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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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Game 130: San Antonio Missions (Simon Castro) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Robbie Ross)

Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (31-28 7 games back in the Texas League South; 71-58 overall)... San Antonio Missions (38-21 1st place in the Texas League South; 87-42 overall)
Magic Number: Clinched/San Antonio Magic Number: 5
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 5-5
Homestand: 2-1
Series Record: 18-14-4
2011 Record against San Antonio: 12-19
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 122-125
Record on August 26th since 2004: 3-4
Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ross (1-1 2.84 ERA) vs. Simon Castro (5-6 4.77 ERA)

Frisco Falls in Blowout: Frisco found themselves down 8-0 before they could even get the second out of the second inning and lost 8-3 on Thursday against the first place San Antonio Missions. Frisco still has a 2-1 advantage in this series and still is extremely likely to make the playoffs for the sixth time in nine years in the Texas League. Midland's game with Corpus Christi was rained out yesterday and they play a double header today with the Hooks. San Antonio's win dropped their magic number to 5. Both Frisco and San Antonio would then be officially playing each other in the playoffs as Frisco unofficially clinched on Wednesday.

Hankins Rocked In Fourth AA Start: Derek Hankins doesn't have a particularly good out pitch and on Thursday he showed what can happen when he can't command the strike zone well enough. Hankins gave up 8 hits, walked 2 batters, and gave up 8 runs (4 earned) over 1 1/3 innings pitched. He did not strikeout anybody. Over the 1 1/3 innings, Hankins threw 47 pitches and 32 of those went for strikes.

Inning by Inning Count

1: 19 Pitches- 15 Strikes- 4 Called- 2 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 4 Balls- 7 BPIP- 3 Hits- 1 ROE
2: 28 Pitches- 17 Strikes- 5 Called- 0 Swinging- 6 Fouls- 11 Balls- 6 BPIP- 2 BB- 5 Hits

Total: 47 Pitches- 32 Strikes- 9 Called- 2 Swinging- 8 Fouls- 15 Balls- 13 BPIP- 8 hits- 2 BB- 1 ROE

Greene Has 3 Hit Day: Jonathan Greene extended his hit streak to 9 games in the 1st inning and didn't stop there. He finished 3 for 4 with 3 singles and 2 RBI in the game. Greene is batting .308 over his last 10 games, including a 5 for 11 (.455) homestand so far . Since the all-star break in late June, Greene is batting .288/.344/.475/.819 with 10 homeruns and 29 RBI in 53 games. Greene is up to 73 RBI for the season with 27 doubles and 18 homeruns. He also struck out for the 150th time this season in his other at bat.

Osuna Gets Hit #336: Renny Osuna led off for Frisco again and went 1 for 3 with a walk. Unfortunately he was eliminated by double plays hit by Mitch Hilligoss both times he got on base, although one of the double plays was a single that was robbed by good Mission's up the middle defense. Osuna is tied with Greene for the team lead in batting average at .297. Osuna is also a hit from being tied with Joey Butler for 5th on the single season list at 143. He is currently 15 away from Joaquin Arias's single season record of 157 hits, but with 11 games to play it will take quite a hot streak from Osuna for him to tie or break the record.

Brigham Passes Pimentel: A day after Carlos Pimentel passed Jake Brigham for the team strikeout lead (and a tie for 5th place on the single season strikeout list), Brigham passed Pimentel with a 4 strikeout relief effort. Brigham's 106 strikeouts are the most by a RoughRider's pitcher since Kasey Kiker had 120 in 2009. Brigham, who started out in the starting rotation, has pitched in the bullpen since June 23rd. Brigham had 68 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings as a starter and has had 38 over 32 2/3 innings as a reliever. Since July 1st, Brigham has struck out 37 batters over 30 innings.

Young Has Best Outing of Year: Corey Young has come up big at times in 2011, but none bigger than on Thursday when he relieved Derek Hankins after Hankins had gone just 1 1/3 innings and left 2 men on base for Young. Young got the first 2 batters he faced out to get out of the 2nd inning and kept rolling along for 3 more innings after that. In the appearance, Young pitched a season high 3 2/3 innings, gave up just 1 hit without allowing a walk or a run and struck out 2 batters. He began a relief effort that featured 7 2/3 innings of shutout relief pitching from Young, Brigham, and Johan Yan, which kept the game from going into laughable territory.

Wieland Shines In Return: Joe Wieland had a dominating start to the 2011 season in Myrtle Beach, and he's only gotten better since coming to the Texas League. In his 11th AA start, Wieland pitched 5 shutout innings against his former team and gave up just 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 3 batters. His only rough part came in the 2nd inning when he gave up a leadoff double to Tommy Mendonca, walked Beltre with 1 out, but he got out of it by getting Davis Stoneburner to ground into a force out and Jared Bolden to pop up to the shortstop. Wieland featured a low 90s fastball, curveball, and changeup in the start. He is now 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 11 AA starts and his team is 11-0 when he has started.

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 951 homeruns in 1024 games (0.929 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Payback Pitch- A ball thrown by a pitcher to harm or intimidate a batter in revenge for a real or imagined transgression by the batter's team.

Last Year on This Date:
Frisco lost 7-6 to the San Antonio Missions in 14 innings at home. Travis Chick started for Frisco and gave up 5 hits, 5 walks, and 4 runs (3 earned) over 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. Adalberto Flores gave up 1 run over 2 innings of relief. Tim Murphy added 2 shutout innings of relief, while Mark Hamburger gave up 1 run over 2 2/3 innings of relief. Chris Mobley also gave up 1 run over 2 1/3 inning of relief and took the loss. Emerson Frostad led Frisco with a 3 for 6 game including a double, RBI, and walk in the game. Marcus Lemon led off with a 3 for 6 game including a double and walk. Andy Jenkins went 2 for 5 with a homerun, 2 RBI, and 2 walks for the Riders. Beltre added a double in 7 at bats, while Joey Butler, Guilder Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, and Jonathan Greene each added a hit as well. Engel Beltre was thrown at home trying to score the game winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. The game lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes long.

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- By Michael Damman

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