Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (8-3 First Place in the Texas League South)... Arkansas Travelers (3-8 4 games back in the Texas League North)
Last 10: 7-3
2012 Series Record: 3-0-0
2012 Record against Arkansas: 4-1
All-Time Record against Arkansas: 91-46
Record on April 17 since 2003: 5-4
Starting Pitchers: Miguel De Los Santos (0-2 5.79 ERA) vs. John Hellweg (0-1 2.70 ERA)
'Riders Hold On, Take First Two in Series: Frisco jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the 4th inning and held on to win 2-1, despite a 9th inning rally by Arkansas. The 'Riders have won four in a row and are now two games up on the Midland Rockhounds in the Texas League South. Frisco has also won four series in a row and are going for their first sweep this season.
Grimm Dominant: It's not supposed to be this easy, but Justin Grimm is making the jump to AA look seamless. On Monday night, Justin Grimm allowed 2 baserunners, one hit and one walk, over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Grimm struck out 5 in the game and 8 groundouts to 4 flyouts as well. Justin was sitting 91-93 throughout the game with his fastball and touched 94 on occasion. He flashed a very sharp curveball in the start as well as a good changeup. At one point in the start Grimm had retired 16 batters in a row.
McGuiness Goes Deep: Chris McGuiness gave Frisco a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning when he hit a solo homerun into the 'Riders Pool Zone. It was his first homerun as a Frisco RoughRider. McGuiness finished 1 for 3 at the plate with a walk as well.
Beltre Turnaround: No it's not a typo, Engel Beltre did draw a career best three walks in the game yesterday. For a player that came into the season with a lot of question marks, Engel Beltre has much better at the plate and on the field this year than he did last year. It's still early, but so far Beltre has looked better. Beltre also stole two bases in the game to bring his season total to four steals. Last season, it took Beltre until July 7th to get his 4th steal of the season.
Boscan the Reliever: Wilfredo Boscan pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief on Monday. Over his last two appearances he has thrown 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with 5 strikeouts. On the season he has given up 6 hits and 1 walk in 8 1/3 innings with 9 strikeouts.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
LHP John Danks (Chicago White Sox) vs. Baltimore Orioles
RHP Neil Ramirez (Round Rock Express) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers
RHP Guillermo Moscoso (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) vs. Tuscon Padres
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 53
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 460
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