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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

Friday, July 22, 2011

Game 97: Corpus Christi Hooks (Jonnathan Aristil) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Ben Snyder)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (14-12 3 games back in the Texas League South; 54-42 overall)... Corpus Christi Hooks (13-13 4 games back in the Texas League South; 38-58 overall)
Streak: Lost 2 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 1-3
Series Record: 14-10-3
2011 Record against Corpus Christi: 12-12
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 107-101
Record on July 22nd since 2004: 2-5
Starting Pitchers: Ben Snyder (7-2 3.82 ERA) vs. Jonnathan Aristil (4-7 5.86 ERA)

Frisco Falls to San Antonio, Loses Series: With a 6-4 loss to the San Antonio Missions on Thursday, Frisco fell to 3-9 on the road against the San Antonio Missions and 7-13 against the Missions overall. They are 47-29 against anyone not named San Antonio this season. Fortunately, they will make just one more trip to San Antonio the rest of the season. A 4 game set at the end of the month.

Robbie Erlin Struggles to Miss Bats Again: For the second consecutive start, southpaw Robbie Erlin got knocked around on the mound as he struggled to get his pitches past the hitters. Erlin gave up 9 hits and 5 runs over 5 innings, but he did not walk a hitter. Erlin has not walked a batter in his last four starts spanning 96 batters faced. Over that time, however, he has given up 28 hits and 11 runs over 24 innings. He has struck out 19 batters in the same time. It is impressive, however, that Erlin has been able to go two starts without issuing a walk to San Antonio as the Missions lead the Texas League in walks with 430 over 96 games. Their team on base percentage is .362.

Bianucci Moves Up on List: Mike Bianucci went 1 for 4 on Thursday, but his one hit was a 2-run homerun in the 4th inning, which brought Frisco within a run, the closest they'd be all night. The 2-run homerun was his 22nd homerun of the season which ties him with German Duran (2007) for the fourth most homeruns in a single season by a Frisco RoughRider. Next on the list is Jason Botts (2004) with 24 homeruns. Nate Gold holds Frisco's single season record with 34 in 2006.

Renny Osuna Closing In: When his next hit occurs, Renny Osuna will become the second Frisco RoughRider to record 300 hits in a career. He currently sits at 299 after his hit less night on Thursday. Osuna is batting .364 over his last 10 games with 6 multi hit games. He is batting .316 at home this season with a .773 OPS and has already set a career high with 8 homeruns. Osuna is 20 hits away from tying Steve Murphy's career record of 319 hits and 21 from passing him. Steve Murphy holds basically every career record for Frisco, which is why the Pressbox dubbed him "Mr. Frisco".

Brigham Strikes Out Five: For the first time in quite some time, Frisco has a new strikeout leader this season. Jake Brigham's 5 strikeouts in 2 innings of relief on Thursday allowed him to pass Martin Perez, who had 83 for Frisco before his promotion to Round Rock. Brigham is up to 85 strikeouts for the season. After struggling in his first few outings as a reliever, Brigham has not allowed a run in his last 5 relief appearances, each of which he went at least 2 innings.

Project- Updated For the Season

Pitches Per PA (minimum of 100 PA)
1. 3.89, Renny Osuna (373 PA)
2. 3.88, Jonathan Greene (362 PA)
3. 3.74, Leonys Martin (135 PA)
4. 3.70 Guilder Rodriguez (324 PA)
5.  3.70, Davis Stoneburner (309 PA)
6.  3.60, Jose Ruiz (356 PA)
7.  3.44, Mike Bianucci (415 PA)
8.  3.44, David Paisano (104 PA)
9.  3.34, Tommy Mendonca (376 PA)
10. 3.34, Travis Adair (135 PA)
11. 3.20, Elio Sarmiento (134 PA)
12. 3.15, Engel Beltre (315 PA)
13. 3.02, Jose Felix (207 PA)

Notable Stats:
- Mike Bianucci has swung at the first pitch 57.3% of the time. Tommy Mendonca has swung at the first pitch 54.5% of the time. They are the only two over 50%. Close to there is Engel Beltre at 49.8% of the time.
- Guilder Rodriguez swung and missed 3.9% of the time (47 in 1,216 pitches). Renny Osuna was the next best at 4.7% of the time (68 in 1,451 pitches). Leonys Martin came in 3rd at 6.1% (31 in 505 pitches). The highest swing and miss% was Jonathan Greene at 21.6% (303 swinging strikes in 1,406 pitches). He also had the highest amount of strikeouts swinging with 95.
- Tommy Mendonca was 2nd on the team with a swing% of 60.3%. That includes balls put into play, foul balls, and swinging strikes.  Jose Felix leads the team with a 60.7% swing%. Guilder Rodriguez had the team's lowest swing% with 37.1%. He was the only player below 40%, no matter how many plate appearances.

Jose Altuve Not With Corpus Anymore: Last time Frisco played Corpus Christi in Frisco, which happened to be last weekend, the Hooks had rising prospect Jose Altuve on their roster. Altuve did not play in the series due to a leg injury, however, and now he is no longer with the club after the Houston Astros promoted him to the majors. The Astros traded infielder Jeff Keppinger, who also happened to have rehabbed with Corpus Christi in Frisco earlier this year, to the San Francisco Giants for a couple of prospects. The move opened up a roster spot for Altuve, who hit .361 for Corpus Christi and .389 combined this season between high-A and AA. He became the fourth prospect to be promoted from the Texas League to the majors that I know of. The others were Mike Trout (Arkansas), Blake Tekotte (San Antonio), and Maikel Cleto (Springfield).

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 739 homeruns in 762 games (0.970 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Bee-liner- A batted ball that travels fast and straight, not far from the ground.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the San Antonio Missions 3-2 on the road. Martin Perez started for Frisco and gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Tim Murphy pitched a scoreless inning of relief, while Evan Reed pitched the last 1 2/3 innings for his 5th save. Andy Jenkins led Frisco's offense with a 2 for 3 day including a double, walk, and run scored. Emerson Frostad went 2 for 4 with a triple and RBI at the plate. Marcus Lemon also added a 2 for 5 day with a RBI for the Riders. Joey Butler went 1 for 4 with a double, while Renny Osuna had one of his 299 hits in 3 at bats with a run scored and a RBI. Taylor Teagarden added a hit of his own as well.
As always...

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- By Michael Damman

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