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Astros Prospect Report: April 17th, 2017

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Tucker the elder homers, Quad Cities win a blowout

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Preston Tucker homered for the Fresno Grizzlies
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Another night of baseball in the books with the minor league teams splitting their four games.


AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (5-7) lost 6-2 Grizzlies Boxscore

Fresno fell behind early in this one and couldn’t recover. Grizzlies starter David Martinez allowed three runs in the bottom of the first. Preston Tucker responded with a two run homer in the top of the 2nd, but that was as close as Fresno got on the night. Salt Lake tacked on a few more runs and held the Grizzlies offense to five hits and a walk.

Jon Kemmer was the lone Grizzly player with multiple hits going 2-3. Teoscar Hernandez tripled, the only extra base hit besides the Tucker blast.


AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (7-4) lost 9-7 Hooks Boxscore

The Hooks fell in 13 innings in a back and forth affair with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Trailing by five runs entering the bottom of the sixth, they scored three runs in each of the next two innings to tie the game. It remained knotted at six all through 12 before NW Arkansas put four across in the top of the 13th. The Hooks tried to rally but could only manage one run in the bottom of the frame.

Alejandro Garcia and Antonio Nunez led the Hooks offense with three hits apiece. Jack Mayfield went 2-6 with a double, a home run and two RBI. J.D. Davis was 2-5 with a double and a walk.


A+: Buies Creek Astros (9-3) won 4-2 Astros Boxscore

The strong start for the Buies Creek Astros continued last night as they rode strong pitching and enough offense to a victory. Kyle Tucker continued to impress with a busy night at the plate, going 1-3 with a run, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Osvaldo Duarte went 3-4 from the bottom of the order, and Dexture McCall had two hits, and RBI and a walk from the cleanup spot.

On the pitching side, Akeem Bostick shined once again for Buies Creek. The twenty one year old righty has yet to yield an earned run in fourteen and two thirds innings this season. Last night he pitched three and two thirds innings in relief of starter Elieser Hernandez, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four and earning the win. Ryan Deemes struck out two in the ninth to earn a save.


A: Quad Cities River Bandits (5-6) won 15-1 River Bandits Boxscore

The River Bandits pounded the Burlington Bees, exploding for sixteen hits and eight walks in the game. There were many offensive starts on the night, but Alexander De Goti put up the gaudiest line, going 4-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, a triple, two RBI and two walks. He was a double away from the cycle.

Prospects Ronnie Dawson and Jake Rogers each went 3-6, Dawson with a double and triple and Rogers with a double and home run. Randy Cesar and Rodrigo Ayarza also added home runs for the River Bandits.

Quad Cities starter Jorge Alcala had plenty of runs to work with, and he kept Burlington off the board for five innings to earn the win. He allowed one hit and struck out two, but had a little trouble with his control with five walks.


Today’s starters according to MiLB.com:

FRE: Keegan Yuhl (8.22 ERA)

CC: Kyle Smith (5.14 ERA)

BC: Alex Winkelman (0.00 ERA)

QC: Hector Perez (2.25 ERA)