Thursday, July 7, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fresno 5, Sacramento 2

W- Brendan McCurry (1-0, 3-4 season)
L- Clayton Blackburn (5-7)
S- James Hoyt (22)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (4, solo in 2nd)

The Grizzlies scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, which allowed them to take control of this game and allowed them to take the series.

Tyler White opened the scoring with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. This would be Fresno's only scoring play until the 7th inning.

Colin Moran drew a 1-out walk to spark the rally. Jon Kemmer joined him on the bases after hitting a single, and Moran scored the tying run on an Andrew Aplin single. One batter later, Max Stassi put the Grizz in front with a 2-run double. Moran capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th. Stassi finished 2-3 from the #9 spot in the order.

Joe Musgrove went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Brendan McCurry pitched 2 perfect innings to get his first win at the AAA level. Josh Fields worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and James Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.

Tonight, the Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series with Reno. Mike Hauschild will get the start, and he'll take on John Omahen at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Springfield 5

W- Cy Sneed (4-2)
L- Johnny Walter (0-1)
S- Aaron West (11)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (7, 9 season; 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks stormed out of the gate with a 6-0 lead and hung on to the victory by withstanding a late charge from the Cardinals.

Jack Mayfield whacked a 2-run home run in the 1st to open the scoring. He singled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on an RBI double from J.D. Davis. Later in the 3rd, Chase McDonald ripped an RBI double of his own, and Mott Hyde smacked a 2-run double. Mayfield drove in the Hooks' final run of the evening with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. He and Davis had 3 hits apiece, while Hyde finished 2-3.

Cy Sneed allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 6.1 innings. Albert Minnis recorded the final two outs of the 7th and the first out of the 8th. Minnis was lifted for Aaron West after issuing back-to-back walks following the first out, and those walks turned into runs after he left. West got the final two outs of the 8th, but in between those outs, he allowed an RBI double and an RBI single, which allowed both of the runners he inherited from Minnis to score. Despite that scare, West closed out the game without any further incidents, getting three groundouts to finish it off.

In game 2 of this series, Francis Martes will take on Luke Weaver. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 10, Visalia 7

W- Josh James (7-2)
L- Cody Reed (0-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (4)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took the lead in the series as they stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the 2nd inning and successfully held off the Rawhide.

The JetHawks scored 10 runs in this game and did not have an extra-base hit. Bryan Muñiz opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Lancaster parlayed a bases-loaded, no out situation to begin the 2nd inning into 6 runs. Jamie Ritchie, Brooks Marlow, and Tony Nuñez reached on a single, a walk, and a bunt single respectively, and Johnny Sewald walked in the first run of the frame. Ramon Laureano and Muñiz followed with 2-run singles, and Muñiz scored on a balk. Drew Ferguson drove in a run with a groundout in the 4th, and in the 7th, Lancaster got RBI singles from Nuñez and Sewald.

Laureano, Muñiz, and Nuñez all finished with 2 hits in the game, while Marlow and Bobby Boyd scored 2 runs apiece.

Josh James went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Andrew Thome got one out in the 7th with a strikeout, but he also allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5 to get the save.

Trent Thornton will start the series finale. He'll face Brad Keller at 6:35 Pacific.

Beloit 2, Quad Cities 0

W- Boomer Biegalski (5-4)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' bats couldn't muster up any support for Yoanys Quiala, who was forced to take the L despite a solid outing.

Quiala allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings of work. Chris Murphy allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings.

Kyle Tucker and Osvaldo Duarte both doubled. Their two-baggers were Quad Cities' only extra-base hits in the game.

Matt Bower will start the series finale. He'll take on James Naile at 7:00.

State College 7, Tri-City 5 in 11 innings

W- Eric Carter (1-0)
L- Carlos Sierra (0-2)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (2, solo in 9th), Chuckie Robinson (1, solo in 11th)

The ValleyCats forced extra innings once again, but another walk-off victory was not in the cards because the Spikes scored 3 in the top of the 11th to regain control of the game.

