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Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 5/7/13

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With the big league club improving their record in series openers to 5-6, three minor league affiliates were in action on Tuesday. Could they share in the fun?


Before we begin, I would like to take you on a video journey.

First, George Springer hits a bomb. Yawn, I know, but watch it anyway.

Now, watch as Anthony Gose, one of the shortest-tenured Astros farmhands of all time, steals home. (It's okay if you don't watch this one. Just so long as you watched Springer. You did watch Springer, right?)

Now, watch Filthynewicz strike out poor Jake Blackwood. It's seriously almost not fair when the breaking ball is working like this.

Jake the Snake

I completely missed this when it was announced earlier this week, but Jake Buchanan was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week last week, after pitching 13 scoreless innings in 2 games (a start and a piggyback), allowing just 3 hits and no walks over 8.2 innings, with 5 strikeouts.

Jarred Throws Art

Jarred Cosart takes his lumps among prospect-watchers, but when he's on, he's a lot of fun to watch. And lately, he's almost always on. In yesterday's action, he struck out 10 batters over 5.2 shutout innings. He now has 35 for the season, which is good enough for fourth in the Pacific Coast League, and one shy of being tied for second. Among pitchers in the top ten in the league for strikeouts, he has a lower WHIP than all but Memphis' John Gast. He's allowed the third-fewest hits among that group and the fifth-fewest walks.

With the win, he joins a group of five PCL pitchers with four wins, and his ERA ranks sixth among qualifiers.

Nearly Identical

It's interesting to note how similar Houston's full-season affiliates' records are at this point in the season.

Quad Cities: 18-11 (.621, 2nd, Midwest League Western Division)
Lancaster: 18-13 (.581, 1st, California League South Division)
Corpus Christi: 19-13 (.594, 1st, Texas League South Division)
Oklahoma City: 19-12 (.613, 1st, Pacific Coast League American Conference Southern Division)

What Happened Was...

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - Jake Elmore was just a home run away from the cycle in support of Jarred Cosart, who dominated over 5.2 innings. Brett Wallace, on the other hand, did have a home run as part of a multi-hit/no strikeout day; Che-Hsuan Lin also had two hits, including a double. The outcome of this one was never in doubt as the RedHawks got up early on the Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) and never let down, winning it 6-1.

  • SS Jonathan Villar - 1/4
  • 2B Jake Elmore - 3/4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI
  • 1B Brett Wallace - 2/4, HR, R, 3 RBI
  • LF Marc Krauss - 1/4, HR, R, RBI, 2 K
  • CF Che-Hsuan Lin - 2/3, 2B, R, SB
  • RHP Jarred Cosart - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
  • RHP Josh Zeid - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Rhiner Cruz - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, K
  • LHP Kevin Chapman - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, K
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - The Hooks got on the board early, putting up four runs in the top of the first inning, but gave up 4 in the bottom of the frame, and then 3 in the next. The Hooks would tack on another run, but the damage was done and they'd fallen too far behind to make it up, allowing both the most runs against and the most hits against of the entire season, falling to the San Antonio Missions (SDP), 10-5. Starter Matt Heidenreich made it just 1.1 innings, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk, with no strikeouts. He faced 12 batters and got just four of them out.
  • LF Austin Wates - 2/3, K
  • CF George Springer - 1/3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB
  • RF Domingo Santana - 1/3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K
  • C Max Stassi - 0/4, K, E
  • SS Jiovanni Mier - 0/4, 2 K
  • RHP Matt Heidenreich - 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Andrew Robinson - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Ruben Alaniz - 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jorge De Leon - 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Carlos Perdomo had a night to forget. An error in the fifth inning allowed 3 runs to score, putting the Jethawks behind, 4-2. As Tyson Perez took the mound in the sixth for the piggyback start, Lancaster's offense worked their way back into the game, eventually taking a 5-4 lead going into the 8th inning. That's when a combination of ineffective pitching - and another error by Perdomo - took their toll, as the Lake Elsinore Storm (SDP) took a late lead and held on to win, 8-5. It wasted a good start by David Rollins, who struck out six and walked none over 5 innings, but ultimately allowed 4 runs (1 earned.)
  • LHP David Rollins - 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Tyson Perez - 2.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Kenny Long - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • SS Nolan Fontana - 0/5, RBI, K
  • DH MP Cokinos - 0/5, R, K
  • CF Andrew Aplin - 2/5, HR, R, RBI
  • RF Preston Tucker - 1/4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
  • 1B Telvin Nash - 0/3, 2 BB, K
  • C Tyler Heineman - 2/5, 2B, R, RBI, PB
  • LF Chris Epps - 0/2, R, 3 BB, 2 K, SB
  • 2B Carlos Perdomo - 1/4, RBI, SB, 2 E
The Quad Cities River Bandits (A) had the day off. They open a series today against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) in a matchup between top two teams in the Midwest League's Western Division. And don't forget: The River Bandits have guaranteed a win.