Minor League Recap: July 9, 2014

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Lancaster JetHawks never cease to amaze.

New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) at the Oklahoma City RedHawks

The RedHawks led for most of the game but Jorge De La Rosa allowed the Zephyrs to take the lead in the 8th inning. Ronald Torreyes had a 3 hit game. Santana and Tucker each had 2 hits and Krauss homered. Jiovanni Mier had another hitless night and is now hitting .111 in 4 games.

We're still waiting on Tucker's power to show up, but this is exactly what happened when he was promoted to AA. I expect his power to come around.

Alex White made the start for the RedHawks and struck out 3 in 3 innings, but allowed 2 runs to plate after giving up a homerun.

RedHawks lose 4-3. Their record is 48-46.



Corpus Christi Hooks at the Frisco RoughRiders (TEX)

The Hooks outhit the AA Rangers squad 10-6, but managed to not come out on top of this one. Mike Hauschild did what he could to keep the game winnable allowing only 1 earned run in his start. Rene Garcia and Jonathan Meyer each had errors that led to runs. David Rollins came in and allowed a run, but struck out 4 in 3 innings.

Leo Heras and Ruben Sosa each had 2 hits. Heras continues to pile up the hits. He's slashing .389/.463/.528 over his last 10 games. I love his BB-K ratio. His batting average was .189 on June 9. It is now up to .242. Tony Kemp went 0-5 and dropped his average to .345. DDJ drew 2 walks giving him 9 walks in his last 10 games to only 6 Ks. He also stole 2 bases raising his total to 34 on the year.

Corpus Christi loses 4-3. Record is now 44-45 on the year.

  • 2B, Tony Kemp - 0/5, K
  • LF, Ruben Sosa - 2/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI
  • CF, Delino DeShields Jr. - 0/2, 2 BB, 2 SB
  • 3B, Jonathan Meyer - 1/4, RBI, K
  • DH, MP Cokinos - 0/4, K
  • RF, Leo Heras - 2/4, 2B
  • SS, Carlos Perdomo - 1/4
  • C, Rene Garcia - 3/3, R
  • 1B, Brandon Meredith - 1/3, R, K
  • PH, Andrew Aplin - 0/1
  • SP, Mike Hauschild - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, K
  • RP, David Rollins - 3.0 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, 4 K

Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) at the Lancaster Jethawks

If there is a game that symbolizes "The Hangar," well this is it. The wind was blowing out to RF at 25 MPH and it was 89 degrees. This sets the stage for an unbelievable affair.

The 66ers put up a 5 spot in the 2nd inning and a 3-spot in the 3rd to go up 8-0 on the JetHawks. In the bottom of the 3rd, Chan Moon singled, Danry Vasquez walked, Rio Ruiz, walked, and Conrad Gregor plated all 3 of them plus himself on a grand slam to LEFT FIELD. Remember, the wind was blowing out to right, and he just went opposite field (Kevin Goldstein's favorite). The score is now 8-4.

Each team added a run in the 4th and the 66ers added another in the 6th. Entering the 7th inning, the JetHawks are down 10-5. Following a Dan Gulbransen and Jack Mayfield single, Chan Moon took advantage of the wind and homered to RF. Following this, Danry Vasquez singled and Teoscar Hernandez doubled him home. Teoscar was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. End of 7, JetHawks still trail, 10-9.

In the top of the 8th, the 66ers would add 2 more runs to pus the score up to 12-9, but that would not be enough. Rio Ruiz doubled to start the bottom of the 8th. Conrad Gregor was hit by a pitch. Dan Gulbransen then drove one out to left field tying the ball game at 12. Jack Mayfield drew a walk and Chan Moon gets his 5th hit of the night driving in Mayfield to take the lead. The JetHawks were not done. Vasquez would single and Ruiz would double again to drive in 2 more runs to bring the score to 15-12.

That's right. The JetHawks were down 8-0 and came all the way back to win 15-12. This has to be one of the most exciting professional baseball stadiums in America when there's always a chance for something like that to happen. Their record is now 51-39.

