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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 15, 2011

Game 36: Corpus Christi Hooks (Xavier Cedeno) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Richard Bleier)

Time: 2:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco,TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (18-17 5 games back in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (12-23 11 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Won 5 in a row
Last 10: 8-2
Series Record: 4-5-1
Record against Corpus Christi: 6-5
Record since 2005 on May 15th: 4-2
Starting Pitchers: Richard Bleier (0-0 2.08 ERA)... Xavier Cedeno (3-4 4.63 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco sends Richard Bleier out to the mound for his 2nd start of the season and 3rd appearance, while Corpus Christi sends Xavier Cedeno out to the mound for the 8th time... Richard Bleier began the year in extended spring training, but has pitched well in both appearances since coming to Frisco earlier this month. In his last start last Monday against Midland, Bleier gave up 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs (both earned) with 5 strikeouts in 5 innings. For the season, Bleier has given up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in 8 2/3 innings with 8 strikeouts. Last year for the Riders, Bleier led the team in innings pitched with 164 1/3 innings. He walked just 28 batters, but did give up 191 hits...Xavier Cedeno has pitched better over his last 4 starts after starting off a bit rocky during his first 3 starts. Last time out last Monday against San Antonio, Cedeno gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs (all earned) over 7 innings with 7 strikeouts. Over his last 4 starts, he has given up 23 hits, 8 walks, and 6 earned runs in 24 innings with 18 strikeouts. This is the third time that Cedeno will face Frisco this season. In his previous 2 appearances, Cedeno surrendered 12 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 12 innings with 9 strikeouts. He earned the victory in both starts.

Winning Streak: Frisco defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 11-2 for their 5th win in a row and moved to a game over .500 for the first time since April 11th. Their 5 game winning streak is the longest since the Riders won 7 in a row from June 22nd to the 28th last season.

Scott Feldman Gets Victory in Rehab: Scott Feldman started out slowly in the 1st inning as he issued 2 out walks to Jeff Keppinger and James Van Ostrand. But, Feldman got the 3rd out, and settled down after that. His only run given up came on a 1 out triple in the 2nd inning by Jon Gaston followed by a RBI groundout by Andrew Simunic. Feldman, under a pitch count, made it through 5 innings with 75 pitches and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run with 4 strikeouts. He threw 46 strikes out of the 75 pitches.

Leonys Martin Shines Again: After going 0 for 4 in his second professional game, Leonys Martin came back with another good game on Saturday. Martin went 0 for 2 in his first at bats, but followed those with a 2-run blast to right centerfield in the 4th inning for his 1st career homerun and a 2 run single in the 6th inning. He finished 2 for 5 with 4 RBI and 5 total bases in the game. So far through 3 games he is 5 for 14 with 3 extra base hits and 6 RBI.

Jose Ruiz Returns with a Bang: After missing 8 games on the Temporary Inactive list to be with his wife for the birth of his child, Jose Ruiz returned with a 1st inning 2-run blast into the Pool Zone in right field. It was unofficially the first splash ball that the pressbox could remember since Chris Davis hit one in 2008. Ruiz finished the game 2 for 4 with the homerun, 2 RBI, and the 1 run scored.

Offense Sharp again: Frisco managed 12 hits as a team on Saturday with 3 walks as well. The only RoughRider to not reach base was Jose Felix, who went 0 for 4. Martin, Ruiz, Jonathan Greene, and Guilder Rodriguez all had 2 hits a piece in the game. Michael Bianucci went 1 for 3 with a 2 RBI double in the 1st inning and also walked in the game. The first 6 batters in the game combined for 10 RBI and 7 runs scored.

Powering Up: Guilder Rodriguez came into this series against Corpus Christi with 2 extra base hits on the season. Through the 3 games, he has hit 3 doubles to give him 5 extra base hits on the season. He is batting .286 (10 for 35) with 6 RBI and a .762 OPS against Corpus Christi this season.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 8-0 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Blake Beavan earned the victory for Frisco with 8 shutout innings. Beavan gave up 4 hits, struck out 8 batters, and did not issue a walk. He made 105 pitches, 76 of which went for strikes. Matt Lawson and Joey Butler provided the offense for Beavan. Lawson went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored. Butler went 2 for 4 with a double, homerun, 3 RBI, a walk, and 2 runs. James Tomlin chipped in 2 hits of his own, while Elio Sarmiento, Jacob Kaase, and Guilder Rodriguez each had a hit in the game.

Yesterday's Question of the Day Answer: Barry Bonds. The deal was as official as it could get without not becoming a trade. You can read about it here.

Around the Ranger's System

Round Rock (AAA) lost 4-3 to the Las Vegas 51s on a walkoff RBI double by Eric Thames. Michael Kirkman started for Round Rock and pitched one of his better outings this season. He gave up 5 hits, 4 walks, and 1 run (earned) over 5 innings with 5 strikeouts. Yoshinori Tateyama gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs over 2 innings of relief with 3 strikeouts. Mark Hamburger got the loss in his second AAA appearance after he gave up a hit, 2 walks, and 1 run in 1 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Omar Quintanilla and Doug Deeds each had 2 hits, including a triple by Deeds for the Express. Brian Barden added a 1 for 4 day with a double. Round Rock hitters went 1 for 7 with RISP.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) shutout the Lynchburg Hillcats 6-0 to win their 5th game in the last 6. Robbie Ross took the mound for Myrtle Beach and gave up 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. Johan Yan pitched the final 3 innings of relief for his 4th save. Michael Olt hit his 5th homerun of the season as part of a 2 for 4 day with 2 RBI. Jared Hoying, Zach Zaneski, and Jared Prince all had 2 hits a piece as well for the Pelicans. Leury Garcia went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. Ryan Strausborger went 0 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base as well. Jared Bolden added a 1 for 4 day with a double and 1 RBI.

Hickory (low-A) lost their 7th game in the last 8 games by a score of 5-0 to the Augusta Greenjackets. Carlos Melo got the start and gave up 5 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs (all earned) in 4 innings with 5 strikeouts. Nick Tepesch, Colby Killian, and Kevin Johnson combined for 5 innings of shutout relief. Josh Richmond went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. Jurickson Profar and Tomas Telis were the only other players with hits for the Crawdads, each with 1 hit in the game. Telis added a walk and Odubel Herrera had a walk to go with an 0 for 3 day.

Minor League Performance of the Day

A fairly easy call on Saturday as former Cleveland Indians 1st round pick Michael Aubrey of the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington National's AAA team) had a career day against the Durham Bulls. Aubrey went 4 for 4 on the day with 4 homeruns and 7 RBI. His first homerun was a 2-run homerun to right centerfield in the 1st inning. His second homerun was a solo shot that came in the 3rd inning to right field. His third homerun was a 3-run shot to right field to cap off a 5 run 4th inning. Aubrey finally led off the top of the 7th inning with a solo homer to right field. He was in the hole when Tug Hulett struck out in the bottom of the 8th inning. Michael Aubrey is hitting .254 on the season with the 4 homeruns now. He has an .816 OPS as well. In 135 at bats in the major leagues, Aubrey has a career batting average of .259 with 7 doubles, 6 homeruns, and a .755 OPS. The 29 year old outfielder was taken 11th overall by Cleveland in the 2003 draft.

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