Monday, July 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fresno 2, New Orleans 0

W- Brad Peacock (4-4)
L- Jeremy Guthrie (6-6)
S- James Hoyt (23)

Fresno home runs: Alex Bregman (6, 20 season; solo in 4th), Tyler White (9, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies earned the series split as Brad Peacock handcuffed the New Orleans offense.

Fresno only had 4 hits in this game, but they had the only scoring plays of the game. Alex Bregman smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning, and Tyler White provided a little insurance in the 9th with a solo blast of his own.

Peacock allowed just 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9 over 7.2 shutout innings. James Hoyt earned the save by striking out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings.

Tonight, Fresno will begin a 4-game series in Round Rock. Brady Rodgers will take on Eric Jokisch at 7:05.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Trey Cochran-Gill (4-3)
L- Keegan Yuhl (8-3)
S- Bobby Wahl (6)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (13, solo in 2nd)

The Hounds took control of this game with 4 runs in the 4th inning, and the Hooks were held off the scoreboard for the final 5 innings.

Chase McDonald put Corpus on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, his 13th of the year. J.D. Davis added a 2-run single in the 3rd inning.

Keegan Yuhl pitched 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (3-run homer) and walked 3. Ryan Thompson allowed 4 hits over 4 scoreless innings. Neither of them recorded a strikeout.

Kent Emanuel will face Daniel Gossett in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30.

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 7

W- Adam Bray (1-0)
L- Scott Weathersby (3-5, 4-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (7, solo in 3rd), Trent Woodward (3, 4 season; 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 7, but the Quakes quickly broke the tie with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th.

Trent Woodward opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Bobby Boyd whacked a solo homer in the 3rd, and Marc Wik added an RBI single in the 6th.

Tony Nuñez started the 7th-inning rally with a 1-out single and scampered home on a triple from Johnny Sewald. Ramon Laureano drew a walk and stole 2nd (33), and Woodward stepped up and tied the game with a 3-run home run. Woodward matched a career high with 4 RBI, while Sewald (3B, RBI, 2 R), Laureano (2 2B, 2 R, SB), and Wik (RBI) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (1 solo and two 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 1. Scott Weathersby was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and walked 2 in 2 innings. He faced 2 batters in the 7th and did not retire either of them, so Jacob Dorris took over the 7th. The 2 runners he inherited from Weathersby both scored, and he allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the inning. Kevin Comer worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

In game 3 of this series, Josh James will take on Felipe Gonzalez. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Lake County 9, Quad Cities 4

W- Matt Esparza (8-6)
L- Chris Murphy (3-6)
S- Devon Stewart (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Captains took the series thanks to a 5-run 5th inning.

Chris Murphy's outing went well for the first 4 innings, but Lake County shelled him in the 5th with a grand slam and a solo homer. In his 5 innings, he allowed 6 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Zac Person allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Makay Nelson came out for the 8th but failed to record an out; the Captains loaded the bases on him with a single and 2 walks. Ralph Garza Jr. came on to take over the inning. Garza didn't allow any runs of his own, but he couldn't prevent the Captains from inflicting damage in the inning, which went to Nelson. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.

Hector Roa put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI double in the 7th inning. In the 8th, Kyle Tucker hit an RBI infield single. He ended up getting forced out at 2nd base, but Arturo Michelena scored on the play. Pat Porter drove in the Banditos' final run with an RBI triple. Myles Straw finished 3-4 with a double and scored a run.

The Banditos are back home, and they have two days off. They'll be back in action on Wednesday against the Dayton Dragons.

Tri-City 9, Batavia 8

W- Sebastian Kessay (2-1, 3-4 season)
L- Brent Wheatley (0-2)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1, 3 season)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson 2 (4; 3-run in 1st, 2-run in 7th)

This game was a little crazy, to say the least.

The ValleyCats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the 1st inning, but Batavia took the lead thanks to a 5-run 5th. TC responded with a 5-run inning of their own in the 7th to regain control and successfully fended off a 9th-inning rally from the Muckdogs to escape with the victory.

Randy César opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. One batter later, Ronnie Dawson whacked a 3-run home run, his first homer of the night.

Rodrigo Ayarza singled with one out in the 7th inning and came around to score on a Ryne Birk double. Brauly Mejia and César followed with RBI singles, and Dawson put Tri-City in the lead once again with his second home run of the game; this one was of the two-run variety.

