Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 25, 2017

Fresno 10, New Orleans 3

W- Brendan McCurry (3-0)
L- Tayron Guerrero (0-1)

Fresno home runs: J.D. Davis 2 (3, 24 season; solo in 2nd, grand slam in 8th), Jack Mayfield (2, 16 season; 2-run in 2nd)

The difference in this one was a 7-run 8th from Fresno that broke a 3-3 tie.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with his first home run of the game, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. After Jon Kemmer went down on strikes, Reid Brignac singled, then Jack Mayfield smacked a 2-run homer to extend the Tacos' lead.

Kemmer led off the big 8th with a single. He moved over to 2nd on a sac bunt from Brignac and scored on Mayfield's double. Juan Centeno walked, then Mayfield advanced to 3rd on a flyball out and scored on an error that allowed Max Stassi to reach. Preston Tucker walked to load the bases for A.J. Reed, who walked to bring Centeno in. Davis capped off the evening with his grand slam. He and Mayfield finished with 2 hits apiece, while Centeno went 3-3 and scored a run from the #9 spot in the order.

Trent Thornton went 6.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Dayan Diaz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Kent Emanuel goes up against Justin Nicolino in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

San Antonio 6, Corpus Christi 5


W- Brett Kennedy (10-5)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-3, 7-4 season)
S- Trey Wingenter (14)

CC home runs: Ryne Birk (1, 9 season; 2-run in 2nd), Drew Ferguson (8, solo in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (9, 18 season; 2-run in 9th)

The Hooks made things interesting in the 9th, but they couldn't complete the comeback.

The three home runs accounted for all of their offensive production. Ryne Birk connected for his first Texas League homer in the 2nd inning to put Corpus on the board. Drew Ferguson smacked a solo homer in the 3rd, and Kyle Tucker launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to cut the Hooks' deficit to one run. Ferguson finished 2-5 and scored twice.

Yoanys Quiala only lasted 2.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits and walked 1. Riley Ferrell allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Brock Dykxhoorn walked 1 and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work.

Framber Valdez takes on Eric Lauer in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 1

W- Jorge Alcala (4-3, 6-3 season)
L- Alec Hansen (1-3)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros only had 2 hits, but they still managed to score more runs than the Dash and that's what matters most.

Jorge Alcala turned in yet another fine outing as he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 5 over 6.1 innings. Carlos Sierra finished it off by allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3 in 2.2 innings.

Myles Straw was involved in all of Buies Creek's scoring plays. He tripled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a Yordan Alvarez sac fly. Straw walked in the 3rd, moved to 2nd base on a passed ball, stole 3rd (29) and scored on the errant throw down. Straw hit an RBI single in the 5th. He went 2-2, scored twice, and stole 2 bases, giving him 30 on the year.

Buies Creek and Winston-Salem will wrap up their series at 7:00 Eastern as Matt Bower faces Dane Dunning.

Quad Cities was off

The Banditos start a 3-game series in Clinton at 6:30.

Vermont 11, Tri-City 3

W- Wyatt Marks (1-0)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-4)

TC home runs: Adrian Tovalin (3, 7 season; solo in 7th), Abraham Toro-Hernandez (6, solo in 9th), Mike Papierski (1, solo in 9th)

The ValleyCats launched 3 homers, but they fell behind early and ended up getting denied in their bid to sweep the series.

Adrian Tovalin smacked a solo homer in the 7th inning, giving him 3 in his first two games with Tri-City. Abraham Toro-Hernandez and Mike Papierski hit solo shots in the 9th; Papierski went deep for the first time as a pro.

Carlos Hiraldo and Luis Ramirez both threw 2 innings with radically different results. Hiraldo allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Ramirez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless outing. Tyler Ivey went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Diogenes Almengo worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 9th.

After a day off, the ValleyCats will start a 3-game series with Staten Island on Thursday.

Greeneville 15, Princeton 2

W- Humberto Castellanos (2-0, 4-0 season)
L- Phoenix Sanders (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Colton Shaver (6, 2-run in 6th)

As the old saying goes... turnabout is fair play. After being on the wrong end of an 8-run inning on Monday, the Appy Astros turned the tables on the Rays and put up 10 in the 6th in response to Princeton tying the game at 2 in the top of the 6th. They added 3 more in the 8th for good measure.

Felipe Tejada allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Humberto Castellanos finished the game and allowed 2 hits, one of which was a solo homer hit by Trey Hair. Castellanos struck out 7 in his 4 innings.

Gilberto Celestino put Greeneville on the board with an RBI double in the 4th. He came around to score on an error that allowed Brody Westmoreland to reach.

Celestino singled to lead off the 6th, then stole 2nd. He wound up scoring on Colton Shaver's home run. Roman Garcia and Westmoreland walked and then Oscar Campos singled to load the bases for Cody Bohanek. A balk allowed Garcia to score, and then Bohanek got plunked to re-load the bases. Joan Mauricio kept it going with a 2-run single, and Jose Benjamin followed with an RBI single. Mauricio scored on a wild pitch, then Wilson Amador and Celestino scored on an error after Shaver hit into a fielder's choice. Shaver scored the 10th and final run of the 6th as Westmoreland reached on another Princeton blunder.

In the 8th, Shaver ripped an RBI double and Ruben Castro whacked a 2-run triple. Celestino went 3-4 with a double, a stolen base (6), and scored 4 times. Shaver (2B, 2-R HR, 4 RBI, 3 R) and Jose Benjamin both had 2 hits.

Leovanny Rodriguez will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 8, GCL Astros 6

W- Nector Ramirez (2-1)
L- Nivaldo Rodriguez (0-1, 3-1 season)

GCL home runs: Carlos Machado (2, 2-run in 4th)

The Palm Beach Stros mounted a late rally against their complex mates that fell short.

