Saturday, July 2, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 1, 2016

After two AAA games, Alex Bregman has demonstrated his proficiency at the level. #callamup

The Astros' lower-level affiliates continued their battle with the Rays on Friday. How did they fare?

Fresno 4, Salt Lake 1

W- Mike Hauschild (6-7)
L- Nate Smith (5-3)
S- James Hoyt (20)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (2, 8 season; solo in 2nd), Alex Bregman (1, 15 season; 2-run in 8th)

I think it might be safe to say that Teoscar Hernandez and Alex Bregman really like their new surroundings in the Pacific Coast League.

Mike Hauschild allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Kevin Chapman was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he walked 2 and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit and got the second out of the 7th inning. Brendan McCurry recorded the final out of the 7th and threw a 1-2-3 8th inning; he got 3 groundball outs and a flyout. James Hoyt navigated through some traffic in the form of a hit and a walk to record his 20th save, striking out 2 in the 9th inning.

Tony Kemp led off the game with a single. He then stole 2nd base (6) and scored the first run of the evening on a single from Matt Duffy. Teoscar Hernandez led off the 2nd inning with a home run to put the Grizzlies up 2-0 at that point, and Alex Bregman whacked his first home run at the AAA level in the 8th inning, a 2-run blast to bring in the final runs of the evening. Duffy finished 2-3 on the night.

Tommy Shirley will start game 3 of this series. He'll face David Huff at 6:35 Mountain.

Springfield 11, Corpus Christi 1

W- Heath Wyatt (1-1)
L- Francis Martes (5-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks' first series after the Texas League All-Star break has been forgettable, to say the least. Frustrations reached a boiling point in the 3rd when Hooks manager Rodney Linares was tossed.

Jack Mayfield finished 2-4; both of his hits were doubles, and the one he hit in the 8th inning was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. James Ramsay, who scored on Mayfield's 8th-inning double, also finished with 2 hits in the game.

Francis Martes went 2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Corpus Christi bullpen; he allowed a grand slam, 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Ryan Thompson pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4, and Albert Minnis allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Corpus will look to avoid the sweep as Evan Grills takes the mound. He'll face Luke Weaver at 7:05.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Trent Thornton (4-4)
L- Brett Kennedy (2-6)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Trent Thornton shined on the mound, and the JetHawks have won the first 2 games of this series by a score of 5-1.

Thornton allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out a career-high 9 in 7 innings of work. Kevin McCanna's second California League outing went much smoother; he threw 2 perfect innings and got a strikeout.

Garrett Stubbs opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd inning. Lancaster scored 3 in the 4th thanks to an RBI single from Aaron Mizell and a 2-run single from Tony Nuñez. Both teams scored a run in the 6th inning; the JetHawks' run came in the form of a sac fly from Bryan Muñiz. Everyone in the lineup got a hit; Nuñez (2 RBI, R), Brooks Marlow, and Ramon Laureano (BB, SB) had 2 hits apiece. Laureano also stole his 28th base of the season.

Rogelio Armenteros will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Chris Huffman at 6:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Kane County 3

W- Justin Ferrell (4-4)
L- Drew Muren (0-4)

QC home runs; None.

The Banditos scored 4 in the top of the 9th to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Yes, the losing pitcher is the same Drew Muren who played in the Astros' system from 2011-13 as an outfielder.

Prior to the 9th, Quad Cities' only run came in the 5th when Myles Straw scored on an error. Pat Porter ignited that big 9th inning with a single. He advanced to 3rd on an error and scored on a Christian Correa single to tie the game at 2. Bobby Wernes ripped an RBI double to put the Banditos in front, and Straw capped off a huge night with a 2-run single, his 5th hit of the game. Straw, who also stole a base (10), was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game, and he accounted for 31% of all the hits recorded in this game.

Matt Bower went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 11. The 11 strikeouts represents a new career high and is the 2nd time that he's recorded double-digit strikeouts in an appearance this season. At one point, he struck out 6 consecutive batters. Justin Ferrell pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2.

In game 3 of this series, Franklin Perez will face Justin Donatella. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 5, Hudson Valley 3

W- Sebastian Kessay (1-0, 2-3 season)
L- Brock Burke (0-1)
S- Sean Stutzman (1)

TC home runs: Kevin Martir (1, 2-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats got a solid start from Sebastian Kessay as they took the first of 3 from the Renegades.

Daz Cameron hit a single with 1 out in the 1st inning, advanced to 3rd on a Ronnie Dawson single, and scored the game's first run on a wild pitch. Kevin Martir smacked an RBI double in the 2nd inning, and he clubbed a 2-run homer in the 7th. Stephen Wrenn provided a big insurance run with an RBI single in the 8th. Wrenn and Martir both finished 2-4.

Sebastian Kessay pitched 5.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits while striking out 7. Carlos Sierra allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 2 in an inning of work (2 outs in 6th, first out of 7th). Chris Cotton allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 1.2 scoreless, and Sean Stutzman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Edgardo Sandoval will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Princeton 2

W- Ricardo Castro (1-0)
L- Jose Disla (0-2)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (3, solo in 7th)

The Appy Astros got their first series win of the season as Ricardo Castro and Abdiel Saldaña combined on a 3-hitter.

The two runs that Castro allowed in his 6 innings both came on solo home runs. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3. Saldaña walked 1 and struck out 4 over the final 3 innings to record the save.

Bryan De La Curz scored Greeneville's first run when he came home on a Chaz Pal groundout in the 2nd inning. Ray Henderson followed with an RBI single to put them in the lead. De La Cruz ripped a 2-run triple in the 3rd inning, and Miguelangel Sierra clubbed a solo home run in the 7th inning to cap off the scoring. Tyler Wolfe finished 3-5 with a run scored and a stolen base (1), and Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a run scored.

Tonight, Greeneville will begin a 4-game series with Kingsport. For some reason, the first three games of this series will take place in Greeneville, and the finale will be in Kingsport. Framber Valdez will start game 1, and he'll take on Adonis Uceta at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 12, GCL Astros 3

W- Yeudy Colon (1-0)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros scored first, but the Mets closed the game on a 12-1 run.

Juan Piñeda finished 2-3 and opened up the scoring with a 2-run single in the 2nd inning. Troy Sieber also finished 2-3; he doubled in the 2nd and scored on Piñeda's single. He also hit an RBI single in the 5th inning.

The pitchers struggled, and I'll leave it at that. Luis Vásquez walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings; he was the only GCL pitcher with a scoreless outing.

The Kissimmee Stros are currently playing the Marlins.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Rays1 1

W- Edwin Fidel (1-0)
L- Jose Zerpa (0-3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got a fine outing from Edwin Fidel, who dominated the Rays 1 in his 5 innings. He allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 3. Yulian Frontado allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Yeremi Ceballos worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Angel De Leon opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Alfredo Angarita whacked a 2-run triple in the 5th, and in the 8th, Jose Benjamin hit an RBI single and Nicolás Miranda scored on a wild pitch. Benjamin (RBI, R, 2 SB) and César Cortez both finished with 2 hits on the day.

