Frisco vs. Midland Season Recap

By: Cameron Varnau

The RoughRiders conclude their 2014 season at home with a three-game series against the Midland RockHounds this weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark, and will then face off against the ‘Hounds in the first round of post-season play. Frisco took the Texas League by storm in the first-half by cruising to a 40-29 record and secured the club’s playoff spot with Midland on their heels at 38-32, only a 2.5 game difference. The second-half followed a similar path as the two teams were tied in the standings with only six games left to play. We know the winner of the second-half will earn game five of the playoff series, should it be necessary, so both teams have something to play as the curtain falls on the 2014 regular season.

The season series has been a close one with the RoughRiders out in front 14-11 and it was a trend that began in the second series between the two teams, which took place May 12-15 in Midland. The series could have looked much different, however, as the final three games of the four-game set were decided by one run.

  • A big split on the road.

The ‘Riders took game one of the set 8-4, but game two was a gritty 5-4 win with Frisco putting up crooked numbers in the run column in the fifth and sixth innings. Trever Adams went 1-for-5 with two RBI and Kyle Lotzkar struck out six over three innings pitched. The RockHounds, however, took the final two games of the series with 7-6 and 11-10 close wins. Had the ‘Riders scrounged up a few more runs in those final two games they could have earned a tough series sweep.

  • The debut of Joey Gallo.
Joey Gallo impressing during his 2014 Double-A campaign.

Joey Gallo impressing during his 2014 Double-A campaign.

Frisco got out to a fast start with a four-run first inning and rode the back of Luke Jackson, who struck out nine batters over 5 1/3 innings pitched, but Midland fired back by scoring runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the contest. Neither team could score until Joey Gallo stepped up with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth. The tall lefty took Seth Frankoff deep to left-center in his first game with the ‘Riders to put an end to a two-game losing streak and give Frisco a 7-4 victory. Gallo accounted for four of his club’s seven runs scored in the contest and went 1-for-5.

  • Midland runs Frisco out of town by taking 3/4 (game four postponed due to rain).

The RockHounds were on fire in June (13-7 record) and a few of those wins came against Frisco at the friendly confines of Security Bank Ballpark. Midland woke up Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez in the first game of the four-game series at tattooed him with five hits and two runs over his first 2 2/3 innings pitched. Nate Long allowed only three runs on four hits over his six innings of work and Midland won 8-3.

The good vibes rolled for the ‘Hounds in game two as they blanked Frisco 3-0 behind Chris Jensen (two hits and five strikeouts over seven innings pitched) and Anthony Aliotti (3-for-4, one run and two RBI), and Midland took game three with a 5-2 win. The RockHounds looked to sweep the series, but perhaps Frisco ran into some luck when thunderstorms postponed the fourth game of the series.

  • Frisco takes 3/4 with double-header split.
J.T. Wise batting at home against the San Antonio Missions.

J.T. Wise batting at home against the San Antonio Missions.

The ‘Riders once again took to the road and arrived in Midland for a four-game set, with a scheduled double-header on July 22, and Frisco took three of the four games to help their cause in the race for the second-half. Frisco won the first game 6-1 behind Alec Asher who allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings and a four-run seventh frame, and the teams split the double-header the next day. The ‘Hounds scored two runs in the sixth inning of the first seven-inning game to win 7-6, but J.T. Wise went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in the second game to split the twin bill. The RoughRiders took the final game of the set with a 5-3 win to provide for a big win in the playoff race.

  • Road-trippin’ RoughRiders take 2/3 on road for late season push.

Frisco hit the road for the last road trip of the year, a seven-gamer with three against Midland and four against the San Antonio Misisons, and the ‘Riders answered the bell with the late-season test against the RockHounds. Frisco took the first two games of the series with 4-3 and 5-2 wins, which went a long way in their fight to win the second-half of the Texas League South.

The RoughRiders begin their final series of the regular season on Saturday against the Midland RockHounds at 7:05 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. It’s becoming quite likely that the winner of the series will win the second-half and be awarded a potential game five at home to complete the best-of-five divisional series. The RoughRiders will host games one and two of the series on August 3rd and 4th so stay tuned to the ‘Riders Insider Blog and www.ridersbaseball.com for the latest news on pitching match-ups for the series and all of the latest RoughRiders’ news.

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:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fun in the Fifth


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Another big inning for the RoughRiders spelled another victory in Midland where the ‘Riders are 5-1 in the second half. Frisco has contained all its runs in this series to just two innings, but they’ve been highly productive. Good pitching never hurts, either, and the RoughRiders’ arms have kept a potent Midland attack mostly under wraps through the first two-thirds of the set. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 7 K

Eick hit the double-digit win mark with his third straight outing of seven innings on the hill. Lauded by his coaches for his dedicated work ethic, Jerad sent his season ERA south to 3.96, the lowest mark since after his second outing of the season on April 14.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders scored five runs on five hits in the fifth inning. They sent nine men to the plate.

-Frisco scored all five runs in the frame in singular fashion.

-Three consecutive doubles (J.T. Wise, Nomar Mazara, Hanser Alberto) opened the big fifth inning.

