Saturday, July 15, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 13, 2017 and Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday: Fresno 5, Tacoma 1

W- Trent Thornton (6-2, 7-4 season)
L- Sam Gaviglio (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez 2 (10; solo in 5th, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies only had 4 hits, but three of them resulted in runs.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the 5th with a solo shot. Colin Moran and A.J. Reed walked and scored on a Jon Kemmer triple. Kemmer ended up scoring on an error after Reid Brignac hit into a fielder's choice. Teoscar smacked another solo homer to lead off the 6th.

Trent Thornton allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Aaron West struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings. Reymin Guduan worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and Brendan McCurry walked 2 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Friday: Fresno 4, Tacoma 0

W- Kevin Comer (4-3)
L- Casey Lawrence (2-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

There was only one half-inning with runs and it belonged to Fresno.

Reid Brignac walked to lead off the top of the 8th, advanced to 2nd on an Alejandro Garcia sac bunt, went to 3rd on a Tony Kemp single, and scored the first run of the evening on a Preston Tucker single. D.J. Fisher walked to load the bases. Teoscar Hernandez flew out for the 2nd out, but Colin Moran kept the line moving by drawing a walk to bring Kemp home. A.J. Reed followed with a 2-run double. Kemp finished 3-5 with a stolen base (15) and extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Four Grizzlies pitchers combined on a shutout. David Martinez started it off by allowing 4 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3 over 6 innings. Kevin Comer, Jordan Jankowski, and Dayan Diaz finished it off by throwing scoreless innings. Comer and Jankowski struck out the side in order in the 7th and the 8th, and Diaz worked around a hit in the 9th, striking out 2.

Dean Deetz faces Tyler Cloyd in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Thursday: Corpus Christi 6, Midland 3

W- Ryan Thompson (1-2, 1-3 season)
L- Joel Seddon (3-3)
S- Andrew Walter (1, 2 season)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (16, solo in 4th), J.D. Davis (20, 2-run in 7th)

The Hooks scored the last 6 runs of the game and took control with a 3-run 7th inning.

Jon Singleton started off the 4th by launching a homer to put Corpus on the board. J.D. Davis added an RBI single in the 5th. Tony Nuñez doubled to lead off the 7th and scored the tying run on a Ramon Laureano groundout. Two batters later, Davis put the Hooks in front with a 2-run blast. Bryan De La Cruz capped off the evening with a sac fly in the 8th. Davis is the first man in the system to 20 homers. He, Singleton, and Nuñez all finished with 2 hits on Thursday.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Ryan Thompson and Andrew Walter threw 2 scoreless innings apiece and they both allowed 3 hits. Thompson struck out 3, while Walter got the save and struck out 1.

Friday: Midland 7, Corpus Christi 1

W- Grant Holmes (6-9)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-2, 6-3 season)

CC home runs: None.

Midland got the jump on Yoanys Quiala with 5 1st-inning runs, which turned out to be enough for them to get the win on Friday.

Quiala went 4.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits (all singles), walked 3, and struck out 2. Nick Hernandez went 2.2 innings, allowing a hit and walking 1. Ralph Garza worked around a couple of singles to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the game and scored the lone Hooks run on a Jon Singleton RBI single.

Corpus and Midland will wrap up their series at 7:00 as Framber Valdez takes on Heath Fillmyer.

Thursday: Buies Creek 6, Frederick 5

W- Sebastian Kessay (6-2)
L- Tanner Chleborad (0-3)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (9, 15 season; 2-run in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros walked off with the win after withstanding a 5-5 night from Ryan Mountcastle and a 3-run top of the 8th from the Keys which gave them a 5-4 lead.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd; Buies Creek's came on an Anibal Sierra sac fly. Jake Rogers whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning. Stephen Wrenn scored on a Myles Straw groundout in the 6th.

Buies Creek scored both of their runs in the bottom of the 9th while down to their final out. Yordan Alvarez kept the game going with a double and scored the tying run on Anthony Hermelyn's two-bagger. Alex De Goti came on to run and Wrenn won it with a single. Wrenn went 2-4 and was the only player in the starting 9+1 to finish with more than one hit.

Matt Bower allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Jorge Alcala and Sebastian Kessay followed with 2 innings apiece; Alcala allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Kessay allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Friday: Frederick 6, Buies Creek 2

W- Cristian Alvarado (4-8)
L- Justin Ferrell (7-4)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros saw their 5-game winning streak go by the wayside on Friday.

Justin Ferrell was unable to get out of the 1st as the Keys got 3 runs off of him. He got 2 outs, both via strikeout, walked 1, and allowed 4 hits. Kevin Hill restored some order, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 in 5.1 innings. Erasmo Pinales pitched the last 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Stephen Wrenn put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning. Alex De Goti hit an RBI single in the 8th. Jake Rogers went 3-4 and scored on Wrenn's groundout back in the 2nd.

Forrest Whitley makes his third Carolina League start in the series finale. He'll go up against Reid Love at 6:00 Eastern.

Thursday: Quad Cities 5, South Bend 3

W- Ronel Blanco (4-2, 4-3 season)
L- Michael Knighton (2-2)
S- Salvador Montaño (3)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (5, 3-run in 6th)

The Banditos scored in three straight innings, culminating in Josh Rojas' 3-run blast in the 6th inning.

Ronel Blanco went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, both on a homer) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Robert Corniel was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed a run on a wild pitch, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Salvador Montaño worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Tyler Wolfe opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 4th, Daz Cameron ripped an RBI double in the 5th, and Rojas whacked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Daz (2 2B, RBI, R) and Chuckie Robinson (2B) both finished 2-5.

Friday: South Bend 7, Quad Cities 4

W- Bryan Hudson (4-3)
L- Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 1-3 season)
S- Mark Malave (1)

QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (9, 3-run in 2nd)

The Cubs foiled the Banditos' bid to sweep the series by putting up crooked numbers in all of their scoring innings.

Marcos Almonte smacked a 3-run homer in the 2nd to open the scoring. Carmen Benedetti scored the other Quad Cities run on a double play in the 3rd. Ronnie Dawson finished 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 8 games.

In his Midwest League debut, Patrick Sandoval went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Abdiel Saldaña allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings.

The River Bandits will start a 3-game series with West Michigan at 6:00 Eastern. TBA goes up against Spenser Watkins.

Thursday: State College 7, Tri-City 6

W- Daniel Castano (5-0)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-3)
S- Spencer Trayner (1)

TC home runs: Abraham Toro-Hernandez (4, 2-run in 9th)

The ValleyCats almost erased a 7-2 deficit. Almost.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez reached on an error in the 1st inning and scored on a Kyle Davis triple. Jake Meyers ripped an RBI double in the 2nd. Andy Piñeda tripled to start the 5th and trotted home on Toro's single. Piñeda tripled again in the 7th and came home on a J.J. Matijevic groundout. In the 9th, Matijevic walked and then advanced to 2nd on defensive indifference. Toro followed by smacking a 2-run homer. Toro (2-R HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Piñeda (2 3B, 2 R) both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Carlos Hiraldo allowed 7 runs on 5 hits (grand slam), walked 4, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. The bullpen picked him up with 6.1 scoreless to close the game. Diogenes Almengo had a perfect outing, striking out 3 in 2.1 innings. Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, and Reggie Johnson threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Friday: Batavia 8, Tri-City 4

W- Shane Sawczak (1-0)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 2 in the 7th to tie the game at 4... only to see the Muckdogs regain control of this game with 4 after stretch time.

