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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

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Game 30: Frisco RoughRiders (Carlos Pimentel) @ Midland Rockhounds (Ethan Hollingsworth)

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all mothers in the world out there! Mom's are very important in everybody's lives! 

Time: 2:00 PM CT
Location: Citibank Ballpark (Midland, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (13-16 6 games back in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (14-15 5 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Won 1 in a Row
Last 10: 7-3
Series Record: 2-5-1
Record against Midland: 1-0
Record Since 2005 on May 8th: 2-3 with 1 postponed game
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (0-3 6.04 ERA)... Ethan Hollingsworth (2-2 4.85 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco and Midland send Pimentel and Hollingsworth out to the mound for the 6th time this season... Carlos Pimentel continued his up and down season with another rocky start in his last outing. Pimentel gave up 4 hits, 4 walks, and 3 runs (all earned) in 4 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts against the San Antonio Missions last Tuesday. He got a no decision in the Rider's comeback 5-3 win. He has given up 27 hits and 11 walks in 22 1/3 innings this season with 18 strikeouts. Pimentel is winless in 6 starts for the Frisco RoughRiders, but has gotten no decisions in his last 2 starts after going 0-4 in his first 4 starts... Like Pimentel, Ethan Hollingsworth has had an up and down 2011 season. In his five starts, he has pitched 3 "quality starts" (starts in which the pitcher goes 6 or more innings with 3 earned runs or less), but he has gotten rocked in 2 starts. In Hollingsworth's last start, he gave up 10 hits, 1 walk, and 6 runs (all earned) in 4 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts in a loss to Corpus Christi. On the season the 24 year old right hander has given up 35 hits and 6 walks in 26 innings with 15 strikeouts. He was taken in the 4th round of the 2008 draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Miguel De Los Santos Start: After giving up 8 hits and 9 runs in his last start, Miguel De Los Santos rebounded with a start that was neither good, nor bad. He gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs in 5 innings, but also struck out 9 batters in the start. De Los Santos started the game by striking out the side on 15 pitches, 13 of which were strikes. He finished with the 9 strikeouts, and 87 pitches, 55 of which were strikes. He was certainly helped by his defense though, as David Paisano had 2 outfield assists (one at second base, another at home), and Matt Sulentic was caught stealing twice with De Los Santos on the mound. Miguel also didn't help himself with 3 wild pitches, including 2 that were back to back to allow a run to score. Wildness continues to be an issue, striking players out continues to not be a problem.

Start Strong, Finish Stronger: It's something that is written on the board in the Pressbox, and something that the Riders lived to on Saturday. Frisco scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings to take a 5-0 lead after the top of the 3rd inning, but gave up the 5 run lead over the 3rd through the 6th. After taking a 6-5 lead after the top of the 8th, the Riders gave up 3 in the bottom of the 8th to go down 8-6 heading to the top of the 9th. A 3 run rally in the 9th gave Frisco a 9-8 lead, which they held on for the victory over Midland.

Hit Parade: The only Rider to not get a hit against Midland was Jonathan Greene, but he also reached base on a hit by pitch. Renny Osuna, Guilder Rodriguez, Tommy Mendonca, and Travis Adair all had 2 hits a piece in the game. Osuna, Mendonca, and Michael Bianucci all went deep in the game, and Travis Adair had a double and a triple. In total there were 6 extra base hits by Frisco hitters, 7 different players with a run scored, and 5 different players with a RBI. Adair led the way with 3 RBI, all of which came on a clutch 2 out bases clearing double in the 9th inning to give the Riders the lead and eventual win.

Getting the K: With 14 strikeouts against Midland, Frisco now leads the Texas League in strikeouts by pitchers with 239 in 253 1/3 innings. Last season they were 2nd in strikeouts. They haven't been first in the Texas League in strikeouts since 2007.

Don't Run On Paisano: As mentioned in the De Los Santos start part, David Paisano added 2 outfield assists on Saturday. The 2 assists now give him 5 on the season, which leads the Texas League among outfielders. Last year in high-A for the Bakersfield Blaze, Paisano had 13 assists in the outfield, including 9 in centerfield.

On This Date Last Year: Frisco defeated the Midland Rockhounds 3-1 at home to bring their winning streak to 6 games at the time, which ended up being an 8 game winning streak. Martin Perez made the start for Frisco and gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run in 4 innings with 6 strikeouts. Brennan Garr got the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief. Alexi Ogando pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief as well and Zach Phillips got the save with a scoreless 9th. Frisco walked their way to victory, as 8 of the 9 Riders walked at least once in the game, and the team totaled 9 walks in the game. Likewise, 7 of the 9 batters got a hit in the game. Kevin Richardson led the team in hits with 2, including a double.

Around the Ranger's System: 

Round Rock (AAA) got a second straight walkoff win with an Omar Quintanilla RBI single to score Brian Barden in the 9th to give Round Rock the 9-8 victory over the Nashville Sounds. Derek Hankins made the start for Round Rock and gave up 10 hits, 1 walk, and 6 runs (all earned) in 4 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts. Zach Phillips and Justin Miller combined to give up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 1/3 innings of relief with 3 strikeouts. Miller received the victory, his 1st with Round Rock. Chad Tracy led the offense with a 3 for 6 day including a homerun and 4 RBI. Brian Barden chipped in a 2 for 4 day with a double, walk, and 3 runs. The offense went 5 for 10 with RISP and scored 7 of the 9 runs in the final 4 innings.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) lost another close game 3-2 to the Salem Red Sox on the road. Barret Loux started for Myrtle Beach and gave up 7 hits and 3 runs (all earned) over 6 innings with 7 strikeouts. Kennil Gomez pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. Michael Olt and Chris McGuinness both went 1 for 4 with solo homeruns. Ryan Strausborger went 1 for 4 at the plate as well. The Pelican's hitters had only one opportunity with runners in scoring position and went 0 for 1.

Hickory (low-A) also had a 1-run loss, losing 5-4 to the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Justin Grimm gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (all earned) over 6 innings with 6 strikeouts. Andres Perez-Lobo took the loss out of the bullpen after giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run over 1 1/3 innings of relief with 1 strikeout. Jurickson Profar went 0 for 3 with 2 walks at the plate. Tomas Telis went 2 for 5 at the plate to raise his average to .291. Jhonny Gomez added 2 hits on a 2 for 4 days. Jonathan Roof led the Crawdads with 3 hits in 4 at bats, including a double and a RBI. Christian Villanueva, Josh Richmond, and Odubel Herrera each had a hit as well. Kellin Deglan may have had the most interesting day as he recorded an 0 for 1 day with a sac bunt, a sac fly, and a hit by pitch.

Minor League Performance of the Day: 

On a day when pitching shined, Charlie Furbush turned in great performance, but still took a loss. Furbush, pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tiger's AAA team), turned in a great performance, but his team lost 1-0 to the Charlotte Knights in International League (AAA) play. In the start, Furbush gave up just 1 hit, 2 walks, and 1 earned run over 8 strong innings with 8 strikeouts. He pitched 108 pitches, 75 of which were for strikes. The only hit that Furbush surrendered was a RBI double following a leadoff walk in the 3rd inning. On the season, the 25 year old southpaw is 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA. He has 41 strikeouts to 10 walks in 33 1/3 innings pitched with just 20 hits given up. Furbush was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was listed as Detroit's 26th best prospect entering 2011 by Baseball America.

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