Saturday, April 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 15, 2016

Two of the system's top bats shined in Friday's action.

Fresno 2, Las Vegas 1

W- Kevin Chapman (1-0)
L- Dario Alvarez (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (2)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (3, solo in 6th), A.J. Reed (2, solo in 8th)

The Grizz sent their fans home happy in their first game at Chukchansi Park in 2016.

A.J. Reed finished 2-4, and his solo shot in the 8th proved to be the difference in this game. That homer was his 2nd in as many nights. Danny Worth broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot, his 3rd. Worth had a 3-4 night; he's recorded a hit in all 7 games to open the season, and 5 of those games are multi-hit outings.

Brad Peacock threw 5 shutout innings, allowing a hit, walking 4, and striking out 6. Jandel Gustave was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Kevin Chapman followed Gustave out of the pen, and he retired all 4 Vegas batters he faced, striking out 2 of them. James Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.

Asher Wojciechowski will get the start in game 2 of this series; he'll face Gabriel Ynoa at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, Tulsa 4

W- Michael Freeman (2-1)
L- Felipe Gonzalez (0-2)

CC home runs: Ronnie Mitchell (1, 2-run in 5th), Alex Bregman (4, grand slam in 6th)

Corpus Christi emphatically erased a 3-0 lead by erupting for 9 runs in a 2-inning span. This win makes it 2 series wins out of 2 for the Hooks over the Drillers; they took 2 of 3 in Corpus to open the year.

After Jack Mayfield doubled to lead off the top of the 5th, Ronnie Mitchell put Corpus on the board with a 2-run shot, his 1st AA homer. Later in the frame, Corpus took the lead after Alfredo Gonzalez and Teoscar Hernandez scored on wild pitches. Mayfield added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th, and later in that 6th, Alex Bregman delivered the biggest hit of the evening, blowing this one wide open with a grand slam.

Bregman (grand slam), Mayfield (2B, RBI, 2 R), and Teoscar (2 2B, R) all had 2 hits apiece. Mayfield, Mitchell, and Gonzalez, who were at the bottom third of the order, scored 2 runs each.

David Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Kyle Smith allowed a hit to the only batter he faced. Michael Freeman was stretched out for 3 innings, and he allowed a run on a sac fly, a double, walked 1, and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry pitched the last 2 innings, and he gave up 2 hits while striking out 4.

Francis Martes will take the mound as the Hooks look for the sweep tonight. He'll face Scott Barlow at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, High Desert 1

W- Dean Deetz (1-0)
L- Colin Wiles (0-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

In their home opener, the JetHawks came out on top in a rare pitcher's duel at The Hangar.

Dean Deetz delivered 6 solid innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and fanning 4. Eric Peterson allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Riley Ferrell worked around a hit and a walk to finish off the Mavericks, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 4th. High Desert tied the game at 1 in the 5th, but the tie was short-lived as Kristian Trompiz put Lancaster back in front with an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th. Drew Ferguson went 2-3.

Akeem Bostick will take on his former organization in game 2. His opponent will be David Ledbetter. First pitch is at 6:05 Pacific.

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Carlos Hernandez (1-0)
L- Chris Murphy (0-2)
S- Keegan Long (2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits' bats went silent in this loss.

They only got singles from Kyle Tucker and Bobby Wernes. Little Tuck, who swiped 3 bases, scored the only Quad Cities run in the 4th off a botched pickoff attempt.

Chris Murphy allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. Zac Person allowed a hit and walked another man, but he managed to get the last out of the 5th without any further damage. Matt Bower went 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5, and Adam Whitt pitched a 1-2-3 9th.

The series continues this afternoon as Sebastian Kessay takes on Justin Donatella at 1:!5.

Three Stars

3.

Dean Deetz, RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K

2.

When you hit the home run that gives your team the win
A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-4, go-ahead solo HR (2) in 8th

1.



Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-5, grand slam (4)

Honorable Mentions

Brad Peacock, RHP, Fresno: 5 IP, H, 4 BB, 6 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
- The only guy who's been hotter than Bregman at the plate for Corpus Christi has been Jack Mayfield.

Eric Peterson and Riley Ferrell, RHPs, Lancaster
Peterson: 2 IP, H, K
Ferrell: Save (2), IP, H, BB, 2 K
- The 2 Lancaster relievers backed up Dean Deetz's fine outing by slamming the door on High Desert.

