Saturday, April 15, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 14, 2017

Las Vegas 4, Fresno 2

W- Kyle Regnault (1-0)
L- Edison Frias (0-1)
S- Paul Sewald (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies had to settle for the split after Vegas put a couple of runs across to break a 2-2 tie.

Fresno's two runs both came in the 2nd as Tyler White hit a one-out single and came around to score on a triple from Jon Kemmer. Reid Brignac followed with an RBI double. White finished 3-4 and has recorded at least one hit in all 8 of his starts this season. Tony Kemp finished 2-5 to extend his hitting streak to 8 as well; in six of those games, he's recorded two hits.

Edison Frias went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 5 (one intentionally), and struck out 1. Tyson Perez allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

Brian Holmes will get the start as Fresno begins a 3-game series in Salt Lake City. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, Arkansas 4

W- Dean Deetz (2-0)
L- Peter Tago (0-1)
S- Ryan Thompson (2)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to steal this game from the Travs.

Drew Ferguson walked to lead off the bottom of the 1st and he didn't have to wait long to score the game's first run as Ramon Laureano followed by ripping an RBI double. Two batters later, J.D. Davis hit an RBI single. Arkansas scored 4 in the top of the 2nd to take the lead, and then both teams put up 14 consecutive zeroes on the scoreboard until the Hooks mounted their rally in the 8th.

Laureano led off the bottom of the 8th with a double and Jon Singleton joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. A wild pitch allowed the two of them to advance a base, and then J.D. Davis walked to load the bases. Jack Mayfield was the first casualty of the inning, but Jamie Ritchie came through with a 2-run single to tie the game. Mott Hyde walked to reload the bases, and then Alejandro Garcia got plunked to bring in Davis for the go-ahead run. Laureano was the only player in the starting 9+1 with a multi-hit outing; both of his hits were doubles.

Kent Emanuel went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th and struck out 1 in his Texas League debut. Dean Deetz tagged in to throw 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2. He ran out of gas trying to get the final out, but Ryan Thompson stepped in to pick hm up, getting Brock Hebert to ground into a force out to end the game.

The Hooks and Travelers will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05. Rogelio Armenteros will take on Brett Ash.

Buies Creek 4, Winston-Salem 3

W- Ryan Deemes (1-0)
L- Aaron Bummer (0-2)
S- Franklin Perez (1)

BC home runs: Jason Martin (1, solo in 3rd), Johnny Sewald (1, solo in 6th)

In a season of firsts for the Houston Astros' new Carolina League affiliate, they can add "first road win" to that list.

Jason Martin was essentially the offense in this one... he led off the 3rd with a home run to open up the scoring and added a 2-run single in the 4th. The Dash managed to tie the game with a couple of runs in the bottom of the 4th and one more run in the 5th, but Johnny Sewald put Buies back in front with a solo homer in the 6th. Martin (solo HR, 3 RBI), Anthony Hermelyn, and Pat Porter (R) all finished with two hits on the evening.

Matt Bower went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Ryan Deemes got the final two outs of the 5th via strikeout and allowed a hit that allowed one of Bower's runners to score. Franklin Perez took over the rest of the way and he struck out 2 over 4 perfect innings to get the save.

Yoanys Quiala will face Aron McRee in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Quad Cities 2, Kane County 1 in 11 innings

W- Derick Velazquez (1-1)
L- Austin Mason (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits snapped a little 3-game slide by walking off with a win on Friday night.

Ronnie Dawson singled to lead off the 3rd. He proceeded to steal 2nd and scored the first run of the evening on a double from Jake Rogers. Kane County scored their run in the 5th, and then 12 consecutive zeroes were posted on the scoreboard. It didn't take long for the Banditos to win it; Rogers led off the inning by reaching on an error that allowed him to advance to 2nd and Randy César sent the crowd at Modern Woodmen Park home happy with a single.

