August 2nd, 2014

Outfield Assist

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Center fielder Hunter Renfroe was not credited with any outfield assists on Friday night, but the RoughRiders might not mind changing the box score. Renfroe misplayed two regular fly balls in the sixth inning (the shade of the sky at dusk contributed more than anything) and the ‘Riders took advantage en route to a 4-1 win. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 3/4, R, 2B, RBI, SO

Joey was the beneficiary of a Renfroe gaffe in the sixth and raised his RoughRiders’ batting average to .271 with nine doubles and 43 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored all of its runs in the sixth inning and outhit San Antonio 12-3.

-San Antonio did not have a base hit after Adam Buschini’s home run in the fifth. They placed two men on base the rest of the way–both via walks.

-After an 0-for-2 start at the plate, Hanser Alberto was pulled from the game in favor of Guilder Rodriguez. G-Rod drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give the RoughRiders a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning.

-Trever Adams extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games with a single in the fourth inning. On the night, the righty batted 2-for-4 with a run and a rulebook double. It was Adams’ 29th two-bagger of the season, a career high and good for second in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: see above

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)



Catch Alex’s interview with Jake Thompson, who made his organizational debut with the RoughRiders on July 29. As a prep at Rockwall-Heath High School, Jake played a handful of games at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The big righty shares highlights from a whirlwind first week with the RoughRiders and details what he hopes to accomplish over the final month of the regular season:


Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

When ‘The Show’ Calls: Part Three

By: Cameron Varnau


On August 1, 204, Phil Klein became the 120th RoughRider to make the major leagues and the 13th this season alone. The 6′ 7″ right-hander pitched in 29 games for Frisco in 2013 and compiled a 5-1 record with a 2.52 ERA over 53.2 innings pitched.

The Ohio native began 2014 with Frisco and earned the trust of his coaching staff to earn a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock 24 games into the year. He was 3-0 with 10 saves and owned a slim 0.81 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched. He was able to display excellent command of his pitches by walking 14 and striking out 42 over those innings, and allowed only three runs on 15 base hits. Opponents were only able to bat .139 against him.


Those sills earned him his promotion to Round Rock where the show continued to roll on. In 9 games and 18.1 innings, Klein did not allow a run and gave up only seven hits, while walking six and striking out 28. Opposing hitters continued to struggle against him as they could only hit .139 while he was on the bump.

On Friday August 1, Phil made his Major League debut in his home state against the Cleveland Indians in a lop-sided 12-2 loss. He gave up two hits, one being a homer to the first batter he faced, and stuck out one in his one inning of work.

We wish Phil continued success in 2014 and beyond as he continues his career with the Texas Rangers.