Thursday, July 31, 2014

Astros Minor League Snapshot

We are now 17 weeks in to the minor league season. Let's take a look at where things stand. (The snapshot will be brief today since I'm still on the road.)

OKLAHOMA CITY

3rd    56-57    .496    3.0GB    W2

The RedHawks remain in third place in the American Southern Division after going 3-4 last week, but they trail second place Omaha by only a half game. Iowa is still in the division lead. Oklahoma City has already assured at least a split with Round Rock (56-54) in their current road series with that team, taking the first two games of the series. At the conclusion of that series, the 'Hawks will head home to host division cellar dwellers Colorado Springs (45-64). That will be followed by an off-day next Wednesday.

CORPUS CHRISTI

For the season:
4th    52-58    .473    11.5GB    L2

For the second half:
4th     18-22     .450     6.0GB     L2

After showing some signs of life earlier this month, the Hooks are once again struggling as they went 2-5 in the past week. They are two games behind third place San Antonio and five games behind second place Frisco in the second half standings. Corpus Christi will start four on the road against first place Midland (62-48) tonight; they went 1-3 against Midland in their last head-to-head match up. After an off day/travel day on Monday, they will visit Northwest Arkansas (44-65) for three games starting Tuesday.

LANCASTER

For the season:
1st    65-44    .596    -.-GB    W4

For the second half:
3rd     21-18     .538     2.0GB     W4

The JetHawks made up some ground in the second half standings this past week as they went 5-2. They are still in third place, but they were four games in back of second half leader Rancho Cucamonga and now only trail that team by two games. Lancaster is one game behind second place Lake Elsinore who they will host starting tonight for four games. On Monday, the 'Hawks will hit the road for three against Modesto (33-76) and four against San Jose (57-52).

QUAD CITIES

For the season:
5th    56-51    .523    10.5GB    L1

For the second half:
T3rd     21-17     .553     1.0GB     L1

It has been a good week for the River Bandits. A 5-2 record for the week put them in a three-way tie (with Peoria and Wisconsin) for third place in the second half, only one game out of first place. Kane County and Cedar Rapids are tied for the lead. Quad Cities will be playing the rubber game tonight in their current series at home against Clinton (44-62) before hitting the road for three against Kane County (67-41). The Bandits will then return home on Monday for three games against Burlington (57-50).

TRI-CITY

1st     31-15     .674     -.-GB     L2

The ValleyCats were 4-3 for the week and retain a seven and a half game lead in the Stedler Division over second place Connecticut. The 'Cats lost the first of three against Mahoning Valley (20-26) last night at home. They will host Batavia (22-24) for three games starting on Saturday followed by an off day on Tuesday. Thursday sees Tri-City hitting the road to Auburn (20-25) for three. All three of those teams are outside the Stedler Division.

GREENEVILLE

2nd     21-19     .525     2.5GB     W2

What a difference a week makes! Greeneville's 6-2 record for the week took them from fourth place in their division to second place, only two and a half games behind first place Elizabethton. The Appy Astros will be playing within the division this next week with three against fourth place Johnson City (18-19) and three against fifth place Bristol (10-28). That will be followed by an off day next Wednesday.

GCL ASTROS

2nd     19-16     .543     1.0GB     W1

The GCL Astros went 3-3 for the week and remain in the exact same place they started the week, second place and one game out of first. The New York Yankees 2 team leads the division. Detroit trails the 'Stros by one game.

DSL ASTROS ORANGE

T9th     18-33     .353     25.0GB     L2

The Orange team was the first of the Astros minor league affiliates to be officially eliminated from any possible postseason play after going 2-4 for the week. The Rangers team that leads this division is 43-8 so most of the other teams in the division are being rapidly eliminated as well.

DSL ASTROS BLUE

5th     24-27      .471     6.5GB      L1

The Astros Blue team had a good week, going 4-2, but still dropped a half game back in the standings. The Royals DSL team leads this division.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oklahoma City 5, Round Rock 4

W- Asher Wojciechowski (1-3)
L- Phil Irwin (5-2)
S- Kevin Chapman (8)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks have taken the first 2 in the series from the Express.

