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Why They Play 140 Games…

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Welp, you can’t win or lose a 140-game season in just one night. And when you play virtually every night for five months, there’s never a lot of time to dwell on the highs or the lows. Hopefully, the ‘Riders deep-sixed the memory of last night’s 12-4 thrashing at the hands of the Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Randy Henry - 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K

After an adverse start to his season in Frisco, Randy has settled in atop his perch and allowed no runs in his last four outings. He faced one batter above the minimum on Friday in his longest performance with the ‘Riders this season in terms of innings pitched. Henry, a native of tiny Arnett, Oklahoma, has tossed 10 1/3 innings over eight games at Double-A and dropped his ERA to 4.35 last night.

In case you missed it:

-Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 16-5 and sent eight batters to the plate in each of the first three innings (24 in total). At one point, the Hooks were on pace for 72 plate appearances on the night. The 12 runs allowed are a season-high for Frisco.

-The Midland RockHounds defeated the San Antonio Missions on Friday for their eighth straight win. In the process, the ‘Hounds leapfrogged the RoughRiders into first place with the best overall record in the Texas League. It’s the first time Frisco has been outside the top spot since May 5, a stretch of 66 straight days. The ‘Riders have had a share of first place in 83 of the first 100 days of the season.

-Gallo watch: DNP

The RoughRiders gave Joey his first night off in his 27 Double-A games this year.

-Rehabber Geovany Soto went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the second game of his rehab assignment with the ‘Riders. Patrick Cantwell replaced him in the lineup in the fifth inning.

-Rehabber Engel Beltre finished his 2014 ‘Riders debut 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. It was Beltre’s first appearance at Dr Pepper Ballpark since 2012 when he lead the Texas League in triples (17) and at-bats (564).

-Alec Asher’s two inning performance was the shortest effort by a regular starter for Frisco this season (excluding rehab appearances by, for instance, Tanner Scheppers). It’s a testament to the strength of the RoughRiders’ rotation this season to have gone until mid-July without a clunker like last night.

-After Asher hit the shower, newcomer Brodie Downs made his Frisco debut on the mound. The Rangers signed Downs, who turns 35 on July 19, out of the Mexican League as free agent on July 11. Downs has not played affiliated baseball since 2009 and threw two innings with three runs and four hits allowed along with two walks and two strikeouts. Downs has a side-arm release and throws a fastball in the mid-upper 80s and a high 70s slider. After a turbulent third inning, the righty faced the minimum in the fourth, thanks to a double play ground ball from Tyler Heineman.

-Guilder Rodriguez made his season debut on the hill as well for the RoughRiders. G-Rod pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. It was his fifth career appearance as a pitcher with Frisco. Guilder, who throws right-handed, last tossed on June 16, 2013 in a 16-inning marathon against the Hooks. He took home the win in that decision. On Friday, Guilder played second base for the first eight innings and Odubel Herrera filled in for the final frame while G-Rod pitched.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. was the only hitter for Corpus Christi without a base knock on Friday. He still reached base in the first inning on a sacrifice bunt because Drew Robinson committed an error on the play. DeShields later scored a run to move him into a tie with San Antonio’s Dusty Coleman for fifth in the Texas League with 47 home-plate touches this season.

-The Rangers Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Mike Daly, was in attendance at Dr Pepper Ballpark last night. He didn’t exactly see a classic.

-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the second inning was the RoughRiders’ 69th long ball of the season.

Home Run List (current players):

1. Joey Gallo – 10

2. Trever Adams – 9

2. Drew Robinson – 9

4. Teodoro Martinez – 3

5. Jake Skole – 2

5. Tomás Telis – 2

7. Patrick Cantwell – 1

7. Chris Grayson – 1

7. Odubel Herrera – 1

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Our interview with Keith aired in two parts over the course of the last two broadcasts. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Hooks strike back

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Small ball is the Hooks’ specialty, but an RBI double and a solo home run turned the tide in Thursday’s contest. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Keone Kela - 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

Kela struck out the side in succession in the ninth inning to give the ‘Riders a fighting chance in the bottom half. He struck out two batters on a breaking ball and breezed a heater by Telvin Nash to end the inning. Kela has not allowed a run in his last ten outings and through 20 1/3 innings has a 1.33 ERA.

In case you missed it:

-The team with the most hits has lost both games in this series.

