Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (19-11 First Place in the Texas League South)... Midland Rockhounds (18-12 1 game back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 7-3
Home stand: 1-1
2012 Series Record: 7-1-0
2012 Record against Midland: 1-1
All-Time Record against Midland: 122-108
Record on May 7 since 2003: 5-4
Starting Pitchers: Justin Grimm (5-1 1.62 ERA) vs. A.J. Griffin (3-0 1.93 ERA)
Frisco Falls 3-1 to Midland: The Midland Rockhounds scored a run in each of the first innings and held the 'Riders to just one run for the game. For Frisco it was their fourth loss since April 23rd. With the win, the Rockhounds pulled to within a game of the 'Riders. It sets up a Monday pitching match-up of arguably the two best pitchers in the Texas League right now.
Murphy's Start: After pitching back to back scoreless five inning starts, Tim Murphy had a solid, but not great start. Murphy gave up four hits and three walks over five innings with three strikeouts. He gave up three runs, all earned, over the start, including a home run as well. Of his 71 pitches, 40 of them went for strikes.
Mike Olt's Surge: Mike Olt led Frisco with a three hit game, including a double. Olt finished 3 for 3 with a hit by pitch. He was pulled from the game and replaced by Alex Buchholz later in the game. Olt is now hitting .287 and leads the team with a .959 OPS. Since April 23rd, Olt is batting .306/.452/.592 with 8 extra base hits, 11 RBI, and 12 walks to 13 strikeouts over 14 games.
McGuiness Adds Two XBH: Chris McGuiness went 2 for 4 at the plate on Sunday, including a home run and a double. The home run was his sixth for the season, which puts him one behind Mike Olt for the team lead. McGuiness is hitting .333 over his last ten games and is batting .248 now for the season with a .765 OPS. At Dr Pepper Ballpark, McGuiness is batting .283 with a .604 slugging percentage and .960 OPS. Five of his six home runs have come at home.
Profar Extends Streak: For the first eight innings it seemed like Jurickson Profar might not extend his streaks, but in the ninth inning Profar led off with an infield single to the second baseman, the second straight night with that case, and extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on base streak to 26 games. During the hitting streak, Profar is batting .292/.321/.486 with 10 extra base hits and 4 walks to 14 strikeouts.
Bell Mowing 'Em Down: Chad Bell put together another tremendous relief appearance for Frisco. Over his last three outings, Bell has pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, given up one hit, and struck out 11 batters without issuing a walk. Overall, he has thrown 70.4 percent of his pitches for strikes and has struck out 13 batters in 9 2/3 innings. In his last two appearances in Frisco, Bell has thrown 63 pitches with 48 going for strikes... 76.2 percent strike percentage.
The C+ Team: If you ever wanted to know what a minor league baseball clubhouse manager does during the day, you can find out here on the 'Riders Insider Blog.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
LHP Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers) @ Baltimore Orioles
RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle Mariners) vs. Detroit Tigers
RHP Edinson Volquez (San Diego Padres) vs. Colorado Rockies
LHP Martin Perez (Round Rock) vs. Memphis Redbirds
RHP Jesse Chavez (Las Vegas 51s) vs. Salt Lake Bees
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 7
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 123
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 1114
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- Michael Damman