Matt Bower, LHP, Quad Cities: 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Friday, April 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 14, 2016

Salt Lake 10, Fresno 9

W- Cam Bedrosian (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-1)
S- Al Alburquerque (2)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (1, 2-run in 1st), Colin Moran (1, grand slam in 3rd)

The Grizzlies had to settle for a split as Salt Lake broke a 7-7 tie with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Fresno got 2 of those runs back in the 9th, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

A.J. Reed finished 3-5 with 3 runs scored and opened up the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st, his 1st in AAA. In the 3rd, Colin Moran clubbed a grand slam, the Grizzlies' 2nd of the series. In the 5th, Roberto Peña drew a bases-loaded walk, and Reed and Danny Worth were able to score on an error in the 9th to make it a 1-run game. Unfortunately, Jon Kemmer struck out to end the threat, and the game. Danny Worth went 2-5 with a double and scored twice, while Jon Singleton walked twice and scored twice.

Michael Feliz went 3.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 4. César Valdez technically pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, but he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Feliz to score. Valdez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1.

Brad Peacock will be on the mound tonight as Fresno will play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season. They'll be opening a 4-game set against Las Vegas, and hopefully they'll get all 4 games in, unlike the 1st series of the season, where they were rained out twice. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 10, Tulsa 5

W- Reymin Guduan (1-0)
L- Chris Anderson (0-1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (2, 2-run in 3rd)

The Hooks did allow the Drillers to score 5 in the 6th inning, which put a dent in their 9-0 lead, but fortunately, they were able to confine the damage to just that 1 inning.

In the meantime, the offense absolutely pounded Tulsa in the early going, jumping out to that aforementioned 9-0 lead. It all started in the 1st as Conrad Gregor drew a bases-loaded walk, Alex Bregman scored on an error, and Alfredo Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Jack Mayfield connected for a 2-run homer in the 3rd, his 2nd blast of the year. D.J. Fisher added an RBI single in the 4th and hit another one in the 5th. After Fisher's 2nd RBI single, J.D. Davis smacked a 2-run double. Ronnie Mitchell capped off the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 9th.

Fisher (2 RBI singles) and Mayfield (2-R HR) both went 2-4 and scored twice. Teoscar Hernandez also went 2-4; he had a double, scored 3 runs, and stole a base.

Joe Musgrove allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless innings. Edgardo Sandoval, who was making the jump from Greeneville to Corpus, allowed 3 runs (all on a homer) on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. Aaron West went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan pitched 1.2 scoreless to finish it off, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

David Paulino will start game 2 of this series; he'll go up against Felipe Gonzalez at 7:05.

High Desert 8, Lancaster 4

W- Ariel Jurado (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks had plenty of opportunities on offense, and one timely hit could have swung the momentum in their favor. But alas, they loaded the bases 3 times in this game and ended up having 1 run to show for it. Lancaster was 1-10 with RISP and left 13 runners on base.

Kristian Trompiz put the JetHawks on the board with a 2-run single in the 2nd, but he was the final casualty of the inning, because he was caught in a rundown between 1st and 2nd. In the 6th, Jamie Ritchie ripped an RBI double, and Jose Fernandez drew a bases-loaded walk. That BB turned out to be the only run that Lancaster would score with the bases loaded; they left them loaded to end the 7th, and to end the game as well.

Ritchie finished 2-4, while Nick Tanielu and Jason Martin also posted 2-hit nights.

Elieser Hernandez allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 4 innings. Evan Grills pitched the final 5 innings and also allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Colin Wiles. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Gabe Speier (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-1)
S- Cameron Gann (1)

QC home runs: None.

A 4-run 5th from Kane County was the difference in this one.

Albert Abreu went 4+ innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Jose Luis Hernandez came on and was excellent, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 4 over 4 innings. However, that 1 hit, which was a triple, allowed the 2 runners he inherited from Abreu to score. Jacob Dorris worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

Daz Cameron smacked an RBI triple in the 3rd, which tied the game at 1. In the 7th, Aaron Mizell added an RBI double. Osvaldo Duarte had a double and a triple in 4 at-bats.

In game 2 of this series, Chris Murphy will face Carlos Hernandez. First pitch is at 7.

Three Stars

3.

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R

2.

Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, H, 4 K

1.

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
3-5, 2-R HR (1), 3 R


Honorable Mentions

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster: 2-5, R
- Martin has really stormed out of the gate to begin the season.

