Astros Minor League Recap: 4/23/13

J. Meric

Telvin Nash and Kenny Long were back in action for the Astros minor leagues, and our old friend Jacob Goebbert was back, too.

Players of the Week - Minor League Baseball announced its players of the week for the week of April 15-21, and two Astros minor leaguers won awards: Oklahoma City's Marc Krauss won Pacific Coast League Batter of the Week honors after slashing .455/.500/.864 in 7 games, going 10-for-22 with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 RBI, 6 runs scored, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Meanwhile, in the Texas League, Corpus Christi's Asher Wojciechowskiwon the Pitcher of the Week award, going 1-0 in 2 games (one start, one piggyback), striking out 8 over 9 innings and not allowing a hit, a run, a hit batsman, or a walk. He's set the club record for consecutive shutout innings with 31.

Long Relief - Kenny Long and Telvin Nash appeared out of thin air -- or the disabled list, as it turns out -- and each made their first appearance of the young season for Lancaster. Each stuck to their specialty, as Long recorded the save for the Jethawks and Nash struck out. Raoul Torrez, meanwhile, went to Purgatory the Temporarily Inactive list.

What Happened Was...

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - This was a tough one for starter Jordan Lyles, who gave up five runs and eight hits in the first and only inning he pitched. He exited after throwing 45 pitches as the Albuquerque Isotopes (LAD) batted around.

Public Service Announcement: The median age in the Pacific Coast League is 27.4 years old. Jordan Lyles is 22.18 years old. Repeat: Jordan Lyles is 22.18 years old. There is no need to panic. If this had been an actual emergency, the Attention Signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news, or instructions. We now bring you back to your regularly-scheduled Minor League Recap.

The Isotopes put up a season-high 21 hits altogether, which for those who are even worse at math than I am means that RedHawks pitchers not named Jordan Lyles surrendered thirteen hits, albeit over eight times as many innings as Lyles pitched, as they pounded Oklahoma City, 12-2. The game wasn't entirely without highlights for the RedHawks, though, as Jimmy Paredes blasted his third home run of the season, Jake Elmore strung together 3 hits, and Robbie Grossman (who you may have heard is an Astro now) went 2-for-5 with a double.

Oh. And Brett Wallace struck out twice.

  • CF Robbie Grossman - 2/5, 2B, 2K
  • 2B Jake Elmore - 3/5
  • 3B Jimmy Paredes - 2/4, HR, 2 R, RBI, K
Corpus Christi (AA) - Okay, Jake Goebbert, that's enough. After being traded to Oakland for Travis Blackley, Goebbert is taking it out on the poor Corpus Christi Hooks. Last night, with the Midland Rockhounds (OAK), he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI against his former organization. Entering the game, the Hooks had averaged just 2 runs a game over their previous 10. Luckily for Corpus Christi, they still haven't traded one Mister George Springer. Springer reeled off his fifth and sixth home runs of the season, leading a 10-inning come-from-behind victory for Corpus Christi, 7-6.

Meanwhile, Alex Sogard kept his ERA at 0.00 in two relief innings and Jason Stoffel recorded a blown save despite not allowing any earned runs (emphasis on earned.)
  • SS Ben Orloff - 1/4, 2 RBI
  • DH Jiovanni Mier - 0/5, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • CF George Springer - 3/4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, SB
  • 1B Erik Castro - 2/3, SB
  • RHP Nick Tropeano - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Alex Sogard - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Pat Urckfitz - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Nolan Fontana is a really good player. The Zen Master of Plate Discipline™ went 3-for-4 at the plate, drew a walk (of course), and even stole a base as the Jethawks bested the Lake Elsinore Storm (SDP) 5-4. MP Cokinos, of the +.400 batting average, knocked in two runs in his 2-for-4 performance, as well.
  • SS Nolan Fontana - 3/4, R, BB, K, SB
  • 1B Telvin Nash - 1/3, RBI, BB, K
  • C MP Cokinos - 2/4, 2 RBI
  • RHP Brady Rodgers - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Kenny Long - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Mike Hauschild had a good start, throwing 5 innings and allowing just one (unearned) run, exiting the game just in time to see his offense put up a run to even the game at 1. But the wheels came off the bus as Colton Cain took the mound. In .2 innings, Cain got touched for 4 hits, a walk, and 5 earned runs. By the time he handed the ball off to Gera Sanchez, who also got touched up, the damage was done and the Quad Cities offense couldn't make anything else happen on their end against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL). Quad Cities ultimately fell in the contest, 9-1. One of the few bright spots was Rio Ruiz collecting a hit. While it may only have been one, it's progress.
  • SS Carlos Correa - 0/4, 2 K
  • DH Chase Davidson - 2/4, HR, R, RBI, K
  • 3B Rio Ruiz - 1/4, 2 K
  • RF Terrell Joyce - 1/3, 2B, 2 SB, BB
  • RHP Mike Hauschild - 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

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