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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 28, 2016

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Corpus Christi can't hang on in the 12th, Jason Martin cranks his sixth home run, and more news from down on the farm.

You are not scoring on this man.
You are not scoring on this man.
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6, Corpus Christi Hooks 5 (12 inn.)

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Carlos Gomez DH 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.294
Alex Bregman SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.333
Derek Fisher CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.264
J.D. Davis 3B 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0.256
Nick Tanielu 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.263
Chase McDonald 1B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.225
Teoscar Hernandez RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.284
Alfredo Gonzalez C 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.133
Alejandro Garcia LF 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.259
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Evan Grills 5 6 3 1 1 2 0 0.9
Francis Martes (BS, 2) 3 4 2 1 0 3 0 5.74
Brendan McCurry 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.79
Eric Peterson (L, 0-1) 2 2 1 1 2 3 0 5.4

The Hooks got off to a roaring start in this one, taking a 4-0 lead in the third on the strength of a J.D. Davis two-run shot. However, the top of the fourth was extended by a Davis error on a ground ball, along with the requisite singles and walks which eventually forced across three runs. Martes was uneven, allowing a run in two of his three innings, but the Hooks tied it up on a Derek Fisher single. The game ended in the twelfth after the Naturals essentially bought a run after a walk, sacrifice bunt, and single to score the winning run. McCurry was excellent in his time on the mound, facing the minimum outside of an HBP. McCurry has been excellent lately, allowing just two runs in his last ten outings while striking out fifteen (only one walk). After coming over in the Jed Lowrie trade, the 24-year-old looks primed for a shot at Triple-A with his 12.1 K/9, presumably as soon as James Hoyt makes it to the majors--or perhaps even sooner.

Derek Fisher, he of the oh-so-unfortunate name, has been taking the world by storm as of late. He is batting .349 over his last ten games--and in the four previous games, he hit four home runs. In this game against the Naturals, he added a run in the four-run third and the tying run in the seventh. His eye has been inconsistent--in his sixteen-game on-base streak, he has struck out twenty-four times to only six walks (albeit with seven home runs). In April, however, he was more consistent in that regard, striking out seventeen times while walking fifteen times. His average was an abysmal .216 in April, but the OBP in May is only .016 points higher (as opposed to a .087 jump in BA and .154 jump in SLG), which leads me to believe he changed his approach at the plate. If he can become more selective within his new approach, good things are bound to happen.

High Desert Mavericks 5, Lancaster Jethawks 3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd DH 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.309
Antonio Nunez 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.296
Garrett Stubbs C 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.292
Ramon Laureano RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.289
Drew Ferguson LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.268
Jamie Ritchie 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.254
Johnny Sewald CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.192
Jason Martin CF 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.286
Luis Reynoso 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.189
a- Brooks Marlow PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.219
Kristian Trompiz SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.185
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James 5 5 2 2 2 5 2 2.97
Trent Thornton (L, 1-2) 3 4 3 3 3 1 0 4.32
Yeyfry Del Rosario 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.75

Although Lancaster was tied for much of this game, a blown eighth inning was the difference, as Trent Thornton gave up three runs to put the Jethawks in a hole from which they could not escape. Jason Martin did add his sixth homer of the season (as a ninth-inning pinch hitter), but as Jamie Ritchie ground into a double play moments before the home run, it was only a solo shot rather than a tying three-run bomb. The home runs were unsurprising, as a 23 MPH wind was blowing out to center, but the score was rather low for such an occasion.

An #umpshow did indeed occur during this game: After Johnny Sewald made a run-saving catch in center field in the top of the seventh, he believed he had outrun a bunt in the bottom of the frame, only to be told that he had not done so. He argued, and was quickly ejected from the game--the third ejection of a Jethawks player by umpire Adrian Gonzalez this season.

Peoria Chiefs 9, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Aaron Mizell 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.259
Osvaldo Duarte CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.235
Kyle Tucker RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.295
Connor Goedert LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.222
Pat Porter DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.149
Dexture McCall 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.285
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.262
Bobby Wernes 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.188
Arturo Michelena SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.458
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoanys Quiala (L, 0-2) 5 6 2 2 1 3 0 5.09
Chris Murphy 4 5 7 2 0 1 1 4.28

When your team gives up nine runs but only uses two pitchers, it's obvious that something must be up. What happened was Chris Murphy allowing two runs in the seventh, two in the eighth, and three in the ninth...and only two earned. A wild pitch, combined with a throwing error in the seventh, two fielding errors in the eighth, and one fielding error in the ninth contributed to this oddly-weighted box score. An off-night for the Bandits--Kyle Tucker went hitless and no hits went for extra-bases--contributed to the lopsided loss.