Saturday, May 27, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, May 26, 2017

Fresno 8, Tacoma 7 in 10 innings

W- Dayan Diaz (3-0)
L- Nick Hagadone (2-2)
S- Reymin Guduan (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (5, solo in 5th), Tony Kemp (1, 2-run in 5th), Colin Moran (8, 2-run in 10th)

The Grizzlies earned the split in the Pacific Northwest with an extra-inning victory.

Francis Martes hasn't had the most stellar start to his season but this outing looks to be a step in the right direction. He went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 9. Martes hit 98 MPH on his final pitch of the night. Ashur Tolliver got the final out of the 6th and the first out of the 7th, but he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Dayan Diaz was next: he didn't allow a run of his own in 2.2 innings, but he did allow the runner he inherited from Tolliver to score, which tied the game at 5. Diaz also allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Aaron West came on for the 10th but allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and failed to record an out. Reymin Guduan took ownership of the 10th and got a double play (that resulted in one of West's runners scoring) and struck out Leonys Martín to end the game.

Jon Kemmer put Fresno on the board with a solo shot in the 5th inning and Tony Kemp chipped in with a 2-run blast to put them in front. Kemp added a 2-run double to his ledger in the 7th. Fresno broke a 5-5 tie in the first extra frame as Colin Moran launched a 2-run homer and Kemmer added an RBI double to his line.

Kemmer finished 3-4 on the evening. Kemp (2B, 2-R HR, 4 RBI, R), Moran (2-R HR), Reid Brignac, and D.J. Fisher (SB, R) all had two hits in the game. Max Stassi went 0-2 but walked twice and scored twice.

Fresno is back home and they are rolling out the welcome mat for Albuquerque. Casey Coleman will get the start against Jeff Hoffman. First pitch is at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 10, Tulsa 7

W- Cy Sneed (3-4)
L- Andrew Sopko (0-4)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (11, 3-run in 2nd)

The Hooks stormed out to a 7-2 lead and staved off a Tulsa uprising in the late innings to come out victorious.

Brock Dykxhoorn and Cy Sneed both pitched 4 innings and they both allowed 3 runs. Dykxhoorn allowed 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Sneed allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 6. Andrew Thome allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Jon Singleton smacked an RBI double in the 1st inning to put Corpus on the board. Ramon Laureano followed by reaching on an error that allowed Garrett Stubbs to score; he was credited with an RBI on the play. Singleton put the Hooks in front when he scored on a wild pitch while Laureano stole 2nd. Laureano ended up at 3rd and scored on a Jamie Ritchie sac fly. J.D. Davis whacked a 3-run homer in the 2nd, his system-leading 11th of the year. Laureano ripped an RBI double in the 7th and Singleton added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 8th.

Singleton (2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Drew Ferguson (2 R, BB, SB) both finished with 3 hits and 2 runs scored; Ferguson extended his hitting streak to 23 games. Stubbs walked 4 times and scored 3 runs.

Akeem Bostick gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Josh Sborz at 7:05.

Frederick 9, Buies Creek 5

W- Mike Burke (1-0)
L- Matt Bower (2-2)

BC home runs: Ryne Birk (4, 2-run in 7th)

The Astros got torched by a 3-homer performance from Frederick's Ryan Mountcastle on Friday night.

Jake Rogers put Buies Creek on the board with a 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Spencer Johnson hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Ryne Birk smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th. Rogers went 2-3 on the night.

Matt Bower got knocked around in his 4.2 innings. I think some things are better left unsaid. Devon Carr issued a walk and got the final out of the 5th. Yoanys Quiala pitched the final 3 innings and the one hit he allowed was a solo homer to Mountcastle, his third of the night. He also walked 1 and struck out 1.

Game 2 of this series starts at 5:00 Eastern as Framber Valdez takes on Ofelky Peralta.

Beloit 6, Quad Cities 3 in 11 innings

W- Yordys Alejo (1-1)
L- Kevin Hill (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the first extra frame, but the Snappers seized control with 3 in the top of the 11th.

In his first game since coming off the disabled list, Alex De Goti went 2-5 with an RBI double in the 4th inning. Yordan Alvarez also turned in a 2-hit night; one of those two hits was an RBI single in the 5th. He walked to lead off the bottom of the 10th and scored on an Osvaldo Duarte double. Duarte's two hits were both doubles. Stephen Wrenn also went 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Dustin Hunt went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Abdiel Saldaña and Lucas Williams followed with 3 innings apiece out of the Banditos bullpen. Saldaña allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2, while Williams allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Beloit got to Kevin Hill for 3 runs on 4 hits in the 11th inning.

