Saturday, June 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy New York-Penn League Opening Day!

Tacoma 10, Fresno 4

W- Joe Wieland (5-4)
L- Joe Musgrove (2-3, 4-4 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

In a battle of Joes, it was Wieland who came out on top. The Grizzlies scored 3 in the 7th inning to make it a 6-4 game, but the Rainiers put this one out of reach with 4 runs in the 8th.

Fresno's Joe, Musgrove, pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 3. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the bullpen and walked 1 in 2 scoreless innings. Jordan Jankowski pitched the 8th and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Jack Mayfield put the Grizzlies on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Matt Duffy hit a 2-run single in the 7th inning and came around to score on a triple from Preston Tucker. Tucker finished a home run shy of the cycle. Duffy finished 2-4 and scored twice.

In game 2 of this series, Brady Rodgers will take on Jarrett Grube. First pitch is at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 10, Frisco 3

W- Kyle Smith (1-5)
L- Ryne Slack (2-2)

CC home runs: Mott Hyde (2, grand slam in 7th)

The Hooks emphatically broke a 3-3 tie with 7 runs in the 7th inning. Mott Hyde and Danry Vásquez made their returns to the Corpus Christi lineup after they were involved in a nasty collision last month that put both of them on the disabled list.

Alfredo Gonzalez scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch that was also ball 4 to Danry in the 3rd inning. In the 5th, Chan-Jong Moon scored on an error, and Danry hit an RBI single. The Roughriders scored a run in the 6th to tie the game at 3, but that scoreline would be short-lived.

James Ramsay led off the 7th rather painfully as he was hit by a pitch. Gonzalez ripped a double to put runners in scoring position for Moon, who broke the tie with an RBI single. Alejandro Garcia was plunked to load the bases. Alfredo was forced out at home, but Danry reached safely to keep the bases loaded. Nick Tanielu followed with an RBI single, but Garcia was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. Teoscar Hernandez walked to re-load the bases, and Conrad Gregor drew a walk to bring in Danry, resulting in a pitching change for Frisco. Hyde promptly greeted the new pitcher, Jason Richman, with a grand slam.

Not everyone in the lineup had a hit, but they all scored a run. Moon scored twice, while the other 8 players in the Hooks lineup scored once. Moon and Alfredo had 2 hits apiece; both of Gonzalez's hits were doubles.

Cy Sneed pitched 5 innings and allowed a 2-run home run to Ryan Cordell, which were the only runs that he allowed. Sneed allowed two other hits, issued a walk, and struck out 7. Kyle Smith tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Gonzalo Sañudo struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

David Paulino will start the series finale. He'll take on Connor Sadzeck at 7:05.

Bakersfield 12, Lancaster 5

W- Tyler Herb (7-2)
L- Matt Bower (2-3, 3-3 season)
S- Osmer Morales (1)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (12, 3-run in 5th)

A 10-1 deficit after 4 innings doomed the JetHawks. They were also held to just 4 hits in this game.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd inning; Lancaster's run came in the form of a sac fly from Tony Nuñez. In the 5th inning, Garrett Stubbs scored on a wild pitch and Jason Martin whacked a 3-run home run, his only hit of the evening. Trent Woodward's double was the JetHawks only other extra-base hit.

Matt Bower went 3.2 innings and allowed 10 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits (solo, 2-run, and grand slam), walked 1, and struck out 6. Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Kevin Comer was the next pitcher to appear; he allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and Ryan Thompson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Rogelio Armenteros will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Tyler Pike at 6:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1 in 14 innings

W- Michael Theofanopoulos (3-0)
L- Adam Whitt (2-1)

QC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (2, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos were doubled up in the hit column and the run column.

Osvaldo Duarte's solo home run in the 3rd inning was the River Bandits' only scoring play. Kristian Trompiz finished 2-4 with a stolen base (4, 8 season). Duarte also walked twice and stole his 11th base of the season.

Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 6. Kevin McCanna and Ralph Garza Jr. followed with 4 scoreless innings; McCanna allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Garza allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Adam Whitt pitched the 14th inning and allowed the go-ahead run on an RBI double from Luis Arraez, which was also the only hit that he allowed. He struck out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Albert Abreu will face Dereck Rodriguez. First pitch is at 6:00.

Tri-City 13, Connecticut 1

W- Akeem Bostick (1-0, 1-1 season)
L- Ryan Castellanos (0-1)
S- Sebastian Kessay (1)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (1, solo in 1st), Taylor Jones (1, grand slam in 7th)

The ValleyCats greeted their fans by romping to an Opening Night victory.

In his first professional plate appearance, Stephen Wrenn smacked a solo home run. Randy César doubled to lead off the 2nd, and he scored on a sac fly from Brauly Mejia. Tri-City scored 5 runs in the 5th on 4 doubles: Daz Cameron smacked a 2-run double and came around to score on a Taylor Jones double. Jones scored on Jake Rogers' two-bagger, and Rogers came home on a double from Mejia. César hit an RBI single in the 6th, and in the 7th inning, Carmen Benedetti hit an RBI single, and Jones followed with his first pro home run, a grand slam.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Kolbey Carpenter, who still drew a walk and scored. Mejia was the only person to not score a run. Wrenn (solo HR, 4 R), Benedetti, Jones (grand slam, 5 RBI, 2 R), César (2B, RBI, R), Rogers (2B, RBI, R), and Mejia (2B, 2 RBI) all had 2-hit nights.

Akeem Bostick threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2. Sebastian Kessay pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7.

Game 2 of this series will start at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Athletics 4 in 11 innings

W- Juan Cuevas (4-0)
L- Angello Infante (0-1)

Blue home runs: Orlando Marquez (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Blue team edged the A's with a run in the top of the 11th inning.

Angel Tejeda successfully executed a squeeze play in the 5th to bring in the Blue team's first run of the day. Juan Piñeda followed with an RBI single. Orlando Marquez smacked a 2-run homer in the 6th inning. Nicolás Miranda put them in front with an RBI single in the 11th inning. Piñeda finished with 4 hits, while César Cortez was 3-5 with 2 runs scored.

Felipe Tejada went 4 innings and allowed a run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4. Carlos Perdomo allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Juan Cuevas got the win after throwing 5 scoreless innings; he allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6.

The Blue team played the Marlins this morning.

DSL Rangers2 3, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Edwin Cruz (1-0)
L- César Rosado (0-1)
S- Sergio Suarez (1)

Orange home runs: Felix Lucas (1, solo in 8th)

The Orange team looked like they had a rally going in the 9th, but they left the tying and the winning runs on base to end the game.

Felix Lucas put the Orange team on the board with a solo homer in the 8th. Vicente Mota hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th.

