Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Day games galore to start off a new month.

Omaha 9, Fresno 1

W- Jake Junis (3-5)
L- Kent Emanuel (1-1, 6-6 season)
S- Pedro Fernandez (1)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (9, solo in 3rd)

Rough start to a new month for the Grizz.

Tony Kemp homered to lead off the 3rd for Fresno's only run; it was also their only extra-base hit of the day. Drew Ferguson pinch-hit for Kemp in the 8th and singled in his first AAA plate appearance.

Kent Emanuel... had a tough day, and I'll leave it at that. The one hit that Jacob Dorris allowed in his 2 innings was a solo homer to Cheslor Cuthbert in the 6th. Dorris struck out 1 in his outing. Ashur Tolliver worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Fresno has Wednesday off. They'll begin a 4-game series in Iowa on Thursday.

San Antonio 7, Corpus Christi 3

W- Eric Lauer (3-2)
L- Framber Valdez (4-3, 6-6 season)

CC home runs: None.

A 6-0 deficit proved to be too much for the Hooks to overcome.

Framber Valdez allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 5 in 5.1 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one hit, a solo homer hit by Stephen McGee. Garza also struck out 3 in his time on the mound.

Kyle Tucker scored Corpus Christi's first run on an error in the 6th. Jason Martin added another run with an RBI single. Martin went 2-3 and hit another RBI single in the 8th inning. Jon Singleton also finished 2-3 on the evening.

Josh James takes the mound for the series finale. He'll go up against Cal Quantrill at 7:05.

Buies Creek 6, Wilmington 1

W- Forrest Whitley (3-1, 5-4 season)
L- Cristian Castillo (6-8)
S- Sean Stutzman (2)

BC home runs: Alex De Goti (2, 5 season; solo in 4th)

Forrest Whitley rebounded from a rare off night and the Carolina Stros busted this one open with a 4-run 5th inning.

Whitley allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in his 5 innings. Sean Stutzman finished things off by striking out 2 over 4 perfect innings.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd inning; Buies Creek's came on an error. Randy César stole 3rd and the errant throw allowed him to trot home. Alex De Goti's solo blast in the 4th put them back in front.

Myles Straw sparked the big 5th inning with a one-out infield single. Stephen Wrenn also hit an infield single and they both advanced on the ensuing error. Yordan Alvarez walked to load 'em up for Jake Rogers, who proceeded to rip a 2-run double. Taylor Jones followed with a sac fly, and César hit an RBI single to bring in the last run of the evening. César and Wrenn had 2 hits apiece.

Elieser Hernandez will face Collin Rodgers in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:35 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Kane County 3

W- Carson LaRue (11-4)
L- Connor Grey (0-1)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos doubled up the Cougars to earn a split in the series.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Abdiel Saldaña finished it off by allowing a run on 4 hits and fanning 8 over the last 4 innings. The 8 strikeouts are a new career-high for Saldaña.

Quad Cities got off to a fast start with 3 in the 1st inning: Ronnie Dawson singled to lead off the afternoon and scored the first run on a Chuckie Robinson groundout. Troy Sieber followed with an RBI single and he wound up scoring on a sac fly. In the 6th, Dawson hit a sac fly and Carmen Benedetti followed with an RBI single. Daz Cameron provided some insurance with an RBI single in the 9th.

Dawson (2B, RBI, R), Benedetti (RBI, R), Abraham Toro-Hernandez (2 BB), and Daz (RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the day. Sieber reached in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a double and a couple of walks. Dawson now has a 10-game hitting streak.

The River Bandits are back home and they'll start a 3-game series with Burlington at 6:35.

Tri-City 5, Vermont 0

W- Luis Ramirez (1-2)
L- Brian Howard (0-1)
S- Colin McKee (3)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats posted two straight shutouts to take this series from the Lake Monsters.

Nathan Thompson started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3 in 3.1 innings. Luis Ramirez was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and went 2.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. Colin McKee completed the shutout by allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 over the final 3 innings.

Corey Julks scored the first run of the day on an error following a Jonathan Arauz single in the 2nd inning. Arauz, who made it to 2nd base on the Vermont gaffe, scored on a Kyle Davis double. Davis came around to score on Carlos Canelon's RBI single. The ValleyCats got two more in the 7th on a pair of sac flies from Bryan De La Cruz and J.J. Matijevic. Arauz finished 2-4 on the afternoon.