Andy Piñeda tripled to start the 3rd and scored Tri-City's first run on a Corey Julks single. J.J. Matijevic added a sac fly in the 4th. Mike Papierski singled to lead off the 7th and scored on Miguelangel Sierra's double. Matijevic, who joined Papierski on the bases after a single, ended up scoring on a wild pitch.

Cristian Javier went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Luis Ramirez was the first man out of the ValleyCats bullpen and went 1.1 innings, walking 1 and striking out 1. Tyler Ivey bore the brunt of Batavia's assault; he pitched 2.2 innings and allowed all 4 Muckdogs runs in the 7th, 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Jesús Balaguer allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Both teams will get back to it at 7:05 Eastern.

Thursday: Bluefield 10, Greeneville 9

W- Marcus Reyes (1-0)
L- Felipe Tejada (0-1)
S- Ty Tice (4)

Greeneville home runs: Frankeny Fernandez (1, 3-run in 1st)

The Appy Astros got off to a fast start. Unfortunately, the finish was forgettable.

Cody Bohanek singled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening on a balk. Adrian Tovalin followed with an RBI single. Tovalin wound up scoring on a Patrick Mathis single and one batter later, Frankeny Fernandez whacked a 3-run homer to put Greeneville up 6-0. In the 5th, Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI single and Mathis added a sac fly to his ledger. Mathis legged out an RBI infield single in the 9th to cut the deficit to one run, but Fernandez struck out to end the game.

Gilberto Celestino finished 3-5 and scored twice. Bohanek, Tovalin, Roman Garcia, and Mathis all had 2 hits on the evening.

Francisco Villegas and Felipe Tejada started off with 3 innings apiece and they both allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Villegas allowed 5 runs and two homers (solo and 2-run) while Tejada allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Austin Kerns allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings.

Friday: Greeneville 11, Bluefield 0

W- Tim Hardy (1-1)
L- Joel Espinal (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Cody Bohanek (3, solo in 6th), Patrick Mathis (1, grand slam in 6th)

Both teams combined to put up ten zeroes on the scoreboard until the Appy Astros blew this game wide open with a pair of homers in the 6th.

Cody Bohanek opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 6th. Gilberto Celestino singled, Roman Garcia walked, and Colton Shaver singled to load the bases for Patrick Mathis, who promptly sent everyone and himself home with a grand slam, his first home run as a pro.

Celestino legged out an infield single to lead off the 8th and Garcia joined him on the bases after getting plunked. They both advanced on a wild pitch, and Shaver walked to load the bases once more. Mathis and Brody Westmoreland followed with RBI singles, and then Oscar Campos ripped a 2-run double. Westmoreland scored on a Wilson Amador groundout, and Celestino capped off the scoring with an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning. He (RBI, 2 R, SB) and Mathis (grand slam, 5 RBI, 2 R) both finished 3-5. Bohanek (2B, solo HR), Westmoreland (RBI, R), and Campos (2B, 2 RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Meanwhile on the mound, three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in 4 innings. Tim Hardy followed with 3.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Ian Hardman allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

The Appy Astros will start a big 3-game set with Elizabethton tonight at 6:00 Eastern. Both teams enter the series separated by a half-game in the standings.

Friday: GCL Astros 11, GCL Mets 2

W- Saul Martinez (1-0)
L- Yeizo Campos (1-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros broke a 2-2 tie in a massive way with 4 in the 6th and 5 more in the 7th for good measure.

Prior to the outburst, they scored twice in the 4th on a Carlos Machado sac fly and a Juan Piñeda RBI triple.

Jonathan Matute walked to lead off the 6th and scored the go-ahead run on a Bernardo Heras single. Piñeda followed by adding a sac fly to his ledger, and then Enmanuel Valdez ripped an RBI double and César Cortez added an RBI single. Heras hit another RBI single in the 7th and an error on the play allowed Jose Benjamin to score another run. A balk allowed Machado to score. Heras scored when Piñeda hit into a fielder's choice. Cortez finished off the day with an RBI double. He, Machado, and Heras all had 2 hits on the day.

Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 4 innings. Saul Martinez allowed a run on 2 hits in the 5th. Corbin Martin and Brandon Bielak threw 2 scoreless innings in their pro debuts. Martin struck out 5 in a perfect outing, while Bielak allowed 2 hits and struck out 4.

Thursday: DSL Astros Blue 17, DSL Marlins 10

W- Angel Matos (1-0)
L- Yoilan Quinonez (0-2)

Blue home runs: Ronaldo Urdaneta (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Blue team jumped out to a 12-0 lead. The Marlins managed to put a few dents into that lead, but it proved to be a comfortable enough cushion.


Fredis Guerrero went 4 innings and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Nathanael Ventura came on for the 5th but failed to record an out; he allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners charged to him), hit 2 batters, and walked 1. Asael Uribe took ownership of the 5th inning and ended up allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and also walked 3. Angel Matos pitched the last 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. 

Friday: DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Marlins 1

W- Jose Antonio Hernandez (1-1)
L- Winston Mora (0-2)
S- Yulian Frontado (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Angel Tejeda's 2-run double in the 8th inning allowed the Blue team to edge the Marlins. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 2-2 with a stolen base (14).

Angel Macuare allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 1st inning. Antonio Pujols followed with 5 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. Jose Antonio Hernandez was next; he allowed the lone Marlins run on 2 hits and struck out 3 in 2 innings. Yulian Frontado worked around a hit and a walk to get the save.

Thursday: DSL Cubs1 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Hector Matos (2-0)
L- Elian Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Miguel Estevez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Cubs 1 got out to a 5-0 lead after 2.5 innings.

Gerry Castillo drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd and Euclides Chavez had a 2-run single in the 7th. Ramiro Rodriguez scored 2 of Team Orange's 3 runs in this game.

Elian Rodriguez allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Ronny Garcia retired all 4 Cubs he faced, striking out 2 of them. Cristofer Melendez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4 innings, and Luis De Paula struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Friday: DSL Cubs1 14, DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Yan De La Cruz (2-2)
L- Carlos Perdomo (2-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team faced another big deficit early on.

Euclides Chavez hit an RBI single in the 6th. Jeury Castillo didn't have a hit, but he still managed to drive in 2 with a sac fly in the 8th and a bases-loaded walk in the 9th. Kelvin Perez went 2-2 with an RBI single in the 9th. Ramiro Rodriguez and Sean Mendoza also finished with 2 hits. Luis Barajas drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th.

