Thursday, July 6, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Salt Lake 19, Fresno 7

W- Daniel Wright (4-4)
L- Casey Coleman (3-5)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (14, 3-run in 1st), A.J. Reed (14, solo in 6th)

Well... all good things must come to an end. The Grizzlies' 12-game winning streak came to a close in rather unceremonious fashion.

Both teams scored 3 in the 1st; Fresno's 3 came on Tyler White's 14th home run of the season. In the 4th, Reid Brignac hit an RBI single and Juan Centeno scored when Tony Kemp hit into a fielder's choice. A.J. Reed smacked his 14th homer of the year to start the 6th, and Preston Tucker whacked an RBI triple in the 7th. Reed, Kemp, and Colin Moran all had 2 hits on the evening.

The Grizzlies pitchers.... well, they did not have a banner evening. I'll leave it at that.

The Grizzlies and Bees will wrap up their series at 7:05 Pacific as Dean Deetz faces John Lamb.

Corpus Christi 5, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Kent Emanuel (4-5)
L- Corey Ray (5-5)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (4, solo in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (8, 17 season; solo in 5th)

After dropping 5 straight to the Arkansas clubs, the Hooks have taken the last two over them.

Collin McHugh's rehab continued. The two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Samir Dueñez in the 4th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 5 in his 3.2 innings. Kent Emanuel shut it down with 5.1 scoreless, allowing 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a homer to start the bottom of the 3rd.  Later in the frame, Kyle Tucker scored on a Jon Singleton groundout and J.D. Davis came home when Jamie Ritchie hit into a fielder's choice. Little Tuck launched a solo homer in the 5th and capped off the evening with an RBI double in the 8th. He (2B, solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and Laureano (solo HR, BB) both finished with 2 hits and 2 runs scored on the evening.

Game 2 of this series features Akeem Bostick on the mound. He'll face Foster Griffin at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek 7

W- Dakota Mekkes (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (0-1)
S- James Norwood (6)

BC home runs: Myles Straw (1, solo in 1st)

Nick Hernandez has been excellent all season for the Carolina Stros, but he toiled through a very uncharacteristic poor outing as the Pelicans got to him for a pair of runs in the 8th. Buies Creek got a run back in the 9th but couldn't get the tying run across.

Franklin Perez went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 12 hits (11 singles and a solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Hernandez threw 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Myles Straw wasted little time in getting things started; he led off the game with a homer. Later in the inning, Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single that turned into a double play on the bases; Yordan Alvarez was thrown out at the plate trying to score another run and Hermelyn was cut down trying to sneak into 2nd base. In the 4th, Alex De Goti hit an RBI single and Straw added an RBI single to his ledger; an error on the play allowed Anibal Sierra to come home with another run. Hermelyn ripped a double and wound up scoring on a wild pitch in the 5th. Alvarez hit a sac fly in the 9th to cut the deficit to one run, but that was as close as Buies Creek got to tying the game.

Straw (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Hermelyn (2B, RBI, R) both finished 3-4 on the night. Ryne Birk and Stephen Wrenn (2B) had 2 hits and scored a run apiece.

Ryan Hartman takes on Justin Steele in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Kane County 0

W- Carlos Sanabria (4-2)
L- Ryan Atkinson (2-4)
S- Erasmo Pinales (6)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (3, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos extended their winning streak to 5 games with a shutout. They only had 3 hits, but they also scored the only runs of the game.

Josh Rojas smacked a solo homer in the 2nd and Chuckie Robinson ripped a 2-run double in the 6th. Tyler Wolfe's single was the only other Quad Cities hit.

Carlos Sanabria didn't have the cleanest outing, but he didn't allow any runs. He allowed 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Devon Carr and Erasmo Pinales completed the shutout with 2 scoreless innings apiece. Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Pinales allowed a hit and fanned 2.

The Banditos look to sweep the series at 6:35. Ronel Blanco faces Mack Lemieux, a distant relative of NHL legend Mario Lemieux.

Brooklyn 10, Tri-City 1

W- Gunnar Kines (1-2)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-2)

TC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (1, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats were buried early as they trailed 7-0 after the first two innings.

Miguelangel Sierra's solo shot in the 7th was Tri-City's only scoring play. Bryan De La Cruz went 2-3 with a triple.

