Déjà Vu


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It was déjà vu all over again for the ‘Riders and no one complained as Frisco came out on the right side of an 8-2 final score for the second night in a row. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez – 7.0 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 8 K

Pitching in front of friends and family in Tulsa, Chi Chi turned in his sixth straight winning decision to move his Double-A record to 7-3 (12-5 on the season) with a 2.02 ERA (2.32 overall). The ‘Riders took the reins off the right-hander for the first time and he turned in his longest outing with Frisco both in terms of innings and pitch count (106 pitches and 74 strikes). Chi Chi played collegiately at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, hence the high concentration of supporters. The native of Delray Beach, Florida was especially keen with runners on the bases and stranded runners in scoring position in four of his seven innings. He has become the Luke Jackson of the second half for the RoughRiders.

In case you missed it:

-Nomar Mazara deserves an honorable mention for his performance at the plate on Saturday. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and four RBI.

As if the pure numbers aren’t enough to validate his case, the timeliness of his extra-base knocks enhanced the impact of his line. His second Double-A homer in the second got the ‘Riders on the board and into the lead, not to mention it came off Eddie Butler, a pitcher with big league experience this season. In the ninth, with the RoughRiders clinging to a 3-2 lead, Nomar provided his squad with a much-needed cushion on a ringing two-run double to right. The Dominican made the Drillers pay for a costly error earlier in the frame and tipped off a five-run frame for the ‘Riders who made the final score look rather lopsided.

-All five of the RoughRiders’ runs in the ninth were unearned because of an error on shortstop Taylor Featherston. If Featherston makes the play on a Nick Williams grounder, the inning is over with the score still 3-2.

-Speaking of Nick Williams, the newest RoughRider batted 1-for-4 in his Double-A debut with two runs and a double. He reached base three times including a wild-pitch strikeout and the aforementioned error on Featherston in the ninth.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high ten games with an RBI single in the ninth.

-Trevor Story has been almost the sole source of offense for the Drillers in this series. The Irving High School alumnus pummeled his third home run against the RoughRiders in five games on Saturday.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SO

Butler struck Joey out in the first, but the slugger extracted revenge in the fourth on the first pitch of the inning. Butler dropped one right into Joey’s sweet spot (low and inside) and he knocked out to right-center for his 18th home run with the RoughRiders. It’s home run number 39 for Joey this season and he trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by two in the Texas League home run race.

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

1. Joey Gallo (18)

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)

 

If Teo had his way, the Tulsa Drillers would be on the schedule for more than 12 games. Café has two four-hit games against the Drillers this season and has been scorching hot in the month of August. He also talks about the influence of his father, a former major leaguer, on his development as a ballplayer:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Trampled By Teo & Thompson

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The RoughRiders let loose some frustration on Tulsa after a difficult series in Springfield, particularly on the offensive side. Four hits from Teodoro Martinez and five strong innings from Jake Thompson helped the ‘Riders trample Tulsa 8-2. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 4/5, R, 3 RBI, SO

Teo has come to life in August and has posted a .474 batting average in the month. The dog days were tough on Teo, but his season batting average has risen to .289 and he is on a ten-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.

In case you missed it:

-In addition to Teo, four other ‘Riders had multiple hits on Friday night: Guilder Rodriguez (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Trever Adams (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, ROE), Nomar Mazara (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) and Hanser Alberto (2-for-4, RBI).

-Every ‘Rider reached base safely at least once in the game.

-The RoughRiders smacked five doubles on the night and three in the third inning.

