Saturday, August 27, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 26, 2016

Sacramento 3, Fresno 0

W- Ty Blach (14-7)
L- David Paulino (0-2, 5-4 season)
S- Steven Okert (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were kept off the scoreboard on Friday night. Three of their 5 hits were doubles; Jon Kemmer, Alejandro Garcia, and Jack Mayfield had the two-baggers.

David Paulino went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8. Brendan McCurry and Kevin Chapman followed with 2 scoreless innings apiece; McCurry allowed 2 hits and struck out 3, while Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 1.

Evan Grills will start game 4 of this series. Word on the street is that Matt Cain will make a rehab start for Sacramento. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 0

W- Francis Martes (9-5)
L- Brandon Mann (2-3)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (1, 15 season; 2-run in 6th), J.D. Davis (20, 2-run in 7th)

Drew Ferguson broke a scoreless tie in the 6th, the Hooks poured it on in the 7th, and Francis Martes and Eric Peterson shut down the Midland offense. Martes allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 7 shutout innings, and Peterson finished it off by striking out 4 over 2 perfect frames.

Ferguson finished 3-4, and his two-run homer in the 6th accounted for the game's first two runs. Mott Hyde got hit by a pitch to lead off the 7th, and he eventually scored on an error following a Tony Nuñez bunt single. Nick Tanielu added a 2-run single, and J.D. Davis capped off the evening by launching a 2-run home run, his 20th blast of the season. Nuñez (2 BB, R, SB) and Davis had 2 hits apiece.

Tonight, the Hooks will begin their final home series of the season, a 3-game set with San Antonio. Rogelio Armenteros will face Kyle Lloyd at 7:00.

Modesto 4, Lancaster 2

W- Ryan Castellani (7-8)
L- Elieser Hernandez (2-5, 6-8 season)
S- Troy Neiman (2)

Lancaster home runs: Trent Woodward (6, 7 season; solo in 8th)

The Nuts had more two-run innings than the JetHawks, so naturally, they won this game.

Lancaster's two-run inning was the 8th: Trent Woodward led off the inning with a homer, and Jason Martin hit a sac fly. Woodward finished 2-3 on the night.

Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over the final 3 innings.

In game 2 of this series, Albert Abreu will face Colin Welmon. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Miguel Sanchez (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (0-1, 1-2 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' offensive woes continued, and the Rattlers nipped them with a two-out RBI single in the top of the 9th.

Bobby Wernes had 2 of the 3 River Bandits in this game; he doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and his RBI single was the Banditos' only scoring play. The other hit was a single from Dex McCall.

Enrique Chavez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 7 strong innings. Wisconsin got the go-ahead run off of Nick Hernandez, who went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Yoanys Quiala will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jordan Desguin at 6:00.

Lowell 5, Tri-City 4

W- Pat Goetze (4-1)
L- Devin Raftery (0-1, 3-1 season)
S- Jordan Weems (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats tied the game at 3 in the 8th .... only to see Lowell SS C.J. Chatham put the Spinners back in front with a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th. TC managed to pull a run back in the 9th, but they stranded the tying run on 2nd to end the game.

Tyler Wolfe scored the first run of the evening on an error in the 3rd that allowed Carmen Benedetti to reach. Kevin Martir hit an RBI single in the 6th, and he added a sac fly to his ledger in the 8th inning, and Benedetti hit a sac fly to bring the ValleyCats to within a run. Wolfe and Ronnie Dawson scored 2 runs apiece. Dawson and Rodrigo Ayarza both went 2-5, while Taylor Jones finished 3-4.

Jorge Alcala pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Erasmo Pinales tagged in to throw 3 scoreless innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Devin Raftery pitched 2 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on Chatham's 2nd home run of the game. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Edgardo Sandoval starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 4, Danville 0

W- Jorge Guzman (1-3, 2-4 season)
L- Jhon Martinez (4-5)
S- Juan Robles (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros kept themselves alive in the playoff chase by taking 2 of 3 from the Braves.

Jorge Guzman and Juan Robles joined forces to keep Danville off the board; Guzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 innings, and Robles pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 4 hits and fanning 4.

Ruben Castro led off the 3rd with a single and scored the first run of the game on an error following a Frankeny Fernandez sacrifice bunt. Castro scored another run off another error in the 5th inning; this miscue came off a single from Abraham Toro. Not long after, Fernandez scored on a balk. Troy Sieber doubled to lead off the 8th and came around to score on a Carlos Machado single. Toro, Machado, Castro, and Stijn van der Meer all finished 2-4.

Tonight, the Appy Astros will begin a series with the team directly above them in the Appalachian League West standings, Elizabethton. Patrick Sandoval will get the start, and he'll take on Tyler Wells at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 2, GCL Marlins 0

W- Yohan Ramirez (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Bryan Morris (0-1)
S- Josue Uribe (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros scored 2 runs in the 1st, which turned out to be enough for them to get the win.

Ronel Blanco and Yohan Ramirez were the first 2 pitchers for the GCL club, and they were making their US debuts. Blanco allowed a hit and struck out 3 in 3 innings of work, and Ramirez went 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Gabriel Valdez allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless, and Josue Uribe walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 9th to get the save.

Wander Franco opened the scoring with an RBI single, and Jose Benjamin grounded into a force out that allowed Ronny Jimenez to score. Jimenez and Randy Vasquez both finished 2-4.

DSL Astros Orange 5, DSL Rangers2 3

W- Christian Mejias (1-0)
L- Miguel Medrano (0-1)
S- Diosward Gonzalez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got a pair of runs in the 6th to break a 3-3 tie.

Euclides Chavez scored the first run of the game in the 2nd inning on an error following a Kelvin Perez single. The Orange team got two runs in the 3rd on a pair of RBI singles from Jose Abel Hernandez and Chavez. Jose Carrillo scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the 6th, and Samir Caraballo, who was at the plate at the time, added an RBI single. Caraballo, Chavez, Carrillo, and Hector Martinez all had 2 hits on the day.

Gerardo Bojorquez went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 2. Christian Mejias allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Diosward Gonzalez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless for the save.

Friday's Stars

Diosward Gonzalez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K

Francis Martes and Eric Peterson, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Martes: W (9-5), 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K
Peterson: 2 IP, 4 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2-R HR (1, 15 season)
J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4. 2B, 2-R HR (20)

Andrew Thome, RHP, Lancaster
3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

Enrique Chavez, RHP, Quad Cities
7 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Erasmo Pinales, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, BB, 4 K

Photos by Bryan Green
Jorge Guzman and Juan Robles, RHPs, Greeneville
Guzman: W (1-3, 2-4 season), 5 IP, H, BB, 7K
Robles: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, 4 K

Friday, August 26, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 26, 2016

Sacramento 12, Fresno 10

W- Joan Gregorio (5-8)
L- Eury De La Rosa (0-2)
S- Tyler Rogers (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (19, solo in 2nd), Tyler White (13, solo in 3rd), Danny Worth (10, solo in 4th), D.J. Fisher (4, 20 season; 3-run in 9th)

The Grizzlies nearly came back in a game that they trailed 6-0 after 1.5 innings and 12-4 heading into the 9th, but the 9th inning rally fell just short.

