Saturday, July 23, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 22, 2016

Fresno 4, Albuquerque 3

W- Josh Fields (1-0)
L- Miguel Castro (2-2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (11, solo in 6th), Max Stassi (6, walk-off solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies walked off with a win to begin a new series.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a walk. He advanced to 3rd on a Jon Singleton single and scored the first run of the evening on a passed ball. Tyler White led off the 6th with a home run, and then Teoscar followed with a single. Just like the 2nd inning, he moved over to 3rd on a Singleton single and scored on a Jon Kemmer single. The Isotopes tied the game at 3 with a run in the 7th inning, and that's where it stood heading into the bottom of the 9th. It didn't last very long, since Max Stassi led off the inning by whacking a home run to end the game.

Mike Hauschild went 6.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 10. Kevin Chapman was the first man out of the bullpen, and in an inning (final out of 7th, 2 outs in 8th), he walked 1 and struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit and recorded the final out of the 8th inning. Josh Fields walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Brad Peacock will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Harrison Musgrave at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 3

W- Edison Frias (4-1)
L- Jose Monegro (0-1)
S- Albert Minnis (1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (5, 9 season; solo in 7th), Danry Vásquez (2, solo in 8th)

Corpus held off a Roughriders rally in the top of the 9th to escape with a victory.

Edison Frias turned in another solid performance on the mound, allowing just one run on 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5 in 7 innings of work. Aaron West threw a scoreless 8th, but Frisco got to him for 2 runs (both unearned) on a couple of singles in the 9th inning. He struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Albert Minnis got a groundout for the final out of the game.

J.D. Davis drove in the first run of the game with a groundout in the 1st inning and scored on an error following a Danry Vásquez double in the 6th inning. Nick Tanielu led off the bottom of the 7th with a home run, and Danry struck again in the 8th with a solo home run. He and D.J. Fisher both finished 2-4 on the evening.

In game 3 of this series, Keegan Yuhl will take on Richelson Peña. First pitch is at 7:05.

High Desert 9, Lancaster 8

W- David Ledbetter (4-7)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-2, 5-4 season)
S- Nick Gardewine (2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks nearly came back from a 6-0 deficit, but... no cigar.

Johnny Sewald put Lancaster on the board with an RBI triple in the 3rd and scored on a Tony Nuñez groundout. Marc Wik added an RBI single in the 4th. Sewald led off the 5th with a double, and Nuñez brought him home with a single. Nuñez wound up scoring himself on a passed ball later in the inning. Jamie Ritchie scored in the 6th inning on a force out, and in the 7th, he drove in a run with a groundout. Later in the 7th, Wik added another RBI single to his ledger. Sadly, Lancaster's comeback bid ended there.

Sewald finished a home run shy of the cycle. Wik and Keach Ballard had 2 hits apiece for the Hawks.

Alex Winkelman went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 3 hits (3-run homer) and walked 6. Kevin McCanna tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1. Dean Deetz pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Akeem Bostick will take on Jeffrey Springs in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 6:05 Pacific.

Dayton 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Jesus Reyes (5-2)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (3-4)
S- Sarkis Ohanian (8)

QC home runs: None.

A solo homer in the top of the 9th put Dayton ahead and thwarted the Banditos' bid to sweep the series.

Elieser Hernandez threw 6.1 absolutely filthy innings for the River Bandits. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out a career-high 14. Zac Person was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and in 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked 1 and struck out 3. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched the final 1.1 innings, and the one run he allowed came in the form of a solo homer hit by James Vasquez in the top of the 9th. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Quad Cities' two runs came in the bottom of the 7th. Connor Goedert ripped an RBI double, and Pat Porter scored when Bobby Wernes grounded into a double play. Goedert's double was their only extra-base hit of the evening.

Tonight, Quad Cities will welcome the Bowling Green Hot Rods to Modern Woodmen Park. Jose Luis Hernandez will start the opener, and he'll face Roel Ramirez at 6:00. Ramirez is another Texas kid in the Minors; he is a native of Laredo.

Staten Island 13, Tri-City 7

W- Chad Taylor (1-0)
L- Agapito Barrios (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats couldn't withstand the Baby Bombers' offensive onslaught.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. In the 5th, an error allowed Alex De Goti and Tyler Wolfe to score, and Carmen Benedetti grounded into a force out that scored Ryne Birk. In the 7th, Benedetti added a sac fly and Birk scored on an errant pickoff throw. De Goti, who finished 2-4 and scored 4 runs, scored Tri-City's final run of the evening on an error that allowed Benedetti to reach. He was the only player in the ValleyCats lineup with a multi-hit game.

Agapito Barrios went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 4. Carlos Sierra allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings. Austin Nicely was next, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer) and walked 1. Howie Brey recorded the final 2 outs of the 8th, but not before he allowed 2 runs of his own, a 3-run homer, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tri-City will look to avoid the sweep at 6:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 2, Bristol 1

W- Tyler Britton (3-1)
L- Robbie Coursel (0-1)
S- Salvador Montaño (2)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (9, solo in 1st)

The Appy Astros were solid on the mound, and Miguelangel Sierra continued his power binge.

Sierra led off the 1st inning with his 9th home run of the season. The Pirates tied the game at 1 in the 5th, but Greeneville quickly regained the lead in the 6th as Marcos Almonte tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Almonte finished 2-4 and also hit a double.

Three pitchers threw 3 innings for Greeneville. Nathan Thompson started it off, and he allowed a hit and struck out 2. Tyler Britton was next, and he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and fanned 6. Salvador Montaño's 3 frames were perfect, and he capped off the win by striking out 4.

Abdiel Saldaña will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Marlins 3

W- Juan Robles (1-0)
L- Edward Cabrera (0-4)
S- Leovanny Rodriguez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros doubled up the Marlins in a game that had quite a bit of significance for a first-round pick.

Forrest Whitley made his professional debut, and he allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 1st inning. No GCL pitcher went more than 2 innings in this game. Yeyfry Del Rosario and Yhoan Acosta followed Whitley with an inning of their own; Del Rosario allowed a run on an error, a triple, and walked 1 in the 2nd, and Acosta walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 3rd. Juan Robles allowed a hit and fanned 1 in 2 innings. Gabriel Valdez and Hansel Paulino each pitched an inning. Valdez allowed a run on a sac fly and a double in the 6th, while Paulino worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th. Leovanny Rodriguez pitched the final 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Carlos Machado drove in the Kissimmee Stros' first run of the day with a groundout in the 1st. He added an RBI triple to his ledger in the 3rd and scored on a Brody Westmoreland sac fly. Machado and Westmoreland were responsible for the offensive production; they both recorded 3 RBI. Machado grounded into a force out that scored Cristopher Luciano, and Westmoreland hit an RBI single in the 4th. Westmoreland added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th inning. Wilson Amador finished a home run shy of the cycle, while Andy Piñeda went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Marlins 3

W- Johsson Arias (1-0)
L- Yeremin Lara (0-2)
S- Juan Cuevas (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team scored 3 in the 6th to take the lead. They wreaked havoc on the bases, going 9-10 on their stolen base attempts.

