Monday, April 9, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 8, 2018

Let's play two in Salem!

Fresno 9, Reno 4

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0)
L- Jared Miller (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies scored three runs in the 5th and the 6th to seize control of this game and even up their series with the Aces at 2 games apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Fresno's bullpen picked him up by allowing just one run over the final 4.2 innings. Jacob Dorris struck out 2 over 1.2 perfect frames, Chris Nunn allowed that one run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Matt Ramsey worked around a hit in order to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

A.J. Reed singled to lead off the 2nd inning and eventually scored the first run of the afternoon on a Jon Kemmer groundout. This would be the Grizzlies' only run of the game until the 5th inning.

After Alejandro Garcia struck out to start the 5th, Tony Kemp, Drew Ferguson, and Kyle Tucker all drew walks. Kemp ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Tyler White drew yet another walk to re-load the bases, and then Reed followed by walking Ferguson in. Garrett Stubbs followed with a sac fly.

In contrast to the 5th, the Grizzlies used some hits to score in the 6th. Kemmer walked to lead things off and scored on Garcia's RBI double. Kemp followed with an RBI single and then scored on a double play. Super Jack Mayfield ripped an RBI double in the 7th and Reed drove in Fresno's last run of the day with an 8th-inning sac fly. Kemp (RBI, 3 R), Reed (2 RBI, R), Stubbs (RBI, R), and Garcia (2B, RBI, R) all finished with two hits on the afternoon.

Kent Emanuel faces former Astro Jake Buchanan in the finale of this series. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Arkansas 7, Corpus Christi 5

W- Johendi Jiminian (1-0)
L- Akeem Bostick (0-1)
S- Matt Walker (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were on the verge of taking a rather ugly loss to start a new series, but they suddenly sprang to life in the final half-inning and legitimately made things interesting before ultimately falling short.

Entering the 9th, Corpus only had two hits on the day. However, Myles Straw and Carmen Benedetti led off the inning by drawing walks and they both advanced on a passed ball. Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, and Randy César all followed with RBI singles, and Nick Tanielu ripped a two-run double. All five Corpus Christi runs scored before they made an out. Unfortunately, the next three men went down. Yuli (2B, RBI, R) and Tanielu (2B, 2 RBI) both finished 2-4 on the day.

Akeem Bostick went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in 1.1 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched the final three innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Cionel Perez makes his 2018 debut in the middle game of this series and he'll be opposed by Nathan Bannister. First pitch is at 7:10.

Game 1: Buies Creek 1, Salem 0 in 8 innings

W- Justin Ferrell (1-0)
L- Matthew Gorst (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game and it belonged to the Carolina Stros. Unlike Quad Cities on Saturday, Buies Creek was the beneficiary of the new extra-innings rule. It's still stupid and I will not hear any arguments about how it actually is not stupid.

Kristian Trompiz started at second base to start the 8th inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the only run of the first game on an Osvaldo Duarte sac fly. Chas McCormick (2B), Luis Payano, and Chuckie Robinson had the only Buies Creek hits in Game 1.

Carson LaRue allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. Justin Ferrell tagged in and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings.

Game 2: Salem 2, Buies Creek 1 in 8 innings

W- Algenis Martinez (1-0)
L- Carlos Sierra (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

As if one game featuring that rule wasn't enough... the second game of the Buies Creek-Salem doubleheader also went to extra innings.

Aníbal Sierra led off the third inning with a double, advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch, and scored the Carolina Stros' only run of game 2 on a Carlos Canelón groundout. The other Buies Creek hit in this game was a Ronnie Dawson double.

In his Astros debut, Brandon Bailey allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5.1 innings. The Red Sox scored the winning run, which was unearned, off of Carlos Sierra with one out in the 8th inning. In 2 innings, Sierra allowed 2 hits and walked 2.

Buies Creek's season-opening roadtrip continues in Lynchburg, Virginia, where they will begin a three-game series with the Hillcats at 6:30 Eastern. Whoever gets the start will go up against Justin Garza.

Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids was postponed again

Due to snow showers in the forecast. This game will be made up at a later date.

Yohan Ramirez, who has definitely waited a while to pitch this season, will take the mound for the River Bandits' home opener. He'll take on Cole Stapler at 6:35.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Brandon Bailey's picture is his official mugshot and his current Twitter avatar.
Follow him on Twitter at BBailey_19
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Carson LaRue: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K in game 1 of doubleheader
Justin Ferrell: W (1-0), 3.1 IP, H, 3 K in game 1 of doubleheader
Brandon Bailey: 5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Tony Kemp, UTIL, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
Kemp: 2-5, RBI, 3 R
Reed: 2-3, 2 RBI, R

Chris Nunn's photo is his mugshot on
Matt Ramsey's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K
Jacob Dorris: W (1-0), 1.2 IP, 2 K
Chris Nunn: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K
Matt Ramsey: IP, H, K

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