‘Riders on the Record – June 8
‘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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