Alfredo Angarita and Nicolás Miranda successfully executed a double steal in the 1st and an error allowed the two of them to score. Angarita hit an RBI single in the 6th. Nestor Tejada laid down a sac bunt that allowed Ozziel Sanchez-Galan to score the go-ahead run, and Miranda added an RBI single. Angarita finished 2-5 with 3 stolen bases (13), while Miranda had 2 hits and 2 stolen bases (5).

Jheyson Caraballo allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Robert Corniel allowed an unearned run, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Johsson Arias walked 5 and struck out 5 over 3.2 scoreless innings, and Juan Cuevas got the final out of the game.

DSL Rangers2 7, DSL Astros Orange 6 in 10 innings

W- Yerry Rodriguez (2-1)
L- Bernardo Heras (0-1)

Orange home runs: Vicente Mota (3, solo in 6th)

The Rangers tied the game in the 8th and walked off with the win.

Both teams scored 2 in the 2nd; the Orange team's 2 runs came on a pair of RBI doubles from Vicente Mota and Yeuris Ramirez. In the 3rd, Kendy Moya scored on a wild pitch and Gilberto Celestino scored on an error. Celestino, who finished a homer shy of the cycle, tripled in the 5th and scored on the ensuing error. Mota whacked a solo homer in the 6th.

Humberto Castellanos went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jose Antonio Hernandez, Luis Castro, Cristofer Melendez, and Yohan Ramirez all pitched 1.2 innings. Hernandez was first, and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2. Castro had 2 inherited runners charged to him; he also allowed a hit and walked 3. Melendez allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1, and Ramirez allowed a hit and struck out 1. Bernardo Heras allowed the winning run on a sac fly and walked 1.

Friday's Stars

Alfredo Angarita, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, RBI, 3 SB (13)
Gilberto Celestino, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R
Vicente Mota, C/1B, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R


Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
6.1 IP, 3 H (solo HR), 2 ER, BB, 14 K (career-high)

Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-1), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

  
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Nathan Thompson, LHP, Tyler Britton, RHP, and Salvador Montaño, LHP, Greeneville
Thompson (above left): 3 IP, H, 2 K
Britton (above right): W (3-1), 3 IP, 2 H, unearned run, 6 K
Montaño (bottom): Save (2), 3 IP, 4 K

Alex De Goti, SS, Tri-City
2-4, 4 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Brody Westmoreland, 3B, GCL Astros
2-3, 3 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Wilson Amador, OF, GCL Astros
3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R

Friday, July 22, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 21, 2016

Round Rock 3, Fresno 0

W- Michael Roth (8-3)
L- Tommy Shirley (7-7)
S- Andrew Faulkner (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it did not belong to the Grizzlies. Fresno only had two hits in this game, and they both belonged to Tony Kemp.

Tommy Shirley went 2.1 innings and allowed a 3-run home run to Joey Gallo in the 3rd, 5 other hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen; he walked 1 and struck out 5 over 2.2 scoreless. Jandel Gustave allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski struck out the side in order in the 8th inning.

The Grizzlies will return home, with Alex Bregman still with the club, to begin a 4-game series with Albuquerque tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Mike Hauschild will take on Kyle Freeland.

I'm not thrilled that Alex Bregman isn't a Houston Astro yet, especially when this is an ideal time to have him up. But... I strongly suspect that the Astros front office knows what they're doing. They do a pretty good job at testing whether we can delay our gratification, and I admit that there are times (see: George Springer flirting with 40-40 in the minors in 2013) where I have failed badly at this. He'll be in the Majors this year. Just..... not at this moment.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 6 in 10 innings

W- John Fasola (3-1)
L- Chris Cotton (1-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (15, 2-run in 3rd), Roberto Peña (8, 2-run in 8th)

The Roughriders tied the game with a run in the 9th and went ahead with a run in the first extra frame.

Mott Hyde put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. J.D. Davis clubbed a 2-run home run in the 3rd to put them in the lead, and Nolan Fontana added an RBI single in the 4th. Roberto Peña responded to Frisco's 4-run 7th inning with a 2-run home run in the 8th that put the Hooks back in front. Six players finished with two hits in this game, including Davis, Fontana, and Hyde.

Evan Grills went 6.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2 solo homers) and struck out 6. Kyle Smith tagged in to throw 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Chris Cotton allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings.

Edison Frias will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Scott Carroll at 7:05.

Lancaster 9, High Desert 8 in 11 innings

W- Kevin Comer (2-2)
L- Felix Carvallo (6-2)

Lancaster home runs; Bryan Muñiz (9, solo in 2nd), Aaron Mizell (4, 6 season; solo in 8th), Drew Ferguson 2 (7; solo in 8th, walk-off 2-run in 11th)

The Astros' affiliates dropped 2 of 3 from the Rangers' affiliates on Thursday, but the one win came in walk-off fashion. The JetHawks erased a 7-2 deficit by finishing the game on a 7-1 run, scoring 2 in the 8th and the 9th to force extras and winning the game with Drew Ferguson's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 11th.

Bryan Muñiz's solo home run in the 2nd put Lancaster on the board. Drew Ferguson drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th, and Aaron Mizell scored on an error following a Johnny Sewald single in the 6th inning. Mizell and Ferguson led off the 8th with solo home runs, and then in the 9th, Mizell tied the game with a 2-out, 2-run double. The Mavs re-took the lead with a run in the 11th, but in the bottom of the inning, Ferguson sent the crowd at The Hangar home happy by sending a ball into the warm Antelope Valley night for a 2-run home run, his second of the evening. He finished 3-4 in the game. Mizell finished 2-6 with 3 RBI and scored twice, and Sewald and Tony Nuñez went 2-6 from the top of the order.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 7. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the JetHawks bullpen, and he took ownership of the 6th inning. It was a rare off night for Dorris as he allowed 3 runs of his own in addition to allowing both of Armenteros' runners to score. His 3 runs all scored on a home run. Dorris allowed 4 other hits in his outing. Scott Weathersby stopped the bleeding with 3.2 scoreless innings; he allowed 3 hits and fanned 3. Kevin Comer pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will start against David Ledbetter. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 12, Dayton 4

W- Matt Bower (4-0, 6-3 season)
L- Ty Boyles (2-6)

QC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (3, 3-run in 2nd), Pat Porter (5, solo in 5th)

Quad Cities saw their lead whittled down to one run, thanks to a 3-run 6th from the Dragons, but they responded with 3 of their own in the bottom of the 6th and put this game away with a 4-run 8th inning.

Anthony Hermelyn's 3-run home run in the 2nd inning put the Banditos on the board and in the lead. Myles Straw hit a single in the 4th, and on the ensuing error, Randy César scored. Pat Porter whacked a solo homer in the 5th inning.

César, Hermelyn, and Myles Straw led off the 6th by singling to load the bases. Kristian Trompiz grounded into a force out that erased Straw at 2nd base, but an error allowed César and Hermelyn to score. Trompiz, who advanced to 2nd on the gaffe, stole 3rd and scored on a Kyle Tucker sacrifice fly. Trompiz reached on another error in the 8th and scored on a triple from Hector Roa. Arturo Michelena followed with a 2-run double, and Connor Goedert capped off the scoring with an RBI single.

