Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 17, 2017

Salt Lake 6, Fresno 2

W- Manny Banuelos (2-0)
L- David Martinez (0-2)
S- Brooks Pounders (1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (2, 2-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies suffered a sweep for the first time this season.

The elder Tucker's 2-run home run in the 2nd innings was Fresno's only scoring play of the evening. Preston Tucker is now on an 8-game hitting streak. Jon Kemmer went 2-3 out of the #9 spot in the order.

David Martinez went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. After allowing a couple of hits and walking another batter in the 7th, Aaron West worked his way out of the jam and turned in a scoreless outing. Jared Mortensen allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th; Mortensen is the knuckleballer from Canada who was acquired from the Rays in the minor league phase of last year's Rule 5 draft.

The Grizzlies return home to begin a new series with Las Vegas. For the first time this season, they will take the field as the Fresno Tacos. Keegan Yuhl will start, and he'll go up against Donovan Hand at 6:35 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 7 in 13 innings

W- Luis Rico (1-1)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Hooks trailed 5-0 at one point and successfully erased that deficit, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback as the Naturals broke a 6-6 tie with a bases-clearing triple with two outs in the top of the 13th.

Corpus didn't score until the bottom of the 6th; that was when they started to chip away at the aforementioned 5-0 deficit. Ramon Laureano led off the inning with a single, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored the Hooks' first run on an Alejandro Garcia single, which prompted the Naturals to go to their bullpen. Jack Mayfield greeted the new pitcher with a 2-run home run.

Bryan Muñiz singled to lead off the 7th and Tony Nuñez joined him on the bases after drawing a walk. Drew Ferguson brought Muñiz home with a single, and Laureano added a sac fly. A couple of walks loaded the bases for Garcia, who drove in the tying run with a groundout. After the Naturals regained the lead in the 13th, the Hooks managed to get an RBI single from Nuñez, which brought up Ferguson, representing the tying run, to the plate. Unfortunately, Ferguson grounded into a force out to end the game.

Garcia (2 RBI, R) and Nuñez (RBI, R) both finished with 3 hits on the evening. Mayfield (2B, 2-R HR), J.D. Davis (2B), and Ferguson (RBI, R) all had 2-hit games.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 3 runs on a pair of homers (solo and 2-run) and two other hits in the 6th inning. Sean Stutzman allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3 over 3 innings. Ryan Thompson threw 3 scoreless innings but ultimately couldn't preserve the tie as he allowed the bases-loaded triple that turned out to be the difference in the 13th. In 3.2 innings, Thompson allowed 3 other hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 4. Michael Freeman recorded the final out of the 13th, but the damage was done.

Kyle Smith will face Matt Tenuta in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Akeem Bostick (2-0)
L- Thomas Hatch (0-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (1)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros scored 3 in the 5th and Akeem Bostick shined once again as they took the first game from the Pelicans.

The top four hitters in the Buies Creek lineup each drove in a run. Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, although he was thrown out at 2nd base to end the inning. This was the Astros' only scoring play until the top of the 5th. In the meantime, Myrtle Beach scored in the 1st to tie and took the lead with another run in the 3rd.

Anthony Hermelyn and Pat Porter drew walks to lead off the 5th, and even though Anibal Sierra struck out, Osvaldo Duarte singled to load the bases. Jason Martin tied the game with a sac fly, and then Myles Straw and Kyle Tucker followed with RBI singles to put Buies Creek in front. Duarte finished 3-4, while McCall went 2-3.

Elieser Hernandez went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Akeem Bostick tagged in and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless innings. Bostick has opened the season on a 14.2 inning scoreless streak. Ryan Deemes worked around a couple of hits to save the game, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Alex Winkelman will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Justin Steele at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 15, Burlington 1

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0)
L- Nate Bertness (0-1)

QC home runs: Alex De Goti 2 (2; solo in 3rd, solo in 8th), Jake Rogers (1, solo in 3rd), Rodrigo Ayarza (3, 2-run in 7th), Randy César (1, grand slam in 9th)

The Banditos opened this series with a bang, clubbing 5 home runs.

- Everyone in the lineup scored.
- Alex De Goti finished a double shy of the cycle. He led off the 8th with one final chance to get it and instead, he smacked a solo homer, his second of the game. I'm sure he'll take the 4-4, 2 homer game though.
- De Goti and Jake Rogers led off the 3rd with home runs.
- Rogers was a triple shy of the cycle, and Ronnie Dawson nearly hit for the cycle as well; he was a homer short of his.
- Rodrigo Ayarza matched his career high for home runs in a season in just 6 games. He hit 3 in 32 games between the GCL and Greeneville in 2015.
- Randy César capped it off with a grand slam in the 9th inning.

Jorge Alcala issued 5 walks and only struck out 2 in his 5 innings, but on the bright side, he only allowed one hit and didn't allow a run. In his season debut, Enoli Paredes went 3 innings and allowed Burlington's only run when Roberto Baldoquin took him deep in the 7th. Paredes allowed one other hit and struck out 4. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit in a scoreless 9th.

Hector Perez will take on former Aggie Andrew Vinson in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 15-1 @ Burlington; 15 R, 16 H, E
All players in lineup scored at least one run.
Alex De Goti, IF: 4-4, 2 solo HR (2), 3 R, 2 BB; finished double shy of cycle
Ronnie Dawson, OF: 3-6, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R; finished HR shy of cycle
Jake Rogers, C: 3-6, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R; finished triple shy of cycle
Randy César, 3B: 2-5, grand slam (1), 2 R
Jorge Alcala: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 5 BB, 2 K
Enoli Paredes: 3 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 4 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Akeem Bostick, RHP, Buies Creek
W (2-0), 3.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Sean Stutzman, LHP, Corpus Christi
3 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

Alejandro Garcia's photo from MiLB.com
Jack Mayfield, IF, Antonio Nuñez, IF, and Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 2-6, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 2 R
Nuñez: 3-5, RBI, R; 3rd consecutive multi-hit game
Garcia: 3-6, 2 RBI, R

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