Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (19-10 First Place in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (17-12 2 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 8-2
Home stand: 1-0
2012 Series Record: 7-1-0
2012 Record against Midland: 1-0
All-Time Record against Midland: 122-107
Record on May 5 since 2003:
Starting Pitchers: Tim Murphy (1-2 4.95 ERA) vs. Gary Daley (3-1 4.05 ERA)
'Riders Come Back Late, Take First Game: Frisco took an early 1-0 lead in the 4th inning, but the Rockhounds tied the game up at 1-1 by the 5th inning and took the lead with a run in the 7th inning. Frisco scored a couple runs, however, in the bottom of the 7th and finished off Midland 3-2 with very good pitching and timely hitting. Frisco is now one game behind the Tulsa Drillers for the best record in the Texas League. They also have the fourth best record in Double-A baseball behind Tulsa, Akron Aeros, and Reading Phillies.
Brigham Solid Once Again: Given a second chance in Frisco's rotation this year after being removed from the rotation last season, Jake Brigham is taking advantage of the second chance. Brigham did not surrender a walk against the most patient team in minor league baseball and struck out five batters over six solid innings. Brigham gave up four hits and one run, which came on a home run. If there has been one area that has hurt Brigham specifically this season, it is the long ball. Brigham has given up 1.43 home runs per nine innings this year.
Beltre's Big Hits: Engel Beltre added to his multi RBI games with a 2 for 4 game, including a solo home run and a game winning RBI single in the seventh inning. For Beltre, it was his sixth multi RBI game of the season already, which exceeds the five that he had last season in 118 games for Frisco.
Profar Extends On Base Streak/Hit Streak: Jurickson Profar went 1 for 4 with an infield single to second base. The hit extended his hit streak to 16 games and on base streak to 25 games for the season.
Boscan, Ortiz Throw Strikes: Frisco likely would not have won last night's game if not for the bullpen work from Wilfredo Boscan and Joe Ortiz. Wilfredo pitched 2/3 of an inning and recorded two strikeouts. He threw 17 pitches, 10 of which went for strikes. Joe Ortiz was better as he went 1 2/3 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts en route to his third save of the season. Ortiz threw 20 pitches, 16 of which went for strikes.
Michael Choice Back in the Area: It wasn't the best way to come back to the DFW area, but Michael Choice played in his first game in the DFW area since starring at the University of Texas-Arlington. Choice went to Mansfield Timberview High School and from there went to UTA where he starred as a power hitting and walk machine. The Oakland Athletics chose him in the 1st round with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 draft. He spent his first full season in high-A Stockton last year where Choice hit .285 with 30 home runs and 61 walks. He produced a .918 OPS for the season. He didn't start strong last year, but finished the season with a 1.001 OPS in the second half and he seems to be taking a similar route this year. So far this season for the Midland Rockhounds, Choice is batting .250, including one home run and 17 walks with a .671 OPS. Choice finished the game 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
RHP Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Orioles) @ Boston Red Sox
RHP Joe Wieland (San Diego Padres) vs. Miami Marlins
LHP Michael Kirkman (Round Rock Express) vs. Memphis Redbirds
RHP Doug Mathis (Pawtucket Red Sox) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
LHP Robbie Erlin (San Antonio Missions) @ Corpus Christi Hooks
RHP Kyle Hendricks (Myrtle Beach Pelicans) @ Lynchburg Hillcats
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 6
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 122
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 1087
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- Michael Damman