Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Buies Creek Astros: Early Season Results

We are now 18 games in to the Buies Creek Astros season. Let's see where things stand!

The BC Astros are currently 12-6 and in first place in the Carolina League Southern Division, three games in front of a second place tie between Myrtle Beach (CHC) and the Carolina Mudcats (MIL). Their current run differential is +16.

Here's how the BC Astros rank in the 10-team High A Carolina League in select categories:

OFFENSE
5th in Batting Average: .255
5th in On-Base Percentage: .327
5th in Slugging Percentage: .378
5th in On-Base Plus Slugging: .706
3rd in Doubles: 30
3rd in Triples: 8
T6th in Home Runs: 9
T4th in Walks: 60
1st in Strikeouts: 167
3rd in Stolen Bases: 21

PITCHING
5th in ERA: 3.67
2nd in WHIP: 1.24
T6th in Home Runs Allowed: 11
T2nd in Walks: 62
1st in Strikeouts: 187
1st in Saves: 10

The offense has been mostly in the middle of the pack with a high strikeout rate, but that has been overcome by some eye-popping starting pitching. Let's look at the individual contributions that have helped them to their current first place standings.

Ryne Birk - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE OFFENSIVE LEADERS (in select categories)

OF Myles Straw
.311 BA (18th)
.386 OBP (11th)
14 R (2nd)
12 RBI (T5th)
8 BB (T14th)

2B Ryne Birk
.310 BA (19th)
.369 OBP (19th)
.517 SLG (10th)
.886 OPS (15th)
11R (T13th)
3 3B (T1st)
12 RBI (T5th)

OF Kyle Tucker
.554 SLG (6th)
.910 OPS (9th)
12 R (T5th)
6 2B (T2nd)
3 HR (T5th)
17 RBI (2nd)

OF Jason Martin
12 R (T5th)

3B Wander Franco
3 3B (T1st)

C Eduardo de Oleo
3 HR (T5th)

1B Dex McCall
10 BB (T6th)

This is a speedy crew as well, with Kyle Tucker (6), Myles Straw (4), Osvaldo Duarte (3) and Jason Martin (3) all residing in the top 20 in the league in that category.

Alex Winkelman - May 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE PITCHING LEADERS (in select categories)

RHP Franklin Perez
0.00 ERA (T1st)
0.42 WHIP (2nd)

LHP Alex Winkelman
0.00 ERA (T1st)
0.35 WHIP (1st)
21 SO (T8th)

RHP Akeem Bostick
1.86 ERA (12th)
0.83 WHIP (6th)

From Monday: Quad Cities River Bandits

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 24, 2017

Salt Lake 12, Fresno 9

W- Troy Scribner (2-0)
L- Keegan Yuhl (1-3)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (3, solo in 4th), Tyler White (1, 2-run in 9th)

The Grizzlies made things pretty interesting after getting demolished in the early going. They weren't able to erase a 9-0 deficit, though.

Colin Moran's solo homer in the 4th finally put Fresno on the board after the Bees scored the first 9 runs of the night. A.J. Reed added a 2-run single in the 5th inning. Moran hit a 2-run single in the 8th, and Reid Brignac drove in another run with a groundout. In the 9th, Reed hit and RBI single and came home when Tyler White clubbed a 2-run home run. Reed (3 RBI, 2 R), Moran (solo HR, 3 RBI, 2 R), and Preston Tucker all had two-hit games. Reed is looking to recover from a 1-18 slump and he's doing that pretty well; he's recorded a hit in 3 of his last 4 games.

Keegan Yuhl struggled in his 4 innings, and I'll leave it at that. Tyson Perez and Ryan Thompson both threw 2 innings with radically different results. Perez's two frames were scoreless; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1. On the other hand, Thompson allowed 3 runs in the 8th after turning in a scoreless 7th. He allowed 6 hits and struck out 2. Andrew Aplin retired the side in order in the 9th.

Fresno and Salt Lake will wrap up their series with an early Taco Tuesday as Edison Frias takes on Alex Blackford at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Midland 9, Corpus Christi 0

W- Corey Walter (2-0)
L- Kyle Smith (0-1)
S- Brandon Mann (1)

CC home runs: None.

Sometimes you're the hammer... sometimes you're the nail. The Hooks, unfortunately, were the latter on Monday.

On offense, Corpus only got a pair of singles from Jack Mayfield and Jamie Ritchie.

