Homestand Preview: May 3-11
The ‘Riders open their third homestand of the season against the Midland RockHounds on Saturday. After four games against the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, the team will enjoy its first day off since April 16. Frisco closes out the stretch with a four-game set against the Corpus Christi Hooks. The team cruised to a 6-2 mark during its last homestand and now sits 8-6 overall at Dr Pepper Ballpark this season.
Highlights from the last homestand include Luke Jackson, who earned Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors for April 14-20. The right-hander pitched a seven-inning shut-out performance against the San Antonio Missions on April 21 in which he took a perfect game into the sixth inning. The 22-year-old finished the night with eight strikeouts, no walks and three hits allowed for his second win of the season.
Center fielder Jake Skole bopped a pair of walk-off hits in the previous homestand. His RBI single off Brady Rogers scored Trever Adams from third base and pushed Frisco to a 3-2 win over Corpus Christi on April 17. Five nights later on April 22, Skole struck again with a monster two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth off San Antonio’s Luis De La Cruz. The ‘Riders took that game 7-5 over the Missions.
Much like Frisco’s series against Corpus Christi at Dr Pepper Ballpark from April 17-20, the four-game set with Midland May 3-6 will be a battle for supremacy in the Texas League South Division. The RockHounds have won six of their last seven games and have the chance to sweep the Corpus Christi Hooks tonight in west Texas. A half game separates the ‘Riders and the RockHounds in the standings as of May 2 (the RockHounds had a game against the Missions postponed until May 10), and the dogs assumed sole possession of first place after Frisco’s 4-2 loss on May 1. It marked the first time Frisco fell out of the top spot since April 14.
The Hooks return to Dr Pepper Ballpark on May 8 for the second time in 2014. The ‘Riders won the first series 3-1. During that meeting, the Hooks snapped an 0-for-46 stretch at the plate in the seventh inning or later. Frisco holds a 5-3 edge in the season series after the teams split a four-game set in Corpus Christi April 25-28. The ‘Riders have defeated the Hooks by one run in four of their five wins this season. Astonishingly, 12 of the Hooks’ 13 losses have come by a one-run margin.
We hope you can join us for the next homestand, either in person or over the air. Four games will be televised in the Metroplex on KTXD 47, and as always, you can head to www.ridersbaseball.com and click on the “Multimedia” tab for a list of audio/video options.
Thanks for tuning in,