Friday, July 21, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and Thursday, July 20, 2017

Let's play two in Danville!

*Note: Thursdays tend to be incredibly busy at the office so I will usually combine Wednesday and Thursday into one mega-recap. On occasion, I will also combine Thursday and Friday into one if the situation dictates it.

Wednesday: Las Vegas 4, Fresno 2

W- Kevin McGowan (5-3)
L- Dayan Diaz (4-1)
S- Chasen Bradford (10)

Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (11, 2-run in 8th)

Well, the Grizzlies weren't going to score 21 and 19 runs in the rest of their games forever.

Teoscar Hernandez's 2-run blast in the 8th put them in the lead, but the 51s regained control with 3 in the bottom of the 8th. J.D. Davis went 2-4 in his AAA debut. Tony Kemp had a single to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

The one run that Trent Thornton allowed in his 7 innings came on a Dom Smith solo homer in the 1st inning. After that, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way for him. Thornton allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Vegas got to Dayan Diaz and Jordan Jankowski in the 8th; Diaz got 2 outs, one via strikeout, but issued walks to the next two batters to load the bases, which prompted Jankowski's entrance. Jankowski got the last out of the inning with a strikeout, but not before he allowed a bases-clearing double to Smith and issued a walk.

Thursday: Fresno 18, Las Vegas 5

W- Kent Emanuel (1-0, 6-5 season)
L- Donovan Hand (2-4)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed 2 (19; 2-run in 5th, 3-run in 7th), Jon Kemmer 2 (13; solo in 6th, solo in 7th), Reid Brignac (12, solo in 2nd), Preston Tucker (17, 3-run in 7th)

What a roadtrip it was for Fresno. The Grizzlies finished 7-1 and outscored Tacoma and Vegas 86-36 in the 8 games. After getting held on Wednesday, the Grizzlies poured it on one last time in Sin City.

Sadly, Tony Kemp missed out on the party as he saw his 24-game hitting streak come to a close.


Kent Emanuel won his first AAA start, going 5 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 6, and striking out 4. Jacob Dorris and Kyle Smith pitched 2 innings apiece; Dorris allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Smith allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1.

Dean Deetz gets the start as the Grizzlies welcome Round Rock to the Central Valley. He'll take on David Ledbetter at 7:05 Pacific.

Wednesday: Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 0

W- Alex Winkelman (1-5, 3-5 season)
L- Collin Wiles (7-7)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (12, 13 season; 3-run in 6th), Jason Martin (7, 14 season; solo in 7th), Dexture McCall (3, 7 season; 2-run in 8th)

Alex Winkelman was one out away.... and then Andy Ibañez had to ruin the fun.

That's right, Winkelman had a no-hitter going for 8.2 innings until Ibañez put Frisco into the hit column with a 2-out single in the 9th inning. Winkelman walked 2 and struck out 6 in the best outing of his career. Andrew Walter recorded the last out of the game by getting Luke Tendler to line out to Ramon Laureano.

Corpus launched homers in three consecutive innings to account for all six of their runs. Jack Mayfield's 3-run shot came in the 6th, Jason Martin smacked a solo homer in the 7th, and Dex McCall whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th. Ryne Birk singled and scored a run in his Texas League debut.

Thursday: Corpus Christi 5, Midland 3

W- Yoanys Quiala (2-2, 7-3 season)
L- Tyler Sturdevant (1-3)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (13, 14 season; solo in 1st), Jason Martin (7, 14 season; solo in 9th), Dexture McCall (4, 8 season; solo in 9th)

For the second straight night, Jack Mayfield, Jason Martin, and Dex McCall all homered for the Hooks, who broke a 3-3 tie thanks to Martin's and McCall's solo blasts in the 9th inning.

Jack Mayfield opened the scoring with his solo shot in the 1st. Arturo Michelena finished 2-3 and scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning. Mayfield tied the game at 3 by adding a sac fly to his ledger in the 8th. After Garrett Stubbs grounded out to lead off the 9th, McCall and Martin put Corpus in front.

Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Yoanys Quiala allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 4 innings.

Cy Sneed takes on Casey Meisner at 7:00. Meisner is a 2013 graduate of Cypress Woods High School.

Thursday: Buies Creek 8, Carolina 3


W- Matt Bower (4-4)
L- Kodi Medeiros (4-8)
S- Kevin Hill (1, 4 season)

BC home runs: Anibal Sierra (4, 2-run in 7th)

The Carolina Stros seized control of this game thanks to a 4-run 5th, then tacked on two more runs in the 7th and the 9th for good measure.

Matt Bower pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Kevin Hill picked him up with 3.2 strong innings out of the bullpen, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 5.

Anthony Hermelyn singled to lead off the 5th, and then Randy César and Tyler Wolfe joined him on the bases by walking and singling, respectively. That brought up Anibal Sierra, who sent them all home with a triple. He ended up scoring the go-ahead run on a Stephen Wrenn sac fly. Sierra smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th, and in the 9th, Wolfe scored on a wild pitch and Jake Rogers capped off the night with a sac fly. Sierra finished a double shy of the cycle and scored 3 runs. Wolfe and César both scored twice; Rogers, Myles Straw, and Wolfe all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Justin Ferrell starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Wednesday: Quad Cities 20, Lansing 3

W- Carson LaRue (10-3)
L- Mike Ellenbest (3-7)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson 2 (12; 2-run in 2nd, 3-run in 2nd), Josh Rojas 2 (7; 2-run in 3rd, 2-run in 5th), Troy Sieber (3, 3-run in 1st), Daz Cameron (10, 2-run in 2nd)

lol

No, I read the box score correctly; Ronnie Dawson homered twice in one inning.


Carson LaRue was the beneficiary of the, um... generous run support. That didn't stop him from turning in a nice outing on the mound; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. Ronel Blanco went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Thursday: Lansing 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Yennsy Diaz (2-2)
L- Abdiel Saldaña (5-2)
S- Nick Hartman (2)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (8, 2-run in 8th)

Both teams had one scoring inning. The Lugnuts managed to get one more than the Banditos.

