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100 Things on 100 Games

The RoughRiders have played 100 games this season. With only 40 games left, the ‘Riders currently own the Texas League’s second best record at 57-43. To celebrate the century mark, let’s tell you about 100 things from each of the 100 games. I promise that everything will not be listed, but let’s add up some of the RoughRiders’ most notable numbers and get to 100 x 100, or 10,000. Here we go.

0: The number of runs, hits, or base runners that Martin Perez allowed during his rain-shortened perfect game April 19 at Arkansas.

12: The number of home runs hit in the RoughRiders’ 19-4 victory over Corpus Christi this past Friday. The ‘Riders had eight of those, including three by Tommy Mendonca.

19: Frisco’s run total from that win last week, which matched a franchise-high for runs in a game. The club also surpassed its previous record in home runs (8) and hits (24).

20: How many times Dr Pepper Ballpark has been sold out this season. The RoughRiders currently lead the Texas League in attendance, averaging almost eight thousand people per night.

26: The ‘Riders have come from behind in 26 victories this season, which makes up almost half of Frisco’s wins.

48: How many different men have donned the RoughRiders uniform this season, which is a list that consists of men like defending American League MVP Josh Hamilton and undrafted 2011 free agent Jimmy Swift. And seemingly everyone in between.

65: The number of days the RoughRiders have been tied for or in sole possession of second place in the Texas League South Division.

76: The RoughRiders have made 76 transactions this season. The first one was sending now Chris Mobley, who is now with the Reds, to Triple-A Round Rock April 5. The most recent one was Robbie Diaz’s return to Frisco late last week.

100: Uh well, this is the number of games the ‘Riders have played. Sorry, I had to include it.

103: The number of home runs that the ‘Riders have hit this season, which is already 35 more than the club’s season total last year.

186: When you add the home runs and RBIs for Mike Bianucci (23, 70) and Tommy Mendonca (20, 73), you get 186. According to Michael Damman, the Director of the RoughRiders Statistical Research Department, the RoughRiders are the only team in the minors to have teammates that own 20+ homers and 70+ RBIs.

199: The number of wins in Frisco manager Steve Buechele’s career. He is 199-170 in his career and 120-101 during his time with the RoughRiders.

264: That’s how many minutes the RoughRiders’ longest game lasted. It was a 4-hour, 24-minute thriller that Arkansas won 4-3 in 15 innings.

296: Through Monday’s action, the Rangers’ minor league system has won 296 games, which is third-most in baseball. Texas’ farm system has the best winning percentage at .584.

306: Renny Osuna’s hit total while with the RoughRiders, which is second to Steve Murphy. Murphy had 319 during his time in Frisco.

541: The number of runs Frisco’s offense has scored this season, which is good for more than five runs per contest.

.570 (this is counting as 570, by the way): Frisco’s winning percentage, which would be the fourth-best in franchise history. The previous high is .607 back in 2007.

774: The number of strikeouts that Frisco’s pitching staff has come up with during the season. Jake Brigham leads all ‘Riders with 85.

910: Frisco pitching has thrown 910 innings this year. In that span, the club owns a 4.41 ERA, which is third in the Texas League.

965: How many hits the RoughRiders’ offense has mustered, which is almost ten per game. Frisco trails only Springfield in the Texas League in hits.

1.007 (this is counting as 1,007, by the way): Leonys Martin’s OPS while with the RoughRiders, which leads all 2011 ‘Riders not named Josh Hamilton (1.087), who doesn’t quite count. Martin hit .348 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 29 games at the Double-A level.

1509: The total number of bases the ‘Riders have reached this season. That’s a lot of running.

2004: The year of the RoughRiders’ first and only Texas League championship season. Here in 2011, the ‘Riders have proven through their first 100 games that they have the talent to add another title here in 2011.

Yep, that’s 10,000. It will be fun to see what 1 or 100 amazing things the RoughRiders do in the season’s stretch run. Enjoy the ride along with us.

