Saturday, July 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 15, 2016

Let's play two in Greeneville!

New Orleans 9, Fresno 5

W- Jarred Cosart (3-3)
L- Tommy Shirley (7-6)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (8, solo in 2nd)

Yes, that is the same Jarred Cosart that once pitched for the Astros back in the day. Fresno tried to claw back from a 6-1 deficit and got to within two runs, but the Zephyrs scored 3 after stretch time to put this game out of reach.

Tommy Shirley threw 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 6th inning. Brendan McCurry got two outs in the 7th, but the Zephyrs scored 3 runs on 4 hits against him. McCurry left the bases loaded for Kevin Chapman, who was able to prevent New Orleans from inflicting more damage. In 1.1 innings, Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 2.

Tyler White put the Grizz on the board with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd inning. Max Stassi hit an RBI single in the 6th inning. Preston Tucker drove in the Grizzlies' final two runs with an RBI single in the 7th and an RBI double in the 9th. Tucker and White both finished 2-5, while Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp both went 2-4.

Mike Hauschild will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Justin Nicolino at 6:00.

Frisco 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Victor Payano (6-6)
L- Evan Grills (3-3, 6-4 season)

CC home runs: Roberto Peña (7, solo in 7th)

The Hooks outhit the Roughriders 10-8, but they only had one run to show for it.

Roberto Peña finished 2-4 and his solo home run in the 7th was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. Chase McDonald, Nolan Fontana, and Nick Tanielu also had 2 hits in the game.

Evan Grills went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Kyle Smith followed with 4 scoreless innings out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 3.

In the series finale, Edison Frias will face Reed Garrett. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 13, San Jose 8

W- Dean Deetz (5-5)
L- Matt Cain (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano 2 (10; 2-run in 1st, solo in 6th), Marc Wik (1, solo in 5th)

The JetHawks swept the Giants out of The Hangar in a game where they teed off on a rehabbing Matt Cain and scored in all but one inning.

Ramon Laureano had an unforgettable game on his 22nd birthday; he hit two home runs, one of which came off a Major League pitcher. His 2-run homer put the JetHawks on the board in the 1st inning and tied the game at 2. Bobby Boyd added an RBI single in the 2nd. Lancaster put up 3 in the 3rd and the 4th. Their 3 in the 3rd came on a pair of RBI singles from Trent Woodward and Jamie Ritchie, and Keach Ballard grounded into a force out that allowed Jason Martin to score. Woodward and Ritchie added an RBI single and a 2-run double to their ledgers in the 4th inning, respectively. Marc Wik smacked a solo homer in the 5th, and Laureano launched a solo shot, his second home run of the evening, in the 6th. Boyd whacked an RBI triple in the 7th and scored the JetHawks' final run on a wild pitch.

Laureano finished 4-5 with 4 runs scored; he hit 2 doubles to go along with his 2 homers. Ritchie went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Wik finished 3-4 with the solo homer and scored another run. Woodward finished 2-5 and scored twice. Martin went 0-2, but he walked twice, scored twice, and stole a base (12).

Dean Deetz allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he went 2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1 in the 8th, and Kevin Comer allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 4-game series in Rancho Cucamonga. Akeem Bostick will start game 1, and he'll go up against Andrew Sopko at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Fort Wayne 1

W- Franklin Perez (2-2)
L- Jerry Keel (5-9)
S- Albert Abreu (3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos only had 3 hits in this game, but they won in the column that matters most. Also, a couple of rising stars in the system delivered strong performances on the mound to help the Bandits take the series.

Myles Straw had 2 of those hits. He reached on an error and made it to 2nd to begin the game, moved over to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the game's first run on a Hector Roa groundout. Kristian Trompiz, who had the other hit, drove in the other Quad Cities run with a sac fly in the 3rd inning.

Franklin Perez allowed a run on a groundout, 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Albert Abreu shut it down by allowing a hit and fanning 5 over the final 4 innings.

The River Bandits will now begin a 3-game series in Lake County, in the Cleveland area. The first two games will be played today, with game 1 starting at 5:00 Eastern. Jose Luis Hernandez and Elieser Hernandez will take on Jared Robinson and TBA.

Tri-City 10, Connecticut 2

W- Austin Nicely (3-1)
L- Locke St. John (2-3)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (3, solo in 1st)

Tri-City stormed out of the gate with a 3-0 lead, then exploded for 6 more in the middle innings to turn this game into a laugher.

Ryne Birk got things started with a solo home run in the 1st inning. Later in the inning, Ronnie Dawson smacked a 2-run double. Jake Rogers hit a 2-run single in the 5th, and then in the 6th, Birk added an RBI single to his ledger. He then stole 2nd (3), advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Carmen Benedetti single. Randy César clubbed an RBI triple and scored on a Dawson groundout. César finished 4-4 and drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. He and Benedetti, who went 3-4, scored 3 runs apiece. Rogers and Birk both went 2-5.

Kevin Hill and Austin Nicely pitched 4 innings apiece. Hill allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Nicely allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep as Ryan Hartman takes the mound. He'll take on Gregory Soto at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Greeneville 3, Pulaski 1

W- Devin Raftery (1-0)
L- Will Jones (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (3, 2-run in 6th)

Luis Payano's 2-run home run in the 6th broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Astros the victory in the first game of the twinbill. Vicente Sanchez scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning.

Carlos Hiraldo went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Devin Raftery pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Game 2: Greeneville 5, Pulaski 2

W- Devon Carr (1-1)
L- Spencer Mahoney (1-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Once again, the 6th inning was extremely kind to Greeneville as they took control of game 2 with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th.

Gabriel Bracamonte opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tyler Wolfe led off the 6th with a single, and business began to pick up.

Troy Sieber brought Wolfe home with an RBI double to tie the game at 2, and then Vicente Sanchez came in to pinch-run for him. He'd score the go-ahead run when Abraham Toro grounded into a fielder's choice. An error on the play allowed Toro to advance to 2nd base, and Connor MacDonald drove him in with an RBI double. MacDonald scored the final run of game 2 on a Frankeny Fernandez single. Sieber and MacDonald both finished 2-3... they both hit an RBI double and scored a run.

Carlos Sanabria went 4.2 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him; the run was unearned. The only hit he allowed was a single in the 1st inning, and he walked 2 while striking out 5. Lucas Williams got the final out of the 5th, but not before he allowed a 2-run triple that gave the Yankees the lead. He also got the first 2 outs of the 6th, allowing 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. Devon Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and recorded the final 4 outs of the game, all via strikeout.

