Friday, June 8, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wednesday's games are first.

Fresno

It all unraveled late on Wednesday for the Grizzlies as they fell 6-1 to Colorado Springs.

W- Bubba Derby (3-3)
L- James Hoyt (0-3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (11, solo in 2nd)

A.J. Reed smacked a solo homer in the 2nd that turned out to be the only Fresno run of the evening. Garrett Stubbs went 3-3.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a run on just three hits while striking out six in his seven innings of work. Unfortunately, James Hoyt bore the brunt of the Colorado Springs assault in the 8th inning as he allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits (three-run homer) and walked one. He did strike out the side, so I suppose that qualifies as a silver lining. Jacob Dorris allowed an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the 9th. He also hit two batters in the inning.

The Grizzlies, doing business as the Fresno Raisin Eaters on Thursday as they paid homage to Fresno's first Pacific Coast League ballclub, got out to a quick start and came out with a 6-2 win to even their series with the Sky Sox.

W- Cy Sneed (6-2)
L- Corbin Burnes (2-4)
S- Buddy Boshers (1)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (11, 2-run in 7th)

The Raisin Eaters scored twice in three separate innings. A.J. Reed and J.D. Davis singled to start the 2nd, but it looked like they'd be stranded after D.J. Fisher and Eduardo de Oleo followed by going down on strikes. Jon Kemmer came through, however, as he poked a ground ball right back up the middle to bring Reed in for the game's first run. Davis moved to third on the base hit and ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Drew Ferguson walked and Kyle Tucker smacked a ground-rule double to lead off the 3rd. They both ended up scoring on sacrifice flies; Tyler White brought Ferguson in and Reed hit another one to score Little Tuck. White whacked a two-run homer in the 7th. Tucker finished 2-4 and also stole a base, his 7th of the season.

Cy Sneed allowed five hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in two innings. Ralph Garza got two outs in the 9th via the strikeout, but he also allowed a run on two hits, walked two, and left the bases loaded for Buddy Boshers, who ended the game by striking out Kyle Wren.

The Grizzlies welcome Oklahoma City to the Central Valley this weekend. Mike Hauschild will start game one and he'll face Daniel Corcino at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi


The Hooks topped Frisco by a final of 4-2 on Wednesday.

W- Chris Nunn (3-0)
L- Jeff Springs (2-2)

CC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (6, 3-run in 8th)

Stephen Wrenn was the hero on Wednesday as his three-run blast in the 8th proved to be the difference.

Randy César set a new club record when he doubled to lead off the 4th, which extended his hitting streak to 28 games. He scored the first run of the evening on a single from Ryne Birk. Wrenn, Birk, and Chas McCormick all finished 2-4 on the evening.

Akeem Bostick allowed a hit and struck out four over three scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list. Kit Scheetz, Cionel Perez, and Chris Nunn all threw two innings apiece out of the bullpen and they all struck out two. Scheetz allowed two hits in a scoreless outing. Cionel allowed two runs on three hits, and Nunn walked one.

Both teams scored in the 4th. However, Frisco scored more in their half, so they came away with a 2-1 victory on Thursday.

W- Richelson Peña (4-3)
L- Framber Valdez (2-3)
S- Reed Garrett (4)

CC home runs: None.

Framber Valdez turned in a decent outing but was forced to take the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits, walked one, and struck out six in six innings of work. Alex Winkelman walked one and struck out two over two scoreless, and Riley Ferrell emerged unscathed despite loading the bases in the 9th. He allowed a couple of hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Chas McCormick's sac fly in the 4th brought in the only Corpus run. Taylor Jones and Randy César both went 2-4; César's hitting streak now stands at 29 games.

Forrest Whitley will make his long-awaited season debut in the finale of this series. He'll take on Ariel Jurado at 7:05.

Buies Creek

Buies Creek mounted a comeback bid in the 9th on Wednesday but it fell short, and they ended up dropping a 4-3 decision to Myrtle Beach.

W- Alex Lange (4-2)
L- Brandon Bailey (1-6)
S- Casey Bloomquist (1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros' comeback bid fell short.

Brandon Bailey was the tough-luck loser in this one as he allowed a run on three hits and struck out four in five innings. Unfortunately, he received zero runs to support his outing. The three runs that Brett Adcock allowed in his four innings of work came on a home run in the 9th. Adcock allowed one other hit, walked one, and struck out five.

All three Buies Creek runs came in the 9th. Abraham Toro hit an RBI single to put them on the board and Ronnie Dawson followed with a groundout to bring J.J. Matijevic home. Jake Adams followed with a walk and Luis Payano kept things moving with an RBI base hit. Sadly, he and Adams were both stranded to end the game as Chuckie Robinson grounded out. Payano went 2-4 on the night.

Buies Creek got a two-run shot from Abraham Toro in the 4th inning of their contest against the Pelicans on Thursday, which tied the game at 2. Myrtle Beach responded with two runs of their own in the 5th to regain the lead and that was the difference as they took the finale by a score of 4-2.

W- Cory Abbott (1-0)
L- Jesús Balaguer (3-3)
S- Ryan Kellogg (3)

BC home runs: Abraham Toro (9, 2-run in 4th)

Toro finished 3-3 on the night and accounted for three of Buies Creek's five hits.