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno: Grand Slam (1)
- If you're gonna hit your first home run of the year, why not make it a grand slam? Moran has also enjoyed a fine start to his campaign.

Osvaldo Duarte, SS, Quad Cities: 2-4, 2B, 3B, R
- Duarte has recorded a hit in all but one game this season.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Corpus Christi: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- 2 walks? That's a rare off night for him. That comment was made completely in jest, because Joe Musgrove's form remains outstanding. I wouldn't be surprised if he's called upon to bolster the Houston rotation in June/July.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The rain just seems to find the Fresno Grizzlies. Luckily, they were able to get this game in.

Fresno 6, Salt Lake 0

W- Tommy Shirley (1-0)
L- Yunesky Maya (1-1)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (2, grand slam in 4th)

A 2-hour rain delay pushed back the first pitch of this one, but the Grizzlies weren't fazed; they got a big inning on offense, and 5 pitchers combined to throw a shutout.

Tommy Shirley started it off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Edwar Cabrera, Jordan Jankowski, Jandel Gustave, and James Hoyt all threw scoreless innings to finish it off. Cabrera struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 6th, Jankowski worked around 2 hits in the 7th, Gustave had a 1-2-3 8th, getting 2 groundouts and a flyout, and Hoyt allowed a hit, but he finished it off without any complications.

Jon Kemmer drove in the first run of the night with an RBI single in the 2nd. The Grizz put up 5 in the 4th as Tony Kemp drew a bases-loaded walk, and one batter later, Danny Worth cleared them with a grand slam. Worth finished 2-5, while Nolan Fontana scored 2 runs.

Michael Feliz takes the mound in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will kick off a 3-game series in Tulsa tonight at 7:05. Joe Musgrove will face Chris Anderson.

Stockton 4, Lancaster 3

W- Koby Gauna (1-0)
L- Angel Heredia (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks' bid to sweep the series was foiled as they walked off with a loss in the finale.

Scott Weathersby shined in his season debut, scattering 4 hits and fanning 5 over 6 shutout innings. Unfortunately, he had to settle for a no-decision. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the JetHawks bullpen, and he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 2 while getting 2 outs in the 6th. Kevin Comer walked 2 and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Angel Heredia allowed the game-winning hit, which was a 2-run double with 2 outs in the 9th; the runs were unearned, and he walked 2 in the inning.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring in the 2nd when he came home on an error that allowed Jose Fernandez to reach. In the 3rd inning, Bobby Boyd singled, stole his way to 3rd, and scored on a Jason Martin triple. Boyd, who finished 2-5 with the 2 steals, hit into a fielder's choice in the 5th that drove in Alejandro Garcia. Drew Ferguson was 2-4 with a double and a stolen base (3).

Tonight, Lancaster opens up the home portion of its schedule as they begin a 4-game series with High Desert. Elieser Hernandez will start the opener, and he will face Ariel Jurado at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Peoria 3

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-1)
L- Tyler Bray (0-1)
S- Andrew Thome (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took their first series of the year thanks to a 3-run 8th that put them in the lead.

Aaron Mizell scored Quad Cities' first run on a wild pitch in the 3rd, which tied the game at 1. The Chiefs got 1 in the 6th to take the lead, but Pat Porter came home on another wild pitch in the 7th to bring the Bandits back even. The tie would be short-lived however, as Peoria got 1 in the bottom half to re-take the lead. It didn't matter to the Banditos, though, because Porter came through with a 2-run triple in the 8th, and he wound up scoring himself thanks to an error.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings, and Andrew Thome got a 5-out save, striking out 1.

After that brief roadtrip, the River Bandits will return home to open a 4-game set against Kane County. In game 1, Albert Abreu will take on Alex Young. First pitch is at 7.

Four Stars

3.

Photo by Bryan Green
Pat Porter, OF, Quad Cities
Go-ahead 2-RBI 3B in 8th, 2 R

2.

Photo by Bryan Green
Scott Weathersby, RHP, Lancaster
6 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno
W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

1.


Danny Worth, IF, Fresno
2-5, Grand Slam (2)

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Thome, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 1.2 IP, K
- Thome has become one of the go-to relievers out of the Quad Cities bullpen in the early going, and he's been more than up to the task.

Fresno bullpen: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K
- Solid work in completing the shutout.

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB (3)
- The speedster from West Virginia wreaked havoc at the top of the JetHawks lineup.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Not a lot of offense to speak of in this slate of games, as none of them scored more than 3 runs.