Kyle Smith went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and went 2.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits (grand slam; 2 runs were charged to Smith), walking 1, and striking out 2. The three runs that Jacob Dorris allowed in his 1.1 innings of work all came on a home run hit by J.P. Sportman in the 8th inning. He allowed 4 other hits and struck out 3. Michael Freeman got the final two outs of the 9th, walking 1 and striking out 1.

Dean Deetz will face James Naile in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek was off

The Astros will wrap up their 14-game road trip with 3 games in Winston-Salem. Alex Winkleman will start game 1, and he'll face Max Beatty at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 14, Peoria 4

W- Ryan Hartman (2-0)
L- Bryan Dobzanski (0-2)

QC home runs: Ray Henderson-Lozano 2 (2, solo in 2nd, 2-run in 3rd), Jake Rogers (3, 2-run in 1st)

The Banditos took game 1 from the Chiefs with a show of power and a 6-run 3rd inning that featured a Little League home run.

Jake Rogers opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Ray Henderson-Lozano launched a solo homer, his first of the evening, in the 2nd.

Alex De Goti drew a 1-out walk that kickstarted Quad Cities' big 3rd inning. He advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, stole 3rd when Rogers walked, and scored on a Stephen Wrenn infield single. Rodrigo Ayarza followed with an RBI single and an errant relay throw allowed him and Wrenn to score. Taylor Jones singled, which prompted Peoria to make a pitching change. Daz Cameron flew out for the second out of the inning, but Henderson capped off the scoring in the 3rd by smacking his second homer of the game to put the Banditos up 9-1.

Carmen Benedetti was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup to go hitless in this game, but he drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th. The River Bandits finished off the onslaught with 4 more runs in the 6th: Daz hit an RBI single, Wrenn scored on a wild pitch, and Ronnie Dawson hit a 2-run single. Rogers (2B, 2-R HR, 3 R), Wrenn (RBI, 2 R), Ayarza (RBI, 2 R), and Henderson (2 HR) all finished with two hits on the night.

None of the three Quad Cities hurlers in this game had spectacular nights, but they did their job by not allowing the Chiefs to score more runs than their offense did. Hector Perez went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Ryan Hartman tagged in for 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and fanning 3. Lucas Williams allowed a solo homer to Tommy Edman in the 9th, which was the only hit he allowed in the frame. He struck out 1.

Dustin Hunt will go against Jordan Hicks in an early start. First pitch is at 11:00 AM.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ray Henderson-Lozano, C, Quad Cities
2-5, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI; was in the lineup at 2B

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 3 R
Has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games

Colin Moran, IF, Fresno
2-5, solo HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R
HR in 2nd straight game

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R
Last 4 games: 6-15; 1-18 in previous 6

Tyson Perez, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, 3 H, K

Hector Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
4.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Monday, April 24, 2017

Quad Cities River Bandits: Early Season Results

We are now 17 games in to the Quad Cities River Bandits season. Let's see where things stand!

The Banditos are currently 9-8 and in a 3-way tie for second place (along with Cedar Rapids-MIN and Wisconsin-MIL), two games behind the Kane County Cougars, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate. Only four games separate the first place team and the last place team in the eight-team division. Thanks to a recent offensive onslaught, the Quad Cities crew are sporting a +22 run differential.

Here's how Quad Cities ranks in the 16-team Low A Midwest League in select categories:

OFFENSE
4th in Batting Average: .250
3rd in On-Base Percentage: .322
1st in Slugging Percentage: .448
1st in On-Base Plus Slugging: .770
T4th in Doubles: 28
T5th in Triples: 6
1st in Home Runs: 24
5th in Walks: 56
13th in Strikeouts: 139
5th in Stolen Bases: 17

PITCHING
5th in ERA: 3.00
2nd in WHIP: 1.080
T3rd in Home Runs Allowed: 20
T13th in Walks: 46
T8th in Strikeouts: 153
16th in Hit Batters: 2

As you can see, the River Bandits have had a good balance of offense and pitching. Let's look at the individual contributions that have led to their early success.

Alex De Goti - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE OFFENSIVE LEADERS (in select categories)

IF Alex De Goti
.322 BA (18th)
.437 OBP (9th)
.945 OPS (14th)
11 R (T11th)
12 BB (T2nd)

C Jake Rogers
.521 SLG (20th)

OF Ronnie Dawson
10 R (T13th)
4SB (T11th)

1B Spencer Johnson
.571 SLG (T10th)
12 RBI (T6th)

OF Stephen Wrenn
9 BB (T12th)
5SB (T4th)

OF Daz Cameron
9 RBI (T17th)
5 SB (T4th)

Also, there are five players on the team that are tied for 10th in the league with three home runs each: Marcos Almonte, Rodrigo Ayarza, Daz Cameron, Spencer Johnson, and Stephen Wrenn.