-The Hooks have beaten the RoughRiders 4-1 on three separate occasions this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Joey put the ball in play twice to right field, and in both instances, Leo Heras made an athletic play to deprive him of a base knock.

-In his RoughRiders’ debut, rehabber Geovany Soto went 1-for-3 with a single to left and a strikeout. He played seven innings and was replaced by Tomás Telis.

-Hooks starter Jordan Jankowski threw 50 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. made his first appearance of the season in left field for the Hooks after playing 60 games in center.

 

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Meat Grinder

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If Wednesday’s series opener was any indication, this four-game set with the Hooks is going to be a knock-down, drag-out slug fest. Corpus Christi erased a 3-1 hole in the seventh only to have the ‘Riders regain the lead 4-3 on Odubel Herrera’s sacrifice fly. The Hooks put a runner on third in each of the final three innings, but the ‘Riders eeked out the win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez - 2/3, R, 2B, RBI

After a 1-for-18 road trip, Teo looked happy to be home at the Doc on Wednesday night. His RBI single in the second inning gave Frisco its first lead of the ballgame and brought the Venezuelan level with a couple statistical plateaus: it was both his 50th hit and his 30th RBI as a RoughRider this season.

Also of note, the knock came against a right-handed pitcher; the Venezuelan bats just .234 against righties. Off southpaws, however, Teo crushes at a .340 average, and true to form, his leadoff double in the seventh came versus a lefty. “Cafe” scored the winning run later in the inning.

In case you missed it:

-After 44 games without an error, Odubel Herrera committed his first fielding miscue as a RoughRider last night. Actually, his first two. With two outs in the top of the ninth and a runner on first, Ruben Sosa bounced a ball towards second. Herrera bobbled the handle (first error) and then threw an errant ball to first that missed the glove of Trever Adams (second error). It nearly cost the ‘Riders in a one-run game. The tying runner on first advanced all the way to third. A fly out in the ensuing at-bat ended the contest, so no harm came of the botched play. Here’s hoping for another 44-game error-less streak, Odubel!

-The ‘Riders scored a pair of unearned runs in the second thanks to a throwing error on catcher Rene Garcia, just his second of the season. The throw allowed Hanser Alberto to reach safely on a sacrifice and advance all the way to second base. Tomás Telis, meanwhile, moved down to third base. Both runners scored in the frame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, R, BB, SO

Joey now has 14 walks, 47 strikeouts and 20 runs scored at the Double-A level (26 games). He made good contact on a hard ground ball to second baseman Tony Kemp in the third inning. The Hooks had a monster shift implemented and Kemp fielded the play at medium depth in right field.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 10-6.

-Drew Robinson and Jake Skole both went hitless (although Robinson did have an RBI on a sac fly) and snapped their respective six-game hitting streaks.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. drew two walks and stole two bases.

 

 

Right-handed pitcher Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. Find out what the 2013 first-round draft choice did on his day off and discover the origins of his awesome nickname. Don’t worry, for the hard-core baseball fans, Chi Chi also delves into his arsenal and the start to his Double-A career:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Power Surge

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With their backs to the elimination wall in the series with Northwest Arkansas, the RoughRiders turned in a total team effort (good pitching + timely hitting) to knock off the Nats 6-1 on Monday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Thankfully, ‘Riders Wrecker Lane Adams was not in the starting lineup to challenge Frisco’s control of the game, which began immediately in the first inning thanks to two solo home runs.

Star of the Game: RHP Alex Gonzalez – 5 1/3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 5K

Chi Chi found the form from his Double-A debut against Midland on June 10 with the best outing of his last five starts. The righty retired the first ten batters he faced and did not allow an extra-base hit. After he left with one out and one on in the sixth inning, a platoon force of Kyle Lotzkar (1 1/3IP), Wilmer Font (1/3IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (1IP) and Keone Kela (1IP) surrendered one hit and three walks the rest of the way.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders hit three home runs in a single game for the first time since May 29 in a 13-4 win over the Tulsa Drillers when Odubel Herrera, Chris Grayson and Ryan Rua each went yard.

-On Monday, Drew Robinson (8), Trever Adams (9) and Joey Gallo (10) hit their eighth, ninth and tenth home runs of the season with the RoughRiders, respectively.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2SO

Joey iced the game with a titanic blast to center field. The Northwest Arkansas grounds crew planned to measure the distance the ball traveled. Through 25 games at the Double-A level, Joey bats .298 (28-for-94) with 19 runs, seven doubles, ten home runs, 23 RBI, 13 walks and 46 strikeouts. His slash line reads .298/.389/.691/1.080. Nice.

