Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday Morning Hot Links + PreStros Report

*The Astros scored five runs in the 1st inning off Bartolo Colon, who is old (did you know?), on their way to an 8-3 win over the Braves in the first of a two-game series. Correa and Beltran went back-to-back - the first time all season the Astros have hit consecutive homers. Correa also kicked a ball that led to two unearned runs for Morton in the 5th. Morton threw 5.2IP, 5H/3R (1ER), 5K:4BB, walking in his lone earned run.

Just in the first inning, typical to the game plan, I was throwing a lot of fastballs, and they're real good hitters. They were prepared and jumped on them. 

*Before Beltran's blast, A.J. Hinch had homered off Colon more recently. The length of time between Beltran's first homer off Colon and his homer last night is the longest span between a hitter/pitcher HR in the Expansion Era (1961-).

*Colon gave up homers to players born in the 1970s (Beltran), 1980s (Reddick), and 1990s (Correa) last night. Speaking of Reddick, this was the tweet of the night:

*Kevin Chapman's hometown paper wrote up a profile of the former Astros/current Braves (Triple-A) reliever.

*Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto thinks the Mariners can still challenge for the division.

*David Paulino will be activated from the DL and will pitch for Fresno on Thursday.

*Teoscar Hernandez, who was destroyed in the collision with Altuve in his first game in the Majors this season, is healthy and back with Fresno. Jandel Gustave was diagnosed with a flexor strain and will be shut down for another two weeks before resuming a throwing program.

*Hardball Times: An American learns cricket

PreStros Report: Games of May 9

Fresno (13-20) took an early 2-0 lead and gave it right back in the bottom half of the 2nd inning, going on to lose 8-5 at Colorado Springs. Casey Coleman - acquired when the Astros released Edison Frias - allowed 4.2IP, 8H/6R (5ER), 7K:2BB. Aaron West allowed 1H/2ER, 0K:2BB in 0.2IP; Ashur Tolliver gave up the hit that allowed the runs to be charged to West, and Dayan Diaz threw 1.1 scoreless IP. Former Astro prospect Brett Phillips was 1x3 with a double, RBI, and two walks and is hitting .304/.390/.565 in 25 games for Colorado Springs. Tyler White and Max Stassi were each 2x5. Andrew Aplin was 1x4 with a walk and 2RBI. Derek Fisher and Preston Tucker provided the other RBIs.

Corpus (15-17) scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning to send it to extras, but San Antonio (damn that city) scored two in the top of the 10th for a 6-4 win. Since starting the season 10-4, the Hooks are 5-13 and have lost eight straight games. Brock Dykxhoorn threw 5IP, 5H/2ER, 4K:1BB; Cy Sneed gave up 6H/4R (2ER), 5K:3BB. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit that charged two runs to Sneed. Corpus was 1x13 w/RISP. Jon Singleton (Solo HR) and Kristian Trompiz had two hits each. Bobby Boyd hit his 1st homer of the season.

Salem scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings and comfortably won a 6-1 game over Buies Creek. Framber Valdez threw 5IP, 4H/4ER, 6K:3BB; Yoanys Quiala allowed 3H/2ER, but with 8K:0BB in 4IP. In 26.2IP this season, Quiala has 35 strikeouts to four walks. BCA got three hits: Myles Straw (BB, SB), Kyle Tucker (2B, BB), and Arturo Michelena (2B).

Hey, there's a win! Quad Cities (16-14) scattered runs across the game to beat Bowling Green 7-2. Dustin Hunt threw 4IP, 5H/2ER, 5K:1BB; Abdiel Santana allowed 2H/0ER, 1K:1BB in 1IP and Carson LaRue threw 4IP, 4H/0ER, 1K:1BB, lowering his ERA to 1.86. Ronnie Dawson (2B, RBI) and Chuckie Robinson (2 2B, RBI) each went 3x4; Rodrigo Ayarza (2 2B, RBI), Randy Cesar (2RBI) and Stephen Wrenn (2B) had two hits each.