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Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/17)

GAME #92 (2nd HALF GAME #23)

Frisco RoughRiders (47-44 overall, 9-13 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (32-60 overall, 10-12 second half)
Sunday, July 17 – 6:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 17 of 32 (Riders lead 13-3)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Luis Ortiz (1-4, 4.06 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday at Corpus Christi (W, 5-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders plated four runs on four straight hits against Aaron West in the eighth inning, as they came back to defeat Corpus Christi 5-4 in the series finale Saturday night…PRESTON BECK hit an RBI double to make it 3-2…JOE JACKSON’s two-run double put the Riders ahead…ISIAH KINER-FALEFA added insurance with an RBI single…JOHN FASOLA retired all six batters he faced to preserve Frisco’s lead and earn his second save…RONALD GUZMAN extended his hit streak to 15 games with a single in his third at-bat…ANDY IBANEZ went 3-for-5 and scored Frisco’s first run in the sixth.

THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL A WINNING STREAK:

The RoughRiders have won three games in a row for the first time since May 21-23, when Frisco took three straight from San Antonio at home. Immediately following that streak, Frisco dropped a season-high eight straight games to Tulsa and Springfield. With the 5-4 win yesterday, the club also took consecutive series for the first time since the same stretch (May 16-19 at Midland, May 20-23 vs. San Antonio). The Riders have not won three series in a row since the first two weeks of the season (April 7-9 at NW Arkansas, April 10- 12 at Arkansas, April 14-16 vs. NW Arkansas).

NEVER EVER QUIT:

Last night, the RoughRiders erased a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning. The team stormed back with four runs on four hits in the frame against Aaron West, who is tied for the league-lead in saves (13). This season, the Riders have 24 comeback victories (17 vs. division opponents) and six wins when trailing after seven innings.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN:

Outscoring the Hooks 21-6 over the last three games, the Riders closed the gap in run differential. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23. After falling into the negatives for the first time this year over the last 13 games, the Riders have now scored as many runs as their opponents (383-383).

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY:

Frisco got three six-plus-inning quality starts from a starter in the first three games of the last series against Corpus Christi. VICTOR PAYANO and FRANK LOPEZ both pitched 6 2/3 innings, and CONNOR SADZECK went six innings. Frisco’s three straight quality starts was the third such run this year. The Riders did it during the first three games of the season (FRANK LOPEZ, CONNOR SADZECK, and SAM WOLFF) and again May 22- 24 (YU DARVISH, LUIS ORTIZ, and CONNOR SADZECK). However, despite the recent success, Frisco has only had four six-plus inning starts in its last 23 games.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders have hit 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 17 homers in the last eight games after hitting just one in the previous 11. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 18 July homers, three more than the next closest team (Springfield, 15).

BRINSON IS BACK:

After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 14- for-46 (.304) in his first nine games back. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games, last Saturday through Monday against Northwest Arkansas. Brinson was placed on the disabled list June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in his absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 15 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 13 of those games and has reached safely in 25 of his 59 plate appearances, a .424 OBP in that span (16 hits, eight walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on- base percentage of .364 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.364).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:

Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked five consecutive scoreless outings, covering 7 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Left-handed pitcher Tim Berry makes his first start with San Antonio tonight…The San Diego native was signed by his hometown Padres on July 6 after being released by the Miami Marlins the previous day… Berry was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 50th round of the 2009 draft…He was added to the Orioles 40-man roster in 2014 and was recalled on June 6, but he did not pitch and was optioned back to Double-A Bowie the following day…Despite appearing on a Major League 25-man roster, Berry has never pitched above the Double-A level in the Minors…After signing with the Padres, he made two starts with Class A-Short Season Tri-City and was added to San Antonio’s roster today…Berry signed with the Orioles out of San Marcos High School in California, bypassing a scholarship to play college baseball at the University of Oregon.

