Another wild night in Corpus Christi
Earlier this season, on April 18, the Hooks and the RoughRiders played the longest-inning game in ‘Riders history with 17 innings. Frisco won that game 4-2 as Guilder Rodriguez picked up his first career win in his third career mound appearance.
Last night, the ‘Riders rallied from down seven runs against the Corpus Christi Hooks at the end of the fourth and then began a comeback in the sixth, and tying the up in the ninth to take the game to extra innings. Frisco wound up falling 8-7 in the 16th, but not before two ‘Riders position players took the mound.
-Last night was the longest in recorded RoughRiders history. Game time last night was 5 hours and 16 minutes, the longest of the season. The last 5-hour game recorded for the RoughRiders was in 2006 with a 5:05 time (records aren’t available for the 2003 and 2004 seasons)
-Corpus Christi scored in the first with a solo home run by Erik Castro. Castro also scored the winning run off a wild pitch by right-fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang in the 16th.
-‘Riders starter Kevin Pucetas faced eight men in the fourth and only retired two and Phil Klein walked all four batters he faced. Alex Claudio got Frisco out of the 12-batter bottom of the fourth trailing 7-0.
-Hooks starter Ross Seaton took a no-hitter through five before Hanser Alberto broke it up with a two-out double.
-In his final inning in the sixth, Seaton allowed an RBI double off the bat of Brett Nicholas, which put Frisco on the board at 7-1. Off the Hooks bullpen, the RoughRiders scored a run in the seventh, two in the eighth and trailed by three runs to begin the ninth.
-Hanser Alberto singled to lead off the ninth. Odubel Herrera then doubled him home, and Ryan Strausborger launched his eighth home run of the season, a two-run blast to tie the game at 7-7. The comeback tied the longest by the team this season.
-It took nearly an entire game for another score. The Hooks’ bullpen combined to limit the ‘Riders to no runs on five hits and one walk over the final eight innings. After the six-run fourth inning, Alex Claudio, Randy Henry, Lisalverto Bonilla, Jimmy Reyes, and then catcher Zach Zaneski put together 11 scoreless innings.
Position players on the mound
Frisco has only played two other games this season in which a position player has taken over on the mound, both times utility infielder Guilder Rodriguez was the go-to. Rodriguez is 1-0 in his appearances this season.
‘Riders catcher Zach Zaneski made his his first professional pitching appearance in last night’s battle. He went three scoreless innings with two strikeouts and allowed just two hits and a walk.
Zach threw an impressive three frames which included the fastball and slider, and the stadium radar gun topped at 91 mph.
Right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang came on for the 16th in his pitching debut as well. Chiang allowed one hit, two walks and gave up the winning run off a wild pitch with two outs, suffering the loss.
Baseball term of the day: Leave the bench swinging – A batter who comes to the plate ready to swing at whatever pitch is delivered.