Friday, May 22, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Well, I am in a catatonic state after the end of that Rockets game. So, these recaps will be a little shorter so I can cope, or attempt to cope.

Fresno 10, Nashville 2

W- Luis Cruz (1-2)
L- Barry Zito (1-4)

Fresno home runs: Carlos Correa (2, 9 season; 2-run in 4th), Jon Singleton (13, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies were down 2-0 after 2 innings, but they silenced the Sounds with 10 unanswered.

Mr. Correa put the Grizz on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. He was erased at 2nd as L.J. Hoes grounded into a force out, but Robbie Grossman scored. Jon Singleton later ripped an RBI double to put Fresno in the lead. Correa smashed a 2-run homer in the 4th. In the 5th inning, Matt Duffy blooped in an RBI single, and Nolan Fontana lashed a 2-run triple, and Singleton drove in the final 2 runs of the evening with his Minor League-leading 13th homer of the season. Correa, Duffy, and Fontana had 2 hits apiece, while Singleton led the way with 3 hits.

Luis Cruz went 7 innings and, other than giving up those 2 runs in the 2nd, he was solid. He allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Murilo Gouvea, making his first appearance in nearly 3 years, worked around 2 hits and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th inning. Jason Stoffel walked 1 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Gouvea, who is part of a small Brazilian contingent in minor league baseball, has battled his way back from a sprained elbow in 2013 that ended up in Tommy John surgery in 2014. The Astros were satisfied with his rehab to the point that they re-signed him. This could be a feel-good story in the making.

Brady Rodgers gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Kendall Graveman at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi and San Antonio was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 21.

Mark Appel will start tonight as the Hooks begin a series with Midland. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 22, High Desert 5

W- Evan Grills (2-4)
L- Tyler Smith (1-4)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (6, solo in 7th), A.J. Reed (11, solo in 8th)

Jayne probably had to sleep at The Hangar. Check out that box score... every position player who appeared in the game scored a run! The JetHawks led 18-4 after the 3rd inning. Yes, the third inning.

Evan Grills was knocked around early, but he pulled himself together and was the beneficiary of some generous run support. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 3. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a solo homer to Shoeless Joe Jackson's descendent, also named Joe Jackson, in the 7th inning. He pitched 2 innings and allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 1. Keegan Yuhl worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The JetHawks will now begin a 4-game series against Inland Empire. Bryan Radziewski will start the opener; he'll face Jordan Kipper at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Zack Littell (1-0)
L- Brandon McNitt (0-1)
S- Kody Kerski (5)

This was only the 2nd series that the River Bandits didn't win all year. They're now 11-1-1 after splitting with the Lumberkings. They are the last team in Minor League Baseball to lose 10 games.

The Banditos only had 3 hits. 2 of them belonged to Bobby Boyd, and the other hit came off the bat of Jason Martin.

The Bandits pitchers held the Lumberkings to 4 hits... but they managed to score 3 runs. Brandon McNitt allowed all 4 of them; he allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Jose Montero pitched 1.1 innings, walked 1, and had an inherited runner charged to him when Aaron Greenwood allowed a 2-run sacrifice fly in the 7th. Greenwood pitched 1.2 innings, walked 2, and struck out 1.

The Banditos are welcoming Peoria to the Quad Cities for the weekend and Monday. In game 1, Dan Mengden and his 'stache will take on Fernando Báez at 7.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A few Astros minor league moves to report ...

5-21  LHP Mitch Lambson assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-21  C Tyler Heineman assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-21  RHP Murilo Gouvea assigned to Fresno from Extended Spring Training
5-21  LHP Darin Downs released

Gouvea, a Brazilian right-hander, last appeared in a regular season game in the Astros organization on August 31, 2012, when he was with Lexington.