They put up 3 in the 1st on a Matt Duffy fielder's choice that scored Austin Wates and a 2-run single from Preston Tucker. Tucker finished 2-4. Wates added a 2-run single in the 5th.

Asher Wojciechowski went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Tommy Shirley was the first man out and allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 1.2 scoreless. Jason Stoffel got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1. Kevin Chapman retired all 4 Express hitters he faced, striking out 2 to get the save.

In game 3 of this series, Alex White will take on Edwar Cabrera at 7:05.

San Antonio 6, Corpus Christi 0

W- James Needy (8-3)
L- Chris Devenski (2-3, 7-8 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Missions ruined Mark Appel's AA debut by no-hitting the Hooks.

Rene Garcia broke up James Needy's perfect game with a 2-out single in the 6th. However, the official scorer overturned the decision and ruled it an error. He also stole his 5th base of the season. M.P. Cokinos was the only Hooks hitter to not strike out.

Mark Appel allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and fanned 4 over 5 shutout innings. To the best of my knowledge, he did not break any unwritten rules. The Missions roughed up Chris Devenski in the 6th, as he allowed 4 runs in the inning; with 2 of them coming on a homer from Diego Goris. Devenski allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings. David Rollins allowed 2 unearned runs on a single and a groundout and struck out 2 in the 9th.

The Hooks are in Midland for 4 starting tonight at 7:00. In the opener, Mike Hauschild will take on Nate Long.

Lancaster 6, High Desert 4

W- Kyle Westwood (8-6)
L- Lars Huijer (0-2, 4-7 season)
S- Jamaine Cotton (10)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (17, solo in 1st), Rio Ruiz (11, solo in 7th)

The JetHawks earned the sweep as they put up a pair in the 5th, which turned out to be the difference in this game.

Teoscar opened up the scoring with his homer with 1 out in the 1st. Jobduan Morales then added a sac fly in the 2nd, and scored on a wild pitch/Teoscar walk in the 5th. Advancing to 3rd on the play was Chan-Jong Moon, who would score on a Rio Ruiz GIDP. Rio went deep with 2 outs in the 7th, and Jack Mayfield brought home the JetHawks' final run of the evening on an RBI single in the 8th. Everyone except for Morales had 1 hit, but Jobduan still managed to have a somewhat productive night.

Kyle Westwood pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and struck out a career-high 9. Gonzalo Sañudo allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.1 innings, and Jamaine Cotton notched his 10th save, as he allowed a hit and struck out 2 over the final 1.1 innings.

The JetHawks return home for 4 with Lake Elsinore starting tonight at 8:30. Lance McCullers will take on Colin Rea.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Paul Fry (2-3)
L- Andrew Walter (4-3)
S- Kevin McCoy (1)

QC home runs: A.J. Reed (2, 7 season; 2-run in 4th), Brett Phillips (11, 2-run in 5th)

Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for the River Bandits in the 6th as the LumberKings put up 5 in the top of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. Clinton then got a run to get ahead.

Reed now has 30 home runs in 99 games in the year 2014. He has 7 in 37 professional games, and 23 in 62 collegiate games. Phillips has now homered in 5 straight games, the first River Bandit to do so since 1998. His home run came after a delay in which a possum found its way onto the field. Weird. The non-home run RBI came on a sac fly from Marc Wik in the 6th, which tied the game at 5. Ryan Bottger went 2-4.

Chris Lee went 5+ innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Chris Cotton allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. Andrew Walter allowed the go-ahead sac fly to Chantz Mack in the top of the 9th. He went 1.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

In the series finale, Michael Feliz will take on Blake Holovach at 7:00.

Mahoning Valley 1, Tri-City 0

W- Jose Zapata (1-2)
L- Vince Wheeland (0-1)
S- J.P. Feyereisen (2)

TC home runs: None.

