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TCB Astros Minor League Recap: Games of April 25, 2017

Astros affiliates showed off their power in a short slate on Tuesday night, with Ronnie Dawson and Derek Fisher starring.

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Derek Fisher was the top performer on the farm during last night’s slate.
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Despite a rainout for Buies Creek, there is plenty to report from Tuesday night’s farm action, starting with a slugfest in Quad Cities.

Quad Cities (10-9) 5, Peoria (8-10) 9

Starter Dustin Hunt was blown up for the River Bandits, putting the game out of reach early as QC trailed 5-1 after three-and-a-half. Most of the offense in the game came from the bat of Ronnie Dawson, a former second round selection of the Astros, who has been on quite a hot streak of late- he is now 15 for 44 with four walks and three home runs over his last ten games. Dawson appears to finally be getting his footing as a professional player and could earn a promotion to Buies Creek soon with more hot hitting.

Notable Lines

Ronnie Dawson- 2 for 4, HR, BB

Daz Cameron- 1 for 5, K

Alexander De Goti- 2 for 5, 2 K

Marcos Almonte- 2 for 2, BB

Corpus Christi (11-7) 4, Midland (8-10) 3 (12 innings)

The Hooks battled to an extra-innings victory last night, beating a strong Midland club thanks in large part to performances from prospects Riley Ferrell and Ramon Laureano. Ferrell, who has nuclear stuff out of the pen when at his best, went three innings in relief, striking out and walking three while allowing no hits or runs. This set the table for Laureano to end the game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th. It was Laureano’s only hit of the night and his second home run of the year- he has not fully awakened yet but is showing signs of life at the plate. Jon Singleton had two hits and two walks, and starter Dean Deetz was excellent with five shutout frames.

Notable Lines

Drew Ferguson: 4 for 6, 2 2B

Ramon Laureano: 1 for 5, HR, BB, K

Jon Singleton: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB

JD Davis: 1 for 5, K

Garrett Stubbs: 0 for 2, BB

Dean Deetz: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Riley Ferrell: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Fresno (9-11) 7, Salt Lake (13-7) 9

With starter Edison Frias allowing five runs with little resistance, even a strong offensive performance was not enough for the Grizz on Tuesday. Five players turned in multi-hit efforts for Fresno, with top prospect Derek Fisher leading the way with a 3-hit night. Fisher finished a triple shy of the cycle and did not strike out, raising his season average to .279. AJ Reed continued to struggle, going 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. Reed has been a streaky hitter in the past and a power surge could be in the not-too-distant future. Jordan Jankowski threw 1.2 perfect innings out of the pen, the only Fresno pitcher not to allow a run.

Notable Lines

Tony Kemp- 2 for 5

Colin Moran- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K

Tyler White and AJ Reed- 0 for 5, 2 K

Derek Fisher- 3 for 5, 2B, HR

Preston Tucker- 2 for 5, 3 K

Reid Brignac- 2 for 4, 3B

Andrew Aplin- 2 for 3

Jordan Jankowski- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K