The ValleyCats will start a 3-game series in Brooklyn at 7:00 Eastern.

Burlington 7, Greeneville 0

W- Connor Mayes (3-0)
L- Tim Hardy (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

All three games in this series were blowouts. The Royals, unfortunately, won two of them.

All four Appy Astros hits were doubles. Gilberto Celestino had two of them; the other two belonged to Frankeny Fernandez and Reiny Beltre. Celestino now has a 5-game hitting streak.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. The Royals went off on the Greeneville bullpen. Tim Hardy went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1, while Johsson Arias allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

After a day off, Greeneville will begin a 3-game series with Danville on Thursday.

GCL Marlins 8, GCL Astros 3

W- Alberto Guerrero (1-1)
L- Kyle Serrano (0-1)

GCL home runs: Wander Franco (3, 8 season; solo in 5th)

A couple of big innings from the Marlins doomed the Palm Beach Stros on Tuesday.

Kyle Serrano made his professional debut, which did not last long. He got 2 outs in the first, both via strikeout, but also allowed 4 runs and walked 4. Only one of the runs was earned, and three of the runs scored after he departed. Juan Pablo Lopez was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed an unearned run on a single and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Saul Martinez, Devin Raftery, and Austin Kerns all pitched a scoreless inning. Martinez worked around a hit and a walk and recorded a strikeout in the 6th. Raftery walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 7th, and Kerns tightroped out of a bases-loaded jam (2 walks and a hit) in the 8th, striking out 1.

Enmanuel Valdez tripled to start the game and scored the first run of the afternoon on Juan Piñeda's groundout. Wander Franco finished 3-4 and drove in the other two runs with a double and a solo homer.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Marlins 2

W- Angel Ortega (2-1)
L- Juan Borges (1-1)
S- Jervic Chavez (3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team edged the Marlins with a run in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie.

Both teams scored their two runs in the 4th; Team Blue got theirs on an error that allowed Yeuris Ramirez to score and a sac fly from Leonardo Gonzalez. Wilyer Abreu broke the tie with an RBI single in the 7th inning. Ramirez and Abreu both finished with 2 hits on the day.

Jean Reyes allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in 3.1 innings. Diosmerky Taveras got the final two outs of the 4th, working around a walk to do so. Angel Ortega followed with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2, and Jervic Chavez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the final 2 innings to earn the save.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Cubs1 3

W- Fredis Guerrero (3-0)
L- Riger Fernandez (0-2)
S- Luis De Paula (4)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team snatched a win from the Cubs by erasing a 3-0 deficit in the late stages of this game.

Fildex Perfecto ripped an RBI triple in the 6th to put Team Orange on the board and Sean Mendoza tied the game with a 2-run single. Deury Carrasco scored what turned out to be the winning run on an error in the 9th inning. Mendoza finished 4-4 and also stole a couple of bases (13). Ramiro Rodriguez went 2-4 with a stolen base (7) and scored a run.

Elian Rodriguez went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Fredis Guerrero tagged in to throw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. Luis De Paula threw a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Blue bullpen: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Diosmerky Taveras: 0.2 IP, BB
Angel Ortega: W (2-1), 3 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Jervic Chavez: Save (3), 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

DSL Astros Orange bullpen: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Fredis Guerrero: W (3-0), 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Luis De Paula: Save (4), IP; 1 groundout, 2 fly ball outs

Sean Mendoza, UTIL, DSL Astros Orange: 4-4, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB (13)

Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Vermont
2nd consecutive shutout
9 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 8 K
Nathan Thompson: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K
 Luis Ramirez: W (1-2), 2.2 IP, 2 H, K
Colin McKee: Save (3), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Wander Franco, 3B, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, solo HR (3, 8 season), 2 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 6-1 @ Wilmington
9 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 8 K
Forrest Whitley: W (3-1, 5-4 season), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Sean Stutzman: Save (2), 4 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Randy César, 3B, Buies Creek
2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB (3)

I'm fairly sure that Carson LaRue is in the first picture.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-3 @ Kane County
9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 14 K
Carson LaRue: W (11-4), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
Abdiel Saldaña: Save (2), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 8 K (career-high)

Troy Sieber, 1B, and Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
Sieber: 3-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB
Dawson: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; currently on 10-game hitting streak

Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2 RBI singles

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