2014 Playoffs: It’s Going to be Midland
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It’s official. The RoughRiders and RockHounds will square off the first week of September in the Texas League South Division Championship Series. Midland’s first playoff berth since 2010 was clinched on Monday because of two outcomes: 1) Midland knocked off Frisco 5-1 AND 2) San Antonio lost in spectacular fashion to Corpus Christi by a final score of 23-7. Yes, 23-7. The Hooks scored 12 runs and sent 16 men to the plate in the 5th inning alone.
The Missions and the Hooks are now mathematically eliminated, which means the ‘Riders and Hounds will spend the rest of the regular season in a battle for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Going into Tuesday’s action, Frisco holds a one game lead over Midland for the division lead in the second half and owns a 3 1/2 game edge in the overall standings. Click here to read Monday’s game recap.
Star of the Game: SS Hanser Alberto – 1/3, SO
Hanser registered one of the RoughRiders’ three hits in the game and extended his hitting streak to nine straight.
In case you missed it:
-The RoughRiders scored their only run in unearned fashion. Guilder Rodriguez reached second base on an error by second baseman Conner Crumbliss, and took third on a wild pitch. Odubel Herrera picked up the lone RBI of the game for the ‘Riders when he scored G-Rod on a groundout.
-Frisco did not score a run against a Midland starting pitcher in the series. Of the 27 innings in the series, the ‘Riders scored in three.
-Had Frisco swept Midland, it would have been the ‘Riders first sweep of the Hounds since May 2011 and their first sweep in Midland since 2007.
-The ‘Riders did not hit a home run in the series and last went yard in the first inning of a 5-4 win against San Antonio on August 19 (Trever Adams).
-Gallo watch: DNP
On his Pregame Show interview a few Sundays ago, Jason Wood revealed his plan to rest certain players in anticipation of the playoffs. True to his word, Joey has been given a few extra off days lately, which will hopefully pay dividends in September.
-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (current 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. Odubel Herrera (2)
8. Nomar Mazara (2)
11. Patrick Cantwell (1)
11. Hanser Alberto (1)
After a slow start, Hanser Alberto has been on a role at the plate for the RoughRiders. He continues his trend of stellar defensive play at short as well:
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