Birds Return the Favor
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After Frisco shuttered Springfield in game one, the Cardinals broke out of the nest in a big way and pelted the RoughRiders for 12 runs on 17 hits in game two to even the series. Click here to read the game recap.
Make no mistake about it, Springfield needed this game. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Double-A Redbirds, who need every “w” they can muster in order to stay relevant in the playoff conversation.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the second, five in the third and three more in the fourth. The ‘Riders were able to respond with a five-spot of their own in the bottom of the third to make the score 8-6 Springfield, but the Cards sent 32 men to the plate over a four inning span from the second through the fifth. They chased Alec Asher from the game after the righty allowed six runs on five hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. Ryan Rodebaugh fared no better and allowed five runs on eight hits over one inning of relief.
Star of the Game: 1B J.T. Wise – 3/4, R, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, GIDP
It was another good night for the Frisco offense. Rarely does a team lose a game in which they score seven runs on 11 hits with four home runs. Such was the case in a wacky affair. As for J.T., the first baseman finished a triple shy of the cycle and clocked his fifth moon shot of the season (this one cleared the Diamond Deck in left). Remember, the former member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization joined the RoughRiders on July 13.
In case you missed it:
-Springfield batted around in the second and third innings, respectively. They sent eight men to the plate in the fourth.
-Frisco also batted around in the third as part of a 41-minute inning.
-The ‘Riders four home runs tied a season high for a single game (April 10 at Northwest Arkansas). Jake Skole smacked two, one to either field, to raise his 2014 total by 66.6 percent. It was Skole’s third multi-home run game of his career.
-In his second career game at the Double-A level, 21-year-old Jorge Alfaro rocked his first homer as a ‘Rider. The Colombian catcher took the first pitch of the third inning right down the left field line to the Diamond Deck in what was also his first hit, run and (pair of) RBI for Frisco.
-Cardinals starter Jonathan Cornelius struck out the side in the third inning, but also allowed five runs on five hits. The southpaw picked up nine of his first ten outs via the K-ball.
-In his debut atop the Texas League batting list, Odubel Herrera donned the golden sombrero, but picked up a single in his final at-bat.
-Trever Adams extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games with a single in the third. The left fielder finished the game 2-for-4 with a run, a strikeout and a walk.
-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3 SO, ROE
Joey (and the rest of the RoughRiders) faced lefties all night. A titanic fly ball to the warning track in right popped out of the glove of
-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 (5)
4. Jake Skole (5)
6. Teodoro Martinez (3)
7. Chris Grayson (2)
7. Odubel Herrera (2)
9. Patrick Cantwell (1)
9. Jorge Alfaro (1)
Southpaw Will Lamb breaks down how he stayed tuned in mentally during a 56-minute rain delay on Tuesday night. The reliever also remarks on the progress he has seen out of battery mate Jorge Alfaro since the two played for Short Season Spokane in 2011:
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