Saturday, May 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, May 13, 2016

Let's play 2 in Corpus!

Sweep!



Fresno 4, Tacoma 3 in 10 innings

W- Kevin Chapman (2-2)
L- Paul Fry (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (8, 2-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies earned the split as they scored the final 4 runs of this game and walked off with the win.

In his AAA debut, Joe Musgrove went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. He threw 80 pitches; 53 of them went for strikes. Shockingly, he walked more than one person. César Valdez tagged in for 3 innings, and the only run he surrendered in that span came on a solo homer from Rob Brantly in the 6th. Valdez allowed one other hit and struck out 2. James Hoyt fanned 2 in a 1-2-3 9th, and Kevin Chapman struck out the side in order in the 10th inning.

Jon Singleton's 2-run blast in the 6th put Fresno on the board. One inning later, Tony Kemp tied the game with an RBI triple. Nolan Fontana led off the 10th with a double and advanced to 3rd on a sac bunt attempt by Kemp that was fielded and botched, which resulted in both of them being safe. Kemp took 2nd on defensive indifference, and Matt Duffy was given a free pass to 1st to set up a double play at any base. Singleton came up, and he grounded out, but Fontana came home with the winning run. Roberto Peña went 2-3 with a run scored, while Jon Kemmer finished 2-4. Jack Mayfield, who was also making his AAA debut, was hitless in his 3 at-bats, but he did draw a walk.

The Grizzlies will now hit the road, and they'll be going up against PCL American teams for the first time this season. All of their remaining games this month will be against teams from the Pacific Coast League's American Conference. Their first stop on this roadtrip will be Nashville. Brad Peacock will start game 1, and he'll face Chris Smith at 7:35 Eastern.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 2

W- Keegan Yuhl (2-1)
L- Sam Wolff (4-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (5)

CC home runs: Evan Gattis (5, 2-run in 1st)

The Riders managed to tie the game at 2 in the 3rd, but the Hooks had the perfect response as they scored 3 in the bottom half to take control.

Evan Gattis, who caught all 7 innings of this game, went 3-3 and opened the scoring with a 2-run shot in the 1st. Danry Vásquez hit an RBI single in the 3rd to put Corpus back in front, and one batter later, Chase McDonald smacked a 2-run double. Alex Bregman, who started at 3B for the first time as a pro, went 2-4 with a run scored.

Keegan Yuhl went 5 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Ryan Cordell in the 3rd, which constituted Frisco's only runs. He allowed 4 other hits and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry threw 2 perfect frames to get the save; he struck out 1.

How did Evan Grills fare in his Texas League debut?

Game 2: Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 0

W- Evan Grills (1-0, 4-1 season)
S- David Perez (1-1)

CC home runs: Danry Vásquez (1, solo in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (8, 2-run in 3rd)

Evan Grills dazzled in his AA debut as the Hooks swept the twinbill. He threw a 1-hitter, walking 1 and striking out 5. It took him 106 minutes to finish the 7 innings.

Danry opened the scoring in game 2 with a solo homer in the 2nd, his first of the year. Before Fisher's blast in the 3rd, Teoscar Hernandez and Alex Bregman added to Corpus Christi's lead with an RBI single and an RBI double, respectively. Teoscar scored the final run of the evening on a groundout from Fisher in the 4th. He finished 3-4 with a double and was the only player on either side in game 2 to have a multi-hit game.

Game 4 of this series will be a 9-inning affair. David Paulino will start for Corpus; he'll face Victor Payano at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (2-1)
L- Brett Kennedy (0-1)
S- Ryan Thompson (1)

Lancaster home runs: Nick Tanielu (4, solo in 2nd), Jason Martin (1, solo in 2nd)

The JetHawks came out on top in a rare pitcher's duel at The Hangar as they held the Storm to 2 hits.

Both teams scored in the 2nd; Lancaster scored one more run, and that was the difference. Nick Tanielu led off the inning with a solo shot, and Jason Martin smacked one of his own with 2 outs in the inning. Martin, who was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game, also hit a double and stole a base (6).

Speaking of stolen bases, the JetHawks were successful on all 6 of their stolen base attempts. Garrett Stubbs stole his 6th, while Bobby Boyd and Ramon Laureano stole 2 apiece in this one. Boyd now has 17 stolen bases, which puts him back in the lead over Kyle Tucker for the time being, while Laureano's 2 thefts give him 14 on the season.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Two guys named Ryan followed him, and they closed it out by retiring everyone they faced. In his California League debut, Ryan Deemes fanned 2 over 1.2 innings, and Ryan Thompson got 2 groundouts and 2 flyouts to get the save.

Matt Bower will make his Lancaster debut tonight. He'll take on Mike Kelly at 6:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities and Beloit was postponed

Due to rain. They'll play a doubleheader today, with game 1 starting at 4. Albert Abreu will take on Boomer Biegalski. Starters for the nightcap are TBA.

Five Stars

3.

  
Brock Dykxhoorn, Ryan Deemes, and Ryan Thompson, RHPs, Lancaster
Dykxhoorn: W (2-1), 6 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Deemes: 1.2 IP, 2 K; California League debut
Thompson: Save (1), 1.1 IP


2.

I found this when I searched his name on Google Images
Evan Gattis, C, Corpus Christi
3-3, 2-R HR (5), 2 R in game 1 of doubleheader

1.

