Friday, June 1, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 31, 2018

Albuquerque 5, Fresno 4

W- Keith Hessler (2-1)
L- Kent Emanuel (2-2)
S- Jerry Vasto (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Isotopes got three runs in the 8th to snatch this game from the Grizzlies' grasp.

Cy Sneed allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one, and struck out six in seven innings. Albuquerque tagged Kent Emanuel for three runs on a pair of home runs in the 8th. Emanuel allowed one other hit and struck out one.

Derek Fisher doubled with one out in the 5th inning. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the Grizzlies' first run on a Kyle Tucker groundout. Fisher hit an RBI single in the 7th and then he and Tucker scored on a Jack Mayfield single. Mayfield and Jon Kemmer both finished 2-4; Fisher went 2-5.

Game three of this series starts at 6:35 Mountain. Mike Hauschild will face Jeff Hoffman.

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 8 in 12 innings

W- Chris Nunn (2-0)
L- Landon Beck (2-2)

CC home runs: Stephen Wrenn 2 (5, solo in 2nd, 2-run in 12th), Randy César (7, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks encountered some serious turbulence late, but they took the Cardinals' best shots and left Missouri with a sweep.

Cionel Perez turned in yet another fine outing as he allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out seven in five shutout innings. Jorge Alcala cruised through his first two innings... and then the Cards wrecked his debut by scoring three off of him in the 8th to tie the game. Two of the runs were earned; Alcala allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out four in his three innings. Sean Stutzman and Chris Nunn threw two innings apiece and they both allowed two hits and walked two. Stutzman allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out three, while Nunn allowed two unearned runs (leadoff runner scored) and struck out two.

Randy César opened the scoring when he smacked a solo home run in the 2nd to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Two batters later, Stephen Wrenn launched a solo shot of his own. Lorenzo Quintana got plunked with the bases loaded in the 6th to bring in another run. The rest of the Hooks' runs in this game all came in extra innings, and what normally would be a 4-3, or 5-4, or 6-4 game under normal extra-inning rules somehow turned into a 9-8 game because of this bright idea to have a man on second in every extra inning.

Gilberto Celestino started the 10th in scoring position and scored on a single from Taylor Jones, who took Celestino's place at second thanks to an error. Two batters later, Ryne Birk ripped an RBI double and Wrenn brought him in with a single. Unfortunately, the Cardinals matched the Hooks in the bottom half, so on to the 11th they went. This time, Lorenzo Quintana started on second. He moved to third on a sac bunt from Celestino and scored on Myles Straw's single. Once again, however, Springfield also scored in their half of the 11th, so they moved to the 12th. César began the inning at second and advanced on a wild pitch. Birk flew out, but Wrenn whacked his second homer of the game. The Cardinals scored again, but they couldn't push across another run to extend the game.

Everyone but Celestino had a hit in this game; Wrenn finished with three. Jones and Quintana both finished 2-5 on the very long night.

Corpus Christi's roadtrip concludes with a weekend in Tulsa. Framber Valdez will start game one, which will begin at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Down East 2

W- Colin McKee (1-0, 4-1 season)
L- Christian Torres (5-3)
S- Tanner Duncan (1, 4 season)

BC home runs: None.

Round three of the Lone Star Series in North Carolina went to the Buies Creek Astros.

Tyler Ivey made his Carolina League debut and the one hit that he surrendered in his three innings was a two-run home run hit by Anderson Tejeda. Ivey also walked four and struck out five during his time on the mound.

The Buies Creek bullpen put up six scoreless innings, starting with Colin McKee, who allowed three hits and struck out four in three innings. Kit Scheetz got the first two outs of the 7th, one via strikeout, but he walked the bases loaded. Tanner Duncan was summoned to extract Scheetz from the inning without any damage and he did so successfully. Duncan went on to throw 2.1 innings without allowing a hit. He walked one and struck out four.

The Carolina Stros took advantage of a bases-loaded, one out situation and scored three in the 5th to take the lead. Ronnie Dawson and Abraham Toro hit RBI singles and J.J. Matijevic squeezed a sac fly in between the two RBI base hits. Dawson hit another RBI single in the 8th. All 14 Buies Creek hits in this game were singles. Osvaldo Duarte had three hits. Chas McCormick, Dawson, Luis Payano, and Chuckie Robinson all finished with two hits.

Buies Creek will begin June with a three-game weekend series against the Potomac Nationals at Campbell. Gabriel Valdez will start the opener, which begins at 6:00 Eastern.

Clinton 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Ryne Inman (3-2)
L- Yohan Ramirez (4-4)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams finished with six hits, but the Lumberkings had more in the column that counts. The big play in this one occurred in the 2nd, in which the Banditos committed two errors on the same play which resulted in three runs scoring for Clinton.

Colton Shaver opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Jake Meyers scored Quad Cities' only other run on a Miguelangel Sierra groundout in the 8th. Jonathan Arauz finished 3-4, while Bryan de la Cruz went 2-4 with a double.

Yohan Ramirez went 1.2 innings and allowed four runs, all of which came in the 2nd and were all unearned, a hit, walked two, and struck out two. Cristian Javier tagged in for 4.1 innings and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer. He allowed one other hit, walked two, and struck out nine for the third straight appearance. In his last 19.1 innings, Javier has struck out 37. Juan Robles allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two over two scoreless innings of work.

The Banditos will welcome the Beloit Snappers to the Quad Cities this weekend. Parker Mushinski will start the first game against Ivan Andueza at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI

Cionel Perez, LHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, 2 RBI

Tanner Duncan's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Buies Creek Astros bullpen
6 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 9 K
Colin McKee: W (1-0, 4-1 season), 3 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Kit Scheetz: 0.2 IP, 3 BB, K
Tanner Duncan: Save (1, 4 season), 2.1 IP, BB, 4 K

Cristian Javier, RHP, Quad Cities
4.1 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 9 K

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