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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, July 30, 2011

Game 105: Frisco RoughRiders (Richard Bleier) @ San Antonio Missions (Rob Musgrave)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (19-15 1 game back in the Texas League South; 59-45 overall)... San Antonio Missions (20-14 1st place in the Texas League South; 69-35 overall)
Magic Number: 21
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 1-0
Series Record: 15-11-3
2011 Record against San Antonio: 8-13
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 118-120
Record on July 30th since 2004: 1-5
Starting Pitchers: Richard Bleier (3-5 6.13 ERA) vs. Rob Musgrave (6-2 3.21 ERA)

Frisco Shuts Out San Antonio In Historic Game: Frisco won for the 4th time in San Antonio on Friday as they scored 3 runs over the first 5 innings and got a historic start from 21 year old right hander Joe Wieland. Frisco defeated the Missions 3-0 in the game and moved to 1 game behind them in the second half.

Wieland Tosses No-Hitter: Frisco has had a few great pitching performances against the San Antonio Missions this season and on Friday, Joe Wieland did what Jake Brigham and Robbie Erlin couldn't quite do earlier this season... he finished a no-hitter. Wieland's only blemish on the line was a walk to Andy Parrino in the 4th inning and Parrino was promptly caught stealing on a "strike em out, throw em out" double play. Wieland faced the minimum in all and became the first Frisco RoughRider's pitcher to pitch a 9 inning no-hitter by himself. Joe is also the first RoughRider's starter this season to pitch in the 9th inning. He struck out 7 batters in the start as well and has now given up 1 run or less in 6 of his 7 starts for Frisco. On the season for Frisco, Wieland is now 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and has given up 35 hits and 11 walks in 44 innings with 36 strikeouts.

Frisco RoughRider's No-Hitters/Perfect Games

2005- A.J. Murray, Steve Karsay, and Scott Feldman vs. Corpus Christi on July 28 (9 inning Perfect Game)
2008- Matt Harison vs. San Antonio on May 18 (7 inning No-Hitter in first game of a double header)
2008- Neftali Feliz and Trey Hodges vs. San Antonio on August 19 (5 1/3 innings no-hitter)
2011- Martin Perez vs. Arkansas on April 19 (5 inning Perfect Game)
2011- Joe Wieland vs. San Antonio on July 29 (9 inning No-Hitter)

Inning By Inning Count

1: 15 Pitches- 10 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 5 Balls- 3 BPIP
2: 8 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 2 Balls- 3 BPIP
3: 8 Pitches- 5 Strikes- 1 Called- 1 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 3 Balls- 3 BPIP
4: 22 Pitches- 14 Strikes- 5 Called- 1 Swinging- 8 Fouls- 8 Balls- 1 BB- 2 Called K
5: 13 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 3 Called- 0 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 5 Balls- 3 BPIP
6: 9 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 2 Balls- 1 BPIP- 1 Called K- 1 Swinging K
7: 9 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 3 Called- 3 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 1 Ball- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K
8: 14 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 6 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Called K
9: 11 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 0 Called- 3 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 3 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K

Total: 109 Pitches- 74 Strikes- 20 Called- 13 Swinging- 22 Fouls- 35 Balls- 19 BPIP- 4 Called K- 3 Swinging K- 1 BB- 0 Hits

Bianucci Hits #25: Mike Bianucci moved into sole possession of the 3rd most homeruns in a single season by a Frisco RoughRider in the franchise's 9 year history with a solo homerun in the 3rd inning. The homerun was his 25th of the season extending his team lead and putting him one short of tying Chad Tracy's 26 in the 2009 season. Bianucci finished the game 2 for 3 with the homerun, a single, and a walk. He also is now tied with Chris Davis for the 9th most homeruns all-time on the career list.

Ruiz Knocks Doubles: Jose Ruiz used 2 doubles to take over the team lead with 24 doubles on the season. The first baseman went 2 for 4 for the game overall including the 2 doubles. Jonathan Greene previously led the team with 23 doubles. Ruiz is batting only .211 over his last 10 games, but he does have 5 doubles and a homerun during that span. Overall on the season, he's batting .278 with 38 extra base hits and an .803 OPS.

Osuna Ends Three Game Skid: After going 0 for 10 over his previous 3 games, Renny Osuna went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles in the game against San Antonio. He moves within 11 hits of tying Steve Murphy's career hit total and 12 away from breaking it. With 7 more road games left before a 10 game homestand, it's unlikely that Osuna will break the record before coming back home, although it's not impossible. His .304 batting average leads the team among qualified players.