5-21  RHP Michael Feliz assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-21  LHP Chris Cotton assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-21  RHP Daniel Minor released*
5-21  C/1B/LF Trent Woodward assigned to Corpus Christi from Extended Spring Training
5-21  C Luis Flores assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi and placed on the inactive list

5-21  LHP Reymin Guduan assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

5-19  RHP Aaron Greenwood assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities
5-19  RHP Francis Martes assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities
5-21  1B Bryan Muniz placed on 7-day disabled list
5-21  RHP Jose Montero activated from disabled list

*Daniel Minor was, unfortunately, the victim of a factor that is otherwise a good thing for Astros fans ... a glut of quality arms building up in the higher levels of the system. As a reliever, Minor simply wasn't able to get regular work this season. I wish him the very best of luck and sincerely hope that he is picked up quickly by another affiliated system. In any event, he will remain one of "my guys."

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Fresno was off

The Grizzlies begin a 4-game series with Nashville tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Luis Cruz will take on Barry Zito. Also, the Frankenslice, a pizza with a hot dog baked in to the crust, will be offered for one night only.

San Antonio 2, Corpus Christi 0

W- Bryan Rodriguez (3-5)
L- Aaron West (1-3)
S- Tayron Guerrero (3)

CC home runs: None.

10 hits... but no runs to show for it.

All 10 of Corpus Christi's hits were singles. Tyler Heineman and Leo Heras both went 2-4. Tony Kemp went 1-3 with a walk and 2 steals (10).

Aaron West went 7 innings and allowed a run on 8 hits and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave allowed a solo homer to Trea Turner in the 8th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1 in the inning. Juan Minaya threw a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

Mark Appel and Kyle Westwood will take on Elliot Morris in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

High Desert 4, Lancaster 3

W- Luis Parra (1-3)
L- Zach Morton (0-3)
S- Juan Grullon (1)

Lancaster home runs: Danry Vásquez (2, 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks were left to lament their missed opportunities in this game, especially early on, as they left the bases loaded in the 1st.... and the 2nd innings. They stranded 13 in the game.

Danry Vásquez gave Lancaster a 2-1 lead with his 2nd homer of the season, a 2-run shot in the 4th. James Ramsay hit an RBI single in the 7th that made it a 1-run game, but the JetHawks were unable to find the breakthrough.

Joe Musgrove was excellent in his 5 innings of work; the only run he surrendered came on a solo homer to Royce Bolinger in the 2nd. He allowed 2 singles and struck out 9; he now has 45 strikeouts against 1 walk across both Class A stops. Unfortunately, the Mavs got to Zach Morton for 3 in the 6th. Morton allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 3 innings. Frederick Tiburcio struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In the series finale, Evan Grills takes on Tyler Smith. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 7, Quad Cities 6

W- Rohn Pierce (2-2)
L- Jordan Mills (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos could not hold a 6-2 lead; this Lumberkings rally resulted in a walk-off loss.

Clinton led 1-0 heading into the 4th, but Quad Cities left the inning with a 3-1 lead. Sean McMullen hit a sac fly and Alex Hernandez smacked a 2-run double. D.J. Fisher finished 2-4 with a 2-run single in the 7th and a stolen base (6). Fine night for Jason Martin, who went 4-4 with an RBI single in the 8th and scored 2 runs. Nick Tanielu went 2-3 with 2 runs scored.

Akeem Bostick allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings. Ryan Thompson was knocked around in the 8th as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jordan Mills got 2 outs in the 9th... but he allowed the winning run to score on a bases-loaded walk. Mills allowed a single and struck out 1.

Brandon McNitt takes on Zack Littell in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Well, the Rockets lost, but the Astros and their affiliates all won! So Tuesday was not a total loss.

Fresno 12, El Paso 2

W- Asher Wojciechowski (2-0)
L- Robbie Erlin (4-3)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana 2 (10; 2-run in 1st), solo in 4th), L.J. Hoes (2, solo in 3rd), Carlos Correa (1, 8 season; 2-run in 6th), Matt Dominguez (2, solo in 9th), Robbie Grossman (1, 2-run in 9th)

Pretty fun. 9 of the 12 Grizzlies runs came off of those 6 home runs. Also, here's a video from Alex Nicolas of SB Nation's UTEP blog, Miner Rush.