A high pitch count knocked Brett Adcock out of the game early again, but there's no doubt that he's been incredibly effective to open the year. In 4.1 innings, Adcock allowed a run, which was an inherited runner charged to him, on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen and in 3.2 innings, he allowed 2 hits and fanned 6. Derick Velazquez pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Edgardo Sandoval will start the series finale. He'll face Ryan Atkinson at 1:15.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

These three came through with what eventually turned out to be game-winning plays for their teams:

Randy César's photo taken by Bryan Green
Alejandro Garcia's photo from MiLB.com
Randy César, 3B, Quad Cities: Walk-off RBI single in 11th
Johnny Sewald, OF, Buies Creek: Go-ahead solo HR (1) in 6th
Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi: Go-ahead RBI HBP with bases loaded in 8th

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Quad Cities pitchers: W 2-1 vs. Kane County (11 innings)
Brett Adcock: 4.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Erasmo Pinales: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Derick Velazquez: W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, K

Jason Martin, OF, Buies Creek
2-5, solo HR (1), 3 RBI

Franklin Perez, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1), 4 IP, 2 K

Dean Deetz, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-0), 3.2 IP, H, 2 K


Friday, April 14, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fresno 12, Las Vegas 4

W- Brady Rodgers (2-0)
L- Donovan Hand (0-2)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (2, solo in 1st), Reid Brignac (2, 3-run in 7th)

After getting smashed in the opener, the Grizzlies have responded by taking the next two games of the series. On Wednesday, they stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the 2nd inning; everyone in the Grizzlies lineup finished the game with a hit and a run scored.

Tony Kemp wasted little time in getting the fireworks started by leading off the game with a triple and scoring the first run of the evening on D.J. Fisher's sacrifice fly. Two batters later, A.J. Reed clubbed his second homer of the year.

Tyler White and Reid Brignac both singled to lead off the 2nd and they both scored on Max Stassi's double. Andrew Aplin drew a walk to join Stassi on the bases, and Kemp moved them over with a sac bunt. Fisher went down on strikes for the second out, but Teoscar Hernandez kept the line moving with an RBI single. An error on the play allowed Aplin to score also allowed Teoscar to advance to 3rd. Reed walked, and Preston Tucker hit an RBI single to bring in Teoscar, who smacked a 2-run triple in the 6th. Reid Brignac drove in Fresno's last three runs of the evening with a 3-run homer in the 7th.

Brady Rodgers went 6 innings and allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. In his AAA debut, Kevin Comer struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings. Reymin Guduan pitched the 9th and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Edison Frias will start the series finale. He'll face Sean Gilmartin at 7:05 Pacific.

Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 0

W- Max Povse (2-0)
L- Trent Thornton (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks have faced Max Povse twice in the early going and they've failed to score a run in 12.2 innings against him.

Corpus was held to just 4 hits in their home opener. Jack Mayfield's double was their only extra-base hit of the evening.

Trent Thornton allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 10 hits and struck out 2 in 3+ innings. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and he inherited two runners from Thornton. One of them scored on a single, which was the only hit that Stutzman allowed in his 2 innings of work. He also struck out 5 in those two innings. Kyle Smith pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and walked 1.

Kent Emanuel will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Tyler Herb at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 7, Buies Creek 1

W- Brannon Easterling (1-1)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-1)
S- Drew Hasler (1)

BC home runs: None.

Well... the first road game in franchise history didn't go well.

Ryne Birk went 2-4, and his RBI single was the Astros' only scoring play. On that same play, the game ended; Myles Straw was thrown out at 3rd base for the final out. Jason Martin, who also finished 2-4, scored Buies' only run.

Justin Ferrell went 4.2 innings and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 4. Alex Winkelman allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in 3.1 scoreless innings.

Matt Bower will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Max Beatty at 7:00 Eastern.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 1

W- Sam McWilliams (2-0)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-2)
S- Tommy Eveld (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were stymied by Cougars starter Sam McWilliams, who held them to just one hit over 5 innings.

Things didn't get much better after Kane County turned to their bullpen, but Quad Cities gave itself a lifeline by loading the bases with nobody out in the 8th. Unfortunately, they could only muster up one run on Daz Cameron's sac fly.

