Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/23)

GAME #98 (2nd HALF GAME #29)

Frisco RoughRiders (50-47 overall, 12-16 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (60-38 overall, 13-15 second half)
Saturday, July 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Tied 1-1)
This season: Game 27 of 32 (Hooks lead 16-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – RF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Joe Jackson – LF
  6. Luis Marte – SS
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – DH

RHP Richelson Pena (2-0, 3.50 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday at Corpus Christi (L, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: 1B Ronald Guzman

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Coming up just short in the ninth inning, the Riders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Hooks on Friday night at Whataburger Field…In a 1-1 tie in the sixth, the Riders allowed an unearned run on a play at the plate…Corpus Christi added solo runs on homers in the seventh and eighth innings…Frisco plated a pair of runs in the ninth inning on RBI singles by RYAN CORDELL and LUIS MARTESCOTT CARROLL tossed five innings of one-run ball, taking no decision.

#THEYREHOOKED:

With the loss last night, the Riders now need to run the table over the final six games against Corpus Christi to come up with a season- series split. At 10-16, Frisco would be 16-16 against Corpus Christi with wins today and tomorrow and a four-game home sweep August 30-September 2. The Riders have only once won six straight over Corpus Christi, back in 2007. Frisco has just one season-series win over the Hooks over the last four years as well. The Riders were demolished last year, going 9-23 after an 18-14 mark in 2014. That said, Frisco can still have a winning record at Whataburger Field with wins today and tomorrow, something the club has done only four times in the 11-year history of the rivalry, last coming in 2011 (9-7 record).

ROAD TO MIDLAND:

Today continues a pivotal seven-game road trip, a trek against the top two teams in the division. The Riders play four at Corpus Christi followed by three against division-leading Midland. Back in fourth place, the Riders are seven games back of Midland. Since the Riders fell four games on July 2, they haven’t been closer and have been back by as many as eight games behind the RockHounds.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 21 home runs in the past four series, including this current set, and hit 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 22 homers in the last 14 games with homers in 10 of those 14. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 23 July homers, four better than Springfield (19) and Tulsa (19).

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:

Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year-old is hitting .307 in his first 20 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 17 of the 20 games and holds a .376 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 24 of his last 30 games in the grass after DH’ing most of the year.

KINER KEEPS ON KEEPING ON…:

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 21 straight games, a season-long and the longest active streak in the league. He has hits in 17 of those games and has reached safely in 32 of his 86 plate appearances, a .372 OBP in that span (20 hits, nine walks, three HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .356 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.363) and 13th in the league.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:

Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN:

Outscoring opponents 49-33 over the last eight games, the Riders now have a 411-410 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-hander Keegan Yuhl makes his fourth appearance against the RoughRiders this season. Frisco has tallied nine runs and 20 hits off Yuhl in 16 1/3 innings pitched (4.96 ERA). After winning seven straight decisions, Yuhl has lost two of his last three starts, yet still leads the staff with eight wins and is third in the league in ERA (3.05), trailing just Chase De Jong (2.59) of Tulsa and Jake Junis (3.03) of Northwest Arkansas. The Del Mar, California native was selected by the Astros in the 35th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Last Tuesday, Yuhl was named to the Texas League South Division All-Star team. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, changeup, slider.

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/22)

GAME #97 (2nd HALF GAME #28)

Frisco RoughRiders (50-46 overall, 12-15 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (59-38 overall, 12-15 second half)
Friday, July 22 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Riders lead 1-0)
This season: Game 26 of 32 (Hooks lead 15-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – RF
  5. Joe Jackson – LF
  6. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  7. Luis Marte – DH
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Scott Carroll (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at Corpus Christi (W, 7-6 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Luis Marte

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Erasing deficits of 4-1 and 6-5, the Riders rallied back twice to beat the Corpus Christi Hooks 7-6 in ten innings…RYAN CORDELL put the Riders ahead in the tenth with his third hit of the night and second RBI… JOHN FASOLA fired the final 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief work for the win…Frisco plated four runs in the seventh to turn around a 4-1 deficit, but Roberto Pena’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth put the Hooks back up…LUIS MARTE drove in the tying run in both the seventh and ninth innings, plating three in total on a pair of hits…Cordell and ANDY IBANEZ both blasted home runs in the win.

