Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The rain wiped out a good part of the Astros' low minors schedule on Tuesday.

Fresno continues to pour it on in Sin City.

Fresno 19, Las Vegas 12

W- David Martinez (6-7)
L- Mitch Atkins (2-3)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (7, led off game), A.J. Reed (17, 2-run in 1st), Max Stassi (11, solo in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (21, solo in 5th), Preston Tucker (16, 2-run in 7th), Tyler White (17, 2-run in 8th)

After putting 22 on the board on Monday, the Grizzlies turned around and put up 19 more. Both teams combined for 31 runs on 36 hits, 10 of which were home runs. Fresno scored in 7 of 9 innings.

Everyone in the Fresno lineup drove in a run; Reid Brignac was the only player who didn't score or have a hit. Tony Kemp wasted little time in extending his hit streak to 23 when he homered to kick things off.


It wasn't a great night for the pitching staff, but once again, the Grizzlies offense laid waste to Vegas' pitchers.

Kyle Smith allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and failed to record an out in the 1st. David Martinez went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Kevin Comer went 2 innings and the one scoring play he allowed was a 2-run homer to Gavin Cecchini in the 5th. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry and Andrew Thome finally brought order to the game with scoreless outings; McCurry allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, while Thome struck out 3 over 2 perfect frames.

Trent Thornton takes on Tyler Pill in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Tyler Davis (1-1)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-2, 6-3 season)

CC home runs: Dex McCall (2, 6 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks were handcuffed on Tuesday.

Dex McCall's solo blast in the 5th was Corpus Christi's only scoring play and one of just three hits they recorded on the evening. The other two hits were singles from Tony Nuñez and Arturo Michelena.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 2 hits, one of which was a solo homer. He also struck out 3. Nick Hernandez allowed a run on a single and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Alex Winkelman starts the series finale against Collin Wiles. First pitch is at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 5, Buies Creek 4

W- Duncan Robinson (1-2)
L- Hector Perez (4-4, 5-5 season)
S- Pedro Araujo (6)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros nearly managed to steal one despite being down 5-0. Unfortunately, no cigar for them.

Hector Perez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. He's the first pitcher in the system to strike out 100 batters this season. Justin Ferrell and Carlos Sierra pitched 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen; Ferrell allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (grand slam; 2 runs charged to Perez), walked 1, and struck out 4. Sierra allowed a hit and struck out 1.

Buies Creek got on the board in the 6th thanks to a Taylor Jones RBI single and an error that allowed Jake Rogers to come home. Rogers ripped an RBI double in the 8th and Anthony Hermelyn added a sac fly. The threat continued when Stephen Wrenn and Spencer Johnson walked to load the bases, but they were all stranded to end the frame. Myles Straw went 2-5 with a stolen base (27) and scored twice.

The Carolina Stros begin a 4-game home-and-away set with Carolina on Thursday, with the first 2 games coming on the road.

Quad Cities was off

Carson LaRue takes on Mike Ellenbest at 6:35 as the Banditos begin a 3-game series with the Lansing Lugnuts.

From Monday: Connecticut 1, Tri-City 0

W- Brad Bass (1-2)
L- Kit Scheetz (0-1)
S- Brandyn Sittinger (1)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers' lone tally in the 1st inning held up after play resumed.

Kit Scheetz allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Colin McKee and Reggie Johnson came on to throw 3.2 innings apiece; McKee was first and all he did was issue 2 walks and strike out 7. Johnson allowed a hit and fanned 6.

All Tri-City got on offense in this game were singles from J.J. Matijevic, Kristian Trompiz, and Jake Meyers.

Tri-City 3, Connecticut 1

W- Ben Smith (3-1)
L- Oswaldo Castillo (1-1)
S- Jesús Balaguer (2, 3 season)

TC home runs: Luis Payano (3, solo in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (2, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats got even by taking the regularly scheduled contest.

Reid Russell opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Luis Payano smacked a solo homer in the 3rd and Connor MacDonald launched one in the 6th to cap off the night.

Juan Robles allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Ben Smith allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless and Jesús Balaguer struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th to close it out.

Tri-City and Connecticut will wrap up their series shortly with an 11:00 AM Eastern start.

Greeneville and Danville was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled to start at 5:00 Eastern. Felipe Tejada takes on Jasseel De La Cruz in game 1 and Leovanny Rodriguez goes up against Odalvi Javier in the nightcap.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fresno Grizzlies: W 19-12 @ Las Vegas
19 R, 19 H
All players in the lineup recorded at least one RBI.
Tony Kemp: solo HR (7) to lead off game; 23-game hitting streak
Tyler White: 2-6, 2-R HR (17), 3 R
Derek Fisher: 4-6, 2 2B, solo HR (21), 4 R
Teoscar Hernandez: 3-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R
Preston Tucker: 3-6, 2B, 2-R HR (16), 3 RBI, 2 R
A.J. Reed: 3-5, 2-R HR (17), 3 R


Balaguer's picture is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Colin McKee, RHP, Reggie Johnson, RHP, Ben Smith, LHP, and Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Tri-City
McKee: 3.2 IP, 2 BB, 7 K (career-high)
Johnson: 3.2 IP, H, 6 K
Smith: W (3-1), 2 IP, H, 2 K
Balaguer: Save (2, 3 season), IP, 2 K

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