- Brian

Early Starts Mean Late Endings

The RoughRiders lead the league in extra inning games this season. Frisco has played bonus baseball in 12 games. Considering today is the final game of the first half, the ‘Riders are on pace to play almost a month’s worth of extra inning games by the end of the season.

The main culprit for the frequency of bonus baseball? Day games. Maybe that’s not entirely true, but there is a trend.

Here are the eight games that began at noon or earlier. Notice the extra baseball.

  • April 12: Arkansas 9, Frisco 4: No extra innings here. In fact, this one was tied for the most lopsided early game of the year. Mike Trout, the Angels number one prospect, hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam that hit his head shot on Rider Vision. I promise, it gets better from here.
  • April 18: Arkansas 4, Frisco 3 (15 innings): This one was a marathon. To this point in the season, it is the longest game in terms of time (4:26). It looked like the game would end in 13 frames when Robbie Diaz blooped in the go-ahead run in the top half. However, Trout was at it again, as he homered to lead off the bottom of the inning. That loss sent Frisco to 4-7 on the year.
  • April 26: San Antonio 6, Frisco 5: It wasn’t an extra-inning game, but it was crazy. Quick version: San Antonio scored three in the eighth on a Cody Decker homer to take a two-run lead. Then, Mike Bianucci hit a ball to the wall that was originally ruled a three-run bomb. It was overturned to an RBI double. The game took almost three hours, and it was the ultimate seesaw battle.
  • May 10: Frisco 4, Midland 3 (11 innings): The ‘Riders took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, when the ‘Hounds scored three times. Tommy Mendonca hit a go-ahead solo shot in the 11th to win it for the RoughRiders. The victory clinched a series win at Citibank Ballpark.
  • May 17: Frisco 1, Midland 0: It looked destined for extras. Two down, nobody on, tied game, bottom 9. Then, Jose Ruiz crushed a home run down the right field line to prevent the trend from continuing. The ‘Riders swept Midland in that four-game set.
  • May 23: Frisco 6, San Antonio 4 (10 innings): Frisco dominated this game until the ninth inning, when the Missions scored four runs to tie the game at 4 apiece. The ‘Riders regained all the momentum in the top of the tenth on a Davis Stoneburner home run and salvaged the finale in that four-game series at the Wolff.
  • May 26: Frisco 3, Northwest Arkansas 0: Along with the first early game, this one was the other “outlier.” Martin Perez tossed seven scoreless innings, and the game ended in a quick 2:14. The ‘Riders scored runs in three different innings.
  • June 6: Frisco 9, Tulsa 4: The ‘Riders and Drillers were locked in a good one until the top of the ninth, when Frisco scored four times. Jose Ruiz’s three-run bomb was the big blow in that frame. The victory completed a perfect 6-0 road trip to Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa.

Overall, the ‘Riders are 5-3 in these games, and those five wins came after three losses in April.

The run differential in those games: +5.

Average innings played: 10.1.

Likelihood of today’s game going down to the wire: very good.

Pre-game coverage begins at 10:35. First pitch is shortly after 11. Enjoy!

- Brian

Alumni Update

There are hundreds of former RoughRiders, so this post will not include all of them. However, many more than the 24 men currently on the ‘Riders’ roster have donned the Frisco jersey this year. Let’s update you on those men who are elsewhere in the Rangers’ farm system or elsewhere in minor league baseball.

Wilfredo Boscan (now with high-A Myrtle Beach):
Since his demotion to Myrtle Beach May 3, Boscan has pitched well. The right-hander boasts a 2-2 record and a 3.86 earned run average in nine appearances. Three of his last four efforts have been quality starts, including his seven-inning, one-run win last night that lowered Myrtle Beach’s magic number to 2.

Joey Butler (now with Triple-A Round Rock):
Butler has become an everyday outfielder for the Express. In 42 games at the Triple-A level, Butler is hitting .336 with three homers and 21 RBIs. His 0-for-2 effort yesterday snapped his 16-game hitting streak. Before that game, Butler had posted multi-hit showings in six of his last nine games. Against lefties, Butler is hitting .372.