  • SS, Chan Moon - 5/6, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI
  • RF, Danry Vasquez - 3/4, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
  • CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 1/3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz - 2/5, 2 R, 2 2B, BB
  • 1B, Conrad Gregor - 1/3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB
  • C, Jobduan Morales - 0/6, K
  • DH, Dan Gulbransen - 2/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
  • 2B, Jack Mayfield - 3/4, 2 R, BB
  • LF, Tanner Mathis - 1/4, 2 R, BB
  • SP, Brian Holmes - 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR
  • RP, Patrick Christensen - 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
  • RP, Jamaine Cotton - 2.2 IP, H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB

Tweets of the Game:



Kane County Cougars (CHC) at the Quad Cities RiverBandits

Despite being outhit 11-6, the RiverBandits found a way to win. Blaine Sims was able to space 8 hits out to limit the damage to 1 earned run over 5 innings. Tyler Brunneman came in and pitched another scoreless outing. Brunneman's ERA is down to 1.29 with 42 Ks in 42 IP and only 9 BBs.

Brian Holberton was the only RiverBandit with 2 hits. Maybe this will be the game that gets him back in the groove.

RiverBandits win 3-1. Record is now 46-42.
  • LF, Marc Wik - 0/3, RBI, K
  • 2B, Dayne Parker - 0/3, BB
  • CF, Brett Phillips - 0/4, K
  • 1B, Chase McDonald - 1/4, R, 2 K
  • RF, Ronnie Mitchell - 1/3, R, BB
  • 3B, Tyler White - 1/4, R, 2B
  • DH, Brian Holberton - 2/4, RBI, K
  • C, Brett Booth - 1/2. RBI
  • SS, Thomas Lindauer - 0/3, 2 K
  • SP, Blaine Sims - 5.2 IP, 8 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RP, Tyler Brunneman - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K
  • RP, Andrew Walters - 1.0 IP, K

The tweet of the game reveals the secret weapon that Quad Cities had available:


Tri-City Valley Cats at Jamestown Jammers (PIT)

Tri-City's 1-6 hitters have turned into a fun little bunch to keep up with. All 6 of them were drafted in 2014, and all six of them are mashing right now. They banged out 9 hits and drew 3 walks in this game. Derek Fisher had 2 of those hits and dropped his average down to .625. AJ Reed started his career slow, but over his last 10 games he's slashing .333/.419/.583 with 5 BBs to 4 Ks. If there's a rookie league lineup to be excited about, it's this one.

Tri-City wins 6-5. Record is now 17-9.

  • CF, Bobby Boyd - 2/4, R, K, 2 SB (batting .387 in 16 games with 5 steals)
  • DH, Ryan Bottger - 1/5 (batting .370 in 12 games)
  • LF, Derek Fisher - 2/4, R, 2 SB
  • 3B, JD Davis - 1/2, R, 2 BB, K (13 BBs to 19 Ks so far in 25 games)
  • 1B, AJ Reed - 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (15 BBs to 14 Ks in 23 games)
  • 2B, Nick Tanielu - 2/5
  • RF, Ariel Ovando - 0/5
  • C, Jamie Ritchie 2/5, R, 2B, K, SB (wow, in 13 games, he has 8 BBs, 3 Ks, and 4 steals... what??? 4 steals for a catcher)
  • SS, Mott Hyde - 2/3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • SP, Austin Chrismon - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 2 K,
  • RP, Brandon McNitt - 3.0 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HR
  • RP, Ryan Thompson - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, HR

Johnson City Cardinals at the Greeneville Astros

The G-Stros banged out 10 hits and took advantage of 3 Cardinal errors to win decisively. Jason Martin is showing true leadoff ability slashing .302/412/.558 over his last 10 with 8 BBs to 7 Ks. He's also stolen 5 bases. Sean McMullen and Ramon Laureano both had a couple of hits, but da real MVP was Trent Woodward (20th round draft pick in 2014). The switch hitter mashed 2 homeruns and added a single for a 3-hit day.

