Saturday, April 22, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 21, 2017

Three days in a row!


Fresno 8, Las Vegas 5

W- Reymin Guduan (1-2)
L- David Roseboom (0-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (3, 3-run in 6th), Teoscar Hernandez (4, grand slam in 8th)

Fresno erased a 5-0 deficit by scoring the game's last eight runs. They entered this series on a 5-game losing streak but finished it by taking 3 of 4 from the 51s.

For the first five innings, the Grizz couldn't get much done against Adam Wilk until Tony Kemp and D.J. Fisher hit one-out singles in the 6th. Tyler White was the 2nd casualty of the inning on a lineout, but A.J. Reed put them on the board with a 3-run homer.

Kemp singled to lead off the 8th. and then White singled and Reed drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a one-run game and prompted a pitching change. Teoscar Hernandez greeted Paul Sewald (Johnny Sewald's brother) with a grand slam that put Fresno in front. Kemp (2 R) and Colin Moran (2B) had 2 hits apiece.

Brian Holmes went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. The bullpen picked him up and kept Vegas off the scoreboard for the final 5 innings. Well, technically, they allowed a run, but it was charged to Holmes.

Aaron West inherited two runners from Holmes in the 5th; one of them scored on a force out. Fortunately, he got out of the 5th without further incident, striking out 1. Sean Stutzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Reymin Guduan struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit and issued a walk to the first two men he faced, but he pulled himself together to secure the victory. Jankowski induced a double play and got Xorge Carrillo to fly out to end the game.

Francis Martes gets the start as the Grizzlies welcome Salt Lake to town for a 4-game series. He'll face Manny Banuelos at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 3

W- Josh James (2-0)
L- Reed Garrett (0-3)
S- Rogelio Armenteros (1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (4; 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks responded to Frisco taking the lead with 3 runs in the 3rd with a pair of 3-run innings of their own.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. The Riders responded with 3 in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, but fortunately, that was the only inning in which they scored.

Corpus regained the lead in the 5th by taking advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation. Mott Hyde and Drew Ferguson singled to lead off the inning while Laureano joined them by drawing a walk. Jon Singleton was next and he came through with a 2-run single to put the Hooks back in front. Laureano stole home on a double steal with Singleton, who took 2nd. Singleton hit an RBI single in the 7th, and J.D. Davis capped off the evening with a 2-run homer. Davis has now homered in three consecutive games. Ferguson finished 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (4). Singleton (3 RBI, R, SB), Davis (2-R HR), and Alejandro Garcia (2 2B) also finished with 2 hits in the game. Garcia extended his hitting streak to 7 games; the last five have been multi-hit outings.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Rogelio Armenteros shut it down, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4 over the final four innings.

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Collin Wiles at 7:05.

Buies Creek 9, Carolina 4

W- Sebastian Kessay (2-0)
L- Marcos Diplan (1-1)

BC home runs: Eduardo de Oleo 3 (3; 3-run in 1st, solo in 3rd, solo in 8th)

Buies Creek stormed out to a 6-0 lead after the opening frame and Eduardo de Oleo had a night to remember.

De Oleo, who was acquired in the minor league phase of last winter's Rule 5 draft from the Diamondbacks, exceeded his home run total from 2016 and matched his total from 2015 in one night. All three of his hits left the yard.

Jason Martin led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a Myles Straw single. Straw made it to 3rd on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on Kyle Tucker's sacrifice fly. Dex McCall and Ryne Birk followed with singles. Osvaldo Duarte went down on strikes for the 2nd out, but Pat Porter kept the line moving with an RBI single. De Oleo was next, and he capped off the stellar start by slamming a 3-run homer. De Oleo wasn't finished; he led off the 3rd with a homer and did it again in the 8th. Birk drove in the final Astros run with an RBI single in the 9th inning. Kyle Tucker, who scored on Birk's base hit, singled and stole his way to 3rd before coming home. Little Tuck now has 6 stolen bases on the season. Straw and Birk both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Yoanys Quiala went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Framber Valdez tagged in for 3.2 innings; the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Isan Diaz in the 9th. Framber allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Carlos Sierra issued a walk to the first man he faced, but he got the final out with a strikeout.

