzlies swept the series as two runs in the 1st inning proved to be enough, and Brady Rodgers shined on the mound once again.

In 7.1 innings, Rodgers allowed a run, which was actually an inherited runner charged to him, on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Kevin Chapman got one out in the 8th via strikeout and allowed 2 hits, and James Hoyt worked around 2 hits to record a 4-out save, striking out 1.

Andrew Aplin singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, stole 2nd base (13), and scored the game's first run on a Colin Moran single. Preston Tucker's solo home run with 2 outs in the inning was the Grizzlies' only other scoring play. Tucker finished 3-4 and was the only player in the Fresno lineup to have a multi-hit outing.

Frisco 8, Corpus Christi 7

W- Frank Lopez (4-1)
L- Eric Peterson (3-2, 4-2 season)
S- Jose Valdespina (3)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (13, solo in 3rd), Roberto Peña (4, solo in 4th), Conrad Gregor (4, solo in 8th)

The Hooks led 5-2 after the 4th inning, but the Roughriders turned the tables by finishing the game on a 6-2 run.

A 4-run outburst in the 3rd inning gave Corpus Christi the lead. Roberto Peña ripped a double with 1 out in the inning, advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch, and scored the Hooks' first run on a single from Danry Vásquez. Danry also advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a Teoscar Hernandez double. Following Teoscar's double, Alex Bregman drew a walk, but he was caught stealing 2nd. While Frisco was preoccupied with Bregman, Teoscar seized the opportunity and scampered home to score another run. D.J. Fisher followed by clubbing a solo home run to put the Hooks up 4-1.

Peña launched a solo home run in the 4th, his 4th home run of the season. Bregman tripled with 1 out in the 7th inning and scored on an RBI single from Nick Tanielu. Conrad Gregor smacked a solo home run in the 8th. Teoscar drew a 1-out walk in the top of the 9th, but any hope of a rally was snuffed out when Bregman grounded into the game-ending double play.

Tanielu finished 3-4, while Hernandez (2B, RBI, R), Peña (2B, solo HR, 2 R), and Vásquez (RBI, R) all finished 2-4.

Keegan Yuhl pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. It was a tough night for Eric Peterson as he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 while only recording 1 out in the 7th inning. Ryan Thompson stopped the bleeding and pitched 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 1.

Lake Elsinore 5, Lancaster 4

W- Brandon Alger (2-0)
L- Kevin Comer (1-2)
S- Phil Maton (2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks held a 4-2 lead after the 4th inning, but the Storm snatched the victory by scoring the game's final 3 runs.

Bryan Muñiz and Ramon Laureano executed a double steal in the 1st, and Laureano scored the game's first run. Only Muñiz was credited with a steal, however. Tony Nuñez finished 3-4 and hit an RBI single in the 2nd inning, and in the 4th, Bobby Boyd legged out an RBI bunt single and Garrett Stubbs smacked an RBI double. Boyd and Stubbs both had 2 hits on the evening.

Josh James pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Kevin Comer pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 3. Trent Woodward, who started at catcher in this game, left in the 3rd inning with an injury, so Garrett Stubbs, who was serving as the DH, had to move behind the plate, so the JetHawks had to forfeit the DH. James went 0-2, while Comer struck out in his only at-bat.

Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 2

W- Freddy Peralta (4-1)
L- Chris Murphy (3-5)

QC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (2, 2-run in 2nd)

The Banditos got on the scoreboard first, but they were buried by a 7-0 run to close out the game.

Anthony Hermelyn finished 2-4, and his 2-run home run in the 2nd inning was the River Bandits' only scoring play. Kyle Tucker went 1-3 with 2 stolen bases (25).

Chris Murphy went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (2 solo homers), walked 2, and struck out 4. Makay Nelson recorded the final out of the 5th inning. Yoanys Quiala pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tri-City 5, Vermont 2

W- Austin Nicely (1-0)
L- Yordy Alejo (0-1)

TC home runs: Taylor Jones (2, solo in 4th)

The ValleyCats avoided the sweep by scoring the game's final 3 runs to break a 2-2 tie.

Taylor Jones led off the bottom of the 2nd with a double. He advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored the first run of the game on a single from Carmen Benedetti. Jones led off the 4th inning with a home run, his 2nd of the season. The Lake Monsters scored 2 in the 5th to tie the game, but Tri-City had the final say in this one.

Randy César led off the bottom of the 7th with a double, advanced to 3rd base on a Brauly Mejia single, and scored the go-ahead run on an Alex DeGoti single. The ValleyCats scored a couple of insurance runs in the 8th, thanks to an RBI double from Benedetti and an RBI single from César. Jones (2B, solo HR, 2 R), Benedetti (2B, 2 RBI, R), and César (2B, RBI, R) all finished 2-4. DeGoti also had a 2-hit game; one of his hits was a triple.

