Sunday, April 8, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fresno 15, Reno 8

W- Andrew Thome (1-0)
L- Kris Medlen (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (1, solo in 4th), Jack Mayfield (1, grand slam in 5th)

Well, it took almost four hours, but the Grizzlies entered the win column for the first time this season. After the Aces scored twice in the bottom of the 8th to cut Fresno's lead to 10-8, the Grizz responded with 5 in the top of the 9th to re-establish a little more breathing room.

Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit and scored a run. Six out of the nine hitters in the lineup drove in a run. Super Jack Mayfield hit a grand slam in the 5th that stretched the Grizzlies' lead to 9-3.


Francis Martes allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6 in 3.2 innings. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and got the final out of the 4th by striking out Yasmany Tomás. Thome also came on for the 5th inning; he walked Marcus Littlewood to start the inning and Littlewood came around to score on a double, which was the only hit that Thome allowed in his outing. Cy Sneed was next, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Brendan McCurry earned a 4-out save, striking out two.

Rogelio Armenteros gets the start in game 4. He'll go up against Albert Suarez at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Yoanys Quiala (1-0)
L- Scott Blewett (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks won their first series of 2018 by dominating the Naturals in the finale.

Arturo Michelena drew a one-out walk in the 3rd and moved to third base on a Myles Straw single. They both scored on a Carmen Benedetti single. Benedetti, who moved to second on the throw from the outfield, scored on Yordan Alvarez's single. Benedetti drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th and Stephen Wrenn hit an RBI single in the 5th. Alvarez hit an RBI single in the 6th and an error on the play allowed Benedetti to score. Lorenzo Quintana scored the final run of the night on an error that allowed Michelena to reach in the 9th.

Wrenn went 3-5 on the evening and also stole his first base of the season. Straw (2 BB, R, 2 SB), Benedetti (3 RBI, 2 R), Alvarez (2 RBI singles), Taylor Jones (2B, R), and Alex De Goti (R) all finished with two hits.

Yoanys Quiala allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 in 5 innings. Erasmo Pinales threw 3.2 innings and the one hit he allowed was a solo homer to Anderson Miller. Pinales also issued a walk and struck out 4. Kevin Hill walked the first man he faced after coming on for Pinales, but he was able to record the final out without incident.

Corpus Christi's season-opening tour of Arkansas continues in Little Rock as they start a three-game series with the Travelers at 2:10. Akeem Bostick will go up against Johendi Jiminian.

Buies Creek and Salem was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow, with game 1 beginning at 2:05 Eastern. Carson LaRue will start the first game.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 3 in 10 innings

W- Ryan Mason (1-0)
L- Peter Solomon (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

Correction: Friday's game, which was postponed due to the cold snap, will actually be made up as part of a doubleheader on April 28.

The River Bandits walked off with a loss... thanks to that dumb-ass new rule where every extra inning begins with a man on second base. Pardon my language.

Tyler Ivey pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9. Cole Watts allowed a hit but was able to record the final out of the 5th inning. Peter Solomon was next, and he allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Quad Cities loaded the bases in the 3rd inning and managed to get a couple of runs as Jake Meyers scored on a wild pitch and Corey Julks scored on an error. Jonathan Arauz hit an infield single in the 9th and an error on the play allowed Gabriel Bracamonte to score the tying run. Arauz and Jake Adams finished with two hits apiece on the evening. None of the Banditos' runs in this game were batted in.

Yohan Ramirez will start the series finale. He'll face Blayne Enlow at 2:05.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.


Fresno Grizzlies
W 15-8 @ Reno
15 R, 18 H
All players in lineup recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run.
"Super" Jack Mayfield: 3-4, 2B, grand slam (1), 5 RBI
Tyler White: 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jon Kemmer: 2-5, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R
Photos by Rich Guill
Tyler Ivey, RHP, Quad Cities
4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 K

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 8-2 @ Northwest Arkansas
9 IP, 4 H (solo HR), 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K
Yoanys Quiala: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Erasmo Pinales: 3.2 IP, H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 4 K
Kevin Hill: 0.1 IP, BB

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