César Rosado pitched 4 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Michael Richez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings, and Cristofer Melendez allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 2.2 scoreless innings.

The Orange team went up against the Mets 2 today.

Too Many Stars


Akeem Bostick, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0, 1-1 season), 6 IP, 2 H, 2 K


César Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-5, 2 R
Juan Piñeda, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 4-4, go-ahead RBI single in 11th
Juan Cuevas, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (4-0), 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K

Tri-City ValleyCats: W 13-1 vs. Connecticut
Stephen Wrenn: 2-4, solo HR (1), 4 R
Taylor Jones: 2-5, 2B, grand slam (1), 5 RBI
Sebastian Kessay: Save (1), 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Mott Hyde, IF, Corpus Christi
Grand Slam (2); first game since coming off DL

Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Friday, June 17, 2016

Getting to Know Astros/JetHawks OF Ramon Laureano

Lancaster OF Ramon Laureano is a fun player to watch. He can (and will frequently) steal a base. He has a little pop in his bat, with more developing. And he has very good range and a great, accurate arm as he plays all three outfield positions with reckless abandon. Laureano is the prototypical run-through-the-wall guy.

Ramon Laureano - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

If he doesn't always run through the wall literally, he did hit the wall (or more specifically, fence) not long ago in High Desert. According to Lancaster Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson, Laureano ran into the fence chasing down a foul ball. The conversation afterwards went something like this ...
Robinson: Ramon, you didn't see the fence? What's going on?
Laureano: It got up on me quick.
Robinson went on to say that Laureano will give you 110% in every single game. Lancaster Manager Ramon Vazquez added, "His defense out there ... he's outstanding. He scares me at times, diving all over the place. And you can't stop him from playing hard so you just hope that he can stay healthy."

The biggest challenge for Laureano in 2015 was plate discipline and that's also the area in which he's made the greatest strides in 2016. Robinson expounded on the process, "I know he had some problems with the strike zone, but it's a conversation. It starts in the cage when we're doing early work ... pitch recognition drills and also just swinging at good pitches. I throw some off. I throw some on to get him to really offer at good pitches starting in the cage and then take it to BP and I think it carries over to the game. All it is is just getting the reps of doing it. It's seeing the pitches that you can't hit and not offering at them."

Robinson continued, "If you work at it enough, sooner or later they're going to get it. And we try to grind it out and try to make sure that when we're in the cage, if it's not a good pitch and he swings, I let him know. Real simple. Easy stuff. It gets in the back of the brain and sooner or later, you figure it out. Success is not overnight. That's what I try to explain to them.

He comes in every day after the (previous night's) game, and he wants to see where pitches were in the strike zone. They have the app now where they can look. He may come in and just question some of them. 'What do you think about this? What do you think about that? Was that a good pitch to swing at in that count?' Things like that. I think it's helping."

With the improvements in Laureano's strike zone management, Vazquez likes Laureano in the 3-hole and that is precisely where he has been used the vast majority of the 2016 season, "My first thought since I saw him last year playing in Quad Cities (was to put him in the 3-hole). I thought he would be a really good 3-hole hitter the way he drives the ball all over the ballpark."

Vazquez continued with his assessment of Laureano, "Laureano is one of those guys who can kind of do it all. Right now, home runs aren't showing in the stats but this is a guy that can do a little bit of everything. He can hit for power. He can hit for average. He can run the bases. He can play great defense out there. I really like this kid."

Here is what Laureano had to say for himself when I talked with him last week.


Thank you for your time, Ramon, and best of luck as the season continues.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's play two in Frisco!

Fresno 4, Sacramento 0

W- César Valdez (3-1)
L- Chris Heston (1-8)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (3, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies swept their series with the RiverCats behind a masterful pitching performance from César Valdez, who threw a complete game 1-hitter. He walked 1 and struck out 10, and he threw 105 pitches, 78 for strikes.

Matt Duffy opened up the scoring in the 1st with an RBI single. In the 4th, Preston Tucker smacked a solo home run, his third of the season. A.J. Reed and Eury Perez hit RBI singles in the 8th and 9th, respectively. Reed finished 3-4 and also hit a double, while Tyler Heineman finished 2-4.

Fresno's roadtrip continues tonight as they begin a 4-game series in Tacoma. Joe Musgrove will start game 1, and he'll take on Joe Wieland at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Frisco 4, Corpus Christi 3 in 9 innings

W- John Fasola (2-1)
L- Brendan McCurry (2-4)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (11, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks managed to tie the game at 3 with a run in the 6th inning, but they walked off with the loss in game 1 of the twinbill,

Chase McDonald's solo home run in the 2nd put Corpus Christi on the board first. Nick Tanielu hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and in the 6th, he scored on Conrad Gregor's RBI single. McDonald, who finished 3-4, was the only player in the Hooks' lineup to record a multi-hit game in game 1.

Evan Grills pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Brendan McCurry allowed the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. In 1.2 innings, he allowed 3 hits and struck out 2.

The Hooks' gratification was momentarily delayed; how did they fare in game 2?

Game 2: Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 0

W- Edison Frias (3-0)
L- David Perez (1-2)
S- Aaron West (8)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (14, 2-run in 3rd)

With this win, the Hooks have clinched the Texas League South's first-half crown and a playoff berth.

Alex Bregman's 2-run home run in the 3rd inning represented the only scoring play of the game.

Edison Frias allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 over 6 shutout innings. He escaped a bases-loaded, 1 out situation in the 6th by inducing an inning-ending double play. Aaron West worked around a walk in the 7th to close it out, striking out 1.

Cy Sneed will start game 4 of this series. He'll face Luis Ortiz at 7:05.

Bakersfield 6, Lancaster 4 in 12 innings

W- Thyago Vieira (1-0)
L- Ryan Deemes (2-1, 3-1 season)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (5, solo in 1st), Trent Woodward (1, 2 season; 2-run in 9th)

Trent Woodward's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th tied the game at 4 and forced extra innings, but in the end, the Blaze came out on top by scoring 2 in the top of the 12th.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Lancaster's run came in the form of a solo homer hit by Drew Ferguson. Bobby Boyd hit an RBI single in the 5th, which tied the game at 2 at that point. Bakersfield scored a run in the 7th to take the lead and added to their lead with a run in the 8th, but Woodward got the JetHawks back in the game with his homer.

Ferguson (solo HR, SB [16]), Boyd, and Garrett Stubbs all had 2 hits from the top third of the order. Stubbs also stole his 10th base of the season.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby tagged in to throw 4 innings; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Ryan Deemes pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will face Tyler Herb. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 1

W- Cody Stashak (4-4)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-5)
S- Kuo Hua Lo (1)

QC home runs: Dex McCall (4, solo in 9th)

The Banditos were silenced on offense as they could only muster up 4 hits.

