‘Riders Rewind – May 29
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Finally, some baseball! After two unexpected days off, the ‘Riders swept the Drillers in a Thursday doubleheader. Click here to read the full game recap.
The ‘Riders arrived in the Oil City late Monday night, but it took until Thursday afternoon before the teams finally played a game. Rain postponed the series opener on Tuesday, which resulted in a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday.
However, by 4:05 in the afternoon on Wednesday, a large patch of dirt between second and third remained soggy and unsafe for baseball conditions. The grounds crew labored for three hours before officials finally annulled the game.
The lack of action on Wednesday pushed the twin bill back to Thursday, the final day in the three-game series and a getaway day for the RoughRiders. The ‘Riders and the Drillers will not play again in the first half of the season, and as such, the lost third game will not be compensated. Frisco will now play 69 games in the first half of the season and 139 overall.
Either way, the ‘Riders looked far from sluggish in Tulsa. Jon Gray did, however, and the bats took the Rockies’ top prospect to task as part of a 13-4 romp in game one. Gray allowed eight runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Game two was a closer affair, but the RoughRiders again prevailed in a one-run contest. Frisco is now 13-3 in one-run games and its winning pitcher, Luke Jackson, now leads the Texas League in wins (6).
In case you missed it: Odubel Herrera and Chris Grayson each hit their first home runs of the season. Odubel blasted an inside fastball out of the park off Gray in game one’s first inning. He appeared on the Pregame Show before the game and related his improved performance on the field to an improved attitude off it. A hitter with good bat speed, but not known for his power, it was the 12th home run of Odubel’s career.
Chris’s shot left the yard in the sixth inning of game one. Remember, Chris began the season on Frisco’s Opening Day roster (wearing #11), but departed for Advanced-A Myrtle Beach on May 12. In his first game back with the RoughRiders (now wearing #36), Chris drilled his first home run of 2014 and 20th of his career.
Star of the Doubleheader: 3B Ryan Rua - 4/7, HR, 3 2B, 3R, 5RBI
Ryan ate the Drillers alive over 14 innings of baseball on Thursday. The third baseman struck out and grounded out to start game one, and then doubled, homered and doubled twice more in his next four at-bats. He finished game one 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI, and went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in game two.
The 24-year-old ranks fifth in the Texas League in batting average (.305), fourth in home runs (9), third in extra-base hits (21) and fourth in hits (55). Ryan also has 30 RBI and 11 doubles this season.
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