Friday, August 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

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Let's play two in Lowell!

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies are back home, and they'll start a 4-game series with Iowa tonight at 7:05 Pacific. César Valdez will start for Fresno.

Northwest Arkansas 13, Corpus Christi 3

W- Daniel Stumpf (2-0)
L- Cy Sneed (4-5)
S- Aroni Nina (1)

CC home runs: None.

This was a 4-3 game after the 7th inning, but the Naturals turned it into a laugher with 9 runs in the final two frames.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st; Corpus Christi's run came in the form of a sac fly from J.D. Davis, who also ripped an RBI ground-rule double in the 5th, Tony Nuñez added an RBI single in the 6th, James Ramsay scored 2 of the 3 Hooks runs.

Cy Sneed went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 6. Eric Peterson tagged in for 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4. Unfortunately, the 9th inning was where it all unraveled for the Hooks; Michael Freeman and Jacob Dorris bore the brunt of the Naturals' wrath in the final inning. I'll leave it at that.

The Hooks will start a 3-game series with Arkansas tonight at 7:05. Trent Thornton will take on Alex Blackford.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 6

W- Akeem Bostick (4-1, 5-2 season)
L- Jake Jewell (1-12)
S- Dean Deetz (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Inland Empire got on the board with 3 runs in the 2nd, but the JetHawks responded with 6 in the 3rd to take control of this game.

Marc Wik ignited the big 3rd inning with a one-out single. He advanced to 3rd on a Johnny Sewald double and scored Lancaster's first run on an Osvaldo Duarte groundout. Bobby Boyd followed with an RBI single; he advanced to 3rd on a single from Bryan Muñiz and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Jamie Ritchie put the JetHawks in front with an RBI single, and Trent Woodward finished off the 3rd with a 2-run double. Boyd hit a sac fly in the 4th, and in the 7th, Muñiz scored on an error following a sac bunt attempt from Ritchie.

Sewald went 4-5 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and a stolen base (20, 36 season). Muñiz (2 R) and Woodward (2B, 2 RBI) both finished 2-5.

Akeem Bostick went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Scott Weathersby was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings. Andrew Thome allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Dean Deetz struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Tonight, the JetHawks will start a 3-game series with San Jose. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Peoria 7, Quad Cities 4

W- Dailyn Martinez (4-4)
L- Matt Bower (4-2, 6-5 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tried to climb out of a 7-0 hole, but it proved to be too much for them to overcome.

Matt Bower went 4 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, one of which was a grand slam, walked 3, and struck out 5. Justin Ferrell allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 3.2 scoreless innings, and Adam Whitt got the final out of the 8th with a strikeout.

Dex McCall ripped a 2-run double in the 6th to put Quad Cities on the board. Myles Straw finished 2-5 and drove in the other two River Bandits runs with an RBI single in the 7th and a groundout in the 7th. Randy César and Arturo Michelena also had 2 hits apiece.

Framber Valdez will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Jorge Rodriguez at 7:00.

Game 1: Tri-City 13, Lowell 2

W- Makay Nelson (1-0, 1-2 season)
L- Mike Shawaryn (0-1)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (6, 2-run in 4th), Brauly Mejia (1, 3-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats romped to a game 1 victory.

Rodrigo Ayarza put Tri-City on the board with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. One batter later, he scored on a Miguelangel Sierra double. Spencer Johnson missed out on the party, but he was involved in a play that resulted in runs for the ValleyCats in the 3rd; he reached on a botched force attempt also allowed Chuckie Robinson and Taylor Jones to score. Later in the inning, Ayarza added a sac fly. Ronnie Dawson launched a 2-run homer in the 4th inning, and the ValleyCats capped it off in the 7th with an RBI double for Marcos Almonte, an RBI single from Ayarza, and Brauly Mejia provided the cherry with a 3-run homer.



Edgardo Sandoval went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Makay Nelson allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless to get the win.

They played another one in Lowell. How did that go for the ValleyCats?
Game 2: Lowell 7, Tri-City 0

W- Kevin Steen (2-4)
L- Enrique Chavez (3-2)

TC home runs: None.

Tri-City missed a chance to pull even with Lowell in the standings as they got blanked in game 2; all they could muster up on offense was 4 singles.

Enrique Chavez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Howie Brey allowed 2 hits and got the final out of the 6th.

In their final series before the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, the ValleyCats will head to Vermont. Game 1 of this series starts at 7:05 Eastern.

Johnson City 14, Greeneville 3

W- Julio Mateo (1-2)
L- Colin McKee (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Johnson City stormed out to a 10-1 lead after two innings and basically cruised to the win.

Ray Henderson drove in 2 of the 3 Greeneville runs; he grounded into a force out that allowed Jonathan Arauz to score in the 1st inning and hit an RBI double in the 8th. Vicente Sanchez hit an RBI groundout in the 7th.

Colin McKee and Diogenes Almengo both had tough nights on the mound. Luis Ramirez was the third pitcher to appear for Greeneville, and he allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings. Patrick Sandoval pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1.

Forrest Whitley will make his Greeneville debut tonight. He'll face Ian Oxnevad at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 1, GCL Marlins 0

W- César Rosado (3-2, 3-3 season)
L- Edward Cabrera (1-5)

GCL home runs: None.

There was only one run in this game, and it belonged to the Kissimmee Stros. Joan Mauricio hit a sac fly that turned into an inning-ending double play in the 2nd inning. Wander Franco and Randy Vasquez had 2 hits apiece; Vasquez scored the only run of the day.

Felipe Tejada allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless innings. Saul Martinez was next, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. César Rosado got Martinez out of a bases-loaded predicament in the 5th and completed the shutout. He allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 9 in 4.1 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Dodgers2 3

W- Carlos Perdomo (4-0)
L- Luis Pasen (1-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took control of this game with 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning.

Angel De Leon opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, and Carlos Canelon scored on an error in the 2nd. In the 8th, Canelon drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, and De Leon scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Ronny Jimenez finished 2-5.

Yulian Frontado allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Yeremi Ceballos went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Carlos Perdomo allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Thursday's Stars

Carlos Perdomo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (4-0), 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
GCL Astros combined shutout
Felipe Tejada, RHP: 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Saul Martinez, RHP: 1.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K
César Rosado (pictured), RHP: W (3-2, 3-3 season), 4.1 IP, H, BB, 9 K

Justin Ferrell, RHP, Quad Cities
3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
2-3, 2-R HR (6), 3 R, SB (10)

Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
4-5, 2 2B, R, SB (20, 36 season)

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