June 16th, 2014

‘Riders Rewind – Father’s Day

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.

The ‘Riders won on Mother’s Day (May 11) but lost on Father’s Day by an 8-3 decision to the Midland RockHounds. Click here to read the full game recap.

It was a tough night for Kyle Lotzkar, who entered the game with a handlebar mustache and two down in the third inning after an abbreviated outing from Alex Gonzalez. Lotzkar could not get the out he needed before an inherited runner and two of his own scored to put Midland up 4-0. After Frisco trimmed the lead to one, Lotzkar gave all three runs back on an RBI double to Dusty Coleman, the Texas League leader in strikeouts.

The RoughRiders will try and even the series tonight with Alec Asher on the mound. Asher pitched well in his last outing (season-high eight strikeouts) but received no run support and took the loss. Big Cat is 6-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 3/4, R, SB

Odubel was the only man in the order with multiple hits on Sunday. His third hit rang in the ninth inning off left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey, which is significant because Odubel has struggled against southpaws this season. After one hit in his first 24 at-bats against lefty pitching, the Venezuelan now has two in his last three games.

Through 28 games with the RoughRiders, Odubel is batting .333 with seven extra-base hits, 14 runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all five games of the road trip thus far.

-Teodoro Martinez has been feast or famine as of late. The righty has hit into a double play in each of his last four games, but has driven in six runs over the last two.

-Randy Henry made his 2014 RoughRiders debut and gave up one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-2, 2BB, K…Gallo now has five walks and 11 strikeouts with the RoughRiders.

-With Patrick Cantwell on the DL with a wrist contusion, Carlos Garay made his first start of the season behind home plate. Garay’s previous Double-A experience could be encompassed in one at-bat in the ninth inning on May 17 against San Antonio. The 19-year-old from Venezuela was not on the active roster for much of his time with team and served as the bullpen catcher. He finished the game 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.


‘Riders on the Record – Happy Father’s Day!

‘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.

Frisco finished the final full week of the first half with a 4-3 record and clinched their franchise’s eighth playoff berth. In six of the RoughRiders’ eight playoff seasons, the team secured their postseason plans in the first half. It’s also the sixth time the ‘Riders have reached the 40-win mark in the first half of the season.

After a Father’s Day contest against Midland, one game remains before the midway point of the season. Back on May 11, Mother’s Day marked the quarter point in the season. The ‘Riders were 22-13 at that point and have gone 18-14 in the interim between parental homage days. Perhaps not as blistering of a pace (we said on Mother’s Day 88 wins would be tough to reach), but still on track to reach 80 wins in 2014.

Let’s take a look at this week’s rundown:

“Sunday with the Skipper” conversation between Alex Vispoli and Jason Wood:


Guilder Rodriguez continues to put up career numbers with five multi-hit games in his last ten. The two-time Texas League Midseason All-Star has stayed in touch with former RoughRiders Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas:


Scott Coolbaugh, first-year hitting coordinator of the Rangers farm system, returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark and shares his impressions of Joey Gallo. Coolbaugh served as hitting coach of the RoughRiders in 2007-08 and offers some interesting comparisons between those teams and the 2014 version:


Ryan Bores endured a turbulent start to the season and is settling into his role out of the RoughRiders bullpen. Ryan pitched for Kent State University when the Golden Flashes advanced to the College World Series in 2012 and did not carry strong aspirations to play professionally until shortly before the draft:


Phil Klein discusses his emergence as the RoughRiders’ closer in 2014 and his place on the 2014 Texas League Midseason All-Star roster:


Drew Robinson provides a midseason update on his approach at the plate and his ongoing adjustment to Double-A baseball:


Jerad Eickhoff’s 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame casts an imposing shadow on the mound. For Eickhoff, it’s been a diligent work in progress to develop his body into that of a professional baseball pitcher:


As always, thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.