Tonight, Patrick Sandoval will get the start as Greeneville begins a 3-game series with Bluefield. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 3

W- César Rosado (2-0)
L- Matt Pirro (1-2)

GCL home runs: Wilson Amador (1, 2-run in 5th), L.P. Pelletier (1, solo in 9th)

The Kissimmeee Stros managed to get some insurance runs in the late innings to secure the win.

Wilson Amador finished 3-5 and put them on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd. He added a 2-run homer to his ledger in the 5th inning. Before Amador's blast, however, Juan Piñeda led off the inning with a triple and Andy Piñeda brought him in with a single. Juan Piñeda ripped a 2-run double in the 8th, and L.P. Pelletier whacked a solo homer, his first home run as a pro, in the 9th inning. Amador was a triple shy of the cycle, while Juan Piñeda was a home run shy. Oscar Campos finished 3-3, and Pelletier and Andy Piñeda both finished 2-5.

César Rosado allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Bryan Abreu tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4. Dariel Aquino struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

DSL Royals 4, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 13 innings

W- Emmanuel Estevez (2-1)
L- Robert Corniel (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team pulled ahead with a run in the top of the 13th, but the Royals walked off with the win in the bottom of the inning.

Angel Tejeda put them on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Nicolás Miranda smacked an RBI double in the 13th inning. Tejeda, Sanchez-Galan, and Nestor Tejada all had 2 hits on the day.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3 in 6 innings. Johsson Arias allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Juan Cuevas was next, and he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Robert Corniel allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings.

DSL Phillies2 8, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Jose Jimenez (1-0)
L- Miguel Matos (2-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Kendy Moya scored both of the Orange team's runs. He scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Ramiro Rodriguez to reach in the 1st; Rodriguez was credited with an RBI. Moya scored again on a single from Enmanuel Valdez in the 3rd. Valdez finished 2-4.

Asael Uribe allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 4.1 innings. The bullpen faltered badly in the late innings. I'll leave it at that.

Friday's Stars



Photo from MiLB.com
Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
2-5, solo HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (3)

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Carmen Benedetti, 1B/OF, Tri-City
3-4, RBI, 3 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Randy César, 3B, Tri-City
4-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R


A photo posted by Louis-philippe Pelletier (@lp_pelletier24) on
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L.P. Pelletier, 2B, GCL Astros
2-5, solo HR (1); first pro HR

Photo by Bryan Green
Wilson Amador, OF, GCL Astros
3-5, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (3)

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Piñeda, 2B, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR (10), 3 RBI, 4 R on his birthday

Jamie Ritchie, C, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-2), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (3), 4 IP, H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Luis Payano, OF, Greeneville
Go-ahead 2-R HR (3) in game 1 of doubleheader

Friday, July 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Let's play two in Lancaster!

Fresno 6, New Orleans 2

W- César Valdez (7-1)
L- Jose Urena (1-3)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (7, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Singleton (15, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies kicked off the second half of their season with a victory.

Tyler White opened up the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 1st, and he added to Fresno's lead by whacking a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. Jon Singleton ripped an RBI double in the 4th and clubbed a solo homer in the 6th. Teoscar Hernandez drove in the final Grizzlies run of the evening with a sac fly in the 7th. White and Singleton both finished 2-4, while Tony Kemp went 3-4 and scored a run at the top of the order.

César Valdez delivered another strong start; he allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 7 innings. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Reymin Guduan struck out the side and allowed a solo homer to Matt Juengel in the bottom of the 9th, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning.

Tommy Shirley will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 1

W- Connor Sadzeck (9-2)
L- Francis Martes (5-4)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (14, solo in 6th)

The Roughriders kept the Hooks offense in check... and then they decided to turn this game into a laugher in the final inning.

J.D. Davis finished 2-4 and his solo blast in the 6th was the Hooks' only scoring play. Nick Tanielu went 3-5.

The only blemish on Francis Martes' line was a 3-run home run he served up to Andy Ibañez in the 3rd inning. In 6.1 innings, Martes allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Ryan Thompson struck out 1 over 2 perfect innings. Michael Freeman bore the brunt of Frisco's assault in the 9th inning. I'll leave it at that. Chris Cotton allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and got the final 2 outs of the 9th inning, striking out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Evan Grills will take on Victor Payano. First pitch is at 7:05.

Game 1: Lancaster 3, San Jose 0

W- Trent Thornton (6-4)
L- Phil Bickford (2-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (7, 2-run in 6th)

Trent Thornton and Phil Bickford both threw complete games for their respective teams, but Thornton got the run support from his offense and outdueled the Giants' top prospect. He allowed just 4 hits and struck out 4 over the 7 innings.

Brooks Marlow broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the 5th, and Ramon Laureano provided some insurance with a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. Laureano and Johnny Sewald both finished 2-3; Sewald also stole a base, giving him 30 on the season (14 Lancaster, 16 Quad Cities).

How did the JetHawks fare in game 2?

Game 2: Lancaster 9, San Jose 4

W- Rogelio Armenteros (6-2, 6-4 season)
L- Jordan Johnson (6-7)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (8, 2-run in 2nd), Bryan Muñiz (8, solo in 2nd)

The JetHawks swept the twinbill thanks to an early offensive outburst that staked Rogelio Armenteros to a 9-0 lead. Lancaster was the away team in this game, because this was a makeup of a game that was supposed to be played in San Jose all the way back on April 10.

Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st inning. He came around to score on a single from Drew Ferguson, and a wild pitch allowed Johnny Sewald to score. Ramon Laureano smacked a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning, and Muñiz followed by adding a solo blast to his ledger. Marc Wik ripped a 2-run triple in the 4th, and Muñiz drove in the final JetHawks run with an RBI single in the 5th inning. He finished 3-4 and scored twice, while Laureano (2-R HR, 2 R) and Ferguson (RBI, R, SB [20]) had 2 hits apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. He's the first player in the system to record 100 strikeouts this season. Kevin McCanna struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

Dean Deetz will start the series finale, and he'll face a rehabbing Matt Cain at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Fort Wayne 2

W- Matt Bower (3-0, 5-3 season)
L- Thomas Dorminy (2-3)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (6)

QC home runs: Hector Roa (2, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos got a nice start from Matt Bower, who has rebounded well since returning to the Midwest League.

Bower allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 8 in 7 innings of work; this was his longest outing as a pro. Justin Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. recorded the final two outs of the game.

