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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

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Game 29: Frisco RoughRiders (Miguel De Los Santos) @ Midland Rockhounds (Shawn Haviland)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Citibank Ballpark (Midland, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (12-16 6 games back in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (14-14 4 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 6-4
Series Record: 2-5-1
Record against Midland: 0-0
Record Since 2005 on May 7th: 3-3
Starting Pitchers: Miguel De Los Santos (1-3 8.22 ERA)... Shawn Haviland (0-3 8.61 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: The Riders and Rockhounds send their respective starters out to the mound for the 6th time this season... Miguel De Los Santos is coming off the worst start of his minor league career thus far and is looking to rebound to something closer to the start he had the start before his last start. In his last start, De Los Santos gave up 8 hits and 9 runs (all earned) in just 2 1/3 innings pitched against the Corpus Christi Hooks on the road. It was the most earned runs given up by a Frisco RoughRiders starter since Omar Poveda gave up 9 runs in 2 2/3 innings on August 10th, 2009. The Hooks ended up with 15 runs in the game, which was also the most given up by the Riders since 2008. De Los Santos was coming off a career best 7 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts in his start before that. On the season De Los Santos has given up 21 hits and 15 walks with 29 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. He has made it through 5 innings in just 2 of his 5 starts... Shawn Haviland got off to a great start this season with a dominating performance in his first start against Springfield when he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run in 7 innings. But since then he has given up 29 hits and 8 walks in 16 innings with 16 strikeouts. In his last outing, Haviland gave up 5 hits, 1 walk, 5 runs, and 3 homeruns in 5 innings pitched with 4 strikeouts. He has taken the loss in 3 of his last 4 starts and is still searching for his first win of 2011. The 25 year old right handed pitcher was a 33rd round pick in the 2008 draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Brigham Takes Perfect Game Into 7th: Jake Brigham was at his best on Friday night when he took a perfect game into the 7th inning, before giving up a single to Jaff Decker with 1 out in the 7th. From then on out, however, Brigham unraveled. Decker's single was followed by a RBI double by Blanks, a strikeout, a RBI double by Cody Decker, and a RBI single by Vincent Belnome. Brigham was relieved by Perconte, who got the final out, but the damage was done as Frisco lost 3-0.

Brigham's perfect game was tied for the longest by a Frisco RoughRider pitcher since 2007.

Other Notable Perfect Game/No hitter Outings By the Frisco RoughRiders:

A.J. Murray/Steve Karsay/Scott Feldman @ Corpus Christi on 7/28/05 threw a perfect game
Matt Harrison vs. San Antonio on 5/18/08 threw a 7 inning no-hitter in the 1st game of a double header
Blake Beavan @ Arkansas on 4/18/10 took a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings
Martin Perez @ Arkansas on 4/19/11 threw a rain shortened 5 inning perfect game

Bats Go Silent: Brigham may have taken the perfect game into the 7th, but he did not get much support from his offense because the opposition was just as good. The Riders had just 4 baserunners in the entire game with 3 hits and 1 walk. The 2-6 hitters combined to go 1 for 17 in the game with 1 double. Frisco also had just 2 opportunities with runners in scoring position and went hitless in those 2 at bats.

Bullpen Cruising: Frisco RoughRiders relievers haven't given up a run in the last 13 1/3 innings pitched and if you exclude Rangers pitchers on rehab (Hunter), then they haven't given up a run in the last 20 innings pitched.

Mendonca/Paisano In a Funk: Tommy Mendonca went 0 for 3 at the plate on Friday, which dropped him to 0 for his last 11 over 3 games. That's not a big deal considering it is only 3 games out of 140 though, and he was hitting well over .300 to begin with. David Paisano also went 0 for 3, which dropped him to .194 over his last 10 games (6 for 31) with just a .258 SLG%.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco shutout the San Antonio Missions on the road 9-0. Kasey Kiker started for the Riders and gave up 2 hits and 4 walks with 4 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Ryan Tatusko and Ben Snyder relieved Kiker with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Kevin Richardson went 1 for 3 with a homerun and 2 walks at the plate. Renny Osuna went 2 for 2 with a RBI and 2 walks as well. Marcus Lemon, Joey Butler, and Andy Jenkins each chipped in a RBI in the win.

Around the Ranger's System:

Round Rock (AAA) gave up 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning, but rallied back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, culminating with a walkoff single by Esteban German to win 8-7 over the Nashville Sounds. Zach Jackson made the start for Round Rock and gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs over 6 innings with 2 strikeouts. Yhency Brazoban and Beau Jones combined for a blown save, but Pedro Strop picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings pitched. Brian Barden led the Express attack with 3 hits, including a triple. Luis Cruz and Doug Deeds both hit a homerun and Craig Gentry went 1 for 5.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) gave up only 3 hits in their game, but lost 2-1 in a tight contest against the Salem Red Sox. Robbie Erlin made the start for Myrtle Beach and gave up just 1 hit, a solo homerun, over 7 strong innings with 8 strikeouts and 0 walks. Erlin took the tough loss in the contest. Michael Olt and Zach Zaneski both went 2 for 4 at the plate. Jared Prince, Jared Bolden, Andres James, and Ryan Strausborger all had a hit a piece in the game.

Hickory (low-A) defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-2 on Friday night. Ronald Rojas made the start for Hickory and gave up 6 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 6 innings in the victory with 3 strikeouts. Colby Killian and Kevin Johnson combined for 3 innings of scoreless relief. Josh Richmond led the Crawdads at the plate with a 2 for 4 day, including a 2-run homerun with 3 RBI total. Jurickson Profar went 1 for 4 with a walk at the plate. Jake Skole added a double as part of a 1 for 4 day with a RBI, walk, and 2 runs. Christian Villanueva went 0 for 4, which brought an end to his 15 game hitting streak and 20 game on base streak. Odubel Herrera went 1 for 4 with 3 stolen bases and 1 run. He reached base a second time on a wild pitch on a strikeout.

Minor League Performance of the Day: 

In a league that exemplifies what an offensive league is all about, Gary Brown stood alone on Friday. The 2010 San Francisco Giants 1st round pick went 5 for 7 at the plate for the San Jose Giants in the Giant's 17-7 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze. Brown had 2 doubles and a career best 6 RBI in the game. On the season the 22 year old outfielder is batting .345 with an .890 OPS for San Jose. He was the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft and was listed as the 3rd best prospect in the San Francisco Giant's system entering 2011 according to Baseball America.

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