Josh Rojas smacked a 2-run homer in the 8th for the only Quad Cities runs. He and Daz Cameron both finished 2-4 on the night.

Abdiel Saldaña pitched well, but he had a tough end to his night in the 7th as he allowed 3 runs, 2 of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. In 6.1 innings, Saldaña allowed 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Devon Carr allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Lucas Williams worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Patrick Sandoval makes his second Midwest League start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Osman Gutierrez at 6:35.

Wednesday: Connecticut 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jhonny Mateo (1-1)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-2)
S- Wladimir Pinto (4)

TC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (3, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats dropped the series to Connecticut as their bats went silent.

J.J. Matijevic's solo shot in the 7th was their only scoring play.

Tyler Ivey went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 2. Carlos Hiraldo was the first man out of the TC bullpen and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Luis Ramirez finished it by allowing a hit over 2 scoreless.

Thursday: Lowell 3, Tri-City 1

W- Enmanuel De Jesus (1-2)
L- Matt Ruppenthal (0-1)
S- Juan Florentino (5)

TC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (3, solo in 3rd)

The ValleyCats' last three games have all ended 3-1. They've dropped two of them.

Matt Ruppenthal allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Nathan Thompson was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3.1 innings. Diogenes Almengo got the last 2 outs of the 8th, one via strikeout.

Miguelangel Sierra smacked a solo homer in the 3rd for Tri-City's only run.

Game 2 of this series starts at 6:35 Eastern.

Wednesday Game 1: Danville 7, Greeneville 6

W- Jesus Heredia (1-1)
L- Willy Collado (1-1)
S- Landon Hughes (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Both teams scored 6 in the 4th, but Danville's run in the 6th was the difference in game 1. The Appy Astros had runners thrown out at the plate twice to end the game.

The Appy Astros turned a bases-loaded situation to start their half of the 4th into their 6 runs. Ruben Castro opened the scoring with a 2-run single and Wilson Amador followed by ripping a 2-run double. Cody Bohanek added an RBI single and Amador scored on a double play. Castro and Colton Shaver both finished 2-4 in the first game.

Felipe Tejada went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ian Hardman allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4, and Willy Collado allowed the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He also allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 6th.

Wednesday Game 2: Greeneville 2, Danville 1 in 8 innings

W- Dariel Aquino (1-1)
L- Kelvin Rodriguez (3-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Patrick Mathis got thrown out at the plate to end game 1 and then got into it a little with Danville catcher Drew Lugbauer afterward. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and it sounds like game 2 went along without any escalating tension.

Both teams scored a run in the 3rd; Greeneville's came on a Gilberto Celestino RBI double. Colton Shaver drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning. Wilson Amador went 2-4 with a stolen base (9) in game 2.

Humberto Castellanos allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 3 in 5 innings, while Dariel Aquino walked 2 and fanned 6 in 3 scoreless to get the win.

Thursday: Danville 7, Greeneville 6

W- Keith Weisenberg (1-1)
L- Johsson Arias (0-2, 0-3 season)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (5, 2-run in 1st), Roman Garcia (3, solo in 1st)

The Appy Astros couldn't hold a 6-2 lead and Danville wound up walking off with the win with a pair in the bottom of the 9th.

Roman Garcia opened up the scoring with a solo shot in the 1st inning. Brody Westmoreland launched a 2-run homer later in the inning. Martin Figueroa went 3-5 with an RBI single in the 3rd and scored on a Wilson Amador infield single in the 6th. Frankeny Fernandez scored on an errant pickoff throw in the 6th. Westmoreland finished 2-4 on the evening.

Leovanny Rodriguez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Tim Hardy pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Johsson Arias allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Bryan Abreu will start the first of a 3-game series against Pulaski at 7:00 Eastern.

Wednesday: GCL Astros 5, GCL Mets 0 in 6 innings

W- Brandon Bielak (1-0)
L- Briam Campusano (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

This game was called with one out in the top of the 6th due to rain.

Corbin Martin walked 1 in 3 scoreless innings, while Brandon Bielak allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings.

Juan Piñeda opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. The Palm Beach Stros put up 3 in the 3rd thanks to an error that allowed Jonathan Matute and Jose Benjamin to score and an RBI single from Piñeda. He and Benjamin both finished 3-3.

Thursday: GCL Astros 4, GCL Nationals 2

W- Brendan Feldmann (1-0)
L- Darly Infante (0-1)
S- Carlos Pimentel (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros got their 4 runs in the last 2 innings to nip the Nationals.

Andres Santana ripped an RBI double to put the GCLstros on the board in the 8th. He scored on an Orlando Marquez single after a wild pitch allowed him to get to 3rd. Ronny Rafael drove in the go-ahead run with a single later in the inning. Jose Benjamin provided some insurance with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Juan Pablo Lopez, Ronaldo Marrero, and Nivaldo Rodriguez all pitched 2 innings to start things off. Lopez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Marrero allowed a run on a sac fly, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 3. Brendan Feldmann was the only pitcher who didn't throw 2 innings; he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. Carlos Pimentel allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless.

Wednesday: DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Royals 0

W- Freylin Garcia (1-5)
L- Rovaldis Cabrera (1-1)

Blue home runs: Yeuris Ramirez (3, 2-run in 1st), Kendy Moya (1, solo in 9th)

Kendy Moya went 3-3 with a solo homer, a sac fly, and scored 3 runs. Yeuris Ramirez smacked a 2-run homer in the 1st and stole home in the 7th inning. Rhandall Sanchez and Nerio Rodriguez had 2 hits apiece.

Four pitchers combined on the shutout. Oscar Severino and Freylin Garcia started with 3 scoreless innings apiece; Severino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Garcia allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Renny Ugarte fanned 2 in 2 perfect ininings, and Jervic Chavez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Thursday: DSL Royals 4, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Angel Zerpa (3-2)
L- Angel Macuare (1-2)
S- Kelvin Gonzalez (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Royals put up the only crooked number in this one and that made all the difference.

Kendy Moya and Rhandall Sanchez hit RBI singles in the 8th and the 9th, respectively.

