Friday, September 9, 2016

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Hooks and JetHawks drew even in their series.

Texas League South Division Series: Corpus Christi 5, Midland 4

Series tied 1-1.

W- Eric Peterson
L- Cody Stull

CC home runs: None.

The Hounds scored three runs in the top of the 8th to take a 4-0 lead. At that point, they were sitting pretty and six outs away from taking a 2-0 series lead back to Midland. The Hooks.... had other ideas. Let's fast forward to the bottom of the 8th.

Garrett Stubbs drew a walk to lead off the inning, advanced to 3rd on a Ramon Laureano double, and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a J.D. Davis groundout. Laureano, who advanced to 3rd on the groundout, scored on a double from Nick Tanielu. Chase McDonald went down on strikes for the second out of the inning, but Bobby Boyd was able to come through with a single, and he wound up scoring the tying run on a wild pitch.

Stubbs drew another walk to lead off the 9th, and Laureano legged out an infield single. Davis flew out, but Tanielu hit a single to load the bases for Tony Nuñez, who sent the Whataburger Field crowd home happy with the game-winning RBI single. Laureano and Tanielu both finished with 3 hits.

Trent Thornton went 6.2 innings and allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Dean Deetz was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs, a 2-run double in the 8th, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Eric Peterson allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Tonight, the series shifts to Midland. Rogelio Armenteros will take on Ben Bracewell at 7:00.

California League South Division Mini-Series: Lancaster 17, Rancho Cucamonga 11

W- Jose Luis Hernandez
L- Michael Boyle

Series tied 1-1.

Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell 2 (3; 2-run in 4th, solo in 6th), Christian Correa 2 (2; 3-run in 1st, solo in 8th), Trent Woodward (1, 2-run in 1st), Marc Wik (1, solo in 3rd), Jamie Ritchie (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Hangar lived up to its name on Thursday as both teams combined to send 11 balls out of the park. Lancaster whacked seven home runs to force a deciding game 3 tonight.

The JetHawks took flight with 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and responded to a 5-run 5th from Rancho with 6 runs in the final 3 innings. Everyone in the lineup had a hit and scored a run; Keach Ballard, who pinch-ran for Marc Wik, did not have a plate appearance.

It wasn't the finest outing for Jose Luis Hernandez, who allowed 8 runs on 11 hits (solo, 2-run, and 3-run homers) and struck out 6 in 5 innings, but he was the beneficiary of generous run support. Scott Weathersby struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings. Chris Murphy allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed a 3-run homer to Noah Perio, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Akeem Bostick will get the start in the deciding game 3. He'll face Adam Bray at 6:35 Pacific.

Thursday's Stars

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
6.2 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Corpus Christi
Walk-off RBI single in 9th

Aaron Mizell, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI, 3 R

Christian Correa, C, Lancaster
3-5, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R

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