Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (9-5 First Place in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (6-8 3 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 6-4
Road Trip: 1-1
2012 Series Record: 4-0-0
2012 Record against Corpus Christi: 1-1
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 113-104
Record on April 21 since 2004: 4-4
Starting Pitchers: Tim Murphy (0-1 7.04 ERA) vs. Jake Buchanan (0-0 3.97 ERA)
RoughRiders Shutout For First Time in 2012: Frisco entered Friday as the only team in the Texas League that had not been shutout this season. They ended the night as the last victim of the shutout. The Corpus Christi Hooks got stellar pitching and defeated the 'Riders 6-0.
Brigham Struggles: Jake Brigham stayed in the game longer than he had in his previous two starts this season. However, he also struggled more than he had in his previous two starts. Brigham brought a 1.64 ERA into his start, but left with a loss and a 3.57 ERA. In 6 2/3 innings, Brigham gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs. He did strikeout 5 batters and induced 9 groundouts to 3 flyouts. With 2 more homeruns, Jake has also given up 4 homeruns in 17 2/3 innings this season.
All About Third Base: Engel Beltre went 1 for 4 in the game, but his one hit was a triple to right centerfield to leadoff the game. More importantly, it was a triple off of a southpaw. Beltre has struggled in his time in the minor leagues against left handed pitching. This season, so far, he is batting .250 with a .786 OPS. The sample size is small, so we will wait until later in the season to draw conclusions over whether this may be a real break through or not. Beltre also had an outfield assist, as he threw out Hooks second baseman Jose Martinez trying to go 1st to 3rd on a single.
A 'Rider Killer: Brandon Barnes continued his assault on Frisco RoughRiders pitching. Over the last two seasons, Barnes is hitting .311 with a .991 OPS against 'Riders pitching. With 2 more homeruns on Friday, he brought his total to 4 homeruns and 7 total extra base hits in 12 games. He has 8 RBI and has scored 10 runs. Overall this season, Barnes is hitting .385 with 3 homeruns and 11 RBI in 13 games.
Struggles with RISP: The 'Riders are batting .194 with RISP (7 for 36) over their last 4 games, including 4 for 20 over the last two games against the Hooks. On Friday they were 0 for 10 with RISP.
A First in 2012: Just like the game was the first time that the 'Riders have been shutout in 2012, it was also the first time that they haven't scored on the opposing starting pitcher. They were the only remaining team in the Texas League to say that. Overall, opposing starting pitchers have a 4.03 ERA when they face the 'Riders, which is third worst in the Texas League behind the Tulsa Drillers (5.34) and Corpus Christi Hooks (4.73).
Former 'Riders on the Mound:
LHP Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers) @ Detroit Tigers- Game 1
RHP Neftali Feliz (Texas Rangers) @ Detroit Tigers- Game 2
RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle Mariners) vs. Chicago White Sox
RHP Luis Mendoza (Kansas City Royals) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
LHP Martin Perez (Round Rock Express) @ New Orleans Zephyrs
RHP Tanner Roark (Syracuse Chiefs) vs. Buffalo Bisons
LHP Robbie Erlin (San Antonio Missions) vs. Midland Rockhounds
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 3
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 75
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 601
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