The Blue team is taking on the A's today.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Rays2 2 in 13 innings

W- Gabriel Pirela (2-0)
L- Enyerbeth Lugo (1-1)
S- Carlos Espinoza (3)

Orange home runs: Anthony Rodriguez (2, 2-run in 9th)

With the Orange team down to its final two outs, Anthony Rodriguez tied the game with a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th to force extra innings. Jose Abel Hernandez was hit by a pitch in the 13th inning, and a wild pitch allowed him to advance to 2nd. He scored the go-ahead run on another wild pitch that struck out Gerry Castillo.

Gerardo Bojorquez allowed a solo homer to Sabriel Polanco in the 1st, which was the only run he allowed in 4 innings. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Francisco Villegas also went 4 innings; he allowed a run on a sac fly in the 8th, a triple that preceded the sac fly, and struck out 5. Willy Collado was next; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Gabriel Pirela walked 1 and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless, and Carlos Espinoza worked around a walk to close out the game, striking out 1.

The Orange team faced the Phillies 2 today.

Friday's Stars

Edwin Fidel, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Greeneville
Save (1), 3 IP, BB, 4 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Kevin Martir, C, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI

Sebastian Kessay, LHP, Tri-City
W (1-0, 2-3 season), 5.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K

Trent Thornton, RHP, Lancaster
W (4-4), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 9 K (career high)

Matt Bower, LHP, Lancaster
6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 11 K (career high)

Myles Straw, OF, Quad Cities
5-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB (10)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to Triple-A, Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez!

The Astros did battle with the Rays in the lower levels of the system.

Fresno 23, Salt Lake 3

W- Brady Rodgers (8-3)
L- Kyle Kendrick (6-3)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker 3 (7; 2-run in 1st, 2-run in 3rd, 2-run in 8th), Teoscar Hernandez (1, 7 season; 2-run in 5th), Jon Kemmer (5, 2-run in 6th)

Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez joined the fold in Fresno and the Grizzlies celebrated the occasion with a show of brute force. Sometimes, words just cannot describe how dominant a team was on offense, so here is the box score.


Brady Rodgers didn't have his sharpest outing, but he performed well enough and greatly benefitted from some generous run support. In 5 innings, Rodgers allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he went 2 innings and allowed a run on a double, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave pitched the 8th and allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1. Josh Fields worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Mike Hauschild will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Nate Smith at 6:35 Mountain.

Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- J.C. Sulbaran (1-1)
L- Cy Sneed (3-2)
S- Kevin Herget (6)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (12, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks began life after Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez with a loss. All of the scoring in this game was done in the 2nd inning. Unfortunately, Springfield scored more.

J.D. Davis finished 2-4, and his solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd was Corpus Christi's only scoring play.

Cy Sneed went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Kyle Smith allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 5 scoreless innings.

Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Andrew Morales at 7:05.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Josh James (6-2)
L- Brandon Alger (3-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks offense didn't have much luck against Lake Elsinore starter Enyel De Los Santos, but they were able to get themselves going once the Storm went to their bullpen.

Tony Nuñez led off the 6th inning with a bunt single and advanced to 2nd on an error. He moved over to 3rd base on a sac bunt from Bobby Boyd. Johnny Sewald joined Nuñez on the basepaths by drawing a walk, and then he proceeded to steal 2nd (7, 23 season). The throw down to 2nd base was errant, which allowed Nuñez to score.

Jason Martin hit a bunt single to lead off the 7th and scored the go-ahead run on a Keach Ballard double. Ballard advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and he'd be joined on the bases by Brooks Marlow, who got plunked, and Nuñez, who walked. Boyd and Sewald followed by drawing bases-loaded walks to add to the JetHawks' lead. Nuñez drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 9th inning. He finished 3-3 with 2 stolen bases (7, 16 season). Ballard finished 2-4.

Josh James pitched 6.2 innings and allowed a run on 10 hits (9 singles and a double), walked 2, and struck out 2. Ryan Deemes struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Scott Weathersby worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

In game 2 of this series, Trent Thornton will face Brett Kennedy. First pitch is at 7:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 3

W- Yoanys Quiala (1-5)
L- Eduardo Del Rosario (0-2)
S- Chris Murphy (1)

QC home runs: Connor Goedert (5, solo in 6th), Pat Porter (4, solo in 6th)

Both teams recorded 7 hits in this game, but the Banditos took the series thanks to a 3-run 2nd inning. Whenever Cedar Rapids got within striking distance, the River Bandits found a way to respond.

Osvaldo Duarte hit a double with 1 out in the 1st inning and scored the game's first run on a wild pitch. Quad Cities loaded the bases in the 2nd inning on a single and a couple of walks, and then a balk was called, which allowed Christian Correa to score. Duarte, who was at the plate at the time, proceeded to smack a 2-run double. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 6th inning; the Kernels' runs cut the deficit to 1. However, Connor Goedert and Pat Porter restored the Banditos' advantage by clubbing back-to-back solo home runs. Duarte (2 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Correa both finished with 2 hits in the game.

Yoanys Quiala went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Chris Murphy pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

The River Bandits will spend this weekend in suburban Chicago as they take on Kane County in a 3-game series. Matt Bower will get the start tonight, and he'll take on Emilio Vargas at 6:30.

Tri-City 8, Williamsport 4

W- Erasmo Pinales (1-2)
L- Felix Paulino (0-2)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (6, 2-run in 1st)

An early offensive outburst helped the ValleyCats avoid the sweep.

Stephen Wrenn continues to terrorize New York-Penn League pitching; his 2-run home run in the 1st inning opened up the scoring. Tri-City also got an RBI single from Taylor Jones in the opening frame. TC put up 5 in the 3rd inning on a pair of RBI singles from Jake Rogers and Daz Cameron and a bases-clearing double from Ryne Birk. Daz finished 3-4 with 2 stolen bases (7, 11 season). Wrenn (2B, 2-R HR), Carmen Benedetti (BB, R), Jones (RBI, R), and Rogers (RBI, R) all had 2-hit nights.

Dustin Hunt allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings of work. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the ValleyCats bullpen; he threw 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

Sebastian Kessay will be on the mound for Tri-City as they begin a 3-game series in Hudson Valley. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Princeton 7, Greeneville 1

W- Peter Bayer (1-0)
L- Tyler Britton (1-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros got on the scoreboard first, but it was all Princeton the rest of the way.

Jonathan Arauz's RBI single in the 1st inning was Greeneville's only scoring play and was one of just three hits on the evening for the Appy Astros. Justin Garcia and Ruben Castro had the other two hits.

Tyler Britton went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Nathan Thompson had 2 inherited runners charged to him in 1.1 innings; he also allowed 3 hits and struck out 1. Lucas Williams pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and fanned 2, and Devon Carr allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.

Ricardo Castro will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 9, GCL Astros 7 in 10 innings

W- Jeremy McDonald (1-0)
L- Dariel Aquino (0-1)
S- Diomedes Eusebio (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros tied the game at 7 thanks to a 3-run 6th inning, but the Nationals went ahead once again with 2 runs in the first extra frame.

