Saturday, June 10, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 9, 2017

El Paso 14, Fresno 12

W- Jason Jester (2-0)
L- Dean Deetz (0-2, 4-4 season)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (9, solo in 6th), Tony Kemp (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Grizzlies nearly clawed their way back from a 14-5 deficit. Unfortunately... no cigar.

Reid Brignac hit an RBI single in the 2nd to put Fresno on the board. In the 3rd, Tyler White hit into a fielder's choice and an error on the play allowed two runs to score. White, who advanced to 2nd on the miscue, scored on Preston Tucker's double.

A.J. Reed launched the comeback bid by whacking a homer to lead off the 6th. The elder Tucker added a sac fly, Juan Centeno hit a 2-run single, and Reed hit a 2-run single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Tony Kemp smacked a 2-run homer in the 9th to 2. White and Tucker followed Kemp's blast with singles, but they were both stranded to end the game.

Big Tuck finished 4-5 on the evening. Centeno was 3-5 with a double, his 2-run single, and scored twice. Kemp (2-R HR, 2 R), White (2 R), Reed (solo HR, 3 RBI), and Jon Kemmer (2B, 3 R) all posted 2-hit nights.

Dean Deetz got roughed up in his 3+ innings as he allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. The Chihuahuas had 8 straight reach base to begin the 4th before the Grizzlies could record an out. Ashur Tolliver was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen but failed to record an out. He got tagged for 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him). allowed 3 hits, and walked 2. Tyson Perez went 2 innings, and the 3 runs that were charged to him came on a homer hit by Jabari Blash in the 5th. Perez allowed 3 other hits and walked 1. Brian Holmes stopped the bleeding with 3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2.

Trent Thornton faces Matt Magill in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Yohander Mendez (4-3)
L- Framber Valdez (0-1, 0-4 season)
S- Reed Garrett (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks couldn't get much off of Arlington's top prospect, Yohander Mendez, on Friday night and had to settle for a split in the series.

Framber Valdez went 6 innings in his Corpus debut and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. The one hit that Sean Stutzman allowed in his 2 innings was a solo homer to Michael O'Neill in the 7th. Stutzman also walked 1 and fanned 3. Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Jamie Ritchie's RBI single in the 6th was the Hooks' only scoring play. An error on the play allowed Garrett Stubbs to advance to 3rd, but he was stranded there to end the frame.

Corpus heads up I-37 to take on San Antonio. Kyle Smith will start the opener against Brett Kennedy at 7:05.

Buies Creek 7, Wilmington 4

W- Justin Ferrell (6-3)
L- A.J. Puckett (5-5)
S- Andrew Walter (1)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (4, 10 season; solo in 1st)

The Carolina Stros jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then saw it get whittled down to one run. Fortunately, they managed to score a couple of crucial insurance runs to come away with the win.

Jake Rogers launched a solo homer in the 1st to open the scoring. Buies Creek got 4 in the 4th on a 2-run single from Rodrigo Ayarza and RBI singles from Ryne Birk and Spencer Johnson. Rogers, who finished 3-5 with a stolen base (3, 4 season), scored on a wild pitch in the 8th and capped off the evening with an RBI infield single in the 9th. He now has a 9-game hitting streak. Birk and Randy César also finished with 3 hits on the evening.

Justin Ferrell allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and fanned 2 in 5 innings of work. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Walter got the save with 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Hector Perez takes on Cristian Castillo in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Quad Cities 8, Beloit 3

W- Gabriel Valdez (1-0)
L- Matt Milburn (2-5)
S- Cionel Perez (1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (6, 2-run in 7th)

The Banditos scored 4 in the 7th to create some separation between them and the Snappers. They're just one game out of a playoff spot with 9 games to go in the first half of the Midwest League season.

Gabriel Valdez pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Cionel Perez pitched the last 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on an error, a double, and struck out 4.

Carmen Benedetti ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd to put Quad Cities on the board. Wander Franco smacked an RBI double in the 4th, and Jonathan Arauz scored on a wild pitch in the 5th. Arauz drew a 1-out walk in the 7th and eventually scored on an error that allowed Benedetti to reach. Later in the frame, Yordan Alvarez hit a sac fly, and Chuckie Robinson launched a 2-run homer to bring in the last of the Banditos' runs.

Arauz (3 R, BB), Ronnie Dawson (2 2B, R), Osvaldo Duarte (2B, R), and Benedetti (2B, 2 RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Carlos Sanabria gets the start in game 2. He'll go up against Dalton Sawyer at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 9, DSL Red Sox 1

W- Antonio Pujols (1-0)
L- Alejandro Rodriguez (0-1)

Blue home runs: Ronny Rafael (3, 2-run in 3rd)

Team Blue swept the Red Sox in their first encounter. They got out to a 5-1 lead and tacked on 4 more in the 9th for good measure.

Ronny Rafael's 2-run blast in the 3rd opened the scoring. Rhandall Sanchez scored on an error in the 4th. César Cortez tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the 5th, and Kendy Moya had an RBI single in the 6th.

The Blue team parlayed a bases-loaded, 1 out situation into 4 runs in the 9th as Anthony Rodriguez hit an RBI single, Sanchez had a sac fly, and Ronaldo Urdaneta ripped a 2-run triple. Rafael finished 2-5 on the day.

Angel Macaure allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4 over 4 scoreless innings. Oscar Severino allowed a run on a groundout, a double, and struck out 1 in the 5th, and Antonio Pujols allowed 4 hits while striking out 4 over 4 scoreless.

The Blue team will face the Marlins at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Dodgers2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Antonio Hernandez (1-0)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (0-1)
S- Leowis Blanco (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Both teams had 7 hits... the Orange team scored fewer runs. They threatened in the 9th but left the bases loaded to end the game.

Michael Garcia went 2-4 and spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 9th. Ramiro Rodriguez also went 2-4.

Diosward Gonzalez went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Carlos Perdomo pitched the final 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 3.

