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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, May 16, 2011

Game 37: Midland Rockhounds (Carlos Hernandez) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Martin Perez)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (18-18 6 games back in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (17-19 7 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Series Record: 4-5-1
Record against Midland: 3-1
All-time Regular Season Record against Midland:  96-92
Record since 2005 on May 16th: 2-3 with 1 postponement
Starting Pitchers: Martin Perez (1-0 2.73 ERA)... Carlos Hernandez (4-1 6.31 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco and Midland send Martin Perez and Carlos Hernandez out to the mound for the 8th time this season... Martin Perez took a no decision in his last start, which came last Tuesday against Midland, despite pitching well in the outing. Perez gave up 3 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 4 batters over 6 shutout innings. He started slow in the start, but finished strong. This will be his 10th start against Midland in his career for Frisco. He is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 40 innings in the previous 9 starts. He has allowed 37 hits, walked 17 batters, and struck out 39. This season Perez has given up 27 hits and 18 walks in 33 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts. He has given up 2 runs or less in 5 of his 7 starts this season... Carlos Hernandez countered against Martin Perez last Tuesday and also received a no decision in the start. Hernandez gave up 7 hits and 3 runs (1 earned) over 5 2/3 innings with 8 strikeouts. He did not issue a walk in the start. Hernandez will be starting against Frisco for the 9th time and appearing in his 11th game against Frisco. He is 5-1 with a 4.66 ERA in his career against Frisco with a 1.47 WHIP. He has struck out 39 batters in 48 1/3 innings during that time. This season, Hernandez has given up 52 hits and 7 walks in 35 2/3 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts.  

Winning Streak Comes to an End: Frisco lost 4-3 in 11 innings against Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon. The loss ended a 5 game winning streak and possible sweep chance. Frisco, however, still took 3 out of 4 and sits in second place alone at 18-18.

Richard Bleier's Start: There is nothing overpowering about Richard Bleier, but at the AA level he can keep the team in the game. That's exactly what he did on Sunday as he gave up 9 hits in 6 innings, but gave up 3 runs, struck out a batter, and didn't surrender a walk in the start. He kept Frisco in the game, long enough for them to at least come back to tie it. Bleier also induced 12 groundballs in the start to just 1 flyout.

Offense Has Modest Day: The offense scored 11 runs and had 12 hits on Saturday, but it seems they left the sticks in the dugout for most of Sunday. Frisco managed 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk on Sunday against Xavier Cedeno and the Hooks bullpen. Renny Osuna, Tommy Mendonca, and Davis Stoneburner had 2 hits a piece. Leonys Martin went 1 for 5, while Michael Bianucci and Engel Beltre each had a hit a piece. It was Beltre's first game back since being suspended 15 games for the incident in San Antonio.

Walking His Way to the Team Lead: Guilder Rodriguez walked 40 times last season for the Frisco RoughRiders, which was by far his most as a minor leaguer since A ball in 2004. On Sunday, Rodriguez walked for the 6th time in 10 games to give him 13 walks for the season. The season total ties him with Michael Bianucci for the team lead. It's even more impressive when you consider that Guilder had 4 walks in 21 games in April and 3 of the 4 came in the last few games of April. He has walked 9 times in 13 games in the month of May.

Speaking of Walks (Or Lack thereof): Tommy Mendonca had another solid 2 for 5 showing, but he also struck out once in the game. The strikeout now gives Mendonca a strikeout-walk ratio of 44-4 on the season. The ratio would be quite impressive for a pitcher, but as a hitter, well it just doesn't look that good. Mendonca is batting .312 with a .333 OBP% and .553 SLG%.

Giving em' Fitz: Patrick Urckfitz has appeared in 5 games against Frisco this season for the Corpus Christi Hooks and he has given up 5 hits, 0 walks, and 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings pitched. He pitched 2 crucial innings on Sunday when he faced 7 Riders and retired 6 of them. He pitched to Tommy Mendonca with 2 outs and Leonys Martin on 2nd base in the 10th inning. Urckfitz got Mendonca to fly out to T.J. Steele.

Nelson Cruz in Town: Texas Ranger's outfielder Nelson Cruz will be playing for Frisco starting tonight on rehab. Cruz will be DH the first 2 games and then will play outfield afterwards. You can read more about it at the Rider's website.

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 2-2

Round Rock (AAA) scored 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to defeat the Las Vegas 51s 7-4 on Sunday. Neil Ramirez started for Round Rock and gave up 6 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs (earned) over 5 2/3 innings with 8 strikeouts. Yhency Brazoban and Justin Miller didn't allow a run for the final 2 2/3 innings after former Rider Zach Phillips gave up 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Brian Barden went 3 for 5 with 2 homeruns for the Express. Former Riders Chad Tracy, Robbie Diaz, and Taylor Teagarden all had a homerun a piece in the game as well.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) lost 5-3 to the Lynchburg Hillcats. Wilfredo Boscan, who was the opening day starter for Frisco this season, started for Myrtle Beach. He gave up 7 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs (all earned) over 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Mike Olt went 1 for 3 with his 2nd homerun in as many days and walked as well. Jared Prince added a 2-run homerun as well. The Pelicans had 8 hits in the game, but nobody had more than a hit in the game. Ryan Strausborger went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and also threw a guy out at home from the outfield.

Hickory (low-A) got another solid start from Roman Mendez and defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1. Mendez moved to 5-1 on the season as he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 1 run over 6 innings with 4 strikeouts. Jorge Marban and Colby Killian pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief. Jurickson Profar went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI, and walk at the plate for Hickory. Andrew Clark had a double as part of a 2 for 3 day as well for the Crawdads. Teodoro Martinez drove in 2 runs during a 1 for 3 day. He also stole his 13th base of the season. Kellin Deglan added the other hit as he went 1 for 3.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Mike Carp has hit for some power in his days in the minor leagues. He hit 29 homeruns in AAA last year for Tacoma. On Sunday, Carp went 4 for 6 with 3 homeruns, a double, and 6 RBI for the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariner's AAA team) in their 18-6 smashing of the New Orleans Zephyrs. For Carp, the 3 homeruns gave him 10 on the seasons and 28 RBI now. On the season, the 24 year old outfielder is now batting .303 with a .968 OPS. In 91 major league at bats, he has batted .264 with 7 extra base hits. Mike Carp was drafted in the 9th round of the 2004 draft by the New York Mets. He was traded to Seattle as part of the deal that sent J.J. Putz to New York.

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