Angel Macuare, Jean Reyes, and Fredis Guerrero all threw 3 innings. Macuare allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Reyes allowed 2 hits and fanned 2, and Guerrero allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 2.

Wednesday: DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Pirates 2

W- Luis De Paula (2-0)
L- Randy Jimenez (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team regained control with 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th after the Pirates had tied it in the top of the inning.

Freudis Nova ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring. Jose Alvarez added an RBI single later in the inning. Alvarez put Team Orange back in front with a 2-run double. They loaded the bases and got 2 more runs when Sean Mendoza walked and Jeury Castillo got plunked. Ramiro Rodriguez went 3-4 and scored twice. Alvarez's two hits resulted in runs.

Miguel Matos and Christian Mejias began with 3 scoreless innings; neither of them allowed a hit. Matos walked 2 and struck out 4, while Mejias walked 1 and fanned 4. Jose Alberto Rivera allowed 2 runs (both inherited runners charged to him), a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 1+ innings. Luis De Paula allowed those 2 runs on a sac fly and a wild pitch. He went 2 innings and allowed a hit while striking out 3.

Thursday: DSL Pirates 13, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Santiago Florez (2-2)
L- Elian Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Kleiner Machado (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Kelvin Perez spoiled the shutout with a 2-run double in the 8th.

Uh... the Pirates only had 5 hits, but they scored 13 runs mainly because 7 Orange team pitchers combined to issue 18 walks.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kendy Moya, 2B/OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-3, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 R; 1st career HR

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-5, 3-5 season), 8.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K; lost no-hitter with 2 outs in 9th

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 20-3 vs. Lansing
20 R, 22 H
Ronnie Dawson: 3-4, 3B, 2 HR (12), 5 RBI, 3 R; 2 HR came in same inning
Josh Rojas: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR (7), 6 RBI, 4 R
Troy Sieber: 2-4, 3-R HR (3), 4 RBI, 2 R
Daz Cameron: 3-5, 3B, 2-R HR (10), 3 RBI
Carson LaRue: W (10-3), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Trent Thornton, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 3 K

Humberto Castellanos' picture is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Greeneville Astros pitchers: W 2-1 @ Danville in game 2 of doubleheader
Humberto Castellanos: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 3 K
Dariel Aquino: W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 BB, 6 K

Thursday's Stars

Fresno Grizzlies: W 18-5 @ Las Vegas
Outscored Tacoma and Las Vegas 86-36 on 7-1 roadtrip
Jon Kemmer: 3-4, 2 solo HR (13), 4 R, SB (5)
Derek Fisher: 3-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB (16)
Preston Tucker: 3-4, 3-R HR (17), 5 RBI, 2 R
A.J. Reed: 2-5, 2 HR (19), 5 RBI, 3 R

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-2, 7-3 season), 4 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 2 K

Kevin Hill, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1, 4 season), 3.2 IP, H, BB, 5 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Anibal Sierra, SS, Buies Creek
3-4, 3B, 2-R HR (4), 5 RBI, 3 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Brody Westmoreland, 3B/1B, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (5), 2 R

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The rain wiped out a good part of the Astros' low minors schedule on Tuesday.

Fresno continues to pour it on in Sin City.

Fresno 19, Las Vegas 12

W- David Martinez (6-7)
L- Mitch Atkins (2-3)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (7, led off game), A.J. Reed (17, 2-run in 1st), Max Stassi (11, solo in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (21, solo in 5th), Preston Tucker (16, 2-run in 7th), Tyler White (17, 2-run in 8th)

After putting 22 on the board on Monday, the Grizzlies turned around and put up 19 more. Both teams combined for 31 runs on 36 hits, 10 of which were home runs. Fresno scored in 7 of 9 innings.

Everyone in the Fresno lineup drove in a run; Reid Brignac was the only player who didn't score or have a hit. Tony Kemp wasted little time in extending his hit streak to 23 when he homered to kick things off.


It wasn't a great night for the pitching staff, but once again, the Grizzlies offense laid waste to Vegas' pitchers.

Kyle Smith allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and failed to record an out in the 1st. David Martinez went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Kevin Comer went 2 innings and the one scoring play he allowed was a 2-run homer to Gavin Cecchini in the 5th. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry and Andrew Thome finally brought order to the game with scoreless outings; McCurry allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, while Thome struck out 3 over 2 perfect frames.

Trent Thornton takes on Tyler Pill in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 6, Corpus Christi 1

W- Tyler Davis (1-1)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-2, 6-3 season)

CC home runs: Dex McCall (2, 6 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks were handcuffed on Tuesday.

Dex McCall's solo blast in the 5th was Corpus Christi's only scoring play and one of just three hits they recorded on the evening. The other two hits were singles from Tony Nuñez and Arturo Michelena.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 2 hits, one of which was a solo homer. He also struck out 3. Nick Hernandez allowed a run on a single and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Alex Winkelman starts the series finale against Collin Wiles. First pitch is at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 5, Buies Creek 4

W- Duncan Robinson (1-2)
L- Hector Perez (4-4, 5-5 season)
S- Pedro Araujo (6)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros nearly managed to steal one despite being down 5-0. Unfortunately, no cigar for them.

Hector Perez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. He's the first pitcher in the system to strike out 100 batters this season. Justin Ferrell and Carlos Sierra pitched 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen; Ferrell allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (grand slam; 2 runs charged to Perez), walked 1, and struck out 4. Sierra allowed a hit and struck out 1.

Buies Creek got on the board in the 6th thanks to a Taylor Jones RBI single and an error that allowed Jake Rogers to come home. Rogers ripped an RBI double in the 8th and Anthony Hermelyn added a sac fly. The threat continued when Stephen Wrenn and Spencer Johnson walked to load the bases, but they were all stranded to end the frame. Myles Straw went 2-5 with a stolen base (27) and scored twice.

The Carolina Stros begin a 4-game home-and-away set with Carolina on Thursday, with the first 2 games coming on the road.

Quad Cities was off

Carson LaRue takes on Mike Ellenbest at 6:35 as the Banditos begin a 3-game series with the Lansing Lugnuts.