Dex McCall's solo homer in the 9th represented Quad Cities' only scoring play. He finished 2-3 on the evening.

Yoanys Quiala went 1.2 innings and allowed 3 runs in the 2nd; one scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the only hit he allowed was a 2-run single. He walked 4 and did not record a strikeout. Makay Nelson pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Chris Murphy pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a 3-run homer to J.J. Fernandez in the 9th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 3.

Franklin Perez will start game 2 of this series. He will go up against Eduardo Del Rosario at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Athletics 5

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-0)
L- Miguel Sanchez (0-2)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team continues to leave a path of destruction in its wake. In this game, they saw a 5-0 lead get whittled down to just one run following the top of the 6th, but they survived that uprising from the A's and finished the game on a 6-1 run.

Jose Benjamin opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Angel De Leon followed that up with a 2-run single. In the 2nd, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan ripped an RBI double and came around to score on an RBI single from Nicolas Miranda. The Blue team scored 4 in the 6th as Benjamin added an RBI single to his ledger. Juan Piñeda added a sac fly, and César Cortez smacked a 2-run triple. Piñeda and Cortez both hit sac flies in the 8th inning to drive in the Blue team's final 2 runs of the day.

Miranda (RBI, R), Ronny Jimenez (3 R, SB [2]), Benjamin (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R), and Cortez (2B, 3B, 3 RBI) all had 2 hits in the game.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Jheyson Caraballo pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

These two teams are currently playing at the Athletics' complex.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Rangers2 3

W- Jose Ramos (2-0)
L- Yohan Encarnacion (1-1)
S- Cosme Zapata (2)

Orange home runs: Vicente Mota (2, solo in 4th)

The Orange team withstood a 3-run inning from the Rangers 2, scoring the game's final 4 runs to get the victory.

Vicente Mota put Team Orange on the board with a solo home run in the 4th inning. Enmanuel Valdez hit a sac fly in the 5th, and in the 7th, Hector Martinez tied the game with an RBI triple and scored the go-ahead run on a single from Anthony Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who finished 2-5, also hit a double. Gilberto Celestino (2B, R, SB [5]) and Renaigel Martis also had 2 hits in the game,

Hansel Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jose Ramos was the first man out of the bullpen; in 4 scoreless innings, he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Cosme Zapata worked around a walk in the 9th inning to close it out; he struck out 2.

These two teams are currently playing at the Astros complex.

Five Stars (in four)

4. Jose Benjamin, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R

3.

Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-0), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K in game 2 of doubleheader

2. Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Jose Ramos, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (2-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

1.


César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
CG, H, BB, 10 K

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fresno 4, Sacramento 3

W- Brad Peacock (1-3)
L- Clayton Blackburn (4-4)
S- James Hoyt (14)

Fresno home runs: Jack Mayfield (2, 6 season; grand slam in 5th)

One hit turned out to be all that the Grizzlies needed to win game 3 of this series.

The Grizz were outhit 8-4, but one of those 4 hits was the difference. For the 2nd time in this series, Jack Mayfield was the one-man show on offense; his grand slam in the 5th inning was Fresno's only scoring play.

Brad Peacock went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Chris Cotton was the first man out, and he recorded the final out of the 6th and the first out in the 7th. He allowed a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman was the next pitcher to appear; he walked 1 and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and James Hoyt worked around a walk to secure the victory, striking out 2 in the 9th inning.

César Valdez will get the start tonight as the Grizzlies look to complete the sweep. He'll face Chris Heston at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 3


W- Francis Martes (4-2)
L- Reed Garrett (2-1)
S- Aaron West (7)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez 2 (6; 2-run in 2nd, 2-run in 4th), J.D. Davis (11, solo in 7th)

The Hooks took the first of this 5-game series with a wire-to-wire victory.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Teoscar Hernandez hit his first 2-run home run of the game in the 2nd inning. Chase McDonald added an RBI single in the 3rd, and then Teoscar struck again in the 4th with another 2-run homer. J.D. Davis hit a solo home run in the 7th for the final Corpus Christi run.

Teoscar finished 3-5, raising his average on the season to .312. Davis (2B, solo HR), Tanielu (2B, RBI), and Alejandro Garcia (2 R) all had 2 hits on the night.

Francis Martes pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Michael Freeman didn't allow any runs of his own in 2.1 innings, but he did allow the 2 runners that he inherited from Martes to score. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Aaron West recorded the final out of the game to get his 7th save of the season.

Tonight, these teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:05. One game is a regularly scheduled contest, while the other is a makeup of a game that was rained out in Corpus on May 15. Evan Grills will take on Yohander Mendez in game 1, and Edison Frias will start game 2.

Lancaster 13, Rancho Cucamonga 2

W- Trent Thornton (3-3)
L- Yaisel Sierra (4-4)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (11, 3-run in 2nd)

After losing the first 5 games of their roadtrip, the JetHawks rebounded to take 2 out 3 from the Quakes.

Jason Martin's 3-run home run in the 2nd inning put Lancaster on the board and in the lead. After Rancho scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd to make it a 3-2 game, the JetHawks took flight by going on a 10-0 run to close out the game. In the 3rd, Aaron Mizell hit an RBI single, and Tony Nuñez followed with a 2-run single. Nuñez added a 2-run double to his ledger in the 5th inning. Garrett Stubbs scored on a wild pitch in the 6th, and in the 8th, Bobby Boyd ripped a 2-run double, Bryan Muñiz added an RBI single, and Brooks Marlow capped off the scoring with a sac fly.

Martin finished 3-4 with the 3-run homer and scored 3 runs. Aaron Mizell also finished with 3 hits; he doubled, scored twice, and stole a base (3, 8 season). Nuñez's 2 hits resulted in 4 RBI. Stubbs (2B, 2 R) and Muñiz (RBI single) also had 2 hits in the game.

Trent Thornton pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8. Andrew Thome walked 1 and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings.

The JetHawks are back home, where they will start a 4-game series with Bakersfield. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Wisconin 3

W- Elieser Hernandez (3-0, 4-4 season)
L- Conor Harber (1-2)
S- Adam Whitt (3)

QC home runs: Hector Roa (1, 2-run in 7th)

The Banditos were outhit 11-6, but they won in the colum that matters the most. They had to hold off a Wisconsin rally in the 8th that nearly erased their 4-0 lead, but they weathered the storm in order to take the series.

Osvaldo Duarte doubled with 1 out in the 1st. He advanced to 3rd on a Kristian Trompiz groundout and scored the first run of the game on a double from Dex McCall.