Jon Singleton put Fresno on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. Tyler White and Danny Worth also launched solo homers in the 3rd and the 4th, respectively. D.J. Fisher hit a sac fly in the 6th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th.

Two walks and an error loaded the bases for Colin Moran in the 9th inning, and he came through with a 2-run single. Singleton grounded into a force out that erased Moran from the basepaths, but he was able to reach and advanced to 2nd on defensive indifference. Fisher whacked a 3-run home run to cut the deficit to 2 runs, but one batter later, Jack Mayfield grounded out to end the game.

Fisher (3-R HR, 5 RBI), Worth (solo HR, 2 R), and Jon Kemmer (2 2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits in the game, while Moran went 3-5 with the 2-run single and scored a run.

Eury De La Rosa went 1.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits and walked 1. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he was out there the longest. In 2.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and walked 2. Aaron West allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 2 in the 5th. Albert Minnis was next, and he recorded a strikeout over 2 perfect innings. Reymin Guduan pitched the 8th inning and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2, and Jandel Gustave retired the side in order in the 9th inning; he got 3 groundball outs.

David Paulino will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Ty Blach at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 5, Corpus Christi 2 in 11 innings

W- Jake Sanchez (7-5)
L- Kyle Smith (3-7)
S- Lou Trivino (1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (19, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks stayed alive by scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game, but the Hounds quickly broke the tie with 3 in the top of the 11th, and Corpus couldn't mount a response.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Drew Ferguson led off the 10th with a double and scored the other Hooks run on an error following a fielder's choice hit by James Ramsay. Davis and Ferguson had two hits apiece in this game.

Trent Thornton went 7 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by J.P. Sportman in the 4th inning. He allowed 4 other hits and struck out 7. Michael Freeman got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 8th inning. Kyle Smith pitched 2+ innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer in 10th) and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris took ownership of the 11th, and while he struck out 2 and did not allow any runs of his own, the two runners that he inherited from Smith both scored on a double, which was the only hit that he allowed.

In the series finale, Francis Martes will face Brandon Mann. First pitch is at 7:05.

High Desert 6, Lancaster 2

W- Matt Milroy (3-0)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-4, 5-6 season)

Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (6, 9 season; 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks had a nice start, but they were kept off the scoreboard for the final 8 innings.

Osvaldo Duarte's 2-run homer in the 1st was Lancaster's only scoring play and their only extra-base hit of the game. Trent Woodward finished 2-3.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 6 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Jose Cardona. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Alex Winkelman pitched 2 innings and allowed 4 runs (all in the 8th) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Scott Weathersby walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game weekend series in Modesto. Elieser Hernandez will face Ryan Castellani at 7:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 12, Quad Cities 2

W- Lachlan Wells (6-3)
L- Hector Perez (2-1, 4-1 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were swept out of Cedar Rapids to finish up a disastrous series. They were outscored 21-4 in this series and head back home on a 6-game losing streak.

Kristian Trompiz scored Quad Cities' first run on a wild pitch in the 8th, and Jake Rogers ripped an RBI double in the 9th inning, Hector Roa went 2-4; he doubled and scored on Rogers' hit.

Hector Perez went 3.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. Adam Whitt was the first man out; he pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Sebastian Kessay allowed a hit and struck out 3; he inherited 2 runners from Whitt, and one of them scored.

Enrique Chavez will start the first of a 4-game series with Wisconsin at 7:00. He'll be opposed by Jordan Yamamoto.

Tri-City 4, Auburn 3

W- Howie Brey (1-1)
L- Carlos Acevedo (2-4)
S- Austin Nicely (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats picked up a crucial series win to give them some momentum for the home stretch.

Ryan Hartman pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Howie Brey allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 5th inning, and Austin Nicely pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out 1.

Rodrigo Ayarza singled to lead off the 4th and scored the first run of the game on a double from Carmen Benedetti. Ronnie Dawson brought Benedetti home with an RBI single. Benedetti added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th, and Ayarza hit an RBI single in the 7th. Benedetti (2B, 2 RBI, R) and Marcos Almonte (SB) both finished 2-5, while Ayarza went 3-5 with 2 stolen bases (2). Almonte now has 5 stolen bases with Tri-City and 13 on the season.

Tonight, Tri-City will begin a 3-game series with Lowell at 7:00 Eastern. Jorge Alcala will make his Tri-City debut, and he'll take on Darwinzon Hernandez.

Greeneville 10, Danville 5

W- Devon Carr (2-3)
L- Jeremy Walker (3-2)

Greeneville home runs: Frankeny Fernandez (4, solo in 7th)

A 6-run 4th inning propelled the Appy Astros to the win on Thursday.

Stijn van der Meer singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball, and scored the first run of the evening on a double from Abraham Toro. Troy Sieber followed with an RBI double of his own.

Carlos Machado led off the big 4th inning with a single, and Chaz Pal joined him on the bases with a single. Oscar Campos laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them over, and Machado ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Pal moved to 3rd and came home on a van der Meer single. Van der Meer stole 2nd, and Frankeny Fernandez joined him on the bases after getting plunked. Fernandez got forced out, but Toro took his spot, and Sieber drew a walk to load the bases for Reiny Beltre, who promptly cleared them with a triple. Toro added a sac fly to his line in the 5th, and Fernandez whacked a solo homer in the 7th inning.

Van der Meer (RBI, 2 R, SB), Toro (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), Sieber (2 2B, RBI, 2 R), and Machado (R, SB) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Ben Smith went 2 innings and allowed a run on a pop-fly single, walked 3, and struck out 1. Devon Carr followed by striking out 3 over 3 perfect innings. Cristian Javier allowed a run on a sac fly in the 6th, walked 2, and struck out 2; one of his strikeout victims reached base. Dariel Aquino got the final out of the 6th with a strikeout and pitched the 7th inning, where he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and walked 2. Lucas Williams pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits.

In the series finale, Jorge Guzman will face Jhon Martinez. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 5, GCL Astros 2

W- Nicolas Debora (5-2)
L- César Rosado (3-3, 3-4 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Mets took control with a 3-run 6th inning.

Jose Benjamin opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th inning. Nestor Muriel hit an RBI groundout in the 9th for the other GCL Astros run. Gilberto Celestino finished 2-3 with a run scored and 3 stolen bases (6, 15 season). Benjamin also had 2 hits, and he stole 2 bases on the day, giving him 5 with the Kissimmee Stros and 13 on the season.

Felipe Tejada walked 2 and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless innings. César Rosado also pitched 3 innings, but he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Hansel Paulino allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and Ian Hardman allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Thursday's Stars

Jose Benjamin, OF, GCL Astros: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB (5, 13 season)

Carmen Benedetti, 1B/OF, Tri-City
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Rodrigo Ayarza, UTIL, Tri-City
3-5, RBI, R, 2 SB (2)

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tri-City
4 IP, 2 H, K

Photo from MiLB.com
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Greeneville
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (1)

Photo from MiLB.com
Devon Carr, LHP, Greeneville
W (2-3), 3 IP, 3 K

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
7 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 7 K

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

Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
2-3, 3-R HR (4, 20 season), 5 RBI

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let's play two in Lancaster!

