Welcome to Triple-A, Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez!
The Astros did battle with the Rays in the lower levels of the system.
Fresno 23, Salt Lake 3
W- Brady Rodgers (8-3)
L- Kyle Kendrick (6-3)
Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker 3 (7; 2-run in 1st, 2-run in 3rd, 2-run in 8th), Teoscar Hernandez (1, 7 season; 2-run in 5th), Jon Kemmer (5, 2-run in 6th)
Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez joined the fold in Fresno and the Grizzlies celebrated the occasion with a show of brute force. Sometimes, words just cannot describe how dominant a team was on offense, so here is the box score.
Brady Rodgers didn't have his sharpest outing, but he performed well enough and greatly benefitted from some generous run support. In 5 innings, Rodgers allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he went 2 innings and allowed a run on a double, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave pitched the 8th and allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1. Josh Fields worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.
Mike Hauschild will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Nate Smith at 6:35 Mountain.
Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 1
W- J.C. Sulbaran (1-1)
L- Cy Sneed (3-2)
S- Kevin Herget (6)
CC home runs: J.D. Davis (12, solo in 2nd)
The Hooks began life after Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez with a loss. All of the scoring in this game was done in the 2nd inning. Unfortunately, Springfield scored more.
J.D. Davis finished 2-4, and his solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd was Corpus Christi's only scoring play.
Cy Sneed went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Kyle Smith allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 5 scoreless innings.
Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Andrew Morales at 7:05.
Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1
W- Josh James (6-2)
L- Brandon Alger (3-1)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks offense didn't have much luck against Lake Elsinore starter Enyel De Los Santos, but they were able to get themselves going once the Storm went to their bullpen.
Tony Nuñez led off the 6th inning with a bunt single and advanced to 2nd on an error. He moved over to 3rd base on a sac bunt from Bobby Boyd. Johnny Sewald joined Nuñez on the basepaths by drawing a walk, and then he proceeded to steal 2nd (7, 23 season). The throw down to 2nd base was errant, which allowed Nuñez to score.
Jason Martin hit a bunt single to lead off the 7th and scored the go-ahead run on a Keach Ballard double. Ballard advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and he'd be joined on the bases by Brooks Marlow, who got plunked, and Nuñez, who walked. Boyd and Sewald followed by drawing bases-loaded walks to add to the JetHawks' lead. Nuñez drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 9th inning. He finished 3-3 with 2 stolen bases (7, 16 season). Ballard finished 2-4.
Josh James pitched 6.2 innings and allowed a run on 10 hits (9 singles and a double), walked 2, and struck out 2. Ryan Deemes struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Scott Weathersby worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.
In game 2 of this series, Trent Thornton will face Brett Kennedy. First pitch is at 7:00 Pacific.
Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 3
W- Yoanys Quiala (1-5)
L- Eduardo Del Rosario (0-2)
S- Chris Murphy (1)
QC home runs: Connor Goedert (5, solo in 6th), Pat Porter (4, solo in 6th)
Both teams recorded 7 hits in this game, but the Banditos took the series thanks to a 3-run 2nd inning. Whenever Cedar Rapids got within striking distance, the River Bandits found a way to respond.
Osvaldo Duarte hit a double with 1 out in the 1st inning and scored the game's first run on a wild pitch. Quad Cities loaded the bases in the 2nd inning on a single and a couple of walks, and then a balk was called, which allowed Christian Correa to score. Duarte, who was at the plate at the time, proceeded to smack a 2-run double. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 6th inning; the Kernels' runs cut the deficit to 1. However, Connor Goedert and Pat Porter restored the Banditos' advantage by clubbing back-to-back solo home runs. Duarte (2 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Correa both finished with 2 hits in the game.
Yoanys Quiala went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Chris Murphy pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2.
The River Bandits will spend this weekend in suburban Chicago as they take on Kane County in a 3-game series. Matt Bower will get the start tonight, and he'll take on Emilio Vargas at 6:30.
Tri-City 8, Williamsport 4
W- Erasmo Pinales (1-2)
L- Felix Paulino (0-2)
TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (6, 2-run in 1st)
An early offensive outburst helped the ValleyCats avoid the sweep.