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/16)

GAME #91 (2nd HALF GAME #22)

Frisco RoughRiders (46-44 overall, 8-13 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (58-33 overall, 11-10 second half)
Saturday, July 16 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Series tied, 1-1)
This season: Game 23 of 32 (Hooks lead, 15-7)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Marte – SS

RHP Reed Garrett (2-3, 5.40)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday at Corpus Christi (W, 6-1)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF/C Isiah Kiner-Falefa

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
For the second straight game, the Riders held the Hooks to just one run, and on Friday, the club controlled the game before even allowing a run…Frisco won 6-1, taking a 6-0 lead through five innings…RONALD GUZMAN homered in the second to put Frisco ahead, one of two runs he knocked in on the night…ALEX BURG drove in three…The lone Hooks run came on a solo homer by ROBERTO PENA in the seventh inning off of VICTOR PAYANO, who otherwise was strong, allowing a single run in 6 2/3 innings for the Riders third straight quality start.

THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL A WINNING STREAK:
For the first time since June 3-4, the RoughRiders have captured consecutive wins, beating Corpus Christi 10-1 and 6-1 over the last two nights. With a win tonight, the Riders can put together their first real win streak since May 21-23, when Frisco took three straight from San Antonio at home, ending a stretch of seven wins in eight games. Immediately following those eight, Frisco dropped a season-long eight in-a-row to Tulsa and Springfield. The club also has a chance, with a win today, to take consecutive series for the first time since the same stretch (May 16-23 at Midland, vs. San Antonio)

BOOMING BURG BANGED UP:
ALEX BURG is one of the hottest hitters in the league but hits the DL today. The 28-year-old reached for the eighth straight game with a single last night, but collected three hits and drove in both Frisco runs on Wednesday night, homering for the third time in four games. Since Saturday, Burg’s 1.206 OPS is third in the Texas League. He doubled once, hit three homers, driving in seven, and earned a pair of walks in his last week before going on the DL.

SHAKE AND BAKE: 
The Texas Rangers made four transactions affecting the RoughRiders roster today. RHP REED GARRETT returns from Triple-A Round Rock today to make the start, as does RHP RICHELSON PENA who will work out of the bullpen. Along with C ALEX BURG hitting the shelf, LHP JASON RICHMAN gets the call to Triple-A for the first time in his career.

GETTING (ALMOST) POSITIVE AGAIN: 
Outscoring the Hooks 16-2 over the last two games, the Riders have closed the gap in run differential. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season. The Riders are being outscored for the year 379-378, with a negative run differential for the first time this year over the last 13 games, but, since falling into the negatives, this is the closest the Riders have been to even. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY:
Frisco got a six-plus-inning start from a starter for the third straight night last night. VICTOR PAYANO pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Frisco’s three straight quality starts is the third such run this year. The Riders did it during the first three games of the season (FRANK LOPEZCONNOR SADZECK, and SAM WOLFF) and again May 22-24 (YU DARVISHLUIS ORTIZ, and CONNOR SADZECK). The six-plus inning start was just the fourth for Frisco in its last 21 games.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders have hit five home runs in the series after hitting 11 over the weekend set against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 17 homers in the last seven games after hitting just one in the previous 11. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 18 July homers, four more than the next closest team (Springfield, 14).

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 14-for-41 (.341) in his first nine games back. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games, Saturday through Monday. His 1.069 OPS since coming back is the eighth-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 14 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 12 of those games and has reached safely in 25 of his 59 plate appearances, a .428 OBP in that span (15 hits, eight walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .365 on-base percentage is 7th-best in the Texas League and best on the team among qualified players.

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked five consecutive scoreless outings, covering 7 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed pitcher Edison Frias, (3-1, 2.67 ERA) a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star, is in his sixth season with the Astros organization, and second in Corpus Christi. He went 4-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 8 games (6 GS) after his promotion to Double-A last July, including a win over the RoughRiders on September 3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He also faced a handful of current Riders last year in two starts against Class A-Advanced High Desert, going 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA. A native of the Dominican Republic, his repertoire includes a fastball, cutter, curve, and change.

Riders offense turning a corner

After blazing out of the gates the first six weeks of the season, the RoughRiders slowed down a bit in the next month or so. However, in the last nine games, they’re starting to turn things around, especially at the plate, where a lot of the struggles had come during the slump in mid-May and June. Here’s the statistical breakdown.