Carlos Machado tripled to lead off the 2nd and scored the GCLstros' first run on a Vicente Sanchez sac fly. Machado smacked a 2-run homer in the 4th. They turned a bases-loaded, no out situation to start the 9th into 3 runs, but they needed a couple more. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan and Bernardo Heras hit RBI singles and Andres Santana beat out a double play which allowed Sanchez-Galan to score. Machado finished a double shy of the cycle, while Angel Tejeda, Sanchez-Galan, and Heras all finished with 2 hits on the day.

Juan Pablo Lopez went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Nivaldo Rodriguez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 3. Saul Martinez allowed 3 hits in the 9th, one of which was a 3-run homer, and walked 1.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Braves 1

W- Angel Macuare (2-2)
L- Estarlin Rodriguez (1-1)
S- Angel Matos (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Everyone in Team Blue's lineup recorded a hit as they cruised to a win on Tuesday. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 3-5 with an RBI and scored a run, while Nerio Rodriguez and Anthony Rodriguez both finished with 2 hits and an RBI.

Freylin Garcia allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over 4 scoreless. Angel Macuare allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3.2 innings, and Angel Matos walked 2 over 1.1 scoreless.

DSL Astros Orange 5, DSL Indians/Brewers 0

W- Miguel Matos (1-2)
L- Daritzon Feliz (0-5)

Orange home runs: None.

Three Orange team pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout.

Fabricio Reina and Miguel Matos both threw 4 innings and they both allowed a hit. Reina also walked 4 and struck out 3, while Matos struck out 2. Ronny Garcia walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Jose Carrillo scored the first run of the day when he stole home as part of a double steal with Sean Mendoza in the 2nd inning. Mendoza advanced to 3rd on the errant throw down to 2nd base and subsequently scored on a wild pitch. Renaigel Martis tripled to lead off the 4th and scored on a Deury Carrasco sac fly. Mendoza hit a sac fly in the 7th and Luis Barajas drew a bases-loaded walk. Martis and Carrillo both went 2-4.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Freylin Garcia, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 H, 7 K

DSL Astros Orange pitchers: W 5-0 vs. DSL Indians/Brewers
9 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 6 K
Fabricio Reina: 4 IP, H, 4 BB, 3 K
Miguel Matos: W (1-2), 4 IP, H, 2 K
Ronny Garcia: IP, BB, K

J.D. Davis, 3B, and Jack Mayfield, IF, Fresno
Davis: 2-5, 2 HR (3, 24 season), 5 RBI; one of the home runs was a grand slam.
Mayfield: 2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (2, 16 season), 3 RBI, 2 R

Jorge Alcala's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K
Jorge Alcala: W (4-3, 6-3 season), 6.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K
Carlos Sierra: Save (1), 2.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
2-2, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (30)

Gilberto Celestino's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Colton Shaver's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Gilberto Celestino, OF, and Colton Shaver, 1B, Greeneville
Celestino: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 4 R, SB (6)
Shaver: 2-5, 2B, 2-R HR (6), 4 RBI, 3 R

Carlos Machado, OF, GCL Astros
3-4, 3B, 2-R HR (2), 3 R

Corpus Christi Hooks bullpen
6.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Riley Ferrell: 1.2 IP, H, K
Brock Dykxhoorn: 5 IP, BB, 3 K

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 24, 2017

Round Rock 7, Fresno 5

W- Adam Loewen (5-0)
L- David Martinez (6-8)
S- Preston Claiborne (14)

Fresno home runs: J.D. Davis (1, 22 season; solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies had an uphill battle after surrendering 4 in the top of the 1st to the Express.

A.J. Reed got two of those runs back with a single in the bottom of the 1st. J.D. Davis smacked his first AAA homer to start the bottom of the 4th. Jon Kemmer drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th and Alejandro Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the 8th. Tony Kemp finished 3-4 with a stolen base (16) and scored twice.

David Martinez pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Jordan Jankowski allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

It's Tuesday, so you know what that means. Taco Tuesday! Trent Thornton will start the first of a 4-game series against New Orleans at 7:05 Pacific. He'll be opposed by Keyvius Sampson.

San Antonio 10, Corpus Christi 1

W- Enyel De Los Santos (8-4)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-3, 6-4 season)

CC home runs: None.

At least the Hooks didn't get shut out here. However, they got battered by Franmil Reyes, who sent a couple of balls out for two-run homers.

Dex McCall went 2-4 and spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 9th. Ryne Birk and Drew Ferguson also finished 2-4.

Akeem Bostick allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer by Reyes), walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4.1 innings. Alex Winkelman tagged in for 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit and got the last two outs of the 9th.

Yoanys Quiala will start game 2 and he'll go up against Brett Kennedy at 7:05.

Buies Creek 6, Winston-Salem 1

W- Hector Perez (5-4, 6-5 season)
L- Kyle Kubat (1-3)

BC home runs: None.

Ryan Hartman dueled Bernardo Flores to a draw, but the Carolina Stros erupted for 5 in the bottom of the 8th on the Winston-Salem bullpen to break a 1-1 tie.

Hartman allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Hector Perez shut it down by allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 5 over the final 4 innings.

Anthony Hermelyn doubled to lead off the 3rd and scored the first run of the evening on an Alex De Goti RBI single. Jake Rogers led off the huge 8th by drawing a walk.

He then advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Taylor Jones walked, and Randy César singled to load the bases for Hermelyn, who drew a walk that brought Rogers home and put Buies Creek in front. De Goti kept things moving with a bases-loaded walk of his own, and then César scored on an Anibal Sierra groundout. Myles Straw provided the cherry by ripping a 2-run double. César finished 3-4 on the night, while De Goti finished 2-3.

