Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 3, 2017

A couple of top arms and yet another under-the-radar arm all appeared in a new league for the first time.

Fresno 4, Sacramento 1

W- Rogelio Armenteros (1-0, 3-3 season)
L- Andrew Suarez (2-2)
S- Kyle Smith (1, 3 season)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi 2 (10; solo in 3rd, solo in 5th)

Rogelio Armenteros had an excellent AAA debut and Max Stassi launched a couple of solo shots. The Grizzlies took their 11th consecutive game and swept the RiverCats. Since switching affiliations from the Giants to the Astros, Fresno has gone 34-14 against Sacramento (per Paul Braverman).

Armenteros allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8 over 6 shutout innings. The RiverCats spoiled the shutout with a sac fly off of Kyle Smith in the 7th. Smith went 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2.

Max Stassi whacked his first solo homer of the evening in the 3rd to open the scoring, then launched another one in the 5th. Tyler White and Reid Brignac hit RBI singles in the 6th and the 7th, respectively. Stassi's two hits were the solo blasts; he was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game.

Tonight, the Grizzlies will take the field as the Tacos on a special Taco Tuesday on this Fourth of July. Trent Thornton starts the first of a 3-game set with Salt Lake at 6:35 Pacific.

Arkansas 4, Corpus Christi 0

W- Lindsey Caughel (5-7)
L- Cy Sneed (7-5)

CC home runs: None.

This tour of Arkansas has been rough on the Hooks.

Kyle Tucker went 2-4. Jason Martin's double was Corpus Christi's only extra-base hit.

Cy Sneed allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and struck out 4 in 4.2 innings. Andrew Walter allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2.1 scoreless, and Jacob Dorris struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Framber Valdez takes the mound as the Hooks look to avoid getting swept out of Arkansas. He'll face Justin DeFratus at 5:30.

Buies Creek 6, Potomac 0

W- Forrest Whitley (1-0, 3-3 season)
L- Hector Silvestre (7-3)
S- Justin Ferrell (2)

BC home runs: Ryne Birk (7, solo in 1st), Stephen Wrenn (2, 5 season; solo in 2nd)

The Potomac Nationals were not ready for Forrest Whitley, who along with Justin Ferrell, rendered their offense useless.

Whitley went 5 innings, walking 1 and striking out 9 in a dominant Carolina League debut. Ferrell completed the shutout by allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 over the final 4 innings. Whitley now has 76 strikeouts in just 51.1 innings this season.

Ryne Birk got things started in the 1st when he whacked a solo homer. Stephen Wrenn began the 2nd inning with the first inside-the-park home run in Buies Creek/Fayetteville franchise history. Two batters later, Randy César ripped a double and scored on Anibal Sierra's single. César scored on an error that allowed Birk to reach in the 7th, and finally in the 8th, Alex De Goti drew a bases-loaded walk and Sierra beat a double play attempt which allowed Spencer Johnson to score. César had 1/3 of the Carolina Stros' hits, finishing 3-4 and scoring twice.

Buies Creek will spend this Fourth of July in Myrtle Beach. Brett Adcock takes on Ryan Kellogg in the first of a 3-game series at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Burlington 6

W- César Rosado (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Joe Gatto (5-7)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (2, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos bashed 16 hits and César Rosado was a winner in his Midwest League debut.

Gabriel Valdez got the start and went 4.2 innings, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. César Rosado threw the final 4.1 innings and allowed his first run of the season when Richard Fectau took him deep for a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th. Other than that, Rosado continued his dominant start to his season, allowing one other hit and striking out 6.

Quad Cities scored two in each of the first two innings of this one. Troy Sieber hit an RBI single in the 1st to open the scoring and an error on the play allowed Chuckie Robinson to come home with another run. Josh Rojas led off the 2nd with a homer and Carmen Benedetti ripped an RBI double later in the frame. Both teams scored 3 in the 4th; Quad Cities' 3 came on a Jonathan Arauz single, Benedetti's 2nd RBI double of the evening, and a groundout from Sieber. Robinson scored on a Wander Franco sac fly in the 6th.

Benedetti turned in the first 5-hit game of his career. Sieber finished 3-5, while Arauz and Rojas both went 2-5.

The Banditos are back home and they'll start a 3-game series with Kane County at 6:35. Yohan Ramirez will face Emilio Vargas.

Staten Island 5, Tri-City 0

W- Jorge Guzman (3-0)
L- Juan Robles (0-1, 1-1 season)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were absolutely helpless against Jorge Guzman, who racked up double-digit strikeouts against (most of) his old teammates.

Connor MacDonald doubled and J.J. Matijevic singled. That was all she wrote for Tri-City's offense.

Juan Robles went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. The one run that Nathan Thompson allowed in his 3 innings came on a solo homer hit by Nelson Gomez in the 6th. Thompson allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Robert Corniel worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

The ValleyCats are back home to start a 3-game series with Brooklyn. Cristian Javier will start game 1, which begins at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville and Kingsport was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 12.

The Appy Astros will kick off a 3-game series with Johnson City at 7:00 Eastern.

From June 15: DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Royals 1

W- Antonio Pujols (2-0)
L- Brian Abreu (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

I guess this game wasn't made official because they went ahead and finished it up. It had been suspended due to rain back on June 15 with the Blue team leading 2-1 in the top of the 6th.

César Cortez hit a sac fly to put the Blue team on the board in the 3rd inning. Ronaldo Urdaneta walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th. When play resumed, Kendy Moya tacked on a couple of more runs with a double, and Leonardo Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the 9th.

Angel Macuare went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Antonio Pujols allowed a hit and struck out 5 over 5 scoreless.

DSL Astros Blue 9, DSL Royals 3

W- Jonger Ochoa (1-0)
L- Adan Frias (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Yorbin Ceuta and Freddy Chirino both went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Leonardo Gonzalez also turned in a 2-4 day for the Blue team with a double and an RBI.

Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed one scoring play in his 4 innings, a 2-run homer to Ismaldo Rodriguez in the 5th. Hernandez allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jonger Ochoa allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Nathanael Ventura hit a batter with the baess loaded, walked 3, and struck out 2 in the 9th.

DSL Pirates 9, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Wilmer Contreras (4-0)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (2-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Ramiro Rodriguez went 3-5 with 3 RBI and a stolen base (3). Deury Carrasco and Jose Alvarez both scored twice. Sean Mendoza went 2-2 with an RBI and scored a run.

Carlos Perdomo and Luis De Paula started with 2 innings apiece, with varying results. Perdomo allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 1, while De Paula struck out 1. Diosward Gonzalez went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Fredy Medina walked 1 and got the last two outs of the 9th.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yorbin Ceuta, SS, DSL Astros Blue: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (6)
Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-5, 3 RBI, SB (3)

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 6-0 vs. Potomac
3 H, 2 BB, 13 K
Forrest Whitley: W (1-0, 3-3 season), 5 IP, BB, 9 K
Justin Ferrell: Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 4-1 @ Sacramento
5 IP, ER, 3 BB, 10 K
Rogelio Armenteros: W (1-0, 3-3 season), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
Kyle Smith: Save (1, 3 season), 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 K

Max Stassi, C, Fresno
2-3, 2 solo HR (10)

 Carmen Benedetti, OF, Troy Sieber, 1B, and Josh Rojas, IF, Quad Cities
Benedetti: 5-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
Sieber: 3-5, 2 RBI
Rojas: 2-5, solo HR (2)

Photo by Bryan Green
César Rosado, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0, 2-0 season), 4.1 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 6 K

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