Roller coaster offense

If the Riders can keep this pace up and keep getting the solid pitching they’ve had the last couple days, this team can get right back in the race. Yes, the Riders are seven games out in the second-half standings, but there’s still plenty of time to get this all turned around and make the postseason.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Giddyup – The late speed of a pitcher’s fastball, which appears to ascend as it crosses the plate.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/15)

GAME #90 (2nd HALF GAME #21)

Frisco RoughRiders (45-44 overall, 7-13 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (58-32 overall, 11-9 second half)
Friday, July 15 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 22 of 32 (Hooks lead, 15-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – RF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – DH
  5. Alex Burg – C
  6. Preston Beck – 1B
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Joe Jackson – LF
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

LHP Victor Payano (5-6, 4.01 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at Corpus Christi (W, 10-1)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Andy Ibanez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Extending a three-run lead with seven runs in the ninth, the Riders won going away, 10-1, over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday night at Whataburger Field…The team slammed three more home runs…ANDY IBANEZ put Frisco up early, 3-0, with a three-run shot in the third, and RONALD GUZMAN (solo HR) and LUIS MARTE (3R HR) added longballs in the ninth…CONNOR SADZECK worked six innings of one-run ball, and the bullpen of LUKE JACKSONJASON RICHMAN, and JOSE VALDESPINA held the Hooks scoreless over the final three frames.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY:
For just the third time in the last 12 games, the Riders got a six-plus-inning start from a starter with CONNOR SADECKtossing six-frames of one-run ball. Frisco has received just three such starts in the last 20 games but the club’s starters have back-to-back six-plus-inning starts with FRANK LOPEZ lasting 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday. Frisco’s back-to-back six-or-more inning starts marks the first time since May 22-23 when YU DARVISH and LUIS ORTIZ each fired six innings at home against the San Antonio Missions.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit three home runs last night, four home runs Sunday and Monday, and three on Saturday. Frisco has 16 homers in the last six games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 15 home runs for Frisco in the last five games is a club record in a five-game stretch, while the 16 longballs in six games is tied for a franchise-best. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 17 July homers, four more than the next closest team (Springfield, 13).

BOOMING BURG:
ALEX BURG is one of the hottest hitters in the league. The 28-year-old reached for the seventh straight game with a walk last night, but collected three hits and drove in both Frisco runs on Wednesday night, homering for the third time in four games. Saturday Saturday, Burg’s 1.349 OPS is second in the Texas League and eighth in Double-A. He’s doubled once, hit three homers, driving in four, and earned a pair of walks.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 13-for-36 (.361) in his first eight games back, including a 2-for-5 mark last night with a double and a run scored. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games, Saturday through Monday. His 1.160 OPS since coming back is the sixth-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 13 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 11 of those games and has reached safely in 23 of his 55 plate appearances, a .418 OBP in that span (14 hits, seven walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .363 on-base percentage is 6th-best in the Texas League and best on the team among qualified players.

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have LUKE JACKSON who was optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster. KEONE KELA was activated by Texas today, and YU DARVISH is expected to come off the DL start and tomorrow for the Rangers at Wrigley Field.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The Canadian-born left-hander was taken by Houston in the 10th round in 2010 out of Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario…As a member of the Canada Junior National team, he played against the GCL Astros in 2009…In five games, three starts, Grills went 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA for High-A Lancaster with an extraordinarily low BABIP (.197)…Grills has excelled in a transition to Double-A, making the Mid-Season All-Star Game as a late replacement, going 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA prior to the All-Star Game in eight games, five starts…The lefty was crushed in his last start, however, allowing a career-high 11 hits, 11 runs, all earned, and six home runs at Springfield…REPERTOIRE: He throws a upper 80s to low 90s fastball, a curveball (74-76), and changeup (70-73), which is his out pitch.

 

Diving into the record books: a look at Frisco’s historic home run surge

Before I get into all the Riders home run history you could ever want to know, let me set the stage.

After the RoughRiders hit their fourth homer in Monday’s 15-9 win over Northwest Arkansas – their second straight day with four homers – Nathan Barnett posed the question: Had the RoughRiders ever had back-to-back games with four homers before? (You can hear our exchange below)

At the time, I truly didn’t expect to dive into the archives, but the temptation bug got me a couple days later.

(This is pretty much how it went down)

Let’s look at how different elements of the current power surge stack up in the team history books.

THE VOLUME: The Riders have set the team record for most home runs in a five-game span with 15. They have also tied the team record for most homers in a six-game span (16). The only other team to knock 16 balls out of the yard in six games was the 2011 squad, which did it July 17-22. That squad, however, got half of those homers in one game as part of a Riders single-game record eight home runs on July 22.