Struggles with RISP: Since scoring 19 runs on July 22nd, Frisco has gone 11 for 52 (.212) with RISP as a team. They went 0 for 6 with RISP on Friday night and are 5 for 32 (.156) over the last week.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 807 in 826 games (0.977 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Stone Hands- The hands of a poor fielder.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco lost 7-4 at home to the San Antonio Missions as the 5th loss in a row of what would become an 8 game losing streak. Richard Bleier started for Frisco and gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs over 7 1/3 innings with 4 strikeouts. Tim Murphy gave up 4 unearned runs over 2/3 innings of relief, while Adalberto Flores pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Johnny Whittleman led Frisco's offense with a 2 for 4 game including a double and 3 RBI. Joey Butler went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs scored, while Jose Felix went 2 for 4 as well. Marcus Lemon and Renny Osuna each added a hit. James Tomlin went 1 for 4 with a RBI and Elio Sarmiento went 1 for 4 in the game as well.

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 2-3

Round Rock (AAA) scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and 5 runs in the 4th inning and cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds at home. Eric Hurley started for Round Rock and moved to 6-0 after giving up 8 hits, 3 walks, and 1 run over 5 innings with 3 strikeouts. Derek Hankins and Michael Kirkman combined for 4 shutout innings of relief. Val Majewski continues to hit well for Round Rock as the veteran minor leaguer went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the game. Andres Blanco went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Joey Butler went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored for the Express. Guilder Rodriguez added a 2 for 3 game, while Kevin Cash went 2 for 4 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. Leonys Martin went 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored and Brad Nelson went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. Esteban German also added a hit of his own and stole his 33rd base of the season.

Myrtle Beach (High-A) gave up 2 runs in the 3rd inning and lost 3-2 at home to the Winston-Salem Dash. Robbie Ross started for Myrtle Beach and gave up 5 hits, 0 walks, and 2 runs over 7 innings with 7 strikeouts. Kasey Kiker took the loss after giving up 1 unearned run in 2 innings of relief. Jared Bolden went 2 for 3 with a double, triple, RBI, walk, and run scored. Travis Adair extended his consecutive hit streak to 10 for 10, but finished the game 1 for 4 for the Pelicans. Andres James went 1 for 3 with a double, while Santiago Chirino went 1 for 3.

Hickory (Low-A) gave up 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 8th and were shutout 5-0 to the Augusta Greenjackets on the road. Joseph Van Meter started for Hickory and gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs over 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Colby Killian gave up 3 unearned runs over 2 innings of relief. Tomas Telis provided most of the offense for Hickory as he went 2 for 3 with a double. Jurickson Profar added a 1 for 4 game for the Crawdads, while Odubel Herrera went 1 for 3.

Spokane (Short Season A-Ball) gave up 4 runs in the 3rd inning and lost 8-4 at home to the Eugene Emeralds. Victor Payano started for Spokane and took the loss after giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs over 3 innings with 1 strikeout. Phil Klein gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings, while Jose Mavare gave up 1 run over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Matt West gave up a run in the final inning. Rougned Odor went 1 for 4 with a triple and a run scored out of the leadoff spot for Spokane. Edwin Garcia added a 1 for 4 game with a RBI, while Drew Robinson went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI for the Indians. Ruben Sierra added a 1 for 3 game and Guillermo Pimentel and Brett Nicholas each went 1 for 4 in the game with a run scored.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Joe Wieland has put together a fantastic season this year in the minor leagues and no performance displayed that better than what he did in Friday's start. In the Frisco RoughRider's 3-0 victory over the first place San Antonio Missions, Joe Wieland pitched a 9 inning No-Hitter and moved to 4-0 on the season in 7 starts for Frisco. Wieland put up video game numbers for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for most of this season and hasn't let up in the promotion to the hitters league in Frisco. In 7 starts, Wieland's ERA is 1.23, his K-BB ratio is over 3-1, opponents are hitting .217, and even the homeruns have cut back (2 in 7 starts). Frisco is 7-0 this season when Joe Wieland takes the mound and between high-A and AA, his team is now 15-6 (.714 winning%) on the season. Overall on the season, Wieland has given up 113 hits and 15 walks over 129 2/3 innings with 132 strikeouts. He is 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA. Wieland was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 4th round of the 2008 draft. He was rated by Baseball America as the 22nd best prospect in the organization entering 2011.

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- By Michael Damman

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