Hector Roa opened the scoring in the 2nd inning by leading it off with a home run. Pat Porter followed that blast with a double. He advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Anthony Hermelyn. The TinCaps tied the game at 2 in the 4th inning, but Quad Cities quickly re-established its advantage in the 5th as Hermelyn scored on a wild pitch. Kristian Trompiz tripled in the 8th inning and scored the final run of the evening on a single from Connor Goedert. Porter finished 3-4 and stole a base (5), while Trompiz and Myles Straw had 2 hits apiece.

Franklin Perez will start the series finale. He'll take on Jerry Keel at 7:05 Eastern.

Tri-City 2, Connecticut 0

W- Enrique Chavez (2-0)
L- Taylor Hicks (0-1)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, 2-run in 7th)

There was only one scoring play in this game, and Ronnie Dawson's 2-run homer in the 7th proved to be the difference. Randy César went 2-2 and scored on Dawson's home run.

Hector Perez allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 in 4.1 innings. Howie Brey issued a walk, but he got the final two outs of the 5th. Enrique Chavez allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 4 innings of work.

Kevin Hill will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Locke St. John (outstanding name), a former teammate of his at South Alabama, at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville and Pulaski was postponed

Due to rain. They'll play a doubleheader tonight, with game 1 starting at 6:00 Eastern. Carlos Hiraldo will start that game, and Patrick Sandoval will start game 2.

DSL Royals 7, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Kelvin Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Jose Orta (0-1)
S- Miguel Medrano (2)

Blue home runs: Michael Garcia (1, solo in 5th)

The Royals pulled away with a pair of 3-run innings.

Michael Garcia hit his first career home run in the 5th inning, and Jose Benjamin scored on a force out in the 6th.

Javier Navas went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jose Orta only recorded 1 out in the 6th via strikeout and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) and walked 4. Angel Matos pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4, and Juan Corniel allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.1 scoreless innings.

From July 2: DSL Phillies2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7 in 14 innings

W- Adrian Acosta (3-0)
L- Willy Collado (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

After play resumed, the Phillies tied the game at 4 with a run in the 6th. Both teams scored 3 in the 11th inning, but the Phillies managed to walk off with the win.

Humberto Castellanos went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Luis Castro ended up going 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walking 5, and striking out 3. Yohan Ramirez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2.1 innings, and the Phillies scored the winning run off Willy Collado with a 2-out single in the bottom of the 14th. Collado also walked 2.

The Orange team scored 2 in the 4th on a Ramiro Rodriguez RBI single and a force out that scored Enmanuel Valdez. In the 6th, Ramiro scored on an error and Ronaldo Urdaneta drew a bases-loaded walk. The Orange team's 3 runs in the 11th came on a Vicente Mota RBI double, an RBI triple from Yeuris Ramirez, and an RBI single from Urdaneta.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Phillies2 2

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-2)
L- Leonel Aponte (2-3)
S- Jose Antonio Hernandez (1)

Orange home runs: Gilberto Celestino (2, solo in 2nd)

The Orange team took the regularly scheduled game as two pitchers joined forces on a 2-hitter.

Humberto Castellanos allowed 2 unearned runs on an error and a force out, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Jose Antonio Hernandez got the save; he walked 2 and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings.

Gilberto Celestino led off the 2nd inning with a home run to open the scoring. Later in the 2nd, Jose Carrillo stole home as part of a double steal with Juan Infante, who took 2nd base. Celestino scored another run on an error after Felix Lucas grounded into a force out in the 4th inning. Jose Abel Hernandez hit a sac fly in the 7th to bring in the final run of the day for the Orange team.

Thursday's Stars

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
Game 1 of doubleheader: 2-3, 2-R HR(7)
Game 2 of doubleheader: 2-4, 3B, 2-R HR (8)

Trent Thornton, RHP, Lancaster
W (6-4), CG, 4 H, 4 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
3-4, solo HR (8), 3 RBI in game 2 of doubleheader


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Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
Go-ahead 2-R HR (2) in 7th inning

César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
W (7-1), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (14)

 
Hector Perez's and Enrique Chavez's photos by Bryan Green.
Howie Brey's photo from MiLB.com
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Howie Brey, LHP, Tri-City: 0.2 IP, BB
Enrique Chavez, RHP, Tri-City: W (2-0), 4 IP, 2 H, BB

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AAA All-Star Game: International League 4, Pacific Coast League 2

Brady Rodgers got the start for the PCL All-Stars, and the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Erik Gonzalez in the 2nd inning. Rodgers struck out 3 in his outing. Mike Hauschild struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 6th, and James Hoyt allowed 2 hits but was able to record the final out of the 8th.

The Fresno Grizzlies will return to action tonight as they begin a 4-game series in New Orleans. In game 1, César Valdez will take on Jose Urena. First pitch is at 7:00.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Eric Peterson (4-2, 5-2 season)
L- Frank Lopez (4-4)
S- Aaron West (13)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (9, 11 season; solo in 1st)

Jack Mayfield carried the Hooks to a victory over the Roughriders.

He opened the scoring by smacking a solo home run in the 1st inning, and with two outs in the 7th, he came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit.

That 7th-inning rally almost ended before it started thanks to two strikeouts, but Roberto Peña and Alejandro Garcia kept the inning alive with singles, and James Ramsay walked to load the bases to bring up Mayfield, who promptly cleared them with a double to put Corpus in front. Mayfield finished 2-4 and provided all of the offense for the Hooks. J.D. Davis, Mott Hyde, and Garcia joined him in the 2-hit club.

Cy Sneed went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 3. Aaron West allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 1.2 innings to earn the save.

Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Connor Sadzeck at 7:05.

Lancaster 10, San Jose 9

W- Scott Weathersby (3-4, 4-4 season)
L- Jason Forjet (8-7)
S- Jacob Dorris (6)

Lancaster home runs: Johnny Sewald (3, 4 season; 3-run in 3rd)

The JetHawks exploded for 8 runs in the 3rd inning and were able to hold off the Giants.

That 8-run 3rd inning erased a 5-0 deficit. Drew Ferguson led off the inning by getting plunked, and Tony Nuñez joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Ferguson scored Lancaster's first run on an error following a Bobby Boyd single, and one batter later, Johnny Sewald whacked a 3-run home run to cut the Giants' lead to one run. They were not quite finished... Bryan Muñiz reached on an error and advanced to 2nd, and then Trent Woodward singled to put men on the corners. Jamie Ritchie and Brooks Marlow followed with RBI singles, and in his second plate appearance of the inning, Ferguson ripped a 2-run double.