-Robinson’s solo home run in the first inning gave the ‘Riders their first lead of the series.

-Robinson and Jake Skole each played in five of the six games on the road trip and registered at least one base hit every time in the lineup.

Home Run List (current players):

1. Joey Gallo – 10

2. Trever Adams – 9

3. Drew Robinson – 8

4. Teodoro Martinez – 3

5. Jake Skole – 2

5. Tomás Telis – 2

7. Patrick Cantwell – 1

7. Chris Grayson – 1

7. Odubel Herrera – 1

 

 

Hanser Alberto is back for a second run with the ‘Riders after 100 games played in 2013. The shortstop put in a solid first half with Myrtle Beach and hopes to build on that momentum the second time ’round the Texas League circuit:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

The Apple of Lane Adams’ Eye

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Northwest Arkansas blanked the RoughRiders 3-0 on Sunday. It marked the fourth time this season the ‘Riders have been shut out in a game. Click here to read the full game recap.

Once again, Lane Adams chowed down on the RoughRiders. The center fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a solo home run on Sunday. Against Frisco this season, Adams bats .395 (17-for-43) with an .814 slugging percentage and a 1.251OPS. He has five doubles, two triples, three home runs and ten RBI against the Horsemen this season. Brutal.

Star of the Game: RF Drew Robinson - 2/4, 2K

Robinson was the only hitter with multiple base knocks for the ‘Riders and extended his hitting streak to five straight games.

In case you missed it:

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3K

Joey struck out to end the first, third and eighth innings, and the ‘Riders left runners in scoring position each time.

-The ‘Riders are batting 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series.

-Local product Hunter Dozier lifted a home run in the second inning. He hit his first two Double-A home runs in as many at-bats (eighth inning on Saturday and the second on Sunday).

 

 

Tune in to Jason Wood’s weekly appearance on the Pregame Show. It’s “Sunday with the Skipper:”

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

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At long last, the RoughRiders succumbed to an opponent in the state of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals felled Frisco in the Diamond State for the first time in 370 days, thanks in large part to a pivotal three-run home run from Orlando Calixte. Pardon the somewhat epic tone; the Lord of the Rings is on TNT right now. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Jake Skole – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI

Jake is once again seeing more consistent playing time with fellow center fielder Ryan Strausborger back at Triple-A. The lefty is on a mini four-game hit streak and his double to right in the seventh inning tied the game at three. It marked the second straight game in which the ‘Riders erased a multiple run deficit in the seventh.

In case you missed it:

-The Naturals snapped the RoughRiders’ four-game win streak.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, R, BB

Joey dropped his second successful bunt single this season, and of his professional career. The native of Henderson, Nevada drew a walk in the ninth inning to put two men on with nobody out, but the ‘Riders could not build on the momentum. He avoided a strikeout for the third time in 23 games with the RoughRiders.

-Chris Grayson made his first appearance with the ‘Riders since June 6. In each of his three stints with the RoughRiders, Grayson has worn a different number. He began the season wearing number 11 (now Alex Claudio’s number) and wore number 36 from May 27-June 8 (Randy Henry carries it now). Now, the outfielder displays number 26 on his back and went 0-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly in his first game with the ‘Riders in nearly a month.

-Hanser Alberto made his 2014 Double-A premier, batted 0-for-4 and played shortstop.

-Local product Hunter Dozier, from Denton, clocked his first Double-A home run off Francisco Mendoza in the eighth inning to give his teams its largest lead of the night.

 

 

The affable Jimmy Reyes joins the Pregame Show on the heels of a five strikeout performance in two innings of relief:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Frisco fell behind 5-1 after a rough third inning, but chipped away at the deficit and stormed ahead with a monster five-run seventh. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 2/4, 2R, 3RBI, BB, SB

Odubel continues to knock the cover off the cowhide and extended his hit streak to ten games on Friday. On U.S. Independence Day, the Venezuelan drove in the first run of the game and later tied the game at 5-5 to cap a four-run rally. ‘Dubel is clobbering at a .352 clip in the Texas League this season (43 games) and at an astronomical .421 rate over his last ten games. With the ‘Riders, the southpaw has 18 runs, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 9-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their fourth straight game for the first time since May 29.

