Sunday, July 16, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let's play two in the Gulf Coast League!

The Astros system put on a vulgar display of power on Saturday, sending 13 balls out of the park.

Fresno 11, Tacoma 2

W- Dean Deetz (2-3, 6-5 season)
L- Tyler Cloyd (1-1)
S- Kent Emanuel (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (16, 2-run in 2nd), Tyler White (15, grand slam in 4th)

The Grizzlies have outscored the Rainiers 20-3 as they've taken the first three games of this series.

Dean Deetz shook off a 2-run homer from Dan Vogelbach in the 1st to turn in a great outing. He allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 6 in 5 innings of work. Kent Emanuel brought it home in his AAA debut, allowing 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4 over 4 scoreless.

The Grizzlies scored all 11 of their runs in 5 consecutive innings starting in the 2nd, when A.J. Reed put Fresno on the board with his 2-run shot. Tyler White scored on a Teoscar Hernandez double in the 3rd, and then he proceeds to club a grand slam in the 4th. Reed added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th and wound up scoring when Jon Kemmer grounded into a force out. Juan Centeno capped off the onslaught in the 6th with a 2-run single.

Teoscar (2 2B, RBI, R) and Kemmer (RBI, R) both went 3-5. White (grand slam, 2 R), Colin Moran (2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Reed (2-R HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Centeno (2 RBI) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Fresno will look for the sweep as Mike Hauschild gets the start. First pitch is at 1:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 13, Midland 7

W- Framber Valdez (3-1, 5-4 season)
L- Heath Fillmyer (5-4)
S- Cy Sneed (1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield 2 (11, 12 season; grand slam in 3rd, 2-run in 4th), Jason Martin (5, 12 season; solo in 3rd), Bryan De La Cruz (1, solo in 3rd), J.D. Davis (21, 3-run in 6th)

The Hooks battered the Rockhounds with 5 home runs, 3 of which came in a 6-run 3rd inning.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Kyle Tucker (single), Davis, and Jon Singleton (walks) loaded 'em up for Jack Mayfield, who proceeded to launch a grand slam to put Corpus back in front. Jason Martin and Bryan De La Cruz followed with solo shots. Mayfield struck again with a 2-run blast in the 4th and Davis whacked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Martin capped off the night with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Mayfield (2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) and Martin (finished single shy of cycle, 2 RBI) both went 3-5. Davis (3-R HR, 4 RBI, 3 R), De La Cruz (solo HR), Ramon Laureano (2B, 2 R, SB), and Kyle Tucker all turned in 2 hits; Tucker got pulled for reasons unknown. He left the game in the 4th and was last seen with Hooks athletic trainer Grant Hufford.

Framber Valdez didn't have his best showing on the mound, but his offense picked him up in a huge way. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a triple), walked 1, and struck out 6. Cy Sneed threw the final 4 innings and the one scoring play he allowed was a 2-run homer to Tyler Ramirez. Sneed allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Collin McHugh's rehab continues as he starts the first of a 4-game series with Frisco. He'll take on Yohander Mendez at 6:05.

Buies Creek 6, Frederick 2

W- Forrest Whitley (2-0, 4-3 season)
L- Reid Love (1-4)

BC home runs: None.

Scouts from the Rays, White Sox, and Padres descended on Campbell University, most likely to get a look at Forrest Whitley, who didn't let the attention get to him.

Whitley allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 10 over 5.2 shutout innings. This was his first career double-digit strikeout game. Carlos Sierra walked 1 and struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless innings, and Howie Brey allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1 in the final 2 innings.

Buies Creek kicked off the scoring with 3 runs in the 4th inning. Jake Rogers singled to lead it off and dashed home on a Taylor Jones triple. Jones came home on Stephen Wrenn's double, and Wrenn wound up scoring on an error that allowed Alex De Goti to reach. Jones added a couple of RBI singles to his ledger in the 5th and the 7th. Randy Vasquez scored the last Buies Creek run of the evening on a Ryne Birk groundout in the 8th. Jones (3B, 3 RBI, R), Rogers (2 R, 2 SB), and Myles Straw (2B, R) all turned in 3-hit games; Rogers now has an 11-game hitting streak, while Jones has a 5-game streak going.

Cionel Perez makes his Carolina League debut today as the Carolina Stros begin a 3-game series with Myrtle Beach at 4:00 Eastern. He'll be opposed by Justin Steele.

Quad Cities 8, West Michigan 1

W- César Rosado (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Spenser Watkins (6-2)
S- Devon Carr (1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (9, solo in 4th), Troy Sieber (2, grand slam in 9th)

The Banditos turned a tight affair into a laugher with a 6-run 9th inning.

Daz Cameron put Quad Cities on the board first with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Both teams traded sac flies in the early going; West Michigan got theirs in the 3rd to tie the game. Chuckie Robinson put the Banditos back in front with a solo shot in the 4th.

The first 6 batters of the 9th all reached and that's how Quad Cities blew this game open. Carmen Benedetti, Robinson, and Ronnie Dawson all singled to load the bases for Josh Rojas, who singled and forced the Whitecaps to make a call to the bullpen. Daz greeted the new pitcher by drawing a walk, and Troy Sieber capped off the evening in explosive fashion by clubbing a grand slam. Benedetti, Robinson (solo HR, 2 R), and Dawson (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening. Daz saw his 7-game hitting streak come to a close, but he still managed to drive in a couple of runs.

