Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 1, 2016 and Tuesday, August 2, 2016

They played two in Troy on Monday and two in the GCL on Tuesday.

Monday: Fresno 7, Reno 3

W- Edison Frias (1-1, 5-2 season)
L- Anthony Banda (3-3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (15, 2-run in 1st), Jon Kemmer (10, 2-run in 8th)

Looks like A.J. Reed is back to being A.J. Reed; he finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. The Aces tied the game in the bottom of the 1st, but Fresno finished the game on a 5-1 run.

Nolan Fontana led off the 3rd with a double, advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. Tony Kemp drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th inning. Jon Kemmer has gotten his bat going in the second half as well; he clubbed a 2-run home run in the 8th inning, his 10th homer of the year. Reed capped off the night with an RBI double in the 9th. Kemmer and Jon Singleton both finished 2-4 on the night.

Edison Frias went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman pitched 2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a home run hit by Carlos Rivero. Chapman allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 4. James Hoyt recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Tuesday: Fresno 4, Reno 1

W- Mike Hauschild (8-9)
L- Matt Koch (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (2)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (11, solo in 6th), Andrew Aplin (5, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies got a nice outing from Mike Hauschild to take 3 of 4 from the Aces.

Hauschild allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 7 innings of work. Brendan McCurry and Jandel Gustave both pitched a scoreless inning; McCurry worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2, and Gustave worked around an error to get the save, striking out the side in the 9th.

Nolan Fontana scored Fresno's first run on a double play in the 3rd inning, which tied the game at 1. Jon Kemmer launched a solo home run in the 6th to put the Grizz in front. Tyler Heineman hit an RBI single in the 7th, and Andrew Aplin capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the 9th inning. Aplin (solo HR, 2 R) and Fontana (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece, while Heineman finished 3-4.

The next leg of the Grizzlies' roadtrip will take them to Las Vegas, where they'll play 5 games; there will be a doubleheader on Thursday. In game 1 of this series, Brad Peacock will face Duane Below. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Monday: Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 4

W- Trent Thornton (1-0, 8-4 season)
L- Tim Berry (0-3)
S- Aaron West (14)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (3, 2-run in 5th), Garrett Stubbs (2, 8 season; solo in 7th), Chase McDonald (14, solo in 8th)

The Hooks erupted for 5 runs in the 5th inning to seize control of this one.

Trent Thornton turned in 6 solid innings on the mound for Corpus; the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Rocky Gale in the 5th. Thornton allowed 6 other hits and struck out 7 in his outing. In his Texas League debut, Kevin Comer went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs, all of which scored on two home runs, which happened to be all the hits he allowed. He also walked 1 and struck out 1. Aaron West struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Chase McDonald walked to lead off the bottom of the 5th, and one batter later, Alejandro Garcia put Corpus on the board and in the lead with a 2-run homer. Later in the inning, J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run double and came around to score on a D.J. Fisher single. Garrett Stubbs whacked a solo homer in the 7th, and McDonald capped off the evening with a solo homer in the 8th.

Stubbs (solo HR, 2 R), Davis (2 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB), Mott Hyde, and Tony Nuñez all finished 2-4 in the game. The stolen base was Davis' first of the season.

Tuesday: Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 2

W- Francis Martes (7-4)
L- Elier Sanchez (0-1)
S- Aaron West (15)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams only had one scoring inning, but the Hooks had the bigger inning. They also got a dominating start from Francis Martes on Tuesday.

The two runs that Martes allowed in his 6.1 innings came on a home run hit by Josh VanMeter in the 7th inning, which was a mildly disappointing ending to an otherwise excellent night. Martes allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 12. Ryan Thompson came on and allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless. Aaron West threw a 1-2-3 9th to record his 15th save.

All 4 Hooks runs came in the 2nd inning. Mott Hyde opened the scoring with an RBI single. Ramon Laureano hit a pop-fly single to load the bases, and Garrett Stubbs followed by drawing a walk to bring in another run. Nick Tanielu later added a 2-run single. Tanielu, Hyde, Laureano, and James Ramsay all finished with 2 hits on the night.

The Hooks will look for the sweep tonight as Evan Grills takes the mound. He'll face Dinelson Lamet at 7:05.