César finished 3-5 and scored 3 runs in his Midwest League debut. Hermelyn (3-R HR, 2 R), Roa (2B, 3B, RBI, R), Porter (solo HR, 2 R), and Goedert (RBI, R) all had 2 hits in this game.

Matt Bower went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 11. He is the second pitcher in the Astros system to reach the 100-strikeout plateau this season. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless innings, and Makay Nelson walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 9th inning.

Elieser Hernandez will take the mound as the Banditos look for the sweep. He'll face Austin Orewiler, a Galveston native and Rice product, at 7:00.

Staten Island 6, Tri-City 5

W- Taylor Widener (2-0)
L- Kevin Hill (0-2)
S- Brooks Kriske (3)

TC home runs: Jake Rogers (2, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats' comeback bid fell one run short.

Taylor Jones drove in Tri-City's first run with a groundout in the 2nd inning. Jake Rogers followed by launching a solo homer. Alex De Goti followed Rogers' blast with a single and was able to make it to 2nd base on an error. De Goti then stole 3rd (7) and scored on a wild pitch. Ronnie Dawson ripped an RBI double in the 3rd inning. De Goti hit a one-out single in the 9th and made his way to 3rd, thanks to a couple of wild pitches. Rodrigo Ayarza, who was batting at the time, walked, and Ryne Birk brought De Goti home with a sac fly. Unfortunately, Ayarza was left at first base to end the game. De Goti (2 R) and Carmen Benedetti (2B) both finished 2-4.

Dustin Hunt went 1.2 innings and allowed a 3-run home run to Timmy Robinson in the 1st, which was the only hit that he allowed. He walked 2 and struck out 1. Ryan Hartman tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 6. Kevin Hill allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

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

Greeneville 6, Johnson City 1

W- Diogenes Almengo (1-1)
L- Austin Sexton (0-1)
S- Angelo Serrano (1)

Greeneville home runs: Chaz Pal (2, 3-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros avoided the sweep thanks to a big home run that gave them a little more breathing room on the scoreboard.

Jonathan Arauz opened the scoring in the 2nd inning with an RBI double. Chaz Pal got plunked to lead off the 5th, advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a Vicente Sanchez single. Pal got his revenge in the 6th as he whacked a 3-run home run to extend Greeneville's lead to 5-1. Troy Sieber capped off the scoring in the 7th by ripping an RBI double.

Sieber (2B, RBI, 2 BB), Arauz (2B, RBI), Pal (2B, 3-R HR, 2 R), and Gabriel Bracamonte (2 R) all finished with 2 hits apiece in this game.

Diogenes Almengo allowed a solo homer to Bryce Denton in the 5th which accounted for Johnson City's only run. In 5 innings, Almengo allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Patrick Sandoval tagged in for 3.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 4, and striking out 1. Angelo Serrano inherited a bases-loaded situation from Sandoval in the 9th, but he was able to record the final two outs of the game, thwarting the Cardinals' comeback bid.

Nathan Thompson will start for the Appy Astros tonight as they get set to start a 3-game series with Bristol. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Mets 0 (play suspended)

This game will be completed on July 26.

DSL Athletics 2, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Jhenderson Hurtado (2-1)
L- Javier Navas (1-1)
S- Jean Ruiz (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Well, the Blue team was left to rue some missed opportunities on offense in this one; they were 0-11 with runners in scoring position.

Angel Tejeda's RBI single in the 7th was their only scoring play. He and Nicolás Miranda had 2 hits apiece.

Javier Navas allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Angel Matos allowed a run on a force out, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 6th, and Juan Corniel allowed a hit over 2 scoreless.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Red Sox2 3

W- Asael Uribe (2-2)
L- Joan Martinez (0-1)
S- Yohan Ramirez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team made it two in a row over the Red Sox 2.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 6th inning; the Orange team's two runs came on an RBI single from Hector Martinez and an Anthony Rodriguez RBI double. In the 8th, Ronaldo Urdaneta scored on a wild pitch, and Martinez scored on an errant pickoff throw. Martinez finished 2-3 in this one.

Junior Garcia allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Miguel Matos went 2 innings, walking 4 and striking out 2. Asael Uribe went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a single, walked 3, and struck out 3. Yohan Ramirez allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Thursday's Stars


Photo from MiLB.com
Chaz Pal, OF, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, 3-R HR (2), 2 R

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Diogenes Almengo, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 3-R HR (3), 2 R

Scott Weathersby, RHP, Lancaster
3.2 IP, 3 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
3-4, 2 HR (7), 4 RBI, 2 R; walk-off 2-R HR in 11th

Aaron Mizell, 2B/OF, Lancaster
2-6, 2B, solo HR (4, 6 season), 3 RBI, 2 R; hit game-tying 2-R 2B in 9th

Getting to Know Tri-City ValleyCats OF/DH Carmen Benedetti

Tri-City ValleyCats OF/DH Carmen Benedetti was literally the first player I saw when I arrived in Troy, New York on Saturday. He was by the stands, holding court with a couple of fans, when I introduced myself. I was immediately struck by his engaging personality and his quiet self-confidence. Benedetti is someone who is very comfortable in his own skin.

Carmen Benedetti - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


Benedetti, the Astros 2016 12th round pick out of the University of Michigan, has had a very good start to his professional career. In 21 games for the Tri-City ValleyCats short season A club, he has hit .364/.411/.432 and is even better against his fellow southpaws (.421/.500/.526) and with runners in scoring position (.419/.455/.484).

In talking to Tri-City Manager Lamarr Rogers about Benedetti, it was once again Carmen's personality that came to the forefront in our conversation. "Carmen is a very interesting player to me. I love his ... I guess you would say ... his flow. He's never too high. He's never too low. He's in his own space. It's fun. He's very secure in who he is. He's a bright spot on this team from a personality standpoint. He's very up tempo, lively personality, a lot of fun to be around. His little mannerisms and the things that he does makes every one smile. I just think that it's an asset to him and I hope he doesn't change," said Rogers.

Rogers continued, "He's new to professional baseball, but he seems to have made the adjustment offensively. He's got some work to do defensively, but obviously he does swing a very good stick."


I would like to echo Rogers statement. I also hope that Benedetti doesn't change. With such a great personality, he is destined to become a fan favorite.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fresno 8, Round Rock 5

W- César Valdez (8-1)
L- Jose Leclerc (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (25)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (6, 3-run in 7th)

A 3-run home run in the 6th gave the Express the lead, but the Grizzlies regained control of this game thanks to a 6-run 7th inning. All of the scoring in this game was done in the 6th and the 7th.

In the 6th inning, Colin Moran opened the scoring with an RBI double and Jack Mayfield added an RBI single.

Alex Bregman hit a single with one out in the 7th inning, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a Preston Tucker single. Teoscar Hernandez walked to load the bases, and Moran followed with a 2-run single. One batter later, Jon Kemmer delivered the biggest hit of the night as he whacked a 3-run home run to put the Grizz up 8-3.

Bregman (R) and Tucker (RBI, 2 R) both finished with 3 hits, while Teoscar (2 R, 2 BB) and Moran (2B, 3 RBI, R) had two hits apiece.