Jorge Alcala goes up against Alec Hansen in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Great Lakes 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Leo Crawford (6-8)
L- Ronel Blanco (4-3, 4-4 season)
S- Andre Scrubb (1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams had 4 hits in this game, but the Loons had one more in the column that matters most.

They both scored a run in the 1st; Quad Cities' lone run came on a Josh Rojas RBI single that scored Kristian Trompiz. Troy Sieber's double was the Banditos' only extra-base hit on the day.

Ronel Blanco pitched well but got saddled with the L. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out a career-high 9 in 6 innings of work. Lucas Williams threw 3 scoreless to finish the game, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The Banditos have Tuesday off; they'll start a 3-game series in Clinton on Wednesday.

Tri-City 9, Vermont 1

W- Brandon Bielak (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Argenis Blanco (1-4)

TC home runs: Adrian Tovalin 2 (2, 6 season; solo in 2nd, grand slam in 4th)

Some debutants made an impact for the ValleyCats as they thrashed the Lake Monsters on Monday.

Corbin Martin, former Aggie and Cy Ranch standout, allowed some hits (and a run) for the first time as a professional but still turned in a strong outing, allowing an unearned run on 3 hits and striking out 5 in 4 innings. Ben Smith allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 5th. Brandon Bielak tagged in to throw 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and fanning 6. Reggie Johnson finished it with a 1-2-3 9th, getting a couple of flyouts and a groundout.

Adrian Tovalin opened the scoring with a solo shot in the 2nd inning. He opened up the floodgates in the 4th with a grand slam. Tovalin singled to lead off the 6th and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. He singled again to start the 8th and came around to score on a Jake Meyers single. In the 9th, Connor MacDonald ripped an RBI single and Tovalin capped off his outstanding night in a bit of pain as he got plunked. He did drive in a run, so the silver lining was there.

Tovalin finished 4-4 with 6 RBI in his first game with the ValleyCats. Abraham Toro (2B, 2 R), Connor MacDonald (RBI, R), and Kyle Davis (2B) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Carlos Hiraldo will take on Brian Howard, an Astros draft pick from last year who did not sign, in an early start. First pitch for the finale is at 11:05 AM Eastern.

Princeton 10, Greeneville 4

W- Kyle Goodbrand (2-0)
L- Cole Watts (1-3)

Greeneville home runs: Colton Shaver (5, solo in 3rd)

Well, that... got... ugly. Princeton seized control with 8 runs in the 7th inning.

It started out alright for the Appy Astros as they scored 3 in the opening frame, all with two outs: Patrick Mathis ripped an RBI double, Roman Garcia scored on a wild pitch, and Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI single. Colton Shaver smacked a homer to start off the bottom of the 3rd. Mathis finished 2-4 on the night.

Hansel Paulino allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 5 in 3 innings. The bullpen, however, had an arduous night as they were responsible for all 10 Princeton runs. Willy Collado allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Cole Watts allowed 7 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings, and Dariel Aquino went 2.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Felipe Tejada starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Mets 1

W- Austin Kerns (1-0)
L- Briam Campusano (1-2)
S- Devin Raftery (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros put up the only crooked number in this game and that was the difference.

Hector Martinez scored the first run of the day on an error in the 5th inning. One batter later, Nathan Perry hit an RBI single. Martinez ripped an RBI double in the 6th.

Tanner Duncan allowed 2 hits over 4 scoreless innings of work. Austin Kerns allowed an unearned run on a passed ball, a single, and struck out 2 in the 5th. Diosward Gonzalez followed with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3, and Devin Raftery secured the win with a 1-2-3 9th.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Braves 1

W- Oscar Severino (2-0)
L- Jhonny Diaz (2-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team seized control with 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning.

Nerio Rodriguez reached on an error in the 6th, advanced to 3rd on a Wilyer Abreu double, and scored the first run of the day on an errant pickoff throw. Nerio hit a sac fly in the 9th to bring in Luis Coronel with the go-ahead run. An error allowed Kendy Moya and Ronaldo Urdaneta to score, and Leonardo Gonzalez capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Abreu (2B, R) and Gonzalez (RBI, SB) both finished with 2 hits.

Renny Ugarte allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work. Angel Ortega worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Oscar Severino went 3 innings and allowed the Braves' only run, which came on a homer hit by Antonio Sucre. Severino allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Luis Garcia worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

DSL Astros Orange 2, DSL Indians/Brewers 0

W- Christian Mejias (1-1)
L- Eric Perez (2-4)
S- Luis De Paula (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Three Orange team pitchers combined on a shutout.

Jose Alberto Rivera allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 3 in 3 innings. Christian Mejias was next and he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Luis De Paula finished it off by allowing 2 hits over 2 innings.

Fildex Perfecto struck out but reached on a wild pitch in the 7th. He wound up scoring the first run of the game on an error as Michael Garcia stole 2nd. Freudis Nova went 3-4 and scored a run on a Kelvin Perez groundout in the 8th; he also stole a couple of bases, giving him 6 on the year.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Orange pitchers: W 2-0 vs. DSL Indians/Brewers
9 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 8 K
Jose Alberto Rivera: 3 IP, H, 3 BB, 3 K
Christian Mejias: W (1-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Luis De Paula: Save (3), 2 IP, 2 H

Corbin Martin's photo taken by Don Carson.
Brandon Bielak's photo is his mugshot for Notre Dame athletics.
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 9-1 @ Vermont
9 IP, 6 H, unearned run, 13 K
Corbin Martin: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K
Ben Smith: IP, H, 2 K
Brandon Bielak: W (1-0, 2-0 season), 3 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Reggie Johnson: IP

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Adrian Tovalin, 3B, Tri-City
4-4, 2 HR (2, 6 season), 6 RBI in NYPL debut; one of the home runs was a grand slam.