Ryne Birk put Tri-City on the board with a sac fly in the 5th inning. Birk struck again in the 7th as he ripped an RBI double. Brauly Mejia drove in another run in the 7th with a groundout. With the ValleyCats down to their final out, Birk tied the game at 4 with a solo homer. Chuckie Robinson pulled a run back in the bottom of the 11th with a solo home run, his first as a pro. Birk had a huge night as he finished 4-5, a triple shy of the cycle. Robinson finished 2-5 with a double to go along with his homer and scored twice.

Erasmo Pinales went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed a 3-run homer to Tommy Edman in the 7th, which was the only run-producing hit he allowed. Kessay allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Carlos Sierra pitched 3 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him in the 11th. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Howie Brey got the final two outs of the 11th, but not before he allowed the two runners he inherited from Sierra to score, and a runner of his own scored as well. Brey allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

The ValleyCats are now on the road. Their first stop is Morgantown, West Virginia, where they'll begin a 3-game series against the Black Bears tonight at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 0, Burlington 0 in the top of the 2nd

This game was suspended due to the weather. The remaining 8 innings of this game will be completed tonight beginning at 5:00 Eastern. Tonight's regularly scheduled game will be a 7-inning contest.

Kort Peterson singled to lead off the 2nd inning for Burlington before play was halted. Abdiel Saldaña allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1+ inning.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Mets 1

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Luis De Los Santos (1-1)
S- Enoli Paredes (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got solid performances on the mound from Leovanny Rodriguez and Enoli Paredes as they cruised to the win.

Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings, and Paredes allowed a run on a triple, walked 1, and struck out 6 in the final 4 innings.

The GCL team opened up with 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd, Juan Piñeda drove in the first run of the day with an RBI groundout, and Wilson Amador added an RBI infield single. Troy Sieber added an RBI single in the 3rd, and Reiny Beltre ripped an RBI double. Sieber added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th inning, and in the 7th, Brody Westmoreland whacked a 2-run triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Sieber and Beltre had 2 hits apiece, while Westmoreland and Carlos Machado scored 2 runs apiece.

The Kissimmee Stros are taking on the Marlins today.

DSL Marlins 3, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Gabriel Baez (2-1)
L- Ronel Blanco (3-1)
S- Willi Garcia (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Ronny Jimenez finished 3-4 with a stolen base (5) and scored the Blue team's only run on a Jose Benjamin single in the 6th inning. The Blue team had an opportunity for a comeback bid in the 8th, but they left the bases loaded.

Ronel Blanco went 4.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him. He also allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Juan Carlos Lopez (the Astros recently signed a pitcher named Juan Pablo Lopez) pitched the final 4.2 innings and allowed a run of his own on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7.

The Blue team traveled to the Dodgers complex to take on the Dodgers 2 today.

DSL Mets2 15, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Jaison Vilera (1-1)
L- Ezequiel Madera (0-2)

Orange home runs: Gilberto Celestino (1, solo in 6th)

The Orange team got pummeled, but they showed some fight by scoring 6 in the 9th to make the final margin a little more respectable.

Gilberto Celestino hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the 6th. Darlin Figueroa added an RBI single in the 7th. In the 9th, Figueroa added a 2-run triple to his ledger. Fredy Medina and Hector Martinez hit RBI singles, and Bernardo Heras hit a 2-run double. Martinez and Figueroa both finished 2-5.

Carlos Espinoza was the only Orange team pitcher with a scoreless outing, although he did allow the runner that he inherited from Ezequiel Madera to score. In 1.1 innings, Espinoza walked 3 and struck out 3.

The Orange team is facing the Red Sox 2 today.

Wednesday's Stars

Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, GCL Astros: W (1-1, 2-1 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, GCL Astros
Save (1), 4 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K

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Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
4-5, 2B, solo HR (2), 3 RBI

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2-R HR (7, 9 season), 3 RBI, 2 R

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Chuckie Robinson, C, Tri-City
2-5, 2B, solo HR (1; 1st of pro career), 2 R

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Quad Cities
L (1-6), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), BB, 5 K

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