César Valdez went 6.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he walked 1 and struck out 1. James Hoyt threw a 1-2-3 9th for his 25th save of the season.

Tommy Shirley will start for the Grizz as they look for the sweep tonight. He'll face Michael Roth at 7:05.

Midland 5, Corpus Christi 4

W- Andres Avila (4-2)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-1, 2-2 season)
S- Bobby Wahl (7)

CC home runs: None.

The Hounds took this game, and the series, thanks to a 3-run 6th inning that put them in the lead. Corpus held a 4-2 lead after 3 innings, but they were kept off the scoreboard for the last 6 innings.

Nolan Fontana opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. The Hooks scored 2 in the 2nd inning on an RBI double from Conrad Gregor and a Danry Vásquez RBI groundout. J.D. Davis hit a one-out double in the 3rd and scored on a Chase McDonald single. Davis and Gregor both finished 2-4.

Francis Martes went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1. Aaron West struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th inning.

Tonight, the Hooks will begin a 4-game series against Frisco. Evan Grills will take on Victor Payano at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will start a 4-game series with High Desert tonight at 6:35.

Quad Cities 6, Dayton 4

W- Yoanys Quiala (2-7)
L- Jacob Constante (4-8)
S- David Schmidt (3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos jumped out to a 5-1 lead in this one. Dayton managed to cut that lead to one run, but Quad Cities managed to hold them off to take the first game in this series.

It was a big night for Osvaldo Duarte, who set a new career high with 4 hits. He hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning to put the Bandits on the board. One batter later, Kyle Tucker added an RBI groundout. Duarte had an RBI bunt single in the 5th and an error on the play allowed him to move to 2nd base. Tucker hit an RBI single that scored Myles Straw, and Dex McCall followed with an RBI single of his own. Duarte ripped a one-out RBI double in the 7th and scored the final run of the evening from there after Tucker struck out on a pitch that was also ruled a passed ball. Myles Straw (2 R), Dex McCall (RBI), and Christian Correa (R) all had 2 hits on the night.

Yoanys Quiala went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Justin Ferrell got one out in the 7th with a strikeout, but he loaded the bases by issuing 2 walks and plunking another batter, and a third walk allowed a run to score. David Schmidt came on to try to get Ferrell out of this bases-loaded jam, and one of the runners scored on a single, but another was thrown out at home trying to score. Schmidt got the Bandits out of the inning with the lead as well, and the laost two innings were slightly less stressful for him. In 2.2 innings, he allowed 2 hits and struck out 4.

Matt Bower will start game 2 of this series. He'll go up against Ty Boyles at 7:00.

Tri-City was off

Dustin Hunt will start the first of a 3-game series against Staten Island at 7:00 Eastern.

Johnson City 7, Greeneville 6 in 13 innings

W- Noel Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Reggie Johnson (2-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

A walk-off error is a pretty rough way to lose a game. The Appy Astros tied the game with a run in the top of the 9th and scored 2 in the 10th to take the lead, but the Cardinals responded with 2 in their half of the 10th to tie and walked off with the win, thanks to that Greeneville miscue.

Frankeny Fernandez put Greeneville on the board with an RBI groundout in the 5th inning. He added a 2-run double to his ledger in the 7th. Connor MacDonald had the only RBI that was not credited to Fernandez in this game; he tied the game with an RBI single in the 9th. Fernandez was back at it in the 10th with a 2-run single. He and Ruben Castro (2B, R) finished 3-6. The bottom third of Greeneville's lineup scored all 6 runs; Castro was the #7 hitter in the order. Tyler Wolfe went 2-4 and scored 3 times, and Vicente Sanchez doubled, walked twice, and scored twice.

Carlos Hiraldo got the start and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Carlos Sanabria was the first man out, and in 4 innings, he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2. Luis Ramirez was next; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a solo homer, and walked 1 in the 10th inning. Reggie Johnson got the loss despite not allowing the winning run. The run, which was unearned, was an inherited runner that was charged to him. In 2.1 innings, Johnson allowed 4 hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 2. Devin Raftery got one out via a force out, but a botched double play attempt allowed the winning run to score.

The Appy Astros will look to salvage a game from what surely has to be a frustrating series for them. Diogenes Almengo will face Austin Sexton at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 9, GCL Astros 7

W- Jonny Reid (2-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1. 0-2 season)
S- Joseph Baltrip (3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros could not quite come back from an 8-3 deficit.

Andy Piñeda and Wilson Amador scored the first runs of the game on an error in the 1st inning. Brody Westmoreland ripped an RBI double in the 3rd and added an RBI single in a 4-run 7th inning. In that 7th inning, Cristopher Luciano drew a bases-loaded walk, Jonathan Matute hit a sac fly, and Joan Maurcio smacked an RBI double. Mauricio (2 2B, RBI) and Westmoreland (2B, 2 RBI, R) both finished 2-5.

Brian Holmes, in his first rehab appearance, allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Christian Powell, also on a rehab assignment, got 2 outs in the 3rd and allowed a run on a force out, a single, walked 2, and struck out 1. Luis Vasquez allowed a 2-run home run to Juan Soto in the 4th. In 1.1 innings, he allowed one other hit, walked 1, and fanned 1. Bryan Abreu tagged in for 2 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. César Rosado pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2.

DSL Astros Blue 16, DSL Athletics 5

W- Gabriel Pirela (3-0)
L- Santiago Rodriguez (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team scored 16 runs despite only recording 7 hits in this game. All 16 runs came in the first 4 innings. Only in the Dominican Summer League.



Yulian Frontado allowed a hit, walked 2, and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless. Jose Orta and Jean Reyes both pitched an inning; Orta allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 4th, while Reyes allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 5th. Edwin Fidel allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Gabriel Pirela allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Red Sox2 1

W- Jose Bravo (1-0)
L- Bryan Mata (3-2)
S- Willy Collado (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team was held to 4 hits, but they managed to get the win to climb back above .500.

Jose Bravo won his pro debut; he went 5 innings and 6 hits and struck out 2. Maikel Sepulveda pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4, and Willy Collado struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.

Gilberto Celestino opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Vicente Mota added another sac fly in the 7th, and Jose Antonio Hernandez scored on an error in the 8th. Yeuris Ramirez finished 2-3 with a double.

Wednesday's Stars

Jose Bravo, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (1-0), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 K
Orlando Marquez, C, DSL Astros Blue: 2-3, 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-7), 6 IP, 7 H (solo HR), 2 ER, BB, 5 K

Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Quad Cities
4-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Hiraldo, LHP, Greeneville
5 IP, 4 H, unearned run, BB, 2 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Frankeny Fernandez, 2B/OF, Greeneville
3-6, 2B, 5 RBI

Getting to Know ValleyCats RHP Hector Perez and 3B Randy Cesar

Two years ago when I was in Tri-City last, I was bowled over by a ball of energy and enthusiasm who goes by the name of Doris Gonzalez. Doris's full title with the Astros is Supervisor of Player Acculturation and Language Development. She has been working diligently with the Astros for several years now in helping to guide the Spanish-speaking players in the system toward a better grasp of both the English language and the cultural differences they will encounter playing in the U.S.

