Friday, May 25, 2018

Getting to Know Astros OF J.J. Matijevic

When I first set eyes on a top draft pick, I try to size up the player through observation before talking to him. However, when I saw OF J.J. Matijevic in Myrtle Beach earlier this month, it was only his third game following his promotion to Buies Creek and it was hard to tell whether or not his somewhat reserved demeanor was due more to his nature or his reluctance to draw too much attention to himself as he acclimated to his new team. In any event, personality-wise, Matijevic reminded me somewhat of when I first met Derek Fisher, appearing to be someone who is more reserved in a group setting and more open and engaging one-on-one, and someone who is very confident of his abilities.

J.J. Matijevic - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Matijevic was drafted 75th overall in 2017 out of the University of Arizona as one of two compensation picks received from those cheatin' Cardinals. According to Matijevic, he was a little surprised at getting selected by the Astros as there were other teams that had actually seemed to show more interest in him. "There were a lot more teams that were talking to me a lot more (than the Astros). It didn't really matter what team I got drafted by. I wasn't trying to go to a particular team. Just the ability to be drafted and the chance that any team has given you is a blessing. You've just got to go to work," said Matijevic.

With that said, Matijevic is certainly enjoying his time with the Astros so far. "It's amazing. Everyone is the best at (their) job. The best organization in baseball. Everything they do, they just do it (so) well.  I love talking to other organizations and seeing how much better we are than them. It's good. It's really good."

Asked to give a scouting report on himself, Matijevic told me, "I'm definitely good at hitting. That was my main tool coming out of college. In college, power-wise and putting balls in play, things like that. Intangibles -- good leader, act like a professional, always work hard and play hard. That's one of the things that they're always talking about. Always play hard, stay on top of my teammates to try to lead them the best I can. Work on? Defense. I've been working in left field. It's getting better and better. Now I've just got to keep working at it."

Buies Creek Hitting Coach Ben Rosenthal also weighed in with his thoughts on Matijevic, "He's good. He's fun. He's got some crazy power. I think the biggest thing for him is just making sure that he's swinging at pitches he can handle consistently. He can be late and still hit a ball 90-something miles an hour opposite field. When he gets everything timed up and synced up, he can hit a ball over that shed out there. He's got high power potential. Defensively, a couple things to work on but it's going to be fun to watch him grow. He's open to learn and get better and wants to get better and wants to be better and for me that's all I can ask."

Matijevic was unfazed by his promotion to High A, "Hitting's hitting. It's hard whatever level you're at. The pitching's always going to be good. You've just got to keep working at it, the reps. You get better the more you play and the more ABs you get." In his first 14 games with Buies Creek, he is hitting .328/.344/.655 (.340/.393/.679 in 27 games so far for the season).

And he is similarly unfazed by the road ahead for him in a system as deep with talent as the Astros system is. "They have everything. They have outstanding players up there. I've just got to keep working hard. Maybe a couple of years, I'll get the call. But one step at a time. One day at a time. And just try to get better down here and try to improve as a baseball player and a person. Just keep going. The more talent, the harder you work. And you play against them so you learn from those players as well. You learn from them. You watch them. You just push yourself more and more everyday and try to be better than them. It's good that there's a lot of talent in the system," said Matijevic.

Similarly Matijevic watches and learns from his current teammates, "Everybody's a really good player. I love watching people and learning from them. My best friend up there in Quad Cities is Papierski, Michael Papierski, and I just love watching how hard he works. I feed off of that whenever we work out or hitting or defense, anything. He works so hard and I feed off that stuff. Ronnie here, hitting-wise, he's such a great hitter and I watch him too and just see tendencies of what he does and everything. Basically, we just learn from each other and no one really sticks out. We're all really good or else we wouldn't be here."

Off the field, Matijevic said of himself, "I'm a very chill person. I like to have fun with friends, play a lot of golf, big movie guy. I go to the movies a lot. I just like to chill and hang around people, have fun and stuff like that."

Whether my assessment of Matijevic being on the reserved side is correct or not, there are a couple of things I am reasonably sure of just through my observations of him. The tattoos on his arms suggest a deep faith in a higher power and his self-assured swagger suggests a deep faith in his own power. It is a compelling combination.

Thank you for your time, J.J., and best of luck as your season continues to unfold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 24, 2018

Swept. No matter... the Houston Rockets are one win away from the NBA Finals.

Reno 4, Fresno 3 in 10 innings

W- Jake Barrett (2-0)
L- James Hoyt (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

Fresno and Reno both traded innings in which they either scored one run or two runs. But... the Aces managed to get their, um... leadoff runner home in the first extra frame.

The Grizz got two in the 4th on an Alejandro Garcia RBI single and a sac fly from Cody Bohanek. Drew Ferguson also hit a sac fly in the 7th.

In his AAA debut, Brock Dykxhoorn went six innings and allowed a run on four hits while striking out five. Matt Ramsey allowed two runs on four hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out three in 1.1 innings. Brendan McCurry followed with 1.2 perfect innings, striking out one. James Hoyt allowed the go-ahead run on a sac fly, walked one, and struck out one in the 10th.

The Grizzlies welcome El Paso to the Central Valley this weekend. Cy Sneed will get the start in game one and he'll face Walker Lockett at 7:05 Pacific.

Springfield 4, Corpus Christi 0 in 10 innings


W- Landon Beck (2-1)
L- Erasmo Pinales (0-2)

CC home runs: None.

A forgettable night for the Hooks as they were kept off the scoreboard for ten innings.