Brett Adcock pitched 2.2 innings and did not allow a hit; he walked 1 and struck out 3. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen; he went 1.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. Hunt also allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ryan Hartman went 2 innings, and he allowed a 2-run homer to Miguel Guzman that scored the runner that he inherited from Hunt. Hartman allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Austin Nicely threw 3 scoreless innings and got the victory; he allowed 1 hit, walked 2, and fanned 3.

Greeneville 9, Johnson City 8

W- Tyler Britton (1-0)
L- Julio Mateo (0-1)
S- Howie Brey (1)

Greeneville home runs: Bryan De La Cruz (1, solo in 8th), Miguelangel Sierra (1, 3-run in 8th)

A couple of home runs in the 8th inning got the Appy Astros into the win column for the first time in 2016.

Chaz Pal drove in his first run as a pro with an RBI double in the 2nd inning, and he came around to score on an RBI single from Ruben Castro. In the 3rd, Spencer Johnson hit an RBI single, and in the 4th, Vicente Sanchez hit an RBI single, and Miguelangel Sierra grounded into a force out that scored Castro. At that point, the game was tied at 5, but the Cardinals scored a run in the 7th and another in the 8th to take the lead.

Bryan De La Cruz led off the bottom of the 8th with a home run to cut the deficit to one run. Frankeny Fernandez drew a walk, and two outs later, Sanchez did the same, which brought up Sierra, who smacked a 3-run home run to put Greeneville in front.

Johnson (2B, RBI), De La Cruz (solo HR, 2 R), Pal (2B, RBI, 2 R), and Castro (RBI, R) all had 2 hits in this game. Sierra only had one hit, but that hit proved to be the difference.

Patrick Sandoval pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen; he went 2.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. Almengo also allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Tyler Britton went 1.2 innings and allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Howie Brey allowed a solo homer to Andrew Knizner with 2 outs in the 9th, which was the only hit that he allowed in the inning. Brey shook off that homer and was able to record the final out of the game.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Phillies1 4

W- Juan Lopez (1-0)
L- Yeral Gomez (1-2)

Blue home runs: Orlando Marquez (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning, but they finished the game on a 7-0 run. A 5-run 7th inning proved to be the difference in this game.

Nestor Tejada drove in the Blue team's first two runs of the day with an RBI double in the 4th and an RBI triple in the 6th.

Alfredo Angarita led off the 7th inning with a single, advanced to 3rd on an Ozziel Sanchez-Galan double, and scored on a sac fly from Jose Benjamin. Sanchez-Galan advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on another wild pitch. Angel De Leon, who was at the plate at the time, drew a walk, and one batter later, Orlando Marquez smacked a 2-run home run to put the Blue team in the lead. Ronny Rafael drove in the final run of the day with an RBI single. Marquez finished 3-4, while Tejada and Benjamin both had 2 hits on the day.

Ronel Blanco went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Robert Corniel allowed 2 hits and walked 1 over 2 scoreless, and Juan Lopez pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2.

DSL Astros Orange 5, DSL Mets2 2

W- Cristofer Melendez (4-0)
L- Rafael Encarnacion (0-1)
S- Carlos Espinoza (2)

Orange home runs: Alvaro Alvarez (1, solo in 8th)

The Orange team seized control of this game with a 4-run 7th inning.

Vicente Mota ignited the rally by leading off the 7th with a single. Alvaro Alvarez reached on an error, and Darlin Figueroa reached base safely on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Kendy Moya came up with the bases loaded and tied the game with a 2-run double. Ramiro Rodriguez put the Orange team in front with a sac fly, and Gilberto Celestino hit an RBI single to complete the rally. In the 8th inning, Alvaro Alvarez smacked his first career home run. Enmanuel Valdez finished 2-5.

Ezequiel Madera went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Cristofer Melendez allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless innings, and Carlos Espinoza threw 2 perfect inningsto record the save, striking out 1.

Friday's Stars


Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno
W (7-3), 7.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2-R HR (2)

Photo by Molly Foster, The Gonzaga Bulletin
Taylor Jones, 1B, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, solo HR (2), 2 R

Results for Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Gulf Coast League Opening Day!

Tacoma 1, Fresno 0

W- Cody Martin (6-5)
L- Mike Hauschild (5-7)
S- Casey Coleman (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies' bats were silenced by Cody Martin and the Rainiers in the first of this 4-game series.

