Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (35-30 6 games back in the Texas League South; 75-60 overall)... Corpus Christi Hooks (25-40 16 games back in the Texas League South; 50-85 overall)
Streak: Won 1 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Road Trip: 3-2
Series Record: 20-14-4
2011 Record against Corpus Christi: 16-14
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 111-103
Record on September 1st since 2004: 2-6
Starting Pitchers: Neil Ramirez (1-0 1.88 ERA) vs. Jake Buchanan (0-0 0.00 ERA)
Grand Slam Carries Rider's Past Hooks: Frisco took a 2-0 lead into the 6th inning on Wednesday, but gave up 2 runs in the 6th and 3 runs in the 7th inning to the Hooks. With 6 outs remaining, Frisco got a rally in the 8th inning capped by a 2 out Grand Slam by Renny Osuna, who was not even in the starting lineup for Frisco. Frisco held on for the 6-5 victory over the Hooks despite a Hooks rally in the 9th inning where they loaded the bases with 2 outs. Frisco's 35th victory of the second half guaranteed at least a .500 second half and was their 75th win of the season, which marks Frisco's highest win total since 2008 when the Rider's won 84 games and lost in the championship to Arkansas. The team's 75 wins are the 4th highest total in the 9 years of the team's existence.
Ross Solid In No-Decision: Robbie Ross started out very strong by striking out the first two hitters he faced and he did not give up a run until the 6th inning, when the southpaw gave up a 2 out double to David Flores to score T.J. Steele from second, who had a 1 out double. Ross left the game with Flores on second, who later scored against Corey Young via an error by third baseman Mitch Hilligoss, who started the game at second base. Ross's final line was: 5 2/3 IP 6 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 6 K. In 6 starts for Frisco, Ross has pitched 38 innings and given up 33 hits and 5 walks with 36 strikeouts. On the season, the 22 year old is 10-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 27 appearances/26 starts between high-A Myrtle Beach and Frisco. In 161 1/3 innings, he has given up 135 hits, 33 walks, and struck out 134 batters.
Inning By Inning Count
1: 10 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 3 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 1 Ball- 1 BPIP- 2 Swinging K
2: 16 Pitches- 12 Strikes- 1 Called- 3 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 4 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 Hits
3: 9 Pitches- 6 Strikes- 1 Called- 0 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 3 Balls- 5 BPIP- 2 Hits
4: 13 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 3 Called- 1 Swinging- 2 Fouls- 4 Balls- 3 BPIP
5: 24 Pitches- 14 Strikes- 4 Called- 2 Swinging- 7 Fouls- 10 Balls- 1 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 2 BB
6: 13 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 1 Called- 5 Swinging- 1 Foul- 4 Balls- 2 BPIP- 2 Swinging K- 2 Hits
Totals: 85 Pitches- 59 Strikes- 12 Called- 14 Swinging- 16 Fouls- 26 Balls- 17 BPIP- 6 Swinging K- 2 BB- 6 Hits
Osuna Slams Way to Double Digits: Renny Osuna came into the 2011 season with a career high of 4 homeruns and a career total of 10 homeruns. In one season he has blown those right out of the water with a career best 10 homeruns, more than doubling his previous high and doubling his career total of homeruns. Osuna hit his 10th homerun of the season, a grand slam, in the top of the 8th inning on Wednesday to put Frisco up 6-5, which 10 outs later was the winning score. Osuna started the day with an off day, but came in to replace Tommy Mendonca's lineup spot when the third baseman left hte game early due to an injury. Osuna finished 1 for 2 with the slam. The homerun also gave Renny 61 RBI for the season, which is 5 short of tying a career best 66 RBI. Osuna's Frisco career totals now stands at 344 hits (1st), 128 RBI (4th), 164 runs scored (2nd), and 40 steals (4th). With 150 hits now, Osuna is 8 short of setting the single season record with 5 games to go.
Paisano Gets Three Hits: David Paisano played the unsung hero on Wednesday as the 9th hitter in the lineup went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored in the game. Paisano, who was playing in his second game for Frisco since getting called back up from Myrtle Beach, is hitting .235 as a Frisco RoughRider this season albeit in sporadic playing time. Paisano has 24 hits in 102 at bats this season for Frisco. For Myrtle Beach, Paisano hit .241 with a .610 OPS over 245 at bats (65 games).
Stoneburner Powering Up: Davis Stoneburner got Frisco's offense started with a 2-run homerun in the 3rd inning. Stoneburner finished the game 1 for 4 with the homerun, 2 RBI, a walk, and 2 runs scored. The homerun was his 2nd in 4 games and 3rd extra base hit in the last 4 games. Over his last 10 games, Stoneburner is batting .297 with a .366 on base percentage and .486 slugging percentage. On the season, Stoneburner now has 26 doubles, 5 triples, and 9 homeruns. Davis would be the 6th Rider with 10 or more homeruns this season if he can hit #10 in the next five games. Frisco has only had that many in one season one time, which came in 2007 when the Riders had 9 players with 10 or more homeruns.
A Bad Record to Hold: Frisco RoughRiders Jonathan Greene and Tommy Mendonca have struck out quite a bit this season and by quite a bit, I mean historically quite a bit. They struck out 2 more times on Wednesday to bring their season total to a combined 313 strikeouts. The total is the highest of two teammates in the history of the Texas League and is the sixth highest among two players in the history of the Texas League and they could finish as high as the 3rd most in history among two players. Only Willie Crawford/Don Wilkinson in 1966 (338 combined) and A.J. Zapp/Matt Allegra in 2003 (334 combined) are likely out of reach at this point.
Miller Makes Things Interesting, Gets Save: Justin Miller didn't go 1-2-3 on Wednesday and loaded the bases with 2 outs in the 9th inning against Corpus Christi, but in the end the right hander got the job done and earned his 12th save of the season. For Frisco, that is tied for the 3rd most saves in a single season and the save moved Miller up on the career saves list to tied for 4th all-time for Frisco. Miller ultimately could get as high as 3rd on the list this season as Scott Feldman's 14 saves is next on the list. Three current Frisco RoughRiders are on the all-time saves list with Miller, Fabio Castillo (9), and Tyler Tufts (9).
Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 998 homeruns in 1,074 games (0.929 HR/G)
Term of the Day: Soft liner- A line drive without much force behind it.
Last Year on This Date: Frisco was shutout 9-0 by the Corpus Christi Hooks on the road. Martin Perez started for Frisco and gave up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs over 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. Adalberto Flores gave up 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning of relief. Tim Murphy gave up 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while Tyler Tufts pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Marcus Lemon led Frisco's offense with a 2 for 4 game at the plate. Emerson Frostad added the lone other hit for the Rider's in 4 at bats. Engel Beltre and Guilder Rodriguez each walked once in the game as well.
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- By Michael Damman