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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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Game 14: Frisco RoughRiders (Jake Brigham) @ Corpus Christi Hooks (Brett Oberholtzer)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (9-4 First Place in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (5-8 4 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: W1
Last 10: 7-3
Road Trip: 1-0
2012 Series Record: 4-0-0  
2012 Record against Corpus Christi: 1-0
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 113-103
Record on April 20 since 2003: 4-3
Starting Pitchers: Jake Brigham (1-0 1.64 ERA) vs. Brett Oberholtzer (0-0 9.35 ERA)

'Riders Take First Division Game of 2012: After beginning the season with twelve games against teams in the Texas League North division, Frisco defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 10-0 for their first win against a division opponent. The 'Riders scored 3 runs in the 1st inning, added another in the 3rd, 4 more in the 6th, and 2 in the 8th.

Loux Dominant: For the second time in three starts, Barret Loux pitched at least 5 innings without giving up a run. The 6 foot 5 right hander gave up 1 hit and walked 2 while striking out 8 batters in the start. Loux's ERA is now down to 1.15 and he moved his record to 3-0, tying Justin Grimm for the team lead in wins. Loux needed 81 pitches in the start, of which 51 went for strikes.

Not Quite McGuiness Book of World Records, but...: For a third consecutive game, Frisco's first baseman Chris McGuiness hit a homerun. It also was his third homerun for the season. Overall for the game, McGuiness went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI, including a double. For the season, he is hitting .231 with 7 RBI and an .821 OPS. He has a .910 OPS against right handed pitchers.

Olt's Breakout: Third baseman Mike Olt reached base a season best four times on Thursday as he went 2 for 3 with a homerun, RBI, 2 runs, and 2 walks. Olt has struggled a bit so far with a .239 average, but still boasts an .827 OPS thanks to a .500 slugging percentage. Almost half of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases (5). There is also some hope in that Mike Olt is batting .273/.368/.485/.853 off of right handed pitchers, but he's hitting just .154 against left handed pitching. Last season, Olt batted .297/.416/.637/1.053 against southpaws and .248/.369/.423/.792 against right handed pitching.

Leury Garcia Takes Team Lead: With a steady stream of offensive production, Leury Garcia has taken over the team lead in batting average with a .292 average after a 2 for 4 game Thursday night. It was Garcia's 3rd multi hit game, but he also has consistently hit so far for the 'Riders. Garcia has at least one hit in 10 of his 12 games and has reached base in 11 of the 12 games. Currently Garcia is hitting .292/.306/.417/.723. He has yet to steal a base, or even attempt a steal, however, despite having outstanding speed.

Producing When It Counts: I'm not a big believer in the term "clutch", but sometimes it seems as if Jose Felix makes you want to believe it. Jose Felix added a 2 for 4 game on Thursday and brought his average up to .200. He has 6 hits for the season now in 30 at bats. Along with the 2 hits, though, Felix had 2 more RBI to bring his season total to 7. Yes, he has more RBI right now than hits. Part of that is that 5 of his 6 hits have come with RISP. Felix is 5 for 9 (.556) in such situations. He's also batting .417 (5 for 12) with runners on, compared to .056 (1 for 18) when nobody is on base. Small sample size obviously comes into play here, but it's fun to look at right now.

Taking Relief to Heart: By April 20th of last season, Carlos Pimentel was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA through 2 starts. He had given up 14 hits and 4 walks with 6 strikeouts over 6 innings. By his fourth appearance/start, Pimentel was 0-3 with a 6.11 ERA and had given up 23 hits and 7 walks with 15 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings.

Fast forward a season and a new role, and Carlos Pimentel is currently 1-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA. He has given up 3 hits and 5 walks with 16 strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings as a reliever for the 'Riders. This includes his 3 inning appearance last night where he gave up 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 batters. Right handed batters are hitting a measly 1 for 20 against Pimentel. He has thrown 65% of his pitches for strikes to right handed batters, compared to just 52% against left handed hitters (who are batting .154 with a .313 OBP (.466 OPS) against him.

Beltre Reaches 10 RBI/5 SB: A year ago, it took Engel Beltre until June 21st to reach the 10 RBI mark and July 7th to reach 5 stolen bases. On Thursday Beltre used a 1 for 4, 1 RBI, and stolen base game to reach both marks. Beltre is currently batting .286 with a .917 OPS.

Former 'Riders on the Mound

LHP Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers) @ Detroit Tigers
RHP Edinson Volquez (San Diego Padres) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Michael Kirkman (Round Rock Express) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers
RHP Doug Mathis (Pawtucket Red Sox) vs. Durham Bulls

Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 2

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 68

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 569

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