Location: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (9-6 First Place in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (7-8 2 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 6-4
Road Trip: 1-2
2012 Series Record: 4-0-0
2012 Record against Corpus Christi: 1-2
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 113-105
Record on April 22 since 2004: 5-2
Starting Pitchers: Justin Grimm (3-0 0.50 ERA) vs. Jarred Cosart (0-0 0.00 ERA)
'Riders Get In Trouble Early, Lose Second Straight: the RoughRiders pitching didn't pitch like they have and the 'Riders gave up a run in five of the first six innings, including 4 runs in the 3rd and 6th. Frisco looks to split the series today with a win, or drop their first series of the season with a loss. They are 3-1 on the final games of each series so far this season.
Murphy Struggles: Still on the mend from Tommy John Surgery, Tim Murphy has struggled in each of his first three starts. On Saturday, Murphy gave up 4 hits, walked 3, and gave up 5 runs over 2 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Overall on the season now, Murphy has given up 15 hits, 5 walks, hit 3 batters, and given up 11 earned runs in 10 innings. He also has 5 strikeouts as well.
'Riders Offense Not Quiet, Not "Clutch": Frisco did not lack baserunners throughout the game. Like the big league club on Saturday, Frisco had plenty of hits. Unlike the big league club, however, the 'Riders couldn't get them home. Frisco slugged out a season high 14 hits, including 5 players with 2 or more hits in the game. They went just 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position, however, and left 9 men on base. The team also struck out 11 times and did not walk in the game.
Beltre Continues Surge: Engel Beltre hasn't stopped yet in making progression as a hitter. Beltre led off the game with a homerun and added a single later in the game. He finished 2 for 5, although he did strikeout 2 times as well. Beltre leads the team in homeruns, RBI, steals, and is 2nd on the team in OPS behind Brad Hawpe. There are the downsides, though, in that Beltre's strikeout percentage is still at the same level it was in 2011 and his walk rate has not gone up that much (6.7%, up from 5.8%). His BABIP is slightly higher, but not unsustainable (.316). His ISO of .328, however, is higher than Beltre's ISO in the previous three seasons combined.
Leury On Fire: Since starting 3 for 17 through the first four games for Frisco, Leury Garcia is hitting .368 with an .816 OPS over his last 10 games, including 4 multi hit games. Garcia added a 2 for 4 game on Saturday to bring his average to .309 for the season. The switch handed hitter leads the team in batting average and is tied with Engel Beltre for the team lead in hits. Overall on the season, Garcia has a .740 OPS right now.
Guilder Adds 3 Hits: Guilder Rodriguez went 3 for 4 for the 'Riders with a RBI and a stolen base. The three hits brings him to 248 as a RoughRider, putting him 2 short of the 250 mark. He's now at 120 runs and 83 RBI as a 'Rider as well.
Top Pitching Performances Added: Like last year, I will track the top pitching performances in the Texas Ranger's minor league system, quantified by game score. It's not a stat I am in love with, but it's a nice way to show the best and worst starts by one stat. After yesterday's game, there have now been 62 starts in the Ranger's system, which means that the top 30 best and 30 worst starts could be filled completely. So far, the best comes from Myrtle Beach right hander Cody Buckel and the worst comes from Round Rock right hander Mark Hamburger, who has since been moved back to the bullpen.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
LHP John Danks (Chicago White Sox) @ Seattle Mariners
RHP Neil Ramirez (Round Rock Express) @ New Orleans Zephyrs
RHP Guillermo Moscoso (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) @ Las Vegas 51s
RHP Jesse Chavez (Las Vegas 51s) vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
RHP Tanner Roark (Syracuse Chiefs) vs. Buffalo Bisons
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 3
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 81
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 628
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