‘Riders Rewind – June 7

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

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…

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.


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