From Monday: Connecticut 1, Tri-City 0

W- Brad Bass (1-2)
L- Kit Scheetz (0-1)
S- Brandyn Sittinger (1)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers' lone tally in the 1st inning held up after play resumed.

Kit Scheetz allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Colin McKee and Reggie Johnson came on to throw 3.2 innings apiece; McKee was first and all he did was issue 2 walks and strike out 7. Johnson allowed a hit and fanned 6.

All Tri-City got on offense in this game were singles from J.J. Matijevic, Kristian Trompiz, and Jake Meyers.

Tri-City 3, Connecticut 1

W- Ben Smith (3-1)
L- Oswaldo Castillo (1-1)
S- Jesús Balaguer (2, 3 season)

TC home runs: Luis Payano (3, solo in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (2, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats got even by taking the regularly scheduled contest.

Reid Russell opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Luis Payano smacked a solo homer in the 3rd and Connor MacDonald launched one in the 6th to cap off the night.

Juan Robles allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Ben Smith allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless and Jesús Balaguer struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th to close it out.

Tri-City and Connecticut will wrap up their series shortly with an 11:00 AM Eastern start.

Greeneville and Danville was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled to start at 5:00 Eastern. Felipe Tejada takes on Jasseel De La Cruz in game 1 and Leovanny Rodriguez goes up against Odalvi Javier in the nightcap.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fresno Grizzlies: W 19-12 @ Las Vegas
19 R, 19 H
All players in the lineup recorded at least one RBI.
Tony Kemp: solo HR (7) to lead off game; 23-game hitting streak
Tyler White: 2-6, 2-R HR (17), 3 R
Derek Fisher: 4-6, 2 2B, solo HR (21), 4 R
Teoscar Hernandez: 3-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R
Preston Tucker: 3-6, 2B, 2-R HR (16), 3 RBI, 2 R
A.J. Reed: 3-5, 2-R HR (17), 3 R


Balaguer's picture is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Colin McKee, RHP, Reggie Johnson, RHP, Ben Smith, LHP, and Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Tri-City
McKee: 3.2 IP, 2 BB, 7 K (career-high)
Johnson: 3.2 IP, H, 6 K
Smith: W (3-1), 2 IP, H, 2 K
Balaguer: Save (2, 3 season), IP, 2 K

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 17, 2017

Fresno 22, Las Vegas 8

W- Rogelio Armenteros (3-0, 5-3 season)
L- Ricky Knapp (4-11)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac 2 (11; 3-run in 5th, solo in 6th), D.J. Fisher (20, solo in 3rd), Preston Tucker (15, solo in 4th), Tony Kemp (6, solo in 5th), Jon Kemmer (16, grand slam in 6th)

The Grizzlies unleashed their fury on the 51s on Monday night in the form of 6 home runs and 22 runs. Each team has now hung 20 on the other; Vegas blasted Fresno 21-6 back on April 11.


Rogelio Armenteros didn't have his best outing, but he did enough and received some generous run support. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Aaron West and Ashur Tolliver pitched 2 innings apiece; West allowed 3 hits while Tolliver allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Kyle Smith gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll go up against Mitch Atkins at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 2

W- Josh James (4-3)
L- Ariel Jurado (7-7)
S- Franklin Perez (1, 3 season)

CC home runs: Dex McCall (1, 5 season; solo in 4th), Jason Martin (6, 13 season; solo in 8th)

Dallas Keuchel gave Arlington's AA team a glimpse of what awaits them if/when they make it to the big leagues.

In his first game since June 2, Keuchel allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Josh James and Franklin Perez followed with 3 innings; James walked 1 and struck out 2, while Perez allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in his Texas League debut.

Offensively, the Hooks blew it open early with 5 runs in the 2nd inning. After they loaded the bases to start the frame, Bryan De La Cruz opened the scoring in emphatic fashion with a bases-clearing double. Ramon Laureano ripped a double to bring him home, and Jason Martin added an RBI single. In the 4th, Dex McCall smacked his first Texas League homer and Martin capped off the evening by launching a solo shot in the 8th.

Martin finished 4-4 on the night while McCall went 2-3 and scored twice.

Akeem Bostick takes on Tyler Davis in game 3. First pitch is at 7:05.

From Sunday: Buies Creek 5, Myrtle Beach 4

W- Brett Adcock (4-3, 5-3 season)
L- Jordan Minch (0-2)

BC home runs: None.

Before the Carolina Stros and Pelicans officially got down to business on Monday, there was the matter of Sunday's game, which was suspended due to rain heading into the 5th.

Both teams scored a run in the 3rd before play was halted; Buies Creek's came on a Taylor Jones RBI single. After the restart, the Astros scored 3 after stretch time thanks to RBI singles from Ryne Birk, Jake Rogers, and Jones. Myrtle Beach scored 3 of their own in the top of the 8th to tie, but Birk's sac fly in the bottom of the 8th put Buies Creek back in front. Jones finished 3-4, while Myles Straw and Alex De Goti had 2 hits apiece.

Cionel Perez went 4 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 2 in his Carolina League debut. Brett Adcock pitched the last 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5.

Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 0 in 11 innings

W- James Norwood (3-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (6-3)
S- Dakota Mekkes (2)

BC home runs: None.

This was supposed to be a 7-inning game, but since no one scored, they went on. Both teams combined to put up 20 zeroes on the scoreboard before the Pelicans got to the normally reliable Sebastian Kessay in the 11th for the only two runs of the game.

Stephen Wrenn tripled and Ryne Birk doubled. That was all for the Buies Creek offense in this one.

Ryan Hartman allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 7 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Carolina Stros' bullpen and went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. Kessay allowed Myrtle Beach's 2 runs on a couple of RBI singles; he also walked 2 and struck out 2. Both runs also came with 2 outs.

Hector Perez will start the series finale. He'll take on Duncan Robinson, a Kinkaid alum, at 7:00 Eastern.

West Michigan 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Anthony Castro (7-2)
L- Yohan Ramirez (2-2)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the opening frame, but the Whitecaps took control by posting crooked numbers in a couple more innings.

