Friday, May 12, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fresno 5, Oklahoma City 3

W- David Martinez (1-4)
L- Fabio Castillo (1-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies have won the first game of a series for the first time in 2017. They entered this game 0-8 in series openers.

David Paulino threw 3 scoreless innings in his season debut, allowing a hit, walking 4, and striking out 4. David Martinez also threw 3 innings; the three runs he allowed came on three solo homers which happen to be the only hits he allowed in this outing. Martinez also walked and struck out a batter. Kevin Comer worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 2, and Jordan Jankowski recorded a strikeout and threw two perfect innings to get the save.

Tyler White opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Fresno struck for 3 in the 2nd with an RBI single from Tony Kemp and a 2-run single from Preston Tucker. Kemp grounded into a force out that scored Reid Brignac in the 6th. Brignac finished 3-4 and scored a couple of runs. Kemp and Teoscar Hernandez both finished with two hits on the night. It was also nice to see Teoscar back in action after that terrifying collision with Jose Altuve in Cleveland.

Trent Thornton takes the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll be opposed by Justin Masterson. First pitch is at 7:05.

Midland 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Lou Trivino (4-0)
L- Eric Peterson (1-2)
S- Kyle Finnegan (5)

CC home runs: None.

Make that nine consecutive defeats for the Hooks. This time, the RockHounds' pitchers shackled the Corpus offense just long enough for their offense to come alive in the final two frames.

Kyle Smith allowed just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 6 shutout innings. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and fanned 1. Michael Freeman got the final out of the 8th, but not before allowing two singles, one of which allowed the go-ahead run to score and a walk to load the bases. Fortunately, nothing came of that bases-loaded situation. Riley Ferrell allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, and walked 1 in the 9th.

Alejandro Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th that was Corpus Christi's lone scoring play. Bobby Boyd hit a triple, while Garrett Stubbs swiped his 3rd base of the year.

Game 2 of this series will have Dean Deetz taking on Corey Walter at 7:05.

Salem 10, Buies Creek 8

W- Jordan Weems (3-1)
L- Brett Adcock (0-1, 1-1 season)
S- Bobby Poyner (2)

BC home runs: None.

Brett Adcock got a rude welcome to the Carolina League and the Astros made things a bit interesting, but their comeback bid fell short.

Adcock, who was just promoted from Quad Cities, allowed 7 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 9 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and threw 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Ralph Garza Jr. stopped the bleeding by throwing 3.1 scoreless innings; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5. Howie Brey struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Eduardo de Oleo put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Later in the frame, Anthony Hermelyn drove in another run with an RBI single of his own and de Oleo scored on a passed ball.

In the 6th, Ryne Birk hit a sac fly and Johnny Sewald ripped an RBI double. Kyle Tucker smacked an RBI double in the 7th. Birk doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on Hermelyn's 2nd RBI single of the game. Little Tuck tripled to begin the bottom of the 9th and came home on a Dex McCall groundout. Tucker, Birk, and Hermelyn all finished with 2 hits in the game.

The Astros are back on the road for 11 games, starting in Kinston, North Carolina against the Down East Wood Ducks. The Carolina League's two newest franchises will do battle in a 3-game series. Alex Winkelman will start the opener, and he'll be opposed by Emerson Martinez. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Dayton 5, Quad Cities 3

W- Ryan Hendrix (3-1)
L- Forrest Whitley (1-2)
S- Joel Kuhnel (6)

QC home runs: Jake Rogers (6, solo in 1st)

The Dragons got the jump on Forrest Whitley with three runs in the bottom of the 1st as they took the series opener.

To his credit, Whitley pulled himself together and finished well, even though 4 runs in 5 innings doesn't look very pretty. He allowed 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Erasmo Pinales pitched the final 3 innings and allowed a run on a wild pitch in the 8th, a triple to lead off the 8th, walked 2, and struck out 4.

Jake Rogers launched a solo blast in the 1st to open the scoring. Chuckie Robinson doubled to lead off the 2nd and scored on a single from Taylor Jones, and Rodrigo Ayarza hit an RBI single in the 7th. Rogers and Robinson finished with 2 hits apiece. Daz Cameron stole a couple of bases, giving him 8 on the season.

Jorge Alcala will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Andrew Jordan at 7:00 Eastern.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
6 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K

Tony Kemp, IF, Fresno
2-5, 2 RBI, SB (5)

Jordan Jankowski, RHP, Fresno
Save (3), 2 IP, K

David Paulino, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, H, 4 BB, 4 K in season debut

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Erasmo Pinales, RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-3, solo HR (6), SB (1)

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