Dustin Hunt pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Carson LaRue came on and pitched the final 5 innings. The one run he allowed came on a solo homer from Kyle Smith in the 9th. LaRue allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 6.

Brett Adcock will face Cody Reed in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Sean Stutzman, LHP, Corpus Christi
2 IP, H, 5 K

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
2-4, RBI

Carson LaRue, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 6 K

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R

Are we sure that's not Nick Tanielu?
Kevin Comer, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, 2 K; Triple-A debut

Follow Reid Brignac on Twitter @reidbrignac
Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
2-5, 3-R HR (2), 2 R

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The A teams got an early start on Wednesday in order to finish up their current series.

Fresno 7, Las Vegas 4

W- Keegan Yuhl (1-1)
L- Ricky Knapp (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (1, 2-run in 2nd), Reid Brignac (1, solo in 8th)

Fresno got the jump on Vegas with 5 runs in the 2nd, and one night after allowing 21 runs and having more position players than pitchers take the mound, they kept the 51s' offense in check.

A.J. Reed singled to lead off the 2nd inning. Two batters later, Preston Tucker smacked his first home run of the season to put the Grizzlies on the board first. Reid Brignac kept the line moving by drawing a walk. He advanced to 3rd on a Jon Kemmer single and came home on a double from Juan Centeno. Kemmer, who moved to 3rd on Centeno's RBI double, scored on a Tony Kemp groundout, and Centeno scored on a single from Colin Moran. Moran hit another RBI single in the 6th inning; Centeno was thrown out at home trying to score another run. Brignac hit a solo homer in the 8th for the final run of the evening.

Keegan Yuhl pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 5. Aaron West got two outs in the 7th, but he also allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. Ashur Tolliver recorded the final out of the 7th without incident. Dayan Diaz struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and James Hoyt recorded his first save of the season by working around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th. He struck out 1 in the inning.

Brady Rodgers will face Donovan Hand in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks' home opener starts tonight at 7:05 as they welcome the Arkansas Travelers to the Coastal Bend for 3 games. Trent Thornton will take on Max Povse.

Buies Creek 5, Myrtle Beach 1

W- Akeem Bostick (1-0)
L- Thomas Hatch (0-1)
S- Nick Hernandez (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros won the finale to take 2 of 3 from the Pelicans and will go on their first roadtrip with a 6-1 record.

Akeem Bostick was excellent in his 6 innings of work as he allowed just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Nick Hernandez retired 4 of the 5 batters he faced to get the save, striking out 1; the one he didn't get out reached on an error with 2 outs in the 9th.

Dex McCall reached on an error to lead off the 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a Pat Porter single, and scored the first run of the day on a Christian Correa groundout. Buies scored 3 in the 5th, all with 2 outs. Jason Martin kept the inning alive with a single and Myles Straw walked to bring up Kyle Tucker, who ripped a 2-run double. McCall sent him home with a single. McCall finished 2-4 with a stolen base and also had a hand in the final run of the day when he hit an RBI single in the 8th. Porter finished 2-4 and Martin went 3-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (3).

Buies Creek's first roadtrip will be 14 games and two weeks long. Their first stop is Winston-Salem, who they swept to open the year. Justin Ferrell will face Brannon Easterling at 7:00 Eastern.

Peoria 3, Quad Cities 2 in 10 innings

W- Eric Carter (1-0)
L- Hector Perez (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos scored 2 in the top of the 8th to take the lead.... only to see the Chiefs score one in the bottom of the 8th to tie and one more in the first extra frame to walk off with the win and the series.

Carmen Benedetti walked to lead off the 8th, advanced to 2nd on a Stephen Wrenn sac bunt, moved to 3rd on an Alex De Goti single, and scored the tying run on an RBI single from Anibal Sierra. De Goti, who advanced to 3rd on the play, scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly from Taylor Jones. De Goti and Sierra both finished 2-5.

