Sunday, July 3, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday. July 2, 2016

Fresno 7, Salt Lake 1

W- Tommy Shirley (7-4)
L- Tyler Skaggs (0-2)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (4, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies have outscored the Bees 34-5 in the first three games of this series.

Max Stassi's solo home run opened the scoring in the 3rd inning. Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 4th. Fresno scored two runs in the 6th: Tyler White scored on an errant pickoff throw, and Moran came home on a wild pitch. Stassi ripped a 2-run double in the 8th and scored the Grizzlies' final run of the evening on a single from Tony Kemp.

Kemp finished 3-5 at the top of the order, while Alex Bregman, Moran (RBI, 2 R), and Stassi (2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Tommy Shirley pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Josh Fields extracted him from a bases-loaded situation without incurring any damage to end the 7th inning. Salt Lake spoiled the shutout bid by scoring a run against him in the 8th, In 1.1 innings, Fields allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Jandel Gustave worked around 2 hits to finish off the victory, striking out 1 in the 9th.

Brad Peacock will start the series finale. He'll face Kyle McGowin at 1:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 3

W- Evan Grills (3-1, 6-2 season)
L- Luke Weaver (4-1)
S- Aaron West (10)

CC home runs: Roberto Peña (5, 2-run in 8th)

The Hooks avoided the sweep thanks to a big inning and a homer that provided them with some insurance runs in the late innings.

That big inning was the 3rd, in which they parlayed a bases-loaded, 1 out situation into 4 runs. Chase McDonald put Corpus on the board with a sac fly. Danry Vásquez followed that with an RBI ground-rule double, and Nick Tanielu added a 2-run single. In a one-run game in the 8th inning, Roberto Peña provided the crucial insurance runs by whacking a 2-run homer. Danry (2B, RBI, R) and Tanielu (2 RBI) both finished 2-4 on the night.

Evan Grills went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Aaron West walked 1 and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings to get the save.

Tonight, the Hooks will start a 3-game series with Tulsa. Kent Emanuel will take on Scott Barlow at 6:05.

Lake Elsinore 3, Lancaster 1

W- Chris Huffman (7-3)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (4-2, 4-4 season)
S- Phil Maton (4)

Lancaster home runs: None.

All of the scoring in this game was done in the 1st inning. After that, both teams put up 8 zeroes on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the Storm had the more productive half of the 1st inning.

The 3 runs that Rogelio Armenteros allowed in the 1st inning all scored on a home run hit by Fernando Perez. Armenteros pitched 5 innings and allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Jacob Dorris worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

Ramon Laureano's RBI groundout in the top of the 1st was Lancaster's only scoring play. Johnny Sewald, who scored the lone JetHawks run, had 2 of their 3 hits and stole 2 bases (9, 25 season). Brooks Marlow's double in the 2nd inning was Lancaster's other hit.

In the series finale, Dean Deetz will face Walker Lockett. First pitch is at 6:00 Pacific.

Kane County 7, Quad Cities 1

W- Justin Donatella (7-4)
L- Franklin Perez (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos had no answer for an early 3-0 deficit, and they ended up getting buried by another 3-run inning from the Cougars.

Osvaldo Duarte finished 2-4, and his RBI single in the 6th was the River Bandits' only scoring play.

Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (all in the 1st) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Juan Carlos Santos allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit in 1.2 innings.

Albert Abreu will start the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30.

Hudson Valley 5, Tri-City 1

W- Jose Alonzo (1-1)
L- Edgardo Sandoval (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats dropped this game in rather non-descript fashion; they fell behind early, but they did spoil the Renegades' shutout bid.

Stephen Wrenn's RBI single in the 8th brought in the ValleyCats' only run of the game.

Edgardo Sandoval went 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits while striking out 2. Ben Smith allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 while only getting 2 outs in the 4th. Howie Brey allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 3.1 scoreless innings, and Dylan James allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th inning.

In the series finale, Hector Perez will start for the ValleyCats. First pitch is at 5:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 6, Kingsport 2

W- Framber Valdez (1-0, 1-1 season)
L- Adonis Uceta (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (2, 2-run in 4th)

Framber Valdez dominated on the mound for the Appy Astros and Josh Bonifay became the winningest manager in team history.

Valdez allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 8 over 6 shutout innings. The K-Mets spoiled the shutout in the 8th inning with a 2-run single off of Bryan Abreu, which was the only hit that he allowed in his 2 innings. Abreu also issued 2 walks. Devin Raftery struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Luis Payano's 2-run blast in the 4th inning put Greeneville on the board first. In the 5th, Tyler Wolfe hit an RBI single, and Wander Franco drove in another run with a groundout. Frankeny Fernandez smacked an RBI triple in the 7th, and Gabriel Bracamonte scored the final run of the game on an error that allowed Tyler Wolfe to reach base in the 8th. Fernandez (3B, RBI, R) and Wolfe (RBI, R, SB [2]) both finished 2-5 on the night.

Carlos Hiraldo will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Max Wotell at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Marlins 12, GCL Astros 4

W- Humberto Mejia (1-0)
L- Jorge Guzman (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros led 3-0 after the 4th, but the Marlins turned the tables by finishing the game on a 12-1 run.

Joan Mauricio hit an RBI single in the 2nd to open the scoring. The GCLstros got 2 in the 4th as Reiny Beltre ripped an RBI double and came around to score on another RBI single from Mauricio. Beltre added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th inning.

The Kissimmee Stros had 5 hits, and Beltre and Mauricio provided all 5 of them. Beltre finished 3-4 and scored on Mauricio's singles. Mauricio also stole his first base of the season.

In his first rehab appearance, Alex Winkleman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 3 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for the bullpen. I think I'll leave it at that. Cristian Javier did allow 5 runs in 3.1 innings, but he also struck out 7. Silver linings.

The Kissimmee Stros have a doubleheader with the Cardinals today.

DSL Athletics 7, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Jhenderson Hurtado (1-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team opened up the scoring with a field goal, but they were trumped by the A's touchdown.

Carlos Canelon hit a single in the 2nd, and an error on the play allowed Angel De Leon to score and César Cortez to advance to 3rd. Cortez proceeded to steal home, while Canelon took 2nd base. Ronny Jimenez hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Canelon and Nicolás Miranda both finished 2-4.

Javier Navas allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Juan Cuevas allowed a solo homer to Martin De Los Santos and struck out 2 in the 5th. Juan Corniel allowed 4 unearned runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2 innings, and Yonatan Quintin allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 scoreless.

DSL Astros 4, DSL Phillies2 4 through 6.5 innings

Play was suspended due to rain.

Humberto Castellanos went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Luis Castro allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 6th.

The Orange team scored 2 in the 4th on a Ramiro Rodriguez RBI single and a force out that scored Enmanuel Valdez. In the 6th, Ramiro scored on an error and Ronaldo Urdaneta drew a bases-loaded walk.

Saturday's Stars

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Framber Valdez, LHP, Greeneville
W (1-0, 1-1 season), 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 K

Max Stassi, C, Fresno
2-4, 2B, solo HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 R

Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno
W (7-4), 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Reiny Beltre, 3B, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Joan Mauricio, SS, GCL Astros
2-4, 2 RBI, SB (1)

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