-After eight games without a double, Trever Adams cracked two against the Drillers to move his season total to 34. He trails Texas League leader Alex Yarbrough by three.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season, the most in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB

After a night off on Thursday, Joey looked rejuvenated and smacked his tenth Double-A double.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

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)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Strength and conditioning coach Eric McMahon gives the inside scoop on what it takes to keep a baseball player in peak condition over the course of a long season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fly Away

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The ‘Riders were more than joyful to fly out of town after the 2014 regular season finale against the Springfield Cardinals. No matter that the ‘Riders lost the game 6-2, the series 2-1 or the season series 7-5. Hammons Field became a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” for the RoughRiders, who were again flummoxed by Cardinals’ pitching and committed multiple errors in the field. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Nomar Mazara – 2/4, 2B

The pickings were slim, but Nomar was the only ‘Rider with multiple hits on Thursday. Nomar now has three doubles at the Double-A level in nine games.

In case you missed it:

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to nine straight–a season high for Teo–with an RBI single in the ninth inning.

-The ‘Riders narrowly avoided a shutout for the fifth time this season when J.T. Wise, Odubel Herrera and Martinez sparked a two-out rally in the top of the ninth.

-Three Frisco errors led to three unearned runs for the Cardinals.

-Entering the ninth, the RoughRiders had just three hits, but doubled their total with three base knocks in the ninth inning alone.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey got a deserved night to clear his mind in anticipation of the upcoming series against Tulsa.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

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)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Former big leaguer Harry Spilman, now a special assignment instructor for the Rangers farm system, talks about some of the hitters in the organization and his relationship with Nolan Ryan:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Claudio’s Call-up Is No Changeup

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Alex Claudio works home with his trademark changeup.

The writing was on the wall for Alex Claudio to make his Rangers debut, and the former 27th round draft choice did just that on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. In a 10-1 thumping at Globe Life Park, Claudio pitched the eighth inning and allowed no runs on no hits with no walks and one strikeout. The Puerto Rican, and new father, tossed nine pitches and seven for strikes.

Claudio enjoyed a good run with the ‘Riders over the middle part of the season. Despite his preference to pitch out the bullpen (he was excited the arrival of Jake Thompson meant he could work as a reliever), Frisco utilized the lefty primarily as a starter. Claudio did not miss a beat. He posted a 2-2 record and a 2.17 ERA through eight appearances and six starts. Over 37 1/3 innings, Claudio allowed nine earned runs and only two walks alongside 22 strikeouts. When Thompson did arrive, the ‘Riders, albeit briefly, had a lock-down southpaw in the pen that could pitch extended innings if necessary.

Fans may remember Claudio broke camp with the ‘Riders before the season, but he wound up on the wrong side of a numbers game and the organization sent him to Advanced-A Myrtle Beach to begin the season. To his credit, Claudio didn’t sulk and instead dominated to the tune of a 1.09 ERA over nearly 50 innings. ‘Riders fans should be thankful for the month they had with Claudio (June 28-August 3), but personally, I selfishly lamented to Alex how Frisco had been deprived of some time with the changeup specialist.

Interestingly, Claudio’s style of pitching, with a fastball that maxed out in the mid-80s (yes, a fastball), may have suited him better for Triple-A, where pitchers rely less on pure power and more on moving pitches and off speed stuff than in the comparatively fireballing Double-A ranks. But the wiry 6-foot-3, 160-pounder lasted only 5 1/3 innings with Round Rock before the Rangers made Claudio the 121st RoughRider to play in a major league game and 14th this season. Based on his season with three different affiliates, the decision to give the 22-year-old a ticket to the show is certainly no changeup.

In case you missed it, take a listen to our interview with Alex on July 23. Thanks once again to Guilder Rodriguez who served as translator.

 

Thanks for tuning in!

-Chris V.

Failure to Launch

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Like a hitter in a hot streak at the plate, this pitching staff is grooving right now. A 2-1 loss in 11 innings hardly falls on the shoulders of the pitchers. Instead, the offense stayed under wraps provided virtually no run support for Jerad Eickhoff & co. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Jerad did not earn a win on Wednesday, but least he was spared a losing decision. The Texas League leader in strikeouts upped his total to 128 and turned in a seven-inning outing for the fifth time this season.

In case you missed it:

-Curt Smith’s walk-off home run was the first run allowed by Martire Garcia in over 18 innings as a RoughRider this season.

