August 6th, 2011
The RoughRiders are chasing their second Texas League championship as a team, but there is quite an individual storyline gathering speed within the ‘Riders clubhouse.
In his third season with the RoughRiders, Renny Osuna is just three hits away from matching Steve Murphy’s franchise record in hits, which currently sits at 319.
Osuna, a .294 hitter in his six-year minor league career, has 316 hits while with the ‘Riders. This season, Osuna is batting .299 with a career-high eight home runs. Frisco’s everyday shortstop has driven in 48 runs, which is one off his total from last year and only 18 shy of his career-high mark set in 2008.
Hit number one in Osuna’s Double-A career came in his first ever at-bat with the RoughRiders May 29, 2009, at Tulsa. Osuna singled and came around to score against Drillers starter Brandon Durden.
Osuna’s third hit was his first at Dr Pepper Ballpark June 3, once again against the Drillers. The ’09 season ended with Osuna notching 62 base hits, which was good for a .246 average.
In his first full season in Frisco, Osuna started climbing the hit list quickly. Following a 14-hit April, Osuna’s first Double-A home run was in his first game of May. That home run came during a 3-for-4 day May 3.
Overall in 2010, Osuna hit below .270 for a month only once. The Caracas, Venezuela, native posted a .293 average with four homers and 49 RBIs.
Before the start of this season, Osuna had 194 hits in his ‘Riders career. Despite bouncing around three different positions and missing time with a broken nose, Osuna has 122 hits in 94 games this season. He is on pace to reach or surpass many of his individual marks.
Osuna is also on pace to break the all-time hits record in Frisco history very soon, and he has gotten within three hits of Murphy’s mark despite appearing in 47 fewer games and going to the plate 149 fewer times.
Isn’t it fitting that the RoughRiders have just begun their longest home stand of the season with Osuna on the brink of history?
Osuna needs just three more hits, and fans at Dr Pepper Ballpark are likely to see those three and many more from Renny.