April 26th, 2011
Yesterday’s severe weather may have hit Vilonia, Ark., the hardest. A tornado ripped through the town north of Little Rock last night, killing four people. Three others died because of floods caused by this storm. Dozens are still missing.
The video of this storm is incredible. Please keep those who were affected in your thoughts today.
With that somber note out of the way, let’s get you a few facts before today’s morning showdown.
- Frisco’s pitching staff did an admirable job against the Missions with the bases loaded. San Antonio came in with a .375 batting average in those situations, and Frisco pitching limited the club to one hit in five chances. However, the one hit was ultimately the game-winner. It was Blake Tekotte’s two-run single with one down in the eighth.
- Martin Perez did not have his best stuff yesterday, and San Antonio took advantage in the first. Credit Perez for limiting the damage after a rough beginning. Not only did Perez strand two in the first inning after getting hit around, but none of his four walks came back to bite him. Also, he held the Missions to an 0-for-2 showing with the bases packed. With no one out, Perez struck out Jaff Decker, the home run and RBI leader in this league, and induced a Kyle Blanks double play.
- I didn’t see Perez last year, but that is an important part of development. Pitchers will not always have their best stuff, and the Rangers’ number one prospect was able to manage a very respectable outing against a fantastic offense.
- Corey Young has had three scoreless outings and three bad ones. Last night was a bad one. The lefty only retired one of the eight men he faced, with the first two reaching on walks. The more surprising note is that left-handers are roughing up Young. Lefties are hitting .556 off him, and both of the hits he allowed yesterday were against left-handed hitters.
- I’m not saying this to defend Young. Those numbers need to improve. But the guy is always here very early. He is trying to make it work, and as a fan, I hope things can improve for a pitcher who seems to really care.
- Good stat from the fantastic “Riders Press Box” twitter account: reliever Adalberto Flores Adalberto Flores extended his scoreless inning streak to 12 with three
scoreless innings yesterday. His ERA is at 0.69, and his WHIP sits at 0.77.
- Both games involving North Division teams were rained out yesterday. The Travelers and Naturals have not played since Friday because their last three games have been postponed. To put it into perspective, Frisco had four games either postponed or canceled due to weather in 2010.
- Here’s the hour-by-hour weather in San Antonio today. First-pitch temperature is set for 85, and the temperature will rise to 97 by 2 p.m. Ouch.
We begin the pre-game at 10:35 this morning. For those listening on 1630 KKGM, today’s game will be broadcast on a tape delay. It will begin at 6:35 p.m. Enjoy!