An organizational sweep! It was a fun night to be an Astros fan on Saturday. George Springer went off and a number of his minor league contemporaries had solid performances.
AAA: Oklahoma City Redhawks 10, Memphis Redbirds (STL) 4
The offense had themselves a day in this one, a night after posting 22 hits. Only fifteen hits this time, including three from Austin Wates and Carlos Perez. Domingo Santana added two homers, his eighth and ninth on the year, and continues to kill it for OKC. Mike Foltynewicz continued to put up a string of good starts, going 6 innings and only allowing two runs. Folty only struck out two on the night, though his K/9 for the season was a nice 9.21 before tonight's start, a number that was higher than I thought it would be. Folty is certainly making a case to be called up even with the major league rotation holding its own. Maybe a role in the bullpen?
Robbie Grossman: 1-6, 2B, 2K
Jon Singleton: 0-5
Austin Wates: 3-5, 2B
Domingo Santana: 2-4, 2 HR (9), 1 K
Adron Chambers: 10-3, HR (2)
Carlos Perez: 3-3, 3 RBI
Mike Foltynewicz: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
AA: Corpus Christi Hooks 7, NW Arkansas Travelers (KC) 4
Trivia time: Did you know that the state of Arkansas hosts two Texas League teams? If you follow the minor leagues closely you probably know that, but it's pretty interesting to see a state of Arkansas' size have two teams in the same league. Works well for travel I suppose. Anyway the Hooks traveled to play the Travelers, the Royals affiliate and won behind a nice outing from Mike Hauschild, who made his third AA start. He struck out six in five innings of work, and has been outstanding for Corpus so far with a 1.59 ERA and a 17:1 K:BB ratio. The offense balanced out the production last night, which included the 11th homer of the year from Preston Tucker. Also continuing a hot streak is Nolan Fontana, who is up to a .291 average and a .419 OBP on the season.
Delino DeShields: 2-5, RBI
Nolan Fontana: 1-3, 2 BB
Andrew Aplin: 1-5
Preston Tucker: 2-4, HR (11)
Tyler Heineman: 1-3, 3B, 3 RBI
Mike Hauschild: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
A+: Lancaster Jethawks 6, Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) 2
Josh Hader continues to dominate the Cal League. Ho hum. Hader went 5 innings on the front end of the tandem, striking out 6 against one walk. On the offensive side, the bottom of the lineup that included Jordan Scott, Carlos Perdomo and Ruben Sosa combined to go 6 for 9. Up at the top, Carlos Correa had a double, a steal and two walks, and Tony Kemp walked a cool four times, putting his OBP at .439 on the year.
Tony Kemp: 0-1, 2 R, 4 BB
Teoscar Hernandez: 1-4
Carlos Correa: 1-4, 2B (9), SB (10)
Rio Ruiz: 0-3, BB
Carlos Perdomo: 2-3
Jordan Scott: 2-4
Josh Hader: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Chris Devenski: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
A: Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids (MIN) 2
A couple of really bright spots in this one; first baseman Conrad Gregor hit his first home run of the year, and Jandel Gustave put together a nice start to boost QC. Gregor is quietly having a really nice start to the season, hitting .307 with a .413 OBP. Gregor seems like one of those unspectacular prospects who might always fly under the radar, but has the ability to consistenly produce with the bat and get on base. Gustave has put together a nice season as well, allowing only three earned runs over his last three starts (15.2 innings) with really impressive 36:11 K:BB ratio.
James Ramsay: 1-3
Brett Phillips: 0-3
Conrad Gregor: 1-4, HR (1)
Tyler White: 1-4, HR (2)
Brian Holberton: 1-3. 2B
Jandel Gustave: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Tomorrow's probables and games
AAA: OKC (Buchanan) vs. MEM (6:05 pm CT)
AA: CC (Cruz) vs. NWA (6:05 pm)
LAN (TBD) vs. IE (4:00 pm CT)
QC (Grills) vs. Burlington (2:00 pm CT)