Astros MiLB Recap: September 1, 2013

GOT HEEEEM!!!!!!! - USA TODAY Sports

Playoffs have started for one team and another regained the lead for a playoff spot. But, There were some very impressive days by several guys.

Jose Martinez is ready to get down in the playoffs!

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I like to party, so I like my players to party!

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Tim is so good with GIFs.

VV strikes out Matt Kemp with a 97 MPH Heater

He also struck out Kyle Seager. Thanks to Anthony for getting all this video. He says the curve/slider is a nasty pitch when it's working.

OkC Scatters 15 Hits for a 5-4 Win

Blair Walters was selected to give it a go in Triple-A after being a member of the Lancaster JetHawks. He is the third member of the JetHawks to get a spot start for OkC this year with Brady Rodgers and David Rollins being the other two. Kyle Hallock did as well but he wasn't brought up from Lancaster at the time and pitched there later. But, he's not the story of the game. Jose Martinez is. He not only made that wonderful GIF as well as hit a home run, but he knocked in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 11th.

  • Blair Walters-4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 6/1 GO/AO, 80/44 P/S
  • Pat Urckfitz-2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3/2 GO/AO
  • Jose CIsnero-1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Hector Ambriz-3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO-Ambriz'd
  • Jimmy Paredes SS-3-5, 2B, BB, SO, SB
  • Jose Martinez 2B-3-6, HR
  • George Springer CF-0-4, BB, SO, SB
  • Marc Krauss LF-2-5, 2B
  • Che-Hsuan Lin RF-2-3, 2B, CS
  • Carlos Perez C-3-5, SO

CC Has a Rough Day in 13-9 Loss

That is for the pitching. David Rollins and Theron Geith combined for those thirteen runs in the first seven innings. I'm a Rollins fan, so I won't be too rough on him, but that's just bad. San Antonio is a pretty good lineup, but that fifth inning was just the worst of news. Good news is that the offense was working well, just not well enought. Preston Tucker connected for his tenth home run in Corpus, and given how long that he's been there, it's an impressive total.

  • David Rollins-4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 4/3 GO/AO, 103/62 P/S
  • Theron Geith-2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 6/1 GO/AO
  • Cameron Lamb-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Carlos Quevedo-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Enrique Hernandez 2B-1-5, 3 SO
  • Preston Tucker LF-2-5, 2B, HR, 2 SO
  • Domingo Santana RF-2-4, 2B, BB, 2 SO
  • Michael Burgess PH, DH-2-3, HR
  • Luis Alvarez C-1-4, HR
  • Ronald Torreyes SS-2-4, 2B

JetHawks Allow Quakes to Clinch in 10th

Lancaster faced off against Matt Kemp again, and again he was set down by a strikeout. Last night it was at the hand of Vincent Velasquez who's prospect status rises by the day. Later, Travis Ballew was able to get him swinging at air. I really expected Ballew to get a call-up to Corpus at some point this season, and it never happened.

  • Vincent Velasquez-6 IP, 2 H, 1 R,  1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 2/5 GO/AO
  • Kenny Long-1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Travis Ballew-2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Delino DeShields 2B-1-4, BB, SO, 3B, SB
  • Dan Gulbransen DH-2-5
  • Brandon Meredith LF-1-4, HR, SO
  • Chris Epps RF-0-2, 2 BB, SO

Danry Vasquez Launches a Pair in 8-7

NICE! Have to love that. He now has nine home runs total this year as that was number two and three for Quad Cities. He's a young guy and still pretty lanky so he may yet develop some pretty decent power.  Josh Hader made his fifth start, and aside from his atrocious second start that he never finished the first inning in, this was his worst. He wasn't nearly that bad, as he only gave up two runs, but six walks is bad. That's an issue with guy with very low arm slots, they can get too rotational and lose control. Last note, Jorge Perez made an appearance. It's notable because he was drafted this year and wasn't very good in the GCL. He's JuCo guy with nice stuff but the control is lacking in a big way.

  • Josh Hader-4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 BB, 4 SO, 5/3 GO/AO
  • Patrick Christensen-1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Jorge Perez-2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R< 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
  • Andrew Walter-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3/1 GO/AO
  • Danry Vasquez LF-2-4, 2 HR
  • Rio Ruiz 3B-2-3, 2 2B, BB, SO
  • Bobby Borchering 1B-2-3, 3B, BB, SO

Feliz Recovers to Sit Down 10 in

Michael Feliz struggled out of the gait and gave up four runs in the first inning. He was nickeled and dimed for them them with singles and a walk, but once he got out of that inning he was quite impressive. That's great to see developmentally wise. Shows maturity and competitiveness. I get more excited about this guy all the time. The win put them a half game up on Lowell after losing that lead the night before to Lowell. They have three games left to keep that lead to make the playoffs.

  • Michael Feliz-7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 8/2 GO/AO
  • Gonzalo Sanudo-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • James Ramsay CF-2-5, BB, SO
  • Conrad Gregor 1B-2-3, 2B, BB
  • Ronnie Mitchell RF-2-5, SO
  • Brett Booth DH-0-5, 3 SO
  • Jon Kemmer LF-1-4, BB, SO, SB
  • Jake Rodriguez C-1-5, 4 SO-OUCH
  • Chan Moon SS-3-4, 2B, BB

Astros Drop Game 1 3-1

It could all come down tonight. It's just a three game series to kick off the playoffs and Greeneville lost game one. Game two is tonight. Pressure is on. Jandel Gustave has been the story all season, but despite his continued ability to strike guys out, he gave up three runs. The offense just couldn't support him well enough to cover those runs. They reached base ten times but couldn't do it enough at once with runners in scoring position to bring them home. Joe Musgrove made his Greeneville debut though and looked very good. Hopefully this is what he needs to give him confidence in the off-season and to start out next year to build up his stock again.

  • Jandel Gustave-5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1/2 GO/AO
  • Joe Musgrove-4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 6/1 GO/AO
  • Brett Phillips CF-3-4
  • Brian Holberton DH-1-4, 2B
  • Juan Santana 2B-1-4, 2B, SO
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