Saturday, August 6, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 5, 2016

Fresno 3, Las Vegas 2

W- César Valdez (10-1)
L- Robert Gsellman (1-5)
S- Jordan Jankowski (4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (12, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies had the only crooked-numbered inning in this game, and that turned out to be the difference.

Tony Kemp opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 2nd, and Jon Kemmer led off the 3rd inning with a home run. Kemmer finished 3-4 on the night.

César Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Jandel Gustave struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski worked around a hit to earn the save.

Edison Frias will face Josh Zeid in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Midland 2 in 11 innings

W- Ryan Thompson (2-1, 4-2 season)
L- Sam Bragg (2-3)
S- Eric Peterson (2, 4 season)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (2, 12 season; led off game)

The Hooks scored a run in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Hounds managed to respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the 10th, but Corpus re-took the lead in the 11th and held on for the win.

Ramon Laureano led off the game with a home run. This would be the Hooks' only run until the 10th inning, when Mott Hyde scored on an error following a bunt single from Tony Nuñez. Hyde finished 3-5 and hit an RBI single in the 11th that gave the Hooks a 3-2 lead.

Cy Sneed has had a rough go of it in the second half after a fine first half, but it appears that he's getting himself back in the saddle. In 6 innings, he allowed an unearned run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Kevin Comer and Ryan Thompson both followed with 2 innings out of the bullpen; Comer allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson struck out 2 in a scoreless 11th to get the save.

In game 3 of this series, Trent Thornton will face Corey Walter. First pitch is at 7:00.

Lancaster 13, Modesto 8

W- Akeem Bostick (3-1, 4-2 season)
L- Yency Almonte (8-9)
S- Scott Weathersby (1)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson 2 (11; solo in 6th, 3-run in 8th), Trent Woodward (5, 6 season; 2-run in 1st), Johnny Sewald (5, 6 season; solo in 5th), Brooks Marlow (6, 8 season; 2-run in 6th)

The JetHawks used a 5-run 8th inning to put this game out of reach.

Trent Woodward started things off with a bang in the form of a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Lancaster added 2 more runs in the 3rd on a single from Drew Ferguson. Johnny Sewald launched a home run to lead off the bottom of the 5th, and Ferguson led off the 6th by adding a solo homer to his ledger. Later in the inning, Brooks Marlow whacked a 2-run home run, his second in as many nights. In the 8th, Bobby Boyd drew a bases-loaded walk. Osvaldo Duarte followed by grounding into a double play, but Keach Ballard was able to score. Ferguson capped off a huge game by sending a Colin Welmon pitch into the Antelope Valley night for a 3-run home run.

Everyone in the starting 9+1 reached base for the JetHawks. Ferguson finished 3-5, and all three of his hits resulted in runs for the JetHawks. Marlow (2-R HR, 2 R) and Sewald (solo HR) both finished with 2 hits in the game. In addition to his 2-run shot, Woodward drew 3 walks and scored 2 more times.

Akeem Bostick went 6 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3. Scott Weathersby pitched the final 3 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Josh Fuentes in the 9th. Weathersby allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 6.

The JetHawks and Nuts will continue their series at 6:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 11, Peoria 4

W- Framber Valdez (1-0, 4-1 season)
L- Dailyn Martinez (3-4)
S- Chris Murphy (2)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (6, solo in 1st)

The Banditos used three big innings to take their series with the Chiefs.

Myles Straw singled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the game on a triple from Ryne Birk. Dex McCall brought Birk in with a sac fly, and Kyle Tucker capped off the 1st inning with a solo homer. Birk cleared the bases with a double in the 4th.

In the 6th, Straw hit an RBI single, and Birk brought him home with a single. Stephen Wrenn followed by drawing a walk, and McCall proceeded to rip a 2-run double. Straw drove in Quad Cities' final run of the evening with a triple in the 9th inning.

Straw (2 RBI, 3 R) and Birk (5 RBI, 2 R) both finished a home run shy of the cycle, while McCall went 2-3 with 3 RBI.

Framber Valdez had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Chris Murphy allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings for the save.

The River Bandits are back home tonight, where they'll start a 4-game series with Burlington at 6:00. Hector Perez will face Austin Robichaux.

Tri-City 5, Aberdeen 4

W- Edgardo Sandoval (1-2, 1-3 season)
L- Jake Bray (0-1)
S- Nick Hernandez (6)

TC home runs: Alex De Goti (1, 3-run in 9th)

More like Alex De Goat-i, am I right? With the ValleyCats down to their final out, Alex De Goti snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a go-ahead 3-run home run.

The leadoff and #9 hitters provided the offense for Tri-City. Rodrigo Ayarza, who was at the top, finished 3-5 with a pair of RBI singles. De Goti also finished with 3 hits; the third proved to be the difference in this game.

Makay Nelson allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he struck out the side in order in the 5th inning. Edgardo Sandoval tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4. Nick Hernandez worked around a hit to get the save, striking out 2.

Tonight, the ValleyCats will welcome the Brooklyn Cyclones to The Joe. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Bristol 10, Greeneville 6 in 10 innings

W- David Whitehead (3-0)
L- Devon Carr (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (4, solo in 10th)

The Appy Astros couldn't hold a 4-0 lead, and then it all unraveled on them in the first extra frame.

Greeneville opened up the scoring with 3 in the first inning: Abraham Toro hit a sac fly, and Ray Henderson smacked a 2-run double. Jonathan Arauz hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Luis Payano pulled a run back in the 10th with a solo homer, but the damage was done.

Arauz finished 4-6 with a run scored from the top of the order. Stijin van der Meer went 3-6 with a double and scored a run. Henderson (2B, 2 RBI) and Payano (solo HR, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

The one run that Carlos Sanabria allowed in his 6 innings came on a solo homer hit by Julio De La Cruz in the 5th. Sanabria allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Devin Raftery pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Devon Carr bore the brunt of Bristol's assault in the 10th; he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Patrick Sandoval will start the finale of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

From July 21: GCL Astros 4, GCL Mets 1

W- Forrest Whitley (1-0)
L- Carlos Hernandez (1-3)
S- Dariel Aquino (3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros led 4-0 when play was suspended; they did not score again.

Carlos Machado, who is now in Greeneville, opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and scored on a Jonathan Matute sac fly. Machado hit another RBI single in the 3rd, and Brody Westmoreland added a sac fly later in the inning.

