Saturday, August 20, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 19, 2016

Omaha 11, Fresno 7

W- Benino Pruneda (3-1)
L- Eury De La Rosa (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (9, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Kemmer (16, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies couldn't overcome an early 7-0 deficit, and they dropped the series.

Colin Moran's 2-run homer put Fresno on the board in the 3rd inning. Jon Kemmer led off the 4th inning with a home run, and the Grizzlies got 3 more runs in the inning thanks to an RBI double from Andrew Aplin and RBI singles from D.J. Fisher and Moran. Kemmer drove in Fresno's final run with an RBI groundout in the 9th. Moran finished 2-4 on the evening.

Eury De La Rosa went 4 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs, all of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, 2 hits, and walked 1. The one hit that Aaron West allowed in his 1.1 innings was a bases-clearing double in the 6th that resulted in all of Cotton's runners coming home. Kevin Chapman allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

The Grizzlies are in Albuquerque tonight to begin a 4-game series with the Isotopes. David Paulino will make his AAA debut tonight. He was originally scheduled to take on Jeff Hoffman, but Hoffman was called up by the Rockies. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 3

W- Trent Thornton (2-1, 9-5 season)
L- Alex Klonowski (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (2, 12 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had to hold off a furious 9th-inning rally from the Travs to take game 1 of this series.

Trent Thornton allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 6 shutout innings. Kyle Smith walked 1 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Michael Freeman came on in the 9th, but he failed to record an out. He allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 2. Jacob Dorris took ownership of the 9th; he allowed a hit and struck out 2; he hit the first man he faced to bring in a run, and the one hit was a two-out RBI single. Bobby Boyd ended the game by throwing out Zach Welz at the plate.

Corpus got on the board first thanks to a pair of RBI singles from James Ramsay and Tony Nuñez in the 2nd inning. Boyd ripped an RBI double in the 4th, and he scored on a Conrad Gregor groundout in the 7th inning. Boyd, Gregor, Roberto Peña, and J.D. Davis all finished 2-4.

Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Jose Molina at 7:10.

Lancaster 6, Lake Elsinore 3

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (9-4)
L- Jerry Keel (2-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (6, 7 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks doubled up the Storm as they took the first game of the series.

Lancaster took the lead in the 3rd inning on a pair of RBI singles from Osvaldo Duarte and Bryan Muñiz. Jamie Ritchie hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Muñiz scored later in the inning when Jason Martin grounded into a force out. With the JetHawks holding on to a one-run lead in the 9th, Trent Woodward provided some crucial insurance by ripping a 2-run double.

The first five hitters in the Lancaster lineup were Myles Straw, Johnny Sewald, Duarte, Muñiz, and Ritchie, and they all finished with 2 hits and were involved in all of the JetHawks' scoring plays.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 4. Alex Winkelman allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 1.2 scoreless, and Ryan Deemes got the save; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.

In game 2 of this series, Elieser Hernandez will face Chris Huffman. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 8, Kane County 2

W- Hector Perez (2-0, 4-0 season)
L- Jose Almonte (2-4)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (3, 5 season)

QC home runs: Hector Roa (5, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos put the Cougars away with 4 runs after stretch time.

Hector Perez and Juan Carlos Santos turned in solid nights on the mound; Perez allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 5.2 innings, and Santos finished it off, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6 in 3.1 innings.

Hector Roa led off the 3rd inning with a home run that put Quad Cities on the scoreboard. The Banditos took control in the 5th with a couple of RBI singles from Anthony Hermelyn and Kristian Trompiz. Randy César added an RBI single in the 6th, and in that deciding 7th inning, Dex McCall smacked a 2-run double. César brought him home with an RBI double, and Stephen Wrenn provided the icing with an RBI single. Trompiz, César, and Wrenn all went 2-4.

Game 2 of this series will start at 6:00.

Aberdeen 7, Tri-City 4

W- Cody Dube (3-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The Ironbirds foiled the ValleyCats' bid for a sweep by jumping out to a 6-1 lead.

Rodrigo Ayarza drove in Tri-City's first run with an RBI double in the 3rd inning. In the 8th, he scored on a triple from Miguelangel Sierra. Chuckie Robinson scored on a wild pitch in the 9th, and Connor Goedert hit an RBI double. Goedert went 2-4.

Dustin Hunt went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Sean Stutzman allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits in 1.2 innings. Abdiel Saldaña was next, and he threw 3.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and fanning 6. Howie Brey allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.

The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series with Hudson Valley tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Austin Nicely will get the start.

Greeneville 2, Danville 0

W- Jorge Alcala (2-1, 3-2 season)
L- Joey Wentz (0-3)
S- Ricardo Castro (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Jorge Alcala and Ricardo Castro dominated the Braves on their way to posting a shutout for the Appy Astros. Alcala walked 1 and struck out 7 over 5 innings, and Castro brought it home, allowing 3 hits and striking out 6 in the final 4 innings.

Oscar Campos tripled to lead off the 5th inning and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Reiny Beltre went 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 6th.

Cristian Javier will start the series finale. He'll face Jeremy Walker at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 3

W- Gabriel Valdez (2-2)
L- Tomas Alastre (0-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got a solid outing from Lupe Chavez and they put the game way with an offensive surge in the middle innings.

Chavez allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings. Gabriel Valdez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th inning. Hansel Paulino was next, and he walked 3 and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Ian Hardman allowed a run on 2 hits in the 8th, and Dariel Aquino allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in the 9th.

Joan Mauricio opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Andy Piñeda hit an RBI double in the 5th and came around to score on a single from Wander Franco. Mauricio singled in the 6th, and an error on the play allowed L.P. Pelletier to score. In the 7th, Piñeda scored on an error, Jose Benjamin hit into a force out that allowed Wilson Amador to score, and another error in the inning allowed Benjamin to score.

Piñeda finished 3-4 with a stolen base (15), and Mauricio went 2-3.

DSL Rays1 2, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Luis Medina (2-2)
L- Robert Corniel (0-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Rays got their 2 runs late to snatch the win from the Blue team.

Carlos Canelon's RBI groundout in the 6th was the Blue team's only scoring play.

Ronel Blanco allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Juan Lopez allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 3 innings, and Robert Corniel allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Phillies2 2

W- Gerardo Bojorquez (3-5)
L- Abdallah Aris (3-1)
S- Gabriel Pirela (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got some vital insurance runs late and were able to navigate around a potential Phillies threat in the 9th to get the win.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. This was their only scoring play until the 8th, when Samir Caraballo whacked an RBI double. In the 9th, Alvarez scored on a wild pitch and Ramiro Rodriguez hit an RBI single. Ramiro and Caraballo both went 2-4.