Robbie Diaz (now with Triple-A Round Rock):
Diaz has played one fewer game in Frisco (13) than he has at Round Rock (14). He was bumped back up to Round Rock Sunday, but he has only played in one game since then. That game came Tuesday night, when he went 1-for-4 in a loss to Nashville. On the year between the ‘Riders and Express, Diaz is hitting .309 with two homers and eight RBIs.

Mark Hamburger (now with Triple-A Round Rock):
Since his first ever promotion to the Triple-A level May 11, Hamburger has recorded a 1-3 record and an 8.35 earned run average. The Minnesota native has struck out 17 men in almost 19 innings of work out of the bullpen. After a bit of a shaky start, Hamburger has begun to settle down. In his last three outings, Hamburger has allowed just one run on three hits in five and two-thirds innings. He also had this feature written about him. It is definitely recommended reading.

Beau Jones (now with Triple-A Round Rock):
Following his first promotion to Triple-A April 23, Jones has appeared in 16 games out of the bullpen. The left-hander has a 3.25 earned run average in 27 and two-thirds innings of action. Jones has struck out 18 and walked ten. Lefties are hitting just .227 against Jones, while right-handers own a .310 average.

Chris Mobley (now with Triple-A Louisville [Reds]):
Traded to Cincinnati in late May, Mobley has been a quality reliever for the Louisville Bats over the last few weeks. Mobley is 1-0 with a 1.23 earned run average in eight outings. In seven and a third innings, the right-hander has allowed one run on five hits. Including his time the Rangers and Reds’ organizations, Mobley is 3-0 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 appearances this season.

David Paisano (now with high-A Myrtle Beach):
Sent down to the Carolina League May 14, Paisano has struggled a bit with the Pelicans. He is hitting .191 with four RBIs. He has hit .238 in ten games during the month of June. During Myrtle Beach’s historic 23-inning game Sunday, Paisano went 3-for-9 with one of the Pelicans’ two runs.

Sorry this update didn’t include updates on names like Nelson Cruz, Neftali Feliz or Josh Hamilton. I think you can figure those out yourselves! Catch the pre-game coverage tonight at 6:35. First pitch between the Hooks and ‘Riders is set for 7:05. Enjoy.

- Brian

Shaq Diesel

The career of center Shaquille O’Neal has come to an end, and he went out in style. Shaq invited the media to his house, and he treated them to lunch and a laugh-filled press conference.

O’Neal played for six franchises, and he was a winner everywhere he went. However, his lasting legacy will be the incredible personality that he had. It was awesome to watch him joke his way through a “goodbye” press conference.

Oh, and one more basketball note: Dirk Nowitzki is really, really good at basketball. And Miami is spinning with that reality right now.

Now, some baseball in today’s Facts.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • We talked about Renny Osuna in yesterday’s blog, and he came through yet again. But, Osuna would not have been the hero without Tommy Mendonca’s big blast in the ninth. Mendonca has been great in the late innings this year. He has hit five of his 12 homers in the eighth inning or later, and he has a .302 batting average in the “late innings.”
  • It looked very bleak for the ‘Riders going into that final inning. Frisco had mustered only a walk in four innings against the Northwest Arkansas bullpen. Both Mendonca and Mike Bianucci, who led off the ninth with a single, had been 0-for-3 prior to the frame. The single and homer extended both men’s road on-base streak to 23 games, which spans the entire season.
  • For what it is worth, Osuna was also hitless in three at bats when he gave the RoughRiders their first lead of the game in the tenth inning. His long ball was the catalyst to the club’s sixth extra-inning win and 11th comeback victory.
  • Jake Brigham had to labor through his outing yesterday, but the righty found a way to gut through five innings. Over his last three starts, Brigham has not had his best stuff (9.26 ERA), but he still has worked through five innings in ten of his 11 starts this season.
  • Jose Felix’s shoulder injury, which put him on the disabled list yesterday, will give Robbie Diaz and, likely to a slightly lesser extent, Elio Sarmiento a chance to shine. Diaz figures to get a few more starts that Sarmiento during the process, but that’s just my educated guess. Diaz has hit well while in Frisco, boasting a .308 average. During his month-plus in Triple-A Round Rock, Diaz hit .346 in 13 games.
  • The RoughRiders just cannot catch a break in the standings. Despite a pair of narrow victories in the first two games of this series, the ‘Riders have not gained any ground on San Antonio. The Missions have won back-to-back games in walk-off fashion at home against Arkansas. Frisco remains seven games back of San Antonio with 18 left in the first half. The Missions’ magic number is 12.
  • On the flip side, Tulsa leads the North by one game on Northwest, two on Arkansas and three on Springfield. If the ‘Riders were in the North, they would be in first place.
  • Programming note: Aaron Goldsmith will blog from Tulsa tomorrow here in the Insider Blog. He will chat about life on the road in the Texas League along with some news and notes.
  • Aaron has also begun to load some videos to our Twitter account, and I will do my best to link those to the blog. Here is his chat with strength and conditioning coach Eric McMahon from yesterday, and here is his talk with newly activated lefty Corey Young.

Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 tonight. Enjoy!

- Brian

Stay Safe Out There

A week ago, few people knew about places like Joplin, Mo., Denning, Ark., and Edmond, Okla. However, more severe storms have rolled through the nation’s heartland, and these three towns experienced powerful tornadoes.

Keep those who have been affected by these storms in your thoughts. Unfortunately, the threat remains for the next few days before this system blows through.

Let’s get you ready for this home stand with today’s installment of the Facts.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • Since the beginning of the season, Frisco manager Steve Buechele has said that his club will not win many “easy” games. That thought was well-represented Monday afternoon in San Antonio. Before Saturday night, the ‘Riders had only lost one game when they had held a four-run lead. In the last three contests, San Antonio twice erased four-run deficits and eventually won one of those two games.
  • With the way the last few weeks have transpired for the RoughRiders, I decided to go back through every win and see how the ‘Riders have notched these victories. Frisco’s 23 wins have come by a total of 66 runs, or 2.9 runs per game.
  • Of those 23 wins, though, 18 have come by three runs or less. Thus, there are obviously some outliers that skew this average. Those five other wins have come by 4, 7, 11, 7, and 9 runs. So, if you throw out those five victories, the ‘Riders have won 18 by a total of 28 runs. That computes out to 1.6 runs per game, which is pretty astounding when you think about it.
  • The efforts of Davis Stoneburner have continued to shine. Stoneburner’s solo shot Monday gave Frisco one of its most improbable wins, and it capped off a four-hit, three-run game. He went 6-for-12 in the four-game set at San Antonio, and he has hit .432 during his ten-game hitting streak. This run has raised his average up to a season-high .263.
  • The RoughRiders made a roster move today, placing Elio Sarmiento on the seven-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Robbie Diaz is back with the club after spending more than a month with Triple-A Round Rock. Diaz played in 13 games and hit .346 (18-for-55) with a homer and three RBIs.
  • The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are in town tonight through Friday. Last year, the Naturals won their first Texas League title by defeating Midland in the championship series. Frisco went 7-5 against Northwest a year ago.
  • The Naturals have a loaded roster once again this year. Northwest Arkansas is Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, and the Royals have the best farm system in baseball. Four of the Royals’ top eight prospects (according to Baseball America) are here in the Texas League. Unfortunately, only two–last year’s first-round pick Christian Colon and left-handed starter Chris Dwyer–are active. Outfielder Wil Myers and southpaw John Lamb are currently on the disabled list.
  • By the way, I mentioned Denning, Ark., which is in the northwestern part of the state. Fortunately, Springdale, Ark., where the Naturals originate from, is about an hour and a half away from Denning.
  • Finally, if you missed it Monday night, there was a 23-inning game in the Florida State League. Jupiter defeated Clearwater 2-1 in one of the wackiest games you’ll ever read about. It lasted 5:37, and only 330 attended the game. I’m sure everyone stayed the whole game, though.