Majestic. Pretty soon, those balls are going to be deposited into the Astros bullpen....

Oh, sorry, I was daydreaming for a moment there.

Domingo's first homer of the game put the Grizz on the board first in the 1st. L.J. Hoes homered to lead off the 3rd, and later in the inning, Luis Flores ripped a 2-run double. Domingo smacked a solo blast with 2 outs in the 4th. Carlos Correa hit his first AAA homer, a 2-run shot in the 6th. Jon Singleton hit an RBI double in the 8th, and Matty D(ominguez) and Robbie Grossman went deep in the 9th, The top 4 of Grossman, Correa, Hoes, and Santana all had 2 hits, all of them homered, and all of them scored 2 runs. Matt Dominguez finished 5-5 with a double, the solo homer in the 9th, and scored twice. Flores finished 2-5, and Jon Singleton finished 4-5.

Wojo was the beneficiary of ample run support and he wasn't too shabby on the mound himself. He went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless. Jason Stoffel struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

The Grizzlies have today off; tomorrow, they'll begin a homestand with the Tennessee teams coming to visit. First up is 4 with Nashville.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 2

W- Vince Velasquez (1-0)
L- Ryan Butler (0-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (7, solo in 8th)

8 in a row for the Hooks.

Vince Velasquez got his first win of the season as he allowed 2 unearned runs, 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5.1 innings of work. Mitch Lambson struck out 2 over 2.2 perfect frames, and Travis Ballew worked around 2 hits and a hit batter to finish off this game.

The Missions got their 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, but the Hooks responded with 4 in the bottom of the inning to take control. Chan-Jong Moon scored the first Corpus run when Jio Mier grounded into a double play. Teoscar Hernandez advanced to 3rd, and he wouldn't have to wait long for company, as Andrew Aplin (who stole his 3rd [9 season] base) and Telvin Nash walked. Jon Kemmer proceeded to bring them all home with a double. Moon hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Telvin drove himself in for the final run of the night with a solo blast in the 8th. Kemmer's 2 hits were both doubles. Moon and Tony Kemp both finished 2-3, and Leo Heras stole 2 bases (8).

Aaron West will start game 3 of this series; he'll face Bryan Rodriguez at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, High Desert 7 in 12 innings

W- Albert Minnis (1-1)
L- Justin Sprenger (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (10, solo in 1st), Danry Vásquez (2, solo in 3rd)

With the JetHawks' victory, every Astros affiliate is back above the .500 mark. They tied with 1 in the 9th and walked off with the win in the bottom of the 12th.

Brett Phillips led off the bottom of the 1st with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a J.D. Davis groundout. After the JetHawks got on the board, A.J. Reed extended the lead with a mammoth solo shot, his 10th of the season. James Ramsay hit a sac fly in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Danry led off the inning with his 2nd homer of the year, and after doubling, Reed scored on a wild pitch. Danry struck again with an RBI single in the 4th to give the JetHawks a 6-4 lead.

The Mavs scored 1 apiece in the 5th, the 6th, and the 7th to take the lead. They had a grand opportunity with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 7th, but 3 straight outs ended that threat. 2 straight singles and an error loaded the bases yet again in the bottom of the 9th, but this time, Brett Booth came through with a sac fly to tie the game at 7. Reed was stranded at 2nd to end the 11th. After Booth struck out to begin the 12th, Ramsay singled, and then Phillips and Danry walked to load the bases for a third time. J.D. Davis was next up, and he finished it off with a single.

Michael Feliz went 4.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out 4. Keegan Yuhl made his California League debut as the first man out of the bullpen. He went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), issued an intentional walk, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton came on with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th, and he successfully extracted the JetHawks from that situation without allowing any runs. 58% Cotton walked 2 and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless innings. Albert Minnis tagged in with 2 outs in the 9th. He issued a walk to load the bases, but got out of the inning by striking out Ronald Guzman. Minnis went 3.1 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Game 2 will be a late-morning game (well, early afternoon in the Central Time Zone). Joe Musgrove gets the start for this game, which will begin at 11 A.M. Pacific.

