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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 11, 2016

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Fresno holds on to its lead to win, Lancaster doesn't, and the River Bandits split a doubleheader

Jon Singleton crushed a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, to power the Grizzlies to victory
Jon Singleton crushed a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, to power the Grizzlies to victory
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First things first, a hearty congratulations must be extended to both Joe Musgrove and Reymin Guduan for their promotions (announced today, a day after the games covered in this recap) to Triple-A Fresno!  Both players fairly dominated at Double-A Corpus Christi, and richly deserve the promotions.



With the congratulations passed along, let's get to yesterday's action.

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: WON 7-6 over the Tacoma Rainiers (SEA)

Mike Hauschild was brilliant through five innings, allowing just two hits (a bunt single and a double) while recording four strikeouts, four fly ball outs, a pop out on the infield, and six outs on ground balls, including a double play in the top of the third.  He escaped trouble in the fifth after the lead off man reached on another error by third baseman Colin Moran and Shawn O'Malley followed two outs later with a double, placing two runners in scoring position.  But Hauschild was able to induce his sixth ground ball out off the bat of Ed Lucas to escape the inning unscathed.

No such luck in the sixth inning.  After being staked to a 7-0 lead (more on that in a minute), Hauschild retired the first two hitters in the sixth (a ground out and a fly out) before issuing his first walk of the day.  He then hit Efren Navarro with a pitch, and Stefen Romero took him deep to make it 7-3 Grizzlies.  Mike Zunino followed with a single to left before Hauschild was able to retire the third out on his fifth strikeout of the game.

Jordan Jankowski relieved in the seventh, and didn't look very good at all.  On one hand, he would end up with three strikeouts over his two innings of work, but he also allowed three runs in the seventh inning (a two run home run, and then three wild pitches that brought a third run home later in the inning) and allowed a hit and two walks in addition.

James Hoyt pitched a hitless, scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to record his eighth save of the season and lower his ERA to 2.45 through 18.1 innings pitched.

On the offensive side, Jon Singleton smashed his team-leading seventh home run of the season to drive in what would prove to be the decisive three runs.

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Colin Moran went 2-4 with a double (his slugging percentage is up to .385 now, and his isolated power is back up to .091) while Tony Kemp had a pair of singles, Matt Duffy continued heating up by notching a single and a double on the day, and Eury Perez had a double and a single on his day as well.  Andrew Aplin notched a multi hit game, which was nice to see for him after his stone cold start to the 2016 season offensively.

Box Score:

Tacoma Rainiers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Boog Powell CF 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .268
Chris Taylor SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .303
Efren Navarro DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Stefen Romero 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .383
Mike Zunino C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .321
Mike Baxter RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .236
Shawn O'Malley 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Ed Lucas 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .207
Daniel Robertson LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .259
Totals 33 6 5 1 0 2 5 3 10 .283
BATTING
2B: O'Malley (5, Hauschild).
HR: Romero, S (6, 6th inning off Hauschild, 2 on, 2 out); Robertson, Dn (2, 7th inning off Jankowski, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: O'Malley 3; Romero, S 4; Zunino; Robertson, Dn 4.
RBI: Romero, S 3 (26); Robertson, Dn 2 (7).
2-out RBI: Romero, S 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lucas 2.
GIDP: Robertson, Dn.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: O'Malley (5, 2nd base off Jankowski/Pena, R).

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Nolan Fontana SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .200
Tony Kemp 2B 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .308
Colin Moran 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .294
Matt Duffy 1B 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .192
Jon Singleton DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .212
Jon Kemmer RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .182
Eury Perez LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Roberto Pena C 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .200
Andrew Aplin CF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .195
Totals 34 7 12 3 0 1 7 3 6 .241
BATTING
2B: Moran (7, Pries); Perez, E (1, Pries); Duffy (4, Pries).
HR: Singleton (7, 5th inning off Coleman, C, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Moran 3; Pena, R; Duffy 3; Aplin 2; Singleton 4; Kemp 2; Perez, E 3.
RBI: Fontana (14); Moran (18); Pena, R (5); Duffy (4); Singleton 3 (17).
2-out RBI: Moran; Pena, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duffy; Aplin; Kemp.
SAC: Pena, R.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Aplin (6, 2nd base off Pries/Zunino).
CS: Perez, E (1, 3rd base by Sitton/Zunino).

FIELDING
E: Moran (4, fielding).
DP: (Fontana-Kemp-Duffy).