Stephen Wrenn continues to terrorize New York-Penn League pitching; his 2-run home run in the 1st inning opened up the scoring. Tri-City also got an RBI single from Taylor Jones in the opening frame. TC put up 5 in the 3rd inning on a pair of RBI singles from Jake Rogers and Daz Cameron and a bases-clearing double from Ryne Birk. Daz finished 3-4 with 2 stolen bases (7, 11 season). Wrenn (2B, 2-R HR), Carmen Benedetti (BB, R), Jones (RBI, R), and Rogers (RBI, R) all had 2-hit nights.
Dustin Hunt allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings of work. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the ValleyCats bullpen; he threw 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.
Sebastian Kessay will be on the mound for Tri-City as they begin a 3-game series in Hudson Valley. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.
Princeton 7, Greeneville 1
W- Peter Bayer (1-0)
L- Tyler Britton (1-1)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros got on the scoreboard first, but it was all Princeton the rest of the way.
Jonathan Arauz's RBI single in the 1st inning was Greeneville's only scoring play and was one of just three hits on the evening for the Appy Astros. Justin Garcia and Ruben Castro had the other two hits.
Tyler Britton went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Nathan Thompson had 2 inherited runners charged to him in 1.1 innings; he also allowed 3 hits and struck out 1. Lucas Williams pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and fanned 2, and Devon Carr allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.
Ricardo Castro will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Nationals 9, GCL Astros 7 in 10 innings
W- Jeremy McDonald (1-0)
L- Dariel Aquino (0-1)
S- Diomedes Eusebio (1)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros tied the game at 7 thanks to a 3-run 6th inning, but the Nationals went ahead once again with 2 runs in the first extra frame.
Jonathan Matute put the GCL club on the board with an RBI single in the 1st inning. They scored 3 in the 2nd on a pair of RBI singles from Reiny Beltre and Wilson Amador, who advanced to 2nd base on a balk and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Beltre drew a bases-loaded walk in the 6th and later scored when Andy Piñeda grounded into a force out. Joan Mauricio added an RBI infield single in the frame. Beltre (RBI, 2 R), Amador (RBI, R), and Oscar Campos (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits on the day.
Moreno Polanco only recorded 1 out in the 1st inning via strikeout while allowing 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), an RBI single, and walking 2. Hansel Paulino was summoned early and he went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Jorge Alcala was next; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 8 over 4 scoreless innings. Dariel Aquino allowed the two go-ahead runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in the 10th while only getting 2 outs. Jose Ramos got the final out of the 10th, but the damage was done.
The GCL Astros are currently playing the Mets.
DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Rays1 2
W- Ronel Blanco (3-0)
L- Angel Rodriguez (0-1)
S- Juan Lopez (3)
Blue home runs: None.
The Blue team held off a 9th-inning rally from the Rays to escape with the win.
Nicolás Miranda and Jose Benjamin had a hand in all 3 of the Blue team's runs in this game; Miranda tripled to lead off the game and scored on Benjamin's single. In the 8th, Miranda singled, and an error on the play allowed Ozziel Sanchez-Galan to score, and he advanced to 3rd on the play. Benjamin drove him in again, this time with a double. Benjamin finished 3-4, and Miranda finished 2-3.
Ronel Blanco allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Jesus Bernaez threw a 1-2-3 6th, and Juan Lopez ran into trouble in the 9th, but he was able to pull himself together to close it out. In 3 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5.
These two teams are currently playing at the Astros complex.
DSL Rays2 9, DSL Astros Orange 5
W- Oliver Batista (1-0)
L- Ezequiel Madera (0-1)
Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (2, solo in 9th)
5 errors doomed the Orange team in this one.
They scored 3 in the 3rd on a 2-run single from Alvaro Alvarez, and Vicente Mota grounded into a force out to score Kendy Moya. Moya ripped an RBI double in the 8th, and Ramiro Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the 9th inning. Moya finished 2-3.
Ezequiel Madera allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 3 in 2.2 innings. Cristofer Melendez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a home run) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Cosme Zapata allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings, and Gabriel Pirela recorded the final 2 outs of the 9th.
These teams are playing at the Rays complex.
Ronel Blanco, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (3-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Jorge Alcala, RHP, GCL Astros: 4 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Jose Benjamin, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Tony Nuñez, IF, Lancaster
3-3, RBI, R, 2 SB (7, 16 season)
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W 23-3 @ Salt Lake
Preston Tucker: 5-6, 2B, 3 HR (8), 8 RBI, 5 R
Alex Bregman: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R; AAA debut
Teoscar Hernandez: 4-6, 3B, HR (1, 7 season), 3 RBI, 2 R; AAA debut