‘Riders Rewind – June 8
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Magic Number: 6
Midland continues to add intrigue to the south division playoff race with its second straight win over the RoughRiders. Click here to read the full game recap.
No, we aren’t neglecting to update the Magic Number (although ‘Riders fans may wish that the case). The total has held at six for three straight days now because Midland (34-28) has defeated Frisco (36-25) twice in head-to-head matchups. The Hounds are 2 1/2 back in the standings, a margin that has grown increasingly uncomfortable for the RoughRiders, who need to win two straight to salvage a series split.
To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played in the first half (8), add one (8+1=9), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (9-3=6).
The ‘Riders can no longer clinch a playoff berth on their home field. They need a solid outing from Luke Jackson, Monday’s starting pitcher, to quiet the Midland bats and get Frisco on the board in this series.
In case you missed it:
-The ‘Riders will not win a series at home for the first time since April 7 when the Arkansas Travelers clinched a three-game set in the second series of the season.
-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 16 straight games on Sunday with a single in the sixth inning.
-The ‘Riders again scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, an encouraging testament to the team’s pride. However, in both games, the ninth inning runs have been too little too late as Midland has scored in nine of the 18 frames in the series thus far.
Star of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez – 3/5, RBI
G-Rod continued his torrid stretch at the plate with his third multi-hit game of the month. The switch-hitter has 35 hits (34 of which are singles) in 29 games with the ‘Riders this season and posts a .327 batting average, tied with Tomás Telis for the highest on the team. Guilder is also the outright team leader in on-base percentage and reaches at a .415 rate, thanks in large part to a stellar walk-to-strikeout ratio (16:15). For the second straight season, G-Rod earned a spot on the Texas League mid-season All-Star squad.
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