Ryan Hartman went 5 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Ryan McCarvel in the 2nd inning. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 5. Hector Perez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs, including the game-winner (which was an inherited runner charged to him), 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Following a sacrifice bunt, Abdiel Saldaña came on to replace Perez. He walked the first man he faced and allowed the game-winning hit, a single from J.R. Davis.

Quad Cities heads home for a 3-game series against Kane County. Dustin Hunt will start game 1, and he'll face Sam McWilliams at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars


All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo from MiLB.com
Akeem Bostick, RHP, Buies Creek
6 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 5 K

Jason Martin, OF, Buies Creek
3-4, 2 R, SB (3)

Dex McCall, 1B, Buies Creek
2-4, 2 RBI, R, SB (1)

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Below: Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
2-3, solo HR (1), 3 R

Astros Farm Report: 4-13

Roster moves and current standings in an abbreviated Astros Farm Report ...

STANDINGS

Let's take an early look in on the standings of the Astros farm teams one week into the new season.

AAA Fresno 2nd 4-3 .571 0.5GB W1
AA Corpus T1st 4-2 .667 0.0GB L1
HiA Buies Creek 1st 6-1 .857 0.0GB W1
LoA Quad Cities T5th 3-4 .429 2.0GB L2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

4-14: RHP Reggie Johnson assigned to Low-A Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-14: RHP Dustin Hunt assigned to Extended Spring Training from Low-A Quad Cities
4-14: RHP Keegan Yuhl assigned to SSA Tri-City from AAA Fresno*
4-13: RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to AA Corpus Christi from Hi-A Buies Creek
4-13: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to AA Corpus Christi from Extended Spring Training
4-13: RHP Ryan Deemes activated from disabled list and assigned to Hi-A Buies Creek
4-13: RHP Cy Sneed assigned to SSA Tri-City from AA Corpus Christi*
4-12: LHP Devon Carr assigned to Hi-A Buies Creek from RK Greeneville
4-12: RHP Kevin Comer assigned from AA Corpus Christi to AAA Fresno
4-12; RHP Edison Frias assigned from AAA Fresno to SSA Tri-City* Frias returned to Fresno 4-14
4-12: RHP David Martinez assigned from AAA Fresno to SSA Tri-City*
4-12: RHP Elieser Hernandez assigned to SSA Tri-City from Hi-A Buies Creek*
4-11: RHP Lupe Chavez retired
4-11: RHP Jesus Balaguer (23-year old Cuban pitcher) signed by the Astros

*These moves are likely for roster management.

Kevin Comer - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In addition, Baseball America is reporting that these players started the season on the disabled list:

OF Bobby Boyd
RHP Ryan Deemes
RHP Angel Heredia (60-day DL)
RHP Jose Luis Hernandez
LHP Albert Minnis
2B Nick Tanielu (60-day DL)
RHP Andrew Walter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Let's play two in Peoria!

Las Vegas 21, Fresno 6

W- Adam Wilk (1-0)
L- David Martinez (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

Fresno got absolutely throttled by Vegas, who scored in all but one inning.

The Grizz used three position players on the mound, which is most likely enough to sum up the night they had. Reid Brignac was the only player who had a scoreless outing; he inherited a bases-loaded situation from Tyler White, but got the final two outs of the 8th inning without incident.

Preston Tucker led off the 3rd with a double and scored Fresno's first run when he came home on a Jon Kemmer double. The game was tied at that point; the 51s outscored the Grizzlies 20-5 the rest of the way. Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a Teoscar Hernandez groundout. Andrew Aplin, who allowed a solo homer, one other hit, and struck out 1 in the 7th, hit a 2-run double in the 8th. A.J. Reed followed with a 2-run single.

Tucker (2B, R), Kemmer (2B, RBI, R), and Kemp (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Keegan Yuhl will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Ricky Knapp at 7:05 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 12, Corpus Christi 3

W- Zach Lovvorn (1-1)
L- Cy Sneed (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Naturals bludgeoned them with a touchdown in the 2nd inning. They also committed 5 errors to compound a rough night.