Ryan Hartman - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE PITCHING LEADERS (in select categories)

RHP Carson LaRue
1.20 ERA (6th)
0.87 WHIP (11th)

LHP Ryan Hartman
1.29 ERA (7th)
0.79 WHIP (7th)

LHP Brett Adcock
1.32 ERA (9th)
0.95 WHIP (16th)
22 SO (T4th)

RHP Hector Perez
20 SO (T11th)

Tomorrow (I hope): Buies Creek

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 23, 2017

Three teams had to settle for splits in their series.

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 2

W- Ashur Tolliver (2-0)
L- Manny Banuelos (2-1)
S- Jordan Jankowski (2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (2, 3-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies only had 4 hits on the day, but they made the most of it and snapped the Bees' 7-game winning streak.

Three walks in the opening frame loaded the bases for Colin Moran, who opened the scoring with an RBI single. Moran was erased when D.J. Fisher grounded into a force out, but A.J. Reed was able to score on the play. Salt Lake scored 3 in the 3rd to tie the game, but Moran had the last word on offense; he put Fresno back in front with a 3-run homer in the 6th inning. The other two hits belonged to Max Stassi and Andrew Aplin.

David Martinez went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) and struck out 2. Four relievers combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to finish off the game. Ashur Tolliver was first, and he got the final two outs of the 6th, striking out 1. Aaron West got the first out of the 7th, allowing a hit and walking 1. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits over 1.2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.

Keegan Yuhl takes the mound in game 3 of this series. He'll face Troy Scribner at 6:35 Eastern.

Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 3

W- Connor Sadzeck (2-1)
L- Trent Thornton (1-2)
S- Sam Wolff (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had to settle for a split as once again, a 4-run inning from Frisco condemned them to a second consecutive 5-3 defeat.

Corpus was on the wrong end of a Connor Sadzeck perfect game until Trent Woodward drew a one-out walk in the 6th. They didn't have a hit until the 8th, when Garrett Stubbs, who is coming back from a stint on the DL, led off the frame with a single. Alejandro Garcia lined out for the first out of the inning, but Mott Hyde got plunked, and Woodward drew another walk to load the bases. Jack Mayfield went down on the infield fly rule for the 2nd out, but the Hooks got on the board when Ramon Laureano drove in a run in painful fashion; he was also plunked by Sadzeck, which brought Stubbs home. This prompted a pitching chance from Frisco. Drew Ferguson greeted the new Riders pitcher, Sam Wolff, with a 2-run single that was the Hooks' only other hit of the day.

Trent Thornton went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 4. Michael Freeman was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and he struck out 1 in 1.2 innings of work; the runner he inherited from Thornton scored on a sac fly. Andrew Thome pitched the final 2 innings in his Texas League debut; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 1.

Kyle Smith will take the mound as the Hooks welcome Midland to Whataburger Field for a 4-game set. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 1

W- Corbin Burnes (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (1-2)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros also had to settle for a split as the Mudcats ran wild on their bullpen.

Anibal Sierra tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored Buies Creek's only run on a Jason Martin groundout. Sierra's triple was also their only extra-base hit.

Elieser Hernandez went 5+ innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Ryan Deemes was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. He also allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Carlos Sierra pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, both of which were home runs. Troy Stokes hit a 3-run home run off him in the 7th; two of the runners were charged to Deemes. The other home run was a solo shot hit by Lucas Erceg in the 8th. Sierra walked 1 and struck out 3.

Buies Creek has Monday off, and then they'll wrap up this 14-game road trip where they started: Winston-Salem. Alex Winkelman will start Tuesday's opener, and he'll face Max Beatty at 7:00 Eastern.

Clinton 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Robert Dugger (1-1)
L- Derick Velazquez (1-2)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, solo in 6th)

The Banditos were also forced to settle for a split after the LumberKings scored a run in the 8th to get within a run and two more runs in the 9th to take the lead.

Jorge Alcala shook off back-to-back solo homers to lead off the 2nd to turn in a nice outing. He went 6 innings and allowed 3 other hits (all singles), walked 1, and struck out 8. Erasmo Pinales pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, and Derick Velazquez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th.

