Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (24-17 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (19-22 5 games back in the Texas League South)
Last 10: 4-6
Home stand: 0-1
2012 Series Record: 8-2-1
2012 Record against San Antonio: 6-3
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 129-128
Record on May 18 since 2003: 6-3
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (3-2 2.65 ERA) vs. TBD (N/A)
Grimm Struggles Through Worst Home Start: For the first time in 2012 Justin Grimm looked human at Dr Pepper Ballpark. After entering the game 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA at home in three starts, Grimm gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs over 4 2/3 innings. He also hit a batter and struck out four batters. It was only the second time in nine starts that Grimm gave up more than one earned run in a start and the first time he gave up more than one walk since April 10, the second start of the season.
Offensive Struggles: The 'Riders offense went the final four innings on Thursday night's game without getting a base hit. Their last hit was a double in the 5th inning of that game by Mike Olt. On Friday night, the 'Riders went the first seven full innings before they finally broke through with a Jared Prince double in the 8th inning to lead off the inning. In total they went 11 2/3 innings without a hit or a run.
Profar Reaches Base Twice: The story entering the game was Jurickson Profar's hitting streak and thanks to a triple to dead center field in the ninth inning, Profar has extended that streak to 28 games. He extended his on base streak to 37 games with a walk in the first inning. Overall, Profar went 1 for 3 with the walk and a run scored. He is hitting .340 in the month of May and .366 when leading off an inning.
Strausborger Nabs #8: Ryan Strausborger got off to a flying start in the outfield assists department as he piled up seven outfield assists very early on this season. He never got the eighth until last night though when Cody Decker tried to score on a single to Strausborger in left field. The assist also put him one ahead of Engel Beltre for the most on the team.
Former 'Riders on the Mound
LHP John Danks (Chicago White Sox) @ Chicago Cubs
LHP Derek Holland (Texas Rangers) @ Houston Astros
RHP Neil Ramirez (Round Rock Express) vs. Fresno Grizzlies
RHP Guillermo Moscoso (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) vs. New Orleans Zephyrs
LHP Michael Ballard (Harrisburg Senators) vs. Bowie BaySox
Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2
Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 7
Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 155
Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 1432
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- Michael Damman