Monday: Lancaster 7, Lake Elsinore 6

W- Scott Weathersby (5-5, 6-5 season)
L- Gerardo Reyes (0-2)
S- Jacob Dorris (9)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (9, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks only scored in one inning on Monday, but they made sure to score enough in order to get the victory. That one big inning was the 7th, and the JetHawks scored all 7 of their runs in that one frame.

Drew Ferguson kicked things off with a single. He advanced to 2nd on a Trent Woodward groundout and scored Lancaster's first run on an Osvaldo Duarte single. Aaron Mizell followed by laying down a bunt single, and on the ensuing error, he advanced to 2nd, while Duarte scored. Jamie Ritchie followed by drawing a walk. A passed ball allowed Mizell and Ritchie to advance. Marc Wik, who was hitting at the time, walked to load the bases. Brooks Marlow followed with a 2-run double, but Wik was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Johnny Sewald drew a walk, which prompted a Lake Elsinore pitching change. After Sewald stole 2nd (19, 35 season), Boyd put the finishing touches on the huge inning with a 3-run home run. Duarte finished 3-4 and was the only player in the Lancaster lineup with a multi-hit game.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 3, and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby tagged in for 3.2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Ty France in the 7th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris allowed a 2-run homer to Fernando Perez in the 9th which cut the Lancaster lead to one run, but he pulled himself together to get the final two outs of the game. The homer was the only hit that Dorris allowed in the inning, and only one of the runs was earned. He also struck out one.

Tuesday: Lake Elsinore 10, Lancaster 9 in 12 innings

W- Martires Arias (2-4)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-3, 5-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (3, 6 season. 2-run in 2nd)

The JetHawks saw a 7-1 lead vanish, and then they had to mount a rally that ultimately fell short.

Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board and in the lead with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. The JetHawks scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning; Osvaldo Duarte whacked a 2-run homer, Yulieski Gurriel ripped an RBI double, and Muñiz added a sac fly. Keach Ballard added an RBI single in the 3rd inning. This would be their last scoring play until the 12th; in the meantime, the Storm scored 3 runs in 3 separate innings to take a 10-7 lead. The JetHawks got a pair of RBI singles from Jamie Ritchie and Osvaldo Duarte to cut the deficit to one run, but Ballard and Johnny Sewald went down on strikes to end the game. Ritchie (RBI, 2 R), Duarte (2-R HR, 3 RBI, SB), and Drew Ferguson all had 2 hits, while Gurriel finished 3-4 with the RBI double and scored a run.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits (3-run homer; 2 runs were charged to James) and struck out 4. Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits over 3.1 scoreless innings, and Alex Winkelman allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in 1.2 innings.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the series finale. He'll face Jerry Keel at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Monday: Beloit 5, Quad Cities 4 in 10 innings

W- Jared Lyons (5-3)
L- David Schmidt (2-2, 3-3 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos jumped out to a 4-0 lead after their half of the 1st inning. Unfortunately, they did not score again, and they ended up walking off with a loss.

Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI groundout. Randy César followed with an RBI single, and Hector Roa smashed a 2-run double. Roa, Kyle Tucker, and Myles Straw all finished 2-4.

Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Albert Abreu tagged in for 4 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. David Schmidt came out for the 10th inning, and Chris Iriart, a former Houston Cougar, greeted him with a solo homer that gave the Snappers the win.

Tuesday: Beloit 8, Quad Cities 2

W- Dustin Hurlbutt (3-2)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-8)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (4, solo in 4th)

The Banditos won the first two games of their series with the Snappers, but they ended up having to settle for the split.

Kyle Tucker finished 2-4 and was the entire offense; he hit a solo home run in the 4th and added an RBI single in the 8th inning. Myles Straw stole a base (16) and also went 2-4 at the plate.

Yoanys Quiala allowed 7 runs (5 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and fanned 6 in 5.1 innings. Justin Ferrell recorded the final 2 outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th inning; an inherited runner was charged to him in the 7th inning when Adam Whitt threw a wild pitch. The one hit that Ferrell allowed was a ground-rule double in the 6th that allowed the two runners he inherited from Quiala to score; he also walked 3 and struck out 1. Whitt struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Quad Cities will begin a 3-game series in Peoria tonight at 7:00. Matt Bower will start the series opener against Ronnie Williams.