Akeem Bostick gets the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face Conor Harber at 5:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Clinton 1

W- Edgardo Sandoval (2-1)
L- Alex Wells (0-1)

QC home runs: Spencer Johnson (3, solo in 2nd), Marcos Almonte (3, 2-run in 5th)

The Banditos took game 2 thanks to the long ball and a couple of stellar performances on the mound.

Brett Adcock and Edgardo Sandoval combined to hold the LumberKings to just two hits in this one. Adcock allowed a run, both Clinton hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4.2 innings, while Sandoval struck out 4 in 4.1 innings; he faced one batter over the minimum because of an error.

All three Quad Cities runs came via the home run. Spencer Johnson launched one in the 2nd to put the Banditos on the board first and Marcos Almonte clubbed his third in four games, a 2-run shot in the 5th.

Enoli Paredes will take on Ljay Newsome (yes, this is his given name) in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 1:15.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Bryan Green
Eduardo de Oleo, C, Buies Creek
3-4, 3 HR (3), 5 RBI

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Brett Adcock, LHP, and Edgardo Sandoval, RHP, Quad Cities
Adcock: 4.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Sandoval: W (2-1), 4.1 IP, 4 K

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3 R, 2 SB (4)

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3 RBI, R, SB (1)

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (4)
HR in 3rd consecutive game

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
Go-ahead grand slam (4) in 8th

Fresno bullpen: W 8-5 vs.Las Vegas
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Aaron West: IP, K; allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score
Sean Stutzman: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Reymin Guduan: W (1-2), IP, 2 K
Jordan Jankowski: Save (1), IP, H, BB

Friday, April 21, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another organization sweep!



Fresno 10, Las Vegas 3

W- Edison Frias (1-1)
L- Wilfredo Boscan (0-1)
S- Tyson Perez (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz stormed out of the gate with 5 in the 1st and used a 4-run 8th inning to remove any remaining doubts regarding the outcome of this game.

Edison Frias turned in 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and striking out 5. Ryan Thompson and Tyson Perez finished off the game by throwing 2 innings apiece. The one run Thompson allowed came on a solo homer from Jayce Boyd in the 7th; he allowed one other hit and struck out 3.

All 5 Fresno runs in the opening inning came with two outs. A.J. Reed opened the scoring with an RBI single, and then Preston Tucker and Teoscar Hernandez loaded the bases with singles of their own. Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer followed with 2-run singles. Reed added an RBI single in the 2nd. In the 8th, Juan Centeno ripped an RBI triple, Tyler White lashed an RBI double, and Reed capped off the night with another RBI single, his third hit of the game.

Big Tuck (R, BB) and D.J. Fisher (2 R, SB [2]) both went 3-4; Tucker extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The bottom third of the order (Moran, Kemmer, Centeno) combined to go 6-12 (they all went 2-4) with 5 RBI (Moran and Kemmer 2 each, Centeno 1) and 3 runs scored.

The Grizzlies and 51s will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Brian Holmes faces Adam Wilk.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 6 in 11 innings

W- Michael Freeman (2-0)
L- Nick Gardewine (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (1)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (3, 3-run in 3rd), J.D. Davis (3, solo in 11th)

J.D. Davis only had one hit, but it proved to be the difference in the first skirmish involving the Astros and Rangers organizations in 2017.

Alejandro Garcia put the Hooks on the board first when he launched a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning. He's matched his home run total from 2016 in 13 games. However, the Riders took the lead thanks to a 4-run 4th inning. Jack Mayfield led off the 6th with a walk, advanced to 3rd on a Jamie Ritchie double, and scored the tying run when Bryan Muñiz legged out an infield single.

Corpus thought that they had a chance to go for the win when they scored a couple of runs in the top of the 9th to regain the lead. Garcia got plunked with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run, and Mayfield walked Ramon Laureano home. However, Frisco scored two of their own in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. After both sides went scoreless in the 10th, Davis greeted new Frisco pitcher Nick Gardewine with a 1-out solo home run.

Garcia finished 3-5 and also stole his 2nd base of the season. Ritchie (2 2B) and Jon Singleton (2B) both went 2-5.

Kent Emanuel allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings of work. Eric Peterson, Riley Ferrell, and Michael Freeman followed with 2 innings each out of the bullpen. Peterson was first; he allowed a hit and struck out 1. Ferrell allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, and Freeman allowed the tying runs, both of which were unearned, on a groundout and a double in the 9th. The double was the only hit that he surrendered; he also walked 3 and struck out 1. Freeman also managed to get himself out of a bases-loaded jam to end the 10th. Jacob Dorris threw a 1-2-3 11th to get the save.