On that note, the four homers in a game put the Riders in an 19-way tie for seventh place on the single-game home run list. As mentioned above, the single-game team record is eight. The others are below.

Blog - single game homers

The RoughRiders finished with 11 home runs in three-game series against the Naturals, which is tops in team history for a three-game series. Frisco’s four-game series home run record is also 11 (July 22-25, 2011 vs. Corpus Christi – also helped significantly by the eight-homer game). The all-time Riders record for home runs in a series is 12, but it took five games to do it (June 9-12, 2007 vs. Midland).

THE FREQUENCY: Frisco has homered in each of the last six games, which is impressive, but isn’t on the list of top-five home run streaks in team history. In fact, the streak isn’t even the longest of the year for the RoughRiders, who homered in eight straight games April 19 through April 28. If they go yard again tonight, it’ll be tied for the fifth-longest streak in team history.

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What makes this all the more odd is that Frisco had just gone seven games without a homer a week earlier, which was tied for the fifth on the list of longest home run droughts in team history.

Homerless streaks - team

THE STREAKS: Part of what’s made this current stretch so fun is the fact that four different players have homered in consecutive games. Lewis Brinson homered in all three games of the Northwest Arkansas series, while Alex Burg, Preston Beck, and Ryan Cordell each homered in two straight games.

Homering in back-to-back games isn’t as uncommon as you might think. It’s now happened 113 times in team history. For Burg, it’s the second time he’s done it this year (also April 27-28). Michael Bianucci homered in back-to-back games five different times in 2011, which is the most in team history.

As for Brinson’s feat, it’s a little rarer. The righty slugger became the 19th player in RoughRiders history to homer in three straight games. Had he homered in a fourth straight game, he would have been just the fifth player in team history to do it, joining J.T. Wise (2014), Adam Fox (2009), Max Ramirez (2008), and Kevin Richardson (2006).

THE BEST OF THE BEST: Here are some of the most notable homer-related feats in Riders history that I encountered in my research.

  • My favorite has to be Mike Olt (now with San Antonio), who not only homered in three straight games (June 1-3, 2012) but he had two dingers in ALL THREE GAMES.
  • Chad Tracy had two multi-homer games in 2009, but he had to share the spotlight both times, as one of his teammates also had a two-homer game in each case. John Whittleman did it with him the first time (July 4) and Adam Fox did it alongside him a month later (August 13).
  • In 2006, Kevin Richardson homered in back-to-back games twice, three straight games once, and became the first Riders hitter to homer in four straight games. Those are four separate streaks. He had 17 homers that year and 12 of them were part of one of those streaks.

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE: In case you were wondering by the way, even with this recent surge, the Riders are nowhere near the single-season record for homers as a team. The 2007 squad (176 homers) may be hard to top.

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Now, back to the question that got this whole thing started. Yes, the 2016 Riders are the first team in the 14-year history of the franchise to hit four homers in back-to-back games. That said, another team came awfully close. The 2014 squad had two four-homer games in a three-game series (also against Northwest Arkansas) on April 10 and 12.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this look into the record books. I certainly had fun putting it together.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Homeric clout – A home run.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/14)

GAME #89 (2nd HALF GAME #20)

Frisco RoughRiders (44-44 overall, 6-13 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (58-31 overall, 11-8 second half)
Thursday, July 14 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 22 of 32 (Hooks lead, 15-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Preston Beck – RF
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Luis Marte – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (8-2, 3.19 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: C/IF Alex Burg

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders led for the most of the game on Wednesday night but fell behind in the seventh inning and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Corpus Christi Hooks…ALEX BURG homered and singled in a run to put Frisco ahead in the third, while FRANK LOPEZ limited to Hooks to one run over the first 6 2/3 innings…Leaving two men on base however, Lopez would go on to suffer the loss…JOE FILOMENO came on and walked the first man he faced before a pop-up in short right-center field fell for a double and drove in three runs to put the Hooks ahead for good…Frisco went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

LOSING LATE LEADS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been sensational at holding leads, but that has changed over the last three games. The RoughRiders led after six innings last night but lost. On Sunday, the club lead 6-3 after eight innings but fell 8-6 in an extra-inning affair. Prior to Sunday, the club was 32-2 when leading after six and 32-0 when leading after eight. Going into Saturday’s game, the RoughRiders had blown six saves all year but have blown three in the last four games, including one last night. The team’s nine blown saves (20-of-29), however, are still the lowest total in the league, one better than Corpus Christi (39-of-49) and San Antonio (17-for-27).