Carlos Perdomo struggled and I'll just keep it at that. Diosward Gonzalez went 3.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Gustavo Almonte, Hecduar Barcenas, and Fredy Medina all pitched an inning with varying results. Almonte allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in the 6th, Barcenas allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th, and Medina allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Blue: W 17-10 @ DSL Marlins
Ronaldo Urdaneta: 4-5, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 5 RBI, 2 R
Leonardo Gonzalez: 3-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
Angel Tejeda: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C, Tri-City
2-5, 2-R HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 R

Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Diogenes Almengo: 2.1 IP, 3 K; perfect outing
Juan Robles: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
Reggie Johnson: IP

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (20), 3 RBI

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, walk-off RBI single, 2 R, SB (5, 13 season)

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 solo HR (10)

Friday's Stars

Once again, all photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Antonio Pujols, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, GCL Astros
2 IP, 5 K; perfect outing in pro debut

Greeneville Astros: W 11-0 @ Bluefield
Patrick Mathis: 3-5, grand slam (1), 5 RBI, 2 R; first pro HR
Gilberto Celestino: 3-5, RBI, 2 R, SB (3)
Cody Bohanek: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (3)
Oscar Campos: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Leovanny Rodriguez: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K
Tim Hardy: W (1-1), 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Ian Hardman: 1.1 IP, 2 H, K

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 4-0 @ Tacoma
David Martinez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K
Kevin Comer: W (4-3), IP, 3 K
Jordan Jankowski: IP, 3 K
Dayan Diaz: IP, H, 2 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Buies Creek
5.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AAA All-Star Game

Colin Moran went 2-4 with a solo homer in the 2nd inning and scored twice as the Pacific Coast League topped the International League 6-4. D.J. Fisher started in CF and went 0-3, while Max Stassi entered the game as a substitute at catcher in the 4th and went 1-2 before getting subbed out.

Trent Thornton gets the start as Fresno returns to action tonight against Tacoma. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 7, Corpus Christi 1

W- Dustin Hurlbutt (1-1)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-5, 2-5 season)

CC home runs: None.

Well, at least they didn't get shut out.

Alex Winkelman and Akeem Bostick both went 4 innings with differing results. Winkelman actually came out for the 5th but allowed both of the Midland hitters he faced to reach; they both ended up scoring when he left. Winkelman allowed 6 runs (5 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Bostick allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Kyle Tucker had 2 of the 4 Corpus Christi hits. Bryan De La Cruz had a pinch-hit double in the 9th and scored the lone Hooks run on an error.

Brock Dykxhoorn faces A.J. Puk in game 2. First pitch is at 7:00.

Buies Creek 8, Frederick 2

W- Hector Perez (4-3, 5-4 season)
L- Ofelky Peralta (2-8)

BC home runs: None.

Buies Creek erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd in response to Frederick scoring first. Three pitchers held the Keys to just 2 hits in this one.

Stephen Wrenn walked to lead off the big 2nd inning and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Alex De Goti then lashed an RBI double and Myles Straw followed with a 2-run single. Straw came home on a Ryne Birk single. Birk added an RBI double to his ledger in the 4th. Jake Rogers added an RBI single later in the frame and an error on the play allowed Birk to come home. Birk finished 4-5 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game.

Hector Perez went 5 innings and allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 4, and struck out 5. Ryan Hartman and Sean Stutzman followed with 2 innings apiece; they both walked 1 and struck out 4. Hartman allowed a hit while Stutzman allowed an unearned run following an error.

Matt Bower faces Keegan Akin at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, South Bend 2

W- Carson LaRue (9-3)
L- Manuel Rondon (9-3)

QC home runs: None.

Carson LaRue's fine season continued with yet another strong start.

LaRue allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 7 innings. Lucas Williams allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the last 2 innings.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Later in the frame, Daz Cameron drew a walk and Robinson wound up scoring on an error. In the 5th inning, Daz scored on an error and Wander Franco came home on a wild pitch. Ronnie Dawson and Carmen Benedetti both finished 3-5, while Robinson and Daz had 2 hits apiece.

Ronel Blanco will take on Tyson Miller in game 2. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

State College 10, Tri-City 4

W- Sam Tewes (2-2)
L- Colin McKee (0-2)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (5, 2-run in 1st)

The ValleyCats scored twice in the 1st and the 9th. Unfortunately for them, the Spikes scored their 10 runs in between.

Kit Scheetz went 4 innings in his Tri-City debut, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Colin McKee was the first man out of the bullpen and threw 3.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), 3 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walking 3, and striking out 4. Ben Smith got the last out of the 8th, but not before allowing 3 runs, a hit, and walking 2. Luis Ramirez got himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the 9th; he allowed a hit and walked 2.

The two Jakes provided the offense on Wednesday. Adams launched a 2-run homer in the 1st, while Meyers hit a 2-run infield single in the 9th. Luis Payano went 3-5 with a double and Kristian Trompiz finished 2-3 with 2 stolen bases (8, 10 season) and a run scored.

Tri-City and State College will wrap up this series at 7:00 Eastern as Carlos Hiraldo faces Daniel Castano.

Greeneville 5, Bluefield 3

W- Cole Watts (1-1)
L- Graham Spraker (0-1)
S- Willy Collado (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros nipped the Blue Jays with a pair in the 9th to break a 3-3 tie.

Oscar Campos had a hand in the first two Greeneville runs, ripping RBI doubles in the 2nd and the 5th. Patrick Mathis scored on both doubles. Campos ended up scoring from 2nd base on a wild pitch after his 5th-inning RBI double. Joan Mauricio put the Appy Astros in front with an RBI single in the 9th and Mathis scored the final run of the evening on a Cody Bohanek sac fly. Campos finished 3-3 on the night, while Mathis went 2-3.

Hansel Paulino allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2 in 5 innings of work. Cole Watts went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2, and Willy Collado worked around a hit in the 9th to close it out.

Francisco Villegas starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Marlins 0 in 8.1 innings

W- Juan Corniel (2-0)
L- Cody Poteet (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

This game was called with one out in the 9th due to rain. Four pitchers combined on a shutout, holding the Marlins to 3 hits.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Juan Corniel struck out 5 over 3.1 perfect innings, and Javier Navas and Brendan Feldmann finished with a scoreless inning apiece. Navas allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 7th, while Feldmann worked around a hit in the 8th.

The Palm Beach Stros scored 3 in the 3rd; all of the runs came with 2 outs in the inning. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan walked and dashed home on a Jonathan Matute triple. Jose Benjamin followed with a triple and Orlando Marquez brought him in with a double. Andrés Santana went 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 5th. Benjamin finished 3-4 and scored twice.

DSL Red Sox 8, DSL Astros Blue 7 in 7.2 innings

W- Antonio Police (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-5)

Blue home runs: Nerio Rodriguez (2, solo in 5th)

This game was also called due to rain. The Blue team had a 5-0 lead after 2 innings but ended up squandering it.

Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit; Anthony Rodriguez led the way by going 2-5. One of his hits was an RBI double. Nerio Rodriguez homered for the 2nd straight game when he sent one out in the 5th. Kendy Moya and Leonardo Gonzalez drove in 2 apiece.

Renny Ugarte went 4 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Freylin Garcia was the first man out of the Blue team bullpen and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jonger Ochoa got 2 outs in the 8th, allowing a hit and walking 1.

DSL Dodgers2 4, DSL Astros Orange 2 in 7.2 innings

W- Aldry Acosta (1-0)
L- Christian Mejias (0-1)
S- Ricardo Hernandez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

Game called on account of rain.

Ramiro Rodriguez had 2 of Team Orange's 3 hits in this game and scored on a double play in the 7th. Sean Mendoza scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch in the 1st.

