Saturday, September 10, 2016

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Friday, September 9, 2016

JetHawks move on after their show of force in the mini-series.

Texas League South Division Series: Midland 7, Corpus Christi 5

Midland leads series 2-1.

W- Kyle Friedrichs
L- Jacob Dorris

CC home runs: Bobby Boyd (1, 3-run in 4th)

The Hooks were stunned by a 5-run bottom of the 9th, which culminated with Viosergy Rosa hitting a walk-off grand slam to give the RockHounds the series lead.

All 5 Corpus Christi runs came in the 4th inning, as Bobby Boyd launched a 3-run homer, Drew Ferguson ripped an RBI double, and Garrett Stubbs flared a ball into right field for an RBI single. Stubbs and J.D. Davis had 3 hits apiece in the game.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 2 innings, he allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1. Michael Freeman got the first out of the 8th via strikeout. Jacob Dorris was next, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed 4 unearned runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), a single, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ryan Deemes served up the walk-off grand slam to Rosa with 2 outs in the 9th.

Cy Sneed will start game 4 of this series. He'll face Brandon Mann at 7:00.

California League South Division Mini-Series: Lancaster 21, Rancho Cucamonga 6

Lancaster wins series 2-1.

W- Akeem Bostick
L- Adam Bray

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin 2 (2; grand slam in 3rd, 2-run in 6th), Osvaldo Duarte (1, 2-run in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (1, 2-run in 6th), Bryan Muñiz (1, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks advanced to the South Division Final behind an incredible show of force. In the 2 games at The Hangar, they scored 38 runs and launched 12 home runs.

Just like Thursday, everyone in the original starting lineup had a hit and scored a run.


Akeem Bostick went 6.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Ralph Garza Jr. walked 2 and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Next up for the JetHawks is the South Division Final and a date with High Desert. Game 1 from Adelanto will start at 6:35 Pacific.

Friday's Stars

Photo from Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Page
Lancaster JetHawks: W 21-6 vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Advanced to California League South Division Final
Jason Martin: 3-5, 2 HR (2), 7 RBI, 3 R
Bryan Muñiz: 4-5, 2B, 3-R HR (1), 3 R
Osvaldo Duarte: 3-5, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 R

Friday, September 9, 2016

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Hooks and JetHawks drew even in their series.

Texas League South Division Series: Corpus Christi 5, Midland 4

Series tied 1-1.

W- Eric Peterson
L- Cody Stull

CC home runs: None.

The Hounds scored three runs in the top of the 8th to take a 4-0 lead. At that point, they were sitting pretty and six outs away from taking a 2-0 series lead back to Midland. The Hooks.... had other ideas. Let's fast forward to the bottom of the 8th.

Garrett Stubbs drew a walk to lead off the inning, advanced to 3rd on a Ramon Laureano double, and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a J.D. Davis groundout. Laureano, who advanced to 3rd on the groundout, scored on a double from Nick Tanielu. Chase McDonald went down on strikes for the second out of the inning, but Bobby Boyd was able to come through with a single, and he wound up scoring the tying run on a wild pitch.

Stubbs drew another walk to lead off the 9th, and Laureano legged out an infield single. Davis flew out, but Tanielu hit a single to load the bases for Tony Nuñez, who sent the Whataburger Field crowd home happy with the game-winning RBI single. Laureano and Tanielu both finished with 3 hits.

Trent Thornton went 6.2 innings and allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Dean Deetz was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs, a 2-run double in the 8th, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Eric Peterson allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Tonight, the series shifts to Midland. Rogelio Armenteros will take on Ben Bracewell at 7:00.

California League South Division Mini-Series: Lancaster 17, Rancho Cucamonga 11

W- Jose Luis Hernandez
L- Michael Boyle

Series tied 1-1.

Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell 2 (3; 2-run in 4th, solo in 6th), Christian Correa 2 (2; 3-run in 1st, solo in 8th), Trent Woodward (1, 2-run in 1st), Marc Wik (1, solo in 3rd), Jamie Ritchie (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Hangar lived up to its name on Thursday as both teams combined to send 11 balls out of the park. Lancaster whacked seven home runs to force a deciding game 3 tonight.

The JetHawks took flight with 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and responded to a 5-run 5th from Rancho with 6 runs in the final 3 innings. Everyone in the lineup had a hit and scored a run; Keach Ballard, who pinch-ran for Marc Wik, did not have a plate appearance.



It wasn't the finest outing for Jose Luis Hernandez, who allowed 8 runs on 11 hits (solo, 2-run, and 3-run homers) and struck out 6 in 5 innings, but he was the beneficiary of generous run support. Scott Weathersby struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings. Chris Murphy allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Juan Carlos Santos allowed a 3-run homer to Noah Perio, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Akeem Bostick will get the start in the deciding game 3. He'll face Adam Bray at 6:35 Pacific.

Thursday's Stars

Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
6.2 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Corpus Christi
Walk-off RBI single in 9th

Aaron Mizell, OF, Lancaster
3-5, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI, 3 R

Christian Correa, C, Lancaster
3-5, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Astros Minor League Playoff Recaps

Results for Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Corpus Christi and Lancaster begin their chase for a title.

Texas League South Division Series: Midland 6, Corpus Christi 2

Midland leads series 1-0.

W- Joel Seddon
L- Francis Martes

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (1, solo in 6th)

The Rockhounds drew first blood in the series thanks to a pair of 3-run innings. They opened up the scoring with 3 in the 3rd and put this game out of reach with 3 more in the 9th inning.

Meanwhile, the Hooks were left to rue the countless missed opportunities they had; they finished 1-15 with runners in scoring position and left a staggering 15 men on base.

Nick Tanielu put Corpus on the board with a solo homer in the 6th inning, and Garrett Stubbs added an RBI single in the 7th. Tanielu (solo HR), Stubbs (RBI, SB), Drew Ferguson (2B, 3B, R), J.D. Davis, and Roberto Peña all finished with 2 hits,

Francis Martes had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 10 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6. Ryan Thompson was the first man out, and he allowed a hit over 2 scoreless innings. Kevin Comer recorded 2 outs in the 9th, 1 via strikeout, but he also allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 1. Jacob Dorris recorded the final out of the 9th with a strikeout and also allowed a hit that allowed the runner he inherited from Comer to score.

In game 2 of this series, Trent Thornton will take on Corey Walter. First pitch is at 7:05.

California League South Division Mini-Series: Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lancaster 3 in 16 innings

Rancho Cucamonga leads series 1-0.

W- Gavin Pittore
L- Alex Winkelman

Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell (1, solo in 3rd)\

The JetHawks broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the 8th, but the Quakes re-tied the game in the bottom half. 15 zeroes later, Rancho walked off with the win to get on the board in the mini-series.

Aaron Mizell led off the 3rd inning with a home run to open the scoring. Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 5th and came around to score on a Johnny Sewald single, and Jamie Ritchie ripped an RBI double in the 8th. Sewald went 4-7, while Ritchie finished 3-6, and Mizell and Trent Woodward had 2 hits apiece.

Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 7 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a pair of solo homers. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Kevin McCanna was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and he allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome followed with 3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2. Alex Winkleman went 1.1 innings and allowed the winning run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Game 2 of the mini-series will be in Lancaster and will start at 6:35 Pacific.

Wednesday's Stars

Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
2-5, solo HR (1)

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Lancaster
7 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR), 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

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

Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
4-7, RBI

Getting to Know Astros LHP Ben Smith

The headline reads Astros playing long game with rehabbing Draftee Smith. But no one realized how long it would take for 2014 17th round draft pick LHP Ben Smith to finally make it back to the mound. After a year of rehab, Smith was assigned to the rookie league Greeneville team in June 2015, but he never made a start that season. Shortly after arriving in Tennessee, Smith was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. One day shy of two years from the day he signed with the Astros in 2014, he pitched his first professional inning for Tri-City in the New York-Penn League on June 18, 2016.

