Saturday, July 4, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 3, 2015

How did the Astros system fare on this Independence Day Eve?

Fresno 9, El Paso 5

W- Jordan Jankowski (4-2)
L- Cory Mazzoni (1-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

This game was tied at 5 after the 3rd inning, and it remained that way until the Grizzlies finally broke through in the 9th.

Matt Duffy went 2-3 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. After the Chihuahuas took control with 4 in the bottom of the 1st, Jake Marisnick made sure that that lead would be short-lived as he cleared the bases with a double in the 2nd. Both teams scored 1 run in the 3rd; Fresno's came as Jonathan Villar scored on an error that allowed Andrew Aplin to reach. Aplin was credited with an RBI on the play. The closest that either side got to scoring before the 9th was when Duffy drew a walk in the 7th and took advantage of 2 wild pitches to get himself to 3rd. However, he was stranded at 3rd to end the inning.

Marisnick led off the 9th by drawing a walk. He stole his way to 3rd and scored the go-ahead run on Duffy's 2nd RBI single of the night. Duffy moved to 3rd on a Jonathan Villar double, and they both scored when Tyler White punched a single right back up the middle. Andrew Aplin, who finished 2-5, drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single. Villar and White also finished with 2-hit games. Marisnick walked twice and stole 3 bases.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 10. It's the first time he's recorded double-digit strikeouts as a pro. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out; he went 2 innings and walked 2 while striking out the side in order in the 6th inning. Kevin Chapman walked the bases loaded in the 9th, but he was able to extricate himself from his predicament by striking out Jake Goebbert to end the game. Goebbert didn't like that call and got tossed, but the game was over anyway. Chapman struck out 2 in the 9th.

On this Fourth of July, the Grizzlies are back home to kick off a 4-game set with Tacoma tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Brett Oberholtzer will be on the mound for Fresno. Their latest one-off food item is the Chorizo Mac Dog, a hot dog with macaroni and cheese with chorizo.

Tulsa 5, Corpus Christi 0

W- Jharel Cotton (2-0)
L- Adrian Houser (0-2, 2-4 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were held in check in this one.

They were held to 5 hits; Brett Phillips went 2-4 with a double and stole a base (4, 12 season).

Adrian Houser went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits and struck out 5. Juan Minaya allowed 3 hits over 2.1 scoreless innings.

The series finale features a matchup of top pitching prospects as Michael Feliz takes on Jose De Leon. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 9, Inland Empire 6

W- Andrew Walter (2-1)
L- Garrett Nuss (0-5)
S- Aaron Greenwood (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (5, solo in 4th), Jake Nottingham (1, 11 season; solo in 7th)

The JetHawks were down 4-0 after the 1st, but they finished this game on a 9-2 run to earn the split.

James Ramsay got plunked in the 3rd, advanced to 3rd base on a Mott Hyde double, and scored Lancaster's first run of the evening on a D.J. Fisher groundout. A.J. Reed then drew a walk, and J.D. Davis came through with a 2-run triple.

Marc Wik tied the game with a 2-out solo homer in the 4th. Ramsay got back on base with a single, and Hyde put the JetHawks ahead with an RBI triple. He'd score on a Fisher single. Wik struck again in the 5th as he smacked a 2-run double. In the 7th, Jake Nottingham connected for his 1st California League home run, a solo shot. Hyde (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R), Nottingham (solo HR, 2 R), Ronnie Mitchell (2 2B, R), and Wik (2B, HR, 3 RBI) all went 2-4. Ramsay, Hyde, and Nottingham scored 2 runs apiece.

Evan Grills allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 1st. This was his first outing since being activated from the disabled list. Andrew Walter and Tyler Brunnemann pitched 3 innings apiece; Walter allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 4. Brunnemann came on with 2 runners on base in the 5th and got Walter out of the inning without incurring further damage. He allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Aaron Greenwood got a 2-inning save, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game set in Lake Elsinore. Bryan Radziewski will start game 1; he'll face Matt Shepherd at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Peoria 1

W- Francis Martes (2-2)
L- Jhonny Polanco (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos ran roughshod over the Chiefs as they took the first 2 games of this series.

