August 21st, 2014

Campos Puts the ‘Riders on Ice


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.

Leonel Campos allowed just two hits over six innings with one walk and eight strikeouts as San Antonio evened the series at a game apiece. Click here to read the game recap.

Frisco’s offense looked like it had been doused by an Ice Bucket Challenge. Speaking of which, here is our version:

Star of the Game: RHP Josh McElwee – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

The newest RoughRider made his Double-A debut last night and faced the minimum over his two innings showing a breaking ball with some serious bite.

In case you missed it:

-Campos earned the win for San Antonio to move his record to 2-5. Both of his wins have come against the RoughRiders.

-San Antonio snapped a four-game losing streak at Dr Pepper Ballpark and won at the Doc for the first time since July 24.

-The ‘Riders failed to score a run in a ballgame for the fifth time this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2 SO

Campos struck out Joey in the second inning on a dropped third strike with a 1-3 putout. Usually, a dropped third strike results in a 2-3 putout. Joey thought he had foul tipped the pitch, so he remained in the batter’s box while the ball squibbed away from catcher Austin Hedges and toward the mound. Home plate umpire Ron Teague signaled that Joey was out on the play, but Campos still fielded the ball and threw to first as if to complete the strikeout.

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

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (13)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Jerad Eickhoff breaks down his last start and talks about the progression of his curveball over the course of the season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Finding a Way to Win


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.

It was a nose-to-the-grindstone victory for the ‘Riders last night, who rallied from a pair of setbacks and held-on to win in a tense ninth inning. Click here to read the game recap.

Frisco overcame a 1-0 deficit after Cory Spangenberg went deep in the first at-bat of the ballgame. The ‘Riders fell behind again in the sixth when the Missions plated three runs, including one on an error.

In spite of outhitting the Missions 13-5, Frisco left men in scoring position in each of the final four frames. After loading the bases with nobody out in the seventh, Luis De La Cruz came out of the pen and struck out the heart of the order in succession to keep the ‘Riders off the board.

The turing point came in the eighth when shortstop Diego Goris booted a ball from Nick Williams and two runs scored. Credit Jake Skole with starting the rally earlier in the frame on an RBI single to put runners on first and third with one out. Skole later hustled around from second to score on the Goris error and put the ‘Riders in front.

Keone Kela took the ‘Riders through a gamut of emotions in the ninth. He struck out the first batter of the frame, only to walk the bases loaded. With family in the stands, Kela rediscovered the zone and struck out Goris and induced a mile-high pop up from Cody Overbeck to end the ball game.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 3/4, R, BB

Back-to-back three-hit nights for the Texas League batting leader. Odubel raised his average to .343 with the ‘Riders through 84 games. He has collected 110 hits and scored 42 runs in that span.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders clinched the season series with San Antonio in earning their 17th win of the year against the Missions.

-In addition to Herrera, Jorge Alfaro, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Hanser Alberto each turned in multi-hit games.

-Jerad Eickhoff struck out five batters on Tuesday to move his season total to 133, the most in the Texas League.

-Trever Adams hit his first outside-the-park home run since July 21. He scored an inside-the-parker on July 30 against Midland.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SO

Joey’s two-bagger was well-hit to the warning track in left-center, but flat-out dropped on the run by Hunter Renfroe.

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

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (13)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Jorge Alfaro hops on the Pregame Show to talk about his first Double-A home run and working with Pudge Rodriguez:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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