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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

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Game 127: San Antonio Missions (Pedro Hernandez) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Ben Snyder)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (29-27 8 games back in the Texas League South; 69-57 overall)... San Antonio Missions (37-19 1st place in the Texas League South; 86-40 overall)
Magic Number: 2
Streak: Won 2 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 2-4
Series Record: 18-14-4
2011 Record against San Antonio: 10-18
All-Time record against San Antonio: 120-124
Record on August 23rd since 2004:  5-1
Starting Pitchers: Ben Snyder (8-5 4.38 ERA) vs. Pedro Hernandez (3-0 2.08 ERA)

Frisco Gets Win, Takes Series From Tulsa: After losing the first game of the three game set, Frisco took the final 2 games from the Tulsa Drillers including a 4-2 win on Monday night in the rubber match. Frisco got outstanding bullpen work from Adalberto Flores, Richard Bleier, and Justin Miller and overcame a 2-1 deficit after 2 innings. With the win, Frisco wrapped up their regular season with the Texas League North with a record of 30-18, including 10-2 against the Tulsa Drillers.

Ramirez's Start: Neil Ramirez had no trouble at times with the Driller's lineup during his 3 innings of work and at other times he did have trouble. As Ramirez continues to work on his shoulder strength, he continues to dominate AA hitters at times. In 3 innings, Ramirez gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 3 innings. He also struck out 5 batters during the outing. Ramirez got 9 swings and misses in the start despite only throwing 50 pitches. Almost 25% of his strikes (37) were swings and misses

Inning By Inning Count

1: 20 Pitches- 16 Strikes- 3 Called- 5 Swinging- 6 Fouls- 4 Balls- 2 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 2 Hits
2: 22 Pitches- 15 Strikes- 5 Called- 3 Swinging- 5 Fouls- 7 Balls- 2 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 1 BB- 2 Hits
3: 8 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 1 Called- 1 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 2 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Swinging K

Total: 50 Pitches- 37 Strikes- 9 Called- 9 Swinging- 13 Fouls- 13 Balls- 6 BPIP- 5 Swinging K- 1 BB- 4 Hits

Adalberto Flores Provided Huge Relief: Frisco certainly could have lost the game on Monday if not for the outstanding relief work by right hander Adalberto Flores. Flores entered the game to begin the 4th inning and left the game after giving up a harmless 2 out single in the 8th inning. Over his 4 2/3 innings of relief, Flores gave up just 1 hit and struck out 6 batters. In other words, Flores earned every bit of his 5th win of the season. It was Adalberto's 2nd 4 inning relief appearance this season and in both of them he has struck out 6 batters without issuing a walk.

Greene Goes Deep: Jonathan Greene continued a solid road trip with a 1 for 4 game including a homerun to right center field, 2 RBI, and a walk. For Greene the homerun was his 18th of the season and the 2 RBI gave him 71 on the season, which is tied for third on the club. With him getting over 70 for the season, it gives Frisco 3 players with 70 or more RBI in the same season for the first time in team history.

Stoneburner Continues to Show Patience: If there has been one weakness in Davis Stoneburner's game this season it has been his patience, or lack thereof. Through the first four months of the season, Stoneburner had walked 22 times, an average of 5.5 per month. Stoneburner used a 1 for 2 game with 2 more walks on Monday to get to 11 walks in the month of August (including 8 in his last 10 games) and 34 for the season. Stoneburner is batting .226 over his last 10 games, but his OBP over the same time is .415. 

Bianucci Knocks #28: Mike Bianucci went 2 for 5 in Frisco's win, including hitting his 28th blast of the season. The homerun, a solo shot to right field, puts him 6 behind Nate Gold's team best 34 homeruns in a single season. Frisco has 14 games remaining, however, which puts Bianucci at a tough spot. He did hit 6 homeruns in a 13 game span from July 16th-July 29th, so it's not impossible.

Osuna's 3 Hit Game: Osuna had his 6th multi hit game in the month of August on Monday when he went 3 for 5 with a run scored. The game extended his on base streak to 12 games dating back to August 10th. Osuna is up to 139 hits for the season and sits 18 hits behind Joaquin Arias's single season Frisco record for hits with 157 with 14 games remaining. Osuna would need 19 hits to set the single season record. From July 10th-July 24th, Osuna had 26 hits over 14 games and Osuna will need a similar stretch to get the record. Already Frisco's career hit leader, Renny Osuna is in the midst of his best season with Frisco.

Joey Butler/Mark Hamburger Update: Former Frisco reliever Mark Hamburger started yesterday's game for Round Rock and picked up his 7th win of the season for Round Rock. It was Hamburger's 3rd start of the season for Round Rock, who moved Hamburger into the rotation on August 12th. He gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs over 6 innings with 4 strikeouts in his 3rd start. As a starter, Hamburger is now 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA. He has given up 9 hits, 3 walks, and has struck out 13 batters in 15 1/3 innings.

Another former Rider, Joey Butler, is having a break through season for the Round Rock Express as well, in part thanks to an astronomically high BABIP (Batting average on balls in play). Butler added another productive game to his list yesterday when he went 2 for 4 with a double, homerun, 4 RBI, and a run scored. Butler is batting .333 for Round Rock with 27 doubles, 5 triples, 12 homeruns, 53 RBI, and 71 runs. He has a .390 on base percentage and .913 OPS overall. Butler was Frisco's RBI leader last season with 59 and was tied with Andy Jenkins for the team lead in homeruns with 10. He is also 5th on the all time hits list in a single season for Frisco with 143 last season.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 933 homeruns in 1002 games (0.931 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Drop down- To pitch with a lower arm angle; to pitch sidearm or underhanded.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the Tulsa Drillers 2-1 on the road. Clayton Hamilton started for Frisco and gave up 7 hits and struck out 4 batters over 7 shutout innings without issuing a walk. Tim Murphy gave up 1 run over 1 inning of relief, while Mark Hamburger picked up his 5th save with a scoreless 9th inning. Johnny Whittleman led Frisco with a 2 for 3 game including a homerun and a run. Joey Butler added a 1 for 4 game with a solo homerun for the Riders. Jonathan Greene also added a 1 for 3 game, while Marcus Lemon led off with an 0 for 3 game with a walk.

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- By Michael Damman

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