Team Orange will take on the Cubs 1 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronny Rafael, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 2-R HR (3), 2 R
Angel Macuare, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Antonio Pujols, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 4 IP, 4 H, 4 K

Carlos Perdomo, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 3 K

Jake Rogers, C, Buies Creek
3-5, solo HR (4, 10 season), 2 RBI, 3 R, SB (3, 4 season)
Photo by Rich Guill
Cionel Perez, LHP, Quad Cities
Save (1), 4 IP, H, unearned run, 4 K

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Andrew Walter, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1), 2.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Brian Holmes, LHP, Fresno
3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Juan Centeno's photo taken by Bryan Green
A.J. Reed, 1B, Preston Tucker, OF, and Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
Reed: 2-5, solo HR (9), 3 RBI
Tucker: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Centeno: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Friday, June 9, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fresno 9, Sacramento 2

W- David Martinez (3-6)
L- Chris Stratton (1-4)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (4, solo in 6th), D.J. Fisher (16, 2-run in 8th)

David Martinez had a fine outing and D.J. Fisher continues his mastery of PCL pitching.

Martinez allowed an unearned run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 7 innings of work. The only hit that Brian Holmes allowed in the 8th was a solo homer to Ryder Jones. Holmes also struck out 2 in the inning. Aaron West struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Alejandro Garcia doubled to lead off the 3rd and scored Fresno's first run on a Tyler White groundout. The Grizzlies capitalized on a bases-loaded, no out situation to start the 5th and seized control of the game by scoring 4 runs in the inning. Tony Kemp hit an RBI single, then White followed with a sac fly, which prompted a Sacramento pitching change. Preston Tucker greeted the new pitcher with an RBI single, and Kemp wound up scoring when D.J. Fisher beat a double play attempt. Max Stassi smacked a homer to lead off the 6th, and finally, in the 8th inning, Garcia scored when Tucker grounded into a force play and Fisher capped it off with a 2-run shot.

Stassi reached in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with 3 walks. White (2B, 2 RBI) and Fisher (2-R HR, 3 RBI) both went 2-4, and Garcia finished 3-4 with a double and 3 runs scored.

The next stop on Fresno's season-long roadtrip is El Paso. Dean Deetz takes on Zach Lee in game 1, which starts at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 11, Frisco 6

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (1-3)
L- David Ledbetter (1-4)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis 2 (16; grand slam in 4th, solo in 7th), Jason Martin (2, 9 season; 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks scored in fewer innings on Thursday, but they put up more runs in the innings which they scored.

Trent Woodward singled to lead off the 2nd, advanced to 3rd when Jack Mayfield hit into a double play attempt that Frisco botched, and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a wild pitch. Mayfield advanced to 3rd on a Jason Martin single. Martin then stole 2nd, and Jamie Ritchie hit a 2-run single to put the Hooks in front.

The Roughriders responded with 3 of their own in the top of the 4th to regain the lead, but Corpus responded with 5 in the bottom of the frame. Kyle Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and J.D. Davis landed a haymaker when he launched a grand slam. Davis led off the bottom of the 7th with a solo blast and Martin capped off the scoring with a 2-run homer.

Davis (2 HR, 5 RBI), Martin (2-R HR, 2 R, SB), Ritchie (2 RBI), and Tony Nuñez (R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Cy Sneed went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 8 hits (2 solos and a 3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. The bullpen picked him up with 4.2 scoreless to close out the game. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit, but he got the final two outs of the 5th and spared Sneed from further damage. Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 3.1 innings, and Ryan Thompson allowed a single to the first man he faced in the 9th, which loaded the bases, but he got the final two outs of the game without further incident.

Framber Valdez makes his Texas League debut tonight at 7:05. He'll go up against Yohander Mendez.

Wilmington 4, Buies Creek 3 in 15 innings

W- Franco Terrero (1-3)
L- Howie Brey (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Blue Rocks got a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and it took a while, but they also walked off with the win in the 15th.

Jake Rogers put Buies Creek on the board with a sac fly in the 6th and Myles Straw ripped a 2-run triple in the 7th. The two of them went 2-6 on the evening. Spencer Johnson and Pat Porter both had 3 hits and scored a run. Buies Creek left the bases loaded in the top of the 15th.

Walks doomed Jorge Alcala, who otherwise pitched well in his 4 innings. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned) and just 1 hit, but he also issued 6 walks while striking out 4. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Carolina Stros' bullpen and threw a 1-2-3 5th inning. Yoanys Quiala tagged in for 4 innings and allowed the tying run (which was unearned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Nick Hernandez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 over 3 scoreless. Howie Brey pitched 2.1 innings and allowed the winning run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Framber Valdez was originally scheduled to start tonight's game... but he's in Corpus now. His replacement will face A.J. Puckett at 7:05 Eastern.

Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities 3

W- Jordan Desguin (4-2)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-5)
S- Parker Berberet (3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Timber Rattlers rattled off 7 of their 8 runs in a 4-inning span.

Dustin Hunt pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (2 solo homers), walked 2, and struck out 1. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. Lucas Williams came on and pitched the final 2.2 innings following a 56-minute rain delay, allowing an unearned run on a wild pitch strikeout/error, a single, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Jonathan Arauz put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI triple in the 3rd and trotted home on a Daz Cameron double. Marcos Almonte drove in the River Bandits' other run with an RBI single in the 4th. Almonte, Ray Henderson, and Arauz all went 2-4 on the evening.

Quad Cities wraps up its tour of Wisconsin with 3 games in Beloit. First pitch is at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Red Sox 2

W- Fredis Guerrero (1-0)
L- Junior Figueroa (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team removed all doubts regarding the outcome of this game with 5 runs in the 8th.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st and came home on a Ronny Rafael groundout. Yorbin Ceuta scored on a wild pitch in the 6th.

Rafael doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on an Anthony Rodriguez double. Rhandall Sanchez chipped in with an RBI single, and Yeuris Ramirez ripped an RBI double. Kendy Moya capped off the day with a 2-run triple. Rodriguez went 2-4 and was the only player on either side with a multi-hit game.

Nivaldo Rodriguez went 4 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Gustavo Almonte worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Fredis Guerrero walked 1 and fanned 5 over 4 scoreless to get the win.

These two teams play again at the Red Sox complex at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Dodgers2 6, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Raul Tales (1-0)
L- Carlos Quintero (0-1)
S- Elio Serrano (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team only allowed one scoring inning. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring the Dodgers needed.