Tyler Ivey went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out three. Jesús Balaguer allowed two runs (one inherited runner charged to him), a solo homer, walked one, and got two outs (one via strikeout) in the 5th. Abdiel Saldaña allowed four hits and struck out five in 4.1 innings.

The Carolina Stros will spend the weekend in Kinston as round four of the Lone Star Series in North Carolina begins at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities

The Banditos scored three in the top of the 5th against Wisconsin... but the Timber Rattlers scored twice in two separate innings, giving them the 4-3 win on Wednesday.

W- Michael Petersen (1-0)
L- Yohan Ramirez (4-5)
S- Gabe Friese (5)

QC home runs: None.

Alfredo Angarita went 2-3 and ripped a two-run triple to open the scoring in the 5th and then he trotted home on Jonathan Lacroix's single. Bryan de la Cruz also finished 2-3 and scored on Angarita's three-bagger.

Enoli Paredes went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five. Yohan Ramirez pitched the last 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on two hits, walked one, and struck out four.

There was only one run scored on Thursday. Unfortunately, it belonged to Wisconsin and Quad Cities ended up getting swept out of Appleton.

W- Carlos Herrera (1-3)
L- Cristian Javier (2-2)
S- Rodrigo Benoit (7)

QC home runs: None.

Cristian Javier allowed the only run on a single from Demi Orimoloye in the opening frame. He allowed one other hit, walked two, and struck out six. It's the first time that Javier did not record more strikeouts than innings pitched this season. Humberto Castellanos allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out two in two scoreless innings.

Mike Papierski doubled for Quad Cities' only extra-base hit.

The Banditos will look to get back on track as they begin a four-game series in Peoria at 7:00. Parker Mushinski will take on Johan Oviedo in game one.

DSL Astros

Once again, a big 2nd inning doomed the Academy as they got swept by the Rays by a score of 6-4.

W- Yosmer Curbata (1-0)
L- Jose Antonio Hernandez (0-1)
S- Bryan Herrera (1)

DSL home runs: None.

Yimmi Cortabarria went 2-2 with a sac fly in the 2nd and a couple of RBI singles in the 6th and the 8th. Enmanuel Morillo scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning and Rolando Espinosa went 2-3 with a double and scored two runs. Well... they had their chances, but the Academy went 2-16 with runners in scoring position in this game.

Jose Antonio Hernandez went two-plus innings and allowed six runs (two earned, one inherited runner charged to him) on seven hits, walked one, and struck out one. The bullpen picked Hernandez up with seven scoreless, although one of Hernandez's runners scored after he left. Ernesto Jaquez allowed three hits and struck out five in four innings. Cristofer Mezquita went two innings and allowed a hit while striking out three, and Ronny Garcia worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

The Academy's tough start to 2018 continued with an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the A's on Thursday.

W- Gabriel Delgado (1-0)
L- Jherson Pereira (0-1)
S- César Díaz (1)

DSL home runs: Carlos Hurtado (1, solo in 4th)

Carlos Hurtado finished 2-5 with his first career home run. He also drove in two more runs on a groundout in the 8th and a double in the 10th. Abraham Castillo went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 2nd and Rolando Espinosa also had two hits on Thursday. Sebastian Grullón tied the game with a pinch-hit RBI single in the 9th.

Alfredi Jimenez allowed three runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out three in 2.1 innings. Franny Cobos was the first man out of the DSL bullpen and he allowed one hit while striking out three in 4.2 scoreless innings. Jherson Pereira went two innings and allowed three runs (one earned, one inherited runner charged to hin) on four hits, walked one, and struck out two. Flaer Gonzalez allowed two runs of his own on two hits and walked two after taking ownership of the 10th inning.

The Academy will take on the A's again at 11:30 Atlantic.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yimmi Cortabarria, OF, DSL Astros: 2-2, 3 RBI
Rolando Espinosa, SS, DSL Astros: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, SB (1)
Cristofer Mezquita, LHP, DSL Astros: 2 IP, H, 3 K; professional debut

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, go-ahead 3-R HR (6) in 8th

Akeem Bostick, RHP, Kit Scheetz, LHP, and Chris Nunn, LHP, Corpus Christi
Bostick: 3 IP, H, 4 K
Scheetz: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Nunn: W (3-0), 2 IP, BB, 2 K

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Fresno
7 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K

Alfredo Angarita, IF, Quad Cities
2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Brandon Bailey, RHP, Buies Creek
L (1-6), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K

Thursday's Stars

See disclaimer above.

Carlos Hurtado, C, DSL Astros: 2-5, solo HR (1), 3 RBI
Franny Cobos, RHP, DSL Astros: 4.2 IP, H, 3 K

Humberto Castellanos' picture is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: L 1-0 @ Wisconsin
Cristian Javier: L (2-2), 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Humberto Castellanos: 2 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K

Abraham Toro, 3B, Buies Creek
3-3, 2-R HR (9)

Cy Sneed, RHP, Fresno
W (6-2), 6 IP, 5 H, 8 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: L 2-1 vs. Frisco
Framber Valdez: L (2-3), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
Alex Winkelman: 2 IP, BB, 2 K
Riley Ferrell: IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

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