Jorge Alcala allowed a hit and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Forrest Whitley came on after play resumed, and he allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 3 innings. Carson LaRue also went 3 innings; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1, and Dariel Aquino allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

GCL Astros 1, GCL Mets 0

W- Jorge Guzman (1-1)
L- Ronald Sanchez (0-2)
S- Enoli Paredes (3)

GCL home runs: None.

Wander Franco's RBI single in the 1st inning was the only scoring play of the regularly scheduled game.

Jorge Guzman walked 1 and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Enoli Paredes allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Athletics 3 in 8 innings

W- Juan Lopez (2-0)
L- Wilfredo Magallanes (1-3)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called due to rain.

Anibal Sierra went 3-5 with an RBI. Ronny Jimenez and César Cortez both finished 2-3 on the day; Cortez also scored 2 runs.

Ronel Blanco went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Yeremi Ceballos allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings, and Juan Lopez walked 1 and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

DSL Rays2 2, DSL Astros Orange 0 in 8 innings

W- Adrian De Los Santos (3-1)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (1-3)
S- Jaime Arauz (1)

Orange home runs: None.

This game was also called due to rain.

The Orange team only had 4 hits in this game; Anthony Rodriguez's double was their only extra-base hit.

Diosward Gonzalez allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Jose Antonio Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 6th, and Gerardo Bojorquez allowed a hit and walked 2 in 2 innings.

Friday's Stars


Alex De Goti, IF, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, go-ahead 3-R HR (1) in 9th, 2 R

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
3-4, 2B, solo HR (12)

This is his Twitter avatar. You can follow Cy Sneed on Twitter at CySneed.
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
6 IP, 5 H, unearned run. 3 BB, 3 K

Mott Hyde, 2B, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2B, go-ahead RBI single in 11th, R

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 HR (11), 6 RBI, 2 R

 
Myles Straw, OF, Ryne Birk, 2B, and Dexture McCall, 1B, Quad Cities
Straw: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Birk: 3-6, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R
McCall: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Forrest Whitley, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-0), 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 K in game that started 7/21

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Guzman, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-1), 5 IP, BB, 6 K in regularly scheduled game

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Greeneville
6 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 2 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Arauz, IF, Greeneville
4-6, 2B, RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Luis Payano, OF, Greeneville
2-4, solo HR (4), 2 R

Friday, August 5, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 4, 2016

Let's play two in Las Vegas!

Game 1: Fresno 6, Las Vegas 3

W- Brady Rodgers (11-3)
L- Darin Gorski (3-3)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (2, solo in 3rd)

Brady Rodgers allowed 3 runs in the 1st inning, but he shook that off and threw his second complete game of the season. Rodgers allowed 9 hits, struck out 5, and it took him 100 pitches to finish the 7 innings.

An error in the 1st inning allowed Jon Kemmer to reach and also allowed Tony Kemp to score the first run of game 1. Kemp hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning, and Max Stassi later added an RBI single. In the 4th, Nolan Fontana hit an RBI groundout, and Kemp struck once again with an RBI single. Colin Moran drove in the final run of game 1 with an RBI single.

Kemp (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Danny Worth (2 2B, R) both finished 3-4 at the top of the order, while Teoscar Hernandez and Max Stassi both went 2-3.

What did game 2 have in store for the Grizzlies?

Game 2: Las Vegas 9, Fresno 4

W- Chase Huchingson (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (0-1, 4-3 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

A 3-run home run and a grand slam sunk Fresno in game 2 of the twinbill.

Brian Holmes allowed a 3-run home run to Eric Campbell in the 1st inning. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. The one hit that Brendan McCurry surrendered in his 2 innings of work was a grand slam to Travis Taijeron. McCurry walked 2, hit a batter, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman also pitched 2 innings; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron West allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th.

César Valdez will start game 4 of this series. He'll face Robert Gsellman at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 7, Corpus Christi 1

W- Joel Seddon (7-8)
L- Kent Emanuel (3-2)

CC home runs: None.

It was all Midland in the first game of this series.

Garrett Stubbs' RBI double in the 3rd was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. Conrad Gregor finished 2-4 with a double. Tony Nuñez, who scored the Hooks' only run, singled and walked twice.

Kent Emanuel went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 4. Kyle Smith was the first man out, and Midland gave him a rude welcome. In 1.2 innings, Smith allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 1. Michael Freeman allowed a hit and fanned 1 in a scoreless 8th.

In game 2 of this series, Cy Sneed will go up against Heath Fillmyer. First pitch is at 7:00.

Lancaster 5, Modesto 4

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-0, 6-4 season)
L- Marc Magliaro (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (10)

Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (5, 7 season; 2-run in 8th)

Brooks Marlow's blast in the 8th inning broke a 3-3 tie in the JetHawks' favor.

Yulieski Gurriel opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. This was the first time that Gurriel did not appear in the lineup as a DH since signing; he got the start at 3B and played 5 innings.

Aaron Mizell added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Jamie Ritchie hit an RBI single of his own in the 4th inning, which tied the game at 3. Brooks Marlow replaced Gurriel at 3B in the 6th inning and he made the most of his at-bat. Ritchie and Johnny Sewald had 2 hits apiece.

Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on a solo homer and a 2-run homer. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. In his Lancaster debut, Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over 3 scoreless innings. Jacob Dorris walked 2 and struck out 2 in the 9th to record his 10th save of the season.

Akeem Bostick will face Yency Almonte in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 3 in 13 innings

W- David Schmidt (3-2, 4-3 season)
L- Bob Wheatley (0-1)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (2, 4 season)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (5, solo in 2nd)

The River Bandits saw their lead vanish in the 9th, but they pulled themselves together to edge the Chiefs.

Kyle Tucker finished 3-5 with 2 doubles, and his solo home run in the 2nd inning opened the scoring. Ryne Birk also finished 3-5 with 2 doubles; his first one drove in a run in the 8th, and he later scored on a Dex McCall groundout. Birk walked to lead off the top of the 13th, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the go-ahead run on a single from McCall. Stephen Wrenn and Myles Straw both finished with 2 hits in the game.

Elieser Hernandez allowed 3 hits and struck out 8 over 8 shutout innings; he was perfect through 6 innings. Adam Whitt came on to pitch the 9th inning, but he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 1 while failing to record an out. David Schmidt took ownership of the 9th and ended up going 4 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Juan Carlos Santos walked 1 and struck out 2 in the bottom of the 13th.