BAYSIDE BATTLES:
Coming off 12 straight games against North Division opponents, the Riders and Hooks reacquaint themselves during this series at Whataburger field. Entering the day eight games out of first place, and five back of second-place Corpus Christi, the next run of 11 games could prove pivotal for the Riders’ chances in capturing a playoff berth. Frisco plays seven of its next 11 games at Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Frisco trails the season series 15-6, has lost seven of the last eight games, 14 of the last 16, and six straight at Corpus Christi.

A SERIES WIN! A SERIES WIN!:
For the first time in nine series, the Riders captured a series win on Monday. Taking a rubber game for the first time this season, the Riders beat the Naturals two games to one, snapping an eight-series  winless streak (0-5-3). Frisco started the year winning six of the first nine series (6-1-2). The win in the set was the first for the Riders since June 3-5 vs. Springfield, when the Riders won the first two games of the three-game set. The Springfield series also marked the last time that the RoughRiders won consecutive games (6/3 and 6/4), which the Riders failed to do last night.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit four home runs Sunday and Monday, the first time they’ve done so since May 16 of last season vs. Corpus Christi. Frisco has 14 homers in the last five games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 11 homers in the three-game series with Northwest Arkansas were the most in a series this year.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 11-for-31 (.355) in his first seven games back, despite going 0-for-5 yesterday. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games. His 1.186 OPS since coming back is the sixth-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 12 straight games, a new season-long. He has hits in 10 of those games and has reached safely in 20 of his 51 plate appearances (39%) in that span (13 hits, five walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .357 on-base percentage is 9th-best in the Texas League and second on the team among qualified players (RONALD GUZMAN, .362).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP).

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers, including YU DARVISH and KEONE KELA, who are both currently with the squad. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have two players (RHPs LUKE JACKSON and NICK MARTINEZ) who were optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Francis Martes, the top pitching prospect in the Houston farm system, makes his fifth appearance against the RoughRiders this year. The RoughRiders have given Martes his two roughest outings of the year, touching him up for 10 earned runs in 3.0 innings, good for an ERA of 30.00, in those two appearances. However, Martes has made back-to-back quality starts against the Riders, including a seven-inning scoreless gem his last time against Frisco on June 25. Martes came to the Astros from the Marlins organization in a multi-player trade at the 2014 deadline. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (mid-90s), curveball, changeup.

Burg back on the upswing

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster season for Alex Burg, but his roller coaster is currently on the upswing. Burg homered again last night for the third time in the last four games. He’s 9-for-26 (.346) with a double, three homers, and four RBI in his last seven games. The veteran righty also has hits multi-hit performances in three of his last four games, including his third three-hit game of the year last night.

This isn’t the only impressive seven-game stretch for Burg, and it isn’t even his most impressive one this year. He had a seven-game hit streak from April 22-May 2 in which he hit .440 (11-for-25) with two doubles, three homers, and seven RBI. Like this current stretch, Burg also had three multi-hit games in that span.

The seven-game hit streak was part of a strong month of April in which Burg hit .353 and even spent a week with Triple-A Round Rock. However, the Seattle-native went through a rough patch in the following months, hitting just .172 (20-for-116) from May 3 through June 1 and only had a slightly better average in June (.212).

Burg is hitting .250 (9-for-36) in his first 10 games of July. Hopefully, this is something sustainable in the long run for the seventh-year pro out of Washington State University. Right now, he’s hitting .218 across two levels, which would be the lowest season average of his career (previously .245 in 2010). That said, if this roller coaster ride can keep moving upward, it’ll be exciting to see how 2016 finishes for him.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Burger Blast – A home run. The term was made popular by Waite Hoyt, whose Cincinnati Reds broadcasts were sponsored by Burger Beer.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/13/16)

GAME #88 (2nd HALF GAME #19)