Fresno 1, Sacramento 0

W- César Valdez (12-1)
L- Chris Stratton (11-6)
S- James Hoyt (29)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one run in this game, and it belonged to Fresno. Meanwhile, César Valdez and James Hoyt dominated on the mound, so one run turned out to be enough for the Grizzlies to get the win.

Danny Worth hit a one-out double in the 2nd inning and came around to score on a single from D.J. Fisher. Jack Mayfield's single in the 5th inning was the Grizzlies' third and final hit of the evening. Worth's double was the only extra-base hit for either side.

Valdez allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 12 over 8 shutout innings, and Hoyt finished it off by striking out the side in order in the 9th inning.

Eury De La Rosa will start game 2 of this 5-game series. He'll face Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Midland 1

W- Cy Sneed (6-5)
L- Ben Bracewell (7-3)
S- Kevin Comer (1, 4 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks kept the Midland offense in check for a second straight night.

Cy Sneed turned in 6.2 solid innings; the one run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by Yairo Muñoz in the 5th. Sneed allowed two other hits and struck out 4. Kevin Comer pitched the final 2.1 innings to get the save, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Garrett Stubbs reached base safely in all 4 of his plate appearances; he went 3-3 with a walk and scored 3 of the Hooks' 4 runs in this game. He did not score the first run of the game; that honor went to Mott Hyde, who led off the 3rd with a double and scored on a Preston Tucker sac fly. Stubbs followed with a triple and came home on a double from J.D. Davis. Stubbs hit a one-out single in the 5th, stole 2nd, and scored on a Ramon Laureano double. He scored the final run of the evening on a Conrad Gregor single in the 7th. Laureano finished 3-4, while Davis and Hyde both finished 2-4.

In game 3 of this series, Trent Thornton will face Daniel Gossett. First pitch is at 7:05.

Game 1: High Desert 14, Lancaster 4

W- Nick Gardewine (5-1)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-3, 5-4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jamie Ritchie (7, 2-run in 4th), Kyle Tucker (1, 7 season; 2-run in 7th)

The Mavericks turned the first game of the doubleheader into a laugher by scoring 9 runs in the final two innings.

All 4 Lancaster runs scored off a pair of 2-run homers from Jamie Ritchie and Kyle Tucker. Johnny Sewald, Osvaldo Duarte, Bryan Muñiz, and Little Tuck all finished with 2 hits in game 1.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 8 runs (6 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (solo homer) and walked 3. Juan Carlos Santos and Chris Murphy made their Lancaster debuts; Santos allowed 6 runs (2 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and Murphy got the final two outs of the 7th, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

Would there be a more positive result in game 2 for Lancaster?

Game 2: Lancaster 2, High Desert 0

W- Jose Luis Hernandez (3-3, 6-5 season)
L- David Ledbetter (6-9)

Lancaster home runs: Bryan Muñiz (13, solo in 2nd), Johnny Sewald (6, 7 season; solo in 3rd)

After getting smacked in the final two innings of game 1, the JetHawks had the last laugh as they held the Mavs off the board in game 2 to earn the split. Jose Luis Hernandez went the distance, allowing 7 hits and striking out 6.

Lancaster only had 4 hits in game 2, but 2 of them resulted in runs. Muñiz's homer led off the 2nd inning, and Sewald launched a solo shot of his own in the 3rd. Ritchie went 2-3.

In the series finale, Brock Dykxhoorn will face Jeffrey Springs. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Michael Cederoth (4-0)
L- Framber Valdez (1-2, 4-3 season)
S- Tom Hackimer (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos have dropped 5 in a row; they've scored just 2 runs in their series with the Kernels, and they got blanked on Wednesday.

Stephen Wrenn and Hector Roa both doubled; those were the only two Quad Cities hits in this game.

Framber Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 6. David Schmidt allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings.

Hector Perez will get the start as the Banditos look to avoid the sweep. He'll take on Lachlan Wells at 6:35.

Tri-City 5, Auburn 4 in 12 innings

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- Brayan Serrata (0-1)

TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (7, solo in 2nd), Connor Goedert (1, 6 season; solo in 2nd)

Auburn forced extra innings by erasing a 3-0 deficit, but the ValleyCats regained their advantage in the 12th and held off one final rally from the Doubledays to escape with the win.

Ronnie Dawson and Connor Goedert opened up the scoring with back-to-back solo home runs in the 2nd inning. Dawson, who went 4-5 on the evening, added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th that pushed Tri-City's lead to 3-0.

Alex De Goti reached on an error with one out in the top of the 12th and he was able to advance to 2nd on the miscue. Another error allowed Marcos Almonte to reach. Miguelangel Sierra got plunked to load the bases, and a wild pitch resulted in De Goti dashing home with the go-ahead run. Bryan De La Cruz, who was at the plate at the time, hit a groundout that brought in another run in the form of Almonte.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Dustin Hunt went 2+ innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1; he came on for the 9th but failed to record an out in the inning.

Carlos Sanabria couldn't hold the lead in the 9th; the runners he inherited from Hunt scored on a sac fly and an error. However, he made up for it with a fine showing in extra innings. He did run into some trouble in the 12th, but he pulled himself together to secure the win for the ValleyCats. In 4 innings, Sanabria allowed a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, and struck out 3. The sac fly and the hits all came in the 12th.

Ryan Hartman will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Danville 4, Greeneville 0

W- Joey Wentz (1-3)
L- Ricardo Castro (2-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros had 7 hits in this game but no runs to show for it. Carlos Machado went 2-4 and stole a base (3, 7 season).

Ricardo Castro went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. In his Greeneville debut, Lupe Chavez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3.2 scoreless, and Luis Ramirez got the final out of the 9th with a strikeout.

Ben Smith will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jeremy Walker at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros

The Blue team's game with the Marlins was suspended after the 3rd inning, with the Marlins leading 2-1. Ronny Rafael ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning for the Blue team's only run so far. Carlos Perdomo allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work.

Meanwhile, the Orange team topped the Red Sox 2 by a score of 9-5.

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Andres Jimenez (1-3)
S- Gabriel Pirela (3)

Orange home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, solo in 4th)

Yordan Alvarez reached base in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with an RBI single in the 3rd, a solo home run in the 4th, 3 walks, and 2 runs scored. Renaigel Martis hit an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Yeuris Ramirez and Ramiro Rodriguez scored 2 runs apiece. Kendy Moya hit an RBI single in the 4th and drove in another run with a groundout in the 7th.

Freylin Garcia went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and walked 1. Nivaldo Rodriguez pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Kilvio Peralta got 2 outs in the 6th via the strikeout and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 2. Gabriel Pirela allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.

