‘Riders Roll On After Rain Rolls Out
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The ‘Riders clung to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of sixth inning when home plate umpire Nathan White signaled for the RoughRiders’ grounds crew to unfurl the tarp, which initiated a 56-minute rain delay. After the moratorium, Frisco came out guns blazing and torched Springfield with seven runs as part of an 11-batter eighth inning to put the game beyond reach. Click here to read the game recap.
The call to suspend play was a preemptive one as rain had not yet begun to fall, but it happened under unique circumstances. Springfield starting pitcher Mike Mayers had just hit Patrick Cantwell with a pitch to load the bases with one out in the sixth. Manager Mike Shildt stepped out of the dugout, but instead of a signal to the bullpen, he instead hailed White, the crew chief, who in turn called for the tarpaulin.
While it seemed odd, and opportunistic, for Springfield’s skipper to invoke a rain delay, the decision had plenty of merit. The tarp was situated before the rain began and preserved the integrity of the infield, which in turn lead to a shorter delay in the long run.
The delay lasted just under an hour, but still harkened back to contest in Springfield’s last trip to Dr Pepper Ballpark that also succumbed to inclement weather. On May 25, however, the delay lasted two hours and 26 minutes before play eventually resumed (thank goodness it was a day game). A measly 56-minute delay felt like nothing at all. In both cases, the ‘Riders lead before the delay and went on to win afterwards. Springfield has brought thunderheads to the Doc in both of its trips now; the only two home rain delays have occurred with the Cardinals in town (note the difference between a rain delay and a rain out, the latter of which also transpired against a foe from the North Division).
Star of the Game: LF Nomar Mazara – 2/4, 2B, 3B, SF, 2 RBI
There were plenty of noteworthy offensive performances in a game that produced 15 hits and nine runs. But Nomar looked in no way like the youngest player in the Texas League making his Double-A debut after an outright bypass of Advanced-A. Yes, he did commit a shaky error in right field in the second inning. Chalk it up to nerves. At the plate, the 19-year-old looked anything but shy.
An impressive figure in the left-handed batter’s box at 6-foot-4 200 pounds, Nomar cracked his first Double-A pitch to deep center field in the second inning to drive in the first RoughRiders run on a sacrifice fly. In his second at-bat, the lefty sent a screamer stopped only by an impressive leaping grab from second baseman Breyvic Valera.
The ball elevated in two of his final three plate appearances as well, but this time, they landed for extra base knocks. Nomar went oppo on a double that rolled all the way into the left field corner and crushed a ball to the deepest part of center field for a triple in the eighth (it was his second time to the dish that inning). The Dominican slowed his jog on the way into third as well. He gets the nod for an impressive Double-A debut.
Honorable mention deservedly befalls Patrick Cantwell (2-for-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP), Trever Adams (2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI), Teodoro Martinez (2-for-5, R, 2B, 3 RBI) and Hanser Alberto (3-for-4, 2 R, BB).
In case you missed it:
-The ‘Riders knocked off Springfield by a 9-1 final score for the second time this season. The first instance took place on May 31 in Springfield.
-Patrick Cantwell drew his 15th hit-by-pitch of the season, the most in the Texas League.
-With two singles on the night, Odubel Herrera now has multiple hits in 25 of his last 49 games. His second knock of the night came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and two outs (just after the rain delay). In a bad break for the ‘Riders, the ball struck Patrick Cantwell in the base path between first and second, which resulted in the third out of the frame. Odubel still received credit for the base hit.
-Trever Adams extended his hitting streak to 12 games and also smoked his 32nd double of the season, second-most in the league. Trever has now doubled in 12 of his last 16 games.
-Another highly-touted prospect made his RoughRiders debut on Tuesday. Jorge Alfaro batted second as the DH in his first Double-A game, and although he was the only ‘Rider to not register a base hit, he drew two walks and scored a run.
-Gallo watch: 1/4, 2 R, SO, HBP
Everyone held their collective breath when Lee Stoppelman plunked Joey on the hand in the eighth inning. He writhed in pain, but stayed in the game and would later score from first on Martinez’ RBI double. The hit from Stoppelman contained no malice but it tautened the mood of the game considerably.
-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. J.T. Wise (4)
5. Teodoro Martinez (3)
5. Jake Skole (3)
7. Chris Grayson (2)
7. Odubel Herrera (2)
9. Patrick Cantwell (1)
Listen to Keone Kela talk about his desire to pitch back-to-back nights in the San Antonio series and find out what the flamethrower did on his off day. Hint: it did not involve baseball.
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