Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PreStros Morning Report: June 3

Back doing the PreStros today, to allow the Constable to closely examine Bud Norris' twitter account.


* Astros Affiliates went 1-2 on the day, with a combined record of 128-106.
* Oklahoma City lost to Memphis, after giving up four early runs.
* Corpus lost late to Midland, on a ninth inning walk-off.
* Lancaster won late over Inland Empire, digging themselves out of a bit of a hole at the end to score the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Oklahoma City (32-28)

Oklahoma City got behind early (4-0 after three), and was unable to escape from that hole, losing to the Memphis Redbirds (29-30) by a score of 6-3.  My educated guess is that they were mourning the loss of Jon Singleton, who homered for his first ML hit.

Stitched Leather:  Rudy Owens got the start, and pitched seven innings, allowing the following line: 7IP, 6H, 4R/ER, 4K.  Interestingly, the last runs he gave up were in the third inning - the held the Redbirds scoreless (allowing one hit) for the next four.  Eight groundouts versus four flyouts.

Owens was relieved by Ross Seaton, who proceeded to allow two runs on a double-strikeout-runner advancing flyout-walk-steal of second-2 run single-pop out sequence.  Jason Stoffel then worked around a one-out triple to record a scoreless top-of-the-ninth.

Smooth Wood:  Domingo Santana (2-4, R), Max Stassi (1-3, HR, BB, R, RBI), Erik Castro (1-3, BB) and Austin Wates (1-4, BB) were all on base twice.  Ronald Torreyes (1-4, R) stole a base.

Man of the Match:  Lets go with Max Stassi, awaiting a call-up to the Bigs.  Trade Corporan now!!

Corpus Christi (29-28)

This game was in Corpus' control after a 2-0 opening inning.  No further runs were added until the bottom of the seventh, when the 30-27 Midland team opened their account with a home run to reduce the deficit to 2-1.  Corpus returned the advantage to that of a 2-run variety with a run in the top of the eighth, but the rest of the game went Midland's way, and they walked off with a 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth.

Stitched Leather:  Astros AA Pitcher of the Month, Thomas Shirley, got the start, and threw seven dominant frames.  His final line was spoiled by a Josh Whitaker home run in his last inning: 7IP, 2H, R/ER, BB, 4K.

The game got out of hand with Tyson Perez (0IP, H, 2R, 1ER, BB) allowing a single and a walk.  Andrew Robinson relieved, and got a force at third, then walked Billy Burns, then plunked Hiroyuki Nakajima with a breaking ball to force the first run in.  A line out, then a mishandled grounder to third for the error.  3-3 after eight.

Andrew Robinson started the ninth with a quick out, then plunked another batter.  A groundout (runner to second) and RBI single ended the game.

Smooth Wood:  Nolan Fontana reached in all five plate appearances (2-2, 3BB, 2B, R), and Delino DeShields also walked twice (0-2, R, 2BB, SB).  Jio Meyer was on base twice (1-4, BB, 2B).

Man of the Match:  Nolan Fontana, on base all five plate appearances.  His triple-slash stands at .291/.437/.417, with 45BB versus 50K's.

Lancaster (37-23)

Lancaster recovered from an early deficit to record a tight, 6-5 win over Inland Empire (21-39) at home.  The JetHawks tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a run, and scored the game ahead-run in the following frame.

Stitched Leather:  Kent Emanuel got the start, and gave up all the runs that the Inland Empire team was to concede.  His line: 5IP, 7H, 5R/ER, 2K.  He gave up one home run - a two-run shot in the fifth.  Matt Heidenreich relieved - and dominated - earning the win: 3IP, H, R/ER, 3K.  Jamaine Cotton got the save with a scoreless ninth (IP, BB).

Combined groundout-flyout ratio??  13:5.

Smooth Wood:  Perhaps celebrating Draft Anniversary Week, Carlos Correa (3-4, BB, 2B, 2R, RBI, SB) and Rio Ruiz (2-4, BB, 2B, R) had very strong nights.  Also on base four times was Ruben Sosa (1-1, 2B, 3BB, CS), and on base twice was Anthony Kemp (1-4, BB, 2B, R) and Conrad Gregor (2-4, 2B).

Man of the Match:  Carlos Correa had himself a nice night, and also perfectly executed his half of a hit-and-run which allowed Teoscar Hernandez to score the winning run in the eighth.

Quad Cities (30-27)

Quad Cities was off today.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day.

1 comment:

CLOrnelas said...

A few things:
-I don't see a place for Stassi on the Astros right now. Corporan is such a great clubhouse guy and a solid receiver working with the pithing staff. I'm not sure, given the Astros great team chemistry right now if moving Corp for more depth is the right thing. I know how Luhnow likes to hedge his bets in the minors with quantity, but I don't think Stassi comes up without another serious shakeup coming first, such as moving Chris Carter so Castro can DH more.
-Jio Mier frowns on you for misspelling his last name. You forget that ONLY 5 years ago he was an overdrafted high school SS who couldn't hit. (I hope the sarcasm came through there)
-Nice to see Fontana getting his average up. If I didn't like Marwin Gonzales so much, I'd say Fontana could challenge for backup INF next year. Still a possibility depending on how the team chooses to carry its bench next season. BTW, what are the Rule 5 rules for guys 23+ who came to the org out of college?
-Obligatory Correa love comment. The absolute last thing I or anyone wants is for him to get moved up too quickly and struggle/get knocked back down, so I'm willing to live with Villar a bit longer than some. Heck, maybe Fontana could challenge him by next year.