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Astros Minor League Recap: July 14, 2013

Pitching really shined in the lower minors but the upper minors really struggled in that department.

Vincent Pugliese

Pair of Bombs Not Enough

Robbie Grossman picked up his second home run in Triple-A and Jonathan Singleton picked up his third. The encouraging part for Singleton is that yesterday's was his second in three days. But, that wasn't enough to win. Josh Zeid and starter Wade LeBlanc gave up most of the damage but Brad Peacock's appearance didn't go so well either. The starter who last pitched on the 10th was given a short relief appearance since they will also be on their All-Star break and won't play again until Thursday.

  • Wad LeBlanc-6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 6/6 GO/AO, 99/71 P/S
  • Brad Peacock-1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1/0 GO/AO, 23/13 P/S
  • Jason Stoffel-1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Josh Zeid-1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Robbie Grossman LF-1-3, HR, 2 BB, OF Assist
  • Brandon Laird DH-1-5, 2B
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-1-3, HR, 2 BB
  • Carlos Perez C-2-4
  • Ruben Sosa 2B-1-3, 3B, BB, SO, SB

Hooks Get Shutout

The Hooks got on base enough to generate runs, but it never came together. They picked up six hits, including three doubles, and walked five times. On the pitching side, when you don't get run support you have to be really good and Trope wasn't quite that. He gave up a pair of home runs which is never good. He's now given up nine on the season. He just didn't seem to be commanding his pitches that well.

  • Nick Tropeano-5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 91/57 P/S
  • Carlos Quevedo-3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
  • Enrique Hernandez 2B-2-4, 2B, BB
  • Rene Garcia C-1-4, 2B, BB
  • Max Stassi DH-2-4, 2B, SO
  • Jiovanni Mier SS-0-2, 2 BB

Hauschild Receives Rude Introduction to Cal League

Talk about bitter sweet. You get a promotion and you fly out to California for a debut start that goes down the drain. Mike Hauschild was the beneficiary to the Mark Appel promotion to Quad Cities as it pushed him up to Lancaster. But the Modesto lineup let him know what it's like in the Cal League. Kyle Hallock who was the man who lost his rotation spot to Hauschild didn't fare to well out of the bullpen either.

  • Mike Hauschild-3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 6/0 GO/AO
  • Kyle Hallock-2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1/2 GO/AO
  • Blair Walters-3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5/0 GO/AO
  • Nolan Fontana DH-1-2, 3 BB
  • Carlos Perdomo SS-0-3, 2 BB, SO
  • Andrew Aplin CF-0-5, 3 SO
  • Tyler Heineman C-1-1, 3B

Appel Debuts for QC

He didn't pitch long enough to qualify for the win but he pitched well enough for it and had the run support for it. Chalk up four more scoreless innings to Appel's name along with three more strikeouts. Although, he didn't even need to be that good as the River Bandits scored nine runs. Nine runs...without Carlos Correa! Bobby Borchering did most of the damage as he tries to work his way back from whatever it was that held him out. His average is still low in such a small sample in QC, but he hit well yesterday.

  • Mark Appel-4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5/4 GO/AO
  • Daniel Minor-3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 8/0 GO/AO
  • Mitchell Lambson-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Austin Elkins SS-2-5, CS
  • Jordan Scott CF-0-3, 2 BB, SO
  • Jesse Wierzbicki LF-2-4, BB, SO
  • Roberto Pena C-2-5, SO
  • Dan Gulbransen RF-2-3, 2B, BB
  • Luis Alvarez DH-3-4, 2B
  • Bobby Borchering 1B-3-4, 2 2B

Tri-City Shuts Out Batavia 7-0

Fueled by the confidence that Jose Altuve's contract extension brings to short baseball players everywhere, Anthony Kemp went out and picked up two more hits! I mean seriously, all this guy has done since signing is hit. His season average is up to .314 and it's .395 over the last ten games. Another one of those ridiculous groundball guys that the Astros have been able to draft the last two years, Zach Morton, picked up his first pro win mostly held up by him inducing twelve groundouts.

  • Zach Morton-6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 12/3 GO/AO
  • Randall Fant-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1/3 GO/AO
  • Tony Kemp 2B-2-5
  • James Ramsay CF-2-3, HBP
  • Michael Martinez DH-2-4, BB, SO
  • Ernesto Genoves C-1-5, HR
  • Chan Moon SS-2-3, SO, SB

Lee Strikes Elizabethton Out in 5-3 Win

Chris Lee has been one of those frustrating high upside pitchers that Bobby Heck drafted. I love most of them, but most of them frustrate me with injuries or control issues. Almost all have that athletic frame. Almost all have good fastballs and something that makes you think they're gonna be really good. Lee fits that well. He was a lefty drafted out of JuCo with a great frame and good fastball. Trouble with him was that he had issues with walks in 2011 and then was hurt last year. This year he's looked really good. Walks are down and strikeouts are up. To top it off, his already good groundball rate is now even more ridiculous. In the 60's now! His ERA is in the low 3's but his FIP is in the 2's and SIERA is in the 1's. He'll turn 21 this year, so he's old for the league but is line with the later round college guys from this season.

  • Chris Lee-5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 5/2 GO/AO
  • Christian Garcia-2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Jordan Mills-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Tyler Brunnemann-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jack Mayfield SS-3-4, 2B-Recently called up from the GCL
  • Brett Phillips CF-2-3, BB, SB
  • Darwin Rivera 3B-1-4, 2B