Wednesday's Stars



Video from Baseball America
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, DSL Astros Orange
2-2, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 R

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
4-5, 2B, solo HR (7), 2 RBI, SB (11)

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0, 2-2 season), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K

Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster
W (3-3, 6-5 season), CG, 6 H, 7 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Photo by Tammy Tucker
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (6-5), 6.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 4 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
3-3, 3B, 3 R; scored 3 of Corpus Christi's 4 runs

César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
W (12-1), 8 IP, 5 H, BB, 12 K

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (29), IP, 3 K

Astros Farm Report: 8-25

It may not be over until the fat lady sings, but she is getting ready to make her entrance for a few of the Astros MiLB teams. But first things first ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

In addition to these moves posted on Monday, here are several more moves from the last couple of days.

8-24: Astros OF Preston Tucker sent to Corpus Christi on a rehab assignment
8-24: IF Ronny Jiminez assigned from the DSL to the GCL
8-24: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned from the DSL to the GCL
8-24: RHP Ronel Blanco assigned from the DSL to the GCL
8-23: IF Chan Jong Moon placed on the Fresno 7-day DL
8-23: LHP Albert Minnis assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-23: RHP Ryan Deemes assigned to Corpus Christi from Lancaster
8-23: RHP Dean Deetz assigned to Corpus Christi from Lancaster
8-22: RHP Chris Murphy assigned to Lancaster from Quad Cities
8-22: RHP Juan Santos assigned to Lancaster from Quad Cities
8-22: RHP Carlos Sierra assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-22: C Marlon Avea assigned from Lancaster to Quad Cities
8-22: LHP Sebastian Kessay assigned from Lancaster to Quad Cities
8-22: RHP Carlos Sanabria assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-22: RHP Jorge Alcala assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-22: OF Andy Pineda assigned from the GCL Astros to Tri-City
8-22: OF Wilson Amador assigned from the GCL Astros to Greeneville
8-22: RHP Guadalupe Chavez assigned from the GCL Astros to Greeneville
8-22: RHP Dariel Aquino assigned from the GCL Astros to Greeneville
8-21: RHP Rogelio Armenteros assigned to Corpus Christi from Lancaster

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

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

AAA Fresno 3rd 68-63 .519 7.0GB W1

Fresno continues with their late season swoon. With 12 games left in the season, Fresno's elimination number is down to 6. The fat lady hasn't started the aria yet, but she's doing her vocal warmups.

AA Corpus Christi 1st 77-51 .602 0.0GB W3 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 30-28 .517 7.0GB W3
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

The Hooks, however, are starting to heat up just in time for a postseason preview. Corpus Christi is automatically slated for the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half. Their likely opponent is Midland (A's) who holds a 6-game second half lead over the second place San Antonio (Padres) team. The Hooks are in the middle of a 4-game series with Midland and have won the first two. There are 12 games remaining in the regular season. The playoffs are slated to start in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, September 7th.

A+ Lancaster 3rd 72-57 .558 4.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 37-22 .627 0.0GB W1

The JetHawks remain in first place, four games in front of High Desert (Rangers), five games in front of Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) and six games in front of Lake Elsinore (Padres) in the second half. Rancho Cucamonga has been on a roll, going 8-2 in their last 10 and now leads Lancaster by two games in the wild card race. There are 11 games left in the regular season, one against High Desert, three against Rancho Cucamonga and the remainder against sub-.500 teams.

A- Quad Cities 6th 58-70 .453 23.5GB L5 (Overall)
2nd half: 6th 27-32 .458 16.0GB L5

With 11 games remaining in the season and their elimination number now standing at four, the Banditos postseason hopes have been quashed. The fat lady has finished her warmups and is waiting in the wings for her cue to enter the stage.

SSA Tri-City 3rd 33-31 .516 5.0GB W1

The ValleyCats need to lock that fat lady in her dressing room or put her on SlimFast pronto. They are quickly falling out of contention by going 4-6 in their last 10. They have also dropped further behind in the wild card race. Time is not the ValleyCats friend. They will need to get on a roll in their final 12 games. A good place to start would be beating the first place Lowell (Red Sox) team who they will host for a three-game series starting Friday.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 28-32 .467 7.0GB L5

The fat lady's intro music is playing for the Appy Astros as well. With eight games left in the season, their elimination number is down to four. They will, however, play the second place Elizabethton (Twins) for the final six of those games. They will need to pull a rabbit out of a hat or, to avoid mixing my metaphors, perhaps put a gag on the fat lady to advance at this point. But stranger things have happened in the game of baseball.

Rk- GCL 5th 20-28 .417 9.5GB W1
ELIMINATED

There are 8 games remaining in their season.

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 41-23 .641 6.5GB W1
ELIMINATED

The fat lady started her aria this week as the Astros Blue team faded down the stretch.

FRk DSL Orange 4th 30-37 .448 16.0GB W1
ELIMINATED

The Orange team has officially been eliminated from postseason play.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Checking in on Tri-City ValleyCats RHP Erasmo Pinales

Near the end of a Tri-City ValleyCats game last month, I made my way over to sit by a couple of 'Cats super fans and season ticket holders who sit directly behind home plate. Thus I found myself wedged between @VamosGatosCrew's Rob Witt (aka @1_Santa_Claus) and ValleyCats LHP Framber Valdez (since promoted to Quad Cities). Valdez is an interesting player in his own right, but his story will have to wait for another day.

Valdez was charting pitches that night and I was peeking over his shoulder to see the velocities that RHP Erasmo Pinales had put up in his 4.2 innings. The chart was full of hashmarks for 94 and 95, as well as a goodly number of 96's and 97's. On top of that, he had hashmarks under every single offspeed offering as well, indicating a robust repertoire of pitches. I was scheduled to talk with ValleyCats Pitching Coach Drew French the next day and I quickly added Pinales to the list of players to ask him about.

Erasmo Pinales - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

According to French, "(Pinales) features six pitches that all are of major league average or better quality pitches. Clearly for him, it's not about (adding) a pitch or anything like that. It's about how consistent can I be with my delivery and my work day in and day out, not just the day that I pitch. How consistent emotionally can I be day in and day out so that the day that I pitch is my easiest day. When those things line up for him, he's been really, really good."

French continued, "Making this jump is different from Greeneville to here. The quality of player on the opposing team is not near as high (at Greeneville). You have more college guys (at Tri-City) that have a little more skill and ability. They take close pitches and they don't chase everything.

"(Pinales) is having to learn to be a professional in all aspects of his life, but he has some of the most interesting stuff in our organization. He's one that there's a lot of people watching him very closely because he's got an opportunity, I think, to really press on in the years to come and make a name for himself.

"Every pitch he throws is above 83 or 84 miles an hour. [When I mentioned that Pinales's fastball was 93 to 97 the prior night, French noted that Pinales has hit some 98's as well.] It's explosive stuff, absolutely." French went on to remark that Pinales had been fighting his command in that game, but that he did an excellent job of sequencing his pitches and making adjustments throughout the game to get him through his 4.2 innings. Although French would have liked to get Pinales to five innings to give him a change to get the win, he had to adhere to pitch count restrictions. "The rules are the rules with these guys and right now, it's more about their development and taking care of them than it is about getting them a W."