Francis Martes dazzled again; he allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 10 over 6 shutout innings. This is the first time that Martes has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his career. Riley Ferrell allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and... well, the Chiefs spoiled the shutout in the 9th when they got a run off of Ryan Thompson. Thompson allowed 3 hits in the 9th, all singles.

No River Bandit struck out. The last time that occurred was July 8, 2007, when they defeated Beloit 9-4. They opened up with a 4-run 3rd, coming on an RBI single from Jason Martin, a sac fly from Nick Tanielu, and a 2-run single from Bobby Boyd. In the 4th, Tanielu hit another sac fly, and Ramon Laureano hit an RBI single. They got 3 RBI singles in the 6th from Martin, Laureano, and Ryan Bottger.

Jamie Ritchie and Alex Bregman had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Martin (2 RBI, 2 R, SB [8]) and Laureano (2 RBI) had 2 hits apiece. Bottger drew 3 walks, while Martin drew 2 of his own. In addition to his 2-run single, Boyd stole 2 bases (16).

This series now shifts to Peoria. Christian Powell will get the start tonight. First pitch is at 6:00.

Tri-City 7, Vermont 6 in 11 innings

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (3-1)
L- Derek Beasley (1-1)

TC home runs: Bryan Muñiz (1, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats walked off with the win and the series.

Bryan Muñiz kicked things off with his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Brooks Marlow finished 2-5 with a 2-run single in the 5th. In the 6th inning, Bobby Wernes scored on a wild pitch, and Johnny Sewald hit a 2-run single This put the ValleyCats up 6-4. They had another opportunity to tack on more runs in the 8th, but that went by the wayside as Sewald flew out. Drew Ferguson was stranded at 3rd to end the 10th inning. Dex McCall led off the 11th with a pinch-hit single and was lifted for the speedster, Edwin Medina. Sewald wouldn't let this opportunity go to waste as he punched a single right back up the middle, and Medina scampered his way home with the winning run. Unfortunately, an error was issued on the play, so Sewald was denied his 3rd RBI. Sewald (2 RBI, SB [7]) and Marlow both went 2-5, while Wernes and Tony Nuñez (2 R, SB [1]) finished 2-4.

Kevin McCanna allowed a hit and walked 1 over 3 scoreless innings. Zac Person was the first man out; he only got 1 out in the 4th via strikeout and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 1. Steve Naemark was next; he allowed a solo homer to Richie Martin in the 5th. That was the only run Grandpa Steve allowed in his 2.1 innings; he allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. also went 2.1 innings; he allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. Adam Whitt went 2 innings and allowed a game-tying 2-run homer to Mikey White in the top of the 9th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1. This was the first outing in which Whitt allowed anyone to reach base. Yeyfry Del Rosario worked around a walk and a hit to throw a scoreless 11th inning.

The ValleyCats will spend this 4th of July weekend at home as they get set to begin a 3-game series with the Lowell Spinners, who currently lead them by 4 games in the Stedler Division. In game 1 of this series, Rogelio Armenteros will take on Dioscar Romero. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville and Elizabethton was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 10.

These two teams will play again in Greeneville at 7:00 Eastern. Junior Garcia will face Brandon Easton.

GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Astros 3

W- Hunter Barnett (1-0)
L- Jose Rosario (0-3)
S- Mike Estevez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 3-run 4th for the Blue Jays.

Connor MacDonald went 2-5 and put the Kissimmee Stros on the board with an RBI double in the 4th. Ruben Castro added an RBI single in the 6th, and Reiny Beltre hit an RBI single in the 8th.

Jose Rosario allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings. Carlos Hiraldo and Edgardo Sandoval pitched 2 innings each; Hiraldo allowed a run on a sac fly, a double, and struck out 2. Sandoval allowed a run on a double play, a single, walked 1, and struck out 1. Adonis Peña worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Phillies 1

W- Hector Perez (1-0)
L- Yonathan Trinidad (0-1)
S- Jorge Alcala (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took advantage of the Phillies' miscues, and Hector Perez and Jorge Alcala combined on a 2-hitter.

Perez allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Alcala finished it off; he allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings.