Evan Grills, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0, 4-1 season), CG, H, BB, 5 K in game 2 of doubleheader; Texas League debut

Honorable Mentions

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Fresno: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
- Wait, he issued 2 walks? That's almost unheard of. With that being said, it was a solid AAA debut for Musgrove.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: IP, 2 K
- James Hoyt just keeps rolling along.

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (1)
- It's been tough sledding for Martin as of late, but this was a good start as he tries to get his bat going.

Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno: W (2-2), IP, 3 K
- Chapman has also had a tough start to his campaign, but this was his best outing of the year.

César Valdez, RHP, Fresno: 3 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, 2 K
- His ERA spiked by 2 runs in the spot start, but Valdez has turned in a solid campaign so far.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 3-4, 2B, 2 R in game 2 of doubleheader
- Teoscar looks like he's gotten himself acclimated to AA ball. He's rebounded well in his 2nd shot at Corpus.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tacoma 9, Fresno 5

W- Adrian Sampson (4-2)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Rainiers seized control of this game with 5 runs in the 9th. Fresno got 3 of their own in the bottom of the 9th, but the hole proved to be too deep for them.

Tommy Shirley went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen; he allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 2 in 2 innings. In his Fresno debut, Reymin Guduan went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave got the final out of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th; he allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman got the final 2 outs of the 9th, one via strikeout, but he also allowed a grand slam to Daniel Robertson, which resulted in 3 runs being charged to Gustave. The grand slam was the only hit that Chapman allowed, but it was costly.

Only 3 players in the Grizzlies lineup recorded a hit. Colin Moran drove in 3 of their 5 runs. Nolan Fontana scored the first run of the game when Moran grounded into a force out in the 1st; Tacoma botched the double play attempt. Moran hit a sac fly in the 6th and a 2-run homer in the 9th. Jon Kemmer added a sac fly in the 9th. The 5-9 hitters in Fresno's lineup combined to go 0-16 with a walk and an RBI, which was Kemmer's sac fly.

Joe Musgrove, back in his home state, will make his AAA debut tonight. He'll take on Donn Roach in the series finale; first pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5

W- Brendan McCurry (1-1)
L- Jose Leclerc (0-5)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher 2 (7; 2-run in 4th, walk-off solo in 9th), Evan Gattis (4, 2-run in 6th)

The Roughriders appeared to have ruined things by scoring 3 in the top of the 9th, but the Hooks walked off with the win anyway.

Alex Bregman broke a scoreless tie in the 4th with an RBI double. One batter later, D.J. Fisher went deep for the first time in the game. Evan Gattis smacked a 2-run shot of his own in the 6th to push Corpus Christi's lead to 5-2. Frisco tied the game in the top of the 9th, and they sent out Jose Leclerc to try to force extra innings. Fisher wasn't having any of that as he sent the 3rd pitch he saw from Leclerc into the Corpus Christi night to end the game.

Fisher's 2 hits were home runs. The top 4 of the order did all the work on offense for the Hooks in this game. Teoscar Hernandez scored 2 runs and stole a base (10), Bregman had the RBI double, and Gattis, who caught all 9 innings, had the 2-run homer; he's recorded a hit in every game that he's played with the Hooks.

Cy Sneed allowed 5 hits and fanned 5 over 5 shutout innings. Edison Frias went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Aaron West couldn't seal the deal; he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (all singles) and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry was summoned to extract Corpus from the 9th-inning jam; he allowed the game-tying hit to the first man he faced, but he avoided further damage by getting a double play and a grounder hit right back to him.

The Hooks and Riders will play 2 on Friday starting at 5:30; they will be making up a game that was originally scheduled for April 24 but was rained out. Keegan Yuhl will face Sam Wolff in game 1; In game 2, Evan Grills will take on David Perez. Grills will be making his AA debut.

Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 3

W- Scott Weathersby (1-3)
L- Josh Sborz (3-2)
S- Eric Peterson (1)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (2, solo in 1st)

The JetHawks avoided the sweep as their bats came alive.

Scott Weathersby delivered 5 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits (6 singles and a triple), walking 1, and striking out 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Eric Peterson closed it out with 2 perfect innings, striking out 1.

Drew Ferguson put Lancaster on the board first with a solo homer in the 1st, his 2nd home run of the year. Bryan Muñiz added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Nick Tanielu hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd. The 'Hawks got 2 in the 6th on a Marc Wik RBI triple and a sac fly from Kristian Trompiz. Muñiz, who finished 3-4, hit another RBI single in the 8th, and Tanielu drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 9th.

Alejandro Garcia also had a 3-hit night; he hit a double and scored twice. Ferguson was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (7), while Bobby Boyd was 2-5 with a run scored and a steal (15).

The JetHawks are back home, where they'll start a 4-game series with Lake Elsinore tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Brock Dykxhoorn will start for Lancaster; he'll take on Billy Kennedy.

Beloit 10, Quad Cities 9 in 13 innings

W- Armando Ruiz (1-0)
L- Zac Person (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos led this one 9-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th. They left the inning tied at 9 and eventually walked off with a loss in the 13th. Beloit committed 7 errors in this game and somehow won. Baseball!