ROAD TO MIDLAND:

Today continues a pivotal seven-game road trip, a trek against the top two teams in the division. The Riders play four at Corpus Christi followed by three against division-leading Midland. Now in a tie for second place with Corpus Christi and San Antonio, the Riders are seven games back of Midland. Since the Riders fell four games on July 2, they haven’t been closer and have been back by as many as eight games behind the RockHounds.

BIG LEAGUE CANNON:

SCOTT CARROLL, acquired in a trade by the Rangers for cash considerations on Wednesday, makes the start for the RoughRiders. The 31-year-old has spent the majority of 2016 with Triple-A Charlotte of the International League, going 2-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 games, 12 starts. He made three relief outings with the White Sox in May, allowing three runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Carroll was on Chicago’s 40-man roster before being assigned outright to Charlotte on July 14.

PARTY LIKE ITS 2007??:

Frisco enters today having won a previously unprecedented four-straight over the Hooks and can add to it today. Prior to the end of the last series, the Riders had won consecutive games twice this season against Corpus Christi but not three in-a-row, much less four straight. The Riders last won four straight against the Hooks in the final meeting of 2013 and the first three of 2014 and last won four-straight in the same season July 17 and July 22-24, 2011. The last four-game win streak at Whataburger Field was in a four-game sweep June 25-28, 2010. The RoughRiders have never won five straight games at Whataburger Field, and the last time that Frisco won five straight against the Hooks overall was June 18-June 21 (G1), 2009 at home. The longest winning streak over the Hooks came July 13-14 and July 26-29, 2007, six straight, all at home.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:

Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 21 home runs in the past four series, including this current set, and hit 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 22 homers in the last 13 games with homers in 10 of those 13. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 23 July homers, two better than Springfield (19).

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:

Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year-old is hitting .310 in his first 19 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 16 of the 19 games and holds a .383 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 24 of his last 30 games in the grass after DH’ing most of the year.

KINER KEEPS ON KEEPING ON…:

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 20 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 16 of those games and has reached safely in 31 of his 82 plate appearances, a .378 OBP in that span (19 hits, nine walks, three HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .357 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.367) and 13th in the league.

ONLY THE RUN COLUMN COUNTS:

The RoughRiders won last night, despite being out-hit by the Hooks. Oddly enough, that’s been a trend in Riders games lately. The winning team has been outhit in six of the last eight games and seven of the past 14 contests.

…AND GUZMAN’S GETTING ON TOO!:

Speaking of RONALD GUZMAN, the team-leader in on-base percentage has reached in 20 straight games as well. During the streak, Guzman posted a 16-game hit streak as well, the third-longest in the league this year. During the streak he hit .365 with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs. Guzman was named to MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week Monday.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN:

Outscoring opponents 46-29 over the last seven games, the Riders now have a 408-406 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-handed pitcher Edison Frias (3-1, 2.57 ERA) is in his sixth season with the Astros organization, and his second in Corpus Christi…He has dominated the Riders this year, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five outings, including four starts…He went 4-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 8 games (6 starts) after his promotion to Double-A last July, including a win over the RoughRiders on September 3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He also faced a handful of current Riders last year in two starts against Class A-Advaned High Desert, going 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA. A native of the Dominican Republic, his repertoire includes a fastball, curveball, changeup and cutter.

Riding Through the Farm: July 22

Riding Through the Farm v3

“Riding Through the Farm” is your weekly look at what’s going on in the Rangers organization outside of Frisco.

TEXAS RANGERS (55-41 – 1st, AL West)

The Rangers are just 1-5 since the All-Star break, continuing their cold stretch. The team has won just four games in the month of July for a pitiful 4-12 record.

Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo were both recently placed on the disabled list, as the club’s injury woes continue as well. Texas wraps up its nine-game post-All-Star road trip with a three-game set in Kansas City. The Rangers are clinging to a 3 1/2 game lead over Houston in the American League West.

Tonight: at Kansas City Royals, 7:15 p.m. (SP: RHP Yu Darvish)

TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (49-50 – 2nd, PCL American Southern Division)

7-20 Beck promotion

Preston Beck was promoted to Round Rock Wednesday and made his Triple-A debut last night.

The Express played last night’s game as the Round Rock FireAnts on “What Could Have Been Night”. The FireAnts marched their way to a 3-0 victory, extinguishing the Fresno Grizzlies at Dell Diamond. Preston Beck went 1-for-4 in his Triple-A debut.

Additionally, two members of the E-Train were recently recalled to the Majors. The Rangers called up infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields to fill the holes left by Fielder and Choo being placed on the disabled list.

