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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 22, 2011

Game 43: Frisco RoughRiders (Jake Brigham) @ San Antonio Missions (Jorge Reyes)

Time: 4:05 PM CT
Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (22-20 7 games back in the Texas League South).. San Antonio Missions (29-13 1st place in the Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 2 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Series Record: 5-5-1
Record against San Antonio: 4-6
All time Record against San Antonio: 114-113
Record since 2004 on May 22nd: 4-3
Starting Pitchers: Jake Brigham (2-2 3.74 ERA) is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 2 career starts against San Antonio... Jorge Reyes (2-0 3.93 ERA) is 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 2 career starts against Frisco

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco and San Antonio send Jake Brigham and Jorge Reyes to the mound for the 9th time this season... Jake Brigham turned in a strong performance last Tuesday during a day game when he gave up just 2 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings and recorded a season best 8 strikeouts in the outing. Brigham has gone at least 6 innings in his last 4 starts and has gone at least 5 innings in all 8 starts this season. He also has given up less hits than innings pitched in 5 consecutive starts this year. Brigham has given up 3 earned runs in 6 of the 8 starts he has made. In the two that he hasn't given up 3 earned runs, he has given up 1 earned run combined. On the season, Brigham has given up 48 hits and 15 walks with 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. In 4 starts in May, Brigham is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA... Jorge Reyes has struggled to go deep into games this season, but he has pitched effectively in most, giving up 2 runs or less in 6 of the 8 starts. In his last outing, Reyes gave up 7 hits and 1 unearned run in 5 innings with 6 strikeouts against Corpus Christi last Tuesday. He has gone 5 or more innings in just 4 of the 8 starts, however. On the season, Reyes has given up 41 hits and 9 walks with 37 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched. He is 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 4 starts in May.

Riders Lose Second Straight: Frisco gave up 4 runs in the 8th inning and lost 9-5 on a walkoff grand slam by Missions first baseman Kyle Blanks, who is a career .289 hitter with an .823 OPS against the RoughRiders in 41 career games. They have lost 5 of 6 games on the road to San Antonio.

Martin Perez's Solid Effort: Martin Perez wasn't as sharp as he was on Monday against Midland, but he still gave up just 1 unearned run over 6 innings. Perez allowed 10 baserunners (6 hits, 4 walks), but was able to escape jams with just the one unearned run. He also moved into a tie for 3rd on the all time Frisco strikeout list with 6 strikeouts on the night. Perez needs just 4 strikeouts to tie John Danks for 2nd all time and 5 to pass him.

Leonys Martin Leads Way: Leonys Martin led the Rider's offense with a 3 hit day including a double and he also stole his 5th base in 9 attempts. It was Martin's 3rd multi hit game in 9 games and 7th straight game getting on base. It was also his 6th straight game with at least one stolen base attempt. He singled to center in the 1st, had an infield single to the second baseman in the 3rd, and doubled to left field in the 5th inning showing ability to hit to all fields. In the 9 games that he has been a part of for Frisco, Leonys Martin is batting .429 (6 for 14) when leading off an inning, including .333 (3 for 9) in the 1st inning.

Targeting #35: Jonathan Greene Jonathan Greene once got hit by 36 pitches in a single season, so he is not accustomed to not being hit by pitches. In fact, in his career he has gotten hit by 90 pitches in the minor leagues. Greene got hit again on Saturday for the 7th time this season, including 4 times by San Antonio Missions pitching.

Mendonca Keeps Hitting: For the fifth time in his last 10 games, Tommy Mendonca had 2 hits in a game. He went 2 for 4 with his 9th double of the season, including his 4th in the last 6 games. He also has drawn 4 walks in those 6 games, which has helped improve his walk to strikeout ratio a bit. He had 4 walks in his first 34 games this season and has 4 in those 6 games since. Mendonca also has reached base in 14 consecutive games now.

Burning in May: Davis Stoneburner's  bases loaded, bases clearing double in the 4th inning gave him an 8 game hitting streak and 10 game on base streak. He didn't start, but came in after Engel Beltre left the game after the second inning after being hit by a pitch. Stoneburner is now batting .325 (13 for 40) with a .947 OPS in the month of May. He has 6 extra base hits in the month as well. For the season, 12 of Stoneburner's 26 hits have gone for extra bases.

Last Year on this Date: Frisco defeated the San Antonio Missions 3-2 in 13 innings. Richard Bleier started for Frisco and gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 6 innings pitched. Adalberto Flores, Ben Snyder, Brennan Garr, and Cody Eppley combined to give up 1 run over the final 7 innings of relief. Wes Bankston led the way with a 3 for 5 game including a double and a walk. Renny Osuna and Joey Butler each had 2 hits as well. Emerson Frostad, James Tomlin, and Guilder Rodriguez each had a hit a piece.

Answer to Yesterday's Question of the Day: Babe Ruth

Around the Ranger's System: 

Yesterday's Record: 2-2

Round Rock (AAA) took a 6-4 lead after 5 innings and won 9-4 over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Neil Ramirez started for Round Rock and gave up 7 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) over 3 2/3 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts. He also hit a batter and threw 2 wild pitches in the start. Yhency Brazoban, Michael Kirkman, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Pedro Strop combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief. They allowed just 3 hits and struck out 11 batters over that time. Every hitter, but Chad Tracy had a hit for the Express. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each homered in the game and combined for 4 RBI, 2 runs, and 3 times on base in 8 plate appearances. Joey Butler had a 2 for 4 game with a double and a RBI.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) lost 9-3 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Wilfredo Boscan got the start and gave up 9 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs (all earned) over 4 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Mike Olt went 3 for 3 with a double, walk and a RBI. Ryan Strausborger went 1 for 4 with a double and run. Jared Bolden went 2 for 3, while Jared Hoying also went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun. Zach Zaneski and Mitch Hilligoss each added a hit.

Hickory (low-A) scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning and defeated the Rome Braves 5-4. Roman Mendez started for Hickory and gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (all earned) over 5 1/3 innings with 6 strikeouts. Joseph Van Meter and Ryan Rodebaugh finished the game with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Teodoro Martinez went 2 for 5 with a RBI out of the leadoff spot. Andrew Clark added 2 hits as well. Christian Villanueva went 1 for 2 with 2 walks, while Jhonny Gomez went 1 for 3 with a walk. Alejandro Selen added a 1 for 4 day with 2 RBI (his first 2 of the year for Hickory). 2010 1st round supplemental pick from McKinney, Matt Lipka, had a 2 for 5 day with a RBI for the Rome Braves. He is batting .264 on the year for the Braves.

Minor League Performance of the Day

For the Second straight day, the performance of the day will go to a player in the Washington Nationals organization. On Saturday Nationals pitching prospect Brad Peacock, who actually got minor league performance of the day his start before on May 13th, had another terrific start. Peacock got the victory in the Harrisburg Senator's 7-2 victory over the Binghamton Mets in the Eastern League. Peacock gave up just 1 hit, 2 walks, and 1 run (on a solo homerun) over 6 innings with 10 strikeouts. Peacock faced 21 batters and had 2 GB-2 FB in the start. On the season, he is now 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 8 games/7 starts. He has given up 31 hits and 9 walks in 48 1/3 innings with 66 strikeouts, including 38 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings in the month of May.

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