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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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Game 18: San Antonio Missions (Andrew Werner) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Barret Loux)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (10-7 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (6-11 4 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: W1
Last 10: 6-4
Homestand: 1-0
2012 Series Record: 4-1-0  
2012 Record against San Antonio: 1-0
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 124-125
Record on April 24 since 2003: 5-4
Starting Pitchers: Barret Loux (3-0 1.15 ERA) vs. Andrew Werner (0-2 5.51 ERA)

'Riders Take First in Four Game Set: Frisco got 1 run in the 3rd and 1 run in the 4th and survived a solo home run and error in the 9th inning with 2 outs to defeat the San Antonio Missions 2-1. Dating back to last season, Frisco has taken 4 of the last 5 regular season games from the Missions. 

Pimentel Continues Surge: Few pitchers have shown as much improvement early on as Carlos Pimentel. Last season, Carlos struggled at times for the 'Riders en route to a 7-9 4.74 ERA season for Frisco. This season, however, Pimentel began the season in the bullpen and after 10 1/3 innings of dominant pitching, he has moved back into the rotation to replace Miguel De Los Santos, who was placed on the DL. In the start, Pimentel went 5 shutout innings, while allowing just 2 hits. He struck out 4 batters and did not issue a walk. Pimentel has pitched 15 1/3 innings this season now and has given up 5 hits, 5 walks, and struck out 20 batters. Right handed hitters are hitting .097 (3 for 31) against Pimentel this season now with a .281 OPS.

He Likes Home: Leury Garcia continued his home demolition early on in the season on Monday. Garcia went 1 for 2 with a triple, walk, and run scored. At home, Garcia is now batting .360 with a .560 slugging percentage through 7 games. He has hit a double and 2 triples in the 7 games in Dr. Pepper Ballpark. On the road, Garcia is hitting .281 with a .375 slugging percentage. He has 1 double and 1 triple in 10 games there. 

Extra Base Hits: Garcia wasn't the only hitter that hit an extra base hit on Monday. Frisco had 4 hits as a team in the game, but three of them went for extra bases. Engel Beltre went 1 for 4 with a double and Jurickson Profar went 1 for 4 with a double. Chris McGuiness had the lone other hit.

Hurley To Relief: Reliever Trevor Hurley, who struggled with command his last time through Frisco, pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out 2 and walked 1, while not allowing a base hit.

Yan Gets Save: Johan Yan earned his fifth save of the season, despite giving up a solo homerun in the 9th inning to Nathan Freiman, which cut the lead to 2-1. After an error by Jurickson Profar allowed the potential tying run to reach first base, Yan got Jason Hagerty to ground out to Leury Garcia to end the game. Yan's 5th save is the most in the Texas League. 

Among the Best Starts: The 'Riders 10-7 record this season is tied for the second best record in 'Riders history through the first 17 games. It ties the 2007 season and trails only the 2008 season, which had a 13-4 start. In 2007, the 'Riders finished 85-55 and were named the best Double-A team that season.

Loux Goes for Magic #4: With a win today, Barret Loux would tie Trevor Bauer (Mobile Bay Bears), Scott Diamond (Rochester Red Wings), Eric Hacker (Fresno Grizzlies), and Wil Savage (Albuquerque Isotopes) for the most wins in minor league baseball.

Former 'Riders on the Mound

RHP Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Omar Poveda (Jacksonville Suns) @ Mobile BayBears

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

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 4

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 85

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 671

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