Jonathan Matute put the GCL club on the board with an RBI single in the 1st inning. They scored 3 in the 2nd on a pair of RBI singles from Reiny Beltre and Wilson Amador, who advanced to 2nd base on a balk and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Beltre drew a bases-loaded walk in the 6th and later scored when Andy Piñeda grounded into a force out. Joan Mauricio added an RBI infield single in the frame. Beltre (RBI, 2 R), Amador (RBI, R), and Oscar Campos (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits on the day.

Moreno Polanco only recorded 1 out in the 1st inning via strikeout while allowing 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), an RBI single, and walking 2. Hansel Paulino was summoned early and he went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Jorge Alcala was next; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 8 over 4 scoreless innings. Dariel Aquino allowed the two go-ahead runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in the 10th while only getting 2 outs. Jose Ramos got the final out of the 10th, but the damage was done.

The GCL Astros are currently playing the Mets.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Rays1 2

W- Ronel Blanco (3-0)
L- Angel Rodriguez (0-1)
S- Juan Lopez (3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team held off a 9th-inning rally from the Rays to escape with the win.

Nicolás Miranda and Jose Benjamin had a hand in all 3 of the Blue team's runs in this game; Miranda tripled to lead off the game and scored on Benjamin's single. In the 8th, Miranda singled, and an error on the play allowed Ozziel Sanchez-Galan to score, and he advanced to 3rd on the play. Benjamin drove him in again, this time with a double. Benjamin finished 3-4, and Miranda finished 2-3.

Ronel Blanco allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Jesus Bernaez threw a 1-2-3 6th, and Juan Lopez ran into trouble in the 9th, but he was able to pull himself together to close it out. In 3 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5.

These two teams are currently playing at the Astros complex.

DSL Rays2 9, DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Oliver Batista (1-0)
L- Ezequiel Madera (0-1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (2, solo in 9th)

5 errors doomed the Orange team in this one.

They scored 3 in the 3rd on a 2-run single from Alvaro Alvarez, and Vicente Mota grounded into a force out to score Kendy Moya. Moya ripped an RBI double in the 8th, and Ramiro Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the 9th inning. Moya finished 2-3.

Ezequiel Madera allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 3 in 2.2 innings. Cristofer Melendez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a home run) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Cosme Zapata allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings, and Gabriel Pirela recorded the final 2 outs of the 9th.

These teams are playing at the Rays complex.

Thursday's Stars

Ronel Blanco, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (3-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Jorge Alcala, RHP, GCL Astros: 4 IP, 2 H, 8 K

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

Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Tony Nuñez, IF, Lancaster
3-3, RBI, R, 2 SB (7, 16 season)

Fresno Grizzlies
W 23-3 @ Salt Lake
Preston Tucker: 5-6, 2B, 3 HR (8), 8 RBI, 5 R
Alex Bregman: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R; AAA debut
Teoscar Hernandez: 4-6, 3B, HR (1, 7 season), 3 RBI, 2 R; AAA debut

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Let's play two in Troy!

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series in Salt Lake City tonight at 7:05 Mountain. Joe Musgrove will face Kyle Kendrick.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin life after Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez with a 3-game series against Springfield at 7:05. Cy Sneed will take on J.C. Sulbaran.

Lancaster 6, High Desert 2

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (5-2)
L- Tyler Davis (3-3)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (13, 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks swept the series as the bats came alive to support a strong outing from Brock Dykxhoorn.

Dykxhoorn is the first JetHawks starter to pitch into the 8th inning this year; the big Canadian allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kevin Comer worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

Jason Martin's 2-run home run in the 4th put Lancaster on the scoreboard and tied the game at 2. Lancaster took control of this game in the 6th inning as Jamie Ritchie smacked a 2-run double and Keach Ballard followed with an RBI double. Ballard drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

Martin, Ritchie, and Ballard all had 2 hits and 2 RBI; Ritchie also stole his 2nd base of the season. Bryan Muñiz finished 3-5 with a double and scored 3 runs. Martin (2) and Ramon Laureano (1) scored the other 3 Lancaster runs.

Tonight, Josh James will get the start as Lancaster kicks off a 4-game series in Lake Elsinore. He'll take on Enyel De Los Santos at 7:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (1-2)
L- Miles Nordgren (3-4)
S- Adam Whitt (5)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams had 10 hits in this game, but the Banditos doubled up the Kernels in the column that matters.

Jose Luis Hernandez went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 10 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Adam Whitt pitched 2 perfect innings to get the save, striking out 2.

Arturo Michelena opened the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 2nd inning. Anthony Hermelyn hit an RBI single in the 3rd, Kristian Trompiz smacked an RBI double in the 6th, and Connor Goedert ripped an RBI double of his own in the 8th inning. Hermelyn finished 3-3 and scored all but one of the River Bandits' runs in this game. Goedert's 2 hits were both doubles, and Michelena also finished with 2 hits.

Yoanys Quiala will start the series finale. He'll face Eduardo Del Rosario at 7:00.

Game 1: Williamsport 8, Tri-City 5

W- Ranger Suarez (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (1-1)
S- Grant Dyer (1)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn 2 (5; solo in 4th, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats led 4-3 after the 4th inning, but the Crosscutters finished this game on a 5-1 run.

Alex DeGoti hit a 2-run single in the 2nd inning to put Tri-City on the board. Carmen Benedetti added an RBI single in the 3rd, and Stephen Wrenn whacked his first of two solo shots in the 4th inning. Wrenn went deep again in the 7th.

Brett Adcock faced two hitters and allowed hits to both of them before he left with an injury. To add insult to injury, they both scored after he left. Kevin Hill did not allow any runs of his own in 2 innings of work, but the two runners he inherited from Adcock both scored. Hill allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Luis Ramirez pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and walked 3, and Howie Brey allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

How did the ValleyCats fare in game 2?

Game 2: Williamsport 7, Tri-City 3

W- Seranthony Dominguez (1-1)
L- Austin Nicely (1-1)

TC home runs: None.

Tri-City got swept in the twinbill as they fell behind 6-0 after the 3rd inning and were held to just 2 hits in the second game.

In the 5th inning, Rodrigo Ayarza hit an RBI groundout, and Jake Rogers reached on an error that allowed Stephen Wrenn to reach base. Rogers hit an RBI single in the 6th. The ValleyCats' other hit in game 2 was a single from Randy César.

Austin Nicely went 3 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1. Nick Hernandez threw 3 innings and struck out 4; the only hit he allowed was a solo home run. Chris Cotton struck out the side in order in the 7th inning.

Tri-City will look to avoid the sweep tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 14, Princeton 3

W- Patrick Sandoval (1-0)
L- Resly Linares (0-1)
S- Diogenes Almengo (1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (2, 2-run in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (1, solo in 4th), Frankeny Fernandez (1, solo in 4th), Spencer Johnson (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros broke a 4-game losing streak in emphatic fashion with an offensive explosion.

Bryan De La Cruz hit a double with 1 out in the 2nd and came around to score the first run of the evening on an error following a Jonathan Arauz strikeout. Miguelangel Sierra bashed a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning. Gabriel Bracamonte hit an RBI single in the 4th, and later in the inning, Connor MacDonald and Frankeny Fernandez hit back-to-back solo homers.