Kyle Tucker put his tools on full display for Quad Cities.

Salt Lake 2, Fresno 1

W- A.J. Achter (1-0)
L- Mike Hauschild (0-1)
S- Javy Guerra (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

Both teams had 8 hits, but Salt Lake had 1 more in the run column, which ultimately decides the winner of a baseball game.

Fresno's only run came courtesy of an RBI double from Colin Moran in the 3rd inning, which scored Danny Worth. Moran finished 2-4, as did Eury Perez. Tony Kemp went 3-4 at the top of the order.

Mike Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Kevin Chapman worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1, and Juan Minaya fanned 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

In game 3 of this series, Tommy Shirley will take the mound. He'll take on Yunesky Maya at 6:35 Mountain.

Springfield 7, Corpus Christi 3

W- Corey Littrell (1-0)
L- Michael Freeman (1-1)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (3, solo in 5th)

A bullpen breakdown cost the Hooks dearly in this game.

Keegan Yuhl got the start and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4.2 innings of work. David Schmidt was the first man out; he managed to extract Yuhl from a bases-loaded jam to end the 5th. Overall, he went 1.2 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him. Schmidt also allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Michael Freeman got the final 2 outs of the 7th, but not before allowing a 2-run single that allowed both of Schmidt's runners to score. He faced 4 Cardinals in the 8th and failed to retire any of them. Brendan McCurry came on with 2 runners on and proceeded to serve up a 3-run shot to Chris Jacobs. He did bounce back to strike out the side, but the damage was done. 1 of those 3 runs was charged to him, while Freeman was tagged for the other 2. The homer was the only hit that McCurry allowed; he also threw 1-2-3 9th and struck out 4.

D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, and he struck again in the 3rd with an RBI double. Those were his 2 hits on the evening, and he also stole a base, his first at the AA level. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-4 and scored on both of Fisher's hits. In the 5th, Alex Bregman clubbed a solo shot.

The Hooks have today off. Tomorrow, they'll begin a 6-game roadtrip in which they'll travel to Tulsa and Springfield after playing both of these clubs at home.

Lancaster 3, Stockton 1

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (1-0)
L- Zack Erwin (0-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks fell behind early, but they handcuffed the Ports the rest of the way to take the series.

Brock Dykxhoorn gave up a run in the 1st inning, but he and three relievers combined to hold Stockton scoreless over the final 8 innings. The big Canadian scattered 6 hits and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Angel Heredia was the first man out, and he worked around a hit batter to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1. Eric Peterson followed by allowing a hit and fanning 3 over 2 scoreless, and Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to record the save, striking out 2.

Alejandro Garcia struck out in the 4th inning, but the pitch got away, and when Stockton C Argenis Raga recovered the ball, he promptly threw it away, which allowed Jamie Ritchie to score Lancaster's first run. Garcia then stole 2nd and scored on an RBI single from Kristian Trompiz. Ritchie, who finished 2-5, drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 5th. Jason Martin reached in all 5 of his plate appearances, finishing 2-2 with a double, 3 walks, and 2 stolen bases.

Lancaster will look for the sweep as Scott Weathersby takes on Riley Gossett. First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Alex Winkelman (1-0)
L- Brennan Leitao (0-1)
S- Adam Whitt (1)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, solo in 1st)

The Banditos got off the schneid with a shutout. They only had 4 hits, but won in the column that counts.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with his first Midwest League homer, a solo shot in the 1st. Daz Cameron scored the game's other run on a wild pitch in the 3rd. Little Tuck finished 3-3 with a stolen base (1) and also had an outfield assist, throwing out Vaughn Bryan at 2nd. The other Bandits hit was a single from Dex McCall.

Alex Winkelman had a much better second outing as he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Ryan Deemes tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and fanning 5, and Adam Whitt got the save, working around a hit batter to complete the shutout.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the series finale; he'll face Derian Gonzalez at 6:30.

Three Stars

3.

Photo from MiLB.com
Alex Winkelman, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K


2.

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-2, 2B, 3 BB, 2 SB (2)

1.