Christian Mejias allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. The 5th proved to be a nightmare as Carlos Quintero and Fredy Medina combined to issue 6 walks in the inning. Quintero bore the brunt as all 6 runs were charged to him; 3 were earned and 2 were inherited runners charged to him. He got 2 outs in the inning, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Medina got the final out, but not before allowing a hit and walking 2. Jose Alberto Rivera allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Leonardo Gonzalez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. In the 7th inning, Gerry Castillo ripped an RBI triple and scored on a Hector Martinez double. Martinez scored on a botched pickoff attempt.

Team Orange faces the Dodgers 2 again at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Christian Mejias, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Gerry Castillo, C, DSL Astros Orange: 2-2, 3B, RBI, R
Leonardo Gonzalez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3. RBI, 2 BB, SB (1)

Fredis Guerrero, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 4 IP, BB, 5 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, and Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
Davis: 2-5, 2 HR (16), 5 RBI
Martin: 2-4, 2-R HR (2, 9 season), 2 R, SB (1, 10 season)

David Martinez, RHP, Fresno
W (3-6), 7 IP, 6 H, unearned run, BB, 3 K

Derek Fisher, OF, and Max Stassi, C Fresno
Fisher: 2-4, 2-R HR (16), 3 RBI, SB (12)
Stassi: 2-2, solo HR (4), 3 BB

Corpus Christi Hooks bullpen
W 11-6 vs. Frisco
4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 K
Jacob Dorris: 0.2 IP, H
Brock Dykxhoorn: W (1-3), 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Ryan Thompson: 0.2 IP, H, K

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, and Nick Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
Quiala: 4 IP, 3 H, unearned run, BB, 7 K
Hernandez: 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

Astros MiLB Roster Moves/Transactions

Checking in on the latest moves in the Astros system ...

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.

6-8: LHP Framber Valdez assigned to AA Corpus Christi from HiA Buies Creek
6-8: RHP Francis Martes called up to Houston from AAA Fresno (RHP Colin McHugh moved to the 60-day DL in the corresponding 40-man roster move)
6-8: RHP Enoli Paredes (LoA Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/6
6-7: RHP Dayan Diaz recalled to Houston from AAA Fresno
6-7: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to AAA Fresno from HiA Buies Creek
6-7: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to AAA Fresno
*6-7: 1B Jon Singleton (AA Corpus Christi) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
*6-6: RHP Akeem Bostick (AA Corpus Christi) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
6-6: RHP Andrew Walter (Buies Creek) activated from the DL
6-2: C Oliver Toribio released
6-2: RHP Jared Mortensen released (Rule 5 MiLB pick from December 2016)
6-2: RHP Bryan Solano placed on the DSL restricted list
6-1: RHP Gustavo Almonte signed by the Astros and assigned to the DSL (19-year old from the Dominican Republic)
6-1: RHP Jonger Ochoa signed by the Astros and assigned to the DSL (20-year old from Venezuela)
6-1: RHP Oscar Severino signed by the Astros and assigned to the DSL (19-year old from the Dominican Republic)
6-1: 2B L.P. Pelletier retired (Pelletier was the Astros' 20th-round draft pick last year. He spent his one season in the GCL)
Date Unknown: IF Nicolas Miranda and 1B Norberto Castellanos released (according to Baseball America)

*I do not know the nature and length of the Singleton and Bostick suspensions, but I do know that Singleton recently served a 3-day suspension for a more-or-less minor infraction of club rules.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Corpus Christi Hooks: Two Month Report Card

Two months into the minor league seasons, let's see how the Astros full season affiliates are shaping up. Today, we'll look at the AA Corpus Christi Hooks ...

Rogelio Armenteros - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

29-29 (14-9 in April; 12-17 in May; 3-3 in June; 14-10 since 10-game losing streak in early May)
Tied for Second Place (out of four teams in the division; elimination number for winning first half at 9)
4 Games Behind
15-19 within the Division
16-14 at Home
13-15 on the Road
4-6 in Last 10 Games

TEAM BATTING

.242 AVG: 8th out of 8 teams
.330 OBP: 4th
.382 SLG: 6th
.712 OPS: T-5th
83 Doubles: 8th
7 Triples: 8th
57 Home Runs: 2nd
229 Walks: 1st
473 Strikeouts: 3rd
56 Stolen Bases: 1st

TEAM PITCHING

3.73 ERA: 3rd out of 8 teams
1.378 WHIP: 6th
41 Home Runs Allowed: 6th
175 Walks: T-5th
472 Strikeouts: 3rd

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS

.313 AVG: 7th in the Texas League
.412 OBP: 4th
.467 SLG: 10th
.879 OPS: T-5th
35 Runs: T-7th
17 Doubles: T-3rd
6 Home Runs: T-16th
29 Walks: T-4th
11 Stolen Bases: 4th (5 Caught Stealing)

3B J.D. Davis
.279 AVG: 18th
.345 OBP: 20th
.534 SLG: 2nd
.879 OPS: T-5th
32 Runs: 10th
14 Home Runs: 1st
30 RBI: 10th
54 Strikeouts: T-6th

1B Jon Singleton
.430 OBP: 2nd
.488 SLG: 7th
.918 OPS: 3rd
29 Runs: T-16th
11 Doubles: T-20th
10 Home Runs: 4th
37 RBI: T-7th
56 Walks: 1st
53 Strikeouts: T-9th

2 Triples: T-11th
29 RBI: 11th
48 Strikeouts: T-19th
13 Stolen Bases: 3rd (4 Caught Stealing)

IF Jack Mayfield
5 Stolen Bases: T-18th (1 Caught Stealing)

RHP Rogelio Armenteros
1.60 ERA: 2nd
1.046 WHIP: 4th

RHP Kyle Smith
2.65 ERA: 5th
1.146 WHIP: 8th

LHP Kent Emanuel
4.47 ERA: 15th
1.511 WHIP: 20th

RHP Jacob Dorris
3 saves: T-11th

RHP Andrew Thome
3 saves: T-11th

It's highly doubtful that Corpus Christi can pull off a miracle and win the first half of the season with their magic number down to 9 games with over two weeks left in the first half of the season. But with that said, the team has shown a great deal of improvement in their pitching performances of late. Armenteros, RHP Dean Deetz (since promoted to Fresno) and RHP Josh James (whose 2.16 ERA and 1.104 WHIP would rank him among the league leaders with a few more innings under his belt) anchored the rotation in the early going while others struggled. But recent improvements from others, particularly RHP Kyle Smith who has had a 0.79 ERA and 0.824 WHIP in his last seven appearances, should help to keep the team in more games. And I fully expect RHP Akeem Bostick to continue to help the Hooks more and more as the season progresses.