Diosward Gonzalez went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Jose Antonio Hernandez walked 2 in 2 innings. Gerardo Bojorquez was next, and he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless. Nivaldo Rodriguez got 1 out in the 9th; he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, and Gabriel Pirela walked 1 and got the final two outs of the game.

Friday's Stars

Ronel Blanco, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-4, 2-R HR (9), 3 RBI

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-1, 9-5 season), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Bobby Boyd, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB (2, 35 season)
OF assist threw out would-be tying run to end game

Hector Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0, 4-0 season), 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Juan Carlos Santos, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (3, 5 season), 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Tri-City
3.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Greeneville
W (2-1, 3-2 season), 5 IP, BB, 7 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Ricardo Castro, RHP, Greeneville
Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, 6 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Guadalupe Chavez, RHP, GCL Astros
4 IP, 3 H, 2 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Andy Piñeda, OF, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB (15)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 18, 2016

Let's play two in Adelanto and the DSL!

Fresno 2, Omaha 1 in 11 innings

W- Jandel Gustave (3-2)
L- Clayton Mortensen (3-5)

Fresno home runs: None.

Colin Moran was the hero on Taco Truck Throwdown 6. It's Fresno's biggest promotion of the year, and they sent the fans home happy.

Danny Worth put the Tacos on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Omaha tied the game with a run in the 3rd inning, and the game remained in a deadlock until the bottom of the 11th.

Alejandro Garcia led off the inning with a single and advanced to 2nd on a Max Stassi sacrifice bunt. Andrew Aplin was then intentionally walked to keep the double play in play. Nolan Fontana went down on strikes, but Moran came through with the game-winner, a single that brought Garcia home. Garcia finished 3-5 with a stolen base (1, 13 season), and Worth went 2-3 with a double.

César Valdez turned in yet another fine start for the Tacos; he allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 9 over 7 strong innings. Brendan McCurry was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he wound up throwing a 1-2-3 8th inning. Jordan Jankowski walked 1 and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Jandel Gustave set the Storm Chasers down in order in the 11th inning, striking out 1.

Fresno and Omaha will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Eury De La Rosa, whose contract was recently purchased from the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, will make his organizational debut. He'll face Mike Minor.

Corpus Christi 4, Northwest Arkansas 0

W- Cy Sneed (5-5)
L- Eric Skoglund (6-9)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (5, 15 season; 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks took the series from the Naturals as Cy Sneed and Kevin Comer joined forces on a shutout. Sneed allowed 4 hits and fanned 5 in 7 innings, and Comer finished it off, allowing 3 hits and striking out 5 in the final two frames.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Mott Hyde added a sac fly in the 5th, and J.D. Davis drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. Conrad Gregor and Tony Nuñez both went 2-4 from the bottom of the lineup.

Tonight, Corpus is in Little Rock for the second leg of their tour of Arkansas. Trent Thornton will take on Alex Blackford at 7:10.

Game 1: High Desert 12, Lancaster 6

W- Shane McCain (5-3)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-2, 5-3 season)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson 2 (13; solo in 4th, solo in 5th), Bryan Muñiz (12, solo in 5th)

There was plenty of offense in game 1; unfortunately for the JetHawks, their pitchers could only keep the Mavericks off the scoreboard for one half-inning. They had a 4-3 lead after their half of the 4th, but High Desert finished the game on a 9-2 run.

Drew Ferguson put Lancaster on the board in the 4th inning with his first home run of game 1. Kyle Tucker followed with a single; he advanced to 3rd on a single from Aaron Mizell and eventually scored on an error that allowed Jason Martin to reach. Trent Woodward hit an RBI infield single to bring Mizell home, and Martin scored on a wild pitch. Ferguson and Bryan Muñiz hit back-to-back solo home runs in the 5th inning. Ferguson went 3-3, while Little Tuck went 2-4 in his Lancaster debut.

Akeem Bostick went 3.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 5, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Alex Winkelman got the final two outs of the 6th, striking out 1.

Did game 2 bring about a more positive result for the JetHawks?

Game 2: Lancaster 10, High Desert 2

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (2-3, 5-5 season)
L- Jeffrey Springs (2-2)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (14, solo in 1st), Marc Wik (5, 2-run in 2nd), Christian Correa (2, 3 season; 2-run in 4th)

Jose Luis Hernandez went the distance and Drew Ferguson continued his rampage from game 1 as the JetHawks earned the split in the doubleheader. Hernandez allowed 2 runs; both came on solo homers. He allowed two other hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 over the 7 innings.

Ferguson opened the scoring by launching a solo homer in the 1st inning. Marc Wik got in on the act with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning, and Christian Correa whacked a 2-run home run of his own in the 4th. Bryan Muñiz hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Ferguson scored on an error later in the inning. In the 6th, Myles Straw hit an RBI single and came around to score on an Osvaldo Duarte triple. Ferguson capped off the night by ripping an RBI double to score Duarte.

Five JetHawks had 2-hit games: Straw (RBI, 2 R), Ferguson (2B, solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), Muñiz, Correa (2B, 2-R HR, 2 R), and Wik (2-R HR).

The JetHawks will start a 3-game series in Lake Elsinore tonight at 7:00 Pacific.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Joey Strain (6-2)
L- David Schmidt (3-3, 4-4 season)
S- Matt Walker (10)

QC home runs: Dexture McCall (8. 2-run in 7th)

The Banditos managed to tie the game at 2.... only to see the LumberKings regain the lead with a run in the 8th, and that was the difference as they got swept out of Clinton.

Dex McCall's 2-run home run in the 7th inning put Quad Cities on the board, tied the game at 2, was their only scoring play of the evening, and was one of just two hits that they could muster up in the game. Arturo Michelena, who scored on the homer, singled for the other River Bandit hit.

Framber Valdez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. David Schmidt pitched the final 3 innings and allowed the go-ahead run in the 8th on a double. The other hit he allowed was also a double, and he struck out 1.

The Banditos are back home, and tonight, they'll start a 3-game series with Kane County at 7:00. Hector Perez will go up against Jose Almonte.

