The Fresno Grizzlies destroyed their opponents, and no one else in the Astros minor league system played at all. Everyone was on vacation, punch was served!
Okay...since that isn’t fooling anyone...
AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 12-4 win over Las Vegas (NYM)
Fresno just flat out pummeled Las Vegas. Every single starter had at least one hit, and six of the hitters had at least two hits. AJ Reed’s lone hit on the contest was a solo home run to left field. Reid Brignac had a three-run home run of his own, Teoscar Hernandez had a single and a double and was inches away from an 0-fer, as the single was of the infield variety (he ended up on third on the play thanks to an errant throw from the Aces’ shortstop, Amed Rosario) and the triple came on a diving play in center field by Matt Reynolds, who came up just short and allowed Hernandez to scamper all the way around to third base. Teoscar drove in three on the night. Fisher, Reed, and Hernandez each had a walk, and Andrew Aplin had a pair of walks to accompany his triple.
Brady Rodgers made the start and threw six innings of one run baseball, keeping his ERA hovering at the 1.50 mark.
Kevin Comer notched a pair of perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts before Reymin Guduan entered in the ninth and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. Only Gavin Cecchini really struck the ball well in that sequence, however, by doubling to left field and driving in a pair.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 9-0 loss to Arkansas Travelers (SEA)
This was just an ugly game all around. Trent Thornton was roughed up for six runs (four earned) in three innings, and Kyle Smith was touched up for the other three over his four innings of work. Sandwiched in between those times tonight, the show from Sean Stutzman was pretty noteworthy - five strikeouts in two innings of work.
As for the hitting..what hitting?
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 7-1 loss to Winston-Salem Dash (CHA)
There was almost nothing in this game worth discussing in such a short form. All seven Astros hits in the game were singles, only one run was produced (in the ninth inning on a Ryne Birk hit to center field) and Justin Ferrell got absolutely shellacked on the mound, surrendering nine hits and seven runs (six earned) in his four and two-thirds innings pitched.
Alex Winkelman had an outstanding three and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out a pair. Jason Martin and Ryne Birk each had a pair of hits, and Myles Straw had a single and his third stolen base of the young season.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-1 loss to Kane County Cougars (ARI)
The most interesting and unusual thing about this game was that it was unavailable to track on the minor league app thanks to a lack of internet at the stadium.
Again, with no Internet at MWP, twitter will be way to stay up-to-date on tonight's game— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) April 13, 2017
The long and short of this forgettable game was that the QC hitters recorded only five hits (a double by Randy Cesar and four singles) and four walks, yet struck out a grand total of sixteen times as a team.
The pitching for the River Bandits missed a good number of bats (five strikeouts for Dustin Hunt in four innings of work and six strikeouts for Carson LaRue in five innings pitched) but were quite homer-prone - Hunt allowed a pair of home runs and LaRue allowed one as well.
The lone run for the River Bandits came on a Daz Cameron sac fly to right that scored Jake Rogers.