The offense has been spotty as well in the first couple of months with the obvious exceptions of Ferguson and Davis, but Laureano's bat is showing signs of turning around, SS Antonio Nunez has outperformed expectations, and the infusion of outfielders Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin should prove to provide a boost to all aspects of the Hooks offensive game.

In short, look for the Hooks to contend in the second half with more stable pitching and the infusion of new talent from Buies Creek.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fresno 6, Sacramento 5

W- Kevin Comer (3-2)
L- Kyle Crick (0-2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (5, 2-run in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (15, solo in 3rd), Teoscar Hernandez (5, solo in 4th)

The RiverCats scored 3 in the 8th to take the lead, but Fresno scored a pair in the top of the 9th to snatch the win from them.

Francis Martes was originally scheduled to start this game, but he was scratched. As a result, Casey Coleman was pushed up a day to start. Coleman went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. had 2 inherited runners charged to him when Tim Federowicz hit a 3-run homer off Kevin Comer in the 8th. Garza pitched 2 innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Comer allowed a run, 2 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

Tyler White smacked a 2-run homer in the 1st to open the scoring. D.J. Fisher and Teoscar Hernandez launched solo homers in the 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Max Stassi drew a 1-out walk in the 9th, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball, and moved to 3rd on a groundout. Sacramento summoned Kyle Crick to get the final out of the game and Tyler White greeted him with an RBI single that tied the game at 5. White scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a single from Preston Tucker. White, Colin Moran, and Juan Centeno all finished with two hits on the evening.

Fresno and Sacramento will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 Pacific. David Martinez takes on Chris Stratton.

Frisco 4, Corpus Christi 3

W- Ryne Slack (2-0)
L- Josh James (3-2)
S- Nick Gardewine (1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (4, 5 season; solo in 8th)

The Hooks' comeback bid fell just short.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Rogelio Armenteros threw the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and walked 3.

Jack Mayfield put Corpus on the board with a solo shot in the 8th inning. Kyle Tucker ripped a 2-run double in the bottom of the 9th to cut the deficit to one run, but he was stranded there to end the game. Little Tuck's two hits were both doubles and he has a 10-game hitting streak between Buies Creek and Corpus Christi. Jamie Ritchie went 2-4.

The Hooks and RoughRiders continue their series at 7:05 as Cy Sneed goes up against Collin Wiles.

Buies Creek was off

The Carolina Stros start a 4-game series in Wilmington at 6:35 Eastern. Jorge Alcala takes on Scott Blewett.

Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 3

W- Carson LaRue (7-1)
L- Thomas Jankins (3-4)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez 2 (5; solo in 3rd, 3-run in 5th), Ronnie Dawson (5, solo in 2nd), Wander Franco (3, 2-run in 2nd), Taylor Jones (3, solo in 8th)

The Banditos provided some fireworks with five home runs.

Two of those homers came off the bat of Yordan Alvarez, whose continued demolition of Midwest League pitching earned him Midwest League All-Star honors after just three weeks with Quad Cities. He smacked a solo homer in the 3rd and added a 3-run blast to his ledger in the 5th. Quad Cities got two homers in the 2nd inning as Ronnie Dawson put them on the board with his solo shot and Wander Franco launched a 2-run homer to put them in front. Dawson ripped a 2-run double in the 7th, and Taylor Jones capped it off with a solo blast in the 8th.

Dawson went 3-4 on the evening, while Alvarez (2 HR, 4 RBI), Jones (solo HR, 2 R), and Chuckie Robinson (2B, R) all turned in 2-hit nights. Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Carson LaRue, another Midwest League All-Star, showed how he earned that honor by turning in 7 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking 3, and fanning 7. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a run on a groundout, a single and walked 2 in the 8th, and Salvador Montaño worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Dustin Hunt takes the mound as the Bandits look for the sweep. He'll face Jordan Desguin at 7:05.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Dodgers1 10 in 10 innings


W- Nathanael Ventura (1-0)
L- Carlos Alejo (0-1)

Blue home runs: Anthony Rodriguez (1, solo in 3rd)

The Blue team tied the game with a run in the 9th and walked off with the win in the first extra frame.

Anthony Rodriguez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and launched a solo shot in the 3rd. Ronny Rafael scored on a balk in the 5th.

The Blue team scored 6 in the 6th and only had to put two balls in play to do so. That's because Yorbin Ceuta and Rafael drew bases-loaded walks, while Rodriguez got plunked with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Ceuta and Rafael ended up scoring on an error that allowed César Cortez to reach safely. Rhandall Sanchez drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI infield single. In the 9th, Alfredo Angarita scored the tying run on a wild pitch, and Ronaldo Urdaneta scored the game-winner on another wild pitch in the 10th.

Rodriguez was the only player in the lineup with a multi-hit game. He, Urdaneta, Ceuta, Rafael, and Angarita all scored two runs.

Yeremi Ceballos went 2+ innings and allowed 3 runs, all of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. He allowed a hit, walked 5, and struck out 2. Freylin Garcia was the first man out of the bullpen; he took ownership of the 3rd and eventually went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Fabricio Reina went 2.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him). 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Jean Reyes got 2 outs in the 8th, walking 1. Nathanael Ventura allowed a hit and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless.

The Blue team will take on the Red Sox at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Indians 9, DSL Astros Orange 0

W- Eric Perez (1-0)
L- Cristofer Melendez (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

After the Orange team erupted for 8 runs in the 6th inning of Tuesday's contest, they were held to 3 hits and zero runs in this game.

Deury Carrasco, Jose Alvarez, and Gerry Castillo all singled.