Agapito Barrios notched the win going 5 innings. Devonte German followed him up with 3 IP and 2 Ks. Don't forget that German is a massive human being drafted last year (he had a football scholarship offer to play TE at Nevada). He's raw, but has a very ceiling. He's off to a great start at Greeneville.

Greeneville win 8-2. Record is now 9-10.

  • CF, Jason Martin - 2/5, 2 R, 3B, SB
  • SS, Juan Santana - 0/4, R, K
  • LF, Sean McMullen - 2/4, R, 2B, 3 RBI
  • 1B, Trent Woodward - 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • C, Jacob Nottingham - 0/3, R, BB, K
  • 3B, Connor Goedert - 0/4, 2 K
  • DH, Bryan Muniz - 1/4, 2B, K
  • RF, Ramon Laureano - 2/4, R
  • 2B, Antonio Nunez - 0/4, K
  • SP, Agapito Barrios - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K
  • RP, Devonte German - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K
  • RP, Aaron Greenwood - 1.0 IP, BB, 2 K
  • Tweet of the Day:

GCL Astros at the GCL Tigers

Rough day for the GCL Astros as they could only muster 3 hits. Marlon Avea and Dexture McCall were the offensive highlights, both hitting a double and drawing 2 walks.

GCL Astros lose 5-3. Record is now 7-10.

  • SS, Osvaldo Duarte - 0/2, RBI, BB, K, SB
  • CF, Edwin Medina - 0/2, BB, K
  • DH, Dexture McCall - 1/1, RBI, 2 BB
  • 1B, Hector Roa - 0/3
  • LF, Brauly Mejia - 0/2
  • 2B, Kristian Trompiz - 0/3
  • 3B, Randy Cesar - 0/3, 2 K
  • C, Marlon Avea - 1/1, 2 R, 2 BB
  • RF, Alexander Melendez - 1/2, R, K
  • SP, Christopher Santamaria - 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K
  • RP, Joselo Pinales - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


DSL Astros Orange at the DSL Rangers2

Despite having 7 hits and 5 BBs, the Orange team struck out 9 times on their way to losing in walk-off fashion.

DSL Astros Orange lose 6-5. Their record is now at 13-21.

  • 3B, Marcos Almonte - 1/4, 2B, BB, K
  • 2B, Frankeny Fernandez - 1/5, 2 RBI, K
  • CF, Luis Vasquez - 1/5, 2 K
  • DH, Cristopher Luciano - 0/3, BB, 2 K
  • RF, Bryan De La Cruz - 1/4, R
  • 1B, Felix Lucas - 1/4, R, 2B,  RBI, K
  • LF, Edgar Lorenzo - 1/3, R, 2B, BB, SB
  • C, Hayden Timberlake - 0/2, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • SS, Wilson Amador - 1/4, R, RBI
  • SP, Adonis Pena - 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RP, Antonio Almonte - 3.1 IP, H, R, ER, 3 BB, K
  • RP, Jose Ramos - 0.2 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, K


DSL Royals vs the DSL Astros Blue

Wander Franco and Connon MacDonald each drew 2 walks and had a hit. The Blue team jumped up big on the DSL Royals with a big 6-run 3rd inning. Salvador Montano had a solid outing striking out 5 in 5 innings.

DSL Astros Blue win 9-5. Record is now at 15-19.

  • LF, Rodrigo Ayarza - 1/3, 3 RBI, BB, K
  • 3B, Wander Franco - 1/3, 2 R, 2 BB
  • 1B, Connor MacDonald - 1/3, R, 2 BB
  • DH, Angel De Leon - 2/5, 2B, 2 K
  • SS, Joan Mauricio - 2/4, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • C, Carlos Canelon - 1/2, 3 R, RBI, BB, K
  • RF, Jose Benjamin - 1/3, 3B, RBI, K
  • CF, Andy Pineda - 2/4, R, RBI, K
  • SP, Salvador Montano - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RP, Yan De La Cruz - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K
  • RP, Josue Uribe, 3.0 IP, BB,  2 K
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