Christian Mejias allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Fabricio Reina was excellent out of the bullpen, allowing a hit and striking out 5 over 4 scoreless. Jose Betances got 2 outs in the 8th and walked 2.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fabricio Reina, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, H, 5 K

GCL Astros: W 4-0 @ GCL Marlins
Jheyson Caraballo: 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Juan Corniel: W (2-0), 3.1 IP, 5 K; perfect outing
Javier Navas: IP, H, BB, 2 K
Brendan Feldmann: IP, H
Jose Benjamin: 3-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 8-2 vs. Frederick
2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 6 BB, 13 K
Hector Perez: W (4-3, 5-4 season), 5 IP, H, ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Ryan Hartman: 2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Sean Stutzman: 2 IP, unearned run, BB, 4 K

Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R; 13-game hitting streak

Carson LaRue, RHP, Quad Cities
W (9-3), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K

Oscar Campos, C, Greeneville
3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Cole Watts, LHP, Greeneville
W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-4, solo HR, 2 R in AAA All-Star Game

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Astros MiLB Affiliates: Pitching Leaders

While the major league team takes a short break for the All-Star festivities (except, of course, for the SIX Astros All-Stars), let's check in on the Astros affiliate leaders in various categories. Today, we'll look at the pitchers ...

Rogelio Armenteros - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP TEN(ish) LISTS

Primarily Starting Pitchers

ERA (minimum 50 IP)
1.75: Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros
2.38: Corpus Christi RHP Yoanys Quiala
2.40: Buies Creek RHP Jorge Alcala
2.56: Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley
2.66: Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman
2.79: Corpus Christi LHP Framber Valdez
2.84: Corpus Christi RHP Josh James
2.88: Buies Creek RHP Hector Perez
2.98: Buies Creek RHP Franklin Perez
2.99: Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue

WHIP (min. 50 IP)
0.965: Corpus Christi RHP Yoanys Quiala
0.994: Buies Creek RHP Franklin Perez
0.996: Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue
1.009: Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros
1.023: Buies Creek RHP Jorge Alcala
1.112: Corpus Christi LHP Framber Valdez
1.123: Buies Creek LHP Ryan Hartman
1.175: Corpus Christi RHP Akeem Bostick
1.193: Corpus Christi RHP Josh James
1.225: Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley

Strikeout/Walk Ratio
4.93: Corpus Christi RHP Yoanys Quiala
4.77: Fresno RHP Trent Thornton
4.67: Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman
3.71: Corpus Christi LHP Kent Emanuel
3.68: Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley
3.67: Buies Creek RHP Gabriel Valdez
3.54: Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros
3.47: Fresno RHP Kyle Smith
3.36: Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue
3.31: Buies Creek RHP Franklin Perez

Strikeouts
94: Buies Creek RHP Hector Perez (72 IP)
89: Corpus Christi LHP Framber Valdez (77.1 IP)
85: Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (77.1 IP)
85: Buies Creek LHP Brett Adcock (70.2 IP)
81: Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley (56.1 IP)
74: Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue (75.1 IP)
74: Corpus Christi RHP Yoanys Quiala (75.2 IP)
70: Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman (61 IP)
68: Buies Creek RHP Jorge Alcala (71.1 IP)
63: Corpus Christi LHP Kent Emanuel (74.1 IP)

Primarily Relief Pitchers

ERA (minimum 15 appearances)
1.50: Corpus Christi RHP Nick Hernandez
2.16: Fresno RHP Dayan Diaz
2.16: Fresno RHP Kevin Comer
2.68: Buies Creek LHP Sebastian Kessay
2.95: Buies Creek LHP Sean Stutzman
3.08: Quad Cities RHP Lucas Williams
3.08: Quad Cities RHP Abdiel Saldana
3.21: Quad Cities LHP Salvador Montano
3.22: Buies Creek RHP Carlos Sierra
3.23: Buies Creek RHP Erasmo Pinales

WHIP (min. 15 appearances)
0.861: Corpus Christi RHP Nick Hernandez
1.080: Fresno RHP Dayan Diaz
1.101: Buies Creek RHP Carlos Sierra
1.154: Buies Creek RHP Erasmo Pinales
1.165: Buies Creek LHP Sebastian Kessay
1.229: Buies Creek RHP Kevin Hill
1.280: Fresno RHP Kevin Comer
1.297: Fresno RHP Andrew Thome
1.311: Buies Creek LHP Sean Stutzman
1.351: Corpus Christi RHP Ralph Garza

Strikeout/Walk Ratio (min. 15 appearances)
4.25: Fresno RHP Aaron West
3.77: Corpus Christi RHP Nick Hernandez
3.56: Fresno RHP Kevin Comer
3.55: Fresno LHP Reymin Guduan
3.30: Fresno RHP Andrew Thome
3.30: Corpus Christi RHP Riley Ferrell
3.25: Fresno RHP Dayan Diaz
3.00: Fresno RHP Jacob Dorris
2.75: Buies Creek RHP Kevin Hill
2.70: Corpus Christi RHP Ryan Thompson

Saves
9: Corpus Christi RHP Nick Hernandez
7: Fresno RHP Andrew Thome
6: Buies Creek RHP Erasmo Pinales
6: Fresno RHP Kevin Comer
6: Fresno RHP Jordan Jankowski

In case you missed it, I checked in on the position players yesterday here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tri-City and the complex-league teams were the only clubs in action on a quiet Tuesday on the farm.

Fresno is off until Thursday

The 2017 AAA All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fresno will be represented by D.J. Fisher and Colin Moran.

Fresno returns to action on Thursday; Moran and Fisher don't have to go anywhere (provided that they're still with the team) because the Grizzlies will kick off the second half of their season with a 4-game series in Tacoma.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are in Midland and they'll start a 4-game series at 6:30. Alex Winkelman will face Dustin Hurlbutt.

Buies Creek was off

Hector Perez takes on Reid Love as the Carolina Stros start a 4-game series with Frederick at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

The Banditos will begin a 3-game series in South Bend at 7:05 Eastern. TBA goes up against Dylan Cease.

Tri-City 7, State College 0

W- Parker Mushinski (1-0)
L- Anthony Shew (2-2)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (4, 2-run in 3rd)

The ValleyCats put up 5 in the 3rd and 2 more in the 8th for good measure, while three pitchers combined on a shutout.

Hunter Martin allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 4 innings. Parker Mushinski was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 3 innings. Nathan Thompson completed the shutout by walking 1 and striking out 4 over the final 2 innings.

Luis Payano opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd. Two batters later, Abraham Toro drove in 2 on a bloop single. Jake Adams followed by whacking a 2-run homer. In the 8th, Payano scored on a wild pitch and Mike Papierski capped off the evening with a sac fly. Payano finished 2-3 on the evening.

Kit Scheetz makes his ValleyCats debut in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Sam Tewes at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville was off

The Appy Astros begin a 3-game series with Bluefield at 7:05 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Cardinals 3

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 3-3 season)
L- Brian Pirela (0-1)
S- Maikel Sepulveda (1)

GCL home runs: Jose Benjamin (2, 2-run in 1st), Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (1, solo in 3rd), Enmanuel Valdez (2, solo in 4th)

The Palm Beach Stros launched 3 homers to score their 4 runs and came out on top.

Jose Benjamin put the GCLstros on the board with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan and Enmanuel Valdez launched solo shots in the 3rd and the 4th, respectively. Valdez and Juan Piñeda both finished 2-4 on the day. Benjamin also stole a base, his 5th of the eseason.

Chad Donato allowed 2 hits in his 2 innings, one of which was a solo homer to Robbie Coman in the 2nd inning. Donato also recorded 3 strikeouts on the day. Elieser Hernandez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings, and Maikel Sepulveda pitched 3.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 4.