Tyler Wolfe hit a 2-run single in the 5th, and Spencer Johnson clubbed a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. Wolfe drove in another run with a groundout in the 7th, and MacDonald and Fernandez followed by hitting back-to-back RBI triples. Fernandez scored Greeneville's final run of the evening on an error that allowed Sierra to reach and advance to 2nd.

MacDonald had a monster night as he hit for the cycle and scored 4 runs. He singled to lead off the 3rd, homered in the 4th, doubled in the 6th, and finished off the first cycle in Greeneville's history with the RBI triple in the 7th inning. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Fernandez (3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), De La Cruz (2B, 3 R), and Bracamonte (2B, RBI, R) all had 2 hits in the game. Arauz and Fernandez scored 2 runs apiece.

Patrick Sandoval pitched 5.2 innings, and the only blemish on his line was a 3-run homer in the 4th inning. He allowed 5 other hits and struck out 4. Diogenes Almengo walked 2 and struck out 1 in 3.1 scoreless innings to get the save.

Game 2 of this series is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros were off

The Kissimmee Stros will take on the Cardinals today at noon Eastern.

DSL Royals 4, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Francis Chavez (2-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (4-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team dropped their first game to a team other than the Red Sox 1. They scored 3 in the 1st inning but were unable to add to that, and they ended up walking off with a loss.

Alfredo Angarita singled to begin the game and Ronny Jimenez joined him on the basepaths after getting plunked. Angarita scored the first run of the day on an RBI single from Jose Benjamin. Jimenez, who advanced to 3rd on the play, scored on a Samir Caraballo groundout, and Benjamin scored on an Orlando Marquez strikeout that was also ruled a wild pitch. Jimenez finished 2-3.

Felipe Tejada failed to get out of the 1st inning; he allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a sacrifice fly, walked 4, and struck out 1. Robert Corniel pitched 3.1 innings and allowed a single that scored one of Tejada's runners and walked 1. Carlos Perdomo walked 2, hit a batter, and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless innings, and Juan Cuevas allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 1.1 innings.

The Blue team will take on the Rays 1 today. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Rangers2 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Reiver Sanmartin (1-0)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (1-1)

Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (2, 2-run in 5th)

The Orange team was doomed by a 6-run 3rd inning from the Rangers 2.

Renaigel Martis hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning to put Team Orange on the board. Jose Abel Hernandez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 9th. Martis' homer was their only extra-base hit of the game.

Diosward Gonzalez went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs, all of which came in the 3rd inning, and all of which were unearned. He allowed 3 hits, 2 of which were home runs (solo and grand slam), and struck out 8. Jacques Sambo went 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Kilvio Peralta allowed 2 hits and walked 1 over 3 scoreless innings.

The Orange team will take on the Rays 2 today. First pitch is coming up shortly.

Wednesday's Stars



Photo from MiLB.com
Stephen Wrenn, OF, Tri-City
2-3, 2 solo HR (5) in game 1 of doubleheader


Photo by Bryan Green
Connor MacDonald, 1B, Greeneville
4-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 4 R; hit for cycle

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Quad Cities
3-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Lancaster
W (5-2), 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2-R HR (13), 2 R

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lancaster JetHawks: Photos and Video

As always, I took way too many photos during my California trip earlier this month, but I finally have all the photos labeled and tagged and you can see all of them for the Lancaster portion of the trip here if you're brave enough to wade through them all. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites ...

Aaron Mizell out of the box

Brooks Marlow tries on
Kaboom's hat for size


Luis Reynoso and Friends

Bryan Muniz says 'Hey!'


Ramon Laureano gets out of the way





Brothers from another mother




In addition, I took a little bit of video. I previously posted video interviews with Garrett Stubbs and Ramon Laureano as well as video of a 3-pitch strikeout from Jacob Dorris, but I've uploaded a few BP videos as well. You can find all of them on my YouTube channel. And here is video of JetHawks RHP Rogelio Armenteros striking out Drew Weeks.



I hope to have all of my Fresno videos uploaded soon as well.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fresno 5, Tacoma 3

W- César Valdez (5-1)
L- Zach Lee (7-6)
S- James Hoyt (19)

Fresno home runs: Tyler Heineman (3, solo in 8th)

The Tacos earned the split as Brendan McCurry and James Hoyt locked the Rainiers down.

Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on an RBI triple from Colin Moran. Preston Tucker drove Moran in with an RBI double, and Jon Kemmer finished off the scoring in the opening frame with an RBI single. After Matt Duffy led off the 3rd inning with a double, Kemmer added another RBI single to his ledger. Tyler Heineman provided a crucial insurance run in the 8th inning by launching a solo homer, his 3rd of the season. Kemp (2B, R, SB[5]), Moran (3B, RBI, R), and Kemmer (2 RBI) all finished 2-5 on the night.

César Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4. Brendam McCurry was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 2 scoreless innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 2. James Hoyt struck out the side in order in the 9th to record his 19th save of the season.

After a day off, the Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

Texas League All-Star Game

The South topped the North 8-5. Alex Bregman terrorized the Texas League one last time as he opened the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Bregman finished 2-3 and exited the game in the 6th inning. Teoscar Hernandez, who is also moving up to Fresno, got the start in right field and finished 1-4 with 2 runs scored. Derek Fisher got the start in center field and hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis entered the game in the 6th and finished 1-2 with a run scored.

Keegan Yuhl got the start and allowed a hit in a scoreless 1st. Evan Grills allowed a run on 3 hits in the 4th, and Edison Frias worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th inning.

The Hooks will return to action on Thursday when they begin a 3-game series with Springfield.

Lancaster 6, High Desert 3

W- Dean Deetz (4-3)
L- Ariel Jurado (6-2)
S- Gonzalo Sañudo (1)

Lancaster home runs: Keach Ballard (2, 3 season; 2-run in 6th)

High Desert hasn't exactly been welcoming to the JetHawks, but they clinched the series with this victory.

Bryan Muñiz finished 4-4, and his RBI single in the 1st inning opened up the scoring. Lancaster scored 3 in the 4th, thanks to a 2-run double from Jamie Ritchie, who later scored on an error that allowed Brooks Marlow to reach. The Mavericks scored a run in the 6th to get within 1, but Keach Ballard clubbed a 2-run home run in the 6th inning to create some separation. Johnny Sewald and Ramon Laureano both finished 2-5.

Akeem Bostick and Dean Deetz both pitched 4 innings. Bositck allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Deetz allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 2. Gonzalo Sañudo got 3 flyball outs to record the save. He also struck out 1, but his victim managed to reach base safely.

Brock Dykxhoorn will be on the mound for Lancaster tonight as they look for the sweep. He'll take on Tyler Davis at 7:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 5

W- Sam Clay (5-4)
L- Elieser Hernandez (3-2, 4-6 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos scored 2 in the 1st inning, but the Kernels quickly turned the tables on them by putting up 5 in the 2nd inning.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, and Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single later in the inning. Pat Porter ripped a 2-run double in the 6th, and Tucker added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th inning.

Little Tuck and Hermelyn both finished with 2 hits in the game, while Myles Straw went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (9).

