Saturday, July 15, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 13, 2017 and Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday: Fresno 5, Tacoma 1

W- Trent Thornton (6-2, 7-4 season)
L- Sam Gaviglio (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez 2 (10; solo in 5th, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies only had 4 hits, but three of them resulted in runs.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the 5th with a solo shot. Colin Moran and A.J. Reed walked and scored on a Jon Kemmer triple. Kemmer ended up scoring on an error after Reid Brignac hit into a fielder's choice. Teoscar smacked another solo homer to lead off the 6th.

Trent Thornton allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Aaron West struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings. Reymin Guduan worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Brendan McCurry walked 2 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Friday: Fresno 4, Tacoma 0

W- Kevin Comer (4-3)
L- Casey Lawrence (2-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one half-inning with runs and it belonged to Fresno.

Reid Brignac walked to lead off the top of the 8th, advanced to 2nd on an Alejandro Garcia sac bunt, went to 3rd on a Tony Kemp single, and scored the first run of the evening on a Preston Tucker single. D.J. Fisher walked to load the bases. Teoscar Hernandez flew out for the 2nd out, but Colin Moran kept the line moving by drawing a walk to bring Kemp home. A.J. Reed followed with a 2-run double. Kemp finished 3-5 with a stolen base (15) and extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Four Grizzlies pitchers combined on a shutout. David Martinez started it off by allowing 4 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3 over 6 innings. Kevin Comer, Jordan Jankowski, and Dayan Diaz finished it off by throwing scoreless innings. Comer and Jankowski struck out the side in order in the 7th and the 8th, and Diaz worked around a hit in the 9th, striking out 2.

Dean Deetz faces Tyler Cloyd in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Thursday: Corpus Christi 6, Midland 3

W- Ryan Thompson (1-2, 1-3 season)
L- Joel Seddon (3-3)
S- Andrew Walter (1, 2 season)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (16, solo in 4th), J.D. Davis (20, 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks scored the last 6 runs of the game and took control with a 3-run 7th inning.

Jon Singleton started off the 4th by launching a homer to put Corpus on the board. J.D. Davis added an RBI single in the 5th. Tony Nuñez doubled to lead off the 7th and scored the tying run on a Ramon Laureano groundout. Two batters later, Davis put the Hooks in front with a 2-run blast. Bryan De La Cruz capped off the evening with a sac fly in the 8th. Davis is the first man in the system to 20 homers. He, Singleton, and Nuñez all finished with 2 hits on Thursday.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Ryan Thompson and Andrew Walter threw 2 scoreless innings apiece and they both allowed 3 hits. Thompson struck out 3, while Walter got the save and struck out 1.

Friday: Midland 7, Corpus Christi 1

W- Grant Holmes (6-9)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-2, 6-3 season)

CC home runs: None.

Midland got the jump on Yoanys Quiala with 5 1st-inning runs, which turned out to be enough for them to get the win on Friday.

Quiala went 4.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits (all singles), walked 3, and struck out 2. Nick Hernandez went 2.2 innings, allowing a hit and walking 1. Ralph Garza worked around a couple of singles to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the game and scored the lone Hooks run on a Jon Singleton RBI single.

Corpus and Midland will wrap up their series at 7:00 as Framber Valdez takes on Heath Fillmyer.

Thursday: Buies Creek 6, Frederick 5

W- Sebastian Kessay (6-2)
L- Tanner Chleborad (0-3)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (9, 15 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros walked off with the win after withstanding a 5-5 night from Ryan Mountcastle and a 3-run top of the 8th from the Keys which gave them a 5-4 lead.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd; Buies Creek's came on an Anibal Sierra sac fly. Jake Rogers whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning. Stephen Wrenn scored on a Myles Straw groundout in the 6th.