-Patrick Cantwell scored the fifth run for the ‘Riders on a delayed double steal from third base. It was the first stolen base of the season for Cantwell. The ‘Riders swiped three bags in the game.

-Wise, Alberto, Cantwell and Nick Williams all had multiple hits for the ‘Riders.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3 SO

-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)

 

The starting pitching staff has been the backbone of the team’s sustained success this season. After a bumpy homestand against San Antonio, field manager Jason Wood comments on the state of the rotation in the latest “Sunday with the Skipper” conversation:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Change in Tide


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When you’ve seen 130 games of baseball over the course of a summer, you develop a sixth sense for the game’s eventual outcome. Or think you do anyway. Sometimes, the trajectory of game shifts course suddenly and that is exactly what happened on Saturday night. The ‘Riders sprung four runs on the RockHounds in the eighth and reversed the flow of the night for their third straight win at Security Bank Ballpark. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Jake Skole – 2/4, 2B, 3 RBI

Jake turned in one of his finest at-bats of the season to give the ‘Riders their eighth-inning lead. Working against Midland’s closer, Jose Flores, Skole sent an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded over the head of center fielder D’Arby Myers to wipe the bags clean and put the RoughRiders atop 4-3.

In case you missed it:

-All three runs that scored on the Skole double were unearned because of a two-out error on Midland shortstop Dusty Coleman. Coleman botched a groundball from Joey Gallo, who reached to keep the inning alive. The RockHounds’ infield, per usual against Gallo, shifted to put three infielders on the right side of second base. Thus, Coleman fielded the Gallo grounder in a different position than normal.

-Tip of the cap also goes to Francisco Mendoza. The right-hander has made more appearances on the hill than anyone else on the RoughRiders’ staff and earned his fourth win of the season on Saturday. In one of his finer performances, Mendoza pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and protected the tenuous 4-3 lead. He allowed just one hit on a leadoff single in the eighth inning.

-Trever Adams picked up his 35th double of the season, a career high and good for second in the Texas League.

-The RoughRiders won for the fourth time this season when trailing after seven innings.

-Midland’s Jose Flores blew his first save of the season with the RockHounds.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, ROE

The RockHounds wanted nothing to do with Gallo in the early stages of the game and he drew a pair of walks in each of his first two plate appearances. He scored the tying run in the eighth after initially reaching on an error.

-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)

 

Newcomer Josh McElwee makes his debut on the ‘Riders Pregame Show and talks about his season and his first two mound outings at the Double-A level:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Missions Blast the ‘Riders Out of Town


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It may be a good thing the ‘Riders are hitting the road for a seven-game road trip. The RoughRiders own a better road record in the second half than at home. Frisco is just 16-15 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in the second half, a mark exasperated by the San Antonio Missions, who took three games off the RoughRiders in a four-game series. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro – 2/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, GIDP

Forget Star of the Game. Jorge was the Star of the Series. The backstop batted .333 (6-for-18) with four RBI and multiple hits in three games. Jorge has reached safely in 12-of-15 games at the Double-A level and has knocked in 12 runs over that span.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders lost a home series to a South Division opponent for the first time in 2014.

-The ‘Riders still won the season series with San Antonio 17-15.

-The Missions scored double digit runs against the RoughRiders for the first time this season.

-Robert Kral once again put his best foot forward in Frisco. Two of his five home runs this season and 12 of his 22 RBI have come versus the RoughRiders.

-Gallo watch: DNP

-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)

 

Former big league closer Trevor Hoffman joins the program as a special guest. Hoffman works as a special assistant in the Padres organization and travels to the club’s upper level affiliates to work with the pitchers. He talks about his playing career, staying close to the game in retirement and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

What Might Have Been…


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Alex Dickerson’s grand slam in the fifth inning turned the tide, but the ‘Riders missed out on several chances to get back in the ballgame. Eleven men left on base spelled defeat on Thursday for Frisco. Click here to read the game recap.

The ‘Riders left runners on first and third in the third inning, first and second in the fifth and a full pond on board in the sixth. In the eighth, a great throw from left fielder Hunter Renfroe eliminated Nomar Mazara at home.

Star of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro – 2/5, 2 RBI, 2 SO

Another multi-hit night for Jorge, who has hit safely in 11-of-14 Double-A games. In batting practice before the game, Jorge flashed his raw power when he knocked a ball off the Nationwide scoreboard in left-center. The blast crashed off the top row of the LED display and knocked out a section of the screen.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders stranded 11 men on base on Thursday and have left 30 aboard in the series.

-Alex Dickerson’s grand salami was San Antonio’s third of the season against Frisco. Rymer Liriano and Robert Kral also smacked four-run homers against the ‘Riders.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season.

-Trever Adams committed an error for the first time since June 25.

-The Rangers had an off day on Thursday, so several members of the brass were in attendance, including Jon Daniels and Mike Maddux. A.J. Preller and Don Welke also made appearances. Awkward.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2 SO

Joey popped a ball to shallow center beyond the reach of the center fielder and the shortstop. It was Joey’s second hit of the series as his double in game one was changed to an error.