Elieser Hernandez allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Makay Nelson was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and in 3.2 innings, he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. David Schmidt allowed 2 runs, an RBI double, and walked 4 in 2.2 innings, and Ralph Garza struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Jose Luis Hernandez will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Miles Nordgren at 7:00.

Tri-City and Williamsport was postponed


Due to rain. These two teams will play a doubleheader today, with game 1 starting at 4:30 Eastern. Brett Adcock will take on Ranger Suarez in that game, and in the nightcap, Dustin Hunt will face Seranthony Dominguez.

Bristol 8, Greeneville 7

W- Geoff Hartlieb (2-0)
L- Colin McKee (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Spencer Johnson (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros were swept out of Bristol as their bullpen faltered late.

Frankeny Fernandez hit a 1-out single in the 1st inning. He then stole 2nd and scored the first run of the evening on an error that allowed Bryan De La Cruz to reach.

In the 2nd inning, Miguelangel Sierra smacked an RBI double, and Fernandez followed with a 2-run double. Spencer Johnson led Division I with 24 home runs in the spring, and he followed those two run-producing doubles by whacking his first home run as a pro. Johnson's 2-run shot put Greeneville up 6-0 at that point.

Unfortunately, the Pirates erased their lead with a 6-run 7th inning. Luis Payano hit a sac fly in the 8th to put the Appy Astros back in front, but Bristol responded by scoring 2 runs in the 8th to take the lead. Fernandez finished 2-3 and stole 2 bases (4).

Carlos Sanabria allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Carlos Hiraldo pitched a scoreless 6th inning, but it all went horribly wrong for him in the 7th inning. In 1.1 innings, Hiraldo allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Colin McKee pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs of his own on 4 hits and walked 1.

Patrick Sandoval will start for the Appy Astros tonight as they begin a 3-game series in Princeton. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 1

W- Alvaro Seijas (1-0)
L- Manuel Gonzalez (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Cardinals took control of this game with 4 runs in the 6th.

Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI triple in the 3rd inning to drive in the Kissimmee Stros' only run. This was also their only extra-base hit on the day.

Jorge Guzman walked 2 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 1st inning. César Rosado pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. Manuel Gonzalez bore the brunt of the Cardinals' assault in the 6th; he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the inning. Gabriel Valdez allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 4 in 3 innings.

The GCL club has today off; they'll take on the Cardinals again on Thursday.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Royals 2

W- Yonatan Quintin (1-0)
L- Enderson Rodriguez (1-1)
S- Johsson Arias (3)

Blue home runs: Nestor Tejada (1, 3-run in 4th)

After a brief lull, the Blue team went back to their winning ways.

Nestor Tejada's 3-run home run in the 4th inning was their only scoring play, but it turned out to be enough to get the victory.

Jheyson Caraballo pitched 4 innings and struck out 7; the only run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by Esteury Ruiz, this was also the only hit that he allowed. Yonatan Quintin pitched a 1-2-3 5th, and Johsson Arias allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings.

These two teams are currently playing at the Royals complex.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 1

W- Miguel Matos (1-0)
L- Luis Rosario (2-1)

Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (1, grand slam in 6th)

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning, but the Orange team busted this game open with 5 runs in the 6th inning.

Anthony Rodriguez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. This would be the Orange team's only scoring play until the 6th, when they seized control of the game.

Felix Lucas reached on an error to lead off the 6th inning and advanced to 3rd on a double from Juan Infante. Bernardo Heras walked to load the bases, and Renaigel Martis cleared them with a grand slam. With the bases now empty, Ronaldo Urdaneta singled, stole 2nd, and scored the final run of the day on an error. The grand slam was Martis' first career home run. Ramiro Rodriguez finished 3-5, while Anthony Rodriguez, Urdaneta, and Jose Abel Hernandez had 2 hits on the day.

Asael Uribe went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Miguel Matos was the first man out of the Orange bullpen, and in 3.1 innings, he walked 3 and fanned 5. Michael Richez walked 2 over 1.2 scoreless innings.

The Orange team and the Rangers 2 are doing battle once again today.

Tuesday's Stars

Jheyson Caraballo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, H, 6 K

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (19), IP, 3 K; 68 K in 38.1 IP this season

Brendan McCurry, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, H, 2 K

Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
4-4, RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Frankeny Fernandez, 2B/OF, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (4)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 27, 2016

Let's play 2 in the Gulf Coast League!

Tacoma 6, Fresno 2

W- Steve Johnson (3-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (2-3)
S- Casey Coleman (4)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (5, solo in 2nd)

The Rainiers broke a 2-2 tie with 3 runs in the top of the 8th and scored another run in the top of the 9th for good measure.

Brad Peacock pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; in 2 innings, he walked 1, hit a batter, and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2, and Reymin Guduan allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Colin Moran's solo home run in the 2nd inning put Fresno on the board. Andrew Aplin scored the Grizzlies' other run in the 3rd inning when Preston Tucker grounded into a double play. Jon Kemmer reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk, and Tyler White finished 2-4 with a triple.

César Valdez will start the series finale, which will see the Grizzlies assume their Tacos alter ego. He'll face Zach Lee at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Texas League All-Star Game is tonight in Springfield, Missouri. The Hooks will be back in action on Thursday when they start a 3-game series with Springfield.

Lancaster 10, High Desert 3

W- Rogelio Armenteros (4-1, 4-3 season)
L- Cole Wiper (6-3)
S- Jacob Dorris (3)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (6, solo in 1st)

A pair of 3-run innings allowed the JetHawks to leave the Mavericks in the dust.

Ramon Laureano's solo home run in the 1st inning put Lancaster on the board first. The JetHawks scored 2 more in the 2nd inning on a sac fly from Brooks Marlow and an RBI bunt single from Bobby Boyd. Aaron Mizell tripled to lead off the 4th, and Marlow brought him home with a single.

The first 3-run inning for Lancaster was the 6th: Marlow led off the 6th with a double. He advanced to 3rd base on a passed ball and scored on an error that allowed Bobby Boyd to reach base. Boyd advanced to 2nd, while Ballard, who drew a walk following Marlow's advance on the passed ball, made it to 3rd. Garrett Stubbs and Laureano followed with sacrifice flies. The JetHawks also scored 3 in the 7th inning thanks to a 2-run single from Ballard, and Marlow scored Lancaster's final run of the evening when Bobby Boyd grounded into a force out.

Mizell, Marlow, and Ballard all had 2 hits from the bottom of the order; they combined to go 6-10 with a double, a triple, 4 RBI, 4 walks, and 5 runs scored. Mizell, Marlow, and Drew Ferguson scored 2 runs apiece. Bryan Muñiz also had a 2-hit night; one of his hits was a double.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Jacob Dorris pitched the final 3.1 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by David Lyon in the 8th, which was also the only hit he allowed in his outing. Dorris walked 2 and struck out 2.

Akeem Bostick will start game 2 of this series. He will go up against Ariel Jurado at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids 4

W- Albert Abreu (2-6)
L- Dereck Rodriguez (1-9)
S- Franklin Perez (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos withstood a late uprising from the Kernels to take the first game of this series.