Ben Smith - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Of Smith, Greeneville Pitching Coach Bill Murphy told me, "He's a competitor. He's got good stuff. He has a tremendous focus and relentless effort to get better every single day. People like that are going to be successful. He's a very special person." Murphy went on to talk about Smith's calm demeanor and down-to-earth personality, traits that were very evident in my conversation with him last week in Greeneville.


Smith told me that seeing the doctor who had diagnosed him with Burkitt lymphoma in the stands for one of his outings this summer was probably the most memorable experience of his summer.

Smith was once regarded as a highly-ranked prospect. Now that he has his feet back under him, look for him to work his way back on to some of those prospect lists. After all he's been through, I wouldn't bet against him.

Thank you for your time, Ben, and best of luck to you in your career and in your life.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, September 5, 2016

Bidding farewell to another Minor League season....

Fresno 4, Sacramento 3

W- Albert Minnis (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Tyler Rogers (1-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (3, 16 season)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (5, 21 season; led off game)

The Grizzlies will finish 2016 with a 73-70-1 record. The tie occurred on May 30 against Colorado Springs; both teams needed to catch flights out of Fresno, so they agreed that no inning could start after 2:30 Pacific that day. Since the game was tied after 2:30, the game ended in a tie.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Fresno's came in the form of a D.J. Fisher home run to lead off the game. Both teams also scored 2 runs in the 8th inning; Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double and Alejandro Garcia hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Danny Worth to score. The difference in this game was a run in the 9th for the Grizzlies. Fisher scored the first run of the game... and he scored the last run of the game on a single from Worth. Fisher and Worth both finished with 2 hits.

It was a bullpen day for the Grizzlies. Aaron West and Chris Cotton started it off with 3 innings; West allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, while Cotton allowed a hit and walked 1. Albert Minnis allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Brendan McCurry walked 1 in a scoreless 9th.

The Grizzlies will open the 2017 season at home against Reno on Thursday, April 6.

Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 2

W- Eric Peterson (6-3, 7-3 season)
L- Daniel McCutchen (1-2)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (23, grand slam in 9th)

The Hooks only had one scoring play and only scored in one inning, but it turned out to be enough for them to come out on top in their season finale.

Cy Sneed allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Michael Freeman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed a run, which was an inherited runner charged to him, a single, walked 3, and struck out 2. Eric Peterson went 1.2 innings, and the one hit he allowed was a 2-run double that broke a scoreless tie. He also walked 1 and struck out 1.

J.D. Davis only had one hit, but it was a grand slam in the 9th that put the Hooks in front. Drew Ferguson, James Ramsay, and Ramon Laureano (2B, SB) all had 2 hits in the game. Laureano will finish the season with 43 stolen bases.

Corpus Christi will begin its playoff road with the Texas League South Division Series against Midland beginning on Wednesday.

Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 4

W- Grayson Long (2-1)
L- Framber Valdez (0-1, 4-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (7, 10 season; solo in 1st), Kyle Tucker (3, 9 season; solo in 4th), Christian Correa (3, 4 season; solo in 5th)

The JetHawks were foiled in their bid to sweep their final series of the regular season.

Three of their four runs came via the solo homer; Osvaldo Duarte opened the scoring by whacking one in the 1st. Kyle Tucker launched one in the 4th, and Christian Correa smacked his in the 5th inning. Duarte also drove in the only Lancaster run that wasn't the product of a home run with a groundout in the 9th.

Framber Valdez went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Chris Murphy allowed 3 unearned runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 1.1 innings.

The JetHawks will take on Rancho Cucamonga in the South Division mini-series. Game 1 will be in Rancho on Wednesday.