McCall reached base and advanced to 2nd on an error to lead off the 7th. One batter later, Hector Roa clubbed a 2-run home run, his 1st of the season. Later in the inning, Myles Straw added an RBI single. Straw and Roa both finished 2-4 on the evening.

Elieser Hernandez allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings to get the victory. Juan Carlos Santos pitched a scoreless 7th but encountered trouble in the 8th; he allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 3 in 1+ innings. David Schmidt allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th, He did not allow any runs of his own, but he inherited a bases-loaded situation in which 2 runners scored. Adam Whitt worked around 2 hits in the 9th to close out the game, striking out 2.

The River Bandits will take on Cedar Rapids in their final series of the first half. In game 1, Yoanys Quiala will take on Cody Stashak. First pitch is at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 16, DSL Rays1 7

W- Yeremi Ceballos (1-0)
L- Daniel Pilar (1-1)
S- Juan Corniel (1)

Blue home runs: Ronny Rafael (1, solo in 7th)

Huge day on offense for the Blue team.

Nicolas Miranda: 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Ronny Jimenez: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 4 R
Jose Benjamin: 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 R

Yeremi Ceballos: W (1-0), 2 IP, H, unearned run, BB, K
Juan Corniel: Save (1), 3 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

DSL Red Sox2 4, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Ryan Oduber (2-0)
L- Humberto Castellanos (0-1)
S- Victor Familia (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team was swept for the first time this season.

Gilberto Celestino and Felix Lucas both finished 2-4.

Humberto Castellanos: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 K
Asael Uribe: IP, H, K
Luis Castro: 3 IP, BB, 2 K

Three Stars

3.

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
3-4, 3-R HR (11), 3 R

2. 
Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-0, 4-4 season), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K

1.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2B, 2 2-R HR (6)

Astros Farm Report: 6-16

Let's check in on the latest Astros minor league transactions, team standings and a little bit of news ...

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

6-14: RHP Juan Minaya (Fresno) designated for assignment
6-14: IF Danny Worth's contract selected by Houston from Fresno
6-13: RHP Gonzalo Sanudo activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
6-13: LHP Brian Holmes placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
6-13: RHP Juan Minaya activated from the Fresno 7-day DL
6-13: C Gabriel Bracamonte assigned from Lancaster to Tri-City
6-11: RHP Luidin Toribio (GCL) released

Those are in addition to all of the draft picks and free agents who are in the process of being signed. Dustin has the twitter and/or instagram info for those players here. And Astros County is keeping track of who has signed here.

STANDINGS

It's been 11 days since we last checked in on the standings. Let's see how things have gone for the farm crews. Fresno is still in third place after going 5-5 in their last 10 games, but they are currently on a 4-game win streak and have climbed a couple games closer to the division-leading Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) who have gone 3-7 during that same span. However, the second place Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) have gone 7-3 over their last 10 and are lurking only one game behind the Rainiers.

The Hooks, on the other hand, have been hot, hot, hot, going 9-1 over their last 10 and increasing their lead over Frisco (Rangers) from a half game to 5.5 games. They need only one win over their next six games to clinch the first half division title.

Lancaster was on a great streak, going 12-2 before hitting a buzzsaw called the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks). The North Division leading Visalia team swept the 'Hawks in a four-game series. Lancaster bounced back to win the next series against Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), but their 5-5 record over their last 10 games resulted in their elimination in the first half race. High Desert (Rangers) currently leads the South Division.

Quad Cities has also been eliminated in the first half race, but they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 and 6-3 since this happened.

The DSL teams started play last Saturday and have been rolling along nicely. The Orange team was undefeated in their first 8 games before losing their last two and the Blue team is currently on a five game win streak. It is a testament to Director of International Oz Ocampo's hard work in shoring up the Astros international impact over the last few years.

AAA Fresno 3rd 29-35 .453 6.5GB W4

AA Corpus Christi 1st 42-22 .656 0.0GB W5

A+ Lancaster 3rd 34-31 .523 7.5GB W2

A- Quad Cities 8th 29-36 .446 8.0GB W1

FRk DSL Blue 1st 9-1 .900 0.0GB W5

FRk DSL Orange 1st 8-2 .800 0.0GB L2

Short season A Tri-City will start playing tomorrow and the rookie league teams start up next week.

NEWS AND LINKS

With Tri-City starting play tomorrow, one of the most compelling stories to follow will be that of LHP Ben Smith who will finally be making his professional debut two years after he was drafted by the Astros in the 17th round in 2014.

With minor league All-Star games coming up, the Hooks are boasting a division-leading 8 honorees while the JetHawks will have two players representing the team and the River Bandits have one representative.

One of those JetHawks representatives is C Garrett Stubbs who I interviewed recently. Another recent interview was with Fresno RHP Brady Rodgers who bested Tim Lincecum in a recent matchup.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fresno 6, Sacramento 3

W- Tommy Shirley (4-4)
L- Joan Gregorio (1-3)
S- Josh Fields (1)

Fresno home runs; Nolan Fontana (2, 2-run in 2nd), Max Stassi (3, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies have won the first 2 games of this series and are now on a nice little 3-game winning streak.

Nolan Fontana's 2-run home run in the 2nd inning put Fresno on the board and tied the game at 2. Max Stassi hit a solo home run in the 4th to put them in the lead. In the 5th, an error allowed A.J. Reed and Matt Duffy to score, and Jon Kemmer hit an RBI single in the 8th to drive in the final run of the game. Kemmer finished 3-4, while A.J. Reed hit 2 doubles in 5 at-bats and scored a run.

Tommy Shirley went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jandel Gustave was the first reliever to appear; he struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings. Jordan Jankowski worked around 2 walks to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1, and Josh Fields struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to finish off the victory.

In game 3 of this series, Brad Peacock will face Clayton Blackburn. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 3 in 12 innings

W- Brendan McCurry (2-3)
L- Jose Torres (0-1)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (12, 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks completed the sweep in walk-off fashion.

D.J. Fisher's 2-run home run in the 1st put Corpus Christi on the board and in the lead. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 3rd inning. San Antonio scored 1 run in the 4th and 6th innings to tie the game at 3, and both teams headed into extra innings in a 3-3 tie. Both teams breezed through the extra innings, but Alejandro Garcia hit a 2-out single in the bottom of the 12th and dashed home with the winning run on Teoscar Hernandez's double. Teoscar finished 4-6 with 2 doubles and a stolen base (23). Chase McDonald went 3-4, and Fisher went 2-5.

Kent Emanuel went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3. In his season debut, Gonzalo Sañudo pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits while striking out 1. Eric Peterson tagged in to throw 4 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 7, and Brendan McCurry allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless.

