AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-1 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas
The good news for Grizzlies starter Keegan Yuhl: he struck out nine batters in his six innings of work. The bad news was four earned runs in those six innings.
The Fresno offense couldn't keep up, with no player getting more than one hit. Newly promoted outfielder Derek Fisher hit his first Triple A home run, and Teoscar Hernandez went 1-3 with a walk.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-1 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals
The big story on the night was the Double A debut for Yulieski Gurriel. He had a quiet night at the plate going 0-3 with a strikeout from the DH position. It seems like the Astros are trying to ease him back in to the rigors of game action.
The Hooks had their chances to score more runs, as they had eight hits and three walks on the night. Unfortunately, they went 0-11 as a team with runners in scoring position which... you know... isn't good. Nick Tanielu and J.D. Davis each went 2-4 on the night, with Tanielu scoring the lone Hook's run.
Evan Grills took the loss allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. Grills struckout five. Kyle Smith pitched three scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 8-1 win over the Inland Empire 66ers
The JetHawks went 5-10 with runners in scoring position. That's much better. Lots of guys with two hit nights, including Drew Ferguson who went 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI, and Jason Martin who went 2-4 with a triple and two RBI.
Joshua James earned his ninth win of the season, allowing one run over six innings and striking out five. He's starting to look like a prospect to keep an eye on as he's struckout over a batter per inning this season while posting decent (for the California League) peripherals.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 6-2 win over the Burlington Bees
Before the game, the Astros announced they're extending the relationship with Quad Cities for two more years: River Bandits, Astros extend PDC two years
It was good news on the field as well. On the offensive side, Myles Straw and Kristian Trompiz both went 2-4. Outfielder and 2016 draftee Stephen Wrenn hit his first home run with the River Bandits.
Starter Agapito Barrios limited Burlington to one earned run through 6 2/3 innings, earning his first win of the season at Quad Cities after short stops this year with both the GCL Astros and the Tri-City ValleyCats.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 8-6 loss to the Lowell Spinners
First baseman Spencer Johnson paced the offense for the ValleyCats, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBI. DH Taylor Jones chipped in two hits including a double, and added a walk.
Tri-City held a slim 6-5 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning only to have Lowell score three to snatch the victory.
RK Greeneville Astros: 2-1 loss to the Pulaski Yankees
I thought the Hooks game was bad, but the Greeneville Astros went 0-20 with runners in scoring position and left 20 men on base. Yikes. They had 12 hits and 7 walks, but didn't score a run until the top of the 13th inning. Unfortunately Pulaski scored two in the bottom of the 13th to steal the victory.
Greeneville pitchers Cristian Javier and Ben Smith combined to strike out 13 batters through eight scoreless innings.
Raymond Henderson, Troy Sieber, Carlos Machado and Reiny Beltre each had two hit nights for the rookie Astros.