-Springfield reliever Sam Tuivailala gave his best Keone Kela impersonation and topped out at 101 mph on the Hammons Field Radar gun. He loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and blew a save when a wild pitch allowed the ‘Riders to tie the game. The ‘Riders could have taken the lead for good, but Tuivailala denied them the chance when he struck out the side in order. He finished with six strikeouts in two inning.

-After Tuivailala, Joey Donofrio took the hill and gave the ‘Riders fits for the final three innings. Donofrio sat down all nine batters he faced and added four strikeouts to his line. The RoughRiders struck out 15 times in the ballgame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 5 SO

Telvin Nash hit a home run on Wednesday for Corpus Christi and now leads Joey by two in the Texas League home run chase. Joey last hit a homer on August 8.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

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)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

New arrival and top ten Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara sits down with Alex and talks about his first Double-A home run and his basketball background in the Dominican Republic:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Active and Passive

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It took the RoughRiders two pitches to turn a 1-1 tie into a two-run lead in the seventh inning at Hammons Field on Tuesday. Nomar Mazara and Hanser Alberto each went deep on the first pitch of their respective at-bats as the ‘Riders took a pro-active approach to take the lead in the later stages of the game. In the ninth, the ‘Riders patiently kept the bats on their shoulders and drew five walks and a hit-by-pitch in a nine-batter inning to put the game out of reach for Springfield. Three runs on zero hits with three men left on base in the ninth inning for the RoughRiders. It doesn’t get more passive than that. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

The staff takes home “Star of the Game” honors once again. The Big Cat snapped a two-start losing streak on the hill as he went six innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Alec is now 9-11 on the season and the nine dubs ties a career mark for the Floridian. As a unit, ‘Riders pitching has not allowed an earned run in 20 innings and has coughed up just one earned run in the last three games.

In case you missed it:

-The homers for Mazara and Alberto were Double-A firsts for both hitters. Mazara’s blast to right field was the first of his career with Frisco and 20th of the season. Alberto went deep to left for his first jack as a RoughRider in 2014 and sixth on the year. The shortstop also hit four long balls with the ‘Riders in 2013.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the second. Teo is one game shy of tying his season-high of eight straight with a base knock.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 18th time this season, the most in the Texas League. He also drew a walk in the third and now has 17 base on balls in 2014.

-The ‘Riders snapped a streak of six straight games with an error and did not have a miscue defensively, although Jorge Alfaro did have a passed ball that scored Springfield’s only run of the ballgame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 2 SO

After a day off on Sunday, Joey reached base on a fielder’s choice in the second, but the offense did not need his power on Tuesday. Hammons Field in Springfield is known as a hitter-friendly park, so it will be interesting to see if the slugger can knock any out of the yard in the Show Me State.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

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)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

In case you missed it (again), be sure to catch out interview with the Rangers Derek Holland, who enjoyed a brief, yet very successful run with the RoughRiders at the end of the 2008 season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

The Ongoing Story of Joey Gallo

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Joey Gallo.

The name alone sends chills down pitchers’ backs and gives Rangers’ fans hope for the future. Still shy of his 21st birthday this November, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound phenomenon has burst onto the Frisco stage with an assortment of dynamic home runs in every direction. He seems to have all the tools necessary to eventually make his way to the big stage and big lights in Arlington.

Some MLB teams, though, did not initially buy into the hard-hitting high schooler when he entered the 2012 MLB draft. Gallo showcased plenty of raw power at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, but there was concern his game was one-dimensional and that his height would prohibit him from playing an infield position. The Rangers weighed the risks and decided to take a chance on him with the 39th pick in the supplemental first round.

Now in his third season, Gallo has quickly gone from a well-known prospect in the Rangers organization to a name recognizable across professional baseball.

