Saturday, June 17, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's play two in Midland!

Fresno 15, Albuquerque 14

W- Trent Thornton (4-2, 5-4 season)
L- Shane Carle (0-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (8, led off game), Preston Tucker (12, 2-run in 6th), Reid Brignac (7, 2-run in 7th), Tyler White (9, 3-run in 7th), Colin Moran (14, 2-run in 7th)

The Grizzlies assumed their Tacos persona in a road game for the first time ever to counter the Isotopes, who became the Green Chile Cheeseburgers for one night. Yeah, that rolls off the tongue nicely. Anyway, this game was an absolute nightmare if you are a fan of pitcher's duels. 29 runs, 42 hits, 9 of which were homers.

The Tacos erased a 6-1 deficit and then had to hang on for dear life in the bottom of the 9th.

Tyler White extended his hitting streak to 10 games. All 10 have been multi-hit games. This will definitely be one of the more ridiculous non-Dominican Summer League box scores you'll see this season:

The pitching staff got demolished. As the old adage goes... some things are probably better left unsaid. Fortunately, the Tacos did slightly more damage.

Fresno is finally home. They'll host the three teams they played during their long sojourn, only in a slightly different order. El Paso will be the first guests at Chukchansi Park. Mike Hauschild will start against Tyrell Jenkins at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 6, Midland 2

W- Akeem Bostick (4-1, 6-2 season)
L- Evan Manarino (1-3)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (5, 6 season; 3-run in 1st), J.D. Davis (17, solo in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (2, 11 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks started off the twinbill with a bang, sending 3 out of the park.

Jack Mayfield launched a 3-run homer to open the scoring. Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the 2nd and scored on a Tony Nuñez RBI single, the only Corpus run that didn't score on a home run. J.D. Davis led off the 3rd with a homer, and Kyle Tucker smacked one to start the 5th. Mayfield finished 3-4 in game 1, while Davis (2B, solo HR) and Nuñez (RBI, SB) had 2 hits apiece.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris struck out 1 over the final 2 innings; he faced one batter over the minimum because he hit a batter.

Game 2: Corpus Christi 4, Midland 3

W- Kent Emanuel (3-3)
L- Lou Trivino (6-1)
S- Andrew Thome (4, 5 season)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus swept the doubleheader behind a 3-run 6th inning.

Jason Martin singled to lead off game 2. He then stole 2nd (2, 11 season) and scored the first run of this game on an error that allowed J.D. Davis to reach safely. This was the Hooks' only run until the 6th; in the meantime, Kenny Wilson hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to put the Hounds in front.

Davis, Jon Singleton (singles), and Garrett Stubbs (BB) loaded the bases to start the top of the 6th inning. Davis scored on a Ramon Laureano groundout and Trent Woodward followed by lashing a 2-run double to give Corpus a 4-2 lead. Martin (3B, R, SB) and Singleton both went 2-4 in the nightcap.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Thome pitched the last 2 innings and didn't face too much trouble, although he was greeted with a single that allowed one of Emanuel's runners to score. That was the only hit that Thome allowed and he struck out 3.

Alex Winkelman will get the start tonight as Corpus Christi looks for the sweep. He'll face Ben Bracewell at 7:00.

Buies Creek and Winston-Salem was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader will start at 4:00 Eastern. Hector Perez faces Dane Dunning in game 1, and Ryan Hartman gets the start in game 2 against Luis Martinez.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 3

W- Forrest Whitley (2-2)
L- Mitchell Jordan (1-7)
S- Salvador Montaño (1)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (8, 2-run in 1st), Daz Cameron (6, solo in 4th), Marcos Almonte (8, solo in 5th)

With this win and Cedar Rapids' loss, Quad Cities has moved into a tie for 2nd (and the wild-card spot in the division) with two games remaining in the Midwest League 1st half. Both teams are 1.5 games behind Kane County.

Yordan Alvarez whacked a 2-run homer in the 1st to open the scoring. Chuckie Robinson doubled to lead off the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a Ronnie Dawson single, and scored on a sac fly from Taylor Jones. One batter later, Daz Cameron launched a solo shot. Marcos Almonte started off the 5th with a solo blast. The Banditos had another opportunity to inflict more damage after Almonte's homer but couldn't cash in on a bases-loaded, one out situation. They also squandered a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 9th, but they still managed to get the win, so I'll ix-nay the plaining-comay. Almonte finished 2-5 on the night. Jonathan Arauz went 3-4 and scored a run.

Carlos Sanabria pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Forrest Whitley was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8. He came out for the 9th but allowed singles to the first two men he faced, which prompted Salvador Montaño's entrance. Montaño took ownership of the 9th and finished off the game by striking out the next three batters. He did uncork a wild pitch to put both of Whitley's runners in scoring position, but he got himself together.

Yohan Ramirez takes on Zack Erwin in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Royals 0

W- Ronaldo Marrero (1-0)
L- Delvin Capellan (1-1)
S- Denilson Lugo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Ronaldo Marrero's transition into a pitcher seems to be going well. He and Denilson Lugo combined to throw a 2-hit shutout Friday morning.

Marrero allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 5 innings, while Lugo allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 the final 4 frames.

Yorbin Ceuta scored the first run of the day on a passed ball in the 1st inning. Anthony Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the 6th.

DSL Pirates 7, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Oliver Garcia (1-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Rough day in the field for Team Orange.

Leonardo Gonzalez scored the first run of the game on an error following a Jose Carrillo single. Renaigel Martis drove in the Orange team's only other run with a groundout in the 6th.

Jesus Bernaez only lasted 2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3. Angel Ortega allowed an unearned run and walked 2 in the 3rd. Asael Uribe pitched the last 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Marrero, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 3 K
Denilson Lugo, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: Save (1), 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K

Asael Uribe, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 2 K

Fresno Grizzlies, dba Fresno Tacos
W 15-14 @ Albuquerque
15 R, 20 H, E
Tyler White: 5-6, 3-R HR (9), 6 RBI
Jon Kemmer: 3-4, solo HR (8), 2 RBI, 4 R
Colin Moran: 3-6, 2-R HR (14), 2 R
Preston Tucker: 2-6, 2-R HR (12)

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, UTIL, Quad Cities
2-5, solo HR (8)

Salvador Montaño's photo from
Quad Cities River Bandits bullpen
4.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 11 K
Forrest Whitley: W (2-2), 3.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 K
Salvador Montaño: Save (1), IP, 3 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 3-4, 3-R HR (5, 6 season) in game 1 of doubleheader
Davis: 3-7, solo HR (17), 2 R (combined stats from both games of doubleheader)

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