Tacoma Rainiers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
James Paxton 1.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.81
Jordan Pries (L, 0-1) 3.0 7 6 6 1 3 0 8.10
Casey Coleman 1.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 1.65
Kraig Sitton 2.0 3 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 12 7 7 3 6 1 4.33
Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Hauschild (W, 3-3) 6.0 4 3 3 1 5 1 4.54
Jordan Jankowski 2.0 1 3 3 2 3 1 4.00
James Hoyt (S, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.45
Totals 9.0 5 6 6 3 10 2 4.27
Game Scores: Paxton 53; Hauschild 56.
WP: Pries; Sitton; Jankowski 4.
HBP: Navarro, E (by Hauschild).
Pitches-strikes: Paxton 25-14; Pries 53-35; Coleman, C 25-17; Sitton 30-20; Hauschild 88-55; Jankowski 56-33; Hoyt 12-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Paxton 4-0; Pries 3-3; Coleman, C 1-1; Sitton 2-0; Hauschild 7-4; Jankowski 1-3; Hoyt 0-0.
Batters faced: Paxton 5; Pries 17; Coleman, C 7; Sitton 9; Hauschild 24; Jankowski 10; Hoyt 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Pries 1-0; Coleman, C 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Garrett Patterson. 1B: Nick Mahrley. 3B: Chris Gonzalez. 
Weather: 79 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 12:09 PM.
T: 2:38.
Att: 4,128.
Venue: Chukchansi Park.
May 11, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

AA Corpus Christi: OFF

High A Lancaster: LOST 6-5 to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD)

A promising start to the game saw the Jethawks take a 5-4 lead to the bottom of the ninth before a single, a walk, and a walk off triple spelled "blown save and a loss" out for 'Hawks reliever Angel Heredia.

Joshua James and Trent Thornton each turned in excellent four inning appearances, especially considering the league run scoring environment.  James allowed three runs (two earned) while Thornton allowed a single earned run, and the pair combined to strike out fifteen Quakes hitters in eight innings (James eight, Thornton seven) while allowing only a single walk between the two of them and a grand total of five hits.

On the offensive side, Ramon Laureano had a single and three walks while Nick Tanielu continued his own torrid offensive start with three singles, raising his slash line to .348/.378/.518 so far in 2016.  Jamie Ritchie had a solid day at the plate, with a single and a double, the team's only extra base hit for the game.

Meanwhile, Jason Martin's numbers continue to plummet as he remains mired in a 3-38 slump, and Kristian Trompiz continues to struggle terribly offensively as well.

Box Score:

Lancaster JetHawks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Jason Martin LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .217
Garrett Stubbs DH 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .259
Ramon Laureano RF 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .310
Nick Tanielu 3B 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 .348
Alejandro Garcia CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Jamie Ritchie C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Marc Wik 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .233
Kristian Trompiz 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .150
Luis Reynoso SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212
Totals 36 5 12 1 0 0 5 3 6 .251
BATTING
2B: Ritchie (5, Bergjans).
TB: Tanielu 3; Stubbs; Garcia, Ale; Trompiz; Ritchie 3; Reynoso, L; Wik 2; Laureano.
RBI: Wik (6); Tanielu 2 (21); Stubbs (9); Garcia, Ale (10).
2-out RBI: Wik; Stubbs; Tanielu; Garcia, Ale.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Trompiz; Ritchie; Stubbs 2; Tanielu.
SAC: Reynoso, L.
GIDP: Wik.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Laureano 2 (11, 2nd base off Bergjans/Leon, 2nd base off Griggs/Leon); Stubbs (5, 2nd base off Bergjans/Leon).
PO: Laureano (2nd base by Leon).

FIELDING
E: Wik (8, fielding); Tanielu (5, fielding).

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Erick Mejia 2B 5 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 .286
Tim Locastro SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .353
Kyle Garlick DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .325
Alex Guerrero LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .222
Matt Beaty 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .279
Johan Mieses RF 4 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 .269
Julian Leon C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .324
Mike Ahmed 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Pin-Chieh Chen CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
a- Joey Curletta PH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .264
Totals 34 6 7 1 1 2 5 2 15 .296
a-Walked for Chen in the 9th. 
BATTING
2B: Mieses (8, James).
3B: Mejia, E (4, Heredia, A).
HR: Guerrero, A (1, 1st inning off James, 1 on, 2 out); Mieses (4, 6th inning off Thornton, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Guerrero, A 4; Ahmed; Locastro; Mieses 7; Mejia, E 3.
RBI: Guerrero, A 2 (3); Mieses (13); Mejia, E 2 (11).
2-out RBI: Guerrero, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Locastro; Ahmed 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Locastro (8, 2nd base off James/Ritchie).