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: L 2-1 vs. Great Lakes
9 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 12 K
Ronel Blanco: L (4-3, 4-4 season), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 9 K
Lucas Williams: 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 6-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Ryan Hartman: 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 2 K
Hector Perez: W (5-4, 6-5 season), 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K

Monday, July 24, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 7-24

It's my final day in Quad Cities and, since I got carried away with the interviews, I will have a LOT of material coming your way starting later this week on this very talented team. In the meantime ...

Cristian Javier - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 31-22 over the last week. Corpus Christi was treading water with a 3-4 week and are in precisely the same place as they were a week ago, second place and three games behind San Antonio (Padres) in the second half standings. Similarly, a 3-3 week for Quad Cities leaves them in the same position as they were in last Monday, but thankfully that position is first place, three games in front of Peoria (Cardinals). Buies Creek's 5-2 week was enough to pad their first place lead over Winston-Salem (White Sox) to six and a half games. But the big story has been the Fresno Grizzlies who have gone from the brink of irrelevance to a tie with Reno (D'Backs) for first place, going 6-1 for the week and a gaudy 24-4 over their last 28 games. Overall, the full season teams are in a good place right now and are well-positioned for possible postseason play.

The short season teams have been a mixed bag this week. The Appy League Greeneville team, with a 1-5 week, has dropped to second place behind the Elizabethton Twins with whom they have been jockeying for position all season. The GCL 'Stros have had the best week, climbing from third place and three games behind to second place and a half game behind the Nationals; they were 4-0 with a suspended game for the week. Tri-City's 4-3 week has helped them climb out of the cellar and gain a couple of games on the division leader. The DSL Orange team (3-1 for the week) remains mired in last place in their division, but they are on a two-game win streak while the DSL Blue (2-3 for the week) team is still in third place, but it is now a three-way tie for third and they are on a current three-game losing streak.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno T-1st 59-42 .584 -.-GB W4

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 49-51 .590 10.0GB L3 (Overall)
AA Corpus 2nd 15-15 .500 3.0GB L3 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 1st 58-42 .580 -.-GB W4 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 21-9 .700 -.-GB W4 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 57-41 .582 -.-GB L1 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 20-10 .667 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 3rd 14-18 .438 4.5GB W3

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 2nd 16-13 .552 0.5GB W4

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 2nd 13-9 .591 0.5GB W4

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 8th 14-26 .350 11.0GB W2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue T-3rd 22-19 .537 6.0GB L3

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

7-23: RHP Kyle Smith (Fresno) released
7-23: IF Tyler White recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-22: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-22: LHP Dallas Keuchel sent to Tri-City on a rehab assignment
7-21: OF Drew Ferguson activated from the Corpus Christi DL
7-21: RHP Brandon Bielak assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-21: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Tri-City from Corpus Christi
7-21: 3B Adrian Tovalin assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-21: RHP Juan Corniel assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-21: IF Jose Benjamin assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-21: RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-21: RHP J.B. Bukauskus (1st round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-21: 1B Angel Tejeda assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-21: RHP Kyle Serrano (10th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-20: RHP Carlos Sierra activated from the Buies Creek 7-day DL
7-20: SS Kristian Trompiz assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-20: 3B Wander Franco (Quad Cities) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
7-20: RHP Ricardo Castro (Tri-City) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
7-19: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
7-19: 2B Ryne Birk assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-19: 3B J.D. Davis assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-19: 3B Tyler Wolfe assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-19: C Raymond Henderson activated from the Buies Creek 7-day DL
7-19: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-19: RHP Gabriel Valdez placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL, retroactive to 7-18
7-19: SS Jonathan Arauz assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
7-19: LHP Austin Kerns assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
7-19: RHP Johsson Arias assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-19: SS Enmanuel Valdez (GCL) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
7-19: C Ihan Bernal assigned to the GCL from Corpus Christi
7-18: 3B Colin Moran recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-18: OF Kyle Tucker placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL, retroactive to 7-16
7-18: LHP Howie Brey (Buies Creek) retired
7-17: RHP Josh James activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-17: RHP Diosward Gonzalez assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-17: OF Wilyer Abreu assigned to the DSL
7-17: RHP Luis Garcia assigned to the DSL

A complete list of all published July roster moves/transactions can be found here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Let's play two in Midland!

Fresno 11, Round Rock 8

W- Rogelio Armenteros (4-0, 6-3 season)
L- Tyler Wagner (1-9)
S- Dayan Diaz (2)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (15, solo in 6th), Teoscar Hernandez (12, 2-run in 5th), Preston Tucker (19, 2-run in 6th), Reid Brignac (13, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies scored 10 of their 11 runs from the 4th-7th innings to take control of this game, and the outburst proved to be enough to withstand a late Express rally.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (3 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 8. Brendan McCurry threw 1.1 innings as the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and issued a walk and hit another batter. Ashur Tolliver allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Reymin Guduan got 2 outs in the 9th via strikeout but also allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 2. Dayan Diaz was greeted with an RBI single after coming on, but he was able to get the final out of the game.

J.D. Davis put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd inning and added another one to his ledger in the 4th. Jon Kemmer smacked a solo homer in the 5th. D.J. Fisher followed with a single and Teoscar Hernandez sent him home with a home run.

The Grizz scored 4 in the 6th as Tony Kemp scored on a wild pitch following a triple, D.J. Fisher hit an RBI single, and Preston Tucker whacked a 2-run homer. Reid Brignac led off the 7th with a homer and Juan Centeno drove in the last Fresno run with an RBI single.

