Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Gulf Coast League Opening Day!

Fresno 9, Round Rock 3

W- Josh James (2-2)
L- Richelson Peña (0-1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (18, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies broke this game open with a 5-1 run in the middle innings and tacked on three more in the 8th for good measure.

Josh James threw six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, walking two, and striking out five. Andrew Thome allowed a single and an unearned run on a sac fly in his two innings, and Chris Nunn allowed a solo homer to Drew Robinson in the 9th and struck out two.

J.D. Davis ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring. Fresno scored twice in the 4th on a wild pitch that allowed Tim Federowicz to come home and a sac fly from Derek Fisher. Myles Straw stole home in the 5th. Fisher scored on another wild pitch in the 6th and Jon Kemmer, who was at the plate at the time, followed with an RBI double. Straw added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th and A.J. Reed launched a homer to bring in the last two Fresno runs of the night.

Straw went 3-5, stole two bases, and scored three runs. He now has 39 stolen bases this season. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Kyle Tucker also finished 3-5. Davis, Federowicz, and Kemmer all had two hits.

Fresno will send out Brock Dykxhoorn as they look for a sweep. He'll face Austin Bibens-Dirkx at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 12, San Antonio 0

W- Alex Winkelman (3-2)
L- Colin Rea (0-3)
S- Akeem Bostick (2)

CC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (8, 3-run in 8th)

The Hooks clinched the first-half title in the Texas League South, and the playoff spot that comes with it, by dominating the Missions in all facets of the game.


Forrest Whitley allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out seven over four shutout innings to start. Alex Winkelman worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out one. He bridged the gap between Whitley and Akeem Bostick, who completed the shutout by allowing five hits, walking two, and striking out two over the final four innings.

Yoanys Quiala will face Cal Quantrill in game three of this series, which is also the first game of the second half. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek is off until Thursday

The Carolina League All-Star Game will take place tonight in Zebulon, North Carolina. Buies Creek will send Abraham Toro, Brandon Bielak, Brett Adcock, and Ronnie Dawson.

Quad Cities is off until Thursday

The Midwest League All-Star Game will also be played tonight in Lansing, Michigan. Quad Cities will be represented by Bryan de la Cruz, Peter Solomon, Parker Mushinski, Yohan Ramirez, and Patrick Sandoval.

Tri-City 6, Aberdeen 1

W- Bryan Abreu (1-0)
L- Gray Fenter (0-1)

TC home runs: Jose Carrillo (1, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats opened up their first road series of the season on a winning note.

Michael Wielansky opened the scoring with a two-run single in the 1st inning and he then added a sac fly to his ledger in the 3rd. Oscar Campos doubled with one out in the 4th and ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Jose Carrillo smacked a solo homer in the 6th, the first home run of his professional career. Enmanuel Valdez walked to keep the 7th inning alive and scored the final run of the evening on a Luis Encarnación double.

The only run that the Ironbirds scored in this game came on a home run hit by J.C. Escarra off of Bryan Abreu in the 2nd inning. Abreu went five innings and allowed three other hits, walked one, and struck out four. Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed two hits and fanned three over three scoreless, and Ian Hardman worked around a hit to finish the game, striking out one.

The series continues at 7:05 Eastern.

GCL Mets 6, GCL Astros 3

W- Jorge Cespedes (1-0)
L- Angel Macuare (0-1)

GCL home runs: Patrick Mathis (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Palm Beach Stros stumbled out of the gate as they fell behind 3-0 after the 1st and with four errors, they probably had some first-game jitters.

Patrick Mathis started his rehab assignment by launching a two-run homer in the 5th inning. Freudis Nova had an RBI base hit in the 9th.

Angel Macuare allowed four runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out three in two innings. Julio Robaina and Jervic Chavez both threw three innings. Robaina allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out four over three scoreless innings in his pro debut. Chavez allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four.

The GCLstros will host the Cardinals at noon Eastern.

DSL Astros 3, DSL Dodgers Robinson 1

W- Ernesto Jaquez (1-0)
L- Andrew Budier (1-2)
S- Cristofer Mezquita (1)

DSL home runs: None.

The Academy swept the Dodgers' Robinson team to record their first winning streak of 2018.

Yimmi Cortabarria finished 2-3 with a double and scored two of the Dominican Stros' three runs in this game; Enmanuel Morillo drove him in twice with base hits in the 2nd and the 8th. Yefri Carrillo doubled twice and scored the other run on a single from Carlos Hurtado in the 7th, which put them up 2-1. Jeury Castillo also finished 2-4 on the day.

Jose Antonio Hernandez went 3.2 innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked two, and struck out two. He left the bases loaded for Ernesto Jaquez, who got him out of the 4th without incident. Jaquez went on to walk three and strike out three over 4.1 scoreless innings. Cristofer Mezquita worked around a couple of walks to close out the game.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ernesto Jaquez, RHP, DSL Astros: W (1-0), 4.1 IP, 3 BB, 3 K
Yefri Carrillo, OF, DSL Astros: 2-4, 2 2B, R
Yimmi Cortabarria, OF, DSL Astros: 2-3, 2B, 2 R
Enmanuel Morillo, IF, DSL Astros: 2-4, 2 RBI
Julio Robaina, LHP, GCL Astros: 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K


Corpus Christi Hooks: W 12-0 @ San Antonio
Clinched playoff berth by winning the first half in the Texas League South
All players in the lineup had a hit and scored a run.
12 R, 16 H, E
9 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K
Forrest Whitley: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 7 K
Alex Winkelman: W (3-2), IP, H, BB, K
Akeem Bostick: Save (2), 4 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Yordan Alvarez: 2-5, 3-R HR (8), 4 RBI
Chas McCormick: 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI, R
Jamie Ritchie: 3-5, 2 RBI, R
Ryne Birk: 3-4, 3B, 2 R

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Bryan Abreu, RHP, and Nivaldo Rodriguez (not pictured), RHP, Tri-City
Abreu: W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 4 K
Rodriguez: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Josh James, RHP, Fresno
W (2-2), 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K


Myles Straw, OF, and Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
Straw: 3-5, RBI, 3 R, 2 SB (4, 39 season)
Kemmer: 2-4, 2B, RBI

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