Tri-City 4, Aberdeen 2

W- Salvador Montaño (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Zach Muckenhirn (4-2)
S- Tyler Britton (2)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the 1st and the 5th innings, but Tri-City put up the only crooked number of the game in the 5th and got an insurance run in the 8th.

Rodrigo Ayarza doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning and an error allowed him to advance to 3rd. He scored the ValleyCats' first run of the evening on a wild pitch. Ayarza added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th, and Alex De Goti later scored on another wild pitch. Ronnie Dawson drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

Ayarza (2B, RBI, R), Brauly Mejia, Chuckie Robinson (R), and De Goti (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Kevin Hill, Salvador Montaño, and Tyler Britton all went 3 innings for Tri-City. Hill got the start and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3. Montaño had home stolen on him in the 5th inning; the run was unearned. He also allowed a single, walked 4, and struck out 4. Britton allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 to get the save.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Dustin Hunt will take on Lucas Humpal.

Danville 3, Greeneville 2 in 10 innings

W- Drew Harrington (1-0)
L- Devon Carr (1-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros have picked a bad time to get in a funk; they're 2-8 in their last 10 contests. They took the lead in the 8th, only to see the Braves tie the game in the bottom of the inning and walk off with the win in the first extra frame.

Frankeny Fernandez put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 5th inning, and Abraham Toro's RBI groundout in the 8th was their other scoring play. Stijn van der Meer scored both Greeneville runs. Fernandez and Carlos Machado both finished 2-3, and Luis Payano also finished with 2 hits.

Forrest Whitley went 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3. Colin McKee and Carlos Hiraldo followed with 2 innings out of the bullpen; McKee allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Hiraldo walked 2 and struck out 2. Devon Carr went 2.1 innings and allowed the winning run (well, it scored after he left) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Luis Ramirez got an out in the 10th, but he hit Brett Cumberland with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run for Danville.

Jorge Alcala will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Joey Wentz at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team dropped a doubleheader to the Royals; they lost game 1 6-2 and dropped game 2 by a score of 4-2.

Anibal Sierra had a triple and an RBI in game 1. Johsson Arias allowed a run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Angel De Leon smacked a 2-run triple in game 2.

DSL Astros Orange

On the other hand, the Orange team swept the Rays 2, winning game 1 by a score of 9-2 and game 2 2-0.

Hector Martinez doubled and scored 3 runs in game 1, while Yordan Alvarez tripled and scored twice.

Kilvio Peralta and Freylin Garcia combined on a shutout in game 2; Peralta allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6, and Garcia allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Gerry Castillo ripped an RBI double in the 2nd and later scored on a Luis Coronel single. Coronel finished 2-2 on the day.

Thursday's Stars


Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Walk-off RBI single in 11th inning

Fresno pitchers from top: César Valdez, Brendan McCurry, Jordan Jankowski, Jandel Gustave
Valdez: 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 9K
McCurry: IP (retired side in order in 8th)
Jankowski: 2 IP, BB, 3 K
Gustave: W (3-2), IP, K

Photo by Tammy Tucker
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-5), 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Kevin Comer, RHP, Corpus Christi
2 IP, 3 H, 5 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
Game 1 of doubleheader: 3-3, 2 solo HR (13)
Game 2 of doubleheader: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (14), 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Tyler Britton, RHP, Tri-City
Save (2), 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Astros MiLB Alumni: LHP Kyle Hallock

Way back in December 2011 (after I had been writing this blog for only a handful of months), I reached out to my first minor league player on twitter to ask for an interview. Those who have followed this blog for any length of time will hardly be surprised to know that I picked a lefty pitcher, given my affection for southpaws. Kyle Hallock had just been drafted in the 10th round out of Kent State earlier that year and was an All-Star in the New York-Penn League. Kyle's prompt, generous response to me encouraged me to keep asking for interviews and really opened a door for me. Here is the result of a rookie blogger interviewing a rookie player if you'd like to take a look.

During my recent trip to Tri-City, I spoke with one of the season ticket holders who had made friends with Kyle and his family during his time playing there. Candi told me a little about Kyle's life since he left the Astros fold and I thought he would be a perfect subject for my Astros MiLB Alumni series. Once again, Kyle was very generous with his time in sharing his post-Astros story.


Coach Hallock

JH: Can you tell me about what you've been up to since your time with the Astros?

KH: After I was released by Houston in March of 2014, I had a choice to continue playing or start the next part of my career. I received a phone call from Scott Pickler asking if I would be interested in coaching the pitchers of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League. I decided to take him up on that opportunity and see if I would enjoy the coaching side of baseball. Following that, I accepted a Graduate Assistant position in August of 2014 at Malone University, a Division II school in Canton, Ohio. Within the past few months I have received an M.B.A. degree from Malone, accepted a full-time position on the coaching staff and married the best woman I have ever met, my wife Morgan.

JH: What one memory (or more) have you taken with you from your time in the organization?

KH: I learned a lot about the game of baseball from the guys I shared a dugout with while in the Astros organization. As I have had some time to reflect on my playing career, the few memories that stick out are starting the New York Penn League All-Star game in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2011. I was fortunate enough to have a hand in throwing a no-hitter on Mother's Day out in Lancaster, California. And finally, I learned the most while at AAA in Oklahoma City from a great group of guys that showed me how to be a professional and get big league caliber hitters out on a consistent basis. Those three stops along the way have allowed me to share some unique experiences with the players I am helping to develop.

JH: What life lessons have you taken with you from your time playing minor league baseball?

KH: One of the life lessons I acquired through minor league baseball was the need to be self-sufficient on and off the field. Everything in the season is on the go (travel, promotions, etc.) and you don't have to get ready for that if you stay ready. As you make it to new places, you have to be capable of fitting in socially, while still maintaining an acceptable level of performance in parts of the country you have never been to. I attempt to bring a consistent mindset to our players here at Malone so they know what they are getting out of me. The more I look back, the more I realize being a reliable player/coach/person becomes a necessity if you desire success. People count on me every day to have it ready and I do my best to do that in whatever situation I find myself in.

JH: What advice would you give to a player whose dream gets cut short?

KH: For those who do not achieve their dreams of making it to "The Show" I would recommend learning as much about the game as possible because the younger generation of baseball players are eager to learn. The other side of the game (coaching) is extremely rewarding when you find guys that want to be great and win championships which we are finding here at Malone.

JH: What would you like to say to the friends and fans you made along the way?

