Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (23-22 6 games back in the Texas League South;63-52 overall).. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (23-22 1st place in the Texas League North;58-54 overall)
Magic Number: 15
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 4-6
Series Record: 15-13-4
2011 Record against Northwest Arkansas: 5-2
All-Time Record against Northwest Arkansas: 69-66
Record on August 11th Since 2004: 2-4
Starting Pitchers: Neil Ramirez (0-0 0.00 ERA) vs. Chris Dwyer (6-9 5.77 ERA)
Frisco Wins on Walk-off Wild Pitch: Frisco blew another late lead, but came back to tie the game in the 7th inning and won 4-3 in 10 innings after the Naturals gave up a single, hit a batter, and walked one to load the bases with 1 out and Jonathan Greene at the plate. It was only Frisco's 3rd win in the month of August and they hit .100 (3 for 30) in the game with just 1 RBI out of the 4 runs scored. Still, the Riders moved to 5-2 against the Naturals this season and continue to dominate the Texas League North teams.
Ross Great In Regular Season Rider's Home Debut: Robbie Ross came to pitch on Wednesday night and he pitched very well against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Ross gave up 7 hits, 3 runs, and struck out 6 without issuing a walk to the Naturals over 7 innings. He took the no-decision in the start, however, after Frisco tied the game in the 7th inning. Ross threw first pitch strikes to 16 of the 28 batters he faced and threw 63 strikes overall out of 94 pitches. All of his strikeouts were swinging.
Inning by Inning Count
1: 15 Pitches- 11 Strikes- 4 Called- 1 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 4 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 2 Hits
2: 10 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 1 Called- 1 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 2 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 1 Hit
3: 13 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 4 Fouls- 4 Balls- 1 BPIP- 2 Swinging K
4: 8 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 2 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 2 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K
5: 17 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 8 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 Hits
6: 10 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 3 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K
7: 21 Pitches- 13 Strikes- 4 Called- 0 Swinging- 4 Fouls- 8 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 Hits
Total: 94 Pitches- 63 Strikes- 18 Called- 7 Swinging- 16 Fouls- 31 Balls- 22 BPIP- 6 Swinging K- 7 Hits
Osuna Gets Hit #320: Renny Osuna became the Frisco RoughRider's all-time hits leader in front of an attendance of 4,052. Osuna singled up the middle in the first inning to leadoff the game for Frisco with his 320th hit of his career for the Frisco RoughRiders. By getting hit #320, he passed Steve Murphy, who held the record of 319 hits before Osuna's leadoff single. Osuna tied Murphy on Sunday with his 319th hit of his career. He went 0 for 4 on Monday to set up the leadoff single on Wednesday.
Bianucci Hits #27: Mike Bianucci had a bit of an unusual game on Wednesday as he went 1 for 3 with his 27th homerun of the season and was hit by a pitch twice in the game with both hit by pitches coming from Natural's relievers. His 27th homerun of the season gave Bianucci sole possession of 2nd place on the single season homerun list for Frisco. He now trails Nate Gold's 34 in 2006 by 7 homeruns. Bianucci also tied Emerson Frostad for the 7th most career homeruns with 27. Next on the list is Jason Botts with 28.
Bianucci Not Alone: Mike Bianucci wasn't the only player that was hit by a pitch against the Naturals, as Davis Stoneburner and Jose Ruiz were each hit by a pitch as well. In total, Northwest Arkansas hit 4 total batters in the game. Frisco has now been hit by 70 pitches this season, which puts them 7 behind the 2004 team for the most times a Frisco RoughRider's team has been hit by a pitch in the season. With 25 games remaining in the season, it's still within legitimate reach.
Struggles With RISP: Wednesday was not a display of clutch hitting by either team as both teams couldn't get a hit with runners in scoring position. Frisco went 0 for 8 and Northwest Arkansas went 1 for 7 to combine for a 1 for 15 game. Frisco is now hitting .282 this season with RISP as a team. It wasn't long ago that the team was batting over .290 with RISP.
Attendance Down: Wednesday marked the 6th consecutive weekday home game with under 5,000 for Frisco, which is a franchise worst streak. It also was the 11th consecutive game with under 9,000, which includes weekend games. For a team that is used to drawing, the heat seems to be hurting attendance at the games.
Tracking Texas League Records: 868 homeruns in 914 games (0.950 HR/G)
Term of the Day: RBI opportunities- The number of runs batted in a player would accumulate if he hit a homerun at every plate appearance. It was tracked as an official statistic by the American Leageu for the first three weeks of 1918, and resurrected during the 1990s in STATS Inc.'s Baseball Scoreboard.
Last Year on This Date: Frisco lost 11-1 at home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Ben Snyder started for Frisco and gave up 9 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), and 0 walks over 4 2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts. Brennan Garr gave up 5 runs over 1 1/3 innings of relief, while Chris Mobley and Tim Murphy combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. Andy Jenkins went 2 for 4 at the plate with a homerun. Joey Butler went 1 for 4 with a double, while Emerson Frostad went 1 for 4. Marcus Lemon and Joaquin Arias added 1 for 4 days as well.
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- By Michael Damman