When asked about Pinales's best offspeed offering, French said, "It really varies from day to day. Yesterday, his curveball was really, really good but (his) changeup, his split, his curveball, his slider and both of his fastballs, 4-seam and 2-seam, are really, really good pitches. So I'd say yesterday was probably the curveball, but when he faces righthanders, his changeup and his slider are kind of his go to. The split he sprinkles in as he feels necessary. It's really hard to get him to use all his pitches when he has so many pitch types. That's one of the things that we have to monitor very closely with him is just to make sure that he gets the reps on everything or else he could just go five innings and throw a fastball and a slider and have a lot of success on the scoreboard, but (not) get the reps developmentally."

Having too many pitches sounds like a good problem to have. Pinales is definitely an interesting player to watch and I will be doing just that. Here are a couple of videos I took of that July 17th game showing Pinales in action.


Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Albuquerque 6, Fresno 4 in 10 innings

W- Brian Schlitter (1-2)
L- Jordan Jankowski (2-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

Old friend Brandon Barnes smacked a 2-run homer in the first extra frame, allowing the Isotopes to walk off with the win.

Brady Rodgers went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits (solo and 2-run homers, both hit by Tom Murphy), walked 2, and struck out 4. Brendan McCurry was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he threw 1.2 scoreless, allowing a hit and fanning 3. James Hoyt allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 innings, and Jordan Jankowski allowed Barnes' walk-off homer with one out in the 10th. He allowed one other hit, and the out was recorded via strikeout.

Danny Worth put Fresno on the board with an RBI double in the 4th inning. The Grizzlies scored 3 in the 6th to take the lead; D.J. Fisher brought in two of those runs with a double, and he wound up scoring on a single from Max Stassi. Worth went 3-4 on the evening, while Stassi finished 2-4.

The Grizzlies are back home to begin their final home series of the season: a 4-game set with Sacramento. César Valdez will face Chris Stratton at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 2

W- Kent Emanuel (5-3)
L- Kris Hall (1-3)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald 2 (16; solo in 3rd, 3-run in 6th)

The Hooks started off their final homestand of the regular season with a bang, thanks to a pair of homers from Chase McDonald. They also broke a 2-2 tie with 5 runs in the 6th inning.

McDonald led off the 3rd with his first home run of the night, which put Corpus on the board. Mott Hyde followed by drawing a walk. He then advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a double from Drew Ferguson.

Garrett Stubbs doubled to lead off the 6th and came around to score on a J.D. Davis single. Davis advanced to 3rd on a single from Ramon Laureano and scored on a Conrad Gregor single. Although Nick Tanielu went down on strikes for the first out of the inning, McDonald came through, whacking a 3-run homer to bring in the last 3 Hooks runs. Everyone in the Hooks' lineup had a hit; McDonald and Laureano had 2 apiece.

Kent Emanuel went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. In his Texas League debut, Ryan Deemes allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, and Ryan Thompson threw a 1-2-3 9th; he induced three groundball outs to finish the game.

Cy Sneed will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Ben Bracewell at 7:05.

High Desert 10, Lancaster 4

W- Adam Quintana (7-5)
L- Josh James (9-5)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took off and led 3-0 after the 1st inning, but the Mavericks ended up finishing the game on a 10-1 run.

Lancaster opened the bottom of the 1st with five straight singles; the last three, which were hit by Kyle Tucker, Bryan Muñiz, and Aaron Mizell, drove in runs. Tucker, who finished a home run shy of the cycle, smacked an RBI triple in the 2nd inning. Marc Wik went 3-5, and Myles Straw (2 R) and Brooks Marlow had 2 hits apiece.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kevin McCanna and Ralph Garza Jr. followed with 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen; McCanna allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Garza allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1.

Lancaster and High Desert will play a doubleheader tonight with game 1 starting at 5:05 Pacific. Jose Luis Hernandez will face David Ledbetter in game 1, and Akeem Bostick takes on Brett Martin in game 2.

Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Williams Ramirez (3-1)
L- Justin Ferrell (4-6)
S- Anthony McIver (10)

QC home runs: Hector Roa (6, solo in 2nd)

For a second consecutive night, the Banditos couldn't get their offense going.

Hector Roa's solo homer in the 2nd represented their only scoring play. Bobby Wernes finished 2-4 with a double.

Matt Bower allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 4 in 5.1 innings of work. Justin Ferrell pitched 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4.

In game 3 of this series, Framber Valdez will face Sean Poppen. First pitch is at 6:35.

Auburn 2, Tri-City 0

W- Dane Dunning (2-1)
L- Tyler Britton (0-1, 3-2 season)
S- A.J. Bogucki (1)

TC home runs: None.

Once again, the ValleyCats' offense was silenced. They only mustered up one run across two games as Hudson Valley swept them in a twinbill, and they got blanked in the first game of a new series.

In his Tri-City debut, Andy Piñeda went 2-3 and stole 2 bases. He stole 16 in the Gulf Coast League, so that gives him 18 on the season.

Tyler Britton and Salvador Montaño pitched 3 innings apiece; Britton allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3, and Montaño allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Kevin Hill allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings.

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

Burlington 6, Greeneville 1

W- David McKay (3-2)
L- Forrest Whitley (0-1, 1-2 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Both teams had 9 hits in the game, but the Appy Astros only had one run to show for that hit total.

Carlos Machado finished 2-4 and spoiled the shutout bid with an RBI single in the 9th. Connor MacDonald and Ruben Castro also finished with 2 hits in the game.

Forrest Whitley went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Colin McKee was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Carlos Hiraldo pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 3. Dariel Aquino allowed an unearned run after an error that followed a single, which was the only hit that he allowed in the 8th. He walked 1 and struck out 1.

The Appy Astros are headed home to start a 3-game series with Danville tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Ricardo Castro will take on Joey Wentz.

From August 6: DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Athletics 1

W- Jose Bravo (2-1)
L- Santiago Rodriguez (1-4)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team ran wild in a game that had to be finished up.

César Cortez went 4-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and scored 2 runs. Norberto Castellanos came on after play resumed and finished 2-2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Anibal Sierra, Nicolás Miranda, and Enmanuel Valdez also scored 2 runs.

Jose Bravo threw a complete game; a runner stole home against him in the 1st inning. He allowed 6 hits and struck out 9 in 7 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Athletics 3

This game was called after 8 innings due to rain.

Nicolás Miranda finished 2-4 and scored a run. The Blue team's three runs all came in the 1st as Anibal Sierra hit an RBI single, Carlos Canelon got plunked with the bases loaded, and Angel Tejeda grounded into a force out that scored Sierra.

Johsson Arias allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and walked 3 in 2.2 innings. Robert Corniel struck out 9 over 4.1 perfect innings, and Adoni Kery allowed 3 hits and walked 1 in a scoreless 8th; he allowed a one-out single, and the pinch-runner was caught stealing 2nd.

From August 22: DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Mets2 4

W- Miguel Matos (3-1)
L- Joel Romero (1-5)
S- Humberto Castellanos (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Once play resumed, the Orange team pushed across 2 runs in the 6th to break a 4-4 tie. Kelvin Perez hit a sac fly, and Samir Caraballo added an RBI single.