The series continues at 6:35 as Carson LaRue faces Brendan Butler.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Francis Martes, RHP, Fresno
5.2 IP, 6 H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 ER), BB, 9 K

Jon Kemmer, OF, Tony Kemp, 2B, and Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Kemmer: 3-4, 2B, solo HR (5), 2 RBI
Kemp: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 4 RBI
Moran: 2-5, go-ahead 2-R HR (8) in 10th inning

Jon Singleton, 1B, and Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
Singleton: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Ferguson: 3-4, 2B, BB, 2 R
Ferguson is currently on a 23-game hitting streak.

Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Quad Cities
2-4, 2 2B, RBI

Friday, May 26, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 25, 2017

Let's play two in Buies Creek for real this time!

Fresno 5, Tacoma 2

W- Tyson Perez (1-0)
L- Ryan Kelly (0-1)
S- Kevin Comer (1, 2 season)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (7, 2-run in 5th)

Both teams put up crooked numbers in the innings which they scored. The Grizzlies put up one more.

Preston Tucker put Fresno on the board first when he smacked a 2-run shot in the 5th inning. Tacoma got a pair in the 6th to tie, but the Grizz had the final say in this one with a 3-run 8th inning.

Max Stassi doubled to lead off the 8th and Tony Kemp joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Kemp was forced out at 2nd base but Tyler White beat the double play and advanced to 2nd on a D.J. Fisher groundout. Teoscar Hernandez got a free pass to 1st to set up a force at any base, but Colin Moran burned the Rainiers with a 2-run single to put Fresno in front. A.J. Reed went 2-4 and brought Teoscar home with a single to tack on some insurance.

Mike Hauschild went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (both of which were inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. Tyson Perez came out to try to extract Hauschild from a bases-loaded predicament, but he was greeted with a 2-run single immediately after coming on. Perez went 1.1 innings and allowed one other hit and struck out 1. Kevin Comer allowed a hit and fanned 3 in 2 scoreless innings to earn the save.

Francis Martes gets the start in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Springfield 3 in 10 innings

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0)
L- Kevin Herget (0-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks tied the game in the bottom of the 9th and walked off with the win and the series in the first extra frame. Neither team posted a crooked number, so Corpus won by scoring in more innings.

Drew Ferguson went 2-6 and opened the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 5th inning. Ramon Laureano also had a two-hit night and he too hit an RBI single that came in the 7th. Jack Mayfield walked in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Tony Nuñez walked to lead off the 9th, advanced to 2nd on a Garrett Stubbs bunt single, and scored the winning run on a Kristian Trompiz single. Stubbs finished 3-5 with a double and a run scored and Trent Woodward went 2-4.

Rogelio Armenteros allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 over 5.2 shutout frames. Albert Minnis got the final out of the 6th and the first out in the 7th and allowed a run (unearned) on a wild pitch, a single, and struck out 1. Riley Ferrell followed with 1.2 innings; he allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 2. Jacob Dorris pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on a force out, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Tonight, the Hooks welcome Tulsa to Whataburger Field. Brock Dykxhoorn goes first and he'll go up against Andrew Sopko at 7:05.

Game 1: Salem 5, Buies Creek 4

W- Dedgar Jimenez (5-1)
L- Brett Adcock (1-2, 2-2 season)
S- Trevor Kelley (3)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (3, 9 season; solo in 5th)

Buies Creek's comeback bid fell one run short.

Jake Rogers led off the 5th with a solo homer. Ryne Birk followed with a double then advanced to 3rd thanks to an error on the play. He would score on an Anthony Hermelyn groundout. Arturo Michelena hit a 2-run single in the 7th to cut the deficit to one run, but that was as close as they could get. Birk finished 2-3 and scored twice.

Brett Adcock pitched 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 5. Cristian Javier made his season debut as the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and in 1.2 innings, he walked 3 and also struck out 3. Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 7th inning.

Would game 2 have a better result for the Astros?

Game 2: Salem 5, Buies Creek 1

W- Daniel Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Jorge Alcala (1-1, 3-1 season)
S- Gerson Bautista (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Red Sox swept the twinbill to come out on top in the battle of the Carolina League's best.

Anibal Sierra spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 7th inning. Pat Porter's double was the Astros' only extra-base hit in game 2.

Jorge Alcala went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Howie Brey pitched the final 3.1 innings and the one hit he allowed was a 2-run homer hit by Chad de la Guerra in the 7th inning. He also walked 2 and struck out 3.

Buies Creek is on the road again. Matt Bower will start the first of a 4-game series against the Frederick Keys (Orioles). He'll face Brian Gonzalez at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 4, Peoria 0

W- Enoli Paredes (1-3)
L- Bryan Dobzanski (0-4)
S- Ryan Hartman (1)

QC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (3, solo in 2nd)

Osvaldo Duarte took another step towards righting the ship following a rough start in the Carolina League, while Enoli Paredes and Ryan Hartman joined forces to keep the Chiefs off the scoreboard.

