Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let's play two in Greeneville!

El Paso 7, Fresno 5

W- Bryan Rodriguez (6-7)
L- Jordan Jankowski (1-3)
S- Adam Cimber (3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (23, solo in 3rd)

Fresno has been in a tailspin as of late; they dropped their 5th straight on Tuesday and have relinquished the division lead to Reno.

Kent Emanuel went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Jordan Jankowski pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on a sac fly and a wild pitch, a double, walked 4, and struck out 2. Dayan Diaz allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Jack Mayfield opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 1st inning. Alejandro Garcia scored on a groundout in the 2nd, and A.J. Reed smacked a solo homer in the 3rd. Tony Kemp tripled to lead off the bottom of the 5th and scored on a Jon Kemmer groundout. Reed finished 2-4, making him the only player in the Fresno lineup with a multi-hit game.

Dean Deetz takes on Chad Huffman in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Tulsa 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Josh Sborz (6-7)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (0-1, 2-3 season)
S- Corey Copping (3)

CC home runs: Colin Walsh (1, 12 season; solo in 1st)

Both teams had 5 hits, but the Drillers scored more runs, so... they won.

Colin Walsh went 2-4 and his solo homer in the 1st was the Hooks' only scoring play. Rico Noel went 2-4.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. and Andrew Thome pitched 2 innings apiece; Garza walked 2 and only allowed 1 hit, but it was a 2-run homer that turned out to be the difference. Thome allowed a hit and struck out 2.

Framber Valdez starts game 2 of this series. He'll face Andrew Sopko at 7:05.

Salem 2, Buies Creek 1

W- Adam Lau (4-6)
L- Jorge Alcala (4-4, 6-4 season)

BC home runs: None.

While Buies Creek saw their chance to break a 1-1 tie in the 8th fall by the wayside after stranding a couple of runners, Salem took advantage of their opportunity in the bottom of the 8th.

Matt Bower and Jorge Alcala both allowed a run on 4 hits. Bower went 5 innings and also walked 1 and struck out 5. Alcala walked 2 (1 intentionally) and struck out 1 in his 3 innings.

The Carolina Stros' only scoring play was a Yordan Alvarez RBI single in the 3rd. They left the bases loaded to end their half of that inning. They also finished 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Randy César, Carmen Benedetti, and Rodrigo Ayarza all went 2-4, while Myles Straw drew 4 walks out of the top spot in the order.

Forrest Whitley will go up against Roniel Raudes in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 0

W- Cristian Javier (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Seth Martinez (4-6)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (13, 3-run in 1st)

Daz Cameron dominated at the plate and the Banditos' pitchers dominated on the mound to give Quad Cities their 8th straight victory.

Cristian Javier allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over 5 innings of work. Gabriel Valdez was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and turned in 3 perfect innings, striking out 4. Robert Corniel worked around a hit and a walk to complete the shutout, striking out 1 in the 9th.

Daz opened the scoring with a 3-run blast in the 1st inning. He hit a two-out single in the 3rd, stole 2nd (24), and scored on a Josh Rojas single. After Abraham Toro-Hernandez doubled in the 5th, Daz added an RBI single to his ledger. He finished 4-4 on the night; he and Toro both scored twice.

Carlos Sanabria will take on Tyler Watson in the first of a 3-game series in Cedar Rapids at 6:35.

Lowell 4, Tri-City 0

W- Dakota Smith (3-2)
L- Kit Scheetz (0-3)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats' bats went silent on Tuesday.

Gabriel Bracamonte went 3-4 with a double and Jonathan Arauz finished 2-4, so theirs had a little life, at least.

Kit Scheetz went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Luis Ramirez allowed a hit and got the last two outs of the 5th via strikeout. Juan Robles allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Brandon Bielak starts game 2 of this series. He'll face Jake Thompson... but Thompson pitched in this game for the Spinners, so that matchup is most likely incorrect. First pitch is at 6:35 Eastern.

Game 1: Greeneville 6, Burlington 5

W- Willy Collado (2-1)
L- Luis Alcantara (0-4)

Greeneville home runs: Gilberto Celestino (4, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros took game 1 by scoring two in each of the final three innings in which they batted.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1 in the 1st inning. Francisco Villegas, Tim Hardy, and Willy Collado all followed with 2 innings each out of the Greeneville bullpen. Villegas was first and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Hardy allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, and Collado allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Patrick Mathis and Brody Westmoreland started the 4th inning by drawing a walk and singling, respectively. Reid Russell and Frankeny Fernandez both went down on strikes, but the two men on base successfully pulled off a double steal and they both came home on Ruben Castro's single to put the Appy Astros on the board.

Greeneville loaded the bases in the 5th inning and Russell atoned for his strikeout by ripping a 2-run double. Wilson Amador singled to lead off the 6th, then stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a balk. Gilberto Celestino launched a homer that turned out to be the difference. Celestino finished 2-4 with a stolen base (10) and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Appy Astros went 6-6 in stolen base attempts in game 1; Amador (16) and Mathis (2) stole 2 apiece. Westmoreland's steal was his first of the year.

Game 2: Burlington 3, Greeneville 1

W- Connor Mayes (4-0)
L- Adam Bleday (1-1)
S- Tyler Zuber (5)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros had more hits in game 2... but they also had two miscues that resulted in a couple of runs for the Royals.

Martin Figueroa went 2-3 and drove in Greeneville's lone run in game 2 with an RBI single in the 6th inning. Cody Bohanek, who scored on the play, also went 2-3. Wilson Amador stole another base; his 17 steals lead the Appalachian League.

Adam Bleday went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8. Dariel Aquino pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3.

Greeneville will start a 3-game series in Elizabethton at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Mets 3

W- Javier Navas (1-0)
L- Liam McCall (0-2)

GCL home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (4, solo in 1st), César Cortez (1, 2 season; solo in 5th)

The Palm Beach Stros busted a 3-1 game open with 3 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th.

Enmanuel Valdez went 2-5 with a homer to start the 1st and an RBI double in the 5th. César Cortez led off the 5th with a homer and drove in another run with a sac fly in the 6th. Nathan Perry had an RBI double in the 2nd and a sac fly in the 5th. Wander Franco, Carlos Machado, and Vicente Sanchez all had 2 hits on the day.

Jairo Solis allowed a solo homer and struck out 4 in his 3 innings. Javier Navas went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 6, and Saul Martinez got the last two outs of the game, one via strikeout.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
4-4, 3-R HR (13), 4 RBI, 2 R, SB (24)

Gabriel Valdez's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Beloit
9 IP, 3 H, BB, 12 K
Cristian Javier: W (1-0, 2-0 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Gabriel Valdez: 3 IP, 4 K; perfect outing
Robert Corniel: IP, H, BB, K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Enmanuel Valdez, IF, GCL Astros
2-5, 2B, solo HR (4), 2 RBI
Jairo Solis, RHP, GCL Astros: 3 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 4 K


Photo by Bryan Green
Gilberto Celestino, OF, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (4), SB (10) in game 1 of doubleheader

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Adam Bleday, LHP, Greeneville
L (1-1), 5 IP, 2 H, unearned run, 3 BB, 8 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Juan Robles, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Matt Bower, LHP, Buies Creek
5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, BB, 6 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Colin Walsh, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (1, 12 season)

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 2B, solo HR (23), 2 R

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