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What an odd opening series of the season. 27 planned innings changed to 23. We played 24. Thursday was rained out. That was made up Friday in a 14-inning doubleheader, and then last night nine innings weren’t enough. It took ten innings before Arkansas beat the ‘Riders with a walk-off single in the tenth.
Today Kevin Pucetas makes his debut for Frisco at 2:00 pm from Springdale, Arkansas. A minor-league signee in January, the 28-year-old right-hander spent most of last season at the Double-A level with Harrisburg in Washington Nationals system, pitching one game at the Triple-A Syracuse. Prior to that he spent three seasons at the Triple-A level in the Giants and Royals systems. In his seven minor league seasons he has posted a 61-32 record with a 3.89 ERA.
2B Odubel Herrera
SS Hanser Alberto
RF Jared Hoying
1B Brett Nicholas
3B Alex Buchholz
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang
C Zach Zaneski
DH Alejandro Selen
CF Teodoro Martinez
RHP Kevin Pucetas
CF Brett Eibner
3B Rey Navarro
DH Brian Fletcher
RF Yem Prades
C Manuel Pina
LF Whit Merrifield
1B Mitch Canham
SS Alex McClure
2B Angel Franco
RHP Yordano Ventura
News, notes, thoughts, and links:
Mixing up the card: Hanser Alberto moves up to the #2 spot after two appearances in the #9 hole. Alejandro Selen sees action for the second game. He has still yet to play in the field, DH-ing for the second time. He played 31 games in the outfield last season in Hickory and 15 at second base. Spots 3-6 in the order have stayed the same for all four games (although Chiang and Hoying have played in different outfield positons).
Lights out ‘pen: Jake Brigham continued the ‘Riders scoreless streak out of the bullpen to start the season to 8.2 IP with 2.1 scoreless innings (he did allow an inherited runner to score). Jimmy Reyes made it 10.1 IP before Ross Wolf allowed his inherited runner to score in the bottom of the eighth.
Bullpen all seasoned: The ‘Riders came in to Saturday having used five of the eight men in the bullpen (not including Carlos Pimentel who starts tomorrow). The final three all got the ball at some point in last night’s loss (Brigham, Reyes, and Wolf). When Pucetas throws his first pitch in the bottom of the first from Springdale today, all active pitchers will have seen action. Only Tyler Tufts, who has started the season on the DL, is left.
Mishmash of Mashers: All of the position players have made it in there now. In fact all 12 players got into the doubleheader Friday. Zach Zaneski, who started behind the plate in game one, has just two plate appearances (the team-low) but starts today. Catcher Tomas Telis started game two and three of the season. Odubel Herrera and Jared Hoying lead the team with twelve (11 ABs, 1 BB).
Free Swingin’: Frisco batters have drawn just six walks. Compare that with the 18 walks the pitchers have issued and it looks slightly alarming. The RoughRiders aren’t last in the Texas League in walks, however. Springfield (5) and today’s opponent, NW Arkansas (4) have both taken fewer free passes than Frisco.
Hanser “The Answer”: Credit Alex with the nickname but credit Alberto for producing. After an 0-for-4 start to the year, Alberto whacked two singles in his last two at-bats last night. The first came in the three-hit, two-run seventh inning that gave Frisco a 3-2 lead. Alberto is widely regarded as the best prospect on the ‘Riders roster among position players and is playing for the first time at the Double-A level.
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Game Notes: Edition #4 of the game notes are here!