The Hooks will close out the first half with a 13-game roadtrip. They will make two trips to Frisco with a series in San Antonio sandwiched in between. Tonight, they'll begin the first of two series with the Roughriders; this one will be 5 games because there will be a doubleheader on Thursday. Francis Martes will start game 1 of this series. He will face Reed Garrett at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, Rancho Cucamonga 5

W- Josh James (5-2)
L- Chris Anderson (1-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (5, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks managed to come out with the victory despite committing 6 errors on the evening. They trailed 3-2 after the 6th inning, but finished the game on an 8-2 run in the final 3 innings.

RBI singles from Luis Reynoso and Johnny Sewald in the 5th inning broke a scoreless tie in Lancaster's favor. As I stated earlier, the JetHawks trailed after the 6th inning, but they quickly seized momentum with a 4-run 7th inning.

Ramon Laureano's RBI groundout tied the game at 3, and Bryan Muñiz followed by putting Lancaster in the lead with an RBI single. Aaron Mizell later added a 2-run single. In the 8th, Laureano smacked a 2-run homer, and Trent Woodward added an RBI groundout. Laureano capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the 9th.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup recorded a hit except for Woodward, who had the RBI groundout. Bobby Boyd finished 3-6 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base (27). Laureano (2-R HR, 4 RBI), Sewald (RBI, 2 R, 2 SB [6, 22 season]), and Drew Ferguson (R, 2 SB [15]) all had 2 hits on the evening.

Josh James had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 6 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out a career-high 11. Jacob Dorris went 1.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him; one of those runs was earned. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 hits over 1.2 innings of work.

In the series finale, Trent Thornton will face Yaisel Sierra. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Quintin Torres-Costa (2-1)
L- Makay Nelson (0-2)
S- Nate Griep (9)

QC home runs: None.

The Timber Rattlers scored their 3 runs in the 8th inning to snatch the victory away from the Banditos.

Jose Luis Hernandez threw a gem for Quad Cities. In 7 shutout innings, he allowed just 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 12. The Rattlers bit Makay Nelson in the 8th for 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him). He allowed 2 hits and walked 2 while only getting 2 outs in the 8th. Ralph Garza allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Bobby Wernes opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd, and Connor Goedert drove in the other Quad Cities run with a groundout in the 4th. Myles Straw finished 2-3 at the top of the order.

Elieser Hernandez will start the series finale. He'll take on Drake Owenby at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 12, DSL Rays1 9 in 11 innings

W- Ronel Blanco (1-0)
L- Jairo Caba (0-1)

Blue home runs: Alfredo Angarita (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The Blue team won their second game in which they've scored double-digit runs while recording fewer than 10 hits. In this one, they scored 12 while getting 6 hits. Only in the Dominican Summer League. They won this game despite blowing a 9-2 lead.

César Cortez scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch in the 1st. Jose Benjamin, who was at the plate at the time, followed with an RBI double. Benjamin got plunked with the bases loaded in the 2nd to bring in another run. In the 3rd, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan hit an RBI groundout, and Alfredo Angarita hit a 2-run homer, the first of his career. Carlos Canelon scored on an error in the 5th, and Sanchez-Galan drew a bases-loaded walk. Juan Piñeda singled in the 6th, and when he was caught in a rundown, Angel De Leon seized the opportunity to score.

The Blue team broke the 9-9 tie in the top of the 11th thanks to an error that allowed De Leon and Canelon to score and a sac fly from Ronny Jimenez.

Ronel Blanco got the win by pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

The Blue team and the Rays 1 are playing again at the Astros complex.

DSL Red Sox2 10, DSL Astros Orange 9

W- Warlyn Guzman (2-0)
L- Gerardo Bojorquez (0-1)
S- Joan Martinez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The Orange team tasted defeat for the first time this season after a back-and-forth contest.

Enmanuel Valdez doubled to lead off the 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a single from Hector Martinez, and scored the Orange team's first run of the day on a wild pitch. In the 3rd inning, he added a 2-run single to his ledger and came around to score on a single from Bernardo Heras. Team Orange scored 3 in the 4th on a couple of sac flies from Valdez and Jose Miguel Hernandez and an RBI double from Martinez. Heras added an RBI groundout in the 6th, and Anthony Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the 8th.

Valdez, Martinez, Gilberto Celestino, and Kendy Moya scored all the runs for the Orange team. Valdez scored 3, while Martinez, Celestino, and Moya scored 2 apiece. Valdez and Martinez both finished 2-3.

Gabriel Pirela was the only Orange team pitcher to throw a scoreless outing; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2 innings of work.

Both of these teams are currently playing.

Four Stars (in no particular order)

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (12), 3 RBI, R

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
4-6, 2 2B, walk-off RBI 2B in 12th, R, SB (23)

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
2-5, 2-R HR (5), 4 RBI

Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
7 IP, H, BB, 12 K

Getting to Know Astros/JetHawks C Garrett Stubbs

I first saw Garrett Stubbs in Quad Cities in August 2015, not even two months after he was drafted in the 8th round out of the University of Southern California and signed by the Astros, and he immediately stood out for both his small stature as a catcher (listed as 5'10" 175#) and for his work ethic. That those two things stood out is not a coincidence. Stubbs knows that he has to work twice as hard as some of his counterparts in order to set himself apart.

Garrett Stubbs - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

That work ethic has already paid off for Stubbs as he earned the Johnny Bench Award for top collegiate catcher in 2015. And that work ethic has definitely set him apart in the eyes of the 2016 Lancaster JetHawks coaching staff who universally praised Stubbs both at the plate and behind it.

JetHawks Manager Ramon Vazquez said of Stubbs, "The more you watch this guy play, the more you like him. The way he shuts down the running game, his blocking, his receiving." Vazquez also noted that Stubbs gets a lot of calls on pitches that may be low or out of the zone with his framing ability and was particularly complimentary of his ability to block a ball in the dirt and still manage to get the runner out at second.

JetHawks Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson weighed in on Stubbs strengths at the plate, "He works hard. He understands what he's trying to do. He has a plan every time he goes to the plate. And more times than not, he carries that plan out." Stubbs asks a lot of questions and works hard to understand what the opposing pitcher is trying to accomplish against him. But Robinson was also effusive in his praise of Stubbs behind the dish, "(He's) smart, very smart. He catches and throws and he's so good behind the plate. He's the best I've seen behind the plate."

Mike Burns, in his first season as the JetHawks Pitching Coach, loves the way that Stubbs and his teammate Jamie Ritchie handle his pitching staff. "Our pitchers ... are very fortunate with the two catchers they've got. They're both very smart." Of Stubbs in particular, Burns said, "I've never seen anybody get rid of the ball and throw the ball on the bag every time like he does."