It was not a forgettable night for Corbin Martin, however. He allowed just two singles and struck out nine over 7.2 shutout innings. Unfortunately, the Corpus bullpen cracked. Erasmo Pinales pitched 1.2 innings and allowed four runs (one earned, two inherited runners charged to him) on five hits, walked one, and struck out one. Carlos Sierra got the last two outs of the 10th via strikeout, but he also allowed a couple of RBI singles.

Randy César went 3-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Josh Rojas finished 2-4.

This weekend, it's a World Series rematch... in the Texas League. Corpus welcomes the Tulsa Drillers to Whataburger Field for the weekend.  First pitch is 7:05.

Winston-Salem 3, Buies Creek 1

W- Dylan Cease (6-2)
L- Brett Adcock (3-2)
S- Kyle Kubat (1)

BC home runs: None.

Both teams had four hits, but the Dash had more in the column that matters most.

Brett Adcock went 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out two. Jesús Balaguer was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and inherited a bases-loaded situation, which he extracted Adcock from without any damage. Balaguer and Colin McKee combined to throw 4.1 perfect innings out of the bullpen; Balaguer struck out two in 3.1 innings and McKee struck out one in a 1-2-3 8th.

Abraham Toro scored the Carolina Stros' only run when Troy Sieber grounded out in the 4th.

Buies Creek welcomes the Lynchburg Hillcats to Campbell U for a weekend series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Wisconsin 11, Quad Cities 1

W- Alec Bettinger (4-3)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-2)
S- Gabe Friese (4)

QC home runs: Colton Shaver (4, solo in 5th)

The Banditos got buried by a nine-run 8th inning.

Colton Shaver's solo blast in the 5th was Quad Cities' only scoring play. Jonathan Arauz finished 2-4 and he has turned a four-game hitless streak into a four-game hitting streak.

César Rosado went five innings and allowed a run on six hits, walked one, and struck out four. The Banditos bullpen struggled... and I think I'll leave it at that.

Peter Solomon will start the first game in a four-game series against Peoria at 6:35. He'll take on Evan Guillory.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, Corpus Christi
7.2 IP, 2 H, 9 K; career highs in IP and strikeouts

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B; 17-game hitting streak

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K; AAA debut

Buies Creek Astros bullpen
4.1 IP, 3 K; perfect outing
Jesús Balaguer: 3.1 IP, 2 K
Colin McKee: IP, K

César Rosado, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Let's play two in Winston-Salem!

Reno 5, Fresno 2

W- Taylor Clarke (5-5)
L- Josh James (0-2)
S- Jimmie Sherfy (8)

Fresno home runs: Kyle Tucker (5, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies were held in check, but they were also left to rue some missed opportunities as they finished 0-9 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday afternoon.

Kyle Tucker's two-run blast in the 8th represented Fresno's only scoring play in this game. Tyler White went 2-3.

Josh James threw 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out three. Kent Emanuel was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen and allowed three runs on four hits and walked two in 1.1 innings. Andrew Thome tagged in for two scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking two, and striking out two. Buddy Boshers retired all four Reno hitters he faced, striking out two of them.

Fresno and Reno will wrap up their series at 7:05 Pacific. The Grizzlies have not announced a starter; whoever he is, he'll face Troy Scribner.

Corpus Christi 4, Springfield 2

W- Yoanys Quiala (4-4)
L- Conner Greene (4-3)
S- Riley Ferrell (2)

CC home runs: None.

Four Hooks pitchers combined to hold the Cardinals to three hits as they came away with a series win in Missouri.

The one hit that Yoanys Quiala allowed in his five innings was a solo homer to Tommy Edman. Quiala also walked one and struck out five. Sean Stutzman issued two walks over two scoreless innings. The Ferrells both pitched an inning; the Oklahoma Ferrell, Justin, allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in the 8th, while the Texas Ferrell, Riley, closed it out by striking out two in a 1-2-3 9th.

Corpus got two in the 1st on a sac fly from Josh Rojas and an RBI groundout from Randy César. Stephen Wrenn hit an RBI single in the 2nd, and Lorenzo Quintana scored on an error as Aníbal Sierra stole second base in the 7th inning. Sierra got a bit greedy and was thrown out at third. César went 2-4 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Rojas was the only man in the lineup to go hitless, but he did drive in the first run of the evening.

Brock Dykxhoorn will face Jake Woodford, a former high school teammate of Kyle Tucker's, in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Game 1: Winston-Salem 3, Buies Creek 1

W- Tanner Banks (2-2)
L- Carson LaRue (2-2)

BC home runs: None.

The Dash scored in more innings than the Carolina Stros in game one.

Carson LaRue went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits (solo homer) and struck out four. Robert Corniel walked two in the 6th but was able to get the last two outs of the frame without any further incident. He struck out one.

Abraham Toro scored Buies Creek's only run of game one on a sac fly from Chas McCormick in the 4th inning.

Game 2: Buies Creek 10, Winston-Salem 4

W- Gabriel Valdez (1-1)
L- Danny Dopico (0-3)

BC home runs: J.J. Matijevic 2 (3, 6 season; solo in 2nd, solo in 5th), Abraham Toro (7, 2-run in 1st), Ronnie Dawson (4, 3-run in 3rd)

Buies Creek stormed out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a split in the twinbill. They were the home team in this game because it was originally scheduled to take place in Buies Creek.

Osvaldo Duarte tripled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of game two on a double from Ronnie Dawson. One batter later, Abraham Toro launched a home run. Alfredo Angarita added a two-run single. J.J. Matijevic smacked his first solo homer of the game in the 2nd inning. Dawson tacked on three more in the 3rd with his homer, and Matijevic capped off the onslaught in the 5th with his second solo home run.

