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Texas League South Division Series
Frisco RoughRiders at San Antonio Missions
Wednesday, September 7 – 7:05 p.m.
Game 1 – Series tied 0-0
GAME 1 BACKGROUND:
The RoughRiders begin their sixth postseason journey tonight in San Antonio against a Missions team that finished with minor league baseball’s best record (94-46). These two teams posted the top two records in the entire Texas League. San Antonio won the season series 19-13, which includes an 11-5 mark against the ‘Riders at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium. These two franchises have not met in the postseason since 2008 when the RoughRiders swept San Antonio 3-0.
Frisco – LHP Robbie Ross: Ross earned a promotion to Frisco in early August, and he has an ERA of 2.61 in his six starts with the ‘Riders. With High-A Myrtle Beach, Ross went 9-4 with a 2.61 ERA, which was enough to earn him the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Year honor. The southpaw squared off with San Antonio August 26, and he worked seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Left-handed hitters are hitting just .143 against Ross.
San Antonio – RHP Joe Wieland: Wieland joined the Missions after Texas shipped the right-hander to San Diego, along with lefty Robbie Erlin, for big league reliever Mike Adams. Since joining San Antonio, Wieland is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five starts. The Reno, Nevada, native earned a victory against the ‘Riders in his only start against his former club August 25. Overall this year with High-A Myrtle Beach, Frisco and San Antonio, Wieland is 13-4 with an ERA of 1.97, which is fifth in minor league baseball.
- The RoughRiders are 4-4 all-time in playoff series openers, which is also their record in playoff series. When the ‘Riders win Game 1 of a playoff series, they have always won the series. When they lose Game 1, they have always lost the set.
- Robbie Ross’ Double-A debut came in Game 4 of the Texas League Division Series last year. He gave up seven runs in three-plus innings in a season-ending loss at Midland.
- Renny Osuna has been the ‘Riders’ best hitter against the Missions this season. In 29 games, Osuna is hitting .328 with 13 RBIs. Frisco’s home run leader, Mike Bianucci, has also enjoyed some success against the Missions. Bianucci hit seven of his 30 homers against San Antonio pitching.
- The RoughRiders enter the postseason without a player on the disabled list. San Antonio is missing only Beamer Weems, who has been out of action since July 5. The Missions did get an offensive boost with the return of Vince Belnome, who returned to the lineup August 30 after missing a month and a half. Belnome boasted a .327 average against the ‘Riders in 15 games.
- Three other Rangers affiliates begin postseason play tonight. Triple-A Round Rock hosts Omaha in their first playoff game since 2006. High-A Myrtle Beach is in the playoffs in its first season as a Rangers farm club, and the Pelicans play Kinston. Low-A Hickory travels to Greensboro for the opener of a best-of-three semifinal.
You can catch tonight’s game, along with every 2011 playoff game, on 1630 KKGM or online here. You will hear from Frisco skipper Steve Buechele and LoneStarDugout.com’s Jason Cole on the pre-game show, which begins at 6:35.
The Roughriders acquired the draft rights to Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor yesterday. That’s the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, not to be confused with the Frisco RoughRiders. Clearly, Saskatchewan hasn’t gotten the memo that capitalizing the second “R” just feels right.
However, those Roughriders will be Pryor-less, as reported by AP today. That means, I guess, that he’s available. I don’t know how good of a baseball player is, but he is great at getting tattooed. If he’s a pitcher, that’s not a good omen.
San Antonio had not tattooed the ‘Riders until yesterday. Let’s delve into the loss in today’s Facts.
- If you learned one thing from yesterday’s game, it is probably this—San Antonio is loaded offensively. Five runs came on two opposite-field home runs from Vince Belnome, who is not one of the “big bashers” on the club. Then, Anthony Contreras, the Missions’ eight-hole hitter, crushed a grand slam in the eighth inning. If you don’t limit Belnome and consistently retire Contreras, you will have a tough time outscoring San Antonio. Frisco found that out yesterday.
- That Contreras bomb was the Missions’ seventh grand slam of the season. As a team, San Antonio is hitting .329 (28-for-85) with 84 RBIs in bases loaded situations this season. Two teams—Tulsa (.378) and Midland (.344)—are hitting better than San Antonio in those situations; however, the Drillers and RockHounds combine for only 109 at bats and 92 RBIs. The frequency is the alarming thing, as the Missions average 1.5 at-bats with the bases loaded per game.
- Unfortunately, the RoughRiders’ “elimination number” fell to 7 with 13 games left. It is not insurmountable, but it will be a challenge. Still, Frisco is in great shape if the Missions keep playing well all season because of the struggles of Midland and Corpus Christi. The ‘Riders are nine and 11 games ahead of the RockHounds and Hooks, respectively.
- The ‘Riders (24-11) have the second-best record in Double-A since May 1, yet they haven’t gained any ground in the division. That’s because the Missions have the exact same record over that span.
- We’ve mentioned this on the broadcast a few times. If Frisco were in the North, the club would not only be in first place, but it would have a three-game lead on Arkansas, the current squad in first. Right now, the North’s best and worst are separated by only a game and a half.
- The RoughRiders will turn to Carlos Pimentel to try to even up this series. After a rough April, Pimentel has really settled down. Since the beginning of May, Pimentel is 2-0 with a 3.99 earned run average. Against the Missions in three starts, Pimentel boasts a 2.16 ERA.
- Props to the RoughRiders Director of Community Development Mike Davidow for being quoted in the newest issue of ESPN the Magazine. He was asked about the creation of uniforms for major league players when on a rehab assignment. Clearly, the Worldwide Leader has ALL the big time contacts.
- Again, if you missed this yesterday, check out an awesome story from the Draft. The Rangers selected a player who was partially paralyzed.
- Finally, I am off this weekend, but you should still expect some blogging over the weekend. I’ll be back Monday.
The ‘Riders and Missions get going at 7:05 p.m. First pitch on the RBN begins at 6:35. Enjoy!