Yohan Ramirez went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Miguel Matos, who ended up getting the win, allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Humberto Castellanos got the save by allowing a hit and striking out 3 over the final 3 innings.

DSL Mets2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Brian Batista (1-2)
L- Luis Castro (3-3)
S- Jhoander Chourio (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Euclides Chavez smacked an RBI triple in the 2nd, which was the Orange team's only scoring play and only hit of this game.

Luis Castro allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless, and Christopher Javier walked 1 in a scoreless 6th.

Tuesday's Stars

Jose Bravo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-1), CG, 6 H, ER, 9 K
Robert Corniel, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4.1 IP, 9 K

César Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue
4-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R 

Chase McDonald, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 HR (16), 4 RBI

Kent Emanuel (far right), LHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-3), 6.1 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 5 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R; finished HR shy of cycle

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's play two in Troy!

Albuquerque 7, Fresno 1

W- Kyle Freeland (5-2)
L- Keegan Yuhl (0-3, 8-6 season)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (12, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies have chosen a most inopportune time to go on a cold streak; with this loss, they have dropped 9 of their last 11 games.

Tyler White spoiled the shutout with a solo home run in the 9th inning. D.J. Fisher finished 2-4 with a double.

Keegan Yuhl went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 12 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Aaron West allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Chris Cotton allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 8th.

Fresno will look to avoid the sweep tonight as Brady Rodgers gets the start. He'll face German Marquez at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are back home, and they'll start a 4-game series with Midland tonight at 7:05. Kent Emanuel will face Heath Fillmyer.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will start a 3-game series at The Hangar with High Desert at 6:35 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Brady Anderson (3-0)
L- Franklin Perez (3-3)
S- Andrew Vasquez (1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams had 6 hits, but a couple of Quad Cities errors led to two Cedar Rapids runs.

Bobby Wernes went 3-4 with a double and scored the Banditos' lone run on a single from Arturo Michelena in the 6th inning.

Franklin Perez went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and he took ownership of the 4th after Perez failed to record an out in the inning. Inheriting a bases-loaded, no out situation, he allowed one of Perez's runners to score on a sac fly.

Kessay also pitched in the 5th inning, allowing a run of his own on a wild pitch. He walked 2 and struck out 4 in the 2 innings. In his Quad Cities debut, Carlos Sierra allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 5 in the final 3 innings.

Matt Bower will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Eduardo Del Rosario at 6:35.

Game 1: Hudson Valley 1, Tri-City 0

W- Spencer Moran (4-1)
L- Edgardo Sandoval (1-3, 1-4 season)
S- Jayson McKinley (6)

The ValleyCats' bats went quiet in the first game of the doubleheader; they only managed to scrounge up 5 singles.

Erasmo Pinales allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 2 innings, and Edgardo Sandoval went 5 innings, allowing the only run of the game on 8 hits and striking out 1.

Did game 2 have a better result in store for the ValleyCats?

Game 2: Hudson Valley 3, Tri-City 1

W- Brock Burke (2-3)
L- Makay Nelson (2-1, 2-3 season)
S- Brandon Lawson (2)

TC home runs: None.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same in game 2 as Tri-City suffered the doubleheader sweep.

Tyler Wolfe went 2-3; he led off the 7th with a double and scored the ValleyCats' only run of the day on a passed ball. Alex De Goti finished 2-2.

Makay Nelson went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs, both of which scored on a home run. He allowed one other hit, walked 3, and struck out 4. Angelo Serrano pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6.

The ValleyCats are in Auburn tonight to begin a 3-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Burlington 7, Greeneville 3

W- Alex Close (2-0)
L- Diogenes Almengo (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros had more hits in this game, but the Royals' crooked-numbered innings gave them the win.

Wilson Amador, who was making his Greeneville debut, doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening on a single from Stijn van der Meer. Vicente Sanchez hit a two-out double in the 5th and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Sanchez finished 3-4 and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th. Van der Meer went 2-4 on the night.

Diogenes Almengo went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Reggie Johnson allowed 2 runs, both of which scored on a home run, one other hit, and walked 2 in 2.1 innings. Patrick Sandoval allowed a hit and fanned 5 over 3 scoreless.

Forrest Whitley will start the series finale, and he'll go up against David McKay at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Athletics 2

W- Jheyson Caraballo (3-0)
L- Enmanuel Sullivan (1-4)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team broke a 1-1 tie in emphatic fashion with 4 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th for good measure.

Carlos Canelon drew a bases-loaded walk in the 1st inning to bring in the first run of the day. Nicolás Miranda broke the tie in the 5th inning with a 2-run single. Canelon followed with an RBI groundout, and Angel Tejeda added an RBI single. Enmanuel Valdez hit a sac fly in the 6th, and Anibal Sierra followed by driving in the Blue team's final run of the day with a single. Sierra and Tejeda both went 2-4.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Yonatan Quintin was the first reliever to appear for the Blue team, and in 2.1 innings, he had an inherited runner charged to him after Yeremi Ceballos threw a wild pitch in the 8th. Quintin allowed a hit and struck out 1. Ceballos got the final two outs of the 8th and walked 2. Angel Matos walked 1 in a scoreless 9th.

The Orange team was also in action against the Mets 2; their game was suspended in the 6th in a 4-4 tie. Miguel Matos allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4 innings.

Monday's Stars

Jheyson Caraballo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (3-0), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Bobby Wernes, IF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, R

Carlos Sierra, RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, H, 3 BB, 5 K; Midwest League debut

Photo from MiLB.com
Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Greeneville
3 IP, H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Vicente Sanchez, OF, Greeneville
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Monday, August 22, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, August 21, 2016

Albuquerque 4, Fresno 3

W- Shane Carle (5-8)
L- Evan Grills (0-1, 8-7 season)
S- Simon Castro (8)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (17, solo in 1st)

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

Jon Kemmer opened up the scoring by launching a solo home run in the 1st inning. This was Fresno's only run until the 9th inning.

Jon Singleton and D.J. Fisher got the rally started with singles, and then Andrew Aplin hit an RBI single with one out in the inning. Jack Mayfield added a sac fly to bring the Grizz to within one, but that was as close as they could get. Singleton, Fisher, and Colin Moran all had 2 hits in the game.

In his PCL debut, Evan Grills went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs that came off a couple of two-run homers. He allowed 6 other hits and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave, Kevin Chapman, and Jordan Jankowski all pitched a scoreless inning; Gustave and Chapman recorded a strikeout as they retired the side in order in the 6th and 7th, respectively, and Jankowski allowed 2 hits in the 8th.

In game 3 of this series, Keegan Yuhl will face Kyle Freeland. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 1, Arkansas 0

W- Rogelio Armenteros (1-0, 7-6 season)
L- Zach Nuding (1-2)
S- Eric Peterson (3, 5 season)

CC home runs: Garrett Stubbs (4, 10 season; solo in 1st)

The Hooks finished 4-2 on their final tour of Arkansas this season after taking 2 of 3 from the Travs.

