Friday, June 16, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Albuquerque 12, Fresno 11 in 10 innings

W- Carlos Estevez (1-2)
L- Jordan Jankowski (1-2)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac 2 (6; solo in 3rd, solo in 6th) Teoscar Hernandez 2 (7; 3-run in 5th, solo in 9th), Jon Kemmer (7, 2-run in 6th), Tyler White (8, solo in 6th)

Six homers were not enough for Fresno on Thursday... because they couldn't hold a 10-4 lead. After the top of the 6th, the Isotopes closed this game on an 8-1 run, which culminated in them walking off with the win in the first extra frame.

Tyler White went 4-6 to extend his hitting streak to 9 games, all of which have been multi-hit efforts.

In his AAA debut, Kyle Smith went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2 (1 intentionally), and struck out 4. Kevin Comer was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen and got Smith out of the 5th without further damage. Unfortunately, he got himself into some trouble in the 6th (the first 3 men he faced all reached) and Ashur Tolliver couldn't extract him from that predicament. Comer allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and had 3 inherited runners charged to him. Tolliver got 2 outs in the 6th and allowed a hit, walked 2, and a run of his own. Tyson Perez got the final out of the 6th and pitched the 7th. The 2 runs he allowed came on a homer from Ryan McMahon. Perez allowed one other hit and walked 1. Aaron West worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2. Jordan Jankowski pitched 1+ innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out the side in the 9th. He did not record an out in the 10th.

The Grizzlies wrap up their longest roadtrip of the year at 7:05 Mountain. Trent Thornton will face Matt Flemer.

Corpus Christi 11, Midland 3

W- Cy Sneed (5-4)
L- Grant Holmes (5-6)
S- Ryan Thompson (3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks put up crooked numbers in 5 of the first 6 innings and pounded out 17 hits in their assault. None of those 17 hits was a homer. 

Cy Sneed had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Ryan Thompson pitched the final 3 innings to get the save and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Corpus and Midland will play two on Friday to make up Wednesday's game, which was rained out. Akeem Bostick takes on Evan Manarino in game 1, which starts at 4:30. Kent Emanuel starts game 2.

Buies Creek 4, Winston-Salem 1

W- Framber Valdez (1-3, 1-4 season)
L- Brannon Easterling (4-4)

BC home runs: None.

Two lefties turned in fine performances on the mound for the Carolina Stros.

Matt Bower started it off by striking out 5 over 4 perfect frames. Framber Valdez has pitched well in 2017 but had yet to break into the win column... until he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. 

Rodrigo Ayarza opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He advanced to 2nd on the relay throw home, moved to 3rd on a Stephen Wrenn infield single, and scored on Spencer Johnson's sac fly. Johnson scored on an error that allowed Alex De Goti to reach in the 5th. Ayarza hit another RBI single in the 8th to cap off the evening. Myles Straw finished 3-4 with 2 steals (17).

Hector Perez takes on Dane Dunning in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids 4

W- Erasmo Pinales (2-1)
L- Alex Robinson (1-5)

QC home runs: Taylor Jones (5, solo in 4th)

The Banditos kept themselves in the playoff picture after taking this series from the Kernels. 

Both teams scored twice in the 1st; Quad Cities' 2 runs came on a Yordan Alvarez RBI single and a Ronnie Dawson groundout. Taylor Jones launched a solo homer in the 4th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th. After Cedar Rapids tied the game at 4 in the 8th, Alvarez put the Banditos back in front with a sac fly in the bottom of the 8th. 

Jones (solo HR, 2 RBI), Alvarez (2 RBI), and Chuckie Robinson (SB, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening. 

Gabriel Valdez allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work, striking out 6. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and pitched 1.1 innings; he allowed a hit, had an inherited runner charged to him in the 8th, walked 1, and struck out 1. Erasmo Pinales got the final 1.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. That one hit that Pinales allowed was an RBI single to Jaylin Davis that tied the game. Banditos manager Russ Steinhorn thought they got Davis at 2nd and vehemently argued his case. Unfortunately, his efforts proved to be fruitless and he ended up getting tossed.

Quad Cities will wrap up the first half with 3 games in Beloit. Game 1 starts at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Royals 1 in 6.5 innings

W- Antonio Pujols (2-0)
L- Brian Abreu (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called early due to rain. Good thing the Blue team went ahead beforehand.

César Cortez hit a sac fly to put the Blue team on the board in the 3rd inning. Ronaldo Urdaneta walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th.

Angel Macuare went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Antonio Pujols allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Pirates 1 in 5 innings

W- Carlos Perdomo (1-0)
L- Noe Toribio (1-1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (2, 3-run in 5th)

This game was also called early because of rain. Good thing this game went 5 innings so it counts in the standings.

Deury Carrasco scored the first run of the day on a Ramiro Rodriguez groundout in the 1st. Leonardo Gonzalez scored on a double play in the 2nd. Jeury Castillo stole home in the 4th and Rodriguez smacked a 3-run homer in the 5th. Freudis Nova, the highly-touted Dominican infielder, went 1-3 and scored a run in his pro debut.

Diosward Gonzalez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Carlos Perdomo got the last two outs of the 5th, one via strikeout. He also issued a walk and hit a batter. 

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Angel Macuare, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K
Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 1-3, 3-R HR (2), 4 RBI

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 4-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 12 K
Matt Bower: 4 IP, 5 K; perfect outing
Framber Valdez: W (1-3, 1-4 season), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Corpus Christi Hooks
W 11-3 @ Midland; 11 R, 17 H
Drew Ferguson: 3-6, 2B, RBI, 2 R
J.D. Davis: 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Jack Mayfield: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Trent Woodward: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Gabriel Valdez, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K

Yordan Alvarez's photo from
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Quad Cities
Alvarez: 2-3, 2 RBI; go-ahead sac fly in 8th
Jones: 2-4, solo HR (5), 2 RBI

Tyler White, IF, and Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
White: 4-6, solo HR (8), 3 R
Hernandez: 3-5, 2 HR (7; solo and 3-run)

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