Carlos Hiraldo only recorded one out in the 1st with a strikeout. He also allowed 5 runs on 7 hits. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 rusn (1 earned) on 5 hits and striking out 4. Hunter Martin went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Parker Mushinski was next, and he got 2 outs in the 8th, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Ben Smith got the last out of the 8th with a strikeout and then threw a 1-2-3 9th, getting a popout and two groundouts.

Patrick Sandoval starts the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 7, Johnson City 3

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Edwar Ramirez (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (2, 2-run in 1st), Colton Shaver (1, solo in 2nd)

The Appy Astros got outhit 10-6, but they blew the Cardinals out of the water in the run column, which, last I checked, determines the winner of a baseball game.

Adrian Tovalin launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st to put Greeneville on the board and in the lead. Colton Shaver smacked a solo homer in the 2nd and added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 5th inning. Two batters before Shaver's single, Tovalin scored on an Oscar Campos sac fly. Campos scored on a Joan Mauricio groundout in the 7th. Shaver finished 3-3, accounting for half of Greeneville's hits on Wednesday.

Three pitchers appeared for the Appy Astros and all of them allowed one run during their time on the mound. Gerardo Bojorquez allowed 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Humberto Castellanos allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings, and Ian Hardman allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 2 in the 9th.

Hansel Paulino takes the mound as Greeneville looks for the sweep. He'll face Alvaro Seijas at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 2

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 3-3 season)
L- Jhonatan German (0-1)
S- Tanner Duncan (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Elieser Hernandez did well in his first rehab appearance and the Palm Beach Stros went off for 6 in the 4th to seize control.

In his first appearance since May 10 for Buies Creek, Hernandez allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Tanner Duncan brought it home, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 2 in the final 3 innings.

Ronny Rafael ripped an RBI double in the 2nd to open the scoring. He reached on an error to open that big 4th inning.

Rafael scored the first run of the bottom of the 4th when Alfredo Angarita hit into a fielder's choice. An error on the play allowed Angarita to move to 2nd and Orlando Marquez to take 3rd. Juan Piñeda got plunked to load the bases, and Marquez ended up scoring on a wild pitch. César Cortez followed that up with a 2-run single. Cortez advanced to 3rd on an error that allowed Hector Martinez to reach and came home on a Carlos Machado single. Jose Benjamin walked to reload the bases and prompted a pitching change. Rafael went down on strikes, but Marquez hit an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Machado and Marquez both finished with 2 hits on the evening.

DSL Athletics 10, DSL Astros Blue 6

W- Miguel Alvarez (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-4)

Blue home runs: Ronaldo Urdaneta (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team fell behind 8-1 but put up 5 runs in the final 3 innings to make the score a little more respectable.

Yorbin Ceuta walked in the 1st and scored the Blue team's first run on an error. Ronaldo Urdaneta went 2-3 and launched a 2-run homer in the 7th, and they got an RBI single in the 9th from Angel Tejeda and a 2-run single from Yeuris Ramirez, who went 2-4.

Freylin Garcia allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Jean Reyes got 2 outs in the 4th, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Oscar Severino allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4 in 3.1 innings, and Christopher Javier walked 2 over 2 scoreless.

DSL Rangers1 10, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Darel Torres (1-0)
L- Jose Alberto Rivera (1-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 1st, but the Rangers 1 ended up outscoring them 10-0 the rest of the way.

Jose Carrillo went 2-4 and opened the scoring with an RBI single. Jeury Castillo drew a bases-loaded walk and Carrillo came home on a wild pitch. Freudis Nova went 3-4.

Jose Alberto Rivera allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 4 hits (grand slam), walked 4, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Jairo Solis pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Ronny Garcia got the last out of the 8th.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Urdaneta, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-3, 2-R HR (2), 2 BB

Carlos Sanabria's photo taken by Bryan Green
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
Carlos Sanabria: W (4-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 5 K
Devon Carr: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Erasmo Pinales: Save (6), 2 IP, H, 2 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Colton Shaver, 1B, Greeneville
3-3, solo HR (1), 3 RBI; first pro HR

Kyle Tucker, OF, and Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
Tucker: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (8, 17 season), 2 RBI, 2 R
Laureano: 2-4, solo HR (4), 2 R

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, GCL Astros (rehab)
6 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 4 K

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
3-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-5), 5.1 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 K

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