-Friday’s four-run rally marked the second time this season the ‘Riders overcame such a deficit and went on to win the ballgame. The first instance occurred way back on April 10 in an 11-7 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Frisco fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, tied the game at four in the top of the third and then fell behind 7-4 in the fourth. It was all RoughRiders the rest of the way, however, as they scored seven unanswered to win their second straight in what would become a ten-game winning streak. The ‘Riders smashed four home runs in the game (Jordan Brown, Drew Robinson, Trever Adams, Ryan Rua) and Rougned Odor finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, IBB, 2K

Joey drew his first intentional walk in the Texas League in a move that backfired on the Travelers. He rebounded nicely after striking out in his first two at-bats of the night.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the tenth time this season (most on the team) when Drew Rucinski plunked him on the left wrist in the fifth inning.

-Tomás Telis’ entered the game with his batting average below .300 for the first time since May 4, a streak of 46 games.

-Wilmer Font earned his first win on the mound since April 17 against Corpus Christi.

 

 

One day after Edwar Cabrera tossed eight innings of shutout baseball, the southpaw regales his longest outing of the season with Alex on the Pregame Show. Interestingly enough, the last time Cabrera threw that many frames also came against the Travelers but in 2012 when he belonged to the Colorado Rockies organization (Tulsa Drillers). Edwar admits lobbying Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but respects his skipper’s decision:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fear and Loathing [of] Las Vegas

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There is no love lost between the Arkansas Travelers and two of the heroes from last night’s game for the RoughRiders, Joey Gallo and Drew Robinson. Both propsects hail from Sin City and cashed in in a big, big way on Thursday as each homered in a 2-0 win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LHP Edwar Cabrera – 8.0IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K

Joey and Drew provided the offense, but really, it was the least they could do in support of Edwar, who produced a gem on Thursday. The Dominican refused to allow an extra-base hit over his longest outing of the season. Incidentally, the last time the southpaw tossed eight innings also came at Dickey-Stephens Park back in 2012, when Cabrera pitched in the Colorado Rockies organization with the Tulsa Drillers. He lobbied field manager Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but graciously said he respects Wood’s decision. Caby is now 4-6 with a 3.07 ERA on the season.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 8-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their third straight game for the first time since June 6.

-Frisco shut out an opponent for the ninth time this season, tied with San Antonio for the most in the league.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 3SO

You take the trio of strikeouts when Joey breaks a scoreless tie on a solo home run in the eighth inning on the road. The hulking left-handed hitter now has 30 home runs this season, more than anyone in either Minor League or Major League Baseball this season (Kris Bryant of Triple-A Iowa is in second with 28). His nine home runs in the Texas League already ranks ninth in the league and Gallo has played in just 21 games.

-Gallo’s home run off David Carpenter, a pitcher with nearly 50 career innings of big league experience, was the first run allowed by Carpenter in nearly 17 innings.

-The ‘Riders say bon voyage to Ryan Strausborger after a brief, but explosive stint with the ‘Riders. For the first time in eight games with Frisco, Strausborger failed to register a base knock or score a run. The speedy center fielder batted .417 (15-for-36) with four extra-base hits, four RBI and nine runs scored.

-First baseman Trever Adams made a circus catch in foul territory in the eighth inning. On a towering pop fly from Eric Stamets, Adams drifted across the line and made the snag after the ball bounced out of glove and caromed off his melon (and back into his mitt).

-In addition to his heroics at the plate, Robinson made two acrobatic plays in right field to help Cabrera in the fourth. Robinson dove to retire Alex Yarbrough on a line drive. Later, he veered into foul territory and crashed into the wall to end the inning on a fly ball from Mike Bianucci.

 

 

Backstop Patrick Cantwell chats about his chemistry with certain battery mates and discusses his growth at the plate this season:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

‘Tis the Season

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It’s Christmas in July at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas as the ‘Riders battle the Travelers in a three-game series. In true holiday spirit, the Travelers handed a pair of gifts (errors) to the ‘Riders, who happily accepted and unwrapped an early lead. In a ponderous affair (time of game three hours and 18 minutes), knocked off Arkansas by a 5-1 margin before the clock struck midnight. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Kyle Lotzkar - 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, W

The righty turned in his finest performance of the season in relief of starter Alex Gonzalez. Kyle allowed just one baserunner (a seventh-inning single to Jett Bandy) over his three innings on the mound and notched his first win as a member of the Rangers organization. The ‘Riders have thrown Lotzkar into a variety of situations as both a starter and a reliever in an attempt to get the Canadian on track after a shaky start to the season. Kyle may be starting to turn the corner.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 7-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won back-to-back games for the first time since June 9-10.

