Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (12-8 First Place in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (11-9 1 game back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 5-5
2012 Series Record: 5-1-0
2012 Record against Corpus Christi: 1-3
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 113-106
Record on April 27 since 2003: 3-5
Starting Pitchers: Justin Grimm (3-1 2.01 ERA) vs. Jarred Cosart (1-0 0.00 ERA)
'Riders Take Series with Extra Inning Marathon: The Frisco RoughRiders wrapped up their 5th series win in the first six series with a 6-5 victory over the San Antonio Missions in 13 innings. In a game where Frisco led twice and San Antonio had a runner at third in five of the final six innings, it was Frisco who finally came out on top. The 'Riders now open a four game set with the second place Corpus Christi Hooks, who are the only team to defeat Frisco in a series this season.
Tim Murphy Sharp: Tim Murphy came into Thursday's game without a win and without any real sharp starts. On Thursday, although he did not get the win, he was very sharp. Murphy went five scoreless innings, the longest he has gone in a start, and allowed one hit, one walk, and hit one batter, while striking out four batters. Murphy threw 74 pitches, 49 of them for strikes, and induced 1 groundout to 6 flyouts. It was his best start since missing 2010 with Tommy John Surgery.
Guilder Rodriguez Sends Everyone Home: Not exactly known for his power, Guilder Rodriguez entered the game with one career homerun in 3,045 career plate appearances. So when Guilder Rodriguez crushed a ball on a 3-2 count down the left field line, saying it got the dugout going crazy would be an understatement. Unfortunately for Guilder, the ball hooked foul and was just one of four fouls after he had reached 2 strikes on him early. Guilder worked the count full in what ended up being a 10 pitch at bat. On the 10th pitch, Rodriguez drove a single to center field to score Chris McGuiness from second base in the 13th inning. The single by a player who didn't even start the game, gave Frisco the win in the 13th inning, one night after they had lost in 11 innings.
Profar With Big Game: Jurickson Profar keeps adjusting at the plate and the 19 year old, who's talent has been there all year, is starting to show what he can do when he's on a roll. Jurickson extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a 2 for 5 game, including a walk and 2 doubles. Both doubles were hard hit line drives. It was Profar's sixth straight game with an extra base hit. He also made a terrific game saving play in the 9th inning, robbing Cody Decker of a potential game winning hit. With the bases loaded, Decker hit a hard groundball up the middle. Profar dove for the ball and from the edge of the centerfield grass flipped from the glove to Guilder Rodriguez, who was covering second base.
Prince's Big Game: Virtually no player was as important as Jared Prince in Thursday's game. The right fielder from Washington, went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI, hit by pitch, a key sacrifice bunt in the 13th inning, and a potential game saving diving catch in the 10th inning.
Beltre Does Damage Early: Engel Beltre, who was batting 3rd in the game on Thursday, had 2 RBI singles in the first three innings of the game, including one on an infield single to the pitcher. Beltre also stole second and third on back to back pitches in the game. The steal of third base was on a huge jump off the pitcher and he got into third base without a throw. Beltre finished 2 for 6 in the game. He now has 13 RBI for the season, which leads the team.
McGuiness Slams #4: Chris McGuiness went 2 for 5 in the game with a walk, RBI, and 2 runs scored. The big hit came on an opposite field homerun against Robbie Erlin to lead off the 6th inning. The blast made the game a 1 run game after Frisco had just given up the lead in the top of the inning. McGuiness scored the game winning run in the 13th inning when he singled to leadoff the inning, was sacrificed over to second base and scored on the single by Guilder Rodriguez.
Erlin Not So Dominant: In his second start back in Frisco since the trade at the deadline last July, Erlin was not as dominant as his first start back in Frisco last August. Erlin went 6 innings and struck out 9 batters in his last start. Last night, however, he went 5 innings and gave up 9 hits and 4 runs (3 earned), while striking out 6 batters. He didn't receive a decision, although he left the game with his team leading. Erlin still searches for his first win of 2012 like Tim Murphy after last night's start.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle Mariners) @ Toronto Blue Jays
LHP Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
LHP John Danks (Chicago White Sox) vs. Boston Red Sox
LHP Martin Perez (Round Rock Express) @ Oklahoma City Redhawks
RHP Jesse Chavez (Las Vegas 51s) vs. Tacoma Rainiers
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: 772
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- Michael Damman