Friday, July 21, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and Thursday, July 20, 2017

Let's play two in Danville!

*Note: Thursdays tend to be incredibly busy at the office so I will usually combine Wednesday and Thursday into one mega-recap. On occasion, I will also combine Thursday and Friday into one if the situation dictates it.

Wednesday: Las Vegas 4, Fresno 2

W- Kevin McGowan (5-3)
L- Dayan Diaz (4-1)
S- Chasen Bradford (10)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (11, 2-run in 8th)

Well, the Grizzlies weren't going to score 21 and 19 runs in the rest of their games forever.

Teoscar Hernandez's 2-run blast in the 8th put them in the lead, but the 51s regained control with 3 in the bottom of the 8th. J.D. Davis went 2-4 in his AAA debut. Tony Kemp had a single to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

The one run that Trent Thornton allowed in his 7 innings came on a Dom Smith solo homer in the 1st inning. After that, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way for him. Thornton allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Vegas got to Dayan Diaz and Jordan Jankowski in the 8th; Diaz got 2 outs, one via strikeout, but issued walks to the next two batters to load the bases, which prompted Jankowski's entrance. Jankowski got the last out of the inning with a strikeout, but not before he allowed a bases-clearing double to Smith and issued a walk.

Thursday: Fresno 18, Las Vegas 5

W- Kent Emanuel (1-0, 6-5 season)
L- Donovan Hand (2-4)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed 2 (19; 2-run in 5th, 3-run in 7th), Jon Kemmer 2 (13; solo in 6th, solo in 7th), Reid Brignac (12, solo in 2nd), Preston Tucker (17, 3-run in 7th)

What a roadtrip it was for Fresno. The Grizzlies finished 7-1 and outscored Tacoma and Vegas 86-36 in the 8 games. After getting held on Wednesday, the Grizzlies poured it on one last time in Sin City.

Sadly, Tony Kemp missed out on the party as he saw his 24-game hitting streak come to a close.


Kent Emanuel won his first AAA start, going 5 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 6, and striking out 4. Jacob Dorris and Kyle Smith pitched 2 innings apiece; Dorris allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Smith allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1.

Dean Deetz gets the start as the Grizzlies welcome Round Rock to the Central Valley. He'll take on David Ledbetter at 7:05 Pacific.

Wednesday: Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 0

W- Alex Winkelman (1-5, 3-5 season)
L- Collin Wiles (7-7)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (12, 13 season; 3-run in 6th), Jason Martin (7, 14 season; solo in 7th), Dexture McCall (3, 7 season; 2-run in 8th)

Alex Winkelman was one out away.... and then Andy Ibañez had to ruin the fun.

That's right, Winkelman had a no-hitter going for 8.2 innings until Ibañez put Frisco into the hit column with a 2-out single in the 9th inning. Winkelman walked 2 and struck out 6 in the best outing of his career. Andrew Walter recorded the last out of the game by getting Luke Tendler to line out to Ramon Laureano.

Corpus launched homers in three consecutive innings to account for all six of their runs. Jack Mayfield's 3-run shot came in the 6th, Jason Martin smacked a solo homer in the 7th, and Dex McCall whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th. Ryne Birk singled and scored a run in his Texas League debut.

Thursday: Corpus Christi 5, Midland 3

W- Yoanys Quiala (2-2, 7-3 season)
L- Tyler Sturdevant (1-3)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (13, 14 season; solo in 1st), Jason Martin (7, 14 season; solo in 9th), Dexture McCall (4, 8 season; solo in 9th)

For the second straight night, Jack Mayfield, Jason Martin, and Dex McCall all homered for the Hooks, who broke a 3-3 tie thanks to Martin's and McCall's solo blasts in the 9th inning.

Jack Mayfield opened the scoring with his solo shot in the 1st. Arturo Michelena finished 2-3 and scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning. Mayfield tied the game at 3 by adding a sac fly to his ledger in the 8th. After Garrett Stubbs grounded out to lead off the 9th, McCall and Martin put Corpus in front.

Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Yoanys Quiala allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 4 innings.

Cy Sneed takes on Casey Meisner at 7:00. Meisner is a 2013 graduate of Cypress Woods High School.

Thursday: Buies Creek 8, Carolina 3


W- Matt Bower (4-4)
L- Kodi Medeiros (4-8)
S- Kevin Hill (1, 4 season)

BC home runs: Anibal Sierra (4, 2-run in 7th)

The Carolina Stros seized control of this game thanks to a 4-run 5th, then tacked on two more runs in the 7th and the 9th for good measure.

Matt Bower pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Kevin Hill picked him up with 3.2 strong innings out of the bullpen, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 5.