Gabriel Valdez went five innings and allowed two runs on four hits (solo homer),walked two, and struck out three. Tanner Duncan allowed a two-run homer to Joel Booker in the 7th, which was the only scoring play he allowed in his two innings. Duncan allowed four other hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Brett Adcock will face Dylan Cease in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Wisconsin 4

W- Juan Robles (1-0)
L- Cody Beckman (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos trailed 4-1 through five innings, but fortunately, their bats came alive and they blew the Timber Rattlers away.

Jake Meyers drew a two-out walk in the 3rd inning and scored Quad Cities' first run when Jonathan Arauz ripped a triple. They cut the deficit to one with a couple of runs in the 6th inning. Corey Julks led off by drawing a walk and scored on a Miguelangel Sierra double. Sierra advanced to third on a wild pitch that was also ball four to Jake Adams. Adams got caught stealing, but Sierra took advantage and scored while everyone else was preoccupied with Adams.

Quad Cities loaded the bases with one out in the 7th and they wound up scoring four runs. Julks put them in the lead with a two-run single and Adams ripped a two-run double. Meyers capped off the evening with an RBI triple in the 8th inning.

Patrick Sandoval went 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits (three-run homer), walked two, and struck out four. Juan Robles tagged in to throw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out three. Carlos Sanabria worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out two.

César Rosado will face Alec Bettinger in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

J.J. Matijevic, LF, Ronnie Dawson, OF, and Abraham Toro, 3B, Buies Creek
*Stats from game two of doubleheader*
Matijevic: 3-4, 2 solo HR (3, 6 season)
Dawson: 2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (4), 4 RBI, 2 R
Toro: 2-4, 2-R HR (7)

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, H (solo HR), ER, BB, 5 K

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, RBI; 16-game hitting streak

Jonathan Arauz, IF, Quad Cities
3-5, 3B, RBI, R

Juan Robles, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Getting to Know Astros RHP Brandon Bielak

RHP Brandon Bielak absolutely dominated in his first season in 2017 after being drafted by the Astros out of Notre Dame in the 11th round, going 2-1 with a save, a 0.80 ERA, a 0.772 WHIP and five walks to 42 strikeouts in 33.2 innings for rookie league Greeneville (two games) and short season A Tri-City (8 games). Although he hasn't been quite that dominant in 2018, he has more than held his own with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in his first nine appearances for High A Buies Creek. And the fact that he skipped directly to High A in his first full season (bypassing Low A Quad Cities) speaks volumes about what Bielak brings to the table. I sat down with Bielak earlier this month.

Brandon Bielak - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

One of the things that Bielak brings to the table is a fully developed pitch repertoire, "I've got a 4-seam fastball, a spike curveball, a slider and circle changeup. Fastball anywhere from 90-94." As far as his offspeed goes, he is partial to the changeup, "It's just something I have a really good feel for. Something that's my go-to pitch when I need to throw it for a strike," said Bielak.

Bielak credits the Astros organization for his early success, "I learned a lot my first season with the Astros. They changed a few things with my pitches and I kind of just took off from there. I had a good feel for it from the beginning and I just got really good help from managers and coaches. They just helped me out to get where I am today honestly. They helped transform two of my pitches. I just threw a regular curveball and now I throw a spiked and before I threw a slurve and now I throw an actual slider so they definitely know how to develop pitchers in this organization. Just from the first two years with the Astros, I've learned so much about baseball, about pitching, just the overall game. It's clearly been helping me."

One thing that Bielak feels that he does well is to maintain a good game tempo, but there are other aspects of his game that he is working on improving, such as tweaking his changeup to make it more effective against right-handed hitters. And one of his biggest focuses right now is tunneling his pitches in order to keep hitters guessing. "That's one of the biggest things I'm working on now is throwing all my pitches out of the same slot and just working off my previous pitch to get to my next pitch."

As far as getting to the next level developmentally, Bielak knows what he needs to do. "Mainly just building off my previous outing and attacking the zone even more than what I'm doing now. Trusting myself and my pitches. I can't be too perfect all the time. Just throwing my stuff in the zone is going to help me a lot," said Bielak.

Bielak enjoyed watching the Astros in the World Series, but there's something else he enjoyed even more. "(The World Series) was a lot of fun. Those guys are fun to watch and it's even better to see them in Spring Training, just to get that feel. It gives you a feeling like that's where you want to be, that's what you want to work towards. That's where you want to be eventually. That's why we're here right now and that's how we're going to get there when we get there." Acknowledging the depth of talent in the Astros system left Bielak unfazed, "That's the best part. It's about competing with one another and also having fun."

I also reached out to Buies Creek Pitching Coach Drew French to get his take on Bielak. French said, "He's got four pretty close to major league pitches. He has to learn how to locate them better, sequence them better and his pitch selection throughout a game needs to improve. But with it being his first full season in pro ball ... a lot of this stuff is taken away from them in college. These are not decisions they're having to make on their own in college; whereas, now the career is in his own hands. So he's got to do some of these things in game a little bit better, but he's really really bright and intelligent and he's come a long long way in just a short amount of time. I think most of the stuff with him is just getting his reps in, making sure that he's staying on the right track in his delivery. The pitches are ready and now it's just how he uses them and where he uses them is the most important thing. It's been pretty easy for him, but we know, especially here, we need to get these guys ready for AA which is the biggest jump that any of them is ever going to make."

It's exciting for me to watch a pitcher with Bielak's upside. Not only does he have a strong pitch arsenal, he has shown the ability to learn and adapt rapidly, he has a strong pitcher's frame, he has a plan for maximizing his talent, and he possesses a mature, calm demeanor. That skillset should play well going forward in the Astros system and I look forward to watching his journey.