Buies Creek scored both of their runs in the bottom of the 9th while down to their final out. Yordan Alvarez kept the game going with a double and scored the tying run on Anthony Hermelyn's two-bagger. Alex De Goti came on to run and Wrenn won it with a single. Wrenn went 2-4 and was the only player in the starting 9+1 to finish with more than one hit.

Matt Bower allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Jorge Alcala and Sebastian Kessay followed with 2 innings apiece; Alcala allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Kessay allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Friday: Frederick 6, Buies Creek 2

W- Cristian Alvarado (4-8)
L- Justin Ferrell (7-4)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros saw their 5-game winning streak go by the wayside on Friday.

Justin Ferrell was unable to get out of the 1st as the Keys got 3 runs off of him. He got 2 outs, both via strikeout, walked 1, and allowed 4 hits. Kevin Hill restored some order, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 in 5.1 innings. Erasmo Pinales pitched the last 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Stephen Wrenn put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning. Alex De Goti hit an RBI single in the 8th. Jake Rogers went 3-4 and scored on Wrenn's groundout back in the 2nd.

Forrest Whitley makes his third Carolina League start in the series finale. He'll go up against Reid Love at 6:00 Eastern.

Thursday: Quad Cities 5, South Bend 3

W- Ronel Blanco (4-2, 4-3 season)
L- Michael Knighton (2-2)
S- Salvador Montaño (3)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (5, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos scored in three straight innings, culminating in Josh Rojas' 3-run blast in the 6th inning.

Ronel Blanco went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, both on a homer) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Robert Corniel was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed a run on a wild pitch, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Salvador Montaño worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Tyler Wolfe opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 4th, Daz Cameron ripped an RBI double in the 5th, and Rojas whacked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Daz (2 2B, RBI, R) and Chuckie Robinson (2B) both finished 2-5.

Friday: South Bend 7, Quad Cities 4

W- Bryan Hudson (4-3)
L- Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 1-3 season)
S- Mark Malave (1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (9, 3-run in 2nd)

The Cubs foiled the Banditos' bid to sweep the series by putting up crooked numbers in all of their scoring innings.

Marcos Almonte smacked a 3-run homer in the 2nd to open the scoring. Carmen Benedetti scored the other Quad Cities run on a double play in the 3rd. Ronnie Dawson finished 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 8 games.

In his Midwest League debut, Patrick Sandoval went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Abdiel Saldaña allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings.

The River Bandits will start a 3-game series with West Michigan at 6:00 Eastern. TBA goes up against Spenser Watkins.

Thursday: State College 7, Tri-City 6

W- Daniel Castano (5-0)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-3)
S- Spencer Trayner (1)

TC home runs: Abraham Toro-Hernandez (4, 2-run in 9th)

The ValleyCats almost erased a 7-2 deficit. Almost.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez reached on an error in the 1st inning and scored on a Kyle Davis triple. Jake Meyers ripped an RBI double in the 2nd. Andy Piñeda tripled to start the 5th and trotted home on Toro's single. Piñeda tripled again in the 7th and came home on a J.J. Matijevic groundout. In the 9th, Matijevic walked and then advanced to 2nd on defensive indifference. Toro followed by smacking a 2-run homer. Toro (2-R HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Piñeda (2 3B, 2 R) both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Carlos Hiraldo allowed 7 runs on 5 hits (grand slam), walked 4, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. The bullpen picked him up with 6.1 scoreless to close the game. Diogenes Almengo had a perfect outing, striking out 3 in 2.1 innings. Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, and Reggie Johnson threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Friday: Batavia 8, Tri-City 4

W- Shane Sawczak (1-0)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 2 in the 7th to tie the game at 4... only to see the Muckdogs regain control of this game with 4 after stretch time.

Andy Piñeda tripled to start the 3rd and scored Tri-City's first run on a Corey Julks single. J.J. Matijevic added a sac fly in the 4th. Mike Papierski singled to lead off the 7th and scored on Miguelangel Sierra's double. Matijevic, who joined Papierski on the bases after a single, ended up scoring on a wild pitch.