Frisco RoughRiders (44-43 overall, 6-12 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (57-31 overall, 10-8 second half)
Wednesday, July 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 21 of 32 (Hooks lead, 14-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Preston Beck – RF
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Marte – SS

LHP Frank Lopez (4-3, 5.21 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Northwest Arkansas (W, 15-9)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Lewis Brinson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Hitting four homers and tallying 17 hits, the Riders scored a season-high 15 runs in a 15-9 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, taking the series two games to one…LEWIS BRINSON homered for the third straight game and collected four base hits…RYAN CORDELL and PRESTON BECK both homered for the second straight game, and JOE JACKSON collected three hits…Frisco scored eight runs in the first inning, and the Naturals got as close as three runs (10-7), before the Riders scored five of the final seven runs.

BAYSIDE BATTLES:
Coming off 12 straight games against North Division opponents, the Riders and Hooks reacquaint themselves tonight at Whataburger field. Entering the day seven games out of first place, and four back of second-place Corpus Christi, the next run of 12 games could prove pivotal for the Riders’ chances in capturing a playoff berth. Frisco plays eight of its next 12 games at Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Frisco trails the season series 6-14, has lost six of the last seven games, and 13 of the last 15, including five straight at Corpus Christi.

A SERIES WIN! A SERIES WIN!:
For the first time in nine series, the Riders captured a series win on Monday. Taking a rubber game for the first time this season, the Riders beat the Naturals two games to one, snapping an eight-series  winless streak (0-5-3). Frisco started the year winning six of the first nine series (6-1-2). The win in the set was the first for the Riders since June 3-5 vs. Springfield, when the Riders won the first two games of the three-game set. The Springfield series also marked the last time that the RoughRiders won consecutive games (6/3 and 6/4), which they can do with a win today.

RIDING HIGH, SEASON-HIGHS THAT IS:
Frisco set numerous season-highs on Monday in the slugfest over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The club posted bests in runs (15), hits (17), runs in an inning (8, 1st), and tied the most home runs hit in a game (4). Frisco also drew a season-best five walks and brought a season-most 12 men to the plate in the first inning. LEWIS BRINSON matched a team-best four hits in one game for an individual, which included a home run. The 24 runs and 27 hits combined were also the most in a single game this year.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit four home runs Sunday and Monday, the first time they’ve done so since May 16 of last season vs. Corpus Christi. Frisco has 12 homers in the last four games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 11 homers in the three-game series with Northwest Arkansas were the most in a series this year. Additionally, 20 of the Riders’ 45 hits the last four games are extra-base hits after just 14 XBHs out of 97 total during the previous 11 contests.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 11-for-26 (.423) in his first six games back. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and has homered each of the last three games. His 1.406 OPS since coming back is the third-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

THE FUTURE WAS SUNDAY:
Riders infielder RONALD GUZMAN participated in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday in San Diego. Guzman started at first base and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a flyout. The lefty slugger is hitting .298 (second in the Texas League) with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 81 games. The Texas League Mid-Season All-Star was one of two Rangers farmhands selected to the game, joining infielder Travis Demeritte (Class A-Advanced High Desert). On the inactive list Saturday through Monday, Guzman returns today.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 11 straight games, a new season-long. He has hits in nine of those games and has reached safely in 19 of his 47 plate appearances (40%) in that span (12 hits, five walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .359 on-base percentage is 6th-best in the Texas League and second on the team among qualified players (RONALD GUZMAN, .363).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP).

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers, including YU DARVISH and KEONE KELA, who are both currently with the squad. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have two players (RHPs LUKE JACKSON and NICK MARTINEZ) who were optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Cy Sneed, named after the great Cy Young, came to the Astros from the Brewers organization during the offseason in a trade for Jonathan Villlar…Sneed was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2014 out of Dallas Baptist University. His arsenal includes a fastball in the low-mid 90s, a changeup, curveball and splitter…Cy’s older brother Zeb preceded him to pro ball as the Royals’ 11th-round pick in 2011.

Riding Through the Farm: July 13

Riding Through the Farm v3

“Riding Through the Farm” is your weekly look at what’s going on in the Rangers organization outside of Frisco.

TEXAS RANGERS (54-36 – 1st, AL West)

The Rangers are slumping a bit at the All-Star Break, coming in with a four-game series loss vs. Minnesota last weekend. That said, they’re still leading the division and are expected to get Yu Darvish back Saturday in Chicago.