Kyle Tucker put Quad Cities on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. In the 4th, Little Tuck scored on an error that allowed Pat Porter to reach. Later in the frame, Osvaldo Duarte drew a bases-loaded walk. Aaron Mizell smacked an RBI double in the 6th, which tied the game at 4. That's where it stood until the 8th, when Duarte hit an RBI double to put the River Bandits back in front; he eventually scored on an error that allowed Bobby Wernes to reach. QC suddenly got a 2-out rally going as Anthony Hermelyn singled, and Porter and Dex McCall drew walks to load the bases for Mizell, who promptly cleared them with a triple. That should've sealed it, right?

Nope. The Snappers got 5 in the bottom of the 9th to force extras. The River Bandits stranded 2 runners to end the 10th. Osvaldo Duarte was stranded at 3rd to end the 12th, and Anthony Hermelyn, who reached on an error and advanced all the way to 3rd to start the 13th, was also stranded there to end the inning.

Tucker (RBI, R, SB [16]), Mizell (2B, 3B, 4 RBI, R), Duarte (2B, 2 RBI, R), and Bobby Wernes (2 singles) all had 2-hit games. Hermelyn and Porter scored 2 runs.

In his 2016 debut, Yoanys Quiala went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a run on a hit in the 5th. Kevin McCanna pitched 3.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him in the 9th. He allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Adam Whitt allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings. Zac Person went 1.2 innings and allowed the winning run, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Albert Abreu will get the start in game 2; he'll face Leon "Boomer" Biegalski at 6:30.

Three Stars

3.

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-4, solo HR (2), 2 SB (7)

2.

Photo from MiLB.com
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 5 H, 5 K

1.

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 HR (7), 3 RBI; walk-off solo HR in 9th


Honorable Mentions

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno: 1-3, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI
- Nice to see him go deep; would be even better if he started to do that a little more often.

Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster: 3-4, 2 RBI
- Muñiz is looking to get himself off the canvas after a slow start. This game was a step in the right direction.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities: 2-5, RBI, R, 2 BB, SB (16)
- I'm honestly running out of good things to say about Little Tuck. He's performed extremely well in his first crack at full-season ball.

Evan Gattis, C, Corpus Christi: 2-R HR (3)
- Catching all 9 innings suggests that White Bear is making some progress on defense. He's expected to catch again tonight.

Astros Farm Report: 5/13

Today's Astros Farm Report today brings you lots of roster moves!

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

Naturally, as soon as I posted a lengthy list of recent transactions on Tuesday, several more came down the pike. Here are the latest Astros minor league transactions as of this writing.

Joe Musgrove - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5-13: LHP Evan Grills assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-13: LHP Matt Bower assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-13: C Max Stassi optioned from Houston to Fresno
5-13: RHP Josh Fields optioned from Houston to Fresno
5-13: RHP Joe Musgrove assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-12: RHP Ryan Deemes assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-12: RHP Riley Ferrell placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL
5-12: RHP Angel Heredia assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-12: LHP Reymin Guduan assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-12: RHP Yoanys Quiala assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-12: RHP Juan Santos assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-11: LHP Edwar Cabrera released by Fresno
5-11: 1B A.J. Reed placed on the 7-day DL by Fresno (hamstring)
5-11: IF Jack Mayfield assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-10: C Max Stassi recalled to Houston from Fresno
5-10: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-10: RHP Andrew Walter placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL
5-9: OF Ronnie Mitchell released by Corpus Christi

Stassi and Fields were the odd men out as Jason Castro returned from paternity leave and Lance McCullers returns to action tonight after his DL stint. Fields lost his spot (at least temporarily) to Michael Feliz who hasn't allowed a run since returning to the team in May.

In the worst kept secret of the season, Joe Musgrove was promoted to Fresno and is slated to pitch tonight. He will be taking Reymin Guduan with him. To say that Musgrove had nothing left to prove at AA is a vast understatement. He allowed only one earned run and three walks (to 30 strikeouts) in his first 26.1 innings with the Hooks this season. Similarly, Guduan with his vastly improved command, has really shone this season. In nine appearances for the Hooks (13.1 innings), he has allowed only one run and three walks while striking out 19.

Another well-deserved promotion went to Ryan Deemes, who compiled a 0.87 ERA and a 0.726 WHIP in nine appearances for Quad Cities before receiving the nod to head to Lancaster.

On the injury front, A.J. Reed pulled himself out of the game with what he is characterizing as a minor hamstring injury. B.J. Anteola of the Fresno Bee has the story. Riley Ferrell, however, has a more serious prognosis. He underwent what will likely be season-ending surgery on an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder. Jake Kaplan of the Chronicle reported the news yesterday.

In more encouraging injury news, this picture shows that LHP Kent Emanuel, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, is back in on the bump. Friend of the blog Bryan Green caught this photo of Emanuel last week at extended Spring Training.

Kent Emanuel - May 2016
Photo by Bryan Green

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!

Fresno 7, Tacoma 6

W- Mike Hauschild (3-3)
L- Jordan Pries (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (8)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (7, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizz jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but they had to hang on for dear life as Tacoma mounted a furious comeback bid. In the end, though, Fresno escaped with the win.