J.D. Davis put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The Hooks wouldn't score again until the 9th, when Tony Nuñez was plunked with the bases loaded and Ramon Laureano followed that play up with an RBI single.

Cy Sneed struggled, and I'll leave it at that. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, and Michael Freeman worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Corpus Christi has today off. On Thursday, they'll open up the home portion of their schedule with the two Arkansas clubs coming to Whataburger Field. Trent Thornton will face Max Povse.

Myrtle Beach 7, Buies Creek 3

W- Dillon Maples (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (1-1)

BC home runs: None.

Unfortunately, the Buies Creek Astros are no longer on pace to finish their debut season undefeated.

The Astros scored their three runs in the first two innings and then got shut out the rest of the way.

Myles Straw drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a wild pitch. In the 2nd, Johnny Sewald ripped an RBI double and scored on a single from Straw, who finished 2-3 with a stolen base (2). Ryne Birk and Arturo Michelena both finished 2-4.

Elieser Hernandez went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and his first act was to get the final out of the 4th to bail Hernandez out of a bases-loaded jam. Thome threw 3.1 scoreless and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Sebastian Kessay pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, and Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 9th with a strikeout.

Akeem Bostick will start the series finale. He'll face Thomas Hatch at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Game 1: Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Forrest Whitley (1-0)
L- John Kilichowski (0-1)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)

QC home runs: None.

Forrest Whitley enjoyed a stellar debut in the first game of the twinbill as he allowed just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Carlos Sierra completed the shutout by allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3 over the final 2 frames.

Daz Cameron doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run on a Ronnie Dawson sac fly. Jake Rogers hit a single with one out in the 4th and scored the game's other run on an RBI double from Anibal Sierra. Both of Daz's hits in game 1 were doubles.

How did the Banditos fare in game 2?

Game 2: Peoria 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Estarlin Arias (1-0)
L- Derick Velazquez (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tied game 2 of the doubleheader with a couple of runs in the top of the 6th.... only to walk off with a loss.

Jorge Alcala pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer and an RBI single), walked 2, and struck out 6. Derick Velazquez pitched 2 innings; the winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Carmen Benedetti put Quad Cities on the board in game 2 with an RBI double and scored on a sac fly from Daz.

The series concludes with an 11:00 AM game. Ryan Hartman will take on Jordan Hicks, a 2015 graduate of Cypress Creek High School in Houston.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.


Quad Cities pitchers: W 2-0 @ Peoria in game 1 of doubleheader
Forrest Whitley: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K
Carlos Sierra: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Andrew Thome, RHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
2-6, 2 2B, R, RBI (cumulative stats from doubleheader)

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
2-3, RBI, R, SB (2)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 10, 2017

Reno 5, Fresno 2

W- Frank Duncan (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-1)
S- Enrique Burgos (1)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (2, solo in 1st), Tyler White (1, solo in 7th)

The wheels fell off late for the Grizzlies bullpen.

Francis Martes had a nice AAA debut as he allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. He had to work his way out of trouble a few times but managed to emerge unscathed. Dayan Diaz threw a 1-2-3 6th inning. Reymin Guduan got two outs in the 7th, both via strikeout, but the Aces knocked him around to the tune of 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits. Jordan Jankowski got the final out of the 7th, but not before allowing a 2-run double that allowed the runners he inherited from Guduan to score. Jared Mortensen allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings.

The Grizzlies' two runs came on the two solo shots you see above. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-3 and also stole his first base of the season.

Fresno will hit the road for the first time this season. Their first stop is Las Vegas for four games. Keegan Yuhl will face Adam Wilk in game 1. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Josh James (1-0)
L- Corey Ray (0-1)
S- Kevin Comer (1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (1, solo in 1st)

A 5th-inning run broke a 2-2 tie in the Hooks' favor, and Josh James had a nice outing out of the bullpen.

Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Josh James allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in his 4 innings of work, and Kevin Comer worked around a hit in the 9th to close it out, striking out 1.

