Sunday, June 5, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 4, 2016

Happy DSL Opening Day!

El Paso 10, Fresno 5

W- Carlos Pimentel (5-3)
L- Brad Peacock (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies had a 3-2 lead after 5 innings, but El Paso seized control of this game by finishing it on an 8-2 run.

Fresno got on the board first with 3 runs in the 1st thanks to an Andrew Aplin RBI single and a 2-run double from Colin Moran. Jon Kemmer hit an RBI double in the 7th, and Matt Duffy drove in another run with a sac fly in the 8th.

Jack Mayfield led the Grizz in the hit column, going 3-5 with 2 doubles. Kemmer (2B, RBI) and Andrew Aplin (2B, 2 R, SB [11]) both finished 2-4.

Brad Peacock went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Jandel Gustave pitched an inning (final 2 outs of the 6th, 1 out in the 7th) and had 2 inherited runners charged to him; he also walked 2 and fanned 1. Kevin Chapman got 2 outs in the 7th, but not before allowing the 2 runners he inherited from Gustave to score. He also allowed 3 runs of his own on 3 hits and walked 2. Chris Cotton was the only Fresno pitcher to emerge unscathed; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless.

César Valdez will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Aaron Northcraft at 1:05 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Jake Junis (5-3)
L- Evan Grills (1-1, 4-2 season)
S- Kevin McCarthy (10)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks' bats fell silent in this one. Despite that, they had a couple of opportunities to tie the game in the final innings. Unfortunately, Alex Bregman was stranded at 3rd to end the 8th, and Nick Tanielu was left at 2nd to end the game.

Their only scoring play came on a Roberto Peña sac fly in the 7th. Nick Tanielu's double was the Hooks' only extra-base hit, while Teoscar Hernandez singled and stole a base (18).

Evan Grills allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Edison Frias allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless.

Brian Holmes will start for Corpus as they wrap up their tour of Arkansas. He'll face Ashton Goudeau at 2:05.

Lancaster 7, Modesto 4

W- Scott Weathersby (2-3)
L- Carlos Polanco (1-4)
S- Ryan Deemes (3, 4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (2, 4 season; 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first 3 innings and got some crucial insurance runs late to secure the win.

Brooks Marlow opened the scoring with a mammoth 2-run homer in the 1st. Luis Reynoso ripped a double in the 2nd and Jamie Ritchie scored on the ensuing error. In the 3rd, Drew Ferguson hit an RBI single, and Ramon Laureano scored on a wild pitch. The Nuts scored 3 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to make things way too close for comfort, but Laureano came through with a 2-run single in the 8th to seal the game.

Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit; Reynoso (2B, R), Johnny Sewald (R), and Garrett Stubbs (2 R, 2 BB, SB [9]) had 2 hits each.

Scott Weathersby tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 5. Brock Dykxhoorn went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes worked around a hit to close it out; he induced a double play to end the game.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will take on Ryan Castellani. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Burlington 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Jared Ruxer (3-1)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' bats have gone cold; they've scored just 2 runs as they've dropped the first 2 games in this series.

Their only scoring play was an RBI groundout from Anthony Hermelyn in the 9th.

Yoanys Quiala pitched well, but unfortunately, he had to take the L. He went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (2 solo homers hit by Brandon Sanger) and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos went 1.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him; he allowed a hit and walked 2. David Schmidt got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but not before he allowed the runner that he inherited from Santos to score. Schmidt also allowed a run of his own on 2 hits.

The River Bandits will look to avoid the sweep as Kevin McCanna takes the mound. He'll face Ronnie Glenn at 1:15.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Dodgers2 3

W- Juan Cuevas (1-0)
L- Johan Mena (0-1)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

One of the quirks of the Dominican Summer League is that although games start at 10:30 A.M. Eastern, the games are never live-tracked and results are never posted once the game is completed. They usually pop up later in the evening, or it may take a couple of days before they show up on

Since there apparently isn't a box score available, I will update this post once I see it.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Rangers2 1

W- Jose Ramos (1-0)
L- Jeifry Nuñez (0-1)

Orange home runs: Enmanuel Valdez 2 (2; 2-run in 1st, solo in 9th), Hector Martinez (1, solo in 1st)

Two homers in the 1st inning set the tone for the Orange team.

After Ramiro Rodriguez walked to lead off the game, Enmanuel Valdez launched a 2-run homer in his first professional plate appearance. Hector Martinez clubbed a solo shot later in the 1st. Martinez led off the 4th with a double and scored on an RBI single from Vicente Mota. Later in the 4th, Ramiro Rodrigurez drew a bases-loaded walk, and Valdez added a sac fly to his ledger. Valdez capped off an outstanding debut with a solo homer in the 9th inning.

Valdez, Martinez (2B, solo HR, 2 R), and Mota (2B, RBI, R) all finished 2-4. Gilberto Celestino got the start in CF and went 1-4 with a walk out of the #3 spot in the lineup.

Hansel Paulino walked 1 and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless. Jose Ramos went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and fanned 7. Gabriel Pirela worked around a walk and a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The DSL has Sundays off. The Blue team will take on the Dodgers 2 once again, while the Orange team will play the Rangers 2 again Monday morning.

Three Stars

3. Hansel Paulino, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, BB, 5 K


Photo by Bryan Green
Scott Weathersby, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-3), 5 IP, 3 H, 5 K


Video from Antonio Puesán
Enmanuel Valdez, 2B, DSL Astros Orange
2-4, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI; first professional game

Honorable Mentions

Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
- Frias has thrown 2 scoreless appearances since coming off the DL.

Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SB (11)
- 5 of Aplin's last 6 games have been multi-hit games.

Hector Martinez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R
- Despite being one of the youngest players on the Orange team last year, Martinez wasn't too shabby in his debut season. It will be very interesting to track his progress.

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