Saturday, July 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 15, 2016

Let's play two in Greeneville!

New Orleans 9, Fresno 5

W- Jarred Cosart (3-3)
L- Tommy Shirley (7-6)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (8, solo in 2nd)

Yes, that is the same Jarred Cosart that once pitched for the Astros back in the day. Fresno tried to claw back from a 6-1 deficit and got to within two runs, but the Zephyrs scored 3 after stretch time to put this game out of reach.

Tommy Shirley threw 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 6th inning. Brendan McCurry got two outs in the 7th, but the Zephyrs scored 3 runs on 4 hits against him. McCurry left the bases loaded for Kevin Chapman, who was able to prevent New Orleans from inflicting more damage. In 1.1 innings, Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 2.

Tyler White put the Grizz on the board with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd inning. Max Stassi hit an RBI single in the 6th inning. Preston Tucker drove in the Grizzlies' final two runs with an RBI single in the 7th and an RBI double in the 9th. Tucker and White both finished 2-5, while Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp both went 2-4.

Mike Hauschild will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Justin Nicolino at 6:00.

Frisco 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Victor Payano (6-6)
L- Evan Grills (3-3, 6-4 season)

CC home runs: Roberto Peña (7, solo in 7th)

The Hooks outhit the Roughriders 10-8, but they only had one run to show for it.

Roberto Peña finished 2-4 and his solo home run in the 7th was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. Chase McDonald, Nolan Fontana, and Nick Tanielu also had 2 hits in the game.

Evan Grills went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Kyle Smith followed with 4 scoreless innings out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 3.

In the series finale, Edison Frias will face Reed Garrett. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 13, San Jose 8

W- Dean Deetz (5-5)
L- Matt Cain (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano 2 (10; 2-run in 1st, solo in 6th), Marc Wik (1, solo in 5th)

The JetHawks swept the Giants out of The Hangar in a game where they teed off on a rehabbing Matt Cain and scored in all but one inning.

Ramon Laureano had an unforgettable game on his 22nd birthday; he hit two home runs, one of which came off a Major League pitcher. His 2-run homer put the JetHawks on the board in the 1st inning and tied the game at 2. Bobby Boyd added an RBI single in the 2nd. Lancaster put up 3 in the 3rd and the 4th. Their 3 in the 3rd came on a pair of RBI singles from Trent Woodward and Jamie Ritchie, and Keach Ballard grounded into a force out that allowed Jason Martin to score. Woodward and Ritchie added an RBI single and a 2-run double to their ledgers in the 4th inning, respectively. Marc Wik smacked a solo homer in the 5th, and Laureano launched a solo shot, his second home run of the evening, in the 6th. Boyd whacked an RBI triple in the 7th and scored the JetHawks' final run on a wild pitch.

Laureano finished 4-5 with 4 runs scored; he hit 2 doubles to go along with his 2 homers. Ritchie went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Wik finished 3-4 with the solo homer and scored another run. Woodward finished 2-5 and scored twice. Martin went 0-2, but he walked twice, scored twice, and stole a base (12).

Dean Deetz allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he went 2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1 in the 8th, and Kevin Comer allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 4-game series in Rancho Cucamonga. Akeem Bostick will start game 1, and he'll go up against Andrew Sopko at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Fort Wayne 1

W- Franklin Perez (2-2)
L- Jerry Keel (5-9)
S- Albert Abreu (3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos only had 3 hits in this game, but they won in the column that matters most. Also, a couple of rising stars in the system delivered strong performances on the mound to help the Bandits take the series.

Myles Straw had 2 of those hits. He reached on an error and made it to 2nd to begin the game, moved over to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the game's first run on a Hector Roa groundout. Kristian Trompiz, who had the other hit, drove in the other Quad Cities run with a sac fly in the 3rd inning.

Franklin Perez allowed a run on a groundout, 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Albert Abreu shut it down by allowing a hit and fanning 5 over the final 4 innings.

The River Bandits will now begin a 3-game series in Lake County, in the Cleveland area. The first two games will be played today, with game 1 starting at 5:00 Eastern. Jose Luis Hernandez and Elieser Hernandez will take on Jared Robinson and TBA.

Tri-City 10, Connecticut 2

W- Austin Nicely (3-1)
L- Locke St. John (2-3)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (3, solo in 1st)

Tri-City stormed out of the gate with a 3-0 lead, then exploded for 6 more in the middle innings to turn this game into a laugher.

