Sunday, August 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 20, 2016

Everyone lost.



Albuquerque 7, Fresno 2

W- Eddie Butler (7-2)
L- David Paulino (0-1, 5-3 season)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, 19 season; solo in 2nd)

David Paulino was given a rather rude welcome to the Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies fell behind 6-1 and never really threatened the Isotopes in this one.

D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. Fresno's other scoring play came in the 6th, when Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double. Kemmer finished 2-4 on the night.

Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 3 scoreless innings, he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out the side in the 8th.

Evan Grills will make his AAA debut in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:05 Mountain.

Arkansas 4, Corpus Christi 2

W- Eric Alonzo (2-1)
L- Francis Martes (8-5)
S- Eduardo Paredes (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored first, but they couldn't get any more runs across.

J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run double in the 1st that turned out to be the Hooks' only scoring play of the night. Ramon Laureano, who scored one of the runs, finished 2-3 with a stolen base (5, 38 season).

Francis Martes went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Albert Minnis allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

In the series finale, Rogelio Armenteros will make his Texas League debut. He'll face Zach Nuding at 6:10.

Lake Elsinore 2, Lancaster 1

W- Zech Lemond (6-4)
L- Scott Weathersby (5-6, 6-6 season)
S- Phil Maton (9)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks' bats went quiet on Saturday night. They managed to tie the game in the 7th, only to see the Storm retake the lead in the 8th.

Bryan Muñiz led off the 7th with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored Lancaster's only run on a sac fly from Osvaldo Duarte. The double was their only extra-base hit of the night; Trent Woodward and Jason Martin had singles, which were their other two hits in the game.

Elieser Hernandez and Scott Weathersby pitched 4 innings apiece; Hernandez allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6, while Weathersby allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Dean Deetz gets the start. He'll take on Enyel De Los Santos at 5:00 Pacific.

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 2

W- Emilio Vargas (4-6)
L- Enrique Chavez (0-1, 3-3 season)
S- Austin Mason (1)

QC home runs: None.

For 8 innings, the Banditos' offense was rendered useless by Emilio Vargas, who struck out 17 for the Cougars. They finally got to him in the 9th, but the rally fell short.

Jake Rogers tripled to lead off the bottom of the 9th and scored Quad Cities' first run on an error that allowed Bobby Wernes to reach. Wernes advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on a Dex McCall single. Rogers had 2 of the River Bandits' 3 hits on the evening.

In his Quad Cities debut, Enrique Chavez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Nick Hernandez was also making his Quad Cities debut, and he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Zac Person allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Yoanys Quiala will start the series finale, and he'll take on Carlos Hernandez at 1:15.

Hudson Valley 4, Tri-City 3

W- Porter Clayton (3-1)
L- Austin Nicely (5-3)
S- Joe Serrapica (7)

TC home runs: None.

The Renegades' two 2-run innings trumped the ValleyCats' one-run and 2-run innings. Tri-City had the tying run on base in the 9th, but Gabriel Bracamonte grounded into the game-ending double play.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Both teams scored two in the 5th; the ValleyCats' two runs came home thanks to an RBI double from Miguelangel Sierra and an RBI single from Brauly Mejia. Sierra finished 3-4 on the night, and Mejia went 2-4.

Austin Nicely allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4.1 innings. In his Tri-City debut, Devin Raftery went 1.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 4. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4.

Sebastian Kessay will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Danville 7, Greeneville 4

W- Jeremy Walker (3-1)
L- Cristian Javier (1-1, 4-2 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros fell behind 6-1 as they dropped the series.

Cristian Javier went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4. Ben Smith and Carson LaRue pitched 2 innings apiece; Smith allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1, while LaRue struck out 3.

Connor MacDonald finished 3-4 with a double, and he scored Greeneville's first run of the game on a single from Ruben Castro in the 5th inning. Reiny Beltre hit an RBI groundout in the 6th. Abraham Toro grounded into a force out that allowed Stijn van der Meer to score in the 8th, and Luis Payano hit a sac fly in the 9th. Castro finished 2-4 on the evening.

Greeneville will begin a 3-game series in Burlington tonight at 6:00 Eastern. Jorge Guzman will get the start.

GCL Mets 7, GCL Astros 2

W- Ronald Sanchez (1-2)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-4, 1-5 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros scored first, but it was all Mets afterwards. I believe that the GCL Astros have been eliminated from playoff contention with this loss.

Jose Benjamin opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st, and one batter later, Bernardo Heras brought him home with a single. Heras finished 2-3 on the day.

Bryan Abreu went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Juan Robles was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Saul Martinez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

DSL Rays1 10, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Ender Cespedes (1-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-4)

Blue home runs: None.

The Rays buried the Blue team with a 5-run 5th inning.

Angel De Leon opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He went 2-5, with his other hit being a double. Nestor Tejada followed with an RBI single. Ronny Jimenez hit a sac fly in the 5th, and in the 6th, Alfredo Angarita hit a sac fly and Ronny Rafael scored on a wild pitch.

Juan Corniel went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Jesus Bernaez got shelled in his 2 innings; he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Yeremi Ceballos allowed a hit and hit a batter in a scoreless 7th, and Jean Reyes walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th.

DSL Phillies2 2, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Reiwal Gonzalez (3-1)
L- Asael Uribe (3-4)
S- Luis Ramirez (11)

Orange home runs: None.

All of the scoring in this game was done in the 8th inning. However, the Phillies' half-inning was more productive than the Orange team's.

Samir Caraballo's RBI single in the 8th was the Orange team's only scoring play of the game. Yordan Alvarez and Yeuris Ramirez had 2 hits apiece.

Maikel Sepulveda allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 6 shutout innings. Asael Uribe pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Saturday's Stars

Maikel Sepulveda, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-3, 3B, R

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tri-City
 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
L (8-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Miguelangel Sierra, IF, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Photo from MiLB.com
Carson LaRue, RHP, Greeneville
2 IP, 3 K

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