Mike Hauschild had a solid outing, but with the absence of run support, he could only take the L. In 7 innings, Hauschild allowed the only run of the game on 6 hits and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski struck out 3 over 1.2 perfect innings, and Reymin Guduan got the final out of the 9th with a strikeout.

Jon Kemmer and Nolan Fontana both hit doubles, and Andrew Aplin singled.

Tommy Shirley will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Brad Mills at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 0

W- Francis Martes (5-2)
L- David Perez (1-3)
S- Aaron West (9)

CC home runs; None.

Francis Martes continued his resurgence with another strong outing. After getting torched by Frisco in his first two appearances, Martes appears to have them figured out.

Martes allowed just 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 7 shutout innings. Aaron West allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 as he recored his 9th save of the season.

10 zeroes were put up on the scoreboard, but that quickly changed in the Hooks' favor. Alex Bregman drew a walk to lead off the 6th, stole 2nd (5), and scored the first run of the game on a single from D.J. Fisher. In the 8th, Bregman was forced out at 2nd base, but Fisher reached. He then stole 2nd (18) and scored on a Chase McDonald single. Bregman drove in the final run of the evening by ripping an RBI double in the 9th. McDonald and Mott Hyde both had 2 hits in the game.

Kent Emanuel will start Corpus Christi's final game before the Texas League All-Star break. He'll face Reed Garrett at  6:05.

Lake Elsinore 14, Lancaster 5

W- Brandon Alger (3-0)
L- Trent Thornton (3-4)
S- Ben Paullus (1)

Lancaster home runs: Jamie Ritchie 2 (4; solo in 2nd, 2-run in 4th), Aaron Mizell (3, 5 season; solo in 7th)

There were 9 home runs in this game, but Lancaster lost that battle 6-3. They also lost the game 14-5. The Storm busted open a 6-4 game by scoring 2 in the 8th and 6 more in the 9th inning.

Jamie Ritchie had a nice night in his first game since being activated from the DL; he smacked a solo shot in the 2nd inning to put Lancaster on the board, and in the 4th, he clubbed a 2-run homer. Aaron Mizell led off the bottom of the 7th with a home run, and he drove in Lancaster's final run with an RBI groundout in the 9th. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Ritchie led the way with his home runs.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits (3 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 4. Albert Minnis was the only JetHawks pitcher to have a scoreless outing; he worked around a hit in the 5th. Scott Weathersby allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 4 in 3.1 innings, and Ryan Deemes got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but not before Edwin Moreno tagged him for a 2-run homer. Deemes allowed one other hit and struck out 1.

Kevin McCanna will make his California League debut this evening. He'll face Brett Kennedy at 5:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 8, Wisconsin 4

W- Matt Bower (2-0, 4-3 season)
L- Marcos Diplan (5-2)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (2, 3-run in 2nd)

The Banditos got off to a fast start and kept the Timber Rattlers in check to get their first victory in the 2nd half.

Matt Bower went 5 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a home run from Isan Diaz in the 5th. Bower allowed 5 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. David Schmidt and Ralph Garza Jr. both pitched 2 innings; Schmidt allowed a 2-run homer to Trent Clark in the 6th inning. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Garza allowed 3 hits and struck out 4.

Osvaldo Duarte drew a 1-out walk in the 1st inning and scored the game's first run on an error that allowed Kyle Tucker to reach base. Tucker, who advanced to 2nd on an error, scored on a single from Dex McCall. In the 2nd, Hector Roa and Arturo Michelena both reached on a couple of miscues from the Timber Rattlers. They both moved into scoring position when Duarte grounded out, and Tucker followed by smashing a 3-run homer. Roa walked to lead off the 4th and scored on a single from Michelena. Myles Straw smacked a 2-run double in the 6th inning.

Michelena finished 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, while Little Tuck finished 2-5 with the 3-run homer and scored twice. Roa scored 3 runs.

In the series finale, Justin Ferrell will take on Devin Williams. First pitch is at 1:05.

Lowell 9, Tri-City 3

W- Brad Stone (2-0)
L- Carlos Sierra (0-1)
S- Kuehl McEachern (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 2 in the top of the 1st, but the Spinners quickly seized all of the momentum in this game by responding with 7 in the bottom of the 1st.

Ryne Birk opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, and he later scored on a Randy César sac fly. Alex DeGoti scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning. Birk finished 3-4 and was the only player in the Tri-City lineup with a multi-hit outing.