Josh James gets the start in game 2. He'll take on Reed Garrett at 7:05.


Buies Creek 14, Carolina 1

W- Franklin Perez (2-0)
L- Cody Ponce (2-1)
S- Matt Bower (1)

BC home runs: None.

Franklin Perez was fantastic and the Buies Creek offense went on a rampage.

Perez allowed just two hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Matt Bower finished the game and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in the final 4 innings.

Anthony Hermelyn doubled to lead off the 2nd inning and scored on a single from Anibal Sierra. The real fun started in the 3rd inning.

Myles Straw kicked things off with a single, and then Dex McCall moved him over to 3rd base with a single to bring up Ryne Birk, who ripped a 2-run triple. Hermelyn joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. The Astros put up 7 runs in the inning, 5 of which came with two outs. Osvaldo Duarte proceeded to lace an RBI single, and then Sierra got plunked to load the bases. Hermelyn scored on an error that allowed Jason Martin to reach. Straw smacked a 2-run double in his second plate appearance of the evening, and Kyle Tucker, who was the first casualty of the inning, drove in the final run of the frame with a single. Duarte hit an RBI groundout in the 4th inning.

Buies put up 4 more in the 5th as Birk and Hermelyn drew bases-loaded walks and Duarte smacked a 2-run double. Little Tuck capped off the onslaught with an RBI double in the 6th. Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit; the Astros scored all 14 of their runs without hitting a home run.

In game 2 of this series, Yoanys Quiala will go up against Marcos Diplan. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Clinton 2

W- Carson LaRue (1-0)
L- Tim Viehoff (0-1)

QC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (3, 2-run in 8th), Jake Rogers (2, solo in 8th)

The Banditos have launched 14 home runs in their last 4 games and this show of force has vaulted them to the top of Minor League Baseball in that category.
Clinton got on the board first with a run in the 2nd, but Quad Cities hit back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning. Chuckie Robinson ripped a 2-run double to put the Bandits in front, and he came around to score on a Marcos Almonte single. Spencer Johnson hit a 2-run single in the 5th to push the lead to 5-1, and the Bandits capped off another win with some fireworks. Stephen Wrenn clubbed a 2-run homer in the 8th and Jake Rogers smacked a solo shot for their final run of the evening.

The top third of the Quad Cities lineup (Wrenn, Alex De Goti, and Rogers) all had two hits on the evening. Wrenn stole a base (4), while Rogers scored twice. Rodrigo Ayarza went 3-4 with a double and scored a run.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt tagged in for 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Derick Velazquez pitched the 9th and allowed an unearned run on a single and struck out 1.

Brett Adcock will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Nick Wells at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Follow the Buies Creek Astros on Twitter @bcreekastros
Buies Creek Astros: W 14-1 @ Carolina
14 R, 15 H
Myles Straw: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Kyle Tucker: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB (4)
Ryne Birk: 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Osvaldo Duarte: 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI, R

Franklin Perez, RHP, and Matt Bower, LHP, Buies Creek
Perez: W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Bower: Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Perez's first 3 appearances: 14.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 14 K

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, solo HR (2), 2 R
Currently on an 8-game hitting streak

Quad Cities pitchers: W 8-2 vs. Clinton
9 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 6 K
Carson LaRue: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Dustin Hunt: 3 IP, H, K
Derick Velazquez: IP, H, unearned run, K

Photo from MiLB.com
Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, SB (2)

Colin Moran, IF, Fresno
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 RBI

A.J. Reed, 1B/DH, Fresno
3-5, 3 RBI, R

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

Astros Farm Report: 4-21

Lots of W's from the Astros Farm System lately!!!

STANDINGS

Let's take a look in on the standings of the Astros farm teams a little over two weeks into the new season.

AAA Fresno 3rd 7-8 .467 1.5GB W2
AA Corpus 1st 9-4 .692 0.0GB W2
HiA Buies Creek 1st 11-4 .733 0.0GB W2
LoA Quad Cities 2nd 8-5 .571 2.0GB W4

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Note: The Astros have been moving players back and forth to either Tri-City or Extended Spring Training as a means of managing their rosters. I won't be including those moves in this list if I believe that they are only being made on paper for roster management.