Burns continued, "Stubbs is a little guy. He knows what he's got to do. He knows what he's capable of. I played with Brad Ausmus and he reminds me a lot of Brad Ausmus. He can catch. He can throw. He's smart. He's got a little chip on his shoulder. He knows he's got to work harder. He knows he's never going to be a prospect because he's so little, but he goes out there and competes and he's a guy I'll take on my team any day. I tell you what. If they threw him up in Houston right now, I don't think he'd have a problem. A lot of people question his bat, but I think he can swing it. I think he's got a good swing. He's not going to have a ton of (power), but he still has a little bit of pop. He's going to be very good for this organization and I think you'll see him up in Houston sooner than later."

High praise indeed. And Stubbs has something else in common with Brad Ausmus. In the offseason, Ausmus lives just around the corner from Stubbs in San Diego. But enough of all that, let's hear from Stubbs himself.


A lasting image that I have of Stubbs from my trip to Lancaster was following his walk-off single last Tuesday. As the dugout emptied and the mob approached him for a congratulatory pummeling and dousing, Stubbs turned to embrace the oncoming mob with open arms. And that is precisely what sets Stubbs apart. He embraces it all, challenges, opportunities and the occasional good-natured pummeling from teammates.


Thank you for your time, Garrett, and the best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 13, 2016

Fresno 4, Sacramento 1

W- Juan Minaya (1-3)
L- Mike Broadway (0-3)
S- James Hoyt (13)

Fresno home runs: Jack Mayfield (1, 5 season; 3-run in 9th)

Jack Mayfield's 3-run home run with two outs in the 9th was the difference in this game.

Mayfield was the one-man show on offense from the #9 spot in the order; he finished 2-4 and drove in Fresno's first run with a sac fly that turned into a double play in the 5th inning. Matt Duffy also finished 2-4; one of his hits was a double and he also scored twice.

Mike Hauschild allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 7 innings of work. Juan Minaya threw a 1-2-3 8th, getting two groundball outs and a lineout in the process, and James Hoyt worked around a walk to record his 13th save of the season, striking out the side to do so.

Tommy Shirley will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 1

W- Keegan Yuhl (6-1)
L- T.J. Weir (1-2)
S- David Paulino (1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (4, 8 season; 3-run in 1st), Roberto Peña 2 (3; solo in 5th, solo in 7th)

Keegan Yuhl had his way on the mound, and the Hooks offense had its way at the plate as they dominated the Missions in game 2 of this 4-game series.

Yuhl allowed just 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. San Antonio spoiled the shutout by scoring a run against David Paulino in the 6th, which was the only blemish on what was still a solid performance. Paulino allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4 innings of work.

Nick Tanielu put Corpus on the board first with a 3-run home run in the 1st. Beginning in the 3rd inning and ending in the 7th, the Hooks scored 5 runs and scored one run in each inning. In the 3rd, Chase McDonald hit an RBI single. J.D. Davis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 4th, Roberto Peña hit his first solo homer of the evening in the 5th, Tanielu added an RBI double to his ledger in the 6th, and Peña capped off the evening with his 2nd solo shot of the game in the 7th.

Tanielu and Peña had 2 hits apiece, while Alejandro Garcia finished 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (1, 7 season).

In game 3 of this series, Kent Emanuel will face Michael Kelly. First pitch is at 7:05.

Rancho Cucamonga 8, Lancaster 1

W- Josh Sborz (6-3)
L- Dean Deetz (3-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

This current roadtrip has been an absolute nightmare for the JetHawks as they've lost all 5 games so far and have been outscored 37-6.

Bobby Boyd's bases-loaded walk in the 3rd was Lancaster's only scoring play. They were held to just 3 hits on offense; all of them were singles.

Dean Deetz went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 3, and struck out 3. Rogelio Armenteros had a weird line in his 2 innings; he allowed 3 unearned runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), walked 6, and struck out 3. Kevin Comer pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Josh James will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Andrew Sopko at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 12, Wisconsin 0

W- Justin Ferrell (2-3)
L- Devin Williams (1-2)
S- Albert Abreu (2)

QC home runs: None.

Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup took part in the hit parade, and on the mound, Justin Ferrell and Albert Abreu shut down the Timber Rattlers.

Ferrell threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Abreu pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 1 hit, walked 3, and struck out 6.

Christian Correa opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. He advanced to 3rd on an error following an Arturo Michelena single and scored on a single from Osvaldo Duarte. Kristian Trompiz added a sac fly later in the inning. In the 4th, Pat Porter scored on an error that allowed Connor Goedert to reach; Goedert later scored on a wild pitch. Anthony Hermelyn ripped a 2-run double in the 5th, and Correa brought him home with a double. Michelena hit an RBI single to drive in Correa. Porter hit an RBI double in the 6th, and Goedert capped off the night with a 2-run double in the 8th. Michelena led the way in the hit column, finishing 3-4. Five other River Bandits had 2 hits.

In game 2 of this series, Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Marcos Diplan. First pitch is at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 1, DSL Royals 0

W- Jesus Bernaez (1-0)
L- Janser Lara (0-1)
S- Juan Lopez (2)

Blue home runs: Ronny Jimenez (1, solo in 1st)

Ronny Jimenez's home run in the 1st was the only scoring play of the game.

Four pitchers combined to throw a 1-hitter in this game. Maikel Sepulveda walked 4 and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Jesus Bernaez was the first man out of the Blue team's bullpen and struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th. Yeremi Ceballos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th, and the Royals spoiled the no-hit bid against Juan Lopez, but he completed the shutout. In 3 innings, he walked 3 and struck out 4.

The Blue team is currently playing against the Rays 1.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Mets2 4

W- Kilvio Peralta (1-0)
L- Jaison Vilera (0-1)

Orange home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (3, 3-run in 3rd)

Enmanuel Valdez continued the torrid start to his career; he has recorded a hit in 7 of the 8 games he has played. He clubbed a 3-run homer in the 3rd and drove in the Orange team's final run of the day with an RBI double in the 9th. Juan Infante hit an RBI double in the 2nd and scored on a single from Bernardo Heras. Hector Martinez scored on a passed ball in the 8th inning. Heras and Valdez had 2 hits apiece.

Diosward Gonzalez went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Carlos Espinoza got the final 2 outs of the 5th and allowed 2 hits. Jacques Sambo struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th, and Kilvio Peralta pitched the final 3 innings, allowing an unearned run, a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2.

The Orange team is currently going up against the Red Sox 2.

