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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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Game 24: Corpus Christi Hooks (Erick Abreu) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Jake Brigham)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (14-9 First Place in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (12-11 2 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: W1
Last 10: 5-5
Homestand: 5-2
2012 Series Record: 5-1-0  
2012 Record against Corpus Christi: 3-4
All-Time Record against Corpus Christi: 115-107
Record on April 30 since 2003: 6-3
Starting Pitchers: Jake Brigham (1-1 4.01 ERA) vs. Erick Abreu (2-0 5.50 ERA)

'Riders Crush Hooks: The 'Riders scored at least two runs in four different innings on Sunday evening and responded with a 10-3 victory after losing 10-1 the night before. The 'Riders have now taken two of the first three in the four game set and look to try to take a sixth series in the first seven this season.

Loux Gets #5: Barret Loux tied Trevor Bauer for the most victories in minor league baseball on Sunday with his fifth victory of the season in five starts. Loux gave up six hits, one walk, and two runs over six innings. He also struck out eight batters and hit a batter. Loux made 97 pitches in the start, 57 of which went for strikes.

Season High Hit Total: The 'Riders got offense, offense, and more offense in the blowout win. Five different hitters had three hits. Frisco also got five extra base hits, three of which were home runs. The offense was 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Olt Gets 3/4ths of the Way There: Mike Olt wasn't able to get another at bat, but he finished the game a triple short of the cycle. Olt went 3 for 5 with a double, home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. He's hitting .263 over his last 10 games with a .957 OPS. He has hit 6 extra base hits over his last ten games. For the season, Olt has 4 doubles, a triple, and a team leading 6 home runs.

Strausborger Hits His First: Ryan Strausborger continues to show that he's more than just an afterthought in a talented Frisco lineup. Strausborger went 3 for 5 with his first home run of the season, a double, 3 RBI, and 2 runs. He is now hitting .291 on the season thanks to five multi hit games in his last six games. Strausborger is batting .302 with an .815 OPS at Dr. Pepper Ballpark this season.

Hawpe Scores Four Times: Brad Hawpe continues to roll at the plate, though that should not be much of a surprise for the former Major League All-Star. Hawpe went 3 for 4 with a walk, home run, 2 RBI, and 4 runs. He is batting .353 with a .500 on base percentage over his last 10 games, including a .432 average against right handed pitching for the season overall.

The Under Age Players: With Jonathan Singleton and Oscar Taveras among the Texas League leaders in OPS and Jurickson Profar surging, it got me to research more into the amount of 20 year olds or younger that have had success in the Texas League. Using a .750 OPS as the base line, over the past 20 years there have been 20 players 20 years old or younger that have had an OPS above that. The number includes the trio of players this year. Both Taveras and Singleton have an OPS above 1.000, which is quite amazing given their ages. For players like Taveras and Profar it's especially impressive that they have had the kind of success they have, while skipping high-A altogether. Notable names that have ranked on there are in recent seasons Mike Trout (2011), Eric Hosmer (2010), and Colby Rasmus (2007). The only other year with three players was 1998 with Adrian Beltre, Ruben Mateo, and Peter Bergeron.

Legend of Erick Abreu: If there is one pitcher that comes to mind that Frisco continues to see, it is tonight's starter for Corpus Christi, Erick Abreu. The right hander has been in the Texas League since 2009. Tonight marks his 25th career appearance against the 'Riders, including his 9th start. He has a 2.42 ERA and 0.88 WHIP against Frisco, with a 4-2 record. Abreu has struggled this year in his 2 appearances against Frisco, as he has given up 8 runs (5 earned) over 2 1/3 innings.

Former 'Riders on the Mound

LHP C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) vs. Minnesota Twins
RHP Joe Wieland (San Diego Padres) vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 6

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 106

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 880

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- Michael Damman

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