Quad Cities 8, Clinton 5

W- Kevin Comer (4-0)
L- Patrick Peterson (4-4)
S- Aaron Greenwood (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits continue to do what they've been doing to their opposition all season. They are now 16-2 in the month of May. They held an 8-1 lead, but the Lumberkings mounted a late uprising to cut into that lead.

In the 1st, the Banditos got a couple of runs on a couple of sac flies hit by Nick Tanielu and Ryan Bottger. Sean McMullen grounded into a force out that scored D.J. Fisher in the 3rd. OK, every time D.J. Fisher hit a double in this game, he scored. He finished with 3 doubles in 5 at-bats and scored 3 runs. He scored the first run of the game in the 1st... after doubling. He doubled for the 3rd time in the 5th.... and scored on a Tanielu triple.The Bandits busted out for 4 in the 6th thanks to RBI singles from Tanielu and Kristian Trompiz and a 2-run double by Jamie Ritchie. Bottger, Tanielu, Ritchie, and Mott Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes was the third player in the Jarred Cosart deal (the fourth will be drafted in a few weeks). He made his season debut in this game and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 4 innings of work. Kevin Comer tagged in and went 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Aaron Greenwood also made his 2015 debut with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th. He issued a walk to the first man he faced but was able to close it out by recording his first strikeout of the season.

Akeem Bostick will take the mound tonight. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 6:30.

Happy Birthday - 5/20

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

2B Jose Fernandez (22)
Fernandez was born May 20, 1993 in Loma de Cabrera, Dajabon, Dominican Republic and signed with the Astros as an international free agent in July 2009. He is currently playing for the High A Lancaster JetHawks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 18, 2015

El Paso 15, Fresno 9

W- Stephen Kohlscheen (2-1)
L- Jonas Dufek (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (4, 2-run in 4th)

The Grizz held a 9-2 lead after 3.5 innings, but they were completely swamped by the Chihuahuas, who ended up scoring the game's final 13 runs to negate an 8-run 4th from the Grizzlies.

Jon Singleton tripled to lead off the 2nd and scored the Grizzlies' first run on a force out.

Matt Duffy kicked things off in the 4th by clearing the bases with a double. One batter later, Alex Presley brought him home with a single. Max Stassi followed with his 4th home run of the season. Nolan Fontana then hit a single, and Robbie Grossman drove him in with a triple. Carlos Correa capped off the scoring with a sac fly. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; everyone scored a run except for Correa.

Can we just say that the pitching staff struggled and leave it at that, please?

Asher Wojciechowski takes on Robbie Erlin later this morning. Well, morning in El Paso, but after noon in the rest of Texas. First pitch is at 11:05 A.M. Mountain.

Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 1

W- Brian Holmes (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Colin Rea (1-2)
S- Mike Hauschild (1)

CC home runs: None.

After an outstanding start to the year at Lancaster, Brian Holmes moved on up to Corpus and shined in his AA debut. The Hooks took the series opener and are now on a 7-game winning streak.

Holmes allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. Mike Hauschild got the 4-inning save, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

Andrew Aplin walked in the 1st, stole 2nd (2, 8 season), and scored the first run of the evening on an error that also allowed Tyler White to reach. The Missions tied the game at 1 in the top of the 3rd, but the Hooks regained the lead with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Aplin scored on a fielder's choice hit by Conrad Gregor, and Tyler Heineman ripped an RBI double. White finished 2-4 to push his average to .342. Jon Kemmer finished 2-4 with a double and stole his first 2 bases of the season.

In game 2 of this series, Vince Velasquez will take on Ryan Butler, who was just promoted from the Cali League. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, Inland Empire 1

W- Edison Frias (5-2)
L- Chris Ellis (2-4)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks only scored 2 runs in each of the last 2 games, but they fought back to split this series by holding the 66ers to 1 run over the final 2 games.

James Ramsay went 2-4 and scored both of Lancaster's runs. He doubled to lead off the game, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch. In the 3rd, he hit an infield single and scored on a double from Danry Vásquez. 3 of the JetHawks' 4 hits were doubles; Chase McDonald hit one of his own with 1 out in the 6th.

