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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 24, 2011

Notes on an Off Day

Next Game: Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at Dr. Pepper Ballpark vs. the Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Record: 23-21 7 games back in the Texas League South
Series Record: 5-6-1
Record since 2004 on May 24th: 5-1 with 1 game rained out
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 6-4

Rider's Salvage One: After giving up 4 runs in the 9th inning, Davis Stoneburner hit a go ahead solo homerun in the top of the 10th inning and Frisco scored one more run to defeat the San Antonio Missions 6-4 in the 4th game of the 4 game set. The win marked the second time this year that Frisco has lost 3 of 4 games in San Antonio. Frisco is now 5-7 against the San Antonio Missions this season and 115-114 against them all time.

Carlos Pimentel's Strong start: He didn't get the win in the start, but Carlos Pimentel had arguably his best start of the year. Pimentel gave up 7 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts over 6 shutout innings against San Antonio. Over his last 6 starts, Pimentel has received 5 no decisions and 1 win and has posted a 3.06 ERA in that time. He has worked 6 or more innings in 4 of the 6 starts.

Running Wild: If there is one thing that Leonys Martin has displayed in every game he's played in for Frisco so far, it's that he can be a game changer with his legs. He's aggressive and shows natural instincts on the basepaths. On Tuesday, he made an impact all over the diamond with his legs. He finished the game 3 for 5 with a triple, double, walk (intentional), 3 RBI, and 2 steals. Martin reached base in the 1st inning due to a throwing error by the shortstop and then stole 2nd and 3rd base. He doubled to right field in the 2nd inning, which scored Davis Stoneburner from 2nd. Martin singled to centerfield in the 4th inning to score Stoneburner again from 2nd base. Martin popped out in the 6th inning and was intentionally walked in the 8th inning after a wild pitch. Then in the 10th inning Martin tripled to left fielder Jaff Decker, and was thrown out at home attempting the inside the park homerun. The hit still scored one player, to give Frisco their 6th run of the game.

Overall, Martin has 7 extra base hits in 11 games and his 2 steals gave him 7 on the year, which is tied for the team lead, despite coming to Frisco a little less than two weeks ago.

Stoneburner Extends Streaks: Davis Stoneburner matched a career best with 4 hits in the game on Tuesday in 5 at bats. He had the game winning homerun in the 10th inning and 3 singles as well to give him 7 total bases in the game, a team high. The hits extended his hit streak to 10 games and on base streak to 12 games. He also has driven in a run in 3 straight games. In the month of May, Davis is hitting .367 with a 1.036 OPS. He is batting .321 in day games with a .948 OPS compared to .210 with a .645 OPS in night games.

Bianucci's RBI Drought Ends: Michael Bianucci got his 31st RBI of the season on May 14th when he drove in 2 runs. Since then he went 6 games without a RBI until Tuesday. Bianucci drove in his 32nd RBI of the season on a single in the 1st inning to score Leonys Martin. The 6 game drought was his longest of the season and longest since he went 10 games from August 12th-August 22nd without a RBI last season.

Another Blown Save, Another Win: Riders reliever Justin Miller inherited a not so good situation on Tuesday and managed to make it worse again. Fabio Castillo began the 9th inning with a 4-0 lead and gave up a walk, single, and double to open the 9th inning. Miller inherited runners on 2nd and 3rd with 0 outs and a 4-1 lead. Miller got two quick outs without allowing a run to score, but finished the inning by going hit by pitch, bases loaded walk, and single before he got the third out of the inning. The blown save was Miller's 4th of the season, however, in the same game he got his team best 5th win of the year as well. His ERA on the road this season is 6.94 with a .313 opponents batting average against. His home ERA is 1.38 with an opponents batting average against of .152.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated San Antonio 9-6 in 12 innings on the road. Martin Perez started for Frisco and gave up 5 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (all earned) over 4 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Adalberto Flores picked up his 1st win of the year with 2 shutout innings of relief, while Cody Eppley got his 3rd save of the year with a scoreless 12th inning. Emerson Frostad went 4 for 6 for Frisco with a triple and 2 RBI. Taylor Teagarden had a 3 for 6 day with a homerun and 2 RBI. Renny Osuna and Joey Butler each had 2 hits a piece as well. Frisco won 9-6 thanks to a 2 out bases loaded double by Osuna.

Answer to Yesterday's Question of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates. You can read more about the story here.

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 2-1

Round Rock (AAA) led 5-3 after 3 innings, but fell to the Reno Aces 9-7 in the end. Derek Hankins started for Round Rock and had another rough outing as he gave up 7 hits, 4 walks, 7 runs (6 earned) in 5 innings with 3 strikeouts. Hankins gave up 2 homeruns in the start as well. Zach Phillips and Yhency Brazoban gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings of relief. Brad Nelson and Luis Cruz each went deep for the Express at the plate. Joey Butler went 1 for 3 with a double, RBI, and walk.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) had the day off.

Hickory (low-A) scored 13 runs in the final 5 innings and defeated the Rome Braves 15-5. Justin Grimm got the start for Hickory and gave up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs (all earned) over 4 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Reliever Colby Killian got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Top prospect Jurickson Profar went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 RBI, a walk, and 3 runs scored at the plate for HIckory. Profar's SLG% is now up to .513 for the season, including .758 over his last 10 games. Tomas Telis went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, a walk, and 3 runs scored as well. Jake Skole added 3 hits of his own in 6 at bats, including a double and a run scored. Jhonny Gomez and Alejandro Selen each had 2 hits, while Andrew Clark, Christian Villanueva, and Odubel Herrera had a hit a piece. Five different hitters had 2 or more RBI for the Crawdads.

Minor League Performance of the Night

The Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida Marlin's affiliate) and Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillie's affiliate) of the Florida State League played a 23 inning game on Tuesday night, which lasted 5 hours and 37 minutes long. Jupiter defeated Clearwater 2-1 in the 23rd inning. Alejandro Ramos got the win for Jupiter with a scoreless inning of relief, while former Midland Rockhounds reliever Justin Friend took the loss for Clearwater. Two position players pitched in relief for Clearwater a total of 4 innings of scoreless relief. There were 31 hits in the game combined between the two teams. In total there were 14 half innings between the two teams where the batters went down in order out of 46 possible half innings. And both teams were a combined 5 for 34 with RISP.

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