Wilson Amador hit a double in the 1st and scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Cristopher Luciano to reach. Luciano later scored on a wild pitch. Anardo Peralta had the only RBI for the Blue team; it came on a groundout in the 4th inning. In the 5th, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored on a passed ball, and Amador scored on an error as Angel De Leon stole 2nd base.

DSL Mariners2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7 in 10 innings

W- Raul Pedie (5-0)
L- Edwin Villarroel (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Mariners 2 stormed back to tie the game with 3 in the 9th and eventually walked off with the win in the first extra frame.

Miguelangel Sierra (2B, 3 R), Marcos Almonte (2 2B, 3 R), and Randy Vasquez (4 RBI, R) all finished with 3 hits. Vasquez's 3 hits were all RBI singles; the 4th RBI came on a sac fly in the 1st, which was the first run of the game. The three of them scored all of the Orange team's runs. Anthony Rodriguez's 2 hits were both doubles; the first one drove in a run in the 3rd. Hector Martinez drove in 2 runs; he hit an RBI single in the 1st and added a sac fly in the 9th.

Cristian Javier, in his first start, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7 over 5 innings. Gabriel Valdez allowed 4 runs (1 inherited) on 5 hits (solo homer) and fanned 2 in 3 innings. Edwin Villarroel allowed 2 runs of his own in the 9th. He came on for the 10th, but Brayan Hernandez ended the game with a homer. Villarroel allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1 in 1+ inning.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mark Appel looked to rebound from his rough introduction to the PCL.

El Paso 6, Fresno 5

W- Jerry Sullivan (4-1)
L- Jose Veras (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jonathan Villar (1, solo in 2nd), Robbie Grossman (2, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies suffered a meltdown in the 9th inning and walked off with the loss.

Jonathan Villar began the 2nd inning by hitting a solo homer to open up the scoring. Fresno took advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 5th as L.J. Hoes hit a sac fly and Robbie Grossman followed with a 3-run shot. Villar and Tony Kemp had 2 hits apiece, as did Tyler White, who was making his PCL debut. Jake Marisnick, in his 2nd rehab game, hit a double and scored a run in 5 at-bats as the DH.

Mark Appel went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jake Buchanan came on with 2 runners on in the 6th inning, but got out without suffering any damage. He also threw a scoreless 7th and overall, he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Jose Veras couldn't finish it. He faced 6 batters in the 9th and failed to record an out.

In the series finale, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Colin Rea. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 1

W- Brian Holmes (3-2, 5-3 season)
L- Ross Stripling (1-2)
S- Jandel Gustave (10)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (8, led off game)

The Hooks opened up the post-All Star break portion of the schedule by shackling the Drillers.

Brian Holmes was excellent in his 6 innings. The only snag he hit came in the 3rd, when Peter Lavin took him deep. That was the only run the Drillers could muster up, though. Holmes allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Josh Hader tagged in to throw 2 scoreless; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Yes, all of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. Jandel Gustave walked 2 in the 9th, but he was able to close out the game without further incident.

All the scoring was done in the first third of the game. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 and started things off with a bang in the 1st as he put Corpus up 1-0 by taking the 2nd pitch of the game from Ross Stripling and depositing it just to the left of the batter's eye. He struck again in the 2nd with a 2-run single. Jio Mier went 3-4 with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Adrian Houser will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Jharel Cotton at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 7 in 11 innings

W- Andrew Walter (1-1)
L- Michael Smith (6-1)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (4, solo in 7th)

After seeing the 66ers quash their comeback bids for two straight nights in the 9th inning, the JetHawks decided that they'd take it to extra innings and try to walk it off... which they did.

Lancaster got on the board in the 4th inning as J.D. Davis hit an RBI groundout to score James Ramsay, who tripled to lead off the frame. They got a pair in the 2nd on a squeeze play from Jose Fernandez and a sac fly from Ramsay. Brian Holberton added a sac fly of his own in the 6th. In the 7th inning, Wik kicked things off with his 4th homer of the year, and A.J. Reed tied the game with the JetHawks 3rd sac fly of the night. The 66ers got a run in the 8th to take the lead, but it would be short-lived, as Mott Hyde came through with the game-tying RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th. After the JetHawks went down in order in the 10th, Ramsay drew a 1-out walk in the 11th. Hyde was the hero again as he ended the game by ripping an RBI double. Ramsay (2B, 3B, 3 R), Hyde (clutch hits), Wik (solo HR, 2 R), and Davis all finished with 2 hits.