Nolan Fontana opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 2nd. Later in the frame, Colin Moran ripped an RBI double. Matt Duffy hit an RBI double of his own in the 4th, and Jon Singleton crushed a 3-run homer in the 5th. Moran (2B, RBI, R), Duffy (2B, RBI, R), Tony Kemp (2 R), Eury Perez (2B, R), and Andrew Aplin (R, SB [6], BB) all had 2 hits in this game. Kemp extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Mike Hauschild had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 4 hits (3-run homer), walking 1, and striking out 5. Jordan Jankowski went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (all in the 7th), a 2-run homer, walked 2, and struck out 3; the 3rd run scored when he uncorked a wild pitch. James Hoyt crushed the rally by shutting the door; he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Tommy Shirley will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Adrian Sampson at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

They didn't play on Wednesday, like I originally thought (my bad, everyone). Anyway, the Texas League edition of the Lone Star Series kicks off tonight at 7:05, as Cy Sneed takes on Connor Sadzeck.

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lancaster 5

W- Scott Griggs (1-1)
L- Angel Heredia (0-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks couldn't close out this game and ended up walking off with a loss.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 8. Trent Thornton also went 4 innings; the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Johan Mieses. Thornton struck out 7 in his outing. Angel Heredia only got 1 out in the 9th as he allowed the 2 runs that won it for Rancho. He allowed 2 hits and walked 1.

Marc Wik put Lancaster on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Nick Tanielu finished 3-5; he hit RBI singles in the 4th and the 5th. Garrett Stubbs and Alejandro Garcia also hit RBI singles in the 5th. Wik and Jamie Ritchie (2B, R) both went 2-4, while Ramon Laureano scored 2 runs, walked 3 times, and stole 2 bases (11).

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Scott Weathersby takes the mound. He'll go up against Josh Sborz at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Burlington 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Jose Rodriguez (2-2)
L- Jose Luis Hernandez (0-2)
S- Adam Hofacket (5)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits' comeback bid in game 1 fell just short.

Dex McCall opened the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. Johnny Sewald, who scored the first run of the game, hit an RBI single in the 2nd. Kyle Tucker smacked an RBI double in the 4th to tie the game at 3. He singled to lead off the 7th and scored on a triple from Pat Porter. McCall brought Porter home with a groundout.

Sewald and Tucker both finished with 2 hits and a stolen base; Sewald now has 14, while Tucker is the system's new leader in stolen bases with 15.

Jose Luis Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 2.

What did game 2 have in store for Quad Cities?

Game 2: Quad Cities 1, Burlington 0

W- Chris Murphy (3-2)
L- Luis Peña (0-3)

QC home runs: None.

Chris Murphy went the distance for the first time in his professional career, which allowed the Banditos to split the twinbill and take the series. He dispatched the Bees in 97 minutes, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 3.

Anthony Hermelyn's RBI triple in the 1st was the only scoring play of game 2. Kyle Tucker's multi-hit game streak is over, but he did extend his hitting streak to 5 games.

The River Bandits are in Beloit, Wisconsin, where they'll start a 4-game series with the Snappers tonight at 6:30. Yoanys Quiala will make his 2016 debut; he'll take on Angel Duno.

Three Stars

3.

Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
Combined stats for doubleheader: 3-7, 2B, RBI, R, SB in game 1 (15)

2.

Photo from MiLB.com
Trent Thornton, RHP, Lancaster
4 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 7 K

1.

Photo from MiLB.com
Chris Murphy, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-2), CG, 4 H, 3 K


Honorable Mentions

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 3-5, 2 RBI
- Nick Tanielu knows how to hit.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster: 1-2, 2 R, 2 SB (11), 3 BB
- Laureano is now on a 6-game hitting streak, and no one seems to be able to keep him off the basepaths.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: Save (8), IP, 2 K
- Still doing his thing. At some point, he'll be doing his thing with the Astros.

Tony Kemp, UTIL, Fresno: 2-5, 2 R
- Kemp is now on a 9-game hitting streak.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tacoma 7, Fresno 6 in 10 innings

W- David Rollins (1-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (1-1)
S- Blake Parker (6)

Fresno home runs: Tyler Heineman (1, solo in 5th), Nolan Fontana (1, 3-run in 7th)

The Tacos successfully forced extra innings.... but the Rainiers got a run in the first extra frame to snatch the victory.

Tyler Heineman's solo shot put Fresno on the board in the 5th inning. They got 4 in the 7th as Matt Duffy ripped an RBI double and Nolan Fontana slammed a 3-run homer that gave the Tacos a 5-4 lead. That lead was short-lived, however, as Tacoma got 2 in the 8th to re-take the lead. But... the Tacos wouldn't trail for long, either.

Andrew Aplin led off the 9th by reaching on an error and advancing to 2nd. He made to 3rd following a Heineman flyout and scored the tying run on a single from Fontana. Fontana did his bit in keeping the Tacos in this one as both of his hits either gave them a lead (3-run homer) or tied the game (RBI single in 9th). Matt Duffy also recorded a 2-hit outing, while Aplin scored 2 runs.

Brady Rodgers had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 9 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Kevin Chapman allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th. Edwar Cabrera came on for the 8th, and he retired the first man he faced, but a walk and a double put him in a bind, so James Hoyt came on to try to extricate Cabrera from this situation. Unfortunately, he could not, as both of Cabrera's runners scored on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice. Hoyt technically pitched 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 2, but the runners he inherited from Cabrera both scored. Jandel Gustave allowed the go-ahead run on a sac fly in the 10th. He allowed a single and issued an intentional walk.

