July 12th, 2014
Fans of the Texas Rangers have become quite accustomed to the term “Double-A Frisco” in 2014 as there have been 11 RoughRiders promoted to the big league level this season alone. Matt West is the 118th ‘Riders in franchise history to reach that level and he did so with impressive numbers at both the Double and Triple-A levels.
West served a short stint with Frisco in 2014, but it was sweet. He was 2-0 with three saves and compiled a 0.68 ERA in eight games. The power-throwing righty allowed one run on seven hits and opponents only managed to hit .156 off of him. Those numbers earned him a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock and his success followed with him.
With the Express West was 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched, but he was still able to find shutdown innings by walking eight and striking out 28 batters. The reliever was named Rangers Reliever of the Month for April and his contract would later be purchased by the Texas Rangers.
The Houston, Texas native made his major league debut for Texas on July 10, 2014 against the Angels. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out one during his debut.
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Welp, you can’t win or lose a 140-game season in just one night. And when you play virtually every night for five months, there’s never a lot of time to dwell on the highs or the lows. Hopefully, the ‘Riders deep-sixed the memory of last night’s 12-4 thrashing at the hands of the Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.
Star of the Game: RHP Randy Henry – 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
After an adverse start to his season in Frisco, Randy has settled in atop his perch and allowed no runs in his last four outings. He faced one batter above the minimum on Friday in his longest performance with the ‘Riders this season in terms of innings pitched. Henry, a native of tiny Arnett, Oklahoma, has tossed 10 1/3 innings over eight games at Double-A and dropped his ERA to 4.35 last night.
In case you missed it:
-Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 16-5 and sent eight batters to the plate in each of the first three innings (24 in total). At one point, the Hooks were on pace for 72 plate appearances on the night. The 12 runs allowed are a season-high for Frisco.
-The Midland RockHounds defeated the San Antonio Missions on Friday for their eighth straight win. In the process, the ‘Hounds leapfrogged the RoughRiders into first place with the best overall record in the Texas League. It’s the first time Frisco has been outside the top spot since May 5, a stretch of 66 straight days. The ‘Riders have had a share of first place in 83 of the first 100 days of the season.
-Gallo watch: DNP
The RoughRiders gave Joey his first night off in his 27 Double-A games this year.
-Rehabber Geovany Soto went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the second game of his rehab assignment with the ‘Riders. Patrick Cantwell replaced him in the lineup in the fifth inning.
-Rehabber Engel Beltre finished his 2014 ‘Riders debut 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. It was Beltre’s first appearance at Dr Pepper Ballpark since 2012 when he lead the Texas League in triples (17) and at-bats (564).
-Alec Asher’s two inning performance was the shortest effort by a regular starter for Frisco this season (excluding rehab appearances by, for instance, Tanner Scheppers). It’s a testament to the strength of the RoughRiders’ rotation this season to have gone until mid-July without a clunker like last night.
-After Asher hit the shower, newcomer Brodie Downs made his Frisco debut on the mound. The Rangers signed Downs, who turns 35 on July 19, out of the Mexican League as free agent on July 11. Downs has not played affiliated baseball since 2009 and threw two innings with three runs and four hits allowed along with two walks and two strikeouts. Downs has a side-arm release and throws a fastball in the mid-upper 80s and a high 70s slider. After a turbulent third inning, the righty faced the minimum in the fourth, thanks to a double play ground ball from Tyler Heineman.
-Guilder Rodriguez made his season debut on the hill as well for the RoughRiders. G-Rod pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. It was his fifth career appearance as a pitcher with Frisco. Guilder, who throws right-handed, last tossed on June 16, 2013 in a 16-inning marathon against the Hooks. He took home the win in that decision. On Friday, Guilder played second base for the first eight innings and Odubel Herrera filled in for the final frame while G-Rod pitched.
-Delino DeShields, Jr. was the only hitter for Corpus Christi without a base knock on Friday. He still reached base in the first inning on a sacrifice bunt because Drew Robinson committed an error on the play. DeShields later scored a run to move him into a tie with San Antonio’s Dusty Coleman for fifth in the Texas League with 47 home-plate touches this season.
-The Rangers Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Mike Daly, was in attendance at Dr Pepper Ballpark last night. He didn’t exactly see a classic.
-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the second inning was the RoughRiders’ 69th long ball of the season.
Home Run List (current players):
1. Joey Gallo – 10
2. Trever Adams – 9
2. Drew Robinson – 9
4. Teodoro Martinez – 3
5. Jake Skole – 2
5. Tomás Telis – 2
7. Patrick Cantwell – 1
7. Chris Grayson – 1
7. Odubel Herrera – 1
With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Our interview with Keith aired in two parts over the course of the last two broadcasts. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:
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