AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 1-0 win over the Round Rock Express
It's getting hard to find new ways to describe how good Alex Bregman has been this year. Last night he went 2-4 with a double and scored the game's only run. He's hitting a completely ridiculous .371/.400/.758 since his promotion to Triple A. Of his 93 hits this year, 44 have been for extra bases.
I don't want to make this all about Bregatron, but his ascension to arguably the top prospect in the minor leagues (so says Keith Law from ESPN: Top 50 MLB prospects: Astros' Alex Bregman leaps to midseason No. 1) has to be the story of the season for the Astros prospects this year.
Fresno managed the win despite scoring only one run behind excellent pitching from starter Joe Musgrove. Musgrove went seven innings, allowing six hits and zero walks and striking out nine. Josh Fields and James Hoyt closed it out by each tossing a scoreless inning.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 14-2 loss to the Midland RockHounds
It's been a good season for Hooks starting pitcher Cy Sneed, but last night wasn't his night. The RockHounds roughed up Sneed for eight earned runs on six hits and three walks in the first inning.
The bright spots on offense were Garrett Stubbs and James Ramsay who each went 2-3 with a run scored. Stubbs added an RBI and hit out of the leadoff spot, an unusual place for a catcher not named Biggio.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 5-4 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Trent Thornton pitched six solid innings to earn the victory in the game, allowing three earned runs and striking out nine. He's now won his last four starts going 6+ innings in each victory. His WHIP stands at 1.19 and he's struckout almost a batter per inning. It will be interesting to see how he fares once he gets out of the offense-enhancing California League.
Center fielder Bobby Boyd put up quite a night out of the leadoff spot going 3-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI. Right fielder Drew Ferguson reached base on a walk, stole two bases and scored a run.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: Off day
Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats: 6-4 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs
Batavia scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game, then two runs in the top of the 10th to win.
First baseman Spencer Johnson led the way for the ValleyCats, going 4-5 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and an RBI.
Starter Enrique Chavez left with the lead after allowing three runs in five innings with four strikeouts. Reliever Hector Perez did allow the tying run to score but overall had a strong outing, going four innings with six strikeouts.
Rookie Greeneville Astros: 4-3 loss to the Johnson City Cardinals
Center fielder Marcos Almonte had the top night for the rookie Astros, going 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Shortstop prospect Miguelangel Sierra added a hit and run scored.
The best Greeneville pitching performance for Greeneville came from reliever Ben Smith who went four and two thirds innings allowing one run and striking out seven.