Dawson reached base in all four of his plate appearances; he also drew a couple of walks to go along with his homers. César had a couple of RBI singles and scored on both of Dawson's blasts. Ayarza finished 2-5 at the top of the order.

Erasmo Pinales went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners that were charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Luis Ramirez got the final out of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before he allowed 5 runs in the inning. He walked in one of Pinales' runners, and the other two runners scored on a bases-clearing double, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning. Ramirez, who was charged with a run of his own on the double, also had an unearned run charged against him thanks to an error.

Sebastian Kessay was next, and he allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings. Carlos Sierra threw a 1-2-3 8th and got 2 outs in the 9th, but getting that last out proved to be a challenge. The Muckdogs had the bases loaded once again in the 9th inning, and Juan Carlos Santos came on to try and rescue Sierra. He allowed a 2-run single to the first man he faced, but he pulled himself together to secure the victory. Sierra allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 1.

In game 2 of this series, Framber Valdez will face Jordan Holloway. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Bluefield 4 in 20 innings

W- Reggie Johnson (2-0)
L- Juandy Mendoza (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

This game started at 6:01 P.M. Eastern. 6 hours and 31 minutes later, the Appy Astros walked off with their 7th consecutive victory. This was the longest game in Greeneville history.

The Appy Astros used 7 pitchers and two position players on the mound. Some of the highlights included Tyler Britton recording 7 strikeouts in 3.1 innings, Devin Raftery recording 8 of his 9 outs via the strikeout, and two position players, Chaz Pal and Tyler Wolfe, coming in to throw two scoreless innings apiece. Wolfe, who is normally a second baseman, even got 3 strikeouts!

Greeneville staved off a Bluefield threat in the 9th in which they had the bases loaded and one out. They also threw out the potential go-ahead run at home in the 16th and stranded another would-be go-ahead runner at 3rd. Both teams had runners thrown out at the plate in the 18th inning.

Marcos Almonte tripled in the 1st inning and opened the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch. Reiny Beltre added a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Jonathan Arauz hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Almonte doubled and later scored when Troy Sieber grounded into a fielder's choice in the 5th inning. Nash Knight tied the game at 4 with a solo home run in the top of the 8th for Bluefield, and for the next 11.5 innings, the game remained in a 4-4 deadlock.

Gabriel Bracamonte singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 20th, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored the winning run on a single from Abraham Toro. Arauz and Toro both finished with 3 hits, while Almonte and Bracamonte had 2 hits apiece.

Greeneville will look for the sweep tonight as Ricardo Castro takes on Kyle Weatherly. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Marlins 2, GCL Astros 1

W- Chris Mazza (1-1)
L- Agapito Barrios (0-1)
S- Kyle Fischer (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros made it a 1-run game in the 7th, but their comeback bid was denied. Brody Westmoreland scored their only run on an error in the top of the 7th.

Agapito Barrios went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Yhoan Acosta allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 4th, and Ian Hardman allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings.

Game 2: GCL Astros 2, GCL Marlins 0

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-2, 3-2 season)
L- Eliezer Cuello (1-1)
S- Manuel Gonzalez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros earned the split in the twinbill by blanking the Marlins.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings, and Manuel Gonzalez allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the final 2 innings to get the save.

Both of the GCL Astros' runs came in the 3rd inning; Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI groundout and Carlos Machado added an RBI single. Machado finished 2-4.

Dominican Summer League All-Star Game

The American League All-Stars came out on top, 4-3 in the DSL All-Star Game.

Gilberto Celestino (Orange) got the start in center field and finished 1-2. Jose Benjamin (Blue) entered the game at right field in the 4th inning and played the rest of the game, going 1-2. Ronel Blanco (Blue) got the final out of the 6th inning by inducing a force out.

Sunday's Stars

Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, GCL Astros: W (2-2, 3-2 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
2-2, 2 HR (4), 5 RBI

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Abraham Toro, 3B, Greeneville
3-8, walk-off RBI single in 20th inning

Brad Peacock, RHP, Fresno
W (4-4), 7.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (23), 1.1 IP, 2 K

Greeneville Astros pitchers: 20 IP, 16 H (2 HR), 4 ER, 10 BB, 34 K
Tyler Britton: 3.1 IP, H, BB, 7 K
Devon Carr: 2.1 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Devin Raftery: 3 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Chaz Pal: 2 IP, H, 2 BB
Tyler Wolfe: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

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