Anthony Hermelyn singled to lead off the 5th, and then Randy César and Tyler Wolfe joined him on the bases by walking and singling, respectively. That brought up Anibal Sierra, who sent them all home with a triple. He ended up scoring the go-ahead run on a Stephen Wrenn sac fly. Sierra smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th, and in the 9th, Wolfe scored on a wild pitch and Jake Rogers capped off the night with a sac fly. Sierra finished a double shy of the cycle and scored 3 runs. Wolfe and César both scored twice; Rogers, Myles Straw, and Wolfe all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Justin Ferrell starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Wednesday: Quad Cities 20, Lansing 3

W- Carson LaRue (10-3)
L- Mike Ellenbest (3-7)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson 2 (12; 2-run in 2nd, 3-run in 2nd), Josh Rojas 2 (7; 2-run in 3rd, 2-run in 5th), Troy Sieber (3, 3-run in 1st), Daz Cameron (10, 2-run in 2nd)

lol

No, I read the box score correctly; Ronnie Dawson homered twice in one inning.


Carson LaRue was the beneficiary of the, um... generous run support. That didn't stop him from turning in a nice outing on the mound; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. Ronel Blanco went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Thursday: Lansing 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Yennsy Diaz (2-2)
L- Abdiel Saldaña (5-2)
S- Nick Hartman (2)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (8, 2-run in 8th)

Both teams had one scoring inning. The Lugnuts managed to get one more than the Banditos.

Josh Rojas smacked a 2-run homer in the 8th for the only Quad Cities runs. He and Daz Cameron both finished 2-4 on the night.

Abdiel Saldaña pitched well, but he had a tough end to his night in the 7th as he allowed 3 runs, 2 of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. In 6.1 innings, Saldaña allowed 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Devon Carr allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Lucas Williams worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Patrick Sandoval makes his second Midwest League start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Osman Gutierrez at 6:35.

Wednesday: Connecticut 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jhonny Mateo (1-1)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-2)
S- Wladimir Pinto (4)

TC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (3, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats dropped the series to Connecticut as their bats went silent.

J.J. Matijevic's solo shot in the 7th was their only scoring play.

Tyler Ivey went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 2. Carlos Hiraldo was the first man out of the TC bullpen and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Luis Ramirez finished it by allowing a hit over 2 scoreless.

Thursday: Lowell 3, Tri-City 1

W- Enmanuel De Jesus (1-2)
L- Matt Ruppenthal (0-1)
S- Juan Florentino (5)

TC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (3, solo in 3rd)

The ValleyCats' last three games have all ended 3-1. They've dropped two of them.

Matt Ruppenthal allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Nathan Thompson was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3.1 innings. Diogenes Almengo got the last 2 outs of the 8th, one via strikeout.

Miguelangel Sierra smacked a solo homer in the 3rd for Tri-City's only run.

Game 2 of this series starts at 6:35 Eastern.

Wednesday Game 1: Danville 7, Greeneville 6

W- Jesus Heredia (1-1)
L- Willy Collado (1-1)
S- Landon Hughes (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Both teams scored 6 in the 4th, but Danville's run in the 6th was the difference in game 1. The Appy Astros had runners thrown out at the plate twice to end the game.

The Appy Astros turned a bases-loaded situation to start their half of the 4th into their 6 runs. Ruben Castro opened the scoring with a 2-run single and Wilson Amador followed by ripping a 2-run double. Cody Bohanek added an RBI single and Amador scored on a double play. Castro and Colton Shaver both finished 2-4 in the first game.

Felipe Tejada went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ian Hardman allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4, and Willy Collado allowed the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He also allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 6th.

Wednesday Game 2: Greeneville 2, Danville 1 in 8 innings

W- Dariel Aquino (1-1)
L- Kelvin Rodriguez (3-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Patrick Mathis got thrown out at the plate to end game 1 and then got into it a little with Danville catcher Drew Lugbauer afterward. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and it sounds like game 2 went along without any escalating tension.

Both teams scored a run in the 3rd; Greeneville's came on a Gilberto Celestino RBI double. Colton Shaver drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning. Wilson Amador went 2-4 with a stolen base (9) in game 2.

Humberto Castellanos allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 5 innings, while Dariel Aquino walked 2 and fanned 6 in 3 scoreless to get the win.

Thursday: Danville 7, Greeneville 6

W- Keith Weisenberg (1-1)
L- Johsson Arias (0-2, 0-3 season)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (5, 2-run in 1st), Roman Garcia (3, solo in 1st)

The Appy Astros couldn't hold a 6-2 lead and Danville wound up walking off with the win with a pair in the bottom of the 9th.

Roman Garcia opened up the scoring with a solo shot in the 1st inning. Brody Westmoreland launched a 2-run homer later in the inning. Martin Figueroa went 3-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd and scored on a Wilson Amador infield single in the 6th. Frankeny Fernandez scored on an errant pickoff throw in the 6th. Westmoreland finished 2-4 on the evening.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Tim Hardy pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Johsson Arias allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Bryan Abreu will start the first of a 3-game series against Pulaski at 7:00 Eastern.

Wednesday: GCL Astros 5, GCL Mets 0 in 6 innings

W- Brandon Bielak (1-0)
L- Briam Campusano (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

This game was called with one out in the top of the 6th due to rain.

Corbin Martin walked 1 in 3 scoreless innings, while Brandon Bielak allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings.