In the series finale, Framber Valdez will take on Dailyn Martinez. First pitch is at 7:00.

Aberdeen 3, Tri-City 2 in 11 innings

W- Yi-Hsiang Lin (3-0)
L- Howie Brey (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The Ironbirds scored a run in the 8th to tie and walked off with the win in the 11th to even up the series.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Miguelangel Sierra grounded into a force out that allowed Alex De Goti to score in the 7th. De Goti finished 3-5 and was the only player in the Tri-City lineup with a multi-hit game.

Sebastian Kessay went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 9. Abdiel Saldaña tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Angelo Serrano allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Aberdeen scored the winning run on Howie Brey with 2 outs in the 11th inning. The run, which was unearned, scored on a sac fly. Brey also allowed a single and walked 1.

Makay Nelson will start the series finale. He'll face Lucas Humpal at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 4, Bristol 2

W- Cristian Javier (1-0, 4-1 season)
L- Matt Eckelman (4-2)

Greeneville home runs: Chaz Pal (3, solo in 5th)

The Appy Astros doubled up the Pirates to take the first game of a new series.

Abraham Toro finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Chaz Pal led off the 5th inning with a home run. Toro scored on a balk in the 7th, and Luis Payano added a sac fly later in the inning. Pal also recorded 2 outfield assists, and Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Ben Smith threw 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 6, and striking out 5. Luis Ramirez recorded the final two outs of the 5th. Cristian Javier tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Bristol spoiled the shutout by scoring 2 runs off Reggie Johnson in the 9th. One of those runs was earned; Johnson allowed 2 hits and walked 1.

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

GCL Nationals 6, GCL Astros 2 in 5.5 innings

W- Sterling Sharp (1-0)
L- César Rosado (2-2, 2-3 season)

GCL home runs: Wander Franco (1, 2 season; 2-run in 6th)

This game was called due to rain.

Wander Franco's 2-run homer in the 6th was the Kissimmee Stros' only scoring play.

César Rosado allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Manuel Gonzalez and Saul Martinez each pitched an inning; Gonzalez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and walked 1 in the 4th, and Martinez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th. Felipe Tejada allowed a hit in the 6th, and then the game ended.

DSL Astros Blue 12, DSL Rays1 5

W- Yonatan Quintin (3-0)
L- Aldor Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Carlos Perdomo (2)

Blue home runs: Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (1, 3-run in 7th)

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan's 3-run blast was part of an 8-run 7th inning that spurred the Blue team on to victory. He went 2-5 with 4 RBI and scored twice; the homer was his first as a pro. Angel Tejeda and Nestor Tejada also had 2 hits, and they also scored 2 runs. Anibal Sierra went 3-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.

Yulian Frontado allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Yonatan Quintin allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 3 in the 6th, and Carlos Perdomo pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.

DSL Rangers2 7, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Edwin Cruz (4-1)
L- Kilvio Peralta (2-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Yordan Alvarez went 1-2 with a walk in his first game with the Astros organization; he was acquired at the trade deadline for Josh Fields. Vicente Mota's 2-run single in the 7th was the Orange team's only scoring play. Yeuris Ramirez went 2-4.

Francisco Villegas went 5 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. The wheels fell off from under the bullpen, however.

Thursday's Stars

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 3-R HR (1), 2 R
Francisco Villegas, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
8 IP, 3 H, 8 K; perfect game through 6 innings

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
3-5, 2 2B, solo HR (5)

Ryne Birk, 2B, Quad Cities
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Brooks Marlow, 2B, Lancaster
Go-ahead 2-R HR (5, 7 season) in 8th

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0, 6-4 season), 3 IP, 2 H, 7 K; California League debut

Sebastian Kessay, LHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 9 K (career-high)

Photo from MiLB.com
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Greeneville
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Fresno
Cumulative stats for doubleheader: 4-7, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
3-4, solo HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R in game 1
1-3, 2B in game 2

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

And the moves just keep on coming!!!

In addition to these dozens of moves from the last week or so, here are the latest ...

8-4: LHP Brian Holmes assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-4: IF Stijin van der Meer assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-4: C Oscar Campos assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-4: IF Fredy Medina placed on 60-day DL.
8-4: RHP Rhandall Sanchez assigned to DSL Astros Blue
8-4: 1B Yordan Alvarez assigned to DSL Astros Orange
8-3: RHP Brad Peacock called up to Houston from Fresno
8-3: RHP James Hoyt called up to Houston from Fresno
8-3: LHP Albert Minnis assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-3: RHP Aaron West assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-3: C Jake Rogers assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-3: 2B Ryne Birk assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-3: RHP Abdiel Saldana assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-3: IF Miguelangel Sierra assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-3: C Gabriel Bracamonte assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-3: RHP Freylin Garcia assigned to DSL Astros Orange team
8-2: 1B A.J. Reed called up to Houston from Fresno
8-2: IF Yulieski Gurriel assigned from the GCL to Lancaster
8-2: C Oliver Toribio assigned from the GCL to Tri-City
8-2: RHP Saul Martinez assigned to the GCL
8-2: RHP Guadalupe Chavez assigned to the GCL
8-1: RHP Joe Musgrove called up to Houston from Fresno
8-1: RHP Keegan Yuhl assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-1: OF Ramon Laureano activated from suspension
8-1: RHP Josh Fields traded to the Dodgers for Yordan Alvarez
8-1: RHP Scott Feldman traded to Blue Jays for Guadalupe Chavez
8-1: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fresno 5, Las Vegas 3 in 11 innings

W- Reymin Guduan (1-3, 2-3 season)
L- Josh Smoker (3-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (3)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (7, 2-run in 2nd), Jon Singleton (16, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies started off a new series with an extra-inning victory.

In his first start since July 25, 2014, Chris Cotton went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3. Albert Minnis pitched 2 innings in his AAA debut, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Eric Campbell in the 6th. Minnis allowed one other hit, walked 2, and fanned 2. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski struck out the side in order to get the save.

Colin Moran opened the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning, and after Vegas tied the game with 2 runs of their own in the 3rd, Jon Singleton launched a solo shot in the 4th. Campbell's homer off Minnis in the 6th tied the game at 3, and that was where the game stood heading into extra innings.

