Friday, June 23, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Appalachian League Opening Day!

Sacramento 9, Fresno 3

W- Andrew Suarez (1-1)
L- Charlie Morton (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The RiverCats went off after Charlie Morton finished his first rehab start.

The one run that Morton allowed in his 2 innings came on a solo homer hit by Justin Ruggiano in the 1st. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and fanned 1. Trent Thornton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and unfortunately had to bear the brunt of Sacramento's onslaught. In 4 innings, Thornton allowed 8 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Ashur Tolliver stopped the bleeding with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and walking 1. Aaron West threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Preston Tucker finished 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Tony Kemp went 3-4 with a 2-run single in the 5th.

Mike Hauschild starts game 2 of this series against Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5 in 11 innings

W- Andrew Thome (4-4, 4-5 season)
L- Royce Bolinger (0-1)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (13, solo in 2nd), Kyle Tucker (5, 14 season; solo in 7th)

Frisco got 3 in the 8th to take the lead, but the Hooks pulled themselves together to tie it in the bottom half and walked off with the win.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Alex Winkelman tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings, and Andrew Thome struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 11th.

Jon Singleton put Corpus on the board with a solo homer to start the bottom of the 2nd. Trent Woodward walked to start the 3rd inning and came around to score on a Drew Ferguson single. Ferguson, who advanced to 2nd on the ensuing error, scored when Kyle Tucker smacked a ground-rule double. Little Tuck struck again in the 7th when he took Shane McCain deep for a solo blast. Jason Martin beat out a double play attempt in the 8th and an error on the play allowed him to advance to 3rd. He scored the tying run on a Jamie Ritchie groundout.

Tony Nuñez walked to begin the 11th inning and moved to 3rd on a Ferguson single. Ferguson stole 2nd to eliminate the double play possibility. Tucker popped out, and J.D. Davis received an intentional pass to load the bases. Singleton drove in the Hooks' first run... and he drove in their last run with a sac fly to win the game.

Ferguson finished 3-5 on the evening, and the stolen base in the 11th gives him 15 on the year. Little Tuck (2B, solo HR, 2 RBI) and Jack Mayfield (SB) had 2 hits apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros takes on Pedro Payano in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 6, Buies Creek 5

W- Jack Charleston (2-1)
L- Matt Bower (2-3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros scored a pair in the top of the 8th to take the lead, but the Dash managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th, and they ended up walking off with the win.

Myles Straw singled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening when Anthony Hermelyn grounded out. Straw walked to begin the 3rd and scored on a sac fly from Jake Rogers. He hit a 1-out single in the 5th and scored on Hermelyn's single. Hermelyn ripped a ground-rule double to begin the 8th and came home on Randy César's RBI single. Spencer Johnson followed with an infield single and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Ryne Birk finished 4-5, while Johnson turned in a 3-5 night. Straw (3 R), Hermelyn (2B, 2 RBI, R), and César (RBI) all had 2 hits on the evening.

Framber Valdez allowed 3 unearned runs (1 inherited) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Howie Brey inherited a bases-loaded pickle from Valdez in the 4th and allowed one runner to score. He got a strikeout to end the 4th and worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out another batter. Matt Bower went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2.

Brett Adcock gets the call in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Dane Dunning at 7:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 0

W- Eduardo Del Rosario (7-3)
L- Forrest Whitley (2-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were stymied at the plate to open the second half.

Troy Sieber's double and Chuckie Robinson's single were the only Quad Cities hits.

Forrest Whitley pitched well but had to take the loss despite his efforts. He allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings. Dustin Hunt worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th. Gabriel Valdez pitched the last 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Yohan Ramirez faces Sean Poppen in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 1, Lowell 0

W- Ricardo Castro (1-0)
L- Dakota Smith (0-1)
S- Luis Ramirez (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats only had one hit, but they scored the only run of the game.

Miguelangel Sierra scored on a wild pitch in the 1st inning. Abraham Toro's 2-out single in the 6th was the lone Tri-City hit.

Ricardo Castro allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Felipe Tejada got 2 outs in the 6th, both via strikeout, but got himself into a predicament and left the bases loaded for Robert Corniel, who got a strikeout to end the inning. Corniel ended up allowing 2 hits and striking out 5 in 2.2 innings. Luis Ramirez worked around a walk to get the final two outs of the game, one via strikeout, in order to complete the shutout.