Tonight: at Colorado Springs, 8:05 p.m. (SP: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez)

CLASS-A ADVANCED HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS (57-40 overall, 14-13 second half – T-3rd place, California League South Division)

The Mavericks have already clinched a playoff spot with their first-half division title. They current have the best overall record in the circuit at 57-40.

Travis Demeritte continues to pace the circuit with 22 home runs. The total is six more than the two players tied for second behind him.

Former 2016 Rider Cody Palmquist continues to dominate California League hitters. The righty has a 3-1 record with a 1.37 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and he is 3-for-4 in save opportunities. Opposing batters have just a .208 average against Palmquist in the hitter-friendly league.

Tonight: at Lancaster, 8:35 p.m. (SP: TBA)

CLASS-A HICKORY CRAWDADS (52-45 overall, 14-13 second half – T-4th, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

The Crawdads are on a hot streak right now with four straight victories.

In last night’s 7-3 victory over Delmarva, Hickory recorded a season-high 16 hits against the Shorebirds. Rangers No. 3 prospect Dillon Tate earned his third win of the season, tying his season-high with a six-inning start.

Tonight: at Delmarva, 6:05 p.m. (SP: RHP Erik Swanson)

CLASS A-SHORT SEASON SPOKANE INDIANS (17-17, – 4th, Northwest League North Division)

Spokane has climbed the standings quickly with seven wins in their last 10 games. The Indians are now in a tie for first place with Tri-City, as the first half of the season comes to a close.

Spokane recently celebrated “Future Texas Rangers Night” this past Wednesday. Indians players wore special edition Rangers jerseys that were auctioned off during the game. Many future Rangers (and RoughRiders) may emerge from this young group!

Tonight: at Boise, 8:15 p.m. (SP: RHP Kaleb Fontenot)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Nintendo slider – A pitch that breaks unexpectedly over the plate, as if remotely controlled.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/21)

GAME #96 (2nd HALF GAME #27)

Frisco RoughRiders (49-46 overall, 11-15 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (59-37 overall, 12-14 second half)
Thursday, July 21 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 25 of 32 (Hooks lead 15-9)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – RF
  5. Joe Jackson – LF
  6. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – DH
  7. Luis Marte – SS
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

LHP Victor Payano (6-6, 3.81 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. San Antonio (L, 6-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP John Fasola

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Allowing the first six runs, the Riders suffered a 6-2 loss to the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday at Dr Pepper Ballpark…CONNOR SADZECK walked a season-high five batters and threw a career-high four wild pitches, failing to finish off a quality start. The right-hander allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings on eight hits while striking out five…Frisco’s bats failed to get much going against San Antonio’s Kyle Lloyd, mustering six hits and a walk against him across seven shutout innings…The Riders plated a pair late in the eighth inning off of Adam Cimber, but Brad Wieck worked the final 1 1/3 scoreless.

ROAD TO MIDLAND:

Today marks the beginning of a pivotal seven- game road trip, a trek against the top two teams in the division.. The Riders play four at Corpus Christi followed by three against division-leading Midland. Frisco begins the trip seven games behind first-place Midland but just one game back of second-place Corpus Christi. Since the Riders fell four games on July 2, they haven’t been closer and have been back by as many as eight games behind the RockHounds.

PARTY LIKE ITS 2010:

Frisco enters today having won a previously unprecedented three-straight over the Hooks and can add to it today. Prior to the end of the last series, the Riders had won consecutive games twice this season against Corpus Christi but not three in-a-row. The last time it had happened was July 15-17, 2015 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, and the last three-game win streak at Whataburger Field was May 1-3, 2015. The Riders last won four straight against the Hooks in the final meeting of 2013 and the first three of 2014 and last won four-straight in the same season July 17 and July 22-24, 2011. The last four-game win streak at Whataburger Field was in a four-game sweep June 25-28, 2010.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:

Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 19 home runs in the past three series, including 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 20 homers in the last 12 games with homers in nine of those 12. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 21 July homers, two better than Springfield (19).

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:

Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year- old is hitting .318 in his first 18 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 15 of the 18 games and holds a .395 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 23 of his last 29 games in the grass after DH’ing most of the year.

KINER KEEPS ON KEEPING ON…:

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 19 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 15 of those games and has reached safely in 30 of his 78 plate appearances, a .385 OBP in that span (18 hits, nine walks, three HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .359 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.365) and 10th in the league.