Quad Cities 12, Burlington 1

W- Justin Ferrell (5-6)
L- Erik Manoah (0-1)

QC home runs: Pat Porter (9, inside-the-park 2-run in 7th), Dexture McCall (9, solo in 9th)

The Banditos scored 10 runs in the final 3 innings to turn what was a 2-1 game into a laugher. They will finish the season with a 61-78 record.

Everyone in the lineup scored a run. Quad Cities really blew this one wide open with 7 runs in the top of the 7th inning.



Matt Bower went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3, and Justin Ferrell struck out 5 over 4.1 perfect innings for the win.

Connecticut 10, Tri-City 1

W- Locke St. John (6-7)
L- Jorge Alcala (0-1, 3-3 season)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats fell behind the eight-ball early thanks to a 3-0 deficit after the 1st, and then the Tigers buried them with 7 in the 5th.

After Ronnie Dawson hit a double in the 9th, Taylor Jones spoiled the shutout with an RBI single. Alex De Goti finished 3-3.

Jorge Alcala went 4.2 innings and allowed 9 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he struck out 3, allowed a run of his own on a bases-loaded walk, one of two walks that he issued in his outing, and a single that allowed the runner he inherited from Alcala to score. Tyson Perez allowed a hit and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings.

And so.... that puts an end to the 2016 regular season in the Houston Astros minor league system. Corpus Christi and Lancaster will carry the Astros' flag into the Minor League Baseball playoffs, and they'll start their playoff journeys on Wednesday.

Monday's Stars


J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead grand slam (23) in 9th

Photo by Tammy Tucker
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, 4 K

Alex De Goti, IF, Tri-City
3-3, BB

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 12-1 @ Burlington
Dex McCall: 4-6, 3B, solo HR (9), 3 RBI, 3 R; finished 2B shy of cycle
Pat Porter: Inside-the-park 2-R HR (9), 3 RBI
Marlon Avea: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Matt Bower: 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Justin Ferrell: W (5-6), 4.1 IP, 5 K

Astros Farm Report: 9-6

Later on this morning, Dustin will post the recaps for the last day of the regular season. When all is said and done, he will have written full game stories for 893 games (plus a handful of All-Star Games). To say that I couldn't have kept this blog going without him is a vast understatement. Thank you, Dustin, for an amazing job!




WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

9-8: IF Kolbey Carpenter (23)
9-9: OF Darlin Figueroa (21)
9-10: 3B Michael Garcia (19)
9-10: RHP Kyle Smith (24)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

9-6: RHP Brad Peacock recalled to Houston from Fresno
9-5: C Raymond Henderson assigned from Greeneville to Fresno
9-5: C Max Stassi recalled to Houston from Fresno
9-5: LHP Kevin Chapman recalled to Houston from Fresno
9-3: RHP Ricardo Castro assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PREVIEW

The regular season is over and playoffs start tomorrow for Lancaster and Corpus Christi.

AAA Fresno 3rd 73-70 (+1 tie) .510 8.0GB W3

AA Corpus Christi 1st 85-55 .607 0.0GB W2 (Overall)
2nd half: 2nd 38-32 .543 7.0GB W3
(CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH by winning first half)

The Hooks ended the season in style with a sweep over San Antonio that allowed them to claim second place in the second half. Now on to the playoffs! Corpus Christi will host Midland (A's) for Games 1 and 2 of the South Division Playoff Series on Wednesday and Thursday. Games 3, 4 and 5 (if all are necessary) will be played in Midland from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th. Midland leads the season series 18-14, but the Hooks took three of four in their most recent matchup. The winner of the South Division series will face the winner of the North Division series, either the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) or the Springfield Cardinals.

