June 8th, 2014
‘Riders on the Record is a weekly rundown of the pregame interviews recorded by broadcasters Alex Vispoli and Chris Vosters with RoughRiders players and coaches and occasionally a special guest. You can find all previous editions by clicking here.
With less than ten games to play in the first half, the RoughRiders can taste a playoff berth. It would be the eighth postseason trip in franchise history and first since 2012. In five of Frisco’s seven playoff seasons, the ‘Riders have qualified in the first half.
The RoughRiders opened the week with a loss to Springfield on June 1. After a day off on June 2, the ‘Riders took 3-of-4 from San Antonio and dropped the series opener to Midland on June 7 to finish the week 3-3.
After the four-game set with the Hounds concludes on June 10 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, the ‘Riders will play the final six games of the first half on the road. The trip begins with a four-game series at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, where the ‘Riders are 2-2 this season. Next, the team travels to west Texas for a four-game set against Midland. The first half will end midway through the Midland series.
Frisco can still clinch a berth at home, but it will require the tall task of defeating the RockHounds in three straight games. The Magic Number to clinch currently stands at six games. Visit ‘Riders Rewind for more information on how to calculate the Magic Number.
A couple of major league rehabbers and a couple Frisco’s top regulars headline June’s first “‘Riders on the Record:”
Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers landed on the DL in April with inflammation in his right elbow. The former RoughRider in 2010-11 returned to the Doc on a rehab assignment and pitched one inning against the San Antonio Missions on June 3. Hear Tanner share an anecdote from a game against the Missions in his Double-A career.
Jim Adduci became the first Rangers position player to rehab with the ‘Riders. Adduci fractured his left little finger on a slide into second base against the Chicago White Sox in April. The utility man played in nearly 900 minor league games before his big league debut, but never at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He shares his initial impressions on “Record.”
Ryan Rua made headlines for his hot start to the season when he reached base in 27 straight games. After a brief dip in early May, Ryan’s average is once again high above .300 and he ranks in the top five in several Texas League categories.
Alec Asher had a career performance on June 6 against San Antonio. “Big Cat” tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. With his mom and brother in the stands, Alec says he broke a trend of forgettable performances in front of relatives.
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Magic Number: 6
The top two teams in the Texas League South Division squared off for the first time in a four-game series on Saturday. Midland took game one by a 6-1 margin. Click here to read the full game recap.
Midland (34-28) stays very much alive in the race for a first-half crown and holds the Magic Number for the RoughRiders (36-24) at six. With nine games to play, the RockHounds are 2 1/2 games back in the standings
To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played in the first half (9), add one (9+1=10), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (10-4=6).
The ‘Riders dropped the first game in a home series for the fourth consecutive time. In each of the previous three instances, Frisco rallied and won out to take the set. The squad will need to repeat that scenario against Midland in order to clinch a playoff berth in front of the hometown faithful.
In case you missed it:
-The RoughRiders avoided a shutout with two outs in the ninth inning when Tomás Telis shot a ball down the right field foul line and into the corner. Telis legged out a triple and scored Jake Smolinski from second base. It spoiled Midland’s shutout bid and would have been the second game this season in which the ‘Riders failed to score a run.
-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 15 straight games on Saturday and went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He still has a ways to go to equal his run of 27 consecutive games on base from April 6-May 4 of this season.
-Midland stole five bases in the game on Saturday. One of those bases was taken by Billy Burns, the Texas League leader in the category with 27. In 171 career stolen base attempts, Burns has been retired only 19 times.
Star of the Game: 3B Ryan Rua – 2/3, 2B, BB
Ryan is rolling once again at the dish. His batting average over the last 13 games is in the stratosphere (.404) and his season average (.319) is fourth-highest in the Texas League. Ryan is also tied for fourth in the league in home runs (10), and ranks second in hits (66), third in on-base percentage (.397), second in slugging percentage (.531), fourth in total bases (110) and is tied for fourth in extra-base hits (23). Whew…
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