Garrett Stubbs finished 4-4, and his solo home run in the 1st inning was the only run of the game. J.D. Davis and Ramon Laureano had 2 hits apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros was a winner in his Texas League debut; he allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 7 shutout innings. Eric Peterson closed it out by striking out 2 over 2 perfect frames.

After a day off, the Hooks will start a series with Midland on Tuesday.

Lancaster 8, Lake Elsinore 5

W- Albert Abreu (1-0, 3-8 season)
L- Zech Lemond (6-5)
S- Kevin McCanna (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took the game and the series thanks to a 5-run 8th inning that swung the momentum in their favor.

Dean Deetz pitched 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Albert Abreu came on to make his Lancaster debut, and he wound up throwing 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3. Kevin McCanna allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th to get the save.

Keach Ballard opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning and drove in another run with an RBI single in the 6th. Ballard walked to lead off the 8th, and Myles Straw joined him on the bases after hitting a single. They both advanced a base on a passed ball, and then a wild pitch allowed Ballard to score. Johnny Sewald, who was at the plate when all of that occurred, followed with an RBI single. Osvaldo Duarte popped out on a bunt attempt, but Kyle Tucker came through by ripping an RBI triple; he would score on a Trent Woodward sac fly. Jamie Ritchie, who walked and advanced to 2nd on the sacrifice fly, scored the final run of the evening on an error that allowed Jason Martin to reach.

Ballard finished 3-4 on the evening, while Sewald and Tucker both had 2 hits and stole a base. Sewald has 21 steals with Lancaster and 37 on the year, while Tucker, who stole his first in the California League, has 32 on the season. Jason Martin was 1-2 with 3 walks and 2 stolen bases (19).

The JetHawks are off today; they'll begin a 3-game series with High Desert at The Hangar tomorrow.

Kane County 9, Quad Cities 3

W- Carlos Hernandez (7-9)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-10)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos ended up getting buried by a 6-run 6th inning that turned a 3-0 game into a laugher. They did manage to pull three runs back, but the damage was too significant.

3 of the River Bandits' 4 hits in the game came in the 6th, and they resulted in 3 runs. Stephen Wrenn ripped an RBI triple, Spencer Johnson laced an RBI double, and Pat Porter hit an RBI single.

Yoanys Quiala pitched 5+ innings and allowed 8 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Chris Murphy and Adam Whitt pitched 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen; Murphy allowed a run on 3 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 4, while Whitt allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Franklin Perez will get the start as the Banditos begin a new series in Cedar Rapids. He'll take on Brady Anderson at 6:35.

Tri-City and Hudson Valley was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight with game 1 starting at 5:00 Eastern. Sebastian Kessay and Makay Nelson will start for Tri-City.

Burlington 10, Greeneville 1

W- Geoffrey Bramblett (5-1)
L- Jorge Guzman (0-3, 1-4 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Forgettable Sunday for the Appy Astros.

Jonathan Matute spoiled the shutout in the 8th when he scored on a wild pitch.

Jorge Guzman went 3.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Lucas Williams went 1.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, and Carlos Sanabria struck out 2 over 3 perfect innings.

Diogenes Almengo will get the start as Greeneville looks to avoid the sweep. He'll face Travis Eckert at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Marlins 5 in 10 innings

W- Manuel Gonzalez (1-1)
L- Obed Diaz (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros jumped out to a 4-0 lead, saw it vanish, then pulled themselves together to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th on their way to a walk-off win.

Enoli Paredes went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Leovanny Rodriguez was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Manuel Gonzalez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings.

Andy Piñeda walked to lead off the 1st inning. An errant pickoff throw allowed him to advance all the way to 3rd, and he scored the first run of the day on a balk. Wilson Amador, who also walked, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball and scored on a Wander Franco single, and Gilberto Celestino ripped an RBI double. Piñeda scored on a passed ball in the 2nd inning. L.P. Pelletier tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th, and Jose Benjamin was the hero, coming through with an RBI single in the 10th to win it for the GCL squad.

Piñeda (2 R, SB [16]), Benjamin (2B, RBI), and Celestino (2B, RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the day.

Sunday's Stars

Jose Benjamin, OF, GCL Astros: 2-5, 2B, walk-off RBI single in 10th inning

Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
4-4, solo HR (4, 10 season)

Rogelio Armenteros and Eric Peterson, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Armenteros: W (1-0, 7-6 season), 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 K
Peterson: Save (3, 5 season), 2 IP, 2 K

Keach Ballard, IF, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Albert Abreu, RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0, 3-8 season), 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Greeneville
3 IP, 2 K

Astros Farm Report: 8-22

Looking at the playoff picture for the various Astros MiLB teams, but first things first ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

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

8-21: IF Yulieski Gurriel called up to Houston from Fresno
8-21: IF Tyler White optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-21: LHP Evan Grills assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-20: IF Jack Mayfield activated from the Fresno 7-day DL
8-20: IF Keach Ballard assigned from Fresno to Lancaster
8-19: RHP David Paulino assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-19: LHP Eury de la Rosa assigned to Fresno
8-19: RHP James Hoyt optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-19: RHP Brad Peacock recalled from Fresno to Houston
8-19: LHP Albert Minnis assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
8-19: OF Drew Ferguson assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
8-18: RHP Albert Abreu assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-18: RHP Nick Hernandez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-18: RHP Enrique Chavez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-18: RHP Agapito Barrios placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 8-17

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

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

AAA Fresno 3rd 67-61 .523 7.0GB L3

Going 2-8 in the last 10 has not helped Fresno's chances of making the playoffs. The revolving door between Fresno and Houston, along with pitching injuries, has been a bad combination. With 15 games left in the season, Fresno's elimination number is down to 10. It's looking increasingly likely that the Grizzlies will be free to join the big league club when rosters expand on September 1st (or at least when their season ends on September 5th)

AA Corpus Christi 1st 75-51 .595 0.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 28-28 .500 9.0GB W1
(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 an 8-game second half lead over the second place San Antonio (Padres) team and is almost certain to be the team that the Hooks will face in the first round of the playoffs. The Hooks are off today as they travel back from Arkansas and will host Midland for a 4-game series starting Tuesday. There are 14 games remaining in the regular season. The playoffs are slated to start in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, September 7th.

A+ Lancaster 3rd 71-55 .563 3.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 36-20 .643 0.0GB W1

The JetHawks remain in first place, increasing their lead to five games in front of High Desert (Rangers) and five and half games in front of Lake Elsinore (Padres) in the second half, but falling to one-half game behind Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) in the wild card race. Lancaster will be off on Monday before hosting High Desert for four games over three days starting Tuesday. There are 14 games left in the regular season.

A- Quad Cities 6th 58-67 .464 21.5GB L2 (Overall)
2nd half: 5th 27-29 .482 14.0GB L2

Although they haven't been officially eliminated from the postseason, in reality the Banditos really need to sweep the second place Cedar Rapids (Twins) on the road starting tonight in order to remain in the conversation. Their elimination number now stands at 10 with 14 games remaining in the season.