Quad Cities responded to Clinton's two blasts in the 2nd with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ronnie Dawson hit a two-out single, and then a pair of errors allowed Marcos Almonte and Rodrigo Ayarza to reach, loading the bases for Taylor Jones, who promptly cleared them with a double. Dawson, who finished 3-3 with a stolen base (4), led off the 6th with a homer. Jones went 2-4 with the bases-clearing double.

Hector Perez will get the start as Quad Cities begins a 4-game series with Peoria at 6:35. Bryan Dobzanski will oppose him.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Rich Guill
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
 3-3. solo HR (2), 2 R, SB (4)

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 5 H (2 solo HRs allowed), 2 ER, BB, 8 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
L (1-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (1 inherited runner charged to him), BB, 9 K

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 22, 2017

Swept.



Salt Lake 6, Fresno 5

W- Cody Ege (2-2)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-1)
S- Keynan Middleton (1)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (3, 2-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies saw their 3-game winning streak go by the wayside and fell to 0-5 in series openers.

Francis Martes had his first rough outing of the year as he allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in just 3 innings of work. There wasn't anything wrong with him physically... the early part of the season is mostly about working on things like sequencing or focusing on a certain pitch. Kevin Comer was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 2. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 7th, and Dayan Diaz pitched 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

Preston Tucker opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI single in the 3rd, and D.J. Fisher's 2-run homer gave the Grizz the lead in the 6th. However, they wouldn't have that lead for very long. Tucker and Teoscar both finished 2-4 on the night. Tyler White went 0-2, but he also walked twice and scored twice.

David Martinez gets the start in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 3

W- Collin Wiles (2-0)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (0-1)
S- James Dykstra (2)

CC home runs: Mott Hyde (1, solo in 5th)

Corpus found themselves in a 4-0 hole after the opening frame and couldn't quite escape from it.

Trent Woodward put the Hooks on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Mott Hyde's homer led off the 5th, and Tony Nuñez scored on a wild pitch in the 8th. Jack Mayfield was the only player in the Corpus lineup with a multi-hit outing, going 2-4. Nuñez made it a one-run game when he dashed home on the wild pitch, but the Riders with an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Cy Sneed threw the last 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

The Hooks and Roughriders will finish up this series at 4:05. Trent Thornton will take on Connor Sadzeck.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 2

W- Quintin Torres-Costa (3-0)
L- Akeem Bostick (2-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Mudcats busted this one open with 4 runs in the 5th inning.

Akeem Bostick hit his first speed bump of the season, failing to get out of the 5th inning. He went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Nick Hernandez was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer; one run was charged to Bostick) and struck out 3. Ralph Garza Jr. struck out the side in order in the 8th inning.

Myles Straw and Anibal Sierra both finished 2-4 and they both had RBI singles which represented all the scoring that Buies Creek did in this game. Sierra's came in the 4th, while Straw hit his in the 7th.

Elieser Hernandez will start the series finale. He'll face Corbin Burnes at 2:00 Eastern.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 1

W- Ljay Newsome (3-1)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got on the board first, but it was all LumberKings on Saturday afternoon.

Spencer Johnson's RBI single in the 1st was Quad Cities' only scoring play. Marcos Almonte finished 2-4 with a double.

Enoli Paredes went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 4. Abdiel Saldaña pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Reggie Johnson pitched the final 1.1 innings; he came on with the bases loaded in the 8th and one of the runners he inherited from Saldaña scored when he uncorked a wild pitch. Other than that, he breezed through his outing.

Quad Cities and Clinton will wrap up their series with another 1:15 start. Jorge Alcala will take on Danny Garcia.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kevin Comer, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, 4 H, 2 K

Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Buies Creek
IP, 3 K

Dayan Diaz, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

 Follow him on Twitter @CySneed
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
4 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 21, 2017

Three days in a row!


Fresno 8, Las Vegas 5

W- Reymin Guduan (1-2)
L- David Roseboom (0-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (3, 3-run in 6th), Teoscar Hernandez (4, grand slam in 8th)

Fresno erased a 5-0 deficit by scoring the game's last eight runs. They entered this series on a 5-game losing streak but finished it by taking 3 of 4 from the 51s.

For the first five innings, the Grizz couldn't get much done against Adam Wilk until Tony Kemp and D.J. Fisher hit one-out singles in the 6th. Tyler White was the 2nd casualty of the inning on a lineout, but A.J. Reed put them on the board with a 3-run homer.

Kemp singled to lead off the 8th. and then White singled and Reed drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a one-run game and prompted a pitching change. Teoscar Hernandez greeted Paul Sewald (Johnny Sewald's brother) with a grand slam that put Fresno in front. Kemp (2 R) and Colin Moran (2B) had 2 hits apiece.