Cristofer Melendez went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Luis De Paula allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.1 scoreless innings, and Miguel Matos allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Team Orange takes on the Dodgers 2 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Anthony Rodriguez, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-2, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R

Yordan Alvarez's photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Ronnie Dawson, OF, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Quad Cities
Alvarez: 2-5, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI
Dawson: 3-4, 2B, solo HR (5), 3 RBI
Jones: 2-4, solo HR (3), 2 R

Carson LaRue, RHP, Quad Cities
W (7-1), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
L (3-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 unearned runs, BB, 6 K

Tyler White, IF, Fresno
2-5, 2-R HR (5), 3 RBI, 2 R

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fresno Grizzlies: Two Month Report Card

Two months into the minor league seasons, let's see how the Astros full season affiliates are shaping up. Today, we'll look at the AAA Fresno Grizzlies ...

The Derek Fisher Show - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

27-32 (10-14 in April; 13-16 in May; 4-2 in June)
Third Place (out of four)
10 Games Behind
13-11 within the Division
18-15 at Home
9-17 on the Road
7-3 in Last 10 Games

TEAM BATTING

.278 AVG: 7th out of 16 teams
.344 OBP: 6th
.448 SLG: 3rd
.792 OPS: 4th
119 Doubles: 2nd
12 Triples: T-11th
67 Home Runs: T-4th
196 Walks: 5th
453 Strikeouts: T-5th
38 Stolen Bases: 8th

TEAM PITCHING

5.69 ERA: 16th out of 16 teams
1.675 WHIP: 16th
53 Home Runs Allowed: T-12th
248 Walks: 1st
443 Strikeouts: 6th

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS

.338 AVG: 7th in the PCL
.403 OBP: 7th
.604 SLG: 3rd
1.007 OPS: 3rd
36 Runs: T-11th
17 Doubles: T-3rd
14 Home Runs: T-4th
39 RBI: T-9th
50 Strikeouts: T-19th
11 Stolen Bases: T-7th (10 Caught Stealing)

36 Runs: T-11th
15 Doubles: T-10th
8 Home Runs: T-19th
29 Walks: T-5th
68 Strikeouts: 2nd

13 Doubles: T-18th
10 Stolen Bases: T-12th (4 Caught Stealing)

3 Triples: T-18th

11 Home Runs: T-10th
42 RBI: T-4th

9 Home Runs: T-15th
34 RBI: T-16th

5 Saves: T-10th

Other than Jankowski's saves, the Grizzlies are conspicuously absent as PCL league leaders on the pitching side of the equation. Unfortunately, the starting pitching for the team has largely been a mixed bag. But good season starts from Jankowski (2.45 ERA/1.227 WHIP in 19 appearances), RHP Kevin Comer (2.37 ERA/1.253 WHIP in 19 appearances) and RHP Dayan Diaz (1.93 ERA/1.029 WHIP in 17 appearances), as well as a great May (1.69 ERA/1.063 WHIP in 10 games) from LHP Reymin Guduan prior to his promotion to Houston, helped Fresno stay in a few games that they may not have otherwise.

But the starting pitching has started to show signs of life recently, with good performances from RHP Mike Hauschild, RHP Casey Coleman and RHP David Martinez. If the starting pitching continues to improve and The Derek Fisher Show doesn't get called up to Houston too soon, the team should be able to start moving up in the division. There's still time ... for now.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fresno 5, Sacramento 2

W- Mike Hauschild (2-1)
L- Dan Slania (0-7)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (11, 3-run in 5th), Colin Moran (9, solo in 6th), A.J. Reed (8, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies launched 3 homers on Tuesday and got a fine start from Mike Hauschild to power past the RiverCats.

Hauschild allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 over 6 shutout innings. Tyson Perez threw a 1-2-3 7th. Sacramento spoiled the shutout when they got a couple of runs off of Brendan McCurry in the 8th. McCurry went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits and struck out 2.

Preston Tucker broke a 0-0 tie in the 5th by bashing a 3-run homer. Colin Moran smacked a solo shot in the 6th, and A.J. Reed capped off the evening with a solo blast in the 9th. Tucker finished 2-4 on the evening; Tony Kemp. Tyler White (2 2B), and Reid Brignac (R) also had two-hit nights.

These two California PCL rivals will continue their series at 7:05 Pacific as Francis Martes takes on Tyler Beede.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 1

W- Kent Emanuel (2-3)
L- Ariel Jurado (6-4)

CC home runs: None.

Kent Emanuel shook off an early run-scoring error to shut down the RoughRiders. The Hooks climbed back above the .500 mark with this win.

That run was unearned. Emanuel went 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Riley Ferrell allowed 3 hits over 2 scoreless innings, and Andrew Thome worked around a couple of walks to finish the game.

Ramon Laureano put Corpus on the board and in the lead with a 2-run double. He advanced to 3rd on the relay throw home and scored on Jason Martin's double. Martin tagged up and wound up scoring on an error that allowed Drew Ferguson to reach. Garrett Stubbs drove in the final run of the evening with a sac fly in the 5th. Jack Mayfield was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game, going 3-4 with a double and a run scored.

Josh James takes on Pedro Payano in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 0


W- Ryan Kellogg (3-3)
L- Ryan Hartman (0-2, 3-3 season)
S- Dillon Maples (3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros were held off the scoreboard for a second straight game and suffered a sweep at home.

Myles Straw doubled and stole a base (13). Jake Rogers also hit a double, and Randy César had a single.

Ryan Hartman pitched well, but he had to take the L. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 6 innings of work. Andrew Walter allowed 3 hits over 2 scoreless innings, and Nick Hernandez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

Buies Creek is back on the road. They'll start a 4-game series in Wilmington on Thursday.

Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 5

W- Ronel Blanco (2-0, 2-1 season)
L- Andrew Vernon (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos lived up to their name by scoring 3 in the top of the 9th to snatch the win.

Yordan Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 11 games following an RBI single in the 1st inning. Taylor Jones had a 2-run single in the 4th, which would be Quad Cities' only scoring play until the 9th.

Daz Cameron led off the 9th with a single and advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Osvaldo Duarte moved him over to 3rd with a single, and Alvarez added another RBI single to his ledger to cut the Timber Rattlers' lead to one run. Chuckie Robinson hit a sac fly to tie the game, and Carmen Benedetti put Quad Cities in front with an RBI single. Alvarez, Robinson, and Benedetti all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Yohan Ramirez pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Lucas Williams was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen and got the 5th, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Ronel Blanco finished it off with 4 scoreless, allowing 4 hits and striking out 6.

