Saturday, June 10, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 9, 2017

El Paso 14, Fresno 12

W- Jason Jester (2-0)
L- Dean Deetz (0-2, 4-4 season)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (9, solo in 6th), Tony Kemp (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Grizzlies nearly clawed their way back from a 14-5 deficit. Unfortunately... no cigar.

Reid Brignac hit an RBI single in the 2nd to put Fresno on the board. In the 3rd, Tyler White hit into a fielder's choice and an error on the play allowed two runs to score. White, who advanced to 2nd on the miscue, scored on Preston Tucker's double.

A.J. Reed launched the comeback bid by whacking a homer to lead off the 6th. The elder Tucker added a sac fly, Juan Centeno hit a 2-run single, and Reed hit a 2-run single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Tony Kemp smacked a 2-run homer in the 9th to 2. White and Tucker followed Kemp's blast with singles, but they were both stranded to end the game.

Big Tuck finished 4-5 on the evening. Centeno was 3-5 with a double, his 2-run single, and scored twice. Kemp (2-R HR, 2 R), White (2 R), Reed (solo HR, 3 RBI), and Jon Kemmer (2B, 3 R) all posted 2-hit nights.

Dean Deetz got roughed up in his 3+ innings as he allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. The Chihuahuas had 8 straight reach base to begin the 4th before the Grizzlies could record an out. Ashur Tolliver was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen but failed to record an out. He got tagged for 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him). allowed 3 hits, and walked 2. Tyson Perez went 2 innings, and the 3 runs that were charged to him came on a homer hit by Jabari Blash in the 5th. Perez allowed 3 other hits and walked 1. Brian Holmes stopped the bleeding with 3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2.

Trent Thornton faces Matt Magill in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Yohander Mendez (4-3)
L- Framber Valdez (0-1, 0-4 season)
S- Reed Garrett (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks couldn't get much off of Arlington's top prospect, Yohander Mendez, on Friday night and had to settle for a split in the series.

Framber Valdez went 6 innings in his Corpus debut and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. The one hit that Sean Stutzman allowed in his 2 innings was a solo homer to Michael O'Neill in the 7th. Stutzman also walked 1 and fanned 3. Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Jamie Ritchie's RBI single in the 6th was the Hooks' only scoring play. An error on the play allowed Garrett Stubbs to advance to 3rd, but he was stranded there to end the frame.

Corpus heads up I-37 to take on San Antonio. Kyle Smith will start the opener against Brett Kennedy at 7:05.

Buies Creek 7, Wilmington 4

W- Justin Ferrell (6-3)
L- A.J. Puckett (5-5)
S- Andrew Walter (1)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (4, 10 season; solo in 1st)

The Carolina Stros jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then saw it get whittled down to one run. Fortunately, they managed to score a couple of crucial insurance runs to come away with the win.

Jake Rogers launched a solo homer in the 1st to open the scoring. Buies Creek got 4 in the 4th on a 2-run single from Rodrigo Ayarza and RBI singles from Ryne Birk and Spencer Johnson. Rogers, who finished 3-5 with a stolen base (3, 4 season), scored on a wild pitch in the 8th and capped off the evening with an RBI infield single in the 9th. He now has a 9-game hitting streak. Birk and Randy César also finished with 3 hits on the evening.

Justin Ferrell allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and fanned 2 in 5 innings of work. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Walter got the save with 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Hector Perez takes on Cristian Castillo in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Quad Cities 8, Beloit 3

W- Gabriel Valdez (1-0)
L- Matt Milburn (2-5)
S- Cionel Perez (1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (6, 2-run in 7th)

The Banditos scored 4 in the 7th to create some separation between them and the Snappers. They're just one game out of a playoff spot with 9 games to go in the first half of the Midwest League season.

Gabriel Valdez pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Cionel Perez pitched the last 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on an error, a double, and struck out 4.

Carmen Benedetti ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd to put Quad Cities on the board. Wander Franco smacked an RBI double in the 4th, and Jonathan Arauz scored on a wild pitch in the 5th. Arauz drew a 1-out walk in the 7th and eventually scored on an error that allowed Benedetti to reach. Later in the frame, Yordan Alvarez hit a sac fly, and Chuckie Robinson launched a 2-run homer to bring in the last of the Banditos' runs.

Arauz (3 R, BB), Ronnie Dawson (2 2B, R), Osvaldo Duarte (2B, R), and Benedetti (2B, 2 RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Carlos Sanabria gets the start in game 2. He'll go up against Dalton Sawyer at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 9, DSL Red Sox 1

W- Antonio Pujols (1-0)
L- Alejandro Rodriguez (0-1)

Blue home runs: Ronny Rafael (3, 2-run in 3rd)

Team Blue swept the Red Sox in their first encounter. They got out to a 5-1 lead and tacked on 4 more in the 9th for good measure.

Ronny Rafael's 2-run blast in the 3rd opened the scoring. Rhandall Sanchez scored on an error in the 4th. César Cortez tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the 5th, and Kendy Moya had an RBI single in the 6th.

The Blue team parlayed a bases-loaded, 1 out situation into 4 runs in the 9th as Anthony Rodriguez hit an RBI single, Sanchez had a sac fly, and Ronaldo Urdaneta ripped a 2-run triple. Rafael finished 2-5 on the day.

Angel Macaure allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless innings. Oscar Severino allowed a run on a groundout, a double, and struck out 1 in the 5th, and Antonio Pujols allowed 4 hits while striking out 4 over 4 scoreless.

The Blue team will face the Marlins at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Dodgers2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Antonio Hernandez (1-0)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (0-1)
S- Leowis Blanco (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Both teams had 7 hits... the Orange team scored fewer runs. They threatened in the 9th but left the bases loaded to end the game.

Michael Garcia went 2-4 and spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 9th. Ramiro Rodriguez also went 2-4.

Diosward Gonzalez went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Carlos Perdomo pitched the final 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 3.

Team Orange will take on the Cubs 1 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronny Rafael, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 2-R HR (3), 2 R
Angel Macuare, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Antonio Pujols, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 4 IP, 4 H, 4 K

Carlos Perdomo, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 3 K

Jake Rogers, C, Buies Creek
3-5, solo HR (4, 10 season), 2 RBI, 3 R, SB (3, 4 season)
Photo by Rich Guill
Cionel Perez, LHP, Quad Cities
Save (1), 4 IP, H, unearned run, 4 K

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Andrew Walter, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1), 2.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Brian Holmes, LHP, Fresno
3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Juan Centeno's photo taken by Bryan Green
A.J. Reed, 1B, Preston Tucker, OF, and Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
Reed: 2-5, solo HR (9), 3 RBI
Tucker: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Centeno: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

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