Brian Holmes went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. The bullpen picked him up and kept Vegas off the scoreboard for the final 5 innings. Well, technically, they allowed a run, but it was charged to Holmes.

Aaron West inherited two runners from Holmes in the 5th; one of them scored on a force out. Fortunately, he got out of the 5th without further incident, striking out 1. Sean Stutzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Reymin Guduan struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit and issued a walk to the first two men he faced, but he pulled himself together to secure the victory. Jankowski induced a double play and got Xorge Carrillo to fly out to end the game.

Francis Martes gets the start as the Grizzlies welcome Salt Lake to town for a 4-game series. He'll face Manny Banuelos at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 3

W- Josh James (2-0)
L- Reed Garrett (0-3)
S- Rogelio Armenteros (1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (4; 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks responded to Frisco taking the lead with 3 runs in the 3rd with a pair of 3-run innings of their own.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. The Riders responded with 3 in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, but fortunately, that was the only inning in which they scored.

Corpus regained the lead in the 5th by taking advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation. Mott Hyde and Drew Ferguson singled to lead off the inning while Laureano joined them by drawing a walk. Jon Singleton was next and he came through with a 2-run single to put the Hooks back in front. Laureano stole home on a double steal with Singleton, who took 2nd. Singleton hit an RBI single in the 7th, and J.D. Davis capped off the evening with a 2-run homer. Davis has now homered in three consecutive games. Ferguson finished 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (4). Singleton (3 RBI, R, SB), Davis (2-R HR), and Alejandro Garcia (2 2B) also finished with 2 hits in the game. Garcia extended his hitting streak to 7 games; the last five have been multi-hit outings.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Rogelio Armenteros shut it down, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4 over the final four innings.

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Collin Wiles at 7:05.

Buies Creek 9, Carolina 4

W- Sebastian Kessay (2-0)
L- Marcos Diplan (1-1)

BC home runs: Eduardo de Oleo 3 (3; 3-run in 1st, solo in 3rd, solo in 8th)

Buies Creek stormed out to a 6-0 lead after the opening frame and Eduardo de Oleo had a night to remember.

De Oleo, who was acquired in the minor league phase of last winter's Rule 5 draft from the Diamondbacks, exceeded his home run total from 2016 and matched his total from 2015 in one night. All three of his hits left the yard.

Jason Martin led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a Myles Straw single. Straw made it to 3rd on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on Kyle Tucker's sacrifice fly. Dex McCall and Ryne Birk followed with singles. Osvaldo Duarte went down on strikes for the 2nd out, but Pat Porter kept the line moving with an RBI single. De Oleo was next, and he capped off the stellar start by slamming a 3-run homer. De Oleo wasn't finished; he led off the 3rd with a homer and did it again in the 8th. Birk drove in the final Astros run with an RBI single in the 9th inning. Kyle Tucker, who scored on Birk's base hit, singled and stole his way to 3rd before coming home. Little Tuck now has 6 stolen bases on the season. Straw and Birk both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Yoanys Quiala went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Framber Valdez tagged in for 3.2 innings; the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Isan Diaz in the 9th. Framber allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Carlos Sierra issued a walk to the first man he faced, but he got the final out with a strikeout.

Akeem Bostick gets the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face Conor Harber at 5:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Clinton 1

W- Edgardo Sandoval (2-1)
L- Alex Wells (0-1)

QC home runs: Spencer Johnson (3, solo in 2nd), Marcos Almonte (3, 2-run in 5th)

The Banditos took game 2 thanks to the long ball and a couple of stellar performances on the mound.

Brett Adcock and Edgardo Sandoval combined to hold the LumberKings to just two hits in this one. Adcock allowed a run, both Clinton hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4.2 innings, while Sandoval struck out 4 in 4.1 innings; he faced one batter over the minimum because of an error.

All three Quad Cities runs came via the home run. Spencer Johnson launched one in the 2nd to put the Banditos on the board first and Marcos Almonte clubbed his third in four games, a 2-run shot in the 5th.

Enoli Paredes will take on Ljay Newsome (yes, this is his given name) in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 1:15.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Bryan Green
Eduardo de Oleo, C, Buies Creek
3-4, 3 HR (3), 5 RBI

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Brett Adcock, LHP, and Edgardo Sandoval, RHP, Quad Cities
Adcock: 4.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Sandoval: W (2-1), 4.1 IP, 4 K

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3 R, 2 SB (4)

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3 RBI, R, SB (1)

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (4)
HR in 3rd consecutive game

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
Go-ahead grand slam (4) in 8th

Fresno bullpen: W 8-5 vs.Las Vegas
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Aaron West: IP, K; allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score
Sean Stutzman: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Reymin Guduan: W (1-2), IP, 2 K
Jordan Jankowski: Save (1), IP, H, BB

Friday, April 21, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another organization sweep!