Mike Hauschild will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 12:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 3

W- Francis Martes (2-2)
L- Bryce Morrow (0-4)
S- Brendan McCurry (4)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (7, 2-run in 5th), D.J. Fisher (5, solo in 8th)

This Alex Bregman guy might have some potential. The Hooks climbed back above .500 by taking 3 of 4 from their I-37 rivals. They lost 9 of their last 10 to close out April, but they've turned it around in May, going 7-3 in their first 10 games this month.

Corpus got 2 in the 2nd to get on the board, as James Ramsay hit a sac fly, and Alfredo Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Bregman, who doesn't appear to be affected by his layoff, hit a 2-run homer in the 5th that put the Hooks in front, and D.J. Fisher provided a little breathing room with an inside-the-park solo homer in the 8th. Conrad Gregor finished 2-3; 8 of the 9 players in the Hooks lineup had a hit.

Francis Martes went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton came out of the bullpen to throw 2.1 scoreless, allowing 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 1. Brendan McCurry got the 5-out save; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tonight, the Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series starts once again as the Hooks welcome Frisco to Whataburger Field. Cy Sneed will look to bounce back from his roughest outing of the season as he'll start game 1. His opponent is Connor Sadzeck. First pitch is at 7:05.

Rancho Cucamonga 12, Lancaster 1

W- Yaisel Sierra (1-1)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (0-1, 0-3 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks got rocked in this one.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Dean Deetz and Jacob Dorris both posted identical lines in 1.2 innings and 1.1 innings, respectively. The two of them allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dorris got a rather rude welcome to the California League.

Lancaster's only run came in the 8th on an RBI double from Drew Ferguson. Garrett Stubbs extended his hitting streak to 9 games, and Ramon Laureano was 2-2 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base (9).

Lancaster will look to get off the canvas as Josh James will start game 2. He'll face Tommy Bergjans at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities and Burlington was postponed

Due to wet grounds. This series will conclude with a doubleheader, with game 1 starting at 6. Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Luis Peña in the first game, and Chris Murphy will face Jose Rodriguez in game 2.

Three Stars

3.

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead 2-R HR (7)


2.

Chris Cotton, LHP, Corpus Christi
Hold (1), 2.1 IP, H, BB, K


1.

Nolan Fontana, IF, Fresno
2-4, 3-R HR (1), 4 RBI

Honorable Mentions

Matt Duffy, 3B, Fresno: 2-5, 2B, RBI
- Duffy's bat is showing signs of life after a dreadful start.

Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (4), 1.2 IP, H, BB, K
- McCurry just keeps on rolling.

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: Inside-the-park solo HR (5)
- Delivered an insurance run in breathtaking fashion. Hopefully that 4-4 game gives his bat the spark it needs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 9, 2016

River Bandits run wild.

El Paso 8, Fresno 6

W- Frank Garcés (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-2)

Fresno home runs: Andrew Aplin (1, solo in 2nd), Danny Worth (5, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies managed to tie the game in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Chihuahuas re-take the lead in the bottom of the 8th. After taking the first game of this series, the Grizzlies dropped the last three.

Tony Kemp led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a double from Colin Moran. Moran scored later in the 1st following an error that allowed A.J. Reed to reach. Andrew Aplin led off the 2nd with a homer, his 1st of the year. Both teams scored 2 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd, but El Paso scored 2 in the 3rd to take a 5-3 lead, and that's where it stood until the 8th, when Eury Perez came through with a pinch-hit 2-run single to tie the game at 5.

Unfortunately, the Chihuahuas were back in front as they got 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Danny Worth pulled a run back with a solo homer in the 9th, his 5th of the season.

Aplin (solo HR), Worth (2B, solo HR), Tony Kemp (2B, R), and Matt Duffy all finished with 2 hits in this game.

César Valdez went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1. Juan Minaya had 2 inherited runners charged to him (1 earned) and allowed 2 hits in 3.1 innings. Jandel Gustave got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but not before El Paso retook the lead. He allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1.

The Grizzlies will start a 4-game series with Tacoma tonight; they'll be playing as the Fresno Tacos. Brady Rodgers will take on Cody Martin in game 1; first pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 5

W- Brian Holmes (2-1)
L- Johnny Hellweg (1-4)
S- Reymin Guduan (2)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (6, solo in 5th), J.D. Davis (2, 2-run in 8th)

The Hooks started out fast and got some much-needed insurance late to get the win in this one.

The Missions scored first in the 1st, but Corpus responded with 4 in the bottom half as they quickly seized control. Teoscar Hernandez led off the game with a single, and he wound up scoring the Hooks' first run when Evan Gattis grounded into a double play. Corpus wasn't fazed when 0 outs suddenly turned into 2 outs, because James Ramsay smacked an RBI double and J.D. Davis followed that up with a 2-run single. Davis doubled to lead off the 4th and came home on a single from Mott Hyde. Alex Bregman took Rafael de Paula deep for his 6th home run, a solo shot in the 5th.

San Antonio scored 3 in the 6th to cut the Corpus lead to 6-5, but Davis clubbed a 2-run homer to give the Hooks 2 big runs late in the game. Davis finished 3-4, while Hyde was 2-3 with a double.

Brian Holmes went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Michael Freeman was the first man out; he pitched an inning (2 outs in the 6th, 1 out in the 7th) and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and fanned 3 over 1.2 scoreless, and Reymin Guduan closed the door by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Francis Martes will start the series finale. He'll face Bryce Morrow at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game series in Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Rogelio Armenteros will be going up against Grant Holmes.