Ryne Birk got things started with a solo home run in the 1st inning. Later in the inning, Ronnie Dawson smacked a 2-run double. Jake Rogers hit a 2-run single in the 5th, and then in the 6th, Birk added an RBI single to his ledger. He then stole 2nd (3), advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Carmen Benedetti single. Randy César clubbed an RBI triple and scored on a Dawson groundout. César finished 4-4 and drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. He and Benedetti, who went 3-4, scored 3 runs apiece. Rogers and Birk both went 2-5.

Kevin Hill and Austin Nicely pitched 4 innings apiece. Hill allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Nicely allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep as Ryan Hartman takes the mound. He'll take on Gregory Soto at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Greeneville 3, Pulaski 1

W- Devin Raftery (1-0)
L- Will Jones (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (3, 2-run in 6th)

Luis Payano's 2-run home run in the 6th broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Astros the victory in the first game of the twinbill. Vicente Sanchez scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning.

Carlos Hiraldo went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Devin Raftery pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Game 2: Greeneville 5, Pulaski 2

W- Devon Carr (1-1)
L- Spencer Mahoney (1-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Once again, the 6th inning was extremely kind to Greeneville as they took control of game 2 with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th.

Gabriel Bracamonte opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tyler Wolfe led off the 6th with a single, and business began to pick up.

Troy Sieber brought Wolfe home with an RBI double to tie the game at 2, and then Vicente Sanchez came in to pinch-run for him. He'd score the go-ahead run when Abraham Toro grounded into a fielder's choice. An error on the play allowed Toro to advance to 2nd base, and Connor MacDonald drove him in with an RBI double. MacDonald scored the final run of game 2 on a Frankeny Fernandez single. Sieber and MacDonald both finished 2-3... they both hit an RBI double and scored a run.

Carlos Sanabria went 4.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him; the run was unearned. The only hit he allowed was a single in the 1st inning, and he walked 2 while striking out 5. Lucas Williams got the final out of the 5th, but not before he allowed a 2-run triple that gave the Yankees the lead. He also got the first 2 outs of the 6th, allowing 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. Devon Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and recorded the final 4 outs of the game, all via strikeout.

Tonight, Patrick Sandoval will get the start as Greeneville begins a 3-game series with Bluefield. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 3

W- César Rosado (2-0)
L- Matt Pirro (1-2)

GCL home runs: Wilson Amador (1, 2-run in 5th), L.P. Pelletier (1, solo in 9th)

The Kissimmeee Stros managed to get some insurance runs in the late innings to secure the win.

Wilson Amador finished 3-5 and put them on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd. He added a 2-run homer to his ledger in the 5th inning. Before Amador's blast, however, Juan Piñeda led off the inning with a triple and Andy Piñeda brought him in with a single. Juan Piñeda ripped a 2-run double in the 8th, and L.P. Pelletier whacked a solo homer, his first home run as a pro, in the 9th inning. Amador was a triple shy of the cycle, while Juan Piñeda was a home run shy. Oscar Campos finished 3-3, and Pelletier and Andy Piñeda both finished 2-5.

César Rosado allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Bryan Abreu tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4. Dariel Aquino struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

DSL Royals 4, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 13 innings

W- Emmanuel Estevez (2-1)
L- Robert Corniel (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team pulled ahead with a run in the top of the 13th, but the Royals walked off with the win in the bottom of the inning.

Angel Tejeda put them on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Nicolás Miranda smacked an RBI double in the 13th inning. Tejeda, Sanchez-Galan, and Nestor Tejada all had 2 hits on the day.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3 in 6 innings. Johsson Arias allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Juan Cuevas was next, and he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Robert Corniel allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings.

DSL Phillies2 8, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Jose Jimenez (1-0)
L- Miguel Matos (2-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Kendy Moya scored both of the Orange team's runs. He scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Ramiro Rodriguez to reach in the 1st; Rodriguez was credited with an RBI. Moya scored again on a single from Enmanuel Valdez in the 3rd. Valdez finished 2-4.

Asael Uribe allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 4.1 innings. The bullpen faltered badly in the late innings. I'll leave it at that.

Friday's Stars

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Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
2-5, solo HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (3)

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Carmen Benedetti, 1B/OF, Tri-City
3-4, RBI, 3 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Randy César, 3B, Tri-City
4-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R

A photo posted by Louis-philippe Pelletier (@lp_pelletier24) on
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L.P. Pelletier, 2B, GCL Astros
2-5, solo HR (1); first pro HR

Photo by Bryan Green
Wilson Amador, OF, GCL Astros
3-5, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (3)

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Piñeda, 2B, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR (10), 3 RBI, 4 R on his birthday

Jamie Ritchie, C, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-2), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (3), 4 IP, H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Luis Payano, OF, Greeneville
Go-ahead 2-R HR (3) in game 1 of doubleheader

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