KH: I would just like to thank my family, coaches, friends and fans for their support. When you're in the minor leagues working towards getting to the top of your profession, it can be extremely lonely. At times, you're by yourself or with guys you haven't had time to get to know, all while doing it in a foreign part of the country. Those texts and calls I received along the way while playing kept me and a lot of other guys going.

JH: One final question ... You provided me with one of the most memorable moments since I started writing my blog when you and Luis Cruz combined for a no-hitter on Mother's Day 2013. I interviewed you after the game and you were so calm and cool about it. Were you really that calm about it? I would have been losing my mind!

KH: Whenever I was on the mound, I tried to be a rock. What I mean by that is, I wanted to be solid for my teammates and coaches. I tried not to allow anything to break me. So to answer your question, yes I was really that calm. I expected great things to happen every time a coach gave me the ball. I tried to make history every time I took the mound. Every starting pitcher begins with a perfect game and no hitter, it's the great ones that see how long they ride those scenarios out. That Mother's Day in 2013, it came together for Luis [Cruz] and I. I will never forget that afternoon in Southern California and I can't thank Luis and the defense enough for finishing that job so I could be a part of it.


Kyle Hallock - May 12, 2013 No-hitter

Thank you for your time, Kyle, and thank you for the memories!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Omaha 4, Fresno 3

W- Luke Farrell (6-3)
L- Brady Rodgers (12-4)
S- Andrew Edwards (5)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies mounted a 9th inning rally that fell just short.

Brady Rodgers went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kevin Chapman allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in the 5th inning. Aaron West allowed 2 hits over 3 scoreless innings, and Jandel Gustave allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 9th inning.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st inning. He ripped a ground-rule double in the 9th and came around to score on a double from Tyler Heineman. Alejandro Garcia brought Heineman home with a groundout, but that was as close as Fresno got to forcing extras. Singleton (2 2B, RBI, R) and Colin Moran (2B, R) both finished 2-4.

Tonight is Taco Truck Throwdown 6 in Fresno, and it's the biggest promotion of the year for the Grizzlies, who will assume their alter ego, the Fresno Tacos. César Valdez will face Jon Dziedzic at 7:05 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 11, Corpus Christi 6

W- Ashton Goudeau (5-12)
L- Kent Emanuel (4-3)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (9, solo in 2nd), Ramon Laureano (4, 14 season; solo in 3rd)

The Hooks were behind the eight-ball early in this one, trailing 8-2 after two innings.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, and Conrad Gregor and Ramon Laureano followed with solo home runs in the 2nd and the 3rd, respectively. Davis hit a one-out triple in the 8th and scored on a James Ramsay groundout, and in the 9th, Garrett Stubbs and Nick Tanielu hit sac flies. Gregor (solo HR, 2 R), Davis (3B, RBI, R), Laureano (solo HR, SB), and Tony Nuñez all finished with 2 hits; Laureano now has 36 stolen bases on the season.

It was a rough night at the office for Kent Emanuel. It happens, and he'll bounce back. Eric Peterson stepped in for damage control and he allowed a run on 4 hits and fanned 6 in 3.2 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

Cy Sneed will start the series finale, and he'll face Eric Skoglund at 7:05.

Lancaster and High Desert was postponed

Due to the Blue Cut Fire, an active wildfire in San Bernardino County. If conditions permit, the JetHawks and Mavericks will wrap up their series with a doubleheader starting at 5:00 Pacific.

Clinton 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Jake Brentz (2-0)
L- Chris Murphy (5-7)

QC home runs: None.

Yet again, the Banditos could only score in one inning. Yet again, the LumberKings found some offense late, and this time, they walked off with the victory.

All 3 Quad Cities runs came in the 2nd inning, and none of them scored via hit. Stephen Wrenn stole home to open the scoring, and then Kristian Trompiz and Arturo Michelena drew bases-loaded walks. Spencer Johnson and Bobby Wernes had 2 hits apiece.

Matt Bower allowed 2 runs, both on a 2-run homer, on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9 in 5.2 innings. Chris Murphy went 3 innings and allowed the tying and winning runs in the 9th inning; both were unearned. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

The River Bandits will look to avoid the sweep as Framber Valdez gets the start. He'll face Ronald Dominguez at 6:30.

Tri-City 6, Aberdeen 4

W- Makay Nelson (2-0, 2-2 season)
L- Travis Seabrooke (1-6)
S- Angelo Serrano (1, 2 season)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats started off the home stretch on the right foot with a 4-run 5th inning and 5.2 solid innings from the bullpen to get the win.

Edgardo Sandoval went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Makay Nelson tagged in to throw 4.2 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 6, and Angelo Serrano got 3 flyball outs in the 9th to close it out.

Connor Goedert put Tri-City on the board with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Alex De Goti drove in a run with a sac fly of his own in the 4th, and the ValleyCats took control in the 5th. Rodrigo Ayarza led off the inning with a single and he eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3. Ronnie Dawson put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run triple and scored on another wild pitch. Dawson finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Chuckie Robinson scored 2 runs as well.

Kevin Hill will face Cody Sedlock in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville was off

The Appy Astros will start a 3-game series in Danville at 7:00 Eastern. Forrest Whitley will take on Jaret Hellinger.

GCL Astros 2, GCL Cardinals 1

W- Felipe Tejada (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Jonathon Mulford (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

Joan Mauricio's 2-run single was the Kissimmee Stros' only scoring play in this game and it allowed them to walk off with the victory. Jose Benjamin and Brody Westmoreland both finished 2-3 on the day.

César Rosado went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Manuel Gonzalez was the first man out of the bullpen, and he threw 1.1 perfect innings. Felipe Tejada allowed the only Cardinals run, which came on a solo home run in the 6th inning. Tejada allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Wednesday's Stars



Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Makay Nelson, RHP, Tri-City
W (2-0, 2-2 season), 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K

Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R

Aaron West, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, 2 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Joan Mauricio, IF, GCL Astros
Walk-off 2-run single in 9th

Photos by Bryan Green
GCL Astros pitchers: 9 IP, 6 H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 11 K vs. GCL Cardinals
César Rosado (top), RHP: 3.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Manuel Gonzalez, RHP: 1.1 IP
Felipe Tejada (not pictured), RHP: W (1-0, 2-0 season), 4 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 5 K

Astros Farm Report: 8-18

Checking in on the playoff pictures, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

8-18: C/DH Evan Gattis (30)
8-19: SS Alex De Goti (22)
8-21: OF Derek Fisher (23)
8-22: 1B/3B Brody Westmoreland (21)

Alex De Goti - July 2016

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

In addition to these moves posted on Tuesday, here are a few more moves from the last couple of days.