Monday Game 1: Tri-City 2, Lowell 1 in 8 innings

W- Carlos Sierra (1-2)
L- Dioscar Romero (3-2)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd inning, but the ValleyCats had the final say in this one as they walked off with a win in game 1.

Tri-City's run in the 2nd inning came on a Brauly Mejia double. Marcos Almonte walked to lead off the 8th and wound up scoring the winning run on a Chuckie Robinson double.

Dustin Hunt and Carlos Sierra both pitched 4 innings. Hunt allowed a run on 5 hits and fanned 5, while Sierra allowed a hit and struck out 3.

What did game 2 have in store for the ValleyCats?

Monday Game 2: Lowell 7, Tri-City 3

W- Daniel Zandona (2-1)
L- Enrique Chavez (3-1)
S- Kuehl McEachern (2)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (4, 2-run in 5th)

The Spinners forced a split thanks to a 6-run 4th inning,

All three of Tri-City's runs in game 2 were scored in the 5th inning. Rodrigo Ayarza ripped an RBI triple, and one batter later, Ryne Birk whacked a 2-run home run. Ayarza finished 3-4 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game in game 2.

Enrique Chavez went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Tuesday: Tri-City 3, Lowell 2

W- Ryan Hartman (1-0)
L- Brad Stone (3-1)
S- Kevin Hill (1)

TC home runs: None.

A 6th-running run turned out to be the difference for the ValleyCats as they took 2 of 3 from the Spinners.

Alex De Goti scored Tri-City's first run of the day on an inning-ending 4-3-5 double play. Ryne Birk doubled to lead off the 4th and scored on a single from Chuckie Robinson. Birk got plunked with one out in the 6th, advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He finished 3-3 on the day, while Ronnie Dawson went 2-3.

In his ValleyCats debut, Tyler Britton allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Ryan Hartman allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 6 in 3.1 innings, and Kevin Hill finished it off with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series in Aberdeen tomorrow at 7:05 Eastern.

Monday: Greeneville 9, Kingsport 2

W- Nathan Thompson (2-0)
L- Adonis Uceta (2-5)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros blew this game wide open with a 6-run 5th inning that gave them an 8-1 lead.

Jonathan Arauz led off the game with a triple and scored the first run of the evening on a sac fly from Jonathan Matute. Arauz added an RBI single to his ledger in the 2nd. The K-Mets got on the board with a run in the 4th, but the real fun began in the 5th.

Matute doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an error that allowed Abraham Toro to reach and advance to 2nd. Connor MacDonald, who got hit by a pitch after Matute's double, advanced to 3rd and scored on a sac fly from Chaz Pal. Ruben Castro followed with an RBI single. Reiny Beltre followed with an RBI single, and in his second plate appearance of the inning, Matute drew a bases-loaded walk. MacDonald got plunked again to bring in another run. Matute capped off a big night with an RBI double in the 7th.

The two Jonathans wreaked havoc on Monday; Arauz finished 3-5 with a triple, an RBI, and scored twice, while Matute's two hits were both doubles.

Salvador Montaño went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on a passed ball, a double, walked 4, and struck out 6. Nathan Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings, and Abdiel Saldaña struck out 1 over 2 perfect innings.

Tuesday: Greeneville 6, Kingsport 5

W- Lucas Williams (1-1)
L- Darwin Ramos (0-3)
S- Devin Raftery (1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (11, led off game)

The Appy Astros withstood a 4-run 2nd inning from the Mets to take 2 of 3 in the series.

Miguelangel Sierra wasted little time in getting Greeneville on the board; he led off the game with a home run. Gabriel Bracamonte hit an RBI triple in the 2nd inning. He eventually scored when Frankeny Fernandez stole 2nd and the throw down was misfired. Bracamonte added a sac fly to his ledger in the 3rd. Jonathan Matute hit a 2-run single in the 6th to bring in the final two Greeneville runs. Chaz Pal (2 2B) and Sierra (2B, solo HR) finished with 2 hits.

Ricardo Castro went 2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Devon Carr allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in a scoreless 3rd inning. Lucas Williams pitched 2 scoreless innings and allowed a hit. Jorge Alcala was next, and in 3 innings, he allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Devin Raftery allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 9th to close it out.