A+ Lancaster 3rd 77-63 .550 5.0GB L1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 42-28 .600 0.0GB L1
(CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH by winning second half)

The JetHawks not only clinched a playoff berth a couple days ago, they also clinched the second half title for their division. They will face Wild Card Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) in a best-of-three mini-series starting Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be at home at The Hangar. The season series between the two teams is dead even. The winner of the mini-series will face first half winner High Desert (Rangers) starting Saturday in Adelanto for a best-of-five South Division playoff series.

A- Quad Cities 7th 61-78 .439 24.5GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 7th 30-40 .429 17.0GB W1

SSA Tri-City 3rd 38-38 .500 9.0GB L1

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 33-34 .493 5.5GB W3

Rk- GCL 5th 22-31 .415 10.5GB W1

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 42-23 (+1 tie) .646 6.5GB W1

FRk DSL Orange 4th 31-37 .456 16.0GB W2

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ...

I posted the WTHB Pitchers and Players for the month of August over the weekend.

Also, I posted the first of four interviews from my Greeneville trip here.

I'll have more from my Greeneville trip coming out this week. In the meantime, enjoy a little stretch with former Astro (and current Greeneville Hitting Coach) Cesar Cedeno.

Cesar Cedeno - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Monday, September 5, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fresno 5, Sacramento 4

W- Reymin Guduan (2-3, 3-3 season)
L- Jean Machi (4-3)
S- Jordan Jankowski (5)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (20, grand slam in 8th)

For the second consecutive game, a grand slam put Fresno out in front.

Jon Kemmer put the Grizz on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. Colin Moran and Danny Worth singled to lead off the top of the 8th, and they both advanced a base following a Kemmer groundout. Alejandro Garcia got plunked to load the bases. Max Stassi went down on strikes for the second out, but Jon Singleton delivered with the decisive hit, a grand slam that put the Grizzlies in the lead. Moran, Worth, and Tyler Heineman all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Mike Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Jordan Jankowski got the save, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 4 over the final 1.2 innings.

The Grizzlies and RiverCats will finish off their 2016 seasons at 2:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 2

W- Kent Emanuel (6-4)
L- Jerry Keel (0-2)
S- Jacob Dorris (4, 14 season)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (22, solo in 8th)

J.D. Davis provided a crucial insurance run, while Ryan Deemes and Jacob Dorris delivered 4 lockdown innings in relief on Sunday.

Kent Emanuel wasn't too bad in his start either; he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 8 in 5 innings of work. Deemes and Dorris both pitched 2 scoreless; Deemes allowed 2 hits and struck out 3, while Dorris allowed a hit and struck out 3.

Tony Nuñez walked to lead off the game, and he scored the first run of the game on a Drew Ferguson double. Ferguson ended up scoring on a Nick Tanielu groundout. J.D. Davis hit an RBI single in the 3rd and drove in the final run of the evening when he launched a solo homer in the 8th. He and Bobby Boyd had 2 hits apiece.

Cy Sneed will start the season finale, and he'll face Tim Berry at 2:05.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 7

W- Alex Winkelman (1-5, 6-7 season)
L- Justin Anderson (8-12)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1, 6 season)

Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell (8, 10 season; 3-run in 2nd)

Despite allowing 4 home runs to the 66ers, the JetHawks managed to escape with a victory.

Lancaster only scored in 2 innings, but the output of those innings turned out to be enough as well. Aaron Mizell opened up the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning, and they got 2 more in the inning thanks to RBI doubles from Christian Correa and Kyle Tucker. In the 5th, Bryan Muñiz hit an RBI double, and Trent Woodward added a 2-run single.

Little Tuck, Woodward, Mizell, Osvaldo Duarte, and Jason Martin all finished 2-4; everyone in the lineup scored a run except for Johnny Sewald, who missed out on the party.

Albert Abreu went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 4, and struck out 4. The 2 runs that Alex Winkelman allowed in his 3.1 innings came on a home run hit by Zach Houchins in the 7th. Winkelman allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Houchins hit another 2-run homer off of Juan Carlos Santos in the 9th that cut the JetHawks' lead to 1, but Santos pulled himself together to get the save. He allowed one other hit and struck out the side.