Moran led off the 11th inning with a double, and Tyler Heineman joined him on the bases after hitting a single. Andrew Aplin struck out, but an error allowed Tony Kemp to reach and loaded the bases. Danny Worth went down on strikes, and so it was up to Jon Kemmer, who delivered with a 2-run single to put Fresno in front. Kemmer and Moran (2B, 2-R HR, 2 R) finished with 3 hits apiece, while Worth, Teoscar Hernandez (2B, SB), and Singleton (2B, solo HR, 2 R) all had 2 hits in the game.

The Grizzlies and 51s will play a doubleheader tonight, with game 1 starting at 5:05 Pacific. Brady Rodgers will face Darin Gorski in game 1. Fresno's starter for game 2 is TBA; whoever he is; he'll go up against Seth Lugo.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 2

W- Evan Grills (4-4, 7-5 season)
L- Dinelson Lamet (3-6)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (16, grand slam in 5th)

The Hooks only scored in one inning, but that output was enough for them to complete the sweep. In addition, a Hooks starter set a new career high in strikeouts for the second consecutive night.

Evan Grills pitched 7.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 12 batters. Eric Peterson allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 1.1 innings.

Corpus parlayed a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 5th into the 6 runs they put up on Wednesday. Roberto Peña and Tony Nuñez singled to lead off the inning, and Ramon Laureano drew a walk to bring up James Ramsay, who opened the scoring with a walk. J.D. Davis went down on strikes, but Nick Tanielu drew another walk to bring in another run. D.J. Fisher was next, and he promptly cleared the bases with a grand slam. Peña finished 2-4 and was the only player in the Hooks lineup with a multi-hit game. Alejandro Garcia singled and stole 2 bases (6, 12 season).

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series in Midland tonight at 7:00. Brian Holmes returns to the rotation, and he'll take on Joel Seddon.

Lake Elsinore 7, Lancaster 4

W- Jerry Keel (1-0)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (6-3, 6-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (4, 7 season; solo in 1st)

The JetHawks ended up dropping 2 of 3 to the Storm.

Osvaldo Duarte fnished 3-4 and led off the bottom of the 1st with a home run. Later in the inning, Bryan Muñiz hit a sac fly. Duarte doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Drew Ferguson sac fly. Brooks Marlow went 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 9th inning.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 6. Kevin McCanna tagged in for 3 innings, and the two runs he allowed were products of solo homers. He allowed two other hits and struck out 1. Alex Winkelman allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th inning.

Dean Deetz will start the first of a 4-game series with Modesto. He'll face Ryan Castellani at 6:35 Pacific.

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 1

W- Ronnie Williams (1-0)
L- Matt Bower (4-1, 6-4 season)

QC home runs: None.

A couple of big innings doomed the Banditos in this game.

Ryne Birk's RBI double in the 7th was Quad Cities' only scoring play. Kristian Trompiz and Pat Porter both went 2-4 at the plate.

Matt Bower went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (2-run and 3-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Zac Person allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless innings.

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

Tri-City 1, Aberdeen 0

W- Austin Nicely (5-1)
L- Steven Klimek (1-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (5)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats dominated on the mound to take the first of 3 from the Ironbirds.

Agapito Barrios, Austin Nicely, and Nick Hernandez combined to throw a 1-hit shutout. Barrios allowed that one hit and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Nicely struck out 2 over 3 perfect innings, and Hernandez threw a 1-2-3 9th to complete the shutout.

Bryan De La Cruz hit a one-out single in the 8th and advanced to 2nd on an error. He moved over to 3rd on an Alex De Goti groundout and scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch. Marcos Almonte and Brauly Mejia both finished 2-4.

Sebastian Kessay will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville was off

The Appy Astros will begin a 3-game series against Bristol tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Ben Smith gets the start.

DSL Rays1 6, DSL Astros Blue 4 in 10 innings

W- Jhoanbert Cedeno (1-2)
L- Juan Cuevas (6-4)
S- Reynier Montero (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team was able to tie the game in the 9th, but the Rays regained control by scoring 2 in the first extra frame.

Carlos Canelon opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Later, Ronny Rafael added an RBI groundout. Nicolás Miranda added a sac fly in the 3rd. Enmanuel Valdez hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. The Blue team had an opportunity to extend the game in the 10th inning, but they couldn't capitalize on a bases-loaded, 1 out situation. Valdez had 2 of the 3 hits for the Blue team in this game.

Johsson Arias allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 5 shutout innings. Angel Matos allowed 2 runs on 2 sac flies and walked 2 in the 6th. Jheyson Caraballo went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Juan Cuevas allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 2 in the 10th inning.

DSL Rangers2 5, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Yerry Rodriguez (3-1)
L- Luis Castro (2-2)
S- Jeuyson Fernandez (3)

Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (3, solo in 6th)

The Orange team mounted a rally that fell just short.

Renaigel Martis finished 2-5 and hit an RBI double in the 3rd and a solo homer in the 6th. Samir Caraballo hit a 2-run double in the 9th to cut the deficit to 1, but he was stranded at 2nd to end the game. Hector Martinez and Anthony Rodriguez both finished 2-4.

Luis Castro went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Freylin Garcia allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Humberto Castellanos allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Wednesday's Stars

Johsson Arias, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 4 H, BB, K
Renaigel Martis, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2B, solo HR (3), 2 RBI

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
3-6, go-ahead 2-R single in 11th

Colin Moran, IF, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (7), 2 R

Reymin Guduan, LHP, Fresno
W (1-3, 2-3 season), 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Jordan Jankowski, RHP, Fresno
Save (3), IP, 3 K

Evan Grills, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-4, 7-5 season), 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 unearned runs, BB, 12 K (career-high)

Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, solo HR (4, 7 season), 2 R

Zac Person, LHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

 

Nick Hernandez's photo from MiLB.com
Agapito Barrios, RHP, Austin Nicely, LHP, and Nick Hernandez, RHP, Tri-City
Barrios: 5 IP, H, 6 K
Nicely: W (5-1), 3 IP, 2 K
Hernandez: Save (5), IP

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 1, 2016 and Tuesday, August 2, 2016

They played two in Troy on Monday and two in the GCL on Tuesday.

Monday: Fresno 7, Reno 3

W- Edison Frias (1-1, 5-2 season)
L- Anthony Banda (3-3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (15, 2-run in 1st), Jon Kemmer (10, 2-run in 8th)

Looks like A.J. Reed is back to being A.J. Reed; he finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. The Aces tied the game in the bottom of the 1st, but Fresno finished the game on a 5-1 run.