Dan Mendgen went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Austin Chrismon got knocked around in his 2.1 innings as he allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Albert Minnis kept the 66ers at bay as he tossed 3.1 scoreless frames. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed a hit in the 11th, but he was able to get the final out without any damage done.

Evan Grills will make the start in the series finale. He'll face Garrett Nuss at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (5-3)
L- Matt Pearce (3-9)
S- Jordan Mills (2)

QC home runs: Jamie Ritchie (4, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos only got 2 runs, but it was more than enough as Brock Dykxhoorn and Jordan Mills combined on a 3-hit shutout. The big Canadian gave himself a solid birthday present.

Dykxhoorn, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, went 7 innings and allowed 3 hits while striking out 3, and Mills finished it off by striking out 3 over 2 perfect frames.

Jamie Ritchie put Quad Cities on the board in the 3rd with his 4th homer of the year. Nick Tanielu doubled with 1 out in the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a Ramon Laureano flyout, and scored on a Sean McMullen single. Ritchie, who finished 2-4, was the only player on either side with more than 1 hit.

In game 2 of this series, Francis Martes will take on Jhonny Polanco at 7:00.

Vermont 9, Tri-City 2


W- Evan Manarino (1-0)
L- Austin Nicely (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got out to a 2-0 lead after 3 innings, but the Lake Monsters mauled them and finished on a 9-0 run. Both teams had 12 hits, but Vermont was able to convert them into some runs.

Johnny Sewald scored both Tri-City runs. He came home on a passed ball in the 1st inning and scored again in the 3rd when Cesar Carrasco smacked a double. Brooks Marlow also attempted to score, but he was cut down at the plate. Sewald and Drew Ferguson had 3 hits apiece, while Marlow and Carrasco had 2.

Austin Nicely allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4.1 innings. Harold Arauz allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless. David Schmidt got 2 outs in the 9th, but not before he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), a hit, and walked 3. Zach Davis got the final out of the 9th.

The series finale features a matchup of two pitchers who are both named Kevin. The ValleyCats will send out McCanna, and the Lake Monsters will counter with Duchene. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Elizabethton 2

W- Alex Winkelman (2-0)
L- Andro Cutura (0-1)
S- Cris Santamaria (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros started off this one with a flourish and finished it off by burying the Twins.

3 in the 1st, all on errors. Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 1st, advanced to 3rd on an error following said double, and scored on another error that allowed Myles Straw to reach. Straw and Aaron Mizell both scored on the 3rd Elizabethton error of the 1st inning. Straw was credited with an RBI when he reached.

5 in the 8th. Randy Cesar, who was credited with an RBI in the 1st because the play he reached on was scored as a force attempt, hit a 2-run single. Kevin Martir added an RBI single, and Rodrigo Ayarza hit a 2-run single of his own. Ayarza and Brauly Mejia had 2 hits apiece.

Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 2, and struck out 4. Juan Delis allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 4th. Alex Winkelman threw 3 scoreless for the win; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Cris Santamaria allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 for the save.

In game 2 of this series, Junior Garcia will take on Brandon Easton. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees1 9, GCL Astros 8

W- Alex Bisacca (1-0)
L- Starlyn Taveras (0-1)

GCL home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, solo in 3rd), Connor MacDonald (1, solo in 6th)

These teams were tied at 6 heading into the 9th. The Kissimmee Stros scored 2 in the top of the inning to take the lead... but the Yankees walked off with the win. Sheesh...

Kyle Tucker hit his first home run as a pro in the 3rd inning. Connor MacDonald finished 3-5, whacking a solo shot in the 6th and his 2-run single in the 9th put the GCLstros ahead.

Abdiel Saldaña got the start and went 3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Lachlan Madden worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team played 2 extra-inning games with the Phillies, splitting both. The first game was a resumption of a game that was originally scheduled for June 20. That game was a 4-2 win in 10 innings. Wilson Amador hit an RBI triple and scored on a sac fly in the first extra frame. Felipe Tejada walked 1 and struck out 4 over 5 innings to get the win, and Jacques Sambo struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 10th to earn the save.