In the 4th inning, Sewald added a sacrifice fly to his ledger, and Ritchie added another RBI single. Everyone in the original starting nine scored a run; Ramon Laureano finished 2-3 with a double, but home plate umpire Aaron Higgins tossed him in the 6th inning. This was Sewald's 2nd career 4-RBI game; he drove in 4 for Tri-City on August 25 last year. Boyd finished 3-4 with a double and scored twice, and both of Ritchie's hits were RBI singles.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit and fanned 4 over 2.2 scoreless innings.

The JetHawks and Giants will play 2 tonight as they will finally conclude their season-opening series. Trent Thornton and Rogelio Armenteros will take on Phil Bickford and Jordan Johnson tonight, with game 1 starting at 5:05 Pacific.

Fort Wayne 6, Quad Cities 0

W- Corey Kimber (2-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-7)

QC home runs: None.

Both Yoanys Quiala and Chris Paddack put up 5 zeroes on the scoreboard for their respective teams. Unfortunately for Quiala, the wheels fell off for him in the 6th inning.

Quiala went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (all in the 6th) on 9 hits and struck out 4. Makay Nelson allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Chris Murphy allowed a solo homer to Brad Zunica in the 8th inning.

Myles Straw and Pat Porter had 2 hits apiece; they accounted for all of the River Bandits' hits in this game. One of Straw's hits was a double, which was their only extra-base hit.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will face Thomas Dorminy. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Mahoning Valley 5, Tri-City 3

W- Mitch Miniard (1-2)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-1, 5-3 season)
S- Randy Valladares (1)

TC home runs: Taylor Jones (3, solo in 9th)

The ValleyCats dropped the series as the Scrappers got some insurance runs in the 9th to create a little more separation in a one-run game.

Chuckie Robinson put Tri-City on the board in the 3rd by lashing a 2-run double. Taylor Jones' solo homer in the 9th was the ValleyCats' other scoring play. Robinson and Brauly Mejia had 2 hits apiece.

Alex Winkelman allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Carlos Sierra walked 2 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 5th, and Framber Valdez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Tonight, the ValleyCats are back home, where they'll begin a 3-game series with Connecticut at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Pulaski 1

W- Angelo Serrano (1-1)
L- Nick Nelson (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros kept the Yankees' bats in check to take the first of this 3-game set.

Ben Smith had his finest outing as a pro as allowed just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless innings. Again, Smith hasn't had the greatest start to his pro career, but considering what he has had to overcome just to play baseball again, he probably isn't fretting too much over his stats. Angelo Serrano tagged in for 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 6. Pulaski spoiled the shutout with an RBI double off of Reggie Johnson in the 8th. Johnson allowed one other his and walked 1 in his 2 innings.

Gabriel Bracamonte opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Miguelangel Sierra and Marcos Almonte scored on wild pitches in the 3rd and the 4th, respectively. Bryan De La Cruz, who scored the first run of the evening, clubbed an RBI triple in the 7th and scored on a wild pitch. He, Sierra, and Bracamonte all finished with 2 hits in the game; De La Cruz and Sierra also scored two runs apiece.

Carlos Hiraldo will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 2

W- Thomas Lee (1-0)
L- Cristian Javier (2-1)
S- Juan Alvarez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 4th inning, but the difference in this game was a 3-run 5th for the Cardinals.

The Kissimmee Stros' 2 runs came in the form of Jonathan Matute scoring on an error and Cristopher Luciano drawing a bases-loaded walk. Matute finished 2-4.

Cristian Javier went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Enoli Paredes was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Dariel Aquino pitched a 1-2-3 8th.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Red Sox1 1

W- Juan Cuevas (6-3)
L- Juan Florentino (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team snatched a victory from the Red Sox in walk-off fashion.

Nicolás Miranda put them on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 8th. Angel De Leon led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, advanced to 3rd on a flyout, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. He and Carlos Canelon both had 2 hits (one being a double) and scored.

Yulian Frontado went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and fanned 5. Edwin Fidel tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4. Juan Cuevas recorded the final 2 outs of the 9th to get Fidel out of some trouble.

DSL Rays2 5, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Christian Fernandez (1-1)
L- Francisco Villegas (0-2)
S- Enyerbeth Lugo (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got nipped in the end as the Rays got 1 in the 7th and another in the 8th to break a 3-3 tie.

Kendy Moya scored the Orange team's first run of the day on an error in the 3rd inning. In the 5th, Ronaldo Urdaneta stole 3rd and scored on the errant throw, and Ramiro Rodriguez hit a sac fly. Felix Lucas and Vicente Mota had 2 hits apiece.

Gerardo Bojorquez allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Francisco Villegas went 4 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Carlos Espinoza allowed a solo homer to Luis Arias in the 8th, which was the only run he allowed in the inning. He struck out 1.

Wednesday's Stars

Yulian Frontado, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K
Edwin Fidel, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 3.1 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K

Jacob Dorris, RHP, Lancaster
Save (6), 2.2 IP, H, 4 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (9, 11 season), 4 RBI; drove in all 4 Corpus Christi runs

Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
1-3, 3-R HR (3, 4 season), 4 RBI

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Ben Smith, LHP, Greeneville
4 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Bryan De La Cruz, OF, Greeneville
2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Angelo Serrano, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-1), 3 IP, H, BB, 6 K

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tri-City and the complex league teams took center stage on an otherwise quiet night on the farm.

Fresno is on its All-Star break

The Triple-A All-Star Game will take place tonight in Charlotte.

Corpus Christi was off

The Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series fires up once again tonight at 7:05. Cy Sneed will start game 1.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will begin a 4-game series with San Jose at 6:35 Pacific. Josh James will take on Jason Forjet.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits are in Fort Wayne for 3 games beginning tonight at 7:05 Eastern. Yoanys Quiala faces off against Chris Paddack, a native of Cedar Park.

Mahoning Valley 4, Tri-City 3

W- Tanner Tully (2-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (1-1, 2-4 season)
S- Henry Martinez (1)

TC home runs: Jake Rogers (1, 2-run in 9th)

The ValleyCats' comeback bid fell just short.

Stephen Wrenn scored Tri-City's first run on an error in the 4th inning. Jake Rogers whacked a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to bring the ValleyCats within 1, but that was as close as they could get. Taylor Jones went 3-4 with a double, and Randy César finished 2-4.

Sebastian Kessay was stung by a 4-run 3rd from the Scrappers. In 4.2 innings, he allowed 8 hits, one of which was a 2-run homer, and struck out 8. Erasmo Pinales struck out 3 over 3.1 perfect innings.

