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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, August 20, 2011

Game 124: Frisco RoughRiders (Derek Hankins) @ Tulsa Drillers (Joseph Gardner)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: ONEOK Field (Tulsa, OK)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (27-26 7 games back in the Texas League South; 67-56 overall)... Tulsa Drillers (24-29 5 games back in the Texas League South)
Magic Number: 6
Streak: Lost 3 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 0-3
Series Record: 17-14-4
2011 Record against Tulsa: 8-1
All-Time Record against Tulsa: 66-70
Record on August 20th since 2004: 2-5
Starting Pitchers: Derek Hankins (1-0 0.82 ERA) vs. Joseph Gardner (0-2 4.76 ERA)

Frisco Swept for First Time This Season: Despite taking their first 3 series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Frisco will finish with a .500 record against the first place team in the Texas League North after falling to the Naturals 4-0 on Friday. Northwest Arkansas became the first team to sweep Frisco since San Antonio swept Frisco on August 6th-9th in 2010. Frisco managed just 5 hits and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Frisco now takes on the Tulsa Drillers, who they swept in their last series with them.

Pimentel Starts Rocky, Ends Strong: In what has become a familiar theme in the 2011 season for the 21 year old right hander, Carlos Pimentel gave up 2 walks, 2 hits, and 3 runs en route to a 30 pitch first inning. Of those 30 pitches, 16 of them were balls. He faced 7 batters in the inning. However, it took Pimentel just 46 pitches to get through his next 4 innings as he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3 over those 4 innings. Pimentel was finished after a 21 pitch 6th inning where he walked 1 batter. Overall, the line wasn't tremendous, but most of the damage came in the first inning.

This season, Pimentel is averaging 4.191 pitches per plate appearance in the 1st and 4.288 pitches per plate appearance in the 6th. In between, he is averaging 3.79 pitches per plate appearance. Of his 23 starts this season for Frisco, Pimentel has made at least 18 pitches in the first inning in 11 of the starts, including two now with 30 or more. He has made less than 15 pitches in the first inning just 9 times.

Inning by Inning Count

1: 30 Pitches- 14 Strikes- 4 Called- 4 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 16 Balls- 3 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 2 BB- 2 Hits
2: 6 Pitches- 5 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 1 Foul- 1 Ball- 3 BPIP
3: 16 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 3 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 7 Balls- 1 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 1 BB
4: 14 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 6 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 2 Hits
5: 8 Pitches- 5 Strikes- 0 Called- 2 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 3 Balls- 3 BPIP
6: 21 Pitches- 12 Strikes- 4 Called- 2 Swinging- 6 Fouls- 9 Balls- 0 BPIP- 2 Called K- 1 BB

Total: 95 Pitches- 53 Strikes- 14 Called- 12 Swinging- 14 Fouls- 42 Balls- 13 BPIP- 2 Called K- 5 Swinging K- 4 BB- 4 Hits

Stoneburner Reaches Base Three Times: Davis Stoneburner led Frisco's offense as he reached base three times going 1 for 2 with a single, walk, and hit by pitch. Stoneburner's hit by pitch was his 12th this season for Frisco. He is one of three Frisco hitters with 10 or more hit by pitches this season. For Frisco it was their 74th hit by pitch this season, which is three short of tying a franchise most for a season.

Strikeouts Piling Up: With 2 more strikeouts in 3 at bats (4 plate appearances), Tommy Mendonca now has 140 strikeouts on the season. Along with Jonathan Greene, Frisco has 2 players with 140 or more strikeouts in a season for the first time in team history. They are one of two teams in minor league baseball with teammates with 140+ strikeouts. Visalia of the California League also has 2 with Bobby Borchering at 141 and Keon Broxton at 151. Frisco is in jeopardy of having 3 players have more strikeouts than their previous team high in a season (Jason Botts with 126) and is also in a position where four Riders could have 100 or more strikeouts in the same season for the first time in history.

Speaking of Strikeouts: The Texas League in general is up in strikeouts this season as the league already has had 7,058 strikeouts this season. The Texas League record for most strikeouts in a season is 7,798. The league is on pace for more than 8,000 strikeouts this season.

Wieland/Erlin Update: Joseph Wieland picked up his 6th AA win on Friday night for San Antonio. He held the Springfield Cardinals, who have arguably the best offense in the league, to just 1 unearned run and 2 hits over 5 innings. Wieland is now 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA in the Texas League and is 12-3 with a 1.92 ERA overall for the season. He has not lost a game since May 22nd for Myrtle Beach. In 10 AA starts, his team is 10-0 when he takes the mound. On the season, Wieland now has 141 strikeouts and 16 walks in 145 2/3 innings.

Robbie Erlin has received 3 no decisions with the San Antonio Missions, although San Antonio is 3-0 when Erlin takes the mound. Overall, in the Texas League Erlin's team is 11-3 when he takes the mound and overall they are 16-7 this season between high-A and AA. For the Missions, Erlin has struck out 16 batters, given up just 1 walk, and 8 hits over 14 innings. For the season, Robbie Erlin is 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA and has given up 13 walks to 139 strikeouts in 135 1/3 innings.The anti-Robbie Erlin seems to be Anthony Hewitt, a hitter in the South Atlantic League. In 423 plate appearances this season, Hewitt has struck out 139 times and walked just 13 times. It begs the question, I wonder how he would do in 100 at bats against Robbie Erlin.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 910 homeruns in 978 games (0.930 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Shoot the ball- To hit the ball through the infield tot he opposite field, e.g. for a right handed batter to "aim" the ball between first base and second base.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco lost 5-1 to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on the road. Richard Bleier started for Frisco and gave up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs over 7 innings with 3 strikeouts. Brennan Garr pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Engel Beltre led Frisco's offense with a 2 for 4 game. Joey Butler added a 1 for 2 game with a RBI on a sacrifice fly and a walk for the Riders. Jose Felix went 1 for 3, while Marcus Lemon led off with a 1 for 4 game.

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- By Michael Damman

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