Sunday, April 30, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fresno 6, Reno 2

W- Jordan Jankowski (1-1)
L- Grant Sides (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (1, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies took control with a 4-run 8th to break a 1-1 tie.

D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning but was caught stealing home for the final out of the frame. This was Fresno's only scoring play until the 8th; Reno scored their run in the 2nd to tie the game.

Jon Kemmer led off the 8th with a double and scored on an error after Fisher hit into a fielder's choice. Tyler White moved to third base and Fisher advanced to second on the Aces' gaffe. Colin Moran was given an intentional pass to load the bases, and Max Stassi capitalized with a 2-run single. A.J. Reed followed with an RBI single. Kemmer finished a career-best 5-5 on the night; his final hit was a solo homer to lead off the 9th. Stassi went 4-5, while White went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base (2). Stassi had his first 4-hit game since 2014.

In his AAA debut, Trent Thornton went 6 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, all of which were doubles, and walked 1. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Comer, and Reymin Guduan all pitched an inning to close out the game: Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. Comer worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2. The one run Guduan allowed in the 9th came on a homer from Christian Walker. He also allowed one other hit and struck out 1 in the inning.

In game 3 of this series, Mike Hauschild makes his first appearance since being returned by the Rangers. He'll face Eric Jokisch at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 2

W- Akeem Bostick (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Ariel Jurado (1-3)
S- Kyle Smith (1)

CC home runs: Garrett Stubbs (1, solo in 6th), Mott Hyde (2, solo in 8th), Antonio Nuñez (1, solo in 8th), Drew Ferguson (2, solo in 8th)

Corpus launched four solo shots as they got on the board in this series.

Akeem Bostick was a winner in his Texas League debut; the two runs he allowed in his 5 innings of work both came on solo home runs. Bostick allowed one other hit (a single) and struck out 3. Kyle Smith allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over the final 4 innings to get the save.

Scott Heineman led off the game with a homer, but the Hooks seized control of the game thanks to a 4-run 3rd inning. All four runs in that inning came with two outs.

Drew Ferguson kept the 3rd inning alive by drawing a walk, and then Jake Marisnick ripped a double to put runners in scoring position for Jon Singleton, who put Corpus on the board and in the lead with a 2-run double. J.D. Davis brought him in with a single, and Garrett Stubbs hit an RBI double to extend the Hooks' lead. Stubbs whacked a solo shot in the 6th. Mott Hyde, Tony Nuñez, and Drew Ferguson hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs in the 8th inning.

Marisnick went 2-5 in his first rehab appearance; in case you missed it, he is currently on the 7-day DL for concussions. Singleton, Stubbs, Hyde, and Nuñez also finished with 2 hits; Nuñez's homer in the 8th was his first as a professional.

Kent Emanuel takes the mound for game 3 of this series. He'll go against Yohander Mendez at 2:05.

Buies Creek 3, Wilmington 0

W- Elieser Hernandez (2-2)
L- Scott Blewett (0-2)
S- Nick Hernandez (3)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros continue to get fine pitching in this series. On Saturday, three pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout.

Elieser Hernandez got the start and allowed just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Hector Perez came on for his Carolina League debut and threw 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and fanning 6. Nick Hernandez closed it out by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Jason Martin opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Buies Creek missed a chance to blow this game open early as they couldn't convert on a bases-loaded, no out situation in the opening frame. Their other scoring play was a 2-run triple from Kyle Tucker in the 8th inning. Myles Straw was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game; he went 3-4 with two stolen bases (6) and scored a run.

The Astros will look to sweep the series on Sunday and they'll send Gabriel Valdez to the mound. He'll take on Emilio Ogando at 2:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities and Clinton was postponed

Due to rain. The River Bandits and LumberKings will wrap up this series with a doubleheader starting at 1:00. Enoli Paredes will take on Brandon Miller in the first game. Ryan Hartman will start game 2 and he'll face Tim Viehoff.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek pitchers: W 3-0 vs. Wilmington
9 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 12 K
Elieser Hernandez: W (2-2), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Hector Perez: 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K; Carolina League debut
Nick Hernandez: Save (3), IP, 2 K

Akeem Bostick, RHP, and Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
Bostick: W (1-0, 3-1 season), 5 IP, 3 H (2 solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 3 K; Texas League debut
Smith: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), R

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (1); first career home run

Trent Thornton, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB; Pacific Coast League debut

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
5-5, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R, SB (1); career-high in hits (single-game)

 Max Stassi, C, Fresno
4-5, 2 RBI

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