The ValleyCats and Scrappers will wrap up their series at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville was off

Ben Smith will take the mound for the Appy Astros as they begin a 3-game series with Pulaski tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Marlins 9, GCL Astros 3

W- Remey Reed (1-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-2, 2-2 season)

GCL home runs: None.

This game started out well enough for the Kissimmee Stros, but the Marlins seized control with 5 runs in the 6th inning.

Carlos Machado opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 3rd, and Wilson Amador added an RBI single in the 4th inning. L.P. Pelletier went 2-4 and scored a run.

Agapito Barrios allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Jorge Guzman tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. The wheels fell off for Leovanny Rodriguez; in 2 innings, he allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and fanned 4. Junior Garcia only recorded 1 out in the 8th via strikeout. He allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a double, and walked 4. Luis Ramirez got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but not before he allowed a sacrifice fly that scored one of Garcia's runners. Manuel Gonzalez allowed an unearned run on a sac fly in the 9th; the runner reached on an error.

The GCL Astros will take on the Cardinals today.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Red Sox1 1 in 10 innings

W- Ronel Blanco (4-1)
L- Eduard Bazardo (2-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took advantage of some wildness from the Red Sox in the first extra frame.

Nicolás Miranda put the Blue team on the board with an RBI single in the 6th. Miranda walked to lead off the top of the 10th inning. He advanced to 2nd on a Ronny Jimenez sacrifice bunt, to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored the go-ahead run on another wild pitch. Jose Benjamin scored another run on another wild pitch. Angel Tejeda and César Cortez had 2 hits apiece.

Juan Carlos Lopez allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 over 4 scoreless innings. Yeremi Ceballos was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 3 innings, he allowed a run on 4 hits and walked 1. Ronel Blanco allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Rays2 3 in 11 innings

W- Jacques Sambo (1-0)
L- Marlon Constante (3-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team walked off with a win thanks to an error.

Anthony Rodriguez reached on a fielder's choice in the 2nd; an error on the play allowed Ramiro Rodriguez to score the game's first run. Vicente Mota hit a sac fly in the 7th, and Ramiro Rodriguez did the same in the 8th to tie the game. Gilberto Celestino reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the 11th, and two errors later, he scored the winning run. Ronaldo Urdaneta and Enmanuel Valdez both had 2 hits in the game.

Maikel Sepulveda allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. Yohan Ramirez went 1,1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Cristofer Melendez was next; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless, and Jacques Sambo allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 11th.

Tuesday's Stars

Maikel Sepulveda, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, H, BB, 2 K
César Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-2, 2 BB, R


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Taylor Jones, 1B, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, R

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Jake Rogers, C, Tri-City
1-3, 2-R HR (1); first professional HR

Photo by Bryan Green
Erasmo Pinales, RHP, Tri-City
3.1 IP, 3 K

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 11, 2016

Corpus Christi 5, Tulsa 1

W- Keegan Yuhl (8-2)
L- Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks took 2 of 3 from the Drillers thanks to a 3-run 2nd inning and yet another solid start from Keegan Yuhl.

Yuhl allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Albert Minnis struck out 3 over 3 perfect innings, and Chris Cotton allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.

Chase McDonald led off the top of the 2nd with a double. He advanced to 3rd on a single from Nick Tanielu and scored the game's first run on a single from Conrad Gregor. Alejandro Garcia followed with an RBI single, and Roberto Peña later added a sacrifice fly. Gregor smacked an RBI double in the 6th, and Tanielu drove in the final run of the evening with a groundout in the 8th inning. McDonald (2B, 2 R), Gregor (2B, 2 RBI, R), and Garcia (RBI) all finished 2-4.

The Hooks have returned to Corpus Christi, and they have an off day today. The Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series will kick off tomorrow.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 4

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (6-3)
L- Justin Anderson (4-8)

Lancaster home runs: Trent Woodward (2, 3 season; 2-run in 5th)

The JetHawks exploded for 6 runs in the 5th inning to take control of this one.

Aaron Mizell and Tony Nuñez hit singles to spark the rally. Bobby Boyd followed with an RBI single, and an error on the play allowed Nuñez to score the tying run and Boyd to advance to 3rd base. Johnny Sewald put Lancaster in front with an RBI double, and Ramon Laureano followed by ripping an RBI triple. Trent Woodward finished off the inning by clubbing a 2-run home run. The JetHawks scored 2 more in the 6th on a pair of RBI singles from Boyd and Laureano.

Boyd finished 3-5, while Laureano (3B, 2 RBI) and Nuñez (2 R) both finished 2-4.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Gonzalo Sañudo was the first man out of the JetHawks bullpen, and he struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings. Kevin Comer worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Ryan Deemes allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 9th inning.

The JetHawks have today off. They'll begin a 4-game series with San Jose on Wednesday, and these two teams will finally play the last game of their season-opening series as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Quad Cities 4, Clinton 1

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (2-2)
L- Jeffeson Medina (0-6)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (5)

QC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (3, solo in 6th)

The Banditos earned the split thanks to a fine outing from Jose Luis Hernandez.

Hernandez pitched 7 innings and allowed an unearned run in the 4th after he committed a throwing error. The only hit he allowed was a single in the 3rd, and he walked 1 and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings to get the save.

Connor Goedert doubled to lead off the 2nd and scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Hector Roa. Dex McCall hit an RBI single of his own later in the frame. Christian Correa added an RBI single in the 3rd, and Osvaldo Duarte clubbed a solo homer in the 6th. Duarte (solo HR) and Goedert (2 2B) scored 2 runs apiece and had 2 hits apiece. Christian Correa also had 2 hits in the game, and Dex McCall finished 3-4.

The River Bandits will begin a 3-game series in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

Tri-City 6, Mahoning Valley 5

W- Luis Ramirez (2-1)
L- Devon Stewart (0-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats took the first of three from the Scrappers thanks to a 3-run 9th inning.

Ryne Birk put Tri-City on the board with a 2-run double in the 5th inning. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th, which tied the game at 3. Mahoning scored a run in the 8th to take the lead, but the ValleyCats would not be going quietly in the final inning.

Alex DeGoti drew a walk to lead off the 9th, and Birk joined him on the bases with a single. Stephen Wrenn drew a walk to load the bases, Taylor Jones went down on strikes for the first out, but DeGoti scored the tying run on a wild pitch, and one batter later, Randy César put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run single. César's second hit of the night turned out to be the biggest. At the bottom of the order, Chuckie Robinson and Kevin Martir both finished 2-4. Birk went 3-4.