For the 2nd straight night, the ValleyCats dropped a 1-0 game.

D.J. Fisher went 1-4 with a steal (13). Their lone extra-base hit was a double from Juan Santana.

Austin Chrismon allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 6 shutout innings. Vince Wheeland allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and Aaron Vaughn struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In game 2 of this series, Bryan Radziewski will take on Julian Merryweather at 6:00.

Greeneville 5, Elizabethton 1

W- Agapito Barrios (3-0)
L- Derrick Penilla (3-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

After getting bludgeoned in the opener, the Appy Astros rebounded to win the series.

They scored the game's first 5 runs. Jake Nottingham opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. A 3-run 2nd opened up the game a bit, as Jeffry Santos smacked an RBI double, Luis Reynoso scored on a wild pitch, and Jason Martin hit a sac fly. Reynoso added an RBI single in the 4th, after Hector Roa doubled to lead off the inning. Roa was the only player on either side with a multi-hit game, as he went 3-4 with that double and scored twice.

Devonte German threw 4 scoreless and allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 4. Agapito Barrios tagged in for 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 4. Jorge Perez walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Greeneville will now begin a 3-game set with Johnson City at 6:00. Josh James gets the start.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Pirates 3 in 10 innings

W- Juan Delis (2-0)
L- Jonathan Minier (0-1)
S- Alejandro Solarte (1)

The Pirates tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 9th, but the Kissimmee Stros re-took the lead in the 10th and Alejandro Solarte locked it down.

Alex Melendez went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a steal (15). He opened the scoring in the 5th with an RBI triple. He scored on a double from Edwin Medina, who scored on a Brauly Mejia single. Medina (18) and Melendez are 1-2 in stolen bases in the GCL. Mejia hit the go-ahead sac fly in the top of the 10th.

Yhoan Acosta went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Starlyng Sanchez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Juan Delis allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and Alejandro Solarte worked around 2 walks to close out the game.

Both teams will play again in Kissimmee later this morning.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Astros Blue 4

W- Henry Martinez (2-1)
L- Enrique Chavez (1-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team put up 3 in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead, but the Indians responded with 5 in the bottom of the inning.

Rodrigo Ayarza opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Their 3 runs in the 7th came without recording a hit. Cristopher Luciano scored on a wild pitch, Jonathan Matute scored on a passed ball, and Wander Franco scored on an error that also allowed Andy Piñeda to reach. Marcos Almonte went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Albert Abreu walked 4 and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Unfortunately, the Indians teed off on Enrique Chavez and Joel Belboder. Chavez allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits and walked 1 in 1.2 innings, and Belboder allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The Blue team is currently in a game at their complex with the Indians.

DSL Rangers2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7

W- Samir Vivas (8-0)
L- Edwin Villarroel (2-4)

Orange home runs: Ihan Bernal (2, 3-run in 1st)

The Orange team broke out for a 7-3 lead, but the Rangers ran off 5 unanswered to take the game.

Bernal's blast put the Orange team on top 3-1. Edgar Lorenzo went 2-3 with a 2-run triple in the 3rd. Orlando Marquez clubbed an RBI triple and Bernal smacked an RBI double in the 5th. Bernal went 3-3 with a steal (4), 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Marquez finished 3-5 (a homer shy of the cycle) with 2 runs scored, and Juan Fuentes went 4-5 with 2 doubles and a run scored.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Edwin Villarroel went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4.

The Orange team is currently in a game against the Rangers 2.

Funky Fotos from Quad Cities

This week I've been posting some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Quad Cities trip in June. The untouched photos can be found here.

Kevin Comer

Evan Grills

Jandel Gustave

Brian Holberton

Omar Lopez

Brett Phillips

Andrew Walters

Chase McDonald

Ronnie Phillips

All photos are property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

There were a few more Astros minor league moves announced yesterday ~

CORPUS CHRISTI
RHP Aaron West placed on the 7-day DL

LANCASTER
OF Ronnie Mitchell assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

TRI-CITY
C Jake Rodriguez assigned from Quad Cities to Tri-City

GCL
RHP Ross Seaton assigned to the GCL for a rehab assignment

Also, earlier this week Baseball America reported that 2B Will Dupont and SS Osvaldo Duarte were both placed on the 60-day DL.

