June 30th, 2014

On the Wrong End of the Seesaw

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.

In one of the more entertaining games of the year (three ties and four lead-changes), Northwest Arkansas edged Frisco 6-5 on Sunday night. Click here to read the full game recap.

The RoughRiders need a win in today’s business-goers special (11:05 a.m. first pitch) to salvage a .500 mark on the six-game homestand (currently 2-3).

Frisco assumed Northwest’s role from a defensive standpoint in the second game of the series and repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with errors in the field. The Naturals committed three blunders in game one, while a pair of errant throws on third baseman Drew Robinson cost the ‘Riders.

Robinson’s error in the third added fuel to the fire in a tough inning for Alec Asher. A three-run home run from one-man wrecking crew Lane Adams had already given the Naturals a 3-2 lead. Northwest singled twice more off Asher when Hunter Dozier, a native of Denton, Texas, grounded sharply to Robinson. With good speed down the line, Dozier likely would have beaten out an on-target throw from Robinson, but when the infielder airmailed the throw to first, Jorge Bonifacio came home to score. The unearned run for the Naturals proved to be the difference in a one-run game.

Star of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger – 3/5, R

Batting like a house on fire, Strausborger now has at least one hit and a run scored in all five of his games with the RoughRiders. Through his first 21 at-bats, the native of northwest Indiana has 11 hits, five runs, a double, a triple, and a home run with four RBI and a stolen base.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco falls to 14-7 in one-run games and 3-8 on Sundays.

-It was Mike Bianucci in the Arkansas series, and now it seems Lane Adams is playing the role of “RoughRiders Wrecker” in the current set. The center fielder went 3-for-4 and finished with five RBI, a stolen base, a sacrifice fly and a double shy of the cycle. He drove in all five earned runs for the Naturals on Sunday (no RBI assigned on the unearned run). The righty’s three-bagger in the eighth inning scored the winning run, and in the bottom of the frame, he robbed Teodoro Martinez of a home run when he pulled the ball back over the fence in center field.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, SO, BB

Joey now has ten walks and 32 strikeouts in Double-A. He smoked a double pull-side to right field in the first inning that landed midway up the wall on the fly. The Bishop Gorman High School alumnus bats .277 (18-for-65) with the ‘Riders and has three doubles, eight home runs and 19RBI.


In our weekly “Sunday with the Skipper” conversation, the skip addresses the loss of several key pieces to Triple-A, but remains optimistic about the talent on the roster and in the pipeline:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.