Thursday, June 29, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let's play two in Connecticut!

Fresno 8, Albuquerque 5

W- Trent Thornton (5-2, 6-4 season)
L- Barry Enright (4-2)
S- Kevin Comer (3)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac (8, 2-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies stormed out to a 7-1 lead after the first 3 innings. Albuquerque managed to cut into that lead and got to within two runs, but the early cushion was enough to get them the win.

D.J. Fisher put Fresno on the board with an RBI triple in the 1st inning. One batter later, Colin Moran ripped a double to bring him home. Reid Brignac launched a 2-run homer in the 2nd, and in the 3rd, Max Stassi hit an RBI single and Alejandro Garcia added a 2-run single. Moran tripled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Teoscar Hernandez single. Moran went 3-3 on the night, while Brignac finished 2-3.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. The one hit that Brendan McCurry allowed in his 2 innings of work was a solo homer to Ryan McMahon in the 7th. McCurry also struck out 4. Dayan Diaz and Kevin Comer allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th and 9th, respectively.

Joe Musgrove looks to right the ship in his return to Fresno. He'll take on Sam Howard as Fresno concludes its homestand at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks kick off the post-All-Star Game portion of their schedule with a tour of Arkansas. Kent Emanuel gets the start in the first game of a 3-game set with Northwest Arkansas and he'll face Emilio Ogando at 7:05.

Buies Creek 2, Carolina 1

W- Framber Valdez (2-3, 2-4 season)
L- Kodi Medeiros (3-6)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (3)

BC home runs: None.

Yordan Alvarez was the offense, and Framber Valdez dominated on the hill for the Carolia Stros.

Framber pitched a career-best 8 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out a career-high 11. Ralph Garza struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th to get the save; an error allowed Lucas Erceg to reach. Garza also uncorked a couple of wild pitches that allowed Erceg to move to 3rd, but he punched out Isan Diaz to end the game. I didn't mean punch out in the Rougned Odor sense of the term; he struck out Diaz.

Alvarez drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd and ripped an RBI double in the 5th to put Buies Creek in front. Anibal Sierra was the only man on either side with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored.

Justin Ferrell gets the start in the series finale. He'll take on La Grange native Trey Supak at 7:00 Eastern.

Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2 in 13 innings

W- Daniel Brown (3-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tied the game in the 8th and took the lead in the 11th, but the Timber Rattlers hit back for a run of their own in the bottom of the 11th and wound up walking off with the win.

Forrest Whitley pitched 5.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Kevin Hill struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless; one runner reached on an error in the 8th. Dustin Hunt went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 4 (1 intentionally), and struck out 3.

Wander Franco put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 8th inning. Ronnie Dawson got plunked to begin the 11th, and Bryan De La Cruz drew a 1-out walk to join him on the bases. Dawson proceeded to steal 3rd (8) and scored on a wild pitch. Franco finished 2-5 on the night.

Quad Cities and Wisconsin will finish up this series at 7:05 as Carlos Sanabria faces Thomas Jankins.

Game 1: Connecticut 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jose Vasquez (1-0)
L- Ricardo Castro (1-1)
S- Wladimir Pinto (1)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the same inning in game 1. The Tigers, however, scored more in their half.

The only two Tri-City hits in game 1 were singles from Kristian Trompiz and Randy Vasquez; Trompiz scored the ValleyCats' only run when Andy Piñeda grounded into a double play.

Ricardo Castro went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ben Smith worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 2.

Game 2: Connecticut 10, Tri-City 3

W- Brandyn Sittinger (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers busted game 2 open with 3 in the 4th and 4 more in the 5th to sweep the twinbill.

Tri-City scored a run in each of the first three innings: Jake Adams opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, Connor MacDonald scored on an error in the 2nd, and J.J. Matijevic hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Matijevic went 3-4 in game 2. Corey Julks was 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (3).

Tri-City's pitchers.... had a rough time in game 2. Honestly, that's really all that needs to be said. Brush it off and try again, guys.

Game 3 of the series starts at 7:05 Eastern.

Johnson City 6, Greeneville 3

W- Jake Walsh (1-0)
L- Tim Hardy (0-1)
S- Jacob Patterson (1)

Greeneville home runs: Roman Garcia (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros' bats were stuck in the mud on Wednesday.

Roman Garcia launched a 2-run homer in the 6th, his first as a professional. Martin Figueroa hit an RBI single in the 8th. Gilberto Celestino finished 2-3 with a stolen base (2). Chas McCormick went 2-4 and has a hit in each of his first 4 games as a pro.

Tim Hardy allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Adam Bleday was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits. Bryan Abreu was next, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Dariel Aquino walked 1 and got the last two outs of the 8th.

Noel Pinto faces Edwar Martinez in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Marlins 11, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Eliezer Rodriguez (1-1)
L- Denilson Lugo (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Well, at least they didn't get shut out.

Rhandall Sanchez spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 9th. Yorbin Ceuta went 2-3 and scored on a wild pitch soon after Sanchez put the Blue team on the board.

Denilson Lugo went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Bryan Solano allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Jervic Chavez went 2.2 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.

DSL Cubs1 19, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Keiber Arredondo (1-1)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-2)

Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (1, solo in 5th)

Maybe that 8-run 9th from the Cubs 1 on Tuesday was a sign of bad tidings to come for Team Orange.

Gerry Castillo ripped an RBI double in the 5th and cleared the bases with another double in the 6th. Jose Carrillo finished 3-5 and hit an RBI single in the 5th. Deury Carrasco and Luis Barajas also finished with 2 hits on the day.

Team Orange's pitchers struggled. I think I'll just leave it at that. Kelvin Perez, who is normally a catcher, worked out of a bases-loaded situation to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Gerry Castillo, C, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 2-1 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 13 K
Framber Valdez: W (2-3, 2-4 season), 8 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: Save (3), IP, 2 K
Valdez: set career highs in IP and K in a single appearance

Photo from MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros offense, aka Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF
1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; responsible for both Buies Creek scoring plays

Forrest Whitley, RHP, and Kevin Hill, RHP, Quad Cities
Whitley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 4 BB, 6 K
Hill: 3.2 IP, 4 K
Corey Julks' photo taken by Robert Witt
Follow J.J. Matijevic on Twitter: @TweetinJ_23
Corey Julks, OF, and J.J. Matijevic, OF, Tri-City 
Julks: 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (3) in game 2 of doubleheader
Matijevic: 3-4, RBI in game 2 of doubleheader

Reid Brignac's photo taken by Kiel Maddox
Colin Moran, 3B, and Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
Moran: 3-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Brignac: 2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (8)

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