Ryan Thompson - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

4-20: RHP James Hoyt recalled to Houston from the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
4-20: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to AAA Fresno from AA Corpus Christi
4-20: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to AAA Fresno from AA Corpus Christi
4-20: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to AA Corpus Christi from HiA Buies Creek
4-20: OF Bobby Boyd activated from the DL and assigned to AA Corpus Christi
4-20: RHP Carlos Sierra assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
4-19: C Eduardo de Oleo (2016 MiLB Rule 5 pick) assigned to HiA Buies Creek
4-18: C Ray Henderson-Lozano assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-18: RHP Tyler Britton placed on the LoA Quad Cities 7-day DL
4-17: RHP Enoli Paredes assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: OF Marcos Almonte assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: RHP Lucas Williams assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
4-17: C Garrett Stubbs placed on AA Corpus Christi 7-day DL (retroactive to 4-14)
4-17: SS Anibal Sierra assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
4-17: SS Stijn Van der Meer (Buies Creek) released
4-14: RHP Reggie Johnson assigned to Low-A Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
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

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

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


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Organization sweep!

Fresno 1, Las Vegas 0

W- Dayan Diaz (1-0)
L- David Roseboom (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it belonged to the Grizzlies, who snapped their 5-game losing streak in walk-off fashion. Jon Kemmer drew a 2-out walk in the bottom of the 9th, advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored the only run of the night on a single from Colin Moran.

Brady Rodgers allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 over 4.1 scoreless innings. He left in the 5th with an apparent injury after striking out Travis Taijeron to begin the inning. The bullpen picked him up and completed the shutout. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings. Kevin Comer was next, and he went 2 innings, allowing 4 hits and walking 1. Dayan Diaz struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Edison Frias will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Wilfredo Boscan at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series with Frisco tonight at 7:05. Kent Emanuel will take on Yohander Mendez.

Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 3

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-0)
L- Oscar De La Cruz (1-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros managed to take 2 of 3 from the Pelicans by shaking off an early 2-run homer and turning the tables with a 3-run 5th inning.

Christian Correa sparked the big 5th inning with a leadoff double. Eduardo de Oleo drew a walk and the two of them advanced on a sac bunt from Anibal Sierra. Myrtle Beach starter Oscar de la Cruz proceeded to uncork a wild pitch that allowed Correa to score Buies' first run of the evening. Myles Straw, who was batting at the time, compounded de la Cruz's misery by knocking him out of the game with an RBI triple. Osvaldo Duarte greeted the new pitcher, Jeremy Null, with an RBI single to tie the game. In the 6th, Correa managed to beat out an inning-ending double play and scored the go-ahead run on a triple from de Oleo. Dex McCall went 3-4 while Straw finished 2-5.

Justin Ferrell went 4 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on a home run hit by Bryant Flete in the 1st inning. He also allowed 2 singles, walked 5, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.2 scoreless innings. He left with a couple of men on in the 6th for Nick Hernandez, who got him out without further incident. Hernandez ended up pitching 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes retired all four Pelicans he faced to get the save, striking out 2.

The next stop on Buies Creek's two-week road trip is Zebulon, North Carolina, where they'll play 4 with the Carolina Mudcats. Franklin Perez will start the first game and he'll face Cody Ponce at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 2

W- Ryan Hartman (1-0)
L- Sam Pastrone (0-3)
S- Erasmo Pinales (1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (2, 2-run in 6th), Spencer Johnson (2, solo in 8th)

The Banditos swept the Bees in dominating fashion. In the three games, Quad Cities outscored Burlington 34-5 and clubbed 12 home runs.

Ryan Hartman turned in another solid start for Quad Cities. He went 6 innings and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Jordan Serena to lead off the 5th. Hartman allowed 4 other hits (all singles) and struck out 1. Erasmo Pinales pitched the final 3 innings and he also allowed a solo homer; Brennan Morgan took him deep to open up the 9th inning. Other than that, Pinales also had a rather painless outing; the other hit he allowed was a single, and he walked 1 and struck out 1 to get the save.