Nolan Fontana led off the 3rd with a double, advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. Tony Kemp drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th inning. Jon Kemmer has gotten his bat going in the second half as well; he clubbed a 2-run home run in the 8th inning, his 10th homer of the year. Reed capped off the night with an RBI double in the 9th. Kemmer and Jon Singleton both finished 2-4 on the night.

Edison Frias went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman pitched 2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a home run hit by Carlos Rivero. Chapman allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 4. James Hoyt recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Tuesday: Fresno 4, Reno 1

W- Mike Hauschild (8-9)
L- Matt Koch (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (2)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (11, solo in 6th), Andrew Aplin (5, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies got a nice outing from Mike Hauschild to take 3 of 4 from the Aces.

Hauschild allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 7 innings of work. Brendan McCurry and Jandel Gustave both pitched a scoreless inning; McCurry worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2, and Gustave worked around an error to get the save, striking out the side in the 9th.

Nolan Fontana scored Fresno's first run on a double play in the 3rd inning, which tied the game at 1. Jon Kemmer launched a solo home run in the 6th to put the Grizz in front. Tyler Heineman hit an RBI single in the 7th, and Andrew Aplin capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the 9th inning. Aplin (solo HR, 2 R) and Fontana (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece, while Heineman finished 3-4.

The next leg of the Grizzlies' roadtrip will take them to Las Vegas, where they'll play 5 games; there will be a doubleheader on Thursday. In game 1 of this series, Brad Peacock will face Duane Below. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Monday: Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 4

W- Trent Thornton (1-0, 8-4 season)
L- Tim Berry (0-3)
S- Aaron West (14)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (3, 2-run in 5th), Garrett Stubbs (2, 8 season; solo in 7th), Chase McDonald (14, solo in 8th)

The Hooks erupted for 5 runs in the 5th inning to seize control of this one.

Trent Thornton turned in 6 solid innings on the mound for Corpus; the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Rocky Gale in the 5th. Thornton allowed 6 other hits and struck out 7 in his outing. In his Texas League debut, Kevin Comer went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs, all of which scored on two home runs, which happened to be all the hits he allowed. He also walked 1 and struck out 1. Aaron West struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Chase McDonald walked to lead off the bottom of the 5th, and one batter later, Alejandro Garcia put Corpus on the board and in the lead with a 2-run homer. Later in the inning, J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run double and came around to score on a D.J. Fisher single. Garrett Stubbs whacked a solo homer in the 7th, and McDonald capped off the evening with a solo homer in the 8th.

Stubbs (solo HR, 2 R), Davis (2 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB), Mott Hyde, and Tony Nuñez all finished 2-4 in the game. The stolen base was Davis' first of the season.

Tuesday: Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 2

W- Francis Martes (7-4)
L- Elier Sanchez (0-1)
S- Aaron West (15)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams only had one scoring inning, but the Hooks had the bigger inning. They also got a dominating start from Francis Martes on Tuesday.

The two runs that Martes allowed in his 6.1 innings came on a home run hit by Josh VanMeter in the 7th inning, which was a mildly disappointing ending to an otherwise excellent night. Martes allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 12. Ryan Thompson came on and allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless. Aaron West threw a 1-2-3 9th to record his 15th save.

All 4 Hooks runs came in the 2nd inning. Mott Hyde opened the scoring with an RBI single. Ramon Laureano hit a pop-fly single to load the bases, and Garrett Stubbs followed by drawing a walk to bring in another run. Nick Tanielu later added a 2-run single. Tanielu, Hyde, Laureano, and James Ramsay all finished with 2 hits on the night.

The Hooks will look for the sweep tonight as Evan Grills takes the mound. He'll face Dinelson Lamet at 7:05.

Monday: Lancaster 7, Lake Elsinore 6

W- Scott Weathersby (5-5, 6-5 season)
L- Gerardo Reyes (0-2)
S- Jacob Dorris (9)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (9, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks only scored in one inning on Monday, but they made sure to score enough in order to get the victory. That one big inning was the 7th, and the JetHawks scored all 7 of their runs in that one frame.

Drew Ferguson kicked things off with a single. He advanced to 2nd on a Trent Woodward groundout and scored Lancaster's first run on an Osvaldo Duarte single. Aaron Mizell followed by laying down a bunt single, and on the ensuing error, he advanced to 2nd, while Duarte scored. Jamie Ritchie followed by drawing a walk. A passed ball allowed Mizell and Ritchie to advance. Marc Wik, who was hitting at the time, walked to load the bases. Brooks Marlow followed with a 2-run double, but Wik was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Johnny Sewald drew a walk, which prompted a Lake Elsinore pitching change. After Sewald stole 2nd (19, 35 season), Boyd put the finishing touches on the huge inning with a 3-run home run. Duarte finished 3-4 and was the only player in the Lancaster lineup with a multi-hit game.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 3, and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby tagged in for 3.2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Ty France in the 7th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris allowed a 2-run homer to Fernando Perez in the 9th which cut the Lancaster lead to one run, but he pulled himself together to get the final two outs of the game. The homer was the only hit that Dorris allowed in the inning, and only one of the runs was earned. He also struck out one.

Tuesday: Lake Elsinore 10, Lancaster 9 in 12 innings

W- Martires Arias (2-4)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-3, 5-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (3, 6 season. 2-run in 2nd)

The JetHawks saw a 7-1 lead vanish, and then they had to mount a rally that ultimately fell short.

Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board and in the lead with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. The JetHawks scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning; Osvaldo Duarte whacked a 2-run homer, Yulieski Gurriel ripped an RBI double, and Muñiz added a sac fly. Keach Ballard added an RBI single in the 3rd inning. This would be their last scoring play until the 12th; in the meantime, the Storm scored 3 runs in 3 separate innings to take a 10-7 lead. The JetHawks got a pair of RBI singles from Jamie Ritchie and Osvaldo Duarte to cut the deficit to one run, but Ballard and Johnny Sewald went down on strikes to end the game. Ritchie (RBI, 2 R), Duarte (2-R HR, 3 RBI, SB), and Drew Ferguson all had 2 hits, while Gurriel finished 3-4 with the RBI double and scored a run.

Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits (3-run homer; 2 runs were charged to James) and struck out 4. Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits over 3.1 scoreless innings, and Alex Winkelman allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in 1.2 innings.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the series finale. He'll face Jerry Keel at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Monday: Beloit 5, Quad Cities 4 in 10 innings

W- Jared Lyons (5-3)
L- David Schmidt (2-2, 3-3 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos jumped out to a 4-0 lead after their half of the 1st inning. Unfortunately, they did not score again, and they ended up walking off with a loss.

Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI groundout. Randy César followed with an RBI single, and Hector Roa smashed a 2-run double. Roa, Kyle Tucker, and Myles Straw all finished 2-4.

Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Albert Abreu tagged in for 4 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. David Schmidt came out for the 10th inning, and Chris Iriart, a former Houston Cougar, greeted him with a solo homer that gave the Snappers the win.

Tuesday: Beloit 8, Quad Cities 2

W- Dustin Hurlbutt (3-2)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-8)

QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (4, solo in 4th)

The Banditos won the first two games of their series with the Snappers, but they ended up having to settle for the split.

Kyle Tucker finished 2-4 and was the entire offense; he hit a solo home run in the 4th and added an RBI single in the 8th inning. Myles Straw stole a base (16) and also went 2-4 at the plate.

Yoanys Quiala allowed 7 runs (5 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and fanned 6 in 5.1 innings. Justin Ferrell recorded the final 2 outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th inning; an inherited runner was charged to him in the 7th inning when Adam Whitt threw a wild pitch. The one hit that Ferrell allowed was a ground-rule double in the 6th that allowed the two runners he inherited from Quiala to score; he also walked 3 and struck out 1. Whitt struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Quad Cities will begin a 3-game series in Peoria tonight at 7:00. Matt Bower will start the series opener against Ronnie Williams.

Monday Game 1: Tri-City 2, Lowell 1 in 8 innings

W- Carlos Sierra (1-2)
L- Dioscar Romero (3-2)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd inning, but the ValleyCats had the final say in this one as they walked off with a win in game 1.

Tri-City's run in the 2nd inning came on a Brauly Mejia double. Marcos Almonte walked to lead off the 8th and wound up scoring the winning run on a Chuckie Robinson double.

Dustin Hunt and Carlos Sierra both pitched 4 innings. Hunt allowed a run on 5 hits and fanned 5, while Sierra allowed a hit and struck out 3.

What did game 2 have in store for the ValleyCats?

Monday Game 2: Lowell 7, Tri-City 3

W- Daniel Zandona (2-1)
L- Enrique Chavez (3-1)
S- Kuehl McEachern (2)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (4, 2-run in 5th)

The Spinners forced a split thanks to a 6-run 4th inning,

All three of Tri-City's runs in game 2 were scored in the 5th inning. Rodrigo Ayarza ripped an RBI triple, and one batter later, Ryne Birk whacked a 2-run home run. Ayarza finished 3-4 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game in game 2.

Enrique Chavez went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Tuesday: Tri-City 3, Lowell 2

W- Ryan Hartman (1-0)
L- Brad Stone (3-1)
S- Kevin Hill (1)

TC home runs: None.

A 6th-running run turned out to be the difference for the ValleyCats as they took 2 of 3 from the Spinners.

Alex De Goti scored Tri-City's first run of the day on an inning-ending 4-3-5 double play. Ryne Birk doubled to lead off the 4th and scored on a single from Chuckie Robinson. Birk got plunked with one out in the 6th, advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He finished 3-3 on the day, while Ronnie Dawson went 2-3.

In his ValleyCats debut, Tyler Britton allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Ryan Hartman allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 6 in 3.1 innings, and Kevin Hill finished it off with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series in Aberdeen tomorrow at 7:05 Eastern.

Monday: Greeneville 9, Kingsport 2

W- Nathan Thompson (2-0)
L- Adonis Uceta (2-5)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros blew this game wide open with a 6-run 5th inning that gave them an 8-1 lead.

Jonathan Arauz led off the game with a triple and scored the first run of the evening on a sac fly from Jonathan Matute. Arauz added an RBI single to his ledger in the 2nd. The K-Mets got on the board with a run in the 4th, but the real fun began in the 5th.

Matute doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an error that allowed Abraham Toro to reach and advance to 2nd. Connor MacDonald, who got hit by a pitch after Matute's double, advanced to 3rd and scored on a sac fly from Chaz Pal. Ruben Castro followed with an RBI single. Reiny Beltre followed with an RBI single, and in his second plate appearance of the inning, Matute drew a bases-loaded walk. MacDonald got plunked again to bring in another run. Matute capped off a big night with an RBI double in the 7th.

The two Jonathans wreaked havoc on Monday; Arauz finished 3-5 with a triple, an RBI, and scored twice, while Matute's two hits were both doubles.

Salvador Montaño went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on a passed ball, a double, walked 4, and struck out 6. Nathan Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings, and Abdiel Saldaña struck out 1 over 2 perfect innings.

Tuesday: Greeneville 6, Kingsport 5

W- Lucas Williams (1-1)
L- Darwin Ramos (0-3)
S- Devin Raftery (1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (11, led off game)

The Appy Astros withstood a 4-run 2nd inning from the Mets to take 2 of 3 in the series.

Miguelangel Sierra wasted little time in getting Greeneville on the board; he led off the game with a home run. Gabriel Bracamonte hit an RBI triple in the 2nd inning. He eventually scored when Frankeny Fernandez stole 2nd and the throw down was misfired. Bracamonte added a sac fly to his ledger in the 3rd. Jonathan Matute hit a 2-run single in the 6th to bring in the final two Greeneville runs. Chaz Pal (2 2B) and Sierra (2B, solo HR) finished with 2 hits.

Ricardo Castro went 2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Devon Carr allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in a scoreless 3rd inning. Lucas Williams pitched 2 scoreless innings and allowed a hit. Jorge Alcala was next, and in 3 innings, he allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Devin Raftery allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 9th to close it out.

After a day off, Greeneville will begin a 3-game series with Bristol tomorrow.

Monday: GCL Marlins 3, GCL Astros 0

W- Alberto Guerrero (3-2)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-2, 1-3 season)
S- Preston Guillory (2)

GCL home runs: None.

Nothing of note on offense, but Yulieski Gurriel finished 2-4 with a double.

Bryan Abreu and Juan Robles both went 4 innings; Abreu allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Robles allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 4. Ian Hardman walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Tuesday Game 1: GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 3

W- Juan Alvarez (3-2)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-1)
S- Jonathon Mulford (4)

GCL home runs: None.