Paredes pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5, while Hartman finished it off by allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 in 4 innings of work.

The Banditos scored a pair in the opening frame off a bases-loaded situation and didn't need a hit to do so: Marcos Almonte walked in Stephen Wrenn and one batter later, Ronnie Dawson got plunked, which allowed Carmen Benedetti to score. Osvaldo Duarte launched a homer to lead off the 2nd and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 3rd. Duarte, Wrenn, Rodrigo Ayarza, and Yordan Alvarez finished with two hits apiece.

Quad Cities welcomes the Beloit Snappers to Modern Woodmen Park for the weekend. Dustin Hunt starts game 1 and he'll go up against Brendan Butler at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Enoli Paredes' photo taken by Bryan Green
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
W 4-0 vs. Peoria
9 IP, 6 H, BB, 10 K
Enoli Paredes: W (1-3), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K
Ryan Hartman: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Quad Cities
2-4, solo HR (3), 2 RBI

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi
5.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 K

Drew Ferguson, OF, and Kristian Trompiz, IF, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 2-6, RBI; 22-game hitting streak
Trompiz: Walk-off RBI single in 10th

Kevin Comer, RHP, Fresno
Save (1, 2 season), 2 IP, H, 3 K

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 5-25

How has the Houston Astros minor league system fared over the last week? Wondering who's been on the move? Well, the Astros Farm Report has you covered.

STANDINGS

The Astros' four full-season affiliates have held steady since we last checked up on where they stand in their respective leagues, going 13-14 over the last week.

Fresno is still in 3rd, but they are in serious danger of being left far behind by Tacoma and Reno. Now, the Grizz are fighting with Sacramento to stay out of the cellar. On the flip side, Corpus Christi is gaining some ground with a 5-2 week; their 10-game losing streak is slowly becoming a distant memory. They've managed to gain a little ground on San Antonio. Buies Creek is still topping the Carolina League's Southern Division, while Quad Cities is back at .500 and still within striking distance of Kane County and Cedar Rapids in their division.

AAA Fresno t-3rd 18-29 .400 12.5GB L3
AA Corpus 3rd 23-23 .500 3.0GB W1
HiA Buies Creek 1st 28-18 .609 0.0GB W1
LoA Quad Cities 3rd 22-22 .500 3.0GB L1

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.

Jordan Jankowski - August 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Plenty of movement within the system over the last seven days, especially as the Astros try to get through this week without Dallas Keuchel and Brian McCann in the fold; the two of them are currently on the shelf; Keuchel has a pinched nerve in his neck, while McCann is on the 7-day concussion DL.

Jordan Jankowski and Juan Centeno had their contracts selected from AAA Fresno and they've both appeared for the Astros in their current series against Detroit.

On behalf of WTHB, I would like to send my best wishes to Andrew Aplin, who was designated for assignment and then traded to Seattle. His DFA was the corresponding move to allow the Astros to place Jordan Jankowski on the 40-man roster, which is now full.

Per the most recent installment of Baseball America's Minor League TransactionsC Christian Correa and OF Johnny Sewald were released, presumably between the previous Farm Report and this edition.

Correa signed as an undrafted free agent out of Nicholls State in 2015, while Sewald was drafted in the 14th round that year out of Arizona State. Correa has since signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association, joining former Astros farmhand Chase McDonald on the club.

Best of luck to Christian and Johnny on their future endeavors.

5-25: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Buies Creek from Extended Spring Training
5-24: OF Andrew Aplin traded to Mariners for PTBNL or cash
5-23: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-23: LHP Alex Winkelman assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-23: RHP Dean Deetz placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-23: 1B Jon Singleton (currently with Corpus) placed on suspended list (Activated 5-25)
5-23: RHP Josh James (currently with Corpus) placed on suspended list  (Activated 5-25)
5-22: Houston Astros selected the contract of RHP Jordan Jankowski from Fresno and added him to the 40-man roster (#40 on 40-man roster)
5-22: OF Andrew Aplin designated for assignment
5-21: Houston Astros optioned LHP Ashur Tolliver to Fresno (recalled to Houston 5-20)
5-21: Houston Astros selected the contract of C Juan Centeno from Fresno and added him to the 40-man roster (#39 on 40-man roster)
5-21: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Fresno from Buies Creek
5-21: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5-21: RHP Akeem Bostick activated from the Corpus Christi 7-Day DL
5-19: RHP Mike Hauschild activated from temporarily inactive list
5-18: IF Jack Mayfield assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno

In addition, these players are known to be on the DL:

RHP Angel Heredia (60-day DL)
RHP Jose Luis Hernandez
RHP Brady Rodgers (TJ Surgery 5-2; out for season)
2B Nick Tanielu (60-day DL)
RHP Andrew Walter

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Jordan Jankowski made his Major League debut on Wednesday. Video below is from Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle.