Photo by Bryan Green
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
3-3, solo HR (1), SB (1), outfield assist

Honorable Mentions

Lancaster bullpen: 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K

Ryan Deemes, RHP, Quad Cities: 3 IP, 3 H, 5 K

Tony Kemp, UTIL, Fresno: 3-4

Astros Farm Report: 4/13

I'm back with an abbreviated Farm Report today ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

4-13: RHP Enrique Chavez (20)
4-17: OF Nestor Tejada (19)

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

Over the last few days, several of our missing-in-action Astros minor leaguers showed up on the DL, including LHP Chris Cotton, RHP Gonzalo Sanudo, RHP Christian Powell, RHP Agapito Barrios and OF James Ramsay. Other transactions include:

4/12: 3B/1B Matt Duffy optioned from Houston to Fresno
4/12: RHP Edgardo Sandoval assigned from Greeneville to Corpus Christi
4/12: RHP David Schmidt assigned from Tri-City to Corpus Christi
4/11: LHP Zac Person assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
4/11: LHP Evan Grills activated from the Lancaster DL
4/10: RHP Andrew Walter placed on Lancaster 7-day DL retroactively
4/10: RHP Danny Reynolds claimed off waivers by the Angels
4/7: LHP Albert Minnis placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL

For why the move of Sandoval to Corpus Christi isn't a huge surprise and why the move of Schmidt is, see what I wrote about the two in the 2016 Houston Farm System Handbook.

STANDINGS

The rainouts in Las Vegas and San Jose wreaked havoc on the early schedules of Fresno and Lancaster, but they are now back on track and playing baseball! Following the first six days of the young season, here are how things stand with the Astros four full season minor league teams.

AAA  Fresno  3rd  2-2  .500  1.5GB  L1
AA  Corpus Christi  T2nd  3-3  .500  2.0GB  L1
A+  Lancaster  3rd  2-1  .667  1.5GB  W2
A- Quad Cities  T7th  1-5  .167  4.0GB  W1

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 11, 2016

Welcome back, Lance McCullers!

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 2

W- César Valdez (1-0)
L- Chris O'Grady (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz mounted a late rally that put them in the lead and eventually gave them the W.

Tony Kemp scored the first run of the game on a Danny Worth GIDP in the 1st. That was their only run until the 7th inning, but it was well worth the wait as they seized control with 3 runs in the frame. Eury Perez tied the game at 2 with an RBI single, and one batter later, A.J. Reed put Fresno in front with a 2-run single. Kemp drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

The top of the order dished out the punishment for the Grizzlies, as Kemp finished 4-5, Perez went 3-4 with a stolen base (3), and Reed went 2-4 with a double to go along with his 2-run single. Tyler Heineman was 2-4 with a run scored. Andrew Aplin was 0-2, but he scored 2 runs and stole a base (2).

Brady Rodgers allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Cesar Valdez, Edwar Cabrera, Jordan Jankowski, and James Hoyt all worked a scoreless inning. Valdez worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 6th, Cabrera threw a 1-2-3 7th, Jankowski walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 8th. Hoyt got the save, and in the process, he pulled off the rare feat of striking out 4 in one inning. One of his victims was able to reach base, but he still slammed the door.

Mike Hauschild makes his season debut in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Nate Smith at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, Springfield 4 in 12 innings

W- Michael Freeman (1-0)
L- Joey Donofrio (0-1)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman 2 (2; 2-run in 1st, walk-off solo in 12th), Evan Gattis (2, solo in 3rd)

The Hooks drew even in this series by walking off with the victory.

Corpus seems to be taking a page out of the Astros' book, because 4 of their 5 runs were products of home runs. Alex Bregman became the first player in the system to post a multi-homer game; his 2-run blast opened the scoring, and he ended the game with a solo shot in the 12th inning. Evan Gattis' rehab went very well, as he smacked a solo shot in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th inning to bring in the other Hooks run.

Bregman (2 HR, 3 RBI) and Teoscar Hernandez both finished with 2 hits at the top of the order.

Lance McCullers made his first rehab start, and in 3 innings, the only run he allowed was a solo shot to Bruce Caldwell. Lance allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron West went 2 innings, and he too was taken deep by Caldwell for a solo shot. West allowed one other hit and fanned 2. Edison Frias allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Reymin Guduan was next; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Michael Freeman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 12th inning.

The rubber game of this series pits Keegan Yuhl and Joe Musgrove against Mike Mayers. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, Stockton 5

W- Josh James (1-0)
L-  Joey Wagman (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Finally, the JetHawks were able to play 9 innings. They seized control of this game with a 6-run 7th and tacked on 2 more in the 8th for good measure.