Too Many Stars

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 12-0 vs. Wisconsin
12 R, 16 H

Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (2), 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 6 K

Justin Ferrell, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-3), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Fresno
2-3, 3-R HR (1, 5 season), 4 RBI

Roberto Peña, C, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 solo HR (3)

Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
2-5, 3-R HR (4), 4 RBI

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (13), IP, BB, 3 K

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Keegan Yuhl, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (6-1), 5 IP, H, BB, 4 K

David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Monday, June 13, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fresno 1, Salt Lake 0

W- Brady Rodgers (5-3)
L- Jose Valdez (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (12)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies avoided the sweep behind a dominating pitching performance from Brady Rodgers.

Rodgers allowed just 2 hits and struck out 8 over 8 shutout innings, and James Hoyt completed the shutout by recording his 12th save of the season, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th. While Rodgers did not face the Tim Lincecum who was such an outstanding pitcher for the Giants, he matched the former Cy Young Award winner pitch for pitch in a fine pitcher's duel.

This game was scoreless for 7.5 innings, but Fresno changed this in the bottom of the 8th. Nolan Fontana led off the inning with a single and advanced to 2nd on a single from Jack Mayfield. He then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored the only run of the game when Jose Valdez was called for a balk. The Grizzlies could only muster up three singles from Fontana, Mayfield, and Tyler Heineman, but a call that went their way allowed them to put up the only run of the game on the scoreboard.

Tonight, the Grizzlies are in Sacramento to begin a 4-game series against the RiverCats. In game 1, Mike Hauschild will take on Matt Lujan. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2

W- Aaron West (4-0)
L- Kyle Lloyd (2-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (13)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus trailed 2-1 after two innings, but they held the Missions scoreless for the final 7 innings and scored two runs in the 5th to get the victory.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning. Teoscar Hernandez led off the 1st with a single, and an error on the play allowed him to advance to 2nd. He scored the Hooks' first run on an RBI double from Alex Bregman.

Teoscar finished 2-3 and scored 2 of Corpus Christi's 3 runs. He led off the 5th with a double, advanced to 3rd when Bregman flew out, and scored on an RBI single from Nick Tanielu. D.J. Fisher, who was intentionally walked after Teoscar made it to 3rd base, stole 2nd (12), advanced to 3rd on Tanielu's RBI single, and scored the go-ahead run on a balk. Bregman finished 2-4 with the RBI double.

Brian Holmes went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Aaron West tagged in to throw 4 scoreless, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2, and Brendan McCurry recorded his 13th save of the year by striking out 3 over 2 perfect innings.

Keegan Yuhl will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on T.J. Weir at 7:05.

Visalia 15, Lancaster 1

W- Ethan Elias (4-3)
L- Matt Bower (2-2, 3-2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (4, solo in 6th)

The JetHawks were swept out of Visalia to conclude a series of misery. They were outscored 29-5 in the 4 games and were held to one run in 3 of the 4 games.

Ramon Laureano's solo home run in the 6th inning represented Lancaster's only scoring play of the game.

Lancaster's pitchers struggled mightily, and I will leave it at that.

Tonight, Lancaster will begin their final road series of the first half, a 3-game series in Rancho Cucamonga. Dean Deetz will start game 1 of this series, and he will take on Josh Sborz at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Burlington 1 in 10 innings

W- Adam Whitt (2-0)
L- Winston Lavendier (1-1)

QC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (1, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos took the series by breaking a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning.

Kevin McCanna pitched a career-high 8 innings and allowed a run on 9 hits (8 singles, 1 double) while striking out 3. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless and got the victory.

The River Bandits and the Bees both scored a run in the 2nd inning; Anthony Hermelyn provided the Quad Cities run with a solo home run, his first of the season. Burlington scored their 2nd-inning run on a bloop RBI single from Michael Pierson, and this game headed into extra innings in a 1-1 deadlock.

Myles Straw drew a 1-out walk in the top of the 10th and advanced to 3rd on a double from Osvaldo Duarte. Kristian Trompiz stepped up to the plate and proceeded to break the tie with a 2-run double. He later scored on an error that allowed Connor Goedert to reach. Duarte was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup to record a multi-hit game, going 3-5 with 2 doubles.

The River Bandits will begin their final homestand of the first half tonight. The first part of this homestand will be a 3-game series against Wisconsin beginning at 7:00. Justin Ferrell will start game 1, and he'll go up against Devin Williams.

Six Stars (in three)

3.

Aaron West and Brendan McCurry, RHPs, Corpus Christi
West: W (4-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K
McCurry: Save (13), 2 IP, 3 K

2.

Kevin McCanna and Adam Whitt, RHPs, Quad Cities
McCanna: 8 IP, 9 H, ER, 3 K
Whitt: W (2-0), 2 IP, H, 2 K

1. 

Brady Rodgers and James Hoyt, RHPs, Fresno
Rodgers: W (5-3), 8 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Hoyt: Save (12), IP, 2 K

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 11, 2016

Salt Lake 4, Fresno 2 in 10 innings

W- Greg Mahle (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-1, 1-1 season)
S- A.J. Achter (2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (4, solo in 2nd)

Both teams scored a run in the 9th, which resulted in a 2-2 tie, but the Bees had the final say in this game as they broke the tie with 2 runs in the first extra frame.

Colin Moran drove in both Fresno runs; he put them on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 9th with an RBI single. Max Stassi also finished 2-4 for the Grizzlies.

César Valdez went 7 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 3. Kevin Chapman was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 in 2 innings. Reymin Guduan got 1 out in the 10th with a strikeout, but Salt Lake scored the 2 go-ahead runs, one of which was an inherited runner, off of him. He also allowed a hit and walked 2. Josh Fields got the final two outs of the 10th.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid the sweep as Brady Rodgers will get the start. He will take on a person who is quite well-known in the Central Valley: Tim Lincecum. First pitch is at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 4 in 10 innings

W- Eric Peterson (3-1, 4-1 season)
L- Tayron Guerrero (0-2)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (13, walk-off solo in 10th)

The Hooks erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring 4 runs in the final three innings, culminating in Alex Bregman's walk-off solo home run in the first extra frame.

Alejandro Garcia put Corpus on the board with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. This would be the Hooks' only scoring play until the 8th inning, when James Ramsay scored on a wild pitch. Bregman, who was at the plate at the time, followed with an RBI single. Garcia drove in the tying run with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. Chan-Jong Moon attempted to score the winning run, but he was thrown out at home. Garcia advanced to 2nd on the throw and took 3rd on a wild pitch, but he was stranded there to end the inning. Bregman stepped into the batter's box with 2 outs in the 10th, and he decided that an 11th inning would not be necessary by slamming a walk-off home run to give the Hooks the win.