…AND GUZMAN’S GETTING ON TOO!:

Speaking of RONALD GUZMAN, the team-leader in on-base percentage has reached in 19 straight games as well. During the streak, Guzman posted a 16-game hit streak as well, the third-longest in the league this year. During the streak he hit .365 with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs. Guzman was named to MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week Monday.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN:

Outscoring opponents 39-23 over the last six games, the Riders now have a 401-400 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:

The Canadian-born left-hander Evan Grills was taken by Houston in the 10th round in 2010 out of Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario… As a member of the Canada Junior National team, he played against the GCL Astros in 2009…In five games, three starts, Grills went 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA for High-A Lancaster with an extraordinarily low BABIP (.197)… Grills has excelled in a transition to Double-A, making the Mid-Season All-Star Game as a late replacement, going 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA prior to the All-Star Game in eight games, five starts…The lefty has been hit hard over his last two starts, however, allowing 17 earned runs in ten innings at Springfield and against Frisco at home…REPERTOIRE: He throws a upper 80s to low 90s fastball, a curveball (74- 76), and changeup (70-73), which is his out pitch.

Riders return to Whataburger Field

The RoughRiders return to Corpus Christi for the second time this month. Less than a week ago, the Riders took three of four games from the Hooks at Whataburger Field.

Frisco outscored Corpus Christi 23-10 overall and 16-2 in the middle two games of the series. Three of the four starters pitched at least six innings and had quality starts. In the series finale, the Riders erased a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning and scored four runs in the frame. Frisco held on to win the game 5-4 and take the series victory.

Let’s have a look back at highlights from each of the four games:

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: ivory – One or more skilled ballplayers who are considered a valuable commodity.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/20)

GAME #95 (2nd HALF GAME #26)

Frisco RoughRiders (49-45 overall, 11-14 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (33-62 overall, 11-14 second half)
Wednesday, July 20 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead 2-1)
This season: Game 20 of 32 (Riders lead 15-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – DH
  3. Ronald Guzman – LF
  4. Ryan Cordell – 1B
  5. Joe Jackson – RF
  6. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  7. Luis Mendez – 3B
  8. Luis Marte – SS
  9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-2, 3.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. San Antonio (W, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Frank Lopez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs the rest of the way to earn a 4-2 win over San Antonio…LEWIS BRINSON and LUIS MARTE each homered in the victory, with Marte’s big fly putting the Riders ahead for good in the fifth inning…RONALD GUZMAN and ISIAH KINER-FALEFA each extended their on-base streaks to 18 games…FRANK LOPEZ turned in his second-straight quality start, working six innings while allowing two runs on seven hits…JOE FILOMENO and JOHN FASOLA combined to work three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to finish off Frisco’s fifth win in six games.

SMOKING SAN ANTONIO:
The RoughRiders have dominated this year’s season series against the Missions so far. Frisco has won 15 of the first 19 matchups between the two clubs, outscoring San Antonio 103-70 (5.4-3.7 runs per game). The Riders began this year’s matchups by sweeping the Missions in two straight four-game series. Frisco’s pitching staff has held San Antonio to a .237 batting average while posting an impressive 42-to-176 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:
Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:
Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year-old is hitting .302 in his first 17 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 14 of the 17 games and holds a .375 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. Jackson’s RBI single last night marked his fourth-straight game with an RBI. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 22 of his last 28 games in the grass after DH’ing most of the year.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas. The RoughRiders have two homers in the first three games of this series, with two coming last night. Frisco has 20 homers in the last 11 games with homers in nine of those 11. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 21 July homers, two better than Springfield (19).

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 18 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 15 of those games and has reached safely in 29 of his 74 plate appearances, a .392 OBP in that span (18 hits, nine walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .360 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.365).

BECK BACK ON THE LEADERBOARD:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK recently re-qualified for the league batting race and checks in sixth with his .289 average. The Dallas-native is currently on a four-game hitting streak which includes three multi-hit games and four of seven hits going for extra bases (three doubles, one triple). Beck is third on the team in multi-hit games (18) and fourth in extra-base hits (25).

