Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 17, 2017

Fresno 22, Las Vegas 8

W- Rogelio Armenteros (3-0, 5-3 season)
L- Ricky Knapp (4-11)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac 2 (11; 3-run in 5th, solo in 6th), D.J. Fisher (20, solo in 3rd), Preston Tucker (15, solo in 4th), Tony Kemp (6, solo in 5th), Jon Kemmer (16, grand slam in 6th)

The Grizzlies unleashed their fury on the 51s on Monday night in the form of 6 home runs and 22 runs. Each team has now hung 20 on the other; Vegas blasted Fresno 21-6 back on April 11.

Rogelio Armenteros didn't have his best outing, but he did enough and received some generous run support. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Aaron West and Ashur Tolliver pitched 2 innings apiece; West allowed 3 hits while Tolliver allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Kyle Smith gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll go up against Mitch Atkins at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 2

W- Josh James (4-3)
L- Ariel Jurado (7-7)
S- Franklin Perez (1, 3 season)

CC home runs: Dex McCall (1, 5 season; solo in 4th), Jason Martin (6, 13 season; solo in 8th)

Dallas Keuchel gave Arlington's AA team a glimpse of what awaits them if/when they make it to the big leagues.

In his first game since June 2, Keuchel allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Josh James and Franklin Perez followed with 3 innings; James walked 1 and struck out 2, while Perez allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in his Texas League debut.

Offensively, the Hooks blew it open early with 5 runs in the 2nd inning. After they loaded the bases to start the frame, Bryan De La Cruz opened the scoring in emphatic fashion with a bases-clearing double. Ramon Laureano ripped a double to bring him home, and Jason Martin added an RBI single. In the 4th, Dex McCall smacked his first Texas League homer and Martin capped off the evening by launching a solo shot in the 8th.

Martin finished 4-4 on the night while McCall went 2-3 and scored twice.

Akeem Bostick takes on Tyler Davis in game 3. First pitch is at 7:05.

From Sunday: Buies Creek 5, Myrtle Beach 4

W- Brett Adcock (4-3, 5-3 season)
L- Jordan Minch (0-2)

BC home runs: None.

Before the Carolina Stros and Pelicans officially got down to business on Monday, there was the matter of Sunday's game, which was suspended due to rain heading into the 5th.

Both teams scored a run in the 3rd before play was halted; Buies Creek's came on a Taylor Jones RBI single. After the restart, the Astros scored 3 after stretch time thanks to RBI singles from Ryne Birk, Jake Rogers, and Jones. Myrtle Beach scored 3 of their own in the top of the 8th to tie, but Birk's sac fly in the bottom of the 8th put Buies Creek back in front. Jones finished 3-4, while Myles Straw and Alex De Goti had 2 hits apiece.

Cionel Perez went 4 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 2 in his Carolina League debut. Brett Adcock pitched the last 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5.

Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 0 in 11 innings

W- James Norwood (3-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (6-3)
S- Dakota Mekkes (2)

BC home runs: None.

This was supposed to be a 7-inning game, but since no one scored, they went on. Both teams combined to put up 20 zeroes on the scoreboard before the Pelicans got to the normally reliable Sebastian Kessay in the 11th for the only two runs of the game.

Stephen Wrenn tripled and Ryne Birk doubled. That was all for the Buies Creek offense in this one.

Ryan Hartman allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 7 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Carolina Stros' bullpen and went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. Kessay allowed Myrtle Beach's 2 runs on a couple of RBI singles; he also walked 2 and struck out 2. Both runs also came with 2 outs.

Hector Perez will start the series finale. He'll take on Duncan Robinson, a Kinkaid alum, at 7:00 Eastern.

West Michigan 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Anthony Castro (7-2)
L- Yohan Ramirez (2-2)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the opening frame, but the Whitecaps took control by posting crooked numbers in a couple more innings.

Quad Cities opened the scoring when Chuckie Robinson hit into a fielder's choice and Osvaldo Duarte came home on the ensuing error. Duarte got caught in a rundown, but the shortstop who slid over to cover third base dropped the ball, allowing him to score. Troy Sieber hit an RBI single in the 6th. Carmen Benedetti went 2-4.

Yohan Ramirez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Robert Corniel also allowed 3 runs, but he did so in 2 innings. He also allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Salvador Montaño worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

After a day off, the River Bandits are headed home to begin a 3-game series with Lansing on Wednesday.

Connecticut 1, Tri-City 0 through 1 inning

This game was suspended due to rain. They'll finish it up tonight with the regularly scheduled game to follow. Juan Robles will face Brad Bass.

Kit Scheetz allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Elizabethton 13, Greeneville 0

W- Jose Martinez (2-0)
L- Cole Watts (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Well... this game degenerated in rather ugly fashion. All 13 Twins runs came in the last two innings.

Hansel Paulino allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 5.2 shutout innings. Cole Watts and Austin Kerns bore the brunt of the Elizabethton onslaught... and I don't think anything more needs to be said.

The only offense that the Appy Astros could muster up were singles from Gilberto Celestino, Roman Garcia, and Reiny Beltre.

Greeneville heads to Danville to start a 3-game series. Felipe Tejada will take the mound in game 1 against Jasseel De La Cruz at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 10, GCL Marlins 1 in 6.5 innings

W- Chad Donato (1-1)
L- Dakota Bennett (0-1)

GCL home runs: Jose Benjamin (3, 3-run in 5th)

This game was called due to rain after the top of the 7th.

It was enough time for Jose Benjamin to hit for the cycle, though. He doubled in the 1st, ripped a 2-run triple in the 3rd, clubbed a 3-run homer in the 5th, and completed it with an RBI single in the 6th inning. Carlos Machado, Hector Martinez. Juan Piñeda, and Orlando Marquez also drove in runs.

Elieser Hernandez's rehab continued with 4.2 strong innings; he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 8. Chad Donato allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2.1 scoreless to get his first professional win.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Rays1 0 in 7 innings

W- Flaer Gonzalez (2-0)
L- Rafael Prensa (0-4)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called with two outs in the bottom of the 7th due to rain.

There was only one inning with runs and it belonged to Team Blue. They got 3 in the 5th thanks to an RBI single from Leonardo Gonzalez; an error on the play allowed Rhandall Sanchez to score another run. Gonzalez, who made it to 2nd on the blunder, came home on a Ronaldo Urdaneta single.

Denilson Lugo allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 4 innings and Flaer Gonzalez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work. Woo.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.

The Buies Creek game that started on Sunday doesn't count towards this section... because it started on Sunday.

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Jose Benjamin, 1B, GCL Astros
4-4, 3-R HR (3), 6 RBI; hit for cycle

Fresno Grizzlies: W 22-8 @ Las Vegas
22 R, 22 H, E
All position players who appeared in the game recorded at least one hit.
Jon Kemmer: 4-6, grand slam (16), 6 RBI, 3 R
Reid Brignac: 3-4, 2 HR (11), 3 R
Tony Kemp: 3-6, solo HR (5), 2 RBI, 3 R; 22-game hitting streak

Ryan Hartman, LHP, and Sean Stutzman, LHP, Buies Creek
Hartman: 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Stutzman: 3 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Hansel Paulino, RHP, Greeneville
5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-3), 3 IP, BB, 2 K

Jason Martin, OF, and Dex McCall, 1B, Corpus Christi
Martin: 4-4, 2 2B, solo HR (6, 13 season), 2 RBI
McCall: 2-3, solo HR (1, 5 season), 2 R

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