Garcia and Bregman had 2 hits and 2 RBI apiece. J.D. Davis also had a 2-hit night for the Hooks.

Cy Sneed, Kyle Smith, and Michael Freeman pitched 3 innings each. Sneed got the start and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and walked 2. Smith was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Diego Goris. Smith allowed three other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Freeman's 3 innings were scoreless; he allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Eric Peterson threw a 1-2-3 10th and got the win.

Brian Holmes will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Kyle Lloyd at 6:05.

Visalia 5, Lancaster 2

W- Brad Keller (5-4)
L- Scott Weathersby (2-4)
S- Bud Jeter (8)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The Rawhide just seem to have the JetHawks' number.

Aaron Mizell opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Brooks Marlow scored the other Lancaster run on a wild pitch in the 7th inning.

Scott Weathersby pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 4, and struck out 3. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.

In the series finale, Matt Bower will take on Ethan Elias. First pitch is at 1:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 6

W- Franklin Perez (1-1)
L- Ronnie Glenn (1-5)
S- Ralph Garza Jr, (4)

QC home runs: Keach Ballard (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Banditos led 6-0 after 5 innings and then had to stave off a Burlington rally to get the victory.

Myles Straw smacked a triple to lead off the 3rd inning and scored the game's first run on a single from Osvaldo Duarte. Quad Cities erupted for 5 runs in the 5th inning as Dex McCall hit an RBI single, Hector Roa ripped a 2-run triple, and Keach Ballard clubbed a 2-run home run, his 1st of the season. Duarte scored the final River Bandits run on an error in the 8th.

Everyone in the lineup contributed to the 18-hit assault. Straw (2B, 2 3B, R), Duarte (RBI, 2 R), and Christian Correa had 3 hits apiece. Roa, who was making his season debut, hit 2 triples.

Franklin Perez went 5.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him when Austin Nicely allowed a 2-run home run after coming on. Perez allowed 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Nicely was treated rather rudely by the Bees in his first appearance of 2016; he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 2, and failed to record an out. David Schmidt allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Ralph Garza Jr. got the 4-out save, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

Kevin McCanna will start the series finale. He'll take on Jose Rodriguez at 2:00.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Royals 1

W- Carlos Perdomo (1-0)
L- Gustavo Tejeda (0-1)
S- Johsson Arias (1)

Blue home runs: None.

For the second consecutive game, the Blue team snatched a victory late.

César Cortez singled to lead off the 8th and advanced to 2nd thanks to an error. He moved to 3rd on a single from Samir Caraballo, but was thrown out at home on a Ronny Jimenez fielder's choice. Caraballo had a little better luck; he advanced to 2nd on the fielder's choice, tagged up when Orlando Marquez flied out, and scored the tying run on a passed ball. Alfredo Angarita scored the go-ahead run in the 9th when Cortez grounded into a double play. Nicolas Miranda finished 2-4 with a double.

Felipe Tejada went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Ezequiel Madera was the first reliever to appear for the Blue team and threw a 1-2-3 5th. Carlos Perdomo threw 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2, and Johsson Arias threw a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

These two teams will play again Monday morning. The DSL has Sundays off.

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Mets2 5

W- Miguel Matos (1-0)
L- Rafael Encarnacion (0-1)

Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (2, 2-run in 2nd)

The Mets 2 scored 3 runs in the top of the 8th to tie the game at 5, but the Orange team quickly re-established their advantage with 4 in the bottom of the 8th.

Hector Martinez's 2-run home run in the 2nd opened up the scoring. Team Orange scored 2 more in the 5th on an RBI double from Enmanuel Valdez and an RBI single from Anthony Rodriguez. Gilberto Celestino hit a sac fly in the 7th, which gave the Orange team a 5-2 lead at that point.

Martinez led off the bottom of the 8th by drawing a walk. Vicente Mota also drew a walk to put 2 runners on for Ronaldo Urdaneta, who broke the tie with an RBI double. Felix Lucas walked to load the bases. Mota scored on a wild pitch. Kendy Moya, who was at the plate at the time, hit an RBI single. Valdez drove in the final run of the day with an RBI single. Moya finished a home run shy of the cycle and scored twice. Valdez finished 2-4.

César Rosado went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Cristofer Melendez was the first man out; he allowed an unearned run on a sac fly, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Miguel Matos went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Gabriel Pirela worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The Orange team and the Mets 2 will face off again on Monday.

Four Stars

4.
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César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 K

3. 

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Hector Roa, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2 3B, 2 RBI, R; season debut

2. Kendy Moya, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

1.

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, walk-off solo HR (13), 2 RBI

Astros Farm Report and Interview with Brady Rodgers

A short farm report today, including a chance to hear from Astros/Grizzlies RHP Brady Rodgers ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

6-12: IF Nicolas Miranda (20)
6-13: LHP Evan Grills (24)
6-13: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez (20)
6-16: LHP Matt Bower (22)
6-17: LHP Yhoan Acosta (21)

Evan Grills

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Since I've been traveling, I haven't checked the roster transactions in a few days. Here are a few that you (and I) may have missed and a couple that were posted a few days after the fact.

6-11: OF Hector Roa assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
6-11: OF Kyle Tucker placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 6-10
6-10: C Trent Woodward transferred from Corpus Christi to Lancaster
6-10: C Jamie Ritchie placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL retroactive to 6-8
6-9: C Gabriel Bracamonte (officially) activated on the Lancaster roster
6-8: LHP Austin Nicely assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
6-8: RHP Luidin Toribio assigned from the DSL Astros to the GCL Astros
6-8: RHP Yonatan Quintin assigned from the DSL Astros to the GCL Astros
6-7: LHP Zac Person placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 6-3
6-7: RHP Kyle Smith activated from the Corpus Christi DL
6-3: OF Nestor Tejada assigned from the GCL Astros to the DSL Astros
6-3: RHP Angel Heredia placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
6-1: LHP Alex Winkelman placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL

FORMER ASTROS FARMHAND UPDATE

News came out this week that a couple of former Astros who were playing in Independent ball found new homes back in affiliated baseball. RHP Josh Zeid signed with the Mets and is currently assigned to the AA Binghamton Mets. And RHP Travis Ballew's contract was purchased by the Marlins.

CHECKING IN WITH BRADY RODGERS

This was the final interview I conducted in my recent trip to the left coast. Admittedly, I was tired and not at my best. I even forgot to ask Brady one of the questions that was actually on my written list. I was going to ask him about his scheduled start later today as he faces off against Tim Lincecum! How did I forget that? Anyway, there will be more interviews to come from the trip, and I'll certainly be checking in on Brady Rodgers as he faces off against The Freak and wishing him the best.