Don't forget to check out Jayne's recent interviews with:
Hooks RHP Dean Deetz
Hooks OF Drew Ferguson
Hooks 3B J.D. Davis
Hooks LHP Mike Freeman
Hooks RHP Akeem Bostick

Also... I'm dusting off Jayne's interviews with Jordan Jankowski from 2012 and a follow-up in 2014.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Let's play two in Corpus Christi! Let's also try to play two in Buies Creek!

Tacoma 5, Fresno 3

W- Kyle Hunter (2-0)
L- Kevin Comer (1-1)
S- Jean Machi (5)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (4, 2-run in 1st)

The Rainiers got a pair of runs in the late innings to take this one.

Tyler White launched a 2-run homer in the 1st to put Fresno on the board first. Colin Moran drove in the other Grizzlies run with a sac fly in the 3rd. White finished 3-3 on the day, while Tony Kemp went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base (8), and scored two of Fresno's three runs.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Aaron West was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen and allowed 3 hits in 1.1 innings. Reymin Guduan got the final two outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th, retiring one via strikeout. Kevin Comer got the last two outs of the 7th, but the one run he allowed came on a homer from Tyler O'Neill that gave Tacoma the lead. He allowed one other hit and struck out 1. Dayan Diaz allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Mike Hauschild will face Andrew Moore in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 2 in 8 innings

W- Landon Beck (1-0)
L- Andrew Thome (3-2, 3-3 season)
S- Kevin Herget (4)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (5, solo in 3rd)

The Cardinals got to Andrew Thome late to snatch the win in the first game of the twinbill.

In his Texas League debut, Alex Winkelman went 6 innings and allowed a run on 9 hits (all singles) and struck out 5. Thome allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Drew Ferguson scored both of Corpus Christi's runs in game 1. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a solo homer in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis hit an RBI single in the 5th inning to bring him in. Jamie Ritchie went 2-3.

Would the second game bear a more positive result?

Game 2: Corpus Christi 5, Springfield 2


W- Sean Stutzman (1-0)
L- Blake McKnight (1-4)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus got an excellent spot start from Yohan Ramirez as they earned the split in the nightcap

The one run that Ramirez allowed in his 4.2 innings was a solo homer from Alex Mejia in the 5th. He also allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Sean Stutzman took over for the final 2.1 innings, and he too allowed a solo homer; Oscar Mercado took him deep in the 7th. Stutzman allowed one other hit and struck out 3.

Trent Woodward opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Garrett Stubbs chipped in with a 2-run single in the 2nd, and Ferguson delivered a 2-run single of his own in the 6th. Bobby Boyd went 3-3 with a couple of doubles and scored twice. Ferguson extended his hitting streak to 21 by finishing 2-3 and scoring twice. Stubbs went 2-4, and Jack Mayfield scored the other Corpus run.

The series concludes at 7:05 as Rogelio Armenteros takes on Dakota Hudson.

Buies Creek 8, Salem 3 in 5 innings

W- Sebastian Kessay (4-1)
L- Daniel McGrath (0-4)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers 2 (2, 8 season; solo in 2nd, solo in 5th)

This game was called due to lightning, which also wiped out the second game of the doubleheader. Fortunately for the Carolina Stros, they made it through 5 innings, so this game goes into the record books as a win.

Jason Martin ripped a triple in the 1st and scored the first run of the afternoon when Kyle Tucker beat a double play attempt. Little Tuck ended up scoring when Spencer Johnson got caught stealing 2nd and held out long enough for Tucker to scamper home.

Jake Rogers smacked his first homer of the day in the 2nd inning. Later in the frame, Randy César came through with the bases loaded, hitting a 2-run single. An error on the play allowed Myles Straw to score. Pat Porter hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and Rogers launched his second homer of the game in the 5th inning. He finished 3-3 on the evening while Straw went 2-2.

In his first appearance since coming off the DL, Franklin Perez allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 2.1 innings. Sebastian Kessay allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.2 scoreless innings to get the win.

The Astros and Red Sox will conclude this series with a doubleheader. Game 1 starts at 1:00 Eastern.

Peoria 7, Quad Cities 4

W- Yeison Medina (1-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (0-1)
S- Eric Carter (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos put up a crooked number in the 2nd to open the scoring, but the Chiefs hit back with 5 in the 5th to turn the tables.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. One batter later, Osvaldo Duarte smacked a 2-run double. Marcos Almonte, who scored the first run of the evening, hit an RBI single in the 5th for one of his four hits on the night.