The JetHawks and 66ers will finish off their seasons at 2:05 Pacific. Framber Valdez will make his Lancaster debut, and he'll take on former Aggie Grayson Long.

Burlington 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Luis Peña (5-9)
L- Adam Whitt (4-7)
S- Blake Smith (1)

QC home runs: Jake Rogers (1, 3 season; solo in 2nd)

The Banditos scored 2 in the top of the 8th to pull within one, but that was as close as they could get.

Jake Rogers put Quad Cities on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd that tied the game at 1. In the 4th, Arturo Michelena doubled and scored thanks to two wild pitches. Dex McCall grounded into a force out in the 7th that scored Randy César, and Bobby Wernes hit a 2-run single in the 8th. Unfortuately, the Banditos stranded runners on the corners to end the inning. They went down in order in the 9th to end the game.

Abdiel Saldaña went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Adam Whitt got 2 outs in the 5th, one via strikeout, but he also allowed 3 runs on 5 hits. Zac Person and Nick Hernandez both pitched 1.2 innings; Person allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, on 3 hits and struck out 3, while Hernandez allowed a hit and fanned 2.

The River Bandits will close out their season at 2:00. Matt Bower will face Erik Manoah.

Tri-City 4, Connecticut 3 in 10 innings

W- Angelo Serrano (2-2, 3-3 season)
L- John Schreiber (2-3)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers managed to force extra innings, but the ValleyCats were able to re-establish their advantage with a run in the first extra frame.

Alex De Goti opened up the scoring with an RBI triple in the 3rd inning, and he eventually scored on a sac fly from Rodrigo Ayarza. De Goti hit a two-out single in the 5th and came all the way around to score on a Marcos Almonte triple. At that point, Tri-City led 3-0, but Connecticut scored a run in the 6th and 2 more in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings.

Tyler Wolfe hit a one-out double in the top of the 10th, and then Carmen Benedetti was intentionally walked, and Chuckie Robinson singled to load the bases for Ronnie Dawson, who ended up not having to do a lot, because a passed ball allowed Wolfe to score the go-ahead run. De Goti (3B, RBI, 2 R) and Almonte (2B, 3B, RBI) both finished 2-4 out of the bottom of the order.

Ryan Hartman allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 4. Devin Raftery allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Angelo Serrano walked 1 and struck out 1 over the final 1.1 innings.

The ValleyCats will finish their 2016 campaign today at 1:05 Eastern. Jorge Alcala will face Locke St. John.

Sunday's Stars

Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
Go-ahead grand slam (20) in 8th

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-3, solo HR (22), 2 RBI

Ryan Deemes (top) and Jacob Dorris, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Deemes: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Dorris: Save (4, 14 season), 2 IP, H, 3 K

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

Alex De Goti, IF, Tri-City
2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, UTIL, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Aaron Mizell, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (8, 10 season)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, September 2, 2016

Sacramento 5, Fresno 1

W- Dan Slania (2-0)
L- Evan Grills (1-2, 9-8 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The RiverCats got the jump on Evan Grills with 3 runs in the 3rd to take a 4-0 lead.

Grills went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits, one of which was a solo homer. Brad Peacock pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5.

Tyler Heineman finished 2-4, and his RBI double in the 6th was Fresno's only scoring play. D.J. Fisher also went 2-4 with a double, and Alejandro Garcia, who scored the only Fresno run, finshed 3-4.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 6

W- Juan Grullon (3-3)
L- Michael Freeman (3-4)
S- Luke Jackson (1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (7, 11 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The Hooks attempted to force extra innings, but they stranded the tying run on 3rd to end the game.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning. Later in the frame, Ramon Laureano and Conrad Gregor added RBI singles. Chase McDonald hit an RBI single in the 5th and added another one to his ledger in the 9th, but Gregor was left 90 feet away in the end.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), walked 2, and struck out 5. Michael Freeman and Kevin Comer both went 1.1 innings; Freeman had 2 inherited runners charged to him, both unearned, and walked 1. Comer allowed a run of his own on 3 hits and struck out 1.