Juan Piñeda opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. The Palm Beach Stros put up 3 in the 3rd thanks to an error that allowed Jonathan Matute and Jose Benjamin to score and an RBI single from Piñeda. He and Benjamin both finished 3-3.

Thursday: GCL Astros 4, GCL Nationals 2

W- Brendan Feldmann (1-0)
L- Darly Infante (0-1)
S- Carlos Pimentel (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros got their 4 runs in the last 2 innings to nip the Nationals.

Andres Santana ripped an RBI double to put the GCLstros on the board in the 8th. He scored on an Orlando Marquez single after a wild pitch allowed him to get to 3rd. Ronny Rafael drove in the go-ahead run with a single later in the inning. Jose Benjamin provided some insurance with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Juan Pablo Lopez, Ronaldo Marrero, and Nivaldo Rodriguez all pitched 2 innings to start things off. Lopez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Marrero allowed a run on a sac fly, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 3. Brendan Feldmann was the only pitcher who didn't throw 2 innings; he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. Carlos Pimentel allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless.

Wednesday: DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Royals 0

W- Freylin Garcia (1-5)
L- Rovaldis Cabrera (1-1)

Blue home runs: Yeuris Ramirez (3, 2-run in 1st), Kendy Moya (1, solo in 9th)

Kendy Moya went 3-3 with a solo homer, a sac fly, and scored 3 runs. Yeuris Ramirez smacked a 2-run homer in the 1st and stole home in the 7th inning. Rhandall Sanchez and Nerio Rodriguez had 2 hits apiece.

Four pitchers combined on the shutout. Oscar Severino and Freylin Garcia started with 3 scoreless innings apiece; Severino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Garcia allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Renny Ugarte fanned 2 in 2 perfect ininings, and Jervic Chavez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Thursday: DSL Royals 4, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Angel Zerpa (3-2)
L- Angel Macuare (1-2)
S- Kelvin Gonzalez (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Royals put up the only crooked number in this one and that made all the difference.

Kendy Moya and Rhandall Sanchez hit RBI singles in the 8th and the 9th, respectively.

Angel Macuare, Jean Reyes, and Fredis Guerrero all threw 3 innings. Macuare allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Reyes allowed 2 hits and fanned 2, and Guerrero allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 2.

Wednesday: DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Pirates 2

W- Luis De Paula (2-0)
L- Randy Jimenez (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team regained control with 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th after the Pirates had tied it in the top of the inning.

Freudis Nova ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring. Jose Alvarez added an RBI single later in the inning. Alvarez put Team Orange back in front with a 2-run double. They loaded the bases and got 2 more runs when Sean Mendoza walked and Jeury Castillo got plunked. Ramiro Rodriguez went 3-4 and scored twice. Alvarez's two hits resulted in runs.

Miguel Matos and Christian Mejias began with 3 scoreless innings; neither of them allowed a hit. Matos walked 2 and struck out 4, while Mejias walked 1 and fanned 4. Jose Alberto Rivera allowed 2 runs (both inherited runners charged to him), a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 1+ innings. Luis De Paula allowed those 2 runs on a sac fly and a wild pitch. He went 2 innings and allowed a hit while striking out 3.

Thursday: DSL Pirates 13, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Santiago Florez (2-2)
L- Elian Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Kleiner Machado (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Kelvin Perez spoiled the shutout with a 2-run double in the 8th.

Uh... the Pirates only had 5 hits, but they scored 13 runs mainly because 7 Orange team pitchers combined to issue 18 walks.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kendy Moya, 2B/OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-3, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 R; 1st career HR

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-5, 3-5 season), 8.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K; lost no-hitter with 2 outs in 9th

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 20-3 vs. Lansing
20 R, 22 H
Ronnie Dawson: 3-4, 3B, 2 HR (12), 5 RBI, 3 R; 2 HR came in same inning
Josh Rojas: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR (7), 6 RBI, 4 R
Troy Sieber: 2-4, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, 2 R
Daz Cameron: 3-5, 3B, 2-R HR (10), 3 RBI
Carson LaRue: W (10-3), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Trent Thornton, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 3 K

Humberto Castellanos' picture is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Greeneville Astros pitchers: W 2-1 @ Danville in game 2 of doubleheader
Humberto Castellanos: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 3 K
Dariel Aquino: W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 BB, 6 K

Thursday's Stars

Fresno Grizzlies: W 18-5 @ Las Vegas
Outscored Tacoma and Las Vegas 86-36 on 7-1 roadtrip
Jon Kemmer: 3-4, 2 solo HR (13), 4 R, SB (5)
Derek Fisher: 3-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB (16)
Preston Tucker: 3-4, 3-R HR (17), 5 RBI, 2 R
A.J. Reed: 2-5, 2 HR (19), 5 RBI, 3 R

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-2, 7-3 season), 4 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 2 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1, 4 season), 3.2 IP, H, BB, 5 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Anibal Sierra, SS, Buies Creek
3-4, 3B, 2-R HR (4), 5 RBI, 3 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Brody Westmoreland, 3B/1B, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (5), 2 R

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