Catch all of the coverage of tonight’s game at 6:35 on the RoughRiders Baseball Network. Enjoy!

- Brian

Everyone Struggles Sometimes

Yesterday was not a good one for the Frisco RoughRiders. However, the great thing about baseball is that chances at redemption come quickly.

Frisco has lost four straight and 11 of 14. However, I know of another team that lost 11 of 14 last year. The San Francisco Giants.

From June 18-July 2, the defending World Series champion fell to only one game above .500 at the halfway mark of the season. Look what happened after that.

Every team in baseball has a lull or two. The best teams bounce back from them well. We’ll see how the ‘Riders bounce back from this two-week valley.

We’re still peaking on the Facts. Let’s get a Wednesday edition underway.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • The RoughRiders have placed outfielder Engel Beltre on the temporary inactive list. He must sit out at least three days. Mark Hamburger was on this list a few weeks ago. (UPDATE: He is still active. There may be a move at some point soon, though.)
  • Apparently, the official ruling on the overturned home run off the bat of Mike Bianucci in the ninth inning yesterday was a ground-rule double. Aaron Goldsmith tells me that the rationale was that the ball hit Sawyer Carroll’s glove, then the wall, then his glove again, and then went over the fence. I wasn’t there, so I didn’t see it. Strange stuff.
  • Obviously, Bianucci and the ‘Riders were frustrated about that call. However, Frisco’s primary designated hitter is starting to heat up again. After a 3-for-19 slump without an RBI, Bianucci has four RBIs and a .400 (8-for-20) average over his last five games.
  • Another player who is heating up is outfielder David Paisano. The outfielder, one of only three listed on the Frisco roster currently, is hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three runs scored over the last five games. His average is up to .262, which is the highest he has been so far this season.
  • Getting off to quick starts is not something the RoughRiders have been known for so far this year. Frisco has led after five innings only six times this year, which is last in the Texas League. The RoughRiders are also seventh in this eight-team league with a 1-11 mark when either trailing or even after five frames. There have been 16 victories in those situations thus far this year throughout the TL, so the ‘Riders are well below average.
  • In these situations, one must look for the positives. One thing the RoughRiders can look at is their improved starting pitching. Six of the last eight starters have pitched through the fifth inning after only four starters reached that plateau in the rotation’s first two turns.
  • It appears that Jake Brigham is a specialist, in that he specializes in going five innings and giving up three earned runs. After all, he has done exactly that in all four of his starts this year–his first four outings at the Double-A level. Pretty crazy stuff for the Rangers’ 30th ranked prospect.
  • The ‘Riders have held the best hitter in the Texas League, James Darnell, relatively in check. Darnell is just 2-for-8 in the series, lowering his batting average from .482 to a still-healthy .453. Darnell remains the batting leader right now, and he is one of two (Corpus Christi’s Wladimir Sutil the other) who is hitting above .400. Frisco’s Jonathan Greene is on the outside looking in with a .396 mark, which is third.
  • It’s safe to say that Frisco manager Steve Buechele has settled on much of his lineup at this point. The 1-6 spots–Engel Beltre, Davis Stoneburner, Bianucci, Tommy Mendonca, Greene, and Jose Ruiz–in the order have remained the same for the last seven games. However, that will have to change with Beltre being on the Temporary Inactive List.
  • Former Frisco catcher Robbie Diaz has begun his stint with Triple-A Round Rock on a tear. Diaz is hitting .600 (6-for-10) in his first three games, including a 3-for-4 effort yesterday against Oklahoma City.
  • Texas’ number two prospect, shortstop Jurickson Profar, has returned from the disabled list with three hits in his first two games. Profar has reached base in five of his eight plate appearances for low-A Hickory.

Game three of this four-game series begins at 7:05. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:35 along the RoughRiders Baseball Network. Enjoy!

- Brian

Get Hooked on Corpus

Eight-team leagues have unique schedules, especially when they are full-season, 140-game leagues. The Carolina League distributes things evenly, with all teams playing against each other 20 times.

