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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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Game 125: Frisco RoughRiders (Robbie Ross) @ Tulsa Drillers (Rob Scahill)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: ONEOK Field (Tulsa, OK)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (27-27 8 games back in the Texas League South; 67-57 overall)... Tulsa Drillers (25-29 5 games back in the Texas League North; 58-66 overall)
Magic Number: 5
Streak: Lost 4 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 0-4
Series Record: 17-14-4
2011 Record against Tulsa: 8-2
All-Time Record against Tulsa: 66-71
Record on August 21st since 2004: 3-3
Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ross (0-1 3.44 ERA) vs. Rob Scahill (9-10 4.31 ERA)

Frisco falls to Tulsa for first time since May 30th: Frisco made a late comeback attempt on Saturday's game, but fell 4-3 to the Tulsa Drillers to extend Frisco's losing streak to 4 games, the team's longest since they lost 5 straight from April 23rd-27th. Frisco still managed to move closer to clinching a playoff berth, however, as Midland also lost their 4th straight game. With a magic number of 5, Frisco will not clinch the playoff berth on this road trip, and have a 4 game homestand coming up this week against San Antonio.

Derek Hankins First Non Dominant Frisco Start: For the first time in his Frisco career, which is all of three starts, Derek Hankins wasn't at the top of his game. After giving up just 1 run over 5 innings in his first start and 6 shutout innings in his second one, Hankins gave up 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday in the loss to the Drillers. Hankins gave up 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 batter. His ERA "skyrocketed" to 2.70. Hankins faced 25 batters and threw a first pitch strike to 13 of them.

Inning by Inning Count

1: 8 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 1 Called- 1 Swinging- 1 Foul- 1 Ball- 4 BPIP- 1 Hit
2: 14 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 2 Called- 1 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 6 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 BB- 1 Hit
3: 10 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 2 Called- 0 Swinging- 1 Foul- 4 Balls- 3 BPIP
4: 19 Pitches- 10 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 4 Fouls- 9 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 Hits
5: 8 Pitches- 5 Strikes- 0 Called- 0 Swinging- 1 Foul- 3 Balls- 4 BPIP- 2 Hits
6: 15 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 1 Foul- 7 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 1 BB- 2 Hits

Total: 74 Pitches- 44 Strikes- 8 Called- 4 Swinging- 10 Fouls- 30 Balls- 22 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 2 BB- 8 Hits

Mendonca Goes 2 For 4: Tommy Mendonca went 2 for 4 for the Riders on Saturday and drove in his 84th RBI on the season. Since the second half began, Mendonca is batting just .213 with 13 extra base hits in 46 games. His OPS during this time is .659 and his K-BB ratio is 65-15. This is after he batted .335 with 37 extra base hits in 65 games in the first half and posted a .983 OPS and 75-18 K-BB ratio.

Greene is HBP King: Jonathan Greene was hit by a pitch for the 17th time this season on Saturday during a game where he went 1 for 3 and stole a base as well. With the hit by pitch Jonathan Greene now holds the single season record by a Frisco RoughRider. The record was previously held by current Texas Ranger Craig Gentry, who was hit by 16 pitches in 2009. Being hit by pitches is no fluke for Jonathan Greene either, as Greene holds the Midwest League record for hit by pitches in a season with 36 in 2008. In 5 minor league seasons, Greene has netted exactly 100 hit by pitches.

Speaking of Kings, the Hit King...: Renny Osuna added 2 hits in 5 at bats on Saturday as well as the Frisco RoughRider's hit leader continues to pile up hits. Osuna is now up to 330 hits for his Frisco RoughRider's career with 136 coming this season. He is 21 hits away from Joaquin Arias's season high of 157 hits with 16 games to go. It's not likely, but it is possible so it's something to keep an eye on. He is currently on pace to finish with 152.5 hits for the season.

Making A Quick Impact: Matt Leeds has only been with Frisco for 3 games, but he already has 3 hits, 2 walks, a double, 2 RBI, and had 4 total bases. The switch handed hitter has given Frisco's offense a nice boost early on and has done so at a key time with Frisco's offense struggling a bit.

Just Dominant Pitching: Justin Miller pitched another 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on Saturday, but that should come as no surprise really as the right hander has been mowing down hitters left and right out of the bullpen for Frisco. Since the second half began, Miller has made 18 appearances, pitched in 27 innings, allowed just 15 hits, walked 12 batters, struck out 30, and is 3-0 with 3 saves. On the season, Miller now sports a nifty 1.99 ERA and has allowed just over a baserunner per inning with 44 hits allowed and 21 walks in 63 1/3 innings. Since June 1st, Miller's ERA is 0.73 over 24 appearances. If the question is where would Frisco be without Justin Miller, the answer is pretty obvious... not far.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 919 homeruns in 986 games (0.932 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Killer Instinct- The desire or inclination to defeat or finish off an opponent when the latter is struggling.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the Tulsa Drillers 5-3 on the road. Travis Chick started for Frisco and gave up 4 hits over 5 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks. Adalberto Flores gave up 2 runs over 2/3 of an inning of relief. Tim Murphy gave up a run over 1 1/3 innings, while Tyler Tufts and Mark Hamburger pitched 2 shutout innings of relief. Renny Osuna went 2 for 5 with a double to lead Frisco's offense. Jose Felix added a 2 for 4 game with a homerun and 2 RBI for the Riders. Elio Sarmiento and Johnny Whittleman each added solo homeruns. Marcus Lemon, Joey Butler, Engel Beltre, and Guilder Rodriguez added a hit a piece as well.

As always...

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- By Michael Damman

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