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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

Monday, April 11, 2011

Game 5: Arkansas Travelers (Kyle Hurst) vs. Frisco Roughriders (Carlos Pimentel)

The Riders used a 5 run 4th inning to pull away from the Arkansas Travelers to win 11-4 for their 600th franchise victory on Sunday evening. The Riders play Arkansas in the 2nd game of a 3 game set on Monday night.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco Roughriders (3-1 1 game back of Midland in the Texas League South) vs. Arkansas Travelers (0-4 3 games back of Tulsa in the Texas League North)
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (0-0 0.00 ERA) vs. Kyle Hurst (0-0 0.00 ERA)
How they got there: Carlos Pimentel was signed as an international free agent in 2006... Kyle Hurst was drafted in the 36th round of the 2008 draft.

What to watch for on the Mound: Carlos Pimentel will be making his 2nd career start for Frisco, while Kyle Hurst will be making his AA debut... Carlos Pimentel, who won't turn 22 until December, went through a bit of a rough 2010 season after pitching well the previous 2 years in short season A and low-A. Pimentel went 7-8 with a 5.16 ERA between high-A and AA last year. He gave up 145 hits in 127 1/3 innings pitched, while also walking 57 batters to 99 strikeouts... Kyle Hurst will be making his 15th career minor league start over 3 going on 4 seasons in the minor leagues. While working mostly out of relief, Hurst went 9-5 with a 4.71 ERA between low-A and high-A in 2010. He appeared in 33 games, making 7 starts (all of which came at the high-A level). In 78 1/3 innings pitched, he gave up 74 hits, 24 walks, and struck out 64 batters.

Going Streaking: With a homerun in the 1st inning to left field, Michael Bianucci extended his streak of 4 games with a extra base hit and a RBI. He currently leads the Texas League in home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging%, and OPS. He's also tied with fellow Ranger and former Rider Chris Davis (Round Rock- AAA) and the Diamondback's Paul Goldschmidt (Mobile- AA) for the most homeruns in the minor leagues and tied with Boston's Brandon Jacobs (Greeneville- A) for the 2nd most RBI behind Chris Davis.

Frisco Debut of Miguel De Los Santos: Before having a hiccup in the 4th inning, Miguel De Los Santos had pitched about as effectively (and dominantly) as possible. He threw 27 strikies in 35 pitches through 3 innings and struck out 8 batters overall, including 5 in a row at one point. Of the 8 strikeouts, 4 were looking. In an at bat to Jay Brossman, he threw 3 curveballs, 3 strikes, all looking. He sat low 90s on his fastball with his curveball being in the 73-77 range throughout the start, on the stadium gun. Three straight doubles, followed by a homerun in the 4th inning, however, hurt his line. It coincided with a lack of command, as his ball total went from 8 through 3 innings to 20 in the next 1 2/3 innings.

Bean Count: Riders batters have gotten hit by 8 pitches through 4 games this season. If that pace continued, they would get hit by 280 pitches in the season!

Young RoughRiders: Baseball America recently came out with a list of youngest players at each level from low-A to the majors. The Frisco Roughriders led the Texas League with 4 players on the top 10 list. LHP Martin Perez (#2), RHP Carlos Pimentel (#7), CF Engel Beltre (#8), and RHP Wilfredo Boscan (#9) were the four that made the list. Three of them are in the Rider's rotation. Martin Perez would also be listed as the 3rd youngest player in AA right now. For more you can see the list at http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2011/04/whos-the-youngest-in-each-league/

Weekend Crowd: The crowds at Dr. Pepper Ballpark this weekend were great all the way around. Fridays and Saturdays are almost always sellouts, but on Sunday the Riders had another sellout crowd of 10,216, giving them 3 sellout crowds over the weekend. Overall, the total of attendance over the 3 games was 32,098! It's always nice to see a big crowd, especially once that fills up the berm in centerfield. Thanks to those who came out and supported Frisco.

Record Books Watch: Guilder Rodriguez had a steal on Sunday to give him 25 for his career, which brought him into a tie with Drew Meyer and Ben Harrison for 8th on the all time list.... Renny Osuna had 2 more hits to give him 197, which ties him with Ruddy Yan for 8th on the all time list. 

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