The Cardinals scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to take control of this game.

Wilson Amador opened the scoring with and RBI triple in the 3rd, and he came home on a sac fly from Wander Franco. Franco doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a Brody Westmoreland groundout.

David Paulino allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Gabriel Valdez pitched 2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tuesday Game 2: GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Astros 3

W- Silas Bohannan (2-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-4, 3-4 season)
S- Will Changarotty (3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros couldn't quite complete the comeback in game 2.

Stijin van der Meer finished 3-3 with an RBI single in the 3rd and an RBI triple in the 6th inning. Randy Vasquez drove van der Meer in with an RBI single.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Hansel Paulino tagged in for 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Edwin Fidel hit a batter and struck out the side in the 6th.

Monday: DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Royals 1

W- Yeremi Ceballos (2-1)
L- Christopher Marte (6-2)
S- Jesus Bernaez (1)

Blue home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (5, solo in 4th), Angel De Leon (2, solo in 5th), Nicolás Miranda (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Blue team sent three balls out of the park as they handled the Royals. César Cortez and Ronny Rafael both finished with 2 hits in this game.

Jose Bravo went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Yeremi Ceballos followed with 1.2 perfect innings. The one run that Jesus Bernaez allowed in his 3 innings was a solo homer hit by Esteury Ruiz. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Tuesday: DSL Royals 8, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Joel De La Cruz (4-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-4)
S- Francis Chavez (5)

Blue home runs: None.

Anibal Sierra finished 2-3 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base (3). Angel Tejeda went 2-5, while Brandon Benavente and César Cortez both drove in a run.

Javier Navas got the start and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5.

Monday: DSL Astros Orange 2, DSL Red Sox2 1

W- Asael Uribe (3-2)
L- Andres Jimenez (0-2)

Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (4, walk-off solo in 9th)

Hector Martinez was the offense on Monday; he scored both of the Orange team's runs. He hit a double with two outs in the 1st. The Red Sox caught Vicente Mota stealing 2nd, but an error on the play allowed Martinez to score the first run of the day. He won the game with a home run in the bottom of the 9th.

Maikel Sepulveda went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 5. Asael Uribe walked 3 and struck out 1 over the final 4 innings.

Tuesday: DSL Red Sox2 2, DSL Astros Orange 1 in 14 innings

W- Victor Familia (3-0)
L- Cristofer Melendez (4-2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team scored in the 1st inning, and then got held off the scoreboard for the final 13 innings of the game.

Samir Caraballo scored their only run of the day on an error following a force out. Hector Martinez and Jose Carrillo had 2 hits apiece.

Yohan Ramirez allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 over 5 shutout innings. Junior Garcia was the first man out, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 4 in 2.1 innings. Gabriel Pirela was next; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2.2 scoreless innings. The Red Sox scored the winning run off of Cristofer Melendez with nobody out in the inning. Melendez went 3+ innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Monday's Stars

Hector Martinez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, walk-off solo HR (4); scored both Orange team runs

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0, 8-4 season), 6 IP, 7 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 7 K

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (15), 3 RBI

Carlos Sierra, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-2), 4 IP, H, 3 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Matute, IF, Greeneville
2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Arauz, IF, Greeneville
3-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Juan Robles, RHP, GCL Astros
4 IP, H, BB, 4 K


Tuesday's Stars

Yohan Ramirez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Stijin van der Meer, SS, GCL Astros
3-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (7-4), 6.1 IP, 5 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 12 K (career high)

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, solo HR (4), 2 RBI

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Tri-City
Save (1), 3 IP, H, K

Joe to The Show

Joe Musgrove came into the Astros system in July 2012. I first spoke with the then 19-year old in August when he had been assigned to an Appy League Greeneville Astros team that featured Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, Rio Ruiz, Mike Hauschild and Jordan Jankowski, among others. I first saw him signing autographs with Kevin Comer, a fellow pitcher with whom he had been traded by the Blue Jays.



I had the opportunity to interview him the next day and he immediately became one of my favorites, a huge guy who made this 5'8" overweight writer feel downright petite. He was open, engaging and didn't take himself too seriously despite being considered a top prospect at the time (#20 in the Blue Jays organization coming into the 2012 season).

From that point on, Joe always made it a point to stop and talk with me when our paths crossed. In Spring Training in 2013 ....



In Tri-City in 2014 ....



In Lancaster in 2015 when I interviewed him again ...



In April 2016 at Corpus Christi ...



And again in June 2016 in Fresno ...



Joe has always been the same, offering a smile, a hug and good conversation about baseball, family or life in general. I have watched him grow up and become a good man and a good pitcher. I have gotten to know his amazing mom, Diane, the ultimate Italian mama who loves nothing more than to feed everyone with excess food, love and encouragement.

When someone like Joe makes it to The Show, it's just a little bit sweeter. You can't help but really root for the good guys and Joe is one. Congratulations on the fantastic major league debut Joe! You earned this moment.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, 2016

The weekend that was in the Houston Astros minor league system. Since this edition of the recaps will cover two days, it will not be as super-detailed as it usually is.

Fresno

The Grizzlies split the first two games in their series with Reno, winning 10-4 on Saturday and losing 12-7 on Sunday. The Grizzlies took Saturday's game thanks to an 8-run 9th inning. On Sunday, however, the Aces turned the tables on them by scoring 6 in the bottom of the 7th to turn a 7-4 Fresno lead into a 10-7 Reno lead. Reno tacked on two more runs in the 8th inning.

Fresno and Reno will continue their series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Edison Frias will take on Anthony Banda.

Saturday: W 10-4 @ Reno

Teoscar Hernandez: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R; finished HR shy of cycle
A.J. Reed: 2-5, 2 RBI, R
Chan-Jong Moon: 3-5, RBI, R

Jordan Jankowski: 3.2 IP, 6 H (solo HR allowed), 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Brendan McCurry: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Jandel Gustave: W (2-2), 2 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K
Josh Fields: IP, 2 K

Sunday: L 12-7 @ Reno

Colin Moran: 2-5, 2-R HR (6), 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (3)
Teoscar Hernandez: 1-4, 2 RBI
Max Stassi: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
All players in lineup recorded a hit in this game.