Cole Hamels and Ian Desmond represented the club in last night’s All-Star Game. Hamels worked a scoreless third inning, allowing two hits and striking out Kris Bryant to end the inning. Desmond came on as a defensive sub in the sixth and went 0-for-1, reaching on a fielder’s choice.

It’s on to Wrigley Field this weekend, where the Rangers start a three-game series against the Cubs on Friday

Next: Friday at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m. (SP: LHP Martin Perez)

TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (46-45 – 3rd, PCL American Southern Division)

Like the Rangers, the Express are struggling coming into the All-Star Break. Round Rock lost five straight and six of seven before the off days. The lone win came Tuesday in New Orleans on the strength of five scoreless innings from Yohander Mendez in his Triple-A debut.

Remember, the PCL doesn’t have halves, so Round Rocks’ bid for a playoff spot will be a marathon, not a 72-game sprint. The Express only trail first-place Nashville by three games with 53 to go, so there’s plenty of time.

Brett Nicholas and Michael Roth were selected to the PCL All-Star Game, which takes place tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Next: Tomorrow vs. Sacramento, 7:05 p.m. (SP: TBA)

Palmquist

Former Riders pitcher Cody Palmquist has been one of the top relievers in High Desert’s bullpen since joining the squad last month.

CLASS-A ADVANCED HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS (53-36 overall, 10-9 second half – T-2nd place, California League South Division)

The Mavericks come off a big series win over Rancho Cucamonga, taking three of the four games from the Quakes, who finished right behind the Mavs for the first half title. After an off day yesterday, the Mavericks head to Stockton to start a three-game series against the Athletics’ Class A-Advanced affiliate.

Travis Demeritte joined Ronald Guzman as the other Rangers representative in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday. He posted the same line as Guzman, going 0-for-1 with a walk. Demeritte started at second base for the US team.

Remember Cody Palmquist? He’s been sensational for the Mavericks since leaving the RoughRiders June 4. Palmquist is 2-1 with a miniscule 0.55 ERA (1 ER in 16 1/3 innings) over his 11 outings and is 3-of-4 in save opportunities.

Tonight: at Stockton, 9:10 p.m. (SP: TBA)


CLASS-A HICKORY CRAWDADS (47-43 overall, 9-11 second half – 6th, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

The Crawdads are starting to ride the roller coaster, struggling to find consistency in the win column. After winning three of four against Rome over the weekend, the ‘Dads have dropped two straight to Lakewood.

Eduard Pinto is not struggling with consistency lately, hitting .559 (!) in his last eight games with two homers and eight RBI. Former RoughRiders pitcher Emerson Martinez is 0-2 in eight appearances with Hickory and took the loss earlier today.

Next: Tomorrow vs. Lakewood, 6:00 p.m. (SP: RHP Dillon Tate)

CLASS A-SHORT SEASON SPOKANE INDIANS (11-15, – 4th, Northwest League North Division)

Spokane is struggling a bit in the early going, with eight of the 15 losses coming by five or more runs. The Indians lost 14-2 last night to Salem-Keizer, getting no-hit until the ninth inning.

The Indians had to face Major League rehabber Felix Hernandez in Everett and fared pretty well, touching “King Felix” up for three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Second baseman Blaine Prescott is coming around for Spokane, going 13-for-28 (.464) in his last seven games. His 12-game hit streak ended last night. It was tied for the longest in the NWL this year.

Tonight: vs. Salem-Keizer, 8:30 p.m. (SP: RHP Nick Green)

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Confrere – A teammate

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

 

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Northwest Arkansas (7/11/16)

GAME #87 (2nd HALF GAME #18)

Frisco RoughRiders (43-43 overall, 5-12 2nd half) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (39-48, 10-7)
Monday, July 11, – 12:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 3 (Series tied, 1-1)
This season: Game 12 of 12 (Riders lead, 7-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – DH
  4. Preston Beck – RF
  5. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – 1B
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

LHP Yohander Mendez (3-0, 2.73 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. Northwest Arkansas (L, 8-6 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Rangers Assistant Pitching Coordinator Jeff Andrews

Archived interview coming soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 11:45 a.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Despite five good innings from Major League rehabber YU DARVISH and a season-high four home runs, the RoughRiders lost 8-6 to Northwest Arkansas in 10 innings on Sunday…Darvish allowed three runs on six hits in his five innings of work…The RoughRiders continued their recent power surge with home runs from PRESTON BECK, LEWIS BRINSON, ALEX BURG, and RYAN CORDELL…Leading 6-3 in the ninth, the Riders saw the lead slip away on a three-run homer from Logan Moon…The Naturals took an 8-6 lead in the 10th and held on for the win.