As a teenager in 2013, Gallo blasted 40 homers that season and earned the Joe Bauman Award as the top home run hitter in the minor leagues. In the process, he became the first teenager in more than 50 years to hit 40 home runs in a minor league season. The buzz around Gallo only grew at the start of this season with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

In just over two months with the Pelicans, Gallo was a three-time Player of the Week in the Carolina League and belted three home runs in a game twice. The Carolina League named Gallo to its Mid-Season All-Star team, giving him yet another accolade to add to his collection. With the hype around Gallo continuing to increase, the Rangers offered Gallo a bigger challenge.

A Double-A call-up provides challenges for young players as the pitching and level of play makes a substantial leap. Gallo, though, proved up to the task in his RoughRiders debut on June 9.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the newcomer left an unparalleled first impression when he smashed a 2-0 pitch to left field for a walk-off, three-run home run to give his new team the dramatic victory.

Gallo has dealt with some growing pains during his first few months with the team, but the lefty has shown an ability to learn on the fly while continuing to rapidly pound the ball. Since the time of his promotion, Gallo has led the Texas League in homers, runs batted in, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. He once again has the chance to reach the 40 home run plateau and would become the first minor leaguer to have back-to-back 40-homer seasons since 1981-1982.

Gallo’s power was also on display during MLB All-Star week in the Futures Game. In an exhibition contest between the top minor league baseball prospects, Gallo led Team USA to a 3-2 victory over Team World by hammering another 2-0 pitch well out of the park. This go-ahead, two-run shot in the sixth inning was enough for Gallo to earn the game’s MVP award.

In the midst of an injury-ridden season in Arlington, there has been a bright spot on the north side of the metroplex. Gallo has been a subject worth writing about and a player worth watching every time he steps up to the plate.

But the story doesn’t end there. With plenty of room for improvement and an attitude set on getting better every day, Gallo has the opportunity to control his own narrative and leave an imprint on the Rangers organization. One home run at a time.

-Jay Wallis

Mirror Image

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Sunday brought an end to a mirror image of a homestand. The ‘Riders opened a six-game stay at Dr Pepper Ballpark with a win against Springfield, but dropped the final two games of the set. Tulsa arrived in town and stole game one, but the RoughRiders rallied and won the final two to finish the homestand at 3-3. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K

There could realistically be three stars of the game, given the monster offensive nights for J.T. Wise and Teodoro Martinez, respectively. But Chi Chi did not allowed a hit in five frames against the Drillers and has allowed only one earned run in his last two outings. His outing likely would have lasted longer than five innings had the defense not committed two errors in the field, which led to the only two runs of the game for Tulsa. The righty is now 6-3 with a 2.11 ERA at the Double-A level and has won his last five decisions with the RoughRiders.

In case you missed it:

-The bottom five hitters in the order carried the load offensively for the ‘Riders:

J.T. Wise batted fifth and finished 3-for-3 with three runs, a double, a home run, an RBI and a walk. The righty has hits in 18 of his 24 games with the RoughRiders.

Teodoro Martinez batted seventh and turned in a career night with a 4-for-4 showing to tie career mark in hits. The Venezuelan scored twice, belted two doubles and drove in three runs. The second half has been a struggle for Teo, but he now carries a six-game hitting streak.

Drew Robinson batted eighth and socked his 11th homer of the season with an eighth inning blast to put the game away. It was a monster shot down the right-field line for Drew, who finished 2-for-4 with a run, a double, a home run and two RBI.

-The ‘Riders committed an error on every game of the homestand for a total of 11 over the six-game stretch.

-Gallo watch: DNP

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

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)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

The ‘Riders weekly chat with field manager Jason Wood on “Sunday with the Skipper:”

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Back On Track

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The ‘Riders entered Saturday’s game with Tulsa on a three-game slide at home for just the second time in 2014. They made sure it didn’t reach four thanks to 8-3 win against the Drillers. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI

In the first inning, Jorge scorched a line drive to first where fill-in defender Jose Gonzalez made a great play off the bag to record an out. The Drillers never put the Colombian catcher away the rest of the night. Jorge flashed power cool on a solo home run to the opposite field in the fourth inning. He also displayed an ability to hit for average and went to the opposite field for two of his three singles on the night.

