Friday, July 28, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 27, 2017

Let's play two in Clinton!

Fresno 8, New Orleans 5

W- Jacob Dorris (2-0, 3-2 season)
L- Kelvin Marte (1-5)
S- James Hoyt (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies seized control with a 6-run 5th to turn a 5-2 deficit into what turned out to be the final score.

Alejandro Garcia's RBI single in the 2nd put Fresno on the board first. Juan Centeno added a sac fly in the 3rd inning.

Fresno loaded the bases to start off the 5th and eventually got their 6 runs. Jack Mayfield and Centeno singled, while Max Stassi walked. Garcia got plunked to bring Mayfield home. Centeno scored on a botched force out attempt. J.D. Davis added a sac fly. Preston Tucker drew a walk to bring Stassi in. Kemp scored on a passed ball, and Centeno hit an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Centeno finished 3-3 and accounted for half of the Grizzlies' hits in this game.

Dean Deetz allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and the one run he allowed in his 2.1 innings came on a solo homer. He allowed one other hit and fanned 2. Ashur Tolliver got the last out of the 6th inning via fly ball. Dayan Diaz allowed 4 hits over 2 scoreless, and James Hoyt worked around a hit to close out the game, striking out 1.

Mike Hauschild takes on William Cuevas in the finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific. Tonight is the first night of Fresno's biggest promotion of the year: Taco Truck Throwdown.

Corpus Christi 4, Midland 2

W- Cy Sneed (8-5)
L- Joel Seddon (3-4)
S- Andrew Thome (7, 8 season)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in two innings. The Hooks won because they scored two in each of the innings in which they scored, whereas the Hounds scored one in their two scoring innings.

Corpus opened it up with a pair in the 1st on an RBI double from Drew Ferguson, who wound up scoring all the way from 2B on a wild pitch. They got two more in the 5th on a Kyle Tucker RBI double and a Garrett Stubbs RBI single. Ramon Laureano went 2-4 and scored twice.

Cy Sneed went 7 innings and allowed Midland's two runs on a pair of solo homers. He also allowed 3 other hits and struck out 8. Andrew Thome walked 1 and struck out 1 over the last two innings to get the save.

Franklin Perez will look to get even with Midland in his second Texas League start; the Hounds knocked him around a bit in a doubleheader on Sunday. He'll face Dustin Hurlbutt at 7:05.

Down East 5, Buies Creek 2

W- Richelson Peña (8-4)
L- Forrest Whitley (2-1, 4-4 season)
S- Adam Choplick (1)

BC home runs: Taylor Jones (2, 7 season; solo in 2nd)

Forrest Whitley hit a rare speed bump in Kinston.

Elieser Hernandez started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The Wood Ducks got to Whitley in his 3 innings; he allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (6 singles and a 2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Whitley now has 104 strikeouts in a mere 68.2 innings this year.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the 2nd inning. Stephen Wrenn smacked an RBI triple in the 5th to bring in Buies Creek's other run. Jones and Alex De Goti had 2 hits each.

Brett Adcock faces Jonathan Hernandez in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Clinton 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Ljay Newsome (6-8)
L- Carson LaRue (10-4)
S- Wyatt Mills (1)

QC home runs: Carmen Benedetti (4, 3-run in 5th)

Carmen Benedetti's blast put the Banditos right back in it, but they couldn't push the tying run across in the first game of the twinbill.

The 3-run homer was Benedetti's 4th of the season. He and Ronnie Dawson both finished 2-4 from the top two spots in the lineup.

Carson LaRue and Robert Corniel pitched 3 innings apiece with different results. LaRue allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Corniel allowed 3 hits and fanned 2.

Game 2: Quad Cities 6, Clinton 1

W- Salvador Montaño (3-2)
L- Michael Koval (2-6)

QC home runs: Abraham Toro-Hernandez (1, 7 season; solo in 3rd)

The LumberKings probably felt like they did enough to force extra innings when they scored a run in the 6th to tie the game... and then the Banditos seized control with 5 in the top of the 7th.

Abdiel Saldaña went 5.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Salvador Montaño got him out of a little jam in the 6th by getting the final out of the inning. He subsequently worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez led off the 3rd inning and smacked a home run in his first Midwest League plate appearance. Quad Cities scored 5 in the 7th because they capitalized on a bases-loaded, one out situation.

After Carmen Benedetti struck out and got tossed to start the inning, Chuckie Robinson doubled. Josh Rojas walked and Daz Cameron got plunked to load 'em up for Ronnie Dawson, who came through with a 2-run single. Toro walked to re-load the bases, and then Daz came home on a wild pitch. Marcos Almonte drove in another run with a sac fly, and Toro scored the final run of the evening on Ray Henderson's single.