GOOD TO SEE YU AGAIN:
Rangers RHP YU DARVISH made his fifth start of the season with the RoughRiders on Sunday. It was Darvish’s fifth start with the Riders this season, covering two separate Major League rehabilitation assignments, and the righty is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in those starts.

SEEKING A SERIES WIN:
After winning six of the first nine series (6-1-2), Frisco has not won a series in its last eight tries (0-5-3) but can change that with a win today in the series finale. The last series win came June 3-5 vs. Springfield, when the Riders won the first two games of the three-game set. The Springfield series also marked the last time that the RoughRiders won consecutive games (6/3 and 6/4).

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit four home runs Sunday, the first time they’ve done that since May 16 of last season vs. Corpus Christi. Frisco has eight homers in the last three games after hitting just one in the previous 11. Those home runs accounted for 12 straight Riders runs prior to LUIS MARTE’s RBI double last night.  Additionally, 13 of the Riders’ 28 hits the last three games are extra-base hits after just 14 XBHs out of 97 total during the previous 11 contests.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders Wednesday and has gone 7-for-20 (.350) in his first five games back. Brinson went 3-for-4 with two triples and an RBI Thursday and has homered each of the last two nights. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

THE FUTURE WAS YESTERDAY:
Riders infielder RONALD GUZMAN participated in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday in San Diego. Guzman started at first base and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a flyout. The lefty slugger is hitting .298 (second in the Texas League) with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 81 games. The Texas League Mid-Season All-Star was one of two Rangers farmhands selected to the game, joining infielder Travis Demeritte (Class A-Advanced High Desert). He is currently on the temporary inactive list and is expected to rejoin the team for Wednesday’s game at Corpus Christi.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 10 straight games, a new season-long. He has hits in eight of those games and has reached safely in 16 of his 42 plate appearances (38%) in that span (10 hits, five walks, one HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .354 on-base percentage is 10th-bst in the Texas League and second on the team among qualified players (RONALD GUZMAN, .360).

THINGS GOING SOUTH AGAINST THE NORTH:
Frisco has not fared well against North Division opponents after a red-hot start against the North this year. Over the first 10 games against Northern opponents, the Riders were 9-1, outscoring opponents 56-21 (5.6 to 2.1 average score). Since then, Frisco is just 5-19 against Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas, Springfield, and Tulsa, and is being outscored 117-74 (4.9 to 3.1 average score).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP).

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers, including YU DARVISH and KEONE KELA, who are both currently with the squad. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have two players (RHPs LUKE JACKSON and NICK MARTINEZ) who were optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster.

MENDEZ, GARRETT RIDE THE “E-TRAIN”:
A pair of former Riders pitchers, lefty YOHANDER MENDEZ and righty REED GARRETT, made their Triple-A debuts with the Round Rock Express earlier this week. Mendez made the start Tuesday and surrendered just three hits and three walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings for the Express. After striking out the side in the first, he only allowed two New Orleans baserunners to enter scoring position, both coming with two outs. Garrett made his debut Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits during his five innings on the mound. Mendez returns to the Riders today and will make the start against the Naturals.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Fifth-year pro Ashton Goudeau faces the Riders for the first time this season in today’s series finale. The righty out of Newport, Arkansas earned a promotion to the Naturals from Class A-Advanced Wilmington on May 20 and has mostly worked as a starter since joining the club. Goudeau has worked at least six innings in four of his eight starts, with each of those counting for quality starts. The 23-year-old was 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in seven outings with Wilmington and was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week May 8 following eight shutout innings in a start against Myrtle Beach on May 5. Goudeau was taken in the 27th round of the 2012 draft by the Royals out of Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City,  the same school that produced Albert Pujols. Goudeau bypassed a scholarship at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to turn pro. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, changeup, slider, curveball.

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