Alex De Goti kept the opening frame alive with a walk. He then advanced to 3rd on a Randy César single and scored the first run of the day when Stephen Wrenn ripped a double. César and Wrenn both drew walks to lead off the 4th to bring up Spencer Johnson, who ripped a 2-run double. Johnson did not have to wait long to come home because one batter later, Chuckie Robinson laced an RBI single. Johnson walked to lead off the 6th and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Robinson went down on strikes, but Marcos Almonte came through, clubbing his second home run in as many days. Johnson capped off a nice day by smacking a homer to lead off the 8th. He finished 2-3 and scored 3 runs. César and Robinson also had two-hit days.

Quad Cities will now begin a 4-game series with the Clinton LumberKings. Carson LaRue will get the start in game 1 and he'll go up against Tim Viehoff. First pitch is at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Rich Guill
 Spencer Johnson, 1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, solo HR (2), 3 RBI, 3 R

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, K

Buies Creek bullpen: W 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach
5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: W (1-0), 1.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K
Nick Hernandez: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Ryan Deemes: Save (1), 1.1 IP, 2 K

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 1-0 vs. Las Vegas
9 IP, 9 H, BB, 7 K
Brady Rodgers: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Aaron West: 1.2 IP, 2 H, K
Kevin Comer: 2 IP, 4 H, BB
Dayan Diaz: W (1-0), IP, 2 K

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Las Vegas 6, Fresno 1

W- Donovan Hand (1-2)
L- Keegan Yuhl (1-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Tacos dropped their first Taco Tuesday game of the year as Vegas got the jump on Keegan Yuhl by tagging him for 5 runs in the 2nd inning.

Yuhl ultimately went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (5 singles, a double, and a solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Reymin Guduan and James Hoyt both tossed a scoreless inning; Guduan allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 8th, while Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Jon Kemmer's RBI single in the 2nd was Fresno's only scoring play of the evening. Preston Tucker, who scored on the play, went 2-4. D.J. Fisher also finished 2-4; one of his hits was a double.

Brady Rodgers will go up against Tyler Pill in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 10, Northwest Arkansas 9

W- Trent Thornton (1-1)
L- Ashton Goudeau (0-2)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (2, 3-run in 3rd)

Just like they did on their season-opening tour of Arkansas, Corpus took 2 of 3 from both of the Arkansas clubs at Whataburger Field. They had to withstand a 9th-inning uprising to secure this one though.

The Naturals put up crooked numbers in all of the innings in which they scored, but the Hooks scored in more innings.

Both teams scored twice in the opening frame; Corpus Christi's two runs came when Drew Ferguson scored on a double play and Ramon Laureano came home on an error that also allowed Alejandro Garcia to reach safely. J.D. Davis clubbed a 3-run home run in the 3rd.

The Naturals scored 3 in the 4th to take a 7-5 lead, but the Hooks were able to draw even thanks to a Ferguson RBI double in the bottom of the 4th and a pair of RBI singles from Trent Woodward and Tony Nuñez in the 5th. Mott Hyde hit an RBI single in the 7th and Ferguson scored Corpus Christi's final run of the game on a wild pitch in the 8th.

The top four in the Corpus lineup (Ferguson, Ramon Laureano, Jon Singleton, Davis) all scored twice. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Ferguson led the way with a 3-5 game. Davis and Garcia both finished 2-5.

Kyle Smith went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and threw 1.1 innings. The three runs he allowed all came on a home run hit by Samir Duenez in the 4th inning. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Trent Thornton went 5 innings and the two runs he allowed came when Mauricio Ramos took him deep in the 9th. He allowed three other hits and struck out 2.

After a day off, the Hooks will begin a series in Frisco. Kent Emanuel is listed as the starter for Thursday's opener and he'll face Yohander Mendez at 7:05 that night.

Myrtle Beach 6, Buies Creek 0

W- Dillon Maples (2-0)
L- Andrew Thome (0-1)
S- Scott Effross (3)

BC home runs: None.

A silent night from the offense spoiled a masterful outing from Alex Winkelman, who allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high 10 over 6 shutout innings. The Pelicans roughed up Andrew Thome and got all of their runs off of him. In 1+ inning, Thome allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Sebastian Kessay struck out 2 in the 8th; an error allowed two of Thome's runners to score.

Not much has gone right for Osvaldo Duarte this season. He's had a rough go of it in the field and committed the error in the 8th that allowed two runs to score; it was his 8th error of the season. At the plate, it took him 6 games to reach base for the first time (via a walk) and 7 to record his first hit. Entering this series, he was 2-34 at the plate.

