June 6th, 2014
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Magic Number: 8
The ‘Riders grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series against San Antonio with a 5-4 nailbiter on Thursday. Click here to read the full game recap.
For the second straight night, Frisco (35-23) cut down their Magic Number required to clinch a playoff berth. Midland (32-27) continues to roll in its series against Corpus Christi, but as long as the RoughRiders win, the Magic Number wanes regardless of the RockHounds’ results.
To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (11), add one (11+1=12), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (12-4=8).
Contrary to our prediction last night, the game was scoreless after the first free frames. Ryan bores loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but steadied himself and tallied consecutive outs to strand a trio of runners.
The play of the game occurred in the fifth inning. The ‘Riders took their turn loading the bases against John Hussey when Jake Smolinski stepped up with no outs in a 2-1 ballgame.
On a fly ball to shallow left field, San Antonio outfielder Rymer Liriano called off shortstop Brian Bixler and charged in from left to make the play. Liriano dropped the ball, which allowed Jake Skole to score from third. Furthermore, Liriano attempted a throw to third base for a force out, but airmailed the delivery. Drew Robinson scored the second run of the exchange and the ‘Riders jumped up 4-1.
After much deliberation, Smolinski was awarded an RBI fielder’s choice because even though Liriano dropped the fly ball, an on-target throw to third would have resulted in an out. Liriano, therefore, was charged with only one error (throwing). Only Robinson scored an unearned run on the play.
In case you missed it:
-Rymer Liriano continues to eat ‘Riders pitching alive. The Padres outfield prospect went 3-for-4 on Thursday with a double, a home run and three RBI. The native of the Dominican Republic is hitting .302 against the horsemen this season with 16 hits, 10 runs and 15 RBI. Liriano is not long for the world of Double-A baseball.
-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 13 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The blast to left-center was Ryan’s tenth of the season and broke a tie with Smolinski for the team lead. It also tied the two players atop the team leader board with 32 RBI. Smo broke the tie an inning later on the aforementioned fielder’s choice.
-Tomás Telis’ hit streak ended at 13 with an 0-for-4 night on Thursday.
Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams – 2/4, RBI
Trever returned from DL and played for the first time since Memorial Day. His hamstring looked fine as he legged out a bunt single in the fifth. His two-out RBI single in the sixth inning drove in the winning run and broke a 4-4 deadlock. The 6-foot, 210-pound righty hit the ball at a .350 clip in May and raised his season average to .281 with 47 hits and 26 RBI, third-highest on the team.
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