Quad Cities opened the scoring when Chuckie Robinson hit into a fielder's choice and Osvaldo Duarte came home on the ensuing error. Duarte got caught in a rundown, but the shortstop who slid over to cover third base dropped the ball, allowing him to score. Troy Sieber hit an RBI single in the 6th. Carmen Benedetti went 2-4.

Yohan Ramirez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Robert Corniel also allowed 3 runs, but he did so in 2 innings. He also allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Salvador Montaño worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

After a day off, the River Bandits are headed home to begin a 3-game series with Lansing on Wednesday.

Connecticut 1, Tri-City 0 through 1 inning

This game was suspended due to rain. They'll finish it up tonight with the regularly scheduled game to follow. Juan Robles will face Brad Bass.

Kit Scheetz allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Elizabethton 13, Greeneville 0

W- Jose Martinez (2-0)
L- Cole Watts (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

Well... this game degenerated in rather ugly fashion. All 13 Twins runs came in the last two innings.

Hansel Paulino allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 5.2 shutout innings. Cole Watts and Austin Kerns bore the brunt of the Elizabethton onslaught... and I don't think anything more needs to be said.

The only offense that the Appy Astros could muster up were singles from Gilberto Celestino, Roman Garcia, and Reiny Beltre.

Greeneville heads to Danville to start a 3-game series. Felipe Tejada will take the mound in game 1 against Jasseel De La Cruz at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 10, GCL Marlins 1 in 6.5 innings

W- Chad Donato (1-1)
L- Dakota Bennett (0-1)

GCL home runs: Jose Benjamin (3, 3-run in 5th)

This game was called due to rain after the top of the 7th.

It was enough time for Jose Benjamin to hit for the cycle, though. He doubled in the 1st, ripped a 2-run triple in the 3rd, clubbed a 3-run homer in the 5th, and completed it with an RBI single in the 6th inning. Carlos Machado, Hector Martinez. Juan Piñeda, and Orlando Marquez also drove in runs.

Elieser Hernandez's rehab continued with 4.2 strong innings; he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 8. Chad Donato allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2.1 scoreless to get his first professional win.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Rays1 0 in 7 innings

W- Flaer Gonzalez (2-0)
L- Rafael Prensa (0-4)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called with two outs in the bottom of the 7th due to rain.

There was only one inning with runs and it belonged to Team Blue. They got 3 in the 5th thanks to an RBI single from Leonardo Gonzalez; an error on the play allowed Rhandall Sanchez to score another run. Gonzalez, who made it to 2nd on the blunder, came home on a Ronaldo Urdaneta single.

Denilson Lugo allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 4 innings and Flaer Gonzalez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work. Woo.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.

The Buies Creek game that started on Sunday doesn't count towards this section... because it started on Sunday.

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Jose Benjamin, 1B, GCL Astros
4-4, 3-R HR (3), 6 RBI; hit for cycle

Fresno Grizzlies: W 22-8 @ Las Vegas
22 R, 22 H, E
All position players who appeared in the game recorded at least one hit.
Jon Kemmer: 4-6, grand slam (16), 6 RBI, 3 R
Reid Brignac: 3-4, 2 HR (11), 3 R
Tony Kemp: 3-6, solo HR (5), 2 RBI, 3 R; 22-game hitting streak

Ryan Hartman, LHP, and Sean Stutzman, LHP, Buies Creek
Hartman: 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Stutzman: 3 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Hansel Paulino, RHP, Greeneville
5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-3), 3 IP, BB, 2 K

Jason Martin, OF, and Dex McCall, 1B, Corpus Christi
Martin: 4-4, 2 2B, solo HR (6, 13 season), 2 RBI
McCall: 2-3, solo HR (1, 5 season), 2 R

Monday, July 17, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 7-17

A brief farm report today ....

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 37-28 over the last nine days. The full season teams are looking VERY good. Not that many weeks ago, Fresno looked as though their season might be wasted (as far as the possibility of bringing home some postseason bling goes), but they have gone from seven games behind Reno to just two games behind them in the last nine days and are very much in the mix at this point thanks to a six-game winning streak. Corpus Christi (5-3 over their last eight) climbed to second place for the second half, but they are now one game further behind San Antonio, lagging that team by three games. Buies Creek has created some distance from the second place Winston-Salem team by going 6-1 over their last seven games; they lead the Dash by four games. Quad Cities has retained first place for the second half, going 5-3 in their last eight; they lead the second place Peoria Chiefs by three games.

As to the short season teams, the Appy League Greeneville team is still leading the pack despite going only .500 in their last eight games and the Elizabethton Twins continue to breathe down their necks, a half game back. Tri-City (3-5 in the last eight) is now in sole possession of the basement position, but have won their last two games. The Gulf Coast League team (5-3 in the last eight) has managed to go from 4th place to 3rd, but are actually trailing the division leaders by an extra half game since last we checked. As has seemed to be the case since the DSL split into two teams, the Orange team (1-5 and in last place) seems to be victory challenged while the Blue team (2-4, dropping to third) seems to be more capable of hanging in there.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 2nd 53-41 .564 2.0GB W6

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 46-47 .495 10.0GB W2 (Overall)
AA Corpus 2nd 12-11 .522 3.0GB W2 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 1st 53-40 .570 -.-GB W1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 16-7 .696 -.-GB W1 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 54-38 .587 -.-GB L1 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 17-7 .708 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 4th 10-15 .400 6.5GB W2

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 1st 15-8 .652 -.-GB W1

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 3rd 9-9 .500 3.0GB L1

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 8th 11-25 .306 12.0GB L5

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue 3rd 20-16 .556 4.5GB W2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

7-17: LHP Dallas Keuchel sent to Corpus Christi on a rehab assignment
7-16: RHP Mike Hauschild activated from the Fresno DL
7-15: LHP Reymin Guduan recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-15: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-15: RHP Peter Solomon (4th round) assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-15: LHP Kent Emanuel assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-14: RHP Brandon Bielak (11th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-14: RHP Peter Solomon assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-12: OF Chas McCormick assigned to Quad Cities from Buies Creek
7-12: RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-11: OF Andres Santana (29th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-11: LHP Patrick Sandoval assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-11: LHP Kristopher "Kit" Scheetz (NDFA - Virginia Tech) assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-11: RHP Peter Solomon (4th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-11: OF Nestor Muriel (GCL) released
7-11: LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-11: C Raymond Henderson placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-10: OF Drew Ferguson placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-10: SS Osvaldo Duarte activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-9: RHP Matthew Merrill assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-8: C Randy Vasquez assigned to Buies Creek from Tri-City
7-8: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-8: RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-8: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-8: RHP Jairo Solis assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-8: RHP Hecduar Barcenas assigned to the DSL

A complete list of all published July roster moves/transactions can be found here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fresno sweep!