Edison Frias went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Adrian Houser was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3 over 2 innings. Tyler Brunnemann pitched 1.1 innings; he inherited 2 runners from Houser in the 8th and quelled that uprising from the 66ers. He allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. He left 2 runners on for Frederick Tiburcio with 1 out in the 9th, and although he issued a walk, he was able to get the final 2 outs of the game.

The JetHawks return home to begin a 3-game series with High Desert tonight at 6:30 Pacific. Michael Feliz takes the mound.

Quad Cities 14, Clinton 10

W- Eric Peterson (2-0)
L- Rohn Pierce (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

No homers, but Sean McMullen has come alive. After a slow start to his season, McMullen is slashing .385/.442/.718 in May with 2 homers and 11 RBI. He finished 4-6 with 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. The best team in baseball negated a 6-run 6th from the Lumberkings with 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th.

He grounded into a force out in the 1st, and Jamie Ritchie scored the first run of the evening. Both teams traded 4 runs in the 3rd inning. The Banditos' 4 runs in the frame came on a McMullen double, a Jason Martin single, and an error that allowed Martin and Ryan Bottger to score. They put up 4 more in the 6th as McMullen and Bottger hit RBI singles, and another error allowed Nick Tanielu and McMullen to score.

The 6-run 6th from Clinton gave them a 10-9 lead. The Bandits went down in order in the 7th, but their rally caps worked in the 8th inning. Nottingham hit a 1-out single, and he scored the tying run as McMullen struck yet again with a single. After a Bottger walk loaded the bases, Martin put the Bandits ahead with a 2-run single. McMullen provided some insurance in the 9th by ripping a 2-run double. Tanielu (2B, 2 BB, 4 R), Martin (4 RBI, R), and Nottingham (2B, 2 BB, 3 R) finished with 3 hits apiece.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (all in the 3rd) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and fanned 7. Jordan Mills bore the brunt of Clinton's 6-run 6th inning; only 2 of those runs were earned. He allowed 4 hits and walked 1. Eric Peterson was next; he walked 1 and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Reymin Guduan struck out the side in order in the 9th.

Chris Lee would have been the starter for tonight's game... but he was just traded to the Orioles for 2 IFA bonus slots. His replacement will take on Patrick Peterson at 6:30.

Astros Minor League Snapshot: Hitting Standouts

Astros minor league players who have hit .300+ so far this season (100 plate appearances minimum) ...

SS Carlos Correa: .369/.438/.664
OF L.J. Hoes: .346/.431/.505
3B Tyler White: .342/.505/.447
2B/OF Tony Kemp: .339/.444/.394
IF Mott Hyde: .330/.415/.470
C Jacob Nottingham: .320/.397/.583
OF Preston Tucker: .320/.378/.650
OF Alex Presley: .317/.340/.356
OF Domingo Santana: .317/.423/.611
OF Brett Phillips: .313/.361/.524
3B Nick Tanielu: .307/.359/.395
OF Derek Fisher: .306/.394/.532
3B J.D. Davis: 303/.362/.492

These catchers haven't met the minimum plate appearances above, but have all had great starts to their seasons as well ...

C Alfredo Gonzalez: .309/.434/.368 in 84 PA
C Tyler Heineman: .309/.378/.395 in 91 PA
C Roberto Pena: .304/.361/.321 in 62 PA

Also of note are 1B/C Jamie Ritchie with his .438 OBP (.280/.438/.402); OF Sean McMullen with his .560 SLG (.298/.358/.560); and A.J. Reed with his .553 SLG (.265/.381/.553).

In case you missed it, here are some of the pitching standouts (posted yesterday).

Astros Minor League Transactions

More movement in the Astros minor league system ...

5-18  RHP Angel Baez released

5-18  RHP Keegan Yuhl assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-18  C Brian Holberton placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 5-15

5-18  LHP Chris Lee traded to the Orioles for international bonus slots
5-19 RHP Francis Martes assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-19 RHP Aaron Greenwood assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training