Garrett Stubbs opened the scoring with a check-swing 2-run single in the 1st inning. In that big 7th, Kristian Trompiz grounded into a force out that allowed Stubbs to score. Bobby Boyd and Ramon Laureano added RBI singles, and then Nick Tanielu ripped a 2-run double. Jamie Ritchie capped off the outburst with an RBI single. In the 8th, Trompiz scored on a passed ball, and Jason Martin drove in the last Lancaster run with an RBI single.

Tanielu (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Boyd (RBI, 2 R, SB [1]) both finished 2-5.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell fanned 2 in a 1-2-3 5th. Josh James tagged in for 3.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Ryan Thompson got the final out of the game, but he also allowed a hit that allowed James' runner to score.

Scott Weathersby will take the hill for the JetHawks tonight. First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific.

Peoria 8, Quad Cities 4

W- Junior Fernandez (1-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos held a 4-0 lead after 5 innings.... and then it went all horribly wrong.

Kevin McCanna was excellent in his season debut, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Sadly, everything caved in on Sebastian Kessay and Zac Person. Kessay allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), 2 hits, and walked 3 as he only got 1 out in the 6th. Person allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Jacob Dorris threw a 1-2-3 8th, but the damage was done.

Johnny Sewald singled to lead off the game, and it didn't take long for him to come around to score as Osvaldo Duarte ripped an RBI triple. Duarte later scored on an Anthony Hermelyn RBI single. In the 2nd, Sewald ripped an RBI double, and Kyle Tucker added a sac fly in the 5th. Sewald went 2-5 with the RBI double and scored twice.

Alex Winkelman will get the start in game 2 of this series, with Rogelio Armenteros following him out of the bullpen. He'll face Brennan Leitao at 6:30.

Three Stars

Tough decision. Does the 4-hit game trump 5 shutout innings?

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Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
4-5, RBI, R

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Kevin McCanna, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 3 H, 3 K

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Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI; walk-off solo HR in 12th

Honorable Mentions

Eury Perez, OF, Fresno: 3-5, RBI, R
- A valuable depth option should the Houston outfield run into some injury issues.

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- Still no homers, but he's still trucking along at the plate.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno; Save (1), IP, 4 K
- That's not a typo.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
- He's started out a bit slow, mainly because Lancaster's season is completely out of sync, but Tanielu has consistently performed at each stop. He should really thrive in the Cali League.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 10, 2016

Go away, rain.

Fresno and Las Vegas doubleheader was postponed

Due to rain. The 2 games that were not played will be made up during Fresno's next trip to Vegas, which will be from August 3-6, which makes that series a 6-game series.

The Grizzlies' season-opening roadtrip continues in Salt Lake City. Brady Rodgers will be on the mound for Game 1, which will start at 6:35 Mountain.

Springfield 6, Corpus Christi 4

W- Andrew Morales (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (0-1)
S- Josh Lucas (1)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (2, 2-run in 1st), Jack Mayfield (1, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks dropped the first of 3 to the Cardinals because even though they bashed 2 homers, they couldn't really get anything going on offense.

Chase McDonald and Jack Mayfield were the Hooks offense in this game; they both drove in 2. McDonald clubbed his 2nd homer in as many games to open the scoring in the 1st, and Mayfield, who finished 2-4, ripped a solo shot in the 2nd and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th.

Brian Holmes allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings. Brendan McCurry was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.1 innings. Finally, Cy Sneed made his organizational debut and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless innings.

In the middle game of this series, Lance McCullers will make his first rehab start. He will face Chris Baker at 7:05.

Lancaster and San Jose doubleheader was postponed

Due to rain. Makeup dates for these games TBD.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game series in Stockton. Josh James will take the mound for Lancaster, and he'll go up against Casey Meisner, who went to the same high school as me. First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 2 in 10 innings

W- Nick Anderson (1-0)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

Not the start that the River Bandits pictured as they were swept by the Kernels in both legs of the away-and-home 4-game series. Both teams scored a run in the 6th and the 9th, but Cedar Rapids got what turned out to be the decisive run in the first extra frame.

Kyle Tucker hit an RBI groundout in the 6th to tie the game at 1, and after Pat Porter tripled to lead off the 9th, Anthony Hermelyn tied the game at 2 with an RBI single. Osvaldo Duarte singled to begin the 10th, but he was left at 3rd to end the game. Duarte finished 3-5, while Hermelyn and Christian Correa had 2 hits apiece.

