Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beware the ides of May, or something like that.

Salt Lake 3, Fresno 2

W- Adam Hofacket (5-0)
L- James Hoyt (0-1)
S- Eduardo Paredes (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (6, solo in 5th)

The Tacos were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Bees got a couple of runs in the final two innings to eke out the victory.

Rogelio Armenteros allowed a run on two hits, walked two, and struck out eight in 5.2 innings. Buddy Boshers was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he got the last out of the 6th and two outs in the 7th, working around a hit to do so. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings, and James Hoyt allowed what turned out to be the winning run in the 9th. The run was unearned; Hoyt allowed a couple of hits, walked two, and struck out two.

Jon Kemmer put the Tacos on the board when he led off the 5th with a home run/ Tyler White drove in the other Fresno run with a single in the 7th. He and Kyle Tucker both finished 2-4 on the afternoon.

Josh James will start the first of a four-game series in El Paso. He'll face Chris Huffman at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 4

W- Cionel Perez (3-1)
L- Rowan Wick (2-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored in just one inning, but they erased a 4-0 deficit and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat in the process. Omar Lopez got tossed just before the 6th inning got underway, presumably over whether Myles Straw got picked off in the 5th. Either that, or he was not pleased with the called third strike on Stephen Wrenn to end the 5th.

Alex Winkelman allowed three runs on five hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out two in four innings of work. Carlos Sierra pitched the 5th and allowed a solo homer to Fernando Tatis, who homered off Winkelman to start the game. That was the only hit that Sierra allowed in his first inning in AA; he also issued a walk and struck out the side. Cionel Perez shined after tagging in, allowing just one hit and striking out six over four scoreless innings to get the win.

Corpus did nothing of note on offense in the first six innings, so let's move on to the 7th.

Randy César kicked things off by drawing a walk. He moved to second on a Ryne Birk single and scored the Hooks' first run when Lorenzo Quintana ripped a double. Alex De Goti followed with a two-run single to cut the Missions' lead to 4-3. Straw went down for the first out of the inning, but Wrenn kept things going with a single, and the ensuing error allowed him to move to third while De Goti dashed home with the tying run. Carmen Benedetti capped off the rally with an RBI single to put Corpus in front. Straw, De Goti, and Josh Rojas all finished with two hits on the night. Straw and Rojas also stole a base; Straw has expanded his lead on Rojas a bit as he continues to set the pace in the system in terms of stolen bases. He's now up 23-16 on Rojas.

Framber Valdez faces Jerry Keel in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 1

W- Abdiel Saldaña (4-0)
L- Peter Lambert (3-3)

BC home runs: None.

Both teams only had one scoring inning apiece, but the Carolina Stros scored more runs in their inning, so they won. I like it when baseball is simple like that.

Buies Creek's three runs all came in the 6th as they strung four straight one-out hits together. Alfredo Angarita and Ronnie Dawson started the chain, and then Abraham Toro brought Angarita home with a single and J.J. Matijevic smacked a double to score Dawson. Toro scored the final run of the evening on a Chas McCormick sac fly. No one on either team finished with a multi-hit game; Angarita also stole a base, his 5th of the season.

Jorge Alcala and Abdiel Saldaña kept the Winston-Salem offense in check, holding the Dash to just four hits in this game. Alcala allowed a run on a groundout, a single, walked two, and struck out eight in five innings. Saldaña allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out four in four innings.

Brandon Bielak takes on Tanner Banks in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Jovani Moran (1-1)
L- Tanner Duncan (0-1)
S- Carlos Suniaga (1)

QC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (1, solo in 9th)

The Kernels got runs in the 7th and the 8th to break a 4-4 tie in their favor. Quad Cities got to within one run in the 9th but couldn't get a rally started outside of Miguelangel Sierra's home run.

Jake Meyers doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the night on Ruben Castro's groundout. Jonathan Lacroix whacked an RBI double in the 2nd and ended up scoring from there on a wild pitch. Lacroix added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th. Sierra's home run in the 9th came with two outs and he was the only man to reach base for Quad Cities in the final inning. Sierra and Lacroix both finished with two hits on the night; Lacroix reached in all four of his plate appearances as he also drew a couple of walks.

Yohan Ramirez went 3.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits (two-run homer), walked four, and struck out four. Tanner Duncan tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Dariel Aquino allowed a solo homer to Jose Miranda in the 8th, which was the only hit he surrendered in the inning. Aquino also issued a walk and struck out two.

The Banditos and Kernels will play a doubleheader on Wednesday as they will make up a game that was originally scheduled for April 8. Cristian Javier will take on Tyler Watson in game 1, which starts at 12:05. Luis Garcia will face Randy Dobnak in the nightcap, which will begin at 6:35.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 12 K
Jorge Alcala: 5 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Abdiel Saldaña: W (4-0), 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Fresno
5.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Alex De Goti, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 RBI, R

Cionel Perez, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-1), 4 IP, H, 6 K

Miguelangel Sierra's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Jonathan Lacroix's photo is his mugshot on
Miguelangel Sierra, SS, and Jonathan Lacroix, OF, Quad Cities
Sierra: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1)
Lacroix: 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB

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