Sunday, August 7, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 6, 2016

Las Vegas 10, Fresno 8

W- Luis Mateo (1-0)
L- Aaron West (0-1, 5-3 season)
S- Josh Smoker (3)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (17, 3-run in 1st)

Vegas took the finale after scoring 2 in the 8th inning to break an 8-8 tie. Nevertheless, the Grizzlies still won the series 3-2.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with a 3-run home run in the 1st inning. Andrew Aplin added a 2-run single in the 4th and came around to score on a single from Colin Moran. Singleton added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th, and Moran scored on an error in the 6th inning. 

Tyler Heineman finished 3-5 with a double and a run scored, and Singleton (3-R HR, 4 RBI, 2 R) and Danny Worth (2 BB, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Edison Frias went 3.1 innings and allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Albert Minnis was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Aaron West was next; he went 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, a double, and walked 1. Brendan McCurry took ownership of the 8th inning and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2.

The Grizzlies are in El Paso for the final leg of their 13-game roadtrip. Mike Hauschild will take on Bryan Rodriguez at 6:05 Mountain. 

Midland 7, Corpus Christi 2

W- Ben Bracewell (7-1)
L- Trent Thornton (1-1, 8-5 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were sunk by a pair of home runs from top A's prospect Matt Chapman in this game.

Trent Thornton went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (solo and 3-run home runs both hit by Chapman), walked 2, and struck out 4. Michael Freeman allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening on a single from J.D. Davis. Laureano smacked another double to drive in the other Corpus Christi run in the 2nd inning. He and James Ramsay had 2 hits apiece from the top of the order.

Francis Martes will start the series finale. He'll face Daniel Gossett at 2:00.

Lancaster 11, Modesto 5

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (1-2, 4-4 season)
L- Parker French (6-9)
Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell (5, 7 season; solo in 2nd), Keach Ballard (3, 4 season; solo in 2nd)

The JetHawks busted this game open with a 5-run 5th inning.

Johnny Sewald scored the first run of the game when Trent Woodward grounded into a force out in the 1st inning. Aaron Mizell led off the 2nd inning with a homer, and two batters later, Keach Ballard launched a solo shot of his own. Yulieski Gurriel added an RBI single later in the frame. Ballard scored on an error in the 4th inning following a Johnny Sewald bunt single. 

Jason Martin walked to lead off the 5th, and Mizell joined him on the bases after a single. Brooks Marlow got plunked to load the bases, and they all ended up scoring. Ballard drew a walk to bring in Martin, Mizell scored after Sewald got hit by a pitch, and Marlow scored on a Bobby Boyd walk. Gurriel added a sac fly, and Woodward hit a two-out RBI single. Mizell hit a one-out triple in the 8th and scored Lancaster's final run on a single from Marlow. He finished 4-5 with 3 runs scored. Ballard and Sewald also scored 3 runs in the game. 

Jose Luis Hernandez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and tied a career high with 12 strikeouts. Ryan Deemes was the first man out of the JetHawks bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 3. After Deemes failed to record an out in the 9th, Andrew Thome took ownership of the inning and finished the game, striking out 1.

The JetHawks will look to sweep the Nuts out of The Hangar at 5:05 Pacific. Brock Dykxhoorn will face Helmis Rodriguez.

Burlington 7, Quad Cities 3

W- Austin Robichaux (2-1)
L- Justin Ferrell (4-5)
S- Aaron Cox (4)

QC home runs: None.

This game was tied at 3 after 3 innings, but the Bees scored the game's final 4 runs.

Ryne Birk put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 1st. He got caught stealing 2nd base, but Dex McCall took his place on the bases with a double. McCall came around to score on a double from Kyle Tucker. Kristian Trompiz drew a two-out walk in the 3rd inning. He proceeded to steal 2nd (7, 11 season) and scored after two consecutive wild pitches. Myles Straw finished 2-5 with a double and a run scored; he has 7 straight multi-hit games.

Hector Perez and Justin Ferrell both pitched 4 innings; Perez allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8, and Ferrell allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Adam Whitt allowed a run on a fielder's choice, walked 3, and struck out 1 in the 9th inning. 

In game 2 of this series, Albert Abreu will take on Jose Rodriguez. First pitch is at 1:15.

Tri-City 4, Brooklyn 1

W- Sean Stutzman (2-2)
L- Thomas Szapucki (1-2)
S- Dustin Hunt (1)

TC home runs: Tyler Wolfe (1, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats took game 1 from the Cyclones as their offense came alive in the late innings.

They were hitless through the first 5 innings, but they scored 2 in the 6th to take the lead. Marcos Almonte drew a walk to lead off the inning. He proceeded to steal 2nd and moved to 3rd on the errant throw. Two batters later, Brauly Mejia ripped an RBI double to give Tri-City their first hit of the game. Later in the 6th, Taylor Jones put the ValleyCats in front with an RBI single. Tyler Wolfe led off the 7th with his first home run as a pro, and Spencer Johnson ripped an RBI double in the 8th to bring in the final run of the game.

Enrique Chavez went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 3. Sean Stutzman walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th, and Dustin Hunt finished it off with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 4.

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

Greeneville 4, Bristol 1

W- Patrick Sandoval (2-2)
L- Mike Wallace (2-2)
S- Diogenes Almengo (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros scored 3 in the 6th and got a fine outing from Patrick Sandoval to take 2 of 3 from the Pirates.

Sandoval allowed 3 hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. The Pirates spoiled the shutout in the 8th with a run off of Diogenes Almengo. Almengo pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and walking 4.

Jonathan Arauz doubled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored the game's first run when Abraham Toro grounded into a fielder's choice. Connor MacDonald singled to lead off the 6th; Ray Henderson and Carlos Machado joined him after they both got plunked. Frankeny Fernandez followed by hitting a sacrifice fly that scored MacDonald; an error allowed Henderson to score, and Machado also advanced to 3rd. Machado ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Arauz (2B, R) and MacDonald had 2 hits apiece.

Tonight, Nathan Thompson will start the first of a 3-game series in Pulaski. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Dominican Summer League

Both the Blue team and the Orange team had their games suspended by rain.

Saturday's Stars

Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (17), 4 RBI, 2 R

Aaron Mizell, 2B/OF, Lancaster
4-5, solo HR (5, 7 season), 3 R

Enrique Chavez, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 2 H, unearned run, 3 K

Sean Stutzman, LHP, Tri-City
W (2-2), IP, BB, K

Dustin Hunt, RHP, Tri-City
Save (1), 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Greeneville
W (2-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 7 K

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