HITS DON’T NECESSARILY EQUAL WINS:
The RoughRiders won last night, while outhitting San Antonio 9-8. Oddly enough, that’s been a rarity in Riders games lately. The winning team has been outhit in five of the last seven games and six of the past 12 contests, including each of the first two games in this series.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN: 
Outscoring opponents 37-17 over the last five games, the Riders now have a 399-394 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face 25-year-old Kyle Lloyd for the fifth time this year in the series finale tonight. He’s 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA across 9 2/3 innings against Frisco so far. Last time the Riders saw Lloyd on May 20, he was making his first start of the season after 10 relief outings to begin the campaign. The Missions have kept him in the rotation and he has been a reliable arm for San Antonio. Lloyd has delivered four quality starts, including each of his last three outings. He has also been better about keeping the ball in the park, having gone 39 2/3 innings without allowing a long ball after surrendering six roundtrippers in his first 35 2/3 frames. Drafted in the 29th round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Evansville, the fourth-year pro’s strongest pitch is a split-fingered fastball (low 90s).

How I keep score: part three (Nathan)

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And now for the final part in our three-part series on scorekeeping. Save the best most esoteric for last. My scorekeeping is high-maintenance, requires coloring skills, and probably an instructional manual, but it works for me. You can read about the way Ryan keeps score and Steve makes his book on the blog as well.

Below are the scorebook pages for the Riders come-from-behind win over Corpus Christi this past Saturday. (Don’t mind those pages folded over. Re-scan it? Psh: I got stuff to do!).

(Click to view larger image)

Scorebook Page 2

Scorebook Page 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing that jumps out at most people, of course, are the colors (or maybe the messiness).

Let’s start with the history.

The History

I first learned to keep score from my grandfathers, particularly on my father’s side. I grew up going to tons of Rangers games, and my grandpa always kept score at the game. I just hope my system now makes more sense than my scribbles at age six.

That said, my system is simply my system TODAY. I am a tinkerer. I change things a lot. It’s also MY system. It probably wouldn’t work for you. I’d recommend coming up with your own and tinkering. All brains work differently.

I owe most of my current love for colors to one of my mentors, and the former voice of the RoughRiders, Alex Vispoli, whom I worked here in Frisco in 2013. Alex used color pens. I had been using highlighters since 2012 , but the pens took things to a new level.

The Basics

For the players, numbers and positions are written in black for opposing teams (generic, boring, boo other teams), while the Riders numbers and positions are in Red (hurrah! Color! Fun! Go Riders!).

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Riders defensive chart example

 

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Opposing team defensive chart example

For the defensive chart alignments, these colors hold as well. As you can see to the left, the defensive chart for the opponents is all in black (that’s Corpus Christi), and the Riders defensive chart is all in red, with one notable exception, the pitchers.

Below, you’ll see the lineup for the Riders. All of the player names in the batting lineup and the pitcher on the defensive chart are either in red, green, or (in some cases, but not in this game, in blue). This corresponds to their handedness. So, red for right (R for R), green for left (green is weird, lefties are weird, plus it’s very different-looking from red). Blue is for switch hitters (had to finish out the RGB color scheme) as seen below.

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Defensive chart in more detail

A few other points on the defensive chart, which again, looks like so:

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  • The numbers in green above the player indicate the number of errors for each player.
  • For the outfielder, the first number is the number of assists and the second number is the total number of errors.
  • On a day I have more time, I will put games played/errors at that position and then in parenthesis above it, will show the total number of games played in the field / total errors at all positions. For outfielders I will write in games/assists/errors. Here is an example.
  • The numbers in dark purple are the stolen base efficiency for pitchers and catchers. So here, runners have been caught one in five times against Reed Garrett, and Kellin Deglan has thrown out 23-of-71 would-be basestealers.
  • I also list passed balls here for catchers, and like this example, will sometimes write in the record for the pitcher and the team when the current battery works together.

Riders Lineup in more detail

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  • I keep stats on the Riders in our Game Notes, so I don’t write them in on my book. Instead, I load the game notes on my iPad and display them right in front of me. It saves me time from writing them in my book this way; plus, I don’t have to look down.
  • The brown numbers after each player is the current hitting and on-base streak. For example, in this game, Isiah Kiner-Falefa entered the game with an eight-game hit streak and a 14-game on-base streak.
  • The writing in blue is shorthand reminders of something interesting about that player or something I want to mention that night. I use the big vertical lines to serve as a period of sorts, separating different notes.

Opposing Lineup in more detail

Opponents-Lineups

  • The only real difference here is at the stat line, which is how I used to do both sides of my book. The format is (games) AVG, 2B/3B/HR, RBI, K:BB      SB-SBA. So Derek Fisher is batting .253 with 13 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 52 RBI, 104 strikeouts and 62 walks. He’s stolen 19 bases in 25 tries.