Jack Mayfield opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 1st. Alejandro Garcia added an RBI single later in the inning. Ramon Laureano drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a groundout in the 5th.

Cy Sneed takes on Zach Lovvorn in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Yoanys Quiala (1-0)
L- Casey Bloomquist (0-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Buies Creek Astros are still on pace for an undefeated season as Yoanys Quiala and Riley Ferrell simply had their way with the Pelicans.

Framber Valdez had a weird, but alright outing. He went 4 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs. a single, walked 4, and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Myrtle Beach scored their first run on a wild pitch in the 1st and the other run scored following a poor throw from Osvaldo Duarte in the 4th. Quiala allowed just one hit and struck out 8 in his 4 innings; he struck out two in every inning. Ferrell struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st and the 4th innings; Christian Correa put the Astros on the board with an RBI double in the 1st and Ryne Birk added an RBI single in the 4th. Johnny Sewald doubled to lead off the 5th and scored on a Jason Martin single. Birk also stole his 2nd base of the season.

Elieser Hernandez will take on Adbert Alzolay in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities and Peoria was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for today with the first game starting at 5:00. Forrest Whitley will start it off against Steven Farinaro, and in game 2, Hector Perez will face John Kilichowski,

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.


Yoanys Quiala and Riley Ferrell, RHPs, Buies Creek
Quiala: W (1-0), 4 IP, H, 8 K
Ferrell: Save (2), IP, 2 K

Francis Martes, RHP, Fresno
5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
2-3, solo HR (2), SB (1)

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

Monday, April 10, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 9, 2017

Organization sweep!


Fresno 5, Reno 3

W- Ashur Tolliver (1-0)
L- Keyvius Sampson (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies stormed out of the gate with a 4-0 lead after the 1st inning, which turned out to be just enough for them to take their first series of the year.

Edison Frias went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Ashur Tolliver was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he walked 3 and struck out 1. Aaron West allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 2 innings of work, and Tyson Perez threw a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

The first 6 hitters for the Grizzlies all reached base safely. Tony Kemp walked to lead off the inning and advanced to 3rd on a D.J. Fisher double. Teoscar Hernandez walked to load the bases for A.J. Reed, who ripped a 2-run double to open the scoring. Colin Moran and Preston Tucker followed with RBI singles. Reed hit another double to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on a Reid Brignac single. Reed finished 2-3; both of his hits were doubles and he came around to score twice.

In the series finale, Francis Martes will make his AAA debut. He'll face Frank Duncan at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Northwest Arkansas 3

W- Eric Peterson (1-0)
L- Pedro Fernandez (0-1)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Naturals tied the game at 2 thanks to runs in the 5th and the 6th, but the Hooks erupted for 5 runs in the 8th to re-establish control.

Alejandro Garcia opened the scoring with his 2-run homer in the 4th inning. This would be their only scoring play until that big 8th inning. 

Garrett Stubbs ripped a double to lead off the inning and Jamie Ritchie replaced him on the basepaths. J.D. Davis followed by smacking an RBI double to put Corpus back in front. Although Jon Singleton was the first casualty of the inning following a strikeout, a Garcia single and a Drew Ferguson walk loaded the bases for Jack Mayfield, who promptly cleared them with a triple. He came home with Corpus Christi's final run on a single from Bryan Muñiz. 

Davis (2B, R), Singleton (2B, R), Garcia (2-R HR, 2 R), Mayfield (2B, 3B, 3 RBI), and Tony Nuñez all finished with two hits on the day.

Rogelio Armenteros had a strong showing on the mound as he allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), a single, walked 2, and struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings. It's the first time that he's recorded double-digit strikeouts in his career. Eric Peterson and Michael Freeman pitched 1.2 innings apiece to close it out. Peterson allowed the runner he inherited from Armenteros to score, along with a run of his own, on 4 hits and struck out 4. Freeman's 1.2 innings were a little less tense as he allowed just one hit and fanned one. 