8-17: OF Kyle Tucker assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-17: RHP Devin Raftery assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-17: OF Danry Vasquez released
8-16: RHP Edison Frias placed on the 7-day DL
8-16: RHP Mike Hauschild placed on the 7-day DL
8-16: LHP Brian Holmes placed on the 7-day DL (reported earlier)
8-16: 2B Yulieski Gurriel assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

Let's check in with the teams as they make their final pushes for playoff berths.

AAA Fresno 3rd 66-58 .532 5.0GB L5

Fresno's 5-game losing streak has dropped them to third place in their division, five games behind Tacoma (Mariners) and a half game behind Reno (Diamondbacks). With only 19 games left in the season, their elimination number is at 15. If they don't start winning soon and often, they will all be free to join the big league club when rosters expand on September 1st.

AA Corpus Christi 1st 72-50 .590 0.0GB L1 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 25-27 .481 9.0GB L1
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

The Hooks are automatically slated for the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half. Midland (A's) holds a 7-game second half lead over the second place San Antonio (Padres) team and looks likely to be the team that the Hooks will face in the first round of the playoffs. There are 18 games remaining in the season and four of those will be against Midland.

A+ Lancaster 2nd 68-53 .562 4.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 33-18 .647 0.0GB W1

The JetHawks remain in first place, four games in front of both High Desert (Rangers) and Lake Elsinore (Padres) in the second half. They also lead the wild card standings by a .001 percentage point over Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Lancaster will be facing High Desert six times and Lake Elsinore three times over their next 9 games. There are 19 games left in the regular season.

A- Quad Cities 6th 57-64 .471 18.5GB L3 (Overall)
2nd half: 4th 26-26 .500 11.0GB L3

Their current 3-game losing streak has made it very, very, very difficult for the River Bandits to make it to the postseason. They now need to overtake two teams in order to win a wild card with two additional teams breathing down their necks. It's doable, but not if they don't get on a good win streak, like, now! There are 18 games left in the regular season.

SSA Tri-City 3rd 31-26 .544 1.0GB W1

The ValleyCats are one game behind co-leaders Lowell (Red Sox) and Connecticut (Tigers) in the division. They are in fourth place, two and half games back, in the wild card race. This looks to be an exciting stretch run. Tri-City has three games remaining against Lowell and two more against Connecticut in their final 19 games.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 27-26 .509 3.0GB W1

The Appy League Astros are now one and a half games behind second place Elizabethton (Twins). Since the first and second place teams in the division advance to the playoffs, Greeneville is still very much in it, particularly considering that the final six games (out of 15 remaining) will be played against Elizabethton.

Rk- GCL 5th 18-27 .400 9.5GB W1

With 11 games left in the regular season, this rookie club has an elimination number of 3 and will likely be officially eliminated from a playoff berth over the next few days.

FRk DSL Blue 2nd 39-19 .672 3.0GB L1

The Astros Blue team is still in second place, .005 percentage points in front of the Royals in the division and in the wild card standings. They have been rained out the last couple of days and any potential makeup games aren't showing on the schedule yet, but their season is currently scheduled to end on August 27th.

FRk DSL Orange 5th 25-35 .417 17.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

The Orange team has officially been eliminated from postseason play.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In the upper minors, the Astros' affiliates squared off against two Royals affiliates.

Omaha 12, Fresno 5

W- John Lannan (7-7)
L- Keegan Yuhl (0-2, 8-5 season)

Fresno home runs: Yulieski Gurriel (1, 2 season; solo in 4th)

One inning can change the momentum of a baseball game. Unfortunately for the Tacos, the Storm Chasers battered them with a 9-run 4th inning.

Most of the damage was done by the top third of the lineup. Yulieski Gurriel put Fresno on the board with a home run to lead off the 4th inning. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th, and Jon Kemmer followed that up with an RBI double. In the 7th, Kemmer drove in another run with a groundout, and Danny Worth hit a sacrifice fly. Gurriel went 3-4 with 2 runs scored in his first AAA game, while Kemmer (2 2B, 2 RBI) and Colin Moran (2 R) both finished 2-5. Andrew Aplin was 2-4 with a run scored.

Keegan Yuhl went 3.1 innings and allowed 9 runs (7 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed one hit, which was a grand slam hit by Whit Merrifield that resulted in 3 runners getting charged to Yuhl, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and walked 2.

Brady Rodgers will take on Luke Farrell in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Evan Grills (5-5, 8-6 season)
L- Josh Staumont (1-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis 2 (18; solo in 5th, solo in 9th), Garrett Stubbs (3, 9 season; 2-run in 4th)

The Hooks started off their tour of Arkansas by keeping the Naturals' offense in check in the series opener.

Evan Grills turned in 7 solid innings; the two runs he allowed came on a home run from Ryan O'Hearn. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 3. Michael Freeman and Jacob Dorris both pitched a scoreless inning; Freeman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Dorris allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Nick Tanielu opened up the scoring with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning, and Chase McDonald added a sac fly later in the inning. Garrett Stubbs smacked a 2-run homer in the 4th, and J.D. Davis launched solo home runs in the 5th and the 9th. Davis was the only player in the Corpus lineup with a multi-hit game; he, Stubbs, and Bobby Boyd scored 2 runs apiece. Stubbs and Boyd also stole a base; for Stubbs, that was his 12th, while Boyd now has 34 on the year.

Kent Emanuel will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 11, High Desert 8

W- Kevin McCanna (2-1, 4-4 season)
L- Felix Carvallo (6-3)
S- Andrew Thome (2, 6 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

This has been a pretty interesting series for the JetHawks, as reported by Jason Schwartz. There was no internet at the ballpark on Monday, and the visiting clubhouse didn't have hot water either. Tuesday's game was played with an active wildfire raging in the vicinity, and it made for a pretty eerie pre-game scene.



After much deliberation, the game went on as scheduled, and the JetHawks swiftly erased a 7-1 deficit with an 8-run 5th inning.

Drew Ferguson opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. This would be Lancaster's only scoring play until that 8-run 5th; in the meantime, High Desert went on a 7-0 run.