Thank you for your time, Brandon, and best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Rockets won. It's a series now, ladies and gentlemen. I'm not sure how I'm alive after that game, but since I'm still breathing... let's check in on how the Astros farm did on Tuesday.

In the interest of time, because I'm still amped from watching the Rockets somehow win a game in the toughest arena in the NBA despite going down 12-0 to start and having to claw back from multiple double-digit deficits during the course of the game, I'll keep it short and sweet, because I most definitely did not get any sleep.

Sweep! Houston's major-league teams took care of the Bay Area and the Astros' minor league affiliates handled their business too.


Fresno 4, Reno 3

W- Brendan McCurry (1-2)
L- Braden Shipley (2-4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Tacos walked off with a win thanks to Alejandro Garcia's two-run single in the 9th. A.J. Reed ripped a two-run double in the 4th.

Rogelio Armenteros went five innings and the three runs he surrendered all came on two home runs; a solo to Kevin Cron, and a two-run shot from Anthony Recker. Armenteros allowed two other hits, walked two, and struck out eight. Ralph Garza threw three scoreless in his AAA debut, walking two and striking out three. Brendan McCurry got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Josh James will get the start in game three. First pitch is at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 3


W- Ryan Hartman (4-1)
L- Anthony Shew (0-1)

CC home runs: Lorenzo Quintana (3, solo in 5th)

Corpus came alive with six runs in the 5th to take control.

Ryan Hartman struck out a career-high 11 over 6.1 shutout innings in his last start and followed it up with a bare minimum quality start, allowing six hits (solo homer), walking one, and striking out seven. Chris Nunn allowed two hits and fanned three in two scoreless innings of work, and Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out two.

Everyone in the Hooks lineup recorded a hit and Stephen Wrenn led the way in that department as he finished 3-5 with a pair of RBI singles, two runs scored, and two stolen bases (15). Josh Rojas' two hits both resulted in runs; he had an RBI single in that big 5th inning and capped off the evening with an RBI triple in the 8th. Rojas also stole a base (7, 19 season); he's 19-20 on stolen base attempts this year. Lorenzo Quintana opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd and smacked a homer to lead off the 5th. Alex De Goti went 2-4 with a double and an RBI single in the 5th, and Taylor Jones and Carmen Benedetti had RBI singles in the 5th.

Yoanys Quiala will take on former actor Connor Greene in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 12, Winston-Salem 4

W- Hector Perez (1-1)
L- Jimmy Lambert (3-4)

BC home runs: Luis Payano (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Carolina Stros wreaked havoc on the bases and pounded out 17 hits. They actually failed to draw a walk in this game and struck out 12 times... but that probably matters a little less when a team scores 12 runs.

Buies Creek went 7-7 in stolen base attempts; Osvaldo Duarte had four of those steals, including a steal of home in the 5th inning.

Poor Carlos Canelón.


Hector Perez went five innings and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Gavin Sheets in the 2nd. He allowed one other hit, walked one, and struck out four. Brandon Bielak tagged in for 2.2 innings and the three runs he allowed came on a homer hit by former Astros draft pick Zach Remillard in the 8th inning. Bielak allowed two other hits, walked two, and struck out four. Ronel Blanco got the last four outs of the evening and issued a walk during his time on the mound.

The Carolina Stros and Dash will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with game one starting at 11:00 AM Eastern. Carson LaRue will face Tanner Banks in the morning session. Brandon Bielak is listed as the starter for game two, but I'm highly sure that he's not going to be physically capable of making that start.

Quad Cities 8, Wisconsin 0

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Dylan File (5-3)

QC home runs: Jake Adams 2 (6; solo in 4th, 2-run in 7th)

The Banditos administered a beating on Tuesday afternoon with some kids having to bear witness. This was a field trip game, right? Hope that doesn't scar them.

Leovanny Rodriguez, Parker Mushinski, and Luis Garcia joined forces to keep the Timber Rattlers off the board for nine innings. Leovanny allowed two hits and struck out a career-high nine in five innings of work. Mushinski tagged in for three innings allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out one. Garcia worked around a hit and a walk in the 9th to complete the shutout.

Quad Cities went scoreless for the first three frames, but they found the offense and scored in each of the last five innings of the day. Corey Julks went 4-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a stolen base (13). Jake Adams clubbed two home runs; his first blast opened the scoring in the 4th inning... and the floodgates, it turns out. He also sent one out in the 7th for a two-run shot. Jake Meyers went 2-5 with a two-run double in the 6th, and Miguelangel Sierra hit an RBI single in the 5th.

Patrick Sandoval faces Christian Taugner at 6:35.

Tuesday's Stars

They all won. Everybody gets a star!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 21, 2018

Reno 4, Fresno 2

W- Jake Buchanan (3-3)
L- Mike Hauschild (2-4)
S- Silvino Bracho (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies scored twice in the opening inning, but unfortunately, that was all the offensive output they could muster up on Monday.

A.J. Reed hit an RBI single to open the scoring and one batter later, Kyle Tucker scored when Nick Tanielu grounded into a force out. Drew Ferguson finished 3-4 and scored the game's first run, while Jon Kemmer went 2-4.

Mike Hauschild went seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits, walked two, and struck out three. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out three over two scoreless innings.

Rogelio Armenteros will take on Kris Medlen in game two of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 3

W- Wes Benjamin (3-3)
L- Alex Winkelman (1-2)

CC home runs: None.

The latest iteration of the Lone Star Series in the Texas League went to Frisco.