Davis went 3-5 on the night, while Kemp (3B, R), Fisher (RBI, 2 R), Teoscar (2-R HR, 2 R), and Big Tuck (2-R HR, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits.

David Martinez will be on the mound as Fresno looks for the sweep. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Game 1: Midland 12, Corpus Christi 2

W- Dustin Hurlbutt (3-1)
L- Franklin Perez (0-1, 4-3 season)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (6, led off game), Jason Martin (9, 16 season; solo in 4th)

The Hounds were unleashed on the Hooks in game 1 of the doubleheader.

Ramon Laureano led off the game with a homer and Jason Martin smacked a solo shot of his own in the 4th inning. Laureano had two of Corpus Christi's three hits in game 1; Martin's homer was the other one.

Franklin Perez went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Nick Hernandez and Ryan Thompson pitched an inning apiece; Hernandez allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 5th, while Thompson allowed a 2-run homer to Max Schrock in the 6th, one of 4 hits that he allowed in the inning. He also struck out 1.

Would the Hooks' fortunes turn out a little better in game 2?

Game 2: Midland 13, Corpus Christi 1

W- A.J. Puk (1-3)
L- Josh James (4-4)

CC home runs: None.

Nope.

Dex McCall went 3-3 and his RBI single in the 4th was the Hooks' only scoring play in game 2. He accounted for 75% of Corpus Christi's hits in this game, which were all singles; Jamie Ritchie had the other hit.

Josh James went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and went 1.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Andrew Walter allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1 while only getting one out in the 6th. Riley Ferrell got the last two outs of the 6th, one via strikeout, but not before allowing a 3-run homer to B.J. Boyd that also allowed the two runners he inherited from Walter to score.

Akeem Bostick gets the start as Corpus begins a 4-game series with San Antonio. He'll take on Enyel De Los Santos at 7:05.

Buies Creek 7, Carolina 1

W- Cionel Perez (1-0, 5-3 season)
L- Marcos Diplan (6-6)

BC home runs: None.

Buies Creek busted this game open early with a 5-run 3rd inning. Meanwhile, Cionel Perez and Justin Ferrell shackled the Mudcats offense.

Cionel allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings, and Ferrell finished it off by striking out all 6 Carolina hitters he faced.

Randy César scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning.

Yordan Alvarez singled with one out in the 3rd and scored the first run of the frame on a Jake Rogers double. Rogers came home on a Taylor Jones single. César singled and Spencer Johnson walked to load the bases for Alex De Goti, who ripped a 2-run double. Anibal Sierra added a sac fly. César capped off the scoring with a sac fly in the 4th.

Alvarez went 4-5 to bust out of his brief slump. César (RBI, 2 R) and De Goti (2B, 2 RBI) both finished 2-3.

Ryan Hartman takes the mound as the Carolina Stros begin a 3-game series with Winston-Salem. He'll go up against Bernardo Flores at 7:00 Eastern.

Great Lakes 6, Quad Cities 3

W- Dustin May (6-5)
L- Yohan Ramirez (2-3)
S- Angel German (6)

QC home runs: None.

Great Lakes took control with a 4-run 7th inning to break a 2-2 tie.

Quad Cities tied it with 2 in the 6th as Josh Rojas hit an RBI single and came home on a Troy Sieber double. Ronnie Dawson went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 9th.

Carlos Sanabria pitched 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on a single, walked 2, and struck out 5. The Loons tagged Yohan Ramirez for 5 runs on 7 hits in his 3 innings; he also issued a walk, hit a batter, and struck out 3. Devon Carr got two flyouts and a popout in a 1-2-3 9th.

Ronel Blanco faces Leo Crawford in the series finale, which begins at 1:15.

Tri-City 5, Vermont 4

W- Jesús Balaguer (1-1)
L- Marc Berube (2-1)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (6, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats scored 4 of their 5 runs over the last 4 innings of this game to steal it from the Lake Monsters.

Juan Robles went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Colin McKee was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 4, and struck out 3. Jesús Balaguer walked 1 and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless to get the win.

Andy Piñeda reached on an error to lead off the 3rd and scored TC's first run on a J.J. Matijevic double. Jake Adams whacked a solo homer in the 6th. Tri-City tied the game in the 7th thanks to a Jonathan Arauz RBI double and an Adams groundout that allowed Kyle Davis to score. Arauz scored the go-ahead run on a Reid Russell groundout.

Adams, Arauz, and Carlos Canelon all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Tri-City and Vermont will continue their series at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville and Pulaski was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Pulaski on August 17.

The Appy Astros return to action tonight when they start a 3-game series with the Princeton Rays at 7:00 Eastern.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Cionel Perez's photo taken by Rich Guill.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 7-1 vs. Carolina
Cionel Perez: W (1-0, 5-3 season), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Justin Ferrell: 2 IP, 6 K; perfect outing

 Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, H, unearned run, 2 BB, 5 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Teoscar Hernandez, OF, and Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
Davis: 3-5, 2 RBI, R
Hernandez: 2-4, 2-R HR (12), 2 R
Tucker: 2-3, 2-R HR (19), 2 R

Ramon Laureano, OF, and Dex McCall, 1B, Corpus Christi
Laureano: 2-4, solo HR (6), SB (21) in game 1 of doubleheader
McCall: 3-3, RBI in game 2 of doubleheader

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fresno 8, Round Rock 7

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- James Dykstra (1-4)
S- Jordan Jankowski (8)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (21, 3-run in 1st), Tyler White (19, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies led 5-0 after the 2nd and 8-2 after the 5th, and then they had to endure some tense moments in the late innings as the Express chipped away at their lead. Fortunately, they pulled themselves together and escaped with the win.

