August 25th, 2011
The ‘Riders will welcome outfielder David Paisano back to Frisco today, while infielder Matt Leeds is heading back to the Arizona League.
Paisano opened the season with the RoughRiders and hit .213 with 12 runs scored five RBIs in 27 games. He was sent to High-A Myrtle Beach May 14. Paisano hit .241 with the Pelicans in 65 games.
Paisano is not in the RoughRiders’ starting lineup tonight in game three of this four-game series.
Leeds spent a little more than a week with the RoughRiders and played in three games. The College of Charleston product went 3-for-9 with two RBIs. Leeds will return to Surprise to rejoin the first-place AZL Rangers. This season in Arizona, Leeds is hitting .264 with three homers and 23 RBIs.
Unfortunately for Paisano, he will not get to take part in the “Hurricane Party” at the Pelicans’ home game tonight at BB&T Coastal Field. The team tweeted today that anyone with the name Irene gets free admission.
That sound is the RoughRiders making quite a charge late in the regular season. The ‘Riders own a four-game winning streak, with the last two victories coming against the San Antonio Missions. This will most likely be the first round playoff matchup in the Texas League South, and it should be fascinating based on the last two games. Here are some notable stats after last night’s win.
5: The RoughRiders’ current home winning streak, which is the longest of the year. Three of those five victories have come by just one run. Overall this year, the club is 38-27 at home.
7: The ‘Riders have hit seven home runs in their last three games, all of which were wins. During Frisco’s four-game losing skid that preceded this run, the club only hit two homers. In the entire month of August, the ‘Riders have only hit 16 long balls, so the power is coming back for the RoughRiders.
13: How many one-run games the RoughRiders and Missions have played this season. San Antonio owns a narrow 7-6 edge in these games. Overall in the season series, the Missions lead 18-12, but Frisco is an even 7-7 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
14: Frisco is now 14 games above .500, which is one away from matching a season high. The ‘Riders were 15 games above .500 three times (July 14, July 24, and July 26).
29-2: This stat is courtesy of Mike Saeger, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Missions. San Antonio is 29-2 when hitting two or more home runs. The second loss came last night against the RoughRiders.
30: Mike Bianucci’s home run total this season, which puts him second on the RoughRiders’ all-time list for a single season home run mark. Bianucci is four away from Nate Gold’s record of 34. If Bianucci plays in every game the rest of the regular season, he is on pace for 33 homers.
39.1: The number of innings Carlos Pimentel has worked against San Antonio, and the righty is 2-0 with a 2.97 earned run average. Not bad for a guy who has a 5.21 ERA overall.
And most importantly…
14: The number of days until Game 1 of the Texas League playoffs.