César Rosado bounced back from a rough start in his last time out by allowing a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, and striking out 4 in 5 innings. Gabriel Valdez and Devon Carr finished the game by throwing 2 scoreless innings apiece: Valdez allowed a hit and fanned 2, while Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 to get the save.

Day game after a night game. Carlos Sanabria faces Tom de Blok at 1:00 Eastern.

Tri-City 5, Batavia 4

W- Ben Smith (2-1)
L- Kenny Koplove (1-2)
S- Reggie Johnson (1)

TC home runs: Connor MacDonald (2, solo in 5th)

The Muckdogs got to Matt Ruppenthal for 2 runs in each of the first 2 innings, but his bullpen picked him up with 7.1 scoreless to close out the game. Tri-City managed to complete the comeback this time around by scoring the last four runs of the evening.

Ruppenthal allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. The runner that Nathan Thompson inherited from Ruppenthal stole home. Other than that, Thompson locked it down; he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. Ben Smith and Reggie Johnson retired 11 consecutive Batavia hitters to end the game; Smith fanned 4 in 2.2 innings, while Johnson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Jake Adams opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tri-City's next scoring play didn't come until the 5th, when Connor MacDonald smacked a solo homer. MacDonald added a sac fly to his ledger in the 7th and later in the inning, Mike Papierski scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Papierski's sac fly in the 8th put TC in the lead. Kristian Trompiz (2B, R, 2 SB) and Jake Meyers both went 2-4 on the night.

The ValleyCats and Muckdogs will wrap up their series at 1:05 Eastern.

Elizabethton 9, Greeneville 6

W- Bryan Sammons (1-0)
L- Dariel Aquino (0-1)
S- Juan Gamez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (4, solo in 1st), Colton Shaver (2, solo in 1st), Brody Westmoreland (4, 2-run in 1st), Reiny Beltre (1, solo in 5th)

The Appy Astros' four homers turned out to be not enough to get them the win. Elizabethton scored 5 runs in the last two innings, 4 of which came in the 9th.

Greeneville launched 3 homers in the opening inning. Adrian Tovalin and Colton Shaver smacked back-to-back solo shots to open the scoring. Patrick Mathis walked and Brody Westmoreland whacked a 2-run homer. Reiny Beltre started off the 5th with a homer, and Wilson Amador drove in the only run that did not come on a homer with a single in the 7th inning.

Bryan Abreu went 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs, 2 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4. Adam Bleday was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Dariel Aquino and Willy Collado pitched an inning apiece; Aquino was supposed to get the 9th but failed to retire any of the three Twins batters he faced. He allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Collado took ownership of the 9th and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1.

Gerardo Bojorquez starts game 2 of this series. He'll face Edwar Colina at 6:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Astros 3, GCL Nationals 1

W- Tanner Duncan (1-1)
L- Tim Collins (0-1)
S- Carlos Pimentel (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros got back to .500 with a win in the first game of the twinbill.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan singled to start the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of game 1 on an error following a César Cortez bunt single. Cortez moved to 3rd on the blunder and scored on a Jose Benjamin groundout. Sanchez-Galan, who finished 2-3, doubled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on a Benjamin sac fly.

Ronaldo Marrero allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 scoreless innings. Tanner Duncan allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings, and Carlos Pimentel got a line out for the final out of the first game.

Game 2: GCL Astros 3, GCL Nationals 2 in 8 innings

W- Devin Raftery (1-0)
L- Gilberto Chu (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The GCLstros were held to 3 hits in game 2, but still walked off with the win to sweep the doubleheader.

Ronny Rafael opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, then Enmanuel Valdez scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning. Rafael won the game via shrimp (walk-off walk) in the 8th.

Jairo Solis went 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3. Johsson Arias was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Devin Raftery struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jack Mayfield, IF, J.D. Davis, 3B, and Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 3-5, 2 HR (11, 12 season), 6 RBI, 3 R
Davis: 2-3, 3-R HR (21), 4 RBI, 3 R
Martin: 3-5, solo HR (5, 12 season), 2 RBI; finished single shy of cycle

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 11-2 @ Tacoma
Dean Deetz: W (2-3, 6-5 season), 5 IP, 2 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Kent Emanuel: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K; AAA debut

Tyler White, IF, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
White: 2-6, Grand Slam (15), 2 R
Reed: 2-5, 2-R HR (16), 2 R

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 8-1 @ West Michigan
César Rosado: W (2-1, 3-1 season), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K
Gabriel Valdez: 2 IP, H, 2 K
Devon Carr: Save (1), 2 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
7.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 13 K
Nathan Thompson: 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K
Ben Smith: W (2-1), 2.2 IP, 4 K
Reggie Johnson: Save (1), IP, 2 K
Smith and Johnson had perfect outings

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Adam Bleday, LHP, Greeneville
3.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Buies Creek
3-5, 3B, 3 RBI, R

Forrest Whitley, RHP, Buies Creek
W (2-0, 4-3 season), 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 10 K
New career high for strikeouts in a single game

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