Cristian Javier gets the start as Quad Cities wraps up their series with the LumberKings. He'll take on Nick Wells at 6:30.

Tri-City 5, Staten Island 2

W- Reggie Johnson (3-0)
L- Greg Weissert (1-2)

TC home runs: Colton Shaver (1, 7 season; walk-off grand slam)

Another newcomer makes an impact in his first game as a ValleyCat.

J.J. Matijevic opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd inning. The Yankees tied the game with a run in the 5th and took the lead with another one in the 9th.

Mike Papierski led off the bottom of the 9th with a double and Miguelangel Sierra came on to run for him. Sierra was thrown out at 3rd on a Jonathan Arauz fielder's choice. Kyle Davis kept things going with a single, and Connor MacDonald walked to bring up Colton Shaver, who sent the crowd at The Joe home ecstatic with a grand slam. Shaver went 2-4 on the evening.

Matt Ruppenthal went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Nathan Thompson was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Reggie Johnson struck out the only man he faced for the last out of the 9th.

Hunter Martin will start game 2, and he'll go up against Jio Orozco at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 2, Bristol 0

W- Bryan Abreu (1-2)
L- Ryan Valdes (0-1)
S- Adam Bleday (1)

Greeneville home runs: Patrick Mathis (2, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros got fantastic performances on the mound to kick off a new series.

Bryan Abreu allowed 4 hits and struck out 8 in 5 innings of work and Adam Bleday completed the shutout by allowing 2 hits and striking out 4 in the last 4 innings.

After both teams put up 10 zeroes on the scoreboard, Patrick Mathis kicked off the 6th with a homer to break up the monotony a little. Frankeny Fernandez singled to lead off the 9th, advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt, and scored Greeneville's other run on an error. Mathis and Cody Bohanek had 2 hits apiece.

Gerardo Bojorquez will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Marlins 5, GCL Astros 4

W- Brady Puckett (3-0)
L- Maikel Sepulveda (2-3)
S- Bryce Howe (1)

GCL home runs: Wander Franco (1, 6 season; solo in 4th)

The Palm Beach Stros mounted a 9th-inning rally that fell just short.

Maikel Sepulveda went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Chad Donato was the first man out of the bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Austin Kerns got the last out of the 9th with a strikeout.

Wander Franco put the Palm Beach Stros on the board with a solo homer in the 4th inning. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan smacked a triple in the 6th and scored on a Richard Slenker single. They loaded the bases on three separate occasions in the 9th and got two runs on a Franco sac fly and a wild pitch that allowed Carlos Machado to score, but Ihan Bernal struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.

DSL Indians 14, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Hector Figueroa (2-1)
L- Ernesto Jaquez (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange had a rough day in the field with 5 errors, which led to only 4 of the Indians' 14 runs being earned.

Fildex Perfecto ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd and scored on a Luis Barajas groundout. Perfecto reached on a botched force out attempt that allowed Kelvin Perez to score. Jose Alvarez went 2-4 and scored a run.

Ernesto Jaquez allowed 6 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Cristofer Melendez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 3rd inning. Carlos Perdomo was next, and he allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 3 in 1.1 innings. Jose Betances came on but failed to record an out; he allowed 3 unearned runs (all inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 1. Hecduar Barcenas went 1.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Fredy Medina allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Bryan Abreu's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Adam Bleday's photo is his mugshot on
Greeneville Astros pitchers: W 2-0 @ Bristol
9 IP, 6 H, 12 K
Bryan Abreu: W (1-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 8 K
Adam Bleday: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K

This is his mugshot on
Patrick Mathis, OF, Greeneville
2-3, solo HR (2)

This is his mugshot on
Colton Shaver, 1B, Tri-City
2-4, walk-off grand slam (1, 7 season)

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 3-R HR (4) in game 1 of doubleheader

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 4-2 vs. Midland
9 IP, 5 H (2 solo HRs allowed), 2 ER, BB, 9 K
Cy Sneed: W (8-5), 7 IP, 5 H (2 solo HRs allowed), 2 ER, 8 K
Andrew Thome: Save (7, 8 season), 2 IP, BB, K

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-1 vs. Clinton in game 2 of doubleheader
Abdiel Saldaña: 5.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Salvador Montaño: W (3-2), 1.1 IP, BB, K
ICYMI, here's Jayne's interview with Saldaña and Marcos Almonte.

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
3-3, 2 RBI, R

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