Matt Bower went 5.1 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Andrew Thome allowed an unearned run on 6 hits in 3.2 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed the eventual game-winning run on an RBI single in the 10th. He walked 1 and struck out 1.

The River Bandits will now hit the road for 3 games in Peoria in search of their first win. In game 1, Kevin McCanna and Sebastian Kessay will take on Junior Fernandez. First pitch is at 6:30.

Three Stars

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Matt Bower, RHP, Quad Cities
5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K


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Chase McDonald, 1B, and Jack Mayfield, 2B, Corpus Christi
McDonald: 2-R HR (2)
Mayfield: 2-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI

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Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Honorable Mentions

Osvaldo Duarte, SS, Quad Cities: 3-5
- 2 starts, 2 multi-hit games.

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Quad Cities: 2-3, RBI as the DH
- Came through with a clutch hit late.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 9, 2016

El Oso Blanco's rehab takes a huge step forward. What a first series for Corpus Christi.

Fresno and Las Vegas was postponed

Due to wet grounds. The series will conclude with a doubleheader starting at 12:05 Pacific. Brady Rodgers will take on Gabriel Ynoa, while starters for game 2 are TBA.

Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 0

W- Francis Martes (1-0)
L- Felipe Gonzalez (0-1)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (1, 2-run in 1st), Evan Gattis (1, 3-run in 2nd), Chase McDonald (1, solo in 8th)

The Hooks got a series win to open up 2016 thanks to a outstanding job from their pitchers, who posted 2 shutouts in 3 games.

Francis Martes walked 2 and only struck out 1, but that doesn't really matter all that much, since he allowed a single, solitary hit over 6 shutout innings. Michael Freeman and Reymin Guduan finished it off; Freeman allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings of work, and Guduan worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

All 6 Corpus runs in this game were products of the long ball. D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with his first AA homer, a 2-run blast in the 1st. One inning later, the recently clean-shaven Evan Gattis unleashed his wrath on a hapless baseball, driving in 3 in the process. Chase McDonald capped it off in the 8th with a solo shot, his 1st of the year. Gattis finished 3-4, as did Jack Mayfield, who scored a run and stole a base (1). Alex Bregman went 2-4 with a walk and scored twice.

In former Astros news, Jordan Schafer threw 2 scoreless innings for the Drillers. That is not a typo; apparently he's a pitcher now. I sarcastically referred to him as "Former Astros great Jordan Schafer" on Twitter and people... got confused.

Today, the Hooks will welcome the Springfield Cardinals to Whataburger Field. In the opening game of this series, Brian Holmes will be on the mound, and he'll face Andrew Morales at 2:05.

Lancaster and San Jose was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up when the Giants visit Lancaster July 13-15.

Again.... weather permitting, the JetHawks will finish their first series of the season with a pseudo-doubleheader. First off, they'll need to finish up Friday's game, which they were leading 4-1 heading into the 5th. Play will resume at 1:00 Pacific. The regularly scheduled game will follow soon after, and will be a 7-inning game. In the regularly scheduled game, Josh James will take on D.J. Snelten.

Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Sam Gibbons (1-0)
L- Chris Murphy (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

In their first home game of the year, the River Bandits dropped their first series of the year.

Their two runs came off outs, as Pat Porter grounded into a force play in the 3rd that scored Johnny Sewald, while Daz Cameron added an RBI groundout in the 6th. Kyle Tucker and Osvaldo Duarte (3B, R) both went 2-4 on the day.

Chris Murphy went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Adam Whitt was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 runs on a double, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Deemes struck out 2 over 2 perfect frames, and Ralph Garza Jr. struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The Banditos will look to avoid the sweep as Matt Bower gets the start. He'll take on Sam Clay at 1:15.

Four Stars

Since he's an MLB player on a rehab assignment, Evan Gattis is not eligible.

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Ryan Deemes, RHP, Quad Cities
2 IP, 2 K

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Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 R, BB
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Michael Freeman, LHP, and Reymin Guduan, LHP, Corpus Christi
Freeman: 2 IP, 2 H, K
Guduan: IP, 2 H, K

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Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0), 6 IP, H, 2 BB, K

Honorable Mentions

Jack Mayfield, 2B, Corpus Christi: 3-4, SB, R
- Solid night from the #9 hitter in the Hooks' lineup

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: 2-R HR (1)
Chase McDonald, 1B, Corpus Christi: Solo HR (1)
- Opening up their accounts in AA