FIELDING
DP: (Mejia, E-Locastro-Ahmed).
Pickoffs: Leon (Laureano at 2nd base).

Lancaster JetHawks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Joshua James 4.0 4 3 2 1 8 1 3.74
Trent Thornton 4.0 1 1 1 0 7 1 3.54
Angel Heredia (BS, 2)(L, 0-3) 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 6.57
Totals 8.1 7 6 5 2 15 2 5.52
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tommy Bergjans 4.2 6 5 5 2 3 0 5.13
Alex Burgos 1.1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1.29
Joe Broussard 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.77
Scott Griggs (W, 1-1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.96
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 3 6 0 3.42
Game Scores: James 51; Bergjans 33.
HBP: Leon (by James).
Pitches-strikes: James 87-56; Thornton 65-45; Heredia, A 14-7; Bergjans 99-63; Burgos 31-18; Broussard 26-17; Griggs 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: James 4-2; Thornton 3-2; Heredia, A 1-0; Bergjans 5-2; Burgos 2-1; Broussard 1-2; Griggs 1-0.
Batters faced: James 20; Thornton 13; Heredia, A 4; Bergjans 21; Burgos 8; Broussard 7; Griggs 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Burgos 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Brandon Butler. 1B: Richard Genera. 
Weather: 83 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 7:10 PM.
T: 3:08.
Att: 1,141.
Venue: LoanMart Field.
May 11, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

Low A Quad Cities: LOST 6-5, WON 1-0 in doubleheader with the Burlington Bees (LAA)

The River Bandits fell just short of a comeback in the first (shortened, seven inning) game of this doubleheader.

Jose Hernandez made the start and didn't pitch terribly well, giving up four earned runs in five innings with a walk, a single strikeout, and seven hits allowed.  Andrew Thome came in in relief and allowed a pair of runs (only one earned) on two hits with no walks allowed and two strikeouts.

In the second game, which only went six and a half innings, right-hander Chris Murphy got the start and pitched beautifully.  He went the whole (seven innings) game and allowed just four hits (three singles and a double) without allowing a walk, and punched out three batters.  He also achieved eight ground balls, per the box score, to just two flyouts.

Kyle Tucker has quietly been building steam at the plate.  He combined to go 3-7 in the doubleheader with a double, two singles, and his fifteenth stolen base in just 31 games played.  It seems doubtful that he maintains a pace for 78 stolen bases in 162 games, but then, I wouldnt have expected he'd even steal fifteen by this point in the season, so what do I know?

Tucker has also posted a .385 wOBA, a 148 wRC+, and has nearly doubled his walk rate (up to 10.7%) from his inaugural professional campaign last year.  It's incredible to think that he might earn himself a Lancaster promotion sometime in the next month or two if he keeps up this production, given that he's already one of the youngest players in his current (Midwestern) league.

Another player who is playing his way toward a Lancaster promotion is Anthony Hermelyn, one of the catchers drafted in 2015.  He only played in the second game of this doubleheader, but he drove in the game's only run in the first inning with a triple after Johnny Sewald led off the game with a double.  Hermelyn has posted a likely-untenable .465 BABIP, but he's got solid peripherals along with it: 18.1 BB%, 27.2 K% (a bit high, actually), a .172 ISO, a .313/.439/.484 slash line, a ridiculous .433 wOBA, and a 179 wRC+.

Game 1 Box Score:

Burlington Bees
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Juan Moreno SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .144
Brendon Sanger 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .184
Hutton Moyer 3B 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 .311
Jared Foster CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .302
Michael Pierson DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .190
Jordan Serena RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Jared Walsh 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .189
Angel Genao C 3 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 .182
Josh Delph LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Totals 31 6 9 1 1 1 5 1 3 .235
BATTING
2B: Moyer (8, Hernandez).
3B: Genao (2, Thome).
HR: Moyer (3, 5th inning off Hernandez, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Moyer 6; Delph; Genao 4; Sanger; Serena; Foster; Moreno, J.
RBI: Sanger (10); Foster (5); Pierson (12); Moyer (13); Genao (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Foster; Serena 2; Sanger.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Moreno, J (3, 2nd base off Thome/Correa).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Serena (Wernes at 2nd base).
DP: (Sanger-Moreno, J-Walsh).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald RF 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .233
Antonio Nunez SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .213
Kyle Tucker CF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .306
Connor Goedert 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .226
Pat Porter LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 .096
Dexture McCall 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .244
Aaron Mizell 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .244
Christian Correa C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .219
Bobby Wernes DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .157
Totals 28 5 9 1 1 0 5 6 5 .227
BATTING
2B: Tucker (6, Rodriguez, J).
3B: Porter (3, Hofacket).
TB: Goedert; Porter 3; Nunez, A; Tucker 3; Wernes; Correa; Sewald 2.
RBI: McCall 2 (5); Sewald (6); Tucker (15); Porter (5).
2-out RBI: McCall; Tucker.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mizell 2; Tucker; Correa; Goedert.
GIDP: Wernes.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Sewald (14, 2nd base off Rodriguez, J/Genao); Tucker (15, 3rd base off Rodriguez, J/Genao).

FIELDING
E: Mizell (2, fielding).

Burlington Bees
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Jose Rodriguez (W, 2-2) 5.0 6 3 3 5 5 0 4.13
Adam Hofacket (S, 5) 2.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 3.31
Totals 7.0 9 5 5 6 5 0 3.55
Quad Cities River Bandits
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Hernandez (L, 0-2) 5.0 7 4 4 1 1 1 5.40
Andrew Thome 2.0 2 2 1 0 2 0 1.35
Totals 7.0 9 6 5 1 3 1 3.59
Game Scores: Rodriguez, J 43; Hernandez 37.
WP: Rodriguez, J.
Pitches-strikes: Rodriguez, J 94-52; Hofacket 37-21; Hernandez 81-57; Thome 39-26.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rodriguez, J 4-2; Hofacket 2-1; Hernandez 3-5; Thome 3-1.
Batters faced: Rodriguez, J 25; Hofacket 9; Hernandez 23; Thome 9.
Umpires: HP: Derek Thomas. 1B: Austin Jones. 
Weather: 76 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 12 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 5:58 PM.
T: 2:14.
Venue: Modern Woodmen Park.
May 11, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

Game 2 Box Score:

Burlington Bees
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Juan Moreno 3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .151
Brendon Sanger 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .179
Hutton Moyer SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
Jared Foster CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Michael Pierson 1B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Jordan Serena RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225
Jared Walsh DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Tanner Lubach C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .213
Josh Delph LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310
Totals 23 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 .233
BATTING
2B: Pierson (5, Murphy).
TB: Pierson 2; Moyer; Delph; Moreno, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lubach; Moyer.
SAC: Moreno, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Moreno, J (2, 2nd base by Murphy/Hermelyn).
PO: Moreno, J (1st base by Murphy).

FIELDING
E: Pena, L (2, pickoff); Moreno, J (6, fielding); Sanger (8, throw).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald LF 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .239
Antonio Nunez 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .211
Kyle Tucker CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .307
Anthony Hermelyn C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 .313
Brooks Marlow 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Connor Goedert 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .214
Pat Porter RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .093
Dexture McCall DH 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Osvaldo Duarte SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220
Totals 20 1 4 1 1 0 1 2 6 .227
BATTING
2B: Sewald (4, Pena, L).
3B: Hermelyn (1, Pena, L).
TB: McCall; Hermelyn 3; Tucker; Sewald 2.
RBI: Hermelyn (8).
2-out RBI: Hermelyn.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marlow; Nunez, A; Goedert.
SAC: Nunez, A; Duarte.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Sewald (4, home by Pena, L/Lubach).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Murphy (Moreno, J at 1st base).

Burlington Bees
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Luis Pena (L, 0-3) 3.0 2 1 1 2 4 0 4.24
Eric Alonzo 3.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 6.0 4 1 1 2 6 0 3.51
Quad Cities River Bandits
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Murphy (W, 3-2) 7.0 4 0 0 0 3 0 2.70
Totals 7.0 4 0 0 0 3 0 3.50
Game Scores: Pena, L 53; Murphy 72.
Pitches-strikes: Pena, L 56-33; Alonzo 38-26; Murphy 62-43.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pena, L 3-0; Alonzo 5-2; Murphy 8-2.
Batters faced: Pena, L 12; Alonzo 12; Murphy 24.
Umpires: HP: Austin Jones. 1B: Derek Thomas. 
Weather: 70 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to LF.
First pitch: 8:47 PM.
T: 1:37.
Att: 1,384.
Venue: Modern Woodmen Park.
May 11, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.