Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (7-3 First Place in the Texas League South)... Arkansas Travelers (3-7 4 games back in the Texas League North)
Last 10: 7-3
2012 Series Record: 3-0-0
2012 Record against Arkansas: 3-1
All-Time Record against Arkansas: 90-46
Record on April 16 since 2003: 3-5
Starting Pitchers: Justin Grimm (2-0 0.77 ERA) vs. A.J. Schugel (0-1 3.60 ERA)
'Riders Win 3rd Straight: For most of Sunday Frisco trailed the Arkansas Travelers, but in baseball there is never a time limit. When the 'Riders rallied for 3 runs in the 8th inning, they took the lead and finished off their third straight win and gave Traveler's reliever Daniel Tillman his 3rd loss of the season.
Murphy's Start: Tim Murphy struggled a bit on Sunday as he gave up 6 hits and a walk over 4 innings. The southpaw, who missed 2011 with Tommy John Surgery, struck out 2 batters and gave up 3 runs in the 4 innings, including a homerun to Traveler's leadoff hitter Matt Long. Murphy faced trouble in three of his four innings, but was able to limit some of the damage.
Profar Heating Up: After struggling to 2 for his first 26, the Ranger's top prospect, Jurickson Profar, has had back to back multi hit games. Profar had 3 hits on Saturday and followed that up with a 2 for 4 showing with another homerun from the left handed side on Sunday.Profar is now batting .206 on the season. It may not seem high, but just a couple of games ago the 19 year old was batting .077. His OPS is also up to .778 for the season.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!: Guilder Rodriguez put together another nice game in a 'Riders uniform. For a player that has been with Frisco for four seasons now, it's nothing new. Guilder went 2 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. One of his two hits was a bases loaded infield single off the pitcher in the 8th inning, which ended up scoring the go ahead and game winning run. Rodriguez played first base in the game for the 'Riders. In his four years with Frisco, the only two non-pitcher positions that Guilder has not played are third base and catcher.
The Other Infielder: Overshadowed by Jurickson Profar, speedy infielder Leury Garcia went 3 for 4 on Sunday. The switch handed hitting second baseman had two infield singles and a line drive single to centerfield. It was Garcia's second multi hit game this season for the 'Riders.
Don't Test Him: In case some of the players in the Texas League weren't in the Carolina League last season, they should be learning quickly to not test Ryan Strausborger. After having 11 outfield assists for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans last season, Strausborger already has 6 for Frisco, including 4 when he has played left field. On Sunday, Strausborger had two of those six and Jared Prince added another one for good measure. In total, the 'Riders had three outfield assists, including two at home plate. That was the difference between a 'Rider victory and a 'Rider loss.
Should We Expect Differently?: Johan Yan pitched the final inning on Sunday for his fourth save of the season. The total tied him with seven other pitchers for the most in minor league baseball. Of those seven, only one other pitcher has a better WHIP this season (Pat Lehman's 0.40 to Yan's 0.53). Opponents are batting .105 against Yan so far this season. In 24 appearances for Frisco dating back to last season, Yan is 0-0 with 6 saves. He has given up only 20 hits in 32 1/3 innings with 22 strikeouts to 10 walks. In case you weren't wondering, Frisco has all of the confidence in the world in him.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
LHP Robbie Erlin (San Antonio Missions) @ NW Arkansas Naturals
RHP Jesse Chavez (Las Vegas 51s) @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox
LHP Martin Perez (Round Rock Express) vs. Iowa Cubs
RHP Tanner Roark (Syracuse Chiefs) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
RHP Jared Hyatt (Lehigh Valley IronPigs) @ Buffalo Bisons
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 1
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 49
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 415
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