Cristian Javier went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Luis Ramirez was the first man out of the ValleyCats bullpen and went 1.1 innings, walking 1 and striking out 1. Tyler Ivey bore the brunt of Batavia's assault; he pitched 2.2 innings and allowed all 4 Muckdogs runs in the 7th, 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Jesús Balaguer allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Both teams will get back to it at 7:05 Eastern.

Thursday: Bluefield 10, Greeneville 9

W- Marcus Reyes (1-0)
L- Felipe Tejada (0-1)
S- Ty Tice (4)

Greeneville home runs: Frankeny Fernandez (1, 3-run in 1st)

The Appy Astros got off to a fast start. Unfortunately, the finish was forgettable.

Cody Bohanek singled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening on a balk. Adrian Tovalin followed with an RBI single. Tovalin wound up scoring on a Patrick Mathis single and one batter later, Frankeny Fernandez whacked a 3-run homer to put Greeneville up 6-0. In the 5th, Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI single and Mathis added a sac fly to his ledger. Mathis legged out an RBI infield single in the 9th to cut the deficit to one run, but Fernandez struck out to end the game.

Gilberto Celestino finished 3-5 and scored twice. Bohanek, Tovalin, Roman Garcia, and Mathis all had 2 hits on the evening.

Francisco Villegas and Felipe Tejada started off with 3 innings apiece and they both allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Villegas allowed 5 runs and two homers (solo and 2-run) while Tejada allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Austin Kerns allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings.

Friday: Greeneville 11, Bluefield 0

W- Tim Hardy (1-1)
L- Joel Espinal (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Cody Bohanek (3, solo in 6th), Patrick Mathis (1, grand slam in 6th)

Both teams combined to put up ten zeroes on the scoreboard until the Appy Astros blew this game wide open with a pair of homers in the 6th.

Cody Bohanek opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 6th. Gilberto Celestino singled, Roman Garcia walked, and Colton Shaver singled to load the bases for Patrick Mathis, who promptly sent everyone and himself home with a grand slam, his first home run as a pro.

Celestino legged out an infield single to lead off the 8th and Garcia joined him on the bases after getting plunked. They both advanced on a wild pitch, and Shaver walked to load the bases once more. Mathis and Brody Westmoreland followed with RBI singles, and then Oscar Campos ripped a 2-run double. Westmoreland scored on a Wilson Amador groundout, and Celestino capped off the scoring with an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning. He (RBI, 2 R, SB) and Mathis (grand slam, 5 RBI, 2 R) both finished 3-5. Bohanek (2B, solo HR), Westmoreland (RBI, R), and Campos (2B, 2 RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Meanwhile on the mound, three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in 4 innings. Tim Hardy followed with 3.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Ian Hardman allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

The Appy Astros will start a big 3-game set with Elizabethton tonight at 6:00 Eastern. Both teams enter the series separated by a half-game in the standings.

Friday: GCL Astros 11, GCL Mets 2

W- Saul Martinez (1-0)
L- Yeizo Campos (1-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros broke a 2-2 tie in a massive way with 4 in the 6th and 5 more in the 7th for good measure.

Prior to the outburst, they scored twice in the 4th on a Carlos Machado sac fly and a Juan Piñeda RBI triple.

Jonathan Matute walked to lead off the 6th and scored the go-ahead run on a Bernardo Heras single. Piñeda followed by adding a sac fly to his ledger, and then Enmanuel Valdez ripped an RBI double and César Cortez added an RBI single. Heras hit another RBI single in the 7th and an error on the play allowed Jose Benjamin to score another run. A balk allowed Machado to score. Heras scored when Piñeda hit into a fielder's choice. Cortez finished off the day with an RBI double. He, Machado, and Heras all had 2 hits on the day.

Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 4 innings. Saul Martinez allowed a run on 2 hits in the 5th. Corbin Martin and Brandon Bielak threw 2 scoreless innings in their pro debuts. Martin struck out 5 in a perfect outing, while Bielak allowed 2 hits and struck out 4.

Thursday: DSL Astros Blue 17, DSL Marlins 10

W- Angel Matos (1-0)
L- Yoilan Quinonez (0-2)

Blue home runs: Ronaldo Urdaneta (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Blue team jumped out to a 12-0 lead. The Marlins managed to put a few dents into that lead, but it proved to be a comfortable enough cushion.


Fredis Guerrero went 4 innings and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Nathanael Ventura came on for the 5th but failed to record an out; he allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners charged to him), hit 2 batters, and walked 1. Asael Uribe took ownership of the 5th inning and ended up allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and also walked 3. Angel Matos pitched the last 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. 

Friday: DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Marlins 1

W- Jose Antonio Hernandez (1-1)
L- Winston Mora (0-2)
S- Yulian Frontado (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Angel Tejeda's 2-run double in the 8th inning allowed the Blue team to edge the Marlins. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 2-2 with a stolen base (14).

Angel Macuare allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 1st inning. Antonio Pujols followed with 5 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. Jose Antonio Hernandez was next; he allowed the lone Marlins run on 2 hits and struck out 3 in 2 innings. Yulian Frontado worked around a hit and a walk to get the save.

Thursday: DSL Cubs1 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Hector Matos (2-0)
L- Elian Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Miguel Estevez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Cubs 1 got out to a 5-0 lead after 2.5 innings.

Gerry Castillo drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd and Euclides Chavez had a 2-run single in the 7th. Ramiro Rodriguez scored 2 of Team Orange's 3 runs in this game.

Elian Rodriguez allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Ronny Garcia retired all 4 Cubs he faced, striking out 2 of them. Cristofer Melendez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4 innings, and Luis De Paula struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Friday: DSL Cubs1 14, DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Yan De La Cruz (2-2)
L- Carlos Perdomo (2-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team faced another big deficit early on.

Euclides Chavez hit an RBI single in the 6th. Jeury Castillo didn't have a hit, but he still managed to drive in 2 with a sac fly in the 8th and a bases-loaded walk in the 9th. Kelvin Perez went 2-2 with an RBI single in the 9th. Ramiro Rodriguez and Sean Mendoza also finished with 2 hits. Luis Barajas drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th.

Carlos Perdomo struggled and I'll just keep it at that. Diosward Gonzalez went 3.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Gustavo Almonte, Hecduar Barcenas, and Fredy Medina all pitched an inning with varying results. Almonte allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in the 6th, Barcenas allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th, and Medina allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Blue: W 17-10 @ DSL Marlins
Ronaldo Urdaneta: 4-5, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 5 RBI, 2 R
Leonardo Gonzalez: 3-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
Angel Tejeda: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C, Tri-City
2-5, 2-R HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 R

Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Diogenes Almengo: 2.1 IP, 3 K; perfect outing
Juan Robles: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
Reggie Johnson: IP

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (20), 3 RBI

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, walk-off RBI single, 2 R, SB (5, 13 season)

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 solo HR (10)

Friday's Stars

Once again, all photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Antonio Pujols, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, GCL Astros
2 IP, 5 K; perfect outing in pro debut

Greeneville Astros: W 11-0 @ Bluefield
Patrick Mathis: 3-5, grand slam (1), 5 RBI, 2 R; first pro HR
Gilberto Celestino: 3-5, RBI, 2 R, SB (3)
Cody Bohanek: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (3)
Oscar Campos: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Leovanny Rodriguez: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K
Tim Hardy: W (1-1), 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Ian Hardman: 1.1 IP, 2 H, K

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 4-0 @ Tacoma
David Martinez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K
Kevin Comer: W (4-3), IP, 3 K
Jordan Jankowski: IP, 3 K
Dayan Diaz: IP, H, 2 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Buies Creek
5.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

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