Cristian Javier takes the mound as the ValleyCats look for the sweep. He'll go up against Nick Duron at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 13, Bluefield 6

W- Francisco Villegas (1-0)
L- Jose Nova (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros opened their campaign on a winning note thanks to a 4-run 2nd and a 6-run 5th.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Enmanuel Valdez, who still scored a couple of runs. Reiny Beltre had a single on his line but didn't score.

Vicente Mota singled to lead off the 2nd and one batter later, Brody Westmoreland launched the first home run of Greeneville's season. José Benjamin and Oscar Campos followed with singles. Campos stole 3rd and Juan Piñeda walked to load the bases for Gilberto Celestino, who reached on an error that allowed Benjamin and Campos to score.

Westmoreland added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th. Benjamin followed by hitting into a fielder's choice that scored Mota. Piñeda hit a 2-run single and scored on an error following a Wilson Amador infield single. Amador stole his way to 3rd and scored on a wild pitch. Mota scored for the third time on an errant throw from center field after Benjamin flew out in the 6th. Celestino scored on an error in the 7th and Mota capped off the evening with an RBI single.

Westmoreland went 4-5 and scored twice. Campos (2B, R, SB), Piñeda (2 RBI, R), and Mota (RBI, 3 R) finished with 2 hits on the night.

Juan Robles allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 3.2 innings. Willy Collado got the last out of the 4th and 2 outs in the 5th for his inning of work; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and fanned 2. Francisco Villegas shut it down by allowing a hit and striking out 3 over 4.1 scoreless innings.

Bryan Abreu gets the start in game 2. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Dodgers1 3

W- Ronaldo Marrero (2-0)
L- Juan Morillo (0-1)
S- Christopher Javier (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Team Blue withstood a late charge from the Dodgers 1 and hung on for the win.

Denilson Lugo didn't allow a hit and struck out 3 while he was on the mound. However, he only lasted 2.2 innings and walked 6. Ronaldo Marrero tagged in to throw 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Oscar Severino allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th. Christopher Javier allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th. He still managed to pull himself together to secure the victory.

Yeuris Ramirez got plunked with the bases loaded in the 4th to bring in the first run of the day. Brandon Benavente scored on an errant pickoff throw in the 7th. The Blue team got 2 in the 8th as Ramirez got plunked with the bases loaded again, and a wild pitch allowed Angel Tejeda to score. Nerio Rodriguez and Samir Caraballo had 2 hits apiece.

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Indians 6

W- Jesus Bernaez (1-1)
L- Diarlin Jimenez (1-1)
S- Ronny Garcia (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange erupted for 5 runs in the 4th to take an 8-2 lead. The Indians dented that lead a bit, but the Orange team had enough of a cushion to work with.

Deury Carrasco doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and eventually scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch. Jeury Castillo added to the early lead with a 2-run double.

In that big 4th inning, Team Orange had 7 consecutive batters reach before the Indians could record an out. Carrasco and Freudis Nova hit RBI singles and they both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Euclides Chavez followed with a 2-run single. They ended up loading the bases but missed an opportunity to inflict even more damage. They didn't come away empty-handed, though; Jeury Castillo hit a sac fly. Michael Garcia led off the 8th with a double and scored on Freudis' 2nd RBI single of the day.

Nova finished 3-5 on the day. Carrasco (2B, 2 R), Chavez (2 RBI, 2 R), and Garcia (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits.

Asael Uribe went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 3. Jesus Bernaez was the first man out of the Orange team bullpen and threw 3.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walking 4, and striking out 3. Ronny Garcia allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Marrero, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-5, 2 RBI, R
Deury Carrasco, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R

Westmoreland's and Piñeda's photos taken by Bryan Green, Vicente Mota's photo from
Brody Westmoreland, 3B/1B, Juan Piñeda, IF, and Vicente Mota, C/1B, Greeneville
Westmoreland: 4-5, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI
Piñeda: 2-4, 2 RBI, R
Mota: 2-4, RBI, 3 R

Photo from
Francisco Villegas, LHP, Greeneville
W (1-0), 4.1 IP. H, 3 K

Felipe Tejada's and Robert Corniel's photos from
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers
W 1-0 vs. Lowell
9 IP, 4 H, 7 BB, 11 K
Ricardo Castro: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 4 BB, 3 K
Felipe Tejada: 0.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Robert Corniel: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Luis Ramirez: Save (1), 0.2 IP, BB, K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Jon Singleton, 1B, and Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
Tucker: 2-6, 2B, solo HR (5, 14 season), 2 RBI
Singleton: solo HR (13), walk-off sac fly
Ferguson: 3-5, RBI, R, SB (15)

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Buies Creek
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
3-4, 2 RBI

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