Dustin Hunt went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Ryan Hartman was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen; in 3.2 innings, he allowed 4 hits and struck out 7. Luis Ramirez allowed an unearned run thanks to an error in the 8th. He also allowed a double, walked 1, and fanned 1. Nick Hernandez allowed a solo homer to Nathan Winfrey in the bottom of the 9th, which was the only run he allowed in the inning. He also allowed a single to Gavin Collins and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed him to advance to 2nd, but Hernandez was able to pull himself together, striking out Silento Sayles for the final out.

In game 2 of this series, Sebastian Kessay will face Aaron Civale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 12, Elizabethton 4

W- Ricardo Castro (2-0)
L- Griffin Jax (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Bryan De La Cruz (2, solo in 4th), Troy Sieber (1, solo in 8th)

Troy Sieber's solo home run in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie, and then the Appy Astros proceeded to go nuts with an 8-run 9th inning to turn this one into a laugher.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning; Greeneville's two came in the form of a 2-run single from Wander Franco. Bryan De La Cruz's solo home run led off the 4th inning and put the Appy Astros in the lead. However, the Twins would respond with a run in the 5th, and that was where it stood until the 8th, when Sieber launched his first home run as a pro to put Greeneville back in front. They were not content with just regaining the lead; they wanted to put this game far out of Elizabethton's reach.

Chaz Pal got the fun started in the 9th with a triple, and Wander Franco brought him in with a single. Marcos Almonte ripped an RBI double, and then Abraham Toro grounded into a force out that allowed Ruben Castro and Almonte to score. Pal hit a 2-run single in his 2nd trip to the plate, and Luis Payano, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Franco, capped it off with a 2-run single.

Everyone in the Greeneville lineup recorded a hit; Franco and De La Cruz both went 3-4. Pal, Castro, and Miguelangel Sierra had 2 hits apiece.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Devon Carr allowed an unearned run in the 5th, and Ricardo Castro allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and fanned 4 in 4 innings.

Greeneville will begin a 3-game series against Pulaski tomorrow.

GCL Mets 3, GCL Astros 2

W- Sixto Torres (1-1)
L- Jorge Alcala (1-1)
S- Ronald Sanchez (1)

GCL home runs: Brody Westmoreland (1, solo in 2nd), Cristopher Luciano (1, solo in 7th)

Brody Westmoreland and Cristopher Luciano hit solo shots for the Kissimmee Stros; this was Westmoreland's first pro homer.

Hansel Paulino allowed 5 hits and struck out 4 over 3.2 innings, but he couldn't extract Jorge Alcala from a bases-loaded situation in the 5th inning; all 3 runners scored.

Monday's Stars


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Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Albert Minnis, LHP, Corpus Christi
3 IP, 3 K

Keegan Yuhl, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (8-2), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-2), 7 IP, H, unearned run, BB, 6 K

Osvaldo Duarte, SS/CF, Quad Cities
2-3, solo HR (3), 2 R

Astros Farm Report: 7-12

Checking in on a former bonus baby, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

7-12: LHP Tony Sipp (33)
7-14: LHP Salvador Montano (22)
7-15: LHP Carlos Hiraldo (20)
7-15: OF Ramon Laureano (22)
7-16: IF Keach Ballard (24)
7-16: IF Reiny Beltre (20)
7-18: IF/OF Marc Wik (24)

Ramon Laureano - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

Since we last checked in on the standings, Fresno has gone 5-2, has surpassed the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) to take second place in the division and now lags behind the first place Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) by only two and a half games. There are no wild cards and no first half qualifiers in the Pacific Coast League so they will have to take the division outright from the Rainiers in order to advance to the playoffs.

The Hooks are 4-4 in their last eight and are now three games behind Midland (Oakland) in the second half. However, Midland lags behind Corpus Christi in the overall season standings by 11 games and the Hooks are assured of a playoff berth regardless of what happens in the second half by virtue of winning the first half.

Lancaster is 6-2 since we last looked and has taken sole possession of first place in the second half. There is currently a three-way tie for second place among High Desert (Rangers), Lake Elsinore (Padres) and Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) who are only two games in back of Lancaster. This will be a fun second half race to follow!

Quad Cities is 5-3 in their last eight games and is now in a three-way tie for second place in the second half, along with Beloit (A's) and Wisconsin (Brewers). First place Clinton (Mariners) leads the pack by four games.

The ValleyCats have gone 5-2 in their last seven games and are now only two games behind division-leading Connecticut (Tigers) and one game behind the second place Lowell Spinners (Red Sox). They are currently tied for third place in the division with Vermont (A's) and are on a four-game win streak.

Greeneville is 4-4 in their last eight and trail division leaders Johnson City (Cardinals) by three and a half games and second place Bristol by only half a game. That's the good news. The bad news is that the remaining two teams in the division only trail Greeneville by a half game each so it's a very tight race.

The Gulf Coast League Astros have gone .500 in their last six games and trail the front running Nationals and Mets by two and a half games. Only three games separate all five teams in the division.

The DSL Blue team has been treading water, going 4-4 in their last 8 games and are now three and a half games behind the DSL Red Sox 1 team. The DSL Orange Astros has struggled over the last week and are 1-6 in their last seven. They are tied with the Rangers 2 team and trail the Red Sox 2 team by seven and a half games, but only trail the second place Phillies 2 team by one game.

AAA Fresno 2nd 46-42 .523 2.5GB W2

AA Corpus Christi 1st 57-31 .648 0.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 2nd 10-8 .556 3.0GB W1
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

A+ Lancaster 3rd 46-42 .523 6.5GB W2 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 12-7 .632 0.0GB W2

A- Quad Cities 6th 41-47 .466 11.5GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: T2nd 10-9 .526 4.0GB W1

SSA Tri-City T3rd 13-11 .542 2.0GB W4

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 8-11 .421 3.5GB W2

Rk- GCL 4th 7-9 .438 2.5GB L1

FRk DSL Blue 2nd 23-9 .719 3.5GB L1

FRk DSL Orange T3rd 15-16 .484 7.5GB L1

RANDOM FORMER ASTROS MINOR LEAGUER UPDATE

Ariel Ovando signed with the Astros for 2.6 million in 2010 as an outfielder. He hit .237/.287/.289 for Tri-City in his final season in the Astros organization. In December of 2014, Ovando was claimed in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft by the Cubs and the left-hander was converted to a pitcher. In 15 appearances for the Cubs rookie level Arizona League team, Ovando had a 0.43 and a 0.952 WHIP in 21 innings. Ovando was subsequently claimed from the Cubs by the Angels in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2015. In his second season as a pitcher, he has not fared quite as well as his first, compiling a 6.43 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP in seven outings (7IP) for the rookie level Orem Owlz. However, that ERA and WHIP are inflated by one particularly rough outing and Ovando has a 1.50 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in the remaining six outings. He will be 23 in September.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 9, 2016 

Let's play two in Fresno!