-Frisco scored all five of its runs in the first two innings.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2SO

Joey appears to have swapped out home runs for two-baggers recently. He has four doubles in his last three games and no long balls over that span. The left-handed hitter has been pull-happy lately as well. His last opposite field shot was a solo home run on June 26. Through 20 games with the ‘Riders, Joey bats .297 (22-for-74) with 15 runs, six doubles, eight home runs and 21 batted in. His .703 slugging percentage is only 32 points lower than his mark in Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

-Ryan Strausborger extended his hitting streak since his arrival in Frisco on June 25 and now has at least one hit and one run scored in each of his seven games played. He went 2-for-5 on Wednesday with two runs scored.

-Arkansas’ ball boys sport a unique look in comparison to their compatriots throughout the Texas League. The Travs deck their boys in polo shirts and shorts, in similar fashion to the guys and gals you see running across the green lawns of the All England Club for Wimbledon.

A Wimbledon ball boy, not to be confused with his kin in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

A Wimbledon ball boy, not to be confused with his kin in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

 

Be sure to save time for Randy Henry’s candid interview with Alex as heard on the RoughRiders Pregame Show:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

The Adam/s Family

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Yes, I know the spelling is different, but fans may have thought Monday’s day game with Northwest Arkansas was sponsored by the Department of Redundancy Department. The affair was neither creepy or cooky, serious nor spooky, but the backs of more than a couple jerseys looked the same out on the field.

Jason Adam (in the singular) got the start for the Naturals on the mound with teammate Lane Adams (in the plural) behind him in center field. That’s not to be confused with Trever Adams (no relation) for the RoughRiders, who batted as the designated hitter.

Regardless, the RoughRiders made sure to end their up-and-down homestand with a win early Monday afternoon (the game tipped at 11:06 in the morning!). A 9-2 dub gave Frisco a 3-3 record on the homestand and a 45-35 record overall. They still have a 5-6 record in the second half. Click here to read the full game recap.

As the calendar turns to July, day games for the RoughRiders virtually dry up in the Texas League heat. The ‘Riders have two more contests under the sun for the remainder of the season and both take place on the road (July 15 in San Antonio and August 24 in Midland). With Monday’s win, Frisco is now 9-8 in day games and 6-6 during daylight hours at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Star of the Game: SS Edwin Garcia – 3/4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Edwin takes home his first “Star of the Game” honors after his first three hit ballgame of the season. Batting eighth in the lineup, Garcia played a key role in turning the order over, which allowed guys at the top to drive home runs and put the ‘Riders on the board consistently throughout the game. His RBI double in the second came with two outs in the frame and his run in the eighth helped Frisco drive the final nail in the Naturals’ coffin.

In case you missed it:

-Trever “Gomez” Adams takes home an honorable mention for “Star of the Game” with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a run, a home run, three RBI and a walk.

-Lane “Lurch” Adams finished the three-game set with two more extra-base hits on Monday (both doubles). His series numbers read 6-for-12 with two runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-5, R, 22B, 2RBI, 2SO

Joey hammered both of his doubles to deep right field, one of which crashed off the wall on the fly. He bopped three two-baggers in the final two games of the series and now has five with the ‘Riders since his call-up on June 8.

-RHP Francisco Mendoza earned his first save since May 3 as he pitched the final three innings against Northwest Arkansas. The Dominican allowed no runs on just one hit with two walks and five strikeouts.

-Ryan Strausborger extended his hitting streak since his arrival in Frisco on June 25 and now has at least one hit and one run scored in each of his six games played. He went 2-for-5 on Monday with two runs and a triple.

-Because the game started at 11:05 a.m. the seating bowl was rife with summer-campers decked out in colored shirts to signify their particular group or affiliation. It looked like a bag of skittles had been skattered throughout the seats.

 

Speaking of Strausborger, catch his interview on the Pregame Show where he elaborates on differences between Double-A and Triple-A, the skills behind a quality baserunner and his improvements made at the plate:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

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