Astros Minor League Recap: August 17, 2012

March 12, 2012; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rudy Owens (99) throws in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field. The Phillies defeated the Pirates 4 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

I'm pinch hitting for Subber today, so I won't try to hit you with as much analysis as he would. I do want to highlight a couple of pitching performances, though.

First up is Rudy Owens. Yesterday, I saw a comment talking about his terrible first inning and thought to myself, "Oh, well. Guess that's a lost start." Turns out, it was just the worst inning he'd throw, as Owens locked down for the next 4 2/3 frames. He didn't blow by anyone with a bunch of strikeouts, but he did get a ton of ground balls. That's what will help him to succeed at the major league level someday soon. Also, it's encouraging that he was able to pitch deeper into the game after starting off slowly.

The other guy I wanted to point out is Lance Day, who currently sits in the Tri-City rotation after being signed out of the independent leagues. Day doesn't have super-impressive numbers, as his strikeout rate is pretty pedestrian most days.

However, since ascending to the starting rotation six starts ago, Day has been absolutely a master of control. He's only walked four batters all season with Tri-City, and two of those came in yesterday's start. He's able to pitch deep into games and generate a ton of ground balls (his G/F ratio is 1.39 this season).

He's also got a perfect 5-0 mark for a team that might set a historic record for winning percentage in the New York-Penn League. If you're looking at minor league stories, he's a great one and is having a great season because he just doesn't walk anyone.

Also nice to see Carlos Correa with a triple. Be sure to check out reillocity's first-hand breakdown of him.

Oklahoma City lost 5-1

  • Jimmy Paredes 1-4, 2B, 2 Ks
  • J.D. Martinez 1-4, single
  • Rudy Owens 5 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 Ks, 102 pitches, 61 strikes, 11 ground outs, 4 fly outs
  • Brian Sanches 1 1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 Ks, 11 pitches, 9 strikes, 2 groud outs, 2 fly outs

Corpus Christi won 5-1

  • Austin Wates 1-4, run, K, stolen base
  • Bobby Borchering 2-3, 2B, 3B, run, 2 RBIs, walk
  • Drew Locke 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, K
  • Bobby Doran 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 6 Ks, HR
  • Jake Buchanan 2 IP, hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, K

Lancaster lost 4-3

  • Delino DeShields, Jr. 1-2, 2B, 2 walks, run, caught stealing
  • Jiovanni Mier 2-3, 2B, walk, run, K
  • Telvin Nash 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Ks
  • Roberto Pena 1-3, 2B
  • Grant Hogue 1-3, 2B, K
  • Nick Tropeano 6 2/3 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 0 walks, 5 Ks, HR, 5 ground outs, 3 fly outs
  • Chia-jen Lo 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 Ks
  • Kenny Long 1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 K

Lexington lost 5-0

  • Chan Moon 2-3, 2B, walk, stolen base
  • Justin Gominsky 1-2, 2 walks, K, stolen base, caught stealing, picked off
  • Luis Ordosgoitti 5 2/3 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 3 Ks, 6 ground outs, 5 fly outs
  • Mitchell Lambson 1 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 Ks

Tri-City won 4-2

  • Jean Batista 2-3, 2B, run, stolen base
  • Emilio King 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, K
  • Tyler Heineman 0-2, run, walk, K, threw out base stealer
  • Lance Day 5 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 3 Ks, 9 ground outs, 2 fly outs
  • Jamaine Cotton 1 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 Ks

Greeneville lost 3-2

  • Michael Martinez 2-4, run scored
  • Ariel Ovando 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
  • Carlos Correa 1-4, 3B, RBI, 2 Ks
  • D'Andre Toney 0-4, walk, K, stolen base
  • Michael Feliz 4 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 8 Ks, 2 ground outs, 4 fly outs
  • Christian Garcia 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 Ks
  • Jordan Jankowski 1 1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 Ks

GCL Astros suspended due to lightning

DSL Astros win 10-3

  • Mesac Laguna 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, walk
  • Jarico Reynoso 2-4, 2 runs scored, RBI
  • Johan Tomas De La Cruz 1-3, HR, RBI, 2 runs scored, K, stolen base
  • Jean Carlos Cortorreal 1-5, 3B, run scored, 2 RBIs, K
  • Marlon Avea 1-3, HR, 2 runs scored, walk, stolen base
  • Javier Saucedo 5 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 Ks, 6 ground outs, 1 fly out
  • Angel Heredia 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 Ks
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