Down on the Farm: 4/12 Recap


Not much positive going on for the Astros farm tonight as the Lancaster JetHawks were the only team to leave the field with a win tonight.

Oklahoma City RedHawks (1-4)

The RedHawks played a double-header tonight against Nashville and split the series by winning the afternoon game, and losing the night game. Both games were scheduled to last just 7 innings due to the double-header, but game 1 went 8 innings due to being the game being tied 6-6 after 7. Henry Villar made his Triple-A debut and did not fair well lasting only 2 innings and giving up 6 earned runs. The saving grace of this game was the bullpen, which put up zeros in the final 6 innings of the game. The offense also did their part coming alive late in the game by scoring 4 runs in the final 2 innings of the game to edge out a 7-6 victory.

Game 2 saw top prospect Jordan Lyles make his second start of the season, and while it did go better he still did not pitch very deep into the game. He lasted 4 innings and allowed 2 earned runs coming courtesy of a home run in the 4th. What was good to see in this start by Lyles was that he did not allow a walk, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. I’m not for sure why Lyles wasn’t allowed to go deeper in the game as his pitch count was only at 65 when he came exited the game. I would be curious to know what kind of pitch count limit the Astros have put on Lyles. Now onto the RedHawk recaps:

Game 1

Hitting

1.)    Shuck (CF) – 3-4, BB, CS, .381 avg. – The singles machine collected 3 more tonight. He was also caught stealing for the 3rd time this year, and was picked off at 1st base. He has displayed very poor baserunning skills thus far.

2.)    Hernandez (2B) – 0-3, .227 avg.

3.)    Bogusevic (RF) – 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .278 avg. – Starting to cool down a little after his initial hot streak to start the season, but did collect 2 RBI’s this game

4.)    Clemens (1B) – 1-2, 2 BB, SO, .400 avg. – Good to see Clemens showing some plate discipline. He is continuing to play well in his first stint in Triple-A.

5.)    Corporan (C) – 1-4, SO, .250 avg.

6.)    Locke (LF) – 1-4, 2B, 2 SO, .286 avg.

7.)    Manzella (SS) – 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SO, .316 avg. – Big day for Manzella. He had what proved to be the game winning run with his solo homer in the 8th.

8.)    Navarro (3B) – 3-4, 2B, RBI, .455 avg. – Continues to hit

9.)    Villar (P) – 0-0, .000

10.)                  Delome (PH) – 1-1, .500 avg.

11.)                  Vallejo (PH-2B) – 1-3, RBI, .375 avg. – Jose Vallejo is 1 of the 2 players that were acquired from the Pudge Rodriguez trade with the Rangers. He missed all of last season after severely damaging his hand in a cooking/barbecuing accident.

Pitching

1.)    Villar – 2 IP, 7 hits, 6 earned runs, walk, strikeout, 3 Home Runs, 27.00 ERA – Villar almost cracked the Astros opening day roster as a reliever, and if he has too many more outings like this one then his days as being viewed as a starter may be limited. His upside is probably in the bullpen at the major league level.

2.)    Rodriguez – 2 IP, 4 strikeouts, 2.70 ERA – Excellent outing by Rodriguez, who didn’t allow a hit in his 2 innings of work.

3.)    Chacin – 2 IP, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2.08 ERA – Also did not allow any hits, but did walk 2.

4.)    Valdez – 1.2 IP, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 3.38 ERA – allowed a hit and had 2 walks, but was able to work out of trouble.

5.)    Fien – 0.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, – picked up the save by recording 1 out.

Game 2

Hitting

1.)    Delome (CF) – 1-2, 2B, BB, SO, .500 avg. – 1 of 2 extra base hits for the RedHawks in this game. Both were doubles

2.)    Manzella (SS) – 0-2, BB, SO, .286 avg.

3.)    Bogusevic (RF) – 0-3, SO, .238 avg.

4.)    Dopirak (1B) – 0-3, .231 avg.

5.)    Cancel (C) – 0-3, .091 avg.

6.)    Locke (LF) – 1-3, SO, .294 avg.

7.)    Vallejo (2B) – 0-3, .273 avg.

8.)    Navarro (3B) – 1-3, .429 avg.

9.)    Lyles (P) – 0-1, SO, .333 avg.

10.)                        Shuck (PH) – 1-1, RBI, .409 avg. – He can hit, now if he can just learn to run the bases.

11.)                        Clemens (PH) – 0-1, SO, .364 avg.

Pitching

1.)    Lyles – 4 IP, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, 5.63 ERA – Did a decent jobs pitching out of trouble and keeping the runs off the board until the home run in the 4th.

