Astros MiLB Recap, May 15, 2014

Bob Levey

Thursday night in the minors was a showcase of good pitching in an organizational sweep.

It's a sweep!

All of Houston's minor league teams earned a win Thursday night. It was a night of sound pitching. Nick Tropeano struck out seven in a victory. Kyle Westwood gave up seven hits but only one run in a 7.1 inning performance. Quad Cities starter Adrian Houser went six innings and gave up only 3 hits.

If you're looking for future big league pitchers, I think this recap should excite you a little bit. So here it goes:

AAA: Redhawks win series opener over Sounds, 4-2

The last time Oklahoma City and Nasvhille met, the result was a four-game swep by the Sounds. Thursday night was a much different story, as the Redhawks picked up a 4-2 victory.

Starter Nick Tropeano struck out 7 batters over 6 innings allowing only one hit, a two-run homer. After his exit OKC's bullpen held the line, allowing only 1 hit over the final 3 innings. On the offensive end, George Santana went yard for the third time in 3 games, going 2-4. Max Stassi picked up 2 RBIs on a double.

Thursday night was the second impressive start in a row form Tropeano, who has struck out 15 in his last 2 appearances, allowing only 5 hits.

  • Domingo Santana, RF: 2-3, 2H, HR, RBI, BB
  • Max Stassi, C: 1-4, H, 2B, 2RBI, 2K
  • Erik Castro, DH: 1-3, H, HR, RBI, K
  • Nick Tropeano, P (W, 2-3): 6.0 IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
  • Rhiner Cruz, P (H, 2): 2.0 IP, K
  • Kevin Chapman, P (S, 2): 1.0 IP, H, BB, K

AA: Hooks win in 11th on Mier's double

For the second day in a row, the Hooks and Missions went into extra innings.  For the second day in a row, the Hooks won by a single run.

The winning run of the game came on a Jiovanni Mier double in the 11th inning. Yet solid pitching was the real story of the Hooks win on Thursday night. Starter Kyle Smith gave up only 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings. Relievers Tommy Shirley and Alex Sogard combined for a run on 4 hits. Shirley struck out 6 in 4 innings and earned the W.

  • Matt Duffy, 3B: 3-5, 3H, RBI, K
  • Leo Heras, LF: 1-5, H, RBI, 2K
  • Joe Sclafani, DH: 3-4, 3H
  • Jiovanni Mier, SS: 1-5, 1H, 2B, RBI, K
  • Kyle Smith, P: 6.0 IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
  • Thomas Shirley, P (W 4-2): 4.0 IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
  • Alex Sogard, P (S, 2): 1.0 IP, BB, K

A+: JetHawks blow out Bakersfield, 10-1

Offense was not hard to find for the JetHawks, as they defeated the Blaze by 9 runs at The Hangar.

The hit parade was led by Danry Vasquez, who went 3-4 with two doubles, a homer and 2 RBIs. Other notable contributions came from Anthony Kemp, who went 2-5 with a triple, and Carlos Correa, who picked up an RBI and two hits.

Along with the flurry of offense came a very solid start from Kyle Westwood. Over 7.2 innings, Westwood gave up only one run on 7 hits.

  • Anthony Kemp, 2B: 2-5, 2H, 3B, K
  • Carlos Correa, SS: 2-4, 2H, 2B, RBI, K
  • Danry Vasquez, RF: 3-4, 3H, 2 2B, HR, 2RBI
  • Roberto Pena, C: 2-4, 2H, 2B, HR, 2RBI
  • Kyle Westwood, P (W, 2-3): 7.2 IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 2K, HR
  • Mitchell Lambson, P: 1.1 IP, 1H, 2K

A-: Quad Cities shuts out Kane County, 7-0

Adrian Houser's strong pitching continued Thursday night as the River Bandits beat the Cougars, 7-0.

Over Houser's last two starts, he has pitched 11 innings, giving up 7 hits and no runs while picking up 10 strikeouts and allowing 2 walks. He pitched 5 innings Thursday night, allowing no runs on only 3 hits.

Quad Cities' offense was led by shortstop Thomas Lindauer, who went 3-4 with 5 RBIs and a grand slam. Brett Booth and Ronnie Mitchell added an RBI each.

  • Brett Booth, DH: 2-5, 2H, 2B, RBI, K
  • Ronnie Mitchell, LF: 0-3, RBI, BB, K
  • Thomas Lindauer, SS: 3-4, 3H, HR, 5RBI
  • Roberto Pena, C: 2-4, 2H, 2B, HR, 2RBI
  • Adrian Houser, P (W, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 3H, BB, 3K
  • Kevin Comer, P (H, 1): 3.0 IP, 1H, 3BB, K
  • Albert Minnis, P: 1.0 IP, H
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