The scoring

Now to the meat and potatoes. How to actually keep score. Everything else is in preparation for the actual game.

Scorebook Page 1

  • The highlighting
    • Reasoning: My brain loves colors for some reason. I have a hard time pulling out how many strikeouts a pitcher has without highlighting them in a certain color, for example.
    • Hits in yellow
    • Strikeouts in red
    • Walks in orange
    • Errors in pink
    • Hit batters in purple
    • Stolen bases in green
    • Runs in blue
  • The pens
    • Reasoning: I ran out of highlighter colors! That, and some things need a more fine point.
    • The path of the ball is marked in green (for example…”L” is line drive and “SL” is soft liner)
    • Plus with a circle around it in purple is an RBI. “2+” for two RBI on the play, “3+” for three, etc.
    • Wild pitches are written in orange, which I write next to the path that they took the extra base on.
    • Passed balls are in purple, written like wild pitch, along the base path.
    • Balks are in blue, same as the last two.
    • Double plays are circled in red.
  • The pencil
    • Reasoning: baseball is old school. I have an irrational hatred for people who score in pen only. Also, I make too many mistakes to score in pen.
    • I use “real” pencils. None of this mechanical junk. This also means I travel with a pencil sharpener.
    • Because I had a horrible habit of starting the next inning in the same column as the last, I shade in the entire empty column in pencil, much to the consternation of a particular Winston-Salem broadcaster.
    • I keep all basic scoring, including balls and strikes in pencil. Stolen from Ryan, I now count called, swinging, and foul strikes specifically. For example, take this box below, a runners interference out. The sequence went: called strike (c), called strike (C), ball (3), ball (4), ball (5), and foul (6). Unlike Ryan, after two strikes, I write the number of the pitch for a foul to make it easier to count the total pitches in the at-bat.

At-bat

The rest

I keep various notes here and there. Things change. Times change. They are, in-fact, “a changing,” or maybe you haven’t heard. I am sure this will all look very different next year.

Props to Ryan for the idea for this series and great work by both Ryan and Steve for their previous entries and hard work on the blog this year. It’s been a pleasure writing for the first time in awhile.

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: under the big top – In the Major Leagues

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

 

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/19)

GAME #94 (2nd HALF GAME #25)

Frisco RoughRiders (48-45 overall, 10-14 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (33-61 overall, 11-13 second half)
Tuesday, July 19 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Series tied 1-1)
This season: Game 19 of 32 (Riders lead 14-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Marte – SS

LHP Frank Lopez (4-4, 5.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. San Antonio (L, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Yohander Mendez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Despite an impressive start from YOHANDER MENDEZ, the RoughRiders came up short in game two against San Antonio by a score of 4-3…Mendez was perfect through his first 4 2/3 innings and gave up his only three runs on a triple by Jose Rondon in the sixth that put San Antonio up 3-2…Rondon came around to score on the play thanks to one of three errors byRONALD GUZMAN in the game…The Missions capitialized on another miscue in the ninth to add an insurance run, proving important when the Riders tacked on a run in the ninth on a double from JOE JACKSON…The two teams combined for just nine hits, with the Riders collecting five of them.

SMOKING SAN ANTONIO:
The RoughRiders have dominated this year’s season series against the Missions so far. Frisco has won 14 of the first 18 matchups between the two clubs, outscoring San Antonio 99-68 (5.5-3.8 runs per game). The Riders began this year’s matchups by sweeping the Missions in two straight four-game series. Frisco’s pitching staff has held San Antonio to a .237 batting average while posting an impressive 40-to-167 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:
Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:
Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year-old is hitting .305 in his first 16 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 13 of the 16 games and holds a .382 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 22 of his last 27 games in the grass after DH’ing most of the year.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas, and added one more Sunday against San Antonio. Frisco has 18 homers in the last 10 games with homers in eight of those 10. After hitting just one in the previous 11. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 19 July homers, one better than Springfield (18).

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 17 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 14 of those games and has reached safely in 28 of his 71 plate appearances, a .394 OBP in that span (17 hits, nine walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .360 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.360).

BECK BACK ON THE LEADERBOARD:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK recently re-qualified for the league batting race and checks in fifth with his .290 average. The Dallas-native has two hits in each of his last three games and is third on the team with 18 multi-hit games overall.