Quad Cities 12, Burlington 4

W- Alex Winkelman (3-1)
L- Ronnie Glenn (1-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (1)

QC home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 2-run in 3rd)

The Banditos opened up their series with a bang as they raced out to a 7-0 lead. Burlington managed to cut into that lead a little, but any doubts concerning the outcome of this game were erased when Quad Cities responded with a 5-run 8th to bury the Bees.

Alex Winkelman went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Deemes finished it off; he went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on a groundout in the 7th, a single that also came in the 7th, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, which was a sign of things to come for him. Bobby Wernes ripped an RBI double in the 2nd, and Little Tuck followed that up with a 2-run double. Connor Goedert smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd, and Anthony Hermelyn added a sac fly in the 4th to push Quad Cities' lead to 7-0.

Burlington went on a little run to cut the Banditos' lead to 7-4, but QC had the final say in this game as they put up 5 in the 8th. Tony Nuñez kicked things off with a single, and Tucker eventually joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Hermelyn was next, and he brought both of them home with a double. Goedert struck out, but was able to reach. Aaron Mizell was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and that brought up Christian Correa, who promptly cleared the bases with a double to bring in the last 3 runs of the day.

Everyone in the lineup reached base and scored a run. Tucker finished 3-4; he's posted multi-hit games in 5 of his last 6 contests. Nuñez, Mizell, and Correa all finished with 2 hits. Quad Cities wreaked havoc on the bases again as they were 8-8 in stolen base attempts. Johnny Sewald stole his 13th. Little Tuck took 3 more to give him 14 on the year. Nuñez stole 2, giving him 8 on on the season, and Mizell stole his first 3 bases of 2016.

In game 2 of this series, Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Jose Rodriguez. First pitch is at 7.

Three Stars

*All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.

3.

 Photo by Rich Guill
Christian Correa, C, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R

2.

Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 3 SB (14)

1.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R


Honorable Mentions

Reymin Guduan, LHP, Corpus Christi: Save (2), IP, 2 K
- Guduan looks like he's putting it all together now.

Ryan Deemes, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 3.1 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K
- Deemes is as dependable as they come.

Danny Worth, IF, Fresno: 2-5, solo HR (5)
- Worth continues to do what's he's been doing, and that's hit.

Astros Farm Report: 5/10

Astros MiLB league leaders follow, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

5-10: 1B A.J. Reed (23)
5-11: RHP Luis Castro (21)
5-11: 3B/2B Anardo Peralta (20)
5-12: OF Luis Payano (20)
5-15: C Gabriel Bracamonte (21)
5-15: RHP Michael Richez (19)

Birthday Boy A.J. Reed
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

5-9: LHP Reymin Guduan activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-9: RHP Asher Wojciechowski placed on the Fresno 7-day DL retroactive to 5-6
5-8: C Max Stassi optioned to Fresno
5-7: RHP Lance McCullers sent to Fresno on a rehab assignment
5-7: DH Evan Gattis optioned from Houston to Corpus Christi (to work on catching)
5-6: RHP Michael Feliz recalled to Houston from Fresno
5-5: RHP Yeyfry del Rosario assigned to Lancaster
5-5: SS Alex Bregman activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-5: RHP Michael Feliz optioned from Houston to Fresno
5-5: OF Jake Marisnick recalled from Fresno to Houston
5-4: C Garrett Stubbs activated from the Lancaster 7-day DL
5-3: C Max Stassi sent to Fresno on a rehab assignment
5-2: LHP Reymin Guduan placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL retroactive to 4-30
5-2: RHP Andrew Walter activated from the Lancaster 7-day DL
April 22nd releases not previously reported:
C Brian Pena
C Jake Bowey
OF Edwin Medina

TWEET OF THE WEEK
STANDINGS

Fresno has held on to second place in their division despite going 3-6 since last we checked in on them, but they are now 4.5 games behind the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) and only one game in front of the third and fourth place teams.  The Hooks, however, reversed their slump and are 6-3 since my last standings post and are back to .500. They are still in third place, a full 8.0 games behind Frisco (Rangers), though. Lancaster has continued to scuffle along at a 3-5 pace since the calendar turned to May and they remain in fourth place, one game further behind in the standings. Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) has taken the league lead away from High Desert (Rangers), leading that team by one game. Quad Cities is also 3-5 over that same period; they have dropped from sixth place to seventh in the standings and are now six games behind the league-leading Clinton (Mariners) team.

AAA Fresno 2nd 13-17 .433 4.5GB L3

AA Corpus Christi 3rd 15-15 .500 8.0GB W1

A+ Lancaster 4th 11-17 .393 8.5GB L1

A- Quad Cities 7th 13-17 .433 6.0GB W2

LEAGUE LEADERS

Despite some overall lackluster standings, there are plenty of individual standouts. Here are those players who are currently ranked in the top 10 in their respective leagues in selected categories.