In the regularly scheduled game, they lost 5-4 in 13 innings. Amador, Angel De Leon, and Oscar Campos all went 2-6. Jorge Guzman allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Framber Valdez threw 2.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2. Dariel Aquino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team also split 2 games with the Mariners 2. They were swamped 14-1 after play resumed, but in the regularly scheduled game, they returned the favor with a 6-1 win. Uh.. let's talk about the win.

Cesar Rosado and Josue Uribe combined on a 1-hitter. Rosado allowed that hit, and struck out 3 over 5 innings. Uribe allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Oliver Toribio went 2-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Juan Fuente stole 2 bases, giving him 12 on the year.

J.R. Richard: Still Throwing Heat

I didn't realize that this J.R. Richard biography/autobiography had now been released. I don't know when I'll have time to read it, but I'm getting mine today!


Happy Birthday - 7/3

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Christian Powell (24)
Powell was born July 3, 1991 in Greenwood, South Carolina, and was signed by Houston as a minor league free agent in March 2015. He was originally drafted by the Twins in the 8th round in 2012 out of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Astros Minor League Links for your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

Suzi brings us more great links to enjoy while you're lollygagging at work before the long weekend (c'mon, you know you are!):

Michael Feliz called up to Astros on his 22nd birthday

Carlos Correa off to a hot start

Rodney Linares selected to lead South Texas All-Star team

A great diving catch from Brett Phillips



White was promptly promoted to Fresno following the All-Star game. Here is Jayne's interview with him from May.



RHP Tyson Perez and OF L.J. Hoes to represent Grizzlies in AAA All-Star Game

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the first day of July, Mike Hauschild dazzled in El Paso and the GCL Astros got off the schneid.

Fresno 5, El Paso 1

W- Mike Hauschild (2-1, 7-2 season)
L- Chris Smith (1-3)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (9, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizz got a fantastic outing from Mike Hauschild as he and 3 relievers combined on a 4-hitter.

Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out a career-high tying 10. It's the 2nd time that he's struck out 10 in a start; he struck out 10 against Clinton on June 30, 2013, when he was with Quad Cities. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman, and Jason Stoffel each pitched a scoreless inning to bring it home. Jankowski struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th. Chapman allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out the side in the 8th, and Stoffel worked around a walk in the 9th to finish it off.

In his first rehab game, Jake Marisnick got the start in CF and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts out of the #2 spot. However, with George Springer's predicament, Marisnick could be summoned back to Houston sooner rather than later, assuming that he did not experience any complications while in the field.

Alex Presley opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st. Later in the inning, L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman added a single and a sac fly, respectively. The other 2 runs came courtesy of a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the 8th, his 9th blast of the season. Tony Kemp went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Presley and Duffy scored 2 runs apiece.

Mark Appel will look to shake off his rough introduction to the Pacific Coast League as he starts game 3 of this series. He'll face Robbie Erlin at 7:05 Mountain.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks are back in action as they kick off a 3-game series in Tulsa tonight at 7:05. In game 1, Brian Holmes will face former Aggie Ross Stripling.

Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 7

W- Brian Loconsole (4-1)
L- Tyler Brunnemann (3-1)
S- Geoff Broussard (5)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (20, solo in 2nd)

Again, the JetHawks erased a big deficit. Unfortunately, the 66ers got 2 runs in the 9th again to take another game in what is turning out to be an irritating series for the 'Hawks.

A.J. Reed continues his assault on California League pitching as he launched his 20th home run of the year, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Brian Holberton went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 4th. The JetHawks made it a 1-run game with 3 in the 7th, as Marc Wik hit a sac fly, James Ramsay added an RBI single, and Jack Mayfield ripped an RBI double. They took the lead with a pair in the 8th; the 2 runs came on a Jose Fernandez RBI groundout and an RBI single from Wik. Ramsay also had himself a 2-hit night from the top of the lineup.