Fresno 5, Tacoma 4

W- Brendan McCurry (2-0)
L- Jean Machi (2-4)
S- Jordan Jankowski (7)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (5, 2-run in 3rd), Tyler White (16, 3-run in 9th)

Tyler White's 3-run home run put the Grizzlies in the lead, helped them steal one from right under the Rainiers, and capped off a sweep to begin the 2nd half of their season.

Prior to White's blast, Tony Kemp launched a 2-run homer in the 3rd to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Kemp finished 3-4 on the day. Max Stassi went 2-3 with a double and scored on White's homer.

The one run that Mike Hauschild allowed in his 4 innings came on a solo homer hit by D.J. Peterson in the 2nd inning. Hauschild allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Tyson Perez allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 5th. Andrew Thome got one out in the 6th and allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, and walked 1. Ashur Tolliver got the last two outs of the 6th; he walked 1 and struck out 1.

Jacob Dorris, Brendan McCurry, and Jordan Jankowski all pitched a scoreless inning. Dorris walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 7th, while McCurry and Jankowski struck out 2 as they retired the side in order in the 8th and the 9th, respectively.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the first of a 4-game set in Las Vegas at 7:05 Pacific. He'll be opposed by Ricky Knapp.

Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 1 in 10 innings

W- Andrew Walter (1-0)
L- Clayton Cook (2-2)

CC home runs: None.

Collin McHugh looked sharp in what could possibly be his final rehab start and the Hooks walked it off on Arlington's AA affiliate.

McHugh went 6 innings and allowed an unearned run on an error, 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. He needed 69 pitches (48 strikes) to get through those 6 innings. Riley Ferrell and Andrew Walter followed with 2 scoreless innings apiece out of the Corpus bullpen. Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Walter allowed a hit and fanned 1.

J.D. Davis went 3-4 with a double and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. This was the only Corpus scoring play until Tony Nuñez won the game by scoring on a wild pitch in the 10th. Nuñez walked to lead off the first extra frame. Jamie Ritchie went 2-4.

Some guy named Dallas Keuchel will make his first rehab appearance tonight. I understand that he's pretty good at throwing a baseball. He'll take on Ariel Jurado at 7:05.

Buies Creek 1, Myrtle Beach 1 through 4 innings

This game was suspended due to rain. Play will resume at 5:00 Eastern.

Both teams scored a run in the 3rd; Buies Creek's came on a Taylor Jones RBI single.

Cionel Perez allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 2 in his Carolina League debut.

Ryan Hartman will take on Mike Rucker in the regularly scheduled game, which will be a 7-inning affair.

West Michigan 7, Quad Cities 0

W- Tom de Blok (2-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (4-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' offense was handcuffed on Sunday afternoon. All they could muster up were singles from Carmen Benedetti, Troy Sieber, Daz Cameron, and Gabriel Bracamonte. Everyone in the lineup struck out at least once.

Carlos Sanabria went 6.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Lucas Williams pitched the last 1.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and striking out 4.

Quad Cities and West Michigan will conclude their series at 7:00 Eastern as Yohan Ramirez takes on Anthony Castro.

Tri-City 13, Batavia 8

W- Hunter Martin (1-0)
L- Edward Cabrera (0-3)

TC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (2, 3-run in 3rd)

The ValleyCats stormed out to a 12-2 lead to take the series. Batavia cut into that lead quite a bit towards the end, but it was absorbed by that big early cushion.

TC turned a bases-loaded, no out situation to begin the 2nd inning into 6 runs. Mike Papierski led it off with a single, and then Kyle Davis and Reid Russell joined him after getting plunked and singling, respectively. Miguelangel Sierra opened the scoring with a sac fly. Davis scored on a would-be double play ball that was botched, and Russell scored on a wild pitch. Piñeda came home on a J.J. Matijevic groundout, then Corey Julks scored on a passed ball. Kristian Trompiz doubled, which prompted a pitching change. After Jake Adams drew a walk, Papierski hit an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning.

Sierra was plunked to start the 3rd. He then advanced to 3rd on a Piñeda single and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Julks walked, then proceeded to steal 2nd (5). Matijevic landed a haymaker in the form of a 3-run homer. In the 4th, Sierra scored on yet another wild pitch and Piñeda scored on a double play. Matijevic scored the final Tri-City run on a Carlos Canelon single in the 6th.

Trompiz went 4-6 on the day. Matijevic finished 3-6, while Sierra (2B, RBI, 2 R), Papierski (RBI, R), and Canelon (RBI) all finished with 2 hits.

Parker Mushinski went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 6. Hunter Martin got his first professional win by throwing 3.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Diogenes Almengo allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and walked 1 in the final 1.1 innings.

The ValleyCats are home, and they'll start a 3-game set with Connecticut at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 4

W- Gerardo Bojorquez (2-0)
L- Edwar Colina (2-1)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (1)

Greeneville home runs: Gilberto Celestino (2, 2-run in 5th), Roman Garcia (2, grand slam in 6th)

The Appy Astros switched places in the standings with the Twins behind a strong outing from Gerardo Bojorquez and a show of power in the middle innings.

The one hit Bojorquez allowed in his 6 innings was a solo homer to Brent Rooker. Bojorquez also walked 3 and struck out 8. Jheyson Caraballo allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 3 innings.