Happy Birthday - 7/31

No future Astros with birthdays today, but a pair of former Astros mark the day ~

RHP Gordie Pladson (58)
Signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 1973, Pladson pitched in 20 games scattered over the four years from 1979 to 1982 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.757 WHIP.

LF Jay Schlueter (died May 13, 2010 at 60)
A second round draft pick in 1967, Schlueter's entire major league career consisted of seven games and only three at bats in 1971. He got one hit, scored one run and retired with a .333 major league batting average and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oklahoma City 7, Round Rock 3

W- Brad Peacock (1-0)
L- Justin Germano (4-11)

OKC home runs: None.

The RedHawks had a 4-3 lead after 7 innings, but they created some much-needed separation with a 3-run 8th.

Domingo Santana, who has struggled mightily since his optioning back to OKC, reached base safely in all 5 of his plate appearances. He went 4-4 with a couple of RBI singles (in the 5th and 8th), drew a walk, and scored a run. Everyone in the lineup had a hit.

Preston Tucker opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. Joe Sclafani followed that up with an RBI single, and Ronald Torreyes drove in another run in rather painful fashion, as he was plunked with the bases loaded. Matt Duffy hit a 2-run single in the 8th, which preceded Domingo's 2nd RBI single of the night. Sclafani and Jonathan Villar both had 2 hits and scored 2 runs; Villar also stole his 12th base (26 season). Max Stassi went 2-5, and Austin Wates finished 3-6.

Brad Peacock went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Anthony Bass was the first man out; he allowed a hit and walked 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Richard Rodriguez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Kevin Chapman navigated out of a runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out situation that morphed into a bases-loaded situation in the 9th to end the game. He worked around 2 hits and a walk and struck out the side.

In game 2 of this series, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Phil Irwin at 7:05.

San Antonio 10, Corpus Christi 4

W- Josh Geer (6-10)
L- Colton Cain (0-1)

CC home runs: M.P. Cokinos (1, 3-run in 2nd)

The Hooks held a 4-3 lead after the 3rd, but they were on the wrong end of a 7-0 run to close it out.

M.P. Cokinos' first home run of the season put Corpus on the board and on top 3-2 in the 2nd. The other Hooks run came in the form of a Delino DeShields sac fly in the 3rd. Tony Kemp went 2-5 with a run scored.

Brady Rodgers went 5 and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and struck out 2. Colton Cain tagged in for 3 innings and he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Kyle Weiland probably wants a mulligan for that 9th inning, as he allowed back-to-back-to-back solo shots. He allowed another run and gave up 4 hits, 3 of which left the yard.

Mark Appel will make his Hooks debut tonight at 7:10. He'll be taking on James Needy.

Lancaster 13, High Desert 5

W- Brian Holmes (3-1)
L- Brett Shankin (4-5)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Wow. 30 combined hits and none of them were home runs. The JetHawks jumped out to an 8-2 lead after the 2nd, then they saw the Mavericks dent that lead a bit, but they restored it with 5 runs in the closing stages of the game.

Jobduan Morales was the only player in the starting 9+1 to not have a hit, but he drew 3 walks and scored 3 runs. He reached on an error that also allowed Rio Ruiz to score in the 1st to open the scoring. Later in the inning, Tyler White ripped a 2-run double.

The JetHawks put up 5 in the 2nd as Rio hit an RBI groundout, Chan-Jong Moon scored on a passed ball, Jon Kemmer hit an RBI single, Tanner Mathis drew a bases-loaded walk, and Kemmer scored on an error that allowed Jack Mayfield to reach. After White hit his 2nd double of the night in the 8th, Mathis brought him home with a triple. And in the 9th, Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI double, Mathis hit a 2-run double, and Mayfield finished off the scoring with an RBI single. White went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. Mathis and Mayfield both went 3-5. Kemmer, Moon, Teoscar, and Rio all went 2-6. Moon (7, 32 season) and Rio (4) both stole bases. Moon, Teoscar, and Kemmer also scored twice.

