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Astros Friday, July 16th Minor League Recap

With Subber10 pleasantly out of commission this weekend, I'll be filling in for him on the Minor League Recaps.  The big news for Friday was, of course, J.D. Martinez's promotion to the Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks.  He went 2-for-3 in his debut, but was thrown out trying to take second base on the second hit.

Jordan Lyles was the most notable starting pitcher scheduled for yesterday, and he had a mediocre outing, lasting seven innings and giving up four runs (only one earned, however).  He struck out three and walked two, one of the walks intentional.  Most notably, he gave up eight hits and battled through traffic all night.  It wasn't his sharpest game, as he wasn't missing many bats, but the shoddy defense behind him didn't help.  He was getting a lot of groundballs, however, inducing double plays and botched double plays.

More notable performances below the jump.

Round Rock lost 13-16

The slugfest in Albuquerque was headlined by homers from Collin DeLome (2-for-5, 2 HR, BB), Wladimir Sutil (3-for-5, HR, BB), and Edwin Maysonet (3-for-5, HR).  Brian Bogusevic struck out thrice in six plate appearances, but also hit a single and drew a walk.  Drew Locke continued his May-through-July resurgence, going 2-for-4 with 2 BB and a stolen base.  His OPS is now .839 on the season.  The pitching wasn't helped by throwing errors from Bogusevic and Sutil, but poor performances from Sergio Perez (5 IP, 10 R/7 ER) and Roy Corcoran (1 IP, 5 ER) didn't help matters.

Corpus Christi lost 0-7

Throwing errors from Lou Santangelo and Jordan Lyles, as well as two missed double-player turns, lowlighted the night for the Hooks.  Besides Lyles' and Martinez's performances, detailed above the jump, Jack Shuck went 1-for-2, and Koby Clemens had yet another swing-and-miss game, striking out three times and drawing a walk in four plate appearances.  Erik Stiller pitched in relief and put the game firmly out of reach in the eighth, allowing three earned runs off a homer.

Lancaster won 10-6

A touchdown and a field goal were all Lancaster needed to defeat Modesto, whose kicker lost them the game, missing both the field goal and the extra point...  Ahem.  Actually, this Lancaster hit parade was lead by Andrew Simunic's 4-for-5 (triple) night, but perhaps the most noteworthy prospect hitting performance was Albert Cartwright's, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout.  Brian Pelleghrini and Brandon Wikoff also contributed with multi-hit games.  Starter Leandro Cespedes struck out four, walked three, and allowed three runs off of six hits (all earned).  David Duncan came in just long enough to get one out and allow a homerun.  David Berner relieved him and pitched 1.2 perfect innings with no strikeouts, getting the save.

Lexington lost 1-3

Newly deprived of their best hitter, Lexington fell to Hickory behind an 11-hit, three-run performance by Luis Cruz, who struck out two and walked one in 6.2 innings.  Wander Alvino pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, striking out a pair.  Aaron Bray (2-for-4) and Rene Garcia (2-for-4, 2B, K) each had two-hit nights to lead the offense.  Jiovanni Mier, slumping again, went 0-for-4 and struck out three times.  He's batting .184 in his last ten games (38 at-bats) with 12 strikeouts.

Tri-City lost 2-10

It was all singles all the time for Tri-City, who lacked notable hitting performances (and extra-base hits) in a lopsided loss to Auburn.  Jake Buchanan dug them an early hole, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in two innings, striking out one and walking two.  Adam Champion turned in a scoreless outing in relief, pitching 1.1 innings with no strikeouts or walks.

Greeneville lost 2-6

The usual suspects performed well for Greeneville in their Friday loss to Burlington; Chris Wallace went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, but drew two walks and stole a base, while Marcus Ndiffer went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.  Jhonny Medrano went 1-for-3 with a triple.  Starter Angel Gonzalez struck out five and walked just two in 5.2 innings, but gave up five runs (four earned) off six hits to take the loss.

GCL Astros lost 0-3

The GCL Astros may have been shutout, but don't blame starter Jose Perdomo, who pitched six innings, striking out six and walking two.  He gave up one run off two hits, but it was unearned, off a throwing error by Chan Moon (1-for-4, CS, 2 K).  Ryan Ditthardt (3-for-4), Rafael Valenzuela (2-for-4, 2B), and Jose Vargas (2-for-3) had multi-hit games.  17-year old shortstop Jose Fernandez was the DH, but he went 0-for-4 with no strikeouts or walks.