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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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Game 20: San Antonio Missions (Robbie Erlin) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Tim Murphy)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (11-8 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (7-12 4 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: L1
Last 10: 5-5
Homestand: 2-1
2012 Series Record: 4-1-0  
2012 Record against San Antonio: 2-1
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 125-126
Record on April 25 since 2003: 4-3
Starting Pitchers: Tim Murphy (0-2 9.90 ERA) vs. Robbie Erlin (0-0 1.69 ERA)

'Riders Tie in Ninth, Lose in Eleven Innings: Frisco scored 3 runs in the first inning and led 4-3 through the first four innings. San Antonio tied the game in the 5th inning, however, and took a lead in the top of the 9th on an Ali Solis homerun. Frisco tied it in the bottom of the 9th, however, with a 2 out, 2 strike RBI double by Brad Hawpe. After a Ryan Strausborger flyout in to deep centerfield, the game went to extra innings. San Antonio scored a run in the 11th on a RBI single by Jeudy Valdez and Frisco could not start a rally in the bottom of the 11th. The extra innings loss ended Frisco's 3 game home, extra innings winning streak.

Brigham Goes Seven: Jake Brigham wasn't great, but wasn't bad either. He gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs over 7 innings and struck out 6 batters. He sat low 90s with his fastball and hit as high as 95 on the radar gun. On the season he is 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA. He has given up 23 hits and 9 walks over 24 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts.

Profar On the Rise: Jurickson Profar went 2 for 5 on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. He hit a triple, drove in a run, scored a run, took a walk, and stole 2 bases. He has 5 extra base hits over his last 5 games and 6 over his last 10. He also is 4 for 4 in stolen base attempts. Both of his triples have come from the right handed side, while his 3 doubles and 3 homeruns have come from the left handed side. In his 9 games in Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Profar is batting .294/.368/.618/.986.

Speed: The Frisco RoughRiders took advantage of a slow combination of pitcher and catcher, to steal five bases in the first three innings. Profar had two, while Engel Beltre, Leury Garcia, and Ryan Strausborger each added one as well. For Leury Garcia, it was his first stolen base attempt of the season. All four of the players are the fastest on the team.

Triples Pace: With another triple by Profar on Wednesday, the Frisco RoughRiders are now on pace for 103 triples on the season. Their previous team high is 45 by the 2004 club. Frisco already has 14 triples this season. The record for most triples by a team in the Texas League is 110 by the Houston Buffaloes in 1924.

Garcia RBI: Leury Garcia went 2 for 5 to raise his season average to a team best .318 and also extended his hitting streak to 9 games. He also drove in a run for a second straight game after having 0 in the first 15 games.

Extra Bases Chat: Last night was the first night that we have used the Extra Bases chat this season. We will be using that all season long like we used it last season. Join in on the fun for tonight and the rest of the season! The chat will begin 15-20 minutes before first pitch every game. To join, click here.

Former 'Riders on the Mound

RHP Luis Mendoza (Kansas City Royals) @ Cleveland Indians
RHP Edinson Volquez (San Diego Padres) vs. Washington Nationals
LHP Michael Kirkman (Round Rock Express) @ Oklahoma City Redhawks
LHP Robbie Erlin (San Antonio Missions) @ Frisco RoughRiders
RHP Kyle Hendricks (Myrtle Beach Pelicans) vs. Frederick Keys

Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 5

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 96

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 744

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- Michael Damman

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