Doris had seen my video interview with Teoscar Hernandez and Danry Vasquez and liked how I teamed the two up for moral support since Teoscar was a little nervous about his English proficiency. It turned out that he had nothing to worry about and gave a terrific interview. Danry is so outgoing that he helped Teoscar to relax and enjoy the process.

Doris grabbed me and we headed to the clubhouse to talk to a couple of her pupils who she deemed to be ready for prime time (or at least for my modest little blog) and the result was an entertaining interview with Francis Ramirez and Alfredo Gonzalez.

Knowing that there were a fairly large number of Latin players on the ValleyCats team, I reached out to Doris before my trip to find out who she thought was up to the challenge. Out of her list of eight I honed in on two players having very good seasons ... RHP Hector Perez and 3B Randy Cesar. Here is the result.



Wanting to know a little more about these two players, I reached out to Manager Lamarr "Mars" Rogers and Pitching Coach Drew French. French had high praise for Perez, saying, "He encompasses everything that is a pro, his day in and day out work ethic, how he responds to coaching, bad outings, good outings. (He's) about the most consistent individual that we have here."

When I asked French what he considered to be Perez's best offspeed, he responded, "He has three really, really major league quality offspeed pitches, but his slider is probably a little bit above the other two pitches because it does come in at times at 87 or 88 miles an hour. And it's got really good late bite to it so I would say the slider is probably the best but the other two are coming along and he can get outs with all four of his pitches." French is also happy with what Perez has accomplished in working with his fastball, "Delivery-wise, he's come a long way since Spring Training where his velocity (was) between 88 and 91. (A minor) tweak to his delivery and all of a sudden, you're seeing some 97's and 98's at times with him."

Perez still needs to finetune his command, but French feels that is coming along as well. According to French, they have focused on command in his side work and as a matter of routine in a way that he can put that practice to work without having to even think about it.

"He's just a really good kid, really good personality, really good team guy. Winning really does matter to him and his teammates having success also matters a lot," said French.

Similarly, Rogers sees in Cesar a player who's coming into his own. "He was with me all last year in Greeneville, played very solid defensively, but struggled offensively. He was kind of sporadic, up and down. Sometimes he'd be hot. Sometimes he'd be cold. And his problem was consistency. The thing that he's learned how to do this year ... (is) to mentally prepare himself on a day in and day out basis at this level. It's very clear. He has a routine. He's figured out how to pace himself and he's gone into a methodical process of how he goes about his day."

Rogers continued, "That's what you see at the higher levels. Each player develops differently, but they have a process of how they get ready for a ballgame and how they're able to perform. You can tell that his maturity has clicked in. He's getting it now. I'm real proud of him."

Rogers called Cesar a big, strong kid ... a good third base body who's hitting the ball to all parts of the field and plays a good third base. Rogers thinks that Cesar's continued development will be the key for him, but he's very happy with what he's seen so far this season.

And I think Doris will be happy with the responses I got in talking to two of her pupils. Personally, I appreciate what she does because it has opened a door for me to talk to just that many more players coming up through the system.

Hector and Randy, thank you for your time and your bravery! And the best of luck as your seasons continue.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fresno 1, Round Rock 0

W- Joe Musgrove (4-3, 6-4 season)
L- Nick Martinez (6-5)
S- James Hoyt (24)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it belonged to the Grizzlies. Alex Bregman finished 2-4 with a double and scored the only run of the evening on a Tyler White RBI single in the 3rd inning. 

Joe Musgrove, Josh Fields, and James Hoyt joined forces on a shutout. Musgrove allowed 6 hits and struck out a season-high 9 batters. Fields and Hoyt both allowed a hit and struck out a batter; Fields did so in the 8th, and Hoyt recorded this line as he recorded his 24th save.  

César Valdez will start game 3 of this series, and he'll face Austin Bibens-Dirkx at 7:05.

Midland 14, Corpus Christi 2

W- Joel Seddon (4-8)
L- Cy Sneed (4-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored first.... but it was all Rockhounds afterwards.

Garrett Stubbs singled to lead off the game, made his way around the bases via a wild pitch and a groundout, and scored the first run of the evening on another wild pitch. Stubbs, who finished 2-3, hit an RBI single in the 7th inning. James Ramsay also finished 2-3.

Cy Sneed had a tough night on the mound, and in general, the Hooks pitching staff got smacked around on Tuesday. In their line of work, these nights happen. They'll bounce back from this.

In the series finale, Francis Martes will take on Chris Jensen. First pitch is at 6:30. 

Lancaster 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4

W- Trent Thornton (7-4)
L- Josh Sborz (7-4)
S- Kevin Comer (1)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (8, solo in 1st)

The JetHawks shook off a bit of a rough start in order to earn the series split.

Trent Thornton served up two home runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but he recovered and was able to salvage a quality start. In the opening frame, Edwin Rios tagged him for a 2-run shot and Joey Curletta hit a solo homer. In 6 innings, Thornton allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Andrew Thome allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th. Ryan Deemes was next, and he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. He left a couple of runners on for Kevin Comer, who was able to record the final out of the game.
Bobby Boyd wasted little time in getting the scoring started; he led off the game with a home run. Bryan Muñiz hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and the JetHawks scored 3 in the 6th to take the lead. Muñiz walked to lead off the inning, advanced to 3rd on a Trent Woodward single, and scored the tying run on a botched force out attempt. Boyd put Lancaster in the lead with a 2-run single. He finished 3-5, a double shy of the cycle, and was the only man in the JetHawks lineup with a multi-hit night. Drew Ferguson went 0-3, but he walked, scored a run, and stole 2 bases (22).

The California League incarnation of the Lone Star Series begins tomorrow as the JetHawks welcome High Desert to The Hangar.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will begin a 3-game series against Dayton tonight at 7:00. Yoanys Quiala will face Jacob Constante.

Batavia 6, Tri-City 4 in 10 innings

W- Dustin Beggs (2-0)
L- Sean Stutzman (1-2)
S- Dylan Lee (1)

TC home runs: Spencer Johnson (3, 5 season; solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Muckdogs tied the game at 4 in the 8th inning and took the lead with 2 in the first extra frame.

Spencer Johnson had a solid day; he went 4-5 with a double, scored 2 runs, and his solo home run in the 2nd was the game's first scoring play. After Batavia scored 3 in the top of the 3rd to take the lead, Ryne Birk composed the response in the 4th inning with a 2-run single. Brauly Mejia added an RBI single in the 5th inning. Mejia was one of four ValleyCats who finished this game with 2 hits; Rodrigo Ayarza, Carmen Benedetti, and Chuckie Robinson (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits as well.

Enrique Chavez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Hector Perez tagged in for 4 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Sean Stutzman pitched the 10th and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on a single, walked 1, hit 1, and struck out 2.

The ValleyCats have today off. Dustin Hunt will start the first game of a 3-game set in Staten Island on Thursday.

Johnson City 4, Greeneville 3

W- Estarlin Arias (3-0)
L- Lucas Williams (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros walked off with a loss that snapped their 8-game winning streak.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st and the 3rd: Bryan De La Cruz ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring, and Troy Sieber hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Jonathan Arauz added a sac fly in the 4th inning. Marcos Almonte finished 2-4 with a run scored and stole a base (6, 8 season). 