2.)    Escalona – 2 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts – Bounced back from his last outing

Corpus Christi Hooks (1-5)

The Hooks finally played a game that was decided by more than just 1 run, but ended up on the losing end of the decision. Pitching once again was the main culprit with Cedeno only lasting 1.1 innings giving up 7 runs, but only 4 of them earned. Errors in the game were made by Cedeno (P), Van Ostrand (1B), and Paredes (2B) who committed his 3rd error of the early season. Here is the game recap:

Batting

1.)    Sutil (SS) – 2-5, RBI, SB, .483 avg. – Stays hot at the plate and picked up his 4th stolen base of the year.

2.)    Paredes (2B) – 0-3, SO, .222 avg. – After a hot start, Paredes has cooled off. Altuve is knocking on the door in Lancaster if Paredes continues to struggle.

3.)    Martinez (LF) – 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .333 avg.

4.)    Gaston (RF) – 2-4, 2B, .286 avg.

5.)    Steele (CF) – 0-3, BB, SO, .120 avg.

6.)    Barnes (DH) – 3-4, 2 RBI, .385 avg. – Good night at the plate for Barnes

7.)    Van Ostrand (1B) – 0-4, .160 avg.

8.)    Hernandez (C) – 0-4, 2 SO, .059 avg.

9.)    Simunic (3B) – 2-4, 2B, .250 avg.

10.)                        Wikoff (PH-2B) – 0-2, .000 avg.

Pitching

1.)    Cedeno – 1.1 IP, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 9.95 ERA – OUCH!

2.)    Carrillo – 2.2 IP, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 5.40 ERA

3.)    Berner – 2.1 IP, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, walk, strikeout, 13.50 ERA – 8 hits, OUCH!

4.)    Carpenter – 1.2 IP, strikeout, 0.00 ERA – David Carpenter was acquired from the Cardinals in the Pedro Feliz trade last year, and has really pitched well since coming over to the Astros. The fact that Ed Wade was able to get anything for Feliz was impressive, but Carpenter is a high velocity pitcher who looks promising.

Lancaster JetHawks (3-3)

The JetHawks beat the Giants 8-5 scoring 5 runs in the 8th inning in a come from behind victory. The offense was solid in this game lead by Jay Austin stealing the show going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Johnathan Villar also had a big night going 1 for 3 with 3 RBI’s on his first home run of the year. As good as the offense was late in the game; Jose Cisnero also had another big night on the hill with 11 strikeouts in 5 innings of work. He left the game after facing 2 batters in the sixth, and Pitkin allowed both runs to score, which were also charged to Cisnero, therefore skewing his stats a little bit. So far in 10 innings of work this year Cisnero has struck out 20 batters. Here is your game recap:

Batting

1.)    Austin (RF) – 3-4, 2B, .364 avg.

2.)    Villar (SS) – 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, .391 avg. – 1st home run of the season

3.)    Altuve (2B) – 0-3, BB, .455 avg.

4.)    Goebbert (LF) – 2-3, HR, RBI, .188 avg.

5.)    Meyer (3B) – 2-4, RBI, .381 avg.

6.)    Heath (C) – 1-3, RBI, BB, .200 avg.

7.)    Hinze (DH) – 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SO, .100 avg.

8.)    Castro (1B) – 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO, .333 avg.

9.)    Wates (CF) – 1-4, RBI, .174 avg.

Pitching

1.)    Cisnero – 5 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts, 2.70 ERA – Can’t say enough about an 11 strikeout performance

2.)    Pitkin – 3 IP, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 3.60 ERA – Charged with the blown save in the sixth

3.)    Clark – 1 IP, 1 walk, 0.00 ERA – Picked up his 2nd save of the season.

Lexington Legends (2-3)

The Legends lost to Hagerstown 5-1. They were scheduled to play a double-header, but the 2nd game was rained out again, and is rescheduled for Wednesday. There was not a lot going offensively for the Legends as they only 5 hits in the game, and 3 of them came from Daniel Adamson. Pitching was good but not great with Minaya taking the loss going 5 innings and allowing 3 earned runs, but did strikeout 6. Now onto the recap:

Batting

1.)    DeShields (2B) – 0-4, SO, .111 avg.

2.)    Mier (SS) – 0-4, 2 SO, .222 avg.

3.)    Kvasnicka (3B), 0-4, 3 SO, .381 avg.

4.)    Wallace (DH) – 1-4, 2B, .357 avg.

5.)    Bailey (RF) – 0-4, .250 avg.

6.)    Adamson (CF) 3-4, 2B, 3B, SO, .455 avg. – The only Legend to have a good night offensively

7.)    Burnett (1B) – 0-3, BB, 2 SO, .000 avg.

8.)    Pena (C) – 0-3, BB, 3 SO, .000 avg.

9.)    Lane (LF) 1-3, 2B, RBI, SO, .286 avg.

Pitching

1.)    Minaya – 5 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 5.40 ERA – Not good, but not bad either

2.)    Gouvea – 2 IP, 1 hit, walk, 2 strikeout, 0.00 ERA

3.)    Chowning – 2 IP, walk, 2 strikeout, 0.00 ERA

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