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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

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Game 128: San Antonio Missions (Juan Oramas) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Carlos Pimentel)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (30-27 7 games back in the Texas League South; 70-57 overall)... San Antonio Missions (37-20 1st place in the Texas League South; 86-41 overall)
Magic Number: Clinched
Streak: Won 3 in a row
Last 10: 6-4
Homestand: 1-0
Series Record: 18-14-4
2011 Record against San Antonio: 11-18
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 121-124
Record on August 24th since 2004: 5-2
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (5-9 5.24 ERA) vs. Juan Oramas (8-4 3.08 ERA)

Frisco Unofficially Clinches Playoff Spot With Win: For the 6th time in their 9 year team existence the Frisco RoughRiders will be playing postseason ball in the Texas League so long as San Antonio clinches the second half. Frisco defeated the Missions 5-2 on Tuesday in the first of a four game set and a Midland loss to Corpus Christi meant Frisco's magic number was brought from 2 to 0 in one day. San Antonio holds a 7 game lead over Frisco and 8 game lead over Midland in the 2nd half with 13 games remaining. San Antonio's magic number over Midland is currently at 6 to decide if Frisco will officially be in the postseason.

Snyder's Solid Start: Ben Snyder continues to pitch well against Frisco this season as the southpaw faced the Missions for the 12th time this season, although only 3 of the 12 games were starts. Snyder went 6 innings, gave up 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 1, and struck out 3. He is now 1-2 with a save against San Antonio, but has as 3.30 ERA and 1.27 WHIP against the best hitting team in the Texas League South. Snyder worked in and out of trouble well throughout his start and managed to get a quality start.

Inning by Inning Count

1: 17 Pitches- 10 Strikes- 4 Called- 3 Swinging- 1 Foul- 7 Balls- 2 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 1 BB- 1 Hit
2: 8 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 0 Called- 0 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 2 Balls- 3 BPIP
3: 10 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 2 Called- 1 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 3 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Hit
4: 22 Pitches- 16 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 8 Fouls- 6 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 2 Hits
5: 17 Pitches- 11 Strikes- 5 Called- 0 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 6 Balls- 6 BPIP- 2 Hits- 1 ROE
6: 13 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 2 Called- 2 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 6 Balls- 3 BPIP

Total: 87 Pitches- 57 Strikes- 16 Called- 7 Swinging- 12 Fouls- 30 Balls- 22 BPIP- 3 Swinging K- 1 BB- 6 Hits- 1 ROE

Hilligoss Leads the Way: Mitch Hiligoss got the offense rolling with a leadoff homerun to open the 4th inning for Frisco. The homerun was the beginning of a 3 run inning for Frisco, which gave them a lead they never let go. Hilligoss finished the game 2 for 4 with a triple and the homerun. It was the second game this season for Frisco where Hilligoss has had a triple and a homerun in the same game. The other game came on July 17th against Corpus Christi. All 13 of Hilligoss's extra base hits have come at Dr. Pepper Ballpark this season. In his career in AA, 16 of his 18 extra base hits have come at home (Dr. Pepper Ballpark).

Bianucci Inches Closer to 30: Mike Bianucci also added a homerun in the game against San Antonio, in fact it came two batters after Hilligoss's homerun. Jonathan Greene doubled after Hilligoss and Mike Bianucci gave Frisco the lead with a 2-run homerun to left field. The blast hit the roof of the Diamond Deck down the left field line. For the season, Bianucci now has 29 homeruns this season putting him 5 short of Nate Gold's single season Frisco record of 34. Bianucci is now tied for second in homeruns with Tim Wheeler and is 1 behind Matt Adam's league leading 30. Last season, Clint Robinson led the Texas League with 29 homeruns. Bianucci leads the league in extra base hits since the Texas League All-star break with 25 (13 homeruns, 11 doubles, and 1 triple). 

Mendonca Adds to RBI total: Frisco had 3 homeruns against San Antonio and Tommy Mendonca was the third one. Mendonca's 2-run homerun in the 6th, gave them a 5-2 lead and gave Mendonca 86 RBI for the season, a team high. Mendonca is now tied for second in the Texas League in RBI with Arkansas's Luis Jimenez. Both are 8 behind Matt Adams, who also leads the league in RBI with 94.

Greene Adds to Hit by Pitch Record: Jonathan Greene got the single season record for hit by pitches on the road with 17 and he added his 18th against San Antonio on Tuesday. It was his 101st career hit by pitch as well in close to 5 seasons in the minor leagues. Greene has been hit by San Antonio Mission's pitchers 6 times this year now, which is more than any other team.

Ali Solis Continues to Struggle: One of the fascinating struggles to watch in Frisco this season has been that of catcher Ali Solis, who despite decent numbers, continues to not be able to hit at Dr. Pepper Ballpark at all. With another 0 for 4 game, Solis is now 3 for 31 (.097) at Frisco's home ballpark with 12 strikeouts. He is 60 for 202 (.297) everywhere else this season with 48 strikeouts.

Strikeout Record Position: With 13 games remaining in the season, the Texas League currently sits at 7,279 strikeouts as a league. The league record for strikeouts is 7,798 and definitely within striking distance. If every team in the league averages 5 strikeouts per game for the next 13 games, which is feasible by even the best team in this category (Northwest Arkansas Naturals have averaged a league low of 6.20 strikeouts per game), then the league would finish at a league record 7,799 strikeouts. More than likely, the league will finish with far more than that as the league average for strikeouts in a game this season is 7.21. At the current average, the league will finish with 8,028 strikeouts this season.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 940 homeruns in 1010 games (0.931 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Clean house- To trade or release many players on a team, especially when a new general manager or manager takes over.

Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated San Antonio 7-6 at home in 13 innings. Beau Jones started for Frisco and gave up 3 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs over 3 innings with 1 strikeout. Michael Schlact gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 1/3 innings of relief. Brennan Garr pitched 2/3 of an inning of shutout relief. Ben Snyder gave up 1 hit over 4 scoreless innings of relief. Adalberto Flores picked up the win with a scoreless 13th inning. Emerson Frostad led Frisco with a 2 for 5 game including a homerun, 4 RBI, and a walk. Guilder Rodriguez added a 2 for 5 game with a double and a walk for the Riders. Joey Butler went 2 for 6 with a walk as well, while Marcus Lemon went 2 for 5 with 2 walks in the leadoff spot. Renny Osuna and Engel Beltre also added 2 hits, while Johnny Whittleman went 0 for 4 with 2 walks and Jose Felix added 2 hits in 6 at bats. Frisco won on a walkoff single in the 13th inning by Joey Butler. This game was the beginning of three extra inning games in a row against San Antonio where the two teams played 38 innings over 3 games. Frisco won 2 of the 3 extra inning games.

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