DSL Red Sox 9, DSL Astros Blue 5 in 11 innings

W- Luis Rivero (5-1)
L- Christopher Javier (2-1)

Blue home runs: Nerio Rodriguez (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Blue team tied the game with 3 in the bottom of the 7th, but the Red Sox regained control with 4 in the top of the 11th.

Nerio Rodriguez hit his first career homer, a 2-run blast in the 2nd inning, to put the Blue team on the board. Nerio then scored the first run in the 7th on a wild pitch after walking to lead off the inning. Yeuris Ramirez scored on a Luis Coronel groundout, and Anthony Rodriguez scored on another wild pitch.

Jean Reyes and Manny Ramirez started off with 3 innings apiece. Reyes allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and struck out 2 while Ramirez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Oscar Severino was next, and he allowed 2 hits while striking out 3 over 4 scoreless. Christopher Javier didn't allow a hit in the 11th, but the Red Sox still tagged him for 4 runs, 3 of which were earned. He issued a bases-loaded walk, hit another man with the bases loaded, balked in another run, and allowed a sac fly.

DSL Dodgers2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Nelfri Contreras (2-1)
L- Miguel Matos (0-2)
S- Elio Serrano (3)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team had more hits, but last I checked, hits do not determine the winner of a baseball game.

Deury Carrasco's RBI single in the 1st was Team Orange's only scoring play. Ramiro Rodriguez and Renaigel Martis both went 2-4.

Miguel Matos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Ernesto Jaquez and Jose Alberto Rivera pitched 3 innings apiece; Jaquez was the first man out of the Orange team's bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Rivera allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Oscar Severino, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Jose Alberto Rivera, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K

His mugshot from MiLB.com
Enmanuel Valdez, IF, GCL Astros
2-4, solo HR (2)

Luis Payano, OF, Tri-City
2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Hunter Martin's and Parker Mushinski's pictures are their mugshots from MiLB.com.
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 7-0 vs. State College
Hunter Martin: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Parker Mushinski: W (1-0), 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Nathan Thompson: 2 IP, BB, 4 K

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Astros MiLB Affiliates: Offensive Leaders

While the major league team takes a short break for the All-Star festivities (except, of course, for the SIX Astros All-Stars), let's check in on the Astros affiliate leaders in various categories. Today, we'll look at the position players ...

Jon Kemmer - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP TEN(ish) LISTS

Batting Average (minimum 200 plate appearances)
.331: Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp
.320: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw
.314: Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti
.310: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
.307: Fresno OF Jon Kemmer
.306: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
.296: Fresno IF Tyler White
.295: Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson
.295: Corpus Christi IF Jack Mayfield
.288: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker

On-Base Percentage (min. 200 PA)
.435: Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti
.429: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw
.411: Fresno C Max Stassi
.400: Fresno OF Jon Kemmer
.398: Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton
.390: Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson
.378: Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp
.373: Corpus Christi IF Antonio Nunez
.371: Fresno IF Tyler White
.370: Fresno OF Derek Fisher

Slugging Percentage (min. 200 PA)
.575: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
.556: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
.553: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
.528: Fresno OF Jon Kemmer
.523: Buies Creek C Jake Rogers
.521: Fresno C Max Stassi
.509: Corpus Christi 3B J.D. Davis
.494: Corpus Christi IF Jack Mayfield
.489: Fresno IF Tyler White
.485: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin

*On-Base + Slugging (min. 200 PA)
.945: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
.931: Fresno C Max Stassi
.928: Fresno OF Jon Kemmer
.925: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
.920: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
.909: Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti
.888: Buies Creek C Jake Rogers
.860: Fresno IF Tyler White
.852: Corpus Christi 3B J.D. Davis
.852: Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton

*Buies Creek 1B/OF/DH Yordan Alvarez fell just short of my arbitrary 200 minimum plate appearance threshold with only 195 PA; with just a few more plate appearances, he would have led this category with a 1.041 OPS. His batting line through his first 45 games is .342/.441/.600/.1041.

Runs Scored
58: Fresno IF Tyler White
58: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw
56: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed
56: Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp
55: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
51: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin
51: Quad Cities OF Daz Cameron
50: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
50: Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson
47: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
47: Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson

Doubles
22: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
21: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
21: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin
20: Corpus Christi IF Jack Mayfield
19: Quad Cities C Chuckie Robinson
18: Fresno IF Tyler White
18: Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti
17: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed
17: Corpus Christi 3B J.D. Davis
17: Buies Creek C Jake Rogers

Triples (Top 9)
6: Quad Cities OF Daz Cameron
6: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw
6: Buies Creek 1B/OF Spencer Johnson
5: Fresno OF Preston Tucker
5: Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp
5: Buies Creek 2B Ryne Birk
5: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
4: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin
4: Corpus Christi OF Ramon Laureano

Home Runs
19: Corpus Christi 3B J.D. Davis
19: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
18: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
17: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
15: Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton
15: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed
14: Fresno OF Preston Tucker
14: Buies Creek C Jake Rogers
14: Fresno IF Tyler White
11: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin

RBI
63: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker
62: Fresno OF Preston Tucker
62: Fresno 3B Colin Moran
56: Fresno OF Derek Fisher
56: Fresno IF Tyler White
53: Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton
52: Corpus Christi 3B J.D. Davis
52: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed
47: Buies Creek C Jake Rogers
44: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin
44: Buies Creek 1B/OF/DH Yordan Alvarez
44: Quad Cities C Chuckie Robinson

Stolen Bases
25: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw (8 caught stealing)
19: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker (7 CS)
19: Quad Cities OF Daz Cameron (6 CS)
18: Corpus Christi OF Ramon Laureano (4 CS)
15: Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson (5 CS)
14: Fresno OF Derek Fisher (10 CS)
14: Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp (5 CS)
13: Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin (7 CS)
12: Buies Creek OF Stephen Wrenn (5 CS)
12: DSL OF Ronaldo Urdaneta in only 28 games (3 CS)
12: DSL SS Deury Carrasco in only 29 games (4 CS)

Walks
76: Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton (84 Strikeouts)
58: Buies Creek OF Myles Straw (53 SO)
41: Buies Creek IF Alex DeGoti (57 SO)
40: Fresno 1B A.J. Reed (93 SO)
39: Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson (68 SO)
38: Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti (33 SO)
37: Corpus Christi 1B Dex McCall (64 SO)
36: Fresno IF Tyler White (76 SO)
35: Corpus Christi OF Kyle Tucker (79 SO)
33: Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (76)

Tomorrow (I hope), we'll look at the pitchers in the system who are at the top of their games.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 10, 2017

The Astros' farm clubs started off a new week by doing alright against their Mariners counterparts.

Fresno is off until Thursday

The 2017 AAA All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fresno will be represented by D.J. Fisher and Colin Moran.

Fresno returns to action on Thursday; Moran and Fisher don't have to go anywhere (provided that they're still with the team) because the Grizzlies will kick off the second half of their season with a 4-game series in Tacoma.

Corpus Christi 6, Arkansas 5

W- Kent Emanuel (5-5)
L- Brett Ash (5-8)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (9, 10 season; solo in 3rd)

After going 1-5 in the state of Arkansas at the end of June and the start of July, the Hooks got a little bit of revenge on the Arkansas clubs by winning both series at Whataburger Field.