Trent Woodward reached on an error to lead off the 5th inning. After Woodward advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, Osvaldo Duarte joined him by reaching on another Mavs error, and Myles Straw walked to load the bases. Marc Wik went down on strikes for the first out, but Johnny Sewald kept the line moving with an RBI single. Ferguson followed with a 2-run single, and then Aaron Mizell walked to re-load the bases. Jamie Ritchie walked to bring in Sewald, and Jason Martin followed with a sac fly. In his second plate appearance of the inning, Woodward hit a 2-run single, and he scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch. Straw drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and later in the inning, Wik drove in the final run of the night with a sac fly.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup had a hit except for Mizell, who still walked and scored a run in the 5th inning.

Rogelio Armenteros went 4 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer) and walked 2. Kevin McCanna tagged in for 3 innings, and he allowed a run on a groundout in the 5th, a single, walked 2, and struck out 2. Andrew Thome allowed a hit and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings to get the save.

Game 3, if conditions permit, will start at 7:05 Pacific. Akeem Bostick will face David Ledbetter.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Rohn Pierce (5-0)
L- Adam Whitt (3-6)
S- Joey Strain (9)

QC home runs: None.

For the second straight game, the Banditos could only score in one inning. They managed to tie the game in the 4th inning, but the LumberKings found some late offense to take Tuesday's contest.

Jake Rogers and Kristian Trompiz hit RBI singles in the 4th which accounted for the 2 Quad Cities runs. Dex McCall finished 2-3.

Agapito Barrios went 2.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him, walked 1, and struck out 2. Justin Ferrell tagged in for 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt was next, and in his 2.1 innings, he allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. David Schmidt got the final 2 outs of the 8th, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 1.

In game 3 of this series, Matt Bower will take on Nick Wells. First pitch is at 6:30.

New York-Penn League All-Star Game

The South All-Stars topped the North 9-5. Taylor Jones entered the game in the 6th and was the DH the rest of the way, going 0-2. Chuckie Robinson went 0-2 after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the 5th inning. Enrique Chavez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 2.

The ValleyCats return to action tonight with a 3-game series against Aberdeen. Edgardo Sandoval will start game 1, and he'll take on Travis Seabrooke at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Kingsport 4

W- Luis Ramirez (1-1)
L- Sixto Torres (0-4)
S- Diogenes Almengo (3)

Greeneville home runs: Connor MacDonald (6, solo in 5th)

The Appy Astros stormed out of the gate with a 4-run 1st inning and withstood a game-tying rally in the middle stages of the game to earn the split in their series with Kingsport.

Stijn van der Meer scored the first run of the day on a botched force out attempt that saw Connor MacDonald reach base. Reiny Beltre followed with an RBI single, and then Frankeny Fernandez scored on a double play. MacDonald ended up scoring the final run of the opening frame on a wild pitch. Van der Meer hit RBI singles in the 4th and the 6th. MacDonald launched a solo homer in the 5th inning and drove in the final run of the day with a sac fly in the 7th.

Patrick Sandoval went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Luis Ramirez bridged the gap with a scoreless 5th, allowing a hit and striking out 1, and Diogenes Almengo allowed a hit, walked 5, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless.

After a day off, Greeneville will begin a 3-game series in Danville.

From July 29: DSL Red Sox1 5, DSL Astros Blue 4 in 17 innings

W- Geraldo Perez (3-0)
L- Yonatan Quintin (2-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The game resumed with both teams tied at 4... and it stayed that way until the Red Sox 1 walked off with the win in the bottom of the 17th.

Felipe Tejada, who has since moved on to the GCL, allowed one run on a sac fly, a single, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Carlos Perdomo allowed a game-tying 3-run homer to Eddy Reynoso in the 7th before play was halted. He allowed one other hit and walked 2 in the inning. Jheyson Caraballo came on after the restart and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 5 scoreless innings. Robert Corniel allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and the winning run scored with 2 outs in the 17th off of Yonatan Quintin. In 2.2 innings, Quintin allowed that run, 2 hits, and struck out 3.

Nicolás Miranda went 3-7 with a double, an RBI, and scored a run. Ronny Jimenez and Angel Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

DSL Rangers2 7, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Luis Rosario (6-4)
L- Yohan Ramirez (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team was held to 7 hits and held off the scoreboard. Hector Martinez went 2-3 with a double.

Yohan Ramirez and Cristofer Melendez pitched 4 innings apiece; Ramirez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Melendez allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Christopher Javier allowed a 2-run homer to Maxwell Morales in the 9th. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tuesday's Stars

Jheyson Caraballo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

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Yulieski Gurriel, IF, Fresno
3-4, 2B, solo HR (1, 2 season), 2 R

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 solo HR (18)

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-1, 4-4 season), 3 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Andrew Thome, RHP, Lancaster
Save (2, 6 season), 2 IP, H, K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-5, 3 RBI, R

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 15, 2016

Iowa 6, Fresno 4

W- Gerardo Concepcion (2-3)
L- Brendan McCurry (1-1, 3-5 season)
S- Spencer Patton (11)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (9, solo in 1st)

The Grizzlies managed to tie the game with 3 runs in the 6th... only to see the Cubs re-take the lead with a homer in the 7th.

Fresno was held to just 4 hits in this game; Danny Worth's solo homer in the 1st opened the scoring. In the 6th inning, Colin Moran led off with a single, and then Worth and Jon Kemmer drew walks to join him on the bases. Max Stassi drew a walk to bring in Moran. Jon Singleton followed with a sac fly, and Alejandro Garcia added an RBI single. Garcia finished 2-4 on the night.

Brad Peacock went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Brendan McCurry was the first man out, and the two runs he allowed in his 2.1 innings came on a home run hit by Tim Federowicz in the 7th inning. McCurry allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Tonight, the Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series with Omaha, and Keegan Yuhl will get the start. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

For the final time in 2016, the Hooks will embark on their tour of Arkansas. In the first leg of this tour, they'll start a 3-game series with Northwest Arkansas tonight at 7:05. Evan Grills will take on Ashton Goudeau.

High Desert 8, Lancaster 5

W- Collin Wiles (3-7)
L- Josh James (9-4)
S- Clayton Cook (1)

Lancaster home runs: Myles Straw (1, led off game), Jason Martin (19, 2-run in 1st), Marc Wik (4, solo in 6th)

Both teams scored 3 runs in the 1st, but the JetHawks were largely quiet afterwards.

4 of Lancaster's 5 runs in this game scored on home runs. Myles Straw led off the game with his first home run as a pro. Later in the 1st inning, Jason Martin launched a 2-run homer. Johnny Sewald hit an RBI single in the 8th inning. Straw and Wik both finished 2-4 on the evening.

