Friday, June 30, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday marked the first time this season that the entire Astros organization, from the big league club all the way down to its two DSL affiliates, was in action.

The pitchers in the system absolutely balled out.

Fresno 8, Albuquerque 0

W- Joe Musgrove (1-0)
L- Sam Howard (1-1)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (18, 2-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies got a 1-hitter to sweep the Isotopes for their 7th straight victory, their longest of the year. They finished this homestand with a 9-3 record.

Joe Musgrove excelled in his return to AAA as he allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 7 shutout innings. Ashur Tolliver walked 2 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings to finish the shutout.

Teoscar Hernandez scored the first run of the evening when Preston Tucker beat a double play attempt in the 4th inning. Fresno busted this one wide open with 7 runs in the 6th.

Teoscar went down on strikes to begin the inning, but Colin Moran ripped a double and Big Tuck followed with a triple. Juan Centeno kept the line moving with an RBI single. Reid Brignac struck out for the second out of the inning, but Jon Kemmer drew a walk to keep things going. Tony Kemp followed with a 2-run triple and Tyler White brought him home with a single. D.J. Fisher capped off the evening with a 2-run blast.

Everyone scored except for Brignac, who unfortunately missed out on the party. Kemp finished 3-5 on the night, while Colin Moran (2B, R) and Tucker (3B, 2 RBI, R) both went 2-4.

Fresno will start the first of a 4-game series in Sacramento at 7:05 Pacific. Casey Coleman will take on a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner.

Northwest Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 8

W- Emilio Ogando (5-5)
L- Kent Emanuel (3-5)
S- Pedro Fernandez (1)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (7, solo in 6th), Kyle Tucker (7, 16 season; solo in 6th)

The Hooks nearly erased a 9-2 deficit. The operative word here being "nearly."

Drew Ferguson and Kyle Tucker launched back-to-back solo shots to start the 6th inning. Corpus got 2 more in the 8th on an RBI double from Jon Singleton and a Jack Mayfield RBI single.

Ramon Laureano and Tony Nuñez both singled with 1 out in the 9th; Ferguson would add an RBI single to his ledger, then Little Tuck singled to load the bases, which prompted the Naturals to make a pitching change. J.D. Davis greeted Pedro Fernandez with an RBI single, then Singleton drew a walk to score Ferguson. Mayfield hit a sac fly to bring the Hooks to within a run. Unfortunately, Jamie Ritchie grounded out to end the game.

Kent Emanuel went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Walter was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris stopped the bleeding by allowing 2 hits and striking out 4 over 2.1 scoreless.

Collin McHugh will make his season debut against Corey Ray in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Carolina 2

W- Cristian Javier (1-0)
L- Quintin Torres-Costa (6-3)
S- Justin Ferrell (1)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson (2, 5 season; solo in 2nd)

The Carolina Stros took the series from the Mudcats despite surrendering the only crooked number of the game.

Futures Game participant Yordan Alvarez ripped an RBI double in the 1st to put Buies Creek on the board first. Spencer Johnson launched a solo homer in the 2nd, and Taylor Jones broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the 7th. Randy César went 2-4, making him the only player on either side with a multi-hit game. Myles Straw became the first man in the system to steal 20 bases; his 3 steals give him 22 on the year.

Brett Adcock and Cristian Javier both pitched 4 innings. Adcock allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 7. Javier allowed 2 hits and struck out 6. Justin Ferrell struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning to get the save.

Buies Creek will begin a 4-game series with Potomac on Friday at 7:00 Eastern. Franklin Perez will face Luis Reyes.

Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 0

W- Carlos Sanabria (3-2)
L- Thomas Jankins (3-6)
S- Salvador Montaño (2)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (7, solo in 7th)

The Banditos took the series with a shutout in the finale.

Carlos Sanabria started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 7 over 5 innings. Yohan Ramirez went 3.1 innings and walked 5 while striking out 2. Salvador Montaño struck out the last two Wisconsin batters to complete the shutout.

Troy Sieber doubled to lead off the 5th and scored the first run of the game on Daz Cameron's triple. Chuckie Robinson started off the 7th with a homer. Ray Henderson ripped an RBI double in the 8th, and Daz added an RBI double to his ledger in the 9th. Daz and Ronnie Dawson both finished 2-4 on the night.

Carson LaRue will start the first of a 4-game series in Burlington. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 2, Connecticut 0

W- César Rosado (1-0)
L- Brad Bass (0-1)
S- Colin McKee (1)

TC home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it belonged to Tri-City. Reid Russell ripped a 2-run double in the 2nd inning for the only runs of the evening.

César Rosado has allowed virtually nothing in his first two appearances of the season. He followed up 5 no-hit innings in his first start with 5 more shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7. Colin McKee got knocked around a bit in his first two appearances, but he got himself in the saddle by completing the shutout, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3 over the last 4 innings.

The ValleyCats and Tigers will conclude this 4-game series at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Johnson City 3

W- Gerardo Bojorquez (1-0)
L- Edwar Ramirez (1-1)
S- Willy Collado (1)

Greeneville home runs: Cody Bohanek (2, 2-run in 1st), Wilson Amador (1, solo in 3rd), Oscar Campos (1, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros bashed 3 homers to even up their series with the Appy Cardinals. Both teams scored the same amount of runs in the same innings, but Cody Bohanek's 2-run blast in the 1st inning was the difference.