César Valdez: 6 IP, 10 H (solo HR allowed), 6 ER (1 inherited runner charged to him), 4 K
Reymin Guduan: L (0-3, 1-3 season), 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER (3 inherited runners charged to him), BB, K
Chris Cotton: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

Corpus Christi

The Hooks lost both of their games over the weekend and ended up dropping 3 of 4 to Midland. They lost 8-5 on Saturday and fell 4-2 on Sunday.

Corpus will begin a 3-game series with San Antonio tonight at 7:05. Trent Thornton will make his first start at Whataburger Field, and he'll take on Tim Berry.

Saturday: L 8-5 vs. Midland

Conrad Gregor: 2-4, 3-R HR (6), 4 RBI
Danry Vásquez: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Nick Tanielu: 1-3, 2B, 2 R

Kent Emanuel: L (3-1), 5.1 IP, 6 H (2 2-R HR allowed), 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Kyle Smith: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Michael Freeman: IP; 2 popouts, 1 lineout

Sunday: L 4-2 vs. Midland

Alejandro Garcia: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Cy Sneed: 6.2 IP, 8 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 4 K
Albert Minnis: L (2-1), 2.1 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 K

Lancaster

The JetHawks split their two games with Bakersfield over the weekend, but they ended up taking 3 of 4 from the Blaze. They won 5-3 on Saturday and lost 7-3 on Sunday.

Lancaster will start a 3-game series with Lake Elsinore tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Josh James will face Brett Kennedy.

Saturday: W 5-3 @ Bakersfield

Bryan Muñiz: 3-4, RBI, 2 R
Trent Woodward: 2-4, 2B, R
Jason Martin: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Johnny Sewald: 1-2, R, 2 SB (18, 34 season)

Akeem Bostick: 4 IP, H, unearned run, 5 BB, 8 K
Kevin McCanna: W (1-1, 3-4 season) 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 unearned runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), 6 K
Kevin Comer: Save (3), 0.2 IP; 2 flyball outs

Sunday: L 7-3 @ Bakersfield

Drew Ferguson: 1-4, 3-R HR (9)

Jose Luis Hernandez: L (0-2, 3-4 season), 5 IP, 8 H (2-R HR allowed), BB, 6 K
Andrew Thome: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, K

Quad Cities

Quad Cities won a pair of one-run games in Beloit over the weekend to take a 2-0 lead in their series with the Snappers. Franklin Perez will face Zack Erwin in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

Saturday: W 2-1 @ Beloit

Pat Porter: Go-ahead solo HR (7) in 7th inning
Anthony Hermelyn: 2-4, R
Christian Correa: 1-4, RBI
Stephen Wrenn: 2-4, SB (1, 9 season)

Framber Valdez: 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Chris Murphy: W (5-6), 4 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Sunday: W 3-2 (11 innings) @ Beloit

Myles Straw: 4-5, R, SB (14)
Kristian Trompiz: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Bobby Wernes: 1-5, 2B, RBI

Hector Perez: 5.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Juan Carlos Santos: 2.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: W (5-4), 3 IP, 3 K

Tri-City

The ValleyCats lost the rubber game of their series with Connecticut by a score of 8-2. They were originally supposed to begin a series with Lowell on Sunday, but it was rained out, and so, they'll start this series with a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 Eastern.

Saturday: L 8-2 @ Connecticut

Brauly Mejia: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Tyler Wolfe: 0-3, RBI
Taylor Jones: 1-4, 2B, R

Edgardo Sandoval: L (0-2, 0-3 season), 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K
Howie Brey: 1.2 IP, 2 BB
Makay Nelson: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K

Greeneville

The Appy Astros took 2 of 3 from Bluefield on Saturday, using a 6-run 8th inning to spur them on to an 8-5 victory. They began a new series in Kingsport on Sunday and dropped the opener by that same score. Tonight, Salvador Montaño will take on Adonis Uceta. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Saturday: W 8-5 @ Bluefield

Bryan De La Cruz: 2-2, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, 2 R
Jonathan Arauz: 1-4, 2 RBI
Ruben Castro: 2-4, 2B, RBI

Carlos Hiraldo: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Luis Ramirez: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 K
Carlos Sanabria: W (1-2), 4.2 IP, H, 5 K

Sunday: L 8-5 @ Kingsport

Jonathan Arauz: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Frankeny Fernandez: 1-4, 2 R, 2 SB (7)
Connor MacDonald: 1-5, 2-R HR (4)
Abraham Toro: 2-4, R

Diogenes Almengo: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Lucas Williams: IP, H, unearned run
Patrick Sandoval: L (1-2), 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER (3 inherited runners charged to him), 3 BB, 2 K
Reggie Johnson: 0.2 IP, H, K

GCL Astros

The Kissimmee Stros lost 5-0 to the Nationals on Saturday in Yulieski Gurriel's U.S. debut. Gurriel went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. Andy Piñeda and Joan Mauricio both went 2-4.

Brian Holmes allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Forrest Whitley got knocked around in his 1.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walking 1, and fanning 2. Carson LaRue pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a run of his own on 3 hits and struck out 1. Manuel Gonzalez allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings.

On Sunday, they lost 6-2 to the Mets. Brody Westmoreland hit a solo homer, his 2nd of the season. Jorge Guzman went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out 5.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team topped the Red Sox 4-2 on Saturday. Ronny Jimenez went 2-4 with a triple, RBI, and scored a run. Anibal Sierra finished 1-3 and scored 2 runs.

Ronel Blanco got the win; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 3 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team jumped out to a 5-0 lead and beat the Mets 2 7-4. Samir Caraballo and Darlin Figueroa both scored 2 runs, while Anthony Rodriguez drove in 2.

Francisco Villegas allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits and struck out 3. Gerardo Bojorquez allowed 2 runs on 8 hits and struck out 1.

Saturday's Stars

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Conrad Gregor, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3-R HR (6), 4 RBI

Chris Murphy, RHP, Quad Cities
W (5-6), 4 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Bryan De La Cruz, OF, Greeneville
2-2, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-2), 4.2 IP, H, 5 K

Sunday's Stars

Photo by Bryan Green
Jonathan Arauz, IF, Greeneville
3-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Guzman, RHP, GCL Astros
4 IP, H, unearned run, 5 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-5, 2-R HR (6), 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (3)

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Quad Cities
W (5-4), 3 IP, 3 K

Hector Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
5.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Myles Straw, OF, Quad Cities
4-5, R, SB (14)