Saturday, June 16, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy New York-Penn League Opening Day!

Fresno 5, New Orleans 1

W- Mike Hauschild (5-5)
L- Zac Gallen (4-3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (17, solo in 2nd)

Fresno did business as the Tacos on the road for the second time since they introduced the promotion as New Orleans played this game as the Crawdaddys in order to keep the food vs. food theme consistent.

A.J. Reed opened the scoring with a home run to lead off the 2nd inning. This would be the only scoring play of the game until Jack Mayfield hit an RBI single in the 7th. After the Crawdaddys got the run back in the bottom of the 7th, the Tacos loaded the bases in the 8th and Kyle Tucker came through with a double to bring everyone in. Tucker finished 3-5 on the night, while Reed and Mayfield had two hits apiece.

Mike Hauschild allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out four over five shutout innings. Chris Nunn worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 6th. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on a groundout, a triple, and struck out three in two innings. James Hoyt worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out one.

Trent Thornton will take on Adrian Sampson in the first game of a three-game series in Round Rock, weather permitting. First pitch is at 6:05.

Corpus Christi 6, Midland 2

W- Corbin Martin (4-1, 6-1 season)
L- Logan Shore (1-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks secured a series win in West Texas and remained within striking distance of San Antonio as the race for the Texas League South Division first-half crown winds down. The Missions lost in Frisco, so Corpus is now one game behind.

Corbin Martin went 5.2 innings and had a run charged to him after he left the game. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out three. Justin Ferrell was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a run of his own on two hits, walked one, and struck out two in 2.1 innings. Alex Winkelman struck out one in a 1-2-3 9th inning to close it out.

Lorenzo Quintana led off with a single in the 3rd and scored the first run of the evening on a Taylor Jones groundout. Stephen Wrenn tripled with one out in the 4th and came home on a single from Alex De Goti. Corpus opened things up a bit with four runs in the 5th as they got a pair of RBI singles from Jamie Ritchie and Wrenn and a two-run double from De Goti, who finished 3-4 on the night. Wrenn, Ritchie, and Myles Straw all had two hits in the game.

Jorge Alcala will get the start as the Hooks look to leave with a sweep. He'll face Parker Dunshee at 7:00.

Potomac 4, Buies Creek 0

W- Tyler Mapes (6-1)
L- Carson LaRue (3-4)

BC home runs: None.

Tyler Mapes went the distance to blank the Carolina Stros, who failed to score for the second consecutive game.

Buies Creek got five hits, one of which was a double from Abraham Toro. No one in the lineup recorded a multi-hit game.

Carson LaRue turned in a bare minimum quality start, allowing five hits (solo homer), walking one, and striking out two. Brandon Bielak pitched the last two innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Buies Creek will look to get on the board, both in a game and in this series, as Gabriel Valdez takes on Matt Crownover at 6:35 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Burlington 0

W- Peter Solomon (4-1)
L- Denny Brady (0-1)
S- Humberto Castellanos (1)

QC home runs: None.

Two more games to go in the Midwest League first half. Clinton and Peoria both lost, which means that this Quad Cities win gives them sole possession of first place in the Western division.

On the mound, three pitchers joined forces to throw a shutout. Patrick Sandoval allowed three hits and struck out seven in four innings. Peter Solomon tagged in to throw three innings, allowing a hit and striking out four. Humberto Castellanos allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out one in two innings of work to complete the shutout.

Colton Shaver opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. The Banditos got two more in the 6th as Miguelangel Sierra singled to lead things off and scampered home on a triple from Bryan de la Cruz. One batter later, Chandler Taylor drove in his first run as a pro on a fielder's choice. De La Cruz went 2-4 on the night, while Sierra scored twice.

Jairo Solis will face Oliver Ortega in game two of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 11, Vermont 1


W- Chad Donato (1-0)
L- Rafael Kelly (0-1)

TC home runs: Luis Encarnación (1, 2-run in 1st), Kyle Davis (1, solo in 4th), Seth Beer (1, 2-run in 5th)

Welcome to professional baseball, Seth Beer! Tri-City started off a new season with a bang as they launched three home runs and dominated the Lake Monsters in all facets of the game.

Luis Encarnación drove in the first two runs of the new ValleyCats season with a two-run home run in the opening frame. He added a two-run double to his ledger in the 3rd inning. Kyle Davis led off the 4th with a homer, and after Jeremy Peña led off the 5th with a double, Seth Beer followed with his first professional home run. TC salted this one away with four more runs in the 6th inning; Peña hit an RBI single, while Encarnación and Davis both drew bases-loaded walks. Encarnación ended up scoring the final Tri-City run on a wild pitch. Peña (2B, RBI, 2 R), Beer (2B, 2-R HR, 3 R), and Encarnación (2B, 2-R HR, 5 RBI, 2 R) all finished with two hits on the evening. Encarnación finished last year with 7 RBI in 25 games last season; he nearly matched that offensive production in one night.

Chad Donato turned in a fine start to begin his 2018 season; in six innings, he allowed an unearned run on three hits, walked one, and struck out six. Luis Garcia was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out four over 1.2 scoreless innings. Felipe Tejada allowed a hit and struck out three over the final 1.1 innings.

Game two of this series will start at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Marlins 5, DSL Astros 4


W- Yeremin Lara (2-0)
L- Alex Blanco (0-1)

DSL home runs: None.

Well... the rough start continues for the Academy. In this latest loss, they couldn't hold a 4-1 lead.

Christian Mejias and Jairo Lopez both threw three innings with similar degrees of success. Mejias allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out two in a scoreless outing, while Lopez allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out one. Diosmerky Taveras allowed two runs on a wild pitch and a single, walked three, and got both of the outs he recorded in the 7th via the strikeout. Jeremy Molero allowed a hit and struck out two in 1.1 innings. Alex Blanco got two outs in the 9th, but he couldn't get that last out in order to preserve a 4-4 tie. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits; the winning run scored when he uncorked a wild pitch.

Rolando Espinosa finished 2-4 with a couple of doubles and scored twice. He was driven in both times by Victor Mascai, who hit a sac fly in the 1st and a single in the 4th. Carlos Hurtado doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd, and Yimmi Cortabarria scored on a double play in the 7th.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tri-City ValleyCats: W 11-1 vs. Vermont
Offense: 11 R, 8 H
Pitching: 9 IP, 5 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 13 K
Jeremy Peña: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Seth Beer: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 R
Luis Encarnación: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 5 RBI, 2 R
Chad Donato: W (1-0), 6 IP, 3 H, unearned run, BB, 6 K
Luis Garcia: 1.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Felipe Tejada: 1.1 IP, H, 3 K

Peter Solomon's and Humberto Castellanos' photos are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 3-0 vs. Burlington
9 IP, 5 H, BB, 12 K
Patrick Sandoval: 4 IP, 3 H, 7 K
Peter Solomon: W (4-1), 3 IP, H, 4 K
Humberto Castellanos: Save (1), 2 IP, H, BB, K

Photo by Bryan Green
Bryan de la Cruz, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 3B, RBI, R

Alex De Goti, IF, and Stephen Wrenn, OF, Corpus Christi
De Goti: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Wrenn: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Corbin Martin, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-1, 6-1 season), 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
Tucker: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Reed: 2-3, solo HR (17)

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