Thursday, April 26, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fresno 10, Tacoma 0

W- Cy Sneed (2-0)
L- Max Povse (1-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

Fresno dominated Tacoma in all facets of the game on Wednesday.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings and allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Four relievers pitched one inning apiece to close things out. Andrew Thome was first, and he worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 6th. Jacob Dorris walked two and struck out one in the 7th. Reymin Guduan worked around a pair of hits in the 8th, and James Hoyt recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th to complete the shutout.

Garrett Stubbs opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Things escalated a little in the 4th as Stubbs added an RBI ground-rule double to his ledger and Jack Mayfield followed with a two-run single. Things really got out of hand in the 5th as the Grizzlies put up six runs to make it 10-0.

Tony Kemp led off the inning with a walk and Drew Ferguson joined him on the bases with a single. The two of them advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Kyle Tucker's single, which prompted the Rainiers to make a pitching change. Tyler White greeted the new pitcher, Ashton Goudeau, with a single, and A.J. Reed followed by smacking a two-run triple. He ended up scoring on a J.D. Davis groundout. Kemp drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the 5th inning.

Rogelio Armenteros will face Christian Bergman in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Midland 3

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (2-0)
L- Ben Bracewell (1-3)
S- Brendan Feldmann (1)

CC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (4, solo in 3rd)

There was a rain delay and then things got way too close for comfort in the 9th inning. Fortunately, the Hooks were able to escape with a victory after their night really got drawn out.

Corpus got on the board first thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Nick Tanielu and Randy César in the opening frame. Yordan Alvarez whacked a solo homer in the 3rd, and Alex De Goti ripped an RBI double in the 4th inning. Alvarez went 3-4 on the night, while César finished 2-2.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out four over five shutout frames. Ryan Hartman tagged in for two scoreless and allowed a hit while striking out three. The rain really started falling in the middle of the 7th and caused a two-hour delay. Ralph Garza worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th and got the first two outs of the 9th despite walking the leadoff man, but Midland suddenly sprang to life by rattling three runs off of him. Brendan Feldmann came on with runners on the corners in search of that elusive final out, and he got it by inducing a pop-up to De Goti.

The series finale features two Cubans on the mound as Yoanys Quiala faces Norge Ruiz at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Down East 2 in 10 innings

W- Ronel Blanco (2-0)
L- Jake Lemoine (0-1)

BC home runs: Abraham Toro (3, walk-off 2-run in 10th)

Both teams were held to three hits, but the Carolina Stros had more in the column that matters most as they walked off with the victory.

Three Buies Creek pitchers struck out 16 in their 10 innings of work. Carson LaRue got the start, and although his season-opening scoreless streak ended at 17 innings, he still spun a gem in his 6 innings as he allowed a run on a triple, walked one, and struck out seven. Justin Ferrell walked one and struck out 7 in his three innings of work. He has yet to allow a run in 14 innings this season. Ronel Blanco allowed the man on second to score on two hits and struck out one in the 10th.

Both teams scored a run in the 5th; Buies Creek's came when Chuckie Robinson beat a double play attempt which allowed Chas McCormick to score. Now, let's fast-forward to the first extra frame.

Well, it didn't take long. Josh Rojas started the inning on second and Abraham Toro launched the third pitch that he saw from former Houston Cougar Jake Lemoine out of the park to win the game.

Brandon Bailey will get the start as Buies Creek looks to sweep the first round of the Lone Star Series in North Carolina. He'll face Jonathan Hernandez at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 10, Kane County 5

W- César Rosado (1-1)
L- Abraham Almonte (0-1)

QC home runs: Adrian Tovalin (1, solo in 7th), Jake Adams (2, solo in 8th)

The Cougars thought they took control of this game after scoring 5 in the 6th to take a 5-1 lead. They thought.

Quad Cities responded with six in the 7th and three more in the 8th to blow the Cougars away on Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick Sandoval rebounded nicely after getting decimated in that game that I shall no longer mention. He allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out seven over five shutout frames. César Rosado was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen and threw 2.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits, walking 3, and striking out 4. Carlos Sanabria allowed a hit and struck out two in 1.1 innings.

Jake Adams led off the 5th with a single, advanced to third on a Cody Bohanek single, and scored the first run of the day when Jake Meyers beat a double play attempt. Let's move ahead to the 7th. It's probably for the best.

Adrian Tovalin kicked things off with a home run. Adams followed with a walk and then Bohanek and Meyers singled to load the bases for Marcos Almonte, who at least brought Adams home with a sac fly. Corey Julks hit into a fielder's choice in which Bohanek was thrown out at home for the second out. That didn't matter for Jonathan Arauz, who tied the game with a triple. After a pitching change, Mike Papierski drew a walk and Bryan de la Cruz put the Banditos in front with a two-run single.

Adams struck again in the 8th when he started it with a home run and Arauz capped it off with his second two-run triple of the day. The Jakes both finished with three hits; Adams went 3-3, while Meyers was 3-4. Bohanek finished 2-4.

Tyler Ivey will start the series finale. He'll face Brian Shaffer at 6:30.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-2 vs. Down East (10 innings)
10 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 16 K
Carson LaRue: 6 IP, H, ER, BB, 7 K
Justin Ferrell: 3 IP, BB, 7 K
Ronel Blanco: W (2-0), IP, 2 H, unearned run, K

Abraham Toro, 3B, Buies Creek
Walk-off 2-R HR (3) in 10th inning

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, H, BB, 7 K

Jake Adams' and Jake Meyers' photos are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Jonathan Arauz, IF, Jake Adams, 1B, and Jake Meyers, OF, Quad Cities
Arauz: 2-5, 2 3B, 4 RBI, R
Adams: 3-3, solo HR (2), 3 R
Meyers: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Yordan Alvarez, LF/1B, Corpus Christi
3-4, solo HR (4), 2 R, SB (5)

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, and Ryan Hartman, LHP, Corpus Christi
Dykxhoorn: W (2-0), 5 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Hartman: 2 IP, H, 3 K

Fresno Grizzlies: W 10-0 vs. Tacoma
Offense: 10 R, 14 H
Pitching: 9 IP, 7 H, 6 BB, 7 K
A.J. Reed: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R
Garrett Stubbs: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Tyler White: 2-3, 3 R
Drew Ferguson: 3-4, 3B, R
Cy Sneed: W (2-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K

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