Monday, May 22, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fresno 9, Memphis 3

W- Casey Coleman (2-2)
L- Artie Reyes (5-2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (7, 3-run in 6th)

Both sides pounded out 10 hits, but Fresno's 10 were more impactful.

Reid Brignac put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd and Andrew Aplin put them in front with a sac fly. Brignac struck again in the 4th with an RBI double. Teoscar Hernandez scored on a D.J. Fisher groundout in the 5th, and Colin Moran delivered the big blow in the 6th when he launched a 3-run homer. Jon Kemmer capped off the day with an RBI double in the 7th. Brignac finished 4-4 with 3 doubles, while Moran's blast extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Casey Coleman allowed a solo homer to Nick Martini in the 1st and then proceeded to keep Memphis off the scoreboard for the last four innings of his outing. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Kevin Comer and Aaron West both pitched 2 innings out of the bullpen; Comer was first and he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and fanned 1. West allowed a hit and struck out 2.

David Martinez will start the series finale and he'll take on John Gant at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 0

W- Akeem Bostick (2-1, 3-2 season)
L- David Ledbetter (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks have gone 6-3 following a 10-game losing streak earlier this month. Akeem Bostick acquitted himself well in his Texas League debut against his old teammates in the Arlington system. In his first outing since coming off the disabled list, he shut the Roughriders down.

Bostick allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 6 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman and Albert Minnis completed the shutout; Stutzman allowed a hit and struck out 2, while Minnis worked around a hit in the 9th, getting two groundouts and a flyball out.

J.D. Davis led off the 4th with a double and scored the first run of the day on a sac fly from Bobby Boyd. Garrett Stubbs went 3-4 with a 2-run single in the 5th and scored on Davis's second double in the 7th inning. Tony Nuñez scored the final run of the afternoon when Jack Mayfield grounded into a double play. He, Kristian Trompiz, Drew Ferguson (R, 3 BB), and Davis all finished with two hits. Ferguson extended his hitting streak to 18 games, which is now the longest in the system this year.

Corpus and Frisco will wrap up this series at 11:05 AM. Kyle Smith will face Yohander Mendez.

Down East 6, Buies Creek 1

W- Pedro Payano (2-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (3-3)

BC home runs: None.

All of Buies Creek's offensive production occurred in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Wood Ducks scored in each of the first three innings.

Jason Martin singled to lead off the game and scored the only run on Randy César's RBI single. Those were the Astros' only two hits of the day.

Justin Ferrell went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 1. The bullpen stopped the bleeding and turned in 5.1 scoreless innings. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings, and Howie Brey allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over the final two frames.

Hector Perez will start the series finale against Jeff Springs. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 15, Kane County 8

W- Carson LaRue (5-1)
L- Sam McWilliams (4-2)

QC home runs: Rodrigo Ayarza 2 (7; 3-run in 1st, 2-run in 9th), Wander Franco (1, 2-run in 5th), Osvaldo Duarte (1, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos busted out of their slump in a massive way as they launched 4 homers and everyone played a part in the onslaught.

It didn't take long for Quad Cities to break their 31-inning scoreless streak as Rodrigo Ayarza whacked a 3-run homer, his first of the day.


Prior to this season, Ayarza hit 7 home runs in 228 career games. In 30 games this season, he has 7. His rise has certainly been one of the stories in the system this season.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Ramon Hernandez in the 4th. He allowed three other hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and threw 2.1 innings, allowing 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Lucas Williams pitched 1.2 innings and the lone run he allowed came on a solo homer from Marcus Wilson in the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 2.

Quad Cities is back home and they'll kick off a four-game with Peoria at 6:35.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Quad Cities River Bandits
W 15-8 @ Kane County
All players in starting lineup recorded a hit and scored a run
Rodrigo Ayarza: 2-6, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI
Wander Franco: 2-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI
Osvaldo Duarte: 3-R HR (1)
Ronnie Dawson: 2-6, 2 2B, RBI, R
Carson LaRue: W (5-1), 5 IP, 4 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Buies Creek Astros bullpen
5.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: 3.1 IP, 2 H, K
Howie Brey: 2 IP, H, BB, K

Photo from the Iowa Cubs, taken by Chris Donahue
Casey Coleman, RHP, Fresno
W (2-2), 5 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Photo by Joel Dinda
Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
4-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 5-0 @ Frisco
9 IP, 5 H, BB, 5 K
Akeem Bostick: W (2-1, 3-2 season), 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Sean Stutzman: 2 IP, H, 2 K
Albert Minnis: IP, H

Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2 RBI, R

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