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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

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Game 42: Frisco RoughRiders (Martin Perez) @ San Antonio Missions (Rob Musgrave)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (22-19 6 games back in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (28-13 1st place in the Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 8-2
Series Record: 5-5-1
Record against San Antonio: 4-5
All time Record against San Antonio: 114-112
Record since 2004 on May 21st: 4-2
Starting Pitchers: Martin Perez (1-0 2.66 ERA this season) is 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 9 career appearances/8 starts against the San Antonio Missions ... Rob Musgrave (3-1 4.15 ERA) is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 2 appearances against the Frisco RoughRiders

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco sends Martin Perez out to the mound for the 9th time, while San Antonio sends Rob Musgrave to the mound for his 4th start and 7th appearance for the Missions this season... Martin Perez made his last start this past Monday and he was as sharp as he has ever been in Frisco. Perez set career bests in innings pitched with 7 2/3 and strikeouts with 10 strikeouts in the game. His curveball was outstanding, he threw strikes, and kept his pitch count down for most of the game. Unfortunately for Perez, he got a no decision after giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs (both earned) in 7 2/3 innings. This will be Martin's 9th start and 10th appearance in his career against the San Antonio Missions. In his first 8 starts this season, Perez has just 1 decision. Frisco is 3-0 in Perez's starts in May and have won his last 4 outings. They are 6-2 when Perez is on the mound. On the season, Martin Perez has given up 31 hits and 19 walks with 42 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched. Left handed batters are hitting just .132 against the Ranger's #1 prospect this season... Rob Musgrave will be making his 4th start this season in the Texas League. In his last start this past Monday, Musgrave gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings against the Corpus Christi Hooks and took the loss in the start. Musgrave has made 2 appearances against Frisco with his last coming on May 6th. He gave up 1 hit and 0 walks over 3 shutout innings of relief and earned the win in the game. On the season Musgrave has given up 18 hits and 10 walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings pitched. Left handed hitters are batting .162 against him this season.

Round One Goes to San Antonio: Continuing where they left off against the Riders at home, San Antonio defeated Frisco 8-7 in game one of the four game set between the top 2 teams in the Texas League South. Of the 9 games the two teams have faced each other in this season, five of them have been decided by one run. Frisco is 1-4 in 1 those 5 games.

Bleier Struggles: Richard Bleier had one of his worst outings as a Frisco RoughRider on Friday when he gave up 11 hits and 6 runs (all earned) over 3 1/3 innings pitched. The start marked the third straight start by a Frisco RoughRiders starter with a game score of 40 or less after they had gotten 2 stellar outings from Perez and Brigham. Bleier was given a 2-0 lead after 2 innings, but the lead was erased as San Antonio scored 4 in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th inning to take a 6-2 lead after 4 innings.

Offense Gets Hits: Despite the lineup looking more like a minor league lineup than the major league looking lineup of the past few days with Hamilton and Cruz, the Riders managed to get 13 hits, 2 walks, and 7 runs against San Antonio. Four players had 2 or more hits in the game for Frisco and four different players drove in runs. Only Engel Beltre and Guilder Rodriguez were hitless in the game.

Welcome Back (kind of) Travis Adair: If you thought that Travis Adair was sent back down to Myrtle Beach or was hurt and placed on the DL, well we don't blame you really. Due to the incoming presence of Leonys Martin, Engel Beltre being back from the DL, and then subsequently Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton rehabbing from the Rangers, Travis Adair hadn't started for Frisco in around a week. He wasn't hurt or sent down, he was just the odd man out in unfortunate circumstances. However, on Friday, Adair made up for lost time by going 2 for 4 with his first 2 homeruns as a Frisco RoughRider! Now that's a way to make up for lost time.

Ripping San Antonio: Renny Osuna came into yesterday's game with a .450 batting average on the season against the Missions. If you thought he couldn't raise it, well you're wrong. Osuna went 4 for 5 with a RBI in the game and is now batting .520 with a 1.258 OPS in 25 AB's against the Missions this year. He has accumulated a team best 18 total bases against San Antonio this season as well.

Keep on Running: If there is one area of the RoughRiders that Leonys Martin has really stood out on, it's in steals and stolen base attempts. Despite being here just over a week, Martin is already 2nd on the team in stolen base attempts with 8 (in 8 games). Of course he has been thrown out in half of those, so he still has to work on that, but he (and the team as they let him) has definitely shown a willingness to run early on.

Last Year on this Date: Frisco defeated the San Antonio Missions 2-1 on the road. Tanner Roark picked up the victory for Frisco after giving up just 3 hits and 1 walk over 7 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Warner Madrigal pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Beau Jones gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning, while Evan Reed picked up his 3rd save with a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. Matt Lawson went 2 for 4 at the plate for Frisco. Wes Bankston and Renny Osuna each had a double in the game as well. Osuna and Joey Butler each scored a run for the Riders.

Answer to Yesterday's Question of the Day: Second base

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 0-4

Round Rock (AAA) gave up runs in the 7th and 9th inning to fall 5-4 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Seth McClung started for Round Rock and gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs (all earned) over 6 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Zach Phillips pitched a scoreless inning of relief, while Pedro Strop took the loss after giving up 1 run in 1 1/3 innings. Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 with a double in rehab. Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 with a homerun and 2 RBI. Chad Tracy went 2 for 4 with a double as well. Luis Cruz, batting 8th, went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) gave up 4 runs in the 8th inning to break a 2-2 tie and lost 6-4 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Robbie Ross took the mound for Myrtle Beach and gave up 8 hits, 3 walks, and 2 unearned runs over 5 innings with 3 strikeouts. Ryan Kelly took the loss after giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs (3 earned) over 2 1/3 innings. Mike Olt went 1 for 3 with his 7th homerun and a walk. Zach Zaneski had a 2 for 4 day with 2 RBI. Ryan Strausborger and Mitch Hilligoss (double) each added a hit of their own. David Paisano had his first RBI for the Pelicans.

Hickory (low-A) scored a run in the 9th inning, but couldn't pull off a comeback as they lost 6-5 to the Rome Braves. Luke Jackson made his first start of the year for Hickory and gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (all earned) over 4 innings with 4 strikeouts. Colby Killian took the loss after giving up 2 runs over 2 innings. Jorge Marban pitched 2 perfect innings of relief. Jurickson Profar set a career best with 4 hits in 5 at bats in the game. He had a double, 2 RBI, and stole a base. Josh Richmond, Jake Skole, and Jhonny Gomez each had 2 hits in the game. Odubel Herrera went 1 for 5 with a double and a RBI. Jonathan Roof went 1 for 3 with a sac fly RBI.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Bryce Harper has torn the cover off of the baseball for over a month now and he continued that on Friday. In the Hagerstown Sun's 5-4 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Bryce Harper went 2 for 3 with a double, homerun, 3 RBI, walk, and stolen base. He is batting .364 on the season and now is tied for the league lead with 10 homeruns and has 34 RBI to go with it. Have we mentioned that he should still just be graduating from high school, not ripping baseballs in full season leagues? Since April 20th, essentially a month long, Harper is batting .416 with a .491 OBP, .802 SLG, 1.293 OPS, and has 21 extra base hits in 27 games. He leads the league in that time in: AVG, extra base hits, total bases, doubles, homeruns, RBI, intentional walks, OBP, SLG, OPS, and is 4th in runs. Yea, that's pretty good for last year's #1 overall pick. Needless to say, I think Harper has done better than most could expect a kid his age to do in full season ball with the hype he has received.

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