Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (9-7 Tied for First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (6-10 3 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 5-5
Road Trip: 1-3
2012 Series Record: 4-1-0
2012 Record against San Antonio: 0-0
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 123-125
Record on April 23 since 2004: 1-5
Starting Pitchers: Miguel De Los Santos (0-2 6.08 ERA) vs. Keyvius Sampson (1-0 3.07 ERA)
'Riders Drop First Series of 2012: Frisco gave up 1 run in the 4th and 4 runs in the 5th and lost 5-3 to the Corpus Christi Hooks. Frisco lost 3 of 4 to Corpus Christi and is now tied for first place with the Midland Rockhounds in the Texas League South.
Grimm Takes First Loss: Not used to losing at the AA level, Justin Grimm took his first loss of 2012 and first loss in AA. Grimm gave up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs (4 earned) over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out 1 batter as well. Grimm's ERA rose from 0.50 to 2.01 with the start. He is now 10-4 in 29 career minor league starts.
Top of the Order to You: The 'Riders top of the order produced well in terms of extra base hits in the game.Engel Beltre went 1 for 4 with his 4th triple of the season and also scored a run. Shortstop Jurickson Profar went 1 for 3 with a double, run, and sac fly (RBI). Mike Olt finished off the "combined cycle" between the three with a single and homerun as part of a 2 for 4 day. Olt drove in 2 runs and scored one of his own. Olt's homerun tied him with Beltre for the team lead with four on the season.
Outfield Assists: Engel Beltre and Ryan Strausborger each had an outfield assist in the game. For Beltre, it was his 3rd on the short season and for Strausborger, it was his 7th already. The outfield assist was Beltre's second of the series with Corpus Christi and doubled up Kody Hinze at first base. Strausborger's assist nabbed Andrew Simunic trying to stretch a single into a double.
Young Effective: Corey Young put up more zeros on the scoreboard as he pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Young has appeared in 5 games this season and hasn't allowed a run in 4 of those appearances. Through 8 2/3 innings, Young has given up 8 hits, 1 walk, and has recorded 5 strikeouts. Left handed hitters are batting .182 against the southpaw reliever.
Jarred Cosart Shines: In his second start for the Hooks, top prospect Jarred Cosart (rated as the 50th best prospect by Baseball America) pitched 5 shutout innings. Cosart gave up 4 hits and struck out 5, while not allowing a walk. Through 9 1/3 innings this season, Cosart has given up 8 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 9. He has not allowed a run yet. The 21 year old right hander from League City, TX, was acquired by the Houston Astros in the Hunter Pence deal at the trade deadline last season.
Flores Gets Second Appearance vs. Former Team: A quality reliever for the 'Riders last season and a press box favorite, Adalberto Flores got his second appearance against Frisco on Sunday. The second time around was not as good as the first though, as Flores gave up 4 hits and 3 runs over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out 2 batters and gave up the homerun to Mike Olt. Last season for the RoughRiders, Flores appeared in 41 games. He gave up 72 hits and 38 walks over 81 1/3 innings. Flores struck out 80 batters and posted a 3.32 ERA with an opponent's average of .236.
Separated At Birth?: I usually don't do this, but when I was looking up the pitcher that is going against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans today for the Frederick Keys, I had to do a bit of a double take. I may be the only one that finds them similar, but doesn't Kyle Simon's face in this picture ( http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=605473 ) look like former 'Rider and current Texas Ranger, Derek Holland? He's bigger than Holland and you can tell that, but still.
'Former Riders on the Mound
LHP Derek Holland (Texas Rangers) vs. New York Yankees
RHP Eric Hurley (Salt Lake Bees) @ Tuscon Padres
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 1 (Denny Almonte, Jackson Generals)
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 3
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 83
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 651
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