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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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Game 135: Frisco RoughRiders (Robbie Ross) @ Corpus Christi Hooks (Ross Seaton)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (34-30 7 games back in Texas League South; 74-60 overall)... Corpus Christi Hooks (25-39 16 games back in the Texas League South; 50-84 overall)
Magic Number: 0
Streak: Lost 2 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Road Trip: 2-2
Series Record: 20-14-4
2011 Record against Corpus Christi: 15-14
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 110-103
Record on August 31st since 2004: 1-5
Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ross (1-1 2.78 ERA) vs. Ross Seaton (4-8 5.32 ERA)

Frisco Clinches Despite Loss: Frisco was down 1-0 after the first inning and Tuesday's game was all down hill from there on out. After tying the game 1-1 in the 3rd inning, Corpus Christi poured in 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, 1 more in the 4th, and 1 in the 6th to cruise to a 7-1 victory over Frisco. Still, the Riders are offiicially in the playoffs thanks to San Antonio's 90th win of the season on Tuesday, an 8-2 victory over the Midland Rockhounds at home. San Antonio, who clinched both the first and second half titles, will host Frisco for games 1 and 2 in the first round of the playoffs. Frisco will hold their first home playoff game on Friday September 9th, game 3 of the playoffs. Game 4, if necessary, will be on Saturday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. This will be Frisco's 6th playoff trip in their 9 year team history. They won the 2004 Texas League Championship and lost in the Championship in both 2003 and 2008. This will be the 4th time that Frisco will play San Antonio in the playoffs. They are 1-2 vs. San Antonio in the previous three postseason meetings.

Flores Rocked In First Start: Adalberto Flores, normally a reliever, got a cameo start for Frisco on Tuesday and gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs over 2 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts. In his second full season with Frisco, Flores has been much improved coming out of the bullpen. Over 78 appearances for Frisco, Flores has given up 128 hits and 57 walks over 136 2/3 innings with 140 strikeouts. This season Flores is 5-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 40 appearances (1 start). He has given up 67 hits and 37 walks over 76 1/3 innings with 79 strikeouts.

Inning By Inning Count

1: 12 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 4 Called- 2 Swinging- 1 Foul- 3 Balls- 2 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 1 Hit
2: 13 Pitches- 10 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 3 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 Swinging K- 1 ROE
3: 25 Pitches- 13 Strikes- 4 Called- 1 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 12 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 BB- 3 Hits

Stoneburner Leads Offense: Stoneburner was one of two Frisco RoughRider's hitters to reach base more than once in the game as Stoneburner extended his hitting streak to 7 games. Stoneburner went 2 for 3 with a walk in the game and scored the lone run on a groundout from Renny Osuna. Over his last 10 games, Davis is batting .278 with a .366 on base percentage. Overall, for the month of August Stoneburner is batting .255/.361/.343/.704 with 7 extra base hits and 12 walks to 22 strikeouts. His previous high in walks for a month this season was 8 in June.

Bolden Gets On Base: Jared Bolden also had a good game as the 15 game AA veteran went 2 for 2 with a walk out of the 9th spot in the lineup. For Bolden, it was his 4th multi hit game for Frisco and the 3rd time he has gotten on base 3 times in a game.

Osuna's Patience String: Renny Osuna is not known for walking much, as his career walk% of 7.2% would indicate. But over the last 10 games, Osuna has walked 7 times to increase his walk total to 39, the second most he's had in a season. Osuna finished the game on Tuesday 0 for 3 with a RBI and a walk. He also swung and missed for the 100th time in the game as well. With 2 swings and misses in the game, Osuna has now swung and missed an incredible 101 times this season in 2,151 total pitches seen. Comparatively, he has seen 807 balls thrown to him, so nearly 8 balls for every swing and miss this season.

Brigham's Strikeouts: Jake Brigham inches closer to having the 3rd most strikeouts in a single season. With 5 more out of relief on Tuesday, Brigham has 111 strikeouts this season, which is 4 short of moving into 3rd in a single season alone. Brigham did give up 3 hits and 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings out of relief though and has a 4.00 ERA as a reliever.

San Antonio's Chase: As mentioned above, San Antonio won their 90th game of the season on Tuesday, a feat in and of itself in a 140 game schedule. Since the Texas League started going to 140 game schedules in the early 1960s, only 4 teams have won 90 or more games. With 3 more wins, San Antonio would have the most wins of any Texas League team in a 140 game schedule. 

Chase For 1000: As I've been tracking all year, the Texas League has been on an incredible power surge this year compared to recent seasons. With 6 more homeruns yesterday, the Texas League now has 988 homeruns with 5 more games to be played for each team. The likelyhood that the league will break the record has gone from a good chance to basically no chance, but the total number of homeruns is still going to be very, very high and with one good day, today could be the day the league crosses 1,000 or tomorrow or the next day.  Since 1950, the league has only crossed the 1,000 homerun mark three previous times. In 2006, the league hit 1,011 homeruns; in 1998, they hit a record 1,066 homeruns; in 1956, they hit 1,027 homeruns. It's a possibility that the league could still finish with the second most homeruns in a single season.

Congrats to Jurickson Profar: One of the top prospects in the Texas Ranger's system, shortstop Jurickson Profar, was named the South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday. Profar is the youngest player in the league and has incredible upside. Just 18 years old, Profar has hit .283 with 35 doubles, 8 triples, 11 homeruns, driven in 63 runs, and has stolen 20 bases in the SAL. He has walked 64 times to 62 strikeouts in 417 at bats and has an .874 OPS. Profar also took part in the MLB Future's Game earlier this summer in Arizona over the MLB All-star Break. It will be only a matter of time before Profar is up in Frisco and then hopefully to the major leagues some day.

Rider's Heading to AFL: Every year in the month of October after the season is over, some of baseball's best prospects and some of the prospects for teams that need work will head to Arizona for the Arizona Fall League. It's a league that can be very useful for some prospects that need to work on specific areas of their game. The Texas Ranger's (and Lonestardugout.com) announced on Tuesday their eight participants, including three current Rider's and one former Rider.

The Minor Leaguers

RHP Neil Ramirez (Frisco)
RHP Johan Yan (Frisco)
C Elio Sarmiento (Frisco)
LHP Miguel De Los Santos (Myrtle Beach)
RHP Ryan Kelly (Myrtle Beach)
SS Leury Garcia (Myrtle Beach)
3B Mike Olt (Myrtle Beach)
OF Ryan Strausborger (Myrtle Beach)

Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 988 homeruns in 1066 games (0.927 HR/G)

Term of the Day: Crown- 1. An honor figuratively won by a player or team that comes in first place, either in the standings or in the statistical counting of some aspect of performance; e.g., the "batting crown" goes to the player who has the highest batting average in his league. 2. To hit the ball

Last Year on This Date: Frisco lost 4-1 on the road to the Corpus Christi Hooks. Travis Chick started for Frisco and gave up 10 hits and 4 runs over 4 innings with 4 strikeouts and 0 walks. Beau Jones and Brennan Garr combined for 4 innings of shutout relief. Andy Jenkins led Frisco's offense with a 2 for 4 game including a double and a run scored. Joey Butler added a 2 for 4 game for the Riders. Guilder Rodriguez also added a 1 for 2 game with a RBI and a walk. Jose Felix and Jonathan Greene each added a hit as well.

As always...

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- By Michael Damman

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