Duarte finished 3-4 for the second consecutive game and stole his 2nd base of the season. In the process, he has raised his average from .059 to .190 in three days.

In the series finale, Justin Ferrell will take on Oscar de la Cruz. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 12, Burlington 2

W- Hector Perez (1-1)
L- Andrew Vinson (1-1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (1, 3-run in 2nd), Daz Cameron (3, solo in 2nd), Randy César (2, solo in 3rd), Ronnie Dawson (1, 2-run in 3rd), Stephen Wrenn (2, solo in 4th)

The Banditos bludgeoned the Bees by smashing five home runs for the second straight evening. It was a pretty blustery evening in Burlington with 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field for this game. On the other hand, the wind was variable and just 5 MPH on Monday.

Hector Perez was the beneficiary of the generous run support; he went 5.2 innings and the two runs he allowed came on back-to-back solo homers to start the 3rd inning. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Carlos Sierra struck out 3 over 2.1 perfect innings, and Lucas Williams struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Everyone in the starting 9+1 recorded a hit. Jake Rogers kicked things off with an RBI triple in the 1st inning. Marcos Almonte made quite a first impression by whacking a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning. Two batters later, Daz Cameron smacked his 3rd homer of the season. Alex De Goti followed by ripping a double and came home on Rogers' double.

Randy César led off the 3rd with a homer and Ronnie Dawson clubbed a 2-run homer later in the inning. Stephen Wrenn launched a solo shot in the 4th. Dawson scored on a wild pitch in the 6th and Rodrigo Ayarza capped off the romp with an RBI double in the 7th.

Quad Cities will look for the sweep as Ryan Hartman takes the mound. He'll face Sam Pastrone at 11:30 AM.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, IF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (1), 2 R; season debut

Photo by Bryan Green
Alex Winkelman, LHP, Buies Creek
6 IP, H, 10 K
14.1 IP, 4 H, BB, 21 K, .089 opponent BA, 0.35 WHIP in first 3 appearances this season

Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
Currently on a 7-game hitting streak

Quad Cities pitchers: W 12-2 @ Burlington
9 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR), 2 ER, BB, 11 K
Hector Perez: W (1-1), 5.2 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 7 K
Carlos Sierra: 2.1 IP, 3 K
Lucas Williams: IP, K

Drew Ferguson, OF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
Davis: 2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (2), 2 R
Both are currently on 7-game hitting streaks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 17, 2017

Salt Lake 6, Fresno 2

W- Manny Banuelos (2-0)
L- David Martinez (0-2)
S- Brooks Pounders (1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (2, 2-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies suffered a sweep for the first time this season.

The elder Tucker's 2-run home run in the 2nd innings was Fresno's only scoring play of the evening. Preston Tucker is now on an 8-game hitting streak. Jon Kemmer went 2-3 out of the #9 spot in the order.

David Martinez went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. After allowing a couple of hits and walking another batter in the 7th, Aaron West worked his way out of the jam and turned in a scoreless outing. Jared Mortensen allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th; Mortensen is the knuckleballer from Canada who was acquired from the Rays in the minor league phase of last year's Rule 5 draft.

The Grizzlies return home to begin a new series with Las Vegas. For the first time this season, they will take the field as the Fresno Tacos. Keegan Yuhl will start, and he'll go up against Donovan Hand at 6:35 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 7 in 13 innings

W- Luis Rico (1-1)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Hooks trailed 5-0 at one point and successfully erased that deficit, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback as the Naturals broke a 6-6 tie with a bases-clearing triple with two outs in the top of the 13th.

Corpus didn't score until the bottom of the 6th; that was when they started to chip away at the aforementioned 5-0 deficit. Ramon Laureano led off the inning with a single, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored the Hooks' first run on an Alejandro Garcia single, which prompted the Naturals to go to their bullpen. Jack Mayfield greeted the new pitcher with a 2-run home run.

Bryan Muñiz singled to lead off the 7th and Tony Nuñez joined him on the bases after drawing a walk. Drew Ferguson brought Muñiz home with a single, and Laureano added a sac fly. A couple of walks loaded the bases for Garcia, who drove in the tying run with a groundout. After the Naturals regained the lead in the 13th, the Hooks managed to get an RBI single from Nuñez, which brought up Ferguson, representing the tying run, to the plate. Unfortunately, Ferguson grounded into a force out to end the game.