Although Dex McCall was thrown out at 3rd base trying to stretch it into a triple in the 1st, he opened up the scoring with a 2-run double. Arturo Michelena hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Connor Goedert ripped an RBI double in the 6th. Hector Roa came through with an RBI double in the 8th which allowed Quad Cities to withstand one last rally attempt in the 9th from Cedar Rapids.

The Quad Cities players in the lineup who had hits all had multi-hit games, with Roa's 3-4 effort leading the way. McCall (2B, 2 RBI), Michelena (2B, RBI, R), Osvaldo Duarte (3B, R), and Goedert (2B, RBI) each had 2 hits.

Albert Abreu allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Franklin Perez pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

In game 2 of this series, Elieser Hernandez will take on Sam Clay. First pitch is at 7:00.

Tri-City 8, Lowell 3

W- Hector Perez (1-0)
L- Daniel Gonzalez (1-1)

TC home runs: Daz Cameron (1, 2-run in 4th), Carmen Benedetti (1, solo in 9th)

The Spinners entered this series unbeaten. In the end, however, Tri-City wound up taking 2 of 3. This game was tied at 3 after the 3rd inning, but the ValleyCats finished this game on a 5-0 run.

Randy César hit a single with 1 out in the 2nd, and he advanced to 3rd base on the play, thanks to an error. He scored Tri-City's first run on a Ryne Birk groundout. The ValleyCats took the lead in the 3rd on an RBI single from Carmen Benedetti and an RBI double from César, but the lead was short-lived as Lowell scored 2 in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game.

The deadlock was also short-lived, because Daz Cameron clubbed a 2-run homer in the 4th inning to give the ValleyCats the lead for good. Birk hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Daz struck again in the 6th by adding an RBI triple to his ledger. Carmen Benedetti hit his first pro home run to lead off the 9th inning.

Daz finished 4-5 and was a double shy of the cycle. The 4th-inning homer was his first as a pro. César went 3-5, while Benedetti, Birk, and Alex DeGoti finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Enrique Chavez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Hector Perez tagged in to throw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 4.

The ValleyCats are back home tonight, where they will begin a 3-game series with Williamsport. Brett Adcock will get the start, and he'll face Ranger Suarez. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Bristol 8, Greeneville 3

W- Matt Eckelman (1-0)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Vicente Sanchez (1, solo in 8th)

A 5-run 2nd inning for Bristol doomed the Appy Astros.

Vicente Sanchez put Greeneville on the board with a solo home run in the 8th inning. Spencer Johnson smacked an RBI double in the 9th and came around to score on a single from Bryan De La Cruz. Sanchez had a good night as he hit a double to go along with his homer, and he also had an outfield assist.

Bryan Abreu went 1.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned). The one hit that he allowed was a 2-run double, and he walked 3 and struck out 3. Devin Raftery was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen; he allowed a run on a balk in the 3rd. He also allowed a double, walked 2, and struck out 1. Abdiel Saldaña was the only Appy Astros pitcher to have a scoreless appearance; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 4 over 3 innings. Angelo Serrano allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 8th inning.

Carlos Sanabria will get the start as Greeneville looks to avoid the sweep. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Astros 4, GCL Marlins 0

W- Cristian Javier (1-0)
L- Edward Cabrera (0-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Cristian Javier issued quite a few walks, but he kept the Marlins off the scoreboard to win his U.S. debut. He allowed 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Dariel Aquino completed the shutout, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

Jonathan Matute led off the 4th with a ground-rule double, and Edgar Lorenzo joined him on the bases with a single. The two of them scored the first runs of the game on a Troy Sieber single. Matute doubled again to lead off the 6th inning and came around to score on a single from Brody Westmoreland. Sieber walked to lead off the 7th and eventually scored the final run of game 1 when Andy Piñeda grounded into a force out. Matute finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored, while Andy Piñeda stole 2 bases, giving him 3 on the season.

Game 2: GCL Marlins 10, GCL Astros 3

W- Geral Silva (1-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (0-1, 1-1 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros had to settle for the split in the twinbill as the Marlins jumped out to a 10-0 lead.

Their 3 runs in this game all came in the 6th inning as Randy Vásquez smacked a 2-run triple and later scored on a wild pitch. Vásquez's triple was their only extra-base hit in game 2.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 1.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Luis Vásquez was the first man out; he went 1.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and walked 3. Junior Garcia allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Cris Santamaria worked around 2 walks to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1.

The GCL club is back in Kissimmee, and their contest with the Cardinals is getting underway.

DSL Red Sox1 9, DSL Astros Blue 7

W- Alejandro Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-2)
S- Juan Florentino (5)

Blue home runs: None.

All 3 of the Blue team's losses have come at the hands of the Red Sox 1, and they were swept in a series for the first time this season.

Ronny Jimenez opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. He advanced to 3rd on the throw from the outfield and scored on a Jose Benjamin sac fly. That would be the only scoring that Team Blue did until the 7th; in the meantime, the Sox went on a 9-0 run.

Ronny Rafael led off the 7th with a double, but he was erased at 3rd base when Alfredo Angarita hit into a fielder's choice. Nicolás Miranda drew a walk, and they both advanced on a wild pitch. Jimenez walked to load the bases, and another wild pitch allowed Angarita to score. Benjamin, who was at the plate at the time, smacked a 2-run double. He advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a wild pitch. Angarita finished 3-5 with a triple and 2 runs scored.

Juan Corniel went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2. Yeremi Ceballos pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2. Javier Navas pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

The Blue team is currently playing the Royals.

DSL Red Sox2 12, DSL Astros Orange 9

W- Jose Gonzalez (3-0)
L- Luis Castro (2-1)
S- Warlyn Guzman (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team tried to rally from an 11-3 deficit, but that hole proved to be too much to overcome.

Felix Lucas put Team Orange on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. Later in the inning, Jose Miguel Hernandez smacked a 2-run double. They would not score again until the 6th; in the meantime, the Red Sox 2 scored 11 unanswered runs.

The Orange team immediately loaded the bases with 2 singles and a walk. Bernardo Heras hit an RBI single, and an error on the play ended up clearing the bases. Heras moved to 2nd on the error, advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, and scored on a Ramiro Rodriguez groundout. In the 8th, Heras added an RBI double to his ledger, and Ronaldo Urdaneta scored on a passed ball. Heras finished 3-5, while Lucas finished 2-5. Renaigel Martis went 1-2 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored.

Humberto Castellanos went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Luis Castro got shelled in his 1.1 innings, and I will leave it at that. Carlos Espinoza was the next man out, and he threw 1.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 1. Willy Collado allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings.

The Orange team is currently taking on the Rangers 2.

Monday's Stars


Brooks Marlow, IF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-6), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 4.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Tri-City
4-5, 3B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (5)

Photo by Bryan Green
Vicente Sanchez, OF, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), OF assist

Monday, June 27, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fresno 8, Tacoma 4

W- Tommy Shirley (6-4)
L- Brad Mills (3-3)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (3, solo in 5th)

Both teams finished with 12 hits in this game, but the Grizzlies doubled up the Rainiers in the run column, thanks to a 5-run 2nd inning.

