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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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Game 38: Midland Rockhounds (Anthony Capra) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Jake Brigham)

Time: 11:00 AM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (19-18 5 games back in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (17-20 7 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Series Record: 4-5-1
Record Against Midland: 4-1
All time Record against Midland: 107-98
Record Since 2004 on May 17th: 4-1 with one off day
Starting Pitchers: Jake Brigham (2-2 4.31 ERA)... Anthony Capra (0-2 8.18 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco and Midland send Jake Brigham and Anthony Capra to the mound for the 8th time this season... Jake Brigham was once again solid on the mound for Frisco against Corpus Christi last Thursday. Brigham recieved a no decision in the start, but gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs (all earned) in 6 innings with 6 strikeouts. He has given up 3 earned runs in 6 of the 7 starts and has gone 5 or more innings in all 7 starts this season. Brigham has not faced Midland this season for Frisco. On the season, Brigham has given up 36 hits and 13 walks with 36 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings pitched... Anthony Capra has struggled his way through the 2011 season so far. Outside of one start on April 21st, Capra has been pretty bad in every other start. His last time out, Capra gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs (all earned) over 3 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts. In his career against Frisco, Capra is 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 5 starts. This season, Capra has given up 42 hits and 17 walks with 30 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

Riders Comeback Late: Frisco scored 3 runs in the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Midland Rockhounds 3-2. The win moves Frisco to 19-18 and with the Mission's loss it puts the Riders at 5 games back in the division. Frisco has won 6 of their last 7 games and 7 of their last 9. They are also now 11-4 in the month of May.

Martin Perez Sharp Against Midland: The roller coaster season continued for Martin Perez who continues to tease baseball people with performance. On Monday night, Perez was as sharp as he's ever been in Frisco as he kept Rockhounds hitters off balance for most of the game mixing his pitches well with his fastball, curveball, and changeup. His curveball was as good as it's been, helping him get outs whether it was a strikeout or batters to roll over. Overall, Perez gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs with career bests in strikeouts (10) and innings pitched (7 2/3). He had a shutout going after 7 innings, but gave up a base hit followed by a walk by Adam Heether, which was followed by Jermaine Mitchell's 10th triple of the season 2 batters later. Ben Snyder gave up a single to Tyler Ladendorf, which scored Mitchell for the 2nd run.

Pitches by inning (Strikes/Total Pitches):
1- 10/10
2- 9/13
3- 14/21
4- 10/14
5- 8/10
6- 6/7
7- 7/11
8- 9/16
Total: 73/102

Cruz Rehab Game #1: Nelson Cruz batted 3rd and was the DH in the game for Frisco in his first of four games of rehab. He is expected to DH today as well, and then will play in the outfield the final 2 games. Cruz went 1 for 3 at the plate with a key RBI double in the 8th inning to help Frisco to the win. Cruz also drew a walk in the 6th after falling behind. He worked the count in 3 of the 4 plate appearances and flew out to left field in the one that he didn't. The double was hit well to left center field, which scored Leonys Martin from first base.

Martin Making Impact: Once again, Leonys Martin played a factor in the Rider's win. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a single up the middle. He singled in the 1st inning and stole 2nd base during Renny Osuna's at bat. Martin was caught stealing for the second time when he tried to steal third base during the same Osuna at bat. He was caught stealing at third, while Osuna walked on the pitch. Martin has already attempted 5 stolen bases in 5 games. He also walked in the 8th inning and scored on the Cruz double.

Mendonca Continues to Rake Midland: On a day when Nelson Cruz was rehabbing and Leonys Martin is on Frisco, it was cleanup man Tommy Mendonca who stole the show. Frisco should be used to that, however, as Mendonca has hit very well against Midland early on this year. Mendonca went 2 for 4 with a double, homerun, and 2 RBI. He is now 9 for 23 (.391) on the season against Midland with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI in 5 games. His homerun was his 4th homerun this season hit in the 4th inning or later. Mendonca now has 10 homeruns and 28 RBI on the season, both of which are 2nd on the team.

Good Luck Charm: If Frisco is ever down late in the game against the Midland Rockhounds, it would seem the thing to do would be to bring Ben Snyder into the game to pitch. The way things have been going lately, that would guarantee a victory... and perhaps manager Steve Buechele knew that when he brought Snyder into the game on Monday. Ben Snyder picked up the win in relief on Monday, and is now 3-0 this season in 3 games against the Midland Rockhounds. Dating back to last year, he has been the winning pitcher in his last 4 appearances against Midland.

Last Year on this Date: Frisco lost 3-2 in 10 innings to the Midland Rockhounds. Richard Bleier started the game for Frisco and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs over 7 innings with 4 strikeouts. Adalberto Flores took the loss for the Riders after giving up a 3 hits and a run over 2 2/3 innings. Matt Lawson went 3 for 4 with a walk at the plate. Renny Osuna chipped in 2 hits of his own. Joey Butler, Taylor Teagarden, Jacob Kaase, and Guilder Rodriguez each had a hit of their own in the game.

Yesterday's Question of the Day Answer: Mike Schmidt

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 2-1

Round Rock (AAA) gave up 6 runs in the first 2 innings and lost 9-4 to the Las Vegas 51s. Zach Jackson started for Round Rock and gave up 6 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs (all earned) in 4 innings with 2 strikeouts. Beau Jones gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Pedro Strop finished the game with 1 1/3 of scoreless relief. Strop struck out 1 batter and gave up a hit. Joey Butler, who got promoted back up on Saturday, went 1 for 2 with a walk and a RBI on a sacrifice fly for the Express. Chad Tracy went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk at the plate.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) held off a rally by Winston Salem Dash to get their 6th victory in the last 8 games by a score of 3-2. Joseph Wieland got the start for Myrtle Beach and gave up 6 hits and 1 run in 6 1/3 innings with 8 strikeouts. Wieland did not surrender a walk for the 5th straight start and hasn't walked a batter in the last 120 faced. The lone run came on a solo homerun by Tyler Saladino. Ryan Kelly finished the game for Myrtle Beach to earn his 4th save. Mitch Hilligoss led the Pelicans with 3 hits in the game as he went 3 for 4 with a RBI. Jared Hoying went 2 for 4 in the leadoff spot with a triple and a walk. Ryan Strausborger went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Mike Olt had a rare 0 for 4 day with 2 strikeouts.

Hickory (low-A) went into the 11th inning tied 5-5 with Augusta, before giving up a run in the 11th inning. However, the game was suspended due to rain and won't count against either team's record. Jurickson Profar had gone 1 for 3 with a homerun and a walk in the game as well.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Zeke Spruill has been pretty good this year, but on Monday he took it to another level. In the Lynchburg Hillcat's 11-0 victory over the Kinston Indians, Spruill gave up just 3 hits and struck out 5 in his complete game shutout. He did not surrender a walk either and induced 11 groundouts to 8 flyouts. On the season, Spruill has given up 40 hits and 7 walks in 50 innings with 41 strikeouts. He is 2-4 with a 2.88 ERA. Right handed batters are hitting just .162 this season against the 21 year old right handed pitcher. Zeke was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by the Atlanta Braves.

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