In case you missed it:

-In his second rehab start of the season for Frisco, Derek Holland lasted three innings and threw 49 pitches (30 for strikes). The southpaw allowed one single in each inning, but the Drillers never placed a runner in scoring position against Holland, who surrendered no runs and no walks alongside four strikeouts. The Rangers starter has eight whiffs in five innings of rehab work for Frisco.

-In addition to Alfaro, two new RoughRiders shone bright on Saturday:

Jake Thompson was bounced from his scheduled starting role by Holland, but like Chi Chi Gonzalez, showed no negative effects of pitching from the pen in the fifth. Thompson allowed one run and one walk on three hits over four innings and struck out eight with a jaw-dropping slider. He threw 67 pitches and 40 for strikes.

Nomar Mazara snapped out of an 0-for-12 slump (he had been hitless after his Double-A debut on August 5) for the eighth three-hit night of his season. The lanky Dominican knocked three singles into right field (one was hit to the wall), scored a run and drove in three more.

-Local product Trevor Story drew a walk and scored the only run of the game for the Drillers. Trevor’s free base came from Jake Thompson and the two played summer ball together in high school for the Dallas Patriots.

-Frisco drew eight walks from Tulsa pitching.

-The ‘Riders have committed an error on every game of the homestand.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, SO, SB

Joey showed good patience at the dish and drew his most walks in a game as a RoughRider. He also stole his first Double-A base after swiping five in Myrtle Beach. Joey now has 25 walks and 89 strikeouts with Frisco.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (5)

4. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

7. Jorge Alfaro (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

Tulsa shortstop Trevor Story joined the Pregame Show to chat about his loud cheering section at Dr Pepper Ballpark. A native of Irving, Texas, Trevor grew up a Rangers fan and attended several games at Dr Pepper Ballpark as a youth. The opener against Frisco served as an unofficial homecoming of sorts for Trevor, and he did not disappoint as he launched a solo home run on Friday night:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Rainy Skies Affect Another Game on the Homestand

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For the second time on the homestand, weather left its fingerprint on a game at the Doc. On Friday, a late afternoon rain shower pushed first pitch to 7:35 (a half hour after the scheduled start time). When play commenced, the Drillers cruised on three homers to an 8-3 win and send the ‘Riders to a three-game skid. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Trever Adams – 1/3, R, RBI, BB

It wasn’t a particularly strong night offensively as the RoughRiders mustered only a handful of hits, but Trever had a hand in two of the ‘Riders three runs in the game. After he went hitless on Thursday for the first time in 13 games, Trever bounced back on Friday and has not gone consecutive outings without a base knock in the second half of the season, which started June 17.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders committed multiple errors for the third night in a row and have not had a night without a miscue on the homestand.

-Frisco falls to 8-8 against the North Division in the second half of the season.

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

In a highly anticipated matchup, Joey battled Tulsa starter Jon Gray for two at-bats on Friday. Both were recently rated the number one prospect in their respective organizations by MLB.com. In round one, hitter saw four strikes from pitcher and ultimately grounded out to first base. The rematch, however, told a different story as Joey blasted a first pitch delivery from Gray to center field for a two-run home run.

Joey now has 38 jacks this season and breaks a tie with Kris Bryant for the most in professional baseball. It was also career home run number 100 for the lefty and his 17th with Frisco, second-most in the Texas League.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (5)

4. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

9. Jorge Alfaro (1)

 

Former RoughRider Derek Holland checks in at Dr Pepper Ballpark for the first time since 2008, when he spent the final month of the season with the ‘Riders and helped lead the team to the Texas League championship series. He delves into the struggles of injury rehab, mental and physical, that dog even the best and also discusses his impressive track record of community involvement:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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