Carlos Sanabria went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Forrest Whitley made his first relief appearance of the season and his first task was to get Sanabria out of a bases-loaded quagmire. Unfortunately, all three runners scored. Whitley went 2.2 innings and allowed a run of his own on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ronel Blanco pitched the final two innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Enoli Paredes gets the start as Quad Cities wraps up this series. He'll go up against Bryan Dobzanski at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jake Rogers, C, Buies Creek
3-3, 2B, 2 solo HR (2; 8 season)

Tyler White, IF, and Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
White: 3-3, 2-R HR (4)
Kemp: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SB (8)

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Yohan Ramirez, RHP, and Sean Stutzman, LHP, Corpus Christi
Winkelman: 6 IP, 9 H (all singles), ER, 5 K in game 1 of doubleheader
Ramirez (not pictured): 4.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 8 K in game 2 of doubleheader
Stutzman: W (1-0), 2.1 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
1-2, solo HR (5), 2 R, 2 BB in game 1 of doubleheader
2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB in game 2 of doubleheader
Currently on 21-game hitting streak

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, UTIL, Quad Cities
4-5, RBI, R
3rd consecutive multi-hit game

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rain, rain go away....

Tacoma 8, Fresno 0

W- Tyler Cloyd (1-0)
L- David Paulino (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies stumbled out of the gate and found themselves down 4-0 after the 1st. Once again, series openers continue to be unkind to the Grizzlies; they've won just two such games so far this season. They were also blanked for the second game in a row.

David Paulino threw 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Brian Holmes was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and went 2 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits (solo homer) and fanning 1. Tyson Perez worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Tyler White and D.J. Fisher went 2-4. Reid Brignac and Max Stassi had the other two hits, which were both doubles.

Trent Thornton will take on Dillon Overton at 11:35 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi and Springfield was postponed

Due to rain. Well actually, Corpus was trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th. Since this game didn't go 5 innings, it doesn't count. So instead, the Hooks and Cardinals will play a doubleheader with game 1 starting at 5:00. Alex Winkelman will kick off tomorrow evening's festivities against Ian McKinney and Yohan Ramirez takes on Austin Gomber in the nightcap.

Buies Creek and Salem was postponed

Due to... you guessed it, rain. A doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 11, Peoria 1

W- Erasmo Pinales (1-1)
L- Steven Farinaro (1-4)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (2, 2-run in 1st), Osvaldo Duarte (2, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos put up crooked numbers in every inning they scored and romped to a win. With this victory, they've successfully made it back over the .500 mark. This game also went into a rain delay, but it did not suffer the same fate as Buies Creek's and Corpus Christi's contests.

Everyone in the lineup recorded at least one hit in this one. Yordan Alvarez kicked things off with a 2-run homer in the opening frame. Osvaldo Duarte launched a solo homer in the 2nd inning and Daz Cameron followed with a triple. Wander Franco singled and Stephen Wrenn drove Daz in with a single. Carmen Benedetti walked to load the bases for Rodrigo Ayarza, who came through with a 2-run single. Ayarza added a 2-run double to his ledger in the 6th, and finally, Franco smacked a 2-run triple and trotted home on Wrenn's RBI single in the 7th.

Wrenn (2 RBI singles, R), Benedetti (2 R, 3 BB), Duarte (solo HR, 2 R), and Franco (3B, 2 RBI, 3 R) all finished with two hits on the evening. Benedetti has drawn a walk in seven consecutive games. Daz also scored twice.

Gabriel Valdez went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Erasmo Pinales allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in 3 scoreless frames, and Salvador Montaño walked 1 and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

Carlos Sanabria gets the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face John Klichowski at 6:35.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Quad Cities River Bandits
W 11-1 vs. Peoria
11 R, 14 H, E; 9 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 11 K
All position players recorded a hit
Rodrigo Ayarza: 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI
Osvaldo Duarte: 2-4, solo HR (2), 2 R
Wander Franco: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Stephen Wrenn: 2-5, 2 RBI, R
Carmen Benedetti: 2-2, 2 R, 3 BB
Gabriel Valdez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Erasmo Pinales: W (2-2), 3 IP, H, K
Salvador Montaño: 1.1 IP, BB, 3 K

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 22, 2017

While the Astros did battle with the Tigers, their farm clubs took on the Rangers and Cardinals.

Memphis 9, Fresno 0

W- Josh Zeid (2-1)
L- David Martinez (1-6)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Redbirds forced a split by erupting for 7 runs in the 9th to push their lead to the eventual final score.

David Martinez pitched decently, but the absence of the offense meant that he had to take the L. In 6.1 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and allowed a hit and walked 1 in 1.2 scoreless innings. Ryan Thompson, unfortunately, had to bear the brunt of the Redbirds' onslaught in the 9th. I'll just leave it at that.

Eduardo de Oleo went 2-4 in his first AAA game. Teoscar Hernandez doubled and also stole 3rd, his 5th steal of the season.

