Thursday, September 1, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tacoma 5, Fresno 0

W- Joe Wieland (13-6)
L- Chris Cotton (0-1, 1-2 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were kept off the board, and the Rainiers put this game away with 3 runs in the 6th.

Alejandro Garcia had 2 of Fresno's 3 hits in this game, which were all singles. Tyler Heineman had the other single.

Brady Rodgers was pulled after 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Chris Cotton was the first man out, and in 3 innings, he allowed an unearned run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2. Reymin Guduan only recorded one out in the 6th; he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), a single, and walked 2. Kevin Chapman allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings, and James Hoyt allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th.

David Paulino will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Jarrett Grube at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Trent Thornton (3-1, 10-5 season)
L- Ryne Slack (2-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (3, 13 season)

CC home runs: None.

Trent Thornton delivered yet another fine performance on the mound and the Hooks doubled up the Roughriders to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Thornton allowed 2 runs on 8 hits and struck out 2 in his 8 innings, and Jacob Dorris struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Drew Ferguson led off the 4th with a triple and scored the Hooks' first run on a sac fly from Mott Hyde. Frisco re-took the lead with a run in the 5th, but Corpus scored the final three runs of the game.

Ferguson drew a two-out walk in the 6th and scored the tying run on a Conrad Gregor triple. J.D. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and Roberto Peña drove in the final run of the evening with a groundout in the 8th. Ferguson and Nick Tanielu finished with 2 hits apiece in this game.

In game 3 of this series, Francis Martes will face Connor Sadzeck. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 15, Rancho Cucamonga 1

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (10-4)
L- Felipe Gonzalez (3-7)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (23, 3-run in 8th)

The JetHawks turned this game into a laugher by scoring 11 runs in the final 3 innings.

Everyone in the starting 9+1 scored a run, and Jason Martin, fresh off a 2-homer night, launched another home run.


Brock Dykxhoorn dominated on the mound, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 8 over 7 shutout innings. Rancho spoiled the shutout by scoring a run off of Juan Carlos Santos in the 8th. In 2 innings, Santos allowed 6 hits and struck out 1. 

In the series finale, Akeem Bostick will face Chris Anderson. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Alex Gunn (1-0)
L- Framber Valdez (1-3, 4-4 season)
S- Austin Mason (3)

QC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (3, 12 season; 2-run in 3rd)

Stephen Wrenn's homer gave the Banditos a 2-1 lead, but that was their only scoring play of the game, and the Cougars scored the final 4 runs of the game to win on Wednesday. Bobby Wernes finished 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Framber Valdez allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 6.2 innings. Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 7th and the first two outs of the 8th; he allowed 2 unearned runs that scored after he left, 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Zac Person struck out 1 over the final 1.1 innings.

Hector Perez will start game 2 of this series. He'll go up against Carlos Hernandez at 7:00.

Vermont 5, Tri-City 3

W- Heath Bowers (3-7)
L- Erasmo Pinales (2-3)
S- Dalton Sawyer (3)

TC home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 7 season; solo in 3rd)

The ValleyCats tied the game at 3 in the top of the 6th... but the Lake Monsters quickly broke the tie with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the inning. 

Connor Goedert's solo blast in the 3rd inning put Tri-City on the board and tied the game at 1 at that point. Vermont responded with 2 in the bottom of the 3rd to regain the lead, but the ValleyCats clawed their way back into it, as Rodrigo Ayarza hit an RBI single in the 5th and Taylor Jones ripped an RBI double in the 6th. Ayarza went 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Jorge Alcala went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Erasmo Pinales pitched 2 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a home run hit by JaVon Shelby in the 6th inning. Pinales allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 3. Devin Raftery threw a 1-2-3 9th; he got 2 groundouts and recorded a strikeout.

The ValleyCats are back at The Joe for their final home series of the season. Makay Nelson will start the first of a 3-game series with Staten Island at 7:00 Eastern, and he'll go up against his fellow Utahn, Kolton Mahoney.

Greeneville 6, Elizabethton 2

W- Jorge Guzman (2-3, 3-4 season)
L- Domenick Carlini (1-7)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead to win their penultimate game of the season.

Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jorge Guzman was the first man out of the bullpen, and all he did in his 4 innings was allow 2 hits and strike out 5. The Twins spoiled the shutout with 2 runs off Reggie Johnson; both of them were unearned. Johnson allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in his 2 innings of work.

Stijn van der Meer doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning. He advanced to 3rd when Frankeny Fernandez laid down a sacrifice bunt and scored the first run of the evening on an Abraham Toro sac fly. In the 4th, Jonathan Arauz hit a sac fly and Ruben Castro added a 2-run single. Van der Meer hit a one-out single in the 5th and dashed home on a Frankeny Fernandez triple. Castro, who finished 2-4, capped off the scoring with an RBI triple in the 9th. Chaz Pal (2B, R) and van der Meer (2B, 2 R) also finished with 2 hits.

The Appy Astros will wrap up their season tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Diogenes Almengo will take on Jose Martinez.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Marlins 0

W- Bryan Abreu (2-4, 2-5 season)
L- Edward Cabrera (2-6)
S- Hansel Paulino (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros busted out for 4 runs in the 4th, and 4 pitchers combined to keep the Marlins off the board.

Tyson Perez made his 2016 debut in the second-to-last game of the season, and he allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 1st inning. Bryan Abreu was the first man out, and in 3 innings, he allowed 3 hits and struck out 5. Ronel Blanco allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 over 2.2 scoreless, and Hansel Paulino walked 1 and struck out 4 over the final 2.1 innings.

Bernardo Heras opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th inning, and Brody Westmoreland followed with an RBI single of his own. L.P. Pelletier capped off the scoring in the inning with a 2-run single, and Jose Benjamin ripped an RBI double in the 5th. Benjamin finished 3-4, while Pelletier and Wander Franco both went 2-4.

This game served as the GCL Astros' season finale; today's game with the Cardinals was cancelled due to wet grounds.

Wednesday's Stars

Jose Benjamin, OF, GCL Astros: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Lancaster JetHawks
W 15-1 vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Kyle Tucker: 4-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Jason Martin: 3-5, 2B, 3-R HR (23), 4 RBI, 2 R
Aaron Mizell: 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R
Brock Dykxhoorn: W (10-4), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K

Jorge Guzman, RHP, Greeneville
W (2-3, 3-4 season), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Ruben Castro, C, Greeneville
2-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Trent Thornton and Jacob Dorris, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Thornton: W (3-1, 10-5 season), 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 K
Dorris: Save (3, 13 season), IP, 2 K

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