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Lots of Home Runs on this Night....LOTS

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Kemmer Goes Off in 3-2 Win

Baseball is a weird sport some times. You can go 3-4 with a double and a home run to make yourself look like a beast on paper in a game. And yes, that is a great individual night. But, like other sports it's a team sport with a unique individual-ness to the game. That's the kind of night Kemmer had. Despite the aforementioned success, the only run score and RBI he had came on a solo home run.

But, Kemmer has really adjusted to Triple-A now. It took half of the season, but he's crushing the ball. After promotions to A.J. Reed and Alex Bregman, they need it. Teoscar Hernandez can't do it all by himself. In the last ten games, he's hitting .368 and has hit four of his twelve home runs. He'll have to lower his strikeout rate some and raise the walk-rate in order to really prove he's adjusted well.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Tony Kemp LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.306
Danny Worth 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.335
Jon Kemmer DH 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.275
Teoscar Hernandez RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.32
Jon Singleton 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.209
Colin Moran 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.265
Andrew Aplin CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.227
Max Stassi C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.227
Nolan Fontana SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.192
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Cesar Valdez (W, 10-1) 6 9 2 2 1 5 0 3.51
Jandel Gustave (H, 5) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.78
Jordan Jankowski (S, 4) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.81

Laureano Adjusting Well in 3-2 Win

Ramon Laureano hit his second homer since his promotion from the windy environment of Lancaster. Those winds helped put his name on the map as Lancaster does for many hitters. However, that comes with an asterisk that carries the notation of "wait and see in Corpus." It's been only twelve games but so far so good. For a centerfield prospect to put up ten home runs in Lancaster isn't spectacular by any means, but to do two is twelve while in Corpus is intriguing. He also needs to work on the strikeout rate, but he carries a double digit walk-rate to make it more tolerable.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Ramon Laureano CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.293
Garrett Stubbs C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.304
Chase McDonald DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.233
Nick Tanielu 3B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.27
James Ramsay LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.191
Alejandro Garcia RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.267
Conrad Gregor 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.206
Mott Hyde 2B 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.237
Antonio Nunez SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.32
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Cy Sneed 6 5 1 0 3 3 0 4.64
Kevin Comer 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 6.75
Ryan Thompson (W, 2-1) 2 3 1 1 1 3 0 2
Eric Peterson (S, 2) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.03

JetHawks Win 13-8 Off of Homer Parade

Lancaster had five extra-base hits in this game. Every. Single. One. Was. A. Home. Run.

Johnny Sewald hit one for his fifth in Lancaster.

Trent Woodard hit one for his fifth. He also drew three walks.

Brooks Marlow hit his sixth.

Drew Ferguson hit two. His tenth and eleventh for Lancaster.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.304
Bobby Boyd DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.287
Osvaldo Duarte CF 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.302
Trent Woodward C 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0.214
Drew Ferguson LF 5 2 3 0 0 2 6 0 1 0.293
Aaron Mizell 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.235
Jamie Ritchie 1B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.272
Brooks Marlow 3B 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.227
Keach Ballard SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.215
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Akeem Bostick (W, 3-1) 6 10 7 7 5 3 0 4.07
Scott Weathersby (S, 1) 3 5 1 1 1 6 1 5.54

Jobu Wakes Up Bats in QC's 11-4 Win

Ryne Birk and Myles Straw both fell short of the cycle by the same type. The home run. Birk has shown that he can put it over the fence some in college as well as in Tri-City, but hasn't in three games for QC. Straw, on the other hand, doesn't have a home run to his name in the pro ranks. So, Birk was probably a bit closer to pulling it off.

Kyle Tucker his his sixth home run of the season. Four of those in the last nine games. You want power? Well, he's showing the power.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Myles Straw RF 5 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 0 0.367
Ryne Birk DH 6 2 3 1 1 0 5 0 1 0.467
Stephen Wrenn CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.231
Dexture McCall 1B 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 1 0.285
Kyle Tucker LF 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.278
Kristian Trompiz SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.234
Randy Cesar 3B 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.255
Anthony Hermelyn C 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.226
Arturo Michelena 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.235
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Framber Valdez (W, 1-0) 6 6 3 3 2 3 0 3.27
Chris Murphy (S, 2) 3 4 1 1 0 3 0 4

De Goti Leads TC to 5-4 Win.

You don't expect your 9-hole hitter to lead you. But he did. He had a double and a big three-run shot. to lead the team. See the difference between Kemmer's night and De Goti despite having nearly identical stat lines?