Collin McHugh went 4.1 innings in his latest rehab start and allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Riley Ferrell got the last two outs of the 5th, one via strikeout. Kent Emanuel threw the last 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 4.

Garrett Stubbs had a huge night at the plate on Monday. He opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. Corpus got a pair in the 3rd on a Jack Mayfield solo blast and an Arturo Michelena RBI single. Mayfield added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th and Stubbs ripped an RBI double in the 5th.

Stubbs went 4-5 on the evening, while Mayfield (solo HR, 2 RBI), Michelena (RBI, R), and Tony Nuñez all finished 2-4.

Alex Winkelman will start the first of a 4-game series in Midland. He'll face Dustin Hurlbutt at 6:30.

Buies Creek 4, Down East 2

W- Brett Adcock (3-3, 4-3 season)
L- Emerson Martinez (1-8)
S- Franklin Perez (2)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (8, 14 season; 2-run in 4th)

Buies Creek took the last three games of this series after the Wood Ducks won the opener. Brett Adcock has settled in nicely after a rough introduction to the Carolina League. Meanwhile, Franklin Perez received some good news following this game: He's now on his way to Corpus Christi.

The one run Adcock allowed in his 5 innings came on a solo homer hit by Matt Lipka. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Perez finished it off by allowing an unearned run on 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5 in the final 4 innings.

Jake Rogers launched a 2-run homer in the 4th inning to put the Carolina Stros on the board and in the lead. It's his third consecutive game with a home run. Yordan Alvarez went 2-3 with a sac fly in the 5th, and Myles Straw scored on a wild pitch in the 7th.

Buies Creek has today off. Hector Perez will start the first of a 4-game series against the Frederick Keys on Wednesday.

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 1

W- Yohan Ramirez (2-1)
L- Brandon Miller (8-4)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (4, solo in 3rd)

Yohan Ramirez turned in a nice outing to give the Banditos a series win.

Ramirez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Carlos Sanabria allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings, and Salvador Montaño worked around a hit and a walk to finish the game, striking out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Daz Cameron reached on an error to start the 2nd inning and scored the first run of the night on a Troy Sieber groundout. Josh Rojas whacked the first pitch he saw in the 3rd for a homer. Daz ripped an RBI triple in the 6th and scored on a Wander Franco single. Quad Cities got their last two runs in the 8th when Osvaldo Duarte got plunked with the bases loaded and Gabriel Bracamonte added a sac fly. Franco went 2-4 with a double, while Daz had the RBI triple and scored 3 runs.

Quad Cities has Tuesday off. They'll head to South Bend to start a 3-game series on Wednesday.

Tri-City was off

The ValleyCats will start a 3-game series with State College at 7:00 Eastern.

Kingsport 13, Greeneville 7

W- Joe Cavallaro (1-1)
L- Noel Pinto (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros had to settle for the split after taking the first two games of the series from the K-Mets.

Greeneville got 4 in the top of the 4th to take the lead. Gilberto Celestino scored the first run on a Roman Garcia groundout, and then they got RBI singles from Frankeny Fernandez, Joan Mauricio, and Reiny Beltre. In the 6th, Martin Figueroa hit an RBI single, Frankeny scored on a wild pitch, and Reiny added another RBI single to his ledger. Beltre and Fernandez both finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Greeneville's pitchers had a tough night, and I think I'll leave it at that. Dariel Aquino was the only pitcher who allowed fewer runs than innings pitched; he was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run on 5 hits while striking out 2 in 2 innings.

After a day off, the Appy Astros will start a 3-game series in Bluefield.

GCL Nationals 9, GCL Astros 1

W- Jesús Luzardo (1-0)
L- Tanner Duncan (0-1)

GCL home runs: Jonathan Matute (1, solo in 5th)

It was all Nats in this matchup between complex-mates.

Jose Benjamin went 2-4 with a double. Jonathan Matute's solo homer in the 5th was the Palm Beach Stros' only run of the day.

Tanner Duncan went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Chauncey Nuñez only got one out in the 5th. He allowed 2 hits, both of which were homers, 3 runs, and walked 1. Jairo Solis went 2.2 innings in his U.S. debut and allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Carlos Pimentel struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

DSL Dodgers1 5, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Juan Gonzalez (1-2)
L- Bryan Solano (0-2)
S- Adolfo Ramirez (4)

Blue home runs: None.

Both teams had a scoring inning; the Dodgers scored more in theirs.

The Blue team got their two runs in the bottom of the 9th on RBI singles from Yorbin Ceuta and Angel Tejeda. Ronaldo Urdaneta went 2-4 on the day.

Flaer Gonzalez and Denilson Lugo started out with 3 scoreless innings apiece: Gonzalez walked 2 and struck out 2, while Lugo allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Bryan Solano allowed 4 unearned runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Jervic Chavez allowed an unearned run and a hit in 1.1 innings.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Diarlin Jimenez (3-2)
L- Jesús Bernaez (1-3)

Orange home runs: None.

Kelvin Perez scored Team Orange's only run on a Euclides Chavez groundout in the 8th.

Mauricio Santana allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 2.2 innings. Jesús Bernaez went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Alex Blanco allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

 Brett Adcock's photo taken by Rich Guill
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 4-2 @ Down East
Brett Adcock: W (3-3, 4-3 season), 5 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Franklin Perez: Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 5 K; promoted to Corpus Christi following game

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Buies Creek
2-3, 2B, RBI, R

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Yohan Ramirez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-1), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, and Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
Stubbs: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
Mayfield: 2-4, solo HR (9, 10 season), 2 RBI

Monday, July 10, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tough day for the Rookie ball clubs against their Mets counterparts.

Fresno is off until Thursday

The 2017 AAA All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fresno will be represented by D.J. Fisher and Colin Moran.

The Grizzlies return to action on Thursday; Moran and Fisher don't have to go anywhere (provided that they're still with the Grizzlies) because the Grizzlies will kick off the second half of their season with a 4-game series in Tacoma.

Corpus Christi 6, Arkansas 5

W- Framber Valdez (2-1, 4-4 season)
L- Peter Tago (0-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks went ahead with a couple of runs after stretch time. They also withstood a one-man show from Travs catcher Marcus Littlewood, who homered twice and drove in all 5 of Arkansas' runs.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings and allowed a 3-run homer to Littlewood in the 4th. He also allowed 6 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Framber Valdez pitched the last 4 innings and Littlewood took him deep for a 2-run homer in the 6th. Framber allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 4.

Ramon Laureano doubled to start the bottom of the 1st and opened the scoring by coming home on a Garrett Stubbs double. Laureano doubled again to lead off the 3rd and scored on a J.D. Davis groundout. He then added two RBI singles to his ledger in the 4th and the 6th. Jason Martin scored the tying run on an error that allowed Arturo Michelena to reach in the 7th and Laureano struck once again with an RBI triple that turned out to be the difference.

That's right... Ramon Laureano finished 5-5 on the night; it's his first career 5-hit game, and he also stole a base (18). Laureano is now on a 5-game hitting streak and all of them have been multi-hit outings. It's been a tough year for Ramon, but he's doing what he can to right the ship and he's still out there competing every time his number is called. Jason Martin's two hits were both doubles.