Josh James allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 4 in 5.2 innings. Scott Weathersby pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2.

Game 2 of this series will start at 7:05 Pacific.

Clinton 9, Quad Cities 3

W- Pedro Vasquez (2-2)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-9)

QC home runs: Hector Roa (4, 2-run in 2nd), Anthony Hermelyn (4, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos had a 3-run 2nd inning.... unfortunately, that was the only inning in which they scored. The LumberKings finished this game on a 9-0 run.

Hector Roa opened the scoring with a 2-run homer, and Anthony Hermelyn followed by whacking a solo homer. Spencer Johnson and Ryne Birk both went 2-4.

Yoanys Quiala went 2.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Zac Person tagged in for 4 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1; he inherited a bases-loaded situation from Quiala, and one of the runners scored. Juan Carlos Santos pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4.

Agapito Barrios will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Pablo Lopez at 6:30.

Tri-City is on its All-Star break

The New York-Penn League All-Star game will take place tonight in Wappingers Falls, New York. First pitch is 5:35 Eastern. RHP Enrique Chavez, C Chuckie Robinson, and 1B Taylor Jones will represent the ValleyCats.

Kingsport 5, Greeneville 4

W- Jose Carlos Medina (2-1)
L- Jorge Guzman (0-2, 1-3 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros walked off with a loss to drop the Kingsport portion of the series.

Connor MacDonald put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Reiny Beltre hit a one-out double in the 5th and wound up scoring on a passed ball to give Greeneville the lead. The K-Mets responded with 2 in the bottom of the 5th to regain the lead, but the Appy Astros scored 2 of their own in the 6th to go back in front. Frankeny Fernandez hit a one-out single, stole his way to 3rd, and scored on a wild pitch. Ray Henderson, who was at bat at the time, followed by ripping an RBI double. Henderson finished 2-4 on the night; after his two steals, Fernandez now has 13 on the year.

Carlos Sanabria went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jorge Guzman went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 7; the winning run scored with 2 outs in the 9th.

The series finale is just underway in Greeneville. Patrick Sandoval is taking on Sixto Torres.

GCL Mets 3, GCL Astros 1

W- Jose Geraldo (1-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-5, 3-5 season)
S- Ezequiel Zabaleta (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the 2nd inning, but the Kissimmee Stros couldn't muster up any more runs. Wilson Amador's RBI single was it for them. Edgar Lorenzo finished 2-4.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 4. Enoli Paredes struck out 2 over 3 perfect innings, and Dariel Aquino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 2

W- Maikel Sepulveda (2-0)
L- Juan Castillo (2-4)

Orange home runs: None.

A 3-run 6th inning tipped the scales in the Orange team's favor.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Jose Carrillo drove in another run with a groundout in the 5th inning. The Orange team got RBI singles from Ramiro Rodriguez, Renaigel Martis, and Kendy Moya in the 6th, and Ramiro grounded into a force out that allowed Ronaldo Urdaneta to score in the 7th inning. Moya went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

Maikel Sepulveda went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Asael Uribe waas the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2. The one hit that Christian Mejias allowed in the 8th was a solo home run to Stanley Martinez. He walked 2 and struck out 1. Freylin Garcia struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Monday's Stars

Maikel Sepulveda, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (2-0), 5 IP, 4 H, unearned run, BB, 3 K

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

Myles Straw, OF, Lancaster
2-4, solo HR (1), 2 R; first pro HR

Marc Wik, UTIL, Lancaster
2-4, solo HR (4); 3rd consecutive game with HR

Photo from MiLB.com
Ray Henderson, C, Greeneville
2-4, 2B, RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, GCL Astros
3 IP, 2 K

Astros Farm Report: 8-16

According to the Houston Chronicle, IF Yulieski Gurriel will be headed to Fresno instead of Houston today for a continued tune-up. He will join fellow Cuban Alejandro Garcia who was promoted to Fresno on Friday. Here are the other recent moves.

8-15: Purchased the contract of LHP Eury de la Rosa from Long Island in the Atlantic League and assigned him to Corpus Christi
8-15: RHP Jandel Gustave optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-15: RHP Adoni Kery (DSL Astros Blue) activated from the retricted list
8-14: RHP David Paulino activated from the Corpus Christi DL
8-14: 2B Ryne Birk activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-13: 1B/OF Spencer Johnson assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-12: OF Teoscar Hernandez called up to Houston from Fresno
8-12: LHP Kevin Chapman optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-12: SS Keach Ballard assigned from Lancaster to Fresno
8-12: OF Alejandro Garcia assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-12: OF Bobby Boyd assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
8-12: C Christian Correa assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-12: OF Myles Straw assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-11: RHP Edwin Fidel released

Also, Baseball America reported that LHP Brian Holmes has been placed on the DL. Reports are that he is headed to join Team Rehab in Kissimmee.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, August 14, 2016

Let's play two in Vermont!

Iowa 9, Fresno 5

W- Pierce Johnson (2-6)
L- Mike Hauschild (8-10)
S- Armando Rivero (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (15, 3-run in 7th)

The Grizz nearly fought back from a 6-0 deficit, but the Cubs scored 3 runs in the final two frames to put the game out of reach.

Colin Moran put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 5th. Later in the inning, Danny Worth drew a bases-loaded walk. Jon Kemmer whacked a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to cut the deficit to 1, but the Grizzlies couldn't get over the hump. Chan-Jong Moon finished 3-4 and scored 2 runs from the of the order, and Worth went 2-4 with a double.

Mike Hauschild only pitched the 1st inning; he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3.2 innings. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 over 2.1 scoreless. Reymin Guduan came on to pitch the 8th inning and faced 3 batters, but he failed to record an out. Two of the batters he faced ended up scoring after he left the game; he allowed a hit and walked 2. Kevin Chapman took ownership of the 8th and ended up pitching the final 2 innings, allowing a run of his own on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Brad Peacock will start the series finale. He'll take on Jordan Pries at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Arkansas 1

W- David Paulino (5-2)
L- Jose Molina (0-3)
S- Kyle Smith (2)

CC home runs: James Ramsay (4, solo in 4th), Ramon Laureano (3, 13 season; 3-run in 7th)

David Paulino was a winner in his return to Corpus Christi and helped the Hooks take 2 of 3 from the Travelers.