After a day off, Greeneville will begin a 3-game series with Bristol tomorrow.

Monday: GCL Marlins 3, GCL Astros 0

W- Alberto Guerrero (3-2)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-2, 1-3 season)
S- Preston Guillory (2)

GCL home runs: None.

Nothing of note on offense, but Yulieski Gurriel finished 2-4 with a double.

Bryan Abreu and Juan Robles both went 4 innings; Abreu allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Robles allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 4. Ian Hardman walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Tuesday Game 1: GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 3

W- Juan Alvarez (3-2)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-1)
S- Jonathon Mulford (4)

GCL home runs: None.

The Cardinals scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to take control of this game.

Wilson Amador opened the scoring with and RBI triple in the 3rd, and he came home on a sac fly from Wander Franco. Franco doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a Brody Westmoreland groundout.

David Paulino allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Gabriel Valdez pitched 2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tuesday Game 2: GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Astros 3

W- Silas Bohannan (2-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-4, 3-4 season)
S- Will Changarotty (3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros couldn't quite complete the comeback in game 2.

Stijin van der Meer finished 3-3 with an RBI single in the 3rd and an RBI triple in the 6th inning. Randy Vasquez drove van der Meer in with an RBI single.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Hansel Paulino tagged in for 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Edwin Fidel hit a batter and struck out the side in the 6th.

Monday: DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Royals 1

W- Yeremi Ceballos (2-1)
L- Christopher Marte (6-2)
S- Jesus Bernaez (1)

Blue home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (5, solo in 4th), Angel De Leon (2, solo in 5th), Nicolás Miranda (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Blue team sent three balls out of the park as they handled the Royals. César Cortez and Ronny Rafael both finished with 2 hits in this game.

Jose Bravo went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Yeremi Ceballos followed with 1.2 perfect innings. The one run that Jesus Bernaez allowed in his 3 innings was a solo homer hit by Esteury Ruiz. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Tuesday: DSL Royals 8, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Joel De La Cruz (4-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-4)
S- Francis Chavez (5)

Blue home runs: None.

Anibal Sierra finished 2-3 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base (3). Angel Tejeda went 2-5, while Brandon Benavente and César Cortez both drove in a run.

Javier Navas got the start and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5.

Monday: DSL Astros Orange 2, DSL Red Sox2 1

W- Asael Uribe (3-2)
L- Andres Jimenez (0-2)

Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (4, walk-off solo in 9th)

Hector Martinez was the offense on Monday; he scored both of the Orange team's runs. He hit a double with two outs in the 1st. The Red Sox caught Vicente Mota stealing 2nd, but an error on the play allowed Martinez to score the first run of the day. He won the game with a home run in the bottom of the 9th.

Maikel Sepulveda went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 5. Asael Uribe walked 3 and struck out 1 over the final 4 innings.

Tuesday: DSL Red Sox2 2, DSL Astros Orange 1 in 14 innings

W- Victor Familia (3-0)
L- Cristofer Melendez (4-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team scored in the 1st inning, and then got held off the scoreboard for the final 13 innings of the game.

Samir Caraballo scored their only run of the day on an error following a force out. Hector Martinez and Jose Carrillo had 2 hits apiece.

Yohan Ramirez allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 over 5 shutout innings. Junior Garcia was the first man out, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 4 in 2.1 innings. Gabriel Pirela was next; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2.2 scoreless innings. The Red Sox scored the winning run off of Cristofer Melendez with nobody out in the inning. Melendez went 3+ innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Monday's Stars

Hector Martinez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, walk-off solo HR (4); scored both Orange team runs

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0, 8-4 season), 6 IP, 7 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 7 K

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (15), 3 RBI

Carlos Sierra, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-2), 4 IP, H, 3 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Matute, IF, Greeneville
2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Arauz, IF, Greeneville
3-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Juan Robles, RHP, GCL Astros
4 IP, H, BB, 4 K


Tuesday's Stars

Yohan Ramirez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Stijin van der Meer, SS, GCL Astros
3-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (7-4), 6.1 IP, 5 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 12 K (career high)

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, solo HR (4), 2 RBI

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Tri-City
Save (1), 3 IP, H, K

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