Carson LaRue takes on Thomas Jankins in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

DSL Dodgers1 4, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Ronald Parra (1-0)
L- Yulian Frontado (0-1)
S- Adolfo Ramirez (1)

Blue home runs: Ronny Rafael (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Dodgers scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th to nip the Blue team.

Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings. Christopher Javier worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 5th. The Dodgers got to Yulian Frontado for all 4 of their runs in 2.2 innings. Frontado allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jean Reyes got the last out of the 8th.

César Cortez walked to lead off the 5th, advanced to 2nd on a groundout, took 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored the first run of the day on an errant pickoff throw. Ronny Rafael launched a 2-run homer in the 6th. Angel Tejeda went 2-3.

The Blue team will take on the Dodgers one more time at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Indians 3

W- Fredy Medina (1-0)
L- Christophers Santana (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange broke a 1-1 tie in emphatic fashion with 8 runs on 8 singles in the 6th.

Sean Mendoza tripled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the morning on a sac fly from Deury Carrasco. This would be the Orange team's only scoring play until they went nuts in the 6th.

Carrasco, Samir Caraballo, and Euclides Chavez started it off with singles; Carrasco scored the go-ahead run on Chavez's base hit. Michael Garcia got plunked to load the bases. Ramiro Rodriguez, Kelvin Perez, Leonardo Gonzalez, and Luis Barajas all followed with RBI singles. Chavez hit a 2-run single in his second plate appearance of the inning. He and Mendoza both finished 2-5 on the day.

The one run that Jairo Solis allowed in his 5 innings came on a solo homer hit by Nehemias Celesten in the 5th. Solis allowed two other hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Fredy Medina allowed a hit in a scoreless 6th, and Wender Oberto allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over the final 3 innings.

These two teams will play again at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jairo Solis, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 3 RBI, R

Jose Antonio Hernandez, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 3 K

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (2-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K

Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
2-4, 3-R HR (11)

Photo from MiLB.com
Ronel Blanco, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0, 2-1 season), 4 IP, 4 H, 6 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, R
Currently on 11-game hitting streak

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-3), 6 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Buies Creek
L (0-2, 3-3 season), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 5, 2017

Sacramento 7, Fresno 3

W- Kraig Sitton (4-1)
L- Kevin Comer (2-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

Jae-gyun Hwang broke a 3-3 tie in Sacramento's favor with a 6th-inning RBI single off Kevin Comer and sealed the deal with a 2-run homer off of Jordan Jankowski in the 8th.

Both teams scored two in the 1st inning; Fresno's came on a 2-run double from Juan Centeno. Jon Kemmer hit an RBI infield single in the 5th for their only other scoring play on the night. Tony Kemp finished 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (10).

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Kevin Comer pitched the 6th and allowed the RBI single to Hwang. He allowed one other hit (also a single) and issued a walk. All of these events occurred after he got two groundouts to start the inning. Jordan Jankowski pitched a scoreless 7th but was tagged for 3 runs in the 8th. He allowed 2 hits, including Hwang's 2-run shot, walked 3, and struck out 1. Jankowski also uncorked 3 wild pitches in the 8th.

Mike Hauschild will get the start in game 2 of this series and he'll face Dan Slania at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

Kent Emanuel takes on Ariel Jurado as the Hooks start a 4-game series with Frisco at 7:05.

From Sunday: Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek 5 in 10 innings

W- Pedro Araujo (3-0)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-1)
S- Dillon Maples (2)

BC home runs: Dexture McCall (3, solo in 8th)

The Carolina Stros erased a 5-1 deficit when Dex McCall tied the game with his solo blast in the 8th inning... but the Pelicans scored 3 in the first extra frame to regain control.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Buies Creek's came on a sac fly from Stephen Wrenn. Pat Porter hit a sac fly to score Wrenn in the 6th inning. After Anibal Sierra doubled to lead off the 7th, Straw drove him in with a triple. He'd come around to score on a double from Wrenn. McCall launched a solo homer to tie the game at 5 in the 8th inning.

Straw finished 4-5 on the evening. Wrenn and Randy César both went 3-4, and McCall finished 2-5.

Franklin Perez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Howie Brey struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th inning. Hector Perez was next, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Eddy Martinez in the 7th. Perez allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. was tagged for 3 runs on 3 hits in the 10th. He also walked 2 and struck out 1.


Myrtle Beach 1, Buies Creek 0

W- Mike Rucker (1-0)
L- Brett Adcock (1-3, 2-3 season)
S- Kyle Miller (2)

BC home runs: None.

Buies Creek got shut out in the regularly scheduled contest. Their only two hits were a double from Rodrigo Ayarza and an Anthony Hermelyn single.

Brett Adcock pitched well but was forced to take an L. He allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and fanned 6 in 6 innings of work. Carlos Sierra tagged in for 3 perfect innings, striking out 3.

Buies Creek will look to avoid the sweep as Ryan Hartman looks to rebound from a rough Carolina League debut. He'll face Ryan Kellogg at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits start a 3-game series in Wisconsin at 7:05.

DSL Braves 15, DSL Astros Blue 13

W- Luis De Jesus (1-0)
L- Gustavo Almonte (0-1)
S- Lisandro Santos (1)

Blue home runs: Yeuris Ramirez 2 (2; solo in 4th, 2-run in 5th), César Cortez (1, solo in 5th), Ronny Rafael (1, solo in 6th)

The Braves stunned the Blue team with a 6-run 9th inning. The offense scored in every inning but the first and 9th, when they most likely needed to.

Yeuris Ramirez clubbed two homers, but his first RBI came on a sac fly in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd, Yorbin Ceuta scored on an error that allowed Ronny Rafael to reach. Angel Tejeda ripped an RBI triple to score Rafael, and Rhandall Sanchez brought Tejeda in with an RBI double. Ramirez smacked a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 4th, and Rafael reached on another error that saw Kendy Moya score. César Cortez launched a homer to lead off the 5th, and Ramirez struck again with a 2-run blast later in the frame.

Rafael led off the bottom of the 6th with a homer and Cortez scored when Ronaldo Urdaneta beat a double play attempt. Rafael added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th and Urdaneta hit an RBI single in the 8th. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Urdaneta was the only player who didn't score.


