Sometimes, the System Bites
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The RoughRiders received an abrupt change to their gameday plans when the Rangers promoted Edwar Cabrera, the expected starter on Thursday against San Antonio, to Triple-A Round Rock. Exciting news for Cabrera, but a big humpback curve for the ‘Riders, who were deprived a Texas League All-Star with a 2.99 ERA.
Pushed into service was Jose Monegro, who beholds the unique distinction of having pitched for every full-season Rangers affiliate in 2014. Monegro, primarily a bullpen reliever, made just his second start of the year, fresh off a plane from Charlotte, North Carolina and his most recent stint with Single-A Hickory.
Monegro pitched well through the first two frames, but petered out in the third. A grand salami by Robert Kral (.186 batting average) broke the levy and put the Missions up the proverbial walking stick (7-0) in the third. San Antonio would go up a snowman (8-0) in the fourth. Click here to read the game recap.
Star of the Game: 1B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 2RBI, 2SO
Take away the walk on Wednesday, and Joey put up the exact same line in the previous two games. His blast to right-center at Dr Pepper Ballpark bounced off the rock facade of the pool zone and took a high hop to the dirt bath that lines the perimeter of the park. It was Joey’s first home run at Dr Pepper Ballpark since June 28 but his third in the last three days. The blast was also the slugger’s first against the Missions. Joey now has 13 home runs with Frisco and 34 on the season, the most in professional baseball.
In case you missed it:
-Trever Adams smacked another double on Thursday to up his two-bag total to 24, third in the Texas League.
-Kral’s grand slam was the third allowed by the RoughRiders this season and second surrendered to San Antonio. Rymer Liriano, recently promoted to Triple-A, took Ryan Rodebaugh deep for a four-run home run on May 17 at Wolff Stadium. The other four-run home run came off Ryan Bores on May 30 in Springfield, courtesy of Jacob Wilson.
-RHP R.J. Alvarez threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the RoughRiders. Alvarez had pitched against the ‘Riders before this season, but not with the Missions. The long-haired hurler was acquired by the Padres organization in a six-player trade that sent big league reliever Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels. The Halos emptied an already depleted system and sent its top pitching prospect to San Diego (ala San Antonio).
-Frisco did not draw a walk in the game in spite of eight three-ball counts.
-Gallo watch: See above
-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):
1. Joey Gallo (13)
2. Trever Adams (11)
3. Drew Robinson (9)
4. Teodoro Martinez (3)
5. Chris Grayson (2)
5. Jake Skole (2)
7. Odubel Herrera (1)
7. Patrick Cantwell (1)
On the heels of an offensive outburst in Midland (44 hits and 25 runs in four games) hitting coach Jason Hart sits down and talks about the July grind and breaks down the seasons for specific hitters:
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