That means that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Rangers’ high-A affiliate and the southernmost member of the CL, must travel to Wilmington, Del. (ten hours away) as many times as they travel to Kinston, N.C. (three hours away).

It’s a little different in the Texas League, where teams play the opposite division 48 times (12 games per team) and the same division 92 times. Within the South, the ‘Riders play two teams (this year, Corpus Christi and San Antonio) 32 times and one team (this year, Midland) 28 times.

As you can see, Frisco fans get a chance to know future Astros, Athletics, and Padres very, very well.

Today is game one of 92 within the South. Let’s preview it with a set of Facts.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • Before getting to a roster move, we need to touch on Martin Perez’s perfect game (for the thousandth time). Perez’s rain-shortened gem caught the attention of many media outlets: LoneStarDugout.com, NBC-DFW, the Newberg Report, SB Nation, and many others. Scroll down to yesterday’s blog entry here, and you can hear the “15th out” and Perez’s thoughts.
  • True “perfect game” or not, it was pretty cool to experience. And it is a great sign moving forward in terms of Perez’s progression. In his last two outings, Perez has amassed 10 scoreless innings. He has struck out 12 and scattered four base hits. Last year, Perez held his opposition scoreless only three times.
  • With pitcher Brett Tomko and former Frisco catcher Taylor Teagarden getting the call-up to Arlington, the rest of the organization was shaken up a bit. For the RoughRiders, it was a pretty easy switch. Catcher Robbie Diaz was moved up to Round Rock, and fellow backstop Elio Sarmiento was activated from the disabled list. Sarmiento was with the ‘Riders last year and hit .191 (39-for-204) with 21 RBIs in 59 games.
  • Diaz was technically the back-up in Frisco with Jose Felix, the organization’s 26th-ranked prospect, ahead of him. He had only appeared in five games with the ‘Riders, which happened to be his first run through Double-A since 2007. This gives Diaz a chance to go back to the level he has played at since ’08.
  • For what it is worth, Diaz has been at the Triple-A level long enough to evaluate. Over 178 games within the Blue Jays, Pirates, and Tigers’ organization, Diaz has hit .266 with six homers and 62 RBIs.
  • One other random tidbit about Diaz, a minor leaguer since 2002: he played on the “Medicine Hat Blue Jays” during the franchise’s final season in the Pioneer League. The city of Medicine Hat is in Alberta, Canada. The likes of Jay Gibbons, Mike Timlin and David Wells went through Medicine Hat. If you don’t believe me on the name, check it out.
  • With apologies to Jonathan Greene and what he has done over the last handful of games, third baseman Tommy Mendonca has been the hottest RoughRider. Mendonca is 9-for-20 in his last five efforts with two homers and six RBIs. What makes this run even more impressive is that Mendonca had been in a funk before this surge (2-for-16 in his previous five games).
  • The Rangers’ farm system has been hot, too. In fact, Texas owns the best minor league record (33-18) so far this season. The Athletics are only percentage points behind the Rangers at 34-19, with the Dodgers a half-game back at 34-20.
  • If there is one Hook to look out for in this series, it has to be outfielder J.D. Martinez. He has driven in a run in each of his last eight games and leads the Texas League with 18 RBIs. With men in scoring position, he is hitting a ridiculous .467 (7-for-15).
  • The RoughRiders hope he cools down soon, especially because the next few weeks are loaded with Frisco-Corpus match-ups. Of the 32 meetings between these two teams this year, 12 of them will take place over the next 25 days. Overall, the RoughRiders’ next 32 games are against the South Division. Frisco will not cross back over into the North until May 25 against Northwest Arkansas.
  • Martin Perez wasn’t the only member of the Rangers’ minor league system who has had no-hit stuff. Round Rock starter Zach Jackson took a no-no into the eighth Tuesday.

Pre-game coverage along the RoughRiders’ Baseball Network begins at 6:35, with first pitch set for 7:05. Enjoy this quick homestand!

- Brian

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