Fresno 10, Las Vegas 3

W- Edison Frias (1-1)
L- Wilfredo Boscan (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz stormed out of the gate with 5 in the 1st and used a 4-run 8th inning to remove any remaining doubts regarding the outcome of this game.

Edison Frias turned in 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and striking out 5. Ryan Thompson and Tyson Perez finished off the game by throwing 2 innings apiece. The one run Thompson allowed came on a solo homer from Jayce Boyd in the 7th; he allowed one other hit and struck out 3.

All 5 Fresno runs in the opening inning came with two outs. A.J. Reed opened the scoring with an RBI single, and then Preston Tucker and Teoscar Hernandez loaded the bases with singles of their own. Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer followed with 2-run singles. Reed added an RBI single in the 2nd. In the 8th, Juan Centeno ripped an RBI triple, Tyler White lashed an RBI double, and Reed capped off the night with another RBI single, his third hit of the game.

Big Tuck (R, BB) and D.J. Fisher (2 R, SB [2]) both went 3-4; Tucker extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The bottom third of the order (Moran, Kemmer, Centeno) combined to go 6-12 (they all went 2-4) with 5 RBI (Moran and Kemmer 2 each, Centeno 1) and 3 runs scored.

The Grizzlies and 51s will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Brian Holmes faces Adam Wilk.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 6 in 11 innings

W- Michael Freeman (2-0)
L- Nick Gardewine (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (1)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (3, 3-run in 3rd), J.D. Davis (3, solo in 11th)

J.D. Davis only had one hit, but it proved to be the difference in the first skirmish involving the Astros and Rangers organizations in 2017.

Alejandro Garcia put the Hooks on the board first when he launched a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning. He's matched his home run total from 2016 in 13 games. However, the Riders took the lead thanks to a 4-run 4th inning. Jack Mayfield led off the 6th with a walk, advanced to 3rd on a Jamie Ritchie double, and scored the tying run when Bryan Muñiz legged out an infield single.

Corpus thought that they had a chance to go for the win when they scored a couple of runs in the top of the 9th to regain the lead. Garcia got plunked with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run, and Mayfield walked Ramon Laureano home. However, Frisco scored two of their own in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. After both sides went scoreless in the 10th, Davis greeted new Frisco pitcher Nick Gardewine with a 1-out solo home run.

Garcia finished 3-5 and also stole his 2nd base of the season. Ritchie (2 2B) and Jon Singleton (2B) both went 2-5.

Kent Emanuel allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings of work. Eric Peterson, Riley Ferrell, and Michael Freeman followed with 2 innings each out of the bullpen. Peterson was first; he allowed a hit and struck out 1. Ferrell allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, and Freeman allowed the tying runs, both of which were unearned, on a groundout and a double in the 9th. The double was the only hit that he surrendered; he also walked 3 and struck out 1. Freeman also managed to get himself out of a bases-loaded jam to end the 10th. Jacob Dorris threw a 1-2-3 11th to get the save.

Josh James gets the start in game 2. He'll take on Reed Garrett at 7:05.


Buies Creek 14, Carolina 1

W- Franklin Perez (2-0)
L- Cody Ponce (2-1)
S- Matt Bower (1)

BC home runs: None.

Franklin Perez was fantastic and the Buies Creek offense went on a rampage.

Perez allowed just two hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Matt Bower finished the game and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in the final 4 innings.

Anthony Hermelyn doubled to lead off the 2nd inning and scored on a single from Anibal Sierra. The real fun started in the 3rd inning.

Myles Straw kicked things off with a single, and then Dex McCall moved him over to 3rd base with a single to bring up Ryne Birk, who ripped a 2-run triple. Hermelyn joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. The Astros put up 7 runs in the inning, 5 of which came with two outs. Osvaldo Duarte proceeded to lace an RBI single, and then Sierra got plunked to load the bases. Hermelyn scored on an error that allowed Jason Martin to reach. Straw smacked a 2-run double in his second plate appearance of the evening, and Kyle Tucker, who was the first casualty of the inning, drove in the final run of the frame with a single. Duarte hit an RBI groundout in the 4th inning.