Garcia (2 RBI, R) and Nuñez (RBI, R) both finished with 3 hits on the evening. Mayfield (2B, 2-R HR), J.D. Davis (2B), and Ferguson (RBI, R) all had 2-hit games.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 3 runs on a pair of homers (solo and 2-run) and two other hits in the 6th inning. Sean Stutzman allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3 over 3 innings. Ryan Thompson threw 3 scoreless innings but ultimately couldn't preserve the tie as he allowed the bases-loaded triple that turned out to be the difference in the 13th. In 3.2 innings, Thompson allowed 3 other hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 4. Michael Freeman recorded the final out of the 13th, but the damage was done.

Kyle Smith will face Matt Tenuta in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Akeem Bostick (2-0)
L- Thomas Hatch (0-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (1)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros scored 3 in the 5th and Akeem Bostick shined once again as they took the first game from the Pelicans.

The top four hitters in the Buies Creek lineup each drove in a run. Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, although he was thrown out at 2nd base to end the inning. This was the Astros' only scoring play until the top of the 5th. In the meantime, Myrtle Beach scored in the 1st to tie and took the lead with another run in the 3rd.

Anthony Hermelyn and Pat Porter drew walks to lead off the 5th, and even though Anibal Sierra struck out, Osvaldo Duarte singled to load the bases. Jason Martin tied the game with a sac fly, and then Myles Straw and Kyle Tucker followed with RBI singles to put Buies Creek in front. Duarte finished 3-4, while McCall went 2-3.

Elieser Hernandez went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Akeem Bostick tagged in and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless innings. Bostick has opened the season on a 14.2 inning scoreless streak. Ryan Deemes worked around a couple of hits to save the game, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Alex Winkelman will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Justin Steele at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 15, Burlington 1

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0)
L- Nate Bertness (0-1)

QC home runs: Alex De Goti 2 (2; solo in 3rd, solo in 8th), Jake Rogers (1, solo in 3rd), Rodrigo Ayarza (3, 2-run in 7th), Randy César (1, grand slam in 9th)

The Banditos opened this series with a bang, clubbing 5 home runs.

- Everyone in the lineup scored.
- Alex De Goti finished a double shy of the cycle. He led off the 8th with one final chance to get it and instead, he smacked a solo homer, his second of the game. I'm sure he'll take the 4-4, 2 homer game though.
- De Goti and Jake Rogers led off the 3rd with home runs.
- Rogers was a triple shy of the cycle, and Ronnie Dawson nearly hit for the cycle as well; he was a homer short of his.
- Rodrigo Ayarza matched his career high for home runs in a season in just 6 games. He hit 3 in 32 games between the GCL and Greeneville in 2015.
- Randy César capped it off with a grand slam in the 9th inning.


Jorge Alcala issued 5 walks and only struck out 2 in his 5 innings, but on the bright side, he only allowed one hit and didn't allow a run. In his season debut, Enoli Paredes went 3 innings and allowed Burlington's only run when Roberto Baldoquin took him deep in the 7th. Paredes allowed one other hit and struck out 4. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit in a scoreless 9th.

Hector Perez will take on former Aggie Andrew Vinson in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.


Quad Cities River Bandits: W 15-1 @ Burlington; 15 R, 16 H, E
All players in lineup scored at least one run.
Alex De Goti, IF: 4-4, 2 solo HR (2), 3 R, 2 BB; finished double shy of cycle
Ronnie Dawson, OF: 3-6, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R; finished HR shy of cycle
Jake Rogers, C: 3-6, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R; finished triple shy of cycle
Randy César, 3B: 2-5, grand slam (1), 2 R
Jorge Alcala: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 5 BB, 2 K
Enoli Paredes: 3 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 4 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Akeem Bostick, RHP, Buies Creek
W (2-0), 3.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Sean Stutzman, LHP, Corpus Christi
3 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

Alejandro Garcia's photo from MiLB.com
Jack Mayfield, IF, Antonio Nuñez, IF, and Alejandro Garcia, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 2-6, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 2 R
Nuñez: 3-5, RBI, R; 3rd consecutive multi-hit game
Garcia: 3-6, 2 RBI, R