-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)

 

Patrick Cantwell talks about his improvements offensively, his rapport with pitchers on the staff and his support of the Green Bay Packers:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Campos Puts the ‘Riders on Ice


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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


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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.

Meeting Mazara

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Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian joined the Texas Rangers organization with plenty of high expectations. Three years ago on July 2, the Rangers signed the then 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic for a record-setting $4.95 million—the largest bonus for an international prospect in Major League Baseball. The front office views Mazara as a cornerstone talent for the future and a valuable left-handed power hitter who just needs time to mature.

How has Mazara handled this pressure during his first three seasons of professional baseball?

“I am just the same guy every day no matter what. I don’t worry about anything else. Whatever I have to give, I bring it all to the clubhouse and the field for my team.”

Mazara, who was called up to Double-A on August 4, admitted there were early bumps along the road. In his first full minor league season, Mazara played 126 games with the Single-A Hickory Crawdads and batted .236 with 62 RBI and 13 home runs.

The Dominican didn’t allow the mental aspect of his game to become a detriment; instead, he learned from the 2013 season and adjusted his approach at the plate.

“Last season was my first full year, and I did struggle to start,” Mazara said. “I knew I was better than that. So I used that to prepare my mind, telling myself I had to get out of it. I put a lot of work in, tried to be more patient and started looking more for the pitch that I wanted.”

That attitude did not go unnoticed by the Rangers. When Mazara took the leap over Advanced-A and went directly from the ‘Dads to the RoughRiders, general manager Jon Daniels said the surprising promotion was in large part due to Mazara doing what his club asked him to do all year.

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“I guess it’s because I always give it my all,” Mazara said. “I don’t care if I go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, I’m always going to be the same guy for my team.”

Since his arrival to the United States from Santo Domingo, Mazara’s quick hands at the plate have caught the eyes of scouts. Once he starts his swinging motion, it doesn’t take long for him to get from point A to point B.

“When I was working out before I signed, I worked a lot with my agent with heavy bats,” Mazara said. “It built up my strength and made me work for every swing. I think that’s why I have such quick hands and have that speed.”

Major league teams covet left-handed power hitters, and the Rangers believe Mazara has the tools to become a strong southpaw with increased muscle on his 200-pound frame. However, he doesn’t want his batting prowess to be his only valued strength and expects to hone more of his tools.

“My defense, my power, my speed,” Mazara said. “I want to be known for all of those. It’s always good to develop these things and be able to do many things on the field. It’s going to make me a better player. I’m going to keep developing that, continue getting in the weight room, doing my agility drills and putting work in.”

Standing 6-foot-4, Mazara is taller than all his fielding teammates not named Joey Gallo. He uses this height and reach to his advantage when chasing down fly balls in right field. Back in his hometown, though, Mazara’s stature helped in more ways than one.

“When I was little, I actually started playing basketball first,” Mazara said. “I started playing when I was four and picked up baseball when I was five. I ended up playing both at the same time during my childhood. Then when I was about 13 or 14, my father told me to quit playing basketball and start focusing on baseball. It was the right move for me because I like to play baseball much more.”

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Mazara’s father (whose first name is Ramon—Nomar’s name backwards) made a smart decision for his son. Mazara is currently the youngest player in Double-A and will inevitably play a vital role in the Rangers’ future. Yet, Mazara isn’t concerned about the future. He is focusing on the present and ready to help the ‘Riders in September.

“I want to finish hard,” Mazara said. “There’s not too much left of the season, but I want to give my best and help my team. We have a chance to win the championship, and I want to be a part of that.”

-Jay Wallis

Master Drillers


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The ‘Riders would gladly play more cames at ONEOK Field if the schedule allowed. On Sunday, Frisco completed a three-game sweep of the Drillers and will finish the regular season 5-0 in the Oil City. The RoughRiders mastered Tulsa from the start and won 9-of-11 (with one game cancelled) in 2014. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Alec book-ended the six-game road trip with a pair of victories on the hill. After falling to 8-11, the Big Cat has raised his season record to 10-11 and has allowed just one unearned run in his last 12 innings. Alec did not walk a batter over the course of his six innings on Sunday and never allowed multiple baserunners in a single inning.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders finish their slate of games against the North Division with a 29-18 record.

-Odubel Herrera batted leadoff and turned in a three-hit night (all singles) with two runs and two stolen bases. Odubel now has 11 swiped bags as a RoughRider this season.

-Jorge Alfaro picked up three hits as well including a double and a run scored in the ninth inning.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with an RBI double in the sixth.

-Trever Adams scored two runs and now has 63 on the season, third-most in the Texas League.

-Nick Williams has a double and triple through his first two games in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB, 2 SO

Joey got a hold of a ninth-inning offering from lefty Kraig Sitton and bopped his second home run of the series. The blast was Joey’s 40th of the season and 19th as a RoughRider. On a historical note, Joey becomes the first minor league player since Ron Kittle in 1981-1982 to hit 40 homers in consecutive seasons. He is once again tied with Kris Bryant for the most home runs in the minors and trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by one for the Texas League lead.

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

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (12)

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)

 

Jason Wood shares his thoughts on the changed dynamic of the team with an influx of young prospects over the course of the season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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