Paulino threw 6 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Wade Wass in the 2nd inning. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 6. Kyle Smith pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Yulieski Gurriel opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Wass's homer tied the game at 1, but Gurriel put Corpus back in front with an RBI single in the 3rd. James Ramsay smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning to push the Corpus lead to 3-1. Chase McDonald, Ramsay, and Mott Hyde all singled to lead off the 7th inning, and the Hooks took full advantage of the situation. Bobby Boyd hit a sac fly, and one batter later, Ramon Laureano capped off the evening with a 3-run home run. Laureano (3-R HR, 2 R, SB [2, 35 season]), Ramsay (solo HR, 2 R), and McDonald (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

After a day off, the Hooks will begin their final tour of Arkansas.

Lancaster 9, San Jose 4

W- Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 6-7 season)
L- Austin Fleet (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (3, solo in 6th)

A 4-run 6th inning pushed the JetHawks' lead to 9-3, and the big inning propelled them to a series win.

They also stormed out with 3 runs in the 1st inning: Drew Ferguson drove in the first run of the evening with a sac fly, and Jason Martin whacked a 2-run triple. Ferguson added an RBI single to his ledger in the 2nd, and Brooks Marlow ripped an RBI double in the 3rd. Marc Wik's solo home run was the first run of the 6th inning, and Lancaster later got RBI singles from Aaron Mizell, Ferguson, and Bryan Muñiz.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup recorded a hit; Ferguson (3 RBI, R), Osvaldo Duarte (2B, R), and Myles Straw (2B, 2 R) all finished 2-4. Martin was the only player who didn't score, but he did have that 2-run triple in the 1st. Ferguson also stole his 28th base of the season.

Elieser Hernandez had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 5 hits (2 solo homers) and striking out 9. Ryan Deemes allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings, and Dean Deetz allowed a run on a double in the 9th; the runner reached after getting hit by a pitch.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 4-game series in High Desert. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 0

W- Franklin Perez (3-2)
L- Ryan Helsley (8-2)
S- Albert Abreu (4)

QC home runs: Pat Porter (8, solo in 3rd)

The young guns joined forces for a shutout that gave the Banditos a series split.

Franklin Perez has announced his arrival onto the prospect scene with a fine year in a full-season league at age 18. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 5 shutout innings. Albert Abreu has been a bit up-and-down, but there is no denying his raw talent. He completed the shutout, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5 over the final 4 innings.

Pat Porter opened the scoring with a home run to lead off the 3rd inning. Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Randy César capped it off with a 2-run single. Little Tuck finished 3-4, and Porter went 2-4.

Yoanys Quiala will get the start for the River Bandits as they start a 4-game series in Clinton. He'll face Pedro Vasquez at 6:30.

Game 1: Tri-City 3, Vermont 0

W- Sebastian Kessay (3-1, 4-4 season)
L- Heath Bowers (2-6)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats took the first game in the twinbill with a one-hit shutout.

Ryan Hartman and Sebastian Kessay both tossed 3 innings; Hartman's 3 innings were perfect, and he ended up striking out 3. Kessay allowed the one hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Carlos Sierra struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th to secure the win.

Ten zeroes were put up on the scoreboard before the ValleyCats made the breakthrough in the 6th inning. Chuckie Robinson led off the inning with a double, advanced to 3rd on an error that allowed Taylor Jones to reach, and scored on a Ronnie Dawson double. Bryan De La Cruz followed with a sac fly. Marcos Almonte hit a one-out single in the 7th, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a Miguelangel Sierra single, and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Almonte and Sierra had 2 hits apiece.

How did the ValleyCats fare in their final game before the New York-Penn League All-Star break?

Game 2: Vermont 2, Tri-City 1

W- Matt Milburn (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (1-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats only had 3 hits, and they walked off with the loss.

Rodrigo Ayarza's sac fly in the 5th was Tri-City's only scoring play in game 2. Gabriel Bracamonte, Alex De Goti, and Marcos Almonte each hit a single.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 innings. Austin Nicely was the first man out, and he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 innings. Angelo Serrano got 2 outs in the 6th, both via strikeout, and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits. Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 6th, but the winning run scored on a two-out single in the 7th. That single was the only hit he allowed, and the run was unearned. Hernandez struck out 2.

The NYPL All-Star Game will take place tomorrow from Wappingers Falls, New York, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Tri-City will return to action on Wednesday.

Greeneville 7, Kingsport 3

W- Reggie Johnson (3-2)
L- Adrian Almeida (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros fell behind 3-0 after 2 innings, but they scored the game's final 7 runs to win on Sunday.

Abraham Toro put Greeneville on the board with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. In the 4th, Luis Payano scored on an error, and then Toro struck again with an RBI single that put Greeneville in front. Carlos Machado followed with an RBI single. Machado got plunked to lead off the 7th and scampered home on a Vicente Sanchez triple. Sanchez scored the final run of the evening on a Ruben Castro sac fly. Toro and Castro both finished with 2 hits in the game.

Ben Smith went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits (solo homer) and walked 3. Reggie Johnson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Cristian Javier was next; he went 4 innings and allowed a hit and fanned 3, and Lucas Williams allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Carlos Sanabria will take on Darwin Ramos in the third game of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 8, GCL Astros 6

W- Matt Tindall (4-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-3, 1-4 season)

GCL home runs: Edgar Lorenzo (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Nationals took control with 4 runs in the 7th.

Edgar Lorenzo's 2-run homer put the Kissimmee Stros on the board. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th inning. Jose Benjamin drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th, and Wilson Amador scored on an error following a successful double steal in the 6th inning. Benjamin went 3-4 and hit an RBI single in the 9th. Lorenzo finished 2-4 on the day.

Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Saul Martinez and Bryan Abreu pitched 2 innings apiece; Martinez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Abreu allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Manuel Gonzalez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Sunday's Stars


David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-2), 6 IP, 4 H (solo HR), ER, 6 K

Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-2), 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K (career-high)

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

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3-R HR (3, 13 season), 2 R, SB (2, 35 season)

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 3 RBI, R, SB (28)

From top: Ryan Hartman, LHP, Sebastian Kessay, LHP, and Carlos Sierra, RHP, Tri-City
1-hit shutout in game 1 of doubleheader
Hartman: 3 IP, 3 K
Kessay: W (3-1, 4-4 season), 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Sierra: Save (1), IP, 2 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, IF, Greeneville
2-5, 3 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Edgar Lorenzo, OF, GCL Astros
2-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (3)