Posted: 11:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
By Anthony Boyer
Before I begin this recap, I want to send thoughts out to Jason Heyward, Max Stassi, and the Mariners' #3 prospect, D.J. Peterson, someone I had a lot of fun watching at New Mexico this year. I'm sure there are others who've been hit recently, too. It's been a wild week so far, and I wish them all speedy recoveries.
Napkins Full of Ketchup and Autographs
If you happen to be around the SPID at Nile Whataburger on Friday between 11:00 and 1:00, you can stop in and get an autograph from Michael Burgess and Domingo Santana. KFTX-FM will also be on hand with a live remote broadcast.
Tyler White has played on four different teams since May: Western Carolina University, the GCL Astros, the Greeneville Astros, and now the Tri-City ValleyCats. The Troy Record's Andrew Santillo sat down with him to discuss his rapid movement through the low minors.
Tony Kemp Standing Tall
Steve Batterson has an article at QC Times about SEC Player of the Year - and Astros' 2013 draft pick - Tony Kemp, on the challenges of hitting at the top of the order, playing second base professionally, and his older brother, Corey Kemp, a former Brewers farmhand.
"I didn’t set any numerical goals or have any feel for where I might end up at the end of this season this year. I’m taking things one pitch, one at-bat at a time. I’m learning every day and in the coaches here, I’ve got good people to learn from."
Nick Tropeano took a few minutes recently to talk about his ten-strikeout outing, as well as a few other topics. Video below:
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What Happened Was...
Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - Paul Clemens was cruising against the Round Rock Express (TEX). Through five innings, he'd allowed three hits, a run, and a walk. Then came the sixth inning, which started with a Jon Singleton error. After that: A single, a hit by pitch, a fielder's choice, a grand slam, a single, and a hit by pitch. Jose Cisnero came into the game in relief, allowing two more singles and a home run of his own before getting three of the next four batters out. All told, Round Rock scored ten runs in the sixth inning, and cruised to a 12-3 win. Lost in the shuffle was George Springer's two stolen bases, leaving him four home runs away from 40/40.
Oklahoma City: 76-57, 1st - Pacific Coast League American Southern
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - David Rollins started strong against the Midland RockHounds (OAK), getting all three outs in the first inning via strikeout, while allowing just one single. But a two-run double by Jefry Marte in the third put Midland up 2-0. The Hooks rallied for two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to right the ship, but Marte came through again in the fifth, singling in another run. By the time the Hooks got around to getting another run in the eighth, Midland had put across an insurance run. Hooks lose, 4-3.
Corpus Christi: 35-24, 2nd (2.0 GB) - Texas League South
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - The Lake Elsinore Storm (SDP) got a quick one-two-three in the top of the first inning to lead things off, but there was a problem. After Nolan Fontana struck out (swinging!) for the third out, he got to first, anyway, on a wild pitch. Controversy ensued, as controversy does, and Storm manager Shawn Wooten was ejected. The Jethawks took advantage of the extended inning with a single by MP Cokinos and a two-run double by Tyler Heineman. They'd score two more in the second and one each in the next two frames. Then, in the top of the ninth, up 5-2, they exploded. Back-to-back singles by Delino DeShields and Carlos Perdomo, followed by a Nolan Fontana walk (imagine that), with DeShields scoring on another wild pitch. MP Cokinos flew out to advance the runners, and Tyler Heineman had a sacrifice fly to score Perdomo. Next up: Brandon Meredith double, Dan Gulbransen single, Joe Sclafani triple, Chris Epps walk, Delino DeShields infield single. All told, six runs came across the plate to easily secure the victory, 12-4.
Lancaster: 36-23, 1st - California League South
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Chris Devenski has had his ups and downs. But his seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance yesterday has to be included as an up. In the bottom of the fourth, after he gave up the only run he'd cede to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN), the offense got his back by scoring one of their own. The following inning, they put across four more. Two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh would prove to be unnecessary, as Zach Morton slammed the door through the final two frames. River Bandits win, 7-1.
Quad Cities: 34-24, 2nd (5.5 GB) - Midwest League Western
Tri-City ValleyCats (A-) - Postponed: Wet Grounds
Greeneville Astros (Rk) - With a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, victory over the Danville Braves (ATL) looked all but assured. Raul Rivera got two quick outs to begin the ninth, but then Bryan De La Rosa reached on a single popped up to the shortstop. Victor Reyes followed with a single of his own before a Parker Hipp error allowed Connor Lien to reach. With the bases loaded and the inning extended, Jacob Schrader hit a walkoff triple to secure the victory for Danville, 7-6. The Astros' pitchers combined for some good (nine strikeouts and just two walks), some bad (fifteen hits), and some ugly (seven runs... but just one earned.) The loss is Greeneville's fourth in a row, and allows the Kingsport Mets to pass them in the standings. They are now half a game back - and just one game ahead of Elizabethton for second in the West. Of their eight remaining games, all but three are against Danville, who are seven games below .500. After the conclusion of their current series, they have six straight home games to end the season.
Greeneville: 34-26, 2nd (0.5 GB) - Appalachian League West
GCL Astros (Rk) - The good news? The Astros pitchers combined for ten strikeouts and just four walks. The bad news? So did the GCL Yankees1 (NYY) pitchers. With the game tied at six apiece entering the bottom of the eighth, however, the Astros struck. Yonathan Mejia reached on a single, advanced to second on an error, and was replaced by Jason Martin. Ydarqui Marte (I will never learn to spell that name without looking seven times) bunted Martin to third, and Mesac Laguna brought him home on a sacrifice fly. The small ball proved to be a bit much, perhaps, as two subsequent singles hinted that the inning could have been a little bigger had the Astros not given away two outs, but no matter, as the Astros won, 7-6.
GCL Astros: 25-29, 3rd (7.0 GB) - Gulf Coast League Northeast
DSL Astros (Rk) - Tied 2-2 in the ninth inning against the DSL Athletics (OAK), the Astros racked up two quick outs - but once again, a strikeout resulted in a runner on first after a wild pitch. This time, it was Luis Payano. Kristian Trompiz struck out to bring the Astros to their final out, but they quickly got to work on a two-out rally. Arturo Michelena doubled Payano home, and Randy Cesar singled Michelena home, giving Angel Heredia a two-run cushion to play with. It looked like he might need it after walking the leadoff batter in the ninth, but he picked the runner off and retired the final two batters - the last on a strikeout. Astros win, 4-2.
DSL Astros: 37-31, 3rd (9.0 GB) - Dominican Summer League Boca Chica Northwest