Lancaster 4, Inland Empire 1

W- Akeem Bostick (5-3, 6-4 season)
L- Jake Jewell (2-15)
S- Andrew Thome (4, 8 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

With the win, the JetHawks clinched a playoff berth.

Akeem Bostick shook off an unearned run in the 1st inning and delivered 6 solid innings, allowing 7 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Kevin McCanna allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Andrew Thome worked around 2 htis and a walk to secure the victory.

All 4 Lancaster runs on Friday came on RBI doubles. Three of them came in the 1st inning, off the bats of Kyle Tucker, Bryan Muñiz, and Jason Martin. In the 5th, Martin ripped another RBI double for the final run of the evening.

Kane County 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Sam McWilliams (3-6)
L- Enrique Chavez (0-2, 3-4 season)
S- Keegan Long (7)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the 2nd inning... but the Cougars had the more productive half.

The Banditos' run in the 2nd came on an Arturo Michelena groundout. Dex McCall, who scored that run, doubled to lead off the inning.

Enrique Chavez went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Carlos Sierra allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over the final 3 innings.

Tri-City 6, Staten Island 3

W- Salvador Montaño (2-0, 3-1 season)
L- Raynel Espinal (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

TC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (2, 2-run in 1st), Taylor Jones (8, solo in 4th)

The ValleyCats ensured a win in their final home series of the year by doubling up the Yankees.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st and added an RBI double to his ledger in the 3rd inning. Taylor Jones led off the 4th with a homer, Rodrigo Ayarza led off the 5th with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Robinson drew a walk later in the inning, advanced to 3rd on a Ronnie Dawson double, and scored the final run of the evening on another wild pitch. Robinson and Connor Goedert finished 2-3 on the evening.

Tyler Britton went 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Salvador Montaño was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and in 2 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Kevin Hill allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless, and Tyson Perez threw a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Friday's Stars

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Akeem Bostick, RHP, Lancaster
W (5-3, 6-4 season), 6 IP, 7 H, unearned run, BB, 5 K

Chuckie Robinson, C, Tri-City
2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R

Kevin Hill, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Enrique Chavez (top) and Carlos Sierra, RHPs, Quad Cities
Chavez: L (0-2, 3-4 season), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K
Sierra: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB (20)


Results for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fresno 10, Sacramento 5

W- Kevin Chapman (3-4)
L- Jake Dunning (3-4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (18, grand slam in 8th)

The RiverCats scored 3 in the 7th to tie the game at 5, but the Grizzlies quickly regained control with 5 runs in the 8th; Jon Kemmer's grand slam was the knockout blow.

Keegan Yuhl went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Brendan McCurry got 2 outs in the 7th, but he also allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 1. Kevin Chapman stopped the bleeding by throwing 2.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 6.

Danny Worth opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Jack Mayfield added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Jon Singleton drove in the next three Fresno runs with an 2-run double in the 3rd and a sac fly in the 5th. Mayfield walked to lead off the 8th, and Colin Moran and Worth joined him after getting plunked and drawing a walk, respectively. This prompted a pitching change, and Kemmer greeted the new Sacramento pitcher, Vin Mazzaro, with a grand slam that put Fresno back in front. Singleton drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI double later in the inning.

D.J. Fisher (2 2B, R), Alejandro Garcia (3 R), and Max Stassi (R, SB) all finished with 3 hits. Both of Singleton's hits were doubles, and Kemmer only had one hit, but it was massive.

