Thursday, July 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AAA All-Star Game: International League 4, Pacific Coast League 2

Brady Rodgers got the start for the PCL All-Stars, and the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Erik Gonzalez in the 2nd inning. Rodgers struck out 3 in his outing. Mike Hauschild struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th, and James Hoyt allowed 2 hits but was able to record the final out of the 8th.

The Fresno Grizzlies will return to action tonight as they begin a 4-game series in New Orleans. In game 1, César Valdez will take on Jose Urena. First pitch is at 7:00.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Eric Peterson (4-2, 5-2 season)
L- Frank Lopez (4-4)
S- Aaron West (13)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (9, 11 season; solo in 1st)

Jack Mayfield carried the Hooks to a victory over the Roughriders.

He opened the scoring by smacking a solo home run in the 1st inning, and with two outs in the 7th, he came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit.

That 7th-inning rally almost ended before it started thanks to two strikeouts, but Roberto Peña and Alejandro Garcia kept the inning alive with singles, and James Ramsay walked to load the bases to bring up Mayfield, who promptly cleared them with a double to put Corpus in front. Mayfield finished 2-4 and provided all of the offense for the Hooks. J.D. Davis, Mott Hyde, and Garcia joined him in the 2-hit club.

Cy Sneed went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 3. Aaron West allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 1.2 innings to earn the save.

Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Connor Sadzeck at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, San Jose 9

W- Scott Weathersby (3-4, 4-4 season)
L- Jason Forjet (8-7)
S- Jacob Dorris (6)

Lancaster home runs: Johnny Sewald (3, 4 season; 3-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks exploded for 8 runs in the 3rd inning and were able to hold off the Giants.

That 8-run 3rd inning erased a 5-0 deficit. Drew Ferguson led off the inning by getting plunked, and Tony Nuñez joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Ferguson scored Lancaster's first run on an error following a Bobby Boyd single, and one batter later, Johnny Sewald whacked a 3-run home run to cut the Giants' lead to one run. They were not quite finished... Bryan Muñiz reached on an error and advanced to 2nd, and then Trent Woodward singled to put men on the corners. Jamie Ritchie and Brooks Marlow followed with RBI singles, and in his second plate appearance of the inning, Ferguson ripped a 2-run double.

In the 4th inning, Sewald added a sacrifice fly to his ledger, and Ritchie added another RBI single. Everyone in the original starting nine scored a run; Ramon Laureano finished 2-3 with a double, but home plate umpire Aaron Higgins tossed him in the 6th inning. This was Sewald's 2nd career 4-RBI game; he drove in 4 for Tri-City on August 25 last year. Boyd finished 3-4 with a double and scored twice, and both of Ritchie's hits were RBI singles.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit and fanned 4 over 2.2 scoreless innings.

The JetHawks and Giants will play 2 tonight as they will finally conclude their season-opening series. Trent Thornton and Rogelio Armenteros will take on Phil Bickford and Jordan Johnson tonight, with game 1 starting at 5:05 Pacific.

Fort Wayne 6, Quad Cities 0

W- Corey Kimber (2-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-7)

QC home runs: None.

Both Yoanys Quiala and Chris Paddack put up 5 zeroes on the scoreboard for their respective teams. Unfortunately for Quiala, the wheels fell off for him in the 6th inning.

Quiala went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (all in the 6th) on 9 hits and struck out 4. Makay Nelson allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Chris Murphy allowed a solo homer to Brad Zunica in the 8th inning.

Myles Straw and Pat Porter had 2 hits apiece; they accounted for all of the River Bandits' hits in this game. One of Straw's hits was a double, which was their only extra-base hit.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will face Thomas Dorminy. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Mahoning Valley 5, Tri-City 3

W- Mitch Miniard (1-2)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-1, 5-3 season)
S- Randy Valladares (1)

TC home runs: Taylor Jones (3, solo in 9th)

The ValleyCats dropped the series as the Scrappers got some insurance runs in the 9th to create a little more separation in a one-run game.

Chuckie Robinson put Tri-City on the board in the 3rd by lashing a 2-run double. Taylor Jones' solo homer in the 9th was the ValleyCats' other scoring play. Robinson and Brauly Mejia had 2 hits apiece.

Alex Winkelman allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Carlos Sierra walked 2 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 5th, and Framber Valdez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Tonight, the ValleyCats are back home, where they'll begin a 3-game series with Connecticut at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Pulaski 1

W- Angelo Serrano (1-1)
L- Nick Nelson (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros kept the Yankees' bats in check to take the first of this 3-game set.

Ben Smith had his finest outing as a pro as allowed just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless innings. Again, Smith hasn't had the greatest start to his pro career, but considering what he has had to overcome just to play baseball again, he probably isn't fretting too much over his stats. Angelo Serrano tagged in for 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 6. Pulaski spoiled the shutout with an RBI double off of Reggie Johnson in the 8th. Johnson allowed one other his and walked 1 in his 2 innings.

Gabriel Bracamonte opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Miguelangel Sierra and Marcos Almonte scored on wild pitches in the 3rd and the 4th, respectively. Bryan De La Cruz, who scored the first run of the evening, clubbed an RBI triple in the 7th and scored on a wild pitch. He, Sierra, and Bracamonte all finished with 2 hits in the game; De La Cruz and Sierra also scored two runs apiece.

Carlos Hiraldo will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 2

W- Thomas Lee (1-0)
L- Cristian Javier (2-1)
S- Juan Alvarez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 4th inning, but the difference in this game was a 3-run 5th for the Cardinals.

The Kissimmee Stros' 2 runs came in the form of Jonathan Matute scoring on an error and Cristopher Luciano drawing a bases-loaded walk. Matute finished 2-4.

Cristian Javier went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Enoli Paredes was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Dariel Aquino pitched a 1-2-3 8th.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Red Sox1 1

W- Juan Cuevas (6-3)
L- Juan Florentino (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team snatched a victory from the Red Sox in walk-off fashion.

Nicolás Miranda put them on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 8th. Angel De Leon led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, advanced to 3rd on a flyout, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. He and Carlos Canelon both had 2 hits (one being a double) and scored.

Yulian Frontado went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and fanned 5. Edwin Fidel tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4. Juan Cuevas recorded the final 2 outs of the 9th to get Fidel out of some trouble.

DSL Rays2 5, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Christian Fernandez (1-1)
L- Francisco Villegas (0-2)
S- Enyerbeth Lugo (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got nipped in the end as the Rays got 1 in the 7th and another in the 8th to break a 3-3 tie.

Kendy Moya scored the Orange team's first run of the day on an error in the 3rd inning. In the 5th, Ronaldo Urdaneta stole 3rd and scored on the errant throw, and Ramiro Rodriguez hit a sac fly. Felix Lucas and Vicente Mota had 2 hits apiece.

Gerardo Bojorquez allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Francisco Villegas went 4 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Carlos Espinoza allowed a solo homer to Luis Arias in the 8th, which was the only run he allowed in the inning. He struck out 1.

Wednesday's Stars

Yulian Frontado, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K
Edwin Fidel, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 3.1 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K

Jacob Dorris, RHP, Lancaster
Save (6), 2.2 IP, H, 4 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (9, 11 season), 4 RBI; drove in all 4 Corpus Christi runs

Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
1-3, 3-R HR (3, 4 season), 4 RBI

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Ben Smith, LHP, Greeneville
4 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Bryan De La Cruz, OF, Greeneville
2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Angelo Serrano, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-1), 3 IP, H, BB, 6 K

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