Jorge Guzman went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Ben Smith successfully extracted Guzman from a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd by inducing an inning-ending double play. Smith pitched 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. The winning run scored with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th against Lucas Williams. He threw a 1-2-3 8th inning, but could not preserve the tie. In 1.1 innings, he allowed the winning run on 2 hits and struck out 1.

Carlos Hiraldo will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jordan Hicks at 7:00 Eastern. Hicks, who is from Houston, is a 2015 graduate of Cy Creek.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Rays1 1

W- Ronel Blanco (5-1)
L- Angel Felipe (0-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team scored a run in the 7th and 3 more in the 8th to pull away from the Rays.

Carlos Canelon walked to lead off the bottom of the 2nd. He then advanced to 2nd base on a base hit, and two wild pitches allowed him to score the first run of the day. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan added an RBI single later in the inning. Jose Benjamin hit an RBI double in the 7th, and in the 8th, Alfredo Angarita ripped a 2-run double and scored the final run of the game on a double play.

Juan Lopez went 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Yonatan Quintin was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Ronel Blanco allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Mets2 1

W- Gerardo Bojorquez (1-3)
L- Miguel Ramirez (0-3)
Orange home runs: None.

Four pitchers held the Mets 2 to just three hits in this game.

Francisco Villegas allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless. Jose Antonio Hernandez recorded two outs in the 5th via the strikeout, but he also loaded the bases with 3 walks. Gerardo Bojorquez got him out of the jam and went 3.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8. Yohan Ramirez worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

Hector Martinez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. He then stole 2nd base and scored on an error that allowed Yeuris Ramirez to reach. In the 5th, Kendy Moya hit an RBI double. Vicente Mota tripled in the 6th inning and scored on a wild pitch. Jose Abel Hernandez hit an RBI single in the 8th, and Gilberto Celestino drove in the final run of the day with an RBI single in the 9th. Hernandez finished 2-4.

Tuesday's Stars


Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City
4 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Spencer Johnson, OF/1B, Tri-City
4-5, 2B, solo HR (3, 5 season), 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Ben Smith, LHP, Greeneville
4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Fresno
W (4-3, 6-4 season), 7 IP, 6 H, 9 K

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 3B, solo HR (8), 3 RBI

Astros Farm Report: 7-20

Just flew in from Troy, New York and, boy, are my arms tired. Rimshot. Let's get caught up on a few things down on the Farm.

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

7-20: RHP Lucas Williams (22)
7-22: RHP Angel Heredia (24)
7-23: 3B Anthony Rodriguez (20)

Angel Heredia - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Time to get caught up on the moves you may have missed!

7-18: RHP Jose Bravo assigned to the DSL Astros Orange
7-18: RHP Yeyfry del Rosario sent to the Gulf Coast League on a rehab assignment
7-18: RHP Agapito Barrios sent to Tri-City on a rehab assignment
7-18: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
7-17: LHP Yhoan Acosta assigned to the Gulf Coast League
7-17: LHP Alex Winkelman activated from the Lancaster 7-day DL
7-17: RHP Gonzalo Sanudo assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
7-16: IF Yulieski Gurriel signed and optioned to the Gulf Coast League
7-16: IF Matt Duffy (Fresno) designated for assignment
7-16: RHP Chad Donato transferred from the GCL 7-day DL to the 60-day DL
7-16: 3B Wander Franco assigned from Greeneville to the GCL
7-16: RHP Jose Ramos (GCL) released
7-15: RHP Christian Powell sent to the Gulf Coast League on a rehab assignment
7-15: OF Alejandro Garcia placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-15: IF Chan Jong Moon activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-15: 3B Reiny Beltre assigned from the Gulf Coast League to Greeneville
7-14: IF Jack Mayfield assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
7-14: IF Nolan Fontana assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
7-13: RHP Jorge Guzman assigned from the Gulf Coast League to Greeneville
7-13: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to the Gulf Coast League
7-12: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to the DSL Astros Orange
7-12: IF Anardo Peralto (DSL) released
7-12: RHP Cosme Zapata (DSL) released
7-12: RHP Ezequiel Madera (DSL) released
7-9: OF Jose Miguel Hernandez (DSL) released

TRI-CITY TRIP

I just returned from Tri-City and will have several interviews coming out over the next several days. While I sort through all of my notes, enjoy this short video of 'Cats RHP Juan Santos showing off his skills with the lumber ...



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 18, 2016

Fresno 8, Round Rock 1

W- Jordan Jankowski (1-2)
L- Eric Jokisch (2-2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (10, 2-run in 8th)

The top third of the Grizzlies' batting order laid waste to the Express in game 1.

Alex Bregman (2B, 3 R, 2 SB), Tyler White (2-R HR, 2 R), and Preston Tucker (2B, RBI, R) all finished 3-5 on the evening. Bregman scored the game's first run in the 1st inning on a Colin Moran single. White and Tucker singled to lead off the 3rd inning and they both scored on a 2-run single from Jon Singleton. Later in the inning, Max Stassi ripped a 2-run double. Tucker smacked an RBI double in the 6th, and White capped it off with a 2-run home run, his 10th of the season. Moran finished 2-5, and Bregman's two stolen bases give him 7 on the season.

Brady Rodgers was Fresno's scheduled starter for this game, but he was scratched due to an injury. As a result, Brendan McCurry started a game for the first time as a professional baseball player. He went 2 innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski tagged in to throw 3 scoreless; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 5. Kevin Chapman and Jandel Gustave threw 2 innings apiece; the Express spoiled the shutout bid with a run off of Chapman in the 7th. He allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Gustave issued a walk and struck out 2.

Joe Musgrove will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Nick Martinez at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 3, Midland 2

W- Kent Emanuel (3-0)
L- Daniel Gossett (2-4)
S- Chris Cotton (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks got a fine start from Kent Emanuel and fended off an 8th-inning rally from the Hounds to get the victory.

Emanuel allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 7 shutout innings. Midland got to Aaron West for 2 runs in the 8th; he allowed 3 hits and walked 1. Chris Cotton walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th to get the save.

James Ramsay finished 2-3 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. He then stole 2nd base (3), advanced to 3rd on the errant throw down to 2nd, and scored on a wild pitch. Conrad Gregor added a sac fly in the 8th, which turned out to be huge, as the RockHounds scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th. J.D. Davis went 3-4 and scored a run.

In game 3 of this series, Cy Sneed will take on Joel Seddon. First pitch is at 6:30.

Rancho Cucamonga 8, Lancaster 3

W- Isaac Anderson (1-0)
L- Josh James (7-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Rancho rocked the JetHawks with a 6-run 3rd inning.

Josh James bore the brunt of the Quakes' assault as he allowed 8 runs on 9 hits (2-run and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 9. Kevin McCanna allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

Trent Woodward put Lancaster on the board with an RBI single in the 6th. Jason Martin and Jamie Ritchie hit RBI singles in the 8th inning. Ramon Laureano went 3-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

In the series finale, Rogelio Armenteros will take on Josh Sborz. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities was off

They will be off today as well. The Banditos will welcome the Dayton Dragons to Modern Woodmen Park for a 3-game series beginning tomorrow.

