April 16th, 2011

The Most Hectic 30 Minutes In Sports

For press box staffers during doubleheaders, the 30 minutes between the final pitch of game one and the first pitch of game two is indeed very hectic. Is today’s title entirely true? Maybe not, but to me it is.

Fortunately, it is much easier for the road crew (aka Aaron and I) during these double dips. So I guess we’ve avoided some of the intensity.

Anyways, here are a few Facts to lead you up to today’s two-for-one.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • Doubleheaders in the minor leagues consist of a pair of seven-inning games. There are no other differences to the games, unless you include the seventh-inning stretch as a part of the game. If so, please note that many stadiums do the “fifth-inning stretch.” No word on Hammons Field’s tendency.
  • Last year, the RoughRiders had three games postponed which brought about three doubleheaders. In those games, Frisco went 4-2. Two other interesting notes: two of the three twin bills came against Springfield, and all three took place between July 3-13.
  • No changes to the starting pitchers for today for the ‘Riders. Jake Brigham is slated to go in game one, while Miguel De Los Santos will be the hurler in the nightcap. Both men impressed at times in their first outings of the season. Brigham whiffed seven against these Cardinals one week ago, while De Los Santos rung up eight Travelers Sunday afternoon.
  • There is a tweak to the Springfield rotation. Deryk Hooker is still slated to go against Brigham in the opener. However, it will be Richard Castillo starting game two instead of Michael Blazek. If you have a great memory, you’ll recall that Castillo was the man who committed the throwing error April 8 that allowed Frisco’s winning run to score in the 10th inning. Castillo has had one other outing this year, and that was Tuesday at Midland. He worked three scoreless frames, scattering three hits.
  • The San Antonio offense was at it again last night. Three nights after clubbing Tulsa 23-10, the Missions pummeled Northwest Arkansas 26-5. Seriously. Through eight games, San Antonio is hitting .366 as a team (116-for-317), which is at least 89 points better than everyone in the Texas League. Plus, the team already has 20 home runs this year. That’s two and a half per game!

Our pre-game coverage begins at 1:37 from Springfield. Game one’s first pitch is set for 2:07. We will be along for the ride from 1:37 until the end of the game, so be sure to stay tuned for a pre-game/post-game combination to bridge both games this afternoon.

Also, be sure to check out http://ridersbaseball.com/extrabases during the game today. Today will be the debut of the “Extra Bases Question” to be answered during the post-game show. I’ll answer one question from that day’s blog live during our post-game show, so be sure to take part in our interactive gameday blog. Enjoy!

- Brian

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