Jon Kemmer opened up the scoring with an RBI single in that 2nd inning. Jack Mayfield followed with a sac fly, and after Max Stassi drew a walk, Andrew Aplin ripped a 2-run double. Colin Moran brought Aplin home with an RBI single. Kemmer hit another RBI single in the 3rd inning, and Tyler White led off the 5th inning with a home run. Mayfield drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 7th. Aplin (2B, 2 RBI, R), White (solo HR), Preston Tucker (2B, R), and Kemmer (2 RBI, R) all had 2 hits in the game.

Tommy Shirley went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th inning. Brendan McCurry pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1, and Josh Fields threw a 1-2-3 9th inning, striking out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Brad Peacock will take on Joe Wieland. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, Frisco 2

W- Kent Emanuel (2-0)
L- Reed Garrett (2-2)
S- Michael Freeman (2)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (5, 3-run in 6th)

In their final game before the Texas League All-Star break, the Hooks emphatically broke a 2-2 tie with a 7-run 6th inning. They wrapped up this roadtrip with a 10-3 record and went 7-2 in their two trips to Frisco.

Kent Emanuel pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5. Michael Freeman allowed just 1 hit and struck out 1 over the final 3 innings to record the save.

Alex Bregman and D.J. Fisher drew bases-loaded walks in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 2. The real fun began in the top of the 6th inning.

Roberto Peña singled to begin the 6th inning and scored the go-ahead run when James Ramsay smacked a triple. Ramsay scored on a single from Teoscar Hernandez, and Bregman reached via a walk. Fisher became the first out of the inning, but Nick Tanielu and Chase McDonald followed with RBI singles, and Conrad Gregor put the finishing touches on the offensive explosion with a 3-run home run.

Gregor (3-R HR, 2 R), Ramsay (2B, 3B, RBI, R), and Tanielu (RBI, R) all finished 3-5. Bregman finished 1-3 with the RBI walk; he also scored a run and walked two more times. Hernandez finished 2-5 with a double to go along with his RBI single and scored a run. Bregman and Hernandez have also been promoted to Fresno, and they will leave Corpus Christi following the Texas League All-Star Game.

Speaking of the Texas League All-Star Game, it will take place tomorrow at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. 8 Hooks were named to the South Division All-Star team: Edison Frias, David Paulino, Keegan Yuhl, and Evan Grills will be on the pitching staff, while Bregman, Hernandez, Fisher, and J.D. Davis represent Corpus Christi's position player contingent.

The Hooks return to action on Thursday when they begin a 3-game series with Springfield at Whataburger Field.

Lake Elsinore 17, Lancaster 11

W- Brad Wieck (3-1)
L- Kevin McCanna (0-1, 2-4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Keach Ballard (1, 2 season; 3-run in 9th)

The JetHawks were sent to their doom early on as the Storm scored 8 in the 1st inning.

Kevin McCanna received an extremely unfriendly welcome to the California League, and I'll leave it at that. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Ryan Deemes and Albert Minnis both got knocked around, and I will also leave it at that. In his first career pitching appearance, Bryan Muñiz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Jamie Ritchie put the JetHawks on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the 1st inning. In the 4th, Bobby Boyd grounded into a force out that allowed Drew Ferguson to score. Lancaster scored 3 in the 5th as Ritchie smacked an RBI double and eventually scored on a passed ball. Brooks Marlow followed Ritchie's double with an RBI single. In the 8th, Johnny Sewald hit a pop-fly RBI single, and Tony Nuñez scored on a wild pitch. Keach Ballard hit his first California League home run in the 9th inning, and Nuñez scored another run on an error.

Ritchie finished 3-4, while Garrett Stubbs went 2-6 with 2 runs scored. Nuñez was the only player in the lineup to go hitless, but he drew 3 walks and scored off of a couple of Lake Elsinore miscues.

Rogelio Armenteros will start for Lancaster tonight as they begin a 3-game series in High Desert tonight. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Wisconsin 12, Quad Cities 2

W- Devin Williams (3-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (3-4)
S- Drake Owenby (2)

QC home runs: None.

Well... this game started out well enough for the Banditos, but the Timber Rattlers quickly turned it into a laugher by scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning.

Osvaldo Duarte led off the game with a double, advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch, and scored the game's first run on a Kyle Tucker sacrifice fly. Hector Roa followed with a triple, and Dex McCall drove him in with an RBI single. Roa finished 2-4.

It was not a fun day on the mound for Justin Ferrell. However, days like these will happen in this line of work. He'll bounce back.

Juan Carlos Santos was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and threw 3.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6. Adam Whitt pitched 3 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by Luis Aviles in the 8th. Whitt allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The River Bandits are back home tonight, where they'll start a 4-game series against Cedar Rapids at 7. Albert Abreu will start for Quad Cities, and he'll face Dereck Rodriguez.

Tri-City 11, Lowell 6

W- Nick Hernandez (1-0)
L- Darwinzon Hernandez (1-1)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (3, solo in 4th)

The ValleyCats used a couple of 5-run innings to hand the Spinners their first loss of the season.

The first of Tri-City's 5-run innings occurred in the 2nd. Randy César led off the frame with a double. Chuckie Robinson went down on strikes for the first out, but Kolbey Carpenter and Alex DeGoti walked to load the bases. Stephen Wrenn then hit a ground ball that could have been a double play, but an error allowed César and Carpenter to score the game's first runs. Daz Cameron followed by clubbing a 2-run double, and Taylor Jones ripped an RBI double. Stephen Wrenn smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning, and the ValleyCats responded to a 4-run 6th inning from Lowell with their second 5-run inning of the game in the 7th.

Brauly Mejia and Jones led off the inning in rather painful fashion as they were both hit by pitches. Ryne Birk walked to load the bases, and César drove in the first run of the inning with a sac fly. Robinson walked to re-load the bases. Carpenter struck out swinging for the second out, but DeGoti kept the inning alive by clearing the bases with a double. He then stole 3rd base, and the errant throw down to 3rd allowed him to score Tri-City's final run. Wrenn and Jones both finished with 2 hits in the game.

Sebastian Kessay went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Ben Smith was the first man out of the bullpen; in 1.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Nick Hernandez was next; he went 2.1 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 2, and in his pro debut, Sean Stutzman worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The series finale will take place at 7:00 Eastern. Whoever starts for Tri-City will go up against Daniel Gonzalez.

Bristol 6, Greeneville 5 in 10 innings

W- Jordan Jess (1-0)
L- Angelo Serrano (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (1, solo in 2nd), Marcos Almonte (1, solo in 3rd), Chaz Pal (1, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros couldn't hold on to a 5-2 lead and ended up walking off with a loss.

Frankeny Fernandez led off the game with a single. He then stole 2nd and scored the first run of the game on an error following a Marcos Almote single. Almonte, who advanced to 3rd on the error, scored on a sac fly hit by Wander Franco. Luis Payano clubbed a solo shot in the 2nd, and Almonte did the same in the 3rd inning. In the 6th, Chaz Pal smacked a solo shot, his first home run as a pro. Pal and Payano both had 2 hits in the game, while Almonte finished 4-5.

Framber Valdez went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Nathan Thompson was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and threw 2.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1. Lucas Williams went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, all in the 9th) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Angelo Serrano allowed the winning run on a sac fly in the 10th inning. He also allowed 2 singles and issued an intentional walk.