Team Blue's pitchers, on the other hand, struggled. Some things are probably better left unsaid.

The Blue team is at the Dodgers complex where they'll take on the Dodgers 1 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Indians/Brewers 11, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Daniel Acosta (1-0)
L- Asael Uribe (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got on the board first, but the Brewdians went on an 11-0 run the rest of the way.

Deury Carrasco and Michael Garcia both finished 2-4 with a double. Carrasco also stole a base, as did Samir Caraballo, who swiped two. Jose Alvarez scored Team Orange's only run on a Jeury Castillo groundout in the 2nd inning.

Jesus Bernaez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. The bullpen... didn't fare as well. Like I said, some things are probably better left unsaid.

The Orange team will take on the standalone Indians squad at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jesus Bernaez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Yeuris Ramirez, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-3, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI
Ronny Rafael, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-6, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R
Rhandall Sanchez, C, DSL Astros Blue: 3-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
César Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue
2-5, solo HR (1), 2 R, SB (2)


 Brett Adcock's photo taken by Rich Guill
Buies Creek Astros pitchers
L 1-0 vs. Myrtle Beach
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Brett Adcock: L (1-3, 2-3 season), 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Carlos Sierra: 3 IP, 3 K

Monday, June 5, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tacoma 9, Fresno 5

W- Ryne Harper (2-1)
L- Dean Deetz (0-1, 4-3 season)
S- Jean Machi (7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as Dean Deetz received a rude welcome to the Pacific Coast League. Fresno took advantage of some Tacoma blunders, but the Rainiers built a 7-3 lead after the first three innings.

Deetz only lasted 2.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Aaron West stopped the bleeding with 2.2 scoreless, allowing 4 hits and striking out 1. Brian Holmes pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 2 hits, had an inherited runner charged to him, walked 2, and struck out 1. Tyson Perez got the last 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Jon Kemmer put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. One batter later, Max Stassi reached on an error that allowed Colin Moran and Tyler White to score. The Grizzlies scored two more runs off Tacoma's gaffes in the 5th as Tony Kemp scored on a wild pitch and Preston Tucker came home on an error that allowed Teoscar Hernandez to reach safely. No one turned in a multi-hit game, no one scored more than once. A.J. Reed's double in the 9th inning was the Grizzlies' only extra-base hit.

The Grizzlies will hit the road for 11 games. Their first stop is Sacramento, where they'll play 4 with the RiverCats beginning tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Trent Thornton will take on Michael Roth in game 1.

Tulsa 10, Corpus Christi 9

W- Karch Kowalczyk (3-1)
L- Sean Stutzman (1-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (14, 2-run in 1st). Jason Martin (1, 11 season; solo in 3rd), Jon Singleton (10, solo in 4th)

The Hooks scored 2 in the 8th to break a 7-7 tie, only to see the Drillers walk off with the win after they scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th. Corpus dropped 2 of 3 in both series in this roadtrip.
J.D. Davis opened the scoring by launching a 2-run homer in the opening frame. Jason Martin smacked a solo shot in the 3rd to tie the game at 3, his first home run in the Texas League. Jon Singleton led off the 4th with a homer. Later in the inning, Tony Nuñez added a sac fly and Martin ripped a 2-run double. In the 8th, Trent Woodward hit an RBI single and Garrett Stubbs scored on a wild pitch.

Alex Winkelman went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 over 2.2 innings. The Drillers homered twice off Sean Stutzman in the bottom of the 9th: Edwin Rios tied it with a 2-run homer with 1 out in the inning and Matt Beaty won it with a solo shot with 2 outs. Stutzman got the final out of the 8th and 2 outs in the 9th, walking 1 and striking out 2.

Corpus is back home and they have the day off. They'll start a 4-game series with Frisco tomorrow at 7:05 as Kent Emanuel faces Ariel Jurado.

Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek 5 through 9.5 innings

This game was suspended in the middle of the 10th due to storms. It'll resume at 6:00 Eastern, with the scheduled game to follow immediately after. Brett Adcock will take on Mike Rucker in that game.

Quad Cities 14, Kane County 5

W- Carlos Sanabria (2-2)
L- Sam Lewis (0-2)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (3, 3-run in 3rd), Ray Henderson (3, 3-run in 7th)

The Banditos got on the board with 3 in the 3rd to tie the game, then took control with 5 in the 7th. When the Cougars tried to get back in the game with a pair in the 8th, Quad Cities put the game away with 6 in the bottom of the 8th.

Forrest Whitley went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Salvador Montaño picked him up by allowing a hit and striking out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Carlos Sanabria followed with 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking otu 3. Erasmo Pinales struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Yordan Alvarez put Quad Cities on the board by launching a 3-run home run into the Mississippi River, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Alvarez added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th inning. Chuckie Robinson followed with an RBI single, and Ray Henderson delivered a haymaker in the form of a 3-run homer. The Banditos compounded the Cougars' misery by parlaying a bases-loaded, no out situation into 6 runs in the 8th.

Osvaldo Duarte and Alvarez both drew bases-loaded walks, then Robinson hit a 2-run double. Henderson added a sac fly, and Carmen Benedetti capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Benedetti and Taylor Jones both finished 3-4 on the evening. Alvarez (3-R HR, 5 RBI, 3 R) and Robinson (2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) had two hits apiece.

Quad Cities has the day off before embarking on a tour of Wisconsin. Their first stop will be Appleton, where they'll play 3 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers starting tomorrow evening.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jason Martin, OF, and Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
Martin: 2-5, 2B, solo HR (1, 11 season), 3 RBI
Singleton: 2-2, solo HR (10), 2 R, 2 BB

Yordan Alvarez's photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Quad Cities, and Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
Alvarez: 2-4, 3-R HR (3), 5 RBI, 3 R
Robinson: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Salvador Montaño, LHP, Quad Cities
2 IP, H, 2 K

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Myles Straw, OF, and Dexture McCall, 1B Buies Creek
Wrenn: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB (3, 11 season)
Straw: 4-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (12)
McCall: 2-5, 2B, game-tying solo HR (3) in 8th

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happy Dominican Summer League Opening Day!

