My intro actually has nothing to do with Jordan Lyles. It has to do with J.D. Martinez. For the two people who follow the Astros and read this site and don't know who J.D. Martinez is, he is absolutely mashing the Sally League into brutal submission.
After two hitless games at the week's beginning, Astros prospect J.D. Martinez swatted two homers, doubled and went 5-for-5 to plate six runs and score three times himself Thursday. On Saturday, he complemented his third homer of the week with a double and a single, and he scored twice that day. He homered yet again on Sunday. Martinez's .358 batting average is more than 30 points ahead of his nearest South Atlantic League competitor, and he's second with 62 RBIs and third with 14 home runs.
That basically sums up the whole week and the season. That ridiculous week that included four homeruns is what got him the Offensive Player of the Week for the South Atlantic League. It's not the first time either.
Check out my boy Dallas Keuchel's performance in the Lancaster recap.
Round Rock off
Corpus Christi lost 3-2
Jared Wells surrendered three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one in his six innings of work. Koby Clemens went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Short and sweet, but thats all that really happened in this game.
Lancaster won 3-2
I'm going to go ahead and build up Dallas Keuchel again. The dude has done about all he can in Lancaster! Move him along! He threw his third complete game of the season. He allowed three two runs on three hits and four walks. One of the hits was a homerun in the first and the other two came in the fourth inning. He also struck out four. I'd like to see a few more strike outs and a few less walks, but I'm really not that picky. Am I? Albert Cartwright went 2 for 4 with a strikeout. Lee Cruz went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout.
Lexington won 12-8
Somebody tell Tanner Bushue that if he keeps the ball down he could be dominant. He gave up six hits and three of those were homeruns! Those hits and one walk led to four runs. But, he struck out six. He must have some solid stuff at times to strikeout so many batters and its not superb control since his walk rates aren't ridiculous. His fastball isn't electric but he reportedly has a really good curve. Jose Altuve went 4 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Renzo Tello went 3 for 4 with a double and a strikeout in his first start for Lexington. J.D. Martinez went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Jake Goebbert went 1 for 5 with a homerun and a strikeout. Jonathan Meyer went 2 for 5 with a double and two strikeouts. Aaron Bray went 2 for 2 with a triple.
Chris Blazek's phenomenal start in his rehab has ended. He gave up two runs in his last outing and two in this outing. He started the game and surrendered three hits and a walk while striking out one in an inning. Brandt Walker struck out two in one inning. Ben Orloff went 3 for 5 with a strikeout and a stolen base. Ryan McCurdy went 1 for 1 with a double. Tyler Burnett went 0 for 2 but drew three walks. Daniel Adamson went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
GCL Astros 4-2 suspended until tomorrow in the middle of the third
Danilo Del Rio allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two in two innings. Joshua Magee went 2 for 2 with a stolen base. Rafael Valenzuela went 1 for 2 with a double. Jose Fernandez went 1 for 2 with a double. Jose Monzon went 2 for 2.
DSL Astros lost 7-3 (didn't get to bat in the 9th)
Frederick Tiburico allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four in four and two-thirds innings. Luis De La Rosa went 2 for 5 with a strikeout. Kenny Diaz went 1 for 2 with two walks. Max Ayarza went 2 for 4. Yoiner Angulo went 2 for 4 with a strikeout.