Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (36-30 6 games back in the Texas League South; 76-60 overall)... Corpus Christi Hooks (25-41 17 games back in the Texas League South; 50-86 overall)
Streak: Won 2 in a row
Last 10: 7-3
Road Trip: 4-2
Series Record: 20-14-4
2011 Record against Corpus Christi: 17-14
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 112-103
Record on September 2nd since 2004: 4-2
Starting Pitchers: Ben Snyder (10-5 4.03 ERA) vs. Erick Abreu (6-7 4.51 ERA)
Osuna Leads Frisco Over Corpus Christi Again: A night after hitting a grand slam in the 8th inning, it was Osuna's bases clearing double with the bases loaded in the 8th inning that gave Frisco their second 9th win in their last 12 games. Frisco defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 4-1 on Thursday to guarantee a split and a season series victory over the last place Corpus Christi Hooks.
Ramirez Has Hooks Fishing: Neil Ramirez was as good as he has been for Frisco on Thursday as the right hander gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, and a run over 4 2/3 innings with 7 strikeouts, the most he's had since striking out 9 on June 5th for the Round Rock Express. Despite making only 79 pitches, Ramirez got the Hooks hitters to swing and miss at 18 of the pitches, which is the 2nd most by a Frisco RoughRider this season. Only Robbie Erlin had more in a start when he got the Hooks to swing and miss 22 times in the game where he struck out 14 batters. In 6 starts for Frisco, Ramirez has given up 13 hits, walked 8, and struck out 24 batters over 19 innings.
Inning by Inning Count
1: 9 Pitches- 8 Strikes- 2 Called- 4 Swinging- 1 Foul- 1 BPIP- 1 Called K- 1 Swinging K
2: 14 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 4 Called- 3 Swinging- 0 Fouls- 5 Balls- 2 BPIP- 1 Called K
3: 23 Pitches- 19 Strikes- 2 Called- 6 Swinging- 7 Fouls- 4 Balls- 4 BPIP- 1 Called K- 2 Hits
4: 20 Pitches- 13 Strikes- 4 Called- 4 Swinging- 5 Fouls- 7 Balls- 0 BPIP- 2 Called K- 1 Swinging K- 1 BB
5: 13 Pitches- 9 Strikes- 2 Called- 1 Swinging- 3 Fouls- 4 Balls- 3 BPIP- 1 BB- 1 Hit
Total: 79 Pitches- 58 Strikes- 14 Called- 18 Swinging- 16 Fouls- 21 Balls- 10 BPIP- 5 Called K- 2 Swinging K- 2 BB- 3 Hits
Osuna Strikes Again: The day after hitting a grand slam, it was Renny Osuna's 3 RBI double in the 8th inning that gave Frisco the lead and win again. Osuna finished just 1 for 4 in the game, but the hit was the deciding factor in the game. Osuna also scored the 4th run when he came home on a Mitch Hilligoss single after hitting the double. Osuna now has 11 RBI over his last 5 games, including 8 in the first 3 games of this series with Corpus Christi. For the season, Osuna is batting a team leading .301 with 23 doubles, 10 homeruns, 64 RBI, and 70 runs scored. With the 70 runs, Osuna is now the 4th Frisco batter with 70 or more runs this season, which marks a first in team history.
Sarmiento, Bolden Multiple Hits: Elio Sarmiento and Jared Bolden each went 2 for 4 in the game for Frisco as Sarmiento knocked his 11th double of the season and 20th extra base hit of the season, a first in his career. Jared Bolden had his 5th multi hit game for Frisco in 17 games for the Riders.
Stoneburner Gets On Twice: For the third game in a row, Davis Stoneburner took a walk and it marked the fourth time in five games that Stoneburner has gotten on base at least twice. Stoneburner used the two times on base to steal second base twice in the game and he scored his 63rd run of the season as well on the double by Renny Osuna. Stoneburner is currently riding a 9 game hitting streak as well as a 15 game road on base streak.
Taking Relief to Heart: Richard Bleier continues to roll as a reliever this season. The 24 year old southpaw earned the win on Thursday with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief, which extended his scoreless relief effort to 10 2/3 innings. As a reliever this season, Bleier has made 18 appearances over 33 innings. He has given up 31 hits, walked 6 batters, struck out 22, and has a 2.45 ERA. He is 4-2 as a reliever as well. He has inherited 10 runners and 3 of those have scored.
Tracking Texas League Homeruns: 1,001 homeruns in 1,082 games (0.925 HR/G)
Term of the Day: Run Support Index- An adjusted measure of a pitcher's average run support, proposed by CHris Jaffe at a research presentation during the 34th national convention of the Society for American Baseball Research, July 2004.
Last Year on This Date: Frisco defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 8-7 on the road in 12 innings. Clayton Hamilton started for Frisco and gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 1 1/3 innings with 1 strikeout. Michael Schlact gave up 6 runs over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Fabio Castillo pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief, while Mark Hamburger and Chris Mobley combined for 5 innings of scoreless relief. Mobley picked up the win, while Tyler Tufts pitched a scoreless 12th inning for the save. Joey Butler led Frisco's offense with a 4 for 5 game including a double, 2 RBI, and a walk. Marcus Lemon and Renny Osuna each went 3 for 7 for the Riders. Guilder Rodriguez added a 2 for 4 game with a walk, while Jose Felix went 2 for 6 with a RBI. Andy Jenkins, Emerson Frostad, and Engel Beltre each added a hit as well.
A special thanks to any blog followers from Shoulderblade, KY!
Station to Listen to the Game on: 1630 AM (KKGM)
Follow the Game Online at: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/scoreboard/league.jsp?sid=milb&lid=109
Follow Us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/pressboxchatter
Follow the Extra Bases Live Blog throughout the Game at: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/page.jsp?ymd=20100305&content_id=8685092&vkey=multimedia_t540&fext=.jsp&sid=t540
And Check Out the Riders Insider Blog for more Frisco RoughRiders info: http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/
- By Michael Damman