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Today's Matchups Around the Ranger's System

Today's (5/20) Match-Ups Around the Ranger's System

Round Rock: Martin Perez (3-3 5.27) vs. Fresno Grizzlies: Andrew Kown (3-1 2.61) @ 1:00 PM CT

Myrtle Beach: Kyle Hendricks (1-4 2.91) @ Wilmington Blue Rocks: Sugar Ray Marimon (3-0 2.65) @ 12:30 PM CT

Hickory : Santo Perez (2-2 6.19) @ Asheville Tourists: Daniel Winkler (4-2 6.06) @ 1:05 PM CT

Friday, April 29, 2011

Game 21: Frisco RoughRiders (Wilfredo Boscan) @ Corpus Christi Hooks (Xavier Cedeno)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (7-13 6 games back in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi (8-12 5 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 3-7
Series Record: 1-5-0
Record against Corpus Christi: 1-3
Starting Pitchers: Wilfredo Boscan (1-2 7.63 ERA)... Xavier Cedeno (1-3 7.88 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: The Riders face Corpus Christi on the road for the first time this season and send Wilfredo Boscan to the mound for the 5th time to face Xavier Cedeno, who also takes the mound for the 5th time this year... Wilfredo Boscan looks to rebound from a tough start against Corpus Christi at home on Sunday. Boscan lasted 4 1/3 innings in the start and gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs (4 earned). So far on the season, Boscan has been inconsistent. He started with a solid start, then got roughed up in his 2nd start, then had a solid start in the 3rd start, and a rough start again the 4th time. So by theory, he would be on his solid outing now, however we will see what happens. Through 4 starts, Boscan has given up 23 hits and 6 walks in 15 1/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 12 batters as well... Xavier Cedeno went against Boscan on Sunday and had a solid outing as he went 5 innings, gave up 7 hits, 0 walks, and 2 runs. He picked up his first win of the year in the start. However, Cedeno had gotten roughed up in his previous 2 outings as he gave up 13 hits and 4 walks in the 2 starts in just 6 innings. On the season, Cedeno has given up 24 hits and 8 walks in 16 innings with 9 strikeouts.

Riders Snap Losing Streak: After losing 5 in a row and 12 of their previous 15 games, the Riders were glad to get a win on Thursday against San Antonio. Frisco took a 4-1 lead after the top of the 7th, but gave up a run in the bottom of the 7th and then 2 in the 8th. After going to extra innings, Frisco scored a run on a bases loaded walk in the 10th inning to go up 5-4, which they eventually won by.

Pimentel's Best Outing: Carlos Pimentel came into the game with 3 losses on the year and 4 losses in 4 career starts for Frisco, but he was at his best on Thursday when he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 6 innings. He also struck out 6 batters, which tied for the most he's had at any level above rookie ball. It was his longest start since July 15th, 2010. He threw 89 pitches and 58 went for strikes.Unfortunately, the bullpen blew his chance at his first AA win, but the no decision is at least a step in the right direction.

Patience Is a Virtue: The RoughRiders offense had 7 hits in the game, but maybe more importantly, they took a season high 6 walks in the game and reached base 2 other times via their 18th and 19th times being hit by a pitch this season. Two of the walks came in the 10th inning, when Tommy Mendonca and Jonathan Greene drew back to back walks, the latter of which scored the game winning run. With the 6 walks, the Riders season total to 47. They moved up from 2nd lowest in minor league baseball to tied for 4th lowest, which is an improvement.

Osuna is Back: Renny Osuna was activated from the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since April 14th, and he went 2 for 5 in the game with 2 key RBI to help the team win. The 2 hits were his 200th and 201st hits as a Rider, which brings him to within 118 of Steve Murphy's franchise record 319 hits. Osuna is hitting .304 (7 for 23) on the season for the Riders.

New (and Old) Rider in Town: Tyler Tufts was also part of the roster moves made yesterday. The right handed reliever was promoted from Myrtle Beach to Frisco on Thursday after the Riders placed Corey Young on the DL. Tufts pitched for Frisco late last year and posted a 2.50 ERA in 14 appearances. Tufts had appeared in 6 games for the Pelicans this year with a 1.35 ERA for them.

Around the Ranger's System:

Round Rock (AAA) scored 4 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to tie the Memphis Redbirds, but gave up a run in the 10th inning to fall 6-5 to Memphis. Brian Barden went 2 for 4 against his former team. Chad Tracy went 1 for 5 with a 2-run homerun in the 7th inning. Michael Kirkman made the start for the Express and struggled in it. He gave up 9 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. He also hit a batter. Zach Phillips took the loss after giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, and a run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) fell to the Potomac Nationals 8-6. The Pelicans had 12 hits in the game, 6 of which came from Santiago Chirino (3 for 4) and Jared Bolden (3 for 4). Bolden added a RBI and the two hitters combined for 3 runs. Michael Olt went 1 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Ryan Strausborger, their star from Wednesday, went 0 for 5 at the plate. Robbie Ross was the starter for Myrtle Beach and for the first time this year he gave up a run. Ross gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and 6 runs in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and gave up 2 extra base hits. Kasey Kiker gave up 3 hits, a walk, and a run in 2 innings of relief, while he struck out 2 batters.

Hickory (low-A) was defeated 10-1 by the Augusta Greenjackets. Carlos melo started and gave up 2 hits, 7 walks, and 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 4 batters. Randol Rojas pitched 3 innings in relief and gave up 5 hits, 0 walks, and 4 runs. He also struck out 4 batters. Top prospect Jurickson Profar went 1 for 3 at the plate with a triple and a walk. He is 4 for 14 with 3 walks since returning from an injury. Tomas Telis went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun as well. Jake Skole added a 1 for 3 day with a walk.

Minor League Performance of the Night: 

Some have said that the current Kansas City Royal's system may be one of the best ever. On Wednesday, a trio of prospects in Omaha showed why. In a 7-0 shutout of the Iowa Cubs, three Storm Chasers shined above all others. Third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2 for 5 at the plate with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI. First baseman Eric Hosmer went 4 for 5 with a double, homerun, and 2 RBI. And starting pitcher Danny Duffy gave up 1 hit and 0 walks in 6 shutout innings on the mound. He struck out 8 batters. He needed only 79 pitches to get through the 6 innings of work.

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