Tri-City 6, Batavia 3

W- Framber Valdez (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Jordan Holloway (0-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (3)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (5, 2-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats got out to a fast start and kept the Muckdogs in check.

Carmen Benedetti opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 1st inning. One batter later, Randy César hit an RBI single of his own. Chuckie Robinson added an RBI single in the 5th, and Ronnie Dawson whacked a 2-run home run in the 7th. Robinson and Rodrigo Ayarza both finished 2-4, while César went 3-3 and scored twice.

Edgardo Sandoval struck out 1 in 2 innings; the only person to reach base against him did so after getting plunked. Framber Valdez tagged in for 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9. Howie Brey pitched the 8th and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Nick Hernandez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

The series finale is in progress. Enrique Chavez is taking on Jose Diaz.

Greeneville 4, Bluefield 3

W- Abdiel Saldaña (1-0)
L- Jose Espada (0-4)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the 8th. Bluefield responded with 2 in the top of the 9th to re-take the lead, and then Greeneville snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The sweep of the Blue Jays now gives the Appy Astros 8 consecutive wins.

Vicente Sanchez doubled to lead off the bottom of the 8th, advanced to 3rd on a sac bunt, and scored Greeneville's first run on a Tyler Wolfe sac fly. The fun really started in the bottom of the 9th, though.

Bryan De La Cruz and Luis Payano led off the final frame with singles, and Frankeny Fernandez promptly tied the game with a 2-run double. Reiny Beltre reached on an error, and they both advanced a base after Ruben Castro grounded out. Sanchez got a free pass to first base, to set up a force anywhere, but that would not be needed, because Marcos Almonte hit the walk-off sacrifice fly to bring Fernandez home. Payano finished 2-4 and was the only Greeneville player with a multi-hit game.

Ricardo Castro allowed an unearned run on 5 hits and struck out 4 over 5.2 innings. Abdiel Saldaña pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs, both in the 9th, on 5 hits and struck out 6.

Jorge Guzman will make his Greeneville debut tonight as they begin a 3-game series in Johnson City. He'll take on David Oca at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Cardinals 1

W- Enoli Paredes (1-2)
L- Artie Reyes (0-1)
S- Cristian Javier (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros' pitchers turned in dominant performances on the mound on Monday.

In his first appearance since June 23, Yeyfry Del Rosario struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 1st inning. Enoli Paredes and Cristian Javier followed with 4 scoreless innings apiece. Paredes allowed 2 hits and struck out 6, while Javier allowed an unearned run on an error following a triple and struck out 9; at one point, he struck out 7 Cardinals in a row.

All 4 of the GCL club's runs came in the 4th inning. L.P. Pelletier walked to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a force out. Later in the inning, Cristopher Luciano hit an RBI single, and Juan Piñeda smacked a 2-run double. Joan Mauricio finished 3-4 with a double, while Piñeda and Carlos Machado had 2 hits apiece. Machado is now on a 7-game hitting streak.

DSL Rays1 4, DSL Astros Blue 3 in 12 innings

W- Stanly Sabino (3-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the 9th and walked off with the win in extras.

Ronny Jimenez put the Blue team on the board with a sac fly in the 6th inning. Orlando Marquez grounded into a force out in the 7th that allowed Angel De Leon to score, and he ended up scoring himself when Ozziel Sanchez-Galan got caught in a rundown between 1st and 2nd and held out long enough for him to cross the plate. Alfredo Angarita finished 2-4.

Felipe Tejada went 5 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Moises Cabrera in the 4th inning. He allowed one other hit, walked 3, and struck out 5. Carlos Perdomo was the first man out and in 3 innings, he walked 1, and struck out 3. Yeremi Ceballos allowed an unearned run, a hit, and walked 1 in the 9th. Jesus Bernaez allowed the winning run, which was unearned, with 2 outs in the 12th. In 2.2 innings, he allowed 2 hits and fanned 1.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Mets2 4

W- Kilvio Peralta (2-0)
L- Joel Romero (1-3)
S- Cristofer Melendez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team took control of this one with 3 in the bottom of the 7th.

Ramiro Rodriguez hit an infield single in the 1st, and on the ensuing error, Kendy Moya scored the first run of the day. Enmanuel Valdez hit a sac fly in the 4th, and in the 5th inning, Vicente Mota stole home for the second time this season.

Hector Martinez sparked the 7th-inning rally by leading it off with a single. He got caught stealing 2nd, but Mota replaced him on the bases after hitting a single. He moved to 2nd on a passed ball, made it to 3rd on a balk, and scored on a wild pitch. Jose Carrillo hit a 2-run single to put the Orange team in front. Gilberto Celestino scored the final run of the day on an error in the 8th. He and Mota both finished 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Diosward Gonzalez pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Kilvio Peralta tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3. Cristofer Melendez worked around a walk to finish it off, striking out 1 in the 9th.

Monday's Stars

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-2), 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K

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Cristian Javier, RHP, GCL Astros
Save (1), 4 IP, H, unearned run, 9 K

Framber Valdez, LHP, Tri-City
W (2-1, 3-1 season), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 K

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Ricardo Castro, RHP, Greeneville
5.2 IP, 5 H, unearned run, 4 K

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-0), 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K

James Ramsay, OF, Corpus Christi
2-3, RBI, R, SB (3)

Randy César, 3B, Tri-City
3-3, RBI, 2 R

Monday, July 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fresno 2, New Orleans 0

W- Brad Peacock (4-4)
L- Jeremy Guthrie (6-6)
S- James Hoyt (23)

Fresno home runs: Alex Bregman (6, 20 season; solo in 4th), Tyler White (9, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies earned the series split as Brad Peacock handcuffed the New Orleans offense.

Fresno only had 4 hits in this game, but they had the only scoring plays of the game. Alex Bregman smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning, and Tyler White provided a little insurance in the 9th with a solo blast of his own.

Peacock allowed just 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9 over 7.2 shutout innings. James Hoyt earned the save by striking out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings.

Tonight, Fresno will begin a 4-game series in Round Rock. Brady Rodgers will take on Eric Jokisch at 7:05.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Trey Cochran-Gill (4-3)
L- Keegan Yuhl (8-3)
S- Bobby Wahl (6)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (13, solo in 2nd)

The Hounds took control of this game with 4 runs in the 4th inning, and the Hooks were held off the scoreboard for the final 5 innings.

Chase McDonald put Corpus on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, his 13th of the year. J.D. Davis added a 2-run single in the 3rd inning.

Keegan Yuhl pitched 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (3-run homer) and walked 3. Ryan Thompson allowed 4 hits over 4 scoreless innings. Neither of them recorded a strikeout.

Kent Emanuel will face Daniel Gossett in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30.

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 7

W- Adam Bray (1-0)
L- Scott Weathersby (3-5, 4-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (7, solo in 3rd), Trent Woodward (3, 4 season; 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 7, but the Quakes quickly broke the tie with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th.