Ruben Castro put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Gilberto Celestino launched a 2-run homer in the 5th, and Roman Garcia landed the knockout blow by clubbing a grand slam in the 5th. Frankeny Fernandez capped off the evening with an RBI single in the 8th. Garcia (2B, grand slam), Castro (RBI), and Cody Bohanek (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Hansel Paulino faces Huascar Ynoa in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 2

W- Austin Warner (1-0)
L- Maikel Sepulveda (1-2)

GCL home runs: Hector Martinez (1, solo in 7th)

Rough day in the field for the Palm Beach Stros as they committed 4 errors.

Hector Martinez put the GCLstros on the board with a solo homer in the 7th and Jose Benjamin scored on an error in the 9th. Carlos Machado ripped a triple in the 8th inning.

Maikel Sepulveda allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. Juan Corniel was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run on a double, walked 2, and struck out 2. Javier Navas retired the side in order in the 9th.

Dominican Summer League All-Star Game

The NL topped the AL 3-2.

The AL All-Stars scored twice in the 1st but nothing more. Ronaldo Urdaneta got the start at 2B and went 0-1 with a walk, scored a run, and stole a base. Ramiro Rodriguez started at DH and struck out in both of his plate appearances. Angel Tejeda entered the game as a sub in RF in the 4th and popped out to 2B in his only at-bat in the 7th.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tony Kemp, 2B, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Kemp: 3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (5), 2 R; 21-game hitting streak
White: Go-ahead 3-R HR (16) in 9th inning

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Gerardo Bojorquez, RHP, Greeneville
W (2-0), 6 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 3 BB, 8 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Roman Garcia, 1B, Greeneville
2-5, 2B, Grand Slam (2)

Corpus Christi Hooks bullpen: W 2-1 (10 innings) vs. Frisco
4 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K
Riley Ferrell: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Andrew Walter: W (1-0), 2 IP, H, K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, RBI

His mugshot on MiLB.com
J.J. Matijevic, UTIL, Tri-City
3-6, 3-R HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Hunter Martin, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let's play two in the Gulf Coast League!

The Astros system put on a vulgar display of power on Saturday, sending 13 balls out of the park.

Fresno 11, Tacoma 2

W- Dean Deetz (2-3, 6-5 season)
L- Tyler Cloyd (1-1)
S- Kent Emanuel (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (16, 2-run in 2nd), Tyler White (15, grand slam in 4th)

The Grizzlies have outscored the Rainiers 20-3 as they've taken the first three games of this series.

Dean Deetz shook off a 2-run homer from Dan Vogelbach in the 1st to turn in a great outing. He allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 6 in 5 innings of work. Kent Emanuel brought it home in his AAA debut, allowing 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4 over 4 scoreless.

The Grizzlies scored all 11 of their runs in 5 consecutive innings starting in the 2nd, when A.J. Reed put Fresno on the board with his 2-run shot. Tyler White scored on a Teoscar Hernandez double in the 3rd, and then he proceeds to club a grand slam in the 4th. Reed added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th and wound up scoring when Jon Kemmer grounded into a force out. Juan Centeno capped off the onslaught in the 6th with a 2-run single.

Teoscar (2 2B, RBI, R) and Kemmer (RBI, R) both went 3-5. White (grand slam, 2 R), Colin Moran (2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Reed (2-R HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Centeno (2 RBI) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Fresno will look for the sweep as Mike Hauschild gets the start. First pitch is at 1:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 13, Midland 7

W- Framber Valdez (3-1, 5-4 season)
L- Heath Fillmyer (5-4)
S- Cy Sneed (1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield 2 (11, 12 season; grand slam in 3rd, 2-run in 4th), Jason Martin (5, 12 season; solo in 3rd), Bryan De La Cruz (1, solo in 3rd), J.D. Davis (21, 3-run in 6th)

The Hooks battered the Rockhounds with 5 home runs, 3 of which came in a 6-run 3rd inning.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Kyle Tucker (single), Davis, and Jon Singleton (walks) loaded 'em up for Jack Mayfield, who proceeded to launch a grand slam to put Corpus back in front. Jason Martin and Bryan De La Cruz followed with solo shots. Mayfield struck again with a 2-run blast in the 4th and Davis whacked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Martin capped off the night with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Mayfield (2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) and Martin (finished single shy of cycle, 2 RBI) both went 3-5. Davis (3-R HR, 4 RBI, 3 R), De La Cruz (solo HR), Ramon Laureano (2B, 2 R, SB), and Kyle Tucker all turned in 2 hits; Tucker got pulled for reasons unknown. He left the game in the 4th and was last seen with Hooks athletic trainer Grant Hufford.

Framber Valdez didn't have his best showing on the mound, but his offense picked him up in a huge way. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a triple), walked 1, and struck out 6. Cy Sneed threw the final 4 innings and the one scoring play he allowed was a 2-run homer to Tyler Ramirez. Sneed allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Collin McHugh's rehab continues as he starts the first of a 4-game series with Frisco. He'll take on Yohander Mendez at 6:05.

Buies Creek 6, Frederick 2

W- Forrest Whitley (2-0, 4-3 season)
L- Reid Love (1-4)

BC home runs: None.

Scouts from the Rays, White Sox, and Padres descended on Campbell University, most likely to get a look at Forrest Whitley, who didn't let the attention get to him.

Whitley allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 10 over 5.2 shutout innings. This was his first career double-digit strikeout game. Carlos Sierra walked 1 and struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless innings, and Howie Brey allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1 in the final 2 innings.

Buies Creek kicked off the scoring with 3 runs in the 4th inning. Jake Rogers singled to lead it off and dashed home on a Taylor Jones triple. Jones came home on Stephen Wrenn's double, and Wrenn wound up scoring on an error that allowed Alex De Goti to reach. Jones added a couple of RBI singles to his ledger in the 5th and the 7th. Randy Vasquez scored the last Buies Creek run of the evening on a Ryne Birk groundout in the 8th. Jones (3B, 3 RBI, R), Rogers (2 R, 2 SB), and Myles Straw (2B, R) all turned in 3-hit games; Rogers now has an 11-game hitting streak, while Jones has a 5-game streak going.

Cionel Perez makes his Carolina League debut today as the Carolina Stros begin a 3-game series with Myrtle Beach at 4:00 Eastern. He'll be opposed by Justin Steele.

