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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, June 9, 2011

Game 58: San Antonio Missions (Jorge Reyes) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Carlos Pimentel)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (32-25 7 games back in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (39-18 1st place Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 8-2
Series Record: 8-7-1
2011 Record against San Antonio: 5-8
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 115-115
Record since 2004 on June 9th: 4-2 with 1 off day
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (2-3 4.66 ERA) is 0-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 3 career starts against the San Antonio Missions... Jorge Reyes (3-1 4.09 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 3 career starts against the Frisco RoughRiders.

What to Watch for on the Mound: Frisco sends Carlos Pimentel to the mound for the 12th time this season and San Antonio sends Jorge Reyes to the mound for the 12th time as well in a battle of two starters who have had success against their opposition... Carlos Pimentel looks to continue the recent success he has had on the mound as the 21 year old right hander gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs over 7 innings in his last start against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Pimentel earned the win in the start, his second of the season. Over his last 8 starts, Pimentel is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. In his last start against the Missions, Pimentel gave up 7 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. At home this season, Carlos has gone 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 6 starts. Opposing hitters are hitting .292 against him at home, as opposed to .237 on the road... Jorge Reyes is coming off an outing where he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs over 5 innings with 5 strikeouts against the Arkansas Travelers. In his last start against Frisco, Reyes picked up the win as he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 1 run over 5 innings with 2 strikeouts. He has gone 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA on the road in 6 road starts. Reyes has pitched especially well against the Texas League South as he is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.

First Loss in June: Frisco took a big loss on Wednesday night as they fell 11-1 to San Antonio dropping to 7 games back in the Texas League South, making a comeback even tougher. They never seemed to be in the game as they were down 4-0 after 4 innings and 8-0 heading to the bottom of the 8th. They scored a run on a wild pitch and gave up 3 more in the top of the 9th to make the score 11-1. With Frisco's loss as well as Portland and Louisville's losses, the Frederick Keys (Class A-Advanced Carolina League) became the lone team in minor league baseball to remain undefeated in June.

Jake Brigham's Start: Jake Brigham didn't pitch all that bad, but the first inning really put a damper on his start. Brigham walked Daniel Robertson on 4 pitches to open the inning, and after a stolen base Brigham struck out the next 2 batters. But a 2 out rally for the Missions pushed 3 runs across the board as James Darnell singled home Robertson from 2nd and Vincent Belnome began a big night with a 2-run homerun. Brigham retired the next 7 batters in a row. In the 4th inning, Brigham gave up a double, walk, got 2 more outs, but gave up a 2 out single to Anthony Contreras, which scored Belnome, who had walked. Brigham got through the 5th without much trouble again and he was replaced. Brigham finished up with a line of : 5 IP 4 H 4 R/ER 3 BB 3 K 1 HR 96 pitches-59 strikes.

Leonys Martin Extends On Base Streak, Leaves Game Early: Leonys Martin got hit by a pitch to lead off the game, which extended his on base streak to 20 games dating back to May 14th. But Martin, who has missed a couple games recently due to a lower back strain, was pulled after the 2nd inning and replaced by Guilder Rodriguez, who moved from SS to LF, while Osuna moved from second base to shortstop and Davis Stoneburner came in to play second base. It was the first time that Leonys Martin has started a game in left field this season for Frisco, and third time that Martin has not been starting in centerfield.

Jermaine Mitchell's Streak Reaches 30 games: While Martin has his own 20 game on base streak going, the Midland Rockhound's leadoff hitter Jermaine Mitchell reached 30 consecutive games of reaching base with a 2 for 4 game, including a solo homerun and a walk against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Of the 30 games, only 5 of them have come in games where he has not reached base more than once. Frisco plays Midland on the road after this 4 game homestand and then plays Midland at home on June 20th-23rd, their next homestand after this one.

MLB Draft: Here is the final draft list of the Texas Rangers after all 50 rounds:

Round Overall POS Name School
1 33 LHP Kevin Matthews Richmond Hill HS (GA)
1 37 OF Zach Cone Georgia
2 83 LHP Will Lamb Clemson
3 113 RHP Kyle Castro Pleasant Grove HS (CA)
4 144 CF Desmond Henry Centennial HS (CA)
5 174 RHP Brandon Woodruff Wheeler HS (MS)
6 204 CF Derek Fisher Cedar Crest HS (PA)
7 234 C Max Pentecost Winder Barrow HS (GA)
8 264 RHP Kyle Hendricks Dartmouth 
9 294 CF Rashad Harlin Helix HS (CA)
10 324 C Joe Maloney Limestone College
11 354 RHP Connor Sadzeck Howard College
12 384 LHP Gregory Williams Marshall
13 414 OF Christopher Grayson Lee University
14 444 LHP Andrew Faulkner South Aiken HS (SC)
15 474 RHP Jerad Eickhoff Olney Central College
16 504 LF Trever Adams  Creighton
17 534 SS Ryan Rua Lake Erie College
18 564 RHP Nicholas Martinez Fordham U
19 594 RHP Nathan Harsh Brunswick HS (GA)
20 624 SS Nickolaus Vickerson Mississippi State U
21 654 RHP Chance Sossamon Wichita State
22 684 SS Timothy Costen  First Colonial HS (VA)
23 714 LHP Michael Mason Marshall
24 744 C Zach Fish Gull Lake HS (MI)
25 774 LHP Jordan Remer U. of San Francisco
26 804 RHP Ryan Bores Cuyahoga CC
27 834 RHP Kyle Devore Sacramento CC
28 864 CF Saquan Johnson East Bladen HS (NC)
29 894 RHP Nicholas Sawyer Howard College
30 924 RHP Phillipp Klein Youngstown State U
31 954 1B Matthew Leeds College of Charleston
32 984 LHP Sam Robinson U. of Miami
33 1014 CF Jonathan Taylor Georgia
34 1044 RHP Taylor Dennis U Southern Indiana
35 1074 RHP Cy Sneed Twin Falls HS (ID)
36 1104 OF Jeremy Williams U Mobile
37 1134 IF Bryce Greager Fountain Hills HS (AZ)
38 1164 RHP Tucker Donahue Stetson University
39 1194 CF Trumon Jefferson Decatur HS (GA)
40 1224 RHP Josh Peterson Unaka HS (TN)
41 1254 OF Tyler Scott Marin Catholic HS (CA)
42 1284 RHP Joseph Pankake Easley HS (SC)
43 1314 RHP Kaleb Merck  TCU
44 1344 LHP Philip Pfeifer Farragut HS (TN)
45 1374 LHP Brandon Finnegan Southwest HS (TX)
46 1404 RHP Tyler Powell  Myers Park HS (NC) 
47 1434 RHP Kevin Moriarty Shorewood HS (WA)
48 1464 RHP Carl Edwards Mid-Carolina HS (SC)
49 1494 RHP  Mick VanVossen Forrest Hills Cen HS (MI)
50 1523 RHP Kenneth Wiser Linfield College

Last Year on this Date: Frisco lost 11-5 to the San Antonio Missions at home. Tanner Roark started for Frisco and gave up 8 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs (all earned) over 4 innings with 3 strikeouts. Brennan Garr, Adalberto Flores, and Evan Reed all pitched in relief for Frisco. Wes Bankston led Frisco with 2 hits in the game as he went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, a walk, RBI, and run scored. Marcus Lemon led off and went 1 for 4 with a double, RBI, and walk. Matt Lawson had a triple as part of a 1 for 5 day. Joey Butler added a 1 for 4 day with a double and a RBI.

Answer to Yesterday's Question of the Day: Pedro Martinez

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 1-1

Round Rock (AAA) had the day off. They play the Iowa Cubs on the road starting tonight.

Myrtle Beach (High-A) gave up 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning, but scored a run in the bottom of the 12th to defeat the Winston-Salem Dash 5-4 in 12 innings. Justin Grimm started for Myrtle Beach and turned in another very good outing. The 22 year old right hander gave up 4 hits and 3 walks over 6 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. He has given up just 2 runs over his first 18 2/3 innings in High-A. Mitch Hilligoss led Myrtle Beach with 4 hits in 6 at bats, including 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a walk. Chris McGuiness and Leury Garcia each added 2 hits in the game as well. Garcia had a double and 3 walks as part of his day as well, while McGuiness drove in a run and also had 3 walks for the Pelicans. Ryan Strausborger, Jared Prince, Zach Zaneski, and Jared Bolden each added a hit in the game for Myrtle Beach too. Pelican's hitters walked 10 times in the game and went 4 for 21 with RISP.

Hickory (Low-A) had the day off. They play the Lexington Legends on the road starting tonight.

Minor League Performance of the Night

Brad Bergesen had a terrific performance on Wednesday for the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Oriole's AAA team). He gave up just 4 hits and 1 walk over a complete game shutout against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Bergesen struck out 8 batters in the game. In 2 starts for Norfolk, Bergesen has given up 7 hits, 7 walks, and 1 run over 15 innings (0.60 ERA). He has struck out 13 batters and won both starts. Over 59 games, including 56 starts, in the major leagues, Brad Bergesen has gone 16-23 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the Baltimore Orioles. The 25 year old right hander was a 4th round pick in the 2004 draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
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- By Michael Damman

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