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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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Game 46: Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Will Smith) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Martin Perez)

Time: 11:00 AM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (23-22 8 games back in the Texas League South)... Northwest Arkansas Naturals (22-18 1st place in the Texas League North)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Series Record: 5-6-1
Record against Northwest Arkansas: 0-1
All-Time Record against Northwest Arkansas/Wichita: 64-65
Record since 2004 on May 26th: 3-3 with 1 off day
Starting Pitchers: Martin Perez (1-0 2.31 ERA) is making his first career start against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals... Will Smith (3-4 4.91 ERA) is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and 3.55 WHIP in 1 career start against the Frisco RoughRiders.

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco sends Martin Perez out to the mound for the 10th time this season, while Northwest Arkansas sends Will Smith out to the mound for the 9th time in a morning battle of southpaws... Martin Perez gave up 6 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings in his last start against the San Antonio Missions and struck out 6 batters. Perez gave up 1 unearned run in the start. This will be Martin Perez's 4th home start this season and 2nd day game of the season. Over his last three starts, Perez has given up 13 hits, 9 walks, and 3 runs (2 earned) with 20 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings pitched. On the season, Perez has given up 37 hits and 23 walks with 48 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. Left handed hitters are batting just .159 against Perez this year... Will Smith gave up 10 hits, 2 walks, and 6 runs (5 earned) over 6 innings with 2 strikeouts in his last outing on Saturday against the Arkansas Travelers. Smith has tended to be very good or very bad early on this year as he has 3 starts with 6 or more innings and 1 or fewer runs given up and 3 starts with 4 or less innings and 4 or more runs given up. This will be Smith's 4th start on the road and 2nd start during the day this season. On the season, Will Smith has given up 58 hits and 11 walks over 40 1/3 innings with 20 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .352 against Smith, including .385 from left handed batters. In the month of May, Smith is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 4 starts.

Richard Bleier Starts Strongs, Struggles in the End: For the third start in a row, Richard Bleier gave up 9 or more hits in a start on Wednesday night. Bleier gave up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 6 runs (all earned) in 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Bleier pitched well to begin with, breezing through the first 4 innings with just 1 hit given up. However, after gettting the first out of the 5th inning, Bleier gave up a single and committed a throwing error on a fielders choice comeback hit to him. The error opened up flood gates that led to 2 runs being scored in the inning. Bleier then gave up 3 singles in the 6th inning, which led to 1 run being scored. And finally after giving up 3 singles in a row to open the 7th inning (including 1 run), Bleier was replaced by Mike Perconte, who gave up a sacrifice fly and a double, which allowed the final 2 runs on Bleier's tally to score.

Turning into a RBI Man: Renny Osuna never seemed to be much of a run producer for the Frisco RoughRiders with 67 RBI in his career in 191 games played entering 2011. However, with a 2 RBI performance on Wednesday, Osuna now has 19 this season in 30 games, including 13 in 22 games in the month of May. He is batting .320 on the season with a .764 OPS as well.

An Extra Base Hit!: With a double in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Engel Beltre snapped a streak of 91 consecutive plate appearances without an extra base hit. His last one was a double in the 4th inning on April 10th against Arkansas. Beltre finished the game 2 for 3 with a single as well. It was his 7th multi hit game of the season.

In Other News: In case you missed the game, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 19 innings on Wednesday on ESPN 2. The game lasted 6 hours and 11 minutes and the winning pitcher was Wilson Valdez, a position player, for the Phillies. He became the first position player since 2000 to be the winning pitcher in a major league game. Former Frisco RoughRider John Mayberry Jr. started in center field for the Phillies and finished the game 2 for 4 with a RBI and walk. He came out of the game in a double switch in the 11th inning.

Last Year on this Date: Frisco defeated the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2-1 at home. Blake Beavan started for Frisco and gave up 4 hits and 0 walks over 7 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. Matt Harrison got the win with 2 innings of relief. Joey Butler went 1 for 2 with a homerun, 2 walks, 2 runs, and a stolen base. Taylor Teagarden and Andy Jenkins each had 2 hits in the game. James Tomlin added a hit of his own. Renny Osuna went 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 steals.

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 2-2

Round Rock (AAA) lost 7-2 to the Reno Aces. Seth McClung got the start for Round Rock and gave up 6 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs (all earned) over 4 innings with 3 strikeouts. Beau Jones pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief. Ryan Tucker and Cody Eppley gave up 2 runs over 3 innings of relief. Chad Tracy went 2 for 4 with a double at the plate. Chris Davis went 1 for 4 with his 2nd homerun in 2 games. Joey Butler went 1 for 4 for the Express as well. Doug Deeds chipped in a 3 for 4 day with a double as well, while Kevin Cash added in 2 hits in 4 at bats.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) got another strong pitching performance in a 3-2 win over the Salem Red Sox. Barret Loux got the start and gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. Mike Olt went 2 for 4 at the plate. Ryan Strausborger went 1 for 3 with a 2-run homerun and a walk. Mitch Hilligoss and Leury Garcia each had a hit a piece. Trevor Hurley, Joe Ortiz, and Ryan Kelly gave up 2 runs over 3 innings of relief. Kelly picked up his 5th save of the year for the Pelicans.

Hickory (low-A) shutout the Charleston Riverdogs 3-0 for their 3rd win in 4 games. Matt Thompson started for Hickory and gave up 6 hits and 0 walks over 5 1/3 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts. Joseph Van Meter and Ryan Rodebaugh pitched the other 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jurickson Profar went 1 for 1 with 2 walks and a hit by pitch at the plate for Hickory. Tomas Telis went 2 for 3 with a walk as well at the plate. Josh Richmond went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles for the Crawdads and had 2 RBI. Christian Villanueva added a 1 for 3 day at the plate with a RBI. Kellin Deglan and Jake Skole both walked 2 times at the plate.

Minor League Performance of the Day

The Springfield Cardinal's Matt Adams has quietly (well, maybe not exactly quietly) put together a very good start to his 2011 season. On Wednesday the 22 year old slugger added to the season highlights by going 5 for 6 with a homerun, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored in Springfield's 12-6 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Adams is batting .333 with a Texas League best 14 homeruns and 43 RBI on the season. His OPS is up to 1.028 and he leads the league with 116 total bases. In the month of May, Adams is batting .356 with 17 extra base hits in 22 games, including 9 homeruns. His OPS for the month is 1.174. He was selected in the 23rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of little known Slippery Rock University.

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