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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, May 13, 2011

Game 34: Corpus Christi (Dallas Keuchel) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Carlos Pimentel)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (16-17 7 games back in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (12-21 11 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Won 3 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Series Record: 3-5-1
Record against Corpus Christi: 4-5
Record since 2005 on May 13th: 2-4
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (0-3 4.97 ERA)... Dallas Keuchel (2-1 3.81 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco sends Carlos Pimentel out to the mound for the 7th time, while Corpus Christi sends Keuchel out to the mound for the 6th time... Carlos Pimentel was moved up one day in the rotation order, and hopes to repeat his last outings results. Pimentel's last outing came this past Sunday when he gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run (earned) in 6 2/3 innings pitched with 3 strikeouts against Midland. Pimentel started against Corpus Christi on April 23rd when he took the loss after he gave up 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs (2 earned) with 3 strikeouts. Pimentel is still searching for his first AA victory of his career. He has given up 31 hits and 13 walks with 21 strikeouts in 29 innings... Dallas Keuchel will make his first start since May 2nd when he left early in a start against Frisco after colliding with David Flores. In his 2 starts against Frisco this season he has given up 13 hits, 2 walks, and 8 runs (all earned) in 7 2/3 innings pitched with 2 strikeouts. On the season Keuchel has given up 28 hits and 4 walks with 16 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched. He has 3 quality starts in 5 starts this season. On April 16th against Tulsa, Keuchel recorded a game score of 75.

Winning Streak Moves Frisco into 2nd: Frisco pulled out the 10-7 victory over Corpus Christi for their 3rd win a row, which marks their 2nd 3 game winning streak of the season. They also are now in second place alone in the Texas League South after Midland lost to San Antonio, however, Frisco is still 7 games back of the Missions. The win also pulled Frisco to within a game of .500 for the first time since April 11th of this season. They have also won the first game of a series in 3 consecutive series.

Leonys Martin Flourishes in Debut: The anticipated debut of Cuban signee Leonys Martin did not take long to create impressions. Leading off for the Riders on Thursday, Martin smoked a 2-2 pitch by Ross Seaton to straight away centerfield, which hit off the top of the wall for a double. It was probably the hardest hit ball by a Frisco player this season, and maybe in quite some time. Martin scored later on a double by Tommy Mendonca to left field. Martin singled to leadoff the 3rd inning, but was thrown out trying to steal 2nd base. Martin grounded out in the 4th inning and flew out to left field in the 6th. But Martin finished the night with a double down the first base line in the 8th inning to score Guilder Rodriguez from 3rd base and then Martin stole 3rd base on a walk to Joey Butler. He finished a very good debut 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a stolen base, caught stealing, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored.

Jake Brigham started shaky, finished strong: Brigham gave up 3 singles, a walk, and 2 runs in the 1st inning, but gave up just 2 hits, a run (solo homerun), and 2 walks the last 5 innings he pitched. He finished with another 6 inning, 3 earned run start that have become Brigham's typical outing. He has been the most consistent starter on the RoughRider's staff this season and has yet to have a truly bad outing.

Hit Parade: While Leonys Martin was the big story of the night for Frisco, the Rider's offense certainly took advantage of the Hooks pitching in the opening of a 4 game set. Frisco accumulated 14 hits, 4 walks, a hit batter, and 10 runs in the game. Renny Osuna joined Leonys Martin with 3 hits, while Jonathan Greene, Jose Felix, and Guilder Rodriguez had 2 hits a piece. Every player in the lineup reached base at least once and 8 of the 9 batters scored a run in the game. Rodriguez had 2 doubles and 4 RBI in the game, which tied for the most he's had in a game since 2006. As a team, Frisco had 7 doubles in the game.

Another Bullpen win: The bullpen got their 11th win of the season to bring the season record to 11-6. The rotation is 5-11 on the season. Justin Miller got the win in the game, his 3rd of the season, which ties him with Mike Perconte for the team lead in wins. He has all 3 wins in his last 6 appearances. It was his 7th scoreless outing in his last 8 appearances.

Last Year on this Date: Frisco lost 10-3 to the Corpus Christi Hooks at home. Kasey Kiker took the loss after giving up 4 hits, 5 walks, and 4 runs (all earned) over 3 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Jordan Lyles got the win for Corpus Christi after giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run over 7 innings with 6 strikeouts. Joey Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate for Frisco with 2 doubles. Taylor Teagarden led the team in hits in the game with 3, including a double and 3 RBI.

Friday Night Fireworks: Tonight will be the second of three fireworks fridays for Frisco in the month of May. The third one will be May 27th when Frisco plays host to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals for the first time this season.

Pitching Performances: Added to the blog today was a section for pitching performances. We will track the top 30 best and worst starts by pitchers throughout the Ranger's minor league system by game score.

Around the Ranger's System:

Round Rock (AAA) scored 7 runs from the 5th inning to 7th inning to defeat the Tuscon Padres 10-8 on Thursday. Derek Hankins made the start for Round Rock and gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 6 runs (5 earned) over 5 innings to get his 5th win of the season. Every batter in the lineup got a hit in the game. Doug Deeds finished 2 for 4 with a double, walk, and RBI. Matt Kata finished 3 for 5 with a RBI in the game. Former Rider Zach Phillips gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 2 innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) defeated the Kinston Indians 4-2 to get the sweep. Robbie Erlin started for Myrtle Beach and turned in another terrific performance. Erlin gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 6 innings with 7 strikeouts. He outdueled fellow southpaw Drew Pomeranz, who started for Kinston, and gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Jared Prince led the Pelicans with 3 hits in the game with a RBI. Leury Garcia and Chris McGuinness each added in 2 hits of their own. Mike Olt and Ryan Strausborger both went 1 for 3 with a walk. Olt added a RBI while Strausborger scored a run and stole a base.

Hickory (low-A) played in the low scoring affair of the day, as they defeated the Savannah Sand Gnats 1-0 in 13 innings. The two teams combined to have 16 hits in the game. Justin Grimm started for Hickory and gave up 6 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts over 7 shutout innings. Ryan Rodebaugh, Kevin Johnson, and Joseph Van Meter combined for the final 6 innings of shutout relief. Jurickson Profar went 2 for 6 with a double and the game winning run at the plate. Christian Villanueva, Andrew Clark, Odubel Herrera, and Kellin Deglan each added a single in the game. Crawdads hitters walked 6 times in the game.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Baseball is a funny game and on Thursday night one pitcher showed a little bit of why that is. Joseph O'Gara has not had the best season out there, but on Thursday he had a great, great performance. The 23 year old right handed pitcher dominated the Mobile Bay Bears in the Jacksonville Suns 4-1 victory. O'Gara gave up just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 unearned run over 8 innings with 9 strikeouts. He also hit a batter, and made 81 pitches, 59 of which went for strikes. On the season, Joseph O'Gara is 2-1 with a 5.67 ERA. He has given up 54 hits and 9 walks in 39 2/3 innings pitched with 20 strikeouts. O'Gara was taken in the 31st round of the 2009 draft by the Florida Marlins and was listed as the 30th best prospect in the Marlin's system by Baseball America entering 2011.

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