July 26th, 2014

Early Start to Friday Night’s Fireworks

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 a game that resembled two installments of the previous series with Midland, the ‘Riders overcame an early deficit and finished strong to even the four-game run with San Antonio at one game apiece. Click here to read the game recap.

On July 22, the ‘Riders fell in an 0-2 hole in the first inning, but rallied to win handily down the stretch 8-3 over the ‘Hounds. The following night, Midland took a 2-1 lead until Frisco squared the score at 2-2 in the fourth. After the teams swapped runs in the seventh, a ninth inning home run by Joey Gallo catapulted the RoughRiders to a 5-3 victory.

Friday’s showdown blended the two aforementioned contests. Again, the ‘Riders faced an early hole, but reset the game at 3-3 in the third inning via another Gallo long ball. Frisco and San Antonio exchanged runs in the seventh and another late home run, this one by J.T. Wise in the bottom of the eighth, pushed the horsemen over the top.

Star of the Game: J.T. Wise – 1/4, R, HR, 3RBI

With two outs and two on, Wise took a hanging 2-2 slider from Michael Dimock and pinged it off the roof of the WinStar Diamond Deck in the left field corner to give the ‘Riders a late 7-4 lead. The recent acquisition from the independent ranks walked up with a chip on his shoulder because the Missions had intentionally walked Joey Gallo in the previous plate appearance to pitch to Wise. Oops. The native of Apopka, Florida belted his first homer with the ‘Riders in his 12th game with the club. Wise is batting 14-for-46(.304 average) with seven runs, five doubles and 11 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Doubles for Trever Adams have become as routine as home runs for Gallo. Adams doubled for the third straight game and now sits at 25 two-baggers this season, third-most in the Texas League. The righty also scored his team-leading 49th run of the year.

-Will Lamb saved his third game for the ‘Riders. He faced the minimum in the ninth and struck out Lee Orr on a fastball.

-Hanser Alberto tallied a multi-hit game for the third time in the last four night. He also had multiple RBI for the second time over that stretch.

-For the second night in a row, the ‘Riders faced a pitcher they had seen on another team in the Texas League this season. RHP Michael Dimock, renowned across the league for his Rollie Fingers mustache, gave up the go-ahead home run to Wise in the eighth and took the loss. Dimock began the season in the Astros organization with Corpus Christi, but was traded to the Padres organization on June 25 in exchange for fellow righty Miguel Severino.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, IBB

Joey homered for the fourth day in a row as he flicked a pitch left outside to the opposite field in the third inning. Joey now has 35 home runs on the season and 14 with the ‘Riders. He is three home runs off the Texas League lead and paces all of professional baseball in total long balls in 2014.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (14)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. J.T. Wise (1)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)



The ‘Riders paid tribute to Mike Coolbaugh last night in the first ever Mike Coolbaugh Day at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Tulsa Drillers assistant coach tragically lost his life when struck by a foul ball on July 22, 2007. RoughRiders’ first base coach James Vilade is a board director of Diamond Dreams, the nonprofit organization created in Mike’s memory. He details his involvement in Diamond Dreams, its mission and the steps taken to make Mike Coolbaugh Day a reality:


Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.