Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (24-16 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (18-22 6 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 5-5
Home stand: 0-0
2012 Series Record: 8-2-1
2012 Record against San Antonio: 6-2
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 129-127
Record on May 18 since 2003: 7-3
Starting Pitchers: Justin Grimm (6-2 1.59 ERA) vs. Josh Geer (0-0 0.00 ERA)
'Riders Fall to Midland, Lose Series: For the second time this season the Frisco RoughRiders lost a series after they fell 8-3 to the Midland Rockhounds on Thursday night. It was the second series loss for the 'Riders against a Texas League South opponent as well and brought their road record to 11-11.
Murphy Struggles: After going five innings in four straight starts, Tim Murphy struggled on Thursday against the Midland Rockhounds. The southpaw gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 6 runs over 3 1/3 innings. Murphy also struck out two batters and induced five ground outs to two fly outs. Murphy made 74 pitches, 42 of which went for strikes.
Profar Extends Streaks: Jurickson Profar walked in the first inning in a ten pitch at bat to extend his on base streak to 36 games and then singled in the third inning to left field to extend his hitting streak to 27 games. Profar finished the game 1 for 2 with two walks and finished up the 8 game road trip 14 for 36 (.389 average) with 3 walks, 5 extra base hits, 5 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Profar is now batting .292 for the season with a .349 on base percentage and .494 slugging percentage.
Beltre Gets Two Hits: Engel Beltre went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 runs, and a stolen base. It was his fifth multi hit game in the last ten games and his 13th multi hit game of the season. Beltre is now batting .269 with a .307 on base percentage and .461 slugging percentage for the season. Beltre has been especially good against left handed pitching this year with a .426 average (20 for 47) against southpaws this year.
Patience Playing Key for Olt: Mike Olt went 1 for 4 with a double and RBI in the game. It was the first game all season for Olt that he saw less than ten pitches in the game. Olt has an on base percentage over .400 over his last ten games, however, and .394 for the season. He has only swung at 38.3 % of the pitches thrown to him this season, which is second lowest on the team next to Guilder Rodriguez (35.7%). In the month of May, Olt is batting .320 with a .460 on base percentage and .540 slugging percentage.
Road Woes: The Frisco RoughRiders loss on the road brought their record on the road to 11-11 for the season. The 'Riders and Tulsa Drillers are the only teams in the league with a .500 or better record on the road this season and both are at .500 with Tulsa at 9-9. In all, the road team in the Texas League is 59-101 this season (.369 winning percentage).
Prospect Hot Sheet: Jurickson Profar came in at 10th on Baseball America's weekly prospect hot sheet. Another Ranger farmhand, Cody Buckel, came in at #4 on the list. Buckel is currently dominating in Myrtle Beach to the tune of 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA through 8 starts. The 19 year old is a candidate to get promoted to Frisco at some point this year. He turns 20 on June 18th.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
RHP Neftali Feliz (Texas Rangers) @ Houston Astros
RHP Luis Mendoza (Kansas City Royals) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 7
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 151
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 1394
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