SSA Tri-City 3rd 32-28 .533 3.5GB L2

The ValleyCats have fallen to three and a half games behind Lowell (Red Sox) and one and a half games behind Connecticut (Tigers) in the division. They are in fourth place, two games back, in the wild card race. Tri-City has three games remaining against Lowell and two more against Connecticut in their final 16 games which will be played over 15 days.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 28-29 .491 5.5GB L2

The Appy League Astros have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and have fallen to five and a half games behind Johnson City (Cardinals) and three games behind second place Elizabethton (Twins). Since the first and second place teams in the division advance to the playoffs, Greeneville still has a chance since they play the final six games (out of 11 remaining) against Elizabethton.

Rk- GCL 5th 20-28 .417 10.0GB W1
ELIMINATED

There are 8 games remaining in their season.

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 39-23 .629 6.5GB L5

The Astros Blue team picked a bad time to fade. After losing five in a row, they have gone from playoff contention to an elimination number of four with six games left in the season. They can still make it, but a whole lot of things need to go right.

FRk DSL Orange 4th 28-36 .438 17.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

The Orange team has officially been eliminated from postseason play.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 20, 2016

Everyone lost.



Albuquerque 7, Fresno 2

W- Eddie Butler (7-2)
L- David Paulino (0-1, 5-3 season)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, 19 season; solo in 2nd)

David Paulino was given a rather rude welcome to the Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies fell behind 6-1 and never really threatened the Isotopes in this one.

D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. Fresno's other scoring play came in the 6th, when Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double. Kemmer finished 2-4 on the night.

Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 3 scoreless innings, he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out the side in the 8th.

Evan Grills will make his AAA debut in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:05 Mountain.

Arkansas 4, Corpus Christi 2

W- Eric Alonzo (2-1)
L- Francis Martes (8-5)
S- Eduardo Paredes (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored first, but they couldn't get any more runs across.

J.D. Davis ripped a 2-run double in the 1st that turned out to be the Hooks' only scoring play of the night. Ramon Laureano, who scored one of the runs, finished 2-3 with a stolen base (5, 38 season).

Francis Martes went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Albert Minnis allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

In the series finale, Rogelio Armenteros will make his Texas League debut. He'll face Zach Nuding at 6:10.

Lake Elsinore 2, Lancaster 1

W- Zech Lemond (6-4)
L- Scott Weathersby (5-6, 6-6 season)
S- Phil Maton (9)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks' bats went quiet on Saturday night. They managed to tie the game in the 7th, only to see the Storm retake the lead in the 8th.

Bryan Muñiz led off the 7th with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored Lancaster's only run on a sac fly from Osvaldo Duarte. The double was their only extra-base hit of the night; Trent Woodward and Jason Martin had singles, which were their other two hits in the game.

Elieser Hernandez and Scott Weathersby pitched 4 innings apiece; Hernandez allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6, while Weathersby allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Dean Deetz gets the start. He'll take on Enyel De Los Santos at 5:00 Pacific.

Kane County 4, Quad Cities 2

W- Emilio Vargas (4-6)
L- Enrique Chavez (0-1, 3-3 season)
S- Austin Mason (1)

QC home runs: None.

For 8 innings, the Banditos' offense was rendered useless by Emilio Vargas, who struck out 17 for the Cougars. They finally got to him in the 9th, but the rally fell short.

Jake Rogers tripled to lead off the bottom of the 9th and scored Quad Cities' first run on an error that allowed Bobby Wernes to reach. Wernes advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on a Dex McCall single. Rogers had 2 of the River Bandits' 3 hits on the evening.

In his Quad Cities debut, Enrique Chavez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Nick Hernandez was also making his Quad Cities debut, and he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Zac Person allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Yoanys Quiala will start the series finale, and he'll take on Carlos Hernandez at 1:15.

Hudson Valley 4, Tri-City 3

W- Porter Clayton (3-1)
L- Austin Nicely (5-3)
S- Joe Serrapica (7)

TC home runs: None.

The Renegades' two 2-run innings trumped the ValleyCats' one-run and 2-run innings. Tri-City had the tying run on base in the 9th, but Gabriel Bracamonte grounded into the game-ending double play.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Both teams scored two in the 5th; the ValleyCats' two runs came home thanks to an RBI double from Miguelangel Sierra and an RBI single from Brauly Mejia. Sierra finished 3-4 on the night, and Mejia went 2-4.

Austin Nicely allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4.1 innings. In his Tri-City debut, Devin Raftery went 1.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 4. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4.

Sebastian Kessay will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Danville 7, Greeneville 4

W- Jeremy Walker (3-1)
L- Cristian Javier (1-1, 4-2 season)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros fell behind 6-1 as they dropped the series.

Cristian Javier went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4. Ben Smith and Carson LaRue pitched 2 innings apiece; Smith allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1, while LaRue struck out 3.

Connor MacDonald finished 3-4 with a double, and he scored Greeneville's first run of the game on a single from Ruben Castro in the 5th inning. Reiny Beltre hit an RBI groundout in the 6th. Abraham Toro grounded into a force out that allowed Stijn van der Meer to score in the 8th, and Luis Payano hit a sac fly in the 9th. Castro finished 2-4 on the evening.

Greeneville will begin a 3-game series in Burlington tonight at 6:00 Eastern. Jorge Guzman will get the start.

GCL Mets 7, GCL Astros 2

W- Ronald Sanchez (1-2)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-4, 1-5 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros scored first, but it was all Mets afterwards. I believe that the GCL Astros have been eliminated from playoff contention with this loss.

Jose Benjamin opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st, and one batter later, Bernardo Heras brought him home with a single. Heras finished 2-3 on the day.

Bryan Abreu went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Juan Robles was the first man out of the bullpen, and he allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Saul Martinez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

DSL Rays1 10, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Ender Cespedes (1-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-4)

Blue home runs: None.

The Rays buried the Blue team with a 5-run 5th inning.

Angel De Leon opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He went 2-5, with his other hit being a double. Nestor Tejada followed with an RBI single. Ronny Jimenez hit a sac fly in the 5th, and in the 6th, Alfredo Angarita hit a sac fly and Ronny Rafael scored on a wild pitch.

Juan Corniel went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Jesus Bernaez got shelled in his 2 innings; he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Yeremi Ceballos allowed a hit and hit a batter in a scoreless 7th, and Jean Reyes walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th.

DSL Phillies2 2, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Reiwal Gonzalez (3-1)
L- Asael Uribe (3-4)
S- Luis Ramirez (11)

Orange home runs: None.

All of the scoring in this game was done in the 8th inning. However, the Phillies' half-inning was more productive than the Orange team's.

Samir Caraballo's RBI single in the 8th was the Orange team's only scoring play of the game. Yordan Alvarez and Yeuris Ramirez had 2 hits apiece.

Maikel Sepulveda allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 6 shutout innings. Asael Uribe pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Saturday's Stars

Maikel Sepulveda, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-3, 3B, R

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tri-City
 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
L (8-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Miguelangel Sierra, IF, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Photo from MiLB.com
Carson LaRue, RHP, Greeneville
2 IP, 3 K