Tough night for the Astros affiliates in minor league action.
AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (13-19) lost 12-5 Grizzlies Boxscore
This game featured a starting pitching matchup between current top Astros pitching prospect Francis Martes, and former Astros prospect Josh Hader who left in the Gomez/Fiers trade. Hader came out on top in the head to head matchup, as Martes struggled a bit. He made his first appearance in over two weeks, with the final line four runs on five hits and four walks in three and two thirds innings.
Fresno took a 5-4 lead scoring four runs in the sixth inning, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the advantage. Catcher Max Stassi went 2-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Derek Fisher hit a three run home run, and is now hitting .386 over his last 10 games.
AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (15-16) lost 5-3 Hooks Boxscore
Hooks starter Rogelio Armenteros twirled an impressive start, pitching five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Armenteros’ ERA now sits at 1.61, and he’s struck out over a batter an inning with 37 K’s in 28 innings pitched.
The Hooks held a 3-2 lead entering the ninth but allowed three in the frame for the 5-3 loss. Hooks hurler Andrew Thome pitched a scoreless eigth inning but got knocked around in the ninth.
Offensive stars on the night were Mott Hyde and Trent Woodward, who both went 2-3. Woodward hit a home run, scored two and knocked in two.
A: Quad Cities River Bandits (15-14) lost 2-0 Astros Boxscore
Bowling Green starter Ethan Clark and two relievers limited the River Bandits to two hits and three walks and Astros affiliates went 0-3 last night.
Quad Cities starter Enoli Paredes pitched well (six innings, two runs, two strike outs) but took a tough luck loss.
The often-explosive Quad Cities offense couldn’t muster much in this one, striking out eleven times.
Today’s starters according to MiLB.com:
FRE: Casey Coleman (7.20 ERA)
CC: Brock Dykxhoorn (8.20 ERA)
BC: Framber Valdez (2.18 ERA)
QC: Dustin Hunt (5.65 ERA)