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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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Game 27: Frisco RoughRiders (Carlos Pimentel) @ San Antonio Missions (Keyvius Sampson)

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (17-9 First Place in the Texas League South)... San Antonio Missions (8-18 9 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: W4
Last 10: 8-2
Road Trip: 2-0
2012 Series Record: 6-1-0  
2012 Record against San Antonio: 5-1
All-Time Record against San Antonio: 128-126
Record on May 3 since 2003: 6-3
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Pimentel (2-1 1.35 ERA) vs. Keyvius Sampson (1-1 4.50 ERA)

Frisco Takes Second Low Scoring Game: Less than 24 hours after defeating the San Antonio Missions 2-0, the RoughRiders beat them 2-1 in another low scoring game. Frisco pushed their winning streak to four games and have guaranteed themselves at least a split with the Missions on the road.

A Grimm Five: Justin Grimm was lights out once again as the 23 year old right hander continues to prove nearly untouchable. Grimm went 5 innings and gave up three hits, no walks, and one run, while striking out five batters. Grimm has given up one run or less in five of his six starts. With win number five, he moved in to a tie with teammate Barret Loux, Trevor Bauer, Trevor May, and two other pitchers for the most wins in minor league baseball this season. Overall on the season, Grimm is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA. He has given up 23 hits and 6 walks over 33 1/3 innings with 32 strikeouts.

Olt Stays Hot: After going 2 for 3 with a walk on Tuesday, Mike Olt continued his surge with a 2 for 4 game that included two doubles. Mike Olt is hitting .278 with a .422 on base percentage and .556 slugging percentage over his last ten games. After hitting under .200 against southpaws just about a week ago, Olt is already back up to normal levels against them. For the season, he is batting .290/.371/.645/1.017 against left handed pitchers. And overall .274/.373/.547/.920 against everybody.

Beltre's Speed: Engel Beltre went 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base on Tuesday and followed that up with a 1 for 4 game with a stolen base on Wednesday. Beltre now has 11 steals, which is 5 short of what he had all of last season for the 'Riders. He is batting .364 with a .928 OPS against left handed pitchers right now as well.

Profar's Power Surge: We've talked about Profar's early struggles here before, but over the last two weeks Jurickson Profar has turned into an extra base hit machine. Since April 19th, Profar is tied for the lead in extra base hits among hitters in Double-A with 10. Part of that was included in Wednesday night's win, when Profar went 1 for 4 with his sixth double of the season. He now has five doubles and four triples over his last ten games and is riding a 13 game hitting streak. He's reached base in 22 consecutive games and 23 of his 24 games overall.

Former 'Riders on the Mound

LHP John Danks (Chicago White Sox) vs. Cleveland Indians
RHP Neil Ramirez (Round Rock Express) vs. New Orleans Zephyrs

Minor League Baseball Titanium Sombrero Count: 2

Minor League Baseball Platinum Sombrero Count: 6

Minor League Baseball Golden Sombrero Count: 112

Minor League Baseball Sombrero Count: 967

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- Michael Damman

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