Both teams scored 2 in the 3rd inning; Greeneville's 2 came on a solo homer from Wilson Amador and an RBI single from Brody Westmoreland. Both teams also scored a run in the 6th; Oscar Campos whacked a solo homer for Greeneville's tally. Bohanek and Amador both finished with 2 hits on the evening. Chas McCormick went 3-4 with 2 doubles and scored a run.

Noel Pinto allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Gerardo Bojorquez was the first man out of the Appy Astros' bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 1. Jesús Balaguer walked 1 and struck out 6 over 2.2 scoreless. Ian Hardman got 2 outs in the 9th via strikeout, but Johnson City also loaded the bases on him with a hit and a couple of walks. Willy Collado got Hardman out of the mess and secured the win.

Cole Watts faces Alvaro Seijas in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Mets 4 in 10 innings

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-0)
L- Eric Villanueva (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Mets tied the game and took the lead in the first extra frame.... but the Palm Beach Stros wound up walking off with the win with 3 in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The GCLstros were actually on the wrong end of a perfect game for the first 5 innings. Hector Martinez changed all of that by walking to lead off the bottom of the 6th. Bernardo Heras followed with their first hit of the day, a single. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan opened the scoring with an RBI double. Juan Piñeda followed with a sacrifice fly.

Martinez started off the bottom of the 10th in scoring position. He advanced to 3rd on a balk and scored on another single from Heras, who was then lifted for Alfredo Angarita. Sanchez-Galan walked and Piñeda got plunked to load the bases. Jonathan Matute hit a sac fly to score Angarita, and an error meant that everyone was safe. Sanchez-Galan scored the winning run on another error. Heras finished 2-3 on the day.

Tyler Ivey, the Astros' 3rd-round pick a couple of weeks ago, allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings. Kit Scheetz, an undrafted lefty from Virginia Tech, allowed 3 hits and fanned 6 over 3 scoreless. Chauncey Nuñez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 scoreless; he also signed as an undrafted free agent out of high school. Nuñez went to Doral Academy in Miami, where he was teammates with Astros' 29th-round pick Andres Santana. Humberto Castellanos pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 4.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Rays1 1

W- Nathanael Ventura (2-1)
L- Jhoanbert Cedeno (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team only scored in one inning, but it was the last inning, so they ended up walking off with the win.

Kendy Moya hit a 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th. With the Blue team down to their last out, Brandon Benavente came through with an RBI double to tie the game. Leonardo Gonzalez came on to run for Benavente and scored the winning run on a single from Ronaldo Urdaneta. Moya finished 2-3.

Jean Reyes allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Oscar Severino allowed an unearned run on an error, a single, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Nathanael Ventura walked the bases loaded in the 9th but escaped unscathed, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Rays2 0

W- Jairo Solis (1-1)
L- Jose Lopez (1-2)

Orange home runs: Freudis Nova (1, 3-run in 3rd)

Team Orange absolutely dominated the Rays 2 in all facets of the game on Thursday.

Jairo Solis, Jose Alberto Rivera, and Fredy Medina joined forces on the first-ever no-hitter for the DSL Orange team. Solis walked 1 and fanned 5 over 5 innings, Rivera walked 2 and struck out 1 in 3 innings of work, and Medina struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Fildex Perfecto finished 3-4 with a bases-loaded walk in the 1st inning and scored twice. Renaigel Martis went 2-6 with an RBI single in the 1st and scored twice. Sean Mendoza had a couple of RBI singles and also scored two runs, and Freudis Nova smacked a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning, the first of his professional career.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jean Reyes, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

DSL Orange no-hitter!
Jairo Solis, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (1-1), 5 IP, BB, 5 K
Jose Alberto Rivera, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3 IP, 2 BB, K
Fredy Medina, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: IP, 2 K

Follow Freudis Nova on Twitter @FreudisNova
Freudis Nova, SS, DSL Astros Orange
1-3, 3-R HR (1), 2 R
Fildex Perfecto, OF, DSL Astros Orange
3-4, RBI, 2 R 

Photo from
Cody Bohanek, SS, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (2), 2 R

Photo from
Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Greeneville
2.2 IP, BB, 6 K
Kristopher "Kit" Scheetz, LHP, GCL Astros
3 IP, 3 H, 6 K

César Rosado's photo taken by Bryan Green
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 2-0 @ Connecticut
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K
César Rosado: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Colin McKee: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

All photos from
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 4-0 @ Wisconsin
9 IP, 2 H, 7 BB, 11 K
Carlos Sanabria: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Yohan Ramirez: 3.1 IP, 5 BB, 2 K
Salvador Montaño: Save (2), 0.2 IP, 2 K

Brett Adcock's photo from
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-2 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 15 K
Brett Adcock: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
Cristian Javier: W (1-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Justin Ferrell: Save (1), IP, 2 K

Jacob Dorris, RHP, Corpus Christi
2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Kyle Tucker's photo taken by Bryan Green
Drew Ferguson, OF, and Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 2-3, solo HR (7), 2 RBI, 3 R
Tucker: 2-5, solo HR (7, 16 season), 2 R

Ashur Tolliver's photo from
Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 8-0 vs. Albuquerque
Joe Musgrove: W (1-0), 7 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K
Ashur Tolliver: 2 IP, 2 BB, K

Tony Kemp, 2B, and Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
Kemp: 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R
Tucker: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R

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