Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Morning Hot Links + PreStros Report

*The Astros had a comfortable lead heading into the 9th before a half-inning described as "messy" allowed the Angels to score four runs and force extra innings. It only lasted one more as Altuve got a hit, stole 2nd, and then Correa knocked him in for the go-ahead run. Astros win 7-6 and improve to 20-10 for the first time since 1973.

Here's how that 9th inning went down:
Single, Strikeout, Single, Single (Giles replaced Keuchel) Single, RBI groundout, Single, Single, Flyout.

It just kind of snowballed. They had the bases loaded there and had a lot of things go their way. A lot of soft contact. Those things happen. We fought back. 

McCann has two home runs off of lefty pitchers this season, after hitting three in all of 2016. Last year he hit .218/.317/.345 against LHPs. This year it's .278/.350/.667

It was a tough ninth inning. Keuchel did a great job tonight through the entire game. Just one bad inning, that was it. At the end of the day, we were able to win the game, and that's what matters. 

*Keuchel was frustrated:
It was really frustrating. I wish they would have gotten some of those soft hits early in the game. It would have been a lot easier on me. That's really poor by me and just really frustrating. We got the win and that's really all that matters. 

*You need to read Tim Brown's piece on Chris Devenski.

*In the understatement of the season thus far, A.J. Hinch said Luke Gregerson's command is off. Hinch:
The feel for his pitches doesn't seem to have been there the last couple outings. He's left some very hittable pitches and they've done some damage against him. 

*Michael Feliz left the team to deal with an apparently very private matter. Dayan Diaz was called up to fill his role until he gets back.

*Collin McHugh played catch for the first time yesterday, in what certainly sounds like a lost season for McHugh. Hinch described the advance as "the infancy stage of a very long process." There is no timetable for his return.

*Jandel Gustave will be out for longer than expected after experiencing the same arm soreness that landed him on the DL in the first place.

*Ric Flair responded to Fort Worth Guy:

*Check out this play from Tony Kemp:

*Matt Albers got his first save in 461 career appearances.

PreStros Report: Games of May 5

Trent Thornton made his second career start at Triple-A and threw 6IP, 4H/0ER, 6K:1BB as Fresno (13-16) beat Sacramento 5-1. Sacramento's lone run came in the 7th off of Tyson Perez. Ashur Toliver and Jordan Jankowski combined for 2IP, 2H/0ER, 3K:0BB. Jankowski's scoreless inning lowers his ERA to 0.69. Derek Fisher (2B) and Tyler White (2B, RBI) were both 3x4. A.J. Reed was 2x4 with a double and is now hitting .300. Juan Centeno was 2x3 with an RBI. Preston Tucker hit a two-run homer.

Midland completed the sweep of Corpus (15-13) with a 10-4 win. Kyle Smith threw 5IP, 3H/2ER, 3K:2BB. Akeem Bostick threw 0.1IP and allowed 2H/3ER after Eric Peterson gave up 7H/5R (4ER) in 2IP. Andrew Thome got the last two outs of the game. Antonio Nunez was 2x3 with a triple and an RBI. Alejandro Garcia was 1x4 with a double and 2RBI. Jon Singleton was 1x2 with two walks and an RBI.

Myrtle Beach used a 3-run 3rd inning to beat Buies Creek (19-10) 4-2. Elieser Hernandez allowed 4H/4ER, 6K:3BB in 5IP. Carlos Sierra threw 3IP, 2H/0ER, 5K:1BB. BCA was 1x13 w/RISP. Myles Straw went 2x4 with a double and a walk. Anibal Sierra went 1x3 with two walks. Kyle Tucker drew two walks. Ryne Birk hit his second home run of the season and walked.

Cuban lefty Cionel Perez got his first domestic win in a 6-2 Quad Cities (15-11) win over Lake County. Perez threw 5.2IP, 2H/0ER, 7K:1BB; Abdiel Saldana allowed 3H/2ER, 3K:1BB and Erasmo Pinales struck out the side in the 9th. The River Bandits touched up Lake County pitcher Brady Aiken - maybe you've heard of him - for 4H/3ER, 3K:4BB in 5IP. Marcos Almonte was 2x4 with a double and is now hitting .360. Randy Cesar was 1x2 with two walks and 2RBI. Spencer Johnson was 1x3 with a walk and 2RBI.