Pacific Coast League
Danny Worth: .366 average (5th)
Danny Worth: .455 OBP (4th)
Tony Kemp: .415 OBP (T10th)
Danny Worth: .624 SLG (T5th)
Danny Worth: 9 doubles (T8th)
A.J. Reed: 6 home runs (T7th)
Jon Singleton: 6 home runs (T7th)
Tony Kemp: 17 walks (T7th)
Tommy Shirley: 2.79 ERA (9th)
Brad Peacock: 37 strikeouts (2nd)
James Hoyt: 7 saves (T1st)

Texas League*
Chase McDonald: .523 SLG (10th)
Teoscar Hernandez: 20 runs scored (8th)
Chase McDonald: 8 home runs (T2nd)
Alex Bregman: 6 home runs (T6th)
Chase McDonald: 19 RBI (T7th)
Derek Fisher: 20 walks (1st)
Teoscar Hernandez: 15 walks (T7th)
Chase McDonald: 15 walks (T7th)
Teoscar Hernandez: 9 stolen bases (T4th)
Joe Musgrove: 0.34 ERA (1st)
David Paulino: 2.08 ERA (3rd)
Edison Frias: 2.52 ERA (5th)
Joe Musgrove: 0.84 WHIP (1st)
David Paulino: 1.04 WHIP (7th)
Keegan Yuhl: 1.08 WHIP (8th)
David Paulino: 32 strikeouts (T6th)
Brian Holmes: 31 strikeouts (T8th)

*Alex Bregman fell off the league leader list because his time on the DL didn't give him enough at-bats to qualify. He would rank 6th in average (.317), 1st in OBP (.427) and 4th in SLG (.619) if he qualified.

California League
Nick Tanielu: .350 average (5th)
Ramon Laureano: .408 OBP (8th)
Nick Tanielu: .534 SLG (8th)
Jamie Ritchie: 17 walks (T5th)
Ramon Laureano: 15 walks (T8th)
Ramon Laureano: 8 stolen bases (T6th)
Dean Deetz: 2.63 ERA (7th)
Evan Grills: 0.94 WHIP (5th)
Trent Thornton: 1.00 WHIP (7th)

Midwest League*
Anthony Hermelyn: 9 doubles (T4th)
Antonio Nunez: 16 doubles (T8th)
Kyle Tucker: 14 stolen bases (T1st)
Johnny Sewald: 13 stolen bases (T3rd)
Antonio Nunez: 8 stolen bases (T6th)
Albert Abreu: 38 strikeouts (T3rd)

*As a relief pitcher, Ryan Deemes does not qualify as a league leader, but his 0.87 ERA and 0.73 WHIP would both rank 1st in the league if he had pitched the qualifying number of innings.

NEWS AND LINKS

I'm sure I've missed several things, but I'm outta time!

Wonder what it's like to be a baseball wife? Here you go!

He may be an underdog, but he's pitching like an ace!

"I've got a good approach going right now." Yeah, we noticed!

And last, but definitely not least, Brady Rodgers earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors with a beastmode performance.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 8, 2016

Swept.



El Paso 9, Fresno 4

W- Jose Dominguez (1-1)
L- Jordan Jankowski (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

For the second straight game, El Paso erased a Fresno lead by going on a big scoring run in the closing stages.

Danny Worth opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Worth later scored on a Colin Moran RBI double in the 5th. Eury Perez and Tony Kemp drove in runs in the 6th with an RBI single and an RBI double, respectively. Roberto Peña was the only player in the Fresno lineup with a multi-hit game; he went 2-4.

Brad Peacock went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski allowed a solo homer to Nick Noonan in the 7th, which gave El Paso the lead. He allowed one other hit and struck out 2 in the inning. James Hoyt pitched the 8th and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and walked 1.

The Grizzlies and Chihuahuas will wrap up this series tonight at 6:35 Mountain.

San Antonio 7, Corpus Christi 4

W- Fabio Castillo (3-4)
L- Kyle Smith (0-4)
S- Jason Jester (4)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (2, solo in 1st), D.J. Fisher (4, solo in 6th)

The Hooks made this game a 1-run affair twice, but they couldn't find a way to get over the hump.

Teoscar Hernandez and D.J. Fisher both enjoyed nice days at the plate for Corpus. Teoscar wasted little time in getting the scoring started as he homered to lead off the 1st. Fisher led off the 4th with a double and eventually scored on a single from Danry Vásquez. Fisher smacked a solo shot in the 6th and drove in the last Corpus run with a single in the 8th. He finished 4-4 and also stole a base, his 3rd of the season. Teoscar (solo HR, 2 SB [9]) and Danry both finished 2-4.

Kyle Smith went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (2 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. David Paulino pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer) and striking out 5.

Brian Holmes will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Johnny Hellweg at 7:05.

Visalia 19, Lancaster 2

W- Ethan Elias (2-1)
L- Elieser Hernandez (0-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Well... after the JetHawks hung 19 on the Rawhide on Saturday night, Visalia returned the favor as they took the series.

Lancaster's pitchers got battered, and well... some things are better left unsaid. I'm trying to make sure that these recaps are safe for those who are reading from the workplace.

Marc Wik grounded into a forceout that scored Ramon Laureano in the 4th. Laureano, who finished 2-3, hit an RBI single in the 5th.

After a day off, the JetHawks will start a 3-game series in Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will start a 3-game series with Burlington today at 11 AM. Alex Winkelman will face Ronnie Glenn.

Three Stars

*All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.

3.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, RBI, R


1 (tie).