Collin McHugh continues his rehab in the series finale and he'll be opposed by Brett Ash. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Down East 1

W- Justin Ferrell (7-3)
L- Johan Juan (0-1)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (7, 13 season; 3-run in 8th)

Jake Rogers' homer in the 8th proved to be the difference as the Carolina Stros snatched a win in Kinston.

Forrest Whitley went 5 innings in his second Carolina League start and allowed a run on 5 hits while striking out 5. Justin Ferrell pitched the last 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3.

Myles Straw walked to begin the game, stole 2nd, then scored the first run of the day on a Ryne Birk double. Yeyson Yrizarri hit an RBI double to tie the game at 1. There was one other scoring play in this game, and it was Rogers' 3-run blast in the top of the 8th to put Buies Creek in front. Birk (2B, RBI, R) and Alex De Goti (2B) both finished with 2 hits on the day. Straw now has 25 stolen bases on the season.

Brett Adcock will start the series finale and he'll face Emerson Martinez at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 9, Clinton 3

W- Gabriel Valdez (3-0)
L- Lane Ratliff (1-2)
S- Robert Corniel (1, 2 season)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (9, 2-run in 2nd), Carmen Benedetti (3, solo in 2nd), Troy Sieber (1, solo in 5th)

The Banditos stormed out to an 8-1 lead after the first three innings and ended up cruising to the win.

Gabriel Valdez turned in a nice start, allowing 2 runs (both on solo homers) on 5 hits and striking out 8 in 6 innings. Robert Corniel finished it off by allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3 in 3 innings of work.

Daz Cameron singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a Chuckie Robinson triple. Robinson wound up scoring on a single from Wander Franco. Jonathan Arauz singled to start off the 2nd and scored on Daz's 2-run shot. One batter later, Carmen Benedetti sent one out for a solo homer. Quad Cities got 3 more in the 3rd as Marcos Almonte hit an RBI single and Daz added a 2-run single to his ledger. Troy Sieber whacked a solo homer in the 5th for the last River Bandits run.

Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup had a hit; Daz went 3-5 out of the leadoff spot. Robinson (3B, RBI, R), Ronnie Dawson (R), and Almonte (RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits.

Quad Cities and Clinton will conclude their series at 6:35 as Yohan Ramirez takes on Brandon Miller.

Aberdeen 5, Tri-City 4

W- James Teague (1-0)
L- Jesús Balaguer (0-1)

TC home runs: Luis Payano (2, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats managed to claw back from an early 4-0 hole... only to see the Ironbirds walk off with a win for the second consecutive game.

Tyler Ivey didn't make it out of the 1st inning. He only got 2 outs and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Cristian Javier restored order with 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 9. Jesús Balaguer had the winning run charged to him on a walk-off squeeze play. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Diogenes Almengo couldn't extricate Balaguer from the bases-loaded predicament; he got the second out of the 9th, but then Aberdeen ran the squeeze to win the game.

Javier tied a career-high with those 9 strikeouts; he also struck out 9 in 4 innings as a member of the GCL Astros on July 18 of last year.

Luis Payano put Tri-City on the board with a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Mike Papierski doubled to lead off the 4th and scored on an error after Payano flew out. In the 6th, Andy Piñeda legged out a bunt single that scored Payano, and Miguelangel Sierra scored on a wild pitch. Payano, Piñeda, and Abraham Toro all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Tri-City has Monday off. They'll start a 3-game series with the State College Spikes on Tuesday.

Kingsport 11, Greeneville 2

W- Jose Geraldo (2-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros briefly took the lead with a pair in the top of the 3rd, but it was all Kingsport in this one.

Greeneville's two runs came on RBI singles from Gilberto Celestino and Adrian Tovalin in the 3rd inning. Celestino and Cody Bohanek (2B) both finished 2-5.

Bryan Abreu went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 4, and struck out 5. Adam Bleday was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and allowed 6 runs (5 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Ian Hardman allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in his 2.2 innings.

Gerardo Bojorquez takes on Carlos Hernandez in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

GCL Mets 10, GCL Astros 3

W- Aneury Olivo (1-0)
L- Juan Pablo Lopez (0-2)
S- Jose Moreno (1)

GCL home runs: Jose Benjamin (1, solo in 2nd)

The Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead after 4 innings. The Palm Beach Stros went 0-17 with runners in scoring position on Sunday.

Jose Benjamin went 2-5 and smacked a homer to start the bottom of the 2nd. Ronny Rafael hit a sac fly in the 6th and César Cortez drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame. Juan Piñeda went 3-5 with a double.

Juan Pablo Lopez went 3 innings and allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Devin Raftery, Johsson Arias, and Saul Martinez all followed with 2 innings. Raftery walked 1 and fanned 3. Arias allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 1, and Martinez struck out 1 in a perfect outing.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Cristian Javier, RHP, Tri-City
5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K; tied career-high in strikeouts

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
5-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (18)

Luis Payano, OF, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, solo HR (2), 2 R
Photo by Rich Guill
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
3-5, 2-R HR (9), 4 RBI, 2 R

Gabriel Valdez's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Robert Corniel's mugshot from MiLB.com
Gabriel Valdez, RHP, and Robert Corniel, RHP, Quad Cities
Valdez: W (3-0), 6 IP, 5 H (2 solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 8 K
Corniel: Save (1, 2 season), 3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Jake Rogers, C, Buies Creek
Go-ahead 3-R HR (7, 13 season) in 8th

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 4-1 @ Down East
8 H, ER, 8 K
Forrest Whitley: 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K
Justin Ferrell: W (7-3), 4 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 8, 2017

Let's play two in Fresno!

Game 1: Fresno 2, Reno 1

W- Rogelio Armenteros (2-0, 4-3 season)
L- Eric Jokisch (7-4)
S- Brendan McCurry (3)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (14, solo in 3rd), Reid Brignac (9, solo in 5th)

Rogelio Armenteros turned in a strong performance on the mound to bring the Grizzlies' brief skid to a stop in the first game of the doubleheader.

Armenteros allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 6 innings, and Brendan McCurry struck out the side in order to get the save.

Preston Tucker whacked a homer to start the bottom of the 3rd. Reid Brignac broke a 1-1 tie with his solo shot in the bottom of the 5th.

Game 2: Fresno 9, Reno 2

W- Kyle Smith (2-0, 4-1 season)
L- Braden Shipley (5-4)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (15, 3-run in 3rd), Colin Moran (18, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the 3rd to sweep the doubleheader and take the series.

Kyle Smith allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1 in 5 innings of work. Tyson Perez and Jordan Jankowski both threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen; Perez walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 6th, and Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th.

A.J. Reed scored the first run of the evening when Alejandro Garcia grounded into a force out. Tony Kemp followed with an RBI single. Colin Moran singled to lead off the 3rd and scored on a Tyler White double. Preston Tucker joined White on the bases by drawing a walk, and Reed landed the big blow by launching a 3-run homer. Teoscar Hernandez followed with a double and came home on Garcia's single. Teoscar scored on another Garcia single in the 5th, and Moran capped off the evening with a solo blast, his 18th of the year.

Reed and Moran both finished 3-4 on the night, while White, Teoscar, and Garcia turned in 2-hit performances.

The 2017 AAA All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fresno will be represented by D.J. Fisher and Colin Moran.

Arkansas 3, Corpus Christi 2

W- Lindsey Caughel (6-7)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-1, 6-2 season)
S- Blake Perry (3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks could only muster up 4 hits on Saturday night.