Game 1: Fresno 5, Reno 0

W- Brad Peacock (3-4)
L- Braden Shipley (7-5)

Fresno home runs: None.

In the first game of the twinbill, Brad Peacock dominated on the mound. He went the distance, allowing just 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 12. The 12 strikeouts is the most that he's recorded as a member of the Astros organization; his career high for Ks is 14, which occurred on May 13, 2011, when he was with Harrisburg in the Nationals organization.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 4th inning. Tyler White ripped a 2-run double of his own in the 5th, and Tony Kemp capped off the scoring in game 1 with a sac fly in the 6th. Singleton and Kemp both finished 2-3.

How did the Grizzlies fare in game 2?

Game 2: Fresno 4, Reno 3

W- James Hoyt (4-3)
L- Jimmie Sherfy (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (5, solo in 6th)

The Aces tied the game at 3 in the top of the 6th, but Max Stassi quickly re-established Fresno's advantage by smacking a solo homer in the bottom half. And so, the Grizzlies won their final series before the AAA All-Star break by sweeping the doubleheader.

Jordan Jankowski went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Josh Fields and James Hoyt pitched 2 innings apiece; Fields allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 4, and Hoyt allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3.

Tony Kemp drove in the first run of game 2 with an RBI single in the 2nd inning, and Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI groundout later in the frame. Teoscar added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th, and Stassi's home run in the 6th turned out to be the game-winning hit. Stassi finished 2-3 in the game, and Kemp did so as well.

The Triple-A All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 13 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. Brady Rodgers, James Hoyt, and Mike Hauschild will represent the Grizzlies on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Fresno will return to action on Thursday when they begin a 4-game series in New Orleans.

Corpus Christi 7, Tulsa 6

W- Kyle Smith (3-5)
L- Ralston Cash (5-3)
S- Aaron West (12)

CC home runs: None.

The missed extra point turned out to be the difference here... sorry, I was still in football mode. I was covering the Texas State 7-on-7 Football Tournament in College Station this weekend, so I'm still trying to recover from that.

The Hooks trailed 6-0 after the 2nd inning, but they turned the tables on the Drillers, culminating in a 6-run 7th inning that put them in the lead.

Kent Emanuel only lasted 2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 8 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 2. However, the Hooks bullpen picked him up by keeping the Drillers off the scoreboard for the final 7 innings. Kyle Smith allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings. Chris Cotton allowed a hit and walked 1 in 1.1 innings, and Aaron West pitched the final 1.2 innings to get the save; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 1.

Roberto Peña drove in Corpus Christi's first run with an RBI groundout in the 6th. The Hooks quickly found themselves down to their final out in the 6th, but Chase McDonald, Danry Vásquez, and Nick Tanielu all singled to load the bases. Alejandro Garcia followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Peña added an RBI single, and then James Ramsay hit a double. He was credited with 2 RBI on the play, and an error allowed him and Peña to score the go-ahead runs. McDonald and Garcia had 2 hits apiece; here's Ramsay's go-ahead double:





Inland Empire 6, Lancaster 2

W- Jason Hoppe (1-2)
L- Dean Deetz (4-5)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks scored first, but the 66ers finished up the game on a 6-0 run.

Lancaster's two runs both came in the 4th inning; Jason Martin grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Johnny Sewald, and one batter later, Trent Woodward hit an RBI single.

Dean Deetz went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and fanned 6. Kevin McCanna allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th inning.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Luiz Gohara (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (2-7)
S- Spencer Herrmann (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos couldn't get much going on offense; that is because the top third of the order had all of the hits, and they were all singles. Myles Straw and Kyle Tucker both went 2-4, while Osvaldo Duarte finished 1-4.

Albert Abreu allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Chris Murphy allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

Tri-City 4, West Virginia 3

W- Enrique Chavez (1-0)
L- James Marvel (1-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (1)

TC home runs: None.

Tri-City hung on to the win by staving off a 9th-inning rally from the Black Bears.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. In the 5th, Stephen Wrenn legged out an RBI bunt single. Jones added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th, and Alex DeGoti smacked an RBI ground-rule double in the 7th. Jones finished 3-4, while DeGoti (2B, RBI, SB [5]) and Brauly Mejia (2 R) both went 2-4.

Enrique Chavez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Hector Perez tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walking 4, and striking out 5. Nick Hernandez closed it out, but not before he allowed a 2-run double that cut the ValleyCats' lead to 1 and allowed the two runners he inherited from Perez to score. Hernandez struck out the side.

Elizabethton 4, Greeneville 3

W- Alex Schick (1-0)
L- Diogenes Almengo (0-1)
S- Colton Davis (3)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra 2 (8; solo in 1st, solo in 8th)

So, when will Miguelangel Sierra be promoted?

Sierra recorded his first career multi-homer game in this one by smacking two solo shots: the first led off the bottom of the 1st inning, and he sent another one out in the 8th. Luis Payano ripped an RBI double in the 9th to cut the Appy Astros' deficit to one run, but he was stranded there to end the game. Ray Henderson finished 2-4 with a double.

Diogenes Almengo went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (all on a home run) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Patrick Sandoval allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 in 4.1 innings, and Devin Raftery struck out the side in order in the 8th inning.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Phillies 7 in 11 innings

W- Juan Cuevas (5-2)
L- Steiner Carmona (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

Samir Caraballo finished 4-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Angel Tejeda finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored; Orlando Marquez also scored twice.

Juan Cuevas got the win, allowing 2 hits over 2 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 5

W- Miguel Matos (2-0)
L- Enmanuel Betances (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team surprised the Rangers with a late rally to take control.

Kendy Moya went 4-5 with a run scored, and Ronaldo Urdaneta was 2-4 with 2 RBI and a stolen base (7).

Miguel Matos allowed a solo homer to Adrian Pernalete in the 9th, which was the only run he allowed. Matos allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3 innings of work.