Mike Hauschild will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Chris Stratton at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 1

W- Dean Deetz (2-0, 8-5 season)
L- Seth Simmons (3-4)
S- Kyle Smith (3)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (3, 17 season; solo in 1st)

Dean Deetz dominated the Missions on Saturday with 6 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, walking 2, and striking out 8. The Missions spoiled the shutout with a run off Kyle Smith in the 9th. Smith went 3 innings and allowed 4 hits and struck out 3.

Drew Ferguson opened the scoring with a solo blast in the 1st inning. In the 4th inning, J.D. Davis ripped an RBI double and Conrad Gregor drove in another run with a groundout. Garrett Stubbs hit an RBI double of his own in the 5th, and Davis smacked a 2-run double in the 7th.

In addition to his homer, Ferguson walked 3 times and scored 4 runs. Davis and Stubbs both finished 2-4, and both of their hits were doubles.

Kent Emanuel will take on Jerry Keel in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 6:05.

Lancaster 7, Inland Empire 6

W- Scott Weathersby (6-6, 7-6 season)
L- Adam Hofacket (1-2)
S- Andrew Thome (5, 9 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks scored 5 in the 7th inning and staved off a late 66ers rally to hang on for the win. With this victory, the JetHawks clinched the second-half title in the California League South, which gives them home-field advantage in the South Division mini-series.

Bryan Muñiz opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st, and Marc Wik drove in another run with another groundout in the 4th to tie the game at 2.

Wik walked to lead off the bottom of the 7th, and he would eventually score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch that was ball 4 to Johnny Sewald. With Osvaldo Duarte at the plate, Sewald and Myles Straw executed a double steal that saw Straw steal home. Duarte wound up walking, and he and Sewald did the double steal once again. Sewald scored on another wild pitch, and Muñiz followed with an RBI triple. Jamie Ritchie finished 3-4 and drove in the final Lancaster run with an RBI single to cap off the huge 7th inning.

Straw and Aaron Mizell both had 2 hits; Straw finshed the night with 3 stolen bases (4, 21 season), while Sewald finished with 2, giving him 23 with Lancaster and 39 on the year. Duarte's steal gives him 4 with Lancaster and 19 on the season.

Elieser Hernandez went 6 innings and the two runs he allowed came on a homer from Taylor Ward in the 2nd. He allowed 5 other hits and struck out 4. Scott Weathersby went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos got an out in the 9th via strikeout, but he also allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits. Andrew Thome got the final 2 outs of the game; he walked 1 and struck out 1.

Albert Abreu gets the start for Lancaster tonight, and he'll take on Justin Anderson at 5:05 Pacific.

Burlington 5, Quad Cities 0

W- Jose Rodriguez (7-5)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-12)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got blanked on Saturday.

Their only 3 hits were singles hit by Stephen Wrenn, Hector Roa, and Anthony Hermelyn.

Yoanys Quiala allowed 8 hits and had a bare minimum quality start. Sebastian Kessay allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits.

Franklin Perez will face Luis Peña in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 2:00.

Staten Island 5, Tri-City 4

W- Chad Martin (4-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (1-1, 2-3 season)
S- Justin Kamplain (6)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 4 runs in the 6th to cut the deficit to one run, but they could not quite get over the hump.

Carlos Sanabria went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3. Ricardo Castro allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over the final 4 innings.

Carmen Benedetti scored the first Tri-City run on an error that allowed Chuckie Robinson to advance to 3rd and Ronnie Dawson to take 2nd. Taylor Jones followed with a 2-run single, and Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI groundout. Benedetti finished 2-4.

The ValleyCats will wrap up 2016 with two games in Connecticut. Ryan Hartman will take on Gregory Soto at 4:05 Eastern.

Saturday's Stars


Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
2-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno
W (3-4), 2.1 IP, H, BB, 6 K

Dean Deetz, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-0, 8-5 season), 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R

Ricardo Castro, RHP, Tri-City
4 IP, H, BB, 7 K