Evan Grills went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and struck out 2. The bullpen picked him up and finished the game with 5 scoreless. Juan Minaya worked around a hit and a walk in the 5th, and Brian Holmes allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 4 innings.

The JetHawks will look for the sweep as TBA will take on Lars Huijer at 9:05.

Quad Cities 7, Clinton 5

W- Andrew Thurman (5-6)
L- Edwin Diaz (3-7)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (6)

QC home runs: Brett Phillips (11, solo in 1st), Chase McDonald (11, solo in 4th)

The Banditos have won 9 of their last 10. After the LumberKings got the jump on them with 3 in the 1st, they responded with 7 unanswered, and the lead held up.

Brett Phillips' show of power continued as he put QC on the board with a homer to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Ryan Bottger added a sac fly later in the inning. Chase McDonald put the River Bandits in front with a 2-run single in the 2nd. Marc Wik scored on an error off a Brett Booth groundout in the 3rd. In the 4th, James Ramsay hit a sac fly, and McDonald smacked his 11th homer of the year. McDonald finished 3-4, while Phillips went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Andrew Thurman went 7 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Frederick Tiburcio worked around a walk to finish it, striking out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Chris Lee will take on Jose Flores at 7:00.

Aberdeen 2, Tri-City 1 in 10 innings

W- Stefan Crichton (2-4)
L- Ryan Thompson (2-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats walked off with a loss as they were held to 1 run for a 2nd straight game. This was only their 2nd series loss of the season; they were swept in a 2-game set by Lowell last month.

D.J. Fisher scored the lone TC run on a wild pitch in the 4th. He led off the inning with a single, stole 2nd (12), and advanced to 3rd on the errant throw down to 2nd. Bobby Boyd and Alfredo Gonzalez had 2 hits apiece; Boyd had a steal (10), while Gonzalez's double was the ValleyCats' lone extra-base hit.

Randall Fant held his own against a rehabbing Ubaldo Jimenez, as he went 5 innings and allowed a run (on a solo homer in the 4th) on 5 hits and struck out 8. Francis Ramirez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4 over 2.1 scoreless, and Ryan Thompson threw 1.2 scoreless before running into serious trouble in the 10th. He was unable to extricate himself from that predicament, as Ryan Murphy hit the game-winning RBI single with 1 out in the inning. Thompson allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

The ValleyCats are back home tonight, where they'll open up a 3-game series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Austin Chrismon gets the start in game 1, which begins at 6:00.

Greeneville 4, Elizabethton 2

W- Dean Deetz (2-1)
L- Keaton Steele (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Twins got 2 after stretch time to take a 2-1 lead, but the Appy Astros scored the game's final 3 runs to take the middle game of this 3-game set.

Kristian Trompiz opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Luis Reynoso tied the game at 2 with an RBI single in the 8th, and a wild pitch/error allowed Tony Nuñez and Ydarqui Marte to scamper home with what turned out to be the decisive runs. Trompiz finished 2-4, while Nuñez went 1-2 with 3 walks.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless. Keegan Yuhl tagged for 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. Dean Deetz allowed the 2 Elizabethton runs in the 7th, but all was forgiven in the end. He went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to end the game.

In the rubber game of this series, Devonte German will face Derrick Penilla at 6:00.

GCL Yankees2 5, GCL Astros 1

W- Carlos Diaz (2-1)
L- Harold Arauz (4-1)

GCL home runs: None.

Harold Arauz was knocked around for the first time this season as the Kissimmee Stros were thwarted in their attempt to take the lead in the GCL Northeast.