Carlos Sierra failed to get out of the 1st inning, allowing 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits while only recording 2 outs. Edgardo Sandoval allowed a run on 2 hits (2-run homer; 1 run charged to Sierra) and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Luis Ramirez was the only ValleyCats pitcher who did not allow a run; he threw 4 scoreless, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Dylan James pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Tucker Tubbs in the 8th, which was the only hit that he allowed. James also walked 1 and struck out 1.

Sebastian Kessay will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Darwinzon Hernandez at 5:05 Eastern.

Johnson City 5, Greeneville 3

W- Estarlin Arias (1-0)
L- Salvador Montaño (0-1)
S- Yeison Medina (1)

Greeneville home runs: Jonathan Arauz (1, solo in 9th)

The Appy Astros managed to tie the game at 1 in the 7th.... only to see the Cardinals score 4 in the 8th to regain control. Greeneville managed to pull back a couple of runs in the bottom of the 9th, but the deficit was too great to overcome, and they dropped their first series of the season.

Ricardo Castro went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits while striking out 7. Salvador Montaño was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen; he pitched 2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. The 8th proved to be the backbreaker as Colin McKee bore the brunt of Johnson City's assault. He recorded 2 outs in the 8th, both via strikeout, walked 1, and allowed 2 hits, one of which was a 3-run home run. Devon Carr allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings.

Vicente Sanchez drove in the Appy Astros' first run of the evening on a sac fly that turned into a double play in the 7th inning. Spencer Johnson drew a walk to lead off the 9th. He advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, made it to 3rd on a Bryan De La Cruz groundout, and scored on another wild pitch. Jonathan Arauz, who was at the plate at the time, followed by clubbing his first home run of the season. Luis Payano and Miguelangel Sierra both finished the game with 2 hits; Payano stole his first base of the season.

The Appy Astros hit the road for the first time this season; their first stop on this trip is Bristol, where they'll begin a 3-game series tonight at 6:00 Eastern. Framber Valdez will face Blake Cederlind.

GCL Astros 10, GCL Nationals 0

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0)
L- Jeffrey Rosa (0-1)
S- Hansel Paulino (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The GCL Astros kicked off their season with a bang as they dominated the Nationals.

Jorge Alcala shined in his U.S. debut as he scattered 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. César Rosado and Hansel Paulino completed the shutout; Rosado worked around a hit to strike out the side in the 6th, and Paulino allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over the final 3 innings.

The Kissimmee Stros parlayed a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 1st inning into 3 runs. Andy Piñeda led off the game with a single, stole 2nd, and scored the GCL team's first run of the season on a wild pitch. Carlos Machado and Oscar Campos added an RBI single and a sac fly, respectively. Troy Sieber hit a 2-run single in the 3rd. Thanks to an error, he advanced to 3rd base, and he scored on a passed ball. Sieber, who went 2-4 in his first game, struck again in the 5th with a 2-run triple, and he scored again when Joan Mauricio grounded into a fielder's choice. Machado finished 4-5 and hit his second RBI single of the day in the 6th to drive in the final run of the game.

The GCL Astros are currently playing the GCL Mets.

DSL Red Sox1 7, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Ritzi Mendoza (2-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning, but the Red Sox scored 5 unanswered runs to close out the game.

The Blue team's 2 runs in the 2nd came on an RBI double from Angel Tejeda and an RBI groundout from Jose Carrillo. Tejeda had 2 of the Blue team's 3 hits in this game. Angel De Leon, who scored on Tejeda's double, had the only other hit for the Blue team and drew 3 walks.

Edwin Fidel went 2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jesus Bernaez allowed 2 runs in the 3rd: one scored on an RBI double, and the other scored when he uncorked a wild pitch. He also walked 2 in the inning. Juan Cuevas allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless, while Yulian Frontado allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

These two teams will play again on Monday.

DSL Red Sox2 4, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Bryan Mata (1-1)
L- Francisco Villegas (0-1)
S- Joan Martinez (3)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team did not have much luck on offense either as they were held to just 4 hits.

Gilberto Celestino singled to lead off the 6th, and an errant pickoff throw allowed him to advance to 3rd. Celestino eventually scored the Orange team's only run on a wild pitch. Hector Martinez finished 2-4, while Enmanuel Valdez also had a hit.

Francisco Villegas went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Michael Richez was the first man out of the Orange team's bullpen; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Gerardo Bojorquez pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3.

These teams will play again on Monday.

Saturday's Stars

Jorge Alcala, RHP, GCL Astros: W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, BB, 8 K
Carlos Machado, OF, GCL Astros: 4-5, 2 RBI, 2 R

Troy Sieber, 1B, GCL Astros
2-4, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-2), 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 3-R HR (2), 2 R

Jamie Ritchie, C, Lancaster
2-4, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI

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