Buies put up 4 more in the 5th as Birk and Hermelyn drew bases-loaded walks and Duarte smacked a 2-run double. Little Tuck capped off the onslaught with an RBI double in the 6th. Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit; the Astros scored all 14 of their runs without hitting a home run.

In game 2 of this series, Yoanys Quiala will go up against Marcos Diplan. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Clinton 2

W- Carson LaRue (1-0)
L- Tim Viehoff (0-1)

QC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (3, 2-run in 8th), Jake Rogers (2, solo in 8th)

The Banditos have launched 14 home runs in their last 4 games and this show of force has vaulted them to the top of Minor League Baseball in that category.
Clinton got on the board first with a run in the 2nd, but Quad Cities hit back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning. Chuckie Robinson ripped a 2-run double to put the Bandits in front, and he came around to score on a Marcos Almonte single. Spencer Johnson hit a 2-run single in the 5th to push the lead to 5-1, and the Bandits capped off another win with some fireworks. Stephen Wrenn clubbed a 2-run homer in the 8th and Jake Rogers smacked a solo shot for their final run of the evening.

The top third of the Quad Cities lineup (Wrenn, Alex De Goti, and Rogers) all had two hits on the evening. Wrenn stole a base (4), while Rogers scored twice. Rodrigo Ayarza went 3-4 with a double and scored a run.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt tagged in for 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Derick Velazquez pitched the 9th and allowed an unearned run on a single and struck out 1.

Brett Adcock will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Nick Wells at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Follow the Buies Creek Astros on Twitter @bcreekastros
Buies Creek Astros: W 14-1 @ Carolina
14 R, 15 H
Myles Straw: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Kyle Tucker: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB (4)
Ryne Birk: 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Osvaldo Duarte: 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI, R

Franklin Perez, RHP, and Matt Bower, LHP, Buies Creek
Perez: W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Bower: Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Perez's first 3 appearances: 14.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 14 K

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, solo HR (2), 2 R
Currently on an 8-game hitting streak

Quad Cities pitchers: W 8-2 vs. Clinton
9 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 6 K
Carson LaRue: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Dustin Hunt: 3 IP, H, K
Derick Velazquez: IP, H, unearned run, K

Photo from MiLB.com
Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, SB (2)

Colin Moran, IF, Fresno
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 RBI

A.J. Reed, 1B/DH, Fresno
3-5, 3 RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
2-4, 3B, RBI, R

Astros Farm Report: 4-21

Lots of W's from the Astros Farm System lately!!!

STANDINGS

Let's take a look in on the standings of the Astros farm teams a little over two weeks into the new season.

AAA Fresno 3rd 7-8 .467 1.5GB W2
AA Corpus 1st 9-4 .692 0.0GB W2
HiA Buies Creek 1st 11-4 .733 0.0GB W2
LoA Quad Cities 2nd 8-5 .571 2.0GB W4

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Note: The Astros have been moving players back and forth to either Tri-City or Extended Spring Training as a means of managing their rosters. I won't be including those moves in this list if I believe that they are only being made on paper for roster management.

Ryan Thompson - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

4-20: RHP James Hoyt recalled to Houston from the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
4-20: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to AAA Fresno from AA Corpus Christi
4-20: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to AAA Fresno from AA Corpus Christi
4-20: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to AA Corpus Christi from HiA Buies Creek
4-20: OF Bobby Boyd activated from the DL and assigned to AA Corpus Christi
4-20: RHP Carlos Sierra assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
4-19: C Eduardo de Oleo (2016 MiLB Rule 5 pick) assigned to HiA Buies Creek
4-18: C Ray Henderson-Lozano assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-18: RHP Tyler Britton placed on the LoA Quad Cities 7-day DL
4-17: RHP Enoli Paredes assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: OF Marcos Almonte assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: RHP Lucas Williams assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: C Garrett Stubbs placed on AA Corpus Christi 7-day DL (retroactive to 4-14)
4-17: SS Anibal Sierra assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
4-17: SS Stijn Van der Meer (Buies Creek) released
4-14: RHP Reggie Johnson assigned to Low-A Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-13: RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to AA Corpus Christi from Hi-A Buies Creek
4-13: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to AA Corpus Christi from Extended Spring Training
4-13: RHP Ryan Deemes activated from disabled list and assigned to Hi-A Buies Creek

In addition, Baseball America reported that these players started the season on the disabled list:

OF Bobby Boyd - activated
RHP Ryan Deemes - activated
RHP Angel Heredia (60-day DL)
RHP Jose Luis Hernandez
LHP Albert Minnis
2B Nick Tanielu (60-day DL)
RHP Andrew Walter


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Organization sweep!

