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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

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Game 29: Midland Rockhounds (Murphy Smith) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Jake Brigham)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (18-10 First Place in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (17-11 1 game back in the Texas League South)
Streak: W1
Last 10: 7-3
Home stand: 0-0
2012 Series Record: 7-1-0  
2012 Record against Midland: 0-0
All-Time Record against Midland: 121-107
Record on May 5 since 2003: 5-3
Starting Pitchers: Jake Brigham (2-1 3.41 ERA) vs. Murphy Smith (3-0 2.66 ERA)

'Riders Take Another Series: Frisco scored four runs in an inning twice on Friday night against the San Antonio Missions and defeated them 9-3 to take their seventh series in eight tries this season. Frisco wrapped up a four game road trip and returns home with an 18-10 record and first place in the division. The 'Riders are 9-3 in their last 12 games as they face off against the second best team in the division.

Loux Sits Alone: Barret Loux didn't have his best outing of the season, but received his sixth win of the season for Frisco. The win puts him a top both major leagues and minor leagues as the fastest pitcher to six wins this season. Loux went five innings against the Missions and gave up four hits, one walk, and three runs with five strikeouts. He gave up two home runs in the start, but got four ground ball outs to six fly outs. It was Barret's first start this season where he gave up more than two runs.

Olt Homers, Reaches Base Three Times: Mike Olt continued his relatively quiet surge towards the top of the OPS charts in the Texas League. Olt went 1 for 3 with a three-run home run, two walks, and scored two runs. He is now 9th in the league in OPS (.951) for the season, but ranks 3rd in OPS in the Texas League since April 20th (1.051). His seven home runs for the season are tied for second in the league behind San Antonio's Nathan Freiman, who has ten for the season. Olt is also in the top ten in walks, extra base hits, total bases, and RBI.

Profar Extends Streak: Jurickson Profar went 2 for 4 at the plate with a RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 games and on base streak to 24 games. Profar has reached base in 25 of the 26 games that he has played in. He is batting .326 with a .383 on base percentage and .581 slugging percentage over his last ten games and is now up to a .262 average and .807 OPS for the season overall.

Felix Continues to Shine on Road: Jose Felix added two more hits in four at bats on Friday and is now hitting .314 on the road this season with a .781 OPS. He is batting just .133 at home with a .288 OPS and is batting .231 with a .552 OPS overall for the season. With runners in scoring position, however, Felix is hitting .313 (5 for 16) and .308 with runners on (8 for 26).

Triple Heavy: Ryan Strausborger went 2 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored on Friday. The triple was his fourth of the season and Frisco's 19th as a team. The fourth triple tied him with teammates Jurickson Profar and Engel Beltre for the Texas League lead. In fact, Frisco has five players with three or more triples this season. Only two other players in the league have three triples that aren't on Frisco's roster.

The Real Ross Wolf: Ross Wolf didn't have a great outing in his first appearance, but since then he has thrown 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts, two hits allowed, and zero walks. Wolf will be an asset in the 'Riders bullpen. 

Former 'Riders on the Mound

LHP Derek Holland (Texas Rangers) @ Cleveland Indians
LHP C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Omar Poveda (Jacksonville Suns) @ Birmingham Barons

Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 6

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 118

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 1048

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- Michael Damman

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