Tyler White hit a one-out double in the 1st and scored the game's first run on a Teoscar Hernandez double. Preston Tucker walked, and then A.J. Reed whacked a 3-run homer. D.J. Fisher added an RBI single in the 2nd. White led off the bottom of the 4th with a homer, and Fisher added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 5th. White (2B, solo HR, 2 R) and Fisher (3 RBI) both finished 3-5. Max Stassi was 2-4 and scored a run out of the #9 spot.

Mike Hauschild went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris and Kevin Comer pitched 2 innings apiece; Dorris allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Comer allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski allowed 2 hits in the 9th, one of which was a 2-run homer to Will Middlebrooks that cut Fresno's lead to one run. Fortunately, the homer proved to be a rally killer, as Jankowski struck out the next three batters to end it.

Rogelio Armenteros gets the start in game 3 of this series and he'll go up against Tyler Wagner at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi and Midland was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon with Franklin Perez facing Dustin Hurlbutt in game 1. Josh James takes on A.J. Puk in game 2.

Buies Creek 6, Carolina 2

W- Elieser Hernandez (3-3, 4-3 season)
L- Frank Lopez (2-4)
S- Brett Adcock (1)

BC home runs: None.

Elieser Hernandez turned in a fine outing in his return to the Carolina League and the Carolina Stros blew this game open with 5 runs in the 4th.

Hernandez only allowed one hit in his 5 innings of work, a solo homer to Monte Harrison, and struck out 5. Brett Adcock allowed one run on a solo homer hit by Troy Stokes, two other hits, and struck out 5 in the final 4 innings to earn the save.

Anthony Hermelyn walked to lead off the 4th and Randy César joined him on the bases by reaching on an error. They both advanced a base on a wild pitch that Spencer Johnson struck out on. Alex De Goti put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI single, and then stole 2nd. Tyler Wolfe walked to load the bases for Myles Straw, who hit an RBI single. Stephen Wrenn and Yordan Alvarez walked in two more runs, and Taylor Jones capped off the outburst with a sac fly. Alvarez tripled to lead off the 7th and scored on César's double.

César went 3-4, while Alvarez (3B, RBI, R) and Straw (RBI, R, SB) had 2 hits apiece. Straw now has 28 stolen bases on the year.

Cionel Perez will take on Marcos Diplan in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Great Lakes 5

W- César Rosado (3-1, 4-1 season)
L- Jeremiah Muhammad (0-1)
S- Salvador Montaño (4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took control thanks to a 5-run bottom of the 7th and then had to withstand an 8th-inning rally from the Loons to take the opener.

Chuckie Robinson put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 1st inning. This was their only scoring play until the big 7th inning.

Marcos Almonte hit a one-out single, stole 2nd (11), and scored the first run of the inning on Chas McCormick's single. A Ronnie Dawson walk and a Carmen Benedetti single loaded the bases and prompted a Great Lakes pitching change. Robinson greeted the new pitcher with a 2-run single. Josh Rojas reached on an error to re-load the bases. Benedetti got forced out at the plate, but a wild pitch allowed Robinson to score. Daz Cameron capped off the inning with an RBI single.

Dawson (2 R), Robinson (3 RBI, R), Almonte (2B, R), and McCormick (2B, RBI, R) all finished 2-4 in this one.

The two runs that Cristian Javier allowed in his 5 innings came on a homer hit by Cody Thomas in the 1st. He allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. César Rosado was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 6. Salvador Montaño got a 4-out save, walking 1 and striking out 2 in the process.

Carlos Sanabria faces Jordan Sheffield in game 2. First pitch is at 5:15.

Tri-City 5, Lowell 1

W- Dallas Keuchel (1-0)
L- Tanner Houck (0-2)
S- Kit Scheetz (1)

TC home runs: Abraham Toro-Hernandez (5, solo in 7th)

It looks like Dallas Keuchel's second rehab appearance went without a hitch. Keuchel allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 5 in 5 innings and he looks to be on track to rejoin the Astros during their current roadtrip.

Kit Scheetz followed Keuchel out of the bullpen and shut it down, allowing just one hit and striking out 6 over the last 4 innings.

Neither team posted a crooked number on offense, so the ValleyCats simply scored in more innings than the Spinners to win this game.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez walked and then scored the first run of the evening on a J.J. Matijevic double in the 1st inning. This play occurred again in the 3rd, only Toro singled before Matijevic ripped a double to bring him in. Miguelangel Sierra ripped an RBI double in the 6th, Toro launched a solo homer in the 7th, and Jonathan Arauz scored the last run of the game on an error following a Toro single.

Toro finished 3-4 and scored 3 runs, while Matijevic's two doubles brought Toro in each time.

Tri-City begins a 3-game series in Vermont tonight at 5:05 Eastern.

Pulaski 10, Greeneville 6

W- Abel Duarte (3-1)
L- Gerardo Bojorquez (2-1)

Greeneville home runs: Colton Shaver (4, 2-run in 2nd)

The Yankees seized control of this one with a 6-1 run over the last 4 innings.

Colton Shaver smacked a 2-run homer in the 1st to put the Appy Astros in front. They got 3 in the 2nd on a Reiny Beltre RBI single and a 2-run double from Frankeny Fernandez. Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI single in the 9th. Beltre (RBI, R) and Fernandez (2B, 2 RBI, R) both had 2 hits on the evening.

Jheyson Caraballo went 2.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits (2 solo homers), walked 4, and struck out 3. Ian Hardman was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and struck out 3 in 2.2 perfect innings. Gerardo Bojorquez pitched the last 4 innings and allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 6.