The Grizzlies are in the Pacific Northwest for four games against Tacoma starting at 6:05 Pacific. David Paulino will take on Tyler Cloyd.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 6

W- Andrew Thome (3-1, 3-2 season)
L- Reed Garrett (1-5)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (10, 2-run in 6th), Trent Woodward (2, solo in 8th), Drew Ferguson (4, solo in 8th)

The Hooks snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and the series from the Roughriders as they scored two runs in each of the last two innings.

Bryan Muñiz singled to lead off the 2nd and opened the scoring when he came home while Ramon Laureano beat a double play attempt. Frisco responded with 3 in the bottom of the 2nd to take the lead.

J.D. Davis clubbed a 2-run homer in the top of the 6th to tie the game at 3, but the Riders regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the 6th. Trent Woodward and Drew Ferguson launched back-to-back solo blasts in the 8th to put Corpus in front, but once again, Frisco had an answer as they scored two of their own in the bottom of the 8th to go out in front. Ramon Laureano ripped a 2-run triple in the 9th to put the Hooks in the lead again, and they would not relinquish it this time around.

Ferguson extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Muñiz finished 2-4 and scored twice. Jack Mayfield also went 2-4 and scored a run.

Corpus managed to win despite not having an outstanding day in the field; they committed 3 errors and all 6 Frisco runs were unearned. Kyle Smith went 5 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 3 unearned runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Thome allowed both of the runners he inherited from Dorris to score in the 8th but made up for it by throwing a scoreless 9th. He allowed a hit in 1.2 innings.

The Hooks are back home, where Kent Emanuel will start the first game of a 3-game set against Springfield. First pitch is at 7:05.

Down East 8, Buies Creek 1

W- Jeff Springs (1-5)
L- Hector Perez (2-2, 3-3 season)

BC home runs: Jason Martin (7, solo in 9th)

After the Astros took the first two games in blowout fashion, the Wood Ducks returned the favor in the last two games.

Jason Martin spoiled the shutout when he smacked a solo homer in the 9th for Buies Creek's only run of the evening.

Hector Perez went 5 innings and allowed 8 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Carlos Sierra stopped the bleeding with 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.

The Carolina Stros are headed home, albeit briefly, for a 3-game series against Salem. Alex Winkelman will face Daniel McGrath at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Peoria 1

W- Cionel Perez (3-2)
L- Ian Oxnevad (0-4)
S- Kevin Hill (1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (6, 2-run in 2nd)

The Banditos got a masterful performance from Cionel Perez to take the opener of this series from the Chiefs.

Cionel did not allow a hit, walked 1, and struck out 10 in 7 innings of work. Peoria greeted Kevin Hill by spoiling the no-hit bid to start the 8th and then spoiled the shutout with a run in the 9th. Hill allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in the final two frames.

Marcos Almonte opened the scoring by smacking a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. The other three Quad Cities runs came in the 8th on a 2-run double from Chuckie Robinson and an RBI single from Ronnie Dawson. Almonte and Robinson both finished 2-4 on the night. Daz Cameron also had 2 hits and stole a base, his 9th of the season. The homer was Almonte's 6th of the season, which matches a career high he set in 2015 between both DSL teams and the GCL.

Gabriel Valdez gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Steven Farinaro at 6:35.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photos of Cionel Perez taken by Rich Guill
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
W 5-1 vs. Peoria
9 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 13 K
Cionel Perez: W (3-2), 7 IP, BB, 10 K
Kevin Hill: Save (1), 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Photos by Rich Guill
Marcos Almonte, IF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2-R HR (6)

Carlos Sierra, RHP, Buies Creek
3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
1-4, go-ahead 2-R 3B in 9th, 3 RBI

Monday, May 22, 2017

Astros Weekend Transactions

Business is starting to pick up a bit in terms of player movement, especially as the Astros are looking to get through this next week without Dallas Keuchel, who is currently on the 10-day DL, and Brian McCann, who was placed on the 7-day concussion DL.

This post will be a quick rundown of the moves made over the weekend, which will also be covered in the next Astros Farm Report.

Also, in keeping with convention:

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.

Congratulations to Jordan Jankowski! From a 34th-round draft pick in 2012 to the Major Leagues. You got your shot...take it and run as far as you can with it. We at WTHB have been blessed to track your progress through the Houston Astros organization and we are absolutely thrilled that you are getting your opportunity in the big leagues.

Jordan Jankowski - August 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In addition, Nolan Fontana's contract was selected by the Angels. Fontana was the Astros' 2nd-round pick in 2012 out of Florida. Congratulations to Nolan as well.

Nolan Fontana - May 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

FRESNO GRIZZLIES

In

5-21: Houston Astros optioned LHP Ashur Tolliver (recalled to Houston 5-20)
5-21: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Fresno from Class A Advanced Buies Creek
5-21: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno from Class AA Corpus Christi
5-19: RHP Mike Hauschild activated from temporarily inactive list

Out

5-22: RHP Jordan Jankowski reportedly being called up to Houston (per Brian McTaggart)
OF Andrew Aplin was degisnated for assignment in the corresponding move.