Fresno 1, Las Vegas 0

W- Dayan Diaz (1-0)
L- David Roseboom (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it belonged to the Grizzlies, who snapped their 5-game losing streak in walk-off fashion. Jon Kemmer drew a 2-out walk in the bottom of the 9th, advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored the only run of the night on a single from Colin Moran.

Brady Rodgers allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 over 4.1 scoreless innings. He left in the 5th with an apparent injury after striking out Travis Taijeron to begin the inning. The bullpen picked him up and completed the shutout. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings. Kevin Comer was next, and he went 2 innings, allowing 4 hits and walking 1. Dayan Diaz struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Edison Frias will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Wilfredo Boscan at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series with Frisco tonight at 7:05. Kent Emanuel will take on Yohander Mendez.

Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 3

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-0)
L- Oscar De La Cruz (1-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros managed to take 2 of 3 from the Pelicans by shaking off an early 2-run homer and turning the tables with a 3-run 5th inning.

Christian Correa sparked the big 5th inning with a leadoff double. Eduardo de Oleo drew a walk and the two of them advanced on a sac bunt from Anibal Sierra. Myrtle Beach starter Oscar de la Cruz proceeded to uncork a wild pitch that allowed Correa to score Buies' first run of the evening. Myles Straw, who was batting at the time, compounded de la Cruz's misery by knocking him out of the game with an RBI triple. Osvaldo Duarte greeted the new pitcher, Jeremy Null, with an RBI single to tie the game. In the 6th, Correa managed to beat out an inning-ending double play and scored the go-ahead run on a triple from de Oleo. Dex McCall went 3-4 while Straw finished 2-5.

Justin Ferrell went 4 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on a home run hit by Bryant Flete in the 1st inning. He also allowed 2 singles, walked 5, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.2 scoreless innings. He left with a couple of men on in the 6th for Nick Hernandez, who got him out without further incident. Hernandez ended up pitching 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes retired all four Pelicans he faced to get the save, striking out 2.

The next stop on Buies Creek's two-week road trip is Zebulon, North Carolina, where they'll play 4 with the Carolina Mudcats. Franklin Perez will start the first game and he'll face Cody Ponce at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 2

W- Ryan Hartman (1-0)
L- Sam Pastrone (0-3)
S- Erasmo Pinales (1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (2, 2-run in 6th), Spencer Johnson (2, solo in 8th)

The Banditos swept the Bees in dominating fashion. In the three games, Quad Cities outscored Burlington 34-5 and clubbed 12 home runs.

Ryan Hartman turned in another solid start for Quad Cities. He went 6 innings and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Jordan Serena to lead off the 5th. Hartman allowed 4 other hits (all singles) and struck out 1. Erasmo Pinales pitched the final 3 innings and he also allowed a solo homer; Brennan Morgan took him deep to open up the 9th inning. Other than that, Pinales also had a rather painless outing; the other hit he allowed was a single, and he walked 1 and struck out 1 to get the save.

Alex De Goti kept the opening frame alive with a walk. He then advanced to 3rd on a Randy César single and scored the first run of the day when Stephen Wrenn ripped a double. César and Wrenn both drew walks to lead off the 4th to bring up Spencer Johnson, who ripped a 2-run double. Johnson did not have to wait long to come home because one batter later, Chuckie Robinson laced an RBI single. Johnson walked to lead off the 6th and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Robinson went down on strikes, but Marcos Almonte came through, clubbing his second home run in as many days. Johnson capped off a nice day by smacking a homer to lead off the 8th. He finished 2-3 and scored 3 runs. César and Robinson also had two-hit days.

Quad Cities will now begin a 4-game series with the Clinton LumberKings. Carson LaRue will get the start in game 1 and he'll go up against Tim Viehoff. First pitch is at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Rich Guill
 Spencer Johnson, 1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, solo HR (2), 3 RBI, 3 R

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, K

Buies Creek bullpen: W 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach
5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: W (1-0), 1.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K
Nick Hernandez: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Ryan Deemes: Save (1), 1.1 IP, 2 K

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 1-0 vs. Las Vegas
9 IP, 9 H, BB, 7 K
Brady Rodgers: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Aaron West: 1.2 IP, 2 H, K
Kevin Comer: 2 IP, 4 H, BB
Dayan Diaz: W (1-0), IP, 2 K