Kevin Comer went 2.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Keegan Yuhl allowed 1 of the 2 runners he inherited from Comer to score, but otherwise, his efforts kept the JetHawks in the game as he allowed 2 hits over 3.2 scoreless innings and struck out 3. In his Lancaster debut, Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Tyler Brunnemann couldn't hold the lead; he got the final 2 outs of the inning, but not before Eric Aguilera decided to spoil the JetHawks' comeback bid by hitting a 2-run homer to put Inland Empire back in the lead. 1 of the 2 runs was charged to Brunnemann; the other run went to Greenwood. Brunnemann walked 1.

In game 3, Dan Mengden and his 'stache will be on the mound. He'll take on Jordan Kipper at 6:30 Pacific.

Beloit 9, Quad Cities 4

W- Junior Mendez (2-6)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-1)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (5, 2-run in 6th)

The Banditos got buried by a 6-run 3rd inning from the Snappers.

They got 13 hits, but it looks like they couldn't string them together to create some runs. Trent Woodward went 4-4 from the bottom of the lineup. Sean McMullen went 2-4 with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jason Martin, who is enjoying a breakout 2015, whacked a 2-run homer in the 6th and added an RBI groundout in the 9th. Ramon Laureano (2 2B), Alex Bregman, and Nick Tanielu all finished 2-4 as well; this was Laureano's 5th 2-hit game in a row.

Justin Ferrell went 4.2 innings and allowed 8 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (2-run homer, grand slam), walked 2, and struck out 3. Josh James went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4.

Tonight, the River Bandits will begin a 4-game series with Peoria. The first leg of this series is at Modern Woodmen Park. Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Matt Pearce at 7:00.

Tri-City 8, Vermont 2

W- Dean Deetz (1-1)
L- Jonathan Massad (1-1)

TC home runs: Drew Ferguson 2 (2; solo in 3rd, solo in 6th), Dex McCall (1, solo in 6th)

The Lake Monsters scored the first 2 runs of the game, but the ValleyCats had the final say in this one as they finished on an 8-0 run.

Drew Ferguson led off the 3rd with his 1st home run as a pro. Tri-City took control with 3 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th. Let's start off with the 5th first. Keach Ballard hit a sac fly and an error on the play allowed him to reach safely. Ferguson scored, and Ballard advanced to 2nd on a balk. Ballard wound up scoring on a sac fly from Brooks Marlow. Dex McCall led off the 6th with his 1st homer of the year, and later in the inning, Ferguson smacked his 2nd solo homer of the evening. And finally, Johnny Sewald ripped an RBI double. The final run of the evening came in the form of Sewald scoring on a sac fly from Anthony Hermelyn in the 8th. Ferguson finished 3-4 and very nearly had a 3-homer night. He banged a double off the wall. Sewald finished 2-4.

Agapito Barrios allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3.2 innings. Juan Carlos Santos got the final out of the 4th without incident. Dean Deetz pitched 3.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario walked 1 and struck out 1 as he threw the final 1.2 innings.

In game 2 of this series, Austin Nicely will take on Heath Bowers. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Princeton 7, Greeneville 5

W- Blake Bivens (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-1)
S- Noel Rodriguez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros dropped the series as they couldn't withstand a 5-run 4th from the Rays.

Myles Straw opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd, and an error on the play allowed Osvaldo Duarte to score another run. Connor Goedert continued his rampage with a 2-run homer in the 6th, and Duarte, who finished 2-5, added an RBI single in the 7th. Aaron Mizell went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Albert Abreu went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Salvador Montaño was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked, 3, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Alejandro Solarte allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out the side in the 7th, and Samil De Los Santos worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

The Appy Astros are back home to begin a 3-game set with Elizabethton. Erasmo Pinales will start the opener; first pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Yankees1 6

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0)
L- Jose Pujols (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got off the schneid in game 9. A 6-run 8th propelled them to their first win of the season.

Vicente Sanchez went 2-4 with a bases-loaded walk and scored 3 runs. Reiny Beltre had an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. At the bottom of the order, Jared Cruz and Nestor Muriel both walked twice.

Carlos Sanabria got the win as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless.

These two teams will play again at noon Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 10, DSL Rays 6

W- Luis Castro (1-1)
L- Jean Henriquez (1-2)
S- Gabriel Pirela (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team trailed 6-5 heading into the 7th, but they finished by scoring the game's final 5 runs.

