Your daily look at how the Astros’ minor league affiliates fared.
AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (22-30) won 10-3 Grizzlies Boxscore
The Grizzlies pounded 15 hits Monday night to overwhelm the Albuquerque Isotopes. Derek Fisher led the way with a perfect night at the plate, going 3-3 with a home run, three RBI, two walks and two runs scored. A.J. Reed also homered and also collected three RBI. Tony Kemp added two hits, a walk, and a run scored from the leadoff spot.
Starter Trent Thornton pitched well for the Grizzlies, limiting the Isotopes to one run on two hits and a walk in his six innings of work. Thornton struck out three. Reliever Brendan McCurry made his first appearance of the season after a 50 game suspension to start the year.
A+: Buies Creek Astros (30-22) won 13-4 Boxscore
The Buies Creek Astros joined the system-wide offensive party, knocking out 17 hits in a 13-4 demolition of the Frederick Keys. Catcher Jake Rogers continues to rake; he went 3-4 with a double, three RBI, a walk, and two runs scored, and has his average up to .350 after his promotion to High A. He’s posting a .577 slugging percentage this year, with over half his hits (22 of 40) going for extra bases. Kyle Tucker and Ryne Birk added home runs for the Astros, and each had a stolen base as well.
Buies Creek starter Franklin Perez struggled a bit, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in two and a third innings. Perez struck out three. Justin Ferrell earned the win by pitching three and a third scoreless innings of relief, striking out four.
A: Quad Cities River Bandits (25-24) won 7-3 Boxscore
Shame on the River Bandits for ‘only’ getting 10 hits, they’re bringing down our average! Quad Cities scored two runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back in a 7-3 win over the Beloit Snappers. Catcher Chuckie Robinson hit two home runs for the River Bandits. Carmen Benedetti and Wander Franco also homered.
Forrest Whitley started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over three innings, striking out one. Ronel Blanco earned the win in relief, allowing a run over four innings with six strikeouts.
Today’s starters according to MiLB.com:
CC: Kent Emanuel (5.35 ERA)