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has currently worked five consecutive scoreless outings, covering 7 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN: 
Outscoring opponents 33-15 over the last four games, the Riders now have a 395-392 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:
22-year-old righty Walker Lockett makes his Double-A debut tonight against the RoughRiders. Now in his fifth year as a professional, Lockett has started each of the last three seasons with Class-A Fort Wayne, but was limited by injuries in 2013 and 2014. This year, he made eight starts for the TinCaps before earning his first promotion to Class A-Advanced Lake Elsinore. He maintained a 2.98 ERA across 11 appearances in the hitter-friendly California League, allowing just three home runs in 66 1/3 innings. After starting his career with a mediocre walk-to-strikeout ratio of 19:17 (13:2 in 2014) during the first three years of his career, he has since righted the ship the last two seasons. He has struck out 155 hitters against just 40 walks in that span. San Diego took Lockett in the fourth round (135th overall) in the 2012 draft out of Providence School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed up a scholarship to the University of South Florida to sign with San Diego. He works with a fastball, curveball, and changeup.

How I keep score: Part two (Steve)

Chadwick

Sportswriter Henry Chadwick, often called the “father of baseball”, is generally credited as the inventor of baseball scorekeeping. He developed box scores, the letter K denoting strikeout, and many other baseball statistics (such as batting average and earned run average) that are still used today.

I hope our scorebooks would make Mr. Chadwick proud. Over these three days, each of us (Nathan, Ryan, and myself) are giving you an inside look at our books to offer some different perspectives on the art of keeping score. Click here to view Ryan’s post from yesterday.

Here is a full book from yesterday’s game against San Antonio. Pregame preparation is key to keeping a neat, organized book throughout the game. Some days we have more time to prepare our books than others, so I aim to keep a consistent format that I am able to set up quickly if needed.Scorebook

I begin by writing in the starting lineups for both teams with the players’ uniform number, full name, and position in the top third of each box. To the left of each box, I note whether the player bats lefty, righty, or is a switch-hitter. I also note their MLBPipeline.com ranking, if applicable. Below each box, from left to right, I write in the player’s AVG, HR/RBI, 2B/3B, SB/CS in order to reference them quickly during game situations. At the top of the lineup, I write in the team’s name with their batting average and ERA as a ballclub.

Next, I set up the defensive alignment for both teams. For the RoughRiders, I just list last names. For the opponent, I include first names as well to help jog my memory when I reference them. If the RoughRiders add a new player to the roster that I am not familiar with yet, I will include their first name in the defense section as well. Next to each player’s name, I write the number of errors they have committed with the team total at the top right corner of the chart.

ScorebookdefenseMy scorebook has boxes for standings next to the defense. I do not normally use them to fill out the standings though, unless I want to reference last year’s standings at the beginning of the season or keep track of playoff races late in the season. Standings are easy to reference in the stat pack, game notes, and/or online on the fly, so I like having these sections free to use for additional notes. On the first day of a new series, I will write down important stories and trends to discuss over the next few days. After the first game, I use these sections to write each player’s stats in the previous game/in the series. I also write the opposing pitching coach’s name (and manager, if I do not know it by memory yet) in this section.Stats

In the boxes next to the visiting team’s defense, I write in the umpires’ names with a (CC) denoting the crew chief. I use the box below to indicate team leaders in different offensive categories, leaving additional notes for players who rank near the top of the league.

The game begins…

Once your book is all set up before the game, scoring the game itself is a very simple task. The goal is always to stay as organized as possible in order to be able to keep a neat record of each play. For instance, I mark the approximate path of hits and then make notes in each of the four quadrants with player numbers/play abbreviations to show how each player moved around the bases.

I use the numbers 1-9 for the different players in the field, a system credited to Mr. Chadwick. One line indicates a single, two for a double, three for a triple, and four for a home run. BB indicates a walk, K = strikeout swinging, backwards K = strikeout looking, FC = fielder’s choice, HBP = hit by pitch, E# = error corresponding for a certain position. Each strikeout is labeled with a number, which corresponds to the total number of strikeouts by the pitcher. This number will revert back to 1 when a new pitcher enters the game. I also write the number of RBI in the bottom right corner of the box when a player drives in a run.

RidersScore

On the bottom of the scorecard, there are boxes for runs, hits, errors, and left-on-base. Some people mark down the totals for each inning, but I like to keep a running tally of these throughout the game. I also keep track of the score inning-by-inning in a line score box in the top.

