Thursday, July 27, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Let's finish up one game and play another in the Gulf Coast League.

Fresno 6, New Orleans 4

W- Brendan McCurry (4-0)
L- Brandon Cunniff (2-3)
S- Jordan Jankowski (9)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (8, solo in 1st), Jack Mayfield (3, 17 season; 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies scored in fewer innings but made sure that they put up a crooked number in each of them.

Kent Emanuel went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2 solo homers) and struck out 4. The bullpen followed with 4.1 scoreless to close it out. Kevin Comer was first and he issued a walk and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Reymin Guduan worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th. Brendan McCurry struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Jordan Jankowski worked around a hit to close out the game, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Tony Kemp opened the scoring by leading off the bottom of the 1st with a homer. Max Stassi, Preston Tucker, and A.J. Reed all followed with singles to load the bases and they got two more runs out of that. J.D. Davis hit a sac fly and Reid Brignac added an RBI single. Brignac's RBI single would be the Grizzlies' last scoring play until the 8th; in the meantime, New Orleans scored a run in each of the next four innings to take the lead.

Reed walked with two outs in the 8th and Jon Kemmer came on to run for him. Kemmer advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a Davis double. One batter later, Jack Mayfield whacked a 2-run homer to put Fresno back in front. No one in the lineup had a multi-hit game, but Davis and Mayfield drove in 2 apiece.

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

Corpus Christi 11, San Antonio 3

W- Framber Valdez (4-2, 6-5 season)
L- Eric Lauer (2-2)

CC home runs: Tyler Wolfe (2, grand slam in 2nd)

The Hooks battered the Missions to avoid a sweep.

They turned a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 2nd inning into 5 runs, which swung the momentum their way. Arturo Michelena put Corpus on the board with an RBI single and Tyler Wolfe sent everyone home with a grand slam. Jon Singleton ripped an RBI double in the 3rd and Kyle Tucker added an RBI single in the 4th.

Dex McCall scored the first run of the 8th on an error that saw Jason Martin reach safely. Little Tuck followed with a 2-run double, and Martin scored the Hooks' final run of the evening on a Drew Ferguson groundout. Wolfe finished 3-4. Michelena (RBI, 2 R), McCall (2 R), and Tucker (2B, 3 RBI) all went 2-4.

Framber Valdez allowed 2 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7 in 6.2 innings of work. Ryan Thompson threw the last 2.1 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and fanning 1.

Midland is rolling into Whataburger Field to start a 4-game series. Cy Sneed takes on Joel Seddon in game 1, which starts at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 5, Buies Creek 0

W- Dane Dunning (4-5)
L- Matt Bower (4-5)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros' 6-game winning streak came to an end as the Dash silenced their bats.

On the bright side, Will Harris looked not bad in his rehab appearance as he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 1st inning. Okay, he threw more balls than strikes, but he didn't allow anyone to reach base. Matt Bower went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 3. Kevin Hill allowed a hit and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings of work.

Stephen Wrenn and Anibal Sierra both went 2-3 at the plate.

Buies Creek will head down east to Kinston to start a 4-game weekend series with the Wood Ducks. Forrest Whitley will go up against Richelson Peña in game 1, which begins at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities and Clinton was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader will begin at 5:00.

Tri-City was off

The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series with Staten Island at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 6, Princeton 4

W- Johsson Arias (1-2, 1-3 season)
L- Ryan Askew (2-2)
S- Tim Hardy (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros took the series as they took control with 3 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th. They also had to withstand a late rally from the Rays but were able to secure the win.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 4 innings and the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Devin Davis in the 4th; one of the runs was unearned. He allowed 6 other hits and struck out 2. Johsson Arias allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and Tim Hardy went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on a single and a sac fly in the 9th. He also walked 2 and struck out 1.

Joan Mauricio singled to lead off the 5th and scored Greeneville's first run on an error that allowed Cody Bohanek to reach. Gilberto Celestino tied the game with an RBI single and Colton Shaver put the Appy Astros in front with a sac fly. Patrick Mathis ripped a double to start the 6th and scored on an error following a Ruben Castro sacrifice bunt. Castro scored on a Wilson Amador single. Mathis doubled again to start off the 8th and scored Greeneville's final run on a Mauricio groundout. Celestino, Amador, and Mathis all finished with 3 hits on the night. Amador also stole his 10th base of the season.

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

From July 21: GCL Astros 8, GCL Cardinals 5

W- Jairo Solis (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Junior Gonzalez (1-1)
S- Brendan Feldmann (1)

GCL home runs: Nathan Perry (1, solo in 6th)

It was all GCLstros after play resumed. This game originally started on July 21 but was suspended due to rain.

Nathan Perry drove in the first run after play resumed with a sac fly that saw Jonathan Matute score from 2B. Perry struck again in the 6th when he launched his first homer as a pro. Carlos Machado tripled in the 7th and scored on a Hector Martinez single. Perry capped it off with a 2-run single. He and Martinez both finished with 3 hits on the day. Juan Piñeda had a couple of RBI doubles before play stopped. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (RBI, 2 R), Orlando Marquez, and Matute (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece.

Jairo Solis originally started this game and he came back on after play resumed. He went 7.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned, all of which came on July 21) on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Brendan Feldmann struck out 1 in 1.1 innings to get the save.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Cardinals 6

W- Carlos Pimentel (1-0)
L- Jim Voyles (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros came out on top in the regularly scheduled game, as well. A 6-run 3rd inning did the trick, but they also had to weather a rally from the Cardinals, who scored in each of the last four innings of this contest.

Carlos Diaz tripled to start this game and scored on a single from Sanchez-Galan. Wander Franco, who was recently suspended from Quad Cities and appears to be serving his penance in Palm Beach, drove in the first run of that big 3rd inning with a double. Hector Martinez ripped an RBI double of his own, and then Carlos Machado scored on a passed ball. Martinez would up scoring on an error that allowed Angel Tejeda to reach. Tejeda scored on a wild pitch, and Sanchez-Galan capped off the inning with an RBI single. Franco ripped another RBI double in the 5th. Sanchez-Galan went 3-4 in this game.

Javier Navas, Carlos Pimentel, and Devin Raftery appeared on the mound for the Palm Beach Stros and they all allowed 2 runs in their time on the mound. Navas allowed 2 hits and walked 4 in 3.1 innings. Pimentel went 2.2 innings, allowing 3 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and striking out 4, and Raftery allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in the 7th.

The DSL teams were also in action, but their games were halted due to rain. The Blue team was all over the Dodgers 1 10-0 in the 3rd inning, while the Orange team and the Indians are tied at 2 heading into the 6th.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tyler Wolfe, IF, and Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
Wolfe: 3-4, 2B, Grand Slam (2), 3 R
Tucker: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Kevin Hill, RHP, Buies Creek
3.2 IP, H, 5 K
Nathan Perry, C, GCL Astros
3-3, solo HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 R; game started on July 21

Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Kevin Comer: 1.1 IP, BB, K
Reymin Guduan: IP, H, BB
Brendan McCurry: W (4-0), IP, K
Jordan Jankowski: Save (9), IP, H, 2 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Fresno
Go-ahead 2-R HR (3, 17 season) in 8th

This is his mugshot on
Johsson Arias, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-2, 1-3 season), 2 IP, H, 2 K

Gilberto Celestino's and Wilson Amador's photos taken by Bryan Green.
Patrick Mathis's photo is his mugshot on
Greeneville Astros outfielders
9-11, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB
Gilberto Celestino: 3-4, RBI
Wilson Amador: 3-3, RBI, R, SB (10)
Patrick Mathis: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R

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