July 15th, 2014

Monday Night Marathon

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 terms of innings played (13), Monday’s affair with San Antonio was the longest of the season for the RoughRiders. And, of course, it comes on the eve of an 11:05 a.m. special on Tuesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson – 1/5, RBI, 3SO, SF

The numbers may not jump off the stat sheet, but it’s hard to top the timeliness of Chris’s RBI last night. With the bases loaded and one away, the outfielder lofted a fly ball to deep right field that gave Trever Adams plenty of time to score from third and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 13th inning. In his third stint with the ‘Riders in 2014 alone, Grayson totes a .276 average with 17 RBI in 27 games in the Texas League.

In case you missed it:

-While the 13-innings is a season-high for Frisco, the game was the second-longest of the season in terms of time elapsed. Monday’s game lasted four hours and 17 minutes but on May 15, the ‘Riders battled the Midland RockHounds for four hours and 23 minutes. In one of the crazier games of the season, the Hounds knocked off the horsemen 11-10 in 11 innings.

-Tomás Telis set a season-high with a four-hit night. In the tenth inning, Telis stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from San Antonio catcher Robert Kral.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, the most of any batter in the Texas League.

-RHP Randy Henry continues to improve with the ‘Riders and earned his first Double-A win of 2014. The reliever pitched three innings in overtime, each in a sudden-death situation, and allowed three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

-Frisco’s two runs against San Antonio starter Leonel Campos were the Venezuelan’s first two earned runs allowed against the ‘Riders in 12 career appearances.

-The Missions have played in more extra-inning games (18) than any other team in the minors. Even more appalling in San Antonio’s record in said contests: 4-14.

-By comparison, Frisco moved to 2-3 in extras this season.

-Major league rehabbers Jim Adduci and Geovany Soto each went 0-for-4 in the ballgame. Adduci struck out twice and Soto suffered the same fate three times.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey was back in the dugout with the team, but stayed there after a whirlwind weekend to Minneapolis for the Futures Game.

 

 

Speaking of Joey, the slugger makes his premiere on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. He shares highlights from his MVP weekend for the Futures Game and illuminates upon some differences between his time in Advanced-A with Myrtle Beach and the ‘Riders at Double-A:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Joey Gallo named All-Star Futures Game MVP

MLB: All Star Game-Futures Game

by: Jay Wallis

As Frisco RoughRiders infielder Joey Gallo continues to progress through the different levels of professional baseball, he has taken the changes of play in stride. He faced a new challenge Sunday afternoon and showcased the extraordinary power that has been pushing him forward.

Gallo was honored with the Most Valuable Player award for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field.

The lefty played for the U.S. Team, which took down the World Team 3-2. It wouldn’t have happened without a mammoth go-ahead home run from Gallo.

After the World Team picked up two runs in the top of the sixth, the U.S. faced a 2-1 deficit with the middle of the lineup up to bat. The 20-year-old phenomenon faced Astros pitching product Michael Feliz in the bottom of the sixth inning with a man on second. After patiently letting two balls go by, Gallo keyed in on a 95-mph fastball that Feliz left over the plate and showed off the torque he can generate by crushing the 2-0 pitch out of the park. The home run measured at 419 feet, according to the MLB Network’s live broadcast.

Gallo, 20, finished the night 1-for-4 as the DH for a U.S. Team that has won five consecutive matchups and 10 of 16 overall. The Frisco product is the first All-Star Futures Game MVP from the Texas Rangers organization.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Gallo went yard since he is tied with Cubs product Kris Bryant in leading all professional baseball with 31 home runs on the year. Splitting time with both the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Double-A ‘Riders in 2014, Gallo is batting .307 (89-for-290) with 73 RBI, 16 doubles and three triples. He has shown better plate discipline and pitch recognition as the season has moved along.

The 6-5, 205-pound Nevada native has been generating buzz since the moment he arrived in Frisco. In his very first game at the Double-A level, with plenty of the DFW media intensively watching his every move, Gallo hit a two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give his new team the dramatic victory.

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