Friday, June 2, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 1, 2017

The upper minors clubs came out on top, but the A teams had tough evenings.

Fresno 12, Tacoma 9

W- Brian Holmes (1-2)
L- Rob Whalen (0-3)
S- Dayan Diaz (1)

Fresno home runs: Juan Centeno (1, 3-run in 5th), D.J. Fisher (14, 2-run in 6th)

The Rainiers scored 6 in the 3rd to take a 7-1 lead, but Fresno turned the tables by closing this game on an 11-2 run that included a 6-run inning of their own.

Both sides scored a run in the opening frame; the Grizzlies' run came on a Teoscar Hernandez RBI single. Tacoma's outburst forced the Grizz to chip away for a bit; they got a run back on Tony Kemp's RBI groundout in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th when Juan Centeno hit an RBI single and A.J. Reed scored on a wild pitch. Things got fun in the 5th inning.

Alejandro Garcia kicked off the proceedings with a double and scored on a single from Preston Tucker to cut the deficit to one run. D.J. Fisher went down on strikes for the second out, but Teoscar kept the line moving with a single, and Colin Moran got plunked to load the bases. Reed came through with a 2-run single and Centeno delivered the haymaker with a 3-run blast. Tacoma got two runs back in the 6th, but Fisher got them back when he launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th.

Centeno (3-R HR, 4 RBI) and Garcia (2B, 3 R) both finished 3-4 on the evening, while Reed (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Fisher (2B, 2-R HR, 2 R), and Teoscar (RBI, R) all had 2 hits apiece. Centeno extended his hitting streak with Fresno to 19 games.

Francis Martes and Brian Holmes both threw 2.2 innings. Martes got the start and allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2. Holmes allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry followed with 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3, and Dayan Diaz retired all 4 Tacoma hitters he faced to get the save.

Casey Coleman takes on Chase de Jong in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 4

W- Cy Sneed (4-4)
L- Matt Pearce (5-3)
S- Andrew Thome (3, 4 season)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (3, 2-run in 5th)

The Hooks withstood a 4-run 6th inning to avoid the sweep.

Cy Sneed went 5.1 innings and the 4 runs he allowed all came on a couple of homers in the 6th. Oscar Mercado took him deep to lead off the inning and Anthony Garcia launched a 3-run shot off of him with one out. Only Mercado's homer was an earned run, however. Sneed allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Thompson recorded a strikeout over 1.2 scoreless; he faced one more batter thanks to an error. Andrew Thome got the two-inning save, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

Ramon Laureano opened up the scoring with his 2-run blast in the 5th inning. Corpus looked like they were going to go down in order in the 6th, but a couple of singles from Jack Mayfield and Laureano kept the inning alive. Bryan Muñiz walked to load the bases for Tony Nuñez, who came through with a 2-run single. One batter later, Drew Ferguson added an RBI infield single. J.D. Davis brought in a crucial insurance run with a sac fly in the 9th inning.

Mayfield and Laureano both finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Ferguson (2B, RBI, R), Nuñez (2 RBI), and Jamie Ritchie all finished with 2 hits apiece.

Corpus is spending this weekend in beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 1 and he'll face Josh Sborz at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 3

W- Marcos Diplan (3-2)
L- Jorge Alcala (1-2, 3-2 season)
S- Nate Griep (11)

BC home runs: None.

The Mudcats got to Jorge Alcala in the 6th inning to take control.

Alcala had a decent outing up until the 6th, then the walks proved to be his doom. In 5.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits (solo homer), walked 5, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. couldn't get Alcala out of the bases-loaded predicament as Cooper Hummel greeted him with a 2-run single right after he came on. In 2.1 innings, Garza allowed 2 runs (1 earned) of his own on 3 hits and struck out 2. Nick Hernandez walked 1 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Stephen Wrenn scored the first run of the evening when Jake Rogers stole 2nd on a wild pitch; he reached by beating out a double play attempt. Rodrigo Ayarza hit a 2-run double in the 6th inning.

Buies Creek and Carolina will continue their series tonight at 7:00 Eastern as Yoanys Quiala goes up against Freddy Peralta.

Cedar Rapids 11, Quad Cities 1

W- Sean Poppen (4-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Kernels took the series by busting this game wide open with 5 runs in the 4th inning.

Ray Henderson's RBI single in the 7th was Quad Cities' only scoring play in this one. Yordan Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a double to lead off the 4th.

Dustin Hunt went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo HR), walked 2, and struck out 3. Erasmo Pinales came out for the 4th inning but could only get one out, allowing 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits and walking 2. Carson LaRue tagged in for 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Salvador Montaño worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Gabriel Valdez will get the start in the first of a 3-game series with Kane County. He'll take on Curtis Taylor at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Juan Centeno's photo taken by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, and Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
Centeno: 3-4, 3-R HR (1), 4 RBI; 19-game hitting streak
Fisher: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (14)

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 2 R

Andrew Thome, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (3, 4 season), 2 IP, H, K

Nick Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
IP, BB, 3 K
29 K in 19.2 IP this season

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