5-21: Houston Astros selected the contract of C Juan Centeno and added him to the 40-man roster
Centeno's call-up means that the 40-man roster is full.

5-19: LHP Brian Holmes placed on temporarily inactive list

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS

In

5-21: RHP Akeem Bostick activated from the 7-Day DL
5-18: IF Jack Mayfield assigned to Corpus Christi from Class AAA Fresno

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fresno 9, Memphis 3

W- Casey Coleman (2-2)
L- Artie Reyes (5-2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (7, 3-run in 6th)

Both sides pounded out 10 hits, but Fresno's 10 were more impactful.

Reid Brignac put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd and Andrew Aplin put them in front with a sac fly. Brignac struck again in the 4th with an RBI double. Teoscar Hernandez scored on a D.J. Fisher groundout in the 5th, and Colin Moran delivered the big blow in the 6th when he launched a 3-run homer. Jon Kemmer capped off the day with an RBI double in the 7th. Brignac finished 4-4 with 3 doubles, while Moran's blast extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Casey Coleman allowed a solo homer to Nick Martini in the 1st and then proceeded to keep Memphis off the scoreboard for the last four innings of his outing. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Kevin Comer and Aaron West both pitched 2 innings out of the bullpen; Comer was first and he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and fanned 1. West allowed a hit and struck out 2.

David Martinez will start the series finale and he'll take on John Gant at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 0

W- Akeem Bostick (2-1, 3-2 season)
L- David Ledbetter (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks have gone 6-3 following a 10-game losing streak earlier this month. Akeem Bostick acquitted himself well in his Texas League debut against his old teammates in the Arlington system. In his first outing since coming off the disabled list, he shut the Roughriders down.

Bostick allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 6 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman and Albert Minnis completed the shutout; Stutzman allowed a hit and struck out 2, while Minnis worked around a hit in the 9th, getting two groundouts and a flyball out.

J.D. Davis led off the 4th with a double and scored the first run of the day on a sac fly from Bobby Boyd. Garrett Stubbs went 3-4 with a 2-run single in the 5th and scored on Davis's second double in the 7th inning. Tony Nuñez scored the final run of the afternoon when Jack Mayfield grounded into a double play. He, Kristian Trompiz, Drew Ferguson (R, 3 BB), and Davis all finished with two hits. Ferguson extended his hitting streak to 18 games, which is now the longest in the system this year.

Corpus and Frisco will wrap up this series at 11:05 AM. Kyle Smith will face Yohander Mendez.

Down East 6, Buies Creek 1

W- Pedro Payano (2-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (3-3)

BC home runs: None.

All of Buies Creek's offensive production occurred in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Wood Ducks scored in each of the first three innings.

Jason Martin singled to lead off the game and scored the only run on Randy César's RBI single. Those were the Astros' only two hits of the day.

Justin Ferrell went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 1. The bullpen stopped the bleeding and turned in 5.1 scoreless innings. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings, and Howie Brey allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over the final two frames.

Hector Perez will start the series finale against Jeff Springs. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 15, Kane County 8

W- Carson LaRue (5-1)
L- Sam McWilliams (4-2)

QC home runs: Rodrigo Ayarza 2 (7; 3-run in 1st, 2-run in 9th), Wander Franco (1, 2-run in 5th), Osvaldo Duarte (1, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos busted out of their slump in a massive way as they launched 4 homers and everyone played a part in the onslaught.

It didn't take long for Quad Cities to break their 31-inning scoreless streak as Rodrigo Ayarza whacked a 3-run homer, his first of the day.


Prior to this season, Ayarza hit 7 home runs in 228 career games. In 30 games this season, he has 7. His rise has certainly been one of the stories in the system this season.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Ramon Hernandez in the 4th. He allowed three other hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and threw 2.1 innings, allowing 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Lucas Williams pitched 1.2 innings and the lone run he allowed came on a solo homer from Marcus Wilson in the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 2.

