Alamo City Under Seige
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The RoughRiders blasted San Antonio with a barrage of 17 hits (one home run, two triples, five doubles) and bolted to an 11-2 win in the series opener. Click here to read the full game recap.
A better scenario to open the four-game series could not be crafted, but the ‘Riders have been in this situation before. Frisco also took game one in its last trip to San Antonio (May 16-19) only to see the Missions storm back and take the final three games in the set. The ‘Riders are just 3-6 at Wolff Municipal Stadium this season.
On Sunday, the ‘Riders rocked and rolled thanks once again to the contributions of rehabbers Geovany Soto and Jim Adduci. Both look good offensively and defensively, but Adduci in particular looks to rounding into the kind of form the Rangers can use in Arlington.
‘Riders fans can also thank the Corpus Christi Hooks for administering a 14-1 beatdown to the Midland RockHounds and snapping the Hounds’ nine-game winning streak. The results of the game allowed Frisco to regain possession of the top record in the Texas League at 52-39 overall. Midland now trails by a 1/2 game at 52-40. Additionally, a win for the Dogs last night would have tied the RoughRiders’ mark of ten straight wins, the longest streak in the Texas League this season.
Star of the Game: 1B Jim Adduci - 2/3, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SF
Jim’s eagerness to play baseball after a fracture and a re-fracture of his little finger is evident. In his second stint with the ‘Riders this season, the 29-year-old has batted 4-for-6 over his first pair of ballgames with two runs scored and five more driven in. He also stole a base with a textbook slide (feet first).
In case you missed it:
-The ‘Riders broke the game open with six runs and seven hits in the fifth inning. In that frame, Frisco sent ten men to the plate and clocked a triple, four doubles and two singles. Two of the two-baggers bounced out of play for a rulebook double.
-Sunday’s fifth inning marked the third time this season the ‘Riders have scored a half-dozen runs in a single frame.
-The ‘Riders tied a season high with 17 hits in the game.
-RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez notched his second straight win on the mound and tossed five innings with no runs, five hits and one walk allowed. The righty also struck out four batters and is now 3-3 in Double-A this season.
-With 11 runs on 17 hits, there are plenty of honorable mentions at the plate to go around:
- Odubel Herrera: 2-for-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
- Chris Grayson: 2-for-4, 2R, GR2B, BB, ROE
- Jake Skole: 3-for-5, 2R, GR2B, RBI
- Hanser Alberto: 3-for-5, 3B, RBI
-Alberto has five hits in his last two games after starting 2-for-22 at the plate with Frisco.
-Two players made their RoughRiders’ debuts last night. J.T. Wise, newly signed from independent ball, played at DH and knocked two doubles with three RBI and a run scored. Right-handed pitcher Erik Hamren, also from the indie ranks, tossed two scoreless innings and allowed one walk with three strikeouts.
-In addition to Adduci, fellow rehabber Geovany Soto turned in a 2-for-4 night with two runs scored and a walk. Soto appears to be enjoying his return to the Double-A ranks. Soto could be seen signing autographs at Dr Pepper Ballpark after the game on Saturday night and in addition to riding the team bus down to San Antonio, Soto sprung for pizza, no doubt a welcome enhancement to the long drive.
-Gallo watch: DNP
Joey turned heads the Futures Game last night. He spiderwebbed a truck’s windshield on a towering home run in batting practice and then hit one that counted on the scoreboard during the game itself. The light-tower shot propelled the USA squad to a 3-2 victory over the World side and Gallo was named the game’s MVP. You can watch video of Gallo’s blast here:
As the RoughRiders head into the Dog Days of Summer, field manager Jason Wood provides his weekly State of the Team address on “Sunday with the Skipper.” Hear about Woody’s experience atop the mound in a big league game with the Florida Marlins. 11 pitches in an inning of relief? Not bad, skip!
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