Saturday's Stars




Photo by Bryan Green
Miguelangel Sierra, SS, Greeneville
2-4, 2 solo HR (8)

Brad Peacock, RHP, Fresno
CG, 3 H, BB, 12 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-5), 4 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Enrique Chavez, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Results for Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tulsa 7, Corpus Christi 6

W- Joe Broussard (3-0)
L- Michael Freeman (3-3)
S- Gus Schlosser (2)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (8, 10 season; 3-run in 7th)

Jack Mayfield's blast tied the game at 6, but the Drillers went back in front with a run in the bottom of the 7th.

Chase McDonald put Corpus on the board with an RBI infield single in the 4th, and one batter later, Mott Hyde added a 2-run single. McDonald finished 2-4 on the day.

Edison Frias went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Michael Freeman allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings, and Ryan Thompson pitched a 1-2-3 8th.

Keegan Yuhl will start the series finale. He'll face Lisalverto Bonilla at 7:05.

Lancaster 17, Inland Empire 0

W- Akeem Bostick (1-1, 2-2 season)
L- Alex Klonowski (6-9)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (16, 2-run in 6th), Brooks Marlow (4, 6 season; 2-run in 6th)

Total domination from the JetHawks on Sunday night.


On the mound, Akeem Bostick and Andrew Thome joined forces to throw a 3-hit shutout. Bostick allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 6 in 7 innings, and Thome allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 over the final 2 frames.

In the series finale, Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Justin Anderson. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Clinton 12, Quad Cities 5


W- Pablo Lopez (5-0)
L- David Schmidt (2-1, 3-2 season)
S- Joey Strain (7)

QC home runs: None.

It all went horribly wrong for the Banditos after the 5th inning as Clinton seized control with 8 runs in the 6th.

Hector Roa, who finished a home run shy of the cycle in 4 trips to the plate, smashed an RBI double in the 2nd to open the scoring. He added an RBI triple to his ledger in the 4th. Pat Porter finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 8th. Later in the 8th, Kristian Trompiz hit a sac fly and Roa hit an RBI single.

Elieser Hernandez allowed 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. David Schmidt, Adam Whitt, and Zac Person all allowed 4 runs out of the bullpen. Schmidt only got 1 out in the 6th. He allowed a hit and walked 3, and 2 of the runs that were charged to him were inherited runners. Whitt pitched 2.2 inning and allowed 4 runs of his own on 4 hits and struck out 1. Person's 4 runs came on 3 hits, and he also walked 2 in the 9th inning.

Jose Luis Hernandez will start the series finale. He'll face Jeffeson Medina at 7:00.

Tri-City 5, West Virginia 3

W- Austin Nicely (2-1)
L- Danny Beddes (0-1)
S- Sean Stutzman (2)

TC home runs: Spencer Johnson (2, 4 season; grand slam in 3rd)

Spencer Johnson led Division I in home runs this past spring, and he's showing off that power. His slam in the 3rd inning put Tri-City on the board and in the lead. Rodrigo Ayarza added an RBI single in the 5th inning. Taylor Jones went 2-4.

Austin Nicely went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Sean Stutzman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Tonight, the ValleyCats are in Niles, Ohio, best known as the birthplace of former U.S. President William McKinley. They will be starting a 3-game series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at 7:05 Eastern. Dustin Hunt will face Luis Jimenez.

Greeneville 4, Elizabethton 1

W- Nathan Thompson (1-0)
L- Sean Poppen (0-2)
S- Salvador Montaño (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros got a couple of late insurance runs to provide some separation between them and the Twins.

Troy Sieber opened the scoring with an RBI single. Tyler Wolfe finished 2-5 with an RBI single in the 7th, and in the 8th, Vicente Sanchez hit an RBI groundout and Marcos Almonte added an RBI single. Almonte and Gabriel Bracamonte also had 2 hits in the game.

Tyler Britton and Nathan Thompson both threw 4 innings; Britton allowed 4 hits and struck out 6, while Thompson allowed a solo homer to Amaurys Minier in the 7th which accounted for Elizabethton's only run. Thompson allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3. Salvador Montaño worked around a walk to close out the game.

Abdiel Saldaña will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Nationals 5 in 10 innings

W- Dariel Aquino (1-1)
L- Matt Pirro (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Nationals tied this game with 4 in the top of the 7th, but the Kissimmee Stros walked off with a victory in the first extra frame.

Bryan Abreu allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless innings. Manuel Gonzalez allowed an unearned run on a sac fly, a single, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Ian Hardman was next; he went 1.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits and struck out 1. Cris Santamaria allowed a hit in 1.1 innings, but the 2 runners he inherited from Hardman scored on a sac fly and a wild pitch. Dariel Aquino went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Juan Piñeda (2 RBI, R, 2 SB [2]) and Reiny Beltre (RBI, R) both finished 2-4. Beltre was plunked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to bring in the winning run.

Sunday's Stars

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Piñeda, 2B, GCL Astros
2-4, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB (2)
Photo from MiLB.com
Hector Roa, OF, Quad Cities
3-4, 3 RBI; finished HR shy of cycle

Lancaster JetHawks: W 17-0 @ Inland Empire
Jason Martin: 2-5, 2-R HR (16), 2 R
Brooks Marlow: 3-5, 2B, 2-R HR (4, 6 season), 6 RBI
Tony Nuñez: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
Bryan Muñiz: 4-6, 4 R
Akeem Bostick: W (1-1, 2-2 season), 7 IP, H, 4 BB, 6 K
Andrew Thome: 2 IP, 2 H, K

Astros Farm Report: Roster Moves/Transactions

In addition to all these moves that I posted on Thursday, here are a few additional moves from the last few days:

7-11: OF Euclides Chavez assigned to DSL Astros Orange
7-11: RHP Jose Orta activated by DSL Astros Blue
7-10: 2B L.P. Pelletier assigned to the GCL (2016 20th round)
7-10: IF Luis Reynoso (Lancaster) released
7-9: RHP Michael Richez (DSL Astros Orange) released
7-9: IF Justin Garcia (Greeneville) released
7-9: 1B Troy Sieber assigned from the GCL to Greeneville (2016 24th round)
7-8: LHP Chris Cotton assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
7-8: IF Chan-Jong Moon placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL retroactive to 7-6
7-8: C Trent Woodward activated from the Lancaster 7-day DL
7-8: RHP Agapito Barrios (Quad Cities) sent on a rehab assignment to the GCL
7-7: OF Spencer Johnson assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City (2016 16th round)

Also, Baseball America is showing RHP Carson Larue (14th round) as having signed. Friday, July 15th is the deadline for the 2016 draft picks to sign and BA shows the Astros with 31 of 40 picks signed at this point.