Trent Woodward opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Bobby Boyd whacked a solo homer in the 3rd, and Marc Wik added an RBI single in the 6th.

Tony Nuñez started the 7th-inning rally with a 1-out single and scampered home on a triple from Johnny Sewald. Ramon Laureano drew a walk and stole 2nd (33), and Woodward stepped up and tied the game with a 3-run home run. Woodward matched a career high with 4 RBI, while Sewald (3B, RBI, 2 R), Laureano (2 2B, 2 R, SB), and Wik (RBI) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (1 solo and two 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 1. Scott Weathersby was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and walked 2 in 2 innings. He faced 2 batters in the 7th and did not retire either of them, so Jacob Dorris took over the 7th. The 2 runners he inherited from Weathersby both scored, and he allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the inning. Kevin Comer worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

In game 3 of this series, Josh James will take on Felipe Gonzalez. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Lake County 9, Quad Cities 4

W- Matt Esparza (8-6)
L- Chris Murphy (3-6)
S- Devon Stewart (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Captains took the series thanks to a 5-run 5th inning.

Chris Murphy's outing went well for the first 4 innings, but Lake County shelled him in the 5th with a grand slam and a solo homer. In his 5 innings, he allowed 6 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Zac Person allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Makay Nelson came out for the 8th but failed to record an out; the Captains loaded the bases on him with a single and 2 walks. Ralph Garza Jr. came on to take over the inning. Garza didn't allow any runs of his own, but he couldn't prevent the Captains from inflicting damage in the inning, which went to Nelson. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.

Hector Roa put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI double in the 7th inning. In the 8th, Kyle Tucker hit an RBI infield single. He ended up getting forced out at 2nd base, but Arturo Michelena scored on the play. Pat Porter drove in the Banditos' final run with an RBI triple. Myles Straw finished 3-4 with a double and scored a run.

The Banditos are back home, and they have two days off. They'll be back in action on Wednesday against the Dayton Dragons.

Tri-City 9, Batavia 8

W- Sebastian Kessay (2-1, 3-4 season)
L- Brent Wheatley (0-2)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1, 3 season)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson 2 (4; 3-run in 1st, 2-run in 7th)

This game was a little crazy, to say the least.

The ValleyCats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the 1st inning, but Batavia took the lead thanks to a 5-run 5th. TC responded with a 5-run inning of their own in the 7th to regain control and successfully fended off a 9th-inning rally from the Muckdogs to escape with the victory.

Randy César opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. One batter later, Ronnie Dawson whacked a 3-run home run, his first homer of the night.

Rodrigo Ayarza singled with one out in the 7th inning and came around to score on a Ryne Birk double. Brauly Mejia and César followed with RBI singles, and Dawson put Tri-City in the lead once again with his second home run of the game; this one was of the two-run variety.

Dawson reached base in all four of his plate appearances; he also drew a couple of walks to go along with his homers. César had a couple of RBI singles and scored on both of Dawson's blasts. Ayarza finished 2-5 at the top of the order.

Erasmo Pinales went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners that were charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Luis Ramirez got the final out of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before he allowed 5 runs in the inning. He walked in one of Pinales' runners, and the other two runners scored on a bases-clearing double, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning. Ramirez, who was charged with a run of his own on the double, also had an unearned run charged against him thanks to an error.

Sebastian Kessay was next, and he allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings. Carlos Sierra threw a 1-2-3 8th and got 2 outs in the 9th, but getting that last out proved to be a challenge. The Muckdogs had the bases loaded once again in the 9th inning, and Juan Carlos Santos came on to try and rescue Sierra. He allowed a 2-run single to the first man he faced, but he pulled himself together to secure the victory. Sierra allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 1.

In game 2 of this series, Framber Valdez will face Jordan Holloway. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Bluefield 4 in 20 innings

W- Reggie Johnson (2-0)
L- Juandy Mendoza (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

This game started at 6:01 P.M. Eastern. 6 hours and 31 minutes later, the Appy Astros walked off with their 7th consecutive victory. This was the longest game in Greeneville history.

The Appy Astros used 7 pitchers and two position players on the mound. Some of the highlights included Tyler Britton recording 7 strikeouts in 3.1 innings, Devin Raftery recording 8 of his 9 outs via the strikeout, and two position players, Chaz Pal and Tyler Wolfe, coming in to throw two scoreless innings apiece. Wolfe, who is normally a second baseman, even got 3 strikeouts!

Greeneville staved off a Bluefield threat in the 9th in which they had the bases loaded and one out. They also threw out the potential go-ahead run at home in the 16th and stranded another would-be go-ahead runner at 3rd. Both teams had runners thrown out at the plate in the 18th inning.


Marcos Almonte tripled in the 1st inning and opened the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch. Reiny Beltre added a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Jonathan Arauz hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Almonte doubled and later scored when Troy Sieber grounded into a fielder's choice in the 5th inning. Nash Knight tied the game at 4 with a solo home run in the top of the 8th for Bluefield, and for the next 11.5 innings, the game remained in a 4-4 deadlock.

Gabriel Bracamonte singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 20th, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored the winning run on a single from Abraham Toro. Arauz and Toro both finished with 3 hits, while Almonte and Bracamonte had 2 hits apiece.

Greeneville will look for the sweep tonight as Ricardo Castro takes on Kyle Weatherly. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Marlins 2, GCL Astros 1

W- Chris Mazza (1-1)
L- Agapito Barrios (0-1)
S- Kyle Fischer (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros made it a 1-run game in the 7th, but their comeback bid was denied. Brody Westmoreland scored their only run on an error in the top of the 7th.

Agapito Barrios went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Yhoan Acosta allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 4th, and Ian Hardman allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings.

Game 2: GCL Astros 2, GCL Marlins 0

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-2, 3-2 season)
L- Eliezer Cuello (1-1)
S- Manuel Gonzalez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros earned the split in the twinbill by blanking the Marlins.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings, and Manuel Gonzalez allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the final 2 innings to get the save.

Both of the GCL Astros' runs came in the 3rd inning; Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI groundout and Carlos Machado added an RBI single. Machado finished 2-4.

Dominican Summer League All-Star Game

The American League All-Stars came out on top, 4-3 in the DSL All-Star Game.

Gilberto Celestino (Orange) got the start in center field and finished 1-2. Jose Benjamin (Blue) entered the game at right field in the 4th inning and played the rest of the game, going 1-2. Ronel Blanco (Blue) got the final out of the 6th inning by inducing a force out.

Sunday's Stars

Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, GCL Astros: W (2-2, 3-2 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
2-2, 2 HR (4), 5 RBI

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Abraham Toro, 3B, Greeneville
3-8, walk-off RBI single in 20th inning

Brad Peacock, RHP, Fresno
W (4-4), 7.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (23), 1.1 IP, 2 K

Greeneville Astros pitchers: 20 IP, 16 H (2 HR), 4 ER, 10 BB, 34 K
Notables:
Tyler Britton: 3.1 IP, H, BB, 7 K
Devon Carr: 2.1 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Devin Raftery: 3 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Chaz Pal: 2 IP, H, 2 BB
Tyler Wolfe: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K