D.J. Fisher and Teoscar Hernandez, OFs, Corpus Christi
Fisher: 4-4, solo HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (3)
Hernandez: 2-4, solo HR (2), 2 SB (9)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 7, 2016

Astros vs. Padres in the upper minors.

JetHawks take flight!

El Paso 6, Fresno 4

W- Aaron Northcraft (2-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (1-2)
S- Frank Garcés (1)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (4, 2-run in 1st), Tony Kemp (1, solo in 3rd), Jon Singleton (6, solo in 7th)

The Fresno bullpen faltered late as El Paso went on a 6-0 run that was capped by a 4-run 8th that gave them the lead.

Lance McCullers looked alright in his first rehab start; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Juan Minaya went 1.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him after Kevin Chapman allowed a 2-run double in the 7th. Minaya allowed 4 hits.

Kevin Chapman pitched an inning (2 outs in the 7th, 1 out in the 8th) and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits. Jandel Gustave allowed a run on 2 hits; he got the 2nd out of the 8th via strikeout, but his night ended early because he got tossed after plunking El Paso OF Manuel Margot. Edwar Cabrera issued a walk to the first man he faced, and then got the final out of a disastrous 8th for the Grizz.

All 4 of Fresno's runs came on the three home runs. Danny Worth's 2-run shot opened the scoring, and then Tony Kemp and Jon Singleton clubbed solo shots in the 3rd and 7th, respectively.

Brad Peacock will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Christian Friedrich at 12:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 2, San Antonio 0

W- Keegan Yuhl (1-1)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (2-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (3)

CC home runs: Evan Gattis (3, 2-run in 4th)

Back to the minors for Evan Gattis, as the Astros look to be all-in on trying to get him to become a catcher. Mr. Gattis caught 7 innings for the Hooks in this game and caught a runner trying to steal. He also drove in the only runs of the game with a 2-run shot in the 4th.

James Ramsay's single and Danry Vásquez's double were the other 2 Corpus hits. Chan-Jong Moon stole his 3rd base of the season.

Keegan Yuhl, Joe Musgrove, and Brendan McCurry combined on a shutout, which took them 2 hours to complete. Yuhl allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 in 5 innings, Musgrove allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 in 3 innings, and McCurry finished it off by striking out the side in order in the 9th.

In game 2, Kyle Smith will face Fabio Castillo. First pitch is at 2:05.

Lancaster 19, Visalia 5

W- Evan Grills (3-1)
L- Josh Collmenter (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Garrett Stubbs (1, 3-run in 2nd)

The JetHawks went to town on a rehabbing Josh Collmenter and did all of their damage in the first 5 innings.

Everyone scored a run. Jason Martin was the only person who didn't drive in a run.



Evan Grills was the beneficiary of the generous run support; he went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a run on a wild pitch in the 7th; the runner who scored hit a triple off of him. That triple was the only hit that Del Rosario allowed in 2.2 innings; he struck out 4. Angel Heredia struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect innings.

Elieser Hernandez will start the series finale. He'll take on Ethan Elias at 2:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Lansing 2

W- Justin Ferrell (1-1)
L- Angel Perdomo (2-1)
S- Albert Abreu (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos avoided the sweep as they exceeded their offensive output in the first two games. They couldn't be held down forever, you know...

Well, that statement wasn't completely true. Quad Cities exceeded their output from the first two games by taking full advantage of the Lugnuts' miscues in this one as they got 3 runs off of errors and 2 on wild pitches.

Tony Nuñez and Kyle Tucker pulled off a double steal in the 1st; Nuñez scored the first run of the game, and Tucker advanced to 3rd as Lansing 3B Carl Wise failed to catch the throw down to 3B. Tucker ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Anthony Hermelyn, Dex McCall, and Aaron Mizell all walked to load the bases, which brought up Christian Correa. Correa hit a grounder that could've ended the inning, but the force attempt was botched, which allowed Hermelyn and McCall to come home. Brooks Marlow scored on a wild pitch in the 8th, and Hermelyn hit a sac fly in the 9th for the lone RBI.

The first 6 batters in the order all scored a run; the bottom third missed out on the party. The top 3 in the order of Johnny Sewald, Nuñez, and Tucker combined to go 6-6 in stolen base attempts; Sewald stole his12th. Nuñez stole 2, giving him 6 on the year, and Tucker, who finished 2-4, swiped 3 to give him 11 on the season.

Justin Ferrell went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Albert Abreu tagged in and finished it off; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 4 scoreless.

The River Bandits have today off. They'll start a 3-game series with Burlington Monday morning.

Three Stars

*All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.
**Lance McCullers is excluded because he is an MLB player on a rehab assignment.

3.

Photo from MiLB.com
Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K

2.

Keegan Yuhl, Joe Musgrove, and Brendan McCurry, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Yuhl: W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Musgrove: Hold (1), 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
McCurry: Save (3), IP, 3 K

1.

Lancaster JetHawks offense
19 R, 16 H (5 2B, 3-R HR)


Honorable Mentions

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities: 2-4, 3 SB (11), R
- Little Tuck has done a little bit of everything in his first full season.

Evan Gattis, C, Corpus Christi: 2-R HR (3), CS
- It would be a massive boost to the Astros if Gattis can become a competent backstop.

Danny Worth, IF, Fresno: 2-R HR (4)
- Worth has been a consummate pro in Fresno. He's performed extremely well as he's looking for another shot at the Majors.