I really liked the pick of Nick Hernandez in the 8th round of this years draft. His stats looked great and the lone clip of him I found was a nice four-seam fastball high in the zone for a whiff. It had really nice action. So, far he's pitching really well with more than a strikeout an inning and doing well in the walks area. His success makes me think of Derek Velazquez though. Velazquez was drafted in 2014 in the 7th round and sent to TC and had similar success. Although, he had TJS and has yet to pitch again. He's still listed on the roster but on the 7-day DL. Seems like a rather long rehab time.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Rodrigo Ayarza 3B 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.259
Miguelangel Sierra SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Brauly Mejia CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.258
Chuckie Robinson DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.318
Taylor Jones 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.242
Ronnie Dawson LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.189
Bryan De La Cruz RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.143
Gabriel Bracamonte C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
1- Marcos Almonte PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.243
Kevin Martir C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.16
Alexander De Goti 2B 4 2 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0.236
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Makay Nelson 4 6 4 4 1 3 0 10.29
Carlos Sierra 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.56
Edgardo Sandoval (W, 1-2) 3 1 0 0 2 4 0 3.98
Nick Hernandez (S, 6) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.53

Arauz Breaking Out in Lead-Off Roll in 10-6 Loss

Remember the Arauz for Arauz swop involved in the Appel trade? There was a lot to like in Jonathan Arauz but also a lot to question. Early on in the season, the questions became very real. But, he has started to hit much better, especially since being injected into the leadoff spot after MiguealAngel Sierra was promoted to TC. In four games as the leadoff hitter, he's hitting over .500.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Arauz 2B 6 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.282
Stijin van der Meer SS 6 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
Abraham Toro-Hernandez 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.271
Troy Sieber 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.286
Chaz Pal LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.278
Raymond Henderson C 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.244
Luis Payano CF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.2
Vicente Sanchez DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.197
Carlos Machado RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.083
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carlos Sanabria 6 3 1 1 1 2 1 4.02
Devin Raftery (BS, 2) 3 5 4 4 1 3 1 3
Devon Carr (L, 1-2) 1 5 5 4 2 1 0 6.89

Whitley Strikes Out Seven in 4-1 Win

This was a completion game from July 21st.

In three innings, Forrest Whitley sat down seven via the strikeout and five were swinging. He gave up two hard hit line drives in his first inning but the rest of the contact was not that dangerous. Great outing. Wonder if they'll start thinking of sending him to Greeneville soon given thats how they handled Lance McCullers.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Andy Pineda CF 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.219
Wilson Amador RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.286
Carlos Machado LF 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.353
1- Nestor Muriel PR-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.222
Brody Westmoreland 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.171
Jonathan Matute 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.203
Juan Pineda 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.261
Randy Vasquez C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.233
L.P. Pelletier DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.233
Cristopher Luciano 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.14
Joan Mauricio SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Jorge Alcala 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.21
Forrest Whitley (W, 1-0) 3 3 1 1 1 7 0 3
Carson LaRue (H, 1) 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dariel Aquino (S, 3) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.45

GCL Astros Win GM 2 1-0

Nuff' said.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andy Pineda LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.234
1- Jose Benjamin PR-LF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.238
Wilson Amador RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.304
Wander Franco 3B 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.226
Brody Westmoreland 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167
Juan Pineda 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.262
Edgar Lorenzo DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.125
Gilberto Celestino CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.111
Joan Mauricio SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.198
Jorge Martinez C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.042
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jorge Guzman (W, 1-1) 5 0 0 0 1 6 0 3.12
Enoli Paredes (S, 3) 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.76

DSL Astros Blue Wins 5-3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Nestor Tejada LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.225
Anibal Sierra DH 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.353
Nicolas Miranda 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.264
Ronny Jimenez 1B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.25
Cesar Cortez CF 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.246
Carlos Canelon C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.256
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.18
Ronny Rafael RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.179
Alfredo Angarita 2B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.234
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Ronel Blanco 3.2 7 3 1 1 3 0 2.45
Yeremi Ceballos 2.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.47
Juan Lopez (W, 2-0) 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.81

DSL Astros Orange Loses 2-0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Yordan Alvarez DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333
b- Vicente Mota PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.26
Samir Caraballo SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.212
Kendy Moya 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.23
Hector Martinez CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.248
Anthony Rodriguez 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.183
Renaigel Martis LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.24
Yeuris Ramirez 3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.149
Ramiro Rodriguez RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.234
Gerry Castillo C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.069
a- Kelvin Perez PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.143
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Diosward Gonzalez (L, 1-3) 5 4 2 2 2 3 0 4.25
Jose Antonio Hernandez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerardo Bojorquez 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 5.13