Bryan Abreu was originally on the GCL roster, but he will make his U.S. debut with Greeneville. He'll take on Adam Oller at 7:00 Eastern.

Although Oller is not a member of the Astros organization, he does have ties to the area. He is a native of Conroe who graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball and pitched at Northwestern State. His uncle, Greg Koch, was a former offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and is now a co-host of "In the Trenches" with N.D. Kalu on 790 AM in Houston.

GCL Mets 7, GCL Astros 1

W- Carlos Hernandez (1-0)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Mets ran away with this game.

Randy Vasquez's RBI double in the 2nd was the Kissimmee Stros' only scoring play. Carlos Machado, who scored on that double, finished 2-4, and Juan Piñeda went 2-3.

Enoli Paredes went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jose Ramos allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Ian Hardman and Reggie Johnson followed Ramos out of the bullpen with 2 innings apiece; Hardman allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Johnson allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2.

The GCL Astros are currently taking on the Marlins.

Sunday's Stars

This is his profile picture on Twitter.
Chaz Pal, OF, Greeneville
2-5, solo HR (1)

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, IF, Greeneville
4-5, solo HR (1), 2 R

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-0), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K

Conrad Gregor, 1B, Corpus Christi
3-5, 3-R HR (5), 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Michael Freeman, LHP, Corpus Christi
Save (2), 3 IP, H, K

Astros Farm Report: 6-27

Checking in on some league leaders and how the Astros minor league teams stack up against their peers, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

6-27: RHP Dylan James (24)
6-28: RHP Michael Feliz (23)
6-30: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (22)
7-2: RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (22)
7-3: RHP Christian Powell (25)
7-4: 3B Bobby Wernes (22)

Michael Feliz - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

6-26: LHP Howie Brey assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
6-26: RHP Bryan Abreu assigned from GCL to Greeneville
6-26: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to Tri-City
6-25: Corpus Christi C Alfredo Gonzalez designated for assignment
6-25: IF/OF Tony Kemp optioned from Houston to Fresno
6-25: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed's contract purchased by Houston
6-25: C Marlon Avea assigned from Quad Cities to Corpus Christi
6-25: LHP Albert Minnis sent to Lancaster after a rehab assignment with Tri-City
6-25: IF Keach Ballard assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
6-25: C Trent Woodward placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL (Woodward suffered a concussion working behind the plate on Friday)
6-25: C Jamie Ritchie activated from the Lancaster 7-day DL
6-25: RHP Akeem Bostick assigned from Tri-City to Lancaster
6-25: IF Luis Reynoso placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL retroactive to 6-23
6-25: RHP Yeyfry del Rosario placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL retroactive to 6-24
6-25: LHP Matt Bower assigned from Lancaster to Quad Cities
6-25: IF Marcos Almonte assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
6-22: Corpus Christi RHP David Paulino placed on the temporary inactive list (the Chronicle reports that Paulino is serving a suspension for a lapse in following team rules)

CUMULATIVE TEAM STATS/LEAGUE STANDINGS
(through Saturday's games)

FRESNO (75 games)

  • Batting Average: .246 (15th out of 16 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .328 (11th)
  • Slugging Percentage: .388 (11th)
  • Doubles: 108 (15th)
  • Triples: 20 (11th)
  • Home Runs: 68 (T5th)
  • Walks: 288 (2nd)
  • Strikeouts: 630 (3rd)
  • Stolen Bases: 41 (12th)
  • ERA: 4.08 (5th)
  • WHIP: 1.296 (4th)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 50 (15th)
  • Walks Allowed: 208 (15th)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 642 (3rd)


CORPUS CHRISTI (75 games)

  • Batting Average: .243 (6th out of 8 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .327 (2nd)
  • Slugging Percentage: .400 (2nd)
  • Doubles: 121 (3rd)
  • Triples: 8 (8th)
  • Home Runs: 88 (1st)
  • Walks: 298 (1st)
  • Strikeouts: 583 (5th)
  • Stolen Bases: 68 (2nd)
  • ERA: 2.97 (1st)
  • WHIP: 1.209 (2nd)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 48 (T7th)
  • Walks Allowed: 197 (7th)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 636 (1st)


LANCASTER (72 games)

  • Batting Average: .264 (4th out of 10 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .350 (10th)
  • Slugging Percentage: .405 (4th)
  • Doubles: 123 (5th)
  • Triples: 23 (T3rd)
  • Home Runs: 57 (4th)
  • Walks: 289 (3rd)
  • Strikeouts: 625 (T3rd)
  • Stolen Bases: 128 (1st)
  • ERA: 5.08 (10th)
  • WHIP: 1.482 (9th)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 89 (1st)
  • Walks Allowed: 247 (T5th)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 639 (3rd)


QUAD CITIES (72 games)

  • Batting Average: .238 (11th out of 16 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .312 (12th)
  • Slugging Percentage: .345 (10th)
  • Doubles: 114 (8th)
  • Triples: 29 (1st)
  • Home Runs: 25 (13th)
  • Walks: 234 (9th)
  • Strikeouts: 629 (4th)
  • Stolen Bases: 88 (2nd)
  • ERA: 3.73 (13th)
  • WHIP: 1.346 (14th)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 33 (5th)
  • Walks Allowed: 240 (3rd)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 547 (13th)

As far as the short season teams, the only teams who have played more than a handful of games are the DSL teams. Let's see where they stand.

DSL ASTROS BLUE (18 games)

  • Batting Average: .246 (19th out of 42 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .359 (9th)
  • Slugging Percentage: .365 (6th)
  • Doubles: 36 (T3rd)
  • Triples: 6 (T13th)
  • Home Runs: 8 (7th)
  • Walks: 89 (7th)
  • Strikeouts: 154 (T6th)
  • Stolen Bases: 15 (T34th)
  • ERA: 3.70 (21st)
  • WHIP: 1.333 (16th)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 8 (T2nd)
  • Walks Allowed: 93 (6th)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 151 (7th)

DSL ASTROS ORANGE (19 games)

  • Batting Average: .232 (27th out of 42 teams)
  • On-Base Percentage: .371 (5th)
  • Slugging Percentage: .376 (4th)
  • Doubles: 30 (T6th)
  • Triples: 9 (T7th)
  • Home Runs: 13 (3rd)
  • Walks: 117 (1st)
  • Strikeouts: 158 (3rd)
  • Stolen Bases: 21 (T24th)
  • ERA: 3.16 (10th)
  • WHIP: 1.351 (19th)
  • Home Runs Allowed: 5 (T18th)
  • Walks Allowed: 82 (T12th)
  • Pitcher Strikeouts: 129 (T25th)

Tri-City has only played 10 games through Sunday, but at this point, their offensive stats rank at the top and their pitching ranks at the bottom. We'll check in on Greeneville (4 games) and the Gulf Coast League (2 games) after they've played a few more games.

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS (TOP 10 RANKINGS)
(Also through Saturday; only players with enough innings or at-bats to qualify)

FRESNO


CORPUS CHRISTI


LANCASTER


QUAD CITIES


DSL