Fresno 3, Tacoma 2

W- Dayan Diaz (4-0)
L- Ryne Harper (2-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies walked off with the win thanks to Preston Tucker's 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. D.J. Fisher went 2-4 and drove in the other two Fresno runs with an RBI double in the 6th and an RBI single in the 7th. Fisher now has a 9-game hitting streak.

David Martinez turned in 6.2 solid innings, allowing a run (which was an inherited runner that was charged to him) on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Brendan McCurry got the final out of the 7th and the first out of the 8th. He allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1. Dayan Diaz retired all 5 Tacoma hitters he faced, getting 4 groundball outs and a flyout.

Dean Deetz makes his AAA debut in the series finale. He'll take on Andrew Moore at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Tulsa 3

W- Kyle Smith (2-1)
L- Walked Buehler (1-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (3)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (6, solo in 1st), J.D. Davis (13, solo in 4th)

The Hooks didn't have much luck against Walker Buehler in Corpus last Sunday. They didn't fare much better on Saturday, getting only two hits off him. However, those two hits were home runs. Neither team put up a crooked number in this game, so the Hooks won in the simplest way possible: by scoring a run in more innings than the Drillers did.

Drew Ferguson got Buehler to lead off the ballgame, and J.D. Davis took him deep to begin the 4th. Ferguson added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th. Jack Mayfield hit an RBI single in the 8th, and Kyle Tucker ripped an RBI double in the 9th. Davis finished 3-5 with the solo homer and scored on Mayfield's single. Ferguson's two hits both drove in runs.

Kyle Smith was perfect through 5 innings, striking out 4. Akeem Bostick tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Jacob Dorris worked around a single and a walk to close it out, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Alex Winkelman will make his second Texas League start in the series finale. He'll face Isaac Anderson at 1:05.

Buies Creek 7, Carolina 3

W- Justin Ferrell (5-3)
L- Kodi Medeiros (3-4)

BC home runs: Anibal Sierra (2, solo in 4th)

The Carolina Stros fought back to earn a series split after dropping the first two games.

Framber Valdez went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Justin Ferrell was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and threw 3.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 4, and striking out 2. Sebastian Kessay allowed an unearned run on a groundout, a single, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Jake Rogers put Buies Creek on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. He then stole 2nd and scored on Alex De Goti's double. Spencer Johnson tripled to lead off the bottom of the 2nd and scored on a single from Myles Straw. Anibal Sierra smacked a solo homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th inning. De Goti added a sac fly to his ledger in the 5th, and Ryne Birk hit a 2-run single in the 6th. Straw finished 3-5 on the evening, while Birk went 2-4. Johnson and Sierra scored two runs apiece from the bottom two spots in the lineup.

The Astros welcome Myrtle Beach to Jim Perry Stadium for a 3-game set starting at 4:00 Eastern. Franklin Perez will go up against Justin Steele.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Jon Duplantier (6-0)
L- Cionel Perez (3-3)
S- Tommy Eveld (11)

QC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (4, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos were the first team this season to record more than 5 hits against Kane County starter Jon Duplantier, who has mowed down the Midwest League this season. However, they only got two runs to show for it.

Osvaldo Duarte launched a solo homer in the 3rd to put Quad Cities on the board. Daz Cameron scored their only other run on a wild pitch in the 7th. Yordan Alvarez and Chuckie Robinson had 2 hits apiece; Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Cionel Perez went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 2.1 scoreless innings, and Kevin Hill worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Quad Cities and Kane County will wrap up their series at 5:15 as Forrest Whitley faces Emilio Vargas.

DSL Braves 8, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Walner Polanco (1-0)
L- Angel Macuare (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Braves seized control with 7 runs in the 2nd inning. The Blue team managed to fight back, but that deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan hit a one-out triple in the 6th and scored the Blue team's first run of the season on a single from César Cortez. In the 7th, Yorbin Ceuta reached on an error that resulted in Anthony Rodriguez coming in to score; Ceuta was credited with an RBI on the play. Rodriguez scored again in the 9th when Ceuta grounded into a double play. Brandon Benavente scored on another Braves error and Cortez drew a bases-loaded walk. Sanchez-Galan went 2-4 and scored twice.

Angel Macuare went 2 innings and allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 3. Fabricio Reina was the first man out of the Blue team's bullpen and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Antonio Pujols allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, and walked 2 in 3 innings. Jean Reyes worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

DSL Astros Orange 5, DSL Indians/Brewers 3

W- Angel Ortega (1-0)
L- Wilmy De Jesus (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team scored 4 of their 5 runs in the final 2 innings to come out on top.

Diosward Gonzalez went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Carlos Perdomo tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 4, and striking out 6. Angel Ortega allowed a hit and walked 1 over 2 scoreless.

Deury Carrasco walked to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored on Samir Caraballo's triple. This was their only scoring play until the 7th; in the meantime, the Brewdians took a 3-1 lead.

Euclides Chavez doubled to lead off the 7th, advanced to 3rd on a Jose Alvarez groundout, and scored on a Gerry Castillo groundout. Team Orange took the lead with 3 in the 8th. Caraballo walked to begin the frame, and Ramiro Rodriguez joined him on the bases with a single. They both advanced when Leandro Gonzalez laid down a sac bunt, and Caraballo scored the tying run on a sac fly from Chavez. Rodriguez scored the go-ahead run on an errant pickoff throw, and Castillo capped off the morning with an RBI single. Chavez finished 2-3, as did Sean Mendoza.

Sunday is an off day for the entire DSL.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2B, RBI, R
Diosward Gonzalez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 6 K

Fabricio Reina, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 2 IP, 3 K
Ozziel Sanchez-Galan, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-4, 3B, 2 R

Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-1), 5 IP, 4 K; perfect outing

Drew Ferguson, OF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 2-3, solo HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Davis: 3-5, solo HR (13), 2 R

David Martinez, RHP, Fresno
6.2 IP, 4 H, ER (inherited runner charged to him), 2 BB, 2 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Dayan Diaz, RHP, Fresno
W (4-0), 1.2 IP, 4 groundouts, 1 flyout

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
3-5, RBI, R

Framber Valdez, LHP, Buies Creek
4.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Quad Cities
2.1 IP, H, 2 K