Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 6, 2016

Relatively quiet night for the domestic affiliates, but there were some dramatics in the DSL.

El Paso 6, Fresno 2

W- Daniel McCutchen (6-3)
L- Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4-3 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

A 5-run 6th for El Paso sent the Grizzlies to their 4th consecutive loss.

Fresno outhit El Paso 12-10, but all of their hits were singles, and only one person drove in the runs. Winning games in this fashion can be rather tough. Eury Perez finished 3-4 with RBI singles in the 7th and the 9th. Tyler Heineman also went 3-4, and Preston Tucker finished 2-4.

Joe Musgrove pitched well through the first 5 innings, but the wheels fell off for him in the 6th as he allowed 5 runs. Ultimately, Musgrove went 6 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Chris Cotton, Kevin Chapman, and James Hoyt pitched scoreless innings; Cotton worked around a hit to do so in the 7th, striking out 1. Chapman and Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th and 9th, respectively.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid the sweep today as Brady Rodgers takes the mound. He'll take on Frank Garces at 11:05 A.M. Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series with Midland tonight at 7:05. Keegan Yuhl will face Daniel Gossett.

Lancaster 8, Modesto 7

W- Ryan Thompson (2-1)
L- Yoely Bello (1-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (3, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks erased a 5-2 deficit with a 5-run 7th, but saw the Nuts tie the game with 1 in the 8th and 1 more in the 9th. Despite that, they managed to walk off with the win.

Dean Deetz went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and fanned 2. Ryan Thompson pitched 2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer from Troy Stein that tied the game at 7 in the 9th. Thompson allowed one other hit and struck out 2.

Garrett Stubbs put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run double in the 3rd, which was their only scoring play until the 7th inning.

Luis Reynoso led it off in painful fashion as he got plunked. After Drew Ferguson lined out, Stubbs drew a walk to bring up Ramon Laureano, who clubbed a 3-run homer to tie the game at 5. Lancaster added 2 more runs on RBI doubles from Jason Martin and Jamie Ritchie. Bryan Muñiz was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the 9th, advanced to 2nd on a Ritchie single, and scored the winning run on a single from Tony Nuñez, who came in to pinch-hit. Laureano (2B, 3-R HR), Drew Ferguson (R, SB [13]), and Ritchie (2B, RBI, 2 BB) all had 2 hits in this game.

The JetHawks will look for the sweep tonight as Rogelio Armenteros takes the mound. He'll face Parker French, a UT alum, at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will start a 4-game series with Beloit at 7. Albert Abreu will go up against Evan Manarino.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Dodgers2 9

W- Juan Cuevas (2-0)
L- Andres Urbina (0-1)

Blue home runs: Angel De Leon (1, grand slam in 4th)

The Blue team scored 7 in the final 2 innings to sweep their first series of the season. They won this game despite their pitchers issuing 14 walks and their offense only managing 4 hits. Only in the Dominican Summer League.

Angel De Leon put them on the board and in front with a grand slam in the 4th. This was their 2nd hit of the contest and resulted in their only runs until the 8th inning. In the meantime, the Dodgers scored the next 7 runs to take a 9-4 lead heading into the 8th.

Nicolas Miranda led off the 8th with an infield single, which was their third hit of the game and their only hit in the inning. Angel Tejeda walked and Ronny Rafael got plunked to load the bases. Nestor Tejada drove in a run in painful fashion as he got plunked. Samir Caraballo followed by reaching on an error that wound up clearing the bases; he was credited for 1 RBI on the play. He scored the tying run on another error that allowed Juan Piñeda to reach. Tejada had the 4th and final hit of the day for the Blue team, and it was a go-ahead 2-run double that turned out to be the game-winner. Piñeda had the first hit of the game, which came in the 4th. 10 different players scored a run for the Blue team.

Felipe Tejada went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Juan Corniel allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in the 4th. Johsson Arias worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Carlos Perdomo, Ezequiel Madera, and Juan Cuevas all pitched 1.1 innings. Perdomo was first; he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Madera also walked 3 and struck out 2, but he allowed 1 hit and had a scoreless outing. Cuevas allowed 2 hits.

The Blue team will be at the Phillies complex for a game today. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 5 in 10 innings

W- Cristofer Melendez (1-0)
L- Emmanuel Betances (0-1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (1, 2-run in 8th)

Ramiro Rodriguez came off the bench and gave the Orange team a lifeline with his 2-run homer, and then they walked off with the W, sweeping the Rangers 2 in their opening series. Well, an Astros team beat a Rangers team yesterday, after all.

Vicente Mota opened up the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. Fredy Medina added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Gilberto Celestino scored on a wild pitch in the 5th to tie the game at 3. The Rangers got 2 in the top of the 7th to re-take the lead, but the Orange team pulled even again thanks to Rodriguez's first career home run. Bernardo Heras ended it with an RBI single in the first extra frame. 10 different players recorded one hit apiece. Celestino, who had one of those 10 hits, also drew 3 walks, stole 2 bases, and scored twice.

Cesar Rosado went 3 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Carlos Espinoza was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Miguel Matos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings. Cosme Zapata allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2.1 scoreless, and Cristofer Melendez threw a 1-2-3 10th.

The Orange team will start a 2-game set with the Rays 2 today. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Eastern.

Four Stars


Eury Perez, OF, Fresno
3-4, 2 RBI


Photo by Bryan Green
Nestor Tejada, OF, DSL Astros Blue
1-3, go-ahead 2-R 2B in 9th, 3 RBI, R


James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
IP, 2 K


Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (3)

Honorable Mentions

Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: Pinch-hit 2-R HR (1) in 8th
- Clutch,

Cosme Zapata, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 2.1 IP, H, K
- With the go-ahead run on 3rd with 1 out in the 9th, Zapata got a strikeout and a lineout to keep the game tied.

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
- Stubbs is currently on a 6-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in 9 of his last 10 games.

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