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 2, Winston-Salem 0

W- Franklin Perez (1-0)
L- Max Beatty (0-1)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (1)

BC home runs: Ryne Birk (1, solo in 2nd)

The Carolina Stros swept their first-ever series as Franklin Perez and Ralph Garza Jr. joined forces to throw a 3-hit shutout.

Perez allowed just one hit, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 5.1 innings, and Garza allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over the final 3.2 innings to secure the win.

Ryne Birk led off the 2nd with a solo homer to put the Astros on the board. Dex McCall ripped a 1-out double in the 4th. Two wild pitches later, he came home with the other run. Kyle Tucker finished 2-3. Tucker, McCall, and Birk accounted for all of Buies' offensive production on Sunday afternoon.

The season-opening homestand concludes with 3 games against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Framber Valdez will start the opener, and he'll take on Casey Bloomquist at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 18, Wisconsin 11

W- Edgardo Sandoval (1-0)
L- Braden Webb (0-1)
QC home runs: Daz Cameron 2 (2; grand slam in 4th, solo in 9th), Spencer Johnson (1, grand slam in 1st), Stephen Wrenn (1, 2-run in 8th)

Both teams combined for 29 runs, 31 hits (7 home runs), and 8 errors. The Banditos' blasts were more impactful, as Daz Cameron and Spencer Johnson launched grand slams. Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup had a hit and scored a run.


The offensive show of force really helped pick up a Quad Cities pitching staff that didn't have its best afternoon. Tyler Britton went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Abdiel Saldaña was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and in 2 innings, he allowed 6 runs on 5 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 1. Edgardo Sandoval pitched the final 3 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Tucker Neuhaus in the 8th. Sandoval allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4.

2016 1st-rounder Forrest Whitley makes his 2017 debut as the River Bandits begin a 3-game series in Peoria. He'll face Steven Farinaro at 6:30.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Franklin Perez and Ralph Garza Jr,, RHPs, Buies Creek
Perez: W (1-0), 5.1 IP, H, 3 BB, 5 K
Garza: Save (1), 3.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

Daz Cameron's photo taken by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Spencer Johnson, 1B/DH/OF, and Stephen Wrenn, OF, Quad Cities
Cameron: 3-6, 2 HR (2, including a grand slam), 5 RBI
Johnson: 2-5, grand slam (1)
Wrenn: 2-3, 3B, 2-R HR (1), 3 R

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi
5.2 IP, H, 2 R (1 unearned), 2 BB, 10 K

Alejandro Garcia's photo from MiLB.com
Jack Mayfield, IF, and Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, R
Garcia: 2-5, 2-R HR (1), 2 R

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fresno 5, Reno 4

W- James Hoyt (1-0)
L- Silvino Bracho (0-1)

Fresno home runs: A,J. Reed (1, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies tied the game with 2 in the 8th and walked off with the win.

Juan Centeno opened up the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd inning. A.J. Reed led off the bottom of the 6th with a solo shot. Fresno entered the bottom of the 8th trailing 4-2, but that would change in a hurry.

Colin Moran hit a one-out double, and then a couple of two-out walks from Centeno and Andrew Aplin loaded the bases for Tony Kemp, who tied the game with a 2-run single. The Grizzlies struck out three times in the 9th, but Tyler White managed to reach base safely to keep the inning alive. After Moran got a free pass, Reid Brignac won the game with an RBI single.

Brian Holmes went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. .Dayan Diaz pitched an inning, recording the final two outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th. He allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan issued a walk and got the last two outs of the 7th via strikeout. Jordan Jankowski (8th) and James Hoyt (9th) struck out 2 as they threw 1-2-3 innings.

Edison Frias will face Keyvius Sampson in the series finale. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Arkansas 1

W- Dean Deetz (1-0)
L- Tyler Herb (0-1)

CC home runs; Jon Singleton (1, solo in 8th)

After seeing their offense rendered useless on Friday, the Hooks returned the favor by shackling the Travs on Saturday. Do unto others...

