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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

Monday, August 15, 2011

Game 120: Tulsa Drillers (Christian Friedrich) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Robbie Ross)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (26-23 4 games back in the Texas League South; 66-53 overall)... Tulsa Drillers (21-28 5 games back in the Texas League South; 54-65 overall)
Magic Number: 10
Streak: Won 2 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Homestand: 5-4
Series Record: 16-13-4
2011 Record against Tulsa: 7-1
All-Time Record against Tulsa: 65-70
Record on August 15th since 2003: 7-0
Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ross (0-1 4.15 ERA) vs. Christian Friedrich (6-8 4.68 ERA)

Frisco Defeats Tulsa, Guarantees Series Win: For the 9th consecutive series against the Texas League North, Frisco has taken at least 2 of the 3 games against their opponent. Frisco scored in six of the eight innings they stepped up to the plate and they defeated the Tulsa Drillers 10-3. It was the first time that Frisco scored more than 10 runs in one game since scoring 19 runs against the Corpus Christi Hooks on July 22nd.

Hankins Great in Second Start: After shutting down the San Antonio Mission's offense in his first start over 5 innings, Derek Hankins gave up just 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 6 innings with 6 strikeouts against the Tulsa Drillers in his second start. Hankins had no trouble getting ahead of the Drillers as he threw first pitch strikes to 19 of the 23 batters he faced.

Inning by Inning Count

1: 17 Pitches- 13 Strikes- 4 Called- 2 Swinging- 1 Foul- 4 Balls- 6 BPIP- 3 Hits
2: 10 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 5 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 2 Balls- 1 BPIP- 1 Called K- 1 Swinging K
3: 15 Pitches- 11 Strikes- 3 Called- 0 Swinging- 4 Fouls- 4 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Hits
4: 16 Pitches- 11 Strikes- 4 Called- 3 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 5 Balls- 1 BPIP- 1 Called K- 1 Swinging K
5: 11 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 0 Called- 4 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 3 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K
6: 14 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 5 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 1 BB

Total: 83 Pitches- 60 Strikes- 18 Called- 12 Swinging- 14 Fouls- 23 Balls- 16 BPIP- 2 Called K- 4 Swinging K- 1 BB- 4 Hits

Mendonca Breaks Out: Struggling of late, Tommy Mendonca broke through with a 2 for 5 game including a homerun and 4 RBI. It marked his 5th game with at least 4 RBI and his 19th multi RBI game of the season. It was also his first homerun since August 3rd and just his 3rd since his 3 homerun game on July 22nd.

Five Riders With 2 Hits: Also joining Mendonca in the 2 hit club was Elio Sarmiento (2 for 4), Renny Osuna (2 for 3), Jonathan Greene (2 for 5), and Engel Beltre (2 for 4). Mike Bianucci, Mitch Hilligoss, and Davis Stoneburner all reached base twice in the game as well.

Osuna Goes Deep: Among Osuna's 2 hits was his 9th homerun of the season, which came in the 8th inning and gave Frisco their 9th and 10th runs of the game. Osuna is one short of having double digits for the first time in his career. His previous career high in homeruns before 2011 was 4. So needless to say, he's had a big year power wise. The homerun was Osuna's first since July 17th. It was also his 12th multi RBI game as he had 2 RBI for the game. With 51 RBI, Osuna became the fifth Frisco RoughRider with 50 or more RBI this season. They had 5 such players the previous two years combined.

Greene Leads Off Single in 2nd: At every home game the Frisco RoughRiders have a young kid announce the leadoff batter in the 2nd inning. The "junior PA" is what the kid is called before the kid announces it. At the urging of other pressbox members, I looked up how the batter that is announced has done this season for Frisco. So far this season, the batter that is announced is 16 for 60 (.267) with 6 homeruns, 1 triple, and 1 double. Their batting line is: .267/.290/.617/.907 this season as a result. Of the 6 homeruns, 3 of them have come from Mike Bianucci, who leads the team in plate appearances as the leadoff hitter in the 2nd inning. Bianucci is 3 for 17 this season with the 3 homeruns. Jonathan Greene, who led off the 2nd inning on Sunday with a single, is 6 for 11 with 1 homerun, 5 singles, and a walk to leadoff the second inning. He is the only player with a walk this season to leadoff the second inning at home for Frisco. Jose Ruiz, who got promoted on Sunday to AAA, was 0 for 7 with the lone hit by pitch to leadoff the second inning.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 888 homeruns in 946 games (0.939 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Solve- To begin getting hits off a pitcher, presumably after determining the trajectory and speed of his pitches and the way they are mixed.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the Tulsa Drillers 11-4 at home. Richard Bleier started for Frisco and gave up 10 hits and 3 runs over 6 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks. Brennan Garr came in relief for Frisco and gave up 1 run over 2 1/3 innings. Renny Osuna led Frisco's offense with a 3 for 5 game including a homerun and a team high 5 RBI. Andy Jenkins added a 3 for 4 game with a walk for the Riders. Johnny Whittleman added 2 hits in 4 at bats with 3 RBI. Joey Butler added a 3 for 4 game while Marcus Lemon went 2 for 5 with a solo homerun and 2 runs scored. Jose Felix also had 2 hits in the game and Emerson Frostad added a homerun as well. Davis Stoneburner had 1 hit in 4 at bats.

As always...

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- By Michael Damman

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