Keeping a tidy book can sometimes be a challenge. There is a lot of information to record in small boxes, especially in a game that is higher-scoring and features more baserunners than yesterday. This is one of the reasons why I prefer not to track every at-bat pitch-by-pitch within the boxes. It adds more clutter within the boxes and as a result, the actual plays stand out less. Instead, I keep a running tally of each player’s total pitches and strikes thrown in the boxes located in the bottom left corners.

I find that scoring a baseball game is therapeutic. It is also a useful tool for going back and referencing games in the past. I always enjoyed scoring baseball when I attended professional games growing up, and it is still fun to do as part of my job now!

Stay tuned for Nathan’s post coming up tomorrow.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: note-book pitcher – A pitcher who keeps records of batters and the most effective pitches to throw against them.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/18)

GAME #93 (2nd HALF GAME #24)

Frisco RoughRiders (48-44 overall, 10-13 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (32-61 overall, 10-13 second half)
Monday, July 18 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Riders lead 1-0)
This season: Game 18 of 32 (Riders lead 14-3)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – DH
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

LHP Yohander Mendez (4-0, 3.38 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. San Antonio (W, 9-5)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Richelson Pena

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders erased an early 2-0 deficit with a four-run third inning…LEWIS BRINSON hit an RBI double, RONALD GUZMAN’s triple tied the game, RYAN CORDELL gave Frisco the lead with a double, and JOE JACKSON added an insurance run with an RBI single to put the Riders up 4-2… Guzman extended his hit streak to 16 games in Sunday’s win, putting him one behind Cordell’s season-long 17-game streak…RICHELSON PENA made the start for the RoughRiders in his return from Triple-A Round Rock in place of scheduled starter LUIS ORTIZ, who left with an apparent injury after throwing his warmup pitches just prior to the first inning.

THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL A WINNING STREAK:

The RoughRiders have won four games in a row for the first time since May 16-19, when Frisco swept Midland in a four-game road series. The Riders went on to take three of the next four games from San Antonio before dropping a season-high eight straight games to Tulsa and Springfield. The Riders have not won three series in a row since the first two weeks of the season (April 7-9 at NW Arkansas, April 10-12 at Arkansas, April 14-16 vs. NW Arkansas). The last time Frisco won five games in a row came during the season-long six-game win streak (April 25-30).

SMOKING SAN ANTONIO:

The RoughRiders have dominated this year’s season-series against the Missions so far. Frisco has won 14 of the first 17 matchups between the two clubs, outscoring San Antonio 96-64 (5.6- 3.8 runs per game). The Riders began this year’s matchups by sweeping the Missions in two straight four-game series. Frisco’s pitching staff has held San Antonio to a .243 batting average while posting an impressive 40-to-157 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:

Today, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

NEVER EVER QUIT:

Last night, the RoughRiders scored seven runs in two innings after falling behind 2-0 early. Saturday night in Corpus Christi, the team erased a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning. The RoughRiders stormed back with four runs on four hits in the frame against Aaron West, who is tied for the league-lead in saves (13). This season, the Riders have 25 comeback victories (18 vs. division opponents) and six wins when trailing after seven innings.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN:

Outscoring opponents 30-11 over the last four games, the Riders now have a 392-388 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas, and added one more last night against San Antonio. Frisco has 18 homers in the last nine games with homers in eight of those nine. After hitting just one in the previous 11. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 19 July homers, three more than the next closest team (Springfield, 16).

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the disabled list in late May. He has reached base in 16 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 13 of those games and has reached safely in 27 of his 67 plate appearances, a .403 OBP in that span (16 hits, nine walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .362 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.365).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:

Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has currently worked five consecutive scoreless outings, covering 7 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet makes his eighth start with San Antonio and second against the RoughRiders tonight…Lamet made his Double-A debut in a matchup with the Riders on June 10 in San Antonio…He pitched five innings, held Frisco to three runs on three hits, walked four, and struck out five…Lamet was signed by the Padres out of the Dominican Republic for $100,000 at age 21 in July 2014… He was among the Midwest League leaders with 120 strikeouts in 2015, his first season stateside with Fort Wayne…He went 7-1 in 12 games with High-A Lake Elsinore to start this season and was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star, although he was promoted to San Antonio prior to the contest…He is currently ranked the No. 11 prospect in the Padres farm system, according to MLBPipeline. com…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (90-97 mph), curve, change

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