8.4.2019: The Astros won 4 games on the weekend... sweeping a doubleheader at Cosumnes River on Saturday, and leaving the Fairfield Indians bleeding and badly beaten on Sunday. Don Wanner continued his unbeaten summer striking out 10 hitters and handing the ball to the newest Astro, Joaquin Wanner... his little brother to finish the game. Eric Underwood led the offense with 2 homeruns in game one. Jake Joseph opened game 2 by striking out the side and Paul Ferrari continued his strong summer picking up another win on the mound. Jesse Brown hit a home run and Grant Goff had 3 hits to lead the offense. Matt's return to the lineup was short lived, with a single in his first at bat in 2 months and then re-injurying the same hamstring in his second.
Sunday's games against the Indians welcomed back David Rider to win game 1 on the mound and Kobe Calderone getting his first win in game 2.. that was shortened by a brawl triggered by the cheap slide intending to hurt Astro 2nd baseman LJ Thomas. A bush league play by a little punk that doesn't know the game and the completely unacceptable behavior from a coaching staff that allowed 3 parents on the field like a little league game. The Astros have a 20 year personal relationship with the owner of the Fairfield Indians, Norm Thompson. Norm had a 6 hour surgery on Thursday or he would have been there eating peanuts with us ... every one of the Indians on the field today embarrassed the game of baseball and more importantly you embarrassed your owner Norm Thompson. Norm is a class act and doesn't stand for that immature behavior, it would have never happened had he been there. Eric Underwood hit 2 more homeruns to lead the offense, Scott Underwood, Caleb Ariaz, Grant Goff and TJ Czyz all added on at the plate.
7.20.19: Reno Astros returned to the diamond over the weekend against NBO with the Astros sweeping a double-header. Don Warner got the win in game one throwing six strong innings and Kobe Calderone finishing up. The Astros welcome back Steve Rinaudo for the first time in 2019 and he responded with four hits including a home run. Austin May hit his first 2 home runs ever and the Astros also welcomed back Richard Kerr even though he struck out twice! Paul Ferrari was throwing four pitches for strikes and held NBO scoreless in game 2 with TJ Czyz finishing up. Grant Goff, LJ Thomas and Jesse Brown with Joey Dice pacing the offense out of the leadoff spot all day!
7.7.19: After four scoreless outings for the Seattle Mariners high A Fresno, former Reno Astro Raymond Kerr got moved up to AAA Tacoma and pitched 2 and 1/3 Innings of scoreless relief in his debut to get the win.
Ray has touched 99 miles per hour this year and is in the bullpen plans for the big league team in the second half. From dropping out of junior college, working at 7-Eleven and playing with the Reno Astros on his way to the big leagues has made Ray a fan favorite everywhere he goes!
7.2.19: The Reno Astros finished in third place at the Grand Forks International, it was a disappointing ending to a great tournament that saw the Astros finish with the #1 seed after beating Cuba and the Seattle Studs.
Coming from behind in every game made the Astros a crowd favorite but in the semi-final game they could not overcome a two-to-one deficit. The toughest part of the loss was a failed Empire conference and an Astro error led to both runs being unearned.
Don Wanner got 2 wins in the tournament with Paul Ferrari beating Seattle and TJ Czyz in relief picking up the win against Cuba with Alex Bates getting the save.
Outfielder Terry Bennett and catcher Ryan Cooper picked up all tournament honors and Matt Konopisos was inducted into the Hall of Fame joining former Astros, Josh Beckett, Corky Miller and Dale Thayer.