Quad Cities 8, West Michigan 1

W- César Rosado (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Spenser Watkins (6-2)
S- Devon Carr (1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (9, solo in 4th), Troy Sieber (2, grand slam in 9th)

The Banditos turned a tight affair into a laugher with a 6-run 9th inning.

Daz Cameron put Quad Cities on the board first with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Both teams traded sac flies in the early going; West Michigan got theirs in the 3rd to tie the game. Chuckie Robinson put the Banditos back in front with a solo shot in the 4th.

The first 6 batters of the 9th all reached and that's how Quad Cities blew this game open. Carmen Benedetti, Robinson, and Ronnie Dawson all singled to load the bases for Josh Rojas, who singled and forced the Whitecaps to make a call to the bullpen. Daz greeted the new pitcher by drawing a walk, and Troy Sieber capped off the evening in explosive fashion by clubbing a grand slam. Benedetti, Robinson (solo HR, 2 R), and Dawson (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening. Daz saw his 7-game hitting streak come to a close, but he still managed to drive in a couple of runs.

César Rosado bounced back from a rough start in his last time out by allowing a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, and striking out 4 in 5 innings. Gabriel Valdez and Devon Carr finished the game by throwing 2 scoreless innings apiece: Valdez allowed a hit and fanned 2, while Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 to get the save.

Day game after a night game. Carlos Sanabria faces Tom de Blok at 1:00 Eastern.

Tri-City 5, Batavia 4

W- Ben Smith (2-1)
L- Kenny Koplove (1-2)
S- Reggie Johnson (1)

TC home runs: Connor MacDonald (2, solo in 5th)

The Muckdogs got to Matt Ruppenthal for 2 runs in each of the first 2 innings, but his bullpen picked him up with 7.1 scoreless to close out the game. Tri-City managed to complete the comeback this time around by scoring the last four runs of the evening.

Ruppenthal allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. The runner that Nathan Thompson inherited from Ruppenthal stole home. Other than that, Thompson locked it down; he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. Ben Smith and Reggie Johnson retired 11 consecutive Batavia hitters to end the game; Smith fanned 4 in 2.2 innings, while Johnson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Jake Adams opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tri-City's next scoring play didn't come until the 5th, when Connor MacDonald smacked a solo homer. MacDonald added a sac fly to his ledger in the 7th and later in the inning, Mike Papierski scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Papierski's sac fly in the 8th put TC in the lead. Kristian Trompiz (2B, R, 2 SB) and Jake Meyers both went 2-4 on the night.

The ValleyCats and Muckdogs will wrap up their series at 1:05 Eastern.

Elizabethton 9, Greeneville 6

W- Bryan Sammons (1-0)
L- Dariel Aquino (0-1)
S- Juan Gamez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (4, solo in 1st), Colton Shaver (2, solo in 1st), Brody Westmoreland (4, 2-run in 1st), Reiny Beltre (1, solo in 5th)

The Appy Astros' four homers turned out to be not enough to get them the win. Elizabethton scored 5 runs in the last two innings, 4 of which came in the 9th.

Greeneville launched 3 homers in the opening inning. Adrian Tovalin and Colton Shaver smacked back-to-back solo shots to open the scoring. Patrick Mathis walked and Brody Westmoreland whacked a 2-run homer. Reiny Beltre started off the 5th with a homer, and Wilson Amador drove in the only run that did not come on a homer with a single in the 7th inning.

Bryan Abreu went 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs, 2 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4. Adam Bleday was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Dariel Aquino and Willy Collado pitched an inning apiece; Aquino was supposed to get the 9th but failed to retire any of the three Twins batters he faced. He allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Collado took ownership of the 9th and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1.

Gerardo Bojorquez starts game 2 of this series. He'll face Edwar Colina at 6:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Astros 3, GCL Nationals 1

W- Tanner Duncan (1-1)
L- Tim Collins (0-1)
S- Carlos Pimentel (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros got back to .500 with a win in the first game of the twinbill.

Ozziel Sanchez-Galan singled to start the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of game 1 on an error following a César Cortez bunt single. Cortez moved to 3rd on the blunder and scored on a Jose Benjamin groundout. Sanchez-Galan, who finished 2-3, doubled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on a Benjamin sac fly.

Ronaldo Marrero allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 scoreless innings. Tanner Duncan allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings, and Carlos Pimentel got a line out for the final out of the first game.

Game 2: GCL Astros 3, GCL Nationals 2 in 8 innings

W- Devin Raftery (1-0)
L- Gilberto Chu (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The GCLstros were held to 3 hits in game 2, but still walked off with the win to sweep the doubleheader.

Ronny Rafael opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, then Enmanuel Valdez scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning. Rafael won the game via shrimp (walk-off walk) in the 8th.

Jairo Solis went 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3. Johsson Arias was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Devin Raftery struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jack Mayfield, IF, J.D. Davis, 3B, and Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 3-5, 2 HR (11, 12 season), 6 RBI, 3 R
Davis: 2-3, 3-R HR (21), 4 RBI, 3 R
Martin: 3-5, solo HR (5, 12 season), 2 RBI; finished single shy of cycle

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 11-2 @ Tacoma
Dean Deetz: W (2-3, 6-5 season), 5 IP, 2 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Kent Emanuel: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K; AAA debut

Tyler White, IF, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
White: 2-6, Grand Slam (15), 2 R
Reed: 2-5, 2-R HR (16), 2 R

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 8-1 @ West Michigan
César Rosado: W (2-1, 3-1 season), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K
Gabriel Valdez: 2 IP, H, 2 K
Devon Carr: Save (1), 2 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
7.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 13 K
Nathan Thompson: 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K
Ben Smith: W (2-1), 2.2 IP, 4 K
Reggie Johnson: Save (1), IP, 2 K
Smith and Johnson had perfect outings

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Adam Bleday, LHP, Greeneville
3.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Buies Creek
3-5, 3B, 3 RBI, R

Forrest Whitley, RHP, Buies Creek
W (2-0, 4-3 season), 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 10 K
New career high for strikeouts in a single game