Location: Citibank Ballpark (Midland, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (33-28 6 games back in the Texas League South; 73-58 overall)... Midland Rockhounds (32-29 7 games back in the Texas League South; 59-72 overall)
Unofficial Magic Number: 0... Official Magic Number: 3
Streak: Won 2 in a row
Last 10: 6-4
Road Trip: 1-0
Series Record: 19-14-4
2011 Record against Midland: 15-8
All-Time Record against Midland: 118-105
Record on August 28th since 2004: 3-4
Starting Pitchers: Ben Snyder (9-5 4.21 ERA) vs. Gary Daley (6-5 4.50 ERA)
Frisco Takes First of Three, Playoffs on Horizon: Frisco scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning against the Midland Rockhounds and it was all they needed as the Riders used 3 pitchers to combine to give up 1 run to the Rockhounds on the road. With the 3-1 win, Frisco helped lower San Antonio's (and Frisco's) official magic number from 5 to 3 with 9 games to play.
Ramirez Goes Five Strong: Neil Ramirez gave up just 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 5 strong innings with 2 strikeouts for Frisco. It was his longest outing in 5 starts for the Riders and a needed boost to help the bullpen. Ramirez struggled to throw first pitch strikes, but was able to battle back and limited damage from the Midland hitters. For Ramirez, it was his first victory since June 5th for Round Rock spanning 11 starts. It was also his least amount of walks given up when going more than 4 innings since April 13th when he did not give up a walk over 6 innings for the Express in his AAA debut.
Inning by Inning Count
1: 21 Pitches- 11 Strikes- 3 Called- 2 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 10 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 BB- 1 ROE
2: 11 Pitches- 7 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 4 Balls- 3 BPIP
3: 16 Pitches- 10 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 5 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 HBP- 1 Called K- 1 Hit
4: 12 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 3 Called- 0 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 4 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Called K
5: 10 Pitches- 5 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 5 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Hit
Total: 70 Pitches- 41 Strikes- 11 Called- 3 Swinging- 11 Fouls- 28 Balls- 16 BPIP- 1 HBP- 2 Called K- 1 BB- 2 Hits- 1 ROE
Osuna Reaches Base Twice, Helps Frisco's Offense: Renny Osuna climbed up the ladder some more in the hits column on Saturday when he went 2 for 4 with a double and stole a base. Osuna now has 145 hits for the season, which put him in 4th place alone on Frisco's single season list. He is now 12 away from Joaquin Arias's high of 157 with 9 games remaining on the season. The double gave him 20 for the season, which means that Frisco's 2011 offense has six players with 20 or more doubles for the first time in team history. The stolen base also puts Renny Osuna alone in 4th place on the career list. He was previously tied with Guilder Rodriguez, who is currently in Round Rock.
Greene's Game: Jonathan Greene went 2 for 4 for Frisco on Saturday and joined Tommy Mendonca and Mike Bianucci with 70 or more runs scored as he scored 1 run to get to 70 for the season. It is the third season that Frisco has had 3 players with 70 or more runs scored as the 2007 and 2008 teams both achieved that. Frisco has never had 4 players with 70 or more though, and Renny Osuna has 67 with 9 games remaining.
A Better Beginning: Jared Bolden added a 2 for 4 game with a double and 2 RBI for Frisco. His double was his first for Frisco and his second extra base hit. His 2 RBI marked his 3rd multi RBI game in 12 games for Frisco. To begin the season, it took Bolden 29 games for Myrtle Beach before he had his 3rd multi RBI game. He had 12 multi RBI games in 94 games for the Pelicans earlier this season. Bolden has hit .313 with RISP as a Frisco RoughRider, despite playing for a team that has struggled with RISP of late.
An All-Around Game: Engel Beltre showed what he can do when things are going right for him on Saturday when he went 1 for 3 with a RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. The 21 year old outfielder is batting just .176 over his last 10 games and is batting .202/.272/.238/.510 in the month of August after hitting a season best monthly total .252/.310/.364/.675 in the month of July.
Yan Records First Save: Johan Yan came into the game in a crucial situation facing bases loaded and 1 out in the 8th inning in a 3-1 game. He struck out both Jeremy Barfield and Ryan Ortiz and finished off the 9th to earn his first AA save. Yan has been about as good (and probably much, much better) as anyone could hope for in his time with Frisco. In 16 appearances for Frisco, Yan has pitched 23 innings and has given up 17 hits, 9 walks, struck out 15 batters, and has a miniscule 0.39 ERA. Right handed batters are hitting just .182 against Yan in the Texas League and he has been perfect at home with a 0.00 ERA in 10 appearances. He has inherited 12 baserunners and only 2 have scored for a 16.7%.
Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 964 in 1042 games (0.925 HR/G)
Term of the Day: Middle of the Rotation- The position in a starting rotation occupied by the third pitcher.
Last Year on This Date: Frisco lost 2-0 to the Midland Rockhounds at home. Clayton Hamilton started for Frisco and gave up 4 hits, 0 walks, and 2 runs over 6 innings with 6 strikeouts. Adalberto Flores and Tim Murphy combined for 3 innings of relief work allowing 0 runs. Engel Beltre went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk for Frisco. Nelson Cruz added a 1 for 3 game including a walk and a stolen base on rehab. Christian Guzman went 1 for 3 with a walk as well. Andy Jenkins added a 1 for 4 game.
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- By Michael Damman