Quad Cities is back home and they'll kick off a four-game with Peoria at 6:35.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Quad Cities River Bandits
W 15-8 @ Kane County
All players in starting lineup recorded a hit and scored a run
Rodrigo Ayarza: 2-6, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI
Wander Franco: 2-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI
Osvaldo Duarte: 3-R HR (1)
Ronnie Dawson: 2-6, 2 2B, RBI, R
Carson LaRue: W (5-1), 5 IP, 4 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Buies Creek Astros bullpen
5.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: 3.1 IP, 2 H, K
Howie Brey: 2 IP, H, BB, K

Photo from the Iowa Cubs, taken by Chris Donahue
Casey Coleman, RHP, Fresno
W (2-2), 5 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Photo by Joel Dinda
Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
4-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 5-0 @ Frisco
9 IP, 5 H, BB, 5 K
Akeem Bostick: W (2-1, 3-2 season), 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Sean Stutzman: 2 IP, H, 2 K
Albert Minnis: IP, H

Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2 RBI, R

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 20, 2017

Memphis 4, Fresno 2

W- Marco Gonzales (1-0)
L- Francis Martes (0-2)
S- Ryan Sherriff (3)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (8, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies held the Redbirds to four hits in this game, but Memphis came out on top in the column that matters most. Fresno was left to rue some missed chances on Saturday night: they stranded two runners in scoring position to end the 6th. Also, A.J. Reed doubled to lead off the 7th but couldn't advance further.

Colin Moran extended his hitting streak to 8 games and launched a 2-run homer in the 8th for the Grizzlies' only runs of the night. He and Reed both finished 2-4.

Francis Martes went 5 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Patrick Wisdom in the 2nd inning. He allowed one other hit, walked 4, and struck out 7. Tyson Perez went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski and Dayan Diaz both threw 1-2-3 innings; Jankowski struck out 2 in the 8th, while Diaz logged an immaculate 9th inning, striking out the side on 9 pitches.

Casey Coleman takes the mound in game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Artie Reyes at 1:05 Pacific.

Frisco 6, Corpus Christi 2

W- Ariel Jurado (4-3)
L- Cy Sneed (2-4)

CC home runs: Bobby Boyd (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks didn't have an answer for Ariel Jurado on Saturday night.

To clarify: they didn't have an answer for Jurado until the 7th, when Bobby Boyd launched a 2-run homer to knock him out of the game. Kristian Trompiz and Drew Ferguson followed up with singles to keep the inning alive, but they were both stranded on the basepaths to end the inning. Ferguson, Trompiz, and Ramon Laureano all had 2 hits on the night; Ferguson has extended his hitting streak to 17 games, matching the season-high in the system set by D.J. Fisher in Fresno.

Cy Sneed went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Brock Dykxhoorn was the only Hooks hurler to turn in a scoreless outing; he allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Akeem Bostick is back from the disabled list, and he gets another crack at his old organization. He'll face David Ledbetter at 4:05.

Buies Creek 8, Down East 2

W- Yoanys Quiala (4-1)
L- Richelson Peña (2-2)
S- Framber Valdez (1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros stormed out to a 6-0 lead after 0.5 innings and cruised to the finish.

The one run that Yoanys Quiala allowed in his 5 innings came on a solo homer hit by Michael O'Neill in the 2nd inning. Other than that, he had a largely stress-free evening. Quiala allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Framber Valdez tagged in to work the final 4 innings; the one hit (and run) he allowed was an RBI single in the 7th. He walked 2 and struck out 6.

Buies Creek loaded the bases right off the bat as Jason Martin singled, Ryne Birk got hit by a pitch, and Jake Rogers drew a walk. Kyle Tucker promptly sent them all home with a double. Spencer Johnson and Pat Porter walked to re-load the bases. Arturo Michelena was the first casualty of the evening, but Dex McCall walked to bring in Tucker and knock out Peña. Martin ripped a 2-run double in his second plate appearance of the inning.

Anibal Sierra hit a sac fly in the 3rd and Johnson capped off the night with an RBI double in the 8th. Martin and Michelena both finished with 3 hits on the evening, while Little Tuck went 2-4.

Hector Perez will face Pedro Payano in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Kane County 1, Quad Cities 0

W- Ryan Burr (1-1)
L- Abdiel Saldaña (1-1)
S- Tommy Eveld (8)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos have been shut out in each of the first three games in this series. The last time they scored was in the 4th inning against Burlington on Wednesday, which was 31 innings ago.

Ryan Hartman allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings. Abdiel Saldaña pitched 2 innings and allowed the game's only run (which was unearned) on an RBI single. He allowed two other hits and struck out 1.

Yordan Alvarez went 2-4 with a double; he has a hit in 5 out his first 6 games with Quad Cities.

Quad Cities isn't just looking to avoid the sweep, they're looking to get on the scoreboard for the first time this weekend. Carson LaRue will take on Sam McWilliams at 1:00.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 8-2 @ Down East
9 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Yoanys Quiala: W (4-1), 5 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 2 K
Framber Valdez: Save (1), 4 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Jason Martin, OF, Buies Creek
3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Kyle Tucker, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-4, 2-R HR (8)

Photo by Bryan Green
Dayan Diaz, RHP, Fresno
IP, 3 K; immaculate inning (3 K, 9 pitches)

Francis Martes, RHP, Fresno
L (0-2), 5 IP, 2 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K