Arauz went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 7. Samil De Los Santos allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Kyle Gehrs allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 7th. Alejandro Solarte struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and John Gatlin walked 2 and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Alex Melendez scored the lone GCLstros run in the 1st on an error after a bunt single from Edwin Medina. Connor Goedert finished 2-4, while Medina also stole his 17th base of the season.

The Kissimmee Stros are currently in Bradenton, where they're taking on the Pirates.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Dodgers 2

W- Erasmo Pinales (2-1)
L- Angel German (1-5)

Blue home runs: Jake Bowey (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team erupted for 5 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th as they pounded the Dodgers.

Cristopher Luciano opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 6th. Luis Vasquez followed that up with a bases-loaded walk, and then Oliver Toribio delivered a pinch-hit 2-run single. Vasquez would score on a wild pitch. Marcos Almonte hit an RBI double in the 7th and scored on Bowey's blast. Bowey finished 3-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Almonte went 2-5.

Erasmo Pinales started it off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6. Juan Cuevas allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless, and the Dodgers spoiled the shutout as they got 2 off of Yan De La Cruz in the 9th. 1 of those runs was earned. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 in the inning.

The Blue team is currently at the Indians complex for a game.

DSL Marlins 10, DSL Astros Orange 9 in 11 innings

W- Jose Jaramillo (3-2)
L- Tomas Lopez (1-1)

Orange home runs: Ihan Bernal (1, 2-run in 11th)

Bernal's 1st career homer brought the Orange team to within 1, but the rally was snuffed out when the next 3 hitters were retired to end the game.

Juan Fuentes scored the game's first run on a wild pitch in the 1st. He scored again in the 3rd on an Orlando Marquez groundout. The Orange team rallied for 5 in the 9th to tie the game at 7. They got a pair of RBI singles from Felix Lucas and Anardo Peralta. Lucas scored on a Frankeny Fernandez groundout, and Marquez tied the game with a 2-run double. Marquez and Peralta had 2 hits apiece, while Fernandez stole his 30th base of the year.

Carlos Sanabria went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Ramon Rodriguez allowed 3 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Bryan Abreu allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th, and Tomas Lopez went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

The Orange team is currently in a game against the Rangers 2.

Funky Fotos from Lancaster

This week I'm going to post some of my "funkified" photos courtesy of  BeFunky.com. Today, photos from my Lancaster trip in May. The untouched photos can be found here.

Carlos Correa

Jamaine Cotton


Danry Vasquez

Vasquez, Gulbransen, Scott


Lance McCullers

Teoscar Hernandez


Rio Ruiz

Ruben Sosa


Tyson Perez

All photos property of Jayne Hansen. All rights reserved.

Happy Birthday - 7/30

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Jorge Perez (21)
Drafted by Houston in the 30th round in 2013 out of Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma, Perez started the 2014 season with the Greeneville Astros. In 10 games (16.1 innings), he has a 2.20 ERA and a 1.408 WHIP.

Greeneville Manager Josh Bonifay (36)
Josh Bonifay was drafted by the Pirates in 1999, but ended his minor league career with the Houston organization. After serving as Hitting Coach for Greeneville in 2011 and Lexington in 2012, Bonifay got his first Manager assignment with the Rookie level Greeneville Astros team in 2013, a role he is reprising in 2014. Bonifay is taking on a new role as well, having just become a new Dad for the first time earlier this month.

Two former Astros mark the day as well ~

3B Doug "The Red Rooster" Rader (70)
Rader was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1965 and played for the Astros for nine seasons, from 1967 to 1975. In 1178 games, he hit .250/.318/.402 with 197 doubles, 20 triples, 128 home runs and 600 RBI. He won Gold Gloves five seasons straight from 1970 to 1974.

C Gus Triandos (died March 28, 2013 at age 82)
Triandos came to Houston from Philadelphia in June 1965 and played in only 24 games for the Astros at the end of his career, hitting .181/.244/.292. Triandos was a three-time All Star for Baltimore with a lifetime caught stealing percentage of 47%.

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