The pitchers in the system have stormed out of the gate with some fine performances, and Dean Deetz added to that. In 5 innings, he allowed a run on a sacrifice fly, a single, walked 2, and struck out 8. Jacob Dorris and Kevin Comer both pitched 2 scoreless innings; Dorris allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2, and Comer retired all 6 Travelers he faced, striking out 4.

Jon Singleton walked to lead off the top of the 2nd and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a single from Trent Woodward. The Hooks got 3 in the 5th thanks to an RBI single from Garrett Stubbs and a 2-run single from Singleton, who led off the 8th with a solo homer. Later in the 8th, Jack Mayfield drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI double. Singleton reached in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk and scoring twice.

The Hooks' tour of Arkansas continues with a 3-game set in Springdale against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Rogelio Armenteros will start the opener, and he'll take on Christian Binford at 4:05.

Buies Creek 9, Winston-Salem 4

W- Sebastian Kessay (1-0)
L- Brannon Easterling (0-1)
S- Nick Hernandez (1)

BC home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, solo in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros have taken their first-ever series. After Winston-Salem tied the game at 4 following a couple of runs in the 2nd, the Astros managed to pull away in the end.

The Dash got the jump on Matt Bower by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the 1st to take a 2-0 lead. Jason Martin started off Buies Creek's response by leading off the bottom of the 1st with a single. Myles Straw and Dex McCall both walked to load the bases for Ryne Birk, who promptly cleared them with a triple. Birk came home on a single from Anthony Hermelyn.

W-S scored 2 more in the 2nd to tie the game at 4, but Kyle Tucker put the Astros back in front after leading off the 3rd with a home run. Arturo Michelena added another run with an RBI single in the 6th, and the Astros put the game out of reach with 3 runs in the 7th. Straw drew another walk, and a couple of errors loaded the bases. Straw wound up scoring on a wild pitch, and Birk, who was batting at the time, hit a sac fly that led to a pitching change for the Dash. Hermelyn greeted the new pitcher, Louie Lechich, with an RBI double.

Hermelyn's two hits both resulted in runs. Martin (1 run), Straw, Tucker, McCall, and Birk (2 runs apiece) accounted for all of Buies Creek's runs.

Matt Bower went 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 2. Sebaastian Kessay and Nick Hernandez combined to throw 5.2 scoreless innings of relief: Kessay walked 2 and struck out 2 in his 2.2 innings, and Hernandez allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 5 over the final 3 innings to get the save.

Franklin Perez makes his season debut today as the Astros look for the sweep. He'll take on Max Beatty at 2:00 Eastern.

Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Daniel Brown (1-0)
L- Carlos Sierra (0-1)
S- Aaron Myers (1)

QC home runs: None.

Once again, the Banditos were bitten by a late home run from the Timber Rattlers.

Spencer Johnson tripled to lead off the 5th and scored the first run of the game on a Jake Rogers groundout. Daz Cameron walked to lead off the 6th, stole 2nd, and scored on a Randy César single. Johnson finished 3-4 on the evening before Alex De Goti came in to pinch-run for him in the 9th. De Goti made it to 2nd after Rogers drew a walk, but they were both stranded to end the game.

Brett Adcock went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8. Not a bad first effort coming off a serious knee injury.

Erasmo Pinales and Carlos Sierra pitched 1.2 innings apiece: Pinales allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Sierra allowed just 1 hit and struck out 3, but that hit proved to be costly as it was a solo homer hit by Mariano Feliciano with 2 outs in the 8th.

In the series finale, Tyler Britton will take on Cameron Roegner. First pitch is at 1:05.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo from MiLB.com
Brett Adcock, LHP, Quad Cities
4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K

Ryne Birk, 2B, and Anthony Hermelyn, C, Buies Creek
Birk: 1-2, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R SB (1)
Hermelyn: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Corpus Christi pitchers: W 6-1 @ Arkansas
9 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 14 K
Dean Deetz: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Jacob Dorris: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Kevin Comer: 2 IP, 4 K

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
3-3, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R