Jamie Ritchie drove in all three Corpus Christi runs in this game; he ripped an RBI double in the 5th and added a two-run triple to his ledger in the 9th. Stephen Wrenn went 2-3 with a double, a stolen base (13), and scored twice.

Alex Winkelman and Framber Valdez both pitched four innings. Winkelman allowed five runs on seven hits (three-run homer), walked two, and struck out six. Framber allowed two runs on a double, one other hit, walked two, and struck out five.

The Hooks are back home and they'll begin a three-game series with Springfield at 7:05. Ryan Hartman is scheduled to get the start for Corpus.

Buies Creek 4, Winston-Salem 1

W- Abdiel Saldaña (5-0)
L- Bernardo Flores (3-3)
S- Jorge Alcala (2)

BC home runs: None.

It was a two-man game at the plate and on the mound for the Carolina Stros. Troy Sieber and Kristian Trompiz were responsible for the offensive production, while Abdiel Saldaña and Jorge Alcala were locked in on the mound.

Abraham Toro (2B, 2 R), Sieber, and Trompiz all finished with two hits on the evening. Sieber hit RBI singles in the 1st and the 5th, while Trompiz had a two-run single in the 3rd. Everyone in the Buies Creek lineup recorded a hit.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed a run on two hits and struck out four in five innings. Jorge Alcala finished it off by allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out seven over the last four innings.

Hector Perez will start game two for Buies Creek and he'll go up against Jimmy Lambert at 7:00 Eastern.

Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Nelson Hernandez (6-2)
L- Yohan Ramirez (3-3)
S- Rodrigo Benoit (4)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in one inning, but the Timber Rattlers scored more in the inning in which they scored.

Quad Cities' lone scoring play came in the 5th when Jake Meyers ripped an RBI double. Meyers and Jonathan Arauz both had two hits out of the top of the order and both of them had a double. Arauz snapped a string of four straight hitless games, so he's looking to get himself back on track.

Yohan Ramirez went five innings and allowed two runs, both coming on solo home runs, six hits, and struck out three in five innings. Cristian Javier mowed down the Rattlers over the last four innings as he allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out nine.

Game two of this series features Leovanny Rodriguez on the mound as he'll be making his first start of 2018. He'll face Dylan File at 11:00 AM.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 4-1 @ Winston-Salem
9 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 11 K
Abdiel Saldaña: W (5-0), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K
Jorge Alcala: Save (2), 4 IP, H, BB, 7 K

Troy Sieber, 1B, and Kristian Trompiz, IF, Buies Creek
They both went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Jamie Ritchie, C, and Stephen Wrenn, OF, Corpus Christi
Ritchie: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; drove in all three runs for CC
Wrenn: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, SB (13)

Cristian Javier, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 K

Reymin Guduan, LHP, Fresno
2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Monday, May 21, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 5/21

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Garrett Stubbs - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5/26: C Garrett Stubbs (25)
5/27: OF Leonardo González (18)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

5/20: IF J.D. Davis recalled to Houston from Fresno
5/20: IF Cody Bohanek assigned to Fresno from Quad Cities
Note: This is undoubtedly a short-term assignment to fill in at Fresno, but speaks volumes about the Astros faith in Bohanek handling himself well and providing solid defense.
5/20: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/19: C Chuckie Robinson (Buies Creek) activated from the DL
5/18: 1B Roman Garcia (Quad Cities) activated from the DL (since 4/25)
5/18: RHP Tanner Duncan assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5/17: LHP Chris Nunn assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5/17: IF Nick Tanielu assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5/17: SS Anibal Sierra assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5/16: OF Jake Marisnick optioned to Fresno from Houston
5/16: IF/OF Tony Kemp recalled to Houston from Fresno

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

5/16: LF Yordan Alvarez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/12: RHP Akeem Bostick (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/12: 3B Adrian Tovalin (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5/11: C Garrett Stubbs (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/9: IF Jack Mayfield (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/8: RHP Kevin Hill (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
5/2+/-: OF Patrick Mathis out for approx. 6 weeks per Instagram post
4/26: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)
4/5: RHP Jose Luis Hernández (Buies Creek) placed on the 7-day DL

TWEET OF THE WEEK



ASTROS MILB STANDINGS
Up and down arrows represent increase/decrease in win percentage over the prior week.

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠉1st 27-17 .614 -.-GB W2

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠉2nd 25-18 .581 2.0GB W1

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋T2nd 23-19 .548 1.5GB L4

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋2nd 23-19 .548 -.-GB L2

ASTROS MILB STANDOUTS FOR THE WEEK

FRESNO

SS Antonio Nunez: 5 games, .438/.471/.500
3B J.D. Davis: 4 games, .400/.471/.800, hit for the cycle
C Tim Federowicz: 5 games, .333/.474/.800
3B Tyler White: 6 games, .333/.429/.542
OF Jon Kemmer: 6 games, .304/.385/.696
OF Kyle Tucker: 5 games, .286/.375/.571
1B A.J. Reed: 6 games, .263/.462/.737, 3 HR, 7 BB

RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 1 start, 1.59 ERA/0.882 WHIP, 5.2 IP
RHP Trent Thornton: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.545 WHIP, 3.2 IP
RHP Matt Ramsey: 3 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 6 IP, 1 BB:11 K
LHP Reymin Guduan: 2 bullpen appearances, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 2 IP

CORPUS CHRISTI

IF Josh Rojas: 6 games, .480/.500/.680, 3 SB
3B Randy Cesar: 6 games, .462/.481/.731, 11 RBI
OF Myles Straw: 7 games, .391/.481/.435, 6 SB
1B Taylor Jones: 7 games, .333/.400/.519

LHP Cionel Perez: 2 games (1 start), 2 wins, 1.93 ERA/0.536 WHIP, 2 BB:14 K, 9.1 IP
LHP Ryan Hartman: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/0.790 WHIP, 1 BB:11 K, 6.1 IP
RHP Justin Ferrell: 2 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.900 WHIP, 3.1 IP

BUIES CREEK

OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte: 5 games, .389/.450/.444
IF Alfredo Angarita: 5 games, .300/.364/.350

RHP Hector Perez: 1 game, 0.00 ERA/0.250 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Abdiel Saldana: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Jorge Alcala: 1 start, 1.80 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP

QUAD CITIES

IF Miguelangel Sierra: 8 games, .355/.412/.516

RHP Carlos Sanabria: 3 bullpen appearances, win, save, 0.00 ERA/0.429 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 5 of 7 inherited runners stranded
LHP Parker Mushinski: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP
RHP Leovanny Rodrigruez: 1 game, win, 2.25 ERA/0.750 WHIP, 4 IP (Quad Cities debut)
LHP Patrick Sandoval: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.154 WHIP, 4.1 IP

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Osvaldo Duarte - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte is another player I neglected to include in my offseason series on players beyond the top 30 that bear watching, the reason for that being Duarte had a really awful season in 2017, starting with his 28 games with High A Buies Creek and for another 47 games after being demoted to Low A Quad Cities in mid-May. Granted he did miss almost a month in the middle of the season on the DL (reportedly for a hand issue) and had his season cut short in early August as well, but a .192/.282/.308 batting line makes it hard to see a way forward for any player. Fast forward to 2018 and a healthy Duarte is getting into a groove with High A Buies Creek. After a somewhat lackluster April, Duarte is hitting .304/.347/.464 in 18 games in May. Even more importantly, Duarte is once again enjoying baseball and it shows both on and off the field. Duarte was originally signed by the Astros for $110,000 in July 2013 out of the Dominican Republic. At the time of his signing, he was cited for his speed, quick twitch athleticism, strong arm and quick simple swing.

NEWS AND LINKS

In case you were wondering, if RHP Forrest Whitley reports to Corpus Christi as expected following his 50-game suspension, that will make the game on Tuesday, May 29th (at Springfield) the first game for which Whitley will be eligible to pitch. The first home stand he will be eligible for will start June 5th.

Steve Batterson with a nice piece on Quad Cities LHP Parker Mushinski.

It was getting kinda hard to ignore just how hot J.D. Davis has been, huh, Houston?

The Grizzlies new ownership group isn't going to wait until the offseason to make park improvements.

Hooks OF Myles Straw talks base stealing.

And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews (three more to come soon!):

LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi)

FORMER ASTROS UPDATE


Kevin Comer - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Kevin Comer, orginally drafted by the Blue Jays out of Senaca High School (NJ) in the first round in 2011, came to the Astros in August 2012 as the PTBNL in the huge 10-player July 2012 trade between the Astros and the Blue Jays and spent five years playing in the Astros system before becoming a minor league free agent in November 2017. Later that month he was signed to a minor league contract with the Tigers and given an invitation to spring training. Following spring training, Comer was assigned to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens where he has appeared in 15 games (one start), going 1-0 with three saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.082 WHIP and six walks to 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. The Mud Hens did this interview with Comer recently for Mother's Day.


WE'RE COMING TO TAKE YOUR JOBS (WOMEN IN BASEBALL

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fresno 7, El Paso 2

W- Cy Sneed (4-2)
L- Walker Lockett (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Kyle Tucker (4, 2-run in 1st), A.J. Reed (8, solo in 1st), Jon Kemmer (7, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies launched three homers for the second straight game as they clinched a series win in El Paso.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with his two-run blast in the 1st. A.J. Reed launched a solo shot later in the inning. Jon Kemmer led off the 7th with a homer.

Fresno's last four runs came via other means. Tyler White smacked an RBI double in the 8th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th. Little Tuck, who finished 3-4, scored the final run of the day on a balk. White's two hits both resulted in runs. Jake Marisnick also finished with two hits and he scored a couple of runs out of the leadoff spot.

Cy Sneed went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two, and struck out three. Kent Emanuel and James Hoyt shut it down. Emanuel allowed a hit and struck out four over two scoreless while Hoyt struck out two in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Fresno will welcome Reno to Chukchansi Park for a four-game set starting at 6:35 Pacific. Mike Hauschild will take on Friend of WTHB Jake Buchanan in game one.

Corpus Christi 9, Frisco 7

W- Cionel Perez (4-1)
L- Tyler Davis (0-4)

CC home runs: Josh Rojas (2, 3 season; solo in 3rd), Stephen Wrenn (2, solo in 8th)

The Hooks got on the board in this latest iteration of the Lone Star Series in the Texas League, even though things got a bit too close for comfort in the 9th.

Cionel Perez went 5.1 innings and the two runs he allowed both came on solo home runs, which were also the only two hits he allowed. Cionel also walked two and struck out eight. Justin Ferrell pitched 2.1 innings and allowed a hit while striking out three in a scoreless outing. Erasmo Pinales got the last out of the 8th and the first out of the 9th. He allowed a hit and walked two in the 9th and all of them scored on hits allowed by Carlos Sierra. Sierra got the last two outs of the game, one via strikeout, but not before he allowed an RBI single and a grand slam which allowed all three of Pinales' runners to score. Two runs were charged to him on the slam.

It was a huge evening for the Hooks' top third of the order as Myles Straw, Josh Rojas, and Taylor Jones combined to go 8-13 with four RBI and six runs scored. Jones opened things up with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Rojas sent the first pitch of the 3rd inning out, and Straw ripped an RBI double in the 5th. Randy César, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, added a two-run single in the 7th.

Stephen Wrenn smacked the first pitch of the 8th for a homer. Lorenzo Quintana followed with a single, but Aníbal Sierra struck out and then Quintana got picked off. Straw kept the line moving by drawing a walk and Rojas did the same with a single. Jones whacked a ground-rule double to bring Straw in, and Carmen Benedetti finished the big 8th inning with a two-run single.

Everyone in the Corpus lineup recorded a hit: Rojas (solo HR, 2 R) and Jones (2B, 2 RBI, R) had three apiece, while Straw (2B, RBI, 3 R), Benedetti (2 RBI), César (2 RBI), Quintana, and Sierra (2 R) all had two.

Alex Winkelman will start the series finale. He'll face Wes Benjamin at 11:05 AM.

Carolina 9, Buies Creek 1

W- Alec Kenilvort (1-2)
L- Brandon Bailey (0-4)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros did not have a good weekend as the Mudcats came in and swept them.

Ugh... I think I'll punt this one away. Alfredo Angarita went 2-5... so that probably qualifies as a bright spot.

Buies Creek is back on the road for five games in Winston-Salem, with a doubleheader on Wednesday. They'll technically be the home team in the second game of that doubleheader because that game was supposed to take place in Buies Creek.

Abdiel Saldaña will face Bernardo Flores in game 1. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Beloit 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Jared Poche' (1-2)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored twice in the 6th. Unfortunately, Beloit also scored a run in the 7th which turned out to be the difference. And... as a result, the Banditos dropped this series in southern Wisconsin. All three games in this series were decided by one run.

Quad Cities' two runs in the 6th came on RBI doubles from Miguelangel Sierra and Colton Shaver. Sierra went 2-4 on the afternoon; he's finished with two hits in three straight games.

Tyler Ivey was perfect through 5.2 innings and then the Snappers got to him. In his six innings, he allowed two runs on a double, two other hits, and struck out four. Enoli Paredes pitched the last two innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Quad Cities is headed home and they will begin a four-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Yohan Ramirez will start the opener and he'll face Nelson Hernandez at 6:35.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Myles Straw, OF, Josh Rojas, UTIL, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Corpus Christi
Straw: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Rojas: 3-5, solo HR (2, 3 season), 2 R
Jones: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Showing how many hits, runs, and walks he allowed on Sunday
Cionel Perez, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-1), 5.1 IP, 2 H (both hits were solo HRs), 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Miguelangel Sierra, SS, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, RBI, R

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tyler Ivey, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K; perfect through 5.2 innings

Kyle Tucker, OF, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Tucker: 3-4, 2-R HR (4), 3 R
White: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
3 IP, H, 6 K
Kent Emanuel: 2 IP, H, 4 K
James Hoyt: IP, 2 K

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fresno 4, El Paso 0

W- Andrew Thome (4-1)
L- Dillon Overton (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jake Marisnick (2, 2-run in 3rd), Tim Federowicz (5, solo in 4th), A.J. Reed (7, solo in 4th)

Five Fresno pitchers combined on a shutout and the Grizzlies launched three home runs at the plate.

Trent Thornton only went 3.2 innings because he took a line drive off his pitching elbow, according to Fresno communications director Paul Braverman. Thornton allowed two hits and struck out three. As a result, it was bullpen night. Andrew Thome was the first man to come on and he walked two and struck out one in 1.1 innings. Buddy Boshers struck out one in a 1-2-3 6th. Matt Ramsey allowed a hit and struck out four in two innings, and Brendan McCurry worked around a hit to finish the game, striking out one in the 9th.

All four of Fresno's runs came on the three home runs you see above. Jake Marisnick opened the scoring in the 3rd with his two-run blast, and Tim Federowicz and A.J. Reed launched back-to-back solo shots in the 4th. Jake went 2-5 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game.

Cy Sneed will start the series finale against Walker Locket at 6:05 Mountain.

Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 5

W- Reed Garrett (1-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (3-4)

CC home runs: Randy César (4, 3-run in 3rd)

The Hooks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the 3rd, but the Roughriders blew them away by finishing the game on a 10-0 run.

Alex De Goti opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Taylor Jones hit an RBI single in the 3rd and two batters later, Randy César launched a three-run home run. César went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and he also has a four-game multi-RBI streak. Jones also stole two bases, his first steals of the season.

Corbin Martin allowed a run on four hits and walked two in five innings. Frisco roughed up Yoanys Quiala and I think it's best that I leave it at that. Carlos Sierra got the last two outs of the 8th.

Cionel Perez will take on Tyler Davis at 4:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 3

W- Cameron Roegner (5-1)
L- Brett Adcock (3-1)

BC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (1, 4 season; solo in 9th), Chuckie Robinson (2, solo in 9th)

Once again, a Carolina Stros rally in the late innings fell short.

All three of Buies Creek's runs came in the last two innings as Alfredo Angarita hit an RBI single in the 8th and J.J. Matijevic and Chuckie Robinson whack solo home runs in the 9th. Matijevic and Angarita both went 2-4.

Brett Adcock allowed two runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out three in six innings. Jesús Balaguer was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed a run on a wild pitch, a hit, walked two, and struck out two in two innings. Tanner Duncan got the 9th and allowed three runs (two earned), a two-run double, and walked three. The other run that he allowed scored on an error.

Brandon Bailey faces Marcos Diplán in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 3 in 11 innings

W- Jesús Zambrano (4-1)
L- Adam Bleday (2-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the lead with three runs in the 8th inning... only to see the Snappers tie the game with a run in the bottom of the 8th and walk off with the win in the 11th.

Quad Cities loaded the bases in the 8th and got three runs out of it. Mike Papierski drew a bases-loaded walk. Miguelangel Sierra followed with an RBI single and Colton Shaver hit a sac fly. Sierra finished 2-5.

Peter Solomon pitched five innings and allowed a run on four hits, walked two, and struck out three. Dariel Aquino allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out three in two innings. Adam Bleday threw three innings and allowed two runs (one inherited runner charged to him, which turned out to be the winning run) on three hits, walked three (two intentionally), and struck out four. Carlos Sanabria faced one batter and he allowed the game-winning sac fly.

Tyler Ivey will take on Bryce Conley. First pitch is at 2:00.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net
Fresno Grizzlies: W 4-0 @ El Paso
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K
Jake Marisnick: 2-5, 2-R HR (2)
Trent Thornton: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Andrew Thome: W (4-1), 1.1 IP, 2 BB, K
Buddy Boshers: IP, K
Matt Ramsey: 2 IP, H, 4 K
Brendan McCurry: IP, H, K

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3-R HR (4)

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Peter Solomon, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Brett Adcock, LHP, Buies Creek
L (3-1), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

J.J. Matijevic, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, solo HR (1, 4 season)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Before I begin, I would like to convey my thoughts and prayers to the people of Santa Fe, Texas. I had a soapbox to get on, but I didn't feel like riling everyone up at this hour.

All I can say is that I honestly don't know what else to say besides our kids shouldn't have to worry about being slaughtered in their own schools, but for reasons, it keeps happening over and over and over again. It's absolutely sickening.

Results for Friday, May 18, 2018

El Paso 8, Fresno 7 in 10 innings

W- Jose Castillo (1-0)
L- Buddy Boshers (2-1)

Fresno home runs: Jake Marisnick (1, 2-run in 3rd), Tyler White (8, solo in 3rd)

The Grizzlies had the Chihuahuas down to their last strike in the 10th... and El Paso walked off with the win.

David Paulino went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits (two solo homers) and struck out four. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and went two innings, allowing a run on three hits. Reymin Guduan struck out one in a 1-2-3 8th inning. James Hoyt allowed a run on two hits and struck out two in the 9th, and Buddy Boshers allowed the game-winner, a two-run double, with two outs in the 10th. One of the runs was unearned; if the man who starts an extra inning on second scores, it is treated as an unearned run. Boshers allowed one other hit, issued an intentional walk, and both of his outs came via strikeout.

J.D. Davis scored the first run of the evening on an error that allowed Nick Tanielu to reach in the 2nd inning. Tony Nuñez singled to lead off the 3rd and one batter later, Jake Marisnick smacked a homer. Two batters later, Tyler White launched a solo shot. Jon Kemmer drove in the Grizzlies' fourth run of the inning with an RBI single. Kemmer added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th. Drew Ferguson started the 10th on second and scored when Kyle Tucker flew into a force out. Tanielu and Kemmer had two hits apiece in this game.

Trent Thornton takes on Dillon Overton in game 3. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 6

W- Locke St. John (1-0)
L- Sean Stutzman (2-3)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus scored four in the 8th to tie the game and took the lead with a run in the 9th... only to see the Roughriders walk off with the win.

Carmen Benedetti put the Hooks on the board with an RBI single in the 6th inning. Taylor Jones opened the big 8th with an RBI double, and then Randy César and Ryne Birk followed with RBI singles. Benedetti scored the tying run on a wild pitch and César put the Hooks in the lead with an RBI single in the 9th.

Josh Rojas, Myles Straw, César, and Birk all finished with two hits on the night. Straw stole two more bases, giving him 27 on the season. César extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Brock Dykxhoorn went six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits (three solo homers), walked three, and struck out four. Chris Nunn was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and threw two scoreless, allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two. Preston Beck hit a walk-off two-run homer off Sean Stutzman with one out in the bottom of the 9th.

Corbin Martin takes on Ariel Jurado in game 2. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 4

W- Braden Webb (2-3)
L- Gabriel Valdez (0-2)
S- Luke Barker (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros made things interesting with three runs in the 9th but their rally fell short.

Gabriel Valdez went 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out one. Ronel Blanco struck out two over 2.1 perfect innings. Carson LaRue allowed two runs, a solo homer, walked four, and struck out four in three innings, and Robert Corniel allowed two runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out two in the 9th.

Chas McCormick hit an RBI single in the 6th inning to put Buies Creek on the board. Ronnie Dawson ripped a two-run double and scored on Abraham Toro's single in the 9th. Toro and Osvaldo Duarte finished with two hits apiece.

Brett Adcock will take the mound for game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Beloit 2

W- Patrick Sandoval (3-1)
L- Wyatt Marks (3-3)
S- Carlos Sanabria (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos only scored in one inning, but it was enough for them to get the win.

César Rosado went four innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked four, and struck out four. Patrick Sandoval tagged in for 4.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on five hits and struck out four; the run was an inherited runner that was charged to him. Carlos Sanabria got the final two outs of the game; he allowed a hit and struck out one.

All three Quad Cities runs came in the 4th: Corey Julks ripped a two-run double to open the scoring and he scored on a Cody Bohanek single. Julks, Bohanek, and Miguelangel Sierra all had two-hit nights.

Peter Solomon faces Xavier Altamirano at 4:00.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2 RBI; 11-game hitting streak

Ronel Blanco, RHP, Buies Creek
2.1 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Quad Cities
W (3-1), 4.1 IP, 5 H, unearned run, 4 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Corey Julks, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R