Ronny Jimenez went 3-5 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Jose Benjamin went 0-3 but scored 3 runs. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with an RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Anardo Peralta had an RBI double and a sac fly.

Gabriel Pirela recorded the save as he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless.

DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Ronald Medrano (2-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (0-3)

Orange home runs: Juan Fuente (1, 2-run in 3rd)

The Cardinals scored 4 in the top of the 8th to take this one from the Orange team.

Juan Fuente went 2-4 and drove in all 3 of the Orange team's runs. He hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd and added an RBI double in the 8th. Anthony Rodriguez hit a double and scored 2 of the 3 Orange runs.

Juan Robles got the start and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him.

WTHB June Astros Minor League Players of the Month

With no further ado, I present you with WTHB's June Players of the Month ...

A.J. Reed - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

1B A.J. Reed (Lancaster)
Reed had an incredible month, putting up video game numbers: .434/.529/.677 in 25 games. He ended the month with four doubles, one triple, six home runs, and THIRTY(!) RBI. He walked 19 times while whiffing 17 times.

Earning honorable mention were Tony Kemp (Corpus Christi/Fresno), L.J. Hoes (Fresno), Chase McDonald (Lancaster), and Jon Kemmer (Corpus Christi).

PITCHER OF THE MONTH

RHP Francis Martes (Quad Cities)
This was EXTREMELY difficult this month. There were many strong performances, but I ultimately went with Francis Martes. Martes was 1-2 with one save in four games (three starts) for the River Bandits. He ended the month wih a 1.23 ERA and a 0.818 WHIP in 22 innings of work. Martes walked four and struck out 16 while holding batters to a .182/.217/.260 slashline.

Honorable mentions go to LHP Brian Holmes (Corpus Christi), RHP Joe Musgrove (Corpus Christi), RHP Chris Devenski (Corpus Christi), RHP Joshua James (Quad Cities), RHP Akeem Bostick (Quad Cities/Lancaster), RHP Christian Powell (Quad Cities), RHP Diogenes Almengo (DSL), RHP Hector Perez (DSL), RHP Jose Rosario (DSL) and RHP Juan Robles (DSL).

Francis Martes - August 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Green

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE MONTH

I could have gone a number of different directions with this award, but what decided me on Heredia was his very gutsy 4-inning relief appearance on June 29th. Heredia kept them in the game with his four no-hit innings and the River Bandits ultimately won the game in the 12th inning. Heredia ended June with a 1-1 record with two saves, a 1.38 ERA, and a 0.886 WHIP in seven appearances (13 innings). He walked six while striking out 17 and held the opposing batters to a very stingy .111/.231/.178 batting line.

Honorable mention goes to LHP Chris Cotton (Corpus Christi), RHP Jandel Gustave (Corpus Christi), RHP Aaron Greenwood (Quad Cities), LHP Jordan Mills (Quad Cities), RHP Aaron West (Corpus Christi), and RHP Cristian Javier (DSL).

Angel Heredia - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

CATCHER OF THE MONTH

Alfredo Gonzalez (Lancaster)
Gonzalez earned this week's promotion to Corpus Christi by looking great both at the plate and behind it. In June, he hit .404/.458/.423 with one double, seven RBI, six walks and 10 strikeouts in 14 games. He even accomplished something you don't often see from catchers; he swiped three bases! For the season, he has a 56% caught stealing rate.

Honorable mention goes to Jacob Nottingham (Quad Cities/Lancaster).

Alfredo Gonzalez - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen


April Players of the Month:
SS Carlos Correa
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Ryan Thompson
C Tyler Heineman

May Players of the Month:
OF Derek Fisher
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Travis Ballew
C Jacob Nottingham

Happy Birthday - 7/2

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Troy Scribner (24)
Scribner was born July 2, 1991 in Washington Depot, Connecticut, and was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in June 2013. He attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Scribner is currently playing for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks.

Troy Scribner - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (21)
Dykxhoorn was born July 2, 1994 in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, and was drafted by the Astros in the 6th round in 2014 out of Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Arizona. Dykxhoorn is playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.