Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (15-9 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (8-16 7 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 6-4
Road Trip: 0-0
2012 Series Record: 6-1-0
2012 Record against San Antonio: 3-1
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 126-126
Record on May 1 since 2003: 6-3
Starting Pitchers: Tim Murphy (0-2 6.60 ERA) vs. Robbie Erlin (0-0 2.87 ERA)
'Riders Take Sixth Series of 2012: Frisco gave up 3 runs in the first inning and another run in the second inning and quickly found themselves down 4-0 to the Corpus Christi Hooks. However, the 'Riders stormed back with 2 runs in the 3rd inning, 3 runs in the 5th inning, and 2 more in the sixth inning. They scored at least a run in their final four innings at the plate and defeated the Hooks 9-4 to take their sixth series out of seven possible this season and their fourth in a row at home.
Home Comfort: With another home winning series, Frisco is now 10-4 at home this season. In fact, dating back to last season, the RoughRiders have taken eight consecutive series at home. Their last home series loss came August 5th-8th against the San Antonio Missions.
Brigham Struggles Early, Dominates Late: Jake Brigham seemed to have developed just from the beginning of his start yesterday to the end of it. The starter turned reliever turned starter again gave up two hits, a walk, and four runs (one earned) through the first two innings. Over his final five innings, he gave up one hit and struck out seven batters without allowing a run. At times in the start he looked unhittable. Brigham finished with 7 innings, four hits, four runs (one earned), one walk, and ten strikeouts. Of his 93 pitches, 62 of them went for strikes.
Zaneski Goes Yard... Twice: Zach Zaneski entered Monday's game with 0 home runs for the season and his last home run came on June 4th of last season. It had been 186 at bats between Frisco and Myrtle Beach since his last home run. On Monday, however, Zaneski made the Hooks pay twice. First with a solo shot to left field that completely left Dr Pepper Ballpark. Zaneski later took the Hooks deep again in the 5th inning on a shot to left field, just inside the foul pole. Zach finished the game 2 for 4 with the two home runs, four RBI, and two runs scored.
Buchholz Breakout: Alex Buchholz hasn't gotten playing time every day, but he has taken advantage of the playing time that he has gotten. That was no different on Monday when Buchholz went 2 for 3 with a triple, home run, RBI, walk, and three runs. Buchholz now has a triple in three consecutive games and is riding a six game hitting streak.
McGuiness Wraps Up Home Stand: Few players on Frisco had a better home stand than 'Riders first baseman Chris McGuiness. He went 1 for 3 with two walks on Monday and the first baseman was 10 for 30 (.333) with a double, two home runs, five RBI, scored six runs, and put up a .961 OPS over the eight game home stand. Overall for the season, McGuiness is now hitting .247 with seven extra base hits and a .779 OPS.
Castillo Continues to Cruise: Fabio Castillo put up two more innings of zeros on Monday in relief. The 23 year old right hander has now turned in five consecutive outings without giving up a run spanning 9 1/3 innings.
A Successful April: Frisco wrapped up a successful April with a 15-9 record and sole possession of first place in the Texas League South. The 'Riders were considered one of the most talented teams in minor league baseball entering the season and haven't done much to disprove that theory. For Frisco, the 15-9 record is tied with 2007 for the second best in franchise history. The only season that the 'Riders have had a better start was 2008 when they went 18-7 in April.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
RHP Neftali Feliz (Texas Rangers) @ Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Edinson Volquez (San Diego Padres) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
LHP Michael Kirkman (Round Rock Express) @ New Orleans Zephyrs
RHP Doug Mathis (Pawtucket Red Sox) @ Toledo Mud Hens
LHP Robbie Erlin (San Antonio Missions) vs. Frisco RoughRiders
RHP Kyle Hendricks (Myrtle Beach Pelicans) @ Frederick Keys
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 6
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 107
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 907
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- Michael Damman