Yoanys Quiala allowed 3 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. and Nick Hernandez picked him up, combining to throw 5 scoreless out of the bullpen. Garza allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings, while Hernandez, making his Texas League debut, walked 2 and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Ramon Laureano led off the 4th with a ground-rule double and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a Jack Mayfield sac fly. Tony Nuñez hit an RBI single in the 7th. The Hooks had a chance to tack on more in the 7th but left runners on the corners to end the inning. Laureano tripled to lead off the 8th but was stranded there in the end.

Cy Sneed faces Justin DeFratus tonight at 6:05.

Buies Creek 3, Down East 1

W- Jorge Alcala (3-3, 5-3 season)
L- Jacob Shortslef (0-3)
S- Howie Brey (1)

BC home runs: Jake Rogers (6, 12 season; 2-run in 1st), Ryne Birk (8, solo in 3rd)

Jorge Alcala turned in another solid outing for the Carolina Stros as his breakout 2017 continues.

Alcala allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 over 6 shutout innings. Kevin Hill allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings, and Howie Brey closed it out with a strikeout.

All three Buies Creek runs came on home runs. Jake Rogers opened the scoring with a 2-run shot in the opening inning and Ryne Birk, who scored one of the two runs, drove himself in with a solo homer in the 3rd. Birk went 2-4.

Forrest Whitley gets the start in game 3. He'll face Jeff Springs at 2:00 Eastern.

Clinton 7, Quad Cities 5

W- Danny Garcia (6-5)
L- César Rosado (1-1, 2-1 season)
S- Seth Elledge (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tried to fight their way back from a 7-0 deficit but fell just short.

César Rosado hit his first wall of the season; he only went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 6. Dustin Hunt tagged in for 4.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (all on homers) on 4 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walking 1, and striking out 8. Devon Carr struck out the side in a scoreless 9th, working around a couple of hits in the process.

Troy Sieber put Quad Cities on the board with a sac fly in the 7th. Chuckie Robinson ripped an RBI double in the 8th and scored on a Daz Cameron single. Ronnie Dawson and Daz ended up scoring on wild pitches. Daz went 3-3 with the RBI single; he also scored twice and stole a base (19). Carmen Benedetti went 2-5 with a double and scored on Robinson's double.

Gabriel Valdez faces Lane Ratliff in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 5:15.

Aberdeen 9, Tri-City 8

W- William Reed Hayes (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-2)

TC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (2, 2-run in 5th)

Both teams scored 6 in the 2nd, but the Ironbirds scored twice in the 3rd to take the lead. Miguelangel Sierra's homer tied the game, but Aberdeen wound up walking off with the win.

Tri-City's 6 were scored as follows: Sierra drew a bases-loaded walk, then Andy Piñeda followed with a 2-run single. J.J. Matijevic ripped a 2-run double and scored on Abraham Toro's double. Sierra, who was the only player in the ValleyCats' lineup to not strike out, launched a 2-run homer in the 5th to tie the game at 8. Mike Papierski, the Astros' 9th-round pick from LSU, went 2-4 and scored twice in his first game.

Juan Robles only made it through 1.2 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Ben Smith allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings. Carlos Hiraldo restored order to this game with 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7. Aberdeen scored the winning run off Luis Ramirez with 2 outs in the 9th. Ramirez went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and walked 2.

The ValleyCats and Ironbirds will conclude this series at 5:35 Eastern.

Greeneville 14, Kingsport 6

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (3-0)
L- Garrison Bryant (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (3, 2-run in 3rd), Ruben Castro (1, 3-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros ran their winning streak to 7 as they put up a crooked number in all of the innings in which they scored and busted this one open with 10 runs from the 6th-8th innings.

Adrian Tovalin opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and Roman Garcia added another run in the opening frame with a sac fly. Tovalin whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning to give Greeneville a 4-1 lead.

Garcia singled to lead off the 6th, stole 2nd, and scored on a Patrick Mathis double. Frankeny Fernandez walked after Garcia's stolen base; he and Mathis scored on Ruben Castro's first career home run. The Appy Astros got 3 in the 7th on Mathis' sac fly, an error that allowed Garcia to score, and a Cody Bohanek RBI single. They scored 3 more in the 8th on a Frankeny Fernandez RBI single, a Mathis groundout, and a Castro RBI double.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Brody Westmoreland, who still managed to walk twice and score 2 runs. Reiny Beltre didn't score, but he doubled and drew 2 walks.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed a run on 5 hits and fanned 5 in 5 innings of work. Tim Hardy and Austin Kerns followed with 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen. Hardy allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2, while Kerns allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 1.

Greeneville and Kingsport will continue their series at 4:00 Eastern as Bryan Abreu takes on Jose Geraldo.

DSL Dodgers1 3, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Jose Ernesto Hernandez (4-1)
L- Jose Antonio Hernandez (0-1)
S- Andres Urbina (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team could only muster up 3 hits on Saturday morning; Angel Tejeda had two of them. Ronaldo Urdaneta scored their only run on a wild pitch in the 6th.

Jose Antonio Hernandez got the short end of the stick in a battle of two pitchers with the same name. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings. Antonio Pujols allowed a run on a solo homer, two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 5 innings.

DSL Astros Orange 8, DSL Indians 7

W- Carlos Perdomo (2-0)
L- Jose Oca (0-2)
S- Fredy Medina (1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (3, 2-run in 3rd)

The Indians got a run in the 9th to make it a one-run game, but Fredy Medina tightened up and made sure they didn't get any closer or take the lead.

In the 3rd, Team Orange pulled off a double steal that saw Fildex Perfecto steal home. Two batters later, Ramiro Rodriguez smacked a 2-run homer. Perfecto reached on an error to start the 5th and ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Jose Carrillo doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a Marco van der Wijst single. Deury Carrasco ripped a 2-run double in the 7th and came around to score on a Rodriguez double. Carrasco (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), Rodriguez (2B, 2-R HR, 3 RBI), and Perfecto (3 R, 2 SB) all finished with 2 hits on the day.

Diosward Gonzalez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8 in 4 innings. Carlos Perdomo tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 4, and struck out 3. Hecduar Barcenas threw 1+ innings and allowed a run, which was an inherited runner charged to him, on 2 hits and walked 2. Fredy Medina took ownership of the 9th and issued a bases-loaded walk while striking out 2.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Deury Carrasco, SS, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (12)
Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 3 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Buies Creek
W (3-3, 5-3 season), 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K

Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
2-4, solo HR (8), 2 R

That is Adrian Tovalin's mugshot on MiLB.com.
Adrian Tovalin, 3B/1B, and Ruben Castro, C, Greeneville
Tovalin: 3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R
Castro: 2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 R; 1st career HR

Photo by Bryan Green
Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, Greeneville
W (3-0), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K

Carlos Hiraldo, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, 2 H, BB, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
3-3, RBI, 2 R, SB (19)

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, and Brendan McCurry, RHP, Fresno
W 2-1 vs. Reno in game 1 of doubleheader
Armenteros: W (2-0, 4-3 season), 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
McCurry: Save (3), IP, 3 K

A.J. Reed, 1B, and Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Stats from game 2 of doubleheader
Reed: 3-4, 2B, 3-R HR (15), 2 R
Moran: 3-4, solo HR (18), 2 R