Hansel Paulino will get the start in game 3 as the Appy Astros look to avoid a sweep. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Marlins 1 in 7 innings

W- Maikel Sepulveda (2-2)
L- Miguel De Los Santos (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

This game was called early due to rain.

Juan Piñeda opened the scoring with a single in the 1st, then Alfredo Angarita ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning. The Palm Beach Stros got 3 in the 5th on an RBI double from Ozziel Sanchez-Galan, an RBI triple from Piñeda, and an RBI single from Carlos Machado. Piñeda, Machado, and Carlos Diaz all finished 2-4 on the day.

Chad Donato allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings of work. Saul Martinez allowed a hit in a scoreless 4th, and Maikel Sepulveda allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings.

DSL Athletics 5, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Rafael Kelly (4-1)
L- Flaer Gonzalez (2-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team offense was silenced on Saturday. All they got were singles from Ronaldo Urdaneta and Wilyer Abreu.

Flaer Gonzalez allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Manny Ramirez, Denilson Lugo, and Jonger Ochoa all went 2 innings. Ramirez allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 4, and struck out 1. Lugo allowed 4 hits, and Ochoa allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1.

DSL Astros Orange 2, DSL Rangers1 1

W- Yulian Frontado (1-1)
L- Eury Rodriguez (1-2)
S- Cristofer Melendez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange scored a run in the 8th to edge the Rangers 1.

Both teams scored in the 1st; Freudis Nova got the Orange team on the board by dashing home on a wild pitch. Nova went 2-3 and doubled in the 8th to drive in the deciding run.

Mauricio Santana went 2 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 2, and struck out 1. Asael Uribe allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Yulian Frontado and Cristofer Melendez pitched 2 innings apiece; Frontado allowed a hit and struck out 1, while Melendez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Dallas Keuchel is not eligible because he's an MLB player on a rehab assignment.

Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R

Brett Adcock's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 6-2 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 10 K
Elieser Hernandez: W (3-3, 4-3 season), 5 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 5 K
Brett Adcock: Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 5 K

Randy César, 3B, Buies Creek
3-4, 2B, RBI, R

J.J. Matijevic's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Abraham Toro, 3B/C, and J.J. Matijevic, UTIL, Tri-City
Toro: 3-4, solo HR (5), 3 R
Matijevic: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

This is his mugshot on Virginia Tech's athletics page.
Kit Scheetz, LHP, Tri-City
Save (1), 4 IP, H, 6 K
Scheetz has walked 1 while striking out 22 in 16 innings between Tri-City and the GCL.

Photo by Bryan Green
Ian Hardman, RHP, Greeneville
2.2 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 3 RBI, R

Tyler White, IF, and Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
White: 3-5, 2B, solo HR (19), 2 R
Fisher: 3-5, 3 RBI

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 21, 2017

Fresno 5, Round Rock 0

W- Dean Deetz (3-3, 7-5 season)
L- David Ledbetter (2-2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (18, 2-run in 1st), Preston Tucker (18, solo in 6th), A.J. Reed (20, solo in 6th), Jon Kemmer (14, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies battered Arlington's AAA team with four homers to take the first game of this series. This series is the only time where the Astros and Rangers' AAA teams will face each other in 2017.

Tyler White launched a 2-run homer in the 1st to open the scoring. Preston Tucker and A.J. Reed went back-to-back in the 6th, and Jon Kemmer capped off the evening with his solo blast in the 7th. White and Juan Centeno (2B) had 2 hits apiece.

Dean Deetz allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7 over 5.1 shutout innings. Brendan McCurry struck out 3 in 1.2 perfect innings. The Express loaded the bases on Ashur Tolliver with a couple of hits and a walk in the 8th, but he worked his way out of the jam in the 8th to keep the shutout alive. Dayan Diaz allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 9th to complete the shutout.

Mike Hauschild will face James Dykstra in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 5

W- Carlos Navas (1-3)
L- Framber Valdez (3-2, 5-5 season)
S- Sam Bragg (3)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (14, 15 season; 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks knocked Casey Meisner around, but when the RockHounds turned to their bullpen... they didn't fare as well.

Jack Mayfield went 2-5 and opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Jason Martin also finished with 2 hits, and one of those was a bases-clearing double in the 3rd inning. Mayfield has homered in three straight games.

Cy Sneed went 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Framber Valdez tagged in for 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell walked 1 over 1.2 scoreless innings.

Franklin Perez makes his first Texas League start tonight as he takes on Dustin Hurlbutt at 7:00.

Buies Creek 5, Carolina 3

W- Erasmo Pinales (1-0, 4-1 season)
L- Conor Harber (2-7)
S- Sean Stutzman (1)

BC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (2, solo in 4th), Stephen Wrenn (4, 7 season; 2-run in 7th)

The Mudcats managed to tie the game at 3, but Stephen Wrenn's 2-run homer in the 7th put Buies Creek back in front, and that blast proved to be the difference.

Forrest Whitley allowed 2 runs on a double, one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and went 3.1 innings. He allowed a run on a strikeout that got away from Jake Rogers. As Rogers threw down to 1B to complete the out, the man on 3rd dashed home and scored. Pinales also allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 5. Sean Stutzman walked 1 and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings to get the save.

Anthony Hermelyn's homer in the 2nd opened up the scoring. Yordan Alvarez ripped an RBI double in the 4th and scored on a sac fly from Rogers. Wrenn finished 3-5 on the evening and scored on Alvarez's double.

The series now shifts to Buies Creek for the last two games. Brett Adcock will go up against Frank Lopez at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 14, Lansing 3

W- Patrick Sandoval (1-1, 2-3 season)
L- Osman Gutierrez (2-8)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (11, 3-run in 1st), Chuckie Robinson (10, 3-run in 5th)

The Banditos outscored the Lugnuts 36-9 in taking 2 of 3 in this series; they scored in all but one inning and pounded out 15 hits on Friday.

Josh Rojas opened the scoring in the 1st with an RBI triple and he ended up scoring on Daz Cameron's 3-run blast. Quad Cities put up one in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th as follows: Carmen Benedetti ripped an RBI double, Chas McCormick drew a bases-loaded walk, and Rojas added a sac fly to his ledger.

In the 5th, Ronnie Dawson hit an RBI single and scored when Chuckie Robinson launched a 3-run homer. Kristian Trompiz smacked an RBI triple in the 6th and scored on an Osvaldo Duarte groundout. Ray Henderson drove in the last River Bandits run with a single in the 7th.


Patrick Sandoval went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Robert Corniel allowed a run on a force out, a single, walked 4, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings, and Dustin Hunt walked 3 and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

Tonight, Quad Cities will start a 3-game series with the Great Lakes Loons. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 8, Lowell 1

W- Parker Mushinski (2-0)
L- Dakota Smith (2-2)
S- Hunter Martin (1)

TC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (4, solo in 8th)

Tri-City busted this one open with a 4-run 5th inning.

Alex House struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings. Parker Mushinski allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in his 3 innings of work, and Hunter Martin allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 4 innings.

Mike Papierski opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd inning, and Abraham Toro hit an RBI single in the 3rd.

Jake Meyers reached on an error to start the 5th and scored on a Luis Payano double. Payano ended up scoring on an error that allowed Jonathan Arauz to reach, but Arauz got thrown out trying to take 2nd on the play.  Toro, J.J. Matijevic, and Papierski walked to load the bases for Connor MacDonald, who ripped a 2-run double. Payano tripled to lead off the 6th and scored on Arauz's double, and Matijevic capped off the evening with a solo shot in the 8th.

Payano finished a home run shy of the cycle; had he done so, he would have completed the cycle in order. Matijevic (solo HR, 3 R) and Papierski (2B, RBI) both finished 2-3 on the night.

Dallas Keuchel is scheduled to make his second rehab start with the ValleyCats tonight. I'm just going off what Todd Kalas said on the Astros broadcast last night. It's looking as though Keuchel could rejoin the Astros at some point during this roadtrip if all goes well. He'll face Tanner Houck at 5:35 Eastern.

Pulaski 5, Greeneville 4 in 11 innings

W- Matthew Wivinis (3-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-1, 2-1 season)
S- Kaleb Ort (5)

Greeneville home runs: Colton Shaver (3, 2-run in 3rd)

The Appy Astros got nipped in extra innings to start this new series.

Bryan Abreu and Adam Bleday both pitched 5 innings. They both walked 1 and struck out 7, but their outings also turned out different. Abreu allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, while Bleday allowed 3 hits and nothing more. Juan Corniel allowed a run on 3 hits in the 11th.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st; Greeneville's came on a Brody Westmoreland sac fly. Colton Shaver smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning, and Westmoreland scored on a Frankeny Fernandez RBI single in the 5th. Gilberto Celestino (2B, 2 R, SB) and Ruben Castro both finished 2-5.

Hansel Paulino faces TBA at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 3 through 2.5 innings

This game was suspended due to severe weather. They'll continue on July 26.

Juan Piñeda went 2-2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI while his fellow Panamanian, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan, has an RBI single and 2 runs scored.

Jairo Solis went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

DSL Athletics 5, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Mario Benjamin-Garnett (1-0)
L- Antonio Pujols (2-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The A's got 4 in the 8th to seize control of this one.

Luis Coronel reached on an error in the 7th that allowed Leonardo Gonzalez to score. Coronel wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Yorbin Ceuta went 3-4.

Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Antonio Pujols went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Christopher Javier issued a walk, hit a batter, and got the last out of the 8th.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers1 3 in 6.5 innings

W- Fredy Medina (2-1)
L- Daniel Mavo (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

This game was called due to rain.

Ernesto Jaquez walked 2 and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings, while Fredy Medina allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Jeury Castillo tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored on a Marco Van Der Wijst sac fly. Team Orange got 5 in the 5th thanks to an error that allowed Michael Garcia and Van Der Wijst to score, a Freudis Nova RBI single, and a 2-run double from Kelvin Perez. Nova and Perez both finished 2-3.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jose Antonio Hernandez, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2B, RBI, R
Kelvin Perez, C, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Ashur Tolliver's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Round Rock
Dean Deetz: W (3-3, 7-5 season), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K
Brendan McCurry: 1.2 IP, 3 K
Ashur Tolliver: IP, 2 H, BB
Dayan Diaz: IP, H, 2 K

Tyler White, IF, Fresno
2-3, 2-R HR (18)

Jack Mayfield, IF, and Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 2-5, 2-R HR (14, 15 season), 2 R
Martin: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Erasmo Pinales, RHP, and Sean Stutzman, LHP, Buies Creek
Pinales: W (1-0, 4-1 season), 3.1 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Stutzman: Save (1), 2 IP, BB, 3 K

Stephen Wrenn, OF, Buies Creek
3-5, 2-R HR (4, 7 season), 2 R

Quad Cities River Bandits: W 14-3 vs. Lansing
Outscored Lansing 36-9 in series
Daz Cameron: 2-5, 3-R HR (11)
Chuckie Robinson: 2-4, 3-R HR (10)
Josh Rojas: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

His mugshot on MiLB.com
J.J. Matijevic, UTIL, Tri-City
2-3, solo HR